Alex Chapman is a friend of mine who is currently in New York working for Halston. She agreed to do a little interview with me for my blog, so I hope you enjoy it!
1. What is your position at Halston?
Officially I am an intern in the sales department, however, our showroom and our offices are all in one space so I kind of help out in all areas including PR (which is fun) and Finance (which is definitely NOT fun).
2. What is the image of Halston and what are you seeing a lot of in their collections?
Halston is definitely known to everyone as an American designer who created beautiful pieces that were minimalistic, chic, and really were made to fit a women’s body. He experimented with draping in a way that no one had before him and basically created the bias cut and became the look of the 70s and Studio 54. In this upcoming collection, designed by Marios Schwab, really draws inspiration from Halston’s previous collections with lots of skin showing through cut-outs, cut-away backs, and large slits. The inspiration behind the collection also draws upon one of Halston’s biggest inspirations which is orchids and that can be seen in the beautiful prints in the collection. Color blocking was a huge thing as well in the presentation.
3. What do your job responsibilities consist of?
My job responsibilities are a little bit of everything and can get very hectic! I am basically responsible for all samples and maintaining the showroom and most importantly, the available-to-sell samples as these are the ones we show potential buyers that come into the showroom. I also do a lot of tasks for the sales team including researching target stores and contacted them to schedule an appointment with us in the showroom. This doesn’t sound too hard but I literally have over 200 stores on my list that I have to try to call on a daily basis, not so easy!
4. What’s a normal day like at the office?
A normal day at the office is never normal. We get there around 9, earlier during market, and usually don’t leave before 8 at night! There are always a million different tasks going on at once and you really have to know how to prioritize and get it all done.
5. So, I know you have had the chance to officially meet SJP. Tell us everything!
She is sooooo nice, I can’t even say how nice she is! And tiny! She is soooo tiny! She comes into our offices quite frequently and is very involved in the collection for Halston Heritage. Unfortunately, we (the interns) are not usually around when she is in as she is usually in the CEO’s office or the Product Development Director’s office.
6. Do you get any fabulous discounts?
I don’t really get a discount but I can order things that are available to sell (meaning in stock) at wholesale costs. Since we are a wholesaler that’s the price buyers and everyone else pays so it’s not really a discount. But it usually does equal to about 50-60% off retail, which would be fabulous if I could afford it! Luckily, I was interning during the time of our sample sale so I was able to pick up a few things then.
7. What’s the biggest thing you have learned in the industry thus far?
I came to New York knowing the fashion industry is not glamour but I really did not understand all of the work that goes into everything in a fashion house. There are people that work there that look like they never leave the office, you can still be at work at 8pm and it will look like high noon in our office! I also learned that no matter what you want to do in this industry you will always have to do math, sorry girls! Every department from PR to design to merchandising and obviously sales and finance use math it’s just a fact. Also, a little piece of advice…brush up on excel because I use that every day at lease once an hour and I’ve learned things about Excel I never knew in all my years in high school or using the program at school
8. Did you participate in New York Fashion Week?
I participated in Halston’s presentation, which is when models are not walking on a runway, they are just standing. It was on Monday the 13th and was AMAZING!! The looks were all color-blocked (even the skin color of the models were color blocked!) to add to the importance of colors and the inspiration behind the collection. I got to see a lot of people including Emma Roberts, Alexis Bedel, Andrew Mulkamal (from Kell on Earth), Joe Zee, Linda Fargo, Anna Della Russo (who wore a crazy watermelon on her head with an attitude to go with it!), and of course SJP herself!
Thanks again Alex for doing this! Keep up the good work at Halston, I know great things are going to happen for you!
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB