Once, not long after I joined this magazine, I went to one of our fashion shoots. If you’ve never been on a fashion shoot, I highly recommend it. First off, there tend to be unhealthy breakfast foods there – and if you like unhealthy breakfast foods, you’ll be the only one eating.
Beyond the doughnut free-for-all, there are the people. Before it all starts, normal-looking Millennials arrive. They nod hello, grab a coffee, avoid the doughnuts and get taken into a back room. A bit later they emerge, perfect human specimens. These are the models, and what goes on with them in the back room is not for you to know.
The shoot involved me trying to avoid getting in the way or spilling Bavarian creme on my shirt because no, I’m not necessarily a person who understands fashion. But I do like to think I understand how a magazine gets put together, and I’m pleased with the one you’re holding right now. In this, our fashion issue, people who do know fashion have plenty of information for you – good tips and great looks for all sorts of price ranges. And it’s all based on what’s happening right here in Fort Lauderdale – because we are your magazine.
At this point, I’d like to step away from fashion to do a bit of bragging. I’m proud of this magazine, and I’m constantly impressed by the people who work for it. Whether we’re covering fashion, restaurants, culture or serious issues that affect Fort Lauderdale such as crime and sea level rise, we do our best to give you honest, compelling coverage. We’ve done that since we launched in 2012.
That work matters, and it mattered to us recently when we were recognized in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards. A full list of the awards we received is below; suffice to say, it was a good night. We value this work tremendously, and recognition by our peers means something.
But you mean more. You’re why we’ll keep doing what we do. We’ll write about the arts, education, restaurants, development, the environment, sports and so much more – and we’ll do it from the perspective of people who live in Fort Lauderdale and care about Fort Lauderdale.
Which brings me back to this month, and the knowledgeable, passionate local people who understand fashion. As I mentioned earlier, I am not one of these people. In terms of Fort Lauderdale fashion trends, I can tell you that people will be wearing clothes. Sometimes Fort Lauderdale people will go to the beach, at which time they will wear less clothes. Other times they will go to Colorado or that one restaurant at the Galleria that keeps the temperature around 47, and then they will wear more clothes. Some of the clothes will be – I don’t know, more dangly? Hang-y off-y? – while others will fit snugly. Some of the clothes will be brown.
Beyond that, I’m lost. If anybody needs me, I’ll be over by the doughnuts.