“On so many fashion runways — even some of those with the greatest reputations — we see the second rate treated as if it were first rate and the third rate being praised by people whose lack of knowledge and experience, in strong contrast with Bill’s, should disqualify them from making comments at all.”
-Colin McDowell, of the Business of Fashion, on Bill Cunningham, the state of fashion and fashion criticism today
Photos courtesy of Oyster Mag
The war of words between “bloggers” and “writers” doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. It seems each week someone else is writing an article or blog post or hosting an online discussion about the state of the industry and the place that each holds in the ever-competitive fashion industry. Colin McDowell, contributing editor of the popular daily fashion resource the Business of Fashion, is the latest to publish what seems (at least to me) like a thinly veiled criticism lobbed at fashion bloggers. Often critiqued for their “lack of knowledge and experience” and skill, fashion bloggers are viewed as unworthy upstarts. But can we still argue that bloggers are not writers? And if skill is the defining factor then wouldn’t many of those who get paid to write be “demoted” to the rank of “bloggers”?
Sorry for all the unanswered questions but I’m still not sure where I, who call myself a journalist who just so happens to have a blog, stand on this debate.