A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site is serious about fashion. Billed as the social networking site "for the fashion industry leaders of tomorrow," it offers a mix of fashion news, interviews, personalities, photos, talk and e-commerce. It reassures parents that it's a safe place to chat about fashion (monitored 24/7) and that its main mission is to support young people interested in fashion careers as designers, store owners, Hollywood stylists and more.
What's it about?
There's a lot going on at the fashion social networking site A STROKE OF PINK. The highlight of the site is the positive encouragement it provides to girls (and probably a few guys) age 13-21 who are serious about pursuing an education and career in fashion. Apparently, a lot of teens are inspired by Project Runway and America's Top Model. In its second month live, the site reportedly averaged 2,500 site visits in a week. Senior fashion students from the nation's top design schools will be given chances to blog about fashion here, as well as design and showcase online "collections" four times a year.
Is it any good?
This site combines fun with facts that will likely be inspiring and useful to any young fashionista. The straight talk from real people in the industry featured in the "7Qs" interviews provides a real-life view into the working world of fashion.
Not surprisingly, the e-commerce component can be overwhelming; there's lots being promoted on almost every page. But if the site fulfills its promise as an online venue for young members to feature and sell their creations, then your budding fashionista may just pay her (or his) own way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how fashion can be fun, but also very pricey. How can your teen make her desire to buy the latest styles fit it into your family's budget? Where can creativity and budgeting befriend each other when it comes to fashion? Also, discuss what it takes to get into and be successful in a highly competitive field like fashion.
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