My first exposure to the high fashion world beyond the glossy pages of magazines came on a trip to New York City with my Girl Scout troop.
My fellow scouts may having dreaming about spotting a celebrity–but I was crossing my fingers for an editor sighting. And then it happened. On the subway. There he was, through the smudged window of a train: Joe Zee, the Creative Director of ELLE magazine. I recognized him from my late nights studying his “A to Zee” column, and after shoving my group of girls–who thought it was Jay-Z–onto that car, I sat down to stare (literally, stare…he definitely noticed). Though I never worked up the courage to talk him that day, my
obsession adoration for the magazine editor only grew over the years.
Fast forward almost two years later, when I was driving to Savannah, Georgia with my friend Maddy, and her father to see the Savannah College of Art and Design senior fashion show at 4:00. I knew Andre Leon Talley was going to be there (that’s a story for another day) and I mentioned to Maddy that if I ever got the chance meet him, I would make an impression because I regretted not talking to Joe so immensely.
After catching the show and vintage shopping for a little while, I was scrolling through Twitter. Suddenly, I stumbled upon this: