Interview: Elle’s Faran Krentcil

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I’ve been keeping this interview to myself for the past month, listening to the iPhone recording on repeat. Honestly, I didn’t know (still don’t) how to open up the writing portion of this post. I mean, pretty simply, Faran Krentcil is easily one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. It’s not easy to explain – she creates an air of familiarity and intimacy that puts you at ease the moment you sit down with her. Faran is a graduate of my high school, Phillips Academy Andover, and she first got recognition with a blog she started, “Fashionista.com.” Later, she worked at Nylon (as their digital director) and now she works at Elle (as their digital special projects editor). Faran is often seen interviewing various celebrities, so when I asked her if I could interview her, she merely laughed. “This is funny, this is what I do to people everyday.” Clad in a patterned coat and adorned with a coral 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli, Faran’s outfit was juxtaposed by the cafeteria’s plastic bowls and classic canine food – scrambled eggs, pre-made sausages, and soggy waffles. It was her first time in awhile that she had been back to Andover’s cafeteria and she seemed nostalgic, snapping a quick pic of the stairway as we reached the second floor. I sat down with her for two hours, while she gave me a quick peek of her life  – from her crazy night at the Met Gala (Katy Perry, Madonna, and Jeremy Scott included) to how she ended up at Elle, Faran and I chatted until I had to run back to study for finals. We ended our breakfast with a quick Instagram picture tutorial and shoefie. How 21st century of us…

C: How do people get invited to NYFW (New York Fashion Week)? Is the only way to get invited through a connection? 

F: So NYFW is just a ton of different things happening all in the same week, and it’s not like you get invited to come to the whole week. It’s like every designer has to invite you separately. Uh, there are a bunch of ways. The way that I first started going to fashion shows was because I got a job as a writer at a publication, and my editors said that they couldn’t go to every show. I mean nobody can go to every show, so they would send me to the ones they didn’t want to go to, which were either immerging designers, some of whom no longer exist, and some of whom have become huge (like Jeremy Scott). Or they were just crazy wild designers that the editors didn’t have the energy for like Baby Phat. At the time, I was 21, and thought it was the coolest thing in the world to go to those shows and sit next to Paris Hilton. And it was. I wasn’t jaded by the industry yet. So, one of the “legit” ways to get in is to have a job in the industry (magazine, website), and you are invited because they want you to cover it. You could also crash, which is totally possible and happens all the time. I always recommend, if you want to crash a fashion show, that you pick one that is not Alexander Wang and that is not Marc Jacobs, and that you are very upfront and you go in at the end and say “Hi, I am a student, I would love it if I could stand and watch the show.” And if they say no, go and get ice cream and call it a day. But there is really no reason why they would say no, you know, unless it is Alexander Wang or Marc Jacobs, and everyone is trying to get in and they don’t even have places to stand because some editors even have standing seats.

C: Coolest person you every interviewed?

Omigod! Oh that’s such an awesome question! Uh, Kristen Stewart, I wanna say? I’m really lucky, I’ve interviewed such great people. I actually just did an amazing, amazing, interview with Vivienne Westwood, and she talked to me for 40 minutes. It was pretty epic because she was talking about politics and style, and I disagreed with 80% of what she said, but she was so articulate, and it was really just a privilege to be able to speak with her.  I think in terms of being like OMIGOD, we should be friends, you are the smartest, coolest person, I think it was Kristen Stewart. I really do. I talked to her right after “Still Alice”, the film that she made with Julianne Moore. I talked to her for Elle Magasine, and we met up at a hotel in Soho for about 30 minutes – she was so smart, she was funny – I asked her really tough, real questions, and she was super cool about answering them. I really liked her. 

C: Can you tell me more about the Imaginary Socialite?

(For those of you who are not familiar, The Imaginary Socialite was an anonymous blogger (actual still is anonymous) in NYC who received a ton of hype about her blog ten years ago. Some people thought it was Faran. Still, no one knows who this is.)

The Imaginary Socialite

 F: Nope. What do you want to know? I mean, I don’t know if she ever explained herself fully. I think she was just a girl who was really excited to be in New York, and was a little confused on what she was doing there, and she wanted people to understand all the great stuff and also all the scary stuff that happens when you’re new in a big city.  I think she was really excited when she got a lot of attention and I think that maybe she was also a little bit scared at the attention that she got, and I don’t know. Yeah, I heard rumours that she might be coming back, but I’m not sure. I’m sure you will hear before I do if she is coming back.

C: What was your first fashion job/ did you ever intern?

Yeah of course [I interned]! I don’t know, I feel like my first fashion job was directing plays at Andover and I had to pick out costumes, you know, and helping people get dressed for prom. I feel like getting dressed for class everyday was my first fashion job because I was really concerned on what I looked like, but I didn’t have a big budget – no designer anything.  When I was in college, I got an internship with Jane Pratt, who also went to Andover, and she had a magazine called “Jane” at the time, and I interned in the fashion closet. I thought I wanted to be a fashion editor, but interning in a fashion closet taught me pretty fast that I was not destined to become a fashion editor. What happens in a fashion closet is that clothes come in and they come out. You package them to go on shoots, you iron them for shoots, and you clean them in the middle of shoots, and you dress the models, and for some girls, that is everything they want. Those girls become stylists and me, I was like “it would be so cool if we wrote a story…” and everyone was like, “What are you talking about?? This is the fashion closet, iron the damn jeans!” True story!

Isn’t she just the coolest? Props to you if you read this far.

xxx,

C

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