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Fashion Insider: Derek Blasberg, Gilt Groupe, & ‘Classy’

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on May 2, 2010

Renowned fashion journalist, celebrity gay gal pal and New York “it” boy Derek Blasberg comes to Dallas to unveil his new literary venture ‘Classy’

Standing in a crowded room Monday evening at The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Derek Blasberg, dressed head to toe in Burberry, is cracking jokes and engaging in conversations with Dallas’ most dolled-up ladies and fashion scenesters. The dapper 20 something is the type of person who draws people in and after just a few exchanged words you feel inclined to call him your new best friend. It is no surprise Blasberg is the life of his own party honoring his book release, hosted in honor of his recent book release by former President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara and Gilt Groupe founder Alexis Maybank.

“I was excited when I first read Derek’s book because it is amazing and then I was even more ecstatic when he decided to do a book tours stop in Dallas,” said Bush of Blasberg’s book Classy. “It’s very funny and it’s very Derek, everyone should read it.”

Blasberg is the Ryan Seacrest of fashion journalism. Not only is he the ‘editor at large’ of Condé Nast’s Style.com, he has a monthly column in Harper’s Bazaar and is the senior fashion news and special projects editor at V Magazine. On the side of those three positions, he edits best-selling books such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Influence and contributes regularly to countless publications, including Interview and several international editions of Vogue.

His non-stop career demands his attendance at every runway show, exclusive fashion party and societal gala. His fashion connections forged through his career and his party-hopping habits have resulted in close friendships with everyone from supermodels like Agness Deyn and Jessica Stam, to famous troublemakers like Lindsay Lohan and Peaches Geldof, and fashion’s ‘it’ girls like Alexa Chung, Chloe Sevigny, Kate Bosworth and Byrdie Bell.

His vast knowledge and experience with today’s batch of beautiful, rich and famous young women led him to write a manual giving advice to the everyday girl on how exactly to be a respectable modern lady.

“I wrote the book because in today’s times, if I was a 15-year-old girl I would be confused as to who’s a good role model and who’s good entertainment,” Blasberg said, as he addressed the Dallas crowd regarding Classy. “Not to name names, because I’m very classy, but I think you all know who I’m talking about,” he continued. Sarah Bray

Barbara Bush & Derek Blasberg

SMU Sophomore M.C. Corey testing the Gilt Groupe App for iPad

SMU Senior Lucy Akin & SMU Alum Christina Geyer

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