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GÉRALDINE SAGLIO - Humanity Magazine

It’s been 10 years since Saglio landed a plum internship at Vogue Paris and worked her way up the editorial ladder to the distinguished rank of the title’s fashion editor, where she remains today, curating a vision of style under the industry’s watchful eye.

Despite her sixth sense for fashion (she’s regularly snapped by street-style bloggers for her cool Parisian-girl vibe), Saglio didn’t always envision herself immersed in a world of runway shows and photo shoots. “I first started studying economics,” explains the native Parisian—who continues to live today in the same arrondissement in which she grew up. But Saglio quickly got bored and within two years made the leap to fashion school, enrolling in ESMOD, alma mater to the likes of designers Thierry Mugler and Olivier Rousteing and Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia. “It was interesting because they offered many internships in the industry, and it allowed me to have various short experiences in press departments, commercial departments and marketing,” notes Saglio, whose final internship was a six month stint at Vogue Paris. “I loved everything there,” she says. And the rest is magazine history.

Like most budding fashion editors, Saglio paid her dues performing tasks such as clothing returns, eventually earning herself a coveted spot as the second assistant to then editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld (who departed for new editorial pastures in 2011). But a chance to help on a photo shoot in Los Angeles afforded Saglio the opportunity to work for 10 days with then fashion director (and current editor-in-chief) Emmanuelle Alt. From then on, Saglio cut her teeth as Alt’s main assistant, working for five years before earning her stripes and current title of fashion editor. And lest anyone think a fashion assistant’s job doesn’t have some humorous moments, think again: “I had just started working as Emmanuelle’s assistant; I barely knew her and we were not yet on familiar terms,” explains Saglio. “We were shooting in the Seychelles and the first night, while I was fast asleep, she came knocking on my door at 3 a.m. I mean, she was my boss, not my friend, but she asked to sleep with me because there was this terrifying insect in her room!”

It’s no surprise that this editor, whose expertly trained eye is responsible for landing of-the-moment designers on the pages of one of the world’s most respected fashion magazines, has her own, seemingly effortless style down pat. Saglio likes to rock a self described “classic, masculine” style and identifies an old Isabel Marant sweatshirt, a vintage Saint Laurent smocking and a pair of black jeans as favorite pieces in her own well-edited closet. “I have always been obsessed with Saint Laurent and his smocking,” says Saglio, who counts Jane Birkin and Betty Catroux among her personal style icons and currently has her eye on designers Anthony Vaccarello, Fausto Puglisi and Christophe Lemaire.

So next time you’re lusting over looks in Vogue Paris, you know who to thank.





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