Sometimes we're a little hard on fashion blogs, especially ones that are little more than narcissism masquerading as outfit inspiration or, even worse, "street style." While fashion blogs several years ago were an exciting new, frontier that democratized an industry largely based on how many degrees separated you from Anna Wintour, today most blogs are thinly veiled advertising, and derivative at that. But people (us included!) love pretty pictures of beautiful clothes so fashion blogs remain with new ones cropping up everyday, making it difficult to find ones worth your time.
Part Nouveau, a new blog that puts historical context to fashion trends, is one that should be at the top of your reading list, especially if you're interested in fashion as it relates to culture more than consumerism. The author is a graduate of fashion history and compares current trends and fashion photography to the art and historical events that inspire today's hottest fashion trends. In a world that touts words like "latest," "new," and "greatest," hourly, this blog recognizes the cyclical, derivative nature of fashion and creativity in general.
It's the best of both worlds—gorgeous fashion photography and historical context—and a must-read for anyone interested in what's going on today in fashion.
Our favorite is the entry that proves street style, is in fact, nothing new.
Check out more over at Part Nouveau!