Fashion writer extraordinaire and international fashion party goer Derek Blasberg is one of the most enviable non-household names working in the industry. The St. Louis native is an Affton High School graduate and works as editor-at-large for Harper’s Bazaar, as well as VMagazine and VMan.
Blasberg was in town last week to be the guest of honor at a St. Louis Fashion Fund gala during St. Louis Fashion Week, hosted to raise seed money for a fashion incubator.
How would your mother describe you in one word?
DB: As a kid, she always called me Curious George after the children’s book character, but mostly out of frustration for me getting myself into so much trouble. I’d like to think I’m still curious now, but cause less trouble.
Favorite best-selling author, other than yourself?
DB: David Sedaris
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
DB:Wolfgang. My dad tried to name both me and my brother Wolfgang, but my grannie put the kibosh on that both times.
What word in the English language do you wish you had invented?
DB: All cuss words. I like language that gets a reaction.
If you could eradicate one fashion trend from the planet what would it be?
DB: Men should never, ever wear sheer shirts.
What is the main fault in your character?
DB: Impatience. (How many more questions are there?)
Your social media profiles are a who’s who of fashion elites. Which one would you like to trade places with for a day?
DB: Ralph Lauren actually lives the American Dream.
What do you most appreciate about growing up in the Midwest?
DB: Everything. My family, my school, my friends, the bullies, the mall, the Art Museum: It all made me the person I am today.
Where have you traveled in the last 30 days?
DB: Really? Aspen, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Lake of the Ozarks, the Hamptons, and then twice to London and Paris.
You have one of the most coveted jobs in fashion. What advice do you have for people who want to do what you do?
DB: Pay your dues. Never say no. Work hard. Be nice. Be on time. Dress up. And smile even when and especially when you don’t want to.
• To read all 21 questions with Derek Blasberg, go to stltoday.com/stylefile.