Archive for February, 2013

New York Fashion Week

Posted on February 22, 2013 in Guest Post

Arienne Thompson '04 is pictured

By Arienne Thompson ’04

Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but before I make it sound all easy-breezy, let me break down my experience for you this season by the numbers:

5:30 a.m.: Time my alarm went off to wake me for my cab to Union Station for a 7:30 Amtrak — on a Saturday.

1: Number of friends who had to ditch Sunday brunch plans because she was coming down with the flu.

A jillion: Number of people who told me they felt like they were coming down with the flu during NYFW. Yuck.

1: Number of leashed cats that walked the runway at the Tracy Reese show. Yes, really.

70: The street number of one of my favorite hotels in New York: 70 Park Avenue, where everybody knows my name — and they’re always glad I came.

5 p.m.: The time their daily, complimentary wine happy hour for guests begins.

12: Hours I worked on Feb. 10 after a full day of covering shows and a full night of writing the Grammys fashion page.

A model is pictured during New York Fashion Week

14: Shows I covered in 4 days, including Diane von Furstenburg, Tory Burch, Vera Wang and Kate Middleton’s favorite, Jenny Packham.

65: NYFW-related tweets I posted over the course of 96 hours.

7: Blocks I walked after being stuck in rush-hour traffic, exiting my cab, and rushing into Tory Burch’s 9 am show at the posh Pierre Hotel.

2: Times I was forced to get lunch from Chipotle because I literally didn’t have time for anything else.

9:45 p.m.: Time of dinner reservations at Chelsea hotspot Buddakan where I dined with my sister Amelia   Thompson ‘08 and a friend.

12:30 a.m.: Time we finished dinner and called it a night. Only in New York…

3: Shows where I sat front-row: Christian Siriano, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch.

0: Gross, slushy, icy puddles I stepped in. Hooray!

8 minutes: Longest wait for a taxi in the cold.

12-ish: NYFW parties and lounges I was invited to.

1: NYFW party I had time to attend.

2: Colors vying for attention in my fashion bestie David Yi’s pink-and-purple hair.

3,411: Words I wrote in my coverage of NYFW for USA Today.

Countless: Hugs and air kisses doled out to all of my fashion friends, most of whom I only see during NYFW.

Arienne Thompson ’04 lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area where she is an entertainment reporter for  USA Today.

Alumni Encounters

Posted on February 6, 2013 in Young Alum's Stories

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

One of the perks of my position as Young Alum Program Manager (along with being able to see the dome from my window) is interacting with so many young alumni. People expect ND alums to be successful–that’s not news. And we are. Alums go on to pursue any number of prosperous career paths. Lawyers, doctors, investment bankers, accountants, engineers, consultants, architects, teachers.

What many outside the Notre Dame Family fail to realize, though, is how alums are successful in less conventional and visible ways. A lot of our young alums devote themselves to service for a few years after graduation, others make a special effort to serve their new community as they once devoted themselves to Notre Dame, still others take chances to pursue their art.

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with three young alums that exemplify the courage Notre Dame grads show in contributing to the world. The first two, Brian Powers ’12 and Nick Gunty ’12, make up the musical duo Frances Luke Accord. They recorded their first album with the Barefoot Truth’s Children’s Choir in Kkindu Village, Uganda. And the proceeds from the album are paying for the children’s education. Read their story here 

The third alum I spoke with was Michael McDonald ’09, who has devoted himself to an NGO in Kenya. There, he writes books on social justice. Their topics range from AIDS orphanages to school reform, and they are helping shape the future of Kenya in the best way. Look for his story coming soon! These alums remind me, and hopefully you, the enormous potential we all have to influence and inspire in a positive way. With our ND education as a base, we can strive for more than the conventional definition of “success.”