Fury and Frankel started off by discussing their own journeys through the fashion journalism world. Frankel, not knowing fashion could be studied at university, completed an English degree before starting at Blitz Magazine and staying until its closure. She then worked as fashion editor at the Guardian, and then The Independent, a position that would later be filled by Fury.
Alexander Fury, having initially envisioned himself as a designer, graduated from the fashion history and theory course at Central Saint Martins in 2006, and has since held positions at the New York Times, ShowStudio, Financial Times, and Love Magazine.
“Honestly, right now is a very difficult time to get into fashion media. Many offices are closed, and internships and employment opportunities are even scarcer than usual.” – Alexander Fury
When asked the advice she has for young people starting their professional journey, Susannah Frankel didn’t hesitate: “Don’t compromise. Read, watch, listen to everything,” she declared, with Alexander Fury spilling the tough truth about the currently deserted magazine offices: “Honestly, right now is a very difficult time to get into fashion media. Many offices are closed, and internships and employment opportunities are even scarcer than usual. I think my recommendation is to be resilient and open to opportunities – which seems basic, but honestly unexpected avenues can lead to work.”
In case you desire to secure an internship at AnOther magazine, now entering its third decade the advice is: wait, and if you have a true enthusiasm and love for fashion then there is a place for you. Frankel admits that “knowledge, accuracy, individuality and the ability to think quickly,” are the most vital traits in an aspiring AnOther Magazine writer. Fury is on the same page, looking for respect and adoration for fashion; “a good turn of phrase. Proficient use of spell check – although I’m guilty of not following that recommendation myself. I think the most important element is passion and love for your craft – that means both writing and fashion,” he suggests.