My very first season working at a Cosmopolitan was (way) back in 2007, and the glamour of it all was pretty stunning to 23-year-old me. I remember so much about that September: my first fashion week (third row, hoofing it to shows in heels—this was before sneakers were cool); my beautiful cube at Hearst, decorated with all the inspiration tears I could find; my chic bosses going out on market appointments to re-see the collections. I vividly remember what was trending that season, and it makes me feel 100 years old to see it coming back now! The ’70s are back, specifically that late ’70s/early ’80s vibe. It was all very Charlie. Anyone remember the Charlie girl? She was a working girl by day who let her hair down by night, and James Aguiar’s fashion photo shoot (“Day and Night”) really nails this specific look, updated for our modern times. There’s the refined elegance of these women going to work juxtaposed with their glamorous nighttime outfits. I feel like I’m watching The Last Days of Disco come to life in this story, and I’m simultaneously reliving my youth.
We have lots and lots of fashion in this issue, as one does in a September issue, and maybe you’re reading this waiting for one of the biggest fashion events of the season, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, to start. In particular, I love how our “Women of Style” feature came out this year—Karen Spencer Welanetz, Dr. Bahareh Nia and Marsha Archer are three of Atlanta’s best style sirens. I enjoyed chatting fashion with each one of them—talking about new brands, trends and more. It’s always so fun to be around people who “speak my language.”
So what’s up with fashion for fall 2019? Everything old is new again. I’m seeing headbands, bike shorts, raffia bags, pearls, and I feel positively ancient saying, “I should have kept those things!” Gossip Girl is even coming back. I need to start digging for my Blair Waldorf knee socks now, don’t I?
On another note, I’m beyond proud to have Karin Slaughter (pictured above), Atlantan and prolific author, as our Look Who’s Talking profile this month. She was photographed by the ever-talented Andrea Fremiotti at one of my most cherished book stores in New York City: The Strand. I was upset I couldn’t be there to meet one of my favorite authors in person—and in the perfect location to boot. Writing a novel isn’t easy—I should know; I’ve had one in my mind for years, just festering—but to write compelling, relevant, engaging novels that people devour in days is a real skill. Slaughter has written her 19th novel and it takes place in Atlanta, as almost all her others have. My conversation with her—in which we talked female trailblazers, why Atlanta matters, where she writes and more—is one I’ll treasure.
From the September Issue:
Photography by: andrea fremiotti