September 10, 2006
Is it just me, or is it hard to get excited about the clothes for spring so far? It can’t be because I am jaded by the scene – I can count the number of fashion shows I’ve been to on one hand.
The newest trend in fashion blogging is to tone down the fashion week hoo-ha. It’s true, after the last couple seasons of eagerly sifting through the show photos to pick out the best and the worst it’s no longer as interesting to me as it once was. The runway review has become a hacky fashion blogger convention.
Which is a damn shame because finally I can get my hands on some legit images courtesy of coutorture. So far this fashion week has barely moved on from last year – lots of whites and neutrals, lots of volume and layering, some of it awkwardly executed…
(from Ashish N Soni)
… and some of it sweet, but too familiar, too self-consciously “on-trend”. The man-tailored shorts, baby doll dresses, pegged and bubble silhouettes, lacy ladies, are all still there. The dull runways mean that I’m way more interested in Julie interviewing the press veterans, the insider juice from Style Bites, candids from The Sartorialist, and expert makeup analysis from The Beauty Newsletter than actually sucking back the fashion shows. And I know that Julie is running around exhausted trying to upload all the photos, but I don’t actually feel I can add much value to the coverage from way over here in Toronto, other than to point towards coutorture where all the best is helpfully aggregated.
I guess if I could pass any feedback towards Julie and Phil, it would be to avoid trying to be getty or style.com and keep giving us the essence of fashion week – the voices and the inside analysis. It seems to me like fashion week has never been less relevant or noteworthy and that might be this season’s biggest revelation – there isn’t enough behind the hype to get excited about this year. Let’s hope Marc Jacobs gets me all angry later this week so I can take that back.