>> Well here's a bit of a flashback.  A year ago, Garage Magazine began filming for this mini documentary looking at the phenomenon of streetstyle.  It has FINALLY debuted at the end of a fashion season where scrutiny over the "circus" of fashion weeks has never been higher or more accute.  Already, it has incited indepth analysis like this post on Flying Adolescent and no doubt will prompt more thought and discussion on the subject. You know my personal thoughts on the matter but in this film, we have nine minute summation of the context.  Thanks to Tim Blanks, who anchors the whole film, we have a measured and thoughtful analysis, backed up by other talking heads – input from the streetstyle photographers themselves (Tommy Ton and Phil Oh, hilariously speaking in the bath where we were staying in Paris one season), opinions from editors and the subjects and also a few lines from myself, looking embittered and battered (my portion was filmed when Paris had just finished, which explains why I was looking worse for wear).  It's all observation of course without any concrete conclusion because there isn't one yet.  "What's next?" asks Blanks at the end.  From when this film was filmed, the circus has in fact grown bigger, wider with even more characters popping up.  Who's to decree whether this is all negative or positive?  Perhaps it's not up to the powers that be anymore.  

Comments (16)

  1. Agree agree agree to your sentiment!
    Regards, Hafidz from Dunia Fashyon.

  2. La Sugarlace says:

    Really eye opening and interesting video. I do believe blogging has bread a generation of ‘blogger monsters’ lool. Not many people blog for the love of blogging any more and many neither do it to be a ‘professional blogger’ to gain revenue. The majority of bloggers around today seem to be fame seeking; blogging has become an easy avenue at achieving this short term fame.

  3. Sofia says:

    I totally agree! Blogging has become so incredibly huge now and as more and more people start blogging its harder to become blogger “famous” but in the end that doesnt matter as long as you enjoy it! :D I love this video its sooo amazing just like you blog ^-^
    Sofia x

  4. SJP says:

    Interesting video – I like the narration by banks and from the end result of photos that we see on blogs or in the media I never realised how intensive it all was – Anna dello Russo spinning round in circles for example. It’s hardly ‘street’ style any more, but it still satisfies the voyeurrist in me!

  5. SACRAMENTO says:

    It is good that unkown people have a chance to show their own creations, and parrot about at their own will. Why not? fashion is everywhere and everybody.
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  6. Thanks for the link, Susie!

  7. Lily says:

    Wow- what a really interesting video. I’ve recently just decided to start “blogging” more, but this video sort of made me pause and look at my own motivations. I think for me, it is indeed that idea that I can sort of join the dialogue in however a remote or obscure way. I am in no position to travel to fashion week and “peacock”- but even sitting here, typing on my computer about my thoughts in this matter really just illustrates how we “consumers” can feel more connected to the industry. So yes- maybe the explosion of blogging has created “monsters”, but most things are never just good or bad. And I think to some degree, the industry isn’t really sure to do with this new phenomenon- but (as is only natural) they are to some degree adverse to the change.
    But it is quite revealing to see the “behind-the-scenes” of street photography. From the finished products, I never imagined that it would be so crazy. It definitely makes the whole concept of street photography feel more contrived, less candid.
    In any case, I’ve rambled enough. Thank you for sharing the link; it really is a very thought-provoking topic.

  8. Caitlin says:

    Are there any plans for a full length documentary? I feel like there is so much dialogue yet to be explored and find it all so fascinating…

  9. ceri says:

    Interesting. I have to agree with lots of these comments. It isn’t so much streetstyle anymore as much of may not usually be worn on the streets outside of fashion week. But I think it is great that there is an opportunity for so much creative expression. I think it is democratising fashion, anyone can have their say now!

  10. Cool video. I definitely think there is street style and there is fashion show style. One is for love of fashion, one perhaps to get photographed – a little more editorial, a little less likely for the everyday.

  11. Cool video. I definitely think there is street style and there is fashion show style. One is for love of fashion, one perhaps to get photographed – a little more editorial, a little less likely for the everyday.

  12. Cool video. I definitely think there is street style and there is fashion show style. One is for love of fashion, one perhaps to get photographed – a little more editorial, a little less likely for the everyday.

  13. TopMoumoute says:

    Funnily enough I shot a similar short documentary at LFW SS13 which explores similar issues…
    My film explores the rapid rise of ‘Street Style’ photography by talking to some of the photographers themselves. What is nature of ‘Street Style’ and can it survive the possible challenges lying ahead?
    If any one is interested in taking a look you can find it here…https://vimeo.com/54799356 !

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