Five Fashion-World Pros On How They Got Where They Got
Amid the confusion and uncertainty prevailing in London at the moment, last night’s party for the launch of The Teen Vogue Handbook here brought a clear, sunny message: As editor in chief Amy Astley put it, “Think big and you can do it.” In a packed Marc by Marc Jacobs store, Astley signed copies of The Teen Vogue Handbook—a primer on breaking into the business of fashion—for a crowd that included Pixie Geldof and Henry Holland (pictured with Astley), Venetia Scott and her daughter Lola, Edie Ashley (granddaughter of Laura), and Katie Hillier. So what words of wisdom did they have to offer?
Henry Holland suggests “being enthusiastic—just go for what you want and don’t be scared.”
It’s about “timing and meeting people at the right time,” according to Venetia Scott, who has worked with Marc Jacobs as well as at V, i-D, and The Face. “Marc gave me a very big break and I still have that break! And meeting Juergen [Teller] was a lovely thing as well.”
Designer Katie Hillier credits the late super-agent Katy Baggott, who also represented Phoebe Philo and Juergen Teller: “She trusted me and believed in me and got me to where I am now. I’m just pleased and proud that she managed to see me win Accessories Designer of the Year last year and launch Hillier.”
“Persevere, always keep smiling, and never flap,” says Vogue U.K. market editor Emma Elwick-Bates.
And stylist Sam Ranger recommends hard work, total commitment, and interning a lot. “From 16 till the end of time” should do it, she said, or at least until “it all finally pieces together and you’re very happy.”