Is This What Fashion Has Become? Harper’s Bazaar Cover Discussion

Let me be blunt: I don’t give a shit about these photos. However, this needs to be addressed.

 KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN BY KARL LAGERFELD FOR HARPER’S BAZAAR

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN BY KARL LAGERFELD FOR HARPER’S BAZAAR

 

Yesterday we ran a story highlighting Karl Lagerfeld’s Harper’s Bazaar September 2016 cover. Fashion photographer and Breed co-founder Melissa Rodwell commented with one word: Barf.

At first, when processing this story and going through it in my head, I felt the same sensation as Melissa; I just wanted to barf all over it. But then I realized how important this is to talk about.

Anna Wintour is often praised for how she transformed Vogue by paving way for the celebrities to grace their covers, and look where it has brought us.

This particular issue of HB includes Carine Roitfeld’s annual “Icons” fashion portfolio, which this year is headlined by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian – arguably the best players on the media coverage playing field.

The shoot in question is styled by Roitfeld, shot by Lagerfeld, run in Harper’s Bazaar.

Just stop and think about the previous sentence. (Life lesson: Question everything.)

Are the institutions to which we turned to for guidance and inspiration proving their irrelevance by further distancing them from fashion photography (/art) as we know and love it? Perhaps this is just the world anno 2016? Whether we like it or not would then become irrelevant. Or perhaps this is considered contemporary art by Harper’s Bazaar? A form of social commentary.

However, is this what we aspire to? I can only speak for myself, and my answer is a loud no. Anyone following my Monday Fixes would know that.

The internet was supposed to set us free. Instead computers have become four-figure wank machines. Fashion is following suit.

What’s your opinion? Let’s discuss.

Marius Troy