Fashion bloggers to know

Fifteen-year-old Camille, a normal Oregon girl with impeccable fashion sense, has become an Internet sensation. No, sheâÄôs not wielding a webcam or spouting nonsense on YouTube, but instead simply snapping photos of her daily ensembles and sartorial inspirations to the delight of fashion devotees everywhere. She showcases her efforts on her blog, Childhood Flames. (http://childhoodflames.blogspot.com) One day, the stylish teenager, who favors clothing in shades of black, gray and white, will pair Dries Van Noten pumps with a Target dress, and the next sheâÄôll be wearing the skinniest of J. Brand jeans with a self-shredded white Hanes t-shirt or a handmade fur vest, sparking hundreds of comments from her devoted readers. Camille is just one of many fashion bloggers making their mark in the Internet sphere. The trend of photographing the contents of your closet for the world to see has exploded in popularity amongst the fashion community and has garnered the attention of influential publications like âÄúThe New York TimesâÄôâÄù âÄúTâÄù style magazine and âÄúTeen VogueâÄù alike. The most fabulous of fashion bloggers, like CamilleâÄôs friend Rumi of âÄúFashion ToastâÄù (www.fashiontoast.com ), are invited to tour American ApparelâÄôs Los Angeles factory and sit in on Alexander WangâÄôs spring runway show in the company of supermodel and âÄúmuseâÄù Erin Wasson , simply for attracting attention with their unique manner of concocting ensembles. Another contemporary, the darling Rhiannon of Liebemarlene Vintage (liebemarlene.com ), was featured in Lucky magazine for her charming vintage style and her booming eBay business of the same name, where she shills âÄô40s daydresses and antique saddle shoes to her legions of fans. Most famous, of course, is Scott Schumann, better known as âÄúThe SartorialistâÄù (thesartorialist.com). His capturings of street style worldwide made him one of âÄúTimeâÄù magazineâÄôs Top 100 Design Influences. Celebrities like Kanye West and Andre 3000 have made appearances in SchumannâÄôs blog, as have âÄúVogueâÄù editor Anna Wintour and Wes Anderson. The trend of fashion blogging has started seeping into this region too. The Minneapoline, the Twin CitiesâÄô most recognized street-style blog devoted entirely to the ensembles of our fair citizens, has become quite popular with its photos of put-together hipsters at Too Much Love and eclectically-costumed old ladies and street musicians. Another prominent Midwest fashion blog is The MidWasteland (themidwasteland.com), helmed by Monica Dimperio . âÄúI feel that Minneapolis is a huge asset to the MidwestâÄôs blossoming fashion reputation,âÄù she says, which is why she included the city in her coverage. Contributors from Minneapolis scour the streets for fashionably adventurous citizens. âÄúItâÄôs as if each neighborhood has its own sense of fashion,âÄù says MidWasteland contributor Amy Overman. âÄúWhen photographing someone, I tend to look for people who know how to put themselves together. ItâÄôs easy to tell if someone has âÄòThe EyeâÄô because their look is finished, but unexpected and not matchy-matchy.âÄù So why has fashion blogging become so popular? What on earth makes people care about some random JaneâÄôs daily outfits, much less cite them as a credible fashion motivation? Much of the popularity lies in inspiration, on those days where nothing in the closet seems to work. Turning to a sartorial muse like that oh-so-chic Camille can solve the problem. And since fashion is the utmost form of personal expression, anyone with a camera can create a blog of their own âĦ and who knows, maybe theyâÄôll end up in the front row at Fashion Week.