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Caroline Issa: A Beautiful Mind

Post Caroline Issa Event Interview 

From modeling to management consulting, publishing to fashion design, Caroline Issa’s iterative evolution has been nothing short of remarkable, and we were lucky to get a little taste of it after our event with her. Here’s what we found out! 


1. What is one accessory you can't live without?

“My Tod's moccasins - let's get real - sometimes we do have to run around town and can't be in stilettos all day, no matter how much I love them!”


2. Favorite show/new trend seen from Fashion Month? 

“I adored Alber Elbaz's last show for Lanvin - we didn't know it at the time that it would be his last, so glad to have seen so many of his greatest hits on the catwalk and his magic touch. Same with Raf Simons for Dior!”


3. How has your education at Wharton helped you in the fashion industry today? 

“I think having a business brain gives me a very unique perspective into the fashion industry and working with creative people everyday. I enjoy the business of fashion, and the world of imagination pegged to the reality of selling beautiful things.”


4. What has been your biggest challenge in the industry? 

“Learning how to balance business goals and benchmarks alongside creative freedom and temperments. But also learning and adapting at such a fast speed at the changing landscape between Print and digital!”


5. What has been the most interesting editorial in Tank Magazine? 

“Oh - there has been too many - from 10 years ago putting Natalie Massanet (founder of Net a Porter) at the start of her journey together with e-comm frontier ERnst Malmsten, to John Grey the philosopher in debate with Jaron Lanier, to Faizal Davij's take on ISIS to Bryanboy's first ever long-feature piece on the reality of superblogging - Tank is all about a good read, and we have too many to choose from in our 18 years!”


6. What advice do you have to give students on navigating career opportunities?

“Pursue what you are passionate about, work hard and be curious.”


This #GirlBoss has done it all, leaving the rest of us feeling inspired, refreshed, and ready to tackle whatever is in store for the future! 

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