September 09, 2005

I am Fashion Girls interviewed by NY Times!

Today, New York Times published an article about fashion blogs: Online, Feisty Critics. And inside it, you can see plenty of I am Fashion inside: moi was interviewed and Barneys Girl was photographed!

However, the article didn't exactly give off the right impression of what I said, (actually my words were quite twisted.) Here are a few clarifications:

1. The article made it sound like we only ever critisize fashion, which is totally not true. We gush over fashion more than anyone we know, and sure we comment negatively about things every now and then, but anyone who reads our blog regualrly, or just a few posts will see that we mostly ooh & aah over the clothes, beauty, ads...!

2. The only 'commercial' thing we've done is give our darling readers a discount code to shop online. We most definitely knew that Jockey could have profited from it, (gees, we have studied Economics you know,) but we thought hey, maybe our readers would like special discount without waiting for sales. And it's not like we featured the right photo in the blog anyways!

3. Anyone who knows anything about business, or even simply from common sense will know that studying Accounting & Finance does not produce only "an accounting student." And thanks so much for making me sound so dumb -I feel like I'm in Legally Blonde!

4. In the interview, I distinctly remember saying that I am Fashion is NOT planning to go commercial or accept ads because it will affect our editorial direction, (and because the html involved will be too complicated for us!) So no, there are no "no obvious ads" in our blog -unless you think "my trusty eyeliner is MAC" is a "no obvious ad."

5. ALL the beauty products reviewed in this blog have definitely been used by us, (we probably also own the products.) And when we recommend beauty products to use to create a certain 'look' (see yesterday's post's on eyeliner and mascaras,) we have actually tried, own and love those products. If we're not happy about any of the products, then trust me, you'll hear from us!

Regardless, we're still MEGA-excited and happy to be mentioned in the Style section of a big, real newspaper. Barneys Girl and I celebrated this with one other friend by enjoying a tea buffet at Conrad Hotel -absolutely delicious!

Oh yes, and on a final note, today is the first day of New York fashion week (-can't wait to see the clothes for next season!) We'll be commenting on what we love and hate about the shows so come back soon! *Muah*


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9/09/2005 3:08 AM  
Blogger chick 'n chic said...

well done girls :) the article is great and don't worry, you don't look dumb :) i'm just a little sad that your identities were revealed, i kinda liked the mistery about it...but i guess that's ok :) congratulations!!

9/09/2005 3:31 AM  
Blogger la chipie said...

I been reading your blog for a long time but never wrote any comments , so congrats for making it into the ny times !

9/09/2005 4:29 AM  
Anonymous Fred from NYC said...

Congratulations! Say, would you mind making your site stats public? I wonder how the Times article affected the number of visitors you are getting.

9/09/2005 4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you guys used to go to island school right?

9/09/2005 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what does 'definately' mean, anyway?

9/09/2005 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous post "the article is great and don't worry, you don't look dumb"

even without having ever visited this site, i knew they were twisting the facts, to fit you girls into the mold of "trendy dumb girls."

it was all too obvious when they stressed "Ms. Fok, an accounting student."

when i read that, i said, oh please, even NON accounting students know that. did the nytimes think we were retarded?

9/09/2005 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhh it was an amazing article! I'm in glee the entire day. You're brilliant. Don't worry about a thing. We here are celebrating with you. Don't mind the critics. They are jealous.


9/09/2005 8:07 AM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

thanks for all the support and well wishes everyone! It means a lot to us to know you guys are out there and know the truth.

I'd also like to thank Pete (the photographer)for taking such a fabulous picture. It was a lot of fun shooting with u!

anonymous: thanks for pointing out the typo, already fixed!

9/09/2005 8:45 AM  
Blogger guccibuyer said...

barney's girl? please. if that's your idea of looking good, then you have a long way to travel. look at yourself in the mirror before typing your next self-involved blog. the world is filled with fashion wannbees, you just happened to get a little press...
enjoy your 3 minutes of fame.

9/09/2005 9:59 AM  
Blogger guccibuyer said...

barney's girl, please.

9/09/2005 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there can't be a blog more vain, self centered and downright shallow. Good job girls

9/09/2005 11:57 AM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

guccibuyer: I agree, I have definitely taken better photos in my life before. But I do so think that the angle and the way the photo is taken is so completely fabulous and artistic, don't you? A non-photographer can definitely not do that with a normal digital camera-the reflection of the mirror and all that.

anonymous: thanks for your compliment!Only those who are truly vain cares for the opinion of those they don't care for ;)

9/09/2005 12:29 PM  
Anonymous pinksundrops said...

My comment turned into an email, so check your email :) !

I'll just leave this... Oooooh I am SOOOO excited to FINALLY see a picture of one you :) and I am SO not disappointed. TOTALLY cute picture, I love the angle. And of course you look completely fashionable, BG, and gorgeous to boot. Okay, now, Harrods Girl :) .

What they had to say is totally not what you are, I wouldn't read you guys if you were! But getting the word out there is going to bring the people to you who will see what you truly are and appreciate you for it just as I do.

9/09/2005 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you guys looked bad at all... New York Times!!.. Congrats..

plus... isn't any press good press? lol.

9/09/2005 1:15 PM  
Blogger pinksundrops said...

LOL I wrote that comment before I read the rest of the comments. People are so funny, you guys have such big hearts to not just delete those who have nothing nice to say.

To all you anon's with nothing nice to say your comment doesn't even hold water if you're not brave enough to show your face.

9/09/2005 1:19 PM  
Anonymous harudoll said...

Well, this is my first visit to your blog, (NY times and my curiosity brought me to your blog)... No matter what NY times said, I'd say you girls are really fabulous!


9/09/2005 1:30 PM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Ooooh, I just got off work and saw all the comments. I must say thanks to all of them! Thanks to the nice readers for your lovely words and emails -I always care what our closer readers think.

And thanks also to the people who didn't like our blog but still actually bothered to read it and comment: you must have had a lot of spare time -I wish I had too!

9/09/2005 6:44 PM  
Blogger missy-j said...

Wow. And we don't think you guys are dumb. Haha, I guess that's what people think of fashion bloggers.

9/09/2005 7:12 PM  
Blogger whitepoppy said...

well done - a real achievement. And, anyone who reads your blog on a regular basis can tell that you're both intelligent, well educated, articulate ladies!

9/09/2005 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Article Chickies

Mazel Tov!

9/09/2005 8:39 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Oh my God, Vincci, congrats!

9/09/2005 10:02 PM  
Anonymous aya said...

OMG this article made me SO MAD! The author is blasting you guys for supposedly plugging products you never used, but she is writing an article about a blog she OBVIOUSLY never read! Unbelieveable! And as for the posts, um... "vain, self centered and downright shallow"??? I throw up my hands helplessly....BG and HG, you guys totally rock and any idiot can see that these people never read your blog, so how lame is that? The article sucked but BG looked supercute and I hope you'll get lots of new readers. All I can say is- your amazing work speaks for itself!

9/09/2005 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Superqueen said...

Oh My God! This is so exciting, isn't it? I've just registered to enter the NY Times web-site and read the article! Barney Girl is just amazing in that photo! I didn't really like the article, but this is such an achievement for you girls!!! Brave!!!

9/09/2005 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let those mean-spirited trolls bother you,Barney's girl. I never read fashion stuff, but your photo caught my eye, and I had to go back and read the story to see who you were,and then come here to see what you were all about.

9/10/2005 4:01 AM  
Anonymous Kiss Me, Stace said...

Wow. Yours was practically the only blog truly featured. I wouldn't post this with so much complaint. I'd clarify a few things nicely. But some things you tried to correct, well when I read the article, I got the right impression (the one you said you meant). You are way too sensitive. Me? Ruth e-mailed me months ago, and I called her. When I missed her call once, and called her back, I never heard from her again! I believe I even e-mailed her after that. I was so eager to be interviewed, but so nervous, that I wrote up notes on things I'd like to say. Hopefully, some day, I'll get my chance. My blog wasn't even described. You should feel extremely flattered and apparantly you already receive numerous hits, and this will help you considerably.

After I got that out, I'd like to say congratulations, and I love the site's new look. Barney's girl is a fabulous beauty and fashionista!

9/10/2005 7:10 AM  
Blogger coolchiq said...

Barneys girl -you look suber gorgeous in that photo (and I'm sure Harrods girl is equally fab looking)! Well done girls!! (I actually enjoyed reading all the bitchy comments above as well:).

BTW where's the jacket from?

9/10/2005 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Sophia said...

and dont listen to all the mean ppl, u look fabulous in your picture,u dont sound like idiots in the article, and i think what your doing with this blog is great!!
so fun to read, like having a chat with the girlies!

9/10/2005 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Shoegal said...

Congrats girls! :)
It was great to see finally some fashion bloggers in NY Times. I absolutely love your blog. Oh, and don`t mind the posts that came out of envy. Not deleting these comments shows how great you are. :)
Happy fashion week! Can`t wait to see Milan and Paris fashion weeks.


fellow fashionista and blogger Shoegal :)

9/10/2005 4:27 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've been reading your blog for a long time now, never wrote any comments actually, but OMG if this is exciting: you two interviewed by NY Times(actually Barneys Girl dive-like photographed and Harrods Girl interviewed).I'm so glad for you, girls. I absolutely love your blog, so please keep up the good work.
Emy from Italy.
BTW Harrods Girl: They didn't happen to make you sound dumb, not at all.
... Any pics from your tea buffet at Conrad Hotel to share? :)

9/10/2005 4:41 PM  
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9/11/2005 2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congradulations on your write up in the NYT'S. It's clear to me what all the fuss is about so please do go on with this beautifull endevor. I can't wait to read your reviews on the new fashion week ahead.

Also, I liked your pic taken by the Times. You looked eligant, confident and well put together, I admire that! I like the feeling as well or wouldn't bother with it. ta ta......and good luck in the comming season!

And once again congradulations you earned it!

9/14/2005 5:42 AM  
Blogger Dinah said...

Congrads for being in the NY Times. You have such a great blog and tons of fashion tips that are like sparkly little gems to our eyes.

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