Milan Fashion Week: Street Style + Vogue vs. "Bloggers"

What's more appropriate for the Milan street style recap than to address the elephant in the room? Yes, I'm talking about the whole ...

What's more appropriate for the Milan street style recap than to address the elephant in the room? Yes, I'm talking about the whole Vogue vs. Bloggers scandal.

Last Sunday, Vogue.com's editors published a recap on Milan Fashion Week where they discussed the highlights of the(ir) week in the Italian fashion capital and whatnot. And everything was great until they stopped talking about Gucci and started bullying (yes, let's call it what it is) fashion bloggers, influencers, street-style stars, Insta-famous people, or whatever you want to call them...

Sally Singer, Vogue's creative digital director: "It's a schizophrenic moment, and that just can't be good. (Note to bloggers who change head-to-toe, paid-to-wear outfits every hour: please stop. Find another business. You are heralding the death of style.)" 

Sarah Mower, Vogue.com's chief critic: "So yes, Sally, the professional blogger bit, with the added aggression of the street photographer swarm who attend them, is horrible, but most of all, pathetic for these girls, when you watch how many times the desperate troll up and down outside shows, in traffic, risking accidents even, in hopes of being snapped." 

Nicole Phelps, director of Vogue runway: "Which brings me back around to Sally and Sarah’s points about the street style mess. It's not just sad for the women who preen for the cameras in borrowed clothes, it's distressing, as well, to watch so many brands participate." 

Alessandra Codinha, Vogue.com's fashion news editor: "Am I allowed to admit that I did a little fist pump when Sally broached the blogger paradox? There’s not much I can add here beyond how funny it is that we even still call them 'bloggers,' as so few of them even do that anymore. Rather than a celebration of any actual style, it seems to be all about turning up, looking ridiculous, posing, twitching in your seat as you check your social-media feeds, fleeing, changing, repeating ... It's all pretty embarrassing — even more so when you consider what else is going on in the world. (have you registered to vote yet? Don’t forget the debate on Monday!). Loving fashion is tremendous, and enthusiasts of all stripes are important to the industry — after all, people buy clothing because of desire, not any real need — but I have to think that soon people will wise up to how particularly gross the whole practice of paid appearances and borrowed outfits looks. Looking for style among a bought-and-paid-for ('blogged out?') front row is like going to a strip club looking for romance. Sure, it's all kind of in the same ballpark, but it's not even close to the real thing."

"Heralding the death of style", "pathetic", "street style mess", "looking ridiculous", "pretty embarrassing". Ok, let's that sink in...

I’ve admired the institution that is Vogue for as long as I can remember, but this article was… well, “pretty embarrassing”. The only “pathetic” thing is women who can’t support other women in a female focused industry. Vogue should respect and encourage young entrepreneurs, no belittle and insult them; these are business women who are often fashion designers, authors, consultants, models, even singers and yes, sometimes they have blogs, too. There’s people who get paid to wear clothes, so what? Vogue editors get paid to write about clothes. From where I see it, it’s all the same (a job, literally) and it just seems like someone is extremely upset about not being the soul of the industry anymore. And anyway, if Vogue is so disgusted by the fashion blogger’s street style, why don’t they stop publishing Phil Oh’s street style photos? If fashion bloggers are killing the industry, what is Chiara Ferragni doing in the magazine’s cover? Seems a little hypocritical, to be honest. But should we give Vogue the benefit of the doubt and say that a few old-school bitter editors don’t represent the mindset of the prestigious publication? You tell me.

With that in mind, I'll leave you with some awesome street style spotted during Milan Fashion Week. And yes, some of these girls are "bloggers".

Ada Kokosar and Margherita Cardelli
Amanda Alagem 
Amanda Alagem 
Anna Dello Russo (left)
Anne Vyalitsyna, Stella Maxwell and Irina Shyak
Bella and Gigi Hadid
Candela Novembre
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Carlotta Oddi and Aurora Sansone 
Chiara Ferragni
Chiara Ferragni
Chiara Totire
Christine Centenera
Christine Centenera
Christine Centenera
HRH Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz (left) 
Diletta Bonaiuti
Diletta Bonaiutti (left)
Doutzen Kroes (left)
Esther Quek
Giorgia Tordini
Giorgia Tordini 
Holli Rogers
Holli Rogers 
Imaan Hammam
Izabel Goulart
Jenny Walton
Jenny Walton
Karly Loyce
Kate Davidson Hudson
Kelsey Lu
Kirin Dejonckheere
Lena Hart
Lexi Boling and Hanne Gaby Odiele
Marie-Amelie Sauve
Marine Deleeuw
Marjan Jonkman
Ming Xi
Miroslava Duma
Nausheen Shah
Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo 
Paolo Stella and Candela Novembre
Patricia Manfield
Romee Strijd
Sara Sampaio
Sara Sampaio 
Sara Sampaio 
Sarah Harris 
Sarah Harris
Sarah Rutson
Sarah Rutson
Sarah Rutson
Stella Maxwell
Tiffany Hsu
Veronika Heilbrunner

Yoyo Cao

Photos by Phil Oh and Diego Zuko

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