Fashion Designer Tom Ford: Rihanna's Instagram Was Very Powerful
Fri, 30 May 2014 13:04:02
Designer Tom Ford, who also directed a Hollywood film starring Colin Firth titled A Single Man, for which Firth was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, has said that Rihanna's now-shuttered Instagram account was more influential than "reviews or hard-copy publications," since customers no longer care about that type of editorial. They want to see fashion in real time and in real life.
He said, "They care what picture Rihanna just Instagrammed while she's naked in bed, what new shoes she has on, how she's talking about them. That's what they respond to,"
Hmm. Well, we all know that RiRi is a consummate style influencer and that everyone followed her Instagram account because she was always posing naked or smoking weed. On a good day, you might get multiple nip slips, or, at the very least, one nip slip.
RiRi often shared images where she was not wearing a top and that's what drew people in. Yes, she often posted amazing photos in which she made major fashion statements...but not always.
So, while we get what Ford is saying, it is a bit of a flawed argument, one that Vogue editress Anna Wintour might disagree with heartily.
Rihanna was booted from Instagram for violating the nudity policy when she posted a fully topless, nipples exposed mag cover on which she appeared, and then she didn't come back to the photo sharing service. She Tweeted that she is no longer using Instagram. So she might be taking a stand against their nudity policy.
What do you think of Ford's comments about RiRi and the power of Instagram and social media? And what does it mean now that she no longer has Insta? Will Twitter photos suffice? It's an interesting, millennial-driven argument.