On Intellectual Fashion and Style

In this world of fashion and style, why is the same not boring? Where are the intellectual people of fashion? Why do all some sites (which have been deemed influential) continue to treat its readers like we are all shallow, omg people, who by the way, do not deserve any intelligent conversation on style, fashion or even the latest on beauty without sounding like their audience are merely “chicks” who are weary of intelligent conversations on style.

I woke up today, excited about the day and curious to read what the fashion blogs are all up to, hoping for another day that “chick stories” and all frivolous posts in-between will not prevail. Since I came across the writings of Cathy Horyn, the last great fashion critic and this post by Jessica Grose for the New Republic on whether women’s magazine can do serious journalism (read here), I am now sort of weary of this world of fast fashion vis-à-vis, fashion blogs, and online magazines that we live in.
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Honestly, the tunes everyday are old and familiar, and downright boring. Rather than genuine posts like the ones above on serious women, standing up for fashion magazine, or this love/hate relationship with fast fashion or why fashion brands parting with artisans in developing countries, we are left with shallow posts like the ones below on how to wear your favorite pumps? Mmh, pardon, me but it is the same way, one foot after the other, nothing special.
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They deceive women with headings like the one above on how you will want every single Roland Mouret piece for Banana Republic, which is totally not true (I’m still recovering from the shocker that was Peter Pilotto for Target). Even, Vogue my beloved Vogue, whom I will always love, is in on the madness with a post on, get this, how to score a sporty ponytail? Yes, a sporty ponytail? Is there any hope? Please can these magazines and blogs alike start talking or discussing things we don’t already know!!! This is my plea to you. If you are seeing this, there are readers like me who are interested in genuine, serious conversations on fashion and style. Please change the prejudice out there that your contents are not valuable or that your readers are not interested.

On a lighter note, I especially chuckled at this new ad campaign by Vanity Fair in support of “Women who do.” First off, I applaud them for the campaign as I am all for celebrating women who inspire. But the ad caption, “This is a bra” and the really annoying image of one of a black bra defeats the entire purpose for which this campaign stands for. Honestly, with this ad, it is almost like we are back to the late 19th century when women were struggling for their rights to vote. Like really, how can we fight for equal pay for equal work in 2014, when a major company is featuring an ad with the title and the following: “This is a bra, it will give you lift… But this bra can only do so much until you put it on. It is what you do in this bra that is amazing, inspiring, and incredible.” Like really, in 2014! Seriously, show me or tell me something I don’t already know!!! Will fashion blogs and magazines alike and their ads, ever have a coherent point of view on women, for women? Will there ever be a space for intellectual fashion to grow?

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