Robbie is Dazed and Confused men's
fashion editor. I enjoy reading and
viewing menswear collections every season and wanting to
know the latest fashion trends.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me how you became the menswear fashion
editor of Dazed and Confused Magazine?
Robbie Spencer: I began at age 18 when I moved to London to do
various internships at magazines such as Wallpaper, The
World of Interiors, Attitude, GQ, and 10, while at
the university studying fashion journalism. I then
worked as a fashion assistant at Dazed assisting Bryan
McMahon and other fashion editors in the Dazed and
Another magazine team. From there I worked my way up to
my current position.
EFM: What does your job entail as
a menswear editor?
I over see the menswear content that goes into Dazed and
on Dazed Digital, from shoots’ to casting, feature and
How do you come up with ideas for fashion
I get inspiration from all sorts of places. From films to books, and
traveling. I am particularly in inspired by
pioneering subcultures from the 1950’s and 60's beatniks, mods,
teddy boys and skinheads.
Have you always loved fashion?
Not really, I started studying spatial design and always thought I was
going to go in set design and set styling, I didn’t
really have that passion for clothing and designers
until I began working at a magazine and seeing the
bigger picture and being part of the industry, for me
styling and creating images goes way beyond clothing
alone, there are so many elements that contribute to
In details, what is your typical day like?
I arrive at the office around 10 am and sit at a computer until 9-10pm.
Production and organizing is a huge part of a fashion
editor’s job. If I am not in the office, I may be
shooting on press trips or press days attending fashion
week, it is a busy calendar, never a dull moment and
traveling is one of the perks of the job
Tell me something that no one knows about you?
I have a secret passion for gardening; I am actually quite green
Did you find it easy to break
into the fashion industry?
It takes time, you have to be willing to work hard and eventually you
will be rewarded.
What are the latest fashion trends for men
Just came back from the S/S10 shows it is all about the
great outdoors summer, camping sport and leisure,
gentlemen’s clubs and recreation.
When you’re not at work; what do you do in your
I like going to galleries and visiting listed buildings
and buying fish for my new tropical fish tank!
What do you think it takes to become a fashion
editor in 2009; do you think things have changed?
A lot of hard work and determination, you have to be willing to put years
in, things don’t happen over night but if you are
hardworking and have something to offer and learn from
others you will succeed; it may seem like there are less
jobs around now in fashion, but I think that is a myth,
things are just evolving.
Interview by Rochell “E” James