LuckyFABB: Part Deux
There was a moment of panic in the room as only three of the four expected panelists appeared on stage last Wednesday morning at the fourth gathering of the Lucky FABB conference. Where was the ManRepeller? A few minutes later, in true MR fashion, Leandra rushes onto the stage in her gorgeous Isabel Marant heels (available here), exclaiming, “Sorry, sorry I got stuck in traffic!” Also sporting a gingham shirt from her husband’s closet, Leandra offered great advice to the room packed with bloggers. The most important? A blog can only take you so far, but it is an extension of your overall brand and it is vital that you leverage your skills and interests beyond blogging to find success. If anyone can attest to that, it is the ManRepeller.
Lauren Sherman with LUCKY, Leah Chernikoff from Fashionista, Annie George-Greenburg from Refinery29, Leandra Medine from ManRepeller
Rachel Zoe walked onto the stage at Lucky FABB with an air of ease, decked out head to toe in her namesake brand. Complete with Louboutins, of course. While I fully expected RZ to be a complete diva, I found her to be exactly the opposite. Down to earth, warm-hearted and personable, Rachel was in fact the most inspiring of all the speakers at FABB. As she spoke on topics ranging from getting her start in the fashion world to becoming a mother, her husband Roger and parents cheered her on from the audience. A wealth of great advice, Zoe offered up the importance of being nice and working hard for what you want. What I found most inspiring was that Zoe herself doesn’t have a formal education in fashion and found her way in the field by proving herself and working her ass off. Rachel proves women really can have it all.
“You have to work hard to make things happen they won’t just fall on your lap. And no matter what, you’re never done. I never feel like I’m done. Don’t get comfortable in your comfort zone; do something else” Rachel Zoe.
LUCKY EIC Brandon Holley and style superstar Rachel Zoe
Aliza Licht brought DKNY into the spotlight through social media, giving a glimpse into the life of a fashion girl. Looking fabulously pulled together and wearing a gorgeous one-shoulder cape dress (DKNY?) with her signature red lips and nails, Aliza elaborated on the importance of building a brand. Erica Domesek, on the other hand, stressed that we should all “Embrace the Cray.” Which is probably a little easier to do in a pair of Oscar de la Renta Dakota wedges. PS. She made all of her jewelry. It’s a shame I don’t have more time for crafting.
Aliza Licht of DKNY and Erica Domesek of PS I Made This
Lauren Conrad stepped out of her towncar at the Times Center wearing her best blogger bun and signature oversized sunglasses, with her assistant trailing right behind her. After following Lauren from her days on Laguna Beach, through The Hills and now to her successful fashion and beauty site, I was looking forward to hearing her speak. Despite wearing sky high heels from her Kohl’s line, LC fell a little, well, flat. Perhaps she was nervous or maybe just overwhelmed by a room packed with beautiful bloggers, but Lauren didn’t have much valuable advice to share with her fellow entrepreneurs in the room. What we did find out? She doesn’t talk to Speidi. Not that we cared.
Despite being somewhat disappointed with her session, I was still excited to meet and have my photo taken with LC.
(Could I look like a bigger goofball? I think not.)
Simon Doonan from Barney’s and Designer Anna Sui
Overall, I found Lucky FABB to be everything I hoped for and more. I am just disappointed it took me this long to attend. Thanks Lucky for a FABBulous event!
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