#1769 And this is when you know that a journalist didn’t do enough research in their story

Photo: Nicola Formichetti’s Blog

“Among the other designers to reap the rewards of the unusually scrutinised fashion week was the Italian-Japanese designer Nicola Formichetti, who counts Lady Gaga among her fans and was widely congratulated for her debut collection for Thierry Mugler.” This quote comes from yesterday’s Guardian, in a fashion story labelled: John Galliano scandal puts spark back into Paris fashion week: Dior designer’s indiscretion may have hit the big names, but the minnows see a silver lining. Last time I checked, Nicola Formichetti was very much a man. But I’ve been wrong before. (Prettiest girl ever! Or so I thought.)

To be fair, this was most probably a mistake in the editing department, but still funny. And the article did give us some other genius quotes, including this one on the John Galliano scandal:

“The intrigue, bar-room brawls and court proceedings brought a new dynamic and will have created renewed interest in fashion,” she said. “The scandals gave the whole business a shot of adrenaline, including for the business side. It wasn’t bad news for the French fashion industry at all.”


“It allowed fashion writers to get back to what they used to do, being proper journalists writing about fashion news rather than giving a critique of clothes as though they were talking about movies and art,” Thomas said. “It had become so boring writing about clothes, which can be pretty and interesting but not the most intellectual pursuit ever known. I mean, at the end of the day a pencil skirt is just a pencil skirt.”

I concur.


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  1. Lois says

    I think Dana Thomas is way off the mark with this last quote.

    It’s not about trying to find new ways to describe a pencil skirt. That’s what consumer minded, uncreative reviewers do. It’s about reviewing collections as if, yes, they are movies or art. Fashion might not be as “intellectual” as fine art, but it is still a design form.
    And I know I’m not yet bored reading about the clothes. Are Tim Blanks’ reviews boring? Cathy Horyn’s? Hilary Alexander’s? Tavi Gevinson’s?
    I read what fashion writers have to say because I am interested in FASHION. Not the gossip that is associated with the fashion world. Sure, industry gossip can be interesting and at times enlightening, but it’s just a background to what everyone really cares about, and that’s the collections themselves.

    At the end of the day a pencil skirt is just a pencil skirt, but put on the runway or part of a shoot and it becomes part of a larger artistic vision, for someone to enjoy as they would a movie, a painting or a well-designed chair.

    And on a final note, Dana Thomas wants fashion writers to be “proper journalists”? Well first of all, she’s missing the point entirely about what fashion writers aim to do, and second of all, one fashion news headline in a hundred is going to make a ‘proper newspaper’, which is where, as we all know, “proper journalists” live.

  2. says

    Haha! But admittedly the first time I read about Nicola I thought HE was a SHE too! It was because of the name— NICOLA. I even headlined my article The WOMAN Behind Lady Gaga!!! Haha

    But thankfully a few minutes later I decided to googled Nicola and to my horror I quickly edited my article. Well lesson learned if it’s the first time you heard of someone GOOGLE them…

  3. Melinda says

    Ha, a bit like the time that Vanity Fair ran a little news piece about an upcoming exhibition on the work of “brothers” Charles and Ray Eames.

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