Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends, the Justin, has just written the most entertaining and informative article about the street style blogs.
[A]n exciting new development is making it easier than ever to follow the look of the man (and woman) on the street. Made possible by faster Internet access and cheaper digital photography, street-fashion blogs have sprung up all over the world, and they are quickly proliferating.
The best of these sites capture the joys of people-watching and offer an experience that’s more like lounging on a park bench than flipping through a fashion magazine. For one thing, the blogs aren’t label-conscious: Few identify the brands worn, and not one mentions the prices paid. Their subjects also tend to be dressed casually, with few business suits or cocktail outfits in sight. Even better, many of the subjects are actually smiling—quite a faux pas in the fashion world, which still demands the scornful, stricken look that traces back to Lord Byron.
The Manolo loves the street style blogs for exactly the reasons that the Justin has cited, because they display what the real peoples are really wearing. The best of them show us that super fantastic style it is not merely the province of the rich and powerful.
Here is another portion of the article which the Manolo believes to be most wise.
But ultimately these blogs should strengthen the leveling and decentralizing forces that continue to dismantle the once dominant fashion pyramid. The time is long past when a few couturiers could dictate international style from the heights of Paris. Thanks to the growing popularity of this new medium, it seems likely that a leaderless multitude will increasingly influence fashion from the ground—or rather, pavement—up.
Of the course, it is not the secret that the Manolo should agree with this, as he has on many occasions in the past spoken about the trend towards the greater democratization of the fashion.