We caught up with Nic Screws, Market Editor at Esquire, to talk fashion, the fourth of July and her favorite things…
How did you end up at Esquire – were you always interested in working in men’s fashion as opposed to women’s?
I actually fell in to fashion by fate – I was a journalism graduate who moved to NYC to become a pop culture writer. Instead, my first gig at Men’s Health led to style coverage which led to working on a men’s magazine launch and that ultimately brought me to Lucky — the book I credit with giving me my fashion education. Then I went to Travel + Leisure as a fashion editor and dabbled in both men’s and women’s for two years. I didn’t consciously chose menswear until I was offered the job at Esquire in 2008 and realized my path had naturally led me there. But I’m happy and grateful for the unplanned. It’s been an exciting and rewarding time to be in menswear as the immergence of street style, men’s bloggers and the growth of e-commerce. It has really taken the men’s market out of the shadows of the ladies and in to the style conversation.
What do you love about your job?
The relationships — I’ve met some great and gifted people by association in this industry.
What is your personal favorite Esquire anecdote?
Ryan Gosling, who we shot for September of last year, is my favorite human in creation. He challenged the entire crew to reinvent our approach to a cover shoot. He also has a cute dog named George, who he brought and I walked around Greenpoint. So that happened.
How would you describe your style?
Urban classic with a splash of beach babe — a nod to my Floridian upbringing. I love color and pattern play and anything resort-inspired and the challenge of taking casual, off-duty pieces and somehow incorporating them in to my working girl wardrobe.
Who, in your opinion, is the most stylish guy around?
Josh Peskowitz of Bloomingdales is a menswear whizz. I always look forward to dissecting his rigs — he’s quite the influencer.
Are there any men’s trends or items of clothing you detest?
I wish designers would quit trying to make mesh happen. Also, board shorts are a personal pet-peeve. Any post-collegiate male should be wearing proper swim trunks.
What do you think guys will be wearing this summer?
Color, like ocean blue and green, in everything from bottoms, laces and soles, denim jackets, baja-inspired colors and patterns and relaxed tailoring.
Finally, what are your plans for July 4th and what are you looking forward to this summer?
My bike gang and I are Rockaway bound on the 4th and plan to celebrate being American over a packed lunch of cherries, guacamole & my friend-fav turkey & ricotta sandwich and some cold Porkslap pale ales. That’s a typical stuck-in-the-city type activity I’m always down for. For the rest of the summer, I’ll enjoy more friend and family time in places like Montauk, Newport and Wisconsin. I’m also looking forward to the Olympics and more moments with Ryan Lochte.
STUFF NIC LOVES:
Jewelry: My new engagement ring. It’s become my constant companion.
Beauty Product: SK-II Ultimate Revival Cream, Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream, Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Sari Pink
Book: Too early for a review, but currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Movie: The last rad movie I saw was The Avengers.
Musical act: I just styled Grace Potter and enjoying her new album. I also love jams by Grouplove and Beach House.
Art: I loved the recent Francesca Woodman photography exhibit at the Guggenheim.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri, Italy.
Restaurant: My neighborhood go-to is Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn. I am also excited to try the new Thai place in Brooklyn Heights called Pok Pok NY- it’s supposed to be super-delicious.
Food: I could eat breakfast at any hour of the day.
Cocktail: Vodka gimlet.
Destination: The North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.
Guilty Pleasure: My inner tween is still wilding out over One Direction – Harry Styles has bewitched me.
Cause: Bullying. I respect the work of organizations like Stand for the Silent & The Bully Project.
Indulgence: Gummy candy.
Inspiration: I love following people with realistic wardrobes, who mix high & low. Olivia Palermo nails it, so does Blair Eadie from the blog Atlantic-Pacific. Emma Stone has also been a fun one to watch – she’s both brave and classic and always totally age and occasion appropriate.