Friday, April 12, 2013

Hive Fashion Blogging: Getting Started

Giving my workshop at the Brooklyn Public Library. Photo by Jennifer Thompson.

At the request of the participants of my workshop “Hive Fashion Blogging: Getting Started” at the Brooklyn Public Library earlier this week, below is a list of the blogs I mentioned as great ones to check out for inspiration. I’m also including a few of the pictures I used in my PowerPoint slideshow!

For those who asked, the name of the site I like for help with the technical aspects of blogging is The Blog Guidebook.

Thank you to everyone who came to the workshop and please do join me again on May 14, 2013 at 4:30PM for “Hive Fashion Blogging: Interviewing Techniques.” I’m going to talk about ways to get a great interview with someone for a feature on your blog, even if you didn’t go to journalism school (I didn’t either).

If you want help with brainstorming ideas for your blog, or notes from any of the topics covered in the workshop, email me. I’m happy to help!

About Hive Fashion, here is a description from their website: “Hive Fashion is a program in which members of the Hive Learning Networks in Chicago and New York City partner with industry professionals to give high school-age teens the transformative learning experience that comes from bringing personally meaningful ideas to life through creative design and production.”

I am thrilled to be part of such a fantastic initiative!

The first exhibit I covered on my blog was American High Style at Brooklyn Museum.

Blogs to check out for inspiration

Bill Cunningham of The New York Times, any of his “On the Street” videos—This 84-year-old photographer is the original chronicler of street style and a continuous source of inspiration to me.

The Sartorialist—Great pictures, little text. Scott Schuman focuses on street style worldwide.

Nini Style—Rihanna’s stylist, who started her career in fashion as a janitor at Banana Republic!

It’s Not That Deep—Sheree Morrison shows how to mix high, low, and vintage. She has a great eye!

A Fall/Winter 2007-8 Prada dress, from Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations.

Into The Gloss—Emily Weiss’s site offers terrific product reviews and amazing in-depth interviews with beauty, fashion, and magazine industry insiders.

Scrangie—It’s all about the nail polish here. This blog proves you can take one topic and build an entire world around it.

From Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced at The Museum of the City of New York.

Would You Rock This?—Fashion illustration by the people, for the people. You can upload your artwork here and have visitors to the site vote on the looks you feature. This website was created by Brandon Graham, curator of the excellent show Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look at the Brooklyn Public Library in Fall of 2012.

Erica B.’s DIY Style—Erica Bunker makes sewing your own wardrobe look so very cool. She has been featured in Vogue Patterns because of her blog and has worked in film as a costumer and wardrobe supervisor.

Alexander McQueen for Givenchy ensembles from the exhibit Daphne Guinness.

The Daily Connoisseur—Jennifer L. Scott decided to write a book and publish it herself when no agent or publisher would take her on. The New York Times reviewed it and voila! Now she has both agent and publisher and Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris has been published in several countries. She connects with readers primarily through use of YouTube videos.

Feather Factor—Katherine delivers interesting interviews with businesswomen from around the world who also have enviable closets. In addition, she features book reviews and posts on travel, money, and style.

A 2004 Carolina Herrera dress from the exhibit IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA.

The Rich Life (on a budget)—Adrienne Shubin’s blog is wonderfully personal. Her theme is right there in her blog title and she offers great tips on living in style without spending a lot of money.

Very Verve—If you want to see the highest of high-end closets and locations from Manhattan to Paris to Dubai, this is the blog for you. Aspirational and fun, with great pictures.

A 2012 Oscar de la Renta ensemble  from the exhibit IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA.

Thanks again to everybody who came to the workshop and to the Brooklyn Public Library for hosting it!


Laura said...

Such stunning photographs!
Hive Fashion sounds like a wonderful program

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I wish I could sit in and listen, Jill! I am so curious about the HIVE foundation...I wish there was something similar in our community.
Have a great weekend!!

Anonymous said...

I wish I too could sit in your class and listen and learn!
I am so proud of you!!!
Have a very HAPPY and relaxed weekend xo :-)

Angele Style said...

If only we had a workshop such as the one you describe. Thank you for the great information and the links you included in this post.

Linda said...

Oh Jill, this is wonderful! What great information, I wish I could've attended, too. Great job, my dear.

Love, Mom