London Fashion Week

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

London Fashion Week was more than I ever imagined! It was incredible. LFW is so much different from New York Fashion week. All the people are so posh, fashion forward, and knowledgeable. New York Fashion Week has a strange mix of people and people who want to be in the fashion world, but cannot quite figure out their own style. There are two main tents for shows and inside Somerset House there are exhibitions. The exhibitors are designers and the set up a space to show their new collection. You need a special pass to have access to them, it is mostly buyers and photographers who can go and see the new collections. I was lucky enough the get a pass from my internship because they were showing. Everything at LFW is very exclusive. I really enjoyed being able to see how fashion week worked in another country. It was interesting to compare it to New York. I meet some really cool people and was able to expand my horizons in the fashion industry. Even people watching was beyond words when I stood outside the tents. I cannot wait to go back for another season!

 
 

 

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
 

First Few Days in the UK…

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

  Christmas Morning

So far my time in the UK has been unbelievable! I had my first Christmas with my boyfriend and his family. It was amazing. His family is so welcoming and they make me feel like I am right at home. I am so lucky to have them while I am here. They made my first Christmas unforgettable. I felt like one of the little kids you see in a movie on Christmas morning running down the stairs. Since I do not celebrate Christmas back at home I could not tell you many differences between it USA and UK style.  Something different they do in the UK is called boxing day. Boxing day is kinda like “black friday”.

  Christmas Dinner Mollie style

I am almost back on a normal sleep schedule. The first day I got here I was exhausted I tried to stay up as late as I could to got to bed at a normal hour so I could have a normal sleep pattern. I still wake up or get tired at random hours. Overall, adjusting to the time difference is not so bad.

  Christmas Dinner UK style

The food is really different here. For starters the chocolate is amazing. I do not think I could ever go back to eating American chocolate. They eat a lot of meat and do not have the same brands of food. Chips are a major thing here aka really good fries. We had Chinese for dinner one night and they even came with the meal. The nutritional facts are written differently. Everywhere I go I see Mince pie… something I have yet to try.

  Getting in the Christmas Spirit

I am still adjusting to the money here, they use a lot of coins and not bills. I still do not know which way to look when crossing the road and sometimes walk to the drivers seat thinking it is the passenger side. Across-the-board these last few days have been somewhat surreal, exciting, and thrilling. I look forward to what is to come.Life in the UK is easier than American life in some ways. The tax is already added in to the price of an item at the store, so when you go to pay you don’t pay more then what it says on the ticket. At the movies, you choose your seat when you buy the tickets. You do not have to show up to the theater early to get good seats.

  Liam and I on Christmas