Coinciding with her Australian fashion illustration exhibit, Winter With Westfield, Garance Dore sat down with fellow fashion blogger Patty Huntington to talk fashion, blogging, and what it feels like to sit at the front row next to, you know, some editor in chief of a little magazine called French Vogue.
In spite of the perks, apparently all is not sunshine and air-kisses when it comes to Garance’s runway show coverage. She explained:
“Last year I did videos of the fashion shows where I filmed every show and only put on my blog the shows I like. The brands they don’t like that so they call me and ask me ‘why there isn’t video of my show, you were invited’ and I have to say ‘it didn’t work, I filmed it bad’.
It’s going to be a difficult but it’s my selection and if they’re not happy they shout but what do they want from me? You’re not my friend and even if you are we are professionals and it’s a job. And they think its ok after that. I want have the same kind of trust like Cathy Hoyrn. I don’t care about getting banned because I want to show the fans trust. I’m trying to have ethics.”
On the role of bloggers in the fashion industry:
I think for fashion, what is great with bloggers is that they show a genuine love of fashion and there is no filter. Sometimes it’s crazy, they know everything and people like to feel that excitement … with blogs sometimes it can get get boring ‘oh i love these shoes’ or ‘oh i love that’ but we love to feel the excitement about fashion. I think it bought that that naivety.
On bloggers in the front row:
Sometimes I feel a little strange when I am sitting next to Carine Roitfeld. I think its crazy. The [thing] with bloggers is that they’re not journalists and some become celebrities and they are on the front row not so much about their point of view but their celebrity so people talk. Dolce & Gabbana were the first to do that and got so much press coverage. But then blogs have so many international readers that when we talk about something I’ve realised that when I talk about something on my blog everyone talks about it. Blogs are great because you don’t pay, you just click.