KIRSTIE CLEMENTS’ FASHION CAREER ADVICE: Kirstie Clements exited magazine publishing when her 25-year Vogue Australia career — 13 as editor-in-chief — was abruptly terminated in May 2012; however, her book publishing career is going gangbusters. To be launched Wednesday by Melbourne University Press, “Impressive: How To Have A Stylish Career” is Clements’ fourth book in three years. The large format glossy paperback is a compilation of fashion career advice dispensed by Clements and over two dozen of her fashion industry insider friends, illustrated with original photography from Carlotta Moye and featuring Australian models Georgia Graham and James Gatenby. Chiming in on how to get a foot in the door, resumes and the importance of manners, grooming and attitude (don’t be an entry level whinger, advises Clements in the “Poised for success” chapter, learn to “Suck it up”), is a group of luxury brand regional executives and Australian expatriates, such as Malcolm Carfrae, the global head of communications, public relations and media for Ralph Lauren Corp.; Harpers Bazaar U.S. executive editor Laura Brown; global communications director for mytheresa.com Anthony Kendal, and senior vice-president of production at KCD Worldwide Jarrad Clark.
The third of her three-book deal with MUP, “Impressive” is likely to be Clements’ last book for a while as she focusses on consulting and speaking engagements, she said.
The first, her best-selling 2013 memoir “The Vogue Factor,” has been published in seven markets in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Polish and sold at least 150,000 copies, reported Clements, who also co-authored NLA Publishing’s 2014 coffee table hardcover “The Australian Women’s Weekly Fashion: The First 50 Years,” a history of fashion images from Australia’s number one selling monthly magazine (432,286 circulation, according to Audit Bureau of Circulations December 2014 data).
Said Clements, “I’m just working on my own business now and doing it kind of my way.”