Thanks for the questions! I’m sure this isn’t the last time we’ll chat.
What did you do before Fashionista? For the last couple of months I’ve been freelancing for a ton of different publications and I started a blog called The Fashion Beat, which focuses on the intersection of fashion, commerce and retail. Before that I worked at Forbes for quite a long time, covering the business of fashion, luxury goods, menswear, product design, what-have-you. Previous to Forbes, I worked for a London company called Quintessentially. And here’s a fun fact: My first internship was at Nylon.
If you had to choose one designer to create each of the below listed parts of your outfit, who would they be?
Shoes: Jonny Johansson for Acne.
Dress: Anne Valerie Hash.‚Ä®
Bag: I just want a plain Herm√®s Birkin in black calfskin with gold hardware. I don’t need anything made specially.‚Ä®
Jewelry: I’m not a big jewelry person, but I’d have to say a customized Rolex watch.‚Ä®
Makeup: Francois Nars.
Are you guys going to do more day-in-the-life interviews? Yes, definitely. Britt has some great ones coming up. If there’s anyone you’d like us to interview, email us.
I’d like to know if you are an educated journalist. I have a degree in writing, literature and publishing. I was a journalism minor.
Do you live in the city? Brooklyn.
What’s your favorite thing from the McDonald’s dollar menu? I prefer Wendy’s. The Frosty.
Married? Kids? Divorced?!? In a committed relationship. No kids, but someday!
Favorite designers? Isabel Marant, Anne Valerie Hash, Jonny Johansson, Steven Alan, Phoebe Philo, Hannah McGibbon, Scott Sternberg, Tim Hamilton, Karl Lagerfeld and Maria Cornejo.
What is your favorite piece of clothing and why? A red Lyell cotton tea dress from a couple of years ago. My style has evolved since then, but I love it because it was the best birthday present I ever received. It represents exactly who I was at that point in my life.
For all those young fashionistas out there, what do you recommend to get your foot in the door? Work work work. Just keep working, and don’t ever complain about doing menial tasks. If people see that you’re up for the challenge, they’ll reward you. My first job out of school was great, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. Years later, I have finally scored my dream job. Everything in between was completely and totally worth my time and effort. If you truly want it and are willing to work for it, it will happen.
What is it about fashion reporting that you like most? Is there a particular genre that you pay special interest to? Working at Forbes obviously had a big influence on me, so I’d have to say writing about the business side of the industry is very fulfilling. But really, I just love a unique angle. That’s what journalism is about. For me at least.
What other sites are your “must reads”? Business of Fashion, Garance Dore and Style Bubble are a few. But I read 100 stories or more each day, so I’m not super selective. I need to know everything about fashion, whether I get my information from sources or a news wire.