Well, I'm always very happy when I see Loewe in print. It’s something that I can show for my work. Because you work so hard for things that people outside of the industry view as trivial. Or you work so, so hard for a show that only lasts 10 minutes. And those 10 minutes are 6 months of work. So this is why I cry all the time at fashion shows. Like, ah, this is so beautiful.
It’s like everyone that I couldn’t see or canceled on, look at this.
Also it makes my day when friends who don’t work in fashion say things like "Hey, I saw Loewe in this editorial. I love it. Who's the photographer? How much is that sweater? I need it." You know?
I think my biggest accomplishment here was when we were at the office and received a text, saying “Congratulations on Vogue Paris!!” and I was like, “wait, what?” So I quickly scrolled my Instagram and there it was, Loewe was on the Vogue Paris cover
! Major !!!! And I thought: Wow. I made it, we made it.
What's the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
I love to travel. I feel like I went on a makeup trip around the world :) also meeting people, it's fantastic. On every set, there’s always a mix of so many personalities and cultures from around the world. Things keep getting more exciting, so I'm sure I’ll never be bored of it.
It’s when you're on a shoot, and you just feel like everything is going in a good direction and that there is a good energy. That's the moment when I'm really happy to do what I'm doing.
Traveling to different cities and meeting photographers are my two favorite things right now. It's so perfect because the most stressful part of a shoot is prepping it and the lead up to it. But once you actually get to whatever crazy set location you’re shooting at and you meet the photographer, it's like, "Yes. This is so worth it.” I love it.
The most rewarding aspect is picking up all the clothes in the duffels every single morning and piling it into cars. Piling twenty-seven duffels into three SUVs and breaking my back everyday. No. That is not the most rewarding. The most rewarding is-
You just gave me a major flashback.
I guess seeing it in print and smelling the paper. I love the smell of freshly printed paper and just knowing that we are creating something that some ten-year- old boy is going to see or some girl is going to see in some suburb that's going to inspire them to move to New York or move to Paris and follow their dreams because that's what I did.
I saw CR and my life changed. I thought, "Wow. This is incredible. I need to be part of this" and that's exactly what I made happen. I think that's the most rewarding thing is seeing the actual book or seeing the actual campaigns that we worked on and seeing the final product and being able to say, "Wow. I was a part of this and this is going to be a part of somebody's mood board or idea or reference and help whoever, wherever, accomplish whatever."
When I was at Indego Africa as an intern, I went on to Rwanda, Africa to help out their production team over there. I met one of our artisans towards the end of the trip. Her name was Theresa. We went to her house because she was working on some scarves for us. That was the first time that I went to one of their houses. She invited us in. It was a small house. She has three kids and one bedroom, but it was really nicely set up. Then she took us out to the back and she showed us the cow that she just bought and she was so proud of that because she used the money from Indego Africa that she earned to buy this cow and then she's selling milk on the side for extra income and sending her kids to school. It was just a really nice moment to experience and it brought everything home for me.
Being surrounded by others who are fueled by the same passion, ideas and creativity. I can’t picture my life without creativity and I believe I’m my best self and thrive professionally when I’m surrounded by those who are itching for that same outlet and for something new.
I love getting to network with people and getting to meet new people. Specifically, in this job I love the opportunities that I have to possibly feature a new designer or feature an up and coming small brand. The smaller brands are always so thankful and appreciative and you can tell it makes the world of a difference. I love being able to have that opportunity to give them that feature. That makes me so happy.
I think the favorite thing that has ever happened was after I wrote this piece about the Andy Warhol show at the RISD Museum for the campus blog at Brown. My brother, whoplays lacrosse for Notre Dame and couldn't be more opposite from me on paper, read it, and told me he had learned so much from it because it was accessible but didn’t dumb down the ideas or require a previous understanding of Warhol’s work. It made him more interested in art, and that's most rewarding: when you can teach someone and sort of ignite curiosity in them from a topic like art history that they don't know much about yet.
I would say it's definitely the people I meet because this industry is a big family. It's so important to put yourself out there and meet people, always be open.
It's really a dream come true. For the longest time I've collected endless piles of magazines, stacks of books, and tear sheets. I still do, I collect these photography books and magazines. Now I have the opportunity to see how these images come together by these legends that I’ve admired and looked up to my whole life. From the beginning mood boards to the fittings, and shoot on set.
I see how the concepts of that image are brought to life. Then, we start picking dresses and I see how they chose the clothes that are going to evoke that emotion, or bring that story to life, or that fairy tale, or that movie. I would say it's really amazing to see it come from start to finish and then you have that dream in front of you that's going to take you to that other world. I fell in love with fashion because I'm a dreamer, I would always be in another world, in another planet, and fashion makes me dream like that. Why I'm doing styling is because I want to continue to create those dreams and bring them to life for others.