Derek Blasberg is a writer, editor, and New York Times best-selling author. He is currently YouTube’s Head of Fashion & Beauty and Director of Public Figures, and a senior staffer at the Gagosian Gallery. He is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, and several international editions of Vogue.
Google hired Derek to join YouTube in 2018. In this newly formed position, he built the style vertical on the world’s largest social media platform by onboarding fashion and beauty brands, publications, and industry professionals. In 2019, he launched YouTube.com/Fashion, the largest aggregate of style video content on the planet. In July of 2020, YouTube collaborated with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on the first ever Digital Fashion Month. In September of 2020, Derek spear-headed the launch of the Black Designer Initiative. In 2021, Derek’s scope of work expanded to include the Public Figures vertical too.
In 2016, Derek was announced as the host of a reboot of “CNN Style.” The show looked at creative expression from a multicultural and multi-faceted vantage, including the worlds of contemporary art, architecture, design, fashion, and luxury automotive. Guests included Emma Watson, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Bjark Ingels, Tracey Emin, Sofia Coppola, Kendall Jenner, Charlize Theron, Anna Wintour, and more. At Vanity Fair, Derek created the magazine’s first ever digital franchises, including “Derek Does Stuff With A Friend,” and “Conversations in the Backseat,” in partnership with Conde Nast Entertainment. In 2015, he co-hosted “Fashionably Late” with Rachel Zoe, and, in 2011, he appeared alongside Alexa Chung on “24 Hour Catwalk.” He also appears as a culture expert on NBC’s “The Today Show.”
Derek was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to New York City in 2000 to attend New York University. He graduated in 2004 with two degrees, Dramatic Literature and Journalism, and began his career as an assistant at Vogue. In his magazine career, Derek was the youngest ever Editor-at-Large at Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair’s Our Man on the Street, the Editor of V and VMan, and the “Fast + Louche” columnist at Andy Warhol’s Interview. He has contributed texts to The New York Times, WSJ. Magazine, Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, Glamour, and The London Sunday Times.
Derek lives on New York City’s Upper East Side with his dog, a dachshund named Monster.
Derek joined the Gagosian Gallery in 2014, primarily working with the Publications department. In 2016, he was instrumental in re-launching the Gagosian Quarterly as an editorial publication sold in newsagents around the world, in addition to Gagosian’s 15 gallery spaces. As a fashion editor, Derek has collaborated with the industry’s most iconic image-makers, including Karl Lagerfeld, David Bailey, Terry Richardson, and Marilyn Minter.
In April of 2010, Blasberg’s first book, a collection of humorous essays about modern etiquette called “Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady,” was released by Penguin Publishing. The book was on the New York Times best sellers list for several weeks; it has since been translated into several languages and published in countries in Asia, South America and Europe. In 2012, a sequel, “Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady” was released. In 2015, he penned “Harper’s Bazaar: Models,” a photographic survey of the influential faces that have appeared in the world’s oldest fashion publication. Derek has also edited various fashion tomes, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s book, “Influence,” which was published in 2008.