Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Blame it on Tom Ford, with his super-secret celebrity-modeled, exclusive-to-long-lead-editors intimate fashion presentation last New York Fashion Week. Ford seems to have touched a nerve with fashion editors all over the world—editors who were already disgruntled with The Fashion System. Fashion week has descended into a circus of editors, buyers, reporters, assistants, hoards of celebrities, their entourages, hanger-ons, and crashers—making going to bigger shows a gigantic mess. All for what? The Telegraph reports:
"Sometimes I think, why do I have to go to a show?" Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld mused to the New York Times this week. "Half an hour driving, half an hour waiting, seeing the show, then half an hour back. And when I get back, I see the show on the internet."· Have catwalk shows reached the end of the runway [Telegraph]
Renowned fashion writer Suzy Menkes seemed to concur, stating: "There is a general feeling that after a quarter of a century of catwalk shows, with zombie-faced models walking up and down, with no interaction between clothes and audience, this system is coagulating fashion blood rather than making pulses race."