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July 9, 2013

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Fashion—But Were Too Afraid To Ask

The harshest lesson I learned is that creative brilliance is probably just 30 percent of the equation—the rest is about understanding the fundamentals of the business (finance, how to market yourself, selling your brand), which the book breaks down.… What do you wish you had known when you were starting off as a designer? That the concept of an overnight success is a myth. I bought into the idea of being discovered immediately, and I was very hard on myself. It was only after hearing someone like Vivienne Westwood explain how long it took to get the manufacturing right or get the financials lined up that I learned that overnight success doesn’t really exist. You shouldn’t resent the struggle or the process—it’s learning. What’s the most shocking thing you discovered about the industry during your research? That it literally never sleeps. You have to have an incredible level of energy—bordering on superhuman—to make it. At 3 a.m., you could very well need to take action on something happening in Los Angeles or Tokyo; everyone just gets that we’re on a global clock. The pressure to be "on" 24/7 can make it difficult to maintain a state of well-being optimal for creating great work. What are your tips for finding balance? I make a point of taking time to go to places that inspire me—Brick Lane in London or the MoMA in NYC—and to also spend time with my friends who aren’t in the industry. They help me recapture my excitement about being creative. Finding ways to prioritize eating and sleeping—for example, ordering groceries online while answering emails—are also essential during busy times like fashion month. What advice would you give to those looking for mentors in the fashion world? Don’t send out loads of generic emails—it’s important to take a personal approach and be as genuine as possible. Ask family, ask friends, go to networking groups, and use industry contacts. If you meet someone great, it’s a good idea to wait before asking him or her right away to be your mentor. You’re asking a lot: for their PR, their time, and their resources.

Hillary Clinton Wanted Broccoli In The White House Back In 1992

Obama said it was his favorite food Tuesday. A photo of Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore from the 1992 campaign next to a sign reading, "Let's put broccoli in the White House again!" shows a history of White House support for the green vegetable.

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