Over the past week, I have been lucky enough to attend some inspirational talks from very influential people within the fashion industry. These people are very successful at what they do and have taken time out from their hectic and chaotic lives, not only to talk about themselves but to pass on their advice to others.
Daryoush Haj-Najafi was the first person to share his thoughts and musings; he is currently VICE UK's Fashion Editor and VICE Style Editor. This is such a prestigious role to have, you would think he lived and breathed fashion forever. However, Daryoush started out with an Economics and Politics degree and managed to get into fashion magazines through internships. He spoke about how he was shut in a tiny cupboard for three months, sorting out clothes returns at one internship; literally being someone's slave. His ethos is, if you want it - you have to do something about it. Something which I admire and certainly agree with.
Haj-Najafi was employed at The Face and later as Associate Editor at POP and has since written for magazines including AnotherMan, Arena Homme Plus, Dazed & Confused, Fantastic Man, i-D, Tokion, The New York Times, V-Man and Zoo. Daryoush sits on the MAN panel, a Topman sponsored body that chooses new menswear talent to show at London Fashion Week, and has consulted for Channel Four's Frock Me, Cassette Playa and David Lindwall.
Daryoush's talk was definitely fun and engaging; he is such a charming man and also extremely funny. He knew how to connect with everyone and keep people interested, especially with anecdotes of his life.