I thought a couple of posts in other places that I saw mentioned in tweets were interesting. @unbelragazzo points out
that Apparel Arts was a commercially driven publication that encouraged rapid turnover in annual styles.@dopey
responded by referring to an old post of his on the London Lounge
in which he argued that the key difference between Apparel Arts-era fashions and today is that the style arbiters of the past were the prominent men who wore the clothes, rather than the designers. So there was a greater emphasis on what complemented the individual wearing the clothes (since that was the guiding principal of the people wearing the clothes) instead of what would benefit the people designing the clothes. This contributes to the fashion cycle becoming faster and the clothing becoming more disposable.
Anyhow, I'm paraphrasing their arguments, but it's worth the time to read their posts (particularly's dopey's). It's a nice reminder of how there are some great posts in the London Lounge archive (as well as the StyleForum and Ask Andy archives), which I think was more likely when a higher share of members had personal experience with bespoke and/or traditional style.