Since she launched her interview series in 2011, Fern Mallis’s sit-downs with some of the fashion industry’s biggest names have become must-sees amongst the fashion set. From Oscar de la Renta to Marc Jacobs to Bill Cunningham, the most well-known figures in the business have taken the stage with Mallis at the 92Y in N.Y.C. to dish on everything from their childhood, failures, triumphs, and beyond. To hear all the details, you had to score a coveted seat at the sold-out shows—until now. Today, Mallis is debuting her brand new book, Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, with full interview transcripts from her tête-à-têtes, along with tons of stunning images.
Mallis says putting her interviews into book form was a "no brainer." And although the book is filled with gorgeous photos of the designers—some of them are never before seen vintage snaps from their childhoods spent growing up in various countries around the globe—Mallis hopes that readers will take the most away from their sage advice.
"I hope [the readers] realize what kind of journey these creative people, successful people take to get to where they are. I mean almost everyone of them talk about you know, failures and where businesses go bankrupt and where things didn’t work out and you know how they had to sometimes lie to get the next job. All the different things that are part of somebody’s life, trying to be successful," Mallis tells InStyle. "But there’s a continuing thread through most of these life stories of really just being passionate about what they love, and just that against-all-odds succeeding---with addictions, with personal demons, whatever it may be."
Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis features 19 of the 21 interviews that Mallis has done at the 92Y. So which is her favorite? "Honest to God, it is so difficult to pin that down," Mallis says. "Because they all had something so special and so interesting to share." You can pick up the book starting today for $55 on amazon.com.