This morning I came across an interesting and relevant video interview with fashion editor Suzy Menkes.Â If you youâ€™re asking yourself, â€œwho is Suzy Menkes,â€ here is my Suzy Menkes for Dummies:
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- Fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune
- Contributing editor to select prime fashion rags
- Attends over six hundred fashion shows a year
- Known for her trademark pompadour hairstyle
- Recently appeared as one of the finale judges on Project Runway
- Known for her â€œtell-it-like-it-isâ€ reporting. Â Example: when writing about Â Jil Sanderâ€™s below-the-knee dresses,
looked like something a woman who had lost her waist would choose from a mail-order catalogue.
or on Versace,
If you want a pick-me-up fashion cocktail of color in a tutti-frutti print, gaudy suede Puss-in-Boots and look-at-me accessories, this show was caricatural Versace.
OK, you get the pictureâ€¦the â€˜ol gal knows what sheâ€™s talking about and people in the industry take heed.Â So this morning when I came across her interview and her thoughts on fast-paced publishing / blogging, I took note - serious note.Â Here is what the doyen says:
When the world changed, when fashion changed, and instead of becoming a monologue it became a conversation.
Instead of it being something that which was received, there is now a rapport.Â Â People can make comments on shows instantly.Â They can exchange views with other people.Â Listen, you can go into a shop and snap yourself on your phone wearing something and send it to your boyfriend and say â€œhey do you like this?â€
You know, everything now is integrated and thereâ€™s a backwards and forewords now and that is never going to stopâ€¦Now that that has started â€“ thatâ€™s it forever.
I think she pegged the nail on the head.Â Thatâ€™s it forever.
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