I’m so thankful that a few other “original gangster” fashion bloggers are still blogging away, just like me. I share a decade-long history with people like Judith from Style Crone and Sheila from Ephemera. Those mutual memories are treasures, as illustrated by Sheila after she watched my recent video about designer Patrick Kelly
The video included my 2008 appearance on WWD’s worst-dressed page, clad in a leopard-print Kelly dress …
… and Sheila reminded me that in 2011, she’d invited bloggers to show her wearing their leopard print, and dedicated the post to me, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Leopard.”
This was a response to my Feb. 22, 2011, in which I mused about wearing the “disaster area” leopard dress to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party. Six days later, the always-encouraging Sheila had links to over two dozen bloggers decked out in leopard. Naturally, that dispelled any doubt I had about re-wearing my own dress for a big occasion.
These days, you could probably round up a leap of leopard lovers in less than an hour on Twitter, but eight years ago, something like this required a strong network of bloggers all interacting with each other in the comment sections of blogs. A couple of months later, I took “Leopard Week” and its participants to the Huffington Post (with credit going to Sheila, of course).
That was the second of several fashion-blogger photo galleries I did for Huffington Post. The others were:
- Red legs, 2011.
- Maxi skirts, 2011.
- Mullets, 2011 — and WOW! My comment about mullet haircuts is further proof that “Never Is the Next New Thing™.”
- Snake print and color blocking, 2011. What can I say? They trended at the same time.
- Houndstooth, 2011.
- Peplums, 2011.
- Denim shirts, 2012
- Sheer clothes, 2012
- Neon and pastel, 2012
- Chic sneakers, 2012
The complete list of my Huffington Post articles is here — the last one I did was in 2015. A lot has changed since then. Now Huffington Post is “HuffPost” and random people like myself aren’t given free rein to blog (for free) about what other bloggers are wearing. In fact, I need to figure out a way to download these stories before they disappear in the next evolution.
Anyway, this makes me miss a lot of people! If you were an OG blogger and we’ve fallen out of touch, say hi in the comments or Twitter or Instagram or even the evil empire I call SpaceNook! That’s how much I want to hear from you.