Welcome, dear reader. Today we will talk about the bashing of fashion bloggers. I’m sure you have all heard or read something one time or another concerning the war between magazine editors and fashion bloggers. Sounds kind of dramatic, like hyenas trying to devour each other, but there’s both love and hate going on in this story. You see, on one side, there’s the love. Bloggers are recognized by magazines, which is pretty amazing. They get featured, interviewed & often even contribute to the magazine. Sadly, there’s also the hate. Magazine editors feel like bloggers are taking their place. One of the best examples is where 13 year old blogger Tavi Gevinson was sitting front-row with that enormous bow on her head. I don’t blame people for being pissed off here. You can make all the fashion statements you want, but if you’re going to block other people’s sight, it’s NORMAL that they get annoyed. So no, it is not all happiness, sunshine and rainbows in fashion land. This recent quote from Franca Sozanni (Italian Vogue) about personal style bloggers is another one that caused a bit of controversy.
“They don’t offer an opinion but only talk about themselves, take their own pictures wearing absurd outfits. What’s the point? I don’t even know who they are except a few names because they are so many and all the same, they are so worried about what to wear to get noticed that my eyes only see a crowd in the end. These aren’t people who have been working in fashion too long to end up criticizing everything, the shows, and they don’t have a background in fashion so they are not conditioned by their knowledge or interests. There comments are naif and enthusiastic. They don’t hold a real importance in the business.”
Full post here. (FYI : misuse of “there” and “their” makes my skin crawl. For other words you need to stop misspelling I’d like to refer you to this awesome comic.)
Taking pictures of yourself in weird outfits.
Not all of us wear weird outfits. Most of us like to show our personal style, that is often way more approachable than what you see on the runway. In all fairness, I sometimes don’t understand the style of certain people, ’cause it looks like they dress weird on purpose to stand out. For some reason, that pisses me off, yet I try to stay open-minded. If I don’t like a certain blog, I’ll just click away and not leave annoying anonymous hate comments. When it comes to this matter, I think it’s a bit pretentious to think you’re the only one “capable” of defining good taste.
What’s the point? There really isn’t a point besides that it’s fun. The blogger can be creative & experiment with his or her style. What’s the point of you showing us expensive clothes worn by skinny models who have weird make-up on in your magazine? Fashion lovers like looking at creative, beautiful images and I think that’s exactly the same thing that bloggers are trying to achieve with their pictures.
Quantity and Quality.
I think the biggest problem that magazine editors and other bloggers may have with certain popular bloggers is that there’s a lot of quantity on their blog (lots of readers, followers and posts) but not a lot of quality. This may be annoying because magazine editors are putting in a lot of work & then feel like they’re overshadowed by some young girl who just posts a ton of pictures of herself. It also may be annoying to small bloggers because they are probably working their butts off and it seems that some bloggers don’t really have to do that much for their success.
Now, as you can see, I’m putting an emphasis on certain words because I want to make clear that I do know that a lot of bloggers that have made it to the top work really hard & deserve their success.
It’s the never-ending battle between magazine editors and fashion bloggers! Whose side are you on ;)?