Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this year. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we’ve asked all of Fashionista’s former editors (in chronological order that’s Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client).
Last week Britt made us all tear up by sharing her fondest memories spent with each of Fashionista’s former (and current!) editors. And before Britt: Abby enumerated her favorite moments at the helm, Letterman-style, with a top 10 list; Natalie waxed nostalgic about afternoon Soho news-gathering strolls; and kicking off the series, Faran, the site’s founding editor, held us captive with stories of Fashionista’s early days. Next up, my former editor (whom I still miss A LOT) Lauren Sherman, who is now the executive editor at LuckyMag.com.
It’s only been eight months since I left, so I still feel like a big part of me is living in that little office. But I’ll try to step back for a moment.
There were some serious “moments” that took place during my run. From the tragic (Alexander McQueen’s suicide, John Galliano’s demise) to the fantastic (the Hermes Louis Vuitton battle royale), I got the opportunity to write about stuff that wasn’t just relevant to fashion nerds (although that’s what drew me to the site initially); I got to cover events that the whole world was following–the Royal Wedding is just one example.
There was also the whole traveling the world thing. I went to London, Milan, Florence, Paris for various fashion weeks and trade shows. It’s a lonely existence, especially when you’re attending 10 shows a day then writing up those 10 shows at night, but I miss it now. What’s special about Fashionista, and what I think really separates it from all those other snarky little fashion news sites, is that the women writing it are living out their childhood fantasies. All I ever wanted as a teenager was to go to Paris to see a fashion show and live to write about it. I got to do that and more as the editor of this site—and I relished every minute of it. I hope that my appreciation for the industry was reflected in the work I turned out.
Not every day was as momentous as a Chanel show, but I can say that they were all entertaining. Britt and Leah are two of the smartest, funniest people I’ve ever known. And when you’re sitting in a room with just one other person (and we were for a long time, now Leah’s got company) it’s important that you like AND respect them. They made it easy.
I was a huge Fashionista fan before I became the editor, and I’m a huge Fashionista fan now that I’ve moved on. It’s so special to me, and I feel privileged to be a part of its history.