“It would be my biggest advice to other students: do the internships. I want to know how a company works; learning when to ask the right questions; figuring out how to work with other people.”
Saric’s intrepid spirit was certainly challenged by the pandemic. With collections due to be finished in June, and with no plans for postponement, she notes how the change in pace prompted her independence. “I didn’t have time so it made me realise that going forward, I’m going to create whatever I want to do in the time I have.” Throughout the speed-up process, Saric came to realise that starting her own label, a popular rite of passage to many graduates, was not in her pipeline yet. “In Antwerp, we never had to do any internships, so this is the first time for me working somewhere,” she shares on life after graduation. “It would be my biggest advice to other students: do the internships. I want to know how a company works; learning when to ask the right questions; figuring out how to work with other people.”
Despite the current disposition of the world, Annemarie Saric doesn’t feel disheartened at her untimely entrance into the chaos experienced throughout the industry this year. If anything, it’s the opposite. “I think it’s a little boring. I feel like a lot of people are playing it very safe and trying to please too much, somehow. It feels like something is missing, and not just because of the pandemic, although people are a little lost.” A lack of universal navigation might be apparent right now, but one thing is for sure; Annemarie Saric joins the graduating designers of 2020 who are veering off the beaten track to carve a new and overdue one.