Want to know which celebrity is wearing what, where to shop for the latest cool shoes or where to see the hottest street fashion from cities around the world?
Blogs—Web pages containing personal journals that are generally updated daily—are today’s answer.
“The overarching theme of what people are really interested in is their individual style,” says Shahrzad Samadzadeh, a 24-year-old writer, blogger and hospital administrator who lives in Pittsburgh. “There are so many options out there that that’s what people really want to know.”
At Styletribe.jealousofyouth.com, Samadzadeh blogs about what she likes and loathes on the runway and on the street. She also shows photos of her own outfits and thrift-store finds.
What Samadzadeh believes to be big in Pittsburgh now are “massive amounts of stripes” and skinny jeans—both of which she considers overdone. In terms of her own style, Samadzadeh says she’s moving toward “glam” fashion, such as shiny pants, foppish suspenders and hats.
At the same time, but on the other side of the globe, in Singapore, 22-year-old “Xiaxue” (aka Wendy Cheng) woos readers to her blog, Xiaxue.blogspot.com, with the mundane and graphic tales of daily life, from riding the subway to fashion tips, such as where to buy the best underwear. Recently, she wrote that Victoria’s Secret is great for Asian physiques.
Xiaxue, who has been called the “Paris Hilton of the Blogosphere,” has been criticized for being shallow, catty and coarse, fiercely opinionated and totally bereft of modesty, but, nevertheless—or, possibly, as a result—her blog is among the most popular in Asia.
Over in South Korea, networking site Cyworld.com.cn includes a personal blog that has exploded over the past four years. As many as 90 percent of South Korean teens and people in their 20s are registering to use cyworld’s “virtual club,” where specific products are discussed, from Louis Vuitton handbags to IBM computers.
Generation Z is launching fashion blogs into cyberspace at a dizzying speed. And its virtual voice is not only resounding, but influential.
According to Technorati.com, here are 5 of the top 10 fashion blogs ranked by the number of sites linking to them at press time:1. Gofugyourself.typepad.com (what celebrities are wearing) 7,393 links from 4,547 sites
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)