Eric Warrol is a journalist, a fashion editor for TWELV magazine, editor at large for Bloginity.com and is also founder of Glamboyance.com. And if that isn’t enough to impress you he also lives in the ‘moveable feast’- Paris. Eric is a person who shares some of our own attitudes and beliefs so it was a pleasure to interview him.
Eric, where were you born and how did you end up in the beautiful City of Paris? Well, I was born in Paris and never really left it. I had to chance to stay and to travel in the US, London and Asia in the past, but I always went back to Paris. But I wouldn’t say that it is my home, you know. I don’t like to put labels on people. I like to think that my home is the world.
How did you begin as a journalist and online magazine editor? Back in Spring 2011, I was trying to get into the fashion business as a journalist. I knew I wanted to work for a magazine, even though I have never been to a fashion school and I’ve never been to a journalism school either. I wanted to study fashion but I didn’t have any money to pay my subscription to a fashion school. So I just bought books about the history of fashion, biographies about designers and lots of magazines to expand my knowledge. Luckily, I found a job offer on the Internet for French magazine called Modzik. I just went to their office and told them I wanted to work for them, and they gave me the job! I started as being the assistant of the editor in chief, then I managed a little bit their website and everything… At the same time, I was looking for other opportunities to gain more experience. A friend of mine, Japanese stylist Hissa Igarashi and a friend of his were launching their own magazine and asked me if I would be interested in being a writer for the magazine, so I immediately said yes. Working for Modzik was fun, but frustrating because I wasn’t able to really write. My first interview for Hissa’s magazine was with Azzedine Alaïa, a moment I will always remember in my life, and when it was published it made the headlines of every fashion magazine’s websites. It was quite crazy and scary, but so rewarding in the sense that people knew about me and my work. When Hissa decided to leave the team of the magazine, I follow him and he launched TWELV magazine which he is his own magazine. And to this day, I’m still working with him, interviewing great people and doing what I like. About being an online magazine editor, it all came to the fact that I have always adored Bloginity.com. I befriended with Daniel Haim, its generous and adorable founder, and I have just offered him my help.
Tell us about your life and hobbies? What do you like about Paris and what do you like about New York. Do you like London? Which do you prefer and why? My life is quite boring to be honest. Some people might think I party every night, go to every after-shows and everything because of the way I look and what I do, but it is quite the opposite to tell you the truth. I have no interest in sharing a drink with a top designer in a party, to tweet it, to Instagram it etc you know. Some people do because they feel the need to, to be sure that they’re in the same world as the designers etc. But I don’t. I know where my place is. I’d rather read a book instead of queuing somewhere to see people I don’t want to see… I love books, you can give me any book and I will read it. I’m a book-addict. I generally buy books to my friends when I have to do a present, because to me books are a great source of knowledge and the best gift that someone can do to you is to make you learn something new. So yeah, I read a lot, I am really into biographies. What I like about Paris is its architecture, its beauty is amazing. When I was younger, I used to skip classes and take a walk in Paris just to observe the buildings, the streets… There is always something to discover in Paris: a shop, a park… New York is a real crossroads of different cultures, everything there seems to be so raw, energetic, vivid. I like its madness, its force in artistic creation and its architecture too. I think I could live in London. I’ve been there several times, and I always had a great time. To me, London is freedom. Free to be who you are, free to believe in what you believe in. I have no memories of someone turning back in the street because of the way I look. I can assure you I get a lot of that here in Paris. There’s also a great force of creation in London, especially in fashion. By the way, did I mention that my favorite designers are English? Honestly, I can’t choose between Paris, NY and London. All three of them are very special to me and are unique in their own way.
How did you become interested in the 80’s period? Since my childhood I guess. It seemed to have so much more freedom than we have now, especially when it comes to fashion. Nowadays, if a man wears more make up than a woman, people would call him a drag-queen or a transvestite. But back then, it was OK and no one seemed to make a big deal about it. Also, it had this kind of magic whether it is in music or in fashion. I mean, during the 80’s, many racial and sexual boundaries were broken by artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna or even Boy George. To me, it always come down to freedom you know. They were who they were and did what they wanted to do. I like to think that I’m a free person, that I do what I want with my hair, with my face or with what I wear. I don’t live on and I certainly don’t wait for other’s people judgment, I don’t need their approval or anything you know. When I read a book about the eighties or watch a documentary about it, that’s how I feel it: a huge sense of freedom, of individualism. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my feeling about the 80’s. And let’s be honest for a second: 80’s music is so much better than what we have now. I’d rather listen to Wham or The Human League than Justin Bieber or Chris Brown.
What is your favorite record from that era? Gosh, that’s a hard question! But according to my iTunes player, the song I have most played is Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). I seriously can listen to this song everyday, 24/7. It’s such a great dance track, and Pete Burns had (and he still has) so much style in the video!
Thank you Eric.