Leah Answers Your Questions

So you wrote for the New York Daily News, but what do you know about fashion? For the last two years I was a features reporter at the New York Daily News which meant I covered all aspects of New York culture (most recently, I came down with a mild case of Bieber Fever ) but my focus was fashion. I created fashion spreads, wrote fashion features, and covered New York Fashion Week for the Daily News. I also embarrassed myself in some first person stories. Fave designers? Isabel Marant, Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone
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So you wrote for the New York Daily News, but what do you know about fashion? For the last two years I was a features reporter at the New York Daily News which meant I covered all aspects of New York culture (most recently, I came down with a mild case of Bieber Fever ) but my focus was fashion. I created fashion spreads, wrote fashion features, and covered New York Fashion Week for the Daily News. I also embarrassed myself in some first person stories. Fave designers? Isabel Marant, Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone
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So you wrote for the New York Daily News, but what do you know about fashion? For the last two years I was a features reporter at the New York Daily News which meant I covered all aspects of New York culture (most recently, I came down with a mild case of Bieber Fever) but my focus was fashion. I created fashion spreads, wrote fashion features, and covered New York Fashion Week for the Daily News. I also embarrassed myself in some first person stories.

Fave designers? Isabel Marant, Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone

What piece of clothing/accessory do you find yourself wearing the most? I'm stuck on striped tops and white t-shirts with skinny jeans (though lately I've been addicted to these black cigarette pants with zippers from French Connection). As for accessories, I'm always wearing these little bow-shaped studs and a vintage men's Bulova watch from the 1950s.

What's one thing you would never wear? Platform stilettos. I would fall.

Who's your fashion icon? Charlotte Gainsbourg. And her mom, too.

What do you think are the the three biggest problems in Fashion? This is a tough question. How's two out of three? 1) Fashion can feel too insider-y and inaccessible, but I think the fashion blogosphere is changing that. I love that more and more designers are streaming their shows live (and hopefully they'll all follow suit). 2) It's always been hard to be a successful designer but it's getting harder and harder in New York as the Garment District struggles to survive in the global age of outsourcing. New York is a fashion capital and the Garment District needs to stick around to nurture young designers!

So I was wondering... where did you go to high school?? I'm a proud product of the Washington DC public school system and I graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School.

Are you currently attending the university? If not, where did you attend? After high school, I left DC for the colder climes of Maine, where I attended Bowdoin College. There, I majored in English Literature. I escaped Maine for a semester to study French (and fashion, natch) in Paris.

What is something we would be surprised to learn about you? I'm freakishly good at boggle. Challengers welcome. Bring it.

Are you Russian?? Yes! Well, I'm a mutt. I'm of Russian, Hungarian and Scottish descent. My dad's side (and my last name, clearly) is Russian. I'm hoping you're keeping up with "The Bachelorette." Who is your pick to make it to the end? I've been pretty delinquent about keeping up with Ali. Sorry! But I'm not digging her extensions at all.

Did the man in the picture say anything to you? No. He just stared at me like that.