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So You Want to be an Editor

It should be no surprise to you by now, but I want to be a fashion editor.  If I could live in the magazine section of Borders or the Conde Nast  library (which I got to play in a few weeks ago) I would, in a heart beat. 

As my last post stated, we had an Assistant Editors panel last Monday night hosted by Ed2010@FIT.   We brought in five assistant editors and bombarded them with questions about the industry, their education, internships, and most importantly advice they had for us.  At the panel we invited Adam Risman (TIME), Brooke Danielson (Glamour), Allison Watters (ELLE), Ashley Afriyie (Marie Claire), and Alison Girschick (ELLE).  They were absolutely amazing and gave advice that I started following the next day I was at my internship. 

These are some of the points I found most helpful or enlightening:

“Look at internships as job tryouts” -AR

“Once you show your boss that you are more than willing to do the menial tasks, that is when you get to move up” -AR

“Find that one editor that really believes in you” -AR

“Always observe what is going on and ask if there is anyway you can help, always reach out, be one step ahead of the editor”-BD

“Have confidence and integrity, respect yourself and the people you work for”-BD

“Be careful about what you Twitter, Facebook, blog…”-BD

“The best part of my job is sitting through the run throughs, hearing the editors thoughts”-BD

“Editors take notice of the small things”-AW

“Have excellent time management and a strong skin, and you will stay late most nights”-AW

“Take initiative and go the extra mile, lose your summers, learn to multi-task”-AA

“Always print out at least three copies of your resume, never put your picture on it”-AA

“As an assistant editor, you are at the bottom, everything is your fault”-AG

“You have to want to be there”-AG

“Attention to detail, do everything with a smile, and have determination”-AG

“If you make a mistake, fix it, in a creative way” AG

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One the seventh day of NYFW I was able to go to the Milly fashion show.  I found out that day, and left during my internship to go see the show, needless to say I was a bit of a mess.

My Shot for Fashionista

Kristin Chenoweth and Tinsley Mortimer were in the front row surrounded by photographers and reporters.  I, however, was seated in the Vogue section, right behind Eva Chen and Mary Kate Steinmiller, which meant so much more to me than Ms. Tinsley (though I am obsessed with Kristin).

But the best part of all of this, was that as I was leaving the show a few photographers had stopped me to take my picture, and one of them just happened to be for Fashionista!  She took some pictures and then briefly interviewed me, and went on her way.  I checked nearly everyday to see if my pictures were on the website, to no avail.  Just as I had given up, I received an email from my former boss saying how cute I looked on Fashionista.  I promptly screamed.

Here is a link to the Fashionista post and below are some of my pictures from the beautiful fashion show.

Kristin Chenoweth in yellow!

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Cynthia Steffe Fashion Show

On Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to go to the Cynthia Steffe fashion show at Lincoln Center.  This was my first time going to a show sponsored by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  And even though I have been to some pretty big shows (3.1 Phillip Lim, Y3 Yojhi Yamamoto, etc), I had never been to the “Tents” before.

It was definitely an experience.  There were photographers snapping pictures everywhere and famous faces on cell phones in the plaza of the arts center.  I saw Linda Fargo (Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Bergdorf Goodman) and Robert Verdi within my first few minutes there, followed by countless Reality TV “stars” (Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen) and models galore.

For Christmas, as I mentioned in a previous post, my Grandfather wanted to buy me vintage dresses because he knows how obsessed with them I am.  I had actually seen a black silk Yves Saint Laurent skirt and dress set about a year and a half ago at the vintage store I go to in Connecticut, Tova’s, and completely fell in love with it.  Do not ask me why but I didn’t buy it the first time I saw it but I actually thought about it frequently since then and wished I had.

Apparently it was fate because when I went in December, because it was there, and it fit, and it now hangs ceremoniously in my closet.  I consider it possibly the most beautiful item I own and I only wish I could wear it everyday.

I decided that Fashion Week would be the perfect time to introduce my vintage YSL to the world, and I chose to outfit myself like a modern day Audrey Hepburn circa Breakfast at Tiffanys.

I paired the dress with vintage YSL heels, sheer black tights, one of my roommate’s belts, my great-grandmothers jewelry and a rhinestone pin in my hair.

The show itself was actually really great!  The designer drew inspiration from modern royalty which could be seen in the jewel tones and incredible fur collars.  I really need one in every color, especially with the turn in the weather today.  The collection was very classic and looked like a beautiful Fall day, very warm and colorful with a bit of luxury mixed in.

It is surprisingly hard to take good pictures at a fashion show from the seats because of the lighting and pace of the models walk, so if you aren’t satisfied by my pictures go to style.com and check out their professional ones, the collection was definitely worth the second look.

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February Inspiration

Some things I’m hoping will keep me going through (hopefully) the last of the Winter months.

Rug from Celine Kaplan's office

Image from http://www.thecoveteur.com also Celine Kaplan;s.

Iselin Steiro for Cover Magazine

Ginta Lapina for Numero Magazine

Paris Vogue

 

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In honor

Today is my first day of work at Anthropologie, and in honor of such a momentous occasion I have this, a photograph taken from their website.

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Fashion Puppet Pals

They are absolutely everywhere. All over the internet, featured on the Vogue UK blog and Refinery 29.  On the manicured hands of Tim Gunn and potentially pinned to the jackets of everyone at Fashion Week.

These are, of course, the fashion finger puppets, of which I hope to be a collector.  They are adorable and quirky and actually match the likeness quite well.

Some of these puppets are sold individually, and others in sets like the ones created for the various Fashion Weeks.  There is a New York group, London, Milan, and Paris group.  Though they are a bit expensive, $120 for a set, they might be worth it when you have an insanely fashion knowledgeable child one day.

Anna Wintour

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagergeld, Boris Johnson, and Grace Coddington

New York Fashion Week, with Andre Leon Talley and Donna Karan

Paris Fashion Week, with Alber Elbaz and John Galianno

To see more of the fabulous creations, go to http://www.rubbishmagshop.com/.

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A Little Piece of Spain in Soho

I was in the city on Wednesday, doing various fashion-y things.  I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the most recent costume exhibit titled “American Woman”.  It was beyond amazing, and I think it deserves it’s own post later on.  I also got an amazing Helmut Lang shirt for $30 at a sample sale and a new wallet at Topshop (a store I should really not be allowed in).  And after all of this I went to a styling party at Sol de Ibiza hosted by a fabulous personal stylist/lifestyle consultant I used to intern for, Dale.  Her company is DaleStyle, be sure to check out her amazing website, especially the styling video at: http://www.dalestyle.com/.

So, I walk into Sol de Ibiza, which is at 52 Greene St. in Soho, and they have marcona almonds, so I am immediately hooked.  Don’t judge me, these almonds are one of my favorite things in the entire world and I haven’t had them in such a long time.  The store is effortlessly beach chic, with a great straw ottoman-like seating arrangement in the center and dressing rooms reminiscent of cabanas.  You actually want to try on clothes in them, there is no stark lighting or flimsy curtains here.

After the almonds (okay, and cheese) I walk around the store and instantly fall in love with a bathing suit fit for a Brazilian supermodel, a Ms. Bundchen (or rather Mrs. Brady), perhaps.  It was a deep teal with a huge piece of quartz in the center.

I also really liked this bathing suit, it was also a one piece, and even with its high neckline it was still really sexy and goddess-like.

Then I found the shoes, never a good sign.  I have a deep affinity for espadrilles, I got my first pair from Nordstroms when I was about 11 and have loved them ever since.  And at Sol de Ibiza there were some of the cutest I have ever seen.  I could absolutely picture myself walking to the market to pick up almonds and Manchego cheese in a pair of them.  Here were my three favorites:

These blue cork ones are incredible.  They were denim on the outside, with matching blue suede on the inside, four and a half inches high and, sadly, $395.  But a girl can dream right?

I thought these two pairs of pants were fun, and if I were living somewhere along the Mediterranean I would buy them in a heartbeat.

There were a few items of clothing that I really liked and that was the kaftan and this black lace dress that just had salsa written all over it.

I am a huge scarf person, I have a mini collection of vintage ones, and I thought the store had great scarves with really vibrant colors.  I might need to invest in one of them, if I could ever decide between the colors.

This one is actually a towel on the inside.

There was also a small collection of jewelry, and their hamsa/evil eye bracelets caught my eye.  I am (supposed to be) getting one for my birthday so I didn’t buy one, but I loved the variety of colors they had, and how clean and simple they were.

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