We caught up with the Editor-In-Chief of the fashion section of IX Daily
and 1/2 of the style icon duo Trollsen Twins, Savannah Scott
, about what IX Daily is really about, how she worked her way into her role and into the fashion show scene, her goals for the next 5 years and her favorite fashion icons.
You can see the stylish Trollsen Twins wearing our pieces this weekend at Montreal Fashion Week!
Please tell us a bit about IX Daily?
IX Daily is a fashion, music and lifestyle blog based out of Montreal, Canada. I'm the editor-in-chief of the fashion section, called The Arbiter. We just changed it from it's original name Drop Your Skirt because the founder of the website, Nick Younès, and I thought it was totally outdated and misogynistic. To be fair he named it a long time ago when he didn't know any better.
How did you work your way into this role?
I'm lucky because Nick believed in me. He created his blog over a decade ago, and one day he asked me if I'd be interested in writing for him. He liked my style and I had exactly zero experience in writing and styling. I agreed to do it on a whim. At the time I was working towards a degree in sociology, and just like that I switched to journalism. I started freelancing at the same time, and when my work made it to Teen Vogue and Vice I felt so fulfilled and gratified that I knew I had found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. As we speak I'm in the process of packing up and moving to New York City to start my Masters in Magazine Writing at NYU.
Tell us a bit about the fashion show, how did you get involved and what is the theme behind your runway show for IX Daily?
This is my second show for Festival Mode & Design
, my first one was last summer and just like this year Nick and I organized everything together.
We divided the tasks according to our expertise - I do the styling and concept while Nick focuses on logistics and promotion. Because I'm leaving the city I was born and raised in, I decided to make the show a sort of goodbye to my French Canadian hometown. It's going to be full of French cliché, cue the Valfré berets, but I've incorporated tons of classic and edgy elements like reconstructed denim and BDSM themed accessories. I'm going out with a bang.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, your goals for the next 5 years?
I'm a writer and a stylist with a Bachelors degree in Journalism. While I studied I did tons of freelance styling for magazines like Polyester Zine, Dress to Kill, Idol Magazine, Damaged Goods, Cake Magazine and The Fine Print and collaborated with brands like Converse and Aldo. I also did freelance writing for Teen Vogue, Vice and local blogs and newspapers. My goal has been to work at a major fashion magazine in New York City, and that's exactly where I'm headed.
Who is your fashion icon?
Fashionable people come and go but only few have a real long lasting impact on the actual fabric of the industry. Lately when people ask me this question I mention fashion editors and writers that I admire, because the words in fashion magazines are just as if not more important than the images they display. The entire team at Teen Vogue is changing what it means to be fashion conscious. Racial and gender issues, LGBTQ rights and politics in general belong in the pages of fashion magazines. Being well dressed does not mean being vapid. Independent fashion blogs like Rookie Mag and Polyester Zine also play a huge role in changing the status quo. By girls, for girls. By people of colour, for people of colour. We're done with the old model of shut up and look good, today fashion also means being smart and demanding equality.
Where do you feel most inspired?
This sounds corny, but some of my friends are so talented and creative that I feel the most inspired when we're just hanging out. The photographer responsible for these photos is one of my best friends, her name is Delphine Lewis, and whether we're just grabbing a coffee or texting like crazy people, we always come up with amazing ideas that inspire our next projects. Of course like everyone else I'm really inspired by traveling, New York City is magic and I can't wait to live there. Instagram and Tumblr are also an infinite source of inspiration that you can access from almost everywhere on the planet.