Last week, our Interview Series featured Kim France, the Founder of Lucky Magazine. On the same note, Elise Loehnen spent much of her career thus far at Lucky, acting at the magazine's Editor-at-Large. Now, Loehnen is the Editor-in-chief at beso.com. She took some time to shed light on style, her favorite emerging designers and her ultimate moment in fashion.
Name: Elise Loehnen
Occupation: Editor in Chief, Beso.com
My favorite trends right now: Digitized floral prints (though I'm a fan of just about any floral, really); neon (I've always believed that lots of color is still not enough color); Color-blocking (It looks rad and is super easy to do, which always makes for a win in my book).
Some important wardrobe staples: I have curves, so I rely pretty heavily on button-down shirts (XS J.Crew men's shirts, which are cut nice and long)—I just look infinitely better in something that's tailored. I think a lot of women underutilize the button-down (who doesn't look great with something framing their face). I also own about 14 iterations of black jeans (admittedly multiples of a few different cuts)—they're so versatile, particularly if you work in an ambiguously casual workplace. Some great pieces of jewelry: Instant way to make an outfit look infinitely more interesting and complex. Scarves: For those not inclined toward necklaces. A good, slouchy sweatshirt: So cute with a skirt, so cool with jeans. A well-cut blazer that fits perfectly in the shoulders: I love to see a blazer with a flowy dress, or the like. It's all in the mix, right?
I wouldn't be caught dead wearing: A mullet skirt. I just don't get it.
I wouldn't be caught dead without: At least one hair tie. I'm not sure why I don't have short hair, because I really can't stand wearing my hair down, around my face.
When in doubt, wear: A button-down (or two), a cardigan or blazer, some crazy jewelry, and black cuffed jeans is pretty much my uniform.
My favorite emerging designers: Hmmm, I don't know if they necessarily count as emerging, but I really gravitate to designers who have a thing that they stick to. Not that they can't switch it up a bit, or change the silhouette, but I appreciate people who aren't complete chameleons from season to season. Namely, I love Gary Graham (no hanger appeal, but his pieces are pretty amazeballs on), Gregory Parkinson (such great and unexpected prints), Suno (again, the exuberance!), Mara Hoffman…
My go-to nail polish color: I stopped painting my nails about three years ago. I'm not sure what happened, but I just decided a natural manicure was going to be my thing. I'm still religious about going (particularly for pedicures), but I just leave them plain.
My ultimate fashion moment in my career so far: I'm not sure if it was the highlight, per se, but the most surreal thing had to be doing HSN for Lucky—it's such a scene down there in Tampa, and you're up all night, looking bright-eyed (and fully made up), going live at like…3:35AM. It's like Vegas…you lose all sense of what time it might be. There are snack baskets everywhere, and they will get the hosts from set to set in wheelchairs (so that they can be rushed without showing up sweaty and breathless). It's just…a spectacle.