One of my favorite things about being a blogger is being able to attend some of the coolest events ever, this time being the prestigious La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival! Having been a long time fan of cinematic films, it made even more exciting for me.
Also known as the Cannes of the Fashion Film world, the first international Fashion Film Festival was held at both The Lot La Jolla as well as the Mandeville Auditorium and ran from July 20th-22nd.
Starting from Day One at The Lot to Day Three at the Mandeville Auditorium, it felt surreal; sometimes, I need to pinch myself every once in a good while, haha!
The red carpet was filled with legendary film directors, producers, and models. Tons of photographers were snapping away while people took photos at the red carpet – all while being dressed to the 9’s.
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This actually leads me to the first thing I learned: Prepare One Month Early
Before I actually get into the lesson, i was so nervous! Even as I was getting all my outfits together, I still felt anxious that entire time. After all, those three days marked one of the biggest events of my life, and I wanted to keep one (or three) for the books.
So back to the story, I’m normally a very careful planner.
You won’t believe how many checklists and notebooks I have laying around because of this.
While it can get overwhelming, I’m glad that I was able to prepare ahead of time rather than panic days before the event, especially since I’m prone to anxiety attacks. Prepping in advance really helped calm my nerves.
For example, by the end of month one, I had already picked out what kind of outfits I wanted to wear (all ironed and everything!).
Whether you like to procrastinate every once in a while or you like to prep way too early, it’s important to keep in mind just how huge this event is. It doesn’t matter if you’re an influencer or if you’re a huge fan of award winning fashion films, how you present yourself matters.
Make it worth their while
and look hella fine while you’re at it.
Below are the three outfits I wore those nights as well as alternative but affordable options.
Dress: SheIn (not available; similar here) | Clutch (not visible): Thrift
Do you ever get so antsy?
I do all the time
I’m just putting on a brave face, haha.
But that’s just the thing: being worried about everything isn’t always a great idea.
You see, I’m the kind of person who has to plan everything out
hello Miss Perfectionist, but constantly freaking out over the tiniest mishap just isn’t the way to go. Instead of obsessing, I let it go and took some pretty cool photos to immortalize my experiences while soaking as much of it as I can.
Although I did get nervous most of the time, I chose to have fun than worry all the time.
Third, watch tons of fashion films and try to familiarize their names
There is more to fashion than wearing the coolest clothing.
To me, fashion is an extension of art. Like art, it’s expressed itself in tons of ways through the fashion spreads you see in Vogue, the dresses that gracefully float on the runways, and in incredible cinematography, just to name a few.
Thanks to the internet, we have access to years of fashion past, present, and future; it’s as easy as typing fashion films on YouTube.
I can’t tell you how many times where I squealed in my seat after seeing a favorite model or recognizing who helped create these films. By getting to know who’s who, there’s a deeper appreciation for the magic they create.
Here’s some of my favorite fashion films from the festival:
TRAILER: Proclamation Punctuation – Sewra Kidane
The Selfie That Changed the World – Greg McDonald
TRAILER: Casamorati – Michelle Bizzi
Fourth, get ready to network your heart out while being yourself.
Connections make the world go round…and your career.
Let’s face it- building human networks is not only crucial to landing your next job, they can become great friends, too. As a matter of fact, that’s how I’ve met some pretty awesome people, and those friends I wouldn’t trade for the world.
So, what if you’re naturally shy or introverted?
Us introverts, we got it tough, huh? Sometimes being outside for too long can wear out our batteries, but here’s the thing: use your strengths to your advantage.
For one, I prefer talking one-on-one with a person rather than be in a huge group. Not only is it a lot more comfortable with me, I’m still able to network, the Chrissy way.
There have been times where I’ve felt pressured to act in a certain way because when people look at successful people, they tend to think they’re outgoing and the life of the party.
But everyone’s different- embrace it.
Over the years, I’ve learned to not fit the expected ‘successful person’ mold because that’s not who I am. I’m a reserved, quiet person
who likes meaningful conversations than small talk, and I’ve taken pride in that because that’s what makes me, me.
That doesn’t mean I don’t make an effort to reach out to others, though. I just do it a little differently.
Whenever you go networking, do you.
Last but not least, don’t get sick.
If you’ve followed me on Instagram, i briefly documented what happened during the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, and this included the time I got sick on Day Three, aka the day of the awards.
To make a long story short, the food I ate the day before had some pretty bad consequences.
As a result, I chose to miss out on several of the panels at Mandeville Auditorium for the sake of my well being
plus, it would be no bueno to get other people sick, too.
While it did bum me out that I had to miss out, it’s still important to place yourself first when needed. There’s no harm in taking care of yourself, am I right?
Winners of the 2017 La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival
BEST PICTURE – THE MAGIC KINGDOM
BEST DIRECTOR – JOSHUA BRANDAO & NICOLAI KORNUM FOR ROBOTS (TEASER)
BEST FASHION – PEARL
BEST ACTOR – KAMY BRUDER FROM ECHOES
BEST ACTRESS – CATHERINE ROBERTS FROM PEARL
BEST ART DIRECTION – THE STORM
BEST EDITING – ELEMENTAL BEAUTY
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – INFINITE PATH
BEST CREATIVE CONCEPT – FALLEN
BEST MUSIC – THE MONK BY THE SEA
BEST COSTUME DESIGN – CASAMORATI
BEST JEWELRY – HABANA 3AM (TRAILER)
BEST SOUND DESIGN – THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – STATURES OF GODS
BEST ACCESSORIES – TIMELESS BEAUTY (GUESS)
BEST NARRATION – PEARL
BEST MESSAGE – I AM WOMAN BY SOMA HELMI
BEST MAKEUP – THE REFLECTION
BEST HAIRSTYLING – CASAMORATI