GQ is another magazine I tend to read as soon as I get it. I love GQ. This is embarrassing, actually, but when I met Jim Nelson for the first time, I had a total fangirl moment like, "Oh my god, I love your magazine!" I'm sure I seemed like a total rookie. But I really admire what he has done.
Websites: I'm friends with a lot of these bloggers like Leandra [Medine, of The Man Repeller], Bryanboy, and Rumi [Neely, of Fashiontoast]. I think not only does Leandra have such great personal style, but she's also a fabulous writer. You know, when you read her blog posts, each one is basically a thoughtful essay-slash-rumination, and I think that she is wise beyond her years. Oh my god, if she reads that ...
Anyway, I read this newsletter from Business of Fashion every morning, and then they do the "week in review." It's one of the sites that I think is really changing the face of fashion journalism and reporting. And it's one of my favorite sites, ever. I feel like it's truly educational. Women's Wear Daily, of course, is a daily read for me. It's on my desk every morning, and I read it first thing when I get in. But Business of Fashion — it takes a lot for me to feel invested in an email newsletter, and I feel like they've done a good job of that. I think it's a great resource for young men and women looking to break into fashion, or even just people who are curious about fashion.
Into the Gloss is a favorite. I was a beauty editor for 10 years, 7-and-a-half at Teen Vogue. I feel like I reached a point of beauty saturation, like reading Allure was homework. But now, being one year out from covering beauty for a decade, I'm getting back into it. And not to kind of plug my own magazine, but Jean Godfrey-June, the beauty director of Lucky — she writes a column that even before I worked at Lucky, I would read every month as soon as I got it. Her voice and her writing style is perfection. I look forward to reading her copy every month. Like, she could be writing a caption, and I'd read it and do a slow clap at the end. Brilliant.
At night, I have this thing on my phone so that after 10 pm, it goes into like, twilight mode. And that's not a reference to Robert Pattinson. From 10 pm to 6 am, unless you're on this approved list of people, the emails don't come through, I don't get notifications, the texts don't come through ... Just for my personal sanity, I do that. Most people who know me know I'm very much an email person. I get so many emails, and I get a little bit obsessed with cleaning out my inbox. So I try to shut off at night.
I actually read a lot of print, paper books. I live really close to the Strand, and I grew up going there. I like going and picking out books for the weekend. I really think it's such a luxury to go into a bookstore, with the musty smell, and the people watching there is always amazing. I bump into friends, as well. A few months ago, I was looking for Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I was in the bookstore, desperately trying to remember the name of this book, like, "It's called Insanely Wealthy Chinese People." The store clerk was like, "Oh the economics section ..." And I'm like, "No, it's satire!" Then someone says, "It's Crazy Rich Asians," and I turn around, and it's my friend Kimball [Hastings], who works at Ralph Lauren. I always bump into friends there.