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"New York Is The Only Real City" – Truman Capote

“Haute Couture Should Be Fun, Foolish And Almost Unwearable” – Christian Lacroix

Day two of Spring Couture 2013 and some more beautful pieces were on display. My favorites from today were Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Elie Saab; beading, detail and embroideries were laid on like no other and all 3 collections were cohesive but elegant and unique.

Jean Paul Gaultier seemed to merge South of France with Bollywood chic in the best way; silk and chiffon flowed on the runway whilst beehive hair and tribal earrings brought a vintage bollywood vibe to life.

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Elie Saab showed his take on timeless elegance. Beading, embroideries and lace were forefront as the collection gracefully moved through a length and color spectrum.

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Valentino was the final favorite of the day, floral stitching, polka dots and peplum made it playfully girly without being too frou-frou. It was clean cut but detailed perfection.

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“A Lot Of Students Say They Want To Get Into Fashion PR But Have The Perception That It Is All Wild Parties During Fashion Week” – Alison Lowe

I think it is SO necessary to highlight that a career in PR, whether fashion or whatever else, means dedicating your life to someone else or something else. It is no longer just about you, it is about managing and promoting a brand; you have to put all your energy into getting the best results for your client above yourself. This is what PR is, this is what it means; we do not all hang out gossiping in our cubicles, going to fashion shows and hanging out at the best nightclubs.

PR has some of the best perks, and it has a glamorous side to the outside world, but most PR works occurs behind the scenes and I want to put this across, the perks come at the cost of hard work and that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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“You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Never Take” – Wayne Gretzky

More often then not New York throws you a curve ball, the way that you deal with it is what defines you and your ambitions in life. I would have said that back in the UK I wasn’t really a risk taker; but making the decision to move to New York and attempt a whole new life  has made me one. Risks can lead to rewards but also to failures, in my opinion, dealing with both is what makes you a strong person…

Wayne Gretzky is correct, if you never take the risk, you will never find the opportunity. Risks vary in this city, it can be to go to a bar that’s not your usual (will the new bartender like you enough to offer you a buy-back?!), or it can be the decision to alter a career path from what you think you wanted or a life goal, say to lose 35 lbs with a lifestyle change that will keep it off.

I’m not someone that preaches you should take risks everyday to feel alive; that the best achievers in life are those that risked everything in order to become everything. Instead, I would say be open to taking a risk if you truly believe you have the drive to make it pay off. Taking a chance brings a new energy into the mix, and it may well be that energy that ends up being the driving force to where you need to be!

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“Haute Couture Consists Of Secrets Whispered From Generation To Generation” – Yves Saint Laurent

Haute Couture is timeless, the saying itself means ‘high sewing’ and it allows each designer to showcase their talents to a higher degree. Focus isn’t just on the aesthetic, it’s what went into that aesthetic, drawing attention to fabrics, techniques and embroideries

Chanel showed a mix of quirky takes on the little Chanel suit with high quality stitching, beading and tailoring. Raf Simons brought his second haute couture into the mix where full skirts, chiffon and exquisite tailoring were all in play; Atelier Versace seemed to mix a little South Beach with a little Jersey Shore whilst Armani Privé seemed to provide the perfect blend of boudoir and the Orient. However, my favorite of the day had to be Giambattista Valli.

Valli’s collection was fresh and innovative whilst bringing timeless and classic silhouettes to the runway. Monochrome with dashes of bright color held your attention whilst the variations on volume and length made it playful – it made couture youthful, no longer something only for the more mature with an inflated bank balance.

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