11 February 2011

Last week Grazia magazine introduced you four twenty-somethings – Allie, Cosar, Jo’el and Mary - who have been given a fashion opportunity of a life-time. All four had a difficult start in life and have been helped by the amazing Kids Company - the charity set up by Camilla Batmanghelidjh to help inner city kids written off by the system. Today, they all have been handpicked to be part of a unique mentoring scheme launched by Grazia and Reiss which will see them transported onto the fashion front-line for the next six months and trained in everything from fashion design to blogging.

So, how has it been so far? Every week you can check in with them on Grazia Daily and and  follow their blogs charting their highs and lows. Here, Allie describes meeting the "big boss" in her first week in the womenswear design department and how she’s already picking out the colours for some of her own designs...

'My first week at Reiss was surprisingly relaxing and easy. Everyone in the Womenswear design department was really busy in the A/W '11 buy meetings, including Rachel my mentor. I was hanging around a lot, looking through magazines and doing odd jobs for people, like taking photos of vintage clothes, drawing fashion illustrations and shopping for more magazines (not exactly hard work when it’s what you love!). I also met Mr. David Reiss on my first day, it was short and sweet -  a quick hi and bye. It wasn’t daunting meeting him because I didn’t know it was him at the time and this week  I’ve met so many new people, it’s hard to keep up.

Everyone in my office is really nice to me, constantly asking if I would like a cup of tea and they’ve also offered to help me with my portfolio for some  upcoming interviews- I don’t feel like the new girl at all. I’m becoming more hands on for day by day as I’m doing my own research for my own design. Hopefully, I will be designing a T-shirt or a make-up bag for Reiss and right now I’m picking colours and shapes that I like. I never thought you could get so tired working at a desk all day. I do 9-5:30 which feels longer than I thought it would, especially after getting my niece up and ready for school first. It’s helping with my time management though so it’s all good!

I’m so thankful for Kids Company for putting me up for this. Camilla is coming into Reiss to see us soon and I can’t wait to thank her face to face and show her my design’s so far...'

Stay tuned for more of the mentees diary entries and check out these behind the scenes shots from our Grazia photoshoot!


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