Such Is A Writers Life: Decorum for Fashion
I’ve been thinking a lot about writing — my writing, the writing of others, published writing and non published writing. The act itself is not only gratifying for the author, but can be really enjoyable for the recipient. Especially in fashion.
Irregardless of where you come from, or what your history has been — if you work in the fashion industry, I believe that it’s important to carry with you a certain decorum when it comes to writing about fashion.
There should be a certain integrity to discussing the work and presentation of others in such a way that leaves the reader asking questions. Important questions might I add. It may have a lot to do with integrity — which we can (for the purpose of this note) define as a truthfulness, a consistency or drive to uphold a character that is…ethical? I don’t think it’s a huge thing to ask.
Here’s why: as a writer — and for the purpose of fashion — I believe that you must not write about the things you do not like. Why? Because you already have an opinion on the subject…and possibly a well rooted one. There is no integrity in writing about things that you clearly aren’t a fan of for the sake of having content. Give it up — pass the baton, then look in a different direction for some new content (believe me when I say that that well will never run dry).
Where is this all coming from? I spent the day reading reviews from this weekends Envision: Artopia Spring 2012 and found myself baffled by some of the information that was being shared. For some writers, clearly it wasn’t their bag. And I respect that. However, I deduce that there are probably plenty of fresh faced, up and coming writers who would love the chance to break down a runway presentation and give…a fresh perspective.
One of the things I’m working very hard on at BGF is offering the writing opportunities that come my way, to my fellow team members. It allows for the BGF to always have a diversity in voice, in opinion, and in writing style. I did not write about Fashion Ball, nor did I write about Envision: Artopia (well, I couldn’t actually write about it — I was hosting the show, and therefore it would have been a conflict of interest).
Moving forward, various shows that I have already attended and written about — I will not be writing about this year. I simply would like some new juice, and when I look for interns, staff writers or contributors for our growing project — I look for people with a perspective different than my own, a questioning attitude…and most importantly, a decorum bathed in integrity.
Image Courtesy of Corey Tenold.