It’s a wrap..

X number of shows, backstage chaos, emergency errands, lists, editors and VIP’s, dresses, shoes, and sleepless nights pretty much sums up my week.The past week has been amazing, and I’ve gained so many new experiences and acquaintances. The highlight? When I ended up a couple of feet away from VOGUE editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. I don’t care too much about celebrities but I have to admit that it is kind of cool to be in the same room as style icons like Anna and Olivia Palermo. Fashion Week is definitely one of those *pinch me* moments.

My last show ended up being the Marchesa Show, and it was A M A Z I N G. I’ll show you more behind-the-scenes pictures later. Right know, this girl needs to catch up on some sleep.

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Talk soon! Xx Hanna 

Internships 101 | How to get one

As some of you might know, I’m a very driven and ambitious person – I believe that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. In that spirit, I thought to talk to you about internships; one of the best ways get hands on experience and get connected in the industry.

When telling people about my various internships, they often ask me how I go about it. I’m no expert, but I’ve written down a couple of tips that might be helpful for some of you.

THE SEARCHING PROCESS

 For fashion internships, I frequently visit Free Fashion Internships, Fashionista and Indeed. Other times, I go directly to the company website – there’s often an email address where you can send an open application. If not, LinkedIn is your best friend.

 One of the best ways to obtain an internship is through connections; let the people around that you are looking – you’ll definitely know someone who knows someone. (Remeber to have your business card ready)

After finding the internships you would like to apply for, research the respective companies and tailor your cover letter to the company. And whatever you do, do not mix them up; nothing is worse than sending how much you love Armani to Topshop or vice versa.

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Photo from one of my first photoshoots as a stylist assistant.

THE INTERVIEW 

Over the years I’ve observed and attended my fair share of interviews and picked up some easy-t0-remember guidelines.

Research the company – this way you can bring up things you have learned, and really wow them by adapting your answers to the company’s values.(Values that you hopefully agree with)

Look sharp, but show personality – I  try to steer away from the white shirt, black bottom receptionst look, by replacing the shirt with a cute blouse and adding a pair of eye-catching shoes.

Arrive early  – you would be surprised how many people come 5 minutes late. It’s never OK.

Bring a hard copy of your resumé – More often the not, the interviewer has not had time to go through the details of your resumé before you meet up. Bringing your resumé shows that you are prepared and proactive.

Last but not least, remember to relax. An interview is not life or death. If you end up getting declined, see the process as an experience, not defeat or waste of time.

 Xx Hanna

 

Let’s talk business

When I moved to New York two years ago, I quickly realized that there is one factor that determines your success more than anything else: your network. That said, gaining a network takes action, lot’s of action. You have to attend events, lectures, and industry gatherings. Meet people that can mentor and help you along the way. But what’s the point of meeting all these people if they forget who you are as soon as you leave the room? Enter, Business card. 

No matter what you do, who you are, or what business you are in, you should always have a business card available. It’s a quick, professional, and easy way to exchange contact information and make a lasting impression.

Since I quit my last internship, I had to get some new, updated business cards. This time I order them from MOO.Com, and I’m very happy with the outcome: they’re clean, simple, and to the point.

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And the QR-code? That’s for my professional website, where you’ll find everything from my resume to portfolio.

Xx Hanna

 

Office hours

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When you have a to do list longer than your day, there is only one thing to do – get started. When feeling unmotivated, I focus on making my work environment as comfortable as possible. That includes candles, music and treats. Another study tip: Schedule small breaks every other hour to reset your mind. When working on a computer, don’t spend your breaks checking social mediums – your brain needs variety. Personally, I resort to magazines that are completely unrelated to what I’m working on. And since there’s no distinct correlation between couture and corporate strategies, VOGUE is the perfect distraction.

On second thought, it’s quite nice actually – sitting inside when it’s raining cat’s and dogs outside. Especially when your room smells like scented candles.

Have a nice Friday! Xx Hanna

Shoot for Qvest Magazine

Whilst browsing around on Pinterest the other day, I stumbled over some pictures from Qvest Magazine, and a shoot I assisted on last winter.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding the fashion industry and the styling profession, is the assumption that everything is glitter and glam. Easy, effortless work. Well, at this shoot, we spent over 14 hours outside – it was March, freezing and we barely had a break. And let me tell you; Making sure that everything is flawless, whilst running out of body heat (and energy), is not an easy task! Luckily, when the team is great, the results are too.
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Photographer Britta Leurman//Stylist Connie Berg// Hair Anja Grassegger// Model Ragnhild Jevne //Styling Ass. Elise Sandvik and Hanna Aasen