On Wednesday night I tuned in for the premiere of Stylista, a new reality show where 11 aspiring fashion writers compete for a cushy editorial job at Elle magazine.
There was editrix Anne Slowey, Elle’s Fashion News Director, swooping into the office in front of her trembling would-be assistants and tossing her coat on an underling’s desk without saying a word.
So Devil Wears Prada of you, Anne!
I’ve worked in the field for quite sometime and (thankfully!) never witnessed any editor toss a coat on a desk other than her own. So I had to ask, was that the real Anne?
“I have a feeling it’s bit of a caricature,” Anne admitted, live and in Manolos, at the Stylista premiere party, held at Kiehl’s beauty store on Manhattan’s East Side.
Contestant William Buckley (a.k.a. Clockwork Orange boy) concurred. “She’s actually really laid back and real,” he shared.
But the amount of work the contestants do is all for real.
“We were asking people who had very little, if any experience at all, to do things senior editors do,” said Anne. “I was impressed and amazed with how well they all did.”
Good to know. It’s obvious Anne knows her stuff, and I want to see her nurture the potential in these young dreamers as the show goes forward.
Well, all except Megan. She’s a bi-atch!
So what else does a gal reporter do when she’s got one of the powerful women in fashion media standing before her? Ask what is the must-have item this season for my winter wardrobe!
“It’s all about tuxedos jackets,” Anne instructed. “And if you’re not willing to go for something crazy like the Louis Vuitton platforms, a long, soft clutch is the number one trend.”
I’ve got the Amex out a raring to go!
Catch Stylista Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
Speaking of fashion… I had an amazing experience shopping and supporting a good cause on Sunday.
What Not to Wear’s Stacy London held a private shopping event at her NYC abode to raise money for the Animal Medical Center of Manhattan.
My girlfriends and I gorged on delicious treats from the Halcyon Gourmet and raided Stacy’s racks, all the while getting fashion advice from the guru herself.
Yep, I died and went to fashionista heaven!
What Not to Wear airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on TLC.
Until next week, fellow fanatics!
PS: For some great tips on looking your fashionista slimmest, check out the "10 Tips to Cheat Your Size" spread in this week’s OK!, featuring advice from experts like L.A. image consultant and FashionWith Confidence DVD author Wendy "The Image Lady" Brown!