12 posts tagged teen vogue
12 posts tagged teen vogue
It’s officially that time of the year: Fresh school supplies and autumn sweaters and crunchy leaves are in the offing. To prep properly, be sure to pick up the Teen Vogue September 2012 Fall Fashion Issue on newsstands now! I would send it to you, along with—in the words of the legendary Mr. Joe Fox (a.k.a. Tom Hanks c/o the late great Nora Ephron’s pen in You’ve Got Mail)—”a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, if I knew your name and address… on the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”
Anyhow, I was honored to contribute to a stellar Victoria Lewis piece probing into the accessibility and historical roots of eccentricity in fashion, which can be found on pages 228-231 of the back-to-school issue.
Here is an excerpt from my Teen Vogue March 2011 interview with Fashion News Director Jane Keltner de Valle (who wore many hats and also photographed Bryanboy and me at the Marc Jacobs headquarters—and [as seen above, in archival MMJ wares] just across the street at Lafayette Smoke Shop):
Jane Keltner de Valle: Do you remember the first Marc by Marc Jacobs piece you ever bought?
Julia Frakes: I do! It was a proper pink ruffled teatime skirt from spring 2002 that, if I’m not mistaken, was first sported on the catwalk by Natalia Vodianova paired with a very Annie Hall corduroy vest. That ensemble’s dichotomy really struck me and spurred a whole “ladylike tomboy” wardrobe phase in middle school—highlighted by plenty of MMJ, of course.
JKdV: What’s your favorite Marc by Marc Jacobs moment from the past decade?
JF: My most prized MMJ closet staples stem from some of my favorite runway moments like the ginormous floor-grazing “super scarves" of fall 2002, the "Dustbowl chic" ditsy florals of spring 2009, the 80s Americana buffalo plaids and patchwork dresses of fall 2005, the dusty palate and 1920s side-swept hair of spring 2007, and the rather bookish fall 2007 collection ripe for an after-school ice skating romp on a frozen pond in England’s Lake District (especially befitting considering that the fall/winter 2007 MMJ show was staged in London).
JKdV: How would you describe the Marc by Marc Jacobs girl? Do you think she’s changed over the years?
JF: There is an eccentric youthful optimism at the heart of each season that—from day one of the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection—has reminded me of one of my favorite childhood stories, the Swiss national treasure Heidi by Johanna Spyri (and the 1937 film based on the novel starring Shirley Temple as the namesake character). That spry spirit and exuberant attitude may have progressively become more polished over the past decade, but its balance between sweetness and sophistication is constantly evolving in accord with the inclination of the mainstream culture at large (thereby boosting its wide-ranging accessibility with its iconic, instantly-recognizable and sought-after MMJ lifestyle goods).
JF: At the time of its dissemination, I distinctly recall reckoning how the casting of muse Iekeliene Stange in Juergen Teller's quirky Spring 2007 MMJ campaign was the quintessential embodiment of the madcap panache of the brand's targeted MMJ girl.
JKdV: What do you most love about Marc by Marc Jacobs?
JF: KCD casting director Michelle Lee's cheerful, fresh-faced casting is perpetually spot-on and in turn plays up some of my favorite facets of each collection—namely Marc by Marc Jacobs’ signature penchant for layering, an easygoing thrift-shop ethos and a lively mix-and-matchable sensibility—that anchor the line’s approachability and offers an attainable gateway into the brilliant world of Marc Jacobs.
Also, the highly-marketable Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories devised by Katie Hillier bridge the gap between all ages; they somehow lend themselves to being just as suited on a zany teen as they are on a lighthearted grown-up.
Go behind-the-scenes with Fashion News Director Jane Keltner de Valle during our photoshoot at the Marc Jacobs International headquarters in Soho for the March 2011 issue of Teen Vogue [slideshow]
As a longtime and dedicated Rachel Comey fan, I left her Fall 2011 show on Thursday even madder for her collection than ever—thanks to her ultra-textural prints, killer new cowboy boots and trademark oversized blazers (one of her hallmarks now honed to a T). Oh, and I caught up with Teen Vogue along the way!
My old friend, Teen Vogue Online Editor Naomi Nevitt—who, in my estimation, is the best-dressed editor in the industry with the biggest heart to match—posted this snippity snapshot and asked me a question or two…
It’s war! Okay, not really. But here are a few unabridged thoughts on East Coast vs. West Coast style (the succinct, edited-down version can be found at Teen Vogue—link above):
Be sure to pick up the new issue of Teen Vogue on newsstands now! My candid outfit credits:
Do you typify an east or west coast approach to dressing? “Talk back” on twit with hashtag #TVpeoplewatching directed @bunnyBISOUS!
(pictured — albeit in a less-than-cute, awkward windswept moment — outside Pier 59 in a Mandy Coon dress, Rachel Comey bag, Karen Walker spectacles, Balenciaga Fall 2006 heels, Pamela Love Star of David necklace, vintage unicorn necklace and my ginormous gratis APC canvas bag to tote around ample samples and such)
full feature in the October 2010 issue of Teen Vogue on newsstands now
Born and raised in New York City, the former Nylon fashion director and Teen Vogue senior fashion editor now lives a charmed bicoastal life shuttling between her Brooklyn and Los Angeles homes and freelance styling full-time under the representation of community.NYC for a consummate and eclectic client roster based on both coasts. Ever since I first had the honor of meeting Aya in 2008 while being styled for a Teen Vogue piece photographed in my old apartment, I have yet to meet any industry folk who have not also straightaway fallen under Aya’s funloving spell. Armed with the most zestful demeanor in the biz and a playful styling sensibility drawn from contemporary arts and crafts, quilt-making, vintage cars and experimental puppet theater –– it’s impossible not to love Aya.
How would you describe your personal style… and how do you think it informs your editorial styling?
It is a fun moment for you to be asking this question, as I recently turned a corner in my thinking about this matter of personal style. We all see so many street style pictures these days, and for me I would like to look a little more anonymous. I always want to be wearing clothes that make me feel good… but as I get older, I don’t want my “look” to take precedence over who I am. This certainly does bleed into my editorial styling. I want the clothes to be about the woman wearing them, not just about a trend.
What collections are you most looking forward to this season?
Apart from the usual suspects, I am excited about seeing the collection from newcomer Alex Casertano.
What trend of bygone times would you most like to see make its way back to the runways for Spring 2011?
I don’t know if this counts as a trend of yore, but I would love to see some Mrs. Roper dresses –– oversized floral maxi house dresses, yes!
"Toy Soldier" – Teen Vogue March 2010
Kate Kosushkina photographed by Nick Haymes, styled by Havana Laffitte
On my formspring.me, someone just inquired about my favorite Teen Vogue covers:
what is ur fav teen vogue cover??
Jan. ‘08 (Natalie Portman), Feb. ‘08 (Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, Ali Michael), June/July ‘04 (Mischa Barton), Nov. ‘06 (Kirsten Dunst), Feb. ‘06 (Gemma Ward), Feb. ‘05 (Scarlett Johansson & Topher Grace), Dec./Jan. ‘04 (Katie Holmes)
Which issues boast your best-loved covers?