For years now, the sidewalks outside of fashion week have been as heavily documented and critiqued as the clothes up on the runway. There’s a veritable industry now, of fashion bloggers, online personalities and charming crazies who now operate front and center when it comes to fashion week. And why not? Style trickles up as much as it trickles down, with designers pulling looks and inspiration from what they see around the city.
But not everybody’s happy about it. Take fashion writer Susie Menkes, who in this past week’s T magazine, railed against the ubiquitousness of the street scene. “There is a genuine difference between the stylish and the showoffs,” she notes, alluding that there are far more of the latter than the former in fashion right now. The actual fashion shows almost seem beside the point. “There is something ridiculous about the self-aggrandizement of some online arbiters who go against the mantra that I was taught in my earlier days as a fashion journalist. ‘It isn’t good because you like it; you like it because it’s good.’” Amen to that, but still, isn’t it fun to see what everyone’s preened themselves into now?