In light of the attention garnered by Vestoj’s recent publication of former Vogue editor Lucinda Chambers’ post-firing interview, Vestoj’s founder Anja Aronowsky Cronberg and online editor Alice Hines will host an open discussion about the current state of fashion writing.
It’s an open secret in the industry that advertising brands dictate editorial content, sometimes explicitly, often tacitly. Stories of reporters being banned from shows after unfavourable reviews belong to fashion folklore, but accounts of PR people demanding final approval of articles, interviews being cut short after an uncomfortable question and designers bringing their own recording devices to interviews are surprisingly common. What journalists tend to talk less about are the generous gifts sometimes bestowed upon us after a favourable article (sending it back would be rude, keeping it feels like an implicit understanding that more good copy will follow) or the difficulty many of us find when it comes to writing critically about someone you know and like (and will be bumping into at the next industry event).
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 7:00pm