1. Reactions to Amy Laroccaâ€™s profile of unlikely fashion mogul Jessica Simpson (â€œThe $1 Billion Girl,â€ February 21â€“28), and the cover photograph of Simpson sporting an enormous blonde blowout, suggest that there are few people more likable in the entire garment industry. â€œLookinâ€™ good, Jessica!â€ applauded Us Weeklyâ€™s website, taking a break from dissecting Simpsonâ€™s love life. â€œ[She] looks better than ever, touting super-duper teased hair and a svelte figure.â€ A range of outlets, from Time.com to People.com, highlighted (and hurrahed) her success. â€œThough in certain fashiony circles declaring your adoration of Jessica Simpson might be looked down upon, I donâ€™t care,â€ wrote blogger Girl With a Satchel. â€œSheâ€™s great.â€ Even our commenters (and some of them are just not usually very nice) were charmed. â€œI read this article fully intending to come up with something bitchy to say in the comments, but you actually made me kinda like her,â€ wrote one.
2. Readers were also enthusiastic, if more thoughtful, about Robin Givhanâ€™s examination of the fashion worldâ€™s relationship to race (â€œWhy Fashion Keeps Tripping Over Race,â€ February 21â€“28). â€œBrilliantly written and provocative,â€ wrote Carlene Thomas-Bailey on the Guardianâ€™s website. â€œAs a black journalist myself, I particularly liked the section where she describes what it is like to be the only black editor, publicist, or fashion designer in the room.â€ â€œGivhan is really on here; you should read the whole piece,â€ Jezebel agreed. â€œIf you really want to discuss why fashion keeps â€˜tripping upâ€™ over race, you have to discuss the impulses behind the fashion industry itself,â€ argued a nymag.com commenter. â€œOne only needs to look back in history and realize that the foundation of the fashion industry is irrevocably tied to the profit system, and therefore to the exploitation of human beings at any cost.â€ â€œI canâ€™t wait until the masses of plus-size, black, Hispanic women realize the power of their own voice and pocketbook,â€ added another. â€œI wonder why on earth should people expect fashion to be Ââ€˜diverseâ€™?â€ countered a third. â€œHigh fashion is exclusive. Itâ€™s for tall, thin people with lots of money.â€
3. As for the feature on blogger-Âromantics Scott Schuman and Garance DorÃ© (â€œThe Street Is Their Oyster,â€ February 21â€“28), some readers were delighted by the street-style photographers. â€œI was an avid reader of each of their blogs, and when I figured out that they were together, I fell in love,â€ wrote reader Beck Hickey. Others less so. â€œItâ€™s disgusting how controlling Scott is over Garance,â€ a commenter wrote. â€œSo off-putting to see Garance be so weak and so open about it. Def not a role model for a strong woman.â€ Another snarked, â€œSounds like a psychiatristâ€™s dream come true.â€
4. The fur-coat-and-bowler-hat ensemble Sean Lennon wore to Rebecca Minkoff’s runway show (for which he performed the music) earned him a highlight on the Cut blog—and some stinging rebukes from nymag.com commenters. “You’re trying too, too hard, mate,” wrote one. “It all looks so painfully contrived. Take it down a thousand, son.” Lennon himself took to the Cut to answer his critics: “It was my bloody job to dress crazy that day, and frankly I enjoyed it! I feel no need to apologize for dressing in a manner that you deem unacceptable for someone so despicable as myself. One need not be the most successful, or the most loved, or the most suave or the most handsome, just to wear a pink bow tie, a bowler, and an old coat. I will continue to make music and dress as I please. I wish you all luck in pursuing what must clearly be elevated and enlightened lifestyles.”
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