10 December 2009

Christopher Kane answers the bloggers!

Now, we don’t know if you’ve heard, but recently Christopher Kane said some pretty controversial things about fashion bloggers. The Scottish designer, who won Collection of the Year last night (he said of Daisy Lowe who presented him with the award; “She’s just one of those girls who oozes energy and is such a nice person. It’s her time to shine which is amazing,” Aww!), stirred the blogosphere up at the beginning of the month, when he told an interviewer;

“It’s a bit mad, isn’t it? It feels like it’s happened all of a sudden and at some shows this season the front row was just all bloggers. I think it will die down though, and people know what they are doing. No one who wants to read a serious review of a show is going to look at what a 14-year-old thinks. But it has become more critical; people can say what they want about anyone on a blog without consequences and that’s quite scary. There are real repercussions for a designer if a photo of something is leaked by a blog; it can be copied in a fortnight and that can really harm a business. You have to be much more careful now.”

Lo and behold, the debate began raging. Questions over the power of blogs, their place in the industry (D&G seated four bloggers on their FROW this year), and the reaction of designers to such free comment, poured in thick and fast. So last night we pinned down (not literally) Christopher himself get to the bottom of what that statement was really all about...

“You know what,” he told us. “People are interested in what they like, it’s a really personal thing and that’s my opinion. You’re allowed to say what you want but sometimes the blogs that you read are really negative and that’s what I meant to say really. Sometimes it’s too negative for my liking and I think maybe they could give someone a compliment or say something nice. But bloggers nowadays seem to be a bit negative. But Grazia Daily seems to be really great and that’s really fun and Ten Blog who I sometimes edit with are always high and nice, but when it gets to someone’s work and they’re being critical, it’s like ‘Give them a break’. That’s all I meant to say.”

Thanks for clearing that up Mr Kane (and for the Grazia love!). But what do you think about the whole fashion blog debate? Thoughts please! And in the mean time, check out this video below of Christopher having some friendly sibling banter with Tammy as they arrived at the event. Brotherly love, eh?


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