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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Fashion Industry Insider by Nicky Harris

I’m not sure if I don’t need a lot of sleep or I just don’t get enough of it. Whatever the answer it’s a good job because at the moment I’m lucky if I get to bed before one in the morning. Last Friday I was between Blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, selling, organising Charity events oh and family when I got a call from RTE asking me if I would come in on Tuesday morning (early) to do a piece on…….Nylons or to be more up to date, hosiery. Without thinking I of course said yes, that’s going to be easy peasy, after all it’s one of the things I sell and know well.

It turned out to be the most challenging subjects in terms of research. Every time I did a Google search and entered in either tights, stay-ups or stockings I quickly found myself either in Nora Batty or Dita Von Teese territory and more besides! At one stage my partner glanced over towards the computer and asked what exactly I was doing as I was quickly exiting yet another porn site.

I started contributing on Ryan Tubridy’s radio programme over a year ago when I did a piece on Music Therapy following my daughters accident and subsequent rehabilitation in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoire. On the way out the producer said ‘that went great, can you talk about anything else’? To which I replied ‘Well, If you ask me about anything to do with fashion?’. I didn’t think about it until a couple of months later when I got a call to go in. Today was, I think, my sixth or seventh time.

So, last night following the live Bloggers Conference Stream from Independent Fashion Bloggers in New York with Susie Bubble, Bryanboy and Tavi amongst the panel, I got down to the research work involved in hosiery and finally got to sleep around two. I was in RTE bright and early. The piece went fine and much to Ryan Tubridy’s and the Producers surprise literally hundreds of emails and texts poured in on the subject of Hosiery. It seems everyone has an opinion…….

Have a great week ahead..

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