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The Company Grad Diaries!

Find out what our #CompanyGrads have been up to at Company HQ!

By Theresa Caney
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The Company Grad Diaries: Week 1

Some of the lucky winners of our Company Graduate Takeover competition started work at Company HQ this week, creating and editing our October issue! Meet our #CompanyGrads and read their diaries to find out what they\'ve been up to this week...

The Company Grad Diaries: Week 1

The Company Grad Diaries

Sarah Davies, 22

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Studied: Fashion Promotion & Communication at Ravensbourne, London

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Having already met some of the lovely Company team at Graduate Fashion Week I was more than looking forward to coming in to the company HQ for a week to meet the rest of the team and get involved with creating/editing the October issue.

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On day 1 we all squeezed into Victoria\'s office to talk about possible features, fashion and what’s hot right now! (We may have digressed onto how great the HBO series Girls is!) There was also talk about which cover star we would be interviewing at the end of the month but I\'ll save the surprise! (V. Exciting)

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Company have been given the job of re-styling former N-Dubz member Fazer so straight away got us working on collating images for three key mens looks for A/W.

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I was in charge of creating the final moodboard which we then discussed and had approved by Victoria... I can\'t wait to be behind scenes on the shoot on Monday!

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The sample requests for Fazer are piling in as I type. The rails are bulging with amazing garms for upcoming shoots and the fashion cupboard girls are busy sorting them out. It’s a constant hive of fashion activity!

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I was asked by the lovely Lena – features writer, to do a web feature on New faces. So straight away got to searching through dozens of websites and magazines to find who are going to be the next big style-cons - not as easy as it may sound!

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So in-between all this we’ve been snapped daily for street style by the super sweet Alexxsia, styled by Ruby for the October high street edit and composed our own dictionary of \'totes increds\' fashion lingo - (you can see the final edit in the October issue!)

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It’s gone far too quickly but I’ve had a really fun week and learnt a lot too! So thank you for having me, Company, and hopefully see you all again soon!

The Company Grad Diaries: Week 1

The Company Grad Diaries

Rachel Walklet, 22

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Studied: Fashion Buying at Manchester Metropolitan

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Julia Sachs for Miranda Priestley’s office. Just kidding!

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After an hour surrounded by sleeping commuters, I had arrived, Company HQ finally stood in front of me. Once I had mastered getting through the revolving doors, coffee in hand, I was rewarded with a Hearst building pass. My personal highlight - small things!

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As one of 8 fashion graduates chosen to guest edit the October issue of Company, the first task of the week involved invading Editor, Victoria’s office. Not to evict her, but for our Monday morning features meeting! After being introduced to team Company we began combining ideas, offering suggestions on anything from fashion features to the magazine’s layout. Distinctly lacking any Apprentice “you’re fired” moments, the week was set to be a good one.

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My main responsibility came in the form of Fazer from N-dubz - yes, na na na naii and all that. Looking to up his position in the style stakes, I went shopping on Company. Only from the comfort of my desk, mind, via e-mailing different brands to borrow certain items - called ‘pulling’ in the industry! The following day, large Hugo Boss bags turned up addressed to Rachel Walklet at Company Magazine, what dreams are made of! When I wasn’t living my shopping dreams vicariously through the magazine, I also had the responsibility of writing a fashion feature on designer collaborations. That’s when I learnt it’s best to pass my student loan directly to H&M.

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After a wonderful week of early morning coffee, emails and the Autumn/Winter trends, I’m starting to contemplate the feasibility of living life inside Company’s fashion cupboard... Well, they did call it a take-over!
 

The Company Grad Diaries: Week 1

The Company Grad Diaries

Katarina Hjorth, 23

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Studied: Fashion Journalism at University for the Creative Arts

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Monday morning, bright and early I arrived at the Hearst offices ready to begin the first week as a Company Grad. After meeting the other three interns – Rachel, Sarah and Lucy – we headed upstairs and got straight into a meeting to brainstorm ideas about what we wanted the October issue to include. After being told we could have total free reign (within reason!) for the first grad-edited issue, we talked through feature ideas and what we might get up to over the next week or so with the office team.
 
Around the Company office the team work on the various sections of the magazine, but everyone gets together to chat about the rails of clothes for up-and-coming shoots and to discuss their own fashion choices that day. Our conversations evolved around Chris Moyles leaving Radio 1 mornings to be replaced with Company favourite Grimmy, Editor Victoria’s cameo appearance on Hollyoaks, and that book – you know the one – Fifty Shades of something?
 
As the October issue editors we found out we’d be working on a men’s style shoot with Fazer from N-Dubz to coincide with his solo career success. On Tuesday we put together mood boards for the shoot with the men’s Autumn/Winter trends in mind. We wanted to channel Fazer’s new tailored style – I think it’s going to look great and I’m really looking forward to working with the other grads on it next week.
 
Later on in the week we had another meeting about how we might like to change the flat-plan of the magazine. Although we’re all used to a magazine ‘formula’, we all thought it would be interesting to tweak it here and there for the grad issue – you’ll have to wait and see for the final result. Lots of tweets and fashion-fuelled talk later it was the end of our first week in the Company office, and I’m excited to see what the next few will bring!
 

The Company Grad Diaries: Week 1

The Company Grad Diaries

Katie Byrne, 22

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Studied: English Literature at University of Essex

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I\'ve always loved Company - even more so since the amazing, handbag-sized relaunch last year. When I saw the competition, offering the chance to guest-edit the October issue, I knew I had to enter. It sounds beyond clichéd but I honestly never expected to be short-listed in a million years (does anyone?), so when I found I had been picked as one of the eight winning grads, it took a while to sink in.

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So far, I\'ve done everything from research fashionable celeb sisters to contribute to the office playlist and write about some incredible new nail art (nail jewels, to be more specific. I know. A-ma-zing.) I\'ve had my photo taken street-style (note to self: doorways make the best backdrop) and flicked through piles and piles of old issues of Company. I\'ve sat in on a planning meeting, found images to match Autumn\'s upcoming beauty trends - spoiler alert: red eyeshadow - and spent my lunchtimes dodging the rainclouds. In short: I\'ve been a busy bee. I\'d half-expected to be spending my time hanging around, feeling like a spare part beyond the occasional tea run. However, the work hasn\'t stopped, and I haven\'t even seen the kettle, let alone used it (I\'m assuming there\'s one somewhere - although there is a Pret next door...)

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The Company office is great. Everyone\'s really friendly, there are amazing views of Soho and I feel like the girl-equivalent of James Bond everytime I use the swipe card to get in and out of the place. It\'s been so inspiring to be surrounded by so many talented, passionate people, and I\'m in great Company (chortle...) - the other grads are absolutely brilliant. We\'ve all worked so hard, and I can\'t wait to see the final issue when it hits the shops in October.

The Company Grad Diaries: Week 1

The Company Grad Diaries

Leanne Robson, 22

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Studied: Printed Textiles & Surface Design at Leeds College of Art

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After discovering I had been selected as one of the lucky #CompanyGrads, I jumped with joy! And then quickly began worrying... what was I going to wear? Would I be good enough?! Etc. These types of questions were running through my head one after another, but my worries were soon put to rest. I was contacted by a member of the team, who told me that I would be putting together mood boards for Autumn /Winter 2012 trends. And I was immediately in my element, forgetting my worries as I began researching, taking influences from catwalk shows, designers, street style, exhibitions, galleries… anything which I thought really summed up the essence of the different themes. I have always loved scrap booking, collaging and researching so this really didn’t feel like work to me at all!

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From the moment I entered the company HQ I felt welcomed and relaxed, but there was still lots of work to be done and different things to be getting on with. The team were always asking for contributions to different areas of the mag, and getting us as involved as possible with the production of the magazine. I am so grateful to the Company team for this amazing opportunity as a young graduate, it’s a dream come true to get to come the company offices and experience working in the art department of a fashion magazine. I can’t wait for October to receive the issue, and finally get to see mine and the others girls\' work in print!

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