'After a Fashion': Why?

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 3, 2003

Dear Editor,
   Let me start by saying I really enjoy reading the Chronicle. Every Thursday I get a little excited knowing it’s new Chronicle day. I have my ritual down of what articles to read first, and what to skim through. There are a few I eventually get around to reading, but one column I skip past almost regularly. When I do read it, somehow it makes me feel like I am being forced to watch the E! True Hollywood Story of the Hilton sisters until I empathize with them. Tortured, to say the least. With that in mind, I wonder why this column is even in the Chronicle at all.
   Without further ado, the weekly addition to the Chronicle I am writing about is (drum roll please) "After a Fashion" by Stephen Moser. Two questions come to mind: Who crowned Stephen Moser king – or should I say queen? – of the Austin fashion scene? And what are his credentials? I have yet to see or hear about what he actually contributes to the Austin fashion society other than pointless gossip, a brown nose, and an egocentric attitude. Why he has this attitude is a mystery to me. I work in the "industry," and in my opinion (and I am not alone), I do not feel as though Stephen Moser is the best spokesman for me or my peers. I gain no knowledge of a designer from reading about his party-crashing antics, nor do I care which fabulous boutique adorned him with which fabulous clothes, err, accessories free of charge. This hardly informs anyone about fashion or the like. After all, it is about fashion, not how glamorous Stephen Moser wants to appear.
   So in conclusion, unless you get someone even a little respectable, I will continue to make use of his page as a complimentary litter box liner. I will say thank you for the recent "vacation" his column took. It was a pleasant surprise. Oh, one last thing, I did read self-righteousness is out this season.
Stacey Pridham
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