COLUMN - New York: a mind blowing experience

Tuesday, 28 January 2014
altFashion is a growing and never-stopping industry. To get to the top of it, not only you need to be the best at what you’re doing, however also have the ability to get people to listen to what you have to say at first. Couple of weeks ago, me and my course mates have been introduced to a completely different world – New York city. We have had the opportunity to go on a trip to see one of the largest fashion capitals and explore it in our own ways. I could describe this as a dream come true.

Newalt York is a dream for anyone – not just a fashion student. The atmosphere, the rush, the lifestyle. One can only ever dream about being able to settle in the city for a longer time. The trip gave me and my colleagues a great view on what is expected from us as fashion students, as well as, future fashion kings and queens. To make it in this multi-billion industry you have to be patient and on the go – no time for regrets.

The city that never sleeps
We have been given tasks to complete in New York, for our own benefit of sightseeing. Walking through the streets of this jungle, we have been able to discover the city much better than from a subway or a cab – it is important to make the most out of whatever time you have in New York, because who knows when will be the next time you get to come next? We have explored all the big and little things of the city – including the cupcake shop selling cake slices the size of a head! Pancakes for breakfast every morning – who ever thought that pancakes and bacon would go so well together. Every restaurant we went to was an experience, not quite something you would get in London or in fact, anywhere in England. Although the food was mind blowing, there are more important things about New York.

When people say it is the city that never sleeps – they mean it. It is quite so impossible to find a place that will be closed around midnight in Manhattan. Our hotel was situated right by the Empire State Building and around the corner from Times Square – right in the centre. It was way too easy for us to get a donut in the middle of the night from the Dunkin Donuts. Shopping in stores like Saks and Barney’s when the Christmas decorations are still up, was not only mind blowing, but quite so much of a life experience to be able to see all the visual merchandising. Even though Selfridges in London is known for its extravagant window displays, it was a great surprise for me to discover that New York’s stores take it to a completely different level. They give you an unforgettable experience. This is not only the luxury stores on the 5th Avenue – the little boutiques, even a barber in Williamsburg gives you new expectations.

Back to reality
The downside of the trip was that it was only a week, when all of us would have so much preferred staying over for all of our lives. Unfortunately, after a week of adventures of getting lost in Williamsburg to ‘tour guide taxi driver’ we had to call it an end and go back to the real world which is University and deadlines.

Karolina Wilczek, Fashion Communication and Promotion student at Nottingham Trent University.

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