Q&A: the Cut’s Stella Bugbee

Words by Jody Hume | 9.4.14

As Editorial Director of New York Magazine’s fashion blog The Cut, Stella Bugbee oversees the writers and editors who cover a daily mix of runway fashion, street style, beauty, celebrity and politics. Since things like previewing Altuzarra’s collection for Target, testing out a slew of beauty products and attending NYFW are all in a day’s work for Bugbee, we asked about the pieces she’ll be investing in for fall, her fashion week M.O. and the biggest trend going around the office at The Cut.

Stella Balenciaga LoafersQ: What pieces will you be investing in for fall?
A: I usually purchase one great pair of shoes per season. This Fall I have my eyes on a pair of Balenciaga loafers. I also need a bag but I’m so picky about them that I am holding out for one that really speaks to me, which may not happen this Fall. I picked up a beautiful Proenza Schouler jacket at a sample sale and I am debating buying the Prada skinny scarf in red. I ordered a few key items from Apiece Apart (my favorite brand for everyday).

Q: Where’s the best spot in NYC for a break from fashion week?
A: Invariably I kill time in Jeffery which is a very bad habit. But I like to grab breakfast at Cookshop and tea at Pain Quotidien. I also love the Apple Store for good wifi or a phone charge between shows.

Q: Whose street style do you admire?
A: My favorite people to watch at fashion week are what I like to call “The Normals”: quietly chic editors who don’t always get photographed but who have subtle combos or navy and black and are impeccably put together. Having said that, I also really love watching all the bloggers try to one-up each other. I am not one of those people who hates on the “street stylers.” I think the whole sport is great fun and theater.

Stella Green JeepQ: Where are your favorite vacation spots?
A: My husband is from Hawaii and that will always be a favorite. But Italy and Mexico are close seconds. Domestically I love warmth so I gravitate to the Hamptons or places like Palm Springs.

Stella MakeupQ: What’s something you thought you’d never want to wear that you now wear?
A: Makeup! I was a very au naturel girl for many years but I’ve grown to LOVE LOVE LOVE a good eyeliner, lipstick or foundation.

Q: Do you tend to edit your closet or keep everything?
A: I edit religiously and to a fault. Many times I regret having given something amazing away, but I also find that I only like wearing 5-10 items at any given time. So it’s best to move the old stuff out and keep things in high rotation. I strive for simplicity, which is not to say plainness…just that having fewer things makes me happier.

Q: Which 3 pieces were you most excited to curate for your sale for The RealReal?

Balenciaga Chain Track NecklaceBalenciaga Silk DressCéline Trapeze Bag

Q: Do you have a signature scent?
A: Nope! I’d like to get to that point but I am constantly trying new scents for work. I love perfume more than anything in the world! I have a few that I always come back to:
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
Byredo Encens Chembur
Comme des Garcon Dover Street Market

Q: What have you been listening to lately?
A: Beck’s Morning Sounds, Jimmy Cliff, Early 90’s Hip Hop

Q: The last good book you read?
A: Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton and Heidi Julavits

Q: Biggest trend going around the office at The Cut?
A: Birkenstocks are still holding strong, but the biggest thing is Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bags. We ALL have Mansur bags in different colors. It’s practically mandatory.

Stella BirksMansur Gavriel Bucket BagQ: Aside from The Cut, where you do you look for fashion news and inspiration?
A: The many chic women of NYC inspire me. And small fashion mags like The Gentlewoman.

Instagram photos courtesy of @stellabugbee.

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