This week: The good and the bad
The Good: London Fashion Week goes digital
Everyone knows that the online world is having a fashion moment. Bloggers on the front rows, live tweeting from the shows and now a dedicated digital schedule for London Fashion Week. This week, the British Fashion Council announced that this month shows will be streamed live online allowing anyone, anywhere in the world to have access to the shows. In addition to the shows, there will also be a selection of digitally presented fashion films created by some of London’s most innovative designers. No need to worry about getting an invite. No need to worry about what you’ll wear. No need to worry about whether you made front row. It’s great that the Brits are leading the way. A few designers – Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen – streamed their shows into people’s living rooms last season and I think this move by LFW will mean the other fashion weeks will follow suit. Times are changing in the wonderful world of fashion. The exclusivity seems to be evaporating…
The digital schedule will go live here on 19th February, at the start of London Fashion Week. Let’s hope their servers can handle it!
The Bad: The rising cost of Vogue
Has anyone else noticed that the cost of Vogue magazine has risen to £4?! I know we’re supposed to be on our way out of the recession but blimey, that’s a whole 40p increase from the previous £3.60 cover price! Thing is, for me, gone are the days that Vogue is worth going hungry for a la Carrie from Sex and the City. I’d much rather go hungry for my copy of Elle every month, which in my opinion, is a much better read than Vogue. The only comforting thought is that the latest issue is a tome, no joke. It’s not even suitable for carrying around in your handbag – you’ll probably do your shoulder or wrist in!
There is no denying that there is not a lot more satisfying than turning the crisp pages of a magazine, ogling over the editorials and coveting the clothes that fill the pages… but at what cost? With online magazines popping up everywhere and blogs satisfying our never ending need for fashion, has the traditional print magazine had its day?