carelessly calculated clicking

blog friends — Danielle on September 17, 2007 at 8:43 am

When I am not posting here, or here, or here, I keep myself occupied. Between serving my clients and formalizing my business, there is always something to do to keep myself supplied with fresh pencils. Sometimes it gets a little quiet here on Final Fashion – but of course there is only a kajillion other things on the internet to keep you occupied. Here is a few of my picks -

  • Chanel loves Fashion Bloggers! A few of our star bloggers get the trip of a lifetime and spread it all over the internet for our enjoyment (and I will admit a little envy)… featuring style blog sweetheart Susie Bubble, stellar Canadian representative Fashion Verbatim, and the ultimate cool kid Fashion Addict Diary.
  • Everyone is asking, what is the deal with Marc Jacobs? The bi-yearly brouhaha that attends every eponymous show by America’s most controversial designer is predictably tearing apart the fashion media factions. I still have not looked at the whole collection, I have six months to register the merits of the designs alone. It is hard to look at these clothes without a shade of bias, I find it hard to respect a designer who can not accept criticism. As for the recurrent conversation, I shared my views at Deeply Superficial -
    • I feel like Jacobs is one of those fashion students who make such an ostentatious deal of “I was up all night in the lab waaa” and whose ambitions to put out how many collections – like 5? – are just too grand to fully execute in six months. The telling thing is if these big plans pay off with a collection of quality (debatable) or a collection that sells (probably). I have a grudging respect for Jacobs, but often I have an uneasy feeling that the “concepts”, the lateness, the ambition, are all carelessly calculated but audacious enough to be mistaken for genius.
  • Daniel from Ujeans is doing a series at Fashion-Incubator about his countdown to the Pool trade show. This is a sweet little peek for me – Daniel is a local designer-done-good whose custom denim is one of the few apparel items I actually have felt desire for. His posts reference one of Miracle’s excellent pieces of advice -how to avoid Microsofting your Product. I love this, it reminds me of one of my major pet peeves when it comes to the promotional copy I read in PR releases and designers websites all the time – cliches. If you use anything similar to the following terms, culled from actual press releases (often fractions of epic sentences), I am anything but impressed…
    • For the women who likes a little edge with their stylish upscale sensibility
    • Fashion-forward, smartly tailored, highly individual, and very flirtatious.
    • presenting the idea of true luxury as ease, simplicity with a bit decadence in fluid shapes and rich, floating fabrics
    • effortless clothes for the chic modern woman
    • from the colonials to industrial lofts, they remain classy and fabulous, striding over cobblestones in three to four-inch heels
  • Do you see the connection? Somehow these terms always seem like TMI even while they do not really manage to convey any original thought. (Except for that one so-bad-it-is-good example.)   Cliches of any kind are bad enough, but fashion cliches are so pervasive, they manage to be both amusing and egregious. To those who wish to send me their adjective heavy releases – please consider just showing me the clothes. I will decide what sort of words I think best describes what you have done… because that is what I do. What ridiculous fashion copy can you recall?
  • Finally, fashion blog karma for my notable incoming linkers. Long-time reader and fellow ex-fashion student Jill has finally bit the bullet and started blogging at Inside my Sewing Box. Plus a new item to file under Canadian Fashion Blogs… Calgary Fashion.
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    1. I had forgotton that “colonial” was a style of house. For a minute, I thought they were trying to say that their shoe(?) styles spanned several centuries.

      Comment by j. — September 17 2007 @ 10:21 am
    2. Awe Thanks Danielle! :)

      Comment by Jill — September 17 2007 @ 10:46 am
    3. Great website and thanks for the shout-out!

      Comment by Daniel — September 17 2007 @ 10:59 am
    4. [...] Reviewing some of my favourite fashion copy cliches reminded my of that one time… back when we had the TAB party. [...]

      Pingback by final fashion » tab party — September 17 2007 @ 8:49 pm
    5. liked your dress!

      Comment by Kathleen Fasanella — September 18 2007 @ 8:57 am
    6. [...] I went on and on about the horror and hilarity of fashion and lifestyle copy, blogfather Hugh MacLeod gets to [...]

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