Media, Darling: Paige Dzenis

Paige Dzenis is the
associate online editor for FASHION Magazine, where she covers all things
beauty, the latest wardrobe choices of Kate Middleton, parties and fundraisers
across Toronto and other pop culture moments. Paige also paints her nails on a
weekly (if not more frequent!) basis for FASHION’s Nail Corner column which
features designer and trend-inspired nail art designs.




Twitter: @paiiige, @fashioncanada
Website
www.fashionmagazine.com/blogs


Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the
horizon?

Yes! I started writing at a young age – shout out to the Town Crier newspaper
for giving me my first column (all about pre-teen life) when I was 11 – and did
a B.A. in media studies, always thinking that post-grad I would end up in
journalism. However, I started a working in advertising as a copywriter and
then creative director. I could have easily continued down that path, but after
five years I decided it was “now or never” and, well, here I am.


Where would you like to be five years from now?

Hopefully in Toronto, but I’ll have lived in another city/country between now
and then. I also have always wanted to have kids at an early age, so… babies!


Any advice for people getting started in your industry?

You won’t want to hear this, but: it’s all about being in the right place at
the right time. Practically speaking, start working, no matter what the job is.
My first full-time job was being a secretary for Saudi Arabian engineers, but
those skills got me in the door for my next job, and so on and so on. Entry
level jobs are extremely hard to come by these days, but once you have a few
years of work experience under your belt – no matter the company or
industry – it’s much easier. And, just like in high school and university, extra
curriculars are everything. Be involved in the industry you want to work in,
make connections, do social media properly and it will all work out.


What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own? 

CBC Radio is my everything. I have my morning routine down to an exact science
based on whatever segment Matt Galloway or Anna Maria Tremonti is doing.

Online, I check Buzzfeed, Gawker, The Cut, Toronto Life, Slate and a whole slew
of blogs constantly, but generally any breaking news comes through Twitter.


And TV-wise, I’m obsessed with Law and Order SVU and my PVR records such
classics as The Voice, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Person of Interest
and Nashville. Oh, and I’m rewatching the entire series of Gilmore Girls right
now.


Best interview you’ve ever had? Worst?

I always love backstage beauty interviews. I’m into my third season covering Toronto Fashion Week and World Mastercard Fashion Week and it doesn’t matter how crazy it is, the makeup artists
and hair stylists are always so enthusiastic and energetic. It’s contagious.

Worst interview… basically any time an “exclusive” turns into a PR saying “Oh,
we ran out of time so now five of you have to go in together and can ask one
question each.” Come on!


Best advice you’ve ever been given?

“The girls who ask for orchids get orchids.” It’s from my mom, and basically a
mantra about making sure your goals and objectives are known not only to
yourself, but to anyone who could influence your life. Works for both your
career and personal things.


What rule(s) do you live your life by?

I try to always be positive. It’s not necessarily a “rules of attraction”
thing, but I don’t believe in dwelling on negative emotions. Keeping a smile on
will always transfer into making someone else’s day, whereas sour puss-faced
people are the most uninteresting and uninspiring people to interact with. I
also never use the word ‘jealous’ because it really just means “I wish I could
do that thing too but I refuse to take control of my life and make it happen.”


What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?

When you’re sending an invite to an event, please include a text version of the
details with your invite jpg. I hate transcribing tiny text from an image when
making a calendar reminder. Copy-paste is so much easier!


Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.

I once tweeted with a friend about a nail polish colour she was wearing and a
week later it arrived on my desk. No hashtags or @brandnames were used–just
the genius monitoring of a PR pro.


I hate?

Product samples that arrive in too-large boxes and with unnecessary,
over-the-top press materials. Throwing these things directly into my recycling
bin hurts my soul.


I love?

Horses! Will someone send me a horse, please?


Reading?

Um, I tend to keep many things going on my nightstand at once. Right now it’s:
the latest issue of Descant, the third Game of Thrones book, The Omnivore’s
Dilemma
and a teen fiction series by the Go Fug Yourself girls.


Best place on earth?

Texas. Houston, Austin and Marfa.


Dinner guest?

My sister and I cook dinner for our parents every Sunday night and it’s pretty
perfect.


Hero?

My mom. She has progressive MS and yet everything I said earlier about avoiding
negativity and staying positive? I get that all from her.


Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?

WhatsApp. I’m an Android girl, so WhatsApp is the only way to get my emoji fix.


Pool or ocean?

Ocean! Or pool! But lakes are beyond terrifying.


Voicemail or email?

Email. Though as long as you’re not calling to make sure I received an invite
or a package, please call.


Fashion week show you’re most looking forward to?

Joe Fresh. It just hits the right notes every single time.

Media, Darling: Elio Iannacci

Elio Iannacci is an award-winning journalist and FASHION magazine’s Features Editor. He is also a regular contributor to Maclean’s
magazine and has had work published in
The Globe and Mail, National Post
and
The Toronto Star. As one of Canada’s most qualified and experienced fashion
and pop culture experts, he has had the opportunity to speak to some of the
world’s most fascinating people. 



Included in his list of interviews are iconic
names that range from Karl Lagerfeld to Lady Gaga, Beyoncé Knowles to Madonna
and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, alongside acclaimed food author Nigella Lawson.
Elio has also been featured on a number of television shows, including
CNN
Showbiz Tonight,
MTV Canada, Much Music, ETalk and Entertainment Tonight.





Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other
careers were on the horizon?

Magazines, chap books, comic books and zines were my lifelines when I was
growing up. I was always fascinated by who put them together, who was covered
in them and how they were produced. I would have been a DJ, a librarian or a
costume archivist if I didn’t get into the writing/editing game.


Any advice for people getting started in your industry?

Act like a brand and people will treat you like a product. Spend more time reading than tweeting.


What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own? 

I read about three to five magazines a day (I have subscriptions to Vogue, Out, Entertainment
Weekly, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Advocate, Broken Pencil
and Interview)
and I typically keep a pound or two of poetry books, chap books, short story
collections and lit anthologies around me at all times. Online, I visit the
dailies and too many blogs to mention.


Best interviews you’ve ever had?

Sophia Loren, Karl Lagerfeld, David Sedaris, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Eartha
Kitt, Patti Smith and Wayne Koestenbaum.


Worst?

Sean Combs. He answered his mobile during the whole interview and was too
distracted to answer any questions properly.


Best advice you’ve ever been given?

“You should always know when you’re shifting gears in life. You should leave
your era; it should never leave you.” c/o Leontyne Price.


What rule(s) do you live your life by?

Take vacations. Workaholics make the absolute worst writers and editors. The
best ideas are the ones you find while you are taking a couple days off and
living life outside of the office.


What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?

Read the magazine, website or newspaper you are trying to work with before you
send any emails or make any calls.


Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.

TIFF seems to bring out the extra-crazy in everyone—especially during the end
of it. I will never forget how Debra Goldblatt was able to gracefully keep it
together, while juggling four films on the last day of the fest in 2009, and manage
to squeeze in two last-minute interviews for me without complaining.


I hate?
 
                      
All fifty shades of grey.


I love?

Fact checkers, librarians, artists, poets and anyone who is an advocate for the
arts.


Reading?

Personals, a book of poetry by Ian Williams. Lynn Crosbie’s gripping Life is
about losing everything. An anthology of short stories called New Stories From
The South
(edited by Amy Hempel).


Best place on earth?

Sardinia.


Dinner guests?

Maria Callas, Jackie Onassis, Roisin Murphy, Gareth Pugh, Grace Jones, Annie
Lennox, John Parot, Alfred Corn, Truman Capote and Hedi Slimane.


Heroes?

Langston Hughes, Frank O’Hara and Lou Grant.


Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?

QuickVoice — an app that records interviews and changed my life.


Pool or ocean?

Both. I swim a mean breast stroke.


Voicemail or email?

50/50. 

Fashion-able: Totes, buckets, satchels & more

We On The Fourth Floor understand that not all bags can transition through the seasons. Our bulky black leather purse we’ve been toting around for eight months, while gorgeous, can be a bit heavy and dark when temperatures start to soar. 



We’ve compiled a few handbags we’re coveting, from all different price points, that we think would make a good addition to our summer ensembles. Not to mention also great if you need any Fourth Floor gift ideas. 😉

First up is the always-popular PS1 satchel by Proenza Schouler ($1488), but in a great tropical print. As we’re sure you’ve seen a certain ubiquitous neon satchel, nothing says summer like a fun, bright bag. It may be a bit pricey, but FASHION shows us how to rationalize this investment piece. (Both Natalie & Christina are big fans).




On the other hand Kylie would opt for a classic M.A.C. (Morning After Clutch) by Rebecca Minkoff bag in an army green colour. Always thinking ahead she comments that “their fall colours include maroon and green. They are all pretty beautiful and I’m a big fan of the gold hardware.”

 

This practical chic Filson ($300) satchel caught the eye of Abby who thinks It’s cute, will last forever and the long strap also means that I can wear it while riding my bike. Score.”

For a classic tote at a higher price point Andie opted for a Prada bag ($1730) she’s had her eye on for a while, “I could wear this bag in any season. Though I’m a little wary of a lighter colour getting dirty, I think its the perfect size for taking from day to night. Definitely a good investment.”



Erin is in the mindset for summer and says “all I need is my bright pink rattan beach bag for my towel, sunscreen and a good magazine,” which makes this Rebecca Minkoff tote ($206) perfect for a jaunt to the beach. 


The newest member to our Fourth Floor crew Christie, is a self-proclaimed loyal Coco-follower and heavy advocate of the double C’s. Often the 2.55 is A. overdone and B. not always summer friendly,” but would opt for this Chanel metallic python version if money was no object. Price point? Not in our budgets.  



If money was no object, which bag would have your eye on? 

Photo Friday: Frump-less Floral

Floral need not mean frumpy, à la grandma’s plastic-covered
couch. In fact, it has been one of the spring’s hottest runaway trends. Enjoy in today’s Photo Friday.

Media, Darling: Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer based in Toronto. His writing has appeared everywhere from Fashion Television to Disney, but he’s best known for covering the red carpet and staying on top of style for Canada’s most read fashion and beauty website, Fashionism.ca. Christopher covers fashion headlines, trends, shopping, maintains the daily Fashionist blog and shares celeb-watching duties at the popular column Style Winners and Losers.
Twitter: @Turnstylin
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon? 
Not really. I actually started out with ambitions of becoming the next Atom Egoyan. As a university student I majored in Film Studies and English Literature. My entry into fashion was when I was scouted by a model agent and soon found myself bouncing around working in NYC, Milan and Athens. When I finally made my way back to Canada, I had no idea what I wanted to do next. One thing led to another and I ended up as an intern on the then-brand new websites for Toronto Life and Fashion Magazine. Half way through my internship I was hired on, and the rest is history.

Where would you like to be five years from now? 
I’ve made a lot of changes in the last couple of years to get to where I am now and I have to say that I’m pretty happy with how things are going. Five years from now? All I can say is that I believe in challenging yourself.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry? 
Be nice. Seriously. Once you’ve got that down, ask questions, listen to the answers and write everyday.

What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own? 
I check in daily with New York magazine, Gawker and Styleite.

Best interview you’ve ever had? 
Jann Arden. She was gracious, funny and oh so sweet. You always worry when you meet someone you admire, but she truly exceeded any expectations. Adrianna Lima might be a close second… because apparently flattery will get you everywhere with me. I still have that interview on tape and give it a listen when I need a quick smirk.

Worst? 
Perez Hilton. No further comment.

Best advice you’ve ever been given? 
Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

What rule(s) do you live your life by? 
Take care of yourself and the person sitting next to you.

What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros? 
I’m a big believer in email etiquette, even on those days when things are rushed. You can say hello. I can’t stand greeting-less emails and I’ve deleted my fair share. I’ve also gone way out of my way to help PR pros that put that simple effort in. Most importantly? Figure out who I am and what type of content I write. It’s amazing the number of pitches I receive in a day that have absolutely nothing to do with anything that I would ever write about.

Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins. 
The little things mean so much to me. Nothing beats a handwritten thank you note.

I hate? 
Mean people, drivers who don’t signal when changing lanes, potatoes and when TV shows run late and my PVR cuts that last minute off.

I love? 
Shoes, spaghetti and meatballs, gingham, bad television, music that makes me sing, movies that make me cry, poetry that makes me think. And my niece and nephew, of course.

Reading? 
Always. I’m currently on a biography kick.

Best place on earth? 
The Duomo in Milan. It’s the most impressive building I’ve ever seen. When I lived there I made a point of stopping by the cathedral square every single day just to look and daydream. No excuses… every single day. I remember times when it would be close to midnight and I was just finishing work and desperate to go home. Still, I always ended up taking the long way home just to stand there for a few seconds. It was grounding and inspiring all at once. I need to go back.

Dinner guest? 
How about an insane dinner party that includes: Karl Lagerfeld (Baptiste Giabiconi would be with him of course), Madonna, Shakespeare, Oprah, Baz Luhrmann, Isabella Blow, and Karen Carpenter.

Hero? 
The news is filled with heroes. Anyone standing up for what they believe in despite the obstacles.

Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)? 
Truthfully, BBM is probably the only thing that keeps me from ditching my Blackberry these days.

Pool or ocean? 
Ocean. Nothing beats the sand and the sound of the ocean.

Voicemail or email? 
Always email.

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Fashion-able: Twitter accounts to live and dress by

There are tweets that make us laugh out loud (LOL if you will, as per 140-character Twitter standards), those that make us cringe and those that we cannot help but click on the shared link or image every time. Especially when they’re fashion-related. We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite and fashion-able Twitter accounts that we rely on for style inspiration, or just a good laugh.



While not strictly fashion-related, all tweets deal with the “trauma” of a spoiled woman, be it a scuffed Manolo or not being able to get a reservation at Balthazar‘s. Example number one: ‘They just tried to kick me out of the gym for smoking on the treadmill. ‘. Example number two is the true epitome of this poor little white girl: ‘I literally just ate so much water. ‘. A must-follow for a daily laugh (and reality check).


For the skinny (fashion pun intended) on top tier designers – think Miuccia Prada, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs – and their latest collections and collaborations, this is the account to follow. NY-based and best at spilling the news before it can walk down the runway, @Fashionista_com will always keep you in the trendy know.

Our Canadian fashion publications are our number one fashion news source. Featuring local designers and stores, Dorothy said it best: There’s no place like home.


People Magazine’s style guide lets us kill two birds with one stone – celebrities and designer duds. Can’t beat getting our celebrity fix and fashion fix, all in one.

Both have a way with words and work in PR. With content that makes us laugh and updates on their respective brands, we are forever entertained by these girls. Based on their huge amounts of followers, we garner that everyone else thinks so, too.

One of the happiest people we know (or wish we did), Betsey’s upbeat attitude, inspirational quotes and fashion-centric twitpics always leave us smiling more and wanting to do cartwheels.

For those into more funky fashion finds, this might tickle your fancy. Always sharing the most interesting collaborations and keeping us on our toes (when not wearing heels), this account will keep you ahead of the trend and #WQW ready.



There are so many more fashion tweeps that we follow, but we can’t list ’em all, so share your comments on who is your favourite of the fashion Twitterati.

Fashion-able: Streetstyle at LGFW

Half the fun of fashion week is seeing what people off the runway are wearing. We were continually impressed by the creative layering and fancy footwear we spotted on guests throughout the week, despite the rain and chill. We decided to bring our camera on day five to capture some of our favourite end-of-week ensembles.

Name: Caryn Ceolin (Ryerson University)

Favourite LGFW show: Pink Tartan

Could not survive LGFW without: Tights. She always keeps an extra pair in her purse in case of rips and/or layering.

What we love about her: Caryn’s leather-trimmed cape caught our eye first, but we’re obsessed with her spiked Marc by Marc Jacobs heels.

Name: Jacqueline Flaggiello

Favourite LGFW show: Chloe Comme Parris

Could not survive LGFW without: Snacks and red lipstick.

What we love about her: Her silky wide-legged pants paired with a silky button down top is the most refined version of the trendy “pyjama dressing” we’ve seen yet.

Name: Diondra Ascenuik

Favourite LGFW show: Baby Steinberg (her sister works for the designer)

Could not survive LGFW without: Comfy, yet stylish shoes

What we love about her: The sweet blouse, structured handbag and full skirt are very ladylike, but her leather dress adds a bit of edge and keeps it from being too sweet.

Name: Randi Bergman (online editor, FASHION)

Favourite LGFW show: Chloe Comme Parris

Could not survive LGFW without: Cab chits

What we love about her: We’re torn between her custom-made Pink Cobra jacket and her to-die-for Prada heels. Either way, what a babe!

Name: Bella Mumba (blogger, Hey Do You)

Favourite LGFW show: David Dixon

Could not survive LGFW without: Good vibes and bright colours

What we love about her: In a sea of black, Bella’s refreshing combination of colours and prints is a sight for sore eyes.

*All photos courtesy of the talented James Lourenco