The Cut’s Fashion Editor Once Spent an Entire Paycheck at Prada

Lindsay Peoples on working two jobs while interning, wearing furs as a toddler, and faux pushes for diversity in fashion. New York.

By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Alicia Cesaro
Photography: Alec Kugler

It’s no secret that fashion media has changed, and is continuing to change, at a breakneck pace. And while we’d argue the majority of said changes are for the better, there’s still a lot of work (like, a lot) to be done—and many a misguided step along the way.

Leading the charge for the former—as in, putting quality, truly disruptive (we wouldn’t say it unless we meant it) content out into the world—is Lindsay Peoples, fashion market editor over at New York magazine’s The Cut. Even if you’re not familiar with Peoples by name, you probably know her work, whether it’s her profile of actor Dascha Polanco, stories on Issa Rae, roundtables with plus-size models, or genius pieces on everyone from Rowan Blanchard to Lil’ Yachty, to name a few. If there’s a common thread throughout Peoples’ work, it’s her ability to tap into whatever she’s covering—be it puffy parkas, Jenna Lyons’ departure from J.Crew, or what could easily be your average profile of an up-and-coming actress—and home in on its place within the larger cultural, political landscape. We’re not the only ones who have noticed, either—she recently won an ASME award, an incredibly big deal in the industry (think of it as a little bit like the Oscars, only for magazine editors).

It makes sense, then, that Peoples’ wardrobe is similarly deliberate in her ability to master how to do things just a little bit differently. As she told us of her first-ever fashion splurge (a camo-print fur Prada bag, because of course), “It’s one of those things that I bought because I wanted a really nice bag and respect the craftsmanship that Prada has in everything they make. I just didn’t think I should get this classic plain Prada bag. I love it because it is that little hint of unexpected. It’s not so proper and fashion-girl; it’s fun. It was like, ‘I’m poor and eating ramen, but I love this bag, so take me as I am.’” Sound familiar?

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that for Peoples’ next major fashion *moment,* she plans on breaking with long-held, much-in-need-of-shaking-up tradition, too: her wedding. It should also come as no surprise that she intends on using fashion to do it, namely, in the form of the bright blue Manolo Blahnik flats she plans on walking down the aisle in. “I really love those because they feel so non-traditional. I’m sure my mom and sister are going to freak out seeing that I am wearing blue flats at my wedding, but I love it.” Us, too.