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.
"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."