In today’s New York Times, Eric Wilson’s article on designer Eric Gaskins and his blog The Emperor’s Old Clothes (emperorsoldclothes.blogspot.com) is sure to have everyone talking. Gaskins is one of those names you’ve heard over the years but you may not be familiar with his designs or identity. Several months ago Gaskins has taken to writing under the nom de plume Fluff Chance on his blog that has a tag line “a cold blooded, no holds bar, unapologetic take on the glamorous underbelly of fashion,” which as you may suspect skewers several names in the industry. Now that Gaskins business has folded, he has taken the bold step to reveal his identity which has opened a Pandora’s box.
I wasn’t aware of the Gaskins’ blog but I quickly brushed up by checking out some of his postings and what I can say is that fashion needs more like him to challenge this incestuous system whose gatekeepers create rules not unlike that of the pecking order you’d find in high school.
A few quotes from Gaskins:
On the recent CFDA awards: “alexander wang just flies right over my head or past it. it’s the most flagrant , grandiose mediocrity.”
On Bravo’s Fashion Show: “Isaac, Kelly (whoever you are) and Fern, you should all apologize to the viewing audience. One cannot squeeze caviar from a slug. This menu are slugs served 10 different ways, and none are palatable or remotely yummy.
On the recent MET gala:
“BIG BOO BOO. This of course was mentioned in the New York Times blog” On The Runway” by Cathy Horyn. It’s not like they forgot to include Zac Posen or Proenza Schouler, but the giant of design Alaia. Well there will be hell to pay and this debt will take some time to work off. What could Ms. Wintour and her minions, especially her Go-To Girl Alexandra Kotur NOT have been thinking? With the air so thin on Mount Olympus where they frolic, someone must have had a brain fart. I can safely say that an unpleasant odor will settle on this town for some time to come.” He continues, “Perhaps it’s because Alaia doesn’t buy ad pages in Vogue….Maybe LVMH, the exhibition’s sponsor has a bone to pick, though I doubt it. I’d say it’s early senility on the part of Conde Nast , it’s irreproachable Editor and a support staff that only knows the words Brilliant and Yes.
A new phrase they should add to their lexicon should be ” S***, did we ever F*** Up…..”
Whether or not you agree with Gaskins and his take on the industry, it’s hard to ignore that he’s criticizing things other are too fearful to tackle. Call it sour grapes, or “a little box of bitterness,” as Gaskins refers to himself. But no doubt he’s saying a lot of the things others will only mumble under their breaths.