Why editor Lynn Yaeger is the best type of fashion muse
She’s political, outspoken and doesn’t take herself too seriously. WGSN womenswear editor Robbie Sinclair tells us why he has a new found love for Lynn Yaeger.
Earlier this summer I was invited to be a fashion judge at 080 Barcelona Fashion Week alongside two fashion powerhouses. The first was Paper Magazine’s editorial director Mickey Boardman (possibly one of nicest people I’ve met in fashion) and the second was the incredible Lynn Yaeger.
It turns out that I wasn’t the only fan of the fashion dream team, backstage at 080 Barcelona Fashion week as I was getting sneak previews on some of the hottest Spanish talent, I heard whispers and the room instantly hushed and stiffened. Models, dressers and designers became filled with excitement as Lynn Yaeger and Mickey Boardman entered the room.
Over the next few days I got to know them better, and they moved from being these larger than life industry personas that I had seen on many a fashion blog, to just being the brilliantly talented editors that they are. While they both blew me away, it was Lynn who really made her mark as she described her journey from jobless, to the advertising department at the Village Voice newspaper, to a Vogue contributor, all with sincerity and humility.
Here’s the reasons why Lynn is the best type of fashion muse:
1.Lynn describes her career as a fashion icon and contributing Vogue editor as being “a miracle”. After leaving school and being fired from numerous department store roles she landed a job at The Village Voice newspaper answering the phones to advertising complaints. Later she got a job doing the new Village Voice fashion page and started to do freelance writing, she went on to write for the New Yorker and finally VOGUE. Hearing her career trajectory now against the backdrop of the hyper “achieve, achieve, achieve” standards that we have today, it’s nice to see that you can be unsure, mess up a little and still carve your own path.
2. The self-confessed compulsive shopper names Leigh Bowery, Isabella Blow, Anna Piaggi and Louise Brooks as inspirations and recalls being obsessed with fashion from a very young age. When asked who she looked up to or admired( in terms of celebrity style) as a child she said for her it was more about fairy tales and children’s illustrations. I love this because in today’s society children aspire to become Kim Kardashian or Katy Perry but the idea of being inspired by illustrations opens up a whole world of fantasy and creativity. Fairy tales offer different interpretations of what beauty can be.
3. Talking on the subject of “designer knock off’s” or copies she said that she thinks it’s good that if some designers get copied it means they’ve made it. Her own wardrobe consists of pieces from Zara, All Saints and a bunch of designer labels. She thinks that a lot of poorly made designer clothes are a “bit of a scam” and if designers created pieces that were more exquisitely made with more artisanal details and beautiful fabrics then it would be harder for the copiers to copy.
For her full magic, check out Lynn in conversation with Mickey below:
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