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.

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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.

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