Are Our Crappy iPhone Photos Ruining Fashion?


Listen up, fashion fans: One writer has had about enough of our subpar iPhone photography. Mark C. O’Flaherty writes on The Business of Fashion today that all those blurry runway photos and weirdly tilted Twitpics we can't wait to post may actually be seriously harming fashion. Such power we hold in our hands.
Calling the proliferation of smartphone snaps the "blown out, blurred flipside of fashion’s digital revolution," O’Flaherty makes some cogent (and hilarious) points about why we all scramble to post even the crummiest fashion photos to our Instagrams. Such as, ahem, this writer's pic from the Karen Walker show above — not exactly Irving Penn-worthy, we admit.
According to O’Flaherty, our digital snaps are basically braggy, electronic postcards proclaiming, "Look, y'all, I'm somewheres fancy!" Anyone who's suffered through the feed of a showgoer who insists on posting the invite, the line outside, and their seat number can attest to that. And, O’Flaherty asserts that we actually diminish designers' hard work with our hasty snaps. You wouldn't serve a $50 steak on a Dixie plate, so why photograph Dries with a Droid? ...Or, we suppose the logic goes.
Most interestingly, O’Flaherty insists that our urgency to publish our postcards is due not only to fashion's maniacal encouragement of all things #socialmedia — it's also because a lot of showgoers are deeply bored by fashion. And, it's true that for all the bloggers, socialites, and other assorted guests who don't need to really evaluate the collection, a phone snap may be a way to engage with the experience and, well, have something to do among all the actual journalists jotting in their notebooks.
Click over to BoF to see O’Flaherty's full piece — it's definitely worth the read. And, let us know in the comments: Will you continue to debase fashion with subpar snaps? Full disclosure: We probably will. In the meantime, Apple better get some faster lenses on these iPhones, and quick — the fate of luxury houses worldwide may depend on it. (The Business of Fashion)

More from Fashion

Don't worry — Kate Middleton just can't seem to let go of her favorite boots either. The Duchess wore a pair of Penelope Chilvers long tassel boots in ...
Whether you know what they are or not, chances are you've seen (and laughed at) them: Memes have infiltrated the internet, making the posts in our ...
While most people count down the days until holidays, vacations, or birthdays, my calendar fills with red X’s until it’s finally fall. From leaves changing...
Meet Lulu Bonfils: artist, model, Instagram champ, and all around cool girl stomping on pre-determined model rules in sick combat boots
Nothing gets us rethinking our entire aesthetic like changing seasons. As soon as the fall equinox rolls around, it's back to the drawing board to narrow ...
Who needs words these days with so many emoji keyboards to choose from — and to do the talking for us? On the heels of Kimoji, ChyMoji, and all the other -...
This post was originally published on April 22, 2016. Like mom jeans, it's a little funny when a stereotype sparks a fashion obsession. And while it took ...
(Paid Content) Though the temps are still doing that awkward dance between summer and fall, we're already dreaming of sweater weather and itching to scoop ...
From heading straight to the men’s section to memorizing the company’s delivery schedule, every dedicated shopper seems to have their own tips and tricks ...
This post was originally published on July 28th, 2016. The business-casual dress code is one of the most difficult to define, and that might have ...
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton recently stopped by Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns and made a poignant observation about the ...
This story was originally published on September 7, 2016. Each time fashion season arrives, there's somehow more up in the air than seasons past. It ...
Let's say you're Beyoncé. Let's say your daughter is Blue Ivy. Let's say you have to, for whatever reason, attend a football game. Let's say you have a ...
This post was originally published in March 2016. You've done the research, talked to some friends about it, and decided it's time to quit fast fashion ...