While lots of fashion lovers are swooning over the latest styles from afar, Pittsburgh native Alex Catarinella, 27, is seeing them up close as a freelance fashion writer in New York City.
Since graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2009, he's contributed to such print and Web publications as Style.com and Elle and regularly rubs elbows with the fabulous and fashionable at events such as New York Fashion Week and even New Zealand Fashion Week. His latest endeavor: contributing writer to the new Yahoo Style endeavor by editor in chief Joe Zee.
"Writing was always my thing. I was so obsessed with musical theater and choir so I thought that's what I was going to do. Then writing came back to me," he says.
An internship at Paper magazine set him back on the path to a writing career.
"I love meeting new people and connecting with them and hopefully building relationships," he says.
At the latest New York Fashion Week, writing assignments took him to the launch of Britney Spears' lingerie line, Harper's Bazaar's ICONS party and an interview with model Cara Delevingne about her collaboration with Mulberry.
When he's not dishing about fashion, he's brainstorming ideas for a book ("I really want to get a book deal," he says) and helping out friend and English recording artist Natalia Kills with her music career.
For more from Alex, check out yahoo.com/style.