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A top fashion journalist on what you need to know to get into fashion writing

A word of advice from Tim Blanks in the fashion realm is worth listening to. The internationally-recognised fashion critic who made a name for himself writing for Vogue, Interview, TheFinancial Times and as principle show reporter for is known for incisive show reviews that draw on his encyclopaedic knowledge of music and culture, to rich effect. As the newly appointed course director for online fashion school Mastered, Vogueasked Blanks to reflect on the key lessons that would aid would-be fashion writers on their way to success.

Read well to write well

“You set yourself your own standards in a way and I say this again and again: to write you have to read. While you’re reading you are seeing things that you can aspire to. You are seeing a style of writing, you’re seeing writers who have been through what you maybe want to go through in your life, and they’ve been published and they’ve been successful perhaps. Or even reading classic writers. Even reading Dickens or – I’m kind of having a Shakespeare moment myself – or books that I love…You read those books and you see how other people work with words and that is something that you take on board for yourself.”

Context can be key

“When you’re reviewing you’re looking at a fashion show, and when you’re looking at a fashion show you’re looking at what that designer wants to show you about what he has in his mind for the season – the hair, the make up, the music, the set, the choice of models. It’s slightly different from what he’s putting in the showroom to sell. So I review what he wants me to see. I don’t review what he wants the buyers to see. That’s why the context is critical…I can only write about what’s in front of me. The other thing about that, is that I’m telling the reader about what I saw and that’s the other thing. You are there. You’re in Sydney or Lima or Shanghai or wherever. And if I can give a little flavour of what it’s like to be sitting in this venue looking at these clothes then I’ve done it.”

Engage with popular culture

“I’m constantly listening to music, constantly reading magazines, constantly looking at TV shows. You know right now television is incredible so how can I not watch a series like The Leftovers or Bloodline or Jessica Jones, and not go to a fashion show and imagine designers looking at these things and feeding that into what they do? Nothing exists in a vacuum.”

And why it can help you find an authentic voice

“Look at incredibly written pieces of television. Like Chinatown - the perfect script. Listen to how people talk to each other. Actually listen to how you speak. I find that really interesting. People say to me, ‘oh I when I read something you wrote and I could hear your voice, I could hear you saying those things’. So listen to how you speak and get that on the page.”

Fashion history isn’t something you should labour over

“If it’s not something you’re interested in to begin with, it’s not something you can make yourself interested in. To be interested in reading about how fashion started or the characters who make fashion, for me it was kind of peripheral because Coco Chanel was part of worlds I was reading about anyway. Cristobel Balenciaga was dressing the wives of men whose biographies I was reading, you know, it’s sort of a peripheral thing.”

Be curious

“All I can say is nothing should ever be a chore because if it’s a chore it’s not valuable to you. If you feel you have to research something, you have to research something, it’s a real drag to do it, the research isn’t going to be useful to you. Just be endlessly curious, and everything you learn is a boon.”Read more at:plus size formal dresses | cheap formal dresses

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First Christian Church Prom Dress Resale continues to grow

witnessed the magic.

“I just love it. It's such an exciting time. It's so fun.”

Vance volunteered with the First Christian Church Prom Dress Resale since it began, watching the growing success each year. After outgrowing the church basement in the first three years, 2016's event filled the Zion Lutheran School basement in Palmyra.

Nancy Goellner, fundraising chairman at First Christian Church in Palmyra, checks dresses in for the sixth annual Prom Dress Resale on Thursday, Jan. 28.
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Nancy Goellner, First Christian Church fundraising chairman, got the idea for the Prom Dress Resale during a trip to a similar event in Monroe City with her oldest daughter. After pitching the concept to fellow members of the church, the event began with 100 dresses. The sale soared to include more than 270 dresses in 2015.

“Just judging by tonight, I think we're going to exceed that,” Goellner said.

Now in its sixth year, volunteers accepted dresses for the resale, talking with each participant about whether the dress was a donation or would carry a price tag with a firm or negotiable price. Dresses will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The sale will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Zion Lutheran School. Goellner said participants would receive money on Saturday if the dress sells, or they can take the dress back if it remained on the rack.

The dresses spanned a seemingly endless array of sizes, designs and materials.

Shimmering sequins.

A multi-hued rainbow of satin, chiffon and knits.

By 7 p.m. on Wednesday, dresses lined the racks for proms, winter formals, the Jack of Hearts dance and pageants.

The prices ranged from free to about $200. Many of the dresses were worn once, and they often carried a price tag with half the original cost or less, Goellner said. Some people donated dresses, which Goellner said would be free or very affordable.

“You want to help the girl find the right dress, the perfect dress,” Goellner said. “We've had a lot of smiles over the years.”

Tina Seago carried 15 dresses in for the resale, nine of which were prom dresses from her two daughters. Seago said her daughters bought dresses at the event in past years, and she noticed people come from all over the area for a “great community service.”

“The nice thing is the price,” Seago said. “They're going to be priced affordably.”

Carrie McKinney started volunteering a couple years ago, cherishing the interactions with fellow volunteers from the church and all the people who come in. And everyone brings in endless beauty through their donations and sales.

“My favorite memories are when the dresses come in,” she said. “They're beautiful. It just makes you want to try them on yourself.”

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What a sweet treat!

Catching a glimpse of supermodel Heidi Klum in the flesh would be a treat for any fan.

But at a promotional event for the 42-year-old's latest lingerie range in Sydney the beauty made sure the experience was extra sweet.

Heidi's helpers: Models, dressed in her wares, joined the businesswoman to help promote the new range 
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On Thursday Heidi was seen handing out ice cream to her admirers from a truck covered in branding for her Heidi Klum Intimates range and retailer David Jones.

Ever the modelling professional, Heidi used her props to her advantage and was seen holding an ice cream cone up to her mouth pretending to lick it.

The mother-of-four used the opportunity to show off her fabulous figure in a super tight navy dress.

But while Heidi covered up she was joined by scantily-clad models dressed in lingerie from her new range

Taking to Instagram to document the event, Heidi uploaded a picture of the ice cream truck to the social networking page on Thursday.

Along with the image she wrote: 'Had a blast handing out @heidiklumintimates lingerie cones today at @davidjonesstore ! Thank you to everyone who came out! #heidixdjs #heidiklumintimates #heidiklumman

In addition to her underwear range, the mother-of-four recently revealed she would be expanding her line to include swimwear.

Taking to Instagram to document the event, Heidi uploaded a picture of the ice cream truck to the social networking page on Thursday.

Along with the image she wrote: 'Had a blast handing out @heidiklumintimates lingerie cones today at @davidjonesstore ! Thank you to everyone who came out! #heidixdjs #heidiklumintimates #heidiklumman

In addition to her underwear range, the mother-of-four recently revealed she would be expanding her line to include swimwear.

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