Choosing the Best Fashion School for You

The word “best” is always relative. What’s best for you may not be the best for others. This is the reason why you should not trust a business that claims to be the best. You need to compare various fashion schools in order to actually find the best one for you. In comparing fashion schools, however, you are going to need some standards. Here are some standards you can use:

1) Cost – some people think that the best fashion schools are the most expensive ones. These people think that just because education is expensive, it is also high quality. What you need to know is that studying fashion is not cheap. However, it doesn’t really need to be ridiculously expensive. Some schools just want to appear exclusive in order to attract more students. They pretend to be the best fashion schools by charging outrageous fees to those who wish to be students.

Because of this, you should understand that cost is not the best standard to use in judging quality.

2) Location – there are people who think that attending the best fashion school means going to Europe. They believe that in order for a fashion school to be among the best, it should be located as far away from their hometown as possible. There are some positives to this view. Schools located in fashion centers tend to be more aggressive in their education. They also tend to be more updated on the world of fashion. If this is the sort of school you think is best for you then go attend it.

You need to remember, however, that some things require a lot of sacrifice.

3) Prestige – some people think that the best fashion schools are the ones that get featured in magazines and the television. They believe that attending such schools would rub a little of the prestige of onto them. People believe that the best fashion schools are the most well-known ones. However, you need to remember that sometimes, the best fashion schools like to keep quiet about their greatness. All the magazines in the world could not compare to the testimonials of other people. It is often the case that the best fashion schools do not get known through the papers, but through the words of their students.

4) Instructors – some think that the best fashion schools are the ones which hire famous personalities as instructors. In fact, they may have a point. People in the fashion industry do not get famous if nobody likes their work. However, there is one drawback to this: people in the fashion industry are almost always competing against each other. This competition can be very distracting and may hinder the learning process.

5) The alumni – there are also people who think that the best fashion schools are the ones attended by successful personalities. They believe that the past will be the guide of people to face the future. Because of this, people often seek out the schools of well known fashion personalities and set out to fulfill their dreams.

App Fog Genius Lessons From A Successful Entrepreneur

App Fog Business Startup Lessons from a Lucrative Entrepreneur

Lucas Carlson is a successful startup entrepreneur. When he first started however, he made a few bad choices that almost cost him big time.

Don’t Skip Business Setup Planning

At first he was just programming an idea for App Fog. He didn’t have a landing page, any bank account, brain storming ideas, or thinking about the ideal customers. Skipping key steps really put him back for years. He would program for weeks, and then finish the app idea. Then program for weeks and finish the idea. He couldn’t get people interested in the idea that was created.

Creating a Landing Page

Finally, he decided to create a landing page one night when he was too tired to sleep or even tell his wife about the programming idea. The app idea was PHP Fog. He tried putting it up on a site before that called Heroku.com. He registered the PHP Fog website and just simply wrote “it’s like Heroku for PHP”. Heroku’s site only allowed for Rudy on Rails applications so he couldn’t put the applications on that site.

Living the Dream

The next morning he woke up and had eight hundred people on his website! He didn’t market it anywhere else. All he did was put one link on Hacker News network. Also, he described the website in more depth. It turned out that the idea was a “hair on fire” idea without even the creation of the project! This gave him assurance that if the effort is put in, the results will be desired. After programming for two weeks. he just only had a prototype and the traffic went from 800 to 4,000 unique visitors per day!

Hair on Fire Problem Equals Confidence

He had identified a “hair on fire” problem. This gave him confidence to program the solution. This changed his life forever! He realized the difference between having a problem that people know they have versus the problems that people don’t know they have. PHP Fog wound up being AppFog. It raised $10 billion dollars and was later bought out.

No Marketing Expenses

He didn’t spend a dime on marketing! It wasn’t an accident. People already wanted the idea and were looking for it. He learned that he could find what people already wanted and then program an application based on what they wanted. He wasn’t taking a “shot in the dark” anymore.

Don’t be Intimidated

Creating a landing page or micro-website is very scary for most people. They don’t want to know if others like their great idea or not. There is a denial psychological part to this way of thinking. It can be self-defeating to the creation of an idea. They will think “Well I believe in the idea so much, that I don’t care what other people think about it”. This philosophy will kill a great idea. Put your “right foot first” and see what people need.

Lviv – A Contemporary Fashion Center

I consider myself rather laid back and conservative when it comes to fashion. My wardrobe consists of quality, timeless pieces that I have had for years. Last fall I fell prey to all of the hype and glitz of the fashion world by attending Lviv’s bi-annual fashion week.

Founded in 2008, Lviv’s fashion week is a fashion followers delight with catwalk shows by designers from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, France etc… The atmosphere was electric- cameras flashing with fashion gurus and media hounds dressed to the nines in the “Lemberg” Convention center.

This was a far cry from my childhood memories of Lviv spent in poverty, where one rejoiced when parcels of practical garments arrived from our relatives in the American Diaspora. I also have images ingrained in my mind of the Soviet era where the life essentials were in deficit let alone items of “haute couture”. The totalitarian government of the time repressed any show of personal identity or originality. As “comrades”, were were certainly not encouraged to such frivolities as freedom of expression let alone fashion trends.

Tourists came here with suitcases full of the forbidden blue jeans which were strictly black market items. The few stores available sold strictly utilitarian wear in repetitive styles. The lengthy hair styles of the 60’s were quickly shaved off on the streets by KGB officers.

The collapse of communism was met with an extremist reaction in fashion. The new found liberation was expressed by micro minis, super hiked heels, big glitzy jewelry and excessive make up. This counter reaction was immediately interpreted as women seeking foreigners and luckily did not last long. Lviv very quickly matured, and soon accepted the mainstream vogue of sneakers, blue jeans and t shirts.

In this day and age, Fashion is a very serious industry in Lviv and it has placed Local designers at an international level of respect. Graduates of fashion design from the Lviv academy of art have left their imprint of the global market. Some of the stars include Oksana Mukha whose wedding dresses “par excellence” have taken Paris by storm and have graced such venues as the ” Carousel du Louvre”.

Of particular interest is Roksolana Bogutska. I really respect the way she has incorporated indigenous patterns and fused folkloric elements in her contemporary collections.

Bagutska’s flagship boutique is located in the prestigious “Opera Passage” at # 27 Svoboda Ave. in Lviv.

This state-of-the-art retail center rivals Neiman- Markus Texas hand down! It oozes with luxury with its’ marble floors, wrought iron stairwells and antique fixtures. This upscale department store offers the up-to-the-minute trends from hand made cosmetics from England, Prada sunglasses and bags and even Brioni garments for men.

So who is it that can afford the high price tags attached to these upscale offerings? Not anyone in my inner circle of friends. What I find here are mainly “fashionistas” dropped off in blacked out SUVs. A saving fashion grace for the ordinary people struggling to make ends meet is ” Planeta”. “Planeta” is a series of second hand stores that sells (by the kilo) quality clothing shipped from Europe with fashionable and sensible labels such as “Marks and Spencers” and the “George” brand name.

I am proud of you Lviv- you have come a long way! I would agree with the recent statement by the Japanese designer at Lviv Fashion- Kenzo Takada. He was quoted to say:” The women in Lviv are better dressed that the women in Paris”. Quite a power statement, a strong testimony to the fact that Lviv has become a trendsetting world center- Bravo!