Meet Megan Gagnon
Market Editor, Moffly Media
Tell us about yourself. Have you always had an interest in design and fashion?
I grew up in Southern California where the preferred style is decidedly more laid back, but I have always loved to dress up and experiment with fashion. My closet has forever been a place where I could play stylist and I've never been shy when it comes to trying new looks (sometimes with very regrettable results!). It was something I viewed as 'fun', but never considered for a full-time career.
I studied English in school but took fashion design and studio art classes on the side. At my first job as a production assistant, I confused most of the staff by showing up in heels and dresses for work that typically involved driving a golf cart around a studio lot and delivering scripts. When I started working in magazines in New York, I was delighted to find a whole city that took fashion seriously. After some time as an editor and then photo editor, I was asked to take over the gift guide and product features in the magazine. This became my favorite part of the job and I realized quickly that my expert shopping skills were being put to good use.
With interior design, my fixation began when I had to furnish my first apartment. I immediately became a hoarder of images and magazine tears (pre-Pinterest days) for design ideas and soon found myself obsessing about lamps, not shoes. As with my wardrobe, I love styling a space with a mix of bold and classic pieces and hunting for the perfect element to complete a room.
Which trends are you looking forward to this fall/winter?
I'd really love to add a classic wool camel-colored coat to my closet. Most of the outerwear trending right now is very oversized, with round shoulders and cocoon silhouettes–but that's not the direction I'll be going in. With trends, it's always best to take a step back and know what works for your own body type. I'm tall and have broad shoulders, so I'll be looking for something with a more tailored look.
For my home, I'd love to add some copper elements and love seeing gold tones in kitchens again. I'm all for mixing metals and think a hint of brass can look fresh and modern.
What’s next in 2014?
I think we'll see more dark and muted tones acting as neutral paint colors for the home. They'll no longer be relegated to a single room or an accent wall. I'd also love to see more monochromatic rooms, where the trim and walls are painted the same color and create a dramatic backdrop for the space. The new Farrow & Ball blue and gray shades are especially handsome.
It's all about the pants for the style-obsessed. Boyfriend, slouchy jeans are replacing skinnies (again) and we'll see more versions of pants as formalwear—from wide leg trousers to cropped and embellished styles. Look for cutouts and mixed prints as well.
Courtesy of Farrow & ball
Which trends is it time to say good-bye to?
Speaking of pants, I'm gladly waving on the drop-crotch harem versions that showed up this year. I'd also be happy if I never saw chevron-printed anything in the home again.
What's you favorite piece in your wardrobe?
My Celine luggage tote was a gift from my sister and will remain in my closet forever. The red shade is called 'lipstick' and the classic shape is timeless. It dresses up sweatpants!
What's your favorite thing in your home?
On our honeymoon to Italy, on a boat ride to Capri, I took a shot of the blue water of the Mediterranean, and had it enlarged to hang over the credenza in our living room. The jumbo size makes it appear to be a graphic blocked print, which I love, but it also reminds me of that magical place and a perfect day.
What's always in style?
I will always be an accessories girl, but as I get older, I see the beauty in the classic minimalist pieces: crisp white button down, black ankle cropped pants, and a timeless trench.