What do you like about working in the fashion industry today as opposed to a different time?
Well, I will add something to your question. What’s interesting about working in the fashion industry today at 26?
Ah. That's good. I like that.
It’s growing, specially thanks to new technologies. it’s becoming a lot faster because we can move faster, like Fashion GPS for example. And with technology there’s also a lot more visibility. It is a real opportunity.
I mean at Loewe, we don't advertise in French publications.
Instead, we communicate a lot on Instagram and we put our campaigns all over Paris on the side of newsstands. So right before the shows, it gives people a taste of what the show was going to look like before the show even started!
But anyways I just think our time’s about taking advantage of what’s changing and that we have to work with social media, not against it.
There’s a lot more resources, which gives us more opportunity. As we’ve said, social media is great for getting your name out there, networking, and research.
I like that it’s progressive and that we’re all equals. When I was a freshman, everyone just thought about the big, established brands. There wasn’t as much focus on up-and-coming designers, but now I feel ‘emerging’ is a buzzword. The industry flipped, and we now look at emerging and established in the same way.
What do you like about working in the fashion industry today?
The world is such a diverse and unique place today, from people’s cultures to their interests to their backgrounds, and I feel like fashion is finally starting to apply to every walk of life. From streetwear to, to chic womenswear, to men's suiting, and good day-to day-outfits for every moment from day to evening. Fashion today is so universal, and that’s exciting. It’s exciting to see how it’s progressing. There’s so much of it, too.
What do you like most about being a makeup artist in 2016?
I love the freedom of makeup now and the platforms available. Brands and magazines are more open to conceptual makeup as well as classic and clean.
I love the people that I meet. So many people who live in London are from all over the world, so everyone has really interesting backgrounds and points of view. They all have different stories.
In the fashion industry, people want to make connections because that’s what furthers them but at the same time people want to make connections because it enriches their lives. Sounds really cheesy, but it's true, because knowing so many different people from so many different places, it makes for a fun life.
It's diverse and not so much about showcasing different cultures, but more about the different aspects that people can dip into in the fashion industry. So there's technology, ethical fashion, there's fashion as art. There's so many different aspects that people can work in within fashion that I don't think was always there, maybe ten years ago.
I find its instability sort of amusing, actually. Designers leaving houses after a few seasons, etc. This isn’t to say that any of these trends of exile and exhaustion are good, per se, but I think the discourse surrounding all of it actually sheds light on how the uncertainty within the industry mirrors that in cultural, social, political spheres. It adds a realness to an industry that is largely regarded as fantastical.
What I like about the industry now is where menswear is headed. I think it is so much more exciting than it has ever been and I think the new modern man is willing to experiment. He does not care as much, maybe he cares more, that the definition of the male and female roles in society have been changing for hundreds of years. I think that it is pouring into every aspect, it is pouring into politics, it is pouring into fashion and it is going to change the way we as people interact. If it changes in the art world it will seep into our everyday lives. I think menswear is doing some things that we underestimate now but looking back are going to be exciting. I think that fashion is a really great expression of how you see gender rather than society telling you what your gender should look like. I think it’s time. It is 2015; it’s time to enter a new era.
I feel like it's a family. As much as it feels huge and there's so many brands, and so many this and so many that, once you start working in the industry it's like a little tight-knit family. Everyone knows each other, you'll see everyone out at events, you'll see everyone at Fashion Week, you'll see everyone out at press days; it's such a small town.