How social media is revolutionising the fashion industry all over again – VOGUE India

By on April 7, 2021

It means Clubhouse could potentially displace traditional platforms—watch out, Twitter—as the home of unfettered discussion. “Twitter is very egocentric,” says Pierre A M’Pelé, aka fashion critic Pam Boy. “But Clubhouse is social media in the realest sense of the word. It’s about opening dialogues and starting conversations—there is a sense of goodwill and sharing among users.”

In contrast, Twitter relies on polarised commentary between accounts to propel conversation, which often eschews nuanced exchanges for black-or-white arguments and wilful misunderstandings. While Clubhouse has come under fire for its lack of moderation resources, Edwards believes the app’s voice-led nature allows for healthier debate: “It stops what you’re saying from being misunderstood or misconstrued. The politeness and decency of real-life carries over more than it does in a Twitter argument or tiff in the comments section.”

OnlyFans and its creator economy

The limits of mainstream social media also saw Kim Russell, otherwise known as The Kimbino, up her content creation sticks to OnlyFans. The 25-year-old initially made a name for herself on Instagram where her quick-witted takedowns of celebrity and runway fashion garnered 55,000 followers, including Kim Kardashian, who Russell counts as a collaborator and style confidant. However, she soon felt stifled by the culture on Instagram—the fact that “people don’t really pay attention to long captions” and all the changes the platform had been making to its algorithm (such as replacing the activity tab for a shop button)—convincing her to look for pastures new.

Over the course of lockdown, OnlyFans has seen a month-on-month growth of 70 per cent and as of January this year, it had 85 million registered users. While the site is predominantly used by sex workers, increasing numbers of sport, fashion and even spiritual mavens are beginning to get in on the subscription-only service. For Russell, whose packages start from £6.50 a month, “OnlyFans has been a godsend.”

It’s part of a wider shift in the creator economy, which is abandoning established institutions for subscription platforms such as Patreon and Substack. OnlyFans even launched a fund for emerging artists (four people will get £20,000 each to kick-start their career) to attract more creatives to the platform. “I hope more people move to this medium,” Russell says, “because nobody is going to tell you the juicy stuff for free anymore!”

With even fashion stalwarts jumping ship (see Bottega Veneta deleting its social media accounts), the rise of TikTok, Clubhouse and OnlyFans present a chance for the industry to regenerate. And while it would be trite to see these fledgeling networks as a democratisation of the industry, they do point towards the increasingly polyphonic future of fashion, both a retaliation against the sterility of Instagram and the evolution of creator culture.

Instagram might reign supreme for now, but, as M’Pelé says, these new platforms will eventually “encourage people to listen to one another, understand different points of view, and lead to more critical thinking,” which, knowing social media, would be nothing short of revolutionary.

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