New York Times Fashion Editor Amy Spindler Continues to Cross Over the

Line Between Cutting Edge Fashion Editorial and Bad Taste:

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I am hardly a prude, and believe firmly in creative freedom of the press. But in light of all the recent publicity surrounding the rash of kidnappings, sexual molestations and murders of young girls, I must say I found a few of the pictures in today’s New York Times Magazine, (‘Babes in Coutureland’ ) which illustrated the ‘I wanna look like Mom’ trend a bit disturbing. Talk about bad timing, Spindler does it again!

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…And here is our original April 23 2002 editorial called : Bad Girls Or Just Bad Taste?

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Bad Girls Or Just Bad Taste?

Just what message is this weekend’s The New York Times Magazine Style section trying to send with this editorial on message t-shirts called ‘What’s Your Sign”? These models are either very young or made to appear very young. With overdone makeup and suggestive styling, the editors have painfully missed the mark.

Is the above feature part of the new face the Style section is struggling to create to remain relevant? If so, editor Amy M. Spindler is walking a thin line between cutting edge fashion editorial and child pornography.

In response to the above item goes are some observations e-mailed to us from a well known New York fashion publicist:

“It reminds me of the Calvin ads he did. You know the ones, deemed “kiddie porn” the shots were of young ‘tweens and early twenty somethings photographed in a room full of paneling (though we did have paneling when I was young), but it was done in a pornographic sexual way…Too bad b/c that was a pr nightmare….I don’t wish that upon any of my clients. Everything old should not be new again – and today the message that kids are sending whether written on their shirts or projected under globs of make up are an accident waiting to happen. These kids can not handle what they are walking into. And that isn’t creative! “

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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