Cliche Magazine Oct/Nov 2017 - Page 49

Do you have any major goals for the site? Not to get too full of ourselves or anything, but we think we’re still here, plugging away eleven years after launch, because our goals for the site have never once changed. We’re here to take any given reader out of her day for five minutes at a time by focusing on something or someone fabulous—and then putting our own spin on how to be more fabulous. Since day one of blogging, we have always had one image in mind: to be the funny, snarky gay friend you sit in the break room with and flip through celebrity magazines. Aside from that, our next major goal is to finish our second book, which is going to have every single bit of T Lo style advice we’ve ever imparted or learned. “It’s about being strong, declarative, and even openly political right now, much in the same way the ‘80s were.” What’s your favorite designer you’d love to meet, dead or alive? Lorenzo: John Paul Gottier because I do appreciate his love and passion for fashion. He has an amazing eye for discovering new things to create new things and to celebrate new things in fashion. I absolutely love Hireshi ZENDAYA YARA SHAHIDI Who would you like to interview someday? We would love to interview Niecy Nash from TNT’s Claws because we love that show so much. We also both love Lena Headey from Game of Thrones. She plays Cersei Lannister, she follows us on Twitter, she says she loves us, but she’s so big. It’s people like that who are the kind of people we’d love to interview. There are various fashion designers I know we’d want to talk to: Michele Clapton, who does the costumes for Game of Thrones and The Crown, for example. We are going to try to secure an interview with her this season. But when it comes to pop culture and fashion blogging, I think we’ve learned that there is no game plan. You just have to take it week by week. What’s coming out this week? Is it worth writing about? Do we have anything to say about it? So it’s not the kind of endeavour where you can plan out what you’re going to say three, six months from now. Couture. I’m glad that’s what he’s focusing on right now and he’s always been my favorite designer. Tom: I’m going to be a little surprising here and say Karl Lagerfeld. You know why? I have always wondered deep down: is this all just an act? He constantly says outrageous things and offensive things and he acts a certain way and I’m like, ‘I think it’s an act,’ but he’s been so consistent with it for so long that I just don’t know. I won’t say that I admire some of the stunts he’s pulled and some of the things he’s said in public—I really don’t—but first off, he is an amazing designer and I can’t take that away from him, and secondly, he’s been in the industry so long and knows so many people that I think he’d be a fascinating person to discuss fashion with. Like I said, at the bottom of it all, I would really love to know what he’s like behind closed doors. Is he really like that or is he completely different? Any new sections you might introduce? Yes! Over the next year, we plan on seriously beefing up our interviews with celebrities, fashion designers, and costume designers. We’ve always loved conducting interviews and kind of got away from them because they can be time-consuming. But lately, we’ve been feeling the need to bring them back in a big way and have started reaching out with publicists to set some things up. anything like that? Tom: Stylists like us. Lorenzo: The fashion world is a very funny world. We do get a lot of compliments, but they are not publicized. Tom: Yeah, they’re on the down low. Lorenzo: They’re on the down low because these people pretty much depend on celebrities and designers in the world of fashion, so they don’t want to come out and say, ‘Oh, you guys are hilarious. I love when you criticize X, Y, and Z.’ Obviously, they don’t come out and say that, but when we meet them in private or during fashion week and so on, they just go on. We do get people saying, ‘Oh my god, I love your book; I love what you guys have to say,’ and one of the things they say often is that when we criticize the look, we criticize the clothes, the shoes, the makeup and so on, but we never body-shame anybody. And I think they appreciate that. I think most people appreciate that, especially the readers. CATE BLANCHETT www.clichemag.com 49