March 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm , by Sue Erneta
My daughter’s are lucky little girls. With a fashion editor for a mom, they get nice perks like an huge wardrobe of “mommy” shoes to play with and the chance to accompany me to really cool events like fashion shows. Ever since I took Sophia to the Rebecca Taylor show last year, she’s been playing “fashion show” at home. This fun game consists of putting on princess dresses, piling on accessories, and then strutting down the runway (aka: our family room). So, when Sophia recently turned five, I decided to host a fashion show birthday party. The kids had so much fun that I’d love to share my tips with you. And you don’t need to be a fashion editor to pull it off. What you’ll need:
1) Fashion show invitation. It said, “Please join us for the Sophia Erneta spring 2010 collection with a runway show starring you!” At the bottom of the invite, I listed pretend seating assignments “Section A, Row 1, Seat 5.” Everyone got a front row seat!
2) Princess dress-up outfits and pirate gear. If you have a young girl, you probably have dress up clothes, but if you don’t have enough, ask guests to wear a princess dress. I also got foam tiaras for the girls to decorate and foam pirate hats for the boys. When it was time to get dressed, the boys also got pirate tattoos (temporary, of course!), eye patches and bandannas. I just laid all the dresses out in my room for them to choose from. Surprisingly, there were no fights over which dress each girl got to wear.
February 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm , by Sue Erneta
Going to fashion shows is a lot of work. OK, there. I said it. I know you think it’s all glamorous (and much of it is) but when you’re traveling for weeks on end, missing your loved ones, and sitting through mostly bad shows from 9 am to 11 pm, it can get a little tiring. This is what my life was like about a decade ago when I was a fashion editor for ELLE magazine. But then something changed my jaded view: I saw an Alexander McQueen show.
I was lucky enough to experience several of his mind-blowing productions. I like to describe his shows as the best theater performance that you can’t buy tickets to. From his Asylum show in London to the Shipwreck in Paris, I was always thrilled to sit there for as long as he would have me. Many young designers attempt to replicate his theatrics but it tends to fall flat if you don’t have the clothes to back it up. And he did. Of course, there were the over-the-top show stoppers but my favorite pieces were always the pieces that you could actually wear. One particular favorite was a tuxedo coatdress in which the lapel wrapped all the way around body. (This image is from a story we did while I was at ELLE). He was a master showman and a master tailor.
And though I never liked for his shows to end, one of my favorite parts of the presentation was when this genius designer came out for his bow. He always seemed so young and appreciative and humbled by all the adoration.
On February 11th, Lee Alexander McQueen took his own life. The fashion industry lost a true talent that day. He will be missed.
October 6, 2009 at 10:00 am , by Sue Erneta
Before I was the fashion editor of Ladies’ Home Journal, I spent 7 years as an editor at ELLE Magazine, covering high-end French and British fashion. To answer the questions that I’m sure many of you are asking: 1. Yes, I worked for Nina Garcia of Project Runway fame. And yes, she’s as stylish and beautiful and TOUGH as she is on the show. 2. The Devil Wears Prada was NOT an exaggeration. (Except for the part where she goes into the fashion closet and just takes whatever she wants. Sorry, that doesn’t happen.) 3. Yes, there are a lot of perks to working in the fashion department of a high-end fashion magazine but mostly you will devote your life to the job. 4. Though fashion shows look like they’re really fun, they’re actually work. Hard work.
Covering the shows is one of the most important parts of the job. But, it’s also one of the most grueling. Shows go from morning to night, all over the city, leaving little time in between to eat. I know I sound jaded and believe me, there are moments of covering European fashion shows that are mind-blowingly amazing (seeing Marc Jacobs’ first show for Louis Vuitton, having that Chanel invitation arrive with the linked CC’s, and witnessing every single Alexander McQueen show – better than going to the theater!) but for the most part, I don’t miss it.
The one thing I do miss is getting to see all the fabulous international editors and buyers who cover the shows. I always loved seeing how they interpreted the trends of the season. I often found it as inspiring as the shows themselves. So, now I live vicariously through two great blogs: The Sartorialist, photographed by Scott Schuman, and Garance Doré, a blog named for the French woman who shoots it. They both photograph people on the street who have great style. They work all year but certainly get the best pics during fashion week in NY, London, Milan and Paris. I could spend hours clicking through the images and I often take personal inspiration from them. My recent obsession with finding an oversized day clutch? Oh, that was from the Garance pic above with the camel coat. And the boyfriend jeans and platforms sandals I wore all summer? Check out Scott’s picture above – look familiar?
The Paris shows are going on right now. Get your front row seat right at your computer with these blogs.
So, tell me…what are your favorite looks from The Sartorialist and Garance Doré? And where do you find inspiration?