Posts in Inspiration
Valentino - The Last Emperor

Re-watched this great documentary yesterday.
Valentino - The Last Emperor first came out over a decade ago, in 2008, and so it’s very interesting to watch it in present time, reflecting on how much the fashion industry has changed since then, and also how much it is still in upheaval.

In addition to a look at beautiful Valentino gowns and a glimpse into the work-ethic of his fashion house at the time, I got from the film an example of somebody (Mr. Valentino), who is not willing to trade quality for quick profit. Integrity and true artistic passion cannot be bought for money.

If more people thought like Valentino and held out a decade ago, maybe the fashion industry would have looked a little different today (i.e. less focus on quantity and more focus on having fewer items, but with higher quality that can last lifetimes).
Hopefully that’s where we are headed once we all get on the sustainability train.
You can catch Valentino - The Last Emperor via iTunes.

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Halston's Story

Finally had the time to check out the new Halston documentary that came out earlier this year. It’s wonderful and I really recommend it! Did you know Halston started out selling hats in Bergdorf Goodman before he began work on his own line? The tale of Halston’s rise to the top is full of New York history and fabulous personalities like Elsa Peretti. The documentary also gives a nice glimpse into the genius of his designs and the elegant simplicity of his patterns.

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An amazing fashion story

One of my favorite podcasts is ‘How I Built This’ with Guy Raz. I’ve listened to every episode on my way to or from fittings in the garment district or downtown NYC. There are so many good episodes to choose from, and one of the best ones is fashion related: I’d like to recommend the one with Jenn Hyman, the co-founder of Rent The Runway. She is incredibly inspiring and demonstrates through the story of how she built her company that a great idea and not taking no for an answer can get you far. Enjoy listening! Xo, Selina The Fit Model

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An Inspiring Book For Anyone (in the fashion biz)

Before I even knew what fit modeling was I was lucky enough to read this book. It has nothing to do with fit modeling, but everything to do with working in the fashion world/ fashion-related industries and how to conduct yourself in business in general. I really recommend ‘Leave Your Mark’ by Aliza Licht for anyone that needs a little inspiration or work-place common sense/ guidance. I am sure that I owe a percentage of my repeat bookings as a fit model to having read this book. Being a successful New York fit model really comes down to your reputation in the industry, which only can be created by doing right by people and doing a good job for them. Reading great books helps inspire great decisions and work ethic.

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Best Workout/Chillout Playlists

I was super inspired in a fitting with a cool downtown designer client recently. Throughout the fitting he played a very urban and mellow instrumental beats playlist, which inspired me to find some similar playlists of my own. I don't know about you, but I don't always need full on dance music when I work out. Sometimes it's nice just to have a chill beat in the background while walking, running or doing some pilates in the house. My favorite playlist for chill, urban, hip-hop beats on Spotify are: 'Chillhop Study Beats','Mellow Beats' and 'Chill Instrumental Beats'.

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Best fashion docs on Netflix

Some of my favorite documentaries that I've watched lately have been fashion industry documentaries. On Netflix my favorite ones right now are: 'Dries' about Dries Van Noten, 'House of Z' about Zac Posen and 'Manolo' about Manolo Blahnik'. Outside of Netflix I also recently watched 'Diana Vreeland: The eye has to travel' via iTunes.

Recommend all of them!

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