Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending a talk with the French blogger Garance Dore, who was being interviewed by her talented beau Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. It was a creative, intimate and interesting talk and I was very happy I went. I had been feeling tired and cranky and contemplated staying home, and then when the trains were rerouted and I had to walk from eighth avenue to the east side I was REALLY wishing I had stayed home. But once I was seated my mood improved and I had quite the enjoyable night. Well at the end of the talk they opened the floor to take questions from the audience. Some of the questions were expected, some were insightful and some were…well—annoying. One member of the audience asked Garance how she and Scott handled creative competitiveness and jealousies with one another. Hmmm well they are on stage together, conducting an interview together…hmm…I let that one slide. Garance of course answered the question with her usual quirky charm. Then another member of the audience asked her if she felt obligated to speak about things like politics and world events on her blog. OK, this one pissed me off. I am sorry, what? My first thought was “Do you even read her blog?” my second was “How arrogant” and the third was “Why should she?” If she wants to that is fine, if not, that is fine too. She is an illustrator, a photographer and a fashion and lifestyle blogger, her blog and her work does not involve politics. Why is that no one ever thinks to ask a political blogger if they feel obligated to speak about fashion? Or a sports blogger if they feel obligated to speak about politics on their blog. How do you feel about this? Do you feel fashion bloggers have any obligations besides following the FCC discloser guidelines? And what about fashion in general?
Background image via Garance Dore front panel image via The Sartorialst