February 11th, 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Thank you Bob Dylan for articulating my thoughts on an article in T Magazine by Suzy Menkes entitled The Circus of Fashion. At first read Suzy reminded me of a character from “Midnight in Paris’ with her, and I paraphrase, ‘everything was better in the past’ sentiments.

However, I agree with her whole-heartedly on show-goers’ peacocking and find it annoying and silly too. But I am even more tired of celebrity-focused fashion– at least the show-goers dress themselves! And btw, didn’t Cathy Horyn cover this topic just last season?

But to slam bloggers as a greedy, gift-grubbing bunch is an unfair generalization. I don’t take gifts, nor do I do sponsored posts. I only promote what I like and would wear myself. I actually just turned down a paying project with an iconic American handbag (soon to be lifestyle) brand because I don’t wear their product. And I know plenty of editors who take anything and everything that comes their way. By law bloggers must declare gifts, end stop.

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  • One of the key reasons I read and so enjoy your blogs is because you “walk the walk”…… It is an obvious part of you, not a put on, nor just the latest trend..you are REAL!!!! Hugs

    SheriFebruary 11th, 2013  10:19 PM

     
  • Couldn’t agree with you more. I read the article yesterday and immediately thought that the article was unbalanced. She paints editors to be these saintly figures who only promote fashion for fashion’s sake and don’t accept gifts. Editors quietly accept gifts – how else do they look so fabulous on a publishing salary?? For the writer, bloggers are easy targets because, as you mentioned, bloggers must legally declare they received a gift. And secondly, unlike editors, there is no conflict of interest if a blogger displays the fact he or she is getting showered in gifts. One reason why editors don’t ‘accept gifts’ is because of business conflicts with their advertisers. Anyway, your blog is awesome, gifts or not gifts! Thanks for this post.

    Shanghai Style FileFebruary 12th, 2013  12:27 AM

     
  • The article and photos of Lee Radziwill are so much more interesting than the clowns in this story. Narcissism reigns in America right now–everyone clamoring for the cameras, all of the showing-off, the endless self-promotion. The beauty of chic women of the past is that they were not over-exposed and generally avoided the cameras altogether.

    PaulineFebruary 12th, 2013  1:55 AM

     
  • Couldn’t agree more with you. Succinct, sharp commentary like this is one of the reasons I keep coming back to this blog.

    AmmuFebruary 12th, 2013  2:10 AM

     
  • I so much prefer your type of blog where your own, honest opinions shine through. I found your blog only quite recently but take a look every day: the antithesis of look-at-me.
    Sue

    SueFebruary 12th, 2013  3:37 AM

     
  • The times are changing indeed. And history is littered with people longing for the good old days. I love a good blog, and yours Preston is my first one every morning. I do fully agree with Ms. Menkes about the Bloglovin’ lot – I do think the world would be a better place if bloggers admitted that some posts are promotions rather than “editorial” opinions. But I just ignore the obvious promoters – it’s easy enough to do.

    DianneFebruary 12th, 2013  6:29 AM

     
  • I agree with Suzy Menkes about the show-offs, and with you about bloggers declaring gifts. I get really tired of bloggers pimping out products on behalf of PRs. I rarely do sponsored posts (and when I do, I declare it) and only blog about stuff that I like: either a product I would wear or one that I rate and can recommend to others. And that’s why I like your blog – you’re honest and discerning and have very good taste!

    That's Not My AgeFebruary 12th, 2013  7:59 AM

     
  • Back atcha TNMA, love your blog for the very same reasons.

    PrestonFebruary 12th, 2013  8:07 AM

     
  • Wow, this was a fascinating article and really speaks to the dilemma of our times. I am as interested as anyone in the interpretation people take from the runway to the streets, but it feels as though it has all gotten out of hand and in turn waters everything down. I love when he says there is a difference between the stylish and the showoff. That is precisely the point! I’d like to fast-forward through the showoffs and just see the stylish. I love to see what Emanuelle Alt wears as well as Virginie Mouzat because it is “understated chic.” This is a reason I so enjoy your site!

    http://caitlinconfidential.blogspot.com/

    Caitlin ConfidentialFebruary 12th, 2013  9:08 AM

     
  • Excellent post! Another reason why I like to read your blog…it’s well-written. Not all of them are…actually, most are not!

    bisbeeFebruary 12th, 2013  9:32 AM

     
  • I agree with much that has been said here, eloquently enough it does not need repeating. Ultimately, however, the individuals who exemplify true style, such as Emanuelle Alt, rise to the top. I sifted through a lot of blogs before finding KIC and I appreciate Preston’s insights and knowledge of designers and trends. I can’t imagine the time and effort it would take for me to uncover and discover these through my own efforts. You are a pro, Preston, and, like cream, will always rise to the top!

    AprilFebruary 12th, 2013  10:15 AM

     
  • All comments state the fact that your blog is a success. We follow your blog daily because we feel you have the same sensibility as your reader, nothing over the top, nothing too fashion forward. Just chic and elegant. You are a successful lady and haters come with the package. Two thumbs up for you Preston.

    AmelFebruary 12th, 2013  10:44 AM

     
  • Whereas I agree with the ‘peacocking’ of these editors is now bordering on ridiculous (to the point now that I expect to see a reality show soon following one of them around) Suzy basically comes off as a disgruntled, past-her-time, editor who is simply jealous that all these new-comers are getting her spotlight and making it difficult for her to get from one show to another – she is simply clinging to the excuse that opinions don’t matter unless they are from ‘experts’ – but isn’t fashion about self-expression? Sure, I get if something is well-made and involves craft but to generalize other people’s comments as unqualified is just denial. Yes these editors are soaking up their 515 minutes of fame to go along with the endless perks they have been receiving for years (yup, they don’t pay full price!).

    In fact she misses the REAL story here which is technology. It’s the technological advancements that have brought everything to us faster and made accessible that which was previously tightly controlled – along with our opinions and choices. The designers who were smart enough recognized this (kudos Marc!) – too bad the Magazines & Dept stores also suffered this ‘blinder-syndrome’ and now they are scrambling to stay relevant thinking Tweeting & buying blog placement is the way in. These are the same people who said “no one will buy fashion online” – oh yeah? Tell Natalie Massenet and her NAP empire that. Get on board Suzy, the train is leaving you behind and you don’t own the monopoly on integrity.

    JamieFebruary 12th, 2013  11:19 AM

     
  • I think a lot of this has to do with the rise of street style blogs. If you look at the NYMAG slideshow of 13 ‘famous’ women, some of whom are editors, you’ll see how their look has changed (some dramatically like Joanna Hillman) over the past few years.
    http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/01/see-thirteen-street-style-stars-then-and-now.html

    bllFebruary 12th, 2013  11:55 AM

     
  • Again, right on Preston. I come to your blog because it mirrors my own taste and style pretty closely. As for the show-offs, they have become tedious, silly and easily dismissed. That said, some have made their personal style work for them in receiving lucrative job offers because they’re suddenly on the map and visible. I have it on excellent authority that some editors most definitely receive gifts. A young, very trendy fashionista who works for a magazine routinely accepts clothes, bags, shoes etc. making her style that much more watch-worthy. Her working salary is low, but oh the perks. This info was told to me by her father. ‘Nuff said.

    JayFebruary 12th, 2013  2:03 PM

     
  • Preston I follow your blog (and only a few others) because you feature style in its most pure and distilled form with clothes and accessories that are consistently fresh! I used to read many more blogs but found that there comes a point when these over-the-top/ mugging for the camera “looks” by fashionistas just become too contrived. And while my budget may never allow for these fantastic pieces you write about, there is something to be said about an EDITED pov and I thank your blog for helping me hone in to a classic sensibility, rather than succumb to every pouf, peplum and print on print outfit. Many thanks

    jennyFebruary 12th, 2013  5:39 PM

     
  • I only accept product for test/review if I am interested in it, and only review it if it works for me.

    AnitaFebruary 12th, 2013  6:39 PM

     
  • I surely don’t know a thing about fashion, but I think I do have a classic sense of style. That is why I am drawn to this blog and Preston, you have the credentials to back up what you write about. I have to agree about the endless and mindless blogs out there, that appear to me to be not much more than a individual (that, btw, didn’t know what to do with themselves out of college or couldn’t find a job) that puts on a mish mash of clothing to create a look, with just as many links to promote each particular piece they are wearing – blah! It’s almost as if they are just narcissistic attention seekers – blah!

    gpcFebruary 13th, 2013  12:27 PM

     
  • I love your style! Good to hear on your ethos. Makes me love your blog more

    OliviaFebruary 13th, 2013  4:35 PM

     
  • I finally read the article you linked to. I do agree with some of what was said…but to lump all fashion bloggers together is a very unfair generalization.

    I routinely follow links from other blogs to look at blogs I’m not familiar with. A very large number of them feature pictures of the blogger wearing various outfits – and nothing more. No commentary, nothing. I don’t go back. One in particular, also has a store where she sells various items she’s designed. I was attracted to a bracelet, and contacted her (or her store) on multiple occasions to ask what the bracelet is made of (it doesn’t say). No reply. No sale. I guess she would rather be given clothing and model it rather than sell me a bracelet.

    Again – I enjoy your blog, your comments, etc., which is why I will continue to read.

    bisbeeFebruary 14th, 2013  1:40 PM

     

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