Editor’s Letter; Things We Love; Megan Nicol Reed
A few years ago in Sydney, I edited a glossy city magazine that came out with the newspaper. It was just post the GFC, so the screws were on with our budget. The editor of the paper — a gregarious, dishevelled bear of a man — went through our costs line by line and stopped when he saw how much we paid our fashion stylist. Why, he wondered, did we even have to pay her, reasoning out loud, “She gets free handbags, isn’t that enough?” I replied through gritted teeth that if that was the criteria, then perhaps the sports editor could make do with some free T-shirts and footballs. The point I’m making is that being a fashion editor is regarded as one of those careers. You know, one where most people assume the job is a walk in the park, all front-row shows and goodie bags. The irony is, it’s actually a hugely difficult job. In fact most fashion editors specialise and are either fashion stylists or fashion writers. Not so Canvas and Viva fashion editor Dan Ahwa, who styled this week’s six-page fashion special and has also written a very entertaining and clear-eyed essay about what his job really entails. And no, he doesn’t get paid in handbags.