Why do Fashion Insiders dress so badly?

It has been raining non-stop since Friday, so we spent the whole weekend at home, watching movies, surfing the web and lazing around on the the couch… The movies are too cheap to mention, but I am glad that I came across an interesting article from Franca Sozzani at vogue.it. I really enjoyed reading it, so I’d like to share it with you today. :-)

The gist of the article is about this question: “Most of the people who work in fashion don’t dress well. They don’t know how to match things or wear things that fit them. Maybe a strategy to get photographed and interviewed?”

Here is the answer from Ms. Sozzani:

“I am glad someone noticed, although I think most people realize it in the end as well. I couldn’t agree more. When you go to the shows you get to see everyone, near the location of the shows you end up walking along side people in the industry, journalists, that are dressed so badly you feel ashamed to be seen with them.

Why? For pictures and interviews. To feel eccentric, to please the bloggers, the photographers that work for unknown magazines, too cheap to remember the name. Always publishing the worst. It’s part of the game.

Why does fashion have to be extravagant? Ridiculous? I don’t know. Do this people realize they look ridiculous? Absolutely not, because there is always someone who is ready to say that they are unique. They believe them? Of course they do.

What should we get from that? That people in fashion have bad taste? No, but that they want to be different without realizing that it’s not enough to dress differently for a few weeks during the year, it should be innate. If not it’s a masquerade.

All of this makes fashion look ridiculous, and it doesn’t add anything to it. Fashion is creativity, a game, a fun game. It should be spontaneous when applied to yourself. If not it’s like building a monster in the lab, we all know the story of Frankenstein. We know how it ends. At times it’s tragic because it makes you lose sight of who you are, it confuses you, you don’t know who you are anymore. You become your own caricature.

You are unable to tell the truth from fiction. Almost like a movie critic that sees lots of movies ending up thinking he is the protagonist of all of them. To me it’s a tragedy, fashion makes you live a lie, people help the lie, and you become the victim of it. They make fun of you and you don’t even realize. Humiliating. But it’s true. Fiction doesn’t help the situation.

If all of this is for a picture or an interview, it’s worth it according to most. They don’t have their own story and never will. They are meteorites that die fast. This is not fashion. These are walk-ons of fashion. There are minorities.”


  1. www.chocolatecookiesandcandies.com
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Hmm…an interesting perspective from an outspoken Vogue editor. I don’t always agree with what she says but for this, I have to agree. Some of the fashion journalists’ outfits were so out there that they looked borderline crazy. But then, there are those who always look so beautifully turned out (Lauren Santo Domingo comes to mind).

  2. Aïssa
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    What a refreshing and honest opinion from an insider.

  3. jibjab
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I am suspecting a generational difference she’s referring to… hehe
    Of course, she’s not going to refer to specific people or pictures. It is one thing to talk in general and another thing to name names.
    Fashion week would have been less exciting without extravagant and ridiculous insiders, or without editorial rebuttal :)

  4. 逍遥迷糊兔
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink


  5. Vegalyn
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    It’s comparable with a group of fashion bloggers out there who somehow always look the same. I’m pretty much tired of the sheer blouse + hotpants + high platform shoes-look lately (you know what I mean…). And they all think they are trendsetters :-))

    Also the “4-5 pieces French wardorbe” thing is very popular lately. Suddenly everyone seems to realize how we need to consume less. It’s a good idea to start with, but I just don’t need to see it appear in every blog I come across.

    Maybe it’s just me, being an aquarius, I get bored easily.

  6. Posted February 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for sharing your views!

    CCC, Lauren Santo Domingo is a classy dresser. I am sure she’s not one of that kind of insiders Ms. Sozzani was referring to. ;-)

    jibjab, yeah, fashion will be less interesting without the extremes. If fashion is a fun game, then there should be always circus crowns to entertain. We need ridiculous shooting stars as well as inspiring style icons. Am I too demanding? lol~~

    Vegalyn, I know exactly what you are talking about, that’s why I don’t follow any of the “trendsetter” blogs but only blogs from friends whom I know. When everybody dresses like everybody else, it’s boring enough even for a scorpio (I feel your pain my aquarius friend~~ ;-) )

    As for the “4-5 pieces French wardrobe”, I don’t even know it is “IN” now. You know what, I actually did a post on this topic as well, but back in 2009. ;-P

  7. www.chocolatecookiesandcandies.com
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Every now and then, I satiate my curiosity and check out the so called trendsetters on blogs. I could never wear their outfits in a million years because a) I would look utterly ridiculous 2) comfort is a big thing with me. But that’s the great thing about voyeurism – it’s nice to ogle. Love reading the comments from other readers here.

  8. www.deuxarmoires.com
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Yes, it’s definitely one way to be different and make a statement, whatever it is!

  9. Posted February 10, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    CCC, the same here, I feel confident and comfortable only when wearing clothes that suit me best.

    DA, it is indeed. ;-)

  10. ceci
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    fashion should be spontaneous when applied to yourself!!!!

  11. Priest
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    This is a good blog. Keep up all the work. I too love blogging and expressing my opinions

  12. Jhett
    Posted April 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    This is the perfect way to break down this inimooatfrn.

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