Exclusive Interview: People's Revolution's Emily Bungert

Emily Bungert; partner at People's Revolution with fashion PR goddess Kelly Cutrone; tells Twinkle Magazine about her work in fashion, and her own style and inspirations. She can be seen in Bravo's hit show 'Kell On Earth'.

How would you describe your own style? Who are your favourite designers?
My personal style is sort of bohemian and revolves a lot around comfort. In the winter I usually wear skinny jeans or leggings with sweaters or over-size tees, and in the summer I wear sun-dresses or shorts with loose-fitting burn-out tanks. I wear a lot of Mara Hoffman (www.marahoffman.com) - especially her knits, coats, dresses and swimsuits. She is the ultimate designer for a city-dwelling girl with a hippie spirit, like myself. I am currently obsessed with RESIN denim- they make the best comfy skinny jeans (I have been wearing my black pair nearly every day this winter). Some of my favorite designers/brands also include rag & bone, Nicholas K, Maison Martin Margiela, Matthew Williamson, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin and Marc Jacobs. I wear a lot of Louis Vuitton shoes and my favorite winter boots are by Vintage Shoe Company (www.vintageshoecompany.com). I also love going to thrift stores and vintage clothes shopping, especially in obscure locations.

Tell me about your job at People's Revolution, and how you started your career in fashion PR?
I am a Partner at People's Revolution and I manage several accounts for the agency as well as handle a lot of the fashion show and event production/PR. As a child, I was obsessed with fashion, art and music and I always knew I wanted to work in the fashion industry. I started working as a young teenager in high school, selling clothes at department stores and hosting at restaurants before moving to NYC from Minneapolis when I was 19 to pursue a career in fashion. Not long after, I landed a job working as a PR Assistant for Vivienne Westwood, then spent almost 2 years at Betsey Johnson as a PR Coordinator before moving on to agencies. I've been at People's Revolution for almost 5 years now and have worked on more than 50 fashion shows with this agency alone - in NYC, London, Los Angeles, Miami and more. Throughout my career, I've also traveled to exciting places like Australia, Mexico City, Sao Paulo Brazil, Paris, Milan and more for fashion weeks and trade-shows. I love my job!

What are the key trends and looks that you have been seeing for Spring/Summer in New York?

Some trends coming out for Spring will include Ethnic prints, Military influence and Animal prints. A lot of people have been wearing Doc Martens/combat boots lately, at least that is the current trend in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I think maxi-dresses will continue to be popular this summer as well.

It's fashion week in New York at the moment, so tell me what you are up to, and what the future holds for People's Revolution?
We are just wrapping up fashion week at People's Revolution and the Jeremy Scott show will be our last of the week. I keyed 5 shows for the Fall 2011 season, including Mara Hoffman, Nicholas K, What Goes Around Comes Around, Toni Francesc and Sergio Davila. I am also working on an opening for Dorian Grey Gallery for an exhibit entitled "Stephen Sprouse Drawings: Jet Boy" as well as producing a look book shoot for a brand new fashion label called Emerson. We are working on the launch of a great new men's shoe line called Rockadelic (www.rockadelic.com) and will be going down to SXSW Music Festival with them in March to participate in an event with BMF Media, which will be great fun. We are also launching a great new line of handbags and jackets for a line called The Sway (www.theswaynyc.com), which is super cool and made from all recycled leathers.

You sound very busy! What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies outside of the world of fashion?

I read a lot of books and love to watch TV & movies. I have a ton of favorite TV shows and I often watch the Animal Planet channel, National Geographic, Travel Channel etc. - I love nature shows. I also really like fantasy films (such Lord of the Rings) and books (such as The Mists of Avalon) etc. My favorite movie is The Godfather (1 & 2). I love trilogies and I am sort of a nerd at heart. For books, I'll read almost anything but I am not into cheesy fashion-related books at all. I tend to veer toward more serious subjects and dramas overall.

I don't get a ton of spare time with the hours that I work, so I absolutely love to enjoy my weekends off! When the weather is nice, I ride my bike around Greenpoint & Williamsburg Brooklyn and go for picnics in the park. I love to host dinner-parties at my place and go out dancing (when I'm not too tired). I travel to Minneapolis to visit my family every chance I get, so that is where I spend most holiday weekends. Whenever I get a chance, I try to take quick trips to Jamaica or Puerto Rico to hit the beach and relax.

Finally, the fashion size debate.  Do you think that 
standard high-end designer collections should open their doors more to plus-sizes instead of only producing clothes in smaller sizes?

I do think it would be good for designer collections to offer more size options. For young designers though, it might simply be a cost issue to grade and produce a large range of sizes. I do also think that a lot of designers cut really small and the worst thing is when you put on something in your correct size and it doesn't fit. 

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