Thursday, 23 January 2014

Being A Fashion Intern: Week 1

After a consecutive number of early starts (which I am still yet to acclimatise to) my first week on placement is already over. I am still getting used to the fact that I am a working girl now and not attending university for a whole year, professional Ellie, your time is now. I have two placements lined up, one locally and one in London over summer; for now, the company that I am pleased to currently call my place of work is a brand called Louietex, a design house and supplier of mens, womens and childrens wear based in Newcastle.
So what have I been up to?
It has been an exciting week and I already feel like I have covered so much, from fabric sourcing to trend forecasting for Spring/Summer 2015, it is safe to say I have been keeping busy. Rumour has it I'm meant to be going shopping some time soon to find inspiration for next seasons range, shopping on the job, could it get better?! However most excitingly, my biggest task so far has been developing pairs of boys and mens jeans and chinos, one of which has just been sent off for manufacture! I cannot wait to see the finished sample come back.
A Sneak Preview Of My Menswear Trend Forecasting Boards

Who am I working with?
My mentor at Louietex is called Gemma Williamson who's role at the company is head Designer. She is lovely and great to work with, therefore I think she will help me learn a lot over the duration of my placement. We also have in common that she went to the same uni that I currently go to where she specialised in womenswear, furthermore attending Graduate Fashion Week in London  2010 to showcase her incredible final collection; she is a great inspiration.
Some of Gemma's collection featuring an amazing stain glass inspired digital print
So life as a fashion intern has been so far so good, fingers crossed I soon become accustomed to the early mornings and I look forward to the weeks ahead! 

Have you ever been on a internship?
Are any of you fashion students?