Q: How did you get your first job in fashion?
A: I went to F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC. They have an amazing placement office, and often get first dibs on fashion industry job openings. While still in school, I consulted with the placement office after school and weekend jobs (anything to break into the fashion business). I was frequently a dresser at designer shows, an intern at some of NYC's biggest dept. stores, and in a few 7th Avenue showrooms. Not long after I graduated [and] I took a job at a Fashion Forecasting Service. The rest is history.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: Personal Style. For one thing, I am a pack rat--I have a slew of Manolo Blahnik shoes that are anywhere between five and fifteen years old, vintage Levis, some great designer pieces, faux Lacroix jewelry, etc. I don't buy a lot of clothes. But I do love special pieces. I'd never want to go out looking as it I was styled. I think it's very important to be yourself, and let your style develop over time.
Q: What stores and websites do you love to shop?
A: I don't shop very much, but when I do, I'm at Jeffrey, in NYC--one of my fave shops. I also like discovering little, out of the way shops, that not everyone knows about I also love to swap things with my friends. That's a blast!
Q: What fall trend are loving?
A: I am loving the black lace trend for the day I see cropping up. It looks like 1950's cocktail evening--but for the day!
Q: Where did you get inspiration for your book series?
A: The inspiration really came largely from my experience working for a fashion forecasting company and then later, in the entertainment business. When you live and work in a big city, in the fashion industry and the entertainment industry, you do come across more than a few interesting people and situations. Some of that clearly left a lasting impression, so I guess you could say that I had a bit of real life inspiration.
Q: Any obsessions lately?
A: Obsessions? Moi? OMG, dear heart don't get me started. I'm obsessssssssssssed with fashion! Designers, clothes, accessories. The list is endless. Though, now that fashion week is over, my heart stop beating so fast. I'm kidding (er, mostly).
Last Questions (sigh).
Q: What is your #1 tip for girls and women out there?
A: I think I'd go back to answer number 2. Relax. Just be yourself. Don't try to be someone you're not. Find out who you really are and be true to that, and be proud of who you are.