Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler designer and possessor of extraordinary gumption, told his real-life Horatio Alger story Thursday at a discussion hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Art, summarized here by Racked Boston:
Lazaro shared his first encounter with Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, back when he was just a student traveling with his mom. They were on Wintour’s flight, where she sat up in first class and Lazaro sat toward the back. He wrote her a note on a napkin, bravely walked up to her seat and placed it under her drink. She ignored him, even after tapping her on the shoulder. Two weeks later, Lazaro received a call from Michael Kors, who said Wintour gave him a letter from a kid on the plane and that Kors should hire him as an intern. The rest is history.
Obviously, we’re going to start toting around resumes stat, but two crucial questions about the whole affair remain: 1. What did the note say? and 2. What was Anna drinking?