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I am sure that all of you have already heard about the recent debate about bloggers at fashion week, street style, all that jazz. And just like you, I too am getting extremely bored. But to be honest, I don't really know what the whole fight is about. All I know is that it seems that some people don't like street style at fashion week. Why?
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Some people dislike that people are getting their pictures taken, and that what happens outside the fashion shows is now becoming almost as important as what happens inside. But why are people angry that people's pictures are being taken? Street style just shows runway looks being translated into the street. People can look at things and say "I'll never wear that", but street style is showing that those clothes are being worn by real people. It is the ultimate connection between "fashion person" and reader.
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One constant person being brought up in these debates is Anna Dello Russo. Her over the top, outrageous outfits are loved by many and eye-rolled by lots. Some dislike her because they think that there is a difference between dressing outlandishly for yourself, and begging for attention from a photographer. But how can anyone know that, for sure? Someone can dress as weirdly as they want, YOU can't say whether or not they are doing it for themselves or so they can get a picture. And the root of all these problems stems back to the fact that journalists don't take fashion bloggers seriously. But people read fashion blogs as much as they read The New York Times Style Magazine online. I understand that very successful bloggers are being payed by brands to wear certain clothes, but you can't make a snap judgment that they are only wearing an article of clothing because they are being payed to do so.
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All that street style photos and blogs are doing is taking people-watching, and giving everyone access to it. Years ago, if you lived in Kansas, you weren't going to be able to see fabulous people walking by in Dolce and Gabbana. These photos are allowing people who don't live in major cities to see real people expressing themselves through fashion. I love reading Vogue and Elle, but to the average person, there is a disconnect. I'm not Karlie Kloss, and I don't have purple hair. I love being transported to another world through Vogue, but sometimes it's nice to see people I can actually imagine wearing these clothes. Street style is the most personal way to show fashion. Now I'm just waiting for a smart magazine to start featuring it.