In a shoe war, who would win: Team Alaia or Team Pierre Hardy?
oh, man. this is a loaded question (especially considering your handle). Team Miu Miu/Prada and Team Giuseppe Zanotti want to know why can’t we all just get along? equal love for brilliant footwear! ;)
Hey Ms. Eva,
I was recently approached by a magazine to intern for them but I am so scared because I'm really afraid to fail. I've been beauty blogging since June 2008 but haven't had the opportunity to really spread my wings yet. If everything goes okay, what can I do to really impress them so much that they'll hire me?
first of all, sorry for the delayed response (I’m fastest on twitter, so ask time-sensitive questions there). secondly, I sure hope you took the internship. fear of failure is understandable. but it’s that fear, those butterflies in your stomach, is a sign. it’s a sign that you care deeply about magazines. because if you didn’t care, you wouldn’t be nervous! listen, it’s okay to be scared when starting a new venture. it’d be weird if you weren’t! just channel that nervous energy into drive! if you ask me, the best interns are: organized, positive, down to earth, eager to learn, organized (I know this one’s a duplicate, but it’s important), and—most of all—passionate. you have that in spades. let it show!
what is your absolute favorite and essential beauty product for eyes, lips, face, and nails?
as a beauty editor, my favorite products change on a whim—I’m trying so, so many things (no, seriously. so many things. it’s crazy). but at the moment some of my favorites are: (skin) Clarisonic, Tria Beauty Blue Light Device (kills bacteria that causes acne), Shiseido Urban Environment SPF 35, Sonya Dakar Omega Booster Oil for oily skin (NYC is like a sauna in July!), Lancome Renergie Eye Cream (it comes with a great concealer); (lips) Tarte Lip Stain in Amused and Lust, NARS Funny Face, Cover Girl in Hot; (eyes) Cle de Peau shadows, Physicians Formula Lash Booster eyeliner; (nails) Zoya 3 in 1 polish remover, Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like, Essie Mini Shorts, OPI On Stranger Tides, Orly Rubberized Base Coat. whew!
How did you dress when you were 21? I just graduated college and applying to graduate school (no real job for awhile...). I own a few designer items here and there, but really want to dress more exquisitely. It's just hard to spend money on Louboutins when you are a student. Did you save up to purchase clothing and accessories during college and right after college? Or did you begin wearing high-end fashion when you were more established in your career? If you only can buy a few staple designer items, what would they be?
Thank you! I love your blog and ideas!
how did I dress when I was 21… hmmmm, one word response? terribly! well, not terribly, but I definitely wasn’t as secure in my fashion sense as I am (sort of!) now. I’ll start by putting it this way: I grew up in an era when street style blogs didn’t exist (the interwebs had, like, just been invented. I’m ancient, haha!), fashion wasn’t as mainstream as it is now (thank you, Project Runway), and—it must be noted—I went to an all-girls school (hideous uniforms) and then the world’s most style-challenged college (Johns Hopkins). at 20, I interned at Harper’s Bazaar. and that was like a style revelation for me! alright, I’m officially rambling. my advice: do not feel like you have to wear a ton of designer stuff (or anything at all) to be “stylish”. some of the most stylish girls I know wear brands like Zara, H&M, J.Crew mixed with a healthy dose of vintage and they look way cooler than a head-to-toe fashion slave. when shopping designer at your age (which is to say, presumably on a budget), look for items that will have staying power, that you’ll use and wear forever. the first pair of Prada heels I bought myself—high, pointy heel stilettos—are as relevant now as they were then!
Oh my gosh! Im so glad people like you have tumblr! Your in Teen Vogue, a compulsive shopper and you live in New York! Im going to New York sometime soon, what are the best places for me to scope out?
my favorite places to shop in NYC are Bergdorfs, Barneys, and… the entire neighborhood of Soho (even though it’s a mad house in the summer). Mercer Street has APC, Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs, Marni, and J.Crew; Topshop is on Broadway, as is Madewell. it’s my favorite shopping ‘hood! but I must say… I’m still online shopping’s #1 fan.
Are you exhausted with all there is to "keep up with?"
yes, it’s enough to scramble my brain and I don’t even technically work in fashion (I’m Teen Vogue’s beauty editor)! trend-wise—both beauty and fashion—we’re already more or less done with fall 2011 and thinking towards resort and spring 2012. so, for instance, it’s definitely odd to be “over” summer clothes before the season is even in full swing! then, in terms of the endless events, parties, and gatherings that the magazine industry practically dictates… it’s a lot!
Hi I just graduated high school and will be attending college in the fall. I want to break into the fashion industry and eventually become a fashion coordinator but I'm having trouble with declaring a major. What kind of major is preferred for that career? BTW I love your tumblr. :)
here’s a little secret that no one tells you in high school or even in college: what you major in doesn’t matter. well, not doesn’t matter. but, like, we have editors at Teen Vogue who studied Spanish, art history, pre-med (me!), business, engineering—basically a whole wide spectrum. very few of us studied “fashion magazines” or journalism. your major in college should be a subject that you truly love (and excel in). if that happens to be PR or fashion, great. if not, don’t worry! the most important way to break into fashion is by interning. and if you explain that you chose ____fill in the blank____ major because you simply love it, people will be inspired by your passion. good luck!
so i lovelovelove your style . any tips on getting some designer shoes/clothes for affordable prices ? i know about the giltgroupe and beyondtherack sites but is there any other ways ? thanks !
I like the way you think! very, very, very few people have the luxury of buying designer items at full (scathingly high) prices. myself included! I’ve tried to evolve into a smart shopper over the years. my top tip: make friends with sales people. ask them to add you to their client list so that they call you when an item you have your eye on goes on sale (or call back regularly to ask if it has. don’t be embarrassed, it’s their job to help you. I say this as someone who has worked in retail!). check out websites like Yoox and the Outnet (and shop luxury dot coms’ sales—netaporter, neimanmarcus.com, etc often have great deals too). and, of course, never forget the power of ebay!