This was taken while waiting under a fluorescent lightbulb outside my friend's apartment waiting for her to come home. Don't get me wrong. We were supposed to meet there. I was on time. She was late. I met her at her house and she was still late.
An iPhotography session ensued.
For a professional view I must enlist the help of Mr. Newton...
Much better. And in the cream color which I was afraid to buy mostly because I get mustard on everything I have that's white. It doesn't matter if I was anywhere near mustard that day... if I'm wearing white I get mustard on it. I must secrete it or something.
But, anyway enough about my secretions (for today). Do something bad to your wallet here.
Address of next week's shopaholics meeting to follow.
LINDSEY CALLA, the 27-year-old behind the fashion blog Saucy Glossie,
sat in a Midtown cafe one recent afternoon and offered a guiding career
principle: “You should work and make money.”
Simple enough. But for fashion bloggers like Ms. Calla, the two haven’t
always gone hand in hand. When she started her blog two years ago,
featuring photos of herself wearing clothes from inexpensive labels, or
what she calls “style on a real-girl budget,” numerous brands asked Ms.
Calla to model for them, do styling work or host events — without pay.
“Anybody that renders their services wants to be compensated,” Ms. Calla
said. But she was “so afraid to talk about money because I didn’t want
to ruin any relationships,” she added.
These days, Ms. Calla has someone to do the talking for her. Last year, she signed with Digital Brand Architects,
a new agency in New York that represents fashion and lifestyle
bloggers, brokering endorsement deals with fashion labels, signing up
advertisers and, in some cases, booking lucrative television
commercials. “If somebody else is handling the negotiation, you’re left
to do the creative stuff,” Ms. Calla said.
The advent of agents who specialize in fashion bloggers points to the
evolving influence of blogs. Once considered fashion-obsessed amateurs,
style bloggers have matured into tastemakers and savvy marketers who can
command four- and five-figure fees from brands. Even mainstream
agencies are joining the action. This spring, the popular blogger Bryanboy signed with Creative Artists Agency, a Hollywood firm better known for representing A-list actors like George Clooney.
For its part, Digital Brand Architects is trying to position bloggers in
the same category as stylists, makeup artists and photographers.
“Bloggers aren’t just people who sit in a room and regurgitate press
releases,” said Karen Robinovitz, who started the agency in August 2010
with Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, the former director of digital media for
Ralph Lauren. “These are the next influencers.”
The agency, which represents about 50 bloggers who publish sites like
The Glamourai and Bag Snob, operates out of a small office in the
Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Like any talent agency, it takes a
cut of its clients’ earnings, in this case 15 percent.
“We really approach this from the perspective that a literary agent
would with an author,” Ms. Robinovitz said. “We’re focused on their
Before starting the agency, Ms. Robinovitz, 39, had no experience
managing careers, other than her own. She was a freelance writer for
many years (including, for a brief time, The New York Times) and is an
author of the book “How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less.” She also
started a beauty line, Purple Lab, that never quite took off.
But her clients, who are mostly young and female, say that Ms.
Robinovitz knows about social media and is a strong advocate. “Karen is
great at being able to build relationships with brands that I truly
love,” said Kelly Framel, 28, who lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and
started her blog, The Glamourai, three years ago while working as a designer for Naeem Khan.
The blog is a showcase for her personal style, her model good looks and a
seemingly jet-set life (a recent post was sent from Milan Fashion
Week). Since signing with the agency, she has been hired by L’Oreal to
create looks inspired by a Ralph Lauren fragrance and has designed a
razor for Schick that will come out next year.
Meanwhile, Ms. Calla of Saucy Glossie
is branching into on-camera work. “I sat down with Karen a year ago,
almost to the day, and she said, ‘What’s your dream project?’ and I
said, ‘I want to be in a T .J. Maxx commercial,’” Ms. Calla recalled.
She’s now starring in a national television spot for the retailer as the
new “Maxxinista,” a role that features Ms. Calla giving shopping tips
based on her blog. Ms. Calla declined to say how much she was paid, but
added: “It’s probably the same that anybody would get paid for a
commercial. I don’t think they thought, ‘Oh, we’re getting a blogger
Until recently, fashion bloggers were paid with free merchandise, if
they were paid at all. But that started to change as their influence
grew. Now fashion bloggers are “right up there with editors in helping
to mold what the consumer is going to buy,” said Alexis Borges, director
of Next Model Management, an international modeling agency.
Next has signed 11 style bloggers, including Rumi Neely of the blog Fashiontoast,
in addition to its stable of traditional fashion models. “It’s
definitely a growing division,” Mr. Borges said. “We’re treating
bloggers as the next generation of people who will be used for
Frankly, running a blog is work. Some bloggers need to hire assistants to keep up with the constant emails and tweets and comment moderation. It's work and work should be compensated.
"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for." Maureen Dowd
There was a time when celebrities were useless to advertisers and the fashion industry. They turned up on red carpets in their own clothes, booked their own flights on commercial airliners, paid for their own hotels, and neverdidtheyever appear on the cover of a magazine. Now look what's happened. Where would a perfume ad be without a celebrity endorsement? How would we know which bottled water to buy without Jennifer Aniston??
"shhhh, don't think about how much I'm getting paid for this..."
The same thing is happening with bloggers. Magazine covers are not far away.
There is always a price for having a price. Whenever I see "courtesy of" in an image tag I immediately discount the boggers' opinion on the product just as I discount the opinion of a waitress on a dish or a sales associate on an outfit. It doesn't mean it's not their real opinion, it's just not worth as much to me.
"If you don't take money, they can't tell you what to do. That's the key to the whole thing." Bill Cunningham
Some bloggers provide substantial services outside of the website including styling, hosting, and writing for external magazines and papers. I see no problem with compensation for services rendered. Blogging is the future. The fashion industry will follow suit or they won't have the exposure they desire. It's just the nature of the beast and nobody gets anything for free.
As for that last little bit about bloggers trumping up their worth...
"Being powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Margaret Thatcher
How Street Style Changed the Frontier of Fashion Photography
Photo: Jack Riccobono
A few weeks ago, Marie Claire editor Taylor Tomasi
Hill ran into an old friend outside a fashion show in Lincoln Center.
They both stopped to catch up, but were interrupted by a man who tapped
the friend on the arm. “Excuse me,” he said, “but do you mind stepping
aside for a moment while I take her picture?” He was pointing to Tomasi
Hill. Nonplussed, the friend backed away, and a swarm of photographers
quickly closed in.
Tomasi Hill is a member of a new, elite class of fashion celebrities
whose pictures (and shoes and bags and outfits) are fanatically snapped
outside of fashion shows and events by street style photographers.
Images of these fashion insiders — models, stylists, buyers, and editors
— going about their glamorous lives are now so sought after that
they’ve created an entirely new category of fashion photography. These
photographs, seemingly casual and snapped on the fly, now appear
regularly on retail websites, blogs, and in ad campaigns and print
magazines to demonstrate how “normal” people incorporate certain looks
into their everyday outfits. What was formerly the realm of
professional, meticulously staged fashion shoots has had to make way for
a new medium of informal, more natural-looking images of real people
going about their real business — and looking great while they do it.
style photography wasn’t always this way. When it first began —
originally with Bill Cunningham’s “On the Street” section in the New
York Times, and later with bloggers like The Sartorialist’s
Scott Schumann — it was hailed as a democratized platform where anyone
with an original look, regardless of age, weight, or income, could be
celebrated for dressing themselves with creativity and panache. It was
grassroots fashion, devoid of perfectly coiffed models, brand status,
and editorial contrivances. You could dress yourself up in the morning
and dream of having someone on the street ask to take your picture. Many
of these street style photographers still exist, particularly in
far-flung places like Helsinki or Mexico City, where the fashion
industry isn’t quite so pronounced as it is in Paris or New York. Most
of these local photographers don’t support themselves with their
efforts, and see it as a creative outlet rather than a commercial
But meanwhile, a select few street style photographers have gained
traction in fashion’s inner fold, and their subjects have also shifted
from pedestrians to street style celebrities like Tomasi Hill, Elle’s Kate Lanphear, Japanese Vogue’s
Anna Dello Russo, and other people who dress themselves meticulously
but also have ready access to gorgeous clothes. What has emerged is
almost like a partnership between the street style photographers and
their subjects; while these fashion-loving subjects have always dressed
themselves well, their newfound celebrity gives them added caché. They
attend fashion events, well aware that they’ll be photographed, some
even getting their hair and makeup done beforehand and borrowing new
outfits from designer labels, which sets them even further apart from
the nicely dressed Jane Doe on the sidewalk. Their efforts in turn
benefit the photographers because the more chic-looking and popular
their subjects become, the more money they’ll be able to command should a
magazine, website, or retailer want to use their images.
One could argue that “original style” isn’t what attracts
photographers anymore; rather, it has evolved into street style stars
wearing different versions of their signature looks, perpetuating their
own fame. Meanwhile, those hoping to break into the upper echelons of
fashion celebrity do their utmost to copy them. A recent opinion piece
by GQ’s Will Welch lamented the blatant peacocking that goes on
at fashion shows nowadays, with people dressing up in over-the-top
outfits in hopes that they’ll become the photographers’ next darling.
It’s true that a certain part of it feels unnatural — an awkward,
nonchalant dance between lurking photographers and overdressed showgoers
who amble along and hope for flashbulbs — but what really isn’t, in
There’s much more to say about street style, which is why, starting
this week, we’re exploring the subject with a number of features (including a video that shows what life is like on the other side of the lens).
For now, click ahead to see a slideshow of street style’s current major
stars, including standbys like Giovanna Battaglia and Shala Monroque,
as well as newer faces like Yasmin Sewell and Stephanie LaCava.