So, I think I need to admit something here: I have lost my blog. This surely isn't it. This is more like a "blah," or even a "blegh"--it’s like I’m some lazy baby trying to make out the world "blog," but can’t even put forth the effort to enunciate the “G.”
Well on pain of sounding inexperienced, I'll tell you: this growth stuff is tiring! In 2004 I was an intern and now I’m associate fashion editor. I'm flexing new muscles! Zis is leaving little room for zee internet hi-jinx! But it will all be wrapped up in a couple of weeks.
I just talked to my editor and when I return to Chicago on Tuesday, I will go into the magazine offices and read over the final edits for my stories, the five pages of fashion magazine content that I pitched and reported and wrote in the last six weeks. I wont even pretend not to be giddy about this. I created magazine stories out of thin air!
But wait, there’s more. I also edited four “trend” pages. You know those pages at the front of ELLE (and practically every women’s magazine) where items of a theme, like “Wild West” or “Black and Navy,” are grouped together on a page? I made all that happen! During the transit strike! (We shoot in New York but I coordinate from Chicago.) And our fashion director did on-location fashion feature stories in exotic locales like San Juan, in which I played a small role as well.
I'll be you're thinking this magazine is going to be veddy fabulous. You, dear sirs and mesdames, would be right.
Now for the number one question that everyone asks: Do you get to keep the clothes? Umm. I wish. This is the way it goes down: after the runway shows, magazines (which generally work three months in advance) immediately shoot the clothes using press samples, which are often literally the clothes that walked on the runway. Meanwhile, the factories are scrambling to make the actual clothes (in a variety of sizes, thank God) that will be sold in stores a few months later. Because press samples have to be shared by all of the magazines, it’s quite the logistical nightmare. And if you borrow stuff that’s hot, chances are that Cosmo or Bazaar will need it in a few days and the PR people are going to come after you if you swipe. Still, some magazines are naughty, naughty. Just not my magazine.
So I’m writing a first person narrative for which I have to borrow press samples. And that’s all you need to know before you gaze upon this utterly random photo of a totally insignificant shoe that definitely has nothing to do with ANYTHING I’m writing about. (By the time you read this, the shoes will be winging their way back to New York.)
We hugged it out before finally parting ways.
Any style.com mavens know who makes these?
Oh, and I guess this whole update thing begs a couple of questions:
Is the magazine finished now? No, we'll wrap it up January 11th
When will we be able to buy a copy? Middle of February, but I'll scan my work and put it up here, too.
Whatever happened to the La Coquette Chicago meetup? We're still on! But there is a new date. We've got a few people driving long distances, for whom a weekday night is not the best, so I'd like to officially set the date as January 7th. Make sure you leave a comment here if you'd like to come and I'll email you the information.
Update for new, concerned readers! This was not a Dear John letter. I go back to Paris middle of February. The magazine project is freelance and temporary. Don't hate me because I don't live in Paris. Merci.