As the host of Behind the Velvet Ropes, which ran from 1989 to 2012, Lauren Ezersky has interviewed everyone from Michael Kors, to Marc Jacobs, to Ralph Lauren (whom she refers to merely as “Ralph”). Her enthusiasm for fashion is infectious–whether she’s gesticulating about how Henri Bendel once had the “hippest and coolest designers that you never heard of” and how “Bloomingdale’s was fabulous. Now it is a big mall.” Her unmistakable, eccentric look is mesmerizing: Her arms clang with rows of Deco rhinestone bracelets, several gold hoops contour her upper ears, and her eyes are charcoaled with a Cleopatra-heaviness. Ezersky remains fashion’s fabulous gypsy-harbinger.
To kick off New York fashion week and get a taste of life pre-SEO and social media, we sat down with Ezersky to talk about how she got into the biz, and what makes a good interview.