In my continuing blog series of learning where some of my famous fashion friends started, today’s profile is Us Weekly’s uber-fashionista and shoe fanatic, Sasha Charnin (@sashacharnin). Appreciate that when I was an intern at Harper’s Bazaar in 1996, Sasha was an editor there. I love that about fashion, you can have so many lives. Anyway, if you don’t know Sasha, she is one of the funniest people alive and on top of that her father Martin Charnin, was the creator of “Annie”, yes THAT Annie. What’s not to love? I know you will enjoy her story in her own words. Oh and p.s., she wrote a fab book called “Secrets of Stylists”, if you want to read more from Sasha.
"Ok: my first job was at a magazine called Beauty Digest. I was the assistant to the creative director, Kevin Dornan. He hired me after I interned with him on a show called Goose and TomTom starring Madonna and Sean Penn. He liked me because he once asked me to get Madonna a few wife beater’s for her character and I didn’t have to ask what that was. I answered phones, called in studded t-shirts-yep! Set up shoots, did some light styling, ordered lunch for my boss and physically returned everything I called in myself because they didn’t want to pay for messengers. My first rack of clothing that I called in had the following designers: Beene, Mary McFadden, Rachel London- she made stretch cotton dresses with attached flowers-Bill Blass, one Herrera, some crosses from Maria Snyder with diamante stones, Wendy Gell rock candy crystal earrings and some tortoise jewelry from a guy named Charles something on Mulberry Street." -SC
In my continuing blog series of learning where some of my famous fashion friends started, today’s profile is Gilt Groupe’s visionary co-founder, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (@giltalexandra). Ever wonder how entrepreneurs get started? Well, Alexandra and her co-founder Alexis Maybank (@giltfounder) just wrote “By Invitation Only” in the interest of inspiring others to pursue business ideas they are passionate about. You can pre-order their book here: www.giltfounders.com. Proceeds of the book will benefit Dress for Success and the National Audubon Society. How nice?! I hope you enjoy Alexandra’s story in her own words.
“My first real job in the fashion industry was working for Louis Vuitton in their MIT (Management in Training) Program. I spent six months in full LV uniform (with an LV pin on my lapel!), as a sales associate on the floor of the Louis Vuitton leased department at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. I literally put hundreds of pairs of shoes on the feet of diverse women, many of them were the mothers of my childhood friends (I am a born and bred New Yorker). It was humbling in many ways but it was an amazing experience and the job gave me a start in the industry I was dying to enter—FASHION. The experience also rid me of my double Harvard stigma (frankly more of a negative than a positive in fashion) and earned me some true retail stripes. I learned the ins and outs of selling and connecting directly with customers, every minute of every day. I also learned I had a skill that I didn’t realize I had—I could SELL. I could REALLY sell. And everyone’s gotta start somewhere.” -AWW
I thought it would be interesting to see how some of my very talented fashion friends started in this wonderful, creative industry. Today’s profile is The New York Times reporter, Eric Wilson. Straight shooting is his specialty and combine that with brilliant writing and an eye for style and you’ve got yourself a genius fashion reporter. I hope you enjoy Eric’s story in his own words.
"My big break was an internship at Interview magazine when I was a sophomore at NYU, for which I am eternally grateful. My fondest memory was being sent out to buy Diet Coke for Karl Lagerfeld. Also, I once had to return a dozen garment bags containing raincoats to designer showrooms, ironically during a torrential rain storm, and me without a raincoat. It was an excellent lesson in humility." -EW
WHEN YOU'D RATHER HEAR NAILS ON A CHALKBOARD THAN WORK WITH...
I work with some pretty great people. I mean come on, if you stay at a company for nearly fifteen years, a lot can be said about the brand, but you know that the people have to play a big role too. So when I come across a person in the industry who I really dislike working with, I’m extra irritable on several levels. Thoughts that cross my mind are A) why me? and B) How does this person actually have a job?
As a coping mechanism, I’ve come up with a handy system of mentally dealing with these people. Here are some fun virtual tricks for helping you cope with someone you’d rather not have to speak to- ever.
1) The Dart Board: I’m terrible at darts in real life, but in my head I’m a genius player. When the target is good, well you know your arm just rises to the occasion.
2) The Naughty List: A nifty list of this person’s wrongdoings and mistakes. This list is especially fun to review in totality. However, reading it inevitably makes you refer back to point B (above), with which you still have no logical answer as to HOW this person has a job.
3) Fun With Movies: At various times during my work week I will mentally play the “who would play you in a movie” game. Having the power to cast is especially appealing when you’re casting someone you really don’t like. My go-to characters are Skeletor (He-Man), The Joker, Dopey and Grumpy.
And last but not least,
4) The Voo Doo Doll: I usually keep a collection of these. I don’t stick pins in them, I make them wear sweatsuits and have bad hair days. You know stuff that really hurts.
I thought it would be interesting to see how some of my very talented fashion friends started in this wonderful, creative industry. Today’s profile is Paper Magazine’s dynamic editorial director and uber personality, Mickey Boardman. If the fashion industry could have a class president, my money would be on him. I hope you enjoy Mickey’s story in his own words.
"I was studying Fashion Design at Parsons (PS I ended up flunking with one semester left) and I’d always been addicted to magazines. Paper was my favorite and I became friendly with the Managing Editor who suggested I apply to be an intern. I loved it immediately and worked hard doing whatever they needed- doing fashion pick-ups, sweeping the floor, whatever. Pretty soon they gave me more glamorous stuff to do like working at photo shoots and doing interviews. I dressed pretty wildly and they saw I loved fashion so they started giving me extra standing room tickets to fashion shows and asking to help on fashion shoots. I never thought I could satisfy my fashion addiction working at a magazine, I thought I had to be a designer but really I would be a terrible designer and I actually have the perfect job for my talents and fashion proclivities." -MB
I thought it would be interesting to see how some of my very talented fashion friends started in this wonderful, creative industry. Today’s profile is In Style’s brilliant managing editor, Ariel Foxman. I hope you enjoy Ariel’s story in his own words.
"My first job out of college was in books as an assistant at Crown Publishers. I was kinda bored by the slow pace and the type of books I was working on; gardening, etiquette, golf and something about soy. They had hired this new editor-the fiery Karen Rinaldi who had just come over from Details. She took one look at me and said, "You have to get out of books. Apply right now to be the assistant to the Editor in Chief- Joe Dolce is looking". I went to Barneys on 7th Avenue that day and ended up buying a Prada belt (the one with the clip-in buckle) to amp up my look. A couple of days later, I headed downtown for my interview. Got the position. On the first day on the job, I was asked to shadow Shirley Manson all night at a fashion/music party Details was throwing at Mr Chows in midtown. I thought, ok this is it. Years later, Joe told me he hired me because of that belt." -AF
The lovely face of DKNY and star of Twilight is coming to Macy’s Herald Square! Thursday, March 29th, come meet Ashley at 6pm on the 5th floor. The first 300 people to purchase $50 of DKNY or DKNY Jeans merchandise will qualify for an autographed picture signed in person by Miss Greene. How’s that for fan love? We love our Greene-Ashers….
(*Event subject to change. Purchasers of $50 worth of DKNY or DKNY Jeans merchandise beginning at store opening on March 29 at Macy’s Herald Square are eligible. Bring purchase receipt to the DKNY shop on 5th floor to receive your wristband. Limited to the first 300 customers, while time permits).
I thought it would be interesting to see how some of my very talented fashion friends started in this wonderful, creative industry. This will be a series of posts starting with Miss Annabel Tollman, stylist and fashion consultant extraordinaire. I hope you enjoy Annabel’s story in her own words.
"I was studying fashion at Central St Martins in London and was doing a sandwich year of internships. Drusilla Beyfus was my journalism tutor and got me an internship at The Telegraph Magazine assisting both the fashion and the beauty editors - I didn’t tell anyone I was the intern. I remember that Daniel Marks (a big PR honcho) found out, and didn’t take me any less seriously - I have loved him for it ever since. I really think that internships are the way to earn your stripes and in fact probably the only way to get an actual job. Be the assistant, behave as if you already are and sooner or later everybody else will realize that you should get a title.
After a year or so with the Telegraph, Tyler Brule asked me if I wanted to go and intern on his launch venture, which was Wallpaper. I knew Tyler through Patrick Cox, who was his boyfriend at the time. I sort of never really left, and went back to school to finish my degree while doing shoots for Wallpaper. I took a month off when I finished school (to loll by the pool wearing gold flip-flops) and then went to Wallpaper full time. Second moral of the story is that people hire people they know rather than names on a resume. So work hard at whatever you are doing, you never know who may be watching.” -AT
It’s going to be 70 degrees today and SUNNY in NYC. We have a fun event tonight with @BaubleBar so naturally I wanted to wear my rainbow Erickson Beamon for BaubleBar necklace. I decided to pair that with an orange and fuschia colorblocked DKNY dress and then, I hit the wall. You know the one when you realize you can’t wear your trusty black opaques and your legs bare would scare people? Yeah that one. Then I had a brilliant, yet scary moment. Nude hosiery?
I wrote about wearing nude hosiery a while ago but I wore them once and then sort of forgot about them. Dare I try again? Yes I shall. Afterall, what could be so bad about having air brushed looking legs? To my amazement when I put on one leg, they looked completely bare, but BETTER. We have had Donna Karan The Nudes forever and they have always been an amazing product. Then as we all know, things go out of fashion and nude hosiery became the pariah of the hosiery business. I kind of feel bad for them actually. Anyway, I’m wearing them in this pic, but only on one leg. Which leg looks better to you? I think it’s pretty obv.
Sometimes when someone is speaking to me I fixate on them so deeply that I can’t help but comment on things I’m thinking about, even if they’re non-related. For example, CM might be in the middle of telling me something about a lost sample at MagazineX and I’ll say something like, “ooh I love your lipstick. Is it new?”. Don’t get me wrong, I totally heard her about the missing sample, but I’m a Gemini so multitasking is my middle name. (If CM is reading this she will definitely tell you that I did not hear her about the missing sample. Click to ignore).
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I was having drinks with @BobbieThomas. We were deep in conversation when I started fixating on her skin. Perrrrfect. Like really perfect. Like I need to know what you’re doing perfect. So naturally I asked her. “Glo Minerals”, she happily replied. Huh? Bare Minerals? “No, Glo Minerals”, she confirmed. (Side note: I am always tickled when I learn something new. Not that I know everything, but in the makeup category I’m pretty damn close).
Anyhoo, I had not heard of this Glo Minerals stuff and I was intrigued. Bobbie, as the Today Show fashion and beauty expert gets to test a lot of product. In her vast studies she came across Glo Minerals and was really impressed with its healthy for your skin M.O., as well as its coverage. Bobbie was wearing their powder 'pressed base', one you apparently wear in lieu of foundation. Now as someone who swears by traditional foundation (don’t worry @Maybelline, I still love your Dream Liquid Mousse too), giving up foundation is a tough pill to swallow. I’m old school and sort of don’t believe that a powder base can do double duty well enough to cover redness, blemishes, scars etc. “Trust me”, she said. “It will”.
A few days later, Arielle the pr girl from Glo Minerals sent over a few items for me to try. As per my normal routine, I applied Olay’s Regenerating Serum first and then a bit of Aveeno’s SPF 100. Then I let my face dry for just a few seconds (keeping it slightly moist before applying). To my amazement, Glo Minerals pretty much wiped out my face. Not even a blackhead could be found. Nothing was visible almost to the point that I looked a little Black Swan-ish. Clearly, I put on too much (and honestly I think the color was too light for me)- but regardless, a little goes a long way really well. EVEN is the word that comes to mind, and EVEN is a really nice place to live. Afterward, I applied my usual @BobbiBrown bronzer #1 which incidentally, I felt that I needed more of than usual because my face was more pale and silky than normal. I also tried their two-tone under eye concealer. Loved it. Creamy enough so you don’t get that dry under eye look, but not too creamy that it clumps up in the little lines.
Glo Minerals is only sold online (and in select salons) so you can’t readily test the colors (bummer), but there is a vast selection of skin tones to choose from online with little color swatches next to each. The pressed base creates a very matte look so I use it sparingly in combination with my liquid foundation. Certain areas require more coverage so I use Glo Minerals on my T-zone/chin area and on my cheeks, I prefer more dewy- Dream Liquid Mousse). Nonetheless, Glo Minerals is a great super-coverage, lightweight find thanks to yet another Twitter #GirlCrush, @BobbieThomas.