Mary Kate Steinmiller, Teen Vogue Senior Fashion Market Editor.
Mary Kate spent three years at Teen Vogue as a fashion-closet intern and intern to fashion director Gloria Baume while studying design and management at Parsons The New School for Design. As senior fashion market editor, Mary Kate is responsible for scouting the latest apparel and trends from contemporary designers, denim brands, and swimwear and bringing them to the pages of Teen Vogue. She has had a hand in planning Teen Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration and has appeared on Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and LX TV and MTV’s House of Style as a face of the magazine. Aside from her duties in editorial, Mary Kate has her own jewelry line that is completely made by hand.
1. What is your favorite trend this season?
From the Spring runways, I cannot get enough of the subtle shine and sparkle from Christopher Kane, GIambattista Valli and No21. The luxe brocades and silks are cut in the simple shapes and silhouettes and makes for an easy trend to replicate. The embellishment and crystal encrusting details are stunning. I love the thought of a candy pastel brocade mini skirt worn with a simple white button down shirt. It’s the simplest chicest way to wear shine.
2. What are your spring must haves?
Christopher Kane embellished mini skirt. Cropped white skinny jeans. Nike Dunk high-tops in a fun color. Ultra-glam Prada crystal earrings. Pastel handbag from Vuitton.
3. What are three key wardrobe items you wear constantly?
White T shirts. Denim or leather motorcycle jacket. Cashmere.
4. What inspires your personal style?
An unexpected mix of color, fabric, textures and accessories. I always want something to be a bit off. I am inspired by color, and prints and rich fabrics. I’m very girly and feminine, but I have a secret passion for skate, sport and surf culture, and I try to include those references in how I dress. I wouldn’t think twice about pairing a lace dress with my Vans sneakers.
5. What is the best part about being Teen Vogue’s Fashion Market Editor?
Being a market editor is fantastic, but being a market editor for Teen Vogue makes the job even better. Because of our reader and our brand, I am able to work with the broadest scope of designers and brands in the market. I see clothing from Target to Vuitton and everything in between. I am just as inspired by a denim cut-off short from American Eagle as I am by a beautifully beaded dress from Valentino. I take all the styling, and inspiration from this wide range of a market and watch as our stylists flawlessly make it all work together. The magazine has this magic ability to make the Teen Vogue “mix” work, and I am proud to say that my work as an editor brings in the ingredients to create our fashion stories.