Guest Blogger Melissa: My Life as a Fashion Editor…part two

(This post is a continuation from a post yesterday.)

After 3 years at Harper’s Bazaar, I accepted a job at (the now defunct) Conde Nast magazine Mademoiselle as a fashion market editor.  While there, I was promoted to a senior editor position, and was there for 5 years. 

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I covered the American designers, which meant going to the fashion shows in New York and traveling to Los Angeles once a year to meet up with the designers on the west coast.  A typical day included going to see new lines at designers’ showrooms, pulling clothes for shoots, and attending meetings in the office.  I worked with a great team and we had a lot of fun.  Some of the most memorable moments included: going to a party at Betsey Johnson‘s penthouse apartment (pizza and cases of champagne were served) and her giving me a personal tour of her home (including her closet).  Attending the CFDA awards.  Moving into the new Conde Nast building, into an open-plan office with a window overlooking Times Square.  Going out to dinner with designers like Anna Sui and Vivienne Tam.  Sample sales (Manolo Blahnik’s were the best- any pair of shoes for $100), beauty giveaways (all of the beauty products you could want- free!), being able to buy the chicest clothing at wholesale, being gifted free clothes, and Christmastime was the most ridiculous.

I really loved what I did, and I don’t regret a single moment of my career in NYC, but I felt like I needed a new challenge after 8 years in the fashion editorial world and made the move to California.  One year later I started our PR agency Ruby Press and have been running it since 2001.

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