For the past fifteen years Elizabeth Uss has been the friendly face behind the mike for Videofashion at New York Fashion Week. Her professionalism and pleasant demeanor are what made her one of my favorite journalist to work with back when I wore my publicist hat. In addition to covering New York, Elizabeth can also be found in Paris twice a year covering the collections and where she has had the pleasure of interviewing fashion greats such as Karl Lagerfeld. According to her, to this day it was one of the most exciting moment of her career. Easily understandable, non? This past year Elizabeth has added a couple of other feathers in her cap by taking over social media strategy for videofashion and hosting a Q&A at her alma matter F.I.T. The event was called “F.I.T Alumni in Conversation” and she interviewed fellow alumni fashion and home designers Babi and Sachin Ahluwalia. Last but not least, the die-hard Brooklynite who resides in trendy Greenpoint managed to find some time in her busy schedule to get married this past year. The future is looking bright for this lovely gal!
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1. What do you love most about your job?
The best part of my job is that I am living my dream! When I was in junior high, one Saturday morning I switched the channel to CNN and saw Elsa Klensch interviewing Gianfranco Ferré about his collection for Christian Dior, and I was hooked; fashion looked like an incredibly glamorous, exciting and artistic industry to be involved in. I am incredibly lucky to now be able to attend the shows, especially in Paris, and see these spectacular collections being presented. As a television producer, my job can have a lot of challenges, but once you’re at a show like Alexander McQueen or Christian Dior, watching the absolute beauty and imagination that is being presented on the runway, you realize that this is what makes it all worthwhile. Witnessing something magical, and being able to share it with people afterward.
2. If you did not live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where would you live and why?
I’ve always loved living in Brooklyn, and I have a lot of family that lives in Greenpoint, so it really feels like home to me. If I didn’t live where I am now, I think I would still want to stay in Brooklyn. The idea of a home in Sag Harbor on Long Island is intriguing to me too, but maybe later in life.
3. When not working what do you enjoy doing?
I love cooking. I’m not a gourmet but I enjoy experimenting. I like that it can be a creative experience, if that’s what you feel like, or it can also be very relaxing if you just want to follow a recipe.
4. What is your best memory from childhood?
I have a lot of good childhood memories. I used to watch a lot of television and I remember watching the AMC channel non-stop when I was young. I loved their marathons devoted to certain actors and I think I saw every single Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie ever made, and almost all of Katherine Hepburn’s films and most of Cary Grant’s too – the list is endless.
5. What is your favorite holiday destination and why?
I’ll almost always choose a beach holiday over any other kind. Give me sun on my shoulders and sand between my toes, with the sound of an ocean crashing next to me and I am in heaven. I loved the powder white sand on Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean, and am dreaming of taking a trip to Turks & Caicos soon.
6. Book or e-reader? Why and what are you currently reading?
Both. I’m currently halfway through reading MFK Fisher’s book “The Gastronomical Me” and I just finished Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” on my Kindle.
7. Which social media platform do you use and how did they impact your business?
I use almost all of them, daily! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest – I used them both personally and professionally for Videofashion. Our programs were on E! Entertainment, the Style Network and NYC-TV in the US for over 15 years combined so we have a lot of fans, and this is a great way to stay connected with them, and find new ones. Our programs continue to air on the Style Network internationally (as well as on other networks around the world), so it’s also fun to connect with fans in Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, England, Saudi Arabia – all over the world! And YouTube allows us to put our videos online as soon as the segments are edited. I use my Apple TV at home to watch Videofashion on my TV via YouTube and the video has never looked better!
8. What is a true luxury for you today?
Sharing meals with friends and family, finding time to watch Downton Abbey, or to go have a spa appointment are all little luxuries that I like to pepper my schedule with.
9. What is your biggest accomplishment to date? Why?
Being able to live my dream is quite a big accomplishment. When I was in elementary school, I read somewhere “If you do what you love, you’ll love what you do.” I always loved art and being creative and that evolved into loving fashion. I’ve worked hard, over many years, to get to the place I am now, and I’m proud of my accomplishment.
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