A great debate was sparked yesterday over at My Little Happy Place blog on whether or not certain designers have jumped the shark.
Here's what I think: The past few years have brought interior design and decor into the mainstream. Now there are a billion design reality shows and HGTV runs DIY design shows on a 24 hr loop. We are becoming more informed and are literally consuming design.
Seriously, take a look at your bookmarks. How many blogs do you check on the daily? How many magazines are sitting beside your bed? All decor.
The question is, how do we avoid emulating our favorite designers or push them to become parodies of themselves? I'm blaming this partly on our rabid consumption of all things design. We are chomping at the bit for our beloved designers to churn out the latest and greatest and constantly top themselves. I mean, shit, magazines hit the blogs before they hit our mailboxes!
Gucci jumped the shark in the late 90s-early 00s when hip hop culture and the mainstream embraced the beloved "G-G" print. It was everywhere and it was disgusting. Now, anyone can get their hands on this via Chinatown or shit, even at higher end department stores.
My question is, how do we prevent this from happening to our most talented and beloved designers? We consumers are truly in control of this.