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The Fashion Editor: Glynis Traill Nash

In Sydney’s front row of fashion, there are a few faces which have remained consistent throughout the industry’s fickle flipping of mastheads and media politics over the years. Conspicuously seated with bright red hair and square, black-trimmed glasses among the herd is the unmissable Glynis Traill Nash, a Sydney fashion editor veteran who has managed to land many a young girl’s dream job time and time again – be it at In Style, The Sydney Morning Herald or, most recently, Harpers Bazaar. Carrying her discerning eye for fashion and her expertise of all things style-related with her as loyally as she does her handbag, Glynis has become one of the most trusted voices of opinion in Australia’s fashion media landscape. She will be imparting a few spare thoughts from her wealth of knowledge when she MCs Higher Learning on June 18, where she will be presenting some of the most well respected names in the local industry, including Romance Was Born’s Luke Sales and Friedrich Gray’s Ben Pollitt as well as leading buyers, editors and PR reps. The event aims to take those inspiring to be in the industry far inside of it, providing them with an awareness that would normally take years of experience to achieve.

Speaking of years of experience, Glynis’s story, like that of so many that have recently appeared on this site, began in a rather unintentional way. “I studied French, English and theatre at the University of Western Australia. The weird thing is, all I wanted to do was be a singer, but when I look back… everything I have done has been in publications,” she reflects. And while she still masquerades as a musician at night – a jazz singer, to be precise – by day, she freelances her insight of the fashion world in written form. Starting her career as a sub-editor in news, Glynis eventually got into magazines when she moved to London, where she freelance subbed for the five years she was there. When she arrived back to Australia she came straight to Sydney and had a good think about what publications she wanted to work for. Then she called them.

“It was difficult trying to get into Sydney as I didn’t know anyone,” she explains. “I ended up subbing at Who and they soon wanted to start a beauty page, so they asked me to do it. But I found that I wasn’t writing enough, so when In Style called and asked me if I wanted to apply for a job as fashion news editor there, I did.”

And she stayed there for two years before The Sun Herald called and asked her the same thing. They were rebranding their fashion section and wanted the best possible team they could have on board. After four years as their fashion editor, this time the call came from Grazia.
“I was at Grazia for seven months and it was extremely intense and full on,” she says. “I wasn’t writing enough and I wanted to get back to what I loved.”

And so she has – she now contributes to Harpers and other publications and has even got into a bit of radio broadcasting for the likes of ABC. Indeed, the opportunities have continued to come for Glynis, which could be due in part to her fanaticism about fashion, a love affair that started when she was a teenager.

“Knowledge is so important,” she insists. “For me, well, I was obsessive for years. From about 15 to 17 I would wear nothing but 50s inspired things, and I used to make dresses from all these old patterns I had. That was how I learned some fundamental elements of fashion, such as the difference between types of pleats. I also grew up knitting & sewing, so I understood the concept of getting piece of fabric and turning it into something.”

Just as important to her understanding of the industry is reading and attending exhibitions, and Glynis cites the internet and “a good coffee table book” as some of her first points of reference. Of course then there are the shows, which she has been to throughout the world for both The Sun Herald and Grazia. But she insists that the greatest insight can only come from those in the industry itself.

“I really think Higher Learning is an excellent idea. Kids are going to come out shell-shocked – they’re going to get such invaluable knowledge,” she says. “It’s easy to only see the glamour in the industry, but you get a dose of reality pretty quickly – it’s maybe one percent glamour and 99 percent hard work. They’re going to get these people in the same room as you for two days and they can get whatever they want out of it – they’re open to pick their brains and ask the right questions. The whole point is to attract those who are starting out and encourage them to take the next step.”

As for her own lessons from throughout the years, Glynis says for the most part, she has “always been amazed at how nice everyone is.” But given the plethora of inquisitive emails she receives, she says she does worry for those who are just dipping their toes into the industry and have slightly unrealistic expectations of exactly what it involves. She says the greatest advice she can give them is to not assume there is only one way to get to where they want to be: “A very interesting journey can mean a lot…. and maybe make for a better destination.”

Higher Learning is on June 16 and 17 at the Ivy Sun Room. For full details of the speakers and the event, you can visit their website. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased here, OR, if you’re lucky, you can win a couple through us! We have a double pass up for grabs; to enter the comp, email explaining why you want to go and what you think you’ll get out of it. We’ll pick winners by the end of this week. Good luck!

words: Seema Duggal


June 13, 2016 at 11:28 PM akmal niazi khan said...

Girls fashion and their age are always inversely proportional. You have fantastic stuff on this blog that keep the girls young and beautiful with you fashion tips. Being a fashion artist I really appreciate your efforts and work.
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