Street, Punk, Nostalgic - Caroline Mack
How did you get into fashion styling?
I was actually introduced to fashion styling through my grandmother. She had been head personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman for over 40 years and one day was looking for a new assistant. She asked me if I wanted to help her. I had never worked in fashion before and I figured it would be a great way to spend time with her. I ended up falling in love with the industry and decided to apply to a styling program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After that, I started freelancing on my own. Fashion styling is so expressive—there's something very fulfilling about it.
What’s the story behind the creation of Y Magazine?
I started conceptualizing Y Mag about a year ago. I had been styling and submitting my work to so many magazines, but no one was really interested. I was young and my only other experience was assisting and styling test shoots so it seemed impossible to get published, until one day I said “Fuck it! I’ll just start my own magazine.” There are so many talented young people whose work goes unnoticed. I wanted Y Mag to be a publication that highlighted under-recognized artists. We’re still working out some of the kinks, but we’ve already featured a number of new photographers, illustrators, and writers.
What is your style aesthetic in three words?
The three words I would use to describe my style are street, punk, and nostalgic. I’ve been told my aesthetic is “90s Gothletic”
As a creative, what are your major influences?
I’m inspired by a lot of different artists, but my major influences are probably Edward Enninful, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Madonna, and Terry Richardson (Controversial…I know).
Tell us about your photography work, how did you expand into this?
I like to think of myself as an accidental photographer. I was styling a shoot one day and our photographer never showed. Everyone was there—the model, hair and makeup, the assistants. It seemed like such a waste to make everyone pack up and go home. I decided to photograph the shoot. I had taken some photography classes in college, so I kind of knew what I was doing. Shooting that day was a lot of fun and I discovered my love for photography—I’ve been expanding my work ever since.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on some editorial photoshoots as well as an art collaboration with my boyfriend. We’re hoping to exhibit our work within the next couple of months.
Where are you hoping to be in the next few years?
I’d love to expand Y Mag by shifting it from a digital magazine to a digital and biannual print publication, as well as styling more and graduating college.