Derek Blasberg

Derek Blasberg

Toronto Fashion Week is proud to announce Derek Blasberg as the guest moderator of our Fashion Talks series this September.

Derek is a writer, editor and New York Times best-selling author. He is Vanity Fair’s ‘Our Man on the Street,’ a senior staff member at the Gagosian gallery, and host of the television show ‘CNN Style.’ He was born and raised in St Louis, Missouri, and attended New York University, graduating with degrees in Journalism and Dramatic Literature in 2004. His first job was at Vogue, and he has since contributed texts toVanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times and the WSJ. Magazine. He is the author of a 2010 best selling collection of humorous essays about etiquette, ‘Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady,’ which was translated into several languages and published in countries in Asia, South America and Europe. Its sequel, ‘Very Classy: Even More Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady,’ was published in 2012. As a fashion editor, Blasberg has collaborated with some of the industry’s most iconic image-makers, including Karl Lagerfeld, David Bailey, Terry Richardson and Marilyn Minter. In 2015, he published ‘Bazaar: Models,’ a survey of the most influential faces in fashion history. ‘CNN Style’ has profiled Karl Valentino, Tracey Emin, Emma Watson, Kendall Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Campbell and many more. Blasberg lives on New York’s Upper East Side with a dachshund called Monster.


Blasberg’s first book, Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, is released by Penguin publishing.


His follow-up book, Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady hit shelves.


He launched a stationery line, called Handwritten Letter Helper, in collaboration with fashion brand Opening Ceremony.


He published Harper’s Bazaar: Models, an exclusive look at 28 top models that have appeared in the magazine over the years.


CNN announced Blasberg as the host of CNN Style, a television show that provides an in-depth look at the worlds of art, luxury, fashion, automobiles, architecture and design.


Photography by Pier Guido Grassano