When, in 2007, I asked Faran Krentcil, Fashionista's founding editor, if I could write a few posts a day for the site while I applied to grad school, she sat me down and gave me an hour long lecture on how, unless I wanted to cover the war, I didn't need a masters in journalism. "Stick around here for a bit," she said, "and see what happens."
Which I did, and ridiculous, amazing, crazy things have happened.
I've cried my way through a Marc Jacobs' show and giggled throughout Chanel's. I've met people whom I've admired since I was 13 and decided that it's ok to drop $30 on a magazine because I see the hard work that goes into it. I've probably spent more time looking at models than any young woman should, but I can tell them all apart! I've also had the chance to write about whatever I want, however nutty the topic may be, and I've learned more than you can possibly imagine. I've also enjoyed a front row seat to the kind of insane ascension of fashion blogs and online media in this industry, but, not to get too sentimental, it's the people I've met who've made my time at Fashionista so incredible. Between my brilliant co-editors, my stable of lovely interns and the industry veterans who've done everything from sneak me into shows to answer my silly questions to agree to ridiculous interviews, this would've been impossible without you all. And of course, you guys, for reading Fashionista everyday.
So thanks, thank you everyone for everything and especially, right now, to Lauren who I know will only make Fashionista bigger and better.
See you at Elle!