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21 questions for fashion editor Lynn Yaeger


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New YorkThe “21 questions” of are back with an eye on New York creatives. Lynn Yaeger is a fashion editor for vogue, City & Country, and many other publications. She is the co-host, along with Mickey Boardman, of the Instagram Live show. The Mickey & Lynn Show every Friday at 6 p.m.

Name: Lynn Yager
Piece: West Village
Occupation: Writer

What’s hanging above your couch?
There is a windowsill, and on it right now there is a rag doll, three monkeys, a Donald Duck, a bear, a dog and another bear.

What was the first job you had in New York?
Oh my God, I’ve been fired from so many jobs. The very first could have been the college bookstore I got kicked out of, or it could have been Saks Fifth Avenue during Christmas break.

What color are you always drawn to?
Unfortunately, in terms of fashion, I feel like it’s always black, although I try not to stick to black.

What art or artifact are you most surprised to own?
I’m surprised I own all this shit. I own three Volland Raggedy Ann dolls, which are the original Raggedy Anns that were made after the book came out in 1918. They are very rare, and I thought I would never have one, and I have three.

Which New Yorker would you like to date?
Patti Smith. I’m very intimidated when I see Patti around the neighborhood. I’ve never been to see her, and sometimes when I’m shopping, I think, Would Patti Smith wear this? Now, the truth is, I don’t have anything Patti Smith would ever wear, and yet to me, Patti Smith is the most iconic New Yorker; it’s embarrassing, but I kind of idolize Patti Smith.

What’s the last thing you did with your hands?
I can’t do anything with my hands. I may have tried to fix a vintage brief or something, but it looks like a 4 year old sewed it up.

Is there something you have multiple versions of?
It’s hilarious. Well, if you consider 400 toy monkeys, 111 bears, and 1,300 rag dolls. There are several, yes.

Which museum in New York do you always go to?
I never go to museums. If I’m forced with a gun to my head, I’ll go to the gift shop or the restaurant. I don’t like looking at things I can’t have.

What do you always have next to your computer?
There’s a pitcher with three little pigs on it and a wolf handle with a little 1920s doll’s hat rack, two porcelain elves and, oh, a Mickey Mouse tea set I bought in Vienna there a few weeks old, which I don’t feel like it’s highlighted right now.

Where is the best view in town?
For me, it comes from an airplane; I think it’s when the plane is going south and it’s flying over the whole city and you can practically see your building, and sometimes buildings have the building number on the roof — for me that’s incredible.

What building or object do you want to redraw each time you see it?
There are probably a lot. I hate that blue glass thing from Astor Place. I think that wavy blue thing is not like “Welcome to the East Village”. I’m also not thrilled with this new residential building between 12th and 13th on University Place, where the bowling alley once was, but I wouldn’t want to rethink it; I just want it to go.

What is one thing you would change in your field?
Well, I wish the fashion world wasn’t so hierarchical, but everyone seems to think that’s changing. I also think everyone should be paid more.

If you could live anywhere in New York, where would it be?
I suppose in a hotel — the Pierre. Very bohemian, right? A large room with all the toys. Or, in terms of location, I’ve always had a fantasy of being on the water, right on the Hudson.

What would you do in reserve if it ceased to be produced?
None of this shit I have has been produced in a hundred years, okay? And I collect it all. I accumulate everything here; it is the museum of the past.

What do you do to get out of a creative rut?
I probably walk around the shops, which I do anyway. You know, take a nice shopping break.

Where was your first apartment in New York and how much was the rent?
The first one I had myself was on East 9th Street between First and Second Avenue, and I think it was $135 a month, and I think my salary was $115 a week, so that’s was a bit exaggerated.

Where in the city do you go to be alone?
During the pandemic, I was heading to the Christopher Street piers.

The Worst Career Advice You’ve Ever Received
Probably “Try to look normal.” “Maybe you should tone it down?” “It may be a little outrageous; maybe it affects your job opportunities? »

What have you given someone that you wish you could get back?Everything, and this is really a problem for me; I can’t stand giving it to a friend because if he wears it I just want it back. Even if I put it on Real Real, I can’t even look at the page because then I want to get it back. It’s really difficult if you have too many things. It really is a dilemma about everything.

What is your favorite restaurant in NYC and do you order regularly?
I’m not a big restaurant; I am a thing person. I go to Bar Six a lot because they know me, and it’s down the block, and it’s easy, and I probably get a burger.

The descriptive phrase you want on your obituary title?
I was joking with Mr. Mickey Boardman about this. Now what did I say? Oh, I said it should be “That was disappointing.”