The summer of 2004 set the precedent for my career in fashion. As an upcoming junior at Hampton University I was hired as a paid Time Inc. summer intern working at InStyle magazine within the prestigious FASHION CLOSET! I couldn’t believe it; I would see the behind-the-scenes happenings of one of my favorite glossies while living in New York City, far away from Mid-Rivers mall in Missouri, and even have a little spending money (strong emphases on ‘little’.) I was blessed to work under Sydne Bolden, the chic and delightful contributing editor of the popular column “Instant Style,” a piece-by-piece guide to dressing for any occasion featuring current season essentials, inspired by the runways but translated into an affordable collection giving readers their very own personal fashion stylist.
Ms.Bolden (now married) shared that she also attended Hampton University but quickly transferred to another HBCU shortly after. She taught me a lot and complemented my work ethic often, understanding exactly what it was like once being an eager 19-year-old African-American fashionista who wanted to make something of herself in the big city. I was sad when my internship was over, but was happy to see Mrs. Bolden-Long featured recently in the following StyleBlazer.com video where she shares in depth how she made it in the world of fashion journalism. She’s simply amazing, inside and out!
Turns out basketball isn’t the only competitive industry for which Phoenix Suns NBA player Hakim Warrick understands the fundamentals to succeed– he’s also trained with the unique knowledge of sales and strategic partnerships to run his own national and international corporation and/or organization. Warrick graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 earning a degree in retail management and consumer studies from the Whitman School of Management before he entered into the NBA. After seeing a sketch of a dress he made for fun playing the Project Runway Fashion Design Challenge SketchBook Set with his family, my curiosity lead me to feature Warrick on DressCode Deluxe Dispatch.