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Fashion week isn’t all shows and schmoozing – well, for some this might be the case, but for many in this fabulous industry we all know and love, there is hard work, preparation and endurance required to get through fashion’s most famed week.

As we enter this highly anticipated time, we caught up with two fashion vets who shared their (very cool) agendas, fashion week style, healthy busy-girl breakfasts (think quinoa and green smoothies) plus a few tricks up their sleeves for hitting up the shows, parties and work without crashing (or at least not looking like you have).


How did you get your start in fashion?

I’m from Texas originally, but I went to boarding school in Boston, and moved to NYC to go to NYU when I was 18. I studied art history and writing, but I had NO idea what I wanted to do. By a series of lucky breaks, I got an internship at Condé Nast. Once I got my foot in the door I refused to leave! I’m beyond lucky to have been able to move from marketing at Domino, to beauty at Teen Vogue, finally to accessories at Glamour.

Tell us about your role at Glamour. Have you always wanted to work in fashion?

Honestly, I never thought I was cool enough to work in fashion. I’m the world’s most awkward woman. I have always had a really strong sense of style and beauty, so as soon as I gave up my insecurities it was a pretty natural fit.

My job at Glamour is nuts. I’m an accessories editor, so I call in new things for our shoots and trend pages, but I also write for the blog, do market work and style for fashion related TV segments, and I’m also involved in a few other sweet side projects for Glamour. I’m pretty busy.

What’s on your agenda this fashion week?

Trying to see as many shows as I can, but also trying to carve out some time to flop around in bed and watch Felicity on Netflix. I also mastered a glitter/modpodge mix that makes great glitter paint, so I’ve been compulsively glitter-painting things in my apartment.

What are you most looking forward to this fashion week?

I love getting to hang with my buds and be out of the office for a bit, but really I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to see the collections in person. It’s so different seeing the collections in person versus in a photo. No matter how long you’ve been at it, every season, the first time the lights switch on and the music blares, you can’t help but get the chills!

How would you describe your fashion week style?

Comfortable and warm! I’m all about turtlenecks, overalls, beanies, and flats.

What helps you get through the week?

Switching off my phone, computer, and email at the end of the night. I get fashion overload.

What’s your busy-girl breakfast?

Steam quinoa with some frozen veggies mixed in. Right before the quinoa is done, crack an egg on top and let it steam to your desired degree of runniness. Top with TONS of Sriracha!

Any fashion week beauty tips?

Moisturize and try (ha!) not to drink too much.

Describe a day in your life during fashion week. 

I’m like a bouncy ball in a Wal-Mart. Over stimulated and all over the place!


How did you get your start in fashion?

I’m from Sydney, Australia and moved to New York four months ago. I spent the last six years at Vogue Australia working as a fashion assistant and most recently as fashion editor, and am now working with Kathryn Neale, Contributing Fashion Editor at Vogue and stylist for the Rebecca Minkoff show. It’s been a crazy few months and I’m just starting to feel at home here. I just cant wait until it gets warmer!

Tell us about your role as a stylist. Have you always wanted to work in fashion?

I have always been drawn to the process of making images and what goes into creating the end result. An image of something that may or may not exist in reality but for a moment in time is captured and interpreted in so many different ways. And from about the age of 4 I would change my clothes up to six times a day, much to my mother’s chagrin.

What’s on your agenda this fashion week?

Getting as much sleep as possible! And hopefully getting to spend some time with my girlfriends who are in town for the shows. I am working on four shows with Kathryn and in between I want to spend as much quality time in my bed as possible.

What are you most looking forward to this fashion week?

I am most looking forward to a dinner date and a Negroni somewhere cozy with my close friend Alexandra Spencer from 4th and Bleeker. We have been collaborating on a few things lately and Skype just isn’t cutting it anymore for meetings! And of course looking forward to seeing what my favorite brands come up with this season. Although, I am flying to L.A. on Thursday for 10 days and plan on having as little Internet/Instagram/Twitter interaction as possible!

How would you describe your fashion week style?

A mess! Whatever is closest and easiest each morning, which is usually my Balenciaga flat buckle boots, black Rag & Bone jeans and a t-shirt or cashmere sweater. I am going to try and break that habit, but I think I am too far gone!

What helps you get through the week?

Snapchat is getting me through! It’s that little light relief you need from friends and never fails to make me laugh. And a good playlist – I made one the other night that is getting me through sleepy subway rides. A few gems on it:

1. Carly Simon – Why?

2. Robyn – Dancing On My Own

3. Deerhunter – Never Stops

4. The The – This Is The Day

5. Rodriguez – Sugarman

6. Haim – Send Me Down

7. A$ap Rocky – F**kin’ Problems

8. Atmosphere – Joy Division

9. The Carpenters – Superstar

10. Souls of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity

What’s your busy-girl breakfast?

I have been starting everyday with a green smoothie! It starts you off on a healthy note even if you over indulge on the catering later in the day, which I am known to do. Just throw it all in the blender and then drink it while you do your hair and makeup and get dressed.

- 3 big handfuls of English spinach

- A few stems of swiss chard

- 1 banana

- 3 strawberries

- 1 whole coconut (water and flesh)

- Protein powder

- Chia seeds

Tell us about your blog: You Are Not Ilona.

I started my blog in October last year but had been working on it for a few months prior. After leaving Vogue I wanted to have an outlet to publish work and also to share and promote all of the amazingly talented people I meet whilst doing my job. It’s a mix of interesting people with incredible talents – some who I now call close friends and others who I meet on a daily basis and admire. I have always loved portrait sittings – it’s a great process where you can get to know each individual a little better and find out why they do what they do, and I think it’s cool to show them in a new light and in a way that they may not have been seen before or do not see themselves.

What do you love about it? 

Running your own blog is very different from working at a magazine! You have to be so much more diligent and disciplined at time management and continue to push yourself to work on it when you could be doing numerous other things. I love collaborating with friends and creating something that is all my own and a representation of what I love. I even love working on it at 1:30 a.m. when I could be sleeping!

Any fashion week beauty tips?

Funny you should mention that! I just did a post on this on my site about some of the little things that can help you get through the week.

Describe a day in your life during fashion week. 



Credits: Photos via All the Pretty Birds and courtesy of Ilona Hamer

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