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Hedi Slimane Hates Red Carpet Fashion; Street Style Photographers Go Paparazzi

Hedi SlimaneIn an interview with WWD, Hedi Slimane, the former Dior Homme designer, took a strong stand against red carpet fashion: "It is just a big global mess of random endorsement. Nothing looks worse than a dress or a suit on a red carpet. It is an ongoing tragedy of cheap fashion on cheap celebrities, followed by ubercheap comments. I only like designers’ clothes on models." According to Slimane, the growing influence of celebrity style owes its thanks to the profliferation of blogs and broadband connections, and his comments mirror Purple mag founder Olivier Zahm's recent insistence that the web's influence was taking fashion in a "vulgar, common, bad direction." It isn't too much of an exaggeration to say that Slimane has more taste and talent in his pinkie toe than Zahm could ever even hope to aspire to, but he's got to be kidding here. Designers' clothing can only look good on models? Oh sure, the rest of us will look away from the runways and just patter around wearing old rugs and pillowcases while designers fester in their glorious irrelevance and models resort to eating their own hair. When fashion (or any art form) enters mass culture, it always gets a little cheap and tacky (remember: we can't blame the internet for the 80s), but a little bit of trash isn't enough to bring down the whole industry. [WWD]

A new Tumblr, Unknowledgable Fashionista, takes aim at the kind of casual fashion fan spawned by the internet. The blog mocks a mix of arrogance and ignorance that's fashion conscious but isn't fashion-forward: the eponymous character brags about her Juicy Couture wardrobe ("I'm a fly ass bitch because I own couture"), announces that Alexa Chung is her "favorite Asian model," and wants to know how everyone manages to remember "all those model names." Truth is, all of these jokes are funny, but way too mean-spirited to do us much good. Everyone has gaps in their knowledge, and it's foolish to presume that education excuses arrogance. Even though the Unknowledgable Fashionista is full of herself and annoyingly naive, every now and then she stumbles on a lovely and surprising insight that should please even the most studied fashion fanatic: "Grace Coddington," she muses, "That's why her hair is so big, it's full of secrets." [via Refinery29]

Street style photography has never been more in demand, and magazines and web publishers are paying top dollar for fashion week candids. A single street style pic can earn the photographer up to $1,000. As the field becomes more competitive, some style-minded shutterbugs are resorting to the tactics of celebrity paparazzi, chasing editors and It Girls down the street and crowding their cars. [BoF]

If you were around NYC this weekend, you know that Spring is finally in the air. It's raining today (that's because I ate up all the sunshine) but there's more warm weather to come. As you wait for the greying gloom to pass, let yourself look forward to the coming months when life will be all bare legs and sandals, by loading up on a few great Spring dresses (for under $50!). [StyleBakeryTeen]

Franca Sozzani has posted a new missive to the Vogue.It blog about Facebook's role in promoting anorexia amoung young women. Citing a study from the University of Haifa, the Vogue Italia editor writes: "Now we find out that not only the girls’ parents or fashion, or models are to be blamed. The more time you spend logged in Facebook the more chance you have to become anorexic." This seems like a bit of a distortion: I'm sure pro-ana pages abound on the world's most popular social networking platform, but I've been around the Facebook block, and I've never stumbled upon anything that seemed to be promoting any kind of eating disorder. Girls with anorexic or bulimic tendencies might seek other other young women with an unhealthy relationship to food, but Facebook is (mostly) a blank slate that reflects the interests of its users and it doesn't serve the fashion industry to divert attention from its role in propogating unrealistic standards of beauty. [Vogue Italia]