Dear Fashion Unfiltered Readers,
It’s hard to believe that February 5 marked one year of Fashion Unfiltered. It feels like yesterday that we published our first story, though I generally measure my life in fashion seasons, and considering the show calendar is in a state of utter disarray, I’d like to think I’d be forgiven if my internal clock is off.
A lot has changed since FU went live. Designers have come and gone and returned in different roles. Trends have risen and fallen. We’ve lost some beloved icons and gained new role models. And a reality TV star has become President, thus creating a myriad of problems that affect our far-reaching industry, but more importantly, the world in which we live.
The power of informed, creative voices has never been so important. Yes, these are uncertain times, but it’s inspiring to see that numerous individuals and institutions are using fashion’s vast platform to stand up and speak out. This year has proven that fashion is a vehicle for expressing and championing our beliefs, for protesting injustice, and for celebrating every kind of individuality. Sure, the fashion biz isn’t in a fabulous state, what with the confusion over how to appease the modern consumer, the max exodus of industry titans, the new struggles that emerging, independent designers will now face thanks to impending trade and immigration legislation…I could go on. But for every disconcerting headline, there’s been another about a designer, model, company, or publication using its influence to do good. That’s not nothing.
Even more heartening is the fact that you—our readers—care. We’ve published more than 1,100 stories in our inaugural year, many of which tackled tough topics like politics, feminism, human rights, gender identity, responsible journalism, diversity, and so much more. We’ve aimed to bring you entertaining but substantial content that explores the highly impactful (and sometimes insane) world of fashion in a broader context, and we are honored that you have taken the time to read, digest, engage with, and respond to those stories.
When we launched FU, we set out to produce challenging, thought-provoking visual and editorial content. Thanks to the tireless work of our ever-growing team, I’m proud to say that we’ve done just that. But without our readers, none of it would matter. So, on behalf of the entire FU team, I would like to thank you for beginning this journey with us, and for reading with open, attentive minds. We look forward to bringing you more stories that will make you laugh, cry, and question for years to come. We promise to always stick to our "No fluff. Just fashion." credo, and we hope you’re enjoying this ride as much as we are.