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Fashion blogs vs fashion mags

The Budget Fashionista wonders whether SJP’s appearance on Oprah will be enough to overcome the bad blog buzz that Steve and Barry’s has made over its cease-and-desist letters. Um, yeah. It’s Oprah. Oprah says “fart” and middle America fills up with methane fumes. I think it’s safe to say that she’ll reach more people than blogs will.
While I do think that weblogs are challenging traditional access to the fashion world, I don’t think they’re changing it completely. Like it or not, blogs don’t have the authority or aspirational aspect that print magazines do. Things are changing—and I think good, insidery sites such as Fashionista are a sign of this—but when you try to pull a “Don’t you know who I am?” as one Coutorture-affiliated site did at the 3.1 show in February, it’s pretty clear that traditional media are still seen as more important.

That said, I think print mags have been approaching the web all wrong–basically, putting a tiny “for more, go online!” at the ends of their stories–but this is changing. Teen Vogue and Glamour both have great staff-written blogs, which not only allows these magazines to stay relevant in a digital world, it also has the potential of crushing much of the competition. I think it’ll be interesting to see where the ad dollars and readership go over the next few years, particularly as Conde Nast ramps up its online content. My prediction: Print-affiliated sites will dominate, but the actual magazines will die if they don’t freshen up their content.


target picks libertine

God, I feel like I write about Target every five minutes, but anyway, it’s confirmed: Libertine is the next Go International designer.  Questions this raises:

1. Why is Target calling this Go “International” anymore? The last few designers have been from the States.

2. Does anybody care about Libertine? Or think this stuff looks good?

3. I’ve always thought Libertine was some sort of ha-ha in-joke that poked fun at the fact that some assbrain would pay $1,200 for a reworked vintage blazer. If I’m right, this is the best coup ever!

undead chic

I just saw this shirt and thought to myself, “Gee, I didn’t know Boris Karloff was designing clothes. >> From the otherwise super Creatures of Comfort


endless yawn

Amazon has launched its own answer to Gap’s answer to It’s called, which is a pretty good name for a site that has a limitless selection of shoes. Except doesn’t. It’s just getting started, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, but the brands are pretty run-of-the-mill names that you could find at the mall*: Enzo Angiolini, Doc Martens, Keds, Charles David and so on. Also, if you search by brand, the results are displayed horizontally — the worst!

What I do like, however, is the ability to narrow selections by color and width just by clicking a button. The price slider is nice, too. But I doubt I’ll ever shop here.

* I assume. I have been to a mall only once since 2002, but these names are all very mall-ish. Even when I was growing up in the Midwest, you could get Docs.

video look book

New York mag is doing these video versions of their Look Book feature. Some of the people are decent, like Padma Lakshmi, who comes off as being pretty cool and humble. But then you get winners like Chrissy Bradley? A grad student at NYU? Who ends everything in a question? And lives in a “gorgeous, big” Chelsea loft that she no doubt pays for completely on her own? And says things like “Fashion is an artifact of culture?”?

The California/Paris thing just isn’t happening, I’m afraid. Women in Paris do indeed rock the Jane Birkin bangs-in-the-eyes thing, but otherwise this is very Hot Topic. I know I’m being mean, but come on: If you are anything but erudite and articulate, run from anybody who wants to put video of you on the Internets.

how not to look like lindsay lohan

OLD!I received my office copy of In Style the other day, and all I could think was, “Gee, I didn’t know Rue McClanahan got hair extensions.” Then I realized that I was looking at Lindsay Lohan.

Lindsay Lohan is a person who I wish I didn’t know of, but because I somehow do, I have to mention that homegirl looks ancient. Not in the “she looks a little older” way, but in the “she looks like a haggard homemaker who, now that the kids are in school for the day, spends most of her time smoking Merit Lights at Harrah’s casino” way.

I know there are countless stories about how to mimic Lindsay’s look, but I am here to tell you how to avoid looking like her. I’d say that I’m sure she’s a nice person and all, but I don’t think she is, so here you go: Continue reading


manoush!In Paris, the department store brands are more creative than what you’ll generally find in their American counterparts. We have Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY; Printemps has Vanessa Bruno and Zadig et Voltaire. No contest.

One of the lines I found during my last trip to gay Paree is Manoush. It’s got this great girly-gypsy thing working for it, with themes of Africa, adolescence and nature. And even though Paris Hilton is a fan, you don’t need to be a trend victim to pull off the looks. (You probably shouldn’t be over 35, either, but that’s just my opinion).