September 28, 2006

The role of the fashion press

I think it's lame that fashion houses would consider banning a media outlet after a bad review. But the prevalence of such decisions this season at least reminds me that there are some newspapers and magazines that aren't afraid to be CRITICAL and fair in their critiques of the fashion system. If every collection was brilliant, and every review glowing, what would the point be?

From Fashion Week Daily

Dolce & Gabbana reject media elite Thursday, September 28, 2006

(MILAN) Even a reported 54.5 million page views and 535,000 unique visitors during New York’s Fashion Week can do little to sway fickle fashion designers. A spokeswoman for Style.com confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that its team covering the shows in Europe—namely Sarah Mower, Tim Blanks, and Nicole Phelps—would not be attending today’s Dolce & Gabbana show. Apparently, Dolce & Gabbana’s PR team was displeased with Mower's show review from the previous season. No review of D&G’s Spring 2007 show, presented on Monday, was posted on the Condé Net site either.

Speaking of Style.com, its executive fashion director, Candy Pratts Price, abruptly checked out of the Four Seasons Wednesday and flew back to New York after colleagues described her as being “under the weather” and needing some R&R. Price, however, is expected back in time for the Paris shows.

Meanwhile, Cathy Horyn, who was politely uninvited to the Carolina Herrera show in New York, found herself in the same predicament at Dolce & Gabbana. The New York Times fashion critic confirmed at this morning’s Pucci show that she had not been invited, but declined further comment.

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