So yesterday was my last day at Fashionista. On Monday I start my new job as editor of Elle.com.
Though I'm excited to take on this new challenge with a brand I've always loved, it's really hard and sad for me to leave this place. The majority of my three years here have been spent with Lauren Sherman. She hired me, left, and then came back as my editor at large. So it seemed fitting to reminisce about all the good times with her.
Lauren: What was your initial feeling starting at Fash--getting hired, all that stuff? Leah: To be totally honest I was a little scared. I'm not a "fashion girl." I came from a tabloid newspaper. I didn't know if I could be a part of the conversation. Or dress the part. Lauren: But then you realized that's how we all felt? Leah: Yeah! You were so normal. Well, you're not normal. But you were NOT scary. Lauren: Remember the Dior story? That's when I was so glad you came on. There was a Galliano Dior show where all of the dresses looked like flowers and you went to a flower shop and like, asked a florist what each one was, right? Leah: Yep. This old place in the flower market district. I loved that story. Lauren: What other memories? Three years is a long time! Leah: I know. We've been through a lot together... Scary threats from publicists (you know who you are). Lauren: Hahaha too many. Leah: Sharing apartments in Paris. Lauren: The best. Leah: I mean, that's really been the best part of this experience. I got a new bestie. Lauren: I'm gonna cry! Leah: :'( Lauren: Well, the amazing thing about being a Fashionista editor is that you are always a part of Fashionista. We're both such good friends with Britt and you never even worked with her. It's a really special group of people, and I'm sure the next editor will be great--but let's talk about Leah's Greatest Hits a little more: That time you went up to Joanna Coles and got a quote about that fat-shaming incident; that time you waited for five hours for that lingerie-designing prostitute... Leah: I'm a tabloid reporter at heart, I love a scoop. Lauren: What have you learned about fashion and the internet and how the two work together? Leah: What a question?! I've learned SO much. I think over the last three years the internet has influenced fashion a lot for better or worse: Rumors fly, images circulate and collections get copied. But it also means fashion is more accessible, more approachable, and that's great. More people than ever before seems interested in fashion. Lauren: It's really interesting to look back to 2006, around the time we both became reporters, and see where fashion is now--it's a totally different industry in so many ways. In terms of "Wow, I can't believe this is my job" moments--any in particular? Leah: The traveling. At the Daily News the farthest I traveled for work was Staten Island. So to get to go to Paris, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, London, Milan, Vienna... Holy shit that was amazing. Lauren: And you've gotten to meet some interesting people along the way. Leah: Incredible designers. So many real, hard-working, talented people, no ego (of course, there are plenty of designers with egos, too). I'm so proud of the How I'm Making It column I started--it tells the real life stories and struggles of designers working today. And then, you know, things like chatting with Pat Field about tampons. Lauren: And you've also built a really great team that has fun together. Leah: I love these girls! I'm gonna miss them so much. I will miss seeing Hayley for so many reasons but one of which is that I won't be able to see what she wears and try to copy it. I'll miss Dhani's quiet and sage bemusement at all the craziness going on around her. I'll miss Nora's, well, almost everything she says is pretty hilarious--intentional or not. Example: Yesterday she wondered aloud whether a cranberry blogger would be called a bogger blogger. And I'll miss Tyler's work ethic and I'll sorta miss her tales of One-Direction fandom. These girls work their asses off. And hopefully they've become better headline writers, because they're my obsession. So don't fuck up the headlines when I'm gone OK guys? Lauren: Haha you've trained them well. Leah: It kinda feels like the end of an era with Fashionista. You came back earlier this year, and it's been me and you for four years, right? In some way or another. Lauren: Yep. Exactly four years. It's kinda crazy. Leah: Time to graduate I guess. Lauren: I know you are going to be great at Elle.com, and I think it's the best job in the world for you right now, but there's something about Fashionista that's just magic. And I'm so glad I got to share it with you! Leah: ME TOO. I would like to repeat your goodbye card back to you, and to the internets:
Thank you for being my boss, my employee, my friend, and fellow weirdo.
Lauren: OMG I am seriously crying. On the Hampton Jitney. Leah: Lolol. Lauren: I'm not going to the Hamptons, I'm going to the North Fork. Leah: I was going to say, please clarify so people know you're normal. Lauren: :)
And with that I'm out. The biggest thank you of all to the readers (a special nod here to Tay Trong, Rachel Gilman, Ian Edwards)--your feedback has made it all worth it. See you at Elle.com I hope.