I must admit I laughed out loud when I heard that Seth Meyers, the host of the recent CFDA awards, joked that Karl Lagerfeld was working on a TV show called “Are you fatter than a fifth grader?” But other than that, the night resulted in tears, and has done nothing but further support the fact that the fashion industry is becoming a total and utter farce.
And the irony here is that the CFDA stands for the Council of the Fashion DESIGNERS of America. DESIGNERS. Not celebrities who wear nice clothes. Not actresses who have loads of money and can afford to hire a great design team and create a brand which will automatically be famous because they are celebrities.
It is totally beyond me that the CFDA awarded Ashley & Mary Kate Olsen the womenswear designer of the year award for The Row. Have the people behind the CFDA lost their minds? Have they forgotten what it is like to study fashion, to work hard in their career in order to achieve success in the fashion industry? I think they have. Because if they remembered how difficult it is to train to be a fashion designer and how much work is involved to establish oneself, then they certainly would not have given the award to two girls who used their child actress fame and fortune to take the short cut to establish a brand, without actually ever training as fashion designers. It was a sad, sad day in the world of fashion, and makes me feel silly to be in the fashion world.
One more thing annoyed me. The media award given to Scott Schuman and Garance Doré. If creating a blog (or two blogs) that essentially publish the same few photos over and over and over again deserves you a media ward, then I am embarrassed to be a part of the media. But I would award Scott Schuman on his incredible talent to big himself up in the press. I think that is why he probably got the award, he goes around telling everyone how much money he makes, and people are lead to think he is a genius. That is one thing he is very good at. However, taking the same street style photo over again and again and again is not the work of a genius.
p.s. Am I the only one who thinks that 99% of the readers of The Sartorialist are either people looking for photos of themselves or their friends, or bloggers who make lame comments and then add their blog url to the bottom of the blog in hopes of driving some traffic their way?
p.p.s. THIS is what the Olsen twins are famous for. AND THE CFDA TAKES THEM SERIOUSLY?!?!?