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DESIGN SCHOOL: A pre-fashion week panel for New York City public school students gave budding fashionistas an inside look at the industry Tuesday night at the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Wall Street Journal columnist Teri Agins moderated a conversation between Gap Inc. designer Patrick Robinson, stylist Lori Goldstein, BCBG Max Azria chief creative officer Lubov Azria and Saks Fifth Avenue’s Terron Schaefer. Panelists at the talk — co-sponsored by the CFDA and the New York City Department of Education — shared insights on the ups and down of the industry, uttered encouragements, stressed the importance of a college degree and listed some all important things not to do during an interview.
“If you show up in heels, I’m always a little wary,” said Azria to a room full of students dressed for the occasion in, well, heels — when emphasizing that fashion is hard work.
Before Robinson had to dash off to meet “the big boss in town from San Fran” he reflected on the ups and downs of his career, and reminded students that talent, “is that special thing we all have.” Schaefer shared anecdotes from the business side, and bemoaned the lack of industry folks who were both nice and smart. Goldstein added that her interns “generally don’t get paid, but internships are a privilege, you’re really learning a craft.”
Despite all the pro tips being handed out, the attention level in the room rose noticeably when Azria shared an anecdote about dressing Angelina Jolie. Presented with three dresses, Azria said Jolie consulted Brad Pitt on the final decision. “He has a very good eye, he’s an architect,” noted Azria. Apparently, Pitt prefers the missus in boat necks.