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Fashion’s Newest Generation: Career Day
at the High School of Fashion Industries

It still makes my heart skip a beat to be told to report to the principal’s office.

Even if it’s really only the Principal’s conference room…which is where we met to kick off the 24th annual HSFI Career Day this morning with Principal Daryl Blank and a strong cuppa joe. The nearly 50 guest speakers from a range of careers then reported to their “classrooms” for their morning mentoring sessions with the students, among them Karen Alberg Grossman from MR Magazine, Tommy Hilfiger’s Kim Friday, designers Sal Cesarani, Brooks Brothers’ Brian Lane, and photographers Jamie McCarthy and Michael Loccisano from Getty Images.

HSFI Principal Daryl Blank, welcoming guest speakers for the school's 24th annual Career Day

HSFI Principal Daryl Blank, welcoming guest speakers for the school’s 24th annual Career Day

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MR’s Karen Alberg with HSFI board member Christina Neault

Get ready for a tomorrow’s crop of fashion bloggers and designers….this is the new crew of fashion’s Next Gen’ers!

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Fashion’s next generation, sessions one and two!

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I loved the kids in my two groups.

Getting Props: High School of Fashion Industries’ Advisory Board Honors Macy’s Nicole Fischelis

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The High School of Fashion Industries’ kids surrounding their idol, honoree Nicole Fischelis of Macy’s

It’s always enlightening to be part of an event at the High School of Fashion Industries, whether it means speaking to the students and having them ask questions of you (I’m thinking Career Day here, which I have so thoroughly enjoyed being a part of for the past two years, thanks to friend and colleague Tom Julian). Or when said event involves catching up with colleagues at an industry cocktail gathering, viewing a clever student fashion show and celebrating a legendary industry exec. Triple whammy!

Last night’s Advisory Board festivities honored the retail fashion genius of Nicole Fischelis, she of former Saks fame and current Macy’s fortune.

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We caught up with new and old friends prior to the awards ceremony and show, as fashion executives, designers and consultants packed the hallways of the high school.

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Cocktail banter with fashion executives l-r, Tom Julian from The Doneger Group, Marketing consultant Mary Ellen Barone, ESP Trendlab’s Ellen Sideri, Design consultant Michael Arguello, ESP Trendlab’s Cathleen Sheehan, Jetsetter’s Leigh Crandall, Nikki Ridgway and Michael Crooks

Offering wardrobe choices for super heroes punctuated by those for prom and beach, with some creative outerwear and sportswear in between, the student designers gave their best on stage during their end-of-year fashion show. All while waiting – and working hard – to become the next great known name in the fashion industry.

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Pre-fashion show cocktail party

Designer Rolando Santana

Designer Rolando Santana

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Principal Daryl Blanks with honoree Nicole Fischelis, advisory board chairperson Christina Neault and partnership program founder Robert di Mauro

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Fashion show finale

 

 

 

The Future is Now! Career Day at the High School of Fashion Industries

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I was so lucky to be able to be part of 40+ presenters during the High School of Fashion Industries’ Career Day last Friday. My partner in crime, TJ, was home sick with the stomach bug, or it would’ve been the two of us together in front of the class room. As it was, the attentive students asked questions about both of our businesses, seemed genuinely excited about a career in fashion and also to realize that they will need to create their path toward their final destination.

 

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IMG’s Christina Neault with HSFI’s principal Daryl Blank.

 

The cool fashion high school kids!

The cool fashion high school kids!