What began as a website that played to our voyeuristic side, letting us peek into the designer-laden digs of tastemakers, The Coveteur has evolved into a more varied chronicle of all things behind-the-scenes. From lifestyle to fashion to culture, this site examines the creative process, inspiration, and influence of the individuals who are defining our times.
By Meagan Wilson
A quick disclaimer: We hate to idealize. No, really. Even though we have the tendency to get flowery on everything from the mundane (grilled cheese) to the extravagant (hand-beaded couture that requires upwards of 10,000 hours of work), we understand it creates a crushing amount of pressure.
But, when someone's résumé ranges from interviewing Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons at age 15 to penning ELLE
cover stories at 18 (oh, and founding, running, and publishing her own online magazine with an annual print yearbook while still in high school), it's hard not to take notice. We also consequently feel really bad about how we
spent the better part of junior year (reading YM
and stealing our parents' liquor).Related: Spruce Up Your Workspace
When Tavi Gevinson first captured the undivided attention of the fashion industry (including requisite snaps alongside Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour
) with her Style Rookie
blog before graduating middle school, it would have been too easy to just ride things out. Instead, she traded front row seats for pursuing a passion project that was all her own (literally — she eschewed big-name publishers in favor of help from Anaheed Alani and Ira Glass). Rookiemag.com
covered everything from collecting vinyl and cult films to panic attacks and masturbation. Despite the alarmist articles in The New York Times
and The Atlantic
conflating this generation's preoccupation with something as innocuous as selfies with the apocalypse, we're pretty sure that if Tavi's any indication, we're going to be just fine.
One afternoon, before a performance of her Broadway show, This is Our Youth
, Gevinson gave us a grand tour of the Lower East Side apartment she shares with photographer and fellow Internet sensation Petra Collins. We sorted through her wardrobe
together, from her "wonderfully corny assortment of Susan Sontag items" to the pleated lip print skirts gifted to her by Miuccia Prada, leather gloves handed down by Winona Ryder (who, in turn, received them from Audrey Hepburn), and gold Chanel
boots that were a present from Stevie Nicks. "I owe so much of my brain to so many people," Gevinson explained. Friends, high places, you know the deal.