demoralizing satorializing | musing

In musing on 28 March 2011 at 11:01 am

Scott Schuman is editor of The Satorialist, the most successful fashion blog of-the-moment, or really, for the past 5 or 6 years. Schuman is famous for photos of normal people on the streets, in casual stance, taking account of the fashion that appears not in the runway, but in the world.

There’s an excellent little YouTube documentary here, which explains what the Satorialist does – window shopping in other places, other neighborhoods. It’s one of the many places in which the beauty of the Internet has emerged; we no longer need locality in order to understand community.

In the fashion blog community, Schuman is king.

It’s why his Monday morning post caught me off-guard:

I saw this young lady in Milan several times this past season. She is one of the crop of new bloggers. I loved that she’s a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the the press and tend to represent the genre.

The subtle thing she achieves so successfully in these two looks is to complement the sturdy but beautiful shape of her legs with an equally strong shoe. A daintier shoe would be overpowered but these shoes create a beautiful harmony for the lower half of her body.

Before I continue, let me interject that I do not rely on the celebrities, entertainers, or the fashion world to act as spokespersons, or leaders. They’re people, like you and me. Not only to they make mistakes, but we as audiences should be looking to more qualified people as role models; being trendy, or having a sterling voice doesn’t give you much precendence on my life.

But still, I have to say that I am incredibly disappointed in Schuman’s remanks about our deal Angelika. Not only does he give her a backhanded compliment about her style, but he fails to cite any of her work as a blogger. I thought we were focused on the product of the camera, not the person holding it, no?

Good thing that Angelika has figured out how to successfully compliment the travesty of the her bigger, curvier size 6. The fashion industry has forever been leading women to critique and criticize their figures, holding them to fashion-focused, unreal standards.

Add a tally to the list of why fashion isn’t the vehicle to push us forward.


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