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Fashion Jobs – 5 Thanksgiving Dresses You Can Wear All Fall

Friday, October 5th, 2018

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Fall is finally in the air and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! It also means it’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy the long weekend with our friends and family. Thanksgiving presents the perfect opportunity to put away your bright summer clothes for some seasonal items. Whether you have a brunch, dinner or a more casual weekend planned, we’ve put together a list of Thanksgiving-approved dresses that you can wear all fall long.

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Fall Florals
Whoever said florals are only for spring clearly hasn’t seen this season’s prints, which is why we can’t get enough of this feminine floral number. Pair with a cardigan or leather jacket on chillier days and ankle boots or over-the-knee boots.

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Animal Print
If you haven’t treated your wardrobe to animal print in the past, now is your chance. Animal print has taken over the runways and now rules the fashion streets. From bomber jackets to designer purses, this fall-approved print is everything and more.

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Seasonal Stripes
One dress style that doesn’t get enough credit is the asymmetrical hem. Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities in a chic asymmetrical-style dress with crisp stripes. Pair with a pair of ankle boots for your Thanksgiving brunch and then with a pair of sneakers on more casual days.

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Lace Details
We’re swooning over this adorable lace dress from Club Monaco’s new fall collection. If the long sleeves weren’t incredible enough, the romantic hem is dreamy and definitely a must-have for fall.

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Check Yourself
This dreamy check print will definitely turn some heads at whatever you get up to this long weekend and for all the right reasons. You can dress it up with a pair of tights and ankle boots or style it with a pair of chic cowboy boots and a cross-body bag for a more relaxed weekend style.

 

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Product Info
Wilfred Tila Dress, $178, available at Aritzia
Animal Print Dress, $79.90, available at Zara
Y.A.S Stripe Dress With Asymmetric Hem, $143.07, available at ASOS
Tamila Sweater Dress, $248, available at Club Monaco
La Vie Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve Plaid Dress, $418.21, available at Shopbop

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

Fashion Jobs – Everything You Need to know About Retail Careers

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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At Style Nine To Five, we help fashion lovers find their dream careers in their chosen field. And if you’ve been thinking about starting a career in the fashion world, a great place to start is in retail. What most people don’t know is that there are so many jobs within retail to pursue. In this post, we break down some of the retail careers that we feature on our job board and some salary ranges to go with them. With so many different positions in the retail sector, it can sometimes get confusing of who does what, and what path you want to take in your career, use this as your guide!

 

Sales Associate
Sales associates are the face of every company. These are your cashiers, salespeople and all-around customer service personnel. As a sales associate, you are a ‘jack of all trades’ and you’ll learn many different skills, such as merchandising, business acumen, customer service skills, and much more. While some people work as a sales associate for a part-time job, many use this position as a stepping stone to higher level roles. Typically, this position would start at minimum wage.

 

Store Manager
Many people who love working as a sales associate, work their way up to a store manager position. As a store manager, you are responsible for managing your employees as well as coaching and training them so that they can further their careers in addition to staffing and scheduling the business needs. A store manager must ensure the store is stocked, neat, clean and organized so that customers are able to come in and find exactly what they are looking for. Salaries for this position average around $45,000 Canadian.

 

Visual Merchandiser
Visual merchandisers are the employees who plan where the merchandise will be going onto the shelves, how the store will be set up in order to optimize sales and create the floorplans. Visual merchandisers place products together that can be sold as a complete outfit, so that the customer feels they need everything. Colour schemes and similar products stay together so that the floorplan makes sense to the customer. Not only do you need retail experience to understand product flow, fits, and overall visual techniques, but a Bachelor’s degree is also usually required. The salary for a visual merchandiser on average is around $40,000 Canadian.

 

Stylist
First and foremost, a fashion stylist needs a flair for style. Not only do you need to see things as a whole, you need to show that you are a fashionable individual. A stylist needs to pay extreme attention to detail and needs to think quickly on their feet. If a customer doesn’t have the same fashion sense as you, you need to be able to adapt to their style. As a stylist, you need experience in the industry and be able to merchandise the product seamlessly. The average salary for a fashion stylist is $40,000 Canadian.

 

Merchandise Manager
A merchandise manager runs product development and delivers the product vision. They can also be known as buyers. This role has a big focus on pre-planning. A merchandise manager needs to envision products a few seasons ahead. They need to fully understand the brand they are working with so that the product that is brought in fits within the brand’s vision. Not only do you need a background in retail, and a full understanding of the business, but you also need post-secondary education. A Bachelor’s degree in business, merchandising or something similar is preferred. The salary for this position can average $55,000 CAD, and extend upwards depending on the company and your experience.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Monday, May 14th, 2018

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Luxury Children’s Wear Brand Opens in Canada
Bonpoint, a Paris-based kidswear brand is branching into Canada by opening a standalone store in Vancouver. Located in Vancouver’s affluent West Side, Bonpoint has situated itself to target wealthy families, with some items costing hundreds of dollars. The store will open in a 920 square foot space on West 14th Avenue. Bonpoint carries a full line of upscale fashions with sizes from newborns to children as well as footwear, sunglasses, perfume and skincare. If the standalone store sees success in Vancouver, we can expect another Canadian location pop up soon in Toronto.

 

New Azzedine Alaïa Exhibition in London
“The Couturier”, a new exhibition showcasing Azzedine Alaïa pieces opened yesterday in London’s Design Museum. Nearly 60 dresses, including some very recognizable Alaïas, are framed in collections around screens he wanted to be designed by friends and artists he admired. From his iconic bandage dress to Tina Turner’s gold beaded number to the 2003 endless zipper dress famously photographed on Naomi Campbell. The exhibit is an exciting stroll through his long noted career.

 

No Frills Launches Merchandise Brand
The popular discount grocery store has indeed launched a small line of clothing available online only at haulershop.com. There are three T-shirts, a long sleeve and a hoodie all covered with the word “hauler” – a special name No Frills has deemed its shoppers. The tees and hoodies are limited edition and are meant to celebrate the No Frills loyal customers. That’s one way to support your grocery store!

 

H&M Launches Modest Clothing Line
Following the fashion industry’s march towards diversity and inclusivity, H&M has introduced a new modest clothing line available exclusively online. The collection incorporates conservative silhouettes with fashion-forward elements that are on trend such as ruffled skirts and detailed jacquard print pants. The retail giant currently operates in 69 markets and is taking steps to offer more of a “something for everyone” type of approach.

 

Highlights from the 2018 Met Gala
Does anyone else feel like the Met Gala is the new Oscars? I can barely contain my excitement to see how celebrities, designers and influencers interpret the theme into their outfits. This year attendees were devoted, making “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” a visual delight. We saw opulent headpieces, glorious capes and detailed, cross encrusted gowns. SZA, Rihanna, Jasmine Sanders, Stella Maxwell, Blake Lively and Priyanka Chopra made our best-dressed list. Who was on yours?

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Fashion Jobs – The 5 Items Every ‘It’ Girl Will be Wearing This Winter

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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For winter, everything on our fashion radar solely revolves around pieces that are both functional and fashionable. From chunky coats to keep you cozy and warm to statement boots so you can stand out from the crowd, you’ll definitely be seeing a lot of these 5 cold-weather pieces all season long.

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Teddy Bear Coat
A jacket that’s as soft as your favorite teddy bear, a double-breasted faux fur will keep you warm and cozy all season long.

 

Shop this Look: Lost Ink Faux Fur Coat, $322.27, available at Nordstrom

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Chunky Hoop Earrings
Whether worn dressed up or down, a pair of chunky hoops is the perfect accessory to instantly add some flair to your look.

 

Shop the Look: Chunky Hoop Earrings, $36.49, available at Madewell

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Chic Black Turtleneck
A thin black turtleneck is perfect for winter because it’s light enough to be worn on its own but will also easily layer under a cardigan, slip dress, or jacket on chillier days.

 

Shop the Look: Splendid Turtleneck, $65, available at Net-a-Porter

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Statement Booties
Just because the weather is dark and dreary doesn’t mean your outfit has to reflect this. This winter, opt for a pair of chic statement booties that will have you standing out from the sea of head-to-toe black.

 

Shop the Look: Jefferey Campbell Zosia Low Heel Metallic Boots, $170, available at ShopBop

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Baker Boy Hat
This hat was everywhere in the ’60s and ’70s and now thanks to celebs like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, it’s back in the fashion spotlight

 

Shop the Look: Isabel Marant Evie Wool-Blend Felt Cap, $155, available at Net-a-Porter

 

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Product Info:
Lost Ink Faux Fur Coat, $322.27, available at Nordstrom
Chunky Hoop Earrings, $36.49, available at Madewell
Splendid Turtleneck, $65, available at Net-a-Porter
Jefferey Campbell Zosia Low Heel Metallic Boots, $170, available at ShopBop
Isabel Marant Evie Wool-Blend Felt Cap, $155, available at Net-a-Porter

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

Fashion Jobs – Ways and Places You Can Find Your Career Guru

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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We can all admit, when it comes to moving up in the world, we could all use a little help. Especially when it comes to the competitive world of fashion. Rewind to when we were kids, there was always that one person who we looked up to. Whether it was a teacher, parent or coach. They always seemed to have the voice of reasoning, that helped guide us to the right decision. When it comes down to flourishing your career there are many people who have been there done that. Here are a few ways you can find your career guru!

 

Volunteer Your Time
There are many places in the industry that could use an extra hand in the office. So why not offer yours, and gain that extra experience to get yourself ahead? Take a risk and send a simple e-mail to that company you’ve had your eye on, ask if they have volunteer opportunities or internship contracts. Of course, most opportunities won’t be paid but all money aside, this opportunity can bring a lot of good fortune by meeting the right people.

 

Mix And Mingle
If you’re coming straight out of school as a fresh graduate or revamping yourself back into your career, networking events are an easy way for you to get your foot in the door, as many gurus from all different places love attending events. It’s a great way to progress your skills regardless of how many years you’ve got in the biz. With a schmoozing conversation, you might come across an opportunity from someone who needs someone just like you. LinkedIn is a great tool to use to see what type of events could be happening near you.

 

Find A Veteran
Whether it be a college professor or an internship boss, don’t be afraid to remain connected. These veterans can teach you the ins and outs of the industry and always lend an open ear when you’re trying to seek advice. While you’re interning or in school be curious, creating conversation is the best way to educate yourself about the industry. Be a listener and hear out their experiences of when they first began and how they got to where they are now. Yes, it may feel like the good old days, when mom and dad lectured you to boredom. In the end, we can all admit, they were always right!

 

With all the different loops the fashion industry has to offer from retail to head office jobs. It’s a pool of opportunity, so jump in. Mix and mingle, intern and retain your relationships with the well-connected folks you meet along the way. Undoubtedly you’ll get yourself recruited.

 

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By: Andrea Andino, Vancouver @andreaaandino

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Vancouver-Based Stylist and Creative Consultant Leila Bani

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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If you don’t recognize Leila Bani, chances are you will recognize her work. Leila is a Vancouver stylist and is well known for incredible editorial work.  Her work has made it into publications like, GQ, Emmy, Flare, Fashion, NUVO, Montecristo, The Editorial, Elle Canada, NYLON, ID, and Flaunt. Not only has she been featured in those publications, Leila does more than just style; she brings the clothes to life with her unique touch. As one of Vancouver’s top stylists, she continues to show the world how fashion is an art form and we were lucky enough to have her spare some time to answer some questions for us.

SNTF: We are in love with your work as a stylist, tell us what a typical day is like for you?

LB: Aww, thanks for that. The beauty of this job is that there aren’t really typical days. I could be on set for the day in studio or for a week, at some random location. I do spend a lot of time sourcing and shopping all over the place. It could be for some fresh looks to pull for an editorial or for say, a bathrobe for a dog (this was an actual request).

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SNTF: How did you get involved in being a stylist?

LB: I think it started with an unhealthily large magazine collection as a kid and it evolved from there. My first photo shoot was my school project and then I just built my portfolio baby step by step from there…. I had zero connections or idea what I was doing.

SNTF: When you are on set what are you typically doing? 

LB: Practicing creative thinking and problem solving while overseeing many moving parts and hauling stuff around. Fawning over the process and results.

SNTF: Being a stylist takes a lot of organization, how do you stay on top of clothing pulls and what clothes belong where?

LB: It does. I’m organized enough but also incredibly lucky to have an all-star team of some of the most OCD organizational types on earth!

SNTF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your editorial shoots and which shoot is your all time favourite that you’ve done so far?

LB: Inspiration really is everywhere. I love street casting and getting inspired by my surroundings. Choosing an all time favourite would be torture, but styling Coco Rocha and seeing her vault through the air like a sexy springbok in Balenciaga heels was certainly a highlight that I will never forget.

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SNTF: Tell us what a day of shooting looks like?  

LB: It’s not as exciting as you might think! It definitely has its glam perks at times, like meeting unique and beautiful people, shooting at very cool locations and of course the clothes! But there’s a lot of waiting around, tinkering, and set up/ tear down.

SNTF: What is your go-to outfit for a day of work? 

LB: Usually some type of comfort cocoon meets overgrown toddler look.

SNTF: What your most favourite and least favourite part of working as a stylist?

LB: The best part is the collaboration when everyone’s doing what they do best and it’s pure magic! I never ever tire of that feeling. My not so favourite part is the anti-climatic process of wrapping out the job, the paperwork, and the politics. Being based in Canada and feeling like I’m struggling to push some conservatives forward is always a perpetual struggle.4. Leila Bani Leon Bridges

SNTF: Where do you see yourself in five years? 

LB: I like to live spontaneously, so continuing with that and completing more collaborations.

SNTF: What are your stylist kit ‘must haves’?

LB: Topstick, loads of tape, scissors, clips n pins, my trusty “face bag” to keep makeup off clothes while changing, and Google maps!

SNTF: Lastly, Any advice for future fashion stylists?

LB: There’s so much more to it than just style, hustle is a must.

To follow along with Leila’s as a stylist, make sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram.

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Image 1 & 2 of Leila Bani, shot by Hana Pesut

Coco Rocha — Styled by Leila Bani, shot by Chris Haylett

Leon Bridges — Styled by Leila Bani, shot by Brendan Meadow

By: Marisa Horvath, @marisahorvath

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion Stylist Interview: Nadia Pizzimenti

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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For many fashion addicts, pulling clothing samples and coordinating different looks can be considered a dream career! Style Nine to Five had the opportunity to chat with talented fashion stylist Nadia Pizzimenti, whose work has been featured in both national and international print editorials and retail advertising campaigns, to give us the breakdown on what it takes to make it in the industry, the importance of a creative portfolio, and how to follow your own unique style visions.

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SNTF: Becoming a professional fashion stylist can be very competitive, as it takes a certain amount of drive to develop the right recognition and credibility. What was your initial big break into fashion styling? What background experience (through school, previous jobs or internships) helped you develop the necessary knowledge for your career?

NP: I’d say my first big break was getting the position as Key Stylist dressing the hosts for E! News Weekend. I was in my first year of styling, working on tons of creative photo shoots to build my portfolio, and [I] met a local designer who was leaving the show and asked me to replace her. It was definitely one of those right time/right place moments. I took the fashion program at Humber College in Toronto. While in school, I interned and then worked at a modeling agency as a junior agent, which gave me an excellent view of the fashion industry. I also acquired some contacts there that were useful later on when I wanted to get into styling. I then worked at a wholesale showroom, and as a visual merchandising manager at H&M. Both positions lent me valuable skills that I use today, such as managing time and people, styling techniques, and learning the ins and outs of the industry.

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SNTF: What would you say are the top three characteristics or skills a person must have in order to be an accomplished stylist?

NP: 1. Multi-tasking. 2. Networking. 3. Sense of style. However, the most important characteristic of the job is passion. Fashion styling is not as glamorous as it seems from the outside. There are a lot of long hours, free work, inconsistent schedules, schlepping clothing around…so you need to LOVE it!

SNTF: It’s often said that a key to success in the fashion industry are the people you know, or rather, the people who know you. How has the power of networking and managing lasting relationships played a part in the opportunities presented to you as a stylist?

NP: Networking is KEY in the fashion industry. When I decided to get into styling I took a part time course at Ryerson, while working full time. Every time we had a guest speaker I would go up to them at the end of class, introduce myself and tell them what I was looking to do in the industry, that’s how I met my agent. She gave me an internship, which led to assisting jobs, which led me to styling. Even now I make sure I attend as many events as I can, show support for peers, and meet and talk to people in the business. You never know where a conversation will take you.

SNTF: Your website, NADIAPIZZIMENTI.COM, showcases your impressive collection of work featured in editorials and fashion/commercial advertisements. Would you advise an aspiring stylist to build an online portfolio? How has it been beneficial to you? 

NP: Absolutely! As soon as I had enough photos to put a portfolio together I started one online. This made it easier to show photographers and clients my work. It also helps people who you may not have thought of contacting, find and contact you.

SNTF: You’ve collaborated on set with so many different brands, designers, photographers, directors; the list goes on. How do you achieve their creative visions or expectations while staying true to your own style aesthetic?

NP: It definitely depends on what kind of project I’m working on. For a more commercial based job, it’s all about the clients needs and wants. It’s more about producing an image that the client wants in a stylish way. For editorial and fashion jobs there’s a lot more room to be creative. It’s important to be honest with yourself and the client about where you want to go with the job, what works, and what doesn’t. I always like to research the concepts, leading me to find my own inspiration within theirs. Mood boards are an excellent way to visually show the client that you are taking their needs into consideration, while presenting your own. The client is (hopefully) hiring you based off of your previous work, so it’s important to balance your style with their ideas and needs.

SNTF: Lastly, for all the “styling newbies” out there, what can be expected when first entering this field? Any tips or secrets?

NP: There is a lot of competition out there and it takes a lot of hard work, patience, and time to get to where you want to go. Find people you like to work with and build creative teams. Hopefully you will end up growing and working together as time goes on. I used to think that one great job would boost me right to the top, but I soon learned that a successful career is built off a strong foundation, brick by brick.

To see more of Nadia, check out her links below!

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INSTAGRAM: @NADIAPIZZIMENTI

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AGENCY SITE: JUDYINC.COM/ARTISTS/NADIA-PIZZIMENTI

By: Alicia Elliot

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Fashion Jobs – An Exclusive Look into Rent frock Repeat

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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I recently spoke with Kristy Wieber, Co-founder and President of Canadian company, Rent frock Repeat. You might have seen Rent frock Repeat’s job postings, Logistics And Operations AssociateBeauty Video Blogger Intern and Stylist Intern on Style Nine to Five. The successful fashion e-commerce site is on the up and up and are expanding fast – here’s the inside scoop of what’s in store for RfR.

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ND: How would you explain Rent frock Repeat to somebody who has never shopped with you?

KW: Rent frock Repeat is an ecommerce site that allows women all across Canada to rent a designer dress at up to 90% off the retail cost. Women go online, choose a dress in the size they want, as well as back up size for free, then tell us where and when they want it delivered. We send the dress along with a prepaid return envelope & after 4 or 8 days, they put their dress in that envelope and drop it at the nearest Canada Post mailbox. We take care of dry cleaning. We also have a showroom in Toronto where women can try on the dresses during private fittings. We also offer Skype and phone consultations.

 

ND: What was the inspiration behind Rent frock Repeat?

KW: My business partner and I were invited to a wedding and were complaining that we didn’t want to buy another dress that was going to get worn once and then hang in our closet. We came across a company in the US that rented designer dresses, but they didn’t ship to Canada. We thought women across Canada deserved a service that allowed them access to a virtual designer closet.

 

ND: How do you choose what brands to carry?

KW: We certainly strive to carry established designers with a proven track record of impeccable design and quality, but we also love to find up-and-coming designers to introduce to our members as well as giving new Canadian designers a platform to share their work.

 

ND: What is it like to work at Rent frock Repeat?  

KW: Certainly fast paced, but also incredibly fun. As a start-up we all have to wear many different hats so you have to be willing to pitch in where needed, but it makes for a very strong and cohesive team. Every day is different and priorities can change very quickly, so we look to bring on people who are pro-active problem solvers with a desire to be a part of a start-up.

 

ND: How is Rent frock Repeat looking to expand?  

KW: As we grow, so do the roles in our company. We just brought on a Director of Marketing and a Business Development Representative. As the locations grow, so will the number of Stylists, Social Media Coordinators, etc.

 

 

ND: What will get Rent Frock Repeat customers excited for next season?

KW: We’re growing so fast! That means a lot of new inventory, new designers, and more selection in more sizes.  In addition, our Toronto showroom is moving into much bigger space in February, and we’re opening a showroom in Ottawa in the new year and Calgary soon after that.

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Check out Rent frock Repeat to find out how to get your hands on a designer dress and Style Nine to Five for their latest job postings.

 

All photos courtesy of Rent frock Repeat

 

By: Nikita Due

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Fashion Career: Finding Your Perfect Fit

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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The fashion industry is a beast. There are so many different jobs available in fashion that even if you can’t sew or model, you can still find a role that reflects your talents. Below are a few ideas to get you thinking about the various careers that might be for you!

1. Designer

What it entails: These guys are the most influential people in the industry. Just think about it – if it weren’t for designers, there would be nothing for models to wear, photographers to shoot, and the rest of us to talk about and lust over. Designers can work independently, for a fashion house, or a department store. As a designer, you will be sketching and constructing collections, building samples, fitting models, and presenting your collections.

How to get it: Being a designer requires having technical skills. Getting a degree in fashion design and building experience through interning is a great way to build a foundation. Working as a design assistant is also a great way to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be a designer. By working as a design assistant, you can also start to build a network that will help you when you take the reins and do it on your own.

2. Sales/Brand Representative 

What it entails: As a sales/brand rep, you get a firsthand look at the latest samples before they hit the stores. In this role, you are pitching products to various stores/boutiques/editors/bloggers and are following up with various clients in regards to product samples.

How to get it: Key characteristics you need to have in sales: persistence, persuasion, and good listening skills. Being up to date in fashion trends is also extremely helpful as you will be pitching products to various people in the industry.

3. Buyer

What it entails: As a buyer you’re always thinking ahead of the current trend and shopping for the next season. Buyers are responsible for, as you might guess, all the purchasing of products for a retail store. Not only are buyers responsible for all the purchasing of apparel and supplies, but they have to manage inventory levels, analyze sales records to determine how much product to buy, build relationships with suppliers, and educate the sales teams on how to promote new products.

How to get it: In most instances, companies will prefer you to have a degree in fashion design or a purchasing professional certificate. In addition to having a degree, sales experience and experience assisting in buying are important to have when landing a career in buying.

4. Stylist

What it entails: People like Rachel Zoe have put the job of stylist on the map as one of the most recognizable career choices in fashion. As a stylist, it is your job to make sure your client is looking camera ready. Stylists use their knowledge of fit, color and style to help their clients achieve their desired look.

How to get it: To land a job as a stylist you need to build a client base – so networking and having a portfolio of people you have helped are a must. In this line of work, you have the choice to do it independently or work through a company to build your foundation as a stylist.

5. Fashion Journalist

What it entails: As a fashion journalist, you share information about fashion related topics on various print and online platforms.

How to get it: The best three pieces of advice for landing a career in fashion journalism are: 1. Write constantly to build a portfolio and develop your writing skills 2. Write for everyone and anywhere 3. Position yourself as an authority in the industry by doing your research and staying current on fashion news, trends and personalities.

 

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By: Nikita Due

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Amy Lu

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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Born with a knack for fashion and an incredible sense of style, Canadian fashion and celebrity stylist Amy Lu has taken the world by storm one outfit at a time.  She began her journey as a stylist 12 years ago, and has since gone on to work with major brands and celebrities including Russell Crowe, Jessica Pare and Selena Gomez just to name a few. With a new baby in her life, Amy Lu has never been busier but she was able to take the time out to answer some questions just for our style nine to five readers.

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Style Nine to Five: What made you want to become a fashion stylist?

Amy Lu: I was destined to work in fashion because I have loved clothes for as long as I can remember. Most of my childhood memories include clothing; I can visualize what I, and the people in my memories were wearing, I am a very visual person. Having said that, I dabbled in photography, marketing, and fashion design before committing to styling; I didn’t actually realize ‘fashion styling’ was a career. Once I styled my first shoot I was hooked!

 

SNTF: How long have you been in this industry?

AL: I started styling full-time in 2002, so 11 years. However I was involved in the industry before that doing internships and networking at fashion events like a madwoman!

 

SNTF: Have you experienced any difficulty while establishing yourself as a professional fashion stylist?

AL: It’s a difficult career to excel in; It’s highly competitive, very demanding and risky financially when you first start. When I got into the industry, it was a bit like the wild west because there were no talent agencies in Vancouver, you had to fend for yourself. Now things are much more established. You have to want success REALLY badly to rock in this field but as with anything in life, if you work hard enough, you will succeed!

 

SNTF: Did you attend school and/or complete an internships in this profession before becoming a stylist?

AL: I completed the Fashion Merchandising program at Blanche Macdonald which allowed me to focus on fashion for an entire year. Prior to that I took Marketing in university and various photography and design courses at Emily Carr. I interned briefly with a designer in New York and assisted a stylist on a one day shoot, after that I just went for it!

 

SNTF: What are some names that you have worked with in the past?

AL: I’ve had the opportunity to work with many celebrities and top models; Noot Seear, Lisa Winkler, Selena Gomez, Lily Cole, Dragonette, Carrie Fisher, Russell Crowe and Mad Men’s Jessica Pare.

 

SNTF: Do you have any advice for readers who may be looking to get into this profession?

AL: Work hard, breathe all things fashion, take people’s advice with a grain of salt, and just go for it!

 

To learn more about Amy Lu, visit www.judyinc.com/artists/amy-lu

By: Layan Barakat, Toronto

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