#HANGINGOUT with Fashion Designer REBECCA MINKOFF

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As a globally worn fashion designer with over a decade of success in the fashion industry, Rebecca Minkoff hardly needs any introduction. That said we could not be more thrilled to have her on Episode 3 of #HangingOut, to shed a light on what it truly takes to make it in the concrete jungle.

Having moved to the Big Apple at the tender age of 18, Rebecca knows that the city can make or break you. Lead by her dream to design fashion, her version of the „I Love New York“ shirt became a sensation in 2001. Four years later marked the birth of her most iconic bag up to date: the Morning After Bag, carried and adored by fashionistas around the globe.

After focusing on handbags to kick off her career, Rebecca introduced apparel to her label in 2009. Today her „downtown-romantic“ ready-to-wear lines and accessories are a global success, as she runs the company together with her brother Uri Minkoff.

Lucky for us, she found the time to talk fashion, fearless women and family business:


 

WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB GROWING UP?

Dancer.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Never a dull moment!

WHAT’S THE WORST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I think when I was starting out, I used to get really bummed if a style that I really believed in didn’t perform well. Now I’ve learned to roll with the punches.

IF YOU HAD TO PICK A DIFFERENT CAREER TODAY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I love what I do, so I wouldn’t change it, but if I didn’t do this, I think I would be a private eye, I love to investigate.

YOU MOVED TO NYC TO PURSUE YOUR DREAM OF BECOMING A FASHION DESIGNER. DO YOU THINK IT’S ESSENTIAL TO GO TO FASHION SCHOOL TO WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY?

No, the fashion industry has evolved over time and become increasingly diverse which allows for many different opportunities. If the passion is there and the openness to learn, you can go a long way.

WHAT IS THE STARTING POINT OF A NEW COLLECTION? WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Determining new trends is just a feeling, and sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re wrong.  Much of my inspiration comes from traveling and the people or photographers I find. I’m always paying close attention to the prints or patterns in my surroundings.


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#HANGINGOUT with Jessica Jung from BLANC & ECLARE

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Welcome back Fashionistas, to episode 2 of #HANGINGOUT. We promised you we’d talk to the smartest and coolest people in the industry, to give you a glimpse behind the scenes and an idea on how to make or break it in the world of fashion. And this is us practicing what we preach. Today’s interview is nothing short than an absolute dream, as we got the chance to chat to non other than Jessica Jung.

Jessica is what we would call the ultimate #Girlboss. At age 27, she already has more under her (very fashionable) belt than most people achieve in a lifetime. Risen to fame as part of the South Korean girlband Girls‘ Generation, Jessica is now taking the world (and front-rows) by storm as a solo-artist and multi-hyphenate creative: Actress, Model, Songwriter, Fashion Designer and Businesswoman – you name it, she’s killing it!

We couldn’t be more excited that amidst all the craziness, she found the time to chat to us about finding inspiration, juggling music and fashion and the recently opened NY flagship store of her brand, BLANC & ECLARE.

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WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB?

To be in Fashion.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

My Fans. They all gave me a lot of courage and so much support throughout different phases of my life, whether it’s in music or fashion.

WHAT’S THE WORST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Not having enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do.

ONE THING YOU COULD NEVER LIVE WITHOUT?

Skincare.


 

YOU’RE A MULTI-FACETED CREATIVE IN THE TRUEST SENSE – SINGER, ACTRESS, MODEL, ENTREPRENEUR AND DESIGNER JUST TO NAME A FEW. BLANC & ECLARE IS YOUR FIRST OWN LABEL. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN FASHION?

I was always interested in fashion since I was a little girl. My mom is a huge influence on my interest in fashion. I‘ve always loved going on shopping trips with my mom. I really can’t see a scenario where I’m not somehow working in the fashion industry—it’s just in my DNA.

HOW DID YOUR LABEL BLANC & ECLARE ORIGINALLY START IN 2014?

Blanc & Eclare is a dream come true for me. Ive always had this dream of being in fashion. I started with eyewear because I believe accessories are key to making a certain outfit successful – and I’m never caught without a pair of great sunglasses. We expanded from there into denim, cosmetics, ready-to-wear. I want BLANC & ECLARE to be a total, global brand. I’m so excited to work on the next phase for the brand. Every category is a completely new adventure and way to express my ideas.


You can find the full interview HERE.

 

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#HANGINGOUT with Katharina & Theresa from WE.RE

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For our first #HangingOut episode, we had the absolute pleasure to chat to our friends Katharina (left) and Theresa from WE.RE, who started out with a temporary design project in 2014 in Munich and turned it into a fashion label that is here to stay. From finances, false assumptions and breaking into fashion design – here’s what you need to know about founding your own label.

WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB AS A CHILD? 

K: TEACHER

T: FASHION DESIGNER

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

K: INDEPENDENCE

T: INDEPENDENCE

WORST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

K: INDEPENDENCE

T: INDEPENDENCE

IF YOU WEREN’T FASHION DESIGNERS, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

T: UNEMPLOYED (LAUGHS). NO, I THINK A PILOT.

K: PROBABLY…UNEMPLOYED.


 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN FASHION?

T: I think I’ve always been interested in clothes and how clothes were made, and the older I got the more interested I became in actual trends and fashion as a career.

K: I’ve always been pretty extrovert and loved expressing that with my personal style, so I think the way I got into fashion was more through creating my own style rather than being interested in certain labels.

YOU GUYS MET WHILE STUDYING FASHION DESIGN IN MUNICH. DO YOU THINK IT’S ESSENTIAL TO GO TO A FASHION SCHOOL IN ORDER TO WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY?

T: The one thing you definitely need is to learn your craft, be it by studying fashion design or a traineeship. People tend to forget that creating clothes is a craft, and that you have to learn how to master it.

K: Going to a fashion school definitely helps you focus on your future in this specific industry, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work in the field coming from a different background.


You can find the full interview HERE

 

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Pictures by Meghan

What I was wearing: 

TOBI wrap dress (HERE)

ZARA shoes (old)

EDITED coat (HERE)

ALEXANDER WANG bag (HERE)

NEW YORK RANGERS hat (similar HERE)


Good Morning Superstars!

And a slightly belated Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you had lovely holidays so far, with lots of food and blissful free time at hand. As for me, I’ve been living off Gluten and Gummibears every since I touched foot in Germany, and it’s beginning to show. As amazing as it is to just spend the holidays at home, watching movies with my parents and catching up with friends over mulled wine (aka sugar coma from a bottle), it’s about time I get back on track to kill the literal after-christmas hippo feels. So before the food fiesta continues I will dedicate today to hitting the gym and maybe the sale section at Zara – shopping is, after all, a good form of cardio, no?!

Today I’m showing you look #2 of the ones I shot with Meghan back in NYC, who almost lost a finger or two in the process. It was so fu***** cold all of a sudden, that I held on for a PSL without sleeve for a good 20 minutes before regaining any type of feelings back in my fingers. For our *literal* walk in the walk I sported my Rangers beanie and my new favorite dress from TOBI. Remember that time I always tied something around my waist? Well, that’s built in now – how convenient! ;-)

I also very much feel like crying at the sight of my hair on these photos, because I went to get my ends cut as soon as I got home and my hairdresser decided to cut off 15cm instead. If ever I wondered if I would want to sport short hair we now have the answer – I DON’T!

Hope you’re enjoying the last christmassy days!

x, A

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Pictures by Meghan

What I was wearing:

TOBI sweater dress (HERE)

ZARA boots, jacket, bag

MANGO fake fur vest (HERE)


Hello Superstars!

I’m currently sitting at JFK while writing this, killing time before boarding my flight to visit home for a couple of weeks. This means it’s officially winter break, and just to remind me New York decided to send in some proper snow! I woke up this morning with still some chores left on my list, and had forgotten to buy breakfast. So imagine my face as I ran out in my sweatpants, sleepyhead and all, and stepped into white powder instead of concrete.

You’d think that the cold that crept its way into the city the last week in combination with the snow (and nasty aftermath) would be enough to get me all excited to leave for a bit. But as I sat on my Uber and rode along Williamsburg Bridge, and couldn’t help but feel weirdly…sad. Don’t get me wrong, I am so so excited to go home, so excited to see my family, spend Sundays on the couch watching sports with my dad, see how my mum decorated our house, eat proper BREAD, hang out with my friends and catch up on tv shows and drama without a care in the world, but damn…I’m gonna miss New York so much. I honestly already do, and I’m still here. I once talked to my former NY roommate about this, and he said its part of becoming a New Yorker and also part of the city’s charm. The hustle and bustle drives you nuts sometimes (trust me, just last night I was internally screaming at the literal elephant in the room that is our upstairs neighbors), and then you can’t wait to leave it behind and get some piece and quiet. But as soon as you watch those city lights get smaller, you feel the void. The void of noise and energy, hustle and bustle. I already do – my heart felt just as heave as my bags (homegirl still can’t pack to save her life).

Before heading back home for a while I managed to shoot two more looks with Meghan because I love procrastinating and didn’t feel like studying when NYC gave us the perfect sunny Tuesday and I still wanted to snap some pics in one of the pieces the lovely gals from TOBI sent me! What do you guys think?!

P.S.: UPDATE: slept 12 hours and ate lots of bread – the joys of being home! <3

xx – A

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