It’s that time of the year again, that one day when it’s socially acceptable to dress up as someone/something else – Halloween. One of the best days of the year, in our opinion. The holiday is just around the corner and tons of spooky décor and costumes are on display in almost every storefront. Costume ideas get more creative each year and the pressure is on to go big or go home. At Team JBC, we go REALLY big and our annual Halloween Contest is taking place this Thursday across all of our offices.
So, where do you get your ghoulish gear? Some of our favorite places to go are labels that carry daring collections year-round and come Halloween, they need only push the envelope slightly further. Black Milk Clothing is a one-stop shop for polyester and spandex pieces to start your costume off right from the most inner layer with everything from skeleton bodysuits to an assortment of creepy-patterned leggings (blood-splattered is an office favorite). Jeffrey Campbell does a spiked-heel like no other and more than likely you already have a pair in your closet as glamorous-punk is their forte regardless of the season or holiday.
Not one to dress up or go all out on a costume? No worries. A few minor details may be enough to show some spirit. Check out Sephora’s Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo or Designer Nail Wraps by NCLA in Web Of Lies or Dracula’s Bride. Urban Outfitters has an entire page (The Halloween Shop) dedicated to Halloween costumes and accessories. Check out some of the treats we came across below:
Top Left: Katie Burley Millinery Midnight Flight Feather Headband / Left Middle: Sephora Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo /Bottom Left: Jeffrey Campbell Spike Platform Boot / Right Middle: NCLA Web Of Lies & Dracula’s Bride Designer Nail Wraps
Center: Black Milk Mechanical Bone Catsuit / Leg Avenue (eBay) Glow in Dark Bone Skeleton Tutu Dress
Employee of the Month – September
Get to know our September Employee of the Month:
Title: Talent Acquisition Executive
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Recruiting specialty: Designers
I became a recruiter because … I’m crazy. No, really because it merges my love for fashion with my love to constantly meet new people.
Favorite designer/artist: Martin Margiela and Maria Cornejo
Celebrity crush: Aaron Paul
Favorite place in Los Angeles: Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway
Interview horror story: A candidate went to an interview and while waiting to meet with the client they turned the office lights off on her and locked up. YAY! (more…)
Name: Antonietta Gaudio
Title: Talent Acquisition Executive
Location: Pomona, New York
Recruiting specialty: Luxury & Contemporary Retail
I became a recruiter
because… I enjoy connecting with new people and helping the candidate find the perfect position for them to succeed.
Favorite designer/artist: DVF, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs…
Celebrity crush: Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy)
Favorite place in New York: New York City at Christmas Time.
Interview horror story: I haven’t had one yet…I hope I didn’t jinx it.
Best interview tip: Be yourself. Always let your natural personality come through, but always be professional. (more…)
Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff reviewed the Double Robotics telepresence robot – and we want one. Now.
Full Review via Mashable.
Recently, our ceo had the opportunity to speak to freshmen in an Industry Exploration class at LIM College in New York City. Entering the job market can be daunting for new graduates so we were happy to offer some fashion industry insight and insider tips.
For any job applicant, at any level, it all starts with the résumé. For the recently graduated, creating a résumé is a unique challenge because of the lack of work history and experience. Completing your education is the first step, but certainly not the last.
We asked our recruiters for some real-world advice in regards to what companies are looking for – or expecting – on an entry level résumé. Consider these tips as you set out to craft the words on that document meant to remain in the hands of a hiring manager versus being tossed into the “no” or “unqualified” pile.
- Objective – Not Necessary
- Internship(s) – Listed
- College Education – Required
- Computer/Software Skills – Indicated
- Relevant Affiliations – Noted (more…)
On the fence about becoming a freelancer? Graphic Design Degree Hub created an infographic to help you make the decision. ‘The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer’ highlights the life of a freelancer from compensation to location. After weighing the good and the bad and applying the below information to your personal situation and industry, you may be ready to make the switch. If not, we’re here to help!
Check out the full infographic:
LinkedIn is one of the world’s largest online professional networks connecting people from virtually every industry to other professionals and businesses. You know this, we know this, so how do we make the most of all LinkedIn has to offer?
This much is true for every social media platform – understanding how to get the most out of your membership will determine whether or not creating an account will be to your benefit. LinkedIn separates itself as not just a social media network, but a professional social media network that – if leveraged properly – can be a jobseeker’s/employer’s/employee’s/recruiter’s/networker’s goldmine.
Below, tips to take advantage of LinkedIn:
- Choose a professional profile picture. Having a profile picture in general makes it easier to stand out in searches. A picture that portrays you as a professional not only allows connections and future employers to put a face to a name – it’s an extension of your personality. For example, a picture of you taking shots at a night club may not be the right choice over a toned down picture of you looking like the professional you are. (more…)
Marc Jacobs Showed His Final Collection for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week WWD
After a prelude of speculation, Jacobs confirmed that the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 show would be his last for the luxury brand. Plans for the future include an initial public offering for the Marc Jacobs brand which is also under the LVMH umbrella.
A Look from Louis Vuitton 2014 via Style.com
Paris Fashion Week Wraps Up With Miu Miu, Hermès… Paris Fashion Week
Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Hermès round out the final shows of Paris Fashion Week.
MAC Cosmetics x Proenza Schouler Limited Edition Collection Coming Soon Style
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and MAC are partnering on a limited edition collection to be available in April.
Proenza Schouler x M.A.C.
And the award for Best Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Presentation goes to: Rick Owens. If you had absolutely no idea what ‘stepping’ was until you attended this particular show at Paris Fashion Week, Owens did the art justice and the favor was returned to portray his collection as it was meant to be seen: elegant and rough.
The nostalgia may have kicked into high gear for anyone who’s been exposed to step teams, fraternities, and/or sororities in their college life; but before that feeling completely took over, Owens successfully pulled you back into his world where American grit hit the Parisian catwalk.
Owens, an American designer living in Paris, opted against the typical size-nothing models and selected a diverse group of women of different ethnic backgrounds and sizes. Statements were made, subliminally and obviously, and the non-models who were definitely not trying to model the clothes succeeded in doing just that while making a connection between each look and Owens’ vision.
The forty dancers, all holding a “grit face” throughout the show, included steppers from four sororities: Washington Divas, Soul Steppers, The Momentums, and The Zetas.
To view the full collection, visit WWD.com.
Sagmeister & Walsh’s Shopping Bag for BNY SCC. Photo: by George Chinsee via WWD
No, “A New York Holiday” isn’t a hip-hop song collaboration with Jay Z rhyming as Barneys sings the hook; but, it is a pairing worth some hype. This holiday season, the luxury retailer and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter are partnering on a promotion that involves the hip hop mogul collaborating with an impressive list of designers on a collection of limited-edition holiday products.
Each brand worked with Carter on custom creations to be sold at the BNN SCC Gallery (Barneys New York and Shawn Corey Carter). Pieces from the collection are centered around the idea of New York from a creative perspective and inspired by Jay Z, a native New Yorker and successful musician and entrepreneur. His color scheme of choice includes white, black, silver and gold.
Items include a tailored jacket from Lanvin, a black leather backpack from Balenciaga, a printed scarf from Balmain, a hoodie from Rick Owens, and a leather duffel from Proenza Schouler (it’s important to note this is the first men’s bag designed by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for their label). Moncler, Hublot, Acne, Roc Nation and Just Don are a few more brands on the list that includes a well-rounded mix of designers, brands and indie labels.
Balenciaga Black Leather Backpack
The Elder Statesman Cashmere Blanket
Prices range from fairly reasonable – $70 for a Barneys cotton T-shirt – to pretty pricey – the Stutterheim coat will retail for $675. On the higher end, the Shawn Carter by Hublot 45 mm watch with black alligator straps, deployment buckle and yellow gold movement is going for $33,900. How’s that for a price range? Twenty-five percent of all sales will go toward the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
The collection goes on sale Nov. 20 through Jan. 3 at barneys.com and the Barneys flagships in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
Photos by George Chinsee via WWD.