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18-10-2007
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Lynn Yaeger - Journalist / Fashion Writer
I honestly don't know much about her, but when I first saw pics of her and Anna Piaggi in the eighth grade in Interview's party pics I was like wowee zowee. I actually like her cracked out 1920s look.

I'm sort of surprised we don't have a thread about her, since she's so visible in the fashion world but to be honest even I don't know all that much about her. I know she contributes to a lot of magazines/papers: Village Voice, IHT etc. Maybe others can add to this thread?

I did however see her at Woodbury Commons in her full on makeup and clothing, barrelling down past meandering Asian tourists and LI peeps. She was totally looking people up and down and shaking her head.
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30-11-2007
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I love her articles. She's awesome.

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01-12-2007
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i don't really know anything about this woman but i have to admit that that one picture has intrigued me...

anyone know anything?

lollicandy where did you find the picture?

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Here's a link to her column at the Villiage Voice: http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/...,66652,15.html

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Here's an inteview of Lynn Yaeger done by the Budget Fashionista:

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Interview With Lynn Yaeger

We couldn't think of a better way to kick off our new View section, than to interview one of the funniest fashion writers in the business, Lynn Yaeger. You can read her amusing and insightful rantings about fashion and shopping in her column Elements of Style on a bi-weekly basis online and in print in the New York newspaper, The Village Voice. She also contributes to Vogue and Travel and Leisure Magazine (we're hoping she does an expose on society ladies being forced to carry fake Hermes because of the horrible New York economy). She is the writer for the thinking shopper, someone who likes text with their editorials. Her treatise on fake Louis Vuitton bags is a classic.

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What is your full name? Lynn Yaeger
How old are you (or how old do you feel)? Are you kidding? No comment.
Occupation Fashion writer/editor
Place of Birth New York City
Current Home The (Greenwich) Village
Celebrity Fashion Twin (a celebrity whose fashion sense is most similar to your own) Isabella Blow/Miuccia Prada.

Writing Background

How did "Elements of Style" begin? Do you have a background as a fashion writer?

Not really. Like the best things, I sort of just fell into it, though I have always been completely obsessed with fashion. I tried studying political economy once but ended up making lists of clothes in the back of my notebooks. Where you draw inspiration for your articles? I'm a compulsive shopper.

New York City

You are our fashion column hero. Have you ever written a book? And if not, why?

No, but I'm a contributor to Travel and Leisure and I've been writing a lot for Vogue.

What are five things people SHOULD NOT wear this spring/summer?

I think people should wear whatever they like!

As a fashion writer for the hippest newspaper in NYC, do you have designers and retailers clawing at your door for a press mention? Do they ever send you free stuff?

I wish they were clamoring...I'm still not invited to a lot of A-list shows. As for free stuff, newspapers- us and the Times anyway--don't allow you to take it. We have to pay for everything, which certainly keeps us in touch with our readers.

What are five things a tourist should know BEFORE coming to New York to shop?

1) We have the best stores.
2) Don't be intimidated, but do dress up a little for Madison Avenue.
3) Bring cash to the flea market.
4) Come in January and/or July to find great sales
5) Don't forget slightly off the beaten path shops like the ones on the Lower East Side.

Has New York lost some of its "fashion flavor," now that GAPs and Banana Republics seem to be on every corner?

Oh, I don't know. Maybe a little, but there are still so many great shops

Do you go to sample sales? If yes, tell a little about your last experience. If no, explain why.

Oh, sample sales! I try to avoid them, as I have bought some real doggies over the years. I am big buyer-and-returner (in some cases, I have actually bought and returned the same thing twice) and I hate to have that option closed off

Fashion & Style

What is your take on the whole t-shirt frenzy. Is it just me or does it seem like EVERYONE is starting a t-shirt company?

I actually think t-shirts look good on people only very rarely.

In a recent article, you stated, "Believe it or not, Prada even sells its own version of the deconstructed Chanel jacket, in gray tweed and with the requisite frayed cuffs. Everything is relative: At $1,295, it's less than half the cost of the Chanel original." Do you think there is a trend toward high-end designers, such as Prada, knocking off higher-end designers, such as Chanel, on a regular basis? If this is the case, do you think it is fair for Prada to then get angry with manufacturers selling Prada knock-offs, when they knock off as well?

I actually think everyone knocks off everyone..there are no new ideas in fashion. As for getting angry about fakes, the time to worry is when no one knocks off your bag. You should be enormously flattered that people want it, and if you can't make it affordable (I mean, it's a nylon sack) what do you expect?

What is the one piece of clothing you cannot live without?

This season, my pink lace Dries skirt. You have $50 and 30 minutes to shop. Where do you go and what do you buy? Canal Street for a fabulous fake.

If you could give one fashion public service announcement--statement regarding a fashion no-no--what would it be?

There are no no-nos!

A family member gives you a Louis Vuitton Bag, which turns out to be a fake. Do you carry it, give it away or trash it?

If it's cute, I'll carry it!

What is your number one fashion secret?

Be yourself! Ignore all the rules!
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ChrissyM, I put the source in the filename. Its from style.com, the Sartorialist section.

I really don't know anything about her either, ie life/personal details. I just come across pics of her and occaisionally her articles.

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ChrissyM, I put the source in the filename. Its from style.com, the Sartorialist section.

I really don't know anything about her either, ie life/personal details. I just come across pics of her and occaisionally her articles.
for future reference the source needs to be visible/easily identified..
thanks though

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I love this woman so much, and its a shame she got fired from Villiage Voice, however she seems to be getting more work for US Vogue now.

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I always read anything I see with her byline. To me, her inclusiveness makes her a true fashion person, as opposed to the people who only know about trends.

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I think she's genious

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I've always admired the newspaper journalists in fashion (like Ms Yaeger and Suzy Menkes)- not only are they fantastic journalists (and good writers- an epithet I cannot, with an intact conscience, bestow on, for instance, Plum Sykes) but it's good to see fashion writing that isn't as heavily influenced by/bent on kowtowing to major advertiser brands.
I love those pictures the Sartorialist took of her- he even included them in his book. Her style may not be to everyone's taste, but it's nice to see that women over 50 and over a certain size don;t have to be stuck in horrible tasteless clothes (a lesson I'll try to keep in mind when I turn 50- or even 40 or 30).

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I saw her again, near 5th ave. in nyc. she had a lot of shopping bags and a very nice personalized Goyard.

And I too like her writing. I hate those hipper-than-thou socialites.

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I always read anything I see with her byline. To me, her inclusiveness makes her a true fashion person, as opposed to the people who only know about trends.
Same here, never miss any of her articles when i came across.

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Does anyone know for whom/which publication Lynn is writing for now/lately? I'd like to watch for her articles. Thanks.

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^ Quite a lot of articles for US Vogue.

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