April 22, 2015
A Roundup of 10 Turning Points
A GAME CHANGER – Back in the day, the front row seats at fashion shows were reserved for high-powered editors from Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar and buyers from Bergdorf Goodman or A-list celebrities. Now the game has changed and the front row staples are well-known bloggers who have become a new type of fashion authority. With their “breaking news” response to fashion and real-time feedback bloggers have changed the fashion scene forever.
INSTAGRAM IS HERE – Aided by social media apps, digital journalists are now able to invite their followers to an exclusive world of glamour and style. Instagram and Twitter offer a platform that allows them to alert users to “invitation-only” fashions shows, celebrity events and designer previews.
FAST AND FOREVER – Instagram quickly became a key element in this seismic shift in the world of fashion. Most of us grew up taking pictures with different types of cameras. But now, it’s possible to snap a photo with a mobile phone – and then through filters and frames – transform the image into a memory.
WHEN, WHERE, WHO – On October 10, 2010, two Stanford grads in their mid-twenties, Kevin Systrom and Michael Krieger launched Instagram, the photo-sharing mobile app they created. “We had 10,000 users within hours,” says Systrom. “I really thought we were counting wrong.” They weren’t.
HOW THEY DID IT – The app, Instagram, began with four employees in San Francisco’s trendy, but slightly seedy SOMA neighborhood. In just 551 days, Instagram zoomed from zero to 30-million users. However, in spite of this meteoric growth, they kept their overhead low by adding a minimal number of employees.
EXPLOSIVE GROWTH – Instagram’s timing was perfect because it capitalized on the historic increase in smartphone use. A momentous turning point for the app occurred in April, 2012 when Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock (yes, you read that correctly). This was their largest acquisition ever.
A MIGHTY IMPACT – Instagram has now evolved into the most important social network of photos and, according to Mark Zuckerberg, now has some 100 million users. Currently, bloggers not only influence people in the way they dress but also when, where and how they shop.
DESIGNERS LOVE IT – Can creative talent deal with this? According to Matthew Schneier in his column “Fashion in the Age of Instagram,” The New York Times, 4/9/14, “Instagram has changed the way clothes are presented and even the way they are designed. Creating a unique and shareable experience for jaded showgoers has become part of a designer’s mandate.”
A DOWNSIDE – This means that Instagrammers are able to capture more angles, but intricacies of cut and construction can vanish when reduced to two dimensions. In 2010 Tom Ford decided to bar photographers and cellphones when he presented his first runway collection in years. However, he acquiesced for his next show.
THE SHOW OF SHOWS – In the era of Instagram fashion shows have to wow all the attendees and their followers. Few shows can compete with Chanel’s 2014 runway creation of a Costco-size supermarket stocked with 100,000 Chanel-customized faux products. The hams had labels printed Jambon Cambon, in reference to the street where Chanel has offices and a retail store.
This one show alone launched 1,000 Instagrams. Enough said.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.