The past two days have officially marked the start of a new season. On Sunday, I woke up well-rested (thanks daylight savings!) and ready to hit the streets. Yesterday’s wind rushed me out of the house in a formidable fashion… literally, layer by layer. As I walked around ‘new brisk city’, I pondered on the essence of change. Not simply in the weather, but in my life, my career and my beloved industry.
My first thought was from September… Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. From Lincoln Center to the Gallery at the Art Institute of NYC. The day after our spectacular student runway show, my Fashion Ethics class enjoyed another stylish presentation.
The documentary Picture Me: A Model’s Diary was undoubtedly the first and last look of my ‘academic collection’ last term. I wanted something that would educate, entertain and inspire my fashion marketing and merchandising students immediately, and definitely bring that wow factor. Well, Picture Me indeed delivered, and having its creator visit our campus was the ultimate model booking.
Model/Filmmaker/Activist Sara Ziff offered a peek into the glamorous, yet gritty modeling world, giving my class a sobering perspective of those who pose. With many successful seasons as a sought-after model, Sara dons another fabulous hat… Founder/Executive Director of her nonprofit organization, the Model Alliance, “a voice for the faces of the fashion industry”. How’s that for a statement accessory?
Sara brought esteemed members of the Model Alliance with her to AiNYC, and altogether (myself and 30+ students), we talked ‘trends’… not the expected apparel updates, but rather the industry’s pressing issues of sustainability, labor rights, women’s injustice and model diversity (shouts out to Iman, Naomi Campbell and of course, Bethann Hardison!!!). The new season of conscious style and commerce had arrived, and it was truly remarkable.
Such a timely segue into my second thought… Last Thursday’s Lunch. TriBeCa, NYC. Only a few weeks after the launch of Bishop Collective, a new chic e-tailer that boldly pairs style with social responsibility.
As I dined (and wined! LOL) with Designer/Author/Professor and Bishop Collective Co-Founder Dimitri Koumbis, I was purely inspired by his career journey. After soaring for years in retail, Dimitri later decided to land in fashion education. It didn’t take long for him to realize the middle road (between the two) was entrepreneurship. Together with his business partner/fellow professor, Mai Vu, Bishop Collective was born “to provide a more responsible solution to the current retail model- one that is stagnant and dependent on less than humane international labor practices.” Definitely a power move.
My final thought was not from the past, but instead the future. Reflecting on my own changes (professionally and personally), I am proud and ready to reveal the next season for Style Root Inc.
For the first time, Style Root Inc. is its own client. PR and Personal Development has sipped its own medicine, and just like that… is healthier than ever before ; )
We are just days away from the launch of YouArePR, a revolutionary approach to branding, and all-new experience of customized fitness, personal development and professional expansion.
The season is here… and PR just got personal ; )