Fashion Week on Twitter Gives You Front-Row Coverage, in Real Time
Skip the lines, the hassle, the irritated guest list protectors, the paparazzi, the underfed and the overdressed. Fashion Week in New York is a rollicking good time, as long as you aren't actually there. Thanks to Twitter, though, blooming fashionistas don't actually have to show up. Media outlets ranging from Racked.com to the New York Times have finally started to use the micro-blogging site for what it does best: live reporting done on the scene. Certain sites use camera phones and professional photographers to upload and tweet pictures ASAP, while others dish the insider gossip the moment it occurs. So, instead of waiting in line, traipsing around in impossible heels, or sitting too far away to see anything, check out our guide to the best (and wittiest) fashion tweeters covering the event. (Shameless advertisement: The author also prides herself on decent, if not downright enlightening, coverage, as well.)
Best Photos: A mixture of actual photography and front-row, cell-phone snapping, Lucky Magazine tweets the best images of previews and parties, like the first glimpse of the Christian Siriano shoes for Payless and a gaggle of Real Housewives.
Best Reporting: Leave it to the New York Times Style section to spout up-to-the-minute micro-reviews with inspiration and insight. The tweets usually link back to the site itself, but the constant updating is always clean, well written, and immediate.
Most Realistic: The Refinery29 crew seems to be everywhere, largely because the young, hilarious, and energetic writers all tweet under the Refinery handle. Their tweets seem the most authentic of them all, though, especially when one writes, "Sorry fashion parties but survey says house parties could whoop your ass in a thumb wrassling match any day," or another tweets about getting denied interviews next to Vogue's Anna Wintour.
Most Insider-Friendly and Gossip-Worthy: Another NYTimes site, The Moment, ties New York magazine's Racked.com for pairing pics with tidbits about A- and B-listers seen at the events. Racked has a ton of good, snarky comments, while The Moment just assumes everyone is invited to pal around with Lady Gaga and Madonna.
Best Front Row Coverage: Women's Wear Daily is to fashion what the Wall Street Journal is to finance (or Engadget is to technology), so its succinct, everywhere-and-everyone style doesn't dish or diss, but instead covers the basic front-row factoids and responses (like Kelly Rowland after the Kanye fiasco).