Predictions Week 2013: Derek Blasberg

The Blogging Bon Vivant On Pointy Shoes, Handwritten Notes and Being Fashionably Early

Wit, walker and The New York Times bestselling author Derek Blasberg forecasts upcoming trends in matters sartorial and social in today's feature. The fashion writer and editor has been charming New York society since moving from his native city of St. Louis, Missouri, in 2000, and his piquant humor, A-list antics and dapper style now find daily expression on his Club Monaco-sponsored blog Mr. Blasberg. The hyper-busy Blasberg has contributed to publications including AnOther and W as well as serving as Senior Editor at V and Editor at Large at Harper’s Bazaar. In 2010 he released a humorous take on modern etiquette entitled Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady. Recently, he unveiled a stationery collaboration with Opening Ceremony: eight lighthearted 'fill in the blank' missives that make it easy for the overscheduled to be thoughtful. Here he fills us in on his plans and visions for the upcoming year and takes the time to dash off some notes to the Duchess of Cambridge and Barack Obama.

What will replace the rule “fashionably late” in 2013?
I really want to be early and reliable in 2013. Anna Wintour once said she had some of her best ideas when she was waiting for a fashion show to start. I want more best ideas. 

What is your New Year shopping resolution?
To buy fewer hats—because I never wear hats. 

What should people do to stand out more when being snapped by street style photographers?
I think people should stop trying to stand out more when being snapped by street style photographers.

Who will make your best date to a fashion party in 2013?
The same best date I had in 2012, 2011 and years before: Lauren Santo Domingo. She's hosting the Met gala in 2013, so methinks she'll be in demand.

What are the must-have accessories for 2013?
I like that pointy shoes are coming back, especially in flats. I've been drawn back to the elegance of a single diamond stud earring. Also, let's bring back the handwritten note, and let me help.

What artist would to next like to see work on a fashion line?
I want T-shirts of Ryan McGinley’s adorable animal pictures. 

What is the fragrance to have for 2013?
My money is on Taylor Swift. 

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    Tavi's Love Letter to Lula

    Style Rookie's Tavi Gevinson On Meeting Her Mentor in Editor Leith Clark

    My Lula magazine collection sits on a shelf in my room away from all my other magazines. They exist in a nostalgia-tinted continuum next to boxes of baby teeth, masks a friend got me when she went away on vacation, and glitter I once played dress-up with. The people featured in Lula are there to be celebrated rather than to promote a product, and the normally recognizable designer clothing is styled to appear one-of-a-kind. Lula manages to feel disconnected from the rest of the world, but does not seem an exclusive society. Instead, it invites excitement, wonder and creativity. I wanted to keep that dream real. The idea of talking to Leith Clark, Lula's editor-in-chief and founder, felt like I would be learning too much. But it ended up being the most ideal manifestation of all the excitement and wonder and creativity Lula has inspired in me over the years, because I got to share with the person responsible for it all in the first place. It all happened in a rather Lula-esque way, too. We had pastries and tea, posed for photographer Jessica Craig Martin, and talked for an hour and a half from two fluffy marshmallow beds at the Pierre hotel in New York. It was the ultimate Letter to the Editor. And because I couldn't help myself, it was actually more of a Love Letter to the Editor.

    Tavi talks to Leith Clark

    Tavi: For my blog, I never cared if people liked the same things as me, but now I have to think about that more [Tavi has just launched]. Lula is so personal to you, but have you had to shape it to your reader?

    Leith: No, and I don't think you should either. The first issue we did was almost by accident. I thought, “I'm going to make my dream magazine, and when I'm 80 I'll show it to my grandkids and say, ‘Look, I made this,’” I didn’t even think about other people seeing it… And distribution is at about 121,000 copies now.

    Tavi: I love looking back on the first issue I bought of Lula, and remembering where I was in my life then.

    Leith: Which one was the first that you read?

    Tavi: The witchy one with Ali Michael on the cover [September 2008]…my friend sent it to me. Then I found it at the local bookstore and I was like, “No one here [in the Chicago suburbs] reads this. Do they?” So I left a note in one of the copies.

    Leith: You wrote a note and left it in the store?

    Tavi: Yes, because I didn’t think other people in my town read it. It felt like a secret.

    Leith: What did you write in the note?

    Tavi: Something simple like, “If you buy this copy write to me.” I mean, we just emailed but never actually met. I think she goes to my school, but I didn’t want to be creepy.

    Leith: Why did you start your blog?

    Tavi: It was before bloggers were sitting front row, when the only people who read fashion blogs were other people with fashion blogs. Susie Bubble was my hero. I wanted to be a part of that community. I was in middle school, hated it. I was not a very social person. I would go home and make something, read or watch movies and I wanted a new outlet.

    Leith: So you used it to externalize?

    Tavi: Yeah. I’ve tried doing the blogger-reporting-at-fashion-week-thing, but it doesn’t work for me. I like relating a collection to something personal… For a while I couldn’t figure out why I felt so compelled to record so many things, be so nostalgic and have it all in one place.

    Leith: You’re nostalgic for things you didn’t experience, which is interesting. I read Sassy magazine. I was the right age when it came out. It’s interesting that you want to read it now.

    Tavi: It’s the same with the music that I like. I can’t really figure that out either. If you go on Tumblr, it feels like half of the internet consists of teenagers wishing they were alive in the 60s. And one thing that I’m writing about for Rookie is about why the 21st century isn’t that bad. It’s like, “We have Miranda July you guys!"

    Read commentary from Tavi and Leith on cult 80s teen movies and their remakes here, or visit Style Rookie for the extended interview. 

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    Christmas Decorations of the Future: Part 1 (of 3)

    Illustrator Margot Bowman Imagines the Ornaments of Tomorrow in a Three-Part Celebration of Christmas 2062

    Fast-forwarding to a dystopian future where time is precious, silence is rare and true affection a luxury, illustrator Margot Bowman animates the extroverted, energetic Christmas decorations that she imagines will join us for the holidays several decades from now. At just 23 years old, Bowman counts fashion and beauty brands such as Kiehl’s, Alexander McQueen and Rupert Sanderson as clients and has also collaborated with the British Fashion Council as Creative Director of The Estethica Review, a magazine released during London Fashion Week to promote ethical fashion and design. In this first installment of a three-part, animated series, we are introduced to the ‘Huggeration’, an outgoing bauble that senses when people in the room feel lonely, and responds with TLC. We also meet the well-intentioned ‘Shshhhhhhh’, which collects negative noise and energy that may threaten to ruin Christmas. Working with animator Andy Baker, Bowman enlisted the musical talents of songwriter Kai Fish to create a space-age soundtrack for the festive films.

    Check back tomorrow for Part Two, and a behind-the-scenes look at Bowman's animated magic. 

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