Briony Smith is the writer and stylist
behind The Grid’s fashion page. She was previously the fashion editor of
blogTO. Briony has also contributed to publications like ELLE Canada, LOULOU, Toronto
Life, and glow. She recently appeared as a stylist on MuchMusic, and was named
by Flare magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Dressed denizens of Fashion Week.
Did you always want to be in the media? If
not, what other careers were on the horizon?
10-year-old self what a masthead was—and my immediate obsession with getting on
one someday! (Other careers I toyed with, believe it or not, were cop,
obstetrician, lawyer, and librarian.)
packages that make people say to their friends, “Hey, I read the best piece
hard as everyone else, all the time. Forever. If you can handle that, and still
feel that passion for fashion, journalism, the arts? You’re in the right place.
including your own?
York Times, iwantapounddog.blogspot.ca.
Arnett. I behaved in a terribly unprofessional manner when I conned him into
repeating a line from a treasured Human Giant sketch.
after his dental surgery, while another actress scheduled the call during her
brief limo ride to the airport and kept barking what I should and should not
focus on in the piece. Oh, and Hawksley Workman.
“Life isn’t fair.” My corollary to that might be: “Failure isn’t falling
down—it’s not getting up.” Jesus, that sounds like something on one of those
inspirational posters. This quote from U.S. congresswoman Debbie Wasserman in
last October’s Vogue did, however, strike me recently: “I might not convince
you that I’m right, and I might not always win the day or be successful on
everything I set out to accomplish. But I’m never going to lose because I got
more. Work hard. Dress well. It’s the little things. This, too, shall pass.
for products, images, and interview requests can be annoying, but super-prompt
replies are what make me really love some PR people—and loathe others.
We love to hear about #wins.
high-res, off-figure, on-white image just in the nick of time.
early. Sore feet. Bad TV. Bad style.
ethic. Similes that give you chills. Trinity-Bellwoods. Great style. A
the Davids: Chase, Milch, and Simon.
downloading these days)?
life. (Full disclosure: I’m from B.C.)