The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund held a panel discussion on the 24th of July to give the next generation of fashion leaders the opportunity to receive advice from key people within the industry.
The panel included Cynthia Rowley, Michael Bastian, Alexis Bittar, Terron Scheafer and Lori Goldstein.
Mickey Boardman led the discussion and grilled each panel member with questions on their personal experiences as well as advice for the young hopefuls.
The air was full of big dreams as girls in cocktail dresses and boys in bowties clutching notepads and pens sat down to admire and listen to the advice of those on the panel.
There were 70 minutes worth of advice and stories ending with nervous fashionista’s stumbling up to ask a few questions.
After getting all the routine questions out of the way Mickey Boardman dives in with a question that is straight to the point -
“Are you a control freak?”
Alexis Bittar - “I think the word control freak is very negative, I prefer ‘perfectionist’ but yes, I am a control freak. If you want red here, and someone puts red there, it’s the not the same piece, it can dramatically change the look and feel of the piece. But I am humble; I mean I don’t go around screaming ‘red!’
After asking each panel member, Terron Scheafer gives a quick but perfect answer - “I am wrong but never in doubt.”
Mickey then begins to ask each member what advice he or she would give to his or her 20-year-old self. Michael Bastian shares what he says is the best advice he has ever gotten - “to be a good number one you have to be a good number two.”
The discussion carries on with an endless amount of tips for interns reminding them that they are there to make someone’s life easier not harder.
A student stands up and asks the most interesting question yet, “What is the worst thing an intern could possibly do?”
Mickey Boardman then goes on to tell the story of a sudden panic attack when Nicki Minaj was on the cover V Magazine as it would mean she may not feature in Paper Magazine. An intern then thought it was appropriate to tweet –
“Mr.Mickey is freaking out that Nicki Minaj is on the cover of V magazine.”
He then goes onto explain his plans of showing the intern what "Mr. Mickey freaking out" really was.