We All Know Fashion Bloggers Have No Integrity, Right?

Which brings us to Robin Givhan, who dared to question industry titan Karl Lagerfeld in a piece on the Daily Beast entitled, “Is Chanel Designer Karl Lagerfeld Spread Too Thin?” (In our opinion, if the Fall 2012 show is to be believed: absolutely yes) Lagerfeld responded by saying he’s never heard of Givhan, which is fucking preposterous. The woman won a damn Pulitzer for her fashion writing. As a critic, Givhan is capable of providing genuine insight into the fashion industry, along with Cathy Horyn and Bridget Foley.

Unfortunately, even fashion critics must play an occasionally delicate game–unlike movie critics who can simply buy a ticket, fashion critics are at least somewhat beholden to the industry that (urgently) needs them: Givhan’s frank criticism of Lagerfeld cost her a front row seat at the Chanel show this past week in Paris. If Lagerfeld can’t handle criticism, that’s embarrassing for him, but this is nothing new: Cathy Horyn was also famously banned from Armani for “sarcastic” remarks, writing, “The subject of banning journalists from fashion shows seems as quaint as the practice itself, neither a commendation to the industry nor a badge of honor to the critic. Indeed, fashion is the only creative field that attempts to bar the news media.”

Which reminds us: maybe you remember when Lady Gaga, filing a piece for Vmade a complete ass of herself by suggesting Cathy Horyn didn’t know what she was talking about? Gaga tried to say that Horyn was hardened in her opinions and content to be acerbic, implying that she’d become irrelevant in a post-Tavi fashion industry. Although we think Tavi is great, she’s no Cathy Horyn.

We’re certainly not in a line of work to assume that all bloggers are incapable of good fashion criticism, but we are in a place to question the integrity of so-called style experts whose opinions are padded with expensive bags. Moreover, we’re shocked by the amount of people who read these blogs and don’t operate on the assumption that placement has been paid for (in some capacity).

Givhan told the Toronto Star last week that bloggers “are too cozy with the designers on whom they report,” adding that the work of a critic is much more than simply loving or hating a collection: “You’ve got to explain your thinking–how you got there. Criticism is not personal opinion. At its best it’s opinion based on a set of facts that are set in context. I’ve seen shows that I’ve loved but I knew that critically they were not great. And vice versa.”

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    • Katie

      Potentially off topic, but I’d like to read a follow-up piece entitled “9 Reasons Why Bryan Boy Is The Worst Person in the World.”

      • Banks

        Shit yeah I’d read that! I used to like him, too, because he wrote about fashion and made jokes about anal sex. But now it’s just “Here I am at Prada with Anna Dello Russo and we’re both dressed like idiots and I didn’t have to spend a dime! OH AND PS BUY PRADA I LOVE PRADA”

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    • Robbie

      Really great article, I 100% agree, and am glad you put it out there, BUT …the title??! Cheap way to garner attention, as it should really focus specifically on personal style bloggers- NOT fashion bloggers as a whole.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Oh, I agree, and I do appreciate the distinction.

        However, it’s been my experience that many people (namely, people who don’t work on the internet) conjure “personal style blogger” when they hear “fashion blogger.” When I tell people I am a “fashion blogger,” for example, they automatically assume I have a Blogspot and take pictures of my outfits, as opposed to having an office and health insurance. This is the case 90% of the time.

        I think it was more a decision of clarity than attention garnering, though I could still change the title to something much more inflammatory! Consider: “Every Fashion Blogger You’ve Ever Loved Sucked Satan’s Dick So They Could Have Those Alaia Shoes,” or “Fashion Bloggers: Accepting Gifts, Spreading AIDS.”

        …In all seriousness, though: thank you for reading and thank you for your input.

      • Jennifer Wright

        From now on we incorporate “sucked Satan’s dick” into every post title, 100% of the time. I don’t care what you’re writing about.

      • kit

        Just spit out my afternoon coffee at “Fashion Bloggers: Accepting Gifts, Spreading AIDS.” THANKS A LOT ASHLEY.


      And why BryanBoy only?
      It’s because he’s more than famous than anyone else or he’s just more loud than everybody else?
      Or…it’s because he’s Asian and fucking the arena of fashion kissing ass with who’s who than you?

      Excuse me, if what you have observed is too much…but too much is the REAL thing in the industry. They use you, you use them!
      Lets turn the table, you in BryanBoy’s brief kissing ass with Anna Dello Russo and fucking around with the Marc Jacobs. Will you make a negative words on your website. Lets take it on the REAL side darling. everyone needs to survive. He got into his position because he made his color more colorful than rainbow you’ve seen.
      As we speak, integrity is business in media. You think a magazine will survive if they will not put Lancome advertorial photoshopped shots on their page? Or Ana Wintour will be in the front row if the Karl Lagerfeld wouldn’t allow her to give a preview of the collection before it hits the runway.

      As I read articles like this, the more I deny the fact that most author of this kind of articles are just so jealous for not having on someone else throne. Pitty.