Welcome to @NoBtotheS‘s series on the suicide inducing habits of people in the fashion industry. (Editor’s note: If you’re not familiar with NoBtotheS, or No Bullshit, she/he is an anonymous fashion publicist working in New York City who’s famed for a hilarious Twitter account.) Up first, Fashion Editors–love to hate them and hate to love them.
1. They put the fun in trust fund: It took me a while to get wise to the fact that half of you come from wealthy backgrounds (rock legend patronage, heir to publishing giant, luxury goods parent company, and frozen food giant, etc, etc) and thus have the freedom to accept a position with a starting pay of $25k…the rest of you just marry well.
2. Overwhelming sense of entitlement: Here’s the thing; you’re not fooling anyone! All I have to do is search your name in entourage to see that you haven’t responded to my last DOZEN or so emails. But now that you want something (event invite, discount or a freebie) we are suddenly friends of the bosom.
3. Editors that don’t actually, you know, EDIT: Calling in half a season’s worth of full looks makes you look like an idiot who doesn’t know what you’re doing. Good editors know EXACTLY what will work and will only call in just that- God love ya.
4. Gifting: Editors are constantly plied with gifts including electronics, trips and spa visits, not to mention the free drinks and dinners with PRs and the stacks of clothing and accessories they receive each season. In my time as a PR, I can count on one hand the number of thank you notes (emails don’t count) that I’ve received from editors after sending gifts. If you don’t like it, give it to an assistant or intern! But good manners are always in style.
5. Fashion Week Tantrums: I only have so much control over seating charts! At the end of the day, if my client says that her Pepaw needs a seat in the front row, that means I have to boot someone to second. It’s simply the nature of the beast, so PLEASE stop sending me vaguely threatening emails bitching about your assignment. At the end of the day, you’ll be in that seat for no more than 20 minutes, so just deal, ok?
6. Half of you look sickly: I get it–we work in an image-based industry. I’m the first person to start a juice fast the moment I don’t fit into a sample, but come on. From the back you look like a school aged boy! This isn’t good! We cater press events for a reason…it’s because we’re worried about your health. So, take a cookie. I promise it won’t kill you.
7. Editors-turned-designers: Man. There are so many of you cropping up these days I can hardly keep it straight! Truth be told, I’m only actually interested in your wares if you are reciprocating the love and gifting ME for a change.
8. BCC is called BLIND for a reason: The misuse of BCC is rampant these days. Just please make sure when sending out your Moving On email, you use the correct field. Although, it IS amusing to see who else you emailed.
9. Constant complaints about late nights: Umm, so you know when you’re working late and stalking my life trying to confirm looks? And you know when I respond right away? Yeah, see, if you’re working, then so am I. It’s a vicious cycle, you see. So, enough with the belly aching already.
10. Silent treatment: This goes back to point #2. If I’m pitching you something you have no interest in, just tell me you’re passing! Not responding at all means I then have to stalk you, and that’s beneath us both. Also during press previews, if you aren’t reacting well to the collection, please say so! Your feedback is invaluable information I can pass along to my client. And again, I won’t have to follow up incessantly regarding a collection I know you have no intention of pulling.
Phew! That is all. Til next week!
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