I started blogging about three years ago; I’m 18 now. I got written up in Teen Vogue after doing an internship with Philip Lim; I did a video for the magazine when I was 15 and interned there a year later. It was the editor-in-chief and fashion news director of Teen Vogue, Amy Astley and Jane Keltner, who encouraged me to start my own blog after that. I started Minnie Muse, which centers around photography and video, last September.
My mother is an interior designer, so I grew up around fabrics and magazines, and I’ve always loved fashion. I’d tear out pages from magazines—I know they’re all dying, but there’s nothing quite like holding one in the flesh. I worked at Scoop in East Hampton for three summers, and my mother took me to Paris Fashion Week in 2009. She’s always beautifully dressed and she’s taught me how to dress and how to put colors together. Her favorite saying is “Less is more!” I love to wear killer heels—at least, when I’m at the shows I start in heels, but I end up in flats. I’ve been lucky; a dear friend of my mother is head of the department store Bergdorf Goodman, and that helped—hey, leverage your connections, right?
Shooting, tweeting and tagging
I love reliving moments in video. I use a Flip, but actually my mom takes a lot of the pictures. I have a silver Flip that says “Say Cheese” on it. It’s actually quite funny—my mom designed it for me. I was one of 30 people a couple of months ago blogging for Teen Vogue at the Magic fashion trade show in Las Vegas. It’s a fiddly business, tagging everything—every time I tweeted and wrote about something at Magic I had to hashtag it with #WWDMAGIC so that people searching #WWDMAGIC would see what I’d written.
It’s a pretty surreal experience being at Fashion Week and sitting in the front row along from Anna Wintour, but there are so many supporters of young people in fashion, and that’s it’s great. I love the energy of a fashion show—and of course the clothes—but besides that I like meeting all the people, the editors, and the designers most of all.
One of the reasons I like to video the shows is there’s so much going on that people don’t normally get to see. One of my goals is to go through a collection with a designer in his or her showroom. My favorite story must be my interview with Daphne Guinness.
Knowing what I want to do
I’ve taken some time off school to do my blog but next year I start at NYU. I’m very excited. I got into NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study—they take only 220 students per year—which means that I get to create my own major. It’s for people who know what they want to do. I’d like to go on doing my blog, but ultimately what I’d really like to do is work for the editorial end of a fashion magazine.