n the afternoon of my interview with Anders Solvsten, it took me some time to find the
location at the most popular celebrity spot in
London, (The Shoreditch House in East London).
Arriving on time for our sit-down interview, I
waited shortly for Anders’ arrival. I was
quite shocked and pleasantly surprise on how
tall and striking the LOVE Magazine, Senior
Fashion Editor was. When he arrived,
Anders gave me a kiss on both cheeks. He
is a member of Shoreditch House, telling the
receptionist, “only one guest”. As we
walked towards the elevator, I couldn’t wait to
ask how tall he was, “I'm 6'5'”, he says.
Arriving to the second floor, Anders
pointed out to me that the gym is on this floor,
“I'll be going to the gym. I haven't been in
two weeks”, he says to me.
Anders moved to London from Denmark in
1998, for a more opened life-style and to
explore different cultures. “It's so none
fashion related” he says, while sitting on a
navy blue velvet sofa. “Coming from a
small town I needed to experience life at a
different speed, nationalities, and sexualities”
says Anders. Knowing that he was
homosexual, Denmark wasn't quite the place for
him, “it's a sports environment, it's not really
a place to come out” he says. London was a
good place where he could be open with his
sexuality. Anders said to me that he actually wanted to be
an actor. By looking at him he definitely
has that distinctive look. You do have
that look, you're so gorgeous, I said to him. He
laughs, “Thank you.” And you're not straight,
oh well, we laughed.
In his early twenties, Anders says that
he spent a few years just having fun.
Knowing that he wanted to be an actor, that
dream didn't quite happen. Anders loved being
creative, and found his way into the fashion
industry. “I might like fashion, I was
quite creative, wanting to be an actor in the
creative field, I can sort of see the link,” he
says. At the age of twenty-five Anders
approached fashion stylist, Sally Lyndley, and
asked to assist her. Surprisingly, two
months later, Sally, who was then POP's fashion
editor, called Anders and brought him on board
as her assistant. Sally left POP after
only a couple of months. Since then, Sally
has contributed to LOVE. “She did some of our
last covers,” said Anders.
After being introduced to Katie, things
started to blossom. Katie Grand, who was
the fashion director of POP, kept Anders on
board. Anders immediately began to
assist Katie. “We all left POP and started LOVE,
and that's how I started and worked my way up
One can only imagine what the
experience would be like being Katie Grand’s
first assistant. “You have the best of both
worlds,” Anders says to me with a smile.
“It's the hardest thing that I have ever done,
she is so busy. She works non-stop.
I'm like ten years younger than her, and if I'm
tired, why isn’t she’s tired,” describing
Katie’s work ethic.
Anders has traveled around the world
and has met some of the most influential
photographers, models, makeup artists, and
designers. Anders says that finding a
group of talented individuals who are around
your age is very vital.” Getting more
comfortable as the interview progresses, being
humble saying, “I wish I could work with David
Sims, but that's not my generation.”
When Anders is not too swamped with
LOVE, he contributes for other publications; one
of them being DANSK where he is the
editor-at-large. Before my interview with
Anders at the Shoreditch House, I read his
interview with DANSK. One of the interview
questions asked; what was the most defining
moment of his career? Anticipating a
normal answer from the senior editor of LOVE, I
was shocked by his answer. Before I could
asked Anders about his interview with DANSK, I
began to laugh, he smiled, knowing what I was
about to ask; I'm so sorry I said.
He began to share with me his most defining
“I travel a lot with Katie, last season
I went to Paris to help set up Louis Vuitton
presentation. After a long night of
working non-stop, the next morning, Anna Wintour
(editor-in-chief of American Vogue), came to the
showroom to view Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010
collection. The room was intense, I'm
sure. While Anna’s viewing the collection,
Katie notices that hard working Anders still had
his slippers on, and immediately ushers him into
the back room. Dying to ask him, what did
Katie say? Anders says to me, “it's not
what she said; it’s more the way she looked at
me. At that moment, I completely understood.”
After that “ah ha” moment, Anders said that he
then realized that appearance is very important.
Anna Wintour made her presence known again,
viewing the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011
Collection. Anders says, “I literally
didn't sleep for 48 hours.” You were well
prepared this time, I said to Anders. “I
was well equipped in the footwear department,”
Anders says that working for Katie has
taught him the meaning of professionalism.
“It's really hard work,” says Anders, “a lot of
people are in it maybe just for the ride, for me
that means nothing. To be best friends
with the models, I don't really care. I always
try to have a sense of humor because it gets you
out of sticky situations.”
Anders works non-stop, starting his day
around 7-7:30 a.m., at the office by 9a.m.
If it's a press day, Anders is out of the office
for most of the day. Some of his duties
includes coming up with ideas and is in charge
of all the market editing and also sets the
budgets. Anders is dedicated to his work.
He leaves around 7 p.m. in the evening,
sometimes later. “LOVE is my number one
priority. Everything else is around LOVE,”
Anders describes his style as preppy.
Anders is a fanatic of knit wear, having just
about every color. Wearing a mustard
sweater, with a polo shirt underneath, denim
jeans, and military boots, Anders takes a little
bit from each style that inspires him and puts
everything into one look. “With a James Dean
touch,” says Anders.
Anders shares with me the highlights from the
S/S 2011 Collections.
New York - Marc Jacobs without a doubt, each
season it just becomes something different.
London - Giles Deacon, incredible knit wear and
fur faux, incredible floor length gowns.
Milan- Jil Sander, the colors, the proportions,
that was really fresh. Jil Sander's style is
kept so simplistic, the lines are really clean.
The silhouette has gone much wider and
Pairs - Louis Vuitton, It is my favorite.
animal print and luxurious colors.
One of the best things about being a fashion
editor at LOVE, Anders says that he liked that
fact of being a part of LOVE right from the
“It feels really special.”
He continued to say. “With Katie, LOVE is
her child and we're here helping making it grow.
the best thing about being a fashion editor of
When asked the question, if it's becoming harder
to become successful as a fashion stylist,
Anders response, “yes, there are so many more
people competing and there are always new kids
wanting to be stylists and I think at the
moment, for today, anyone who calls themselves a
stylist; if you have a blog, take pictures of
yourself and place it on your blog, now all of a
sudden you’re a stylist.”
Anders also says that it is impossible to do
anything without assisting and thinks assisting
is definitely the way.
He also adds, “We are already working
for free, so much, a lot of people are not
getting paid, so hopefully, that is going to
Anders started assisting
at the age of twenty-six. “It's a difference
between me, beginning at twenty-six and girls
beginning at twenty-one.”
Anders says that when you are an intern
assisting, you have to be very organized, it
doesn't matter how creative you are.
It's important that you are able to
“Once the shoot is over you are staying
up all night making sure that everything is
I think it was an
advantage of me being a boy.
Anders said, “I took over a lot of female
assistants.” “I'm not going to cry if things
don’t go my way.”
Don't be afraid to make
mistakes, says Anders.
Looking back at his work when he first
started, he said that it was so bad, “it's
painful to look at”, and we laughed.
It is so painful
Anders says once again, stressing the statement.
He still keeps his old work as a reminder of
when he first started.
get better; the only way of getting better is to
just jump in.”
Anders admits that he holds back a bit
saying, “It’s a lot of things I wished I could