In Tavi Gevinson‘s latest blog post she reflects on her last fashion week experience, the fashion fatigue she experienced (she couldn’t muster to strike up a conversation with Anna Wintour when she found herself seated next to the Vogue editrix at the Band of Outsiders show), and how New York fashion week felt “very high schooly” (this from the 14-year-old who is barely in high school).
She concludes her meandering, honest and rather poignant reflection by announcing that “my blog is turning away from fashion a little, naturally.” She continues, “How depressing would it be if I was that obsessed with only fashion for three years? That’s how old my blog will be in a few days. Strange.”
In between recounting sitting next to Anna Wintour (she describes the experience as unavoidably intimidating “even if you feel, as I did, like one of the only people in the room who isn’t after her job”) and her final pronouncement that her blog would shift away from its’ fashion focus, there’s a bit more about how she got to that place (beyond fashion’s “highschooliness” which is totally accurate about the industry):
Lately I’ve been looking to other places for a creative outlet and for inspiration. I miss following magazines and obsessively checking style.com the way I used to but something is different about it now. A year ago I got to go to Paris to interview John Galliano at Dior, and a couple weeks ago today he said he loved Hitler and got fired. Fashion photographs look more posed and the Rayanne Graffs I meet at school more inspiring. I only really miss being obsessed with fashion the way you miss any aspect of a former self, in a nostalgic way, not necessarily as part of a desire to go back.
Of course, Gevinson is slated to work with Jane Pratt on her newest venture, so her voice will still be present in lady media even if it is less fashiony. But whatever Gevinson does from here she’s made an indelible mark on the fashion world. Her presence at shows (especially when in the front row and wearing a giant view-blocking Stephen Jones bow hat) was often divisive. But she’s the reason a lot of people know what a blog is, she’s articulate and honest, and she’s one of the first personal style bloggers to have been truly embraced by the industry. Now maybe she can experience real high school instead of fashion high school. It will probably be more fun.