Is The Writer's Strike Bad (Or Good!) For Fashion?

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We all know the writers strike is certainly affecting, well, the writers. And the studios. And us, since there's little to watch now, save The Sarah Connor Chronicles. But wouldn't you know? Those in the always narcissistic fashion industry is worried about how the strike impacts them. Says designer Phillip Lim on the absence of red-carpet creations: "It's about how it trickles down to retailers, how it trickles down to restaurants, how it trickles down to the community. They've got to work it out and get on with it. It's almost selfish to just keep on with the struggle." Uh, what does this have to do with restaurants? And seriously, who is Lim to call the writers "selfish"? Anyway, fashion writer Hadley Freeman is feeling pissy about the strike and fashion too, but for entirely different reasons.


Freeman, who writes for the Guardian, says that all the fuss about the awards shows getting canceled is supremely irritating, particularly because they have become such a huge part of the fashion industry. And she's even more irritated that fashion labels are up in arms about losing out on free advertising/potential revenue since they'll be denied the chance to dress, as Freeman puts it, some "Jessica RandomActress."

I have nothing but sympathy for all the makeup artists, fashion stylists and hairdressers (to say nothing of the nominees) who are missing their moments in the sun through the cancellation at the weekend of the Golden Globes - and possibly of next month's Oscars - due to the writers' strike... But this assumed importance of celebrity has been taken to such extremes in the fashion world......that the shows now seem to be more about the designer showing off which actresses and pop stars - and offspring thereof - they can get in the front row than the clothes on the runway...When designers start to value celebrities over actual customers, the clothes become more expensive, more impractical and seemingly more irrelevant than ever, as is increasingly the situation..... Now it often feels as if designers are tailoring their collections to pander to celebrity stylists and the paparazzi - which would at least explain the continuing popularity on the catwalks of crippling stilettos, minuscule dresses and other clothes designed for lifestyles based on maximum photo opportunities and minimal body fat....And surely it can only be to the good for the fashion world to be reminded, for at least one year, that celebrity endorsement is not the only happy ending.

Actually, we think that no celebrity endorsements is the happy ending. Less Kirsten Dunst for Miu Miu, more Miu Miu speaking for itself, please.

A Designer Explains the Effect of the Writer's Strike On Fashion [NYMag]

Dark Side of the Red Carpet [Guardian]



@hamsterpants: Amen. I'm a sound effects/dialogue editor for a couple of CBS shows. I'm now on unemployment. There's your trickle down effect, so please get your heads out of your asses. It's as simple as the fact that if there aren't any new shows coming in, then there is nothing to work on. Period. Not only is it putting union members out of work, but Axium, a payroll company for tons of businesses out here, just went bankrupt. Now I've got friends who work in reality (non-union) who have no clue when they'll receive their next paychecks.

Fuck fashion...they've dug their own grave, as far as I'm concerned. "Geez, we don't have the super rich to model our clothing for the mildly rich to help us get richer. Whaddya think we should do?!"

And please, everyone, stop sympathizing with the writers SO much. I mean, yes, they should not get screwed on internet residuals, but the leadership for the WGA is out of their goddamned minds. The leadership has taken already tough negotiations regarding residuals, and tried to add tons of even-harder-to-negotiate shit on top of it. It's an unspoken opinion among many of my colleagues that the Writers were hard-pressed to strike long before negotiations began. In fact, the head of the WGA backed out of early negotiations, despite the fact they were planning to turn their old contract on its head. The big, bad studios will always be that, but in my opinion (as well as many others'), the big, bad WGA is just as much at fault for general irresponsibility, disorganization, and the lack of understanding towards "bargaining."

P.S. I don't hate writers. I really don't. They've got every right to want to make more money, I suppose.....but in this woman's humble opinion, they should be storming the fucking castle gates and demanding certain heads of WGA West be replaced. WGA had their chance to take all the reality-based demands off the table, and now that the DGA is going ahead with negotiations, the WGA won't have a leg to stand on regarding its own demands.