Originally Posted by Mauro
I am not a huge fan of the internet unless porn is involved. I think the internet is runing fashion and stiffling a lot of peoples creativity. It's a slap in the face for the truly creative people out there that their product is being knocked off and sold before the original creators collection is made.
Is the Internet truly ruining fashion or is it simply ruining fashion as you
know and love it? The emergence of the Internet and "Fast Fashion" has increasingly caused fashion to become more "bottom up" as opposed to "top down". Stores like H&M, Zara, Forever 21, and Uniqlo are offering the average person more fashionable & well fitting looks at a reasonable price than what was previously available. For the average person, this can be viewed as a good thing. While these clothing outlets may often copy designs from higher end designers, as they grow bigger they will likely hire more in-house design talent and do more collaborations with famous designers (i.e. Uniqlo +J). Overtime such outlets have the potential to become more influential than just mere copycats. The situation nearly seems analogous to what has occurred in the stereo equipment marketplace over the last several decades. There used to be a large marketplace for somewhat higher end stereo equipment in the US. But as the marketplace became more globalized, Japanese electronics makers transformed the masses view of stereo equipment from something special into a passe thing that you buy for cheap at discount retailers such as Best Buy. Today the higher end stereo equipment marketplace still exists and has plenty of innovation, but it has become a niche area with higher end equipment and fewer customers. Many large cities that used to have numerous stereo shops now have only one or two such shops remaining. Anyway, I keep wondering if a similar trend is happening in fashion industry. Is there a trend towards these large fast fashion retailers grabbing an increasing share of the marketplace at the expense of the mid range designers? And if so, will there be a move towards fewer small shops which sell mostly higher end goods? Seems like an opportunity could exist for someone thinking about this in a more positive light.