Field of Dreams / Adrien Field | Edition XV
From head to riding boot, Adrien Field doesn’t just look the part. He is the part. He is the quintessential representation of the well-dressed world wide web takeover. So if you’ve written him off as a simple social ponzi schemer, you’re seriously underestimating the man behind the bowtie. Sure he has a social circle that aspiring designers, young industry insiders, and social climbers alike would kill for. But if you’re wondering why he’s got noted friends in high places, it’s because he worked his ass off to get to the top. His story reads like the perfect rags to riches or should I say blogosphere to Bryant park trajectory. But industry elite know, you don’t land interviews with the likes of Heidi Klum and Diana Ross just because. Just ask Oprah.
Despite his easy breezy demeanor, Field is more substance than show. Careful, or his somewhat subdued nonchalance may lead you astray. Adrien is a smarty-pants. Fluent in French, he’s a fresh take on the Renaissance man. But he swears there is a neurosis hiding beneath the calm surface. Either he’s a great pretender, or his restylane injected nasal folds won’t allow a nervous smile or twitch. He seems quite settled, comfortable sitting in an Upper East Side café, in a fitted blazer and perfectly rolled cream pants. As if he stepped out of a Ralph Lauren ad, he’s the picture of well-dressed Sunday swag.
But before the 20 something fashion editor turned TV personality, ever warmed a front row seat at his first Mercedes Benz fashion week, Adrien spent his formative years walking the halls of a local New Jersey boarding school in Armani tailored pants and Ralph Lauren cashmere sweaters. It’s hard to imagine, but the proud to be me, fashion enthusiast, sitting before me, was once less than comfortable about being gay. “In boarding school I definitely wasn’t out. [I was] growing up not being comfortable with who I was. [In school] certain words get thrown around—those derogatory words—and they’re words that you just don’t want to be,” remembers Adrien. The founder and former president the Peddie Boarding School Republican Association, Adrien played the part of heterosexual academic well. “I wanted to be a certain mold—the complete opposite of what I was, but I still dressed differently”
Adrien, escaped through the pages of GQ magazine. “I remember buying my first GQ at 14 years old and it was Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover and I just fell in love with this world”, recalls Adrien. “ I felt connected to something larger than just this small suburban community that I was in. GQ had the travel pages and I would imagine flying first class to somewhere exotic. Being a part of that lifestyle—being able to buy those clothes. That’s what I wanted.“
And it wasn’t long before he got what he wanted. One year abroad in France is all it took for Adrien to recreate the man in the mirror. “I was never really comfortable with my outside appearance either. That summer before I left I had my nose and chin done.”
Adrien always and still does have an affinity for all things beautiful. Whether a jacket or a nose job, Adrien doesn’t mind foregoing a few alterations to get the right look. “For me plastic surgery is really no different from getting a tattoo, he insists. “Its all just self alterations and adornments.”
Nevertheless, it’s Adrien’s love and distinct eye for all things beautiful that distinguish him from the bunch of no name bloggers.
TheFieldNotes.com, well respected by the blogoshere and editorial world alike, are the daily observations of his critical eye. It’s that same critical eye for fashion that landed the whippersnapper a job as Fashion Market Editor for Vibe Magazine. Sought after by TIME Magazine, and other media outlets for his expert insight on men’s fashion he’s living a life that even GQ couldn’t dream up. And he’s doing it all before age 25.
Truth be told, the fashion prodigy won’t tell me his age, although I have my ideas. He doesn’t like to say. “I’m ageless,” he smiles. “Age is so provincial anyway.” I never want to get old—at that point I’d rather just go. I’m ageless and that’s how I plan to stay. When I die I want to be embalmed. I want someone to stuff me. I put all this work into it I want it to be appreciated and observed,” he laughs.
So how do you climb the social ladder at whatever age? Adrien is an unabashed expert on the subject. Here are his top five ways to go from nobody to somebody.
1.) Create a striking visual identity—noticeable style
2.) Create an engaging persona—take charge of your personality
3.) Have your own opinion—not a regurgitated style.com post
4.) Be in the right places with the right people
5.) Get photographed by Patrick McMullan, because if you weren’t photographed you weren’t at the party. If it’s not documented you could have stayed home and had a bowl of Haagen Dazs.
Words: RaVal Davis