Masters of Fashion

Three fashion grad students living out their last semester in style

I wrapped up my class early this AM so I could present my thesis research to the advisory board at the UDSAI meeting. My thesis is focused on finding ways to make homework in the apparel supply chain (a form of subcontracting in the extreme that is mostly “banned”) more acceptable to brands. To do so, I’m building a case study of an organization in India that is attempting to integrate corporate social responsibility procedures into the management and monitoring of homework. 

Today, I kept it simple with a black and white printed dress from Apostrophe, black tights (I don’t remember where from) and my black suede pumps from Max Studio.

Now, back to that thesis research… I have a couple more interviews to do this week!

~ Archana

Today I discussed our Graduate Seminar curriculum focus: “Research Agenda 2020” with our department’s Advisory Board - after I returned from New York this morning.Julie, the lovely redhead in the blue blouse, and I discussed academic research findings in the area of retail marketing that the fashion industry could apply within the next eight years (2012+8=2020) 
I arrived home at 9:50am with enough time to pull together my black pencil skirt by Bebe, black patent leather Bebe belt, with my striped neon blouse from LOFT (one of the Board members is a executive VP at Ann Taylor…see what I did there). I was indecisive about my H&M blazer, but committed once I had it on otherwise I’d expose my wrinkled blouse.
I’m coming down with a cold :(

- Mikahila

Today I discussed our Graduate Seminar curriculum focus: “Research Agenda 2020” with our department’s Advisory Board - after I returned from New York this morning.
Julie, the lovely redhead in the blue blouse, and I discussed academic research findings in the area of retail marketing that the fashion industry could apply within the next eight years (2012+8=2020) 

I arrived home at 9:50am with enough time to pull together my black pencil skirt by Bebe, black patent leather Bebe belt, with my striped neon blouse from LOFT (one of the Board members is a executive VP at Ann Taylor…see what I did there). I was indecisive about my H&M blazer, but committed once I had it on otherwise I’d expose my wrinkled blouse.

I’m coming down with a cold :(

- Mikahila

Phew!!! What an exhausting day!!! It started with talking to advisory board members about my thesis research. For those of you who might be interested, my thesis is on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UN Guiding Principles. I’m looking at the CSR website content of adidas, Nike, Gap, Levi, Under Armour, American Eagle, Skechers, J. Crew, Eileen Fisher, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren to see that they’re publicly disclosing their practices and policies on human trafficking and slavery, and how they respect human rights within their supply chain. After talking to the advisory board I had some office hours, which mostly consisted of me threading sergers. Finally, there was a panel discussion on Fashion and Technology, with a large emphasis on social media.

For my outfit, I wore a red pleated one shoulder dress by frock by Tracy Reese with a yellow belt and H&M black jersey blazer. For tights, I opened up my final package of tights for the season which are black rose knitted tights by Nordstrom. For shoes, I wore my black Mary Jane platforms by Tracy Reese.

So that was today! Another busy day tomorrow!

-Tiffa

My choice for the midterm presentations/ lunch at Vita Nova: 109°F printed dress, armani exchange cotton biker jacket, black tights, ALDO boots and Issac Mizrahi bag. 
Accessories: black+white bangle from Splash, handcrafted ‘bidri’ earrings and the staple Versace sunglasses.
Like Tiffa said earlier, today has been a long day and looks like it will seamlessly transition into Tuesday as I put the final touches on my presentation for the Advisory Board Meeting. I’m looking forward to share my research with the industry folk.
Wish me luck! 
~ Archana

My choice for the midterm presentations/ lunch at Vita Nova: 109°F printed dress, armani exchange cotton biker jacket, black tights, ALDO boots and Issac Mizrahi bag. 

Accessories: black+white bangle from Splash, handcrafted ‘bidri’ earrings and the staple Versace sunglasses.

Like Tiffa said earlier, today has been a long day and looks like it will seamlessly transition into Tuesday as I put the final touches on my presentation for the Advisory Board Meeting. I’m looking forward to share my research with the industry folk.

Wish me luck! 

~ Archana

Quite a busy day today!  First I had my own class to teach (they started construction on their skirts), then one of the professors asked me to sit in on her class’ presentation for their shift dresses (as seen in the photograph).  Following that I was invited to a lunch at Vita Nova by my advisor to meet one of the Advisory Board members who would not be able to attend the Advisory Board meetings tomorrow and Wednesday.  Being able to talk CSR with one of the VPs from Bureau Veritas, a highly respected compliance auditing firm, made the lunch greatly educational.  Next, I’m off to another meeting to find out where I’ll be presenting my thesis research on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act for tomorrow’s Advisory Board meeting.  Busy, busy Monday!!!

For today’s events I went with my Jason Wu for Target blue floral dress with my plenty by Tracy Reese military cardigan on top.  I then used a red tie belt to add emphasis on my smaller waist.  While the tie belt can also put emphasis that I’m short waisted, I do like that it makes my legs look longer.  I put some black lace tights by Hue, and courageously wore my grey suede Sam Edelman pumps to the lunch.  

All in all it’s been a busy, but gorgeous spring day!

-Tiffa

H&M’s Conscious Collection will be expanded to include some red carpet looks.  For a heftier price, you can add these going out looks to your wardrobe starting April 12th.  Since I’ve studied a decent amount about sustainable apparel processes, I can’t help but wonder how truly “conscious” these looks are.  Are they meant to be worn more than once, unlike true red carpet looks?  What are the fabrications and processes used to develop these looks?

I can’t deny that the photos look great, and I love the digital printed dress.  But will I be spending more money for H&M’s higher quality clothing?  Maybe, if it’s actually sustainably made… What are your thoughts on their collection?

-Tiffa

pretaportre:

Vogue April 2012: Kate Moss in “Checking Out” photographed by Tim Walker and styled by Grace Coddington.

(via TFS)

Tiffa is sporting some green and orange for St. Patrick’s Day!  (yes, it’s a necklace of a girl jumping rope)
tiffaro:

Happy St Patrick’s day!! @alyssasage (Taken with instagram)

Tiffa is sporting some green and orange for St. Patrick’s Day!  (yes, it’s a necklace of a girl jumping rope)

tiffaro:

Happy St Patrick’s day!! @alyssasage (Taken with instagram)