Interview Magazine’s Mel Ottenberg Exclusive Interview with SSENSE

By June 6, 2019Fashion News

A Glimpse Inside the Interview Mindset.

Spearheading one of the industry’s most revered publications, Mel Ottenberg’s job is one of constant risk-taking. Sitting down recently for an exclusive interview with fashion retailer SSENSE, the Creative Director of Interview magazine offered some insight into his role.

On working with Rihanna:

“I did a job in Versailles once with Rihanna, this big Dior campaign with Steven Klein. We were shooting at night. We were alone there after hours until sunrise. It was amazing and glamorous”

On his role at Interview:

“It’s very involved. For me, it’s about who we’re shooting, how we’re shooting them, which photographer, what stylist, what are the clothes like, is it right for Interview, how are we twisting it, how are we not twisting it, are we having fun? Let’s have fun.”

On supporting other creatives:

“When I was coming up and young, a lot of stylists were really nice to me. I definitely think it’s important to pay that forward. It’s such a bitchy industry. You’ve got your people that you like. Supporting other talent is important and it’s also fun to be friends with other people that do what you do. One of the funnest things for me at Interview is working with other stylists, hearing what they want to do.”

Head over to the SSENSE website to check out the full set of images & accompanying story.


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