Happy Monday, Bombers and Bombshells!
Our Convos with Claire series ended in New York City with a bang! The annual celebration of fashion and style over brunch and empowering conversations had it’s final bow for 2018 in a brick exposed enclave in Manhattan’s Flatiron district.
Convos with Claire is an opportunity for those looking to break into fashion to hear wisdom and advice from those who have sustained long, successful careers in the industry. The event always welcomes an illustrious panel of guests, and our New York panel was nothing short of exceptional, as it featured former ad executive turned TV host and radio personality Bevy Smith, legendary stylist and fashion designer turned life coach, teacher, and Global Creative Partner of MCM Misa Hylton, and designer and furrier to the stars Duckie Confetti. The conversation focused not just on breaking in through interning and assisting, but also knowing your worth, how to get placement on celebs, and how to build a strong brand. Everyone on the panel has been able to reinvent themselves, shift, and pivot in an industry that is constantly evolving. Never resting on their laurels, they continue to dream bigger and climb higher, setting new goals for themselves once one ‘plateau’ is reached.
Attendees were eager to learn and to also find mentorship! One young fashion buyer was able to find a potential mentor from Nordstrom right in the room. Another aspiring designer was interested in getting her brand more exposure. Misa offered tips on getting in front of the right people (don’t be afraid to tag or DM your favorite stylist! Also, when the opportunity comes, be ready!), Claire added some sparkle with social media insight (take consistent photo shoots and update at least once a day). The young designer was able to showcase her paint splattered trenches to the room. Reporters from ABC, Essence, and Page Six TV were all in attendance, providing additional potential platforms for publicity.