With New York Fashion Week (and the IFB Conference!) less than two weeks away, it's officially time to start planning our outfits for all of the runway shows, after parties, and after-after parties. But who is the number one person you really want to dress to impress? Let's just all be honest with ourselves for a minute: it's the street style photogs.
Yes, it's not about who's sitting front row or who has a VIP table afterward, it's about who is the best dressed outside the tents — a beauty pageant, if you will. I think Amy Odell described it best when she wrote, “The battle is not between the models on the runways or the celebrities in the front rows, but show audience members, who now vie to be crowned the most stylish of them all. Their competitions are not swimwear and talent, but getting dressed and looking good. Their judges are not some random football player, a news anchor, and a techno singer, but rather the street style photographers who will (or won't) take their pictures, and, later, the website commentators who will dissect every bangle, shade of lipstick, and clutch purse to cross their bodies.”
Two months ago, I questioned the sustainability of street style, and wondered, like many trends in fashion, if it will disappear someday — or evolve.
Then today, I read an article in Metro that posed the question,”Is street style losing its cutting edge appeal?” which again piqued my interest on the topic.
One thing the article touches upon is the role of the street style photographer, whether or not they are trend forecasters or more just recorders of “sexy, young, pretty things.”
It notes, “‘..street-style bloggers are vying for the most influential subjects and intriguing looks, thereby focusing their efforts on personalities with access to fashion from different avenues and making it sometimes unobtainable and unrealistic for the average consumer.’ The result inevitably detracts from everything street-style used to stand for.”
Street style photographers, once known for their hungry search for finding style talent in the nooks and crannies of the world, are now being boiled down to a formula, as Odell proved.
Is it fair to over simplify street style photographers, or assume they do not understand trends?
How do you think street style photography will evolve with time and over saturation?
[Photo credit: Liam Goslett]