You know if I said today wasn’t hecka tiring, I would be lying, but if I also said today was a b*tch, I would be utterly and completely lying. Only because today was yet another amazing day.
My stay with Lanvin is short and I acknowledge that but it’s truly an experience of a lifetime, especially during Press Presentation Week. The craziness all the staff and full time interns go through is unbelievable. The ability to start from sitting in black party chairs in a white Milk Studios with construction work all around, to standing for over 9 hours pulling clothes off hangers and pulling them over the models’ heads, is still, to me, surreal; it’s still a dream—I just haven’t woken up.
Let’s begin at the very very beginning. Rewind past New Years, Christmas, and Thanksgiving to the middle of November, right before Thanksgiving break. I saw the position for Lanvin 2011 Press Presentation and having given up a chance before to interview in the summer, I knew this was a chance to get it back. I got notified for an interview, went in, came out, and next day, I was hired!
Then I had to wait past the rest of November and then December and finally January came. I flew back to New York the Friday before the internship starts and arrived with no weather trouble at all, thank God.
Saturday was the beginning. I met other great people, people from all over the spectrum, from freshman in college to already graduated and interning all over. After an hour or so of just sitting and chatting, the “boxes” finally came and we started unpacking. The girl I had just met, we worked in pairs and quickly finished. We released the plastic wrappings and revealed the gorgeous clothing beneath. As pairs were finishing, we all started walking around drooling with our eyes at the clothing. There were holiday red wool above-the-knee skirt, extravagant fur hats and shrugs, taunting pearl silk dresses, and not to forget the piles and piles of shoes, handbags, belts, jewelry and various accessories. I almost stopped breathing more than a couple of a times. And then lunch finally came from Amy’s Bread. We all satisfied our stomachs and just sat and took in the amazing clothing, waiting for the briefings. A few of us were asked to organize the racks and although this was work, I got to know the pieces better, being able to go through each piece on the rack, one by one. I loved it. We were so immersed we missed our section’s briefing! But Friday was only the start. The next day, model fitting!
(photo by Youna Whang)