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Motivation Monday: Lessons from Zac Posen

If you’re going to be successful, hang out with successful people. 

Over the weekend, the Tribeca Film Festival debuted House of Z, a documentary about designer Zac Posen and his IT girls, bad reviews and relationship with P. Diddy.

After the nearly two hour long documentary about the designer’s most intimate fashion moments, the audience broke into an standing ovation, who knew Zac Posen’s was that influential within the fashion industry?!

Besides being Rih Rihs favorite designer, we learned a lot about being successful. In fashion, any dress worn or beloved by Naomi Campbell will make any designer an instant success.

Here are five lessons we learn from one of the most influential young designers of our time.

1. Be at the right place, at the right time.

As cliche as this sounds, it’s totally true. Go to the events you know your idols or “cool people” will be attending as well. Make sure you make your presence known.

2. Fashion is smoke and mirrors.

At the age of 20, Zac Posen wanted to build a luxury brand and didn’t want people to know how hard he had to work when he wasn’t attending a fancy party. He didn’t want people to know he was sleeping on the couch in his studio at nights. The fashion industry is filled with work horses and show ponies. If you master the art of doing both without seemingly breaking a sweat, then you’ve mastered “smoke and mirrors.”

3. Here is Zac’s advice to new creators:

 “Go create your own magazine. Create your own voice. Stay off Pinterest.”

4. A bad review is detrimental to your career.

From the film we learned that Zac Posen’s bad reviews hurt his career and brand a lot. If you don’t have a positive attitude or you are snobby, then it won’t be good for your career in the long run. At the end of the day, bad reviews are only hurtful to your career.

5.  Always stay true to your craft.

No matter how great trends are, your craft will always hold more weight. The film culminated with Zac Posen’s Fall 2014 runway show featuring a teal dress that was so beautifully draped from 40 yards of fabric and stuffs with even more tulle. The idea was derived from a ceiling at the MET and took hours to materialize. The end result was Zac Posen’s best dress yet.

Click ahead to see Zac Posen’s IT Girls and everyone else he has dressed, including Rihanna and Michelle Obama.

Photo Credit: Getty/ Chelsea Lauren

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