“In my new position as international Vogue editor, here is my mantra: no bitching,” writes Suzy Menkes in her inaugural column for Vogue UK. Menkes proceeds to shame the so-called “bitch brigade,” an all-inclusive term she uses to describe mean designers and critics, Twitter hags, and internet commenters. Here’s a few quotes excerpted:
“The internet shows the ugly face of fashion criticism. If there is something mean to be said in 140 characters, there is always someone ready to dish the dirt about the ill-fitting haute frock or the wobbly super-high heels… What’s to be done, as the race to the bottom careers downwards at breakneck speed? I find dispiriting not the harping criticism itself, but the concept that no one can dare to be different, if he/she wants to avoid the e-worst dressed list. I am all for fashion diversity, not dictatorship; for rejoicing, not carping…. You only have to look at TMZ and the responses to its “we gotta ask” questions to realise that bitchiness is a sugar rush…”
Amen, Ms. Menkes. But can we agree with all that and still watch “Fashion Police”? Joan has turned mean into an art form.
(via, Vogue UK)