Joe Zee Talks!

joe zee2I have been to two of the most amazing fashion events this week. The first was an evening with Joe Zee, the brand new Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer, Yahoo Style; Former Creative Director, of Elle. He was interviewed by Carolyne Zinko, Style Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Zee will oversee the launch of the upcoming Yahoo Fashion digital magazine, as well contributing video series and supervising special events around Yahoo Fashion and Yahoo Beauty. All of which he has done before in print media. It seemed he was speaking to let us know that Yahoo is going to be the next destination for Style.

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I was delighted with the evening. Zee was engaging, I loved his forthright manner and genuine love of fashion.

He talked about when he was a fashion intern in New York, and some of the other interns would complain about hauling clothes back and forth from the designer to someplace else in the garment district. He said he was just thrilled to get to be with the clothes and be even a small part of the scene. I loved it when he spoke about that period of his life and how perseverant he was in getting that internship, writing letter after letter, desperate to be in New York and not have to move back to Canada. He continues to carry that point of view around.

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Two of his favorite shows this season:

Alexander Wang, and Joseph Altuzarra, young fresh designers who have each coincidently brought lines to Target.

I am always interested in trends and was somewhat surprised to hear him say Spring 2015 will include gingham, which made me kind of sad, and rave culture, which I have never really given up.

When asked for fashion tips he says he likes to wear high end expensive items with everyday clothes. He noted he was wearing a YSL sweater with an Old Navy shirt (he is an Old Navy Brand Ambassador).

My favorite comment of the evening was when asked what San Francisco’s style was, he responded, “Comfort Chic”.

He also stopped by our local Academy of Art University, you can read more about that HERE.

I really enjoyed myself and I suspect I will be checking out Yahoo Style! now and then, and I will be interested to see if he introduces the plus size fashion world which is all over the news right now.

Peace…affinity

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