Thoughts on Fashion Bloggers

Discussion in 'Fashion... In Depth' started by seahorseinstripe, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. seahorseinstripe

    seahorseinstripe New Member

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    what's your opinion?
    honestly i was ecstatic at first at the thought of fashion blogs, till now i'm still is. but lately it's been kinda too much i guess.
    and i love that twitter is invented but it seems like everyone now fighting to tweet the fastest at fashion show i wonder if they really have a chance to really see the pieces at all

    i'm not saying that i don't like the trend of blogging, i read some of them daily and i even have my own blogs but really, some so called "fashion blogger" are overrated and i really don't see what some people see in them.
    and i found that now magazines and designers are kinda try to lick them a** by giving some too much credits

    here's one interesting article on bloggers by BOF

    source : http://www.businessoffashion.com/2010/02/fashion-2-0-what-the-independent-article-didnt-tell-us.html
     
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  2. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    thanks for the thread SOS...good one...:flower:

    well-
    there's a perfect example of why i dont read most blogs...

    that was a really boring and poorly written piece...imho...
    even if the point was valid...it was hard to get it because it was so uninteresting to read...

    and that is the case with most blogs...
    they are mostly written by random people who just want to tell you what they think...
    regardless of whether or not they have any background or qualifications in the field they choose to blog about...
    and i usually dont find any of it really interesting at all...
    maybe if i were 15 years old i would feel differently ...
    or maybe i'd have my own streetstyle blog if i were 15 yr old...
    i don't know...
    but it's gonna have to be a whole lot better than it is now if you want anyone to pay attention for more than a minute...

    there are those rare exceptions which are really interesting and inspiring...
    usually created by artists and other creative types...
    and those do tend to stand out from the crowd...
    but it becomes increasingly difficult to find those - just because the internet is so friggin' crowded these days!!...
    :doh:...

    also--- if you have any real talent...
    i would imagine that you would be getting paid for your work...
    rather than just putting it out there for free...
    no?...
    :innocent:

    i'm always very selective about what i put on my blog...
    because i am not just going to give away the candy store, if you know what i mean...
    in other words...
    i'll give you a peek at what goes on in my brain and what inspires me...
    but you aren't going to get the full picture unless we're working together...
    because then i'll fill in the blanks...
     
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  3. seahorseinstripe

    seahorseinstripe New Member

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    softgrey i agree with some of your thoughts and yeah, maybe if i'm 15 or 20 i would create my own style blog lol. it seems like style blog is one of the way to be "in"

    mostly i only look for pictures when i browse for blogs, i don't even bother to read because seems like the words can come just right out of my mouth so why do i bother reading em
    i do find blogging is one of a nice way to keep your secret identity, i don;t put my face in my blog, i don't like the idea of people knowing who i am and by that certain people can't use me for their advantage.
    i like to say what i want to say which i don't think can happen if my work appear in magazines or anything that pay me, my blog is like an alter ego where working in fashion or styling industry can be tiring already, where politics will involve what i have to say if u know what i mean :p

    and things can get really complicated when your blog already considered as "influential" u know, people contacted you carrying their own interests, asking for your help, sending you free gifts or invitations in turn for good words. my blog is not even that hip but i found people emailing me asking me to put their bags in my blog, but luckily i don't get paid and i don't have any people sponsoring my blogs and stuffs so i don't have the obligation to put everything.
    i like the idea of being anonymous so i don't have to feel bad if i don't "help" certain company.

    i'm not trying to connect anything but i think this is one of the reason why magazine editors now are trying more to show their personal style, to be a "walking runway"
    maybe this is a response from the overpowering of fashion bloggers. the magazine and editors maybe realize that they need to be more than just a name behind the curtain. they need to be an individual, they need to show people their capability in their work by dressing up.
    and honestly i love this phenomenon, i love to see editors street style wayyyyy more than i see most bloggers' street style
     
  4. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    me too...
    but in general...
    i would just like to see the streetstyle of many more stylish people...
    not just teenagers and early 20's...
    i mean...even when i was IN high school...
    i was looking for style inspiration from people who were older, more experienced and had more money than i could ever hope to have from my part time job ...
    and then i would be creative and try to put together some version of that for myself...
    with my own style added in...

    i can't imagine that if i was a teenager that i would really care about other teenagers all that much...i was always looking farther ahead..
    but maybe that's just me???...
    :unsure:...


    ***and i totally agree...
    I ONLY LOOK AT THE PICTURES!!!...
    :lol:...:lol:...:lol:...
     
  5. seahorseinstripe

    seahorseinstripe New Member

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    now may i introduce you to this blog lol
    http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/

    have u seen it? now this is inspiring, some of them are really cool!!!
     
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    tigerrouge don't look down

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    And then you get someone like me, on the opposite end of the scale - I would rather see editors perform the job of being an editor, rather than straining themselves to be an ever-changing clotheshorse if it doesn't come naturally to them to be that sort of person. Certainly, if you're the figurehead of a fashion magazine, you will need to cultivate some sort of visual trademark or have some sort of 'style uniform', but I don't expect them to perform the same job as the models in the magazine, and I have no interest whatsoever in the personal style of anyone who works on a publication - other than how their tastes translate onto the printed page, in the form of a creative story.
     
  7. kimair

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    here is another blogger article from the daily beast (from april 2010):

     
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    personally, i write a fashion blog because most magazines for me are eye candy (editorial...and not really talking about the business of fashion in terms of launches, new initiatives, etc.)...

    i would love if my blog led to a paid writing job, or at least a freelance writing career to the point where i could just do that, but i am happy with doing it on the side because as seahorse said, i can write about what i want to write about...

    but robin givhan made an interesting point in the article above:
    what are the "standards of mainstream media?"
    that you have to cover advertisers? that you can't badmouth any collection?
    this is why in a way i'd rather stay independent, because i can talk about how bored i am with balmain, or how horrible i think gucci is...:lol:

    i think writing a fashion blog and giving commentary on fashion is different than the style bloggers who just post pictures of themselves...
    imo i think alot of them are the same and there are very few out there who i feel like have a great sense of individual style...
    i'm sick of seeing balmaniacs and wang-maniacs and the like...
     
  9. Jenna-maria

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    Couldn´t say it better! I agree with you 100%.
    I am so bored with what I wore kind of blogs, or blogs that are allways saying look what I bought, new Miu Miu bag or new Balmain jacket.
    I like blogs that have little stories from everyday life, toughts and ofcourse beautiful pictures. It is so much more interesting that seeing what people wear everyday, because 99% they are try-hards and look the same as every blogger.
    I follow few what I wore blog and they are totally different from those popular blogs, they are much more interesting and I am glad they do not wear Wang or Balmain or hang out in fancy parties hahah.
     
  10. wekilledcouture

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    As a blogger I agree with everything said above, I don't follow the trends religiously and I don't take a photo of myself everyday in front of a pretty garden or on a city street.
    To me that isn't interesting and there is only so many times you can look at something before it all blurs together and becomes nothing.
    I try to give my posts an editorial aspect, all centered around one piece. But I mix it up and also post photos from shoots I have done or new designers I love.

    I think a lot of bloggers are quite fame hungry and are doing what is "trendy" just to get followers and forcing this standard uniform on themselves. Very sad in some ways.
     
  11. Ennaira

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    My enthusiasm for fashion blogs (in general) is fading slowly but surely. I prefer the people with a unique view and knowledge, and that's just not something you get from fashion blogs (of course there are always exceptions).
     
  12. peachyfashion

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    People should give fashion bloggers a break. Granted there are loads out there who are practically clones of each other that are really boring to read - and maybe I'm one of them in some people's opinions -but there are loads out there who offer a unique and quirky view on life and fashion.

    Plus, in my opinion, a blog full of only pictures is a fairly repetetive thing to look at and will only get boring quickly if there is no commentary to go with the pictures to explain why they are significant or special.
     
  13. hautechild

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    I don't think it's as black and white as lumping "bloggers" in one pile and "magazine people" in another.

    You have the power-bloggers - people like bryanboy, susie bubble, tavi - who are the ones that people are usually referring to when they mention bloggers.

    Now, whether you like their blogs or not (and while I do read some blogs, I can't count any of the above in my personal favourites) the reason that they're in the position they're in is because a lot of people do. They got where they are by virtue of being popular - no one is going to invite one of the many, many fashion bloggers who sits at home posting things that are read by a handful of people.

    But look at what the photo-bloggers like Scott Schuman, Garance Doré and Tommy Ton have achieved. JakandJil is one of the only blogs that I check regularly, because his photographs are great and distinctive. The fact that he's been able to turn it into a paying gig, work for magazines and style.com and now has greater access to the people he photographs, well good for him and that benefits us who like his photographs too.

    It's a hugely saturated area and you're going to get good along with the bad, but this is the same in fashion magazines if we're going to compare the two!

    One of the great things about bloggers was their independent-viewpoint - that they weren't tied to brands by way of advertising money or because they can't afford to anger designers by printing the wrong things in the way that a lot of magazines are. It's a shame that some blogs might be going the same way as the magazines, but for every one that does there will be far more who don't and it's up to readers to decide which they want to read.

    Ultimately, blogging, in terms of the phenomenon that it's become in fashion, is still relatively new and finding it's place. I think that there will always be plenty of them around, but in terms of the ones that are influential it will level out at some point to those who have either a genuine talent or interesting viewpoint.
     
  14. luluposh

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    For me personally, I used to read a lot of fashion blogs, and that changed when I noticed patterns emerging [self promotion or general advertising].

    There appear to be a group of "girls" and women, who cannot offer up more than a lovely series of photographs about what they are wearing - they do not offer insights into designers/collections/concepts etc. Simply...they have the money to buy expensive pieces and then show how they wear those pieces. {Once in a while it is nice to browse for inspiration.}

    Then you have the creative types, who have/had experience in the working world of fashion/journalism/photography etc. They offer visualising pleasingly and well written entries - introduce new designers, and of course, every so often highlight gifts they have been given to promote. But they do it in quite a subtle way, IMO.

    You also have blogs which do not fit the aforementioned styles - these ladies use their blogs to support themselves - they jump at any and every company who offers them a product to advertise.
    For example, a recent string of entries promoting "Orbit" on a well-known blog just put me off visiting that blog again. :ninja:
    Likewise, blogs which simply showcase ones work and offer pieces for sale.

    These blogs are all lumped in the same category, but perhaps it should not be so. After all, like articles have mentioned, what can one really expect to learn from someone so young who has no actual experience of the fashion business, just what they themselves have read in magazines/online.
    Opinions on collections surely cannot be taken seriously when you have top editors/commentators who have been at this for so many more years.

    I am not saying that I dislike blogs, I do follow a small number of blogs, but for me these days I find more inspiration from street-style photography, rather that the content.

    A further point that quite often drives me nuts, you can tell when a designer has sent their look-book out, since almost simultaneously the same series of photographs and commentary appear on blogs, and the fight is who can get that out first, without being seen to "copy" another blogger. :rolleyes:
     
  15. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    i think it's getting worse...
    to be honest...
    :ermm:...

    maybe the ones that aren't very good (most of them) will eventually fade away and die out...?
    *survival of the fittest, cream rises to the top...choose your fave cliche...

    but yeah...
    i agree with everything that luluposh posted...
    ^_^
     
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    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    if you need to explain why a picture is significant or special...
    then, imho, it probably isn't much of either...

    a picture is, after all, worth a thousand words...

    ^_^...
     
  17. PonyShow

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    I use my blog mainly as a way to document my family's life, plus I throw in beautiful pictures of things I like - fashion included. I don't have a "style" blog where I take pictures of myself in fancy outfits with my self-timer. I just appreciate fashion and good photography!
    Edit: Also, to draw attention to New Orleans so people don't forget about us down here!!
     
  18. Zazie

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    I'm rather fatigued by fashion blogs - at first, they came across as fresh, somewhat like street fashion brought to the internet, with an original point of view, but there is now serious saturation and of course most of them are "bought" by the designers they worship, becoming mouthpieces for them in return for rewards like junkets and freebies.

    The truth is that they are in the end exercises in narcissism, especially the self-photographed "Look at me! Look at me!" ones, without much depth except to "ooh" and "aahh" over some outrageous outfit they bought or freebie they got from both branded designers or etsy designers.

    The only thing worse than this display and parading of self is their adoring idiot fanbase. This isn't any better than the "reality tv" junk out there, it's another form of escapism/mindless consumerism.
     
  19. JunyaSchick

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    I also have a fashion blog (I write about other things related). I had just restarted writting there because for a while I have been quite disappointed about the whole atmosphere at fashion blogging (or blogging in general). As someone pointed out before, Internet is too crowded these days and blogs and similar features (like twitter) emerge without real control (which it's indeed the base of Internet, complete freedom and all that stuff). But for some reason it seems that (agreeing with editors, I guess), everyone can write about fashion despite not having any background on the subject. and it also seems that all opinions are equally valid. at the same time there's the "blogger independence" with all the gifts and promotions brands offer (don't they do the same with editors/classical media?)

    However, thinking twice, the phenomenon of fashion blogging is quite recent and it's still evolving, hasn't matured yet and changes are more than expected in the area. the 2.0 user is giving space to the 3.0 user and here there's probably the key of the survival of blogging. the good ones will stay while the others may fade away.

    In addition, as it has been also pointed out, many fashion bloggers are in their teens or early twenties... and these people changes a lot and varies its opinions and tastes very fast.

    I'm willing to see what blogging is bringing in the next few years... 2009/2010 has come with a huge step for fashion bloggers, including them in front row and etc... I agree that not everything is accurated (I have been very critical about Tavi becoming a fashion guru...) but challenges are coming.
     
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    I would also like to add that streetstyle blogs are already saturated as the format is very limited and doesn't offer new and exciting things. Showing the pieces of your closet, how you style them and pictures of people you stop on the street (in main big cities) isn't enough today, we all have access to that in one or another way. Moreover, these are based on too personal opinions that get diluted by the mainstream trend at the moment.
    Here, even the top 1, like the sartorialist or Tommy Ton are looking for new alternatives.
     

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