"I wanna be your everything"

Like most fashion writers in my field, I have my list of favorite websites and go-to reads for fashion and style-focused content (we're talking everything from interviews with emerging new designers, to the latest crop of shirts with birds on them). As much as I love them for their capacity to hit fashion stories from all angles—smart, humorous, serious, insightful, etc—there's a little part deep down in the cockles of me heart that breaks when they expand into other areas like food, music, politics, money, health, and perhaps someday even weather forecasting. To me, the only "site" that can offer all those things, and all those things well, is called the world wide web. 

It's the French grocery shopper in me; when I lived in Paris, I learned that the French get their bread at Madame Boulangerie, their fruits and vegetables at Monsieur Le Prune, their cheese at Chez Stinky, and so-on. I call it "guerrilla-style" foraging, with the shoppers going to the best vendors for their specific items. One-stop shopping, the kind facilitated by Le Stop et Shop, worked best when there were multiple brands under one roof for customers to choose from—like types of dish soaps, for example.

In the case of one-stop websites, you pretty need this same level of diversity in the form of scope of expertise in order to do these expanded topics justice. I'm suspect of any fashion writer telling me what music I should listen to, same as I'd question the cheesemonger telling me I should buy the tuna that smells like Stilton.

The Huffington Post is arguably one of the only and best sites to excel at this full-spectrum model, thanks to their infinitude of writers from all areas of expertise weighing in on their respective topics. Even magazines struggle with and eventually accept their limitations, which is why you'll never see one called "All Things REALLY Considered." Instead you read them for what they are, and you take what you want from them. I buy Vogue and Elle and Bazaar for fashion, Afar for travel stories, and New York for what's going on in my city. There's no reason to say the same won't happen with expanded blogs and websites, but with the amount of fodder churning out on a daily basis, there's usually so much more of everything else to have to sift through.

On The Williamsburg Bridge

Seeing Red