Advice from Fashion Assistant at Vogue, Lucy Walker

Ever thought you wanted to be a fashion assistant? If so, you need to intern.

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Lucy Walker, Fashion Assistant at British Vogue, discusses her job roles and the do’s and don’t’s for interns wanting to pursue this as a career.

One of Lucy’s main roles is to assist the freelance contributors for the magazine, with the newest contributor being the beautiful Kate Moss. I am so excited to get my December issue of Vogue through the post to see her new shoot with John Galliano. I mean, who isn’t?

Research is also a massive part of her job title. For a shoot to come together Lucy creates boards with the outfits that she needs for the shoots, using sources such as style.com. Another role is assisting on shoots. Lucy described, “If anyone needs something on a shoot I am the one that makes it happen.”

She gave us interns some invaluable advice:

  1. Your CV must be short, concise and efficient – one page and definitely no work experience such as baby-sitting.

  2. When emailing a company make sure you get the correct name of the person you are writing to. As much as this sounds obvious, she described how many people don’t actually do this.  Make sure you do this even if you have to call the company to get it, do it!

  3. TEAM AWARENESS – it is extremely important that you get on with everyone in your team.

  4. You must be good at speaking on the telephone, always being as friendly as possible. Remember everyone is a contact who you need to build a relationship with.

  5. Must have the mentality of “nothing is ever too much trouble” even if that includes making cups of tea or running over to Starbucks.

When listening to Lucy describe her job, most of all what glimmered through was her absolute love for it. This is exactly what I admired and hope that one day I can find exactly what she has!

Yasmin Le Bon

Yasmin Le Bon took time out of her extremely busy schedule as a super model, mother and wife to come and talk to the students at the Condé Nast College about her experiences in the fashion industry. She started her career in the 1980s, but does not plan to stop any time soon. She explained that being in the fashion industry at her age puts her at an emotional risk, however luckily she expressed, “I don’t want to give up, I feel guarded in this fashion bubble…it becomes a little like a drug, its addictive.” The ‘fashion bubble’ for Yasmin comes in the form of her modelling family she has made over the years, including beauties such as Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen.

Whilst starting her modelling career, Yasmin did not feel a connection to the clothes that she was selling as they were not the type of clothes a female of her age would be wearing. She describes a shoot that she did for Vogue UK in 1988, photographed by Andrew Macpherson, as the first time she felt a ‘spark’ with the outfits she was modelling. I have added some images of the shoot below:

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When it comes to capturing the perfect photo, Yasmin has had to ban everyone from sitting around monitors whilst she is working. She very professionally stated that every focus should be on her, “the most important relationship is between me and the photographer.” The second key ingredient is the connection of the ‘team’ on set from stylists to make up artists; everyone should be fully involved in capturing the perfect photo.

Yasmin looks a lot younger than her years and even manages to look phenomenal with short peroxide blonde hair (I know it is unfair). Below are a few images of her recent shoot with Elle Spain, photographed by Xavi Gordo:

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Questions were then opened to the floor and of course everyone was interested in her daughter, Amber Le Bon, being part of the modelling world. Below are some images of the beautiful ‘Le Bon’ daughter:

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Yasmin described how she did not anticipate Amber becoming a fixture in the fashion industry, although she is incredibly happy for her. “She is a very level headed girl and has been brought up around the business her entire life.” However, every mother wants to protect her children and she admitted that she feels rather conflicted about the situation. She then said, “she gets a lot out of it in terms learning about styling, photography and make-up, however any young girl earning that much money in such a short space of time is worrying.” Whilst starting as a model Yasmin had lots of issues she had to worry about but she stated, “the struggle is important, at the bottom you learn everything.” From such humble beginnings, you can tell that having such a down to earth mother will help guide Amber. That combined with her evident natural beauty (and amazing hair), I am sure she will go onto follow in her mother’s footsteps.

Starting at the Condé Nast College

I started at the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design on Monday with extremely high expectations – I have to say every expectation has been met with flying colours!

Although lets rewind a little bit…HOW DID I DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR ON MY FIRST DAY?! I went for something safe that actually ended up being the worst possible outfit I could have ever picked! I couldn’t walk properly in my pencil skirt and my new boots gave me the biggest blisters ever but at least it was pretty, right?

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The jumper is from UNIQLO. I have only recently discovered this store and absolutely love it. It has every basic item of clothing you could imagine, at a good price and the quality feels great! It is also perfect if you are like me and prefer outfits to be more understated and minimalistic. My pencil skirt is about a year old but I love the lace and metallic feel about it. The boots are from Zara and can be found here but if i give you one piece of advice it is to wear LONG SOCKS and not trainer socks with them!!!!!

When we arrived at the college we had a chance to meet all of the other students on the course, which was extremely interesting as everyone was from a different country! I have met amazing people from Australia, Singapore to Paris and Lebanon. I am so excited to get to know them better during these ten weeks. We started the morning with an induction where we were introduced to the principle Susie Forbes and had talks from the Vice Principle and the Course Director. Lunch was then provided which consisted of sushi, beetroot and goats cheese salad, cous cous, wraps and little sandwiches. It was lovely! We then had further lectures about the college and to end the most overwhelming, fantastic day we had a drinks reception!

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We were also given these cute alphabet bags with our initials on them filled with the most recent vogue, induction information for the week and also an invitation to an event at Topshop tomorrow (I will be sure to fill you guys in on this in my next post)!

Today we had a London Orientation Day!

We all met at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington where we were introduced to the inspiring Helen Evenden. She took us on a tour around the museum where she told us interesting facts and history about the museum and the collections. When looking at art and design she gave us three tips to uncover research: to look at who designed the object, look at when it was designed then how it was made.

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Little coffee break – best skinny mocha I have had in ages!

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This was the beautiful, modern, colourful chandelier that was in the main reception of the V&A.

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This was a temporary part of the exhibition that consisted of 5000 mini windmills that all moved!

We then had the chance to view the ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition.

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This exhibition not only had great music but was also fascinating to look around. I loved the quote from the great British designer Vivienne Westwood: “I am a great believer in copying – there has never been an age in which people have so little respect for the past.” I completely agree! The best form of collecting future research definitely comes from looking at the past!

Another interesting aspect of the exhibition was the popularity of knitwear in the 80s. In the most recent edition of Vogue there is an article by Sarah Harris called “The IT Sweater”. It describes how people are now spending their money on ‘it’ jumpers instead of the new ‘it’ handbag or pair of shoes!! I am sure everyone has seen the Bambi Givenchy sweaters on every fashion icon there is! Everything seems to be derived from the past!

We then went on a little walk stopping at the Royal College of Art and then through Hyde Park to the Serpentine Gallery by Zaha Hadid.

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After walking around we went outside to view the spectacular Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion by Sou Fujimoto. It is meant to look like a cloud and I have heard it is amazing to view when it is raining!

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We also got a great ‘Condé Nast Family Photo’!

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As we were only a ten-minute walk away from Oxford Street, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the day than with a little shopping trip!

A/W Must Haves

I have been trying to compile a list of items every female needs for autumn/winter 2013, so I thought the best idea would be to ask some of my best friends what they couldn’t live without.

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1. Vintage Black Belt – This belt is slim enough to wear with jeans and with an extra button put in to wear with high waisted clothes. “It makes my random assortment of clothes look like an “outfit”. Vintage comes easy in London, take a trip to Camden or Portobello Market and I am sure you can pick up a unique belt that looks great with any outfit.

2. Bright Lipstick – “I wear a lot of black clothes so some colour on your lips brightens up any outfit that isn’t very exciting.” My personal favourite lipsticks are all from MAC and I am wearing Russian Red a lot at the moment. Another trend that I am going to try out is wearing a brown colour that was seen on the catwalk at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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1. Trench Coat – The weather isn’t quite cold enough to bring out your cosy winter jacket just yet and a trench is a perfect alternative. “They are timeless, classic and the key definition of smart/casual…perfect for after work drinks.” Rachel has recently started working in Hobbs and has been using her discount wisely, and invested in an amazing new trench.

2. Dark Wash Skinny Jeans – These are a definite must have in any wardrobe, “they are flattering, versitile and great for day to night outfits.” I just invested in Topshop Leigh Skinny Jeans (they have the added benefit of being extremely comfortable).

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KATIE:

1. Heeled Boots – Everybody needs a classic pair of heeled boots for winter. If you manage to find a comfy pair it is perfect as they make any outfit look better..they also make your legs look longer (a definite bonus).

2. Jumpsuit – When the weather gets a little colder a jumpsuit is a perfect alternative to a dress. “I love this black backless one from ASOS, black is a little boring but it is easy to dress up with a nice belt and jewellery.”

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LUCIE:

1. Fur Gilet – Can dress up an outfit to make it look smarter and can also be worn over a coat to make it warmer. “I am in love with my new gilet – it is definitely my best purchase for winter.”

2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Balm – When the weather starts to get a little colder, your skin and hair suffer the most. This lip balm is so moisturising and is great to keep chapped lips away. I would also recommend argon oil for your hair.

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1. A Cape – This is a little bit different to a winter jacket and I feel it is also more feminine. There are great high street ones in H&M at the moment but be quick as they sell out fast. For those of you with a little more cash to splash the Victoria Beckham AW13 one is the dream!

2. Statement Trousers – “I am absolutely loving tartan at the moment, Zara have a great pair of woolen ones…I am definitely saving for them.” I am loving this trend too, shops are doing it great by using classic fabrics with modern twists such as big zips and pockets.

My puppy Mimi is in the photo with Megan. She is such a little angel. 

Some of my other friends have also given me some great suggestions. Chia seeds were on the list for wellbeing when it is easier to fall ill, use them mixed in smoothies. Another must have is TEA!!!!! I honestly can’t live without tea and neither can my friend Sara. I would highly recommend Teapigs Matcha Green Tea!

Last by not least my shopping list for A/W13 includes:

A fur collar

An A-Line Skirt

Zara Tartan Top and Trousers

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– BEROCCA (I need one every morning to start my day).

My sister is coming to visit me in London at the weekend and we are going to have a little browse around Camden. I will share with you all the treasures I manage to find…I am currently on the hunt for lots of nice thin gold rings and bracelets that can all be worn at the same time!