IN MY OPIN­ION

An in­sider's in­sight on what goes on in the life of a Se­nior Fash­ion Edi­tor.

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Contents - Se­nior Fash­ion Edi­tor AZZA ARIF

When it comes to find­ing your ideal ca­reer, we all want to do work that we love. And for me, turn­ing my love for fash­ion into a full-time job is, quite lit­er­ally, my ver­sion of living the dream. With ac­tiv­i­ties that range from over­see­ing fash­ion shoots to build­ing brand part­ner­ships, at­tend­ing Fash­ion Week to in­ter­view­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers and celebri­ties, no two days are alike for me. Here’s a peek at just two.

DAY 1—7am: I wake up early ev­ery day, although not re­ally by choice. Ad­mit­tedly, I need a lot of nudg­ing to get up ev­ery morn­ing. My lit­tle ras­cal sphinx Damien would rou­tinely ei­ther sit on my chest or nudge me with his paws to wake me up. I would stare at my closet for a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore de­cid­ing on an out­fit. 9am: My days are al­ways dif­fer­ent, but it al­most al­ways starts with a cup of hot choco­late. This morn­ing, we had an edi­to­rial meet­ing to dis­cuss the line-up for our up­com­ing is­sues: Oc­to­ber is our Cou­ture issue and we have a lot of things we’re psyched about – can’t wait to see it on the shelves! 11am: I’m fran­ti­cally clear­ing off my emails be­fore head­ing out to a lunch ap­point­ment with the fun and spir­ited PR maven of Dior Malaysia, Natalie Yip at an un­apolo­get­i­cal­lyu­napo raw restau­rant down­town called Chocha. 3pm: More meet­ings, a one-onone with my Edi­tor Kim, more hot choco­late (I can’t re­ally take cof­fee, so bit­ter choco­late gets me through the day) and then cre­at­ing con­tent for my pages. Also, I’m in plan­ning mode for our up­com­ing fash­ion spread and my up­com­ing trip across the seas forf Fash­ion Week. 6:30pm: I wrap up a cou­plec of my pages be­fore dash­ing off like a madm woman to make it for Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo’sFe col­lec­tion pre­view and party in KLCC.KL 12:30am: Sleep! Or at least, I try to. DAY 2— 5.30am: To­day I had to be up su­per early for a shoot we were do­ing for this very issue you are read­ing at this very mo­ment. I was up be­fore Damien could lift his paw to nudge me.

7:30am: Drove to Stu­dio 20Twelve with my hot choco­late in tow and a trunk full of press sam­ples ready to be shot for the world to ad­mire. 10am: Our mod­els have just fin­ished get­ting their hair and makeup done, dressed head-to-toe in Fendi, and we are off to start the first shot. See­ing your cre­ative vi­sion ex­e­cuted be­fore you is truly an amaz­ing feel­ing. Af­ter do­ing this for so many years, I still felt the very same way I did when I shot my very first fash­ion spread. I am ex­tremely blessed to be do­ing what I love. 7pm: Af­ter wrap­ping up our shoot, se­lect­ing the final im­ages, or­gan­is­ing the re­turn of press sam­ples with my Edi­to­rial As­sis­tant, I headed out to Pub­lika to un­wind with Lim Ai Chiin, , the founder of Cuevo­lu­tion. n.

11pm: Lights out!

Be­hind the scenes dur­ing a fash­ion shoot for this issue

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