This young woman from 1955 certainly knew how to strike a pose, and that brings us to the inescapable fact that this is New York Fashion Week. I generally do not care what people in New York are doing while I’m not there, but NYFW is a pain because my usually calm twitter feed becomes overloaded by fuzzy photos from runways and reports of who is attending what show. And these tweets are not from fashion bloggers – they are from the New York Times.
There is increasing evidence that people are suffering from fashion week overload. It might just be that what is happening on the runway has been taking second place to the buzz of activity surrounding the runway. Could we just get back to fashion, please, without the party and celebrity reports?
* Eric Wilson of the New York Times weighs in on the topic.
* And there was an article at IFB (International Fashion Bloggers) about why one blogger was skipping fashion week this fall. She gave five reasons, but I suspect she’s actually just bored with it.
* On a more serious note, Robin Givhan of the Washington Post examines the fashion industry and social responsibility.
* The Costume Institute at the Met must be listening to people like me bemoaning the lack of the stars of their collection not being included in their shows, because the exhibition next spring is all Charles James.
* Joe Zee, creative director at Elle magazine will be hosting four documentaries on fashion for the Sundance Channel over the next year. The first, Revealing: Extravagance, airs September 20, and “Explores the Impact of Society’s Obsession with High End Fashion.”
* Messy Nessy Chic has a fun feature on a circa 1910 camping trip of friends, both male and female with some incredible photos. In the comments, some posters point out that the caption “My Victorian Camping Trip” should actually be “My Edwardian Camping Trip.”
* A new e-commerce site Zady, is attempting to make clothing production totally transparent.
* The Charleston Museum has just opened their latest clothing exhibition, Positively Paisley. Through January 5, 2014.