When I started my career in journalism few people had mobile phones and Google didn't exist… that may age me, but with more than 600,000 followers on my personal Instagram (@Couturenotebook), I like to think I’ve kept up with the times.
From covering central bank meetings — waiting in lobbies in the vain hope of getting usable quotes on policy changes or interest rates — and more dramatic life-changing events such as seeing firsthand the extent of the Tsunami devastation over Aceh a few days after the 2004 tragedy, to providing insights into the rather more glamorous and often surreal worlds of fashion and art, whether visiting a film set to see Donnie Yen at work or Yayoi Kusama in her studio and watch her paint, I can truly say I’ve covered nearly every journalism beat.
In 2012, I got a fabulous opportunity when a new Singapore-based couture magazine approached me to go to Paris and cover couture week. I became the Editor-in-Chief of Couture by Designaré and had the opportunity to not only interview couturiers but also visit their ateliers, go backstage and discover their world from a different angle. I was hooked!
What I discovered is that haute couture was enjoying a new lease of life, buoyed by the new wealth in emerging markets where young clients aspire to wear only the best, and the emergence of a new generation of couturiers interested in pursuing the excellence associated with couture’s craftsmanship.
Between 2012-2016, I worked for BLOUIN ARTINFO as Editor-in-Chief for Lifestyle & Fashion, while overseeing the Blouin Lifestyle Magazine. As such I had the opportunity to regularly attend couture presentations in Paris and beyond.
Currently I work as a freelance journalist for various publications (you can follow my day to day activities on @Luxartasia), while continuing to communicate my love for and appreciation of couture on my Instagram account @couturenotebook. You can also find my musing on my Instagram journey on soniakolesnikov.com.
Having been asked many times, "how much is it and where can I buy it," I've finally decided to revamp the website I first established in 2012 and include an affiliate program (ShopStyle Collective) to offer readers a selection of high-end items from designers I like.
Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop, June 2019.