College Fashion Week with Fashion Blogger Christina Lau
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend College Fashion Week with style blogger, Christina Lau, of Looks by Lau. The event took place in New York City at the Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan. With the assistance of its sponsors, College Fashion Week gave the opportunity for guests to have their hair styled by TRESemmé, make up done by Bare Minerals, eyebrows shaped by European Brow Bars, and try on clothing from the popular online UK retailer, boohoo.com.
The styles in the fashion show from boohoo.com were modeled by real life college students which directly appealed to the audience of college students and fashion bloggers. The fashion show had three segments to display their various themed looks for the night-- Woodlander, Brooklyn Princess, and Imperial. Woodlander provided boho looks appropriate for the cooler temperatures of fall by satisfying the demand for layering with faux fur vests, oversized coats, and cardigans. Brooklyn Princess incorporated elements of New York street style with sportswear, while maintaining femininity by pairing champagne and maroon colors. The Imperial runway looks gave an edgy yet minimalistic feel with black, camouflage prints, and olive green hues by using military inspired styling. In between the runway looks, the extremely talented Columbia SHARP A Cappella and Columbia's ONYX dance group, both students organizations from Columbia University, entertained the audience with their musical abilities and dance routines, respectively.
As a junior majoring in Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Christina has landed many internships at companies such as Tory Burch, Nautica, and Vera Wang. She also recently returned from Seattle, Washington as a Semi-Finalist for the Ray Greenly Scholarship for the National Retail Federation which she is also the Treasurer for at FIT. Her freshman year she began posting outfits of the day on her personal Instagram account which evolved into her fashion blog Looks by Lau. Since then, her fashion blog and Instagram has maintained a following base of over 13,000 followers and continues to grow, which has given her opportunities to collaborate with various companies such as boohoo.com, Lulu's, and Daniel Wellington Watches.
Check out the video she made about the event here
Christina kindly answered questions for Trim Magazine!
Sheryl Wan: How would you describe your personal style?
Christina Lau: Versatile. The best thing about fashion is that it allows for complete creative freedom. I love experimenting with different styles of clothing to create outfits that are unique representations of myself. Most often, this involves combining feminine and edgy pieces together for some interesting juxtapositions.
SW: How has your style evolved since you began college?
CL: The most obvious change is the effect that living in New York has had on my color choices. I can rarely be seen without a shred of black on my outfit. Beyond that, however, being a student at FIT has given me the confidence to fully embrace my personal style. In a place where skirts are worn by both genders, there is no such thing as the “norm”. I dress for myself now, as opposed to wearing what is cool, and I think that is what I am most proud of.
SW: What and/or who do you draw your style inspirations from?
CL: I find myself looking to other bloggers, both up-and-coming and well known, more often than celebrities or runways for style inspiration. Especially under a college student’s budget, it can be easier to relate to a blogger’s more accessible sense of style. And of course, no fashion-conscious New Yorker can ignore the influence of good old street style.
SW: What are your favorite places to shop?
CL: Lately, I’ve had a preference for online sites including ASOS and Missguided rather than typical mall stores. Not only does shopping online cater more to my schedule, but it also allows me to browse larger selections and find pieces that are unique to my style.
SW: You recently returned from Seattle, Washington as a Semi-Finalist for the Ray Greenly Scholarship for the National Retail Federation. How was your experience there?
CL: It was amazing! If anything, it has convinced me to stay involved and continue pursuing my career goals. The best part for me was being able to spend the scholarship dinner sitting across from the VP of Talent Acquisition at Nordstrom. Opportunities like these are not only fantastic for networking, but they also serve as reminders that these executives were in our shoes at one point. They have so much guidance to offer us as students that we don’t always get in the classroom. I’m sure you’ve heard the word network more times than you’d like, but it has truly been a driving force for my career so far.
SW: What are the most valuable things you've learned after interning at 6 different companies over the years?
CL: The most important lesson I keep with me is to be open to new experiences. I’ve interned everywhere from luxury fashion brands to sporting goods companies, all of which have given me opportunities to learn about both the industry and myself. Surprisingly enough, my favorite internship was with Modell’s Sporting Goods as a freshman because I took on a variety of projects that ultimately helped define my goals now and developed my skills as a professional. College is the best time to experiment with your interests, so I encourage taking full advantage of it. Job hunt every day, even when you don’t need to, because opportunity can arrive when you least expect it.
As one of the hardest working people I know, it's exciting to see her progress with her career and blog! Keep doing what you're doing, girl!
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