Yesterday, IFB favorite Connie Wang wrote an interesting article for Refinery29, on the absolute explosion of street style blogs and photographers these days. As a blogger who's seen it first hand, the scene outside of Milk Studios or Lincoln Center at the height of New York Fashion Week is an absolute zoo.
Photographers vie for a good spot as editors, models, buyers, celebrities and socialites pour onto the street in outfits that were clearly selected in hopes of causing just such a frenzy. All over the Internet the next day we see photo after photo of the same looks: from the side, from below, close up, far away, waist down, from behind, just the shoes and on and on… It's turned people like Joanna Hillman (Harper's Bazaar Market Editor, below), Taylor Tomasi Hill, Anna Dello Russo and other formerly behind-the-scenes fashion folk into industry celebrities.
We pulled a particularly great quote from the article below, by 6-year street style vet, Phil Oh of Street Peeper:
Phil Oh describes the typical scene outside of a bigger NYFW show: “So there's me, Tommy, Bill, Scott, Garance, Nam, Geraldine, Hanneli, Eddie, Vanessa, Candice, Jason, Guerre, Rei, Tamu, Yvan, Joris, his Canadian friend, Kristin, Vicky, the Irish one who gives me cigarettes, the Korean boy who got mugged in Milan, Stylesight, Adam, Koo, Wataru, the other Japanese guy, creepy modelizer, old creepy modelizer, older creepier modelizer, modelizer with the terrifying teeth, Marcy, Shini, Yu, long-hair Vogue Nippon guy, Lee, tiny Japanese lady, other tiny Japanese lady, and the other other tiny Japanese lady. These are just the ones I can name off the top of my head.”
That's a lot of people, right? We recommend reading the entire article for a digestible history of street style and more insight as to why it's become so popular, and what that means for the fashion industry. Maybe it's not the amount of photographers that needs to change, but the subjects they capture?