Saturday, May 19, 2007

Is Paris Passe?

Here is the finished product of my Journalism course. Of course I chose to write about fashion! Most of it is intentionally fabricated, so don't take offense. The quotes that are real will be highlighted in red.

Is Paris Passé? By Isabel B. S., Geek Gazette Reporter

Many fashion insiders are shocked and outraged, but editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman refuses to take back her proclamation that London is the new fashion capital of the world.

Critics agree that Paris, Milan and New York are taking nosedives while London rises like a phoenix out of the ashes of the fashion world. Shulman brazenly stated in a televised interview that “Paris is the past… London is the new hotspot of the world.” She says there is plenty of evidence to support her claim.

London’s fashion scene, which has seen its revenues rise from $6 billion in 2002 to $9 billion this year, is moving at the speed of light. Almost overnight, London has produced successful upcoming designers such as Christopher Kane and Gareth Pugh. Kane’s trademark design involves skintight neon mini-dresses and Pugh’s garments look more like Halloween costumes than clothing.

“I don’t come to London to see wearable clothes. I come for a different way of looking at things, people who think outside the box. We need this.” says American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

Britain is also producing unique new faces to model these wacky fashion creations. Lily Cole and Agyness Deyn are two young British models who have captured the eye of fashion followers for their atypical beauty. Cole and Deyn are among British youth being noted for their impeccable fashion sense on and off the runway.

Yvan, writer of the popular street-style blog, Face Hunter (, appreciates the fashion ingenuity he documents in London. In fact, Yvan recently relocated his address from Paris to London. “The City of Light is charming, but let’s face it, not a hotspot for fashion fodder…London…offers more diversity, plain craziness and cultural invention per square metre”, he wrote in an April 29 blog entry.

But Paris Vogue’s editor Carine Roitfeld refuses to acknowledge that Paris may be losing ground to London. Carine believes that “just because they’ve found a way to clash as many colours and patterns as possible does not mean London is a fashion capital. Whatever is happening across the pond is not revolutionary, it’s tasteless”. She also mentions that “as a fashion editor, I observe the ebbs and flows of the industry. It is the nature of fashion…London can’t compare to the true sophistication of Paris”.

Karl Lagerfeld, Head Director of Chanel has a strong opinion on the matter. “Paris is the best and will always be the best”, Karl says. “Chanel, Dior and Lanvin are classic and reliable labels from Paris and the demand for them is not declining. Sales at Chanel are as high as ever”.

Shulman’s statement has created a spat between the powerful trifecta of Vogue Editors; Shulman herself, Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld. Wintour has sided with Shulman, creating a rift between the two and Roitfeld. Roitfeld mentioned that her friendship with Shulman and Wintour will “not be continuing”.

Current London youth culture bears striking similarities to the legendary lore of the Swinging Sixties, when former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland brazenly stated in 1965 that “London is the most swinging city in the world right now”. London has certainly established itself as a fashion community brimming with vicious creativity, but does it define attitudes towards fashion in the 21st Century? As the popularity of vintage will attest, everything old is new again.


missc said...

hot damn!
that was pretty amazing.

Maddy said...

The last line ends the article very nicely. Well done.

discothequechic said...

wow, Isabel!

Fantastic job, I was kept engaged all the way through lol..

And I didn't know that about the Vogue editors rivalry. I always thought that Carine was so much cooler, but when the argument is about London, I'm not sure quite how deep my loyalties lie, haha.

Its very well written though, so well done!

S xx