May 25, 2008
The irregular roundup of internet ephemera. Select the ones that strike your fancy.
Gossip Girl! This show is the greatest. The characters are all vivid and funny, the story is suitably ridiculous, and the clothes are a huge part of the show. Wow, I never knew that a television show could be so amazing.
This article on Style.com, about all the style cliques of New York, is a lot of fun to look at. I wonder what Style Cliques we have in Toronto… I wonder which one I belong to.
It takes a bit longer to trickle down to the fashion blog level, but it seems like the economy is a point of conversation even we can’t avoid forever. Slate gives us the overview of where fashion goes when the going gets tough.
Zoe at Verbal Croquis, one of my all-time favourite fashion bloggers, is in the process of launching her very first season under her own label. She posts this insight on the economy from the position of a fashion entrepreneur.
Once, when I was little, the adults were talking one day about the economy “looking good”. I asked my dad what a “good” economy looked like. He said it looked like a diamond–a small percentage of rich people on one the top, a small percentage of poor people on the bottom, with a great many people in the middle. That image has always stayed with me.
When the economy “looked good”, diffusion or bridge lines cropped up everywhere. CK, D&G, DKNY. Contemporary pricepoints with a designer’s mark. Now, the economy doesn’t look so good. The middle class has shrunk and the diamond is now about as rectangular as the emaciated androgynous models that have taken over the runways. Now it’s all about designers striking deals with discounters like Target. O by Oscar is flatlining, but everyone is buzzing about Comme des Garcons for H&M, or whatever the pairing du jour may be.
One other economy link. My eyes glaze over when I read about the sub-prime mortgage crisis or whatever it is – it is never explained in a way that sustains my interest. This American Life opened my ears – The Giant Pool of Money is a brilliant piece of radio and worth more than one listen.
You know how far away from Queen West I am? I just finally discovered Shark Vs Bear. These days, you have not lived your 20s unless there are at least a dozen compromising photos of you on the internet. Its a bit embarrassing but also a modern rite of passage… such as it is.
You know what else is a rite of passage for us 21st century types? Cognitive dissonance. For instance, I often insist I am not an artist. I call myself an illustrator. And when people call me an artist I cringe because it makes me feel pretentious. Sometimes I even waste my breath explaining why I am not technically an artist. Now that is pretentious.
Hipsters, don’t scoff.
Ali Michael reveals she is battling an eating disorder in Teen Vogue. The story is fascinating and disturbing; even as we applaud Ali for coming out, we also admire her on her cover shoot and on the runway where she is sick.
Sometimes it feels like the modern fashionable ideal is just as restricting and phony as any corset, yet it is completely internalized.
I have been enjoying Teen Vogue! Sonja gave me a copy and encouraged me to indulge, and I totally love the styling. Sophisticated fashion content and not boy crazy.
A lot of us in fashion blogland became concerned when Agathe from Style Bytes stopped posting abruptly and without warning. Her final post suggests that she is staying in a sketchy hostel in Stockholm so like many readers and fans I worry.
The Toronto Week of Style is coming up next week. The fashion shows are free to the public and feature clothing that is currently available in stores.
Fash Biz Bits…
Kira Plastina – she has her own fashion empire, her own shade of pink, and she is not even sixteen yet.
Martha Stewart – paints her Louboutin soles black with Sharpies.
Project Runway – now has new producers.
Australian Fashion Bloggers – are at Australian Fashion Week. World takeover complete.
Without further ado, Fashion Blog Karma… a list of links to fashion blogs I discovered via incoming link, comments, or kismet. Thanks everyone!