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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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Your New Friend, Ed

*Disclaimer, I am doing this post because I strongly believe in Ed2010 and shamelessly promoting it, not to show off winning their trustfund (though I am obviously happy about that).

Ed2010 is an aspiring magazine editors best friend.  It is more than a club, it is a way of connecting with the magazine and fashion industry in a way I never thought was possible.  As well as the city chapters (and the main group of course) there are also on campus chapters at schools across the country.  My freshman year at FIT also happened to be the first year Ed2010@FIT was in existence (the four club officers who started it at FIT all have assistant jobs at well respected magazines now).

I was Secretary of FIT’s chapter of Ed2010 for a year and then this Fall semester I stepped up and became President.  The club meets on Tuesdays at FIT and we often have amazing guest speakers from magazines like ELLE, Teen Vogue, Nylon, Real Simple, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Time.  Most of the club members have internships at the best fashion magazines in the country (Vogue, ELLE, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Glamour, etc.) and we are all great at sharing internship tips and advice, and of course contact information.

People are always asking me how I got my internship at Vogue, and though the question really bothers me I simply say two things, Ed2010 and hard work.  I found out about four of my five internships from their constantly updated internship list.  Through my connections in the Ed2010 club I was able to get my ELLE internship which I really feel paved the way for all of my future ones.

Ed2010 also has this amazing “Trustfund” which unpaid interns in the city can apply for and get the chance to win $1,000 just for working hard and writing a fabulous essay, of course.  I found out about a month ago that I was this semester’s winner, and was elated (though maybe not as much as my parents were).  I have squeezed 16 credits into two days, intern at Vogue three days, and I work at Anthropologie on the weekends (shopping money) so getting appreciated for my time and effort is very flattering and really makes me strive to do my best work.

(Also, I was interviewed for the website which you can check out here.)

So everyone please visit the website if you are interested in magazines whether it be editing, styling, writing, or design it will definitely be worth your while.  And if you attend FIT come to one of our meetings: Tuesdays 1-2 pm room A336.

PS: We are having an Assistant Editors Panel Monday April 11 from 6-7:30 pm in room D523.  Check out the poster made by the lovely Nia of Live Glam or Die (our Publicity Officer) for more information.

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Just a Little Something I Worked On…

Last semester I had the absolute pleasure of interning for the stylist, Heathermary Jackson.  One of the shoots I was able to help with was UK ELLE, for which she is a contributing editor.  I obviously have a little spot in my heart for ELLE, I interned there a year ago and it was a truly eye opening experience.

The photo shoot was about longer hemlines, which I am such a fan of, the clothes were even more beautiful in person, and the model Gierde Dukauskaite was quite delightful.

The editorial is running in February 2011, and since some of you may not be able to get your hands on a copy, below is full shoot!

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Bella Donna

So my first actual, legitimate fashion show where I didn’t have to help models into their shoes or seat the fabulous attendees was DKNY.  I would count myself pretty lucky.  I was seated in the third row and had a perfectly lovely view of both the Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar editors.  And, yes, Leigh Lezark, Estelle, and the Veronica’s.

My heart skipped a beat when I saw the all-American model turned editor, Tonne Goodman, now Fashion Director of Vogue standing on line with me to get into the show.  She, along with Grace, Anna, and Andre are why I am so obsessed with this industry.  Ms. Goodman was seated two seats in front of me with Virginia Smith, Market Director at Vogue.

The show itself was very girly and flirty with a slight French attitude in the air.  I need to own all of the ruffle trimmed bathing suits, blazers, and blouses.  And I really loved the jumpsuits, both camel and navy, they were very classy and looked unbelievably comfortable.

These were my favorite looks from the collection:

Here are some images of the venue and editors:

Tonne Goodman

Smith and Goodman

Karan, Smith, Goodman

EIC of Harper's Bazaar, Glenda Bailey

venue

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One Lip, Tulip

Let me begin with saying that Dior, in the past, has not been one of my favorite design houses.  I find it too costumey and just not my personal style.  But John Galliano’s past two collections, the Fall/Winter 2010 and the Fall Couture 2010 contain some of the most beautiful clothing I have ever seen.  They have been delicate and feminine, without being cliche.

When I interned at Elle Magazine last semester I was able to watch the runway shows online, and then within days I could touch the clothes that I admired so much.  I   loved it when Dior came in, I remembered the clothes from the collection and handled them with the utmost care, hoping that one day I could wear them myself.

So, obviously, I was very excited to see the Dior couture show, because this is Mr. Galliano’s real stage, where his creativity rules the second you receive the much envied invitation.

His inspiration for this show are tulips, a simple pretty flower, which he was able to turn into anything but simple, and exquisite instead of the requisite “pretty”.  Both the ball gowns at the end of the show and cozy sweater dresses really captured the essence of the flower, and amplified it to couture status.

It was a truly beautiful collection, and I wish I could see the clothes when they come into Elle instead of being stuck in the suburbs.

I edited down the collection to my absolute favorites, you will see that there are still quite a lot. (And yes that is Karlie Kloss opening the show, again).

John Galliano

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Day.28.

This year, in great detail

This year (May 2009-May 2010) has for the most part been a year of firsts and of milestones.

I graduated high school last June (finally) and moved into a dorm in Chelsea in NYC where I also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology.  My first semester there I was a Fashion Merchandising Major but then I promptly did an internal transfer to a new major which I love, Advertising and Marketing Communications.

October 2009, I got an internship with a great personal stylist, Dale, who created the company DaleStyle (www.dalestyle.com).  I learned so much through this internship and it was an amazing experience.

In January I got a much coveted internship at Elle magazine in the fashion closet.  I was there two full days a week and every minute of it great.  I got to see beautiful clothes straight off the runway, clothes that other people have to wait months to see.  I also had the chance to interact with editors and PR companies and visit various showrooms.  It was not necessarily easy work, and anyone who thinks fashion is mindless and simple should spend just a few hours at a magazine to see how complicated it really is.

And now I am back in Connecticut, doing pilates in the morning and working in a boutique named Grace (http://www.gracestores.com/) during the day.  I live in a cozy beach community complete with tourists and clam shacks, and though I much prefer New York City, it is nice to come home to relax once in a while.

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Day.27.

This month, in great detail

This month, I will be honest, has not been super interesting.  I really do not feel the need to discuss it in “great detail” like I did my past week.  This month has mainly consisted of me studying for finals (ish), preparing for my Creative Fashion Presentation final fashion show, and interning at Elle every Thursday and Friday.  Oh yes, and shopping.  But that is not out of the ordinary, I always shop.

I also went to Brooklyn and explored the area called DUMBO (which stands for, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) for a day, which was actually pretty fun and a nice escape from the busy streets of Manhattan.  I went to the famous Jacques Torres chocolate shop and got a “wicked” hot chocolate, which is seasoned with chili powder, and there were some great little stores and art galleries all over the area.

This Saturday I got home from NYC and I began work today at an adorable boutique in Niantic, CT named, Grace.  It is nice to be home and have the ability to relax, though I have a feeling that once I start working again I will begin to have less and less time to myself.

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Day.26.

Your week in day in great detail.

I’ll admit, I have been dreading these final 30 Day Challenge posts.  My week in great detail?  My week really isn’t that fascinating, but I suppose I could try to be creative and make it sound fun and interesting.

I think since today is Monday, I should do my past week, which also happened to be my last week at both FIT and Elle for a few months.

Monday, May 17: I didn’t have class until 5 pm, where I only had to hand in my final paper, so this was a lazy Monday, the best kind.  I decided to go for a run in the gym to relax before my week of stress and studying.  After, I handed in my paper to my Strategic Planning teacher, he decided to read it then and there while I watched nervously.  He said that he was very impressed by it, garnering my paper an A.  Later I began studying for my Psychopathology final exam which would take place Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Then I was in my friends fashion show dressed up like a “Sleeping Beauty” which was pretty fun and then I went out with another friend for sushi.  This is where I discovered sweet potato tempura rolls, a new obsession of mine.

Tuesday:  I had my Workshop in Direct Marketing presentation at 9:30 am.  It was a 30 min presentation in front of a panel of esteemed judges, who were not afraid to interrupt the presentation to ask questions and comment.  Then at 1 pm my photographer godfather, William Heuberger, took a picture of some of my friends and I for a project he is doing on FIT students.  After this I had to run to a lunch for new student tour guides, where I managed to eat a lot of lunch. Directly after this I had my last Creative Fashion Presentations class, where we looked at pictures and critiqued our amazing fashion show that we put on last Tuesday, which went flawlessly.  Then, since I couldn’t focus on studying for my exam, I went to the gym for about 40 minutes.  My Psychopathology exam began at 6:30 pm  and I was finished by 6:38 pm.  It was 25 multiple choice questions, and I studied for hours so I was not happy that it only took me eight minutes.  I studied for my morning exams for a few hours then paused to watch Glee and The City (only because they film it at Elle and I might have a cameo on it).

Wednesday: In the morning I had my Biology final exam, which was fairly easy, and then I had my Journalism final exam about an hour after it.  Since I was done with my freshman year at FIT I just lounged around the dorm reading magazines and catching up on tv that I had missed over the past few weeks.  That night my three roommates and I went out to dinner, as our last night together, at Serendipity, a.k.a. one of my favorite places in New York.

Carrot Cake and Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity.

Thursday: I had my second to last day at Elle today and had to train new interns for the fashion closet.  It was a busy day but so much fun.  I was really sad that the next day was my last.

Friday: My last day at Elle was bittersweet because I was obviously sad to leave, but it was such an amazing experience and I was happy to be able to go home for a few months to relax.  I met one of my roommates after work to go shopping in Herald Square and then we had amazing thin crust pizza and frozen yogurt.  That night, we packed for a few hours then had a mini Friends marathon.

Saturday: One of my roommates moved out early Saturday, so I was up since 9 am.  Then after cleaning my room, packing and showering my mother and brother arrived to move me out.  It was a bit stressful, but we were able to go to Whole Foods to pick up some of my favorite foods that I can’t get in Connecticut and we bought 30 bagels from Brooklyn Bagels, which I had the pleasure of holding on my lap for the 2 hour car ride home. Needless to say I ate one.

Sunday: Sunday was a leisurely day consisting of bagels and CBS Sunday Morning.  Then my best friend came over and we attempted unpacking my things, which resulted in getting two of my 12 bags unpacked.  Then we decided we are going to repaint my room this summer and rearrange it.  I also discovered that I have eclectic taste when it comes to room decor and that I want my room to look like a Parisian Anthropologie catalog.  I ate two dinners this night, one from my favorite Chinese restaurant and the other at my friends house, which consisted of homemade pesto pasta and salad.  Then I finished the night with my first trip to Dairy Queen of the summer and my new book The Girl who Played with Fire, by Steig Larsson.

So that is basically my week in great detail.  I hope it was interesting and gave a sliver of insight into my life, my Type A personality, love of food and, of course, fashion.

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And the Magazine of the Year goes to…

Glamour?  Really?  The American Society of Magazine Editors hosted their annual National Magazine Awards and completely overlooked fashion magazines.  Vogue was only nominated once, for Photography/Print, and they ended up losing to Vanity Fair.   Elle, the Number One Women’s Magazine in the country, wasn’t nominated for anything! And then to give Glamour the Magazine of the Year is completely insane.  What they think the magazine did to deserve the highest honor is beyond me.

It’s flashy and celebrity driven.  It focuses on trends and “What’s Hot” instead of fashion, or at least high-end fashion.  And their editorials, if you can call them that, are not up to the standard that has been set by real fashion magazines.  They had so many great magazines to chose from like, Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, W, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and many others but instead this esteemed group of individuals chose a tacky, cliche mass market magazine that writes about “What Men Really Think” and “8 Foods that Make you more Beautiful.”  I am really disappointed that of all the brilliant magazines they could pick from they chose Glamour.  

A Recent Cover for Glamour

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