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André Leon Talley Offers 5 Tips on Making it In Fashion

Behold, his top 5 tips:

1. Learn French. At age 28, André was on staff at the Paris Bureau of Women’s Wear Daily, which apparently offered him unique opportunities. He explains, “When I got to Paris and I could speak French, I know how much it helped me to establish relationships with Karl Lagerfeld, with the late Yves St. Laurent. French, it just helps you if you’re in fashion. The French people started style.”

2. Don’t do a reality TV show. Though he was on the judges panel of America’s Next Top Model, he did so as an afterthought after years of hard work. He says, “I think reality TV is a terrible thing. I am a victim of having watched Dancing With the Stars this season. I was watching and I realized, you know, I would never put myself in the position that these people do, of humiliation, to be rejected.”

3. Handwrite your letters. He says, “When I have interns, I always say handwritten thank-you notes can make a difference. People remember that — not an e-mail, a handwritten note in an envelope.” *Editorial note: It’s good to write one handwritten letter a month. Buy yourself some nice stationary and get to it. You’ll be head and shoulders above the rest.

4. Don’t shy away from doing menial or poorly paid tasks. André started off as a receptionist at Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, and was paid $50 a week to take messages, answer the phone, and pick up Andy’s lunch. He adds, “People have started their careers picking up pens on the floor for great designers, interning for designers, and having menial tasks.”

5. Good etiquette and grooming are key. Learn your pleases and thankyous, and always dress to impress. He says, “The kind of tools you need to be a successful [are] punctuality, grace, manners, speaking properly to people, looking well-groomed, [and being] focused.”

Source: Fashionbombdaily

Loving Life

You can find me buried in between racks of CLOTHES, carrying garment bags, and stuffing my trunk with completely oversized SHOPPING BAGS from any store that lives on Rodeo Drive. The week of the Golden Globe Awards was one hectic and exciting week! Working as a Styling Assistant to Beau Anthony and Dave Thomas, I've been doing more studio pulls/returns than anything in the past couple of months. However, things picked up in pace, jumping right into reality. Last week was most definitely 'A week in the life of a Stylist'. From working as a styling assistant on set of Chris Brown's album package photoshoot, fitting Kevin McHale and Naya Rivera of Glee, to fitting P.Diddy for the Golden Globe Awards-I can honestly say I am loving the way things are flowing. An abundance of fashionable knowledge was digested in so little time and I am loving every bit of it. I appreciate being busy, working hard, being less available to my phone, driving all over town meeting tons of new faces in the fashion industry, forgetting to eat, meeting deadlines, and getting just enough rest to wake up and do it all over again (not to mention balancing work as a visual merchandiser for Forever21 in the midst of all these tasks). I am definitely blessed to have these opportunites at the young age of 20. Burgeoning into a fashion and styling career, I'm paying my dues and paving the way. Ride with me!
*Special shout out to Dave and Beau I live for you! xxo

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