Review, Report, Analysis, Inspection;
Fashion, Fad, Trend, Look
Fashion is something that can be spoken about as a formidable plethora of tangible things or as walking art in a dull and boring time. How someone invokes there personal thought and ideas of a certain ensemble, garment, or the minor detail in a stitch, can be spoken about and reviewed in many tones, languages and personalities. The world of fashion has many outlets for the style enthused thinker to transmit there thoughts and opinions to be shared with the rest of us. From blogs to articles to newspapers, the incandescent mind can be strewn about on any medium to be transmitted to the masses.
Olivia Palmero in the flesh, or should I say in the text, reviews Mulberry's upcoming spring line in a personal tone composed about on her own blog. She speaks kindly of the designer, Emma Hill, and not just of the brand itself. Palmero brings up the headline model, Cara Delevingne and describes the audience’s reaction to the show describing their 'delight' of what they were seeing. Being that this review was written in a blog format it feels like she is talking to you personally. The stress on 'personal' can't be enforced enough being the main factor that set's blogging reviews apart from articles and news papers.
The information spoken about was relevant. The particular aspects of Emma Hill noted by Palmero, one being her last year designing for Mulberry, are sweet and kind details to mention. Talking about the clothing in a colorful way, 'smooth briefcase style', 'vampy all black leather', and 'boyish tailoring' adds to the delicate tone Palmero transmits.
On the other hand, we have Vogue. The all knowing, all defining publication taking on a life like persona itself discusses and reviews Rodarte's forthcoming clothing line. Vogue, being interchangeable to the Bible for some, has a certain finite tone with the words said being the end all be all conclusion in the industry at large. But with that being said, there review is full of facts, quotes, observations, and knowledgeable assumptions. There's a reason Vogue's assessment is so set in stone. It's because they do their homework and give fashionistas the main information for them to later make their opinion on what was reported.
She, as in Miss Vogue herself, speaks of the two Mulleavy sisters inspiration in designing the line. She drew quotes from them on why they went the certain stylistic direction they did. In going from their characteristically romantic approach to their new street cool attitude with padlocks and embroidered scorpions. She spoke of the sisters line in sparkling language saying things like 'satisfyingly bizarre', 'sharp sting of surprise', and 'creativity in action'. Not that Vogue has never given a bad review, but when she gives a good one, your future is looking radiant in all its grandeur.
Alas we have the LA Times newspaper article reviewing the Marc Jacobs 2014 spring line. In doldrums of black text on white paper this review is categorized with the rest as being opinionated with no dialogue or facts to turn their personal view in to hard hitting, credible material. The tone being received as in your face, what they think, how they imagine people will wear said garment, while being descriptive yet a narrow glimpse through their own eyes.
There tone might have been to strong but their language would suck any reader in. describing the line as ‘shipwreck chic’, ‘junkyard pirates’, and ‘shipwrecked sirens.’ This review was the only one to talk about the visual communication created by this very talented designer on how he designed the runway. The ‘sense of theater’ being described made you feel like you were actually there. LA Times’ well-written hook, strong tone and opinionated review was knowledgeable, but just for a certain audience.
All three reviews cascaded and draped their writing with descriptive and dazzling language in characterizing the articles of clothing and materials used. This being the main component to writing a fashion review, the stylistic colorful words transmitting into images in fashionistas’ absorbent minds everywhere. It is the tone in which this language is used that sets the reviews apart. All have the knowledge and credibility to back what they are saying; it is just how the reader translates the connoisseur experience into their own thought that sets them apart.