When Fashion Bites the Hand That Feeds itPosted: June 2, 2009
One of the big players and a daily stop for me is the Style Bubble blog written by the lively and inspiring Susie Bubble. Susie is one of the most influential fashion bloggers there is and is highly regarded in the fashion blogosphere and the industry in general for her experimental style and new talent radar, bringing to attention many new names in fashion before they hit the big time. She blogs for love, not money and her reach has extended out of the internet and into “real life” as she has been featured in several magazines and newspapers.
So imagine my surprise when I log onto her blog this afternoon and see this post where she tells us she has had to remove a blog entry she did last week where she posted pics of herself taken in a Pam Hogg store, wearing a Pam Hogg catsuit. Apparently it appears that Pam Hogg who doesn’t allow images of her clothing to be “represented in an uncontrolled environment“, took offence to the images and deemed them “bad publicity”. You can see a couple of the images here…
Now I know that Susie and her boyf were goofing around throwing kung fu moves and didn’t buy anything, but the space that they are in is a helluvalot bigger than a fitting room so if someone was opposed to the pictures being taken why wasn’t something said at the time? SOMEONE must have been around. Also, how is this publicity bad? Susie never said anything negative about the catsuits and the pic of her boyfriend wearing one is just funny, not BAD.
For those that don’t know, Pam Hogg is a UK designer who was first popular in the 80’s and is now making a comeback to the mainstream. The years have rolled by but it looks like Pam Hogg’s head is still stuck in the 80’s power hungry mindset and seems to be unaware that this is the internet age. The internet rules and bloggers wield much influence in all industries so why did she get her knickers in such a twist over the photos? Pam Hogg was duly credited as creator of the catsuit and owner of the shop within which the photos were taken so why get all arsey? Also, Pam Hogg was quite controversial back in the day so why the more conservative stance now? How can you create a collection of space cadet catsuits (and wear them yourself at a mature age) and still take yourself so overly seriously? WHY? WHY? WHY? The whole thing has left Susie feeling quite low and she recounts that shes not felt that way since she was 13 and got thrown out of a designer store for not looking like their prefered clientele. Personally I think Susie should have kept the photos up as they are her own pictures and Pam Hogg (the lady herself and her PR team) have no right to ask her to remove the images. Then again- maybe she did the right thing…. yes, remove the pics so that P.H can have some bad publicity of her own to choke on.
Well Pam Hogg, hows this for representation in an uncontrolled environment?
I think I’ve cheated myself out of around 3lbs here as my knees are fatter than that.