Link Love: Personal Style of Creative Women

Recently, I discovered the Personal Style series published on The Fold’s website, and I’m enjoying these articles because they not only show the personal style of women I wasn’t yet familiar with, but at the same time we also learn a bit more about their work and life philosophy. Here’s a look at three of them:

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L’Abeille got a laugh out of this, and thinks Fabbers can relate.

Runcarla reports that Toronto’s Indigenous Fashion Week is this week, and it’s sold out.

Shevia says it’s time for some pro-aging.

And had she only known, this could have been her profession: “How Fashion Forensics Are Helping Solve Crimes.”

Unfrumped enjoyed the Celine and Victoria Beckham Fall 2019 runway shows: “I never really look at designer shows or runway looks but saw these on Pinterest and was intrigued, thought they looked surprisingly wearable.”

Laura (rhubarbgirl) finds it interesting that shoe brand DSW is incorporating nail salons in their stores.

She also wanted to share this article about Seattle fashion rental startup Armoire that uses curation to change how women are buying clothes.

Finally, she came across this article reporting that the record number of retail stores closing over the last couple of years is expected to continue in 2019.

BrieN thought this was interesting: “How the Leather Jacket Became the New Power Blazer.”

Delurked wanted to share an article about how Gap and Old Navy are splitting up. She imagines they will need to split the websites, which would impact many shoppers.


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Gucci Creative Director Responds To ‘Blackface’ Design

NEW YORK (AP) — Gucci’s creative director broke his silence Tuesday over an $ 890 sweater that resembled blackface, saying racism was never his intention.

Alessandro Michele, a design force at the Italian fashion house, lamented in a letter to employees both his own pain and “that of the people who saw in one of my creative projects an intolerable insult.”

The black sweater with a pull-up neck featured a cutout surrounded by cartoonish red lips. Michele wrote that it was not inspired by blackface but by the late Leigh Bowery, a performance artist, club promoter and fashion designer who often used flamboyant face makeup and costumes.

Regardless, Michelle said, he takes “full accountability” for the sweater, which was pulled last week amid widespread criticism.

Gucci has apologized, saying in a previous statement posted on Twitter that it was committed to diversity and considered it a “fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make.”

The balaclava-style sweater that covered the nose above the cutout was ridiculed on social media as insensitive and racist. It emerged as attention in the U.S. was focused on old photos showing politicians with their faces blackened.

Other fashion brands have made similar missteps.

In December, Prada said it was no longer selling a line of accessories that featured a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints they resembled blackface.

Michele’s internal letter was reported by the site Fashionista.com and Women’s Wear Daily.

Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s president and CEO, told WWD, “The lack of knowledge of diversity and the consequent understanding are not at the level we expected, despite all the efforts we did inside the company in the last four years.”

The company is now “evaluating all the processes” to ensure “the right level of awareness and visibility,” he said.

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Eidos Names Handis Creative Director

Simon Spurr may have moved on as the designer of Eidos, but one of his colleagues is stepping into the role.
Michael Handis has been named creative director of the brand, the younger-skewed collection from Isaia. He succeeds Spurr who left to join Seven For All Mankind as global creative director in January. 
Handis, a designer, stylist and archivist, will oversee the collection and its image.
Handis worked alongside Spurr at Kent & Curwen, Tommy Hilfiger, and Simon Spurr Collections. He has also worked with David Lipman, Karl Templer, and Peter Lindbergh. 
Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer of Isaia and Eidos, said, “We are confident that the brand’s path and momentum will continue to build based upon the success that we have seen over the past year. Eidos offers an easibility and modern perspective that is on the pulse of how men are wearing tailored clothing at the moment — mixing an element of streetwear casual with tailoring.”
Handis pointed to Eidos’ aesthetic as among its strengths. “Brand narratives with depth and passion are coveted now more than ever. It is the moment to tell this brand’s unique story and share its pedigree of sartorial excellence. I look forward to connecting the Neapolitan tradition and lineage of the Isaia family with the modern, international spirit of Eidos.”
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J.Hilburn Hires Simon Kneen as Chief Creative Officer

J.Hilburn, a direct seller of men’s wear, is beefing up its staff, adding veteran design Simon Kneen to the fold as chief creative officer.
In this new position, Kneen will oversee design, styling and showroom presentations to retail stores for the Dallas-based company.
The U.K.-born Kneen has a long history in men’s wear. He served as creative design director for the Retail Brand Alliance, overseeing both Brooks Brothers and Adrienne Vittadini before being recruited by Banana Republic to serve as executive vice president of design and creative director. He was with Banana for six years but left in 2013, at which point he collaborated with brands including MadMen, L’Wren Scott and Narciso Rodriguez. Before coming to the States, Kneen was head designer for Balmain in the late Nineties.
“Simon is an innovative and experienced leader of men’s design and is a perfect fit for our brand,” said J.Hilburn’s chief executive officer Andy Janowski. “I am excited to have his creative vision and leadership as we build the future of custom-made total lifestyle fashion.”
Janowski, the former chief operating officer of Burberry and ceo of Smythson, joined the company last April. Since that time, he has been bolstering the staff by bringing Joe Dixon on board as chief operating officer and promoting James Burgess to vice president of stylist development.
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Must Read: Lanvin Names Bruno Sialelli as Creative Director, Bravado Acquires Epic Rights

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday. Lanvin names Bruno Sialelli as creative director On Monday, Lanvin that announced Bruno Sialelli is taking over as its new creative director. Sialelli joins the French fashion house from Loewe, where he was the …

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These 5 Art Majors Found Fulfilling Work in Creative Fields. You Can Too

The image of a struggling artist is one we’re all familiar with — and while it can be challenging for artists to find steady work, many artists enjoy job stability in a role in which they can express their creativity.

People who get a degree in fine arts go on to fill a wide range of professional roles, from illustrators and video game artists to interior decorators and graphic designers. We spoke with several creative graduates to learn what unique roles they’ve achieved with their art degrees.

Pet Photographer

Grace Chon earned her Master of Fine Art in advertising and design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. For several years, Chon worked in advertising. And while the business can be a rewarding and lucrative career for art majors, Chon wasn’t feeling it. She was frequently stressed by her job, so she turned to photography as a creative outlet.

I started taking headshots of homeless dogs to help get them adopted, and it quickly evolved into a side-hustle pet-photography business,” Chon says. “I worked nights and weekends until nine months later, I quit my day job to be an animal photographer.”

Chon has been running her pet photography business for 10 years now. She has shot ad campaigns, been featured in magazines, photographed celebs and their pets and published two books, including her recently published “Puppy Styled: Japanese Dog Grooming — Before & After.”

Chon loves that she gets to use her degree every day to make art with animals, and it’s been quite rewarding for her financially. “With my income (and my husband’s combined), we’ve been able to purchase a home in Los Angeles and renovate it.”

Wedding Photographer

Art majors can take photos of more than just pets. Lexia Frank, for example, has made a living from her role as a luxury and destination wedding photographer after earning her degree in fine art from the University of Wisconsin. “Much to my father’s dismay,” she added.

Frank’s father hoped she would pursue a career in medicine or science, but her passion for art motivated her to ignore her father’s wishes, earn a degree and launch a successful photography business.

“Now, 11 years in, I have built this business I’m incredibly proud of,” Frank says. “I am part art director, part photographer, part stylist, part social media expert, part marketer and advertiser. I do all my own design for marketing materials, website and any printed collateral. I utilize my art-history background as well as my dance background to pose my clients and models. I utilize everything I learned with my art degree in my day-to-day operations even though there was never a class that was on how to run a photography business.”

And sure, she might not make a doctor’s salary as her father had wished, but according to Frank, she does quite well. “The pay is good, and the perks are great: I’ve traveled to Egypt (twice!), Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Italy, you name it.”

Frank has also expanded her business to teach photographers through mentorships and internships.

Art Therapist

Rachel Brandoff’s art degree took her on a route much different from photography. While she originally pursued careers in web design, teaching and mural painting and did her own painting on the side, Brandoff eventually discovered the career of art therapy.

Art therapists encourage clients to create art to express their feelings, improve social skills, resolve conflict and foster self-esteem. “I love working with clients and helping them to discover and engage their creativity in the service of problem-solving, personal expression, facilitating communication and raising self-awareness and esteem,” Brandoff says.

Art therapy does require additional education. Brandoff got her master’s degree in art therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., after originally getting a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Maryland, College Park. Starting salaries for art therapists in the New York City area, where Brandoff once practiced, range from $ 45,000 to $ 75,000 annually.

Brandoff now serves as an assistant professor specializing in art therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and has been featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Studio Owner and Teacher

Young girls work on oil paintings in an art class.

Diana Stelin, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a master’s degree from Boston University, said she spent seven years managing an art gallery chain and bringing home six figures. (Still think pursuing an art degree will lead you nowhere?)

But after starting a family, Stelin looked for something a little less stressful. She now owns her own art studio in Boston offering classes to children and adults.

I set my own hours, enjoy a balance between a rewarding job where I influence kids and adults alike and have time to develop my art career,” Stelin says. “I earn what any teacher earns”— in the $ 80,000 range for Boston — “and have lots of plans for online expansion and have been earning a steady supplemental income from my art sales and the talks I give in corporations.”

Even if you don’t have the desire to manage and open your own studio, you can still make money as an art teacher. And as Stelin mentioned, the beauty of having an art background is that you can make good money on the side through your own art sales or through freelance work.

Published Author and Senior Editor

A woman sits on a couch in an office.

Rain Turner has led an unconventional career for an art major. “In spite of my mother’s advice, I pursued a fine arts degree, with a plan of becoming an art teacher,” she says. “But life has a funny way of working out, and nearly 20 years later I’m a senior editor at The Penny Hoarder and author of two books on creating fashion and art.”

Of course, writing and editing require skills outside of the art realm that Turner had spent years honing, but her knowledge of art and fashion played a pivotal role in her path to authorship and editing.

“My fine-art studies gave me the knowledge of color theory, composition and craftsmanship that I would use to write about art and fashion. During college, I created clothing and sold to local boutiques. I took extensive notes on my creations, which I then shared with About.com in 2007 when I auditioned as freelance host of their DIY Fashion vertical.”

Turner earned that gig with About.com and for eight years, established herself as a DIY fashion expert online. While sharpening her editing, photography and writing skills that the job demanded, Turner published her first book, “The Complete Guide to Customizing Your Clothes,” after Quarto Publishing noticed her work online. Turner went on to work as creative director for a marketing agency, published a second book, “String Art Magic,” and eventually landed a role at The Penny Hoarder.

“Through my writing career, I guess I did end up teaching art after all,” Turner reflected. “My books and articles teach how to make things… My art degree taught me how to fail, change things up, find my skills and push forward. If I hadn’t pursued art, I wouldn’t have a career in media.”

Still not sure what to do with your art degree? There are dozens of careers to explore, from fashion designer to printmaker to advertising specialist to museum curator. The jobs for art majors are incredibly diverse — you simply can’t paint them all with the same brush.

Timothy Moore is a market-research editor and freelance writer covering topics on personal finance, careers, education, pet care and the automotive industry. He has worked in the field since 2012 and has been featured on sites like The Penny Hoarder, Debt.com, Ladders, Glassdoor and The News Wheel.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Virgil Abloh Joins Evian as ‘Creative Adviser’

PARIS — Virgil Abloh has added a new role to his CV: creative adviser for sustainable innovation design at Evian.
The founder of Off-White and creative director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s line is to help the mineral water company, owned by Danone, make its design process more sustainable.
“Evian is an iconic brand with a strong heritage in fashion and creativity,” the designer said in a statement. “Its sustainability ambitions align with my own. Together we can push boundaries and explore new areas of revolution, paving a better future for generations globally.”
The announcement comes as Evian steps toward its goal of becoming a 100 percent circular brand by 2025: By this date, the company aims for all its water bottles to be made out of recycled plastic.
According to the statement, Abloh will both help design Evian future products and “use his wide-scale platform to engage his audience and raise awareness around the importance of innovation in design and sustainability.”
Announcing the collaboration via its Instagram account, Evian playfully riffed on Abloh’s signature quotation marks: on a makeshift Evian business card, the designer’s name is followed by his new title, “Creative Adviser.”
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