7 reasons African fashion brands should be nice to bloggers
Fashion Brand Tashkaya have such a lovely blog filled with really interesting snippets for you to chew over. I like where she is going with this article, SA fashion labels need to start taking a little notice of the force behind local bloggers and showing us some support because we are only getting stronger:) What do you think?
In the fashion world bloggers are rising to prominance as a force to be reckoned with. For some reason African and South African fashion brands in particular still seem to treat them as second class citizens. We think this is a mistake, and here are a few reasons why we think so.
1. 40% of the press at New York Fashion Week are bloggers.
According to Reuters the presence of online media at fashion week has grown more than 20% over the last six months. This means that of the 3, 600 members of press present, nearly 40% are fashion bloggers.
2. Major fashion brands are inviting them to shows.
Designers like Carl Lagerfeld and John Galliano are inviting bloggers to their shows. In some cases they are even paying all costs to fly the bloggers to the show. If top end designers are doing this, don’t you think it’s time you start being nice to your local fashion blogger?
3. In the USA fashion bloggers are becoming very popular.
Blogs like Style Bubble are getting up to 25 000 hits a day. While some bloggers have tens of thousands of twitter followers. If this isn’t enough to make you sit up and notice then I don’t know what is.
4. Bloggers are now judges for CFDA
For the first time ever bloggers have been invited to be judges for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This is a landmark event for the fashion blogging industry. It is an indicator of the power and influence that is moving into the hands of fashion bloggers.
5. Traditional fashion editors are loosing control
Just like the film and music industry is struggling to come to grips with the fact that the internet has made them largely irrelivant; the fashion editorial industry is loosing much of it’s power. In the good (or bad depending on your point of view) old days fashion editors could control what and who the public sees. With the advent of the internet and growth of fashion blogs this power is now gone.
6. Enthusiasm = Influence
Everybody knows that the thing that sells clothes is enthusiasm and passion; not knowledge. The average person out there doesn’t care about technical details and high-brow descriptions of the “silhouette” and “architectural lines” of a garment. On the other hand, having somebody who clearly loves clothes recommend an item they love carries much more weight. Bloggers mostly do this because they love clothes and fashion, yes some of them make money from their blogs, but they only make money because they are passionate about what they do.
7. The rest of the world lags behind the USA
This might be the most important reason to start building relationships with local bloggers. The developing world runs 3-4 years behind the states when it comes to the adoption of internet trends. This means that before long all the major local brands will be beating a path to the door of your favorite blogger. Shouldn’t you be there first?
We have created a page to list the top South African bloggers. We hope this will become a place to showcase the talents of the top bloggers in this country. Have a look and support their blogs.
Do you agree that fashion blogging has the power to shape the fashion landscape?