I popped Downtown Girl Uptown World's cherry when I featured my friend Colleen Nika. I then asked her to recommend another gem of a female for this site, that is how I came about Ana Finel Honigman. She and I became insta-cyber buddies. I then started to read her fashionably intelligent contributions to the bible of Style.com. The next thing I noticed her divine presence appearing randomly on the eccentric Diane Pernet's side (how excitingly chic)!!! So naturally when I went to pick up this season's Lula Magazine my pretty little head was overjoyed to read Ana Finel Honigman's name on the masthead as a contributing editor. I slammed a twenty on the counter and ran off in my sparkle jellie mary-janes back home. I was super giddy when I got to page 200 so I could read her article in Lula's 10th issue! So read ahead my dear audience and embrace the essence of the lovely trans-atlantic journalist Ana Finel Honigman!!!
Around the world girl
Ana Finel Honigman
World Traveler/Compulsive Writer/Fashion Intellect
-Downtown Girl or Uptown Girl?
-Where do you live and why?
-Best place to grab a cocktail?
-Best place to brunch?
AFH: Since I am such a creature-of-habit, I always find a spot and don't stray. In New York, Cafe Gitain was my canteen/ office. It was nowhere near my home but I had all my interviews, lunches with friends, dates or long dinners there. I found a sweet little organic Greek restaurant in Oxford to serve the same all-purpose role. I even have a cafe in Seoul - Miel Cafe. For Berlin, my home is Cafe Fleury where I go daily to eat a Salade Bleu, with no dressing, with my fingers while chirping to David, my students or whomever else I can lure there.
-Tell us what you do.
AFH: I write. Writing is pretty much my primary activity. I am almost compulsive about it. I got seriously yelled at by a furious friend for sending email-length text messages yesterday. I actually worry whether I have some light Hypergraphia. I usually file something for publication each day. I cover fashion, style and art for print and online magazines including British Vogue, TANK, Art in America, V,Vman, Dazed&Confused, Artforum.com, Bookforum, Style.com, The Daily Beast and The New York Times on-line. I occasionally also curate for Saatchi Online and I am also struggling to finally submit my PhD thesis to Oxford University. I finally have an incentive since I just started teaching a class titled "Intro to Reality: Art World Institutions in Context" with the New York University's Steinhardt School semester in Berlin program. All the students are studio art majors and they are just a joy to know. They are all such smart, engaged, thoughtful and delightful people. I never knew why I was doing a PhD or that I had anything near to a maternal instinct. But, I actually care about these kids like crazy. I worry when they call me while riding their bikes in the rain. I've hooked them all up with internships here and I meet with at least one a day for coffee to discuss their projects and work. It's great. I just cant wait to see what they do.
-Will you ever write a fiction novel or a script for a movie?
-Give us your top 5 must read sites daily!
-Tell us about your style? Do you have any favorite designers?
-What can we expect from you in the future?
AFH: My main goal is to finally get free from this albatross-like PhD soon. Then I want to write this fashion book and actually attempt that novel. I'll definitely keep teaching and writing constantly too.
My friend Mark Rickerby is building me a website right now. It will just be anafinelhonigman.com and it'll be ready in late May. I'll have a blog on it and I'll be posting weekly exclusive interviews, spotlights on items, exhibitions, artists or designers and a regular diary. I want a homebase while I'll still post elsewhere. I really hope it'll be interesting. Maxime is taking portraits of me tomorrow and Mark's design is just flawless. I cant wait to start it.