Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fashion Media

Something that is a personal interest of mine is Fashion/the Fashion industry. It is something that I think about on a day-to-day basis; whether it is a job in the field of fashion, ways to create my own clothing, fashion photography, blogs, styling, or shopping, I am always integrated in the some form of the industry. This post shows what sources I use to find out information about this industry and which I find are most reliable.

Finding a Career in the Fashion Industry:

As a senior in college it is very important that I obtain internships and/or jobs that will benefit me in the future. I am also starting to look for potential job positions/openings at different corporations for after I graduate in the spring. This year I was able to find a couple great internships using Internships.com. This site allows people to create online resumes and allows you to search for open job/internship positions in your area. You can search keywords that you are interested in or simply look jobs up based off location. When you find one you like, simply apply. Employers are also able to contact you if they are searching for an employee. Some other websites that offer information about jobs in the fashion industry include dreamfashionjobs.com, which is a blog dedicated to posting current fashion internship opportunities around the country. Summerinternships.com is another, offering summer internships, classes and boarding in an area of your choosing. This company is a little different though, because you have to pay for their services. But, if you are willing to pay for it you can get a great internship and business experience from it. Another great resource that I use to find out information about the fashion industry is by looking through magazines, catalogs, or websites to find the names of people who have a position that I aspire to have one day. Most of these people have their own blogs or biographies showing how they succeeded. It allows me to see what is necessary to get a position and motivates me to do the same. Linkedin.com is another great way to network yourself and to connect with employers from a broad range of industries.

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Anna Wintour- Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue.

DIY Ideas/Projects:

I use several different DIY blogs to search for information on “Do It Yourself” projects. Apairandasparediy.com is one of my favorite DIY blogs and is probably one of the most reliable sources of DIY information that I use. The site always has great ideas and directions for projects. One of the most recent projects I saw on the site explained how to spice up a pair of basic black sandals by adding a chain embellishment. Most of the time I will come up with an idea on my own and search for different video tutorials to see how others did it. Youtube.com is a very valuable tool that I use to see exactly what is done when making the piece. But, this site is also a little unreliable due to the fact that anyone can post videos on it. During my experiences I usually have to do a thorough search until I find a couple good examples. Pinterest.com if another very reputable site that offers an immense amount of inspiration. It has its own DIY section where people from all over the world post different projects that they have seen or done themselves.

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Fashion Photography:

Although I am not a very good photographer, I still enjoy fashion photography and wish to perfect the skill. I usually use different websites to browse through photographs. Tumblr.com is the site I use the most. It allows people to post photos, videos, links, and ideas through one media outlet. The site contains over 143 million blogs and is a very reliable source. GettyImages.com is another photo database that is extremely reputable; it was the first company to “license online imagery”. If you are looking for high quality images, this is the place to search for them. I also look into freelance photographer websites. If you are looking through a magazine, blog, website, etc. look for the photographer’s name and look up more of their work. Some of my favorite fashion photographers include Bill Cunningham, Terri Richardson, Greg Williams, and Hugh Lippe.

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Styling/Trends:

There are so many sources to find styling information and different fashion trends, but it really depends on your personal style to determine what is the best source for you. You can look at any magazine (online or print), catalogs, blogs, clothing company’s websites, or go walk and look at people around you. I personally intern for ASOS, which is a clothing company based out of the United Kingdom. They offer an entire section on their website that revolves around which trends are becoming popular and different ways to wear them. The site also allows people to post their own outfits on a forum, where others can see and repost their looks. Another great part about the website is that it shows outfit ideas and links to items they carry that can help you recreate the look. Asos.com Another site that us very useful when trying to find links to the exact outfit you want is Polyvore.com. The site is used to post look ideas and links to where you can find each item. The most reliable source to view trends coming out is to watch the runway shows happening each season. Obviously most of us do not have the opportunity to view the shows in person, but majority of the shows now days are recorded and put online within hours. If you pay attention you can see different aspects that are included in multiple designer’s shows. This gives you an inside look into what top designers are putting out there and what is a common theme for each season.

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Daily Media Consumption

My task for the day was to do the following:

“For one full day, keep track of your own media consumption.  I don’t care if it’s reading a newspaper (in print or online), TV or radio program (broadcast or online), Facebook, YouTube, blogs, Twitter or anything else. Take notes. Then, do a blog post on your own impressions of how you get information and entertainment. For example, what are your main sources of news? Why do you trust them (if you do), and which do you trust more than others? Do you go to news organizations’ home pages or do you mostly read articles via links from other places, such as Facebook? A key question: What do you think you might be missing? Do you care? In general, I want you to explore your own use of media as a consumer.”

These are my results:

12:00pm Finally awoke around 12:00pm (it was my day off) and checked the group message text that constantly wakes me up during the night.
12:15pm Watched E News while eating my breakfast. The program included a recap of Kim Kardashian’s style transformation over the last couple of years. As well as viewer’s opinions on who should not be the character of Christian in the upcoming ’50 Shades of Grey’ movie.
1:00pm – 2:30pm Watched Season 3 Episode 4 of Revenge online. Then listened to multiple playlists on 8Tracks.com while organizing my room.
Playlists:Gold– ssarahknighttAnd it Starts to Spread– brothelAnd They Were Turning Into Butterflies– intodust
3:00pm 3:00pm rolls around and I have to go to the hardware store to buy a new lock for my door. Listened to multiple radio stations in my car on the way there and back (The only one I am certain of is channel 95.5).
4:15pm Looked up how to install a new lock on my door on Youtube.com. It was actually quite easy and only took me about 20-30 minutes.
4:40 – 6:00pm Checked my Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Yahoo email accounts interchangeably. Found that ASU is one of the top 100 schools that companies find students are most employable from. (GO ASU!) Read about events going on around campus like the Juicy J concert ticket location. Started looking at NYLON Japan magazine online. When logging onto my email account I saw that iHeart Radio hosted Katy Perry’s album release party in Los Angeles. Then I shopped online a little bit, looking for Halloween costumes and clothes from ASOS.
6:00pm – 7:40pm Worked on homework and some blogging at Hayden Library while listening to more 8Tracks playlists.Playlists:Garage Random Beast 1– getakliu
Golden– foshizzleElectric Sessions:Best Of– tommyvice
11:30pm Checked my Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr account again. Watched Pirate Radio until I fell asleep.

I feel my media consumption varies from day to day. When I don’t have a lot of things going on, I often use more media than I would on a day like yesterday. I had a lot of errands and other things going on which limited the amount of media I could obtain. That being said, I still spent a large part of my day using different media sources. I see from the information that my computer is the main source of my media consumption. Whether I am listening to music, blogging, going on social media sites, or watching movies I am doing it on the computer.

I am a little embarrassed about the amount of news I see on a day-to-day basis that doesn’t have to deal with clothing or the entertainment industry. My main sources of news come from Facebook.com and from watching television. I think some of the news on Facebook is accurate, definitely not all of it. I find myself following links posted on Facebook.com and as long as the story has a reputable source I usually trust it. I never quite know what to think about news I hear on the television, it really depends on what it involves and who is reporting information about the situation. I think I need to start looking into other subjects that are more important than performers and fashion trends coming out. I am going to make a conscious effort to explore different media sources for news and important events going on.

After viewing the way I use media and my daily media consumption, I am going to be more media literate and try to watch my media usage. I do not know if I will consume less media per say, just because my job revolves around promoting through social media sites. But, I do want to use my time and resources to look into other areas of interest that I think are a little more important than what I’ve been looking into recently. Our society is moving in a more technological way and because of this, majority of the information our society sees is found in different forms of media. I think as a society the amount of media consumption that occurs is just going to grow in years to come.

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