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John Troxel

This is John Troxel, magazine editor, photographer, blogger…the list is endless.

John can often be found among piles of clothes – ‘whether it’s the Salvation Army, the designer collections at Saks Fifth Avenue or my home studio, I love it all!’ he says. He likes pasta, running, rocks and minerals, Dr. Peppers (large) from McDonalds, old sunglasses, expired films, safety pins and one of our favourites, The Great Gatsby.

Read on to find out more about John’s magazine, INK, and find out what inspires him.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m 17 years old and editor-in-chief of INK Magazine (a monthly fashion/photography/music magazine) and a fashion & portrait photographer in Chicago, IL. I’m originally from the east coast (born in New Jersey, raised in Philly) and love still constantly travelling back & forth. I plan to go on to school in NYC after I graduate high school and study Fashion Design and Art History.

What are your inspirations?

I think that everything around me is “inspiring me”…but I just like to think of it all as influence. I’m young in the industry (& the whole world) and still finding my niche and style, but I love looking through the works of the older masters who shot with all film.

What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?

I think the set of images I did of the Joffrey Ballet here in Chicago. I had about an hour with three of their dancers, and I feel like it shows a lot of my strengths.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

Well, for fashion design Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein are three houses I really adore. I think that Bruce Weber (sans erotic) really does lighting right, and I love Annie Leibovitz’s fashion photography work. Anna Wintour has some serious swagger…I guess she’s an editor “fav”!

Visit the website of INK magazine; look at John’s blog and his website, plus check out some of his photography here. Tweet him: @John_Troxel.


Emma Steaman

Meet 25-year-old Emma Steaman, a make-up artist, stylist and beauty journalist. Emma also enjoys reading and writing, and has taken several short courses through the London College of Fashion. Oh, and she can do the splits too. Read on to find out more…

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve always known I was very creative. When I left school, I went on to study Hair and Beauty for three years at my local college, where I gained NVQs. I have done lots of work placements, including Real People magazine, LOOK and Closer. I’ve been lucky enough to write articles and style shoots!

What are your inspirations?

Everything around me inspires me. I can write an article based on anything, but my main inspirations are the runway. I love Vogue – I cant get enough of it! I’m also always noticing the clothes and make-up of people on the street, which gives me lots of ideas.
What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?

Anything that I’ve had published! It gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

Myself – I don’t want to be anyone else!

Have a look at some of Emma’s styling work here. See some of her articles on

Milly Sampson

This is Milly Sampson, blogger by day and cheerleader by night (or possibly vice versa? Or a mix of the two? Either way, it sounds pretty superhero-ish). Milly collects coffee table books (her current favourite is The Selby), as well as postcards from bars dotted around the cities she visits, and she has a bit of a thing for designers Matthew Williamson and Alexander McQueen

What’s Milly’s favourite thing about blogging? ‘What I love about it is the sharing of individual, unknown brands from around the world,’ she says. ‘Fashion to me is so much more about personal style than anything else.’

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a nineteen-year-old blogger, student and freelance fashion writer. A London Fashion Week, tea and travel obsessive. I’m a literature student and find F. Scott Fitzgerald divine, along with Kerouac, Hunter. S. Thompson and Hemingway. I’ve done a fair amount of work experience both in PR and writing, including a stint at Company magazine last summer. I write for a wide variety of both online and printed magazines, and at the end of the day… I want to travel the world whilst writing about all that I find, fashionable thoughts on the places I visit, and collecting trinkets for my ultimate house.

What are your inspirations?

Inspirations are primarily other blogs – my friend Audrey’s ‘’ and by Olivia Lopez. Otherwise primarily travelling, little quirky shops and interior design seem to inflict their personality upon my writing and style choices. The written word is one of my favourite things and along with beautiful music I could sit and write alone for hours.

What’s your favourite piece of work you have produced?

My favourite work is often a blog post I feel really proud of – it must have clear, interesting content and perfect images. Otherwise my coverage of London Fashion Week is a favourite because I pack so much in from shows and trend coverage, to backstage interviews and new brands.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

My favourite ‘creative’ is most likely one of the aforementioned bloggers if we’re specifically speaking of the blogosphere. In terms of fashion writing on a wider scale I really look up to my mentor Oonagh Brennan from my time at Company Magazine. To consider writing on a whole Fitzgerald will always be my absolute favourite literary writer, no one can beat his word composition or the feeling he implicates upon me.

Browse Milly’s blog here, have a gander at her LookBook profile and, naturally, Tweet her: @mlle_milly.

Aindrea Emelife

Our youngest creative to date, Aindrea Emelife is a fashion writer with a serious penchant for shoes.

Aindrea loves The Velvet Underground almost as much as she loves her heels, and describes herself as a ‘rock ‘n’ roll flower child’. Want to find out more? You know what to do…

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a seventeen-year-old fashion writer with an affinity with words and infatuation with shoes. I started writing for publications at the age of fourteen, when I attended my first London Fashion Week and have found myself addicted to the industry. When I’m not doing my homework, I’m writing articles, and when I’m not doing that, I’m posting on my blog, RAGS. My life seems to be focused on the written word. I’m also a closet poet… my poetry is everything I’m not willing to say.

What are your inspirations?

I’m so inspired by independent fashion magazines. My favourites being Tank, Under/Current, Pop and Love. I like magazines which seem more of an art form than glossy sheets of consumerism and wasted luxury. I’m inspired by text and antiquarian books. That old book smell. The yellowing pages and ink inscriptions on the cover… I love it! I also have a great interest in art, and as an Art History student, I enjoy drawing parallels between the works of great artists and the creations of designers and fashion photographers.

What’s your favourite piece of work you produced?

My favourite pieces of work are always the latest article I have written. With every article I can see myself developing as a writer, developing a particular style and becoming more comfortable with how I express my thoughts in a coherent manner, with creative flair.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

Tim Blanks. There are few fashion writers that can write thousands words of ranting, referencing anthropological references embedded in McQueen collections and keep my attention, but his articles are fiercely captivating and provocative. Blanks, I salute you.

Read Aindrea’s blog, Rags, and Tweet her @Aindrea