From Halston, To Hell and Back: Diaries of A Retired Cool Fashion Intern (Part 1)

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

All hail Halston...the original.

Warning: A total LiveJournalish entry ensues:

I’m finally in a place where I can truly say that I love my job…that’s right, JOB! I’m doing alright for myself in the world of Fashion PR, so it’s amazing to me that I went to school to become a buyer, and even more amazing how I got to where I am over the course of the past year. Throughout college, I was molded into an Executive wannabe with a degree combining business law, marketing, retail management, planning/merchandising, and all things fabulous. Countless all-nighters (Adderall and caffeine binges during exams would have me at the library for 4-5 days straight, only taking breaks to go home and shower…but I still had an amazing GPA, and a 29″ waist). It was intense, but nothing could compare to what I was about to endure.

I moved to New York immediately after graduation with barely $1,000 in my bank account, a life-long dream to live in the city, and a full-time, unpaid internship (read: abused) in the Sales Department at an iconic fashion house.

Rude.Fucking.Awakening.

There was so much chaos going on, and everyone (except for my fellow interns and two sympathetic employees) was rude as can be. It was required that I take my own laptop to work, otherwise nothing would get done, and often I would have to stay until midnight or later because my boss couldn’t get her shit together. I got it…I was an intern there to be shit on and grab coffee, but still hoped to learn something in the process. Being asked to come into the office at 5AM when I had left only 4 hours earlier (giving me approximately 30 minutes of sleep due to the commute to/from the city) was the kicker. I quit after a month of working as hard as I humanly could for 14-20 hour days that would inevitably end up in tears, multiple phone calls home, and  intense exhaustion.

This picture best conveys how I felt during my first month of slavery, er...learning.

Then the Director of Marketing & Public Relations asked me to come back and be her intern because she saw how cool I was (still am). I was still running errands, but I also got to exercise my creative bones while choosing fantastic gowns for celebs to wear to red carpet events, and eventually would see my picks elegantly draped across said A-listers’ shoulders weeks later in the press as a reward. My lovely new boss would say the words “good job” willingly…and occasionally over-praise me even when I did something terribly wrong, because she understood that I was learning everything that the corporate environment entailed…from office etiquette, to the workings of a multi-million dollar business, to overnighting samples to Milan, to how intense the backlash would be if I didn’t get the CEO’s Starbucks order of a Tall Skim Chai Latte with NO MORE THAN 1/2 Pump of Chai correct (never make that mistake twice)! I ended up loving the rest of my term at La Casa de Heritage; I made priceless personal and business contacts, saw my first shows at New York Fashion Week, and even got to meet SJP a couple of times.

Whatever, internships are an incredibly valuable learning experience, no matter what type of mundane activities, tasks, or errands are put in front of you. It’s all about meeting the challenge head-on, even if it is degrading. You’ll eventually move on to a place where you are appreciated and can add true value to the team. Just don’t forget that when you’re working for somebody else, you’re providing both a service and a product. Produce tangible results (product), and do so with a fucking smile on your face that will make your boss happy (service).

Sorry to disappoint my internship-bound readers, but that’s the best piece of “wisdom” I can impart upon you this evening…Stay tuned for part two, when I talk about the contrast between heavenly bosses and then TRUE Hell! Seriously…Miranda Priestley has NOTHING on the icy bitch I’m about to discuss!

xx

coolfashionguy

Celebrity Hairstylist Roy Teeluck Might Get Me To Eat

March 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

The invite alone is dripping with old Hollywood glamor.

You heard it here first, my many international readers and fellow fashion fiends: Celebrity hairstylist Roy Teeluck will be hosting an invitation only “Breakfast Near Tiffany’s” for fashion & beauty bloggers on March 24th from 8AM-Noon at his uber glam new salon located at 5 East 57th Street next to YSL. On my quest to become Mary Kate thin (P.S. Did you know MKAO are up for a CFDA Award?) it’s no secret that eating isn’t often a part of my daily routine, but you best believe I’ll be attending this soiree!

Featured on season two of my lover Andy Cohen‘s hit reality show “Shear Genius” Roy has worked wonders on the locks on some of the most notable women in the public eye, including Jane Fonda, Hillary Clinton, Heather Locklear, Sigourney Weaver, Rosario Dawson, Olivia Palermo, Bar Rafaeli, Bebe Neuwirth, MTV Skins’ Sophia Black D’Elia, Jaclyn Smith, and the ultra stylish Katrina Szish, among others.

I’ve been lucky enough to score a peek at the new sah-lon since it opened in February. The space alone is TO.DIE.FOR, with such a retro-glam and relaxing atmosphere that would give even Charlie Sheen a sense of sanity. Want to be a true winner sans Tiger Blood? Schedule an appointment ASAP!

Check out his new digs:

So sleek

Don't you love the color scheme?

The wall art is so fucking glam, I can't stand it.

What do you think of his new salon? Stay tuned for an update after the uber chic blogger breakfast.

Love love love.

xx,

coolfashionguy

Fashion Week Looms…

January 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

Stressed out like the models at Rick Owens

Hello, bloggers, fashion fanatics, and general geeks. Welcome! I’ve started this blog in order to chronicle my journey through the thrilling and vicious world of Fashion PR in NYC while simultaneously professing my love for the Olsen twins throughout (I kid, Taylor Momsen is clearly the winner…Psych! Mary Kate is an emaciated, chain-smoking goddess).

I look forward to having many international readers, being discovered, and making you laugh along the way. I have a quite a bit to get accomplished tomorrow (pick up my boss’s watch at Cartier, organize a photo shoot, and save the lives of orphans in Somalia), so I must retreat to my 8,000,000 thread count sheets in order to wake up early only to continue the trek to NYFW.

Well, it’s been an awkward first post,
xx
coolfashionguy

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