IF FASHION FIXATION HAD REHAB…I WOULD’VE BEEN COMMITTED IN CHILDHOOD.

Michele MeyerThe daughter of a talented fashion retailer from London, I grew up reading the trades’ Women’s Wear Daily – and signed up to attend Paris collections at age 10. Not that my allowance covered airfare.

Fortunately, I wasn’t permanently grounded. I paid for college working in fashion retail by selling, staging windows, wrapping gifts — even building fixtures. Customers asked for me personally at the front door, and executives begged me to forsake journalism to manage store departments.

Sorry, but I had places to go, including the catwalks in Paris, Milan, New York and Los Angeles as a full-time fashion editor/writer/photo stylist for six years and as a freelancer for 20. Unlike some fashionistas, I never lost sight of my audience: shoppers of all sizes and ages.

I also understand retail is the backbone of fashion.

Of course, elbow-jockeying with black-clad size zeros isn’t all I’ve done. You might spot me as an extra — typecast as a fashion writer — in Robert Altman’s film Ready to Wear. But I doubt you followed my modeling career. I wasn't a natural, but I achieved my goal: to become a far better fashion stylist.

That skill blends into my personal life. Pals — even editors — implore me to build their wardrobes, pack their bags and stage their yard sales.

But I’m more than a pretty dress. Contributor to a Pulitzer finalist, I also work as a B2C/B2B content writer, strategist and ghostwriter on:

  • MEDICINE for American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Memorial Hermann hospitals, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, GQ, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, GH, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Details, Shape, Self, and Professional Compounding Centers of America.
  • MARKETING/BRANDING/RETAIL for Entrepreneur, CMO.com, USA Today, Pace, Manifest, Hearst, Forbes, Time, Mastercard, Visa, AARP, Meredith, Imagination Publishing, Ink, Brafton, The Pohly Co., International Interior Design Association’s Perspective, Wells Fargo Conversations, Wells Fargo Home, Regions, U.S. Bank’s Reserve, Western Union, Penske, Bonnier, National Association of Realtors’ Realtor, JCK, InVision, DMN, Vision Care Product News, DealNews.com, Palm Beach Media Group, Smart Work Media, First Vision Media Group and InMarketing.
  • LUXURY TRAVEL for Departures’ Ultimate City Guides to Houston and Dallas, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, Gayot.com, Four Seasons, The Ritz-Carlton, Private Clubs, Palm Beach Illustrated, Sotheby’s ONE Life, The Breakers’ Traditions, U.S. Bank’s Reserve and Caviar Affair Magazine.
  • DESIGN & BEAUTY of profiles, trend forecasts and features for W, GQ, Allure, DAYSPA, NAILPRO, Glamour, Glamour UK, InStyle, More, Four Seasons, The Ritz-Carlton, Neiman Marcus The Book, Real Simple, Family Circle, Redbook, GH, Seventeen, Arts & Antiques, Palm Beach Illustrated, United’s Hemispheres, American Way, Celebrated Living,  Metropolitan Home, Fresh Home, Home and Neiman Marcus Entree.

REGULAR GIGS AS:

  • Contributing Writer at Modern Luxury Houston Magazine, on fashion, design, art and beauty.
  • Contributing Writer at CMO.com, Adobe’s website for Chief Marketing Officers.
  • Contributor at JCK Magazine, the top trade magazine for the jewelry and watch industry.

PREVIOUSLY AS:

  • Houston correspondent for retail trade Women’s Wear Daily for 11 years, Allure for eight years and Lucky for one year.
  • Contributing Writer at United’s Rhapsody Magazine, contributing fashion profiles and trend features.
  • Founding Fashion Editor, Chief Fashion Writer and Resident Fashion Expert at MasterCard’s Luxury Magazine (formerly Black Card). I helped launch the magazine, forming the fashion vision and aesthetic. I wrote copy and headlines, and chose art for the fashion pages of the print-only quarterly received exclusively by MasterCard’s top spenders (and formerly Visa’s).
  • Fashion and Beauty Editor at Caviar Affair, whose readers have a median net worth of $18.3 million. I curated sublime fashion, beauty, interior design and luxury travel for the quarterly.
  • Fashion/Interior Design Editor at VIVMag, an elegant online quarterly and Folio Eddie award winner for women.
  • I also contributed to eight books, including Carolina Herrera by Alexandra Kotur (Assouline, 2004), along with Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter.

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