7 Questions you always get asked when you work at a fashion magazine
Including: “Do you ever eat?” GLAMOUR US fashion director Jane Keltner de Valle and our very own features writer Nandi Ndlovu have all the answers.
Amember of GLAMOUR walks into a party, is introduced to a stranger, and an interrogation ensues. (What bag to buy? Is a certain fashion designer nice?) Generally speaking, people tend to be curious when they find out you work at a fashion magazine. And we’re not complaining. In fact, we’re flattered. Coming up: honest answers to the questions we hear most frequently.
Nandi We often have deliveries of cake, chocolate and other treats, which we welcome with delight, especially when we are on deadline or dealing with changes that can occur at a drop of a hat. Most days I bring a packed lunch, as it’s cheaper than ordering in, but sometimes I forget to eat simply because I don’t have the time. Then comes evening when I’m attending an event, and the first thing thrust into my hand is a glass of bubbly. While I’m mingling, I always scour the venue for waiters, but when I finally spot one, they’re usually carrying a tray of tiny, insubstantial canapés. Perhaps they also think that people who work in the fashion industry don’t ever eat!
Jane Sometimes there’s a sane answer to that question, like exquisite hand beading that drives up a dress’ price, or fair-wage practices at an ethical company. But sometimes there isn’t: “Retailers have trained customers to wait for sales,” explains fashion director and senior vice president of Neiman Marcus Ken Downing, so some designers do mark-ups in anticipation of those slashings. Frustrating! My personal philosophy is to pay more for a few special pieces that really last instead of buying a disposable wardrobe each season. That said, plenty of mid-range brands hit a sweet spot between price and quality.