This was going to be a carefully crafted piece about the DC style scene and its online presence, blah blah blah. Lucky for you (and for me, because it’s been a LONG WEEK already) Jian’s Foot Traffic inspired me to cut the pretense and get to the
The last 12 months have seen the launch of no less than seven separate DC fashion and style blogs:
DC Pleats, DC Culture and Fashion, 88DC, Do You, Project Beltway, Outrageously Chic, Listopad, and my own Panda Head.
On top of that there are also tons of local-designer and store blogs; they’re always good for keeping up on events, sales, and THE LIKE:
Unsung Designers, the City Paper’s Crafty Blog, Cusp, ugoseven, and Marimekko all update regularly, and there are more to check out on Foot Traffic. Even Urban Outfitters has a DC blog, but it’s written in Philadelphia by people who aren’t even here, so I’m not really sure how APPLICABLE it is. Oh, and DURKL might be the raddest DC design company you’ve never heard of, and their blog-style website updates are the highlight of my week.
Okay so on top of all the BLOGS, there are also a couple of “real” websites (ha!) featuring style and fashion columns (besides this one):
DC Style (the print version folded early this year and they’re now entirely online), and the Washington Post’s Fashion & Beauty online. The Post’s Suzanne D’Amato and Janet Bennett Kelly also run weekly “Talking Fashion” Post chats to field local and general style-related questions. Even if you can’t catch them live (which I’ve never managed to), the transcripts go back like, forever. Remember them next time you’re bored at work. Suzanne ALSO posts questions on her Post forum Trend Spotter & Co.; in a conversation earlier this month she noted that “the blogosphere has become my preferred place to get a fashion fix,” and I think that’s the case with a lot of people these days.
Fashion and trends move quickly (and I say that knowing “fashion and trends” and “STYLE” are two entirely different things) and I think that lately a lot of the SPEED has to do with how accessible the internet has made every aspect of mainstream fashion, indie design, and even personal style. Designers’ and companies’ press previews are leaked and critiqued long before they hit the shelves, which means that by the time they ARE available to the masses they may already be considered “over” by those who are (or consider themselves) tastemakers. (Case in point: the Anya Hindmarch bag. It sold berserkers but oh! the blog backlash.) Magazines like Nylon and Vogue have blogs that update daily in addition to their monthly print versions, and I think that’s out of necessity – I’m sure neither publication is hurting for money, but internet ad sales and developing an online readership NOW might help them down the road as more and more mags convert entirely to digital. And right on top of the digital fashion media are street style blogs. They make it possible to know who’s-wearing-what halfway across the world, and the style jet-lag between cities (“Stockholm is two years ahead,” etc) is closing because of it. DC’s online presence means that people who AREN’T here can witness out burgeoning style scene, and at the very least this latest influx of DC sites speaks very highly of our interest, when, let’s face it, most people assume we have none.
And back to DC!
Of the above sites, what are YOUR favorites? Which can’t you stand? Did I forget any? What do you love/hate about the DC style scene in general?
Lay it on me, people.