Guy Trebay pens a very good article for the New York Times entitled, Where You Least Expect It. Here's a snippet:
Fashion, like an awful lot of other stuff in the culture, is cracking apart before one’s eyes. You’re doomed if you try to see the field as some powerful system run by chic sadists (“Bore someone else with your questions,” said Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada,” snapping at her simpering minion in the weary tone of a burned-out dominatrix).
While many industries, like fashion, and brands might see themselves as social arbiters, they are deceiving themselves. The voices have multiplied.
Now we, the people, are them, the arbiters.