1/30/11

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"There is something to be said for the pure joy of dressing up and going out, of being young and alive in the city." - Lily Kwong, Vogue January 2011
Some style inspiration from (clockwise from top left): Whitney Port, Zoe Kravitz, 
Olivia Palermo, Margherita Missoni, Rachel Bilson and Diane Kruger

Love/Leave Feb 2011

Let's focus on the love this February, shall we?
LOVE: FLARE's latest issue pops with cover star Nina Dobrev (the Degrassi alum currently starring in the insanely addictive The Vampire Diaries) lying on a bed of roses. While many consumer mags feature their cover stars on a stark background, this concept is a lovely alternative. The cover's colour scheme and cover line shout outs to spring have me dreaming about dressing for warmer days already. Aspiring art directors, stylists or photographers should be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes footage of this photo shoot on flare.com

 LOVE: Something about this cover feels dated to me. I think it's the colour scheme. At the same time, I appreciate seeing Victoria Beckham captured in such a cozy, undone way. Her image is so often all about sharpness. It's the tiny frame, the heels on her stilettos and the steely gaze. This time around British Vogue features a much softer looking Mrs. Beckham. It's a welcome change and makes me wonder if the accompanying story also paints her in an unexpected light.

LOVE: This isn't my favourite cover this month. But it's the first Elle Canada cover that's actually made me do a double take at the newsstand. Glee's Dianna Agron typically channels old Hollywood style. Perhaps it's all in her facial expression, but the cover snap looks like a slightly darker version of the actress.

1/16/11

Informed Intern, 2

Q: What kind of work does an intern do?

What to expect really depends on the department that you're working in. When applying, study the masthead and think about who you might like to work with. At some publications, your internship will be spent assisting one editor. However, you also might have the chance to help people in a bunch of different departments. Either way you can count on administrative work, mail and researching ideas for upcoming issues. I have never completed a fashion internship, and therefore haven't had the chance to work in the fashion closet or help on shoots. But as an editorial (or copy or features) intern I have been asked to research people/places/things to cover in upcoming issues, blog for the magazine's website and fact-check articles. My very first internship was assisting with promotions, meaning I would help track samples, put together gift bags, work at events and write event summaries for potential sponsors. The work that an intern does varies from tedious to thrilling. But if there's something that you'd really like to be involved in, speak up.

What's on your mind? Let me know and you may find your answer here.

Silver Linings

I don't always look on the bright side. I am not always the cheeriest person. But since I started working I have realized that there are moments in the mornings on my way to work when I glance up at the skyscrapers around me, smile to myself and think Gosh, I'm lucky. Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. 

I take that second to smile to myself for two reasons. Firstly, I deserve it. I have worked towards a career in magazines since elementary school. In those days, I imagined being an editor-in-chief and that each subject was a mandatory meeting (in creative writing I brainstormed story ideas for the upcoming issue, in math my teacher/publisher helped guide me through our circulation numbers and in art my teacher/art director suggested ideas for editorials). Dreaming in elementary school later led to studying English in university, interning and seeking out information wherever I could. Secondly, I think some people might forget to do the same. 

The image of the intern is perky, eager and over-achieving. The intern is energetic, punctual and clamoring for attention. He/she arrives early, juggles tasks and leaves late. Look what I can do! Look what I can do! I can do it all for free! Then there's the editor. He/she has arrived. Interviews, events, runway shows and meetings are all in a day's work. The day breezes by, but hopefully not without a second to smile about it. My point is that I'm excited about my latest work experiences, and I think that anyone in any other field should feel the same. Whether or not an editor tries to uphold an icy image a la Wintour, I appreciate the moments when they allow readers to know that they are in love with what they do. That's why I adored Sarah Casselman's account of her first trip to Chanel's haute couture show in Paris.

"My first response - elation! - was followed by a wave of what-to-wear anxiety. But elation won." - Sarah Casselman, FASHION's Fashion Market Editor