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Joe Zee on Passion, Perseverance, and Polly Mellen

Elle creative director and sartorial Superman Joe Zee learned from the best. His first job was assisting none other than Polly Mellen. According to Zee, the legendary stylist and editor (a Diana Vreeland-groomed veteran of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Allure) brought more to the fashion world than her legendary eye. She was tireless in her enthusiasm for new talent and a font of down-to-earth advice–”open your eyes, have a little humility, and let go of ego,” Mellen told Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière in a 2010 interview. “You have to always be going out to the end of the diving board and diving off.” In this third and final segment of our interview with Zee, he reflects on working under Mellen, discusses how he balances editorial and ad campaign work, and offers some of advice of his own for those looking to dive into the fashion fray.

Watch Part 1: Joe Zee puts it All on the Line
Watch Part 2: Joe Zee on the creative (director) life

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Sundance Channel Rolls Out Design-Focused Programming for 2011

(Left to right) Garo Sparo, Ben Kaufman, David Nadelberg, Sarah Barnett, Lynn Tilton,  Joe Zee, Evan Shapiro, Krissy Lefebvre, Neil Katcher, and Ludo Lefebvre. (Photo courtesy of Albert Ferreira for Sundance Channel)

Although Sundance Channel is fresh off its first ever Golden Globe win for the scripted mini-series Carlos, it’s doubling its hours of reality television or “nonfiction TV” (a clever name change from the network) for 2011, to cater to its “poptimist” audience — that in-the-know friend whose water cooler talk is sprinkled with pop culture references.

At Manhattan’s Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue Tuesday morning, we previewed its 2011 non-scripted programming lineup.

According to Sundance General Manager Sarah Barnnett, the prevailing theme among their seven new unscripted shows is “business is personal.” The channel is in active development on Diva of Distressed, a series following self-made billionaire Lynn Tilton as she buys and rebuilds dying businesses, and Ludo Bites America, a look into French chef Ludo Lefebvre’s pop-up restaurant concept that brings gastronomic food to middle-America.

It’s hard not to notice that the network is leaning towards the fashion and design space. But, unlike that other network — yes, you Bravo — Sundance’s offerings won’t have the typical staged contests or challenges.

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