>> 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.
March 9, 2013