Hartman at her desk.
What’s the biggest difference/challenge when flipping roles from editor to designer?
I have a much greater perspective about the way the world works — the actual physical reality of industry and economy. It’s a harder life. Being an editor, you are working in the realm of words and images, and you’re probably in a nice office with an elevator and central air-conditioning. I think having to be responsible for the physical whereabouts of so, so many components, not to mention the intense financial side of it, has made me grow up.
Describe the moment you knew you would be a fashion designer.
Honestly, it was the moment Ecco Domani [Fashion Foundation] called. I knew it meant this would continue, and I had to do it. Before that, I didn’t actually know how long I’d be doing this for — whether it was just a phase or not.
It’s long been said “it’s not easy being green.” What is one simple change you wish everyone would make?
I tend to get frustrated by industry and laws, not by people’s individual behavior. I wish the government would pass climate-change legislation and more funding would go toward alternative fuels and energy and vehicles. That said, most people can switch to wind power for their home electricity.
Describe your fashion style in six words.
Slouchy, minimalist layers; bold jewelry/shoes.
You’re a writer, fashion designer, and drummer in a rock band. Any other talents we should know about?
I danced for a long time — particularly modern and jazz — but I don’t have time anymore. I am hoping to start doing it again. The designing and drumming are actually pretty new modes for me. I think they’ve stuck, because they come out of the life experience I’ve acquired from what is now ten years in New York. It’s good to try new things. You never know what will happen.
What can’t you wait to wear this fall?
I am sincerely excited about all the fall Bodkin pieces, but right now I am thinking about the Infinity leggings in vintage deadstock crushed velvet from the ’90s and the Quasar coat, a big, dramatic, cozy wrap coat lined with recycled polyester for water- and wind-proofing with a huge hood in double-faced vintage deadstock oatmeal wool.