Thanks so much to Chelsea Zalopany at T Magazine for this amazing profile!
Loved this article on Katie Ermilio from: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/the-vogue-intern-katie-ermilio/
The Vogue Intern | Katie Ermilio
By CHELSEA ZALOPANY| May 31, 2011, 1:08 pm
It’s a well-known fact that Vogue assistants often move on to become designers: Irini Arakas of Prova, Aimee Cho of Gryphon and Eviana Hartman of Bodkin. But who knew that Vogue interns also graduate from the 12th floor right into their own fashion labels? In fairness, Katie Ermilio, who interned at Vogue, had a stint at Teen Vogue before leaving to devote herself full time to making clothes. “I grew up in the business,” says Ermilio, whose dad owns Ermilio Clothiers, a bespoke men’s-wear shop in Philadelphia. “But I always thought I was going to be a fashion editor — I had no interest in becoming a designer at all.”
Ermilio is 25 and the quintessential fashion girl: she met me with a bubbly smile at Dean & Deluca wearing a bright pink blazer of her own design, red jeans, Valentino studded flats and a Céline luggage tote. She gives the editors at Vogue a lot of credit for her style: “It’s this very put-together look, very chic but with a fashion twist.” She started to make little dresses to wear to the office. And it was one dress in particular — a white sheath with a leather strap across the scoop back — that changed her direction. Her colleagues kept asking her where she bought it, and could they get one?
“To make extra money, I would put my dresses in my dad’s storefront and they started to sell,” she says. Ermilio designs with a classically tailored Gossip Girl in mind. Her fall 2011 debut, featured double-breasted velvet blazers, wide wool-satin trousers and flirty chiffon tees paired with big swing skirts.
She says she relies on bespoke tailoring techniques and feels lucky for such “such a strong understanding and untraditional education.” These days, you can find Katie Ermilio frocks not only in the windows of her father’s storefront but also at Stanley Korshak in Dallas and Shopbop.com.
“I’m designing 24/7, but I want to take each step slow,” Ermilio says. Gretchen Mol has already been spotted in her colorful designs, and she dreams of dressing high fashion Hollywood types like Carey Mulligan and the Anne Hathaway. In fact, if Ermilio keeps it up, you can be sure to see her in the offices of Vogue again, this time on the backs of all those iconic editors.
Save the date for the Katie Ermilio Trunk Show at Stanley Korshak on August 25th!
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