StyleBistro Interview: WWDMAGIC Blogger Anne Riley-Katz of Style Section LA and WWD
1. What's your name, age and blog?
Anne Riley-Katz, 32, StyleSectionLA and WWD
2. Define your personal style.
Having learned via the photographic evidence readily supplied by my parents
that trend-driven extremism can often result in blackmail and embarrassment, I
tend to prefer clean lines and a tailored look. I love color, but tend use pattern in
moderation and avoid anything too extremist. Because I'm petite, i have to treat
styles that are heavy on volume with a lot of care or i get lost in them. My
weakness is in luxury textiles—cashmere, silk, fine-knit wools and butter-soft
leather all tickle my fancy. Plus, I have a girlish weakness for long gowns
(not that I have many places to wear them).
3. What will you be wearing this spring?
I'm running a half-marathon in April, so I expect leggings and t-shirts will be de
rigueur most mornings (ha, ha). Seriously, though: heels or boots, the
twisted-classic kind of look, clean lines, tailored blazers, long soft shirts/short
dresses, fine-gauge knits, light warm colors and whites.
4. Blogging is [FILL IN THE BLANK].
...an awesome career path for know-it-alls with a snarky sense of humor. Just
don't expect to get paid a lot.
5. What are your online must-reads?
NY Times, WWD, SSLA, WSJ, Gawker, Marketwatch, Romenesko.
6. Biggest shopping splurge ever?
A pair of Stella McCartney knee-high boots (about 6-7 years ago) that
were $1,200. Painfully amazing.
7. Have you ever posted photos of yourself in a look you regretted later?
What was it?
Second grade, black sweatshirt with shoulder pads and faux mini-candy bits
attached the the front with velcro. Posted on the bulletin board at elementary
school. I'm still scarred.
8. One print magazine you can't live without?
The Economist and/or The New Yorker
9. What's your dream job?
Journalist, specifically writing for the NYT or working for Marketplace.
That or chairman of the Fed.
10. What excites you most about the Magic trade show?
The chance to walk a cool 8 miles a day in the Convention Center on concrete
floors under fluorescent lighting and not have it count toward my requisite daily run.
No, really, the chance to gauge changes in buying trends, budgets and retailer
approaches toward new merchandise.