>> Designers are really starting to sound off on bloggers — Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been plastered all over the place after seating four bloggers in their Spring 2010 front row; Gabbana told the Wall Street Journal: "It's the future. How many young customers don't read newspapers — they read blogs!" Alber Elbaz recently admitted that he's "really scared of bloggers," and it sounds like Christopher Kane tends to agree. He told Vogue UK:
“It’s a bit mad, isn’t it? It feels like it’s happened all of a sudden and at some shows this season the front row was just all bloggers. I think it will die down though, and people know what they are doing. No one who wants to read a serious review of a show is going to look at what a 14-year-old thinks. But it has become more critical; people can say what they want about anyone on a blog without consequences and that’s quite scary. There are real repercussions for a designer if a photo of something is leaked by a blog; it can be copied in a fortnight and that can really harm a business. You have to be much more careful now.”
On Versus, Lara Stone, and the rest of the media »
But he's not anti-media.
“Sometimes you read someone’s interpretation of a collection and just go 'What?!,' but that’s good, I think — I like that different people have a different take to what we maybe meant. The spring/summer collection with the checks meant people referenced milkmaids and little Dutch girls — I like it! It makes me imagine Lara Stone wearing it! We’ve generally been very lucky though, the media tend to be pretty kind.”
Don't expect to see those checks again, though.
“I started with one idea for my first collection and then changed it for the second collection — not deliberately, just because I get bored easily. So then everyone expected me to do something new the next season as well. There is a pressure to reinvent each year and not to disappoint anyone. I think if I did checks again next year it might not go down too well, but I wouldn’t want to anyway.”
Kane just finished work on the Fall 2010 Versus collection — "I’m still really enjoying working with Versace" — but as for having his own branded stores . . .
“I think that is well down the line for us, to be honest. It’s a dream, of course, but it’s a while away. I really love the way we do things just now. We have a small number of really amazing stockists who we work with — and we’ve built relationships with people we really trust. Having said that, I hate to see my stuff in stores! I don’t know why, it’s weird, I know, but it just really hate it. Even stores I love like Barneys in New York — I can’t look!”