I have now been here just over a month and fell very settled. We have been well introduced into our classes and so I have my timetable up until Christmas time, each week full of classes, activities and field trips. My apartment I am absolutely loving! It is the most perfect size, the perfect location and definitely cute enough for me that I am able to make it very homely with a touch of Paris here and there.
I have now made a solid group of girl friends that I end up spending nearly all day every day with, one is from Belgium, one from California and one from South Africa. It already seems like I’ve known them all for a very long time every day learning something new, joking with each other and looking out for each other as we all get to know this new way of life.
Luckily for us we are definitely experiencing an ‘Indian Summer’ where the weather is surprisingly beautiful, the sun is shining and it really is getting very hot some days despite only being a month away from Christmas! Tuesday is our favourite day where we finish class at lunch time and so us four girls make our way to Le Voltigeur in the Marais. Here we are treated by the most amazing Cappuccions and a typical Parisian lunch and always manage to chat for hours. This is my favourite time of the week where I can just spend time getting to know the girls.
Class at IFA Paris is become more and more amazing as the time goes on. Our teachers/lectures are all professionals in the fields that they are teaching therefore have the most amazing experience, backgrounds. Some designers, brand managers, trend analysis, marketing managers and each able to casually talk about the time that they worked with: Gucci, , LVMH, Balenciaga, Chanel…ect.
It really is quite amazing how these people that are teaching us are ultimately the person that we aspire to become after we have finished our course.
So this term we are focusing on:
- Contemporary Fashion Context
- Trend Forecasting
- Strategic Marketing
- Consumer Behaviour
- Collection Development
- Fashion Ethnography
Not to mention our field trips where we walk down roads such as the Champs Elysees, Avenue Montaigne, Rue de Faubourg and Saint Honore. With these trips we are told about all the different designers as well as the architecture and traditional Parisian way of life. Therefore basically for hours we are able to spend out time shopping in and our of all of our favourite designers.
It therefore is easy to say that at the moment I am loving Paris, my school my apartment my friends, the fashion and most of all the city.