When I had the honour of giving a guest lecture at the Art Institute, I learned even more than I shared (thank you, Liv, for the invitation!). That was thanks to the students who sparked great debates and La Flore et La Faune, Design.Love.Fest and Haute World who contributed their insight to my presentation (thanks team!).
Herewith, my top four takeaways:
4. I am even nerdier than I thought. Not one of the students in the class is a blogger (unless you count those who created blogs for school projects, which I don’t — I once choreographed an interpretive dance for class, but that does not make me an interpretive dancer. Nor does that make me feel any less like a nerd.).
3. Blogs are changing fashion in a big way. See: Art of the Trench, Burberry’s street-style site shot by the Sartorialist himself, Gap’s t-shirt collaboration with Garance Dore, and the major fashion houses that are now live-streaming their shows. (Thank you Haute World, for your brilliant suggestions!)
2. Blogs aren’t changing fashion at all. To quote La Flore et La Faune: “I don’t think blogs have the slightest influence on the fashion business.” What about the sites I just listed? “Isn’t a blog signed by a person, not a brand?” asks La Flore. Ummm…
1. I have an addiction. Not one of the students is as unhealthily obsessed with blogs as I am. They would opt to flip through a magazine instead of click through what Design.Love.Fest calls the “never-ending vortex of inspiration”.
Does that mean I should be making a print version of the Anthology?