Sunday, January 30, 2011
(Submitted by Lacey Smithsonian in
Shot Through Velvet, the seventh
Crime of Fashion Mystery by
There are several things you need to
know about journalists:
First: Never lie to the press. It’s stupid
and you will not win. Trust me.
Second: Don’t hug the reporter. Really, just
don’t do it. Don’t even think about it.
Third: Reporters are curious. Curiosity
killed the cat and has very nearly killed me
on several occasions.
I’m Lacey Smithsonian, I cover the fashion beat for
The Eye Street Observer in Washington, D.C.
And yes, it’s not The Washington Post, it’s the newspaper
that doesn’t get any respect. As a result I work harder and
get into more trouble than the average reporter, according
to my editor, Mac Jones.
You wouldn’t expect fashion to be fatal, and that’s where you
would be wrong. It’s proved fatal on several occasions on which
I’ve reported. My problem is that I’m as curious as any reporter,
and I always want to know how the story ends.
You can read about my latest exclusive story in
Shot Through Velvet.
When I heard that the last velvet factory in Virginia was
closing, I had to visit on its last day. I never expected a body
to be pulled out of a tank, I never expected him to be dyed
blue, and I never expected to be caught up in this
story the way I was. I never expected it to get deadlier.
But then, I never do.