‘Leave Your Mark’ Author Aliza Licht Tells Us How to Build Your Personal Brand Through Style — Listen!
This week, Gwen, Us Weekly deputy beauty and style director Beth Shapouri and senior reporter Travis Cronin welcomed influencer and branding expert Aliza Licht (the genius public relations maven behind the once-mystery Twitter account @dknyprgirl and author of the New York Times best-selling book Leave Your Mark) to dish her tricks for building a brand and reaching for personal and professional success. She also shared how having a signature beauty or style move plays into how people perceive you (we’re looking at you, Julia Roberts, wearing the pants on the red carpet!). Oh, and you’ll never guess who her unlikely inspiration was to start her notorious Twitter account (hello, #BronxZoosCobra!).
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BECOME A MEGA-INFLUENCER ANYMORE?
As the market becomes more saturated, it's harder to ascend to the same levels of fame and lucrative sponsorships in the field than ever before — but it's not impossible.
March 12, 2019
Before Instagram launched in October 2010, Aliza Licht was already savvy to social media as an influencer of sorts herself, thanks to her stint on Twitter as @DKNYPRGIRL, beginning in 2009. Granted, Licht, who was SVP of global communications at Donna Karan at the time, was shrouded in anonymity while exhaustively, hilariously tweeting, unlike the full-visibility influencer of today, for whom having a recognizable face is a given. Licht, a marketing executive and author of 2015's guidebook to social media strategy Leave Your Mark, dubs mega-influencers "macro-influencers" and defines them as those who've been at it for approximately a decade, who transitioned from blogging to mainly Instagram, and also extrapolated their celebrity personas into other partnerships, like Something Navy's Arielle Charnas pairing up with Nordstrom.
Aliza Licht Plans to Launch Podcast
By Lisa Lockwood on March 8, 201
Aliza Licht, executive vice president, brand marketing and communications at Alice + Olivia for the past two-and-a-half years, is moving on to new ventures.
In addition to entertaining new opportunities in fashion, beauty and tech, Licht plans to launch a podcast series inspired by her bestseller, “Leave Your Mark.” Her book, an insider’s mentorship guide, has been translated into Spanish, Chinese and now Russian.
Licht said she is in talks with several companies including Jimmy Kimmel’s new Wheelhouse Entertainment for the podcast. Her plan is to have celebrity guests talk about their rise to success, and she’s already lined up a few people.
“Through my web site (alizalicht.com), I am constantly asked for mentorship advice. I want to be more intimate with my audience, and a podcast will allow me to share that advice on a larger scale, in my own voice, while also allowing other people’s inspirational ‘road to success’ stories to be heard,” said Licht, whose last day at Alice + Olivia is today.
By Aliza Licht
March 3, 2019 | 8:23am | Updated
There’s a misconception that networking is strictly for job hunting, but the most successful people do it on a daily basis, all year long. Your network is your professional currency, and trust me, you want to be rich. And it’s not Instagram followers you need, but meaningful connections in real life.
Published: Jan 7, 2019 1:32 p.m. ET
Aliza Licht has also experienced public disappointment. After 17 years doing PR for DKNY, she started her own consulting firm in 2016 -- but after 10 months, she realized it wasn’t working out. Rather than sulking, she shared what she learned from her loss in her article, “This Is How You Know You’re Not Meant To Be An Entrepreneur” for Forbes.
“Own up to it. There’s no reason to hide it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of; everyone has failures,” the author of “Leave Your Mark,” told Moneyish. “It’s embarrassing for a minute, and then everyone moves on. And you’re onto the next thing, too.”
Does Dress for the Job You Want Still Hold Up?
What it means to dress for success in the age of hoodies and sneakers at the office
If you’re like most people, dressing for work -- finding something appropriate, true to yourself, and that you feel good in, can often feel nearly impossible. Throw in the fact that different industries and jobs have wildly different expectations, and the process can become a real psychological burden.
When Aliza Licht made the move from fashion executive to freelance consultant, she maintained her style sensibility, dressing up every day. The only thing that changed were her shoes. To better traverse New York City and visit her clients, Licht traded her usual stilettos for a lower kitten heel.
Worldnet Is FedEx for the Fashion Crowd
A beloved two-decades-old “couture freight” company has joined the streetwear business.
Fashion is an industry that relies on glamour and attitude. It also relies on tracking numbers.
The latest collection from Gucci has to get from the runway in Milan to the showroom in New York. The Valentino gown for the A-list actress better be in Los Angeles in time for the big awards show. Any logistical snafu creates that oxymoronic but highly volatile condition known as a “fashion emergency.”
To ensure safe and smooth transit of luxury goods, houses, stylists, publicists and editors have long relied on one strategy: call Worldnet.
“Like couture freight” is how Aliza Licht, the executive vice president of communication for the clothing label Alice + Olivia, described the under-the-general-radar company Worldnet International. For everyday shipments, Ms. Licht hires FedEx or DHL. But “for precious cargo and pressing deadlines,” extra measures must be taken, which she first learned in the 1990s, working for DKNY.
“We would need to get clothes to a W shoot in the desert two hours from an airport,” Ms. Licht said. “Worldnet gets in a car. FedEx does not do that.”
By Aliza Licht
July 15, 2018 | 3:44pm
Lazy, entitled, over-confident and selfish are just a few adjectives used to describe millennials — those born between 1981 and 1996. It’s easy to pin these words on a whole generation because, let’s face it, by painting them negatively, it makes their Gen-Xer bosses feel superior.
But in 2018, millennials aren’t all babies anymore. At 37, the oldest millennials are now well into adulthood, and it’s time to stop thinking they are to blame for your company’s woes.
I work as an executive vice president in marketing and communications at a contemporary fashion brand. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for 20 years, starting out as an intern and working my way up. At 44, I now oversee a team of millennials, and guess what? They have mostly all been star performers: hard-working, passionate and loyal.
Aliza Licht Rereleases Fashion Career Manual 'Leave Your Mark'
Think of it as a pocketable mentor.
By Ariana Marsh MAY 15, 2018
When Aliza Licht started the now-defunct @DKNYPRGirl Twitter account in 2009, there was no way she could have wrapped her head around the effect it would have not only on the brand it represented, but on the fashion industry as a whole. She was working at Donna Karan New York at a time when the potential of social media was just beginning to be realized and few, if any, other public relations professionals were curating a brand voice in quite the same way. By using a conversational tone and curating a strong, personality-rich virtual bff, of sorts (she would live-Tweet during red carpet events and while watching Scandal, for example), Aliza was able to grow the anonymous account’s following to 1.5 million people across platforms, subsequently massively growing the fashion brand’s customer base. The account paved the way for how other brands and companies would approach social media and rendered Aliza an expert of sorts on the matter.
What To Know Before You Go Through With That Fantasy of Quitting Your 9-to-5 Job
Aliza Licht is back with more crucial career advice in the new edition of her book, "Leave Your Mark."
May 14, 2018
"I Quit My Secure 9-to-5 Job To Go Live On An Island."
"My Instagram Earns Me A Six-Figure Salary."
"I Gave Up My $100,000 Salary To Go Freelance While Traveling The World."
We've all seen these stories, reading them with a fervor as we dream of having an Eat, Pray, Love moment of our own. Now, more than ever, the idea of breaking free from a stable, 9-to-5 job in pursuit of freelance or entrepreneurial opportunities (or, you know, to make money off your Instagram) has become more enticing than ever.
But before you take the plunge and fully rely on a side hustle as your only source of income, there are a few things you need to know first (aside from just mapping out your Instagram strategy). Enter Aliza Licht, author of Leave Your Mark, with a much-needed reality check and fresh career advice.
“The Rules” is a Moneyish series where we define the rules around sticky money topics like giving an allowance, who pays on a date, combining finances with your partner, and more.
Beware of wearing your partisanship on your sleeve.
While these politically-charged times have spurred many people to action, such as supporting movements like Me Too, marching against gun violence or coming out for or against the Trump administration, you should think twice before being woke at work.
Why Fashion Brands Should Hire Influencers With Less Followers This New York Fashion Week
But according to Aliza Licht, EVP of brand marketing and communications and Alice+Olivia and author of Leave Your Mark, there could be a rewarding middle ground that emerging brands can take advantage of.
“If I were a brand, I’d be going after people who have very niche audiences,” Licht said during a fashion panel hosted by Epson and the Wall Street Journal as part of its Digital Couture event Tuesday. “We find that micro influencers have a much higher engagement than the influencers that we all know. [Micro influencers] are the people that you never heard of — they have maybe 100,000 followers or 50,000 followers [as opposed to millions] — [but] you can trade clothing or a post with them [in lieu of hefty cash payouts].”
WATCH: "Aliza Licht's Ultimate Guide to Successful PR"
December 19, 2017
INTERN LIKE YOU MEAN IT
July 6, 2017
You’ve landed an internship at a great company. You’re getting school credit, and you know this internship will look impressive on your resume. So you’re done, right?
Just because you have the internship doesn’t mean you intern well. In fact, perhaps worse than leaving a bad impression is leaving no impression at all. Don’t waste a precious opportunity to not only learn important skills, but to build your network. Remember: every relationship you foster is another link in your professional chain.
Alice + Olivia Names Aliza Licht as EVP of Brand Marketing and Communications
She spent 17 years at Donna Karan International rising to senior vice president of global communications.
By Lisa Lockwood on November 18, 2016
ALICE + OLIVIA TAPS LICHT: Aliza Licht has landed at Alice + Olivia LLC as executive vice president of brand marketing and communications, a new post. She begins Nov. 28.
Licht will oversee brand marketing, communications, advertising, social media and celebrity dressing globally. She will report to Deanna Berkeley, president of Alice + Olivia.
Licht was previously the senior vice president of global communications for Donna Karan International, where she spent 17 years. She was also known for her work as the creator and voice of the former social personality, DKNY PR Girl. Last December, Licht resigned from the company following the release of her best-selling book, “Leave Your Mark,” an insider’s mentorship book, and she spent the last 10 months working on projects related to her book and consulting in the fashion/tech sector.ALICE + OLIVIA TAPS LICHT: Aliza Licht has landed at Alice + Olivia LLC as executive vice president of brand marketing and communications, a new post. She begins Nov. 28.
Licht will oversee brand marketing, communications, advertising, social media and celebrity dressing globally. She will report to Deanna Berkeley, president of Alice + Olivia.
Licht was previously the senior vice president of global communications for Donna Karan International, where she spent 17 years. She was also known for her work as the creator and voice of the former social personality, DKNY PR Girl. Last December, Licht resigned from the company following the release of her best-selling book, “Leave Your Mark,” an insider’s mentorship book, and she spent the last 10 months working on projects related to her book and consulting in the fashion/tech sector.
“I have always been an admirer of Stacey’s keen ability to know what a girl wants to wear even before she does,” said Licht, referring to Stacey Bendet, chief executive officer and creative director. “This is an incredible opportunity to take my 20-plus years of experience and knowledge of the fashion industry and apply it to this amazing company as it grows and broadens its reach globally.”
Harper’s Bazaar has just released its annual #WomenWhoDare list in its November issue, which features a roundup of trailblazing women who are daring to change the world. The list includes women from a variety of fields, from artists to activists to up-and-comers to innovators, but what unifies them is how they’ve all taken chances. That is, in challenging themselves, changing the way people think, defying expectations, and celebrating their own individuality. This year’s list includes Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, SVP and director of Bergdorf Goodman Linda Fargo (who breaks down how to be daring when getting dressed), singer Soko, former DKNY PR Girl Aliza Licht (who dishes on how to use social media to get ahead in your career), Transparent star Judith Light, actress Amanda Booth, artist/model Langley Fox, and actresses Olivia Wilde and Uma Thurman.
HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER
Oct 18, 2016
Tweeting landed me my first fashion internship in New York and connected me with the woman who does social media best: former DKNY PR Girl, Aliza Licht.
My first goal when I got to New York City? Figure out a way to get an internship at DKNY, of course. And you know what? I did. It was around that time when the anonymous DKNY PR Girl was revealed as Aliza Licht, Senior Vice President of Public Relations at Donna Karan. After we worked on a fun Twitter project together for the 2012 Olympics, I used our already-established social media relationship and newly exchanged email addresses to let Licht know that I was applying for an internship in her department at DKNY. Long story short, that highly-anticipated internship—which I never would have gone after had it not been for Twitter—led to many more internships in the industry and eventually to my first fashion job here at Harper's BAZAAR. And that is the power of social media.
How Did The Red Carpet Get So...Bad?
“There are two classes of celebrities right now: The first doesn't want to make mistakes, they want to totally avoid judgement,” Aliza Licht, founder and president of Leave Your Mark LLC and former SVP of global communications for Donna Karan (a.k.a someone who’s taped, cinched, and delivered custom gowns to the stars), says. “The second are ones who want as much attention as they can get. But overall, very few celebrities listen to their stylists. They end up being more like ‘dress waitresses’ than trusted advisors. If you're hiring an expert, listen to an expert, instead of listening to your publicist, mom, boyfriend, assistant, makeup artist, manager, or your doorman.”
The complications of ‘see-now-buy-now’
SEP 8, 2016
“The designers need the time to create the desire and the demand for the actual products,” said Aliza Licht, the former svp of global communications at Donna Karan. “It’s all about logistics, and the biggest problem is changing the actual timing of deliveries to wholesale partners.” -Aliza Licht
Watch Aliza's guest appearance as a fashion expert on HSN's The List with Colleen Lopez. (at the at the 30 and 48:30 marks)
Seven Steps To Entrepreneurship
June 30, 2016
by Aliza Licht, Forbes Contributor
I can’t remember the exact moment I had the thought, but it was an epiphany. It crept in slowly, like someone trying to startle me: “What if I didn’t have the title of SVP Global Communications anymore?” What if I wasn’t the voice of DKNY PR GIRL®, commanding the attention of half-a-million followers on Twitter? What would happen if I quit my job?” Those questions spun around my head like clothes in a dryer.
I decided I had to find out.
May 11, 2016
Aliza Licht, the former SVP of Global Communications for Donna Karan and the force formerly known as DKNY PR girl, has certainly wasted little time making a name all of her own since leaving the New York-based brand last year. There was the launch of her first book, the best selling, “Leave Your Mark” and the launch of a corresponding consulting business. This week, she took to the web to host a webinar in connection with Launchmetrics on “How to Win Digital Friends and Influence People,” something in which she is certainly well-versed. In case you missed the discussion, here are some interesting takeaways that you can use to build your own brand, a strong online presence, and your resume …
When Aliza Licht left her post at DKNY in December, a social media era came to a close.
Licht, the svp of global communications at the brand from 1998 to 2015, spearheaded DKNY’s forays into various social platforms as they emerged. But the brand found its voice most readily on Twitter, where Licht tweeted from the brand’s account under the handle @DKNYPRGirl. Her approach was to engage with fans by sharing behind-the-scene looks at the fashion brand from an insider’s point of view, not as the “voice” of a brand or as Donna Karan. The account grew to reach 600,000 followers and became an example of how to master an authentic brand voice on Twitter.
Now, Licht’s newest gig is serving on the board of Launchmetrics, a fashion technology platform that lets brands digitally manage their product samples, press materials and event invitations, as well as discover and manage influencer relationships.
Awear Smart Chips Bringing Internet of Things to Fashion
April 28, 2016
By Rachel Strugatz
Awear Solutions is using technology to build a frequent flyer program for fashion.
Liron Slonimsky and Oren Zoner, cofounders and cochief executive officers of the technology company — which has developed a button-sized, low-energy bluetooth chip and a corresponding app — want to help brands engage in a two-way dialogue with consumers while also gathering valuable intelligence....
“It makes the brand and consumer relationship an active one, not a passive one,” said Aliza Licht, a strategic advisor for the company, who stressed that data is being collected about the product, not the customer. “It’s information for the brands. They detect the popularity of different styles, colors and models in different locations and different use cases.”
Launchmetrics, which formed when Fashion GPS merged with marketing firm Augure in January, is getting more input from two fashion veterans.
The company named Aliza Licht to its board of directors and Rachna Shah to its strategic advisory group.
Licht is the former senior vice president of global communications for Donna Karan International and creator of the brand’s social media personality “DKNY PR GIRL.” She’s also the founder and president of Leave Your Mark LLC and author of the book bearing the same name. Shah, executive vice president of public relations and managing director of digital at KCD, has been involved with Fashion GPS since its inception a decade ago.
Matt Lauer discusses Aliza Licht's NY Post article "Why are grown-ups shopping in the kids department" on The Today Show
Aliza Licht's newest piece for the NY Post.
One morning a few weeks ago, my sister Ilana walked into my apartment wearing a killer leather jacket. From the scalloped lapels to the silver zippers, I immediately fell in love with it.
“Whose is that, and why didn’t you tell me about it?” I exclaimed. (Editor’s note: When a fashion maven asks, “Whose is that?” the answer is not “mine” — it’s the designer who created the clothing.)
“Isn’t it cute?” she said. “I picked it up at Lester’s for $49.”
How to Get an Entry-Level Job in Fashion PR
Despite dozens of people who have thought Aliza Licht worked for fashion houses in Puerto Rico, the former senior vice president of global communications for Donna Karan and author of Leave Your Mark wants you to know that “PR” stands for public relations—and it’s a career that’s slightly more demanding than sipping Mai Tai’s on a sandy beach while viewing the latest in bikini styles.
“Fashion publicists generate brand awareness through various methods,” she explains. And while the biggest chunk of their time is spent securing editorial coverage—the kind that isn’t paid advertising—the women and men in fashion PR also write pitches for online media coverage, dress celebrities for red carpet events, and produce seasonal fashion shows. As Licht explains, “The goal of public relations is to craft a message—and to make sure that public opinion matches what the brand intends."
Best of Levo: The Most Inspiring People of 2015
13. Aliza Licht
As the face of DKNY PR Girl, Aliza Licht showed us what it really looked like to have a strong brand on social media. Modeled after Gossip Girl (seriously), Licht remarked at the Fashionista.com How To Make It in Fashion Conference, “Social media strategy? I have no strategy.” She simply put her own personality and interest into the Twitter handle, and it worked. (The brand had over 497,000 Twitter followers, but was shut down in August when Licht left DKNY.) She has shared her brilliant advice in her book Leave Your Mark, and with Levo on Office Hours.
Celebrating the ladies who left their mark on the fashion industry.
By Kristine Batman
Fashion thrives off of everything new, which means bloggers, digital leaders, and brand personalities dictate the ever-evolving style world. From the original bloggers who created the hunger for content to an editor who took old-school magazine skills and applied them to new technology, these women embody a new approach to editorial content and technology.
She's proof that the face of a brand matters in today's social media-driven world. Aliza Licht, formerly known as DKNY PR Girl, created community, conversation, and inspiration surrounding the DKNY brand on Twitter and Instagram for six years. Her posts were witty and intelligent, creating a likeable, lifestyle-driven persona that engaged thousands of followers. This year, Licht's own best-selling book, Leave Your Mark, was published based on these principles, and set new standards for other fashion brands on social media.
By Aliza Licht
November 16, 2015
“SOOOO pretty!” chirped Genevieve, the makeup artist I had been testing out for my upcoming wedding day in 2000. As I turned to face the mirror, dread washed over me. “I can’t wear a pink lip,” I said. “I am not a pink-lip kind of girl; I will look like a corpse. I’ll wear red.”
“Brides don’t wear red, Aliza,” she asserted. Always go with your gut, I thought. It’s my day, damn it, and I’ll wear red if I want to.
I never did hire Genevieve. I actually did my own makeup on my wedding day and, yes, I got many compliments about my red lip.
There’s hardly a scarcity of opinions when it comes to red lipstick. Earlier this month, “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King took to Instagram to share that her BFF Oprah did not approve of her bold lip. King admitted that her pal called and said, “Tell your makeup artist waaaay too red on the lips today.” Gayle proudly responded to Oprah, “I did that myself.”
Trendsetters at Work: DKNY
When you think of the top ranking execs at DKNY, neurobiology and physiology degrees aren't exactly the first things that come to mind. Nevertheless, that's exactly what the brand's senior vice president of global communications got—before deciding that fashion was her true calling...
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I had the amazing opportunity to interview the one and only DKNY PR GIRL, Aliza Licht, on my podcast, All The Social Ladies.Aliza is the SVP of Global Communications at Donna Karan International—not to mention an absolute superstar. Besides being the company’s award-winning social media personality, she has also been listed as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in New York.” Talk about fierce! Her path to success...
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Aliza Licht aka ‘DKNY PR Girl’ | The Profile
While many of us like to think of fashion as being forward, its marketing tends to take a wait-and-see approach to new technologies jumping in once everything has been proven. In 2009 when social media was relatively new, Donna Karan International’s SVP of Global Communications, Aliza Licht, held hands with her company to launch DKNY PR Girl socially and took one small step for their brand and one giant leap for the fashion industry.
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DKNY PR GIRL'S ALIZA LICHT WRITES FIRST BOOK
COVER REVEAL: DKNYPRGirl, also known as Donna Karan International senior vice president of global communications Aliza Licht, has taken her career and social-media learnings and written her first book, “Leave Your Mark"....
THE POWER OF BEING REAL:
Aliza Licht at TEDxTimesSquare, New York City
HOW ALIZA LICHT FOLLOWED HER INTUITION AND PIONEERED A SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY
From live-tweeting 'Gossip Girl' to landing a book deal, DKNY PR Girl has become one of the most powerful Twitter handles in the industry...
ONE ON ONE:
ALIZA LICHT TALKS TO STEVE ADUBATO
FASHION'S NEW ORDER
FOR much of the 20th century, the seating chart of a runway show gave a fairly accurate reading of power in the fashion industry. The press on one side, retailers on the other; editors and buyers prioritized neatly from front row to last….
BEHIND THE BRAND:
Aliza Licht of DKNY/Donna Karan International, A.K.A. DKNY PR GIRL.
Fashion Week is crazy time for everyone; editors, designers and public relations pros, go course. To get an inside look at what goes into pulling off a buzzed about show, like DKNY and Donna Karan, we caught up with Aliza Licht..
POWER SURGE: SIX WOMEN WHO RULE THE FASHION WORLD
Six of fashion’s most forward-thinking women show their strong suits.
Senior vice president, Donna Karan
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DKNY PR GIRL
How to Develop Your Personal Presence on Social Media and in Real Life
There is one in every office—the person who gets the attention of senior managers and interns alike at the morning meeting, who sends out witty tweets in the afternoon and who glides effortlessly through the after-work cocktail party, never at a loss for words...
THE STRANGE SCIENE OF TRANSLATING SARCASM ONLINE
Lovers of sarcasm who like to tweet are taking matters in their own keyboards. Aliza Licht, the senior vice president of global communications for Donna Karan LLC, who was "devastated" to lose her work email on Tuesday, calls sarcasm "a religion"...
E! NEWS: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALIZA LICHT
THE CAREER ADVICE COLUMN IN TRENDING NY & ON COSMPOLITAN.COM
Plus more questions answered...
DKNY PR GIRL, ALIZA LICHT
Aliza Licht, Senior Vice President of Global Communications at Donna Karan and the renowned DKNY PR Girl on Twitter, was one of the first people to capitalize on social media for a fashion house...
DKNY PR GIRL, ALIZA LICHT
...Her witty banter and stellar advice has earned this PR girl major media attention plus those zillion followers plus, but her favorite hangers-on-ers are who she refers to online as The 9-year-old (boy) and The 6-year-old (girl), her kids...
What Every Brand MUST Learn about Social Media from DKNY’s PR Girl
When the woman behind one of fashion’s most famous Twitter accounts says, “Social media strategy? I have no strategy,” eyebrows are bound to be raised (mine included). But after listening to Aliza Licht, the voice of @DKNY, speak at the Fashionista.com How To Make It in Fashion Conference, I believe her...
FASHION OFFICES WITH WWW: ALIZA LICHT
While Twitter-aholics we may be, we had many a field day tracking the inside antics of DKNY PR Girl, an anonymous Twitter handle that, well, showcases the realities of a powerhouse working in the world of public relations..