Love/Leave Sept 2010

 After weeks of keeping busy I've finally come out from under my pile of magazines to quickly recap what's hit the newsstands for September 2010. With sneak peaks of October covers already popping up, it's certainly about time! What did you love or leave this month? 

LOVE: The gold, and the warmth that this cover exudes. Ashley Olsen is just the fashion powerhouse to encourage readers to look forward to cooler temperatures. 
LEAVE: The cover line labeling this, 'The Trend Issue.' It includes a full round up of fall's biggest hits, however, so much of this season is about minimalistic mainstays so I don't think it conveys the right message. One of the major trends this fall is to pare down and avoid trendy dressing. Plus, A. Olsen is known to avoid trends in favour of her own particularly luxe uniform.

LOVE: Mary-Kate Olsen has always intrigued me. When I saw these covers I thought two things. One, I must read this interview. Two, the cover on the left is much more enticing. From the green military coat to the way the words 'Fall Fashion' appear as if they were scrawled across the page in lipstick, I'd reach for the cover on the left.
LEAVE: The chill of the sea breeze I feel when I look at the cover on the right. Plus, the lines asking where is the better place to meet men and why anger is the new sex aren't exactly drawing me in.

LOVE: FLARE has been creating some very exciting covers lately with some of the world's top models. Though Doutzen Kroes' hair and makeup are subdued, this cover would stand out on the newsstand because of the way she seems to be leaning toward the reader. Also, this entire look is cohesive with the cover lines in setting the tone for this issue. It's all about the bombshell.

LEAVE: When you consider the theme of the issue, the choice of outfit seems like a no-brainer. Personally, I prefer the warmth of autumn colours to this cool-toned cover look.

LOVE: Seeing Halle Berry's beauty on the cover of Vogue's most important issue of the year. The word "sumptuous."
LEAVE: The pose that seems to hide her striking features. That hairstyle.


Screen to Script

Nothing's ever as it appears in the movies. But that doesn't mean it's all fantasy. Perhaps there are still lessons to be learned about the publishing industry from some of my favourite films and television shows.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 
In this rom-com Kate Hudson's service column takes over her personal life. 
Lesson: Sometimes you have to take your work outside the office. When I met Teen Vogue's Jane Keltner de Valle, she also mentioned this particular lesson. Going out is part of the job, meeting people and finding new sources of inspiration. 

The Devil Wears Prada
This story about an editor-in-chief's assistant involves both highs (trip to Paris) and lows (picking up dry cleaning) that I've never experienced. 
Lesson: No day is ever quite the same. I was once asked to walk to the nearby dollar stores in search of a gold medal to present to an editor.

The Hills
Is this even work mentioning? When I started my first internship I was frequently asked, "Is it just like The Hills?" For me, two lessons stood out during those early seasons at Teen Vogue.
Lesson #1: Lauren learned that Paris, with it's galas and vespas, will always trump Malibu with it's jail-bound heartbreaker. A trip to Paris should be a no-brainer.
Lesson #2:  Whitney presented her ideas for the Young Hollywood party in a strapless dress that would've probably looked more appropriate in the club, rather than the office. Dress for the job you want, and save certain stand-out pieces for the weekend.

The City
When Whitney made the move to New York, she learned the differences between the uptown crowd and the downtown gang. But more importantly, viewers met Olivia Palermo. The impeccably-dressed "social" taught us week after week what it means to not work.
Lesson: Follow through when you agree to complete an assignment. Also, storming out is only for entertainment value. 

Running in Heels
This docu-series followed three Marie Claire interns, all vying for a position at the magazine.
Lesson: When Talita (the eventual winner) contacted Rihanna's people before speaking with her editor, she taught aspiring magazing contributors a simple lesson. Pitch to the editors before making promises on behalf of the magazine.

Cover Girl
This 1944 classic is about the search for the brand new Vanity cover girl. 
Lesson: When "Stonewall" (my favourite character) is frustrated with the search for a new face, she has to anticipate what her editor's looking for. His only instruction? "I want a girl with a story in her eyes!"

Shattered Glass
Hayden Christensen stars in this film based on the true story about Stephen Glass.
Lesson: Glass fabricated stories, quotes and sources - teaching readers and writers that fact-checking is golden.

Funny Face
Think pink! Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire star in this musical love story between a fashion photographer and his model. But the most memorable lines about working at a women's magazine come from the Quality's editor, Maggie Prescott (played by Kay Thompson).
Lesson: Prescott believes the magazine has to speak to the reader, and so do I.


European Classic

In case you haven't been paying attention, it's time to stash your studs and store your edgy accessories. The ladylike look is back and placing former plain janes in the spotlight for F/W 2010. Spanish luxury brand Loewe has got the look and a perfectly polished ad campaign to match. Models Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look anything but on trend. Instead the gallery hopping and window gazing appears to be a natural part of the Loewe woman's lifestyle. It's a luxurious world, and they're just living in it. 
Images from RduJour.com


What's Your Story?

Working at a magazine that doesn't primarily focus on fashion is a change for me (after my internships). Sure, fashion's always part of the mix, but I've realized in these past months at work just how much I adore writing about the world of clothes. As I've gotten to know my coworkers, they've begun to tell that I'm one of the girls who gets excited when designers are in town or when new lines are launched. It seems that jumping in on conversations and sharing my thoughts has paid off, because today I was invited to accompany another editor to an upcoming Holt Renfrew event in Toronto. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that it all works out, that I have the chance to meet editors/bloggers and that I don't end up spending too much on an outfit. I may not be working at a fashion magazine (yet!) but you all know how much I love to read about what it's like behind the scenes. I am endlessly intrigued by stories about what it took to reach a dream job, what people did to stand out and how their risks paid off along the way. That's why I've always responded to readers who email me with questions and written posts based on what they'd like to know. Although I've made the jump from intern to editorial assistant, I consider my story to have just begun. Looking for more? Here are a few treats from my most recent list of must-read links.

FLARE's Guide to Jobs in the Fashion Industry
Time Out New York takes a look inside the ELLE offices
Vogue Italia EiC Franca Sozzani blogs about designing the perfect cover


Happy Sunday

"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy." 
- Lucille Ball