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This may well be the summer of fashion bloggers unmasking themselves. Last week, model Jenna Sauers revealed herself to be the woman behind Jezebel's insider posts about the fashion industry, and today, the Times takes a look at Eric Gaskins, a designer who's also the sharp-tongued writer behind The Emperor's Old Clothes.
Gaskins has been designing for 22 years; Barneys and Bergdorf have carried his line, and in 2001 André Leon Talley profiled him in Vogue. But his work never gained him half as much attention as his site, which earned a reputation as a fashion designer's fashion blog for its scathing takes on the industry. (Says Steven Cox of Duckie Brown, “It was viciously funny.") As his alter ego Fluff Chance, ostensibly a hairless cat with an attitude, Gaskins skewered the modern fashion world for being obsessed with celebrity at the expense of craft. He trashed Thom Browne, the Rodarte sisters (because they went on diets at Vogue's request), and Marc Jacobs, and even had harsh words for Michelle Obama. While his blog star rose, his business stumbled, and now he's quitting the business. The blog, however, isn't going anywhere.
· Big Reveals [Racked]
· How Do You Like Me Now? [NYT]
· The Emperor's Old Clothes [Official Site]