Knowing the best place to start your career is the most difficult task for many of us. Getting our name out there whether it be within the fashion industry or any other field you choose to go into is not an easy thing to do. However, with hard work and dedication, you will find your destination could be just around the corner. This Fashionista has gotten ahead of the game and set foot in the door of the fashion industry. She has been working her way up through her internship with Fashion on the Square, becoming a self-employed stylist while also studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. Watch out, fashion world, there’s a new stylist in town.
Name: Kaelah Watson
Role: Aspiring stylist and student, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
CollegeFashionista: What have you enjoyed most about studying at FIDM?
Kaelah Watson: What I enjoy the most is how nice everyone is. It feels like a small community. I also like all the opportunities I’m able to receive that helps me build my resume through styling models for the school magazine, The Mode. I love how everyone wants you to be successful in the fashion industry. There are so many resources at FIDM that students can utilize to help them succeed.
CF: Where do you plan on going after graduation?
KW: After graduation I plan on moving to either Los Angeles or New York, so I can really be in an environment where fashion is the focus. Hopefully I can start working as a fashion stylist or start off with a really good internship and work my way up from there.
CF: How has your internship pushed you towards your career goals as a stylist?
KW: I have always been stuck. I knew I wanted to be a stylist but I also wanted to do some PR work. The internship that I am doing now is teaching me more of what it would be like if I were to enter the PR/event planning field. At the moment I am helping put together a fashion week called Fashion on the Square and hopefully I will get the opportunity to help style the models for the runways. My internship is really teaching me what it will be like in the fashion industry and what it takes to be successful.
CF: What are your favorite trends at the moment?
KW: I have never been one to really follow trends. I like doing my own thing. But if I had to choose it would be the women’s cropped pant suit in all the vibrant colors, and overalls. I am a huge fan of overalls, you can never go wrong with them.
CF: What do you love most about being a stylist?
KW: What I love most is finding the perfect outfit and seeing a client’s face light up. I love the fast paced environment and being able to see the outcome when it’s done. It would take too long to discuss all the reasons why I love it, but at the end of the day it is the one thing I am good at and have a passion for.
Learn More: Catch this fashion stylist intern working the upcoming 2014 Fashion on the Square in San Francisco!