Valentino

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

I have recently started making a list of things I have done so far in London. I have realized how fortunate I am to have this opportunity, that many others do not get. I have also started to make a list of places I want to go while I am here.

 One thing I did was go and see the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibit at the Somerset House. It was unbelievable to see over 130 divine haute couture designs worn by icons over the past decades. The installation was breathtaking. It is set up like a runway and allows the viewer to get close to all the garments. It was inspiring to see Valentino’s work. I cannot believe how much he has accomplished so far. It really proves that anything is possible.

I am really enjoying my time so far. London is such an amazing city. It reminds me of a BIG New York, which is cleaner and where the people have better accents.

School Starts…

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

I have completed my first official week of school and my internship. School was great. It was interesting to see how it works in a different country. My grade is based off of one paper and one group project for each class. I am taking London Fashion, Commercial Skills, and Luxury Brand Management. All of my classes seem like topics I will enjoy. I am ready to start learning more in depth about each of them. The class size on average is 45 people, and coming from FIT that is really big. In two of my modules I have 2 teachers per class. It is a lot different from school in the States. School is more relaxed and the teachers depend on you to get the work done on your own time, all you do is turn it in at the end of the semester. I like independent learning, it allows you to research more of what you are interested in, rather than what the teacher tells you to do.

Working at Paper has been a dream so far. I love the people I work with and the company. It is absolutely amazing to see every aspect of developing a new brand. I am excited to participate in  fashion week. Paper will be showing at New York, London, and Paris. All the people I work with are young and well rounded in the fashion industry. It is great having a boss willing to share her knowledge with you. I hope to work in the high-end market when I graduate, so Paper is a perfect fit for me.

This weekend the weather has been freezing and snowy. People do not handle snow well here, almost everything shuts down. I got to see the London Science Museum and the V&A . The Science Museum had a cool exhibit called Energy: fuelling the future. The V&A had a wonderful Fashion Exhibit.

Orientation

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson
 
Orientation at Westminster is much different than how it was my first year at FIT. It was only 1.5 days long and finished with a cruise around London. It covered the basics of school and answered our questions. The cruise was a great way to meet new people and to see London. After the cruise my friends and I went to a  place called Fischer’s Hell around the corner. It was nice to have a night out in London and hang with locals. We all came to the conclusion that the people here are much nicer than the people in New York. They invited us to come to their table and told us all the cool places to go in London. We all had a great night. 
 
 
 

London Calling!

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson
 
I am finally moved in to my new place! I absolutely love the city of London! On Saturday I started my journey from Manchester to London. It took 3.5 hours in the car. I moved all my things in and set up my room.

The rooms at Harrow Hall are small, but you get your own bathroom which is nice. I have 5 other people in my hall. I have not met them yet, they move in next week. I am still settling in and will share pictures when my room is complete.

Sunday I explored the city. London is amazing! Liam showed me around. We went to The Houses of Parliament, saw Big Ben, the London Eye, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, and Camden Town. I got to ride on a double decker bus. It was a great getting to live like a tourist and experiencing all different things around the city. I am looking forward to doing many more things around London.

Moving in!  
 
London eye
 
M&M World Leicester Square
 
Telephone booth in London
 
Camden Town
  
 Buckingham Palace
 
Queen’s Guard 
 
Trafalgar Square
 

Manchester

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

    La Tasca

Today I explored the city of Manchester. It was so fun! I went with Liam and we walked around the stores and he showed me the local attractions. It was raining hard all day, but I wanted to be a real British person so I toughed it out. We ate “dinner” lunch at La Tasca. It has yummy authentic Spanish tapas. Parts of downtown reminded me of SoHo in New York. Cobblestone lined the streets and some of the stores even have doors in Soho. I really enjoyed being back in a city environment. I had a great day and a great tour guide!

  Piccadilly Gardens