NATALIE ROSEN

NATALIE ROSEN

How would you like to see this industry evolve?

Maybe to be a little bit more of an inclusive industry? I’d like the infamous Devil Wears Prada attitudes to dissolve. I think it might be time to be a little more accepting of new people and ideas.

 

Will you be a part of that evolution?

I definitely try and start the change that I want to see with myself.

With my interns, I never want to speak down to them or make them feel lesser because we're all working on this together; we're all a necessary part of what's happening. It's never that they're the ones going to grab me a coffee or something. I need their help doing the real work that has to be done. Collaboration is the best way to move forward and to get things done in every work environment, so I do my best to treat everyone with respect and to see their view and artistic vision. It wasn’t so long ago that I was an intern, so I remember what it is like to be the lowest on the totem pole.

 
 
 
ANGELICA HICKS

ANGELICA HICKS

Who do you look up to?

Adwoa Aboah started Gurls Talk which is a small community focused on providing a space for girls to discuss issues that perhaps they don’t feel comfortable discussing.

 

Would you one day want to do something like that?

I would. I don't know how to, I've been actually thinking about that quite recently. I was lucky that I was able to have a little bit of time after I graduated in which I was still supported by my parents and I was able to take risks that I may not have been able to take otherwise. I’m so aware that people don’t make enough money necessarily to live in Manhattan and it would be cool if other people could have the security I had. Something like that would interest me, I don’t know how I would go about approaching it though.

 
 
ALEXANDRA AVALONE

ALEXANDRA AVALONE

How would you like to see this industry evolve?

I think it's best when things evolve organically and naturally, so it'll be really interesting to see how this happens in the next few years and to see what this means for fashion shows, presentations, and brands. Luxury is time and successful fashion is always ahead of people’s desires and expectations.  

 
 
 
DARIIA DAY

DARIIA DAY

Is there an impact that you’d like to make?

I can make people beautiful on outside, but I’d also like to help them feel beautiful on the inside.

 

How would you like to see this industry evolve?

I would like for things to go back to being focused on the designer’s perspective, more trends from the runway than from TV.

 
 
 
ASHLEE HILL

ASHLEE HILL

Are there any specifics you like about the fashion industry today?

There’s so much that I love. Oh God, where do I start? People are open to seeing new and old talent. I love that it's about finding new faces, visions, and voices. I definitely feel it’s a real London thing, but I’m sure it’s like that in other places. There's just loads of exciting stuff happening, particularly in London.

 
 
 
SADIE WILLIAMS

SADIE WILLIAMS

How would you like to see this industry evolve?

Slow down! Less driven by hype and fast trends and move towards a more respectful attitude regarding how clothes and fabrics are made. I’m still surprised by how massively popular fast fashion websites are amongst young people and my peers.

 

Is there an impact that you’d like to make?

I’d like to celebrate the craft and labor that goes into designing and making quality, fairly made clothes. To be part of a generation of designers that can help consumers make smart and selective choices in their purchases, by creating work that people will cherish and treasure.

 
 
 
GRACE JOEL

GRACE JOEL

How what you like to see this industry evolve?

I think everything’s in a bit of a flux at the moment. It’s changed so much in last 5 years. It’s going to completely change again in the next 5 years, so it’s hard to see a path forward or a direction. You can’t predict what’s going to happen next week, let alone 5, 10 years from now. Everyday the fashion news is all, ‘this is happening, this is over, and this is dead.’ A lot of doom and gloom.

 

And your career? Is there a way in which you’d like it to evolve?

I have lots of projects I want to do. It’s just about finding the time and money to do them. I’d like to start making clothes again. I think I could brand a product well now through all sorts of media, something I’ve learned from styling. I’d like to do some more film stuff; I like doing bits of costume. It’s so unpredictable; it’s all about challenging yourself and going back to what you enjoy.

 

Do you have any aspirations for your work?

I love old school fashion photographers; their pictures are so iconic, and they still resonate today, people still reference them now, or they are hanging on walls, printed in books. I want to create things that people remember and reference again.

 
 
 
Kristina Ralph Andrews

Kristina Ralph Andrews

I’d love to see more diversity within the industry; I think it’s getting better but I’d love for it to be more of a normality and not just something trend led.

 
 
 
DIMITRI RIVIERE

DIMITRI RIVIERE

Where do you hope the fashion industry goes? Where is it headed?

Everything is going so fast now. It’s not the same industry it was five years ago. All these digital things, the Internet, social media, and what's going to exist next. I don't know how it’s going to evolve but I'm excited to see.

 

Is there a specific impact that you would like to make going forward?

To keep doing what I love and staying creative.

 
 
 
SHAY JOHNSON

SHAY JOHNSON

The industry can be super, at times, super closed off. I just think that I like to see it give more chances on people. I think a lot of times it’s just “no you’re not cool enough, no you’re not this, no you’re not that.”  I think fashion industry can be black and white and very cold. I have seen it before. I hope that as I move along in my career I will be that person to give people chances even with no experience. All it takes is that one person to take you under their wing.

 
EMMA HAGER

EMMA HAGER

I would like to see the industry become less mindless in regards to its global impact on the environment. It’s relentlessly consumerist, and even so-called sustainable fashion measures remain merely other forms of production.  If I become a fashion writer – preferably a fashion critic or a fashion news writer in a more general capacity – then I would like to explore or expose various efforts (or lack of effort) within the fashion industry regarding its consumption and waste. There seems to be a lot of vague terminology regarding “sustainability” being tossed around, and relatively little action.

 
SABRINA SANTIAGO

SABRINA SANTIAGO

I’d like the stereotypes associated with the industry to change, in particular the image of the arrogant fashion editor. If I do become an editor, I don’t want to alter who I am due to my position,  and I would try to help  the younger generation to accomplish the same dream I had. If I become a fashion editor, I’d like to help young aspiring editors and incorporate vintage and thrifting more. I think repurposing clothes isn’t just great for the environment, but it challenges the eyes of editors and makes fashion more accessible. I know I don’t have $500 to spend on a pair of shoes, and I can say that the majority of people don’t. Fashion shouldn’t be elitist.

 
COLLEEN ALLEN

COLLEEN ALLEN

I would love to have some influence on people getting back to their real lives and taking time out of their day away from the internet, away from their phones and to just be with the people that they're with. Going out to dinner. I hope that our generation starts to turn the phones off. I don't know how I would influence that but maybe by just doing that myself. I want people to value the physical and less about this idea of communicating with strangers. I’ve never cared too much about people's perceptions of us.

 
CAROLINE VAZZANA

CAROLINE VAZZANA

I would love to get more involved with helping brands develop their online personalities. I love what Eva Chen does with getting designers on Instagram and I would totally work in something like that. To get to work with these iconic designers and be like, "I'm going to help you create an Instagram today." I think that's so cool. It's hard for these older iconic brands to have to conform to Snapchat and Instagram and Twitter and all that stuff so having someone that can help them and parlay their way into it. I would definitely be open to doing something like that.

 
EDITH YOUNG

EDITH YOUNG

A big way that it's evolving now is inclusivity in the people that we feature on covers or we cast in editorials, especially in terms of races and sizes. I think it's a really important leap that we're finally making. Just like with Barbie Ferreira, who's represented by Wilhemina and was recently in an Outdoor Voices editorial. I think that's really great because it drives home the idea that you can be active and healthy and not have to have the body type of a professional athlete without qualifying a person as plus-sized. I think open-mindedness in casting is really important because it has such an effect on everyone who's consuming that media… basically the entire country and people around the world. I think that's a major way that I'd like to see the industry evolve more, but it's definitely already happening. Featuring people who fit more than one mold is really important.

Diversity and the impact that that has on a population as a whole?
Yeah.

 
MEGAN JANA

MEGAN JANA

We need to focus on sustainability in the fashion industry. That's something that we've been lagging on a bit and being able to contribute to that is a major goal for me. Also I'm really interested in wearable technology and how that relates to fashion. I think that we're in the beginning cusps of it and we're seeing the first glimmers of the Apple watch with Hermes. When a new innovation comes out it takes a while to have everybody adopt it and to accept it into their lifestyles. It's really the way we're going and I'm excited to see not only with watches but let's think about jewelry. Let's think about smart jackets. Let's think about smart bags. There’s so much potential.

 
NOOR ALALI

NOOR ALALI

For the fashion industry, I would really just love to bring back authenticity and make it more about the beauty, the story, and the art again. With social media, the internet, and pop culture, these elements that make the industry so special are quickly disappearing, as it is turning into a world of celebrities, high profile names, and money. I don’t believe that is a fair representation of this world, so I would hope to bring back its integrity and separate the reality tv stars from haute couture. I believe there is a place for everyone, but things that don’t match don’t necessarily have to be forced together and take the spotlight away from true, unique talent.

I also think that's a really big thing to take on for one person. I’d like to find more people who agree with me and together we'll do that as a team because it is a big family. It's an industry. I don't think that should just be my job, but I hope there are other people out there who agree with me, and we'll team up together to actually sign models who are interesting looking and beautiful, not just because they come from an aristocratic name or Instagram.

 
ADESINA OYENUGA

ADESINA OYENUGA

I would like to see it become more accessible to all consumers because I think right now a lot of people just see it as, ethical fashion is a great thing, but I can't really take part in that movement.

I think companies should at least have lines or redirect their mission to ethical fashion. It's hard for consumers to jump from going shopping at a fast fashion company then to shopping at a company like Brother Vellies or Indego Africa. There has to be some type of middle ground. I'm not sure exactly how that would come about.

 
RON HARTLEBEN

RON HARTLEBEN

How would you like to see this industry evolve? 

More diversity. More equality. More opportunity. I think one of the biggest things and you touched on this with your website. I didn't have something like this when I was looking for internships. There are so many people that need help, and there are so many people that want help and you don't know how to get in touch with them unless you know somebody or you have some kind of reference or some kind of idea of who to reach out to. I think we can definitely build a bridge so it's not so hard to find help and less of a shot in the dark.

That's one of my main goals with this project.

Yeah. I think you are the change we want to see.

Then how will you be a part of this industry’s evolution? 

I always try to be really diverse in the casting. Every time I do a story, I always try to have a really diverse cast. I think I am very aware and conscious of who I cast and what I'm doing and the images I put out there. I also think I like to give people a chance. I like to give interns a chance. I like to ask people who maybe would not normally be ready to be on set or know exactly what to do on set or something like… You know what? I'm an underdog. I don't come from a rich family. I am self-funded. I got myself here and I am paying for my own college debt. Anytime I see an underdog or somebody who has eighteen jobs and still interning here and wants to be on set at six in the morning even though they finished work at midnight. I think that's amazing because I did that and I know so many other people do that and I think it's such a testament to their work ethic and their values and I always try to give those people a chance. It's not always about who you know. Sometimes it's about really, really hard work and really, really wanting it and I always, always try to find those people.

 
ZOE ROSIELLE

ZOE ROSIELLE

Then is there any specific impact that you would like to have on this industry going forward?

No. I just want to do my job and be good at it and have fun and work really hard. I never really think about my impact. I don't even have a five-year plan. I just go with the flow. You know, work my ass off and try to do the best job that I can and be a nice colleague. I'm not really a planner in that way, so I don't really know.

That’s so refreshing to hear, I love that.

Yeah, but some people are, and I'm always really jealous because then they're like, "Yeah, I'm going to do this in September, and then in December I'm going to do this," and I'm just like "I'm just working." I always get to nice places, and I've had a lot of beautiful opportunities along the way.

 

I’m such a planner I drive myself crazy! I’m jealous.

Don't get me wrong. I am a control freak. I've always been a huge nerd and did my homework on time, so just everything I can control myself, I'll control. Like working hard, that's something I can only do myself. Staying on top of my game and stuff like that, but all the other factors around it like where you're going to be, where you're going to go, which job you're going to get, that's something that just has to happen, and you can't really plan it.