We were lucky enough to chat to DisneyRollerGirl, whose blog has received rave reviews and has been featured in The Time, The Independent, Grazia Daily, 10 Magazine and has been recommended by the Financial Times. The lovely lady herself was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to chat to Lisa Maynard-Atem.
Firstly, what inspired you to start your blog?
Probably Susie Bubble's blog. I really liked the idea of an online diary-type journal where I could share all my fashion findings and empty my head of information, opinions, pictures and general ramblings. I felt I had something unique to offer - a unique perspective.
Were you surprised at the reaction that your blog has received?
Yes and no. I think a lot of the blogs that started around the same time (three years ago) have received similar recognition because in the UK at that time there were only a handful of them. Any blog that has been going for three years and is still plugging away deserves to get noticed - it's bloody hard work!
Why do you think the bloggers have become so prominent in the world of fashion?
Lots of reasons. People like to get an opinion from someone just like them, someone they can relate to rather than just the 'experts'. Apparently, people trust opinion from fellow consumers as opposed to people who have been paid to write what they write. Also I think online fashion and blogging goes hand in hand, it's easy to source pictures and add links, the resources are there. Blogging is also currently fashionable so it's still getting lots of attention. The fashion industry likes newness and blogs are still quite new so the love is still there. What I particularly like is that blogs are changing the way people look at fashion. Street style blogs have had an incredible effect on helping people experiment with fashion and define their style. And I like how there is no age barrier in fashion blogging. No-one cares.
What in your opinion, makes a good fashion blog?
I like a blog that is updated regularly and has a specific voice. It's hard to stick to *your* thing and very easy to unwittingly copy other bloggers. I notice it a lot on Twitter actually, everyone lapses into a particular tone.
Do you have any favourite fashion blogs?
Loads. I like Coco's Tea Party as she has a great eye for celebrity style. (I don't care for celebrities but I need to know what they're wearing for work.) Garance Dore is a very beautiful blog mixing illustration, writing, photography and even video. The Business of Fashion is brilliant for news. For pure eye candy I like Jackyblue.
What is your definition of style?
I think it's something that's unique to you. When what you wear has a meaning to you rather than wearing clothes because they're 'in fashion'.
Who are your style icons?
I like men as style icons. Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Andy Warhol. They kind of have one look each and that's it, I quite like that discipline. Otherwise Sofia Coppola and Alexa Chung have lovely taste.
What advice would you give to aspiring fashion bloggers?
Don't start a blog unless you have something to say!
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