COVID

During COVID, Magazine Assistants Are Running Fashion Closets From Their Bedrooms

Photographer: Lexi LambrosNo Restrictions: Internal and editorial use approved. OK for Native and co-branded use.
Photographer: Lexi LambrosNo Restrictions: Internal and editorial use approved. OK for Native and co-branded use.

Fashion magazines are fueled by large-scale photo shoots, features with high-profile celebrities, and coverage of red carpet events. A lot of this isn’t possible without the team behind the scenes: the fashion assistants. These assistants call in and organize all products that are then placed on talent for said events or cover shoots. The products – apparel, accessories, shoes, fine and costume jewelry, and extras – are housed in a fashion closet near the fashion department. It’s common for the closet to be the smallest room in the office – leaving fashion assistants and interns to create jigsaw puzzles to make sure everything fits and is organized for impromptu run-throughs or visual displays of upcoming shoots for the stylist to review.

When I was a fashion assistant, I remember being blocked in by trend boards,

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The COVID effect on work fashion in Charlotte

High heels? No thanks. Pants with zippers? So 2019. In the age of quarantine and remote working, comfort is king in the Queen City.

Like nearly everything in life, Charlotte fashion has been turned on its head during the COVID-19 pandemic. With Zoom calls replacing meetings, couches replacing conference rooms and Netflix replacing nights out, business and formal attire are becoming as passe as handshakes. Instead we are seeing the rise of what the Wall Street Journal dubbed the “business mullet” — formal up top, party down below.

“I’d live in my joggers if I could, and the best part is that I can wear a professional blouse up top during my Zoom calls with clients and no one is the wiser,” said Charlotte business coach, strategist, author and podcaster Jenny Melrose. “Plus I’m able to hop up and be comfortable running an errand or playing with the kids. Comfort

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