Monday, December 23, 2013

So, its been a little while.


I get it. Really, I do.

I've neglected this blog so much, and I completely understand if no one actually reads this post. But I really hope some of you do, because so, so much has happened within the past year, and I really want to share it with everyone. In fact, big things are still happening, and I hope to do a better job at documenting and sharing it all.

So, last year I published a very similar post to the one that this post will be: a breakdown of pretty much every significant thing that happened to me in 2013 and since my last post. So, without further ado, here we go.

January: I ended my last post with an exciting statement that I would be working market week at Stella McCartney come January, but unfortunately, I had some serious health issues, and it didn't quite pan out. But not to worry; the rest of the year went very well!

About two weeks ago I was browsing through Pet Finder, and I came across these two little puppies. They are Chihuahua mixes, somewhere between 3-6 months, and brother and sister. They were brought into a city shelter after their old owner no longer wanted them. 
I knew I had to meet them, so I quickly emailed the shelter and met them the next day. It was love at first sight!
I’ve had them for about a week and a half, and they are by far the most adorable puppies I’ve ever seen. It breaks my heart that they were abandoned at such a young age, but I’m so happy that I was able to give two dogs a home instead of going through a pet store or a breeder.
I named them ChloĆ© and Kenzo, after two of my favorite fashion houses.
Chloe and Kenzo <3 td="">

February - April: This was a busy few months. First off, I adopted two puppies! It was crazy, because I wasn't even seriously looking for a dog, let alone two, but I came across their profiles while browsing They are two Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mixes, who are brother and sister, and were only three months old when I adopted them. I named them Kenzo and Chloe after two of my favorite fashion houses.

Also, I started interning at Burberry. This was an amazing internship, not only because its a great (British!) company, with a CEO (now former CEO, Angela Ahrendts) who I admire and have written countless term papers on, and which has incredible employee-only sample sales (hello, Prorsum), but because I learned what is probably the most important lesson of all: its OK to change your mind.

Now, for those of you who were reading way back in 2011 when I first started writing, you may recall that my lifelong dream was always to be a Buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. Well, at some point during my Wholesale Internship at Burberry, I changed my mind.

My street on the Upper West Side.
I decided that I want to pursue a career in Public Relations, contrary to my initial thoughts after my first experience in PR a little while back (which you can read about here.)

Also, in April, I moved to a new apartment on the Upper West Side. Usually, I tend not to leave the Chelsea/SoHo area, but I completely fell in love with the neighborhood! I live right near the park, in the most perfect pre-war, pet-friendly apartment.

May - August: I interned at Proenza Schouler for the summer. After deciding that I wanted to shift my focus to PR, I started looking for summer internships that were more in line with my new goals. I ended up getting hired on the spot for an internship at one of my favorite fashion houses: Proenza Schouler!

I've always admired younger, New York-based designers, like my all-time favorite, Alexander Wang. Proenza Schouler, designed by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCoullough, was founded in 2003, after the designers graduated from Parsons. In the past ten years, the company has gone on to become one of the most influential fashion houses worldwide.

Eric and I (and Chloe's little head!) a few weeks ago.
Also, I stopped working at Juicy Couture, and got a job as a Sunglasses Specialist at Bloomingdale's in SoHo in May.

September - December: I interned at PR Consulting. After my experience at Proenza Schouler, I thought it would be a good idea to try interning for an agency, especially because I had only ever interned in-house for designers.

I was hired by someone who actually used to work with my boss at Proenza Schouler, which proves how small the industry really is sometimes. During my internship here, I worked with three brands - Versace, Versus Versace, and Christopher Kane, instead of just one.

Overall, it was a pretty good experience and I learned a lot, but I don't think it was a great fit; I definitely prefer to work in-house and focus 100% on one designer.

Also, my boyfriend, Eric, and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary a few days ago, which is crazy.

I just finished my second week interning in the Public Relations department at Tom Ford. I know what you’re thinking — Yes, it’s my spring internship, and yes, I started early, because I’m an overachiever like that.

So far, it’s amazing. Not only is Tom Ford one of my favorite fashion houses, but I love what I’m doing and everyone I work with, and the showroom is so beautiful.

I’ll keep everyone updated over the next few months.

xx Mallory
Tom Ford SS '13 campaign.
So, that was my year. What's next, you ask?

Well, I was hired to intern in Public Relations at Tom Ford for the Spring semester, but I ended up starting early (about two weeks ago) because I'm an over-achiever like that. Just kidding. Kind of.

Also, I think sometimes people reading this blog forget that I'm still a college student... But I'll actually be graduating this time next year! It was originally supposed to be in May 2014, but I took a little break this past spring, and decided to push it back one semester. I'm not ready for the real world just yet.

Until next time,


Monday, December 31, 2012

My 2012: A Review

A lot has changed this year, including my hair! Read on and scroll down for photos. :)

It's no secret that I've been pretty absent from the blogosphere this year. I mean, since my post on the delusional intern (Hey, Xuedan!) who's suing Hearst back in February, I haven't really added any new content to Mallory In New York. I know its a terrible excuse, but I've been crazy busy this year. Here's a recap of what I've been up to since my last post:

February 2012: I dyed my hair black. Yeah, black. It may seem a little extreme, but halfway through my internship at Elle I started feeling like my overall look wasn't fashion-y (or edgy) enough, especially compared to the people I was working with. So, I went to a salon, and in a matter of 45 minutes, my hair was eight inches shorter, black, and with bangs. Its very dramatic, to the point that at least three people every day ask me if I'm wearing a wig. I (usually) choose to take it as a compliment. 

May 2012: I finished my internship at Elle. At the time of my last post, I was interning for the Market Director at Elle magazine. I was there when Joe Zee was filming "All On The Line", when Elle's famous semi-annual accessories issue was relaunched, and, of course, when that crazy Harper's Bazaar intern sued Hearst. (I guess she never got the memo that fashion internships are unpaid.) I ended up working in the accessories department for my last few months at Elle,  ultimately finishing my internship in mid-May.

June 2012: I fell in love...with Alexander Wang. I was so wrapped up in Elle, that by the time the semester ended, I didn't have any plans for summer. I emailed the HR girl at Alexander Wang, a designer who I've loved since his first season, and was invited to intern during Resort 2013 Market Week in June. I worked in the model closet with the stylist, and it was by far the most incredible experience I've had. 

June 2012: I met Karl Lagerfeld. During my week at Alexander Wang, I met Kyle, an aspiring stylist with a healthy (or not-so-healthy. whatever.) obsession with Givenchy. Somehow, after our second day at Wang came to an end, we went from aimlessly wandering around SoHo to walking on the red carpet into a VIP party for Karl Lagerfeld's "Little Black Jacket" at Chanel. Penn Badgley was there. Joan Smalls was there. Carine Roitfeld was there. And, of course, Monsieur Lagerfeld himself! I shook his hand and drunkenly told him how inspirational and incredible and amazing he is. He said thank you and smiled. And he smelled amazing, of course. By far the most incredible night of my life.

June 2012: I FINALLY created an Instagram... So follow me: MalloryInNewYork. It'll be super fun. Promise.

July 2012 - August 2012: I interned at Nanette Lepore. In July, I started interning in the showroom at Nanette Lepore, a designer I've always admired for not only creating quirky, adorable closet staples, but also for manufacturing her entire line right here in New York City. I also helped at Intermezzo, a major fashion trade show, and met Nicole Loher, who's even more adorable in person.

August 2012: I started interning at Jimmy Choo. After a whopping SEVEN fashion internships, I finally secured an internship in what I actually came to New York to do: Buying! I was the only intern for the Retail Department, so it was extremely hands-on, as I worked directly with the Buyers and the Planner. I finished my internship two weeks ago, and I learned so much more during these past few months than I have in the past two and a half years at FIT. I also had my own desk (with a view!).

September 2012: I stopped working at Clinique. As much as I loved working as a makeup artist, I finally got to the point where I wanted to focus 100% of my energy on fashion. Of course, my makeup bag is still 90% Clinique products!

September 2012: I turned 21! And, I feel extremely old.

September 2012: I started working at Juicy Couture. After fashion week, I started job-hunting again, which is always fun (sarcasm). It didn't take long until I landed a job at Juicy Couture, the home of the beloved hot pink track suit. There are actually a lot of fashion-forward pieces at Juicy,  particularly in the higher end BIRD line, which I encourage you to check out. My employee discount is also amazing.

October 2012: I went back to Alexander Wang. For Spring/Summer 2013 Market in mid-September, I headed back to Alexander Wang, but this time as a Stylist Assistant. I worked with Kyle and Jess (the amazing stylist) again, and some of the pieces in the line GLOW IN THE DARK. I seriously cannot wait until the collection hits stores.

November 2012: I went to my first sample sale. Early last month, I waited outside 131 Greene Street for 9.5 hours (10:30-8:00) in thirty degree weather for Alexander Wang's sample sale. I was first in line (of course) and I spent almost all of my savings, but I now wear nothing but Alexander Wang, and I wouldn't have it any other way! Needless to say, I'm obsessed.

December 2012: I was selected as an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lauren Berger, she's someone I've always looked up to. The self-proclaimed "Intern Queen" completed FIFTEEN internships during her four years at UCF, just a few hours away from my hometown in South Florida. She now runs an internship database for students. Given my past experience, I've been selected to blog for her site in the new year. You can read about that here.

December 2012: My boyfriend and I celebrated our 4th anniversary. I don't talk about my personal life too often on here, but I felt like this is a pretty big milestone, especially for someone my age. My boyfriend, Eric, and I met in history class in 10th grade, and then started dating a year and a half later. He came to New York with me after graduation, and we now live together in an overpriced apartment with our beloved espresso machine. #fairytales

So, that was my 2012. What's next, you ask? Well, I'm heading to Stella McCartney for Pre-Fall 2013 Market in early January, where I'll be working with amazing clothes and amazing models. I'll be sure to do a better job at keeping everyone updated this year!

In the meantime, here are some photos of my 2012:

At my desk at Jimmy Choo, attempting to look professional with my red lipstick and all.
View from my desk at Jimmy Choo.

I developed this bizarre habit of giving fake names to the baristas at Starbucks.

I fell in love with the East Side. Its so charming!

Walking through the East Village, I found a mode of transportation far more chic than the train.
I ate a lot  of sushi this year.
Oh, the joys of being 21...

Anna Wintour on Fashion's Night Out! I was literally 6 feet away.

The Alexander Wang Showroom.

Another shot of Alexander Wang's studio.
My first Alexander Wang bag, the Brenda Chain.

The most major change during 2012? I only wear black now. And I am completely in love with this blazer.
I snapped this (somewhat blurry) pic of Karl Lagerfeld during a party I crashed in June.
Taken at  the event for "Little Black Jacket."
My first Marc Jacobs bag!
After seeing these incredible iPhone cases, I'm more inspired than ever to give up my Droid.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Former Intern Sues Harper's Bazaar; Why some people shouldn't work in Fashion

Harper's Bazaar: The magazine when millions of girls would kill to work.

I'm not sure if anyone's heard, but news broke yesterday that 28-year-old Xuedan Wang plans to sue Hearst publication Harper's Bazaar. She allegedly interned in the fashion closet from August to December last year to gain some experience in the industry, but is extremely upset because she was -- wait for it -- not paid. She also had to work 'long hours' doing 'boring things' like sample trafficking.

I don't even know where to start on this. Let's just talk about the fact that this girl is twenty eight years old. Now, not to discriminate on anyone based on their age, but at 28 years old, and with a college degree, you should be further along in your career than this. I've interned with others as old as 25, but at least they had a good attitude.

Also, if she has already graduated from college, how did she even get an internship at any Hearst publication to begin with? I'm currently interning at Elle (owned by Hearst), and school credit is absolutely required for all interns. Its how they are compensated for their work, and if that's not okay with you or you're 'above it', don't get an unpaid internship. Period.

Even if she wasn't comfortable with an unpaid internship, why did she stay at Harper's for five months? I'm pretty sure they told her in her interview that the position was unpaid. And, if she did decide to stick with the unpaid gig, why not consider getting a job for when she's not in the office?

As far as the 'long hours', she claimed that she worked 40-50 hours a week. Um, that's only 8-10 hours a day, AKA an average work day. There are some days when I've been at Elle for thirteen hours, but as an intern, you stay for as long as you are needed. End of story.

She also complained that she was forced to do 'boring' and 'unimportant' tasks such as sample trafficking. As a closet intern, the largest part of your day should be sample trafficking, and it is extremely important, as this is how the stylists have options, the showrooms get their samples back, and the closet does not get overflowed. And, if you see being surrounded by the couture that graces the pages of Harper's Bazaar as 'boring', I'm curious as to why you want to work in fashion at all. I'm also pretty confused as to what this girl actually thought she'd be doing as a closet intern.

Just for comparison, here's what my daily life is like: I'm a full-time student, taking 21 credits Mondays, Fridays, and online. I intern at Elle Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for approximately ten hours a day. And, I work at a Clinique counter on Monday and Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays. Altogether, that's approximately eighty hours a week that I'm working. But, have you ever seen me complaining? I may have to cut back on the blogging at times, but I am beyond grateful for all of my experience.

Overall, if the only thing Xuedan Wang can think of doing after five months of interning at one of the world's most successful publications is suing them, maybe she isn't cut out to work in this industry after all. I mean, if she actually lands a job in the industry after all of this bad press, does she honestly think it'll be any easier?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Prabal Gurung for... Sephora?

Classic Prabal Gurung style -- Red and black. Inspiration for Sephora uniforms.

For fragrance junkies and makeup addicts alike, Sephora is the one-stop fantasy-land for any beauty need. There are higher end brands like YSL and NARS, classic department store staples like Clinique, and smaller, lower-priced brands like Smashbox and Too Faced. And, the fragrance wall[s] seem to be endless.

Needless to say, Sephora is single-handedly reinventing the beauty industry. And, as the high-low collaboration trend is slowly becoming over-saturated, it was only a matter of time until a new format of designer collaborations evolved. And, Prabal Gurung seems to be the forerunner.

Last month, it was announced that Prabal Gurung was to design new uniforms for the Sephora beauty advisors. Even though the uniforms won't be seen in stores until April, an image of the models has surfaced:

A candid shot taken during the first promotional shoot for Prabal Gurung x Sephora.

Chic, right? There are three different designs: Black and red-accented separates for men, a women's pant suit with a bow-tie collar shirt, and a women's trapeze dress. And, of course, the beauty advisers will be 'encouraged' to wear red lipstick to match.

Of the designs, Prabal has stated, "If my design, for that one particular moment when he or she is wearing it, looks at themselves in the mirror and feels, 'you know what, I feel better. I look good. I want to do my job better'...that's what fashion is about."

“My intention was to reflect the style and playfulness of shopping in a Sephora store, but to also make sure [the uniforms] would be functional in such a fast-paced environment."

“The dress incorporates one of my favorite design elements, offering a flash of vibrant red, while the women’s pant suit and the separates for men give a sleeker, more tailored look.”

So, will this become the new collaboration - High end designers creating pieces for employees, instead of low-priced retailers? Only time will tell.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Clinique Almost Lipstick Launches

Ever since I began working at Clinique, I've pretty much become obsessed with all of the products and the brand itself. After all, I'm living and breathing Clinique for about 25 hours every week!

So, imagine my surprise (and complete and utter joy!) when I came across a post about Clinique's newest product launch on my favorite beauty site, Temptalia. Of course, I already knew all about Almost Lipstick, but it was still awesome seeing it.

One of Clinique's classic products is a lipstick called Black Honey, which is a dark, sheer shade that is flattering on literally everyone. They relaunched the line last year to include a limited edition blush and Almost Lipstick.

As it turns out, the shade was so successful that the Clinique execs decided to bring back Almost Lipstick in not only Black Honey, but seven other shades as well:
  • Black Honey
  • Shy Honey
  • Tender Honey
  • Spice Honey
  • Luscious Honey
  • Chic Honey
  • Lovely Honey
  • Flirty Honey
Almost Lipstick is another highly successful, temporarily discontinued Clinique product. Its a lipstick with a more moisturizing consistency. It is extremely sheer, allowing each person's natural lip color to show through, but with a subtle hint of the shade itself. They create an extremely natural look that is completely perfect for spring! 

Another interesting thing I've learned: Clinique's Almost Lipstick has received more credits in Elle magazine's history than any other lipstick! [In case you're not aware, I also intern at Elle, which makes this little fact extremely ironic.]

The new line of Almost Lipstick is now available at Clinique counters nationwide. Will you be buying it?