Tuesday, August 23, 2011

food for thought

Man its been a while...I am trying not to get down on myself for not posting.  Its not that I haven't been thinking about the project, its just trying to find the time to think about the project and at the same time post new stuff.
I am working on fall 2011 and combining some of the upcoming fall looks with images I took in San Diego, so stay tuned oh patient reader something new will be posted this week (promise).

now I am going to pull the always looked down upon move of a blogger and repost something already on the internet.  I am doing this because the internet is HUGE and maybe you haven't seen it.  I came across this article on the nytimes website and am reposting it here for your convenience.  Its food for thought on street style something I find myself simultaneously inspired by and cringe at.  This article helped me identify that part of me that cringes.  For instance, lookbook is suppose to inspire, but it almost always leaves me uninspired and wondering is this individual style or just the reposting of individual style trends?

What do you think?  Has the internet killed street style?

image from facehunter.com

Here is the article:

Has Globalization Ruined Street Style?

While some cities have a unique fashion sense, others seem oddly familiar. Is the Internet to blame?

Too Self-Aware

Updated August 22, 2011, 10:56 AM
Will Welch is a senior editor at GQ.
The irony of so-called street style today is that, really, it exists online. What happened is that photo bloggers began documenting real people with real style on the world's hippest streets. Those who follow fashion clicked there for inspiration, instead of just obsessing over the runway shows, ad campaigns and editorial spreads created by the closed clique of the fashion world.
Suddenly the most influential images in fashion weren't created by designers, editors or brand-name photographers. They were created by no-names with digital cameras snapping candid street shots of the stylish editors themselves scurrying out of black cars and into runway shows in New York, Milan and Paris.
If street style has been suffering from anything, it's its own popularity. At the beginning, photographers were capturing everyday people wearing everyday clothes in a unique and expressive way. But as I argue in a new GQ essay, street style has become so popular that "real people" are now dressing for the cameras, vying to get photographed. It has become a self-aware rather than accidental culture, like reality television. The more outrageously you dress, the more likely it is you get snapped and posted online. That's created some unfortunate style trends and an environment where the blogs are as contrived as the runways. The streets are now less "Who, me?" and more "Look at me!" and, as I see it, the fickle fashion world has already moved on in search of the next big thing.Street style hasn’t really suffered globalization — it was born that way. The appeal has always been global: a blue-blooded prepster surfing the Internet from his summer home in Hyannis Port can now take fresh styling tips from an online photo of a Japanese-Americana junkie captured on the streets of Tokyo. The fact that both have access to Ralph Lauren and Uniqlo isn’t the point.


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