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.