The Future of Fashion (Journalism): LIM Students Produce Special Section for The Daily Front Row's Fashion Week Issue

Who better to give Fashion Week attendees a look at the future than a group of young women and men preparing to become the industry’s next generation of leaders?

On February 17, The Daily Front Row published its semi-annual Fashion Week issue and it will feature a special insert on the future of the fashion business – entirely produced by a team of talented LIM College students.

The students’ work will reach a broad range of key influencers, including designers, editors, bloggers, and buyers. Fifteen thousand copies of the magazine will be distributed at Lincoln Center, and up to 3,000 more will reach audiences at off-site shows throughout the city.

Under the supervision of The Daily Front Row’s editorial team, the students began work on this project in November of 2014. The “mini-magazine within the magazine” was the brainchild of The Daily Front Row’s President & Publisher, Paul Turcotte.

According to Suzanne Balestier, a freshman in LIM’s Fashion Scholars program who served as Editor-in-Chief of the section, “The theme of the future of the fashion business ties in with the mission of LIM College and allowed us to feature up-and-comers in the industry.”

Articles include an interview with model Alessandra Ambrosio, profiles of top fashion bloggers, and a report on new fabrics that may transform fashion. The students were responsible for all aspects of their publication – from research and writing to photography and art direction. They worked directly with The Daily Front Row staff in their offices and received invaluable guidance and input as they learned firsthand about the vast amount of hard work required to produce a magazine.

Says Suzanne, “I really appreciate the extra time they took to teach us about the process of creating a magazine. I was in contact with quite a few editors, including Eddie Roche, the Deputy Editor, and the Features Editor, Alexandra Ilyashov. They were open to any questions or concerns we had, which made us all feel welcomed.”

The students were also supervised by John Deming, Interim Director of LIM College’s Writing Center. He says, “When it comes to magazine production and journalism in general, you learn best by doing. These students were able to experience in a real-world context exactly what kind of work goes into it—and exactly what kind of satisfaction there is at the end. In addition to gaining writing, editing, marketing, and layout experience, they also honed their abilities to become reliable journalists who meet deadlines and follow through on all expectations—skills that go well beyond the world of journalism.”

Deming also noted that upon completion of the project the students were all offered internships at The Daily Front Row.

Following is a list of students who participated and the roles they assumed:

  • Suzanne Balestier: Editor-in-Chief
  • Seth Jubb: Executive Editor
  • Drishtee Gupta: Co-Managing Editor
  • Rachel Simunovich: Co-Managing Editor
  • Skylah Guntley: Creative Director
  • Pheanny Phen: Photo Editor
  • Mary-Kate Mowat: Writer/Reporter
  • Nicole Jezerski: Writer/Reporter
  • Rakeema Elliott: Writer/Reporter
  • Almendra Perez: Fashion News Editor
  • Christina Suul Naess: Market Editor
  • Taylor Lloyd, Market Editor