Battling for the Position of Arbiter of Style

Bloggers have changed the fashion industry, gaining influence and altering the way style filters down through consumers. A thoughtful new piece from Quartz addresses recent slights from both fashion industry editors and the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus regarding the importance—or, in their opinion, negative impact—of opening the doors of fashion to those without a long-standing platform. On one end, the statements reflect the continued struggle for influence in the sphere while the other end makes note of department stores inability to keep up with the instantaneous nature of bloggers. Either way, it looks like the older institutions must continue to adapt because likes, regrams and shares seem to stipulate a more democratic future.