Lynette Nylander 25 London
Categories: Fashion, Journalist

Posted: 2nd October 2014

Lynette Nylander is Managing Editor at i-D. For anyone with an interest in British youth sub-culture Lynette's job surely has to rank as one of the most covetable 9 (ish) to 5 (ish)'s out there. As if you needed reminding, but, just in case, i-D magazine was founded by Terry Jones in 1980 and has come to serve as a blueprint for youth culture in the UK since its inception; initially produced as a hand stapled fanzine, it's now a full-formed, whole-bodied glossy gloved in those iconic winking-face covers that stare down at you from the shelves of W H Smith- yet, as a brand i-D continues to champion the quintessentially London DIY punk ethos that we now acknowledge as its DNA and legacy. As i-D makes one of it's most radical transitions in its very modern history (from print publication to global media brand) Lynette is manning the decks, ensuring that i-D's inimitable London voice isn't lost in translation as the brand expands into newer territories.

First things first, Lynette is 25 (*censors expletives*) But, hey it didn't happen over night (phew), in fact Lynette's upfront about what it takes; 'I did a shit load of internships since I was 14. I've known I wanted to work in fashion since I was very young and knew it was important to learn my craft early on.' Lynette's hard work paid off, and she began an internship for Independent Talent Brands- needless to say they hired her after her internship finished. Lynette went on to work with Mandi Lennard for a number of years, first in her office and then as a member of her events team. For the record Mandi throws some pretty good parties ( the Alexander Wang Liberty party being one, and the Supreme UK launch being another). Before joining i-D Lynette was Managing Editor for cult indie mag, INDUSTRIE, where she began as an Editorial Coordinator and describes the experience as a little like 'fashion bootcamp' ('army training scene' from Spice World, anyone?) where she learnt to edit, produce and write. INDUSTRIE was the first independent media title to document the personalities behind the scenes of the fashion industry and caused so much hype, that before even hitting the shelves it's reputation as a bleeding-edge title had quite literally preceded itself. Their first cover was an over-exposed analogue photo of Anna Wintour. Rumour has it, image rights weren't even discussed, but on seeing the mag, Anna didn't mind all that much and decided to stay schtum.

As i-D's 35th anniversary creeps closer, we have to admit that we're hopeful for some more i-D x Moschino calibre of parties. Lynette has other reasons to be celebratory though; her 'first' issue of i-D recently hit shelves, and her admission that ' i-D was one of the main reasons I got into fashion. I was 13 and had never seen anything like it. Seeing my name on the masthead was a bucket list moment. I think so many people in fashion are too cool to admit when things make them excited or proud but I was shouting it from the roof tops' is refreshingly real. Sure her job ain't all parties and frows… ' supermodels can be tricky, one, who cannot be named once had me up until 3am making amendments to her feature. She sounded fine, but I've learnt that people at the top of fashion are sort of anal about how they come across.'

What's next for Lynette? Well, she's working on a hush, hush, personal project with fellow BabyFace lady and BFF Leonn Ward- now, that's what we're all about.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:I am the Managing Editor of i-D so it involves managing the magazine, online and all the international offices. It can be a lot but my job is amazing and I feel very lucky to do something I really love with a brand I really love too. Have loved fashion ever since I was a little girl and whilst I didn’t know it would be magazines I’d end up in I was sure I would be in the industry. HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?An over-analytical story teller with a fierce bite and a heart of gold.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?When I actually have the time and the space to think. Oh and in bed! FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT/SHOP/HANG OUT?NYC for all three. It has the best places to eat, shop and hang-out in the world and some of my favourite people on the planet live there so I am always happy.WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?I’ve really taken on board that you HAVE to do what makes you happy. It’s sad but true that some people really don’t want to see you happy but you gotta know when to eradicate that sort of bad energy from your life and keep on truckin’. Do what you love and listen your instincts because they are usually right. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?My mother sadly passed away recently and it taught me a lot about how short your time is. Don’t waste it on anyone who isn’t worth it and don’t sweat the small stuff! Oh and if it’s not fun don’t do it!WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?Struggz, amazing, ridiculous.BEST PARTY YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?I am a lucky girl and have been to many a good party. I don’t have one in particular. I saw Major Lazer at a night pool party at Mandalay Bay in Vegas, that was pretty nuts. The Alexander Wang one in the disused shopping mall at NYFW a couple of season back was amazing. Me and my friends had an amazing time at Deviation’s Carnival afterparty last year made me ridiculously happy. Moschino and i-D just recently had a party for Menswear that was really great. SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?There is 3! Hendrix’s Foxy Lady, Sleigh Bells- Infinity Guitars and Ram Jam’s Black Betty.WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR RIDER?Champagne, white flowers and fried Chicken. BIGGEST LIE YOU WERE TOLD/THAT YOU TOLD AS A KID?Biggest lie I was told was that you have to go to university to be successful, you don’t. Biggest lie I told, probably that I was going to Netball practice to my dad, I wasn’t, I was going out clubbing in the westend. WHAT'S NEXT?Wish I knew. Most of the things that have happened so far have been through hard work and a lot of luck but I am big believer in things being pre-determined so maybe I will just leave it up to fate. AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Joy Bonfield Colombara and Adesuwa
Why: Not only is Joy one of the most talent people i know, she is so kind and thoughtful. Adesuwa because she is so refreshingly different to anyone I have met in a LONG time. Honoured to call them both mates.
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