After my little trip to BFW I was approached my Anam from Betty Rae Vintage to do an interview for their blog. I love the website and she had some really good questions, so I decided to share the answers here to. If you like vintage I recommend checking out their website BettyRaeVintage.com or find more Vintage related posts on their blog http://bettyraevintage.blogspot.co.uk.

brCan you tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog?
So, I’m 23 and I recently graduated from UCA Epsom in Fashion Womenswear. I started my blog after I finished studying- it was something I wanted to do for a long time and I was in need of a creative project to keep me motivated. Style Rarebit is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog full of lists, photographs and advice that I hope readers will find entertaining and useful.

You mentioned on Style Rarebit that you started blogging quite recently. Do you have any advice for bloggers who are just starting out?
My main piece of advice would be to make sure to get involved with your local blogging community. People who have been blogging for a long time are a wealth of helpful knowledge and are always the first to know about events that are happening nearby. I think it’s also really important to self-promote when you’re first starting out. I really loathed the idea of tweeting and sharing my posts, and I felt a bit embarrassed sharing my blog but I’ve got over that now. Opportunities don’t find you, so it’s really about getting it out there and making people aware of what you’re creating.

We love the way you mix vintage and contemporary fashion in some of your outfits. What’s your favourite vintage item?
Well, firstly, thank you! I’ve loved vintage since I was little and my grandmothers started passing down designer gems to me. My favourite piece at the moment is this Neiman Marcus dress which I think is from the mid-1960s. It has this block of crazy bright pink and I always get a lot of compliments in that dress. It also has pockets, I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with that, but there’s just something really cool about a smart dress having secret pockets.

What did you most love about Bristol Fashion Week?
I loved the ‘So You Think You Want to Work in Fashion?’ Q&A hosted after the show. I know it was really a side note and not as all singing/dancing as the main event, but I just felt I learnt a lot in that hour of time. I particularly connected to Shelly Vella and Jørgen Simonsen, I thought they both had some really concise advice about breaking into the industry. I actually tweeted about Simonsen straight after the show, I just felt he had such a great energy and passion for what he does and that’s really lovely to see.

Which of the trends on the catwalks of Bristol Fashion Week are you most excited about for Spring/Summer 2015?
I would definitely have to go with Utility, I just fell in love with everything from the Marc Jacobs show and I feel it’s the easiest trend to adapt into your wardrobe. Saying that though, I’m coveting some 70s platforms too, but it’s hard for a girl to choose just one!

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BFW-page-image_optimisedSo today I went to BFW to watch the show and also attend a little industry Q&A about working in Fashion. It’s all held in the Mall in Bristol and all the clothes are available to purchase now. This was really more a lesson in styling and interpreting trends in contrast to something like LFW where your looking at new, individual designers collections. I thought that the styling was all very wearable and definitely encouraged being more inventive and brave when shopping on the High Street.


My favourite part of the day was the Q&A, hosted by Marc Hayes and Lucy Watson and featuring a panel of different people from the fashion industry. One of those being couture designer Jorgen Simonsen, I instantly found him really fascinating and full of strong advice that has come from his amazing background in fashion. His career is in Haute Couture and so far he’s worked at Galliano, McQueen and Givenchy. His passion came through in his responses and made for great listening. He honestly had such a million dollar personality, I really have no idea why he hasn’t been snapped up for television yet.

Another panellist who I really benefited from listening to was Shelly Vella, who is style director at Cosmopolitan magazine. She had amazing boho style, like a rich supermodel in the seventies and I loved her shoes (little leopard ballet flats with lace up detailing). She was very concise and down to earth and also gave good advice about progressing in fashion.16790076270_83807d7365_oThe main focus was on the importance of gaining work experience to really boost your chances of a career in fashion. Many people have reservations about working for free, however most of the panelists said they had done at point and that the lessons they learnt were invaluable. I have also and despite the lack of compensation really loved being an intern and learning about the industry first hand. I actually want to get back to London and do some more but I have a little bit of saving to get done before thats possible. Anyways, a fun day and definitely worth a trip if you have the time to go.

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  1. You will know someone who will waltz into a job… but it won’t be you.
  2. You’ll feel like a failure, even though you’ve just spent 3 years of solid work to get to this point.
  3. Everyone and their dog will ask you what your ‘plan’ is.
  4. You’ll be rejected 1000000 times before you get your first break.
  5. People will suggest hysterical alternative career paths for you… private investigator? dog groomer? That’s what your £30,000 in debt for right?
  6. You’ll watch people with less talent than you get the job you want.
  7. You’ll spend a lot of time complaining about your situation, to other people who are in exactly the same boat, but none of you will know what to do.
  8. You’ll seriously start to consider those alternative career paths… Scrubbing poodles wouldn’t be so bad would it?
  9. You think every job you apply for is, THE ONE.
  10. You finally have time to do all those things you didn’t have time to while you were studying… but you won’t, you have Netflix watching to get done, PRIORITIES.
  11. You’ll seriously miss getting your student loan, but you’ll still spend like it’s in your account anyways.