Last month, Fern Mallis hosted the Fashion Icons series with fashion stylist legend Polly Mellen at 92Y. The auditorium filled with enthusiasts and a few Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar alum, were excited to hear stories about her years thriving in the fashion industry collaborating with such notable photographers as Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, and Mario Testino. And to learn of her movie star crush, William Holden, (whom she did meet!) as well as discuss the groundbreaking photos including the most expensive photo shoot in history to date.
Mellen confessed to the crowd: “I was a spoiled brat - I knew it, I know it, and loved it,” which the crowd loved indeed. As the evening winded down she made sure to pass on a little career advice she received years ago from Harper’s Bazaar editor, Carmel Snow, "Go see every designer everywhere. You never know where the next talent is coming from. Open your eyes, have a little humility and let go of ego."
Hey New York fashionistas.
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis begins in September at 92Y.
Diane von Furstenberg. Marc Jacobs. Polly Mellen. Betsey Johnson.