Friday, December 13, 2013

NYFW Street Style: Hanneli Mustaparta, Outside Thakoon

I haven't had much to say these last couple of weeks, and I apologize for that. It's the end of the term at Drexel, and I've been too swamped with work to write anything of value. So I figured I'd let my images speak for themselves for once. As if images could do that. 

Here is Hanneli Mustaparta. Regular street style blog readers will recognize her immediately. She's a Norwegian blogger, photographer, stylist, and formal model, but most of all, she's a street style icon, popping up in various guises throughout the street style blogosphere. I've already written at length on this blog about street style icons, their peculiar sort of fame, and the way they negotiate their celebrity on the sidewalks of Fashion Week. All that applies here as well, and I don't have much to add to the discussion at the moment. But it is worth pondering, once again, what makes a street style subject into an "icon." How many times does one have to be photographed before they become an icon? And how widely does one have to be recognized? Is a street style icon a fashion icon? Or is their icon status confined solely to the street style blogosphere? Is this iconicity transferable to other realms? Is it convertible to currency? Or is its value wholly contextual, good for street style and nothing else? 

I, for one, am inclined to think of street style iconicity as something of a stepping stone to fashion iconicity. In itself, it is of little value. But once it gains one access to the closed doors of the fashion industry, well that's a different story.   

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.