While many of our stories focus on –
individuals and brands (who create physical goods) we’ve come to appreciate those who create compelling narratives and edits with their unique point of view – more specifically we’re talking about editors. More often than not they act as curators who are helping to shape some of the most dynamic industries on a global scale. From fashion to beauty, we’ve met with many editors over the years who have proven that their work stretches far beyond the confines of coming up with product edits and trend reports. We’ve come to admire their focused point of view and thoughtful approach to bring people and products together. As such, we wanted to dig through the archives and share a few lessons we’ve learned from these stories in particular. Discover the shortlist below, and be sure to revisit our initial interviews with each of the featured women in this edit.
7 Lessons Learned From Our Interviews With Editors
Edit Your Surroundings
“I’ve been blessed to work with some of the best fashion and beauty editors in the business. Because of their guidance, support and faith in my talents and skills, my career as an editor has been on a steady upward trajectory. My tireless work ethic and positive attitude is a reflection of having great leaders in my life. Not to mention, women with impeccable personal style.” – DANA OLIVER, [former] EXECUTIVE FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR
Our visit with The Huffington Post fashion team reaffirmed the fact that their work as editors stretches far beyond the confines of any one industry. With this story, the big takeaway for us was realizing that great work comes from keeping a curated edit of who you surround yourself with both personally and professionally. In other words, surround yourself with only great people – and if that’s not enough to convince you, the above quote from Dana Oliver [former] Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor at The Huffington Post will certainly shed some light.
Edit The Story, Not The Facts
“Should we be advocating more for sustainability and workers’ and animals’ rights? Absolutely. The challenge is telling those stories in a way that’s as interesting to our audience as, say, a story about Alexa Chung.” – LAUREN INDVIK, [Former] EDITOR IN CHIEF of Fashionista.com
Our conversation with the Fashionista.com team proved that there is something to be said regarding how we tell stories – especially in creative industries like fashion. While our mission here at The Style Line is to show the impact elements like style have in our lives and in some of the world’s bigger conversations, at times, it’s proven to be difficult to include these ideas and topics in a digestible way. As such, this quote from [former] Editor-in-Chief Lauren Indvik proves that editors have the power in helping to tell stories through a unique curatorial medium that gets people engaged.
Editing Makes You More Self Aware
“I think because I am knee deep in Conscious culture daily, that I have by default explored what it is to be conscious. And perhaps it will mean something different to everyone. Being more aware and educated, which means being more self-aware as well. Because of it, the way I have conversations with people is different, my thought process is different and how I conduct my life is different. I find myself seeing more of the value in others and the value of life in general.” – Elena Baxter, CO-FOUNDER and WEB EDITOR of Conscious Magazine
No matter the industry, acting as an editor inevitably makes you more self aware. In the case of our story with Conscious magazine co-founder and web editor Elena Baxter, editing stories around conversations in social good, sustainability, and human rights have obviously put things into perspective. In turn, she has been able to educate her audience. Elena’s work proves that editors not only act as curators, but as educators in their own right.
Editors have a distinct point of view
“Every few weeks, I tag my favorite emerging designer finds in the fashion, home, and lifestyle space on Instagram to help give them a little attention. One of my favorite things is wearing a piece from a new designer, getting a compliment on it (who doesn’t love that?), then having that opportunity to introduce someone to that new label. It’s such a positive experience all the way around.” – Robin Reetz, E-commerce editor at Barneys NY
Speaking more to the above point, editors develop a distinct voice and point of view. For Robin Reetz, that lends itself to her love of fashion both personally and professionally. As a seasoned writer and editor, Robin has been able to use her work as a vehicle for championing independent and emerging designers. She proves that point of view and passion are key ingredients to success, no matter one’s endeavor.
Editors Challenge You To Think Big
“People often ask me about my accomplishments—which is great! I love to think about the times I got it all right!—but our failures are much more revealing. I wish I was challenged to think about and discuss the times I got it wrong.” – Lauren Caruso [Former] Senior digital editor at ALLURE
In the case of our story with Lauren Caruso, she reminded us to go beyond our comfort zone and challenge what’s immediately in front of us. We’ve learned that Lauren’s work as a beauty editor has sharpened her approach in doing this (more specifically in challenging the status quo around beauty in the modern age), though she proves this can be done on a big picture level too.
Editors Reaffirm the value in “less is more”
“Especially as a blogger, you’re incessantly confronted with the desire (and demand from your followers) for new stuff. The latest bag, the latest trend, the new this, the new that.” – Founder and Editor, Fashion Over Reason
Our feature with Hélène Heath reminded us of the value that comes in editing not only your closet, but your approach to life and style in general. While the breadth of our stories are mainly focused in fashion and product-based industries she showed us that editors and bloggers alike have the opportunity to teach the masses to edit their thinking in terms of they want versus what they actually need.
Editors Inspire Activism
“There are so many points of intersection that matter to me, and I get to make decisions that positively change women’s interaction with fashion – even in super small ways. It’s stealth activism!” – Olivia La Roche, Content Editor at Lisa Says Gah
In many ways, the role of editing, influence, and curation have blended into one unified approach – especially when it comes to sparking big picture conversations. Our visit with the inimitable team behind Lisa Says Gah demonstrates this, as they have integrated both content and commerce to celebrate independent, sustainable, and women-centric designers. Coupling this with their focused point of view, it’s safe to say that this unwavering commitment (and consistency) is only furthering their cause and their mission to contribute to the movement around sustainable fashion.