I can’t really remember the first time I met Alice Williams, but since that fateful day we have worked on many projects together which have included but were not limited to; covering fashion weeks, smashing a lot of dumplings and attending events where we generally hover around the booze/canapé area and judge people. As one of the most talented writers I know, not to mention a very good friend, I feel she is the perfect subject for introducing this newest feature of my blog – “Cats I Know”.
Alice is a freelance writer who has written for lots of your fave publications, is the owner of my favourite Twitter feed and probably wears a better bold red lipstick than you, myself and the cast of Mad Men put together.
She will be covering New Zealand Fashion Week for Style Paws (what a delight!) so here is an interview I did with her earlier. In a display of true journalistic professionalism, I am going to copy and paste the transcript from our Facebook Chat.
Friday 31st August: Lunch break
Sam: Yo honey boo boo, let’s start the ball rolling. How do you think other people would describe you?
AW: Oh god. Jesus, way to start light Sam. THAT’S TOTALLY NOT A QUESTION THAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT OR ANYTHING.
Sam: Should we start with “How are you”?
AW: I’m not sure. Loud? Hilarious? Devastatingly attractive in an approachable way? That’s the answer to both questions.
Sam: Hahahaha good one. What has been your most memorable experience as a writer so far?
AW: Someone mistook me for Marieke Hardy at a literary do once so I licked them on the ear. And, getting sent two litres of vodka. OH AND ONCE HELEN RAZER RETWEETED ONE OF MY TWEETS.
Sam: Do you find that licking people is a good ice breaker in general?
AW: Only if they think you’re someone WAY more famous than you are. I like that that guy will probably meet the real Marieke one day and be like…wait…who the fuck…?
Sam: What’s been your fave project to work on so far?
AW: Working at SPOOK magazine was a pretty big part of my life for a long time. I was there for the first issue and am still the only full time, paid staff they’ve had so that was pretty fortuitous.
Sam: SPOOK is how we met I think. Since then I have had the pleasure of getting to know you quite well. You’re actually like an older sister to me. What’s the best sisterly advice you would ever give?
AW: Naw! Sam! Don’t ever, ever cut your own fringe or sign up for a gym membership over 6 months.
Sam: Oh my god. I have done both of these. Why did you have to come into my life when I was already in my mid-20s?!
AW: I don’t know, it seems like a massive waste of time for me too. I didn’t even have Twitter before you. And you told me about ASOS.
Sam: Speaking of the #fashunz, we better cover some of that. When you think of New Zealand and fashion, what comes to mind first?
AW: Possums. There is an initiative in NZ to eradicate possums because they are a pest, so I’m hoping to see a lot of possum fur. That’s about it.
Sam: Haha, very environmental. Do you have any fashion advice to impart?
AW: I’m not a total fashion maven, like yourself. But I do think it’s a fun and important form of self expression. I read this great piece by Briohny Doyle yesterday and she described her fashion sense as “a carefully nuanced collage of influence from the history of cinema, music and fashion”, and I really liked that.
Sam: Good answer AW!
AW: I totally stole it off Briohny.
Sam: I heard a quote about good writers stealing and not borrowing or something once.
AW: Ha, Good Poets Borrow, Great Poets Steal.
Sam: I guess that makes you a Great Poet.
AW: Or a lazy writer.
Sam: ANYWAY! What are you hoping to get out of NZFW professionally and personally?
AW: Lots of tiny make-up samples.
Sam: I got my oddest PR gift yet today actually. It was a gift box full of pens.
AW: No, not really – don’t put that. Meeting new people, getting to check out some NZ designers – of which there are many exciting new ones! WAIT THEY WEREN’T THOSE BIC LADY PENS WERE THEY?
Sam: No, they are colourful Papermate ones called “Inkjoy”. Why?
AW: Ohh, nice! No, I just heard some people got sent them and it’s so funny. They are these “Special” pens for ladies. God knows what women were using before.
Sam: “Bic for HER?” Baahahah this is the best thing I’ve seen all week. It’s like it’s a new eau de parfum or something.
AW: It’s hilarious. Silly women! You can’t use man pens!
Sam: I just have one more question for you. We spoke before of you being a Lazy Writer/Great Poet – can you please write me a poem? I’m going to sell it on eBay one day. Oh and I’ll also need to know where we can find more of your coverage of NZFW.
AW: Oh, well please follow my abysmal study of the fashions of New Zealand daily on The Vine, in print for SPOOK and Fjorde magazine, and on my own site. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Every time I get a click an angel gets his wings.
Sam: How poetic.
Make sure you stay tuned to Style Paws as Alice goes undercover (not really) at New Zealand Fashion Week (really).
Photo source: Alice’s Facebook, of course.