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Michelle Honig

Freelance Fashion Writer and Contributing Writer and Editor, The Forward — Freelance, The Forward
Covers:  Fashion, Culture, TV

Unconventional layering acolyte. Words @vogue, @racked @observer @fashionista @bustle. Style Writer @jdforward Send tips honig@forward.com. Views are my own

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Freelance reporter, currently covering fashion and entertainment. Specializes in fashion history and criticism.

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@BinkleyOnStyle And you have done an amazing job of it — as a young fashion journo myself, you and your contemporaries’ work have been hugely influential on my own. Which is why I was surprised by your assertion that you don’t see yourself as a fashion critic.
@BinkleyOnStyle I agree with this. But shouldn’t that warrant a follow-up critique then? Not to classify it as good or bad, necessarily, but a critique on its salability, on its impact on visual culture, on whether it’s just “stuff” in an increasingly crowded market.
@BinkleyOnStyle True — which is why runway reviews can seem superficial in that sense. But the experience of clothing isn’t just based on the self; it is also about the exterior, how it is read by others in the context of society
@BinkleyOnStyle It’s not about “influencing” a consumer to buy. If anything, it’s more closely aligned with art criticism in that sense
@BinkleyOnStyle For fashion, the purpose of criticism is contextualize, to explain the cultural zeitgeist through the lens of fashion. When a designer presents a bad or boring collection, yet the individual pieces are salable, a good critic would note that.
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