Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rachael Wang: Fashion Director at Allure

When I last talked to Rachael, she was the fashion market editor at Nylon. Like many in fashion, Rachael's career has been all about redefinition, and her ability to adapt to the changes that have happened in media in the past five years is nothing short of amazing. This fashion director/stylist/consultant/all around inspirational woman defines what it means to wear multiple hats and own them all. As she settles into a new role — fashion director at Allure — I revisited my 2014 interview with her, filled with her solid advice on how to deal with career changes and her wise words for hopefuls looking to enter the intimidating editor's arena.

Alright, let's start off with something pretty basic, can you describe yourself in three words?

How about two: constantly evolving.

Can you give me the short story version of how you've gotten to where you are in the fashion industry?

Like most, I started as an intern. The W [magazine] fashion closet was like a total immersion bootcamp and it was there that I decided to give a go at the industry. From there I worked my way up to assisting really incredible stylists, the most important of which to me was Edward Enninful when he was contributing to American Vogue and fashion director of i-D. Edward was the first person I worked with who allowed me to have an opinion. His confidence in me allowed me to find my own voice and consequently was able to start styling on my own. Styling and market are closely intertwined and I think that one set of skills can greatly enhance the other. I suppose this is how I found myself at Nylon where I am able to do both.

In order to start at Nylon you had to leave a position at Glamour. How did you come to that difficult decision?

It was a difficult decision as most career path forks are. I was very lucky to work with and learn from some of the most talented people in the industry at Glamour and felt empowered and inspired by my experience there to take on a new challenge.

What's your favorite part of your job at Nylon?

I am always inspired. Nylon is a tremendously creative environment and a place where ideas are really valued.

You've gotten to work with some amazing people and on some interesting projects. How do you stay motivated and inspired when you've already achieved so much?

I am tremendously lucky to be around talented innovative people every single day so finding inspiration is very easy. Motivation, I think comes from within though and I've always wanted to work hard. My reasons may fluctuate but I have always wanted to work hard. You never want to let your team down.

Aside from being the Fashion Market Director at Nylon, you also work as a fashion stylist and creative consultant. How do you manage all of those roles?

They're all related really so the roles are a natural progression. I believe firmly that every experience is an opportunity to grow and thus try to take on what I can. Conversely it is incredibly important for me to give each project nothing less than my best effort and this becomes impossible when you are spread too thin. There are only so many hours in the day and my first priority is Nylon so unfortunately in this moment I have to be very selective.

A shoot that Rachael styled for Racked.

Last but not least, what's your advice to those looking to head down the same career route in the industry?

Nothing substitutes for hard work and knowing that it takes work to achieve anything worthwhile. A good attitude is invaluable. Don't be afraid to reach out to people you admire. Treat your contacts like gold. Karma is real.

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