Now you see it, now you don’t.
This sums up what Snapchat, fashion’s latest social media obsession, is all about.
The app allows users to upload photos or videos, each post lasting 10 seconds or less. Posts that are made public on the Stories feature on the app are available for viewing for 24 hours only.
Since last year, a growing number of tastemakers have started using the photo-sharing app. This means that fashion fans have an additional platform, aside from Instagram, for insider access to fashion events.
With Fashion Week ongoing, Snapchat has been filled with photos and videos uploaded by fashion editors and bloggers. Paris Fashion Week, the last of the four major fashion weeks, ends next Wednesday.
Unlike Instagram, Snapchat is not about being picture perfect. There are very few editing tools, the most popular being the doodle tool, which results in casual photographs that are part of Snapchat’s fun appeal. Photos and videos have to be shot using the app, which means that external editing tools cannot be used either.
It also demands full concentration from the user. To view “snaps”, a finger has to be placed on the screen in order for photos and videos to show – remove it and the content disappears.
Founded in 2011 by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, the app is more popular among teens. More than 500 million public “snaps” are viewed every day.
Popular fashion blogger Aimee Song of Song of Style (www.songofstyle.com) is among the group of style stars using the platform. She recently made her account public and uploads up to 10 photos and videos a day.
Her Instagram and Snapchat accounts offer two different perspectives.
On Instagram, she showcases her girly grunge, California-cool style through photos that look good enough to be in a magazine. The content on her Instagram account is closely linked to her blog.
But on Snapchat, Song shows a more candid side to her life and even uploads photos and videos that are unflattering.
“I don’t edit myself on Snapchat,” Song tells Urban in an e-mail interview.
Lucky’s editor-in-chief Eva Chen uses her Snapchat account (theevachen212) to share snippets of fashion shows, as well as more personal moments such as the birth of her daughter.
“All those food pictures that you might think are Instagram overshare, the not-quite-perfect (blurry) shots of landscape – those are all going on my Snapchat. In general, I see it as a more ‘real’ slice of my life. Instagram is more polished (or at least I try to have it be), whereas Snapchat is a bit sillier,” writes Chen on the website of Lucky, a shopping-focused magazine.
Social media strategist Laila Lu says that Chen is what got her onto the platform.
“I love how raw Snapchat is and how shaky some of the videos are. It is as though what I’m viewing is happening in real time,” says the 24-year-old Singaporean, who also runs the fashion blog Rock The Trend.
New to Snapchat? Here are some fashion and beauty accounts to follow. Each post uploaded is available for only 24 hours, so do not wait any longer.
Image: Amiee Song
See a different side of American fashion blogger Aimee Song on Snapchat.
While her Instagram photos are magazine-worthy, Snapchat is where Song shows a crazier side to herself.
A recent video saw her trying to get out of a locked stairwell. Luckily for this girl, she looks good even with seaweed stuck between her teeth.
Image: Sephora Snaps
At the recent New York Fashion Week, beauty store Sephora used Snapchat to take followers behind the scenes for some hair and make-up action.
The retailer also conducts giveaways through its Snapchat account; unfortunately these giveaways are not available to Singapore residents.
Image: Leandra Medine
Fashion’s funny lady Leandra Medine, founder of fashion blog Man Repeller, brings her self-deprecating brand of humour onto Snapchat.
Spot her fooling around while in the office and making funny faces on Snapchat.
At the recent New York Fashion Week, she followed J.Crew’s executive creative director Jenna Lyons backstage and gave followers an advance glimpse of the brand’s presentation. In typical J.Crew style, the collection was filled with elevated classics.
Image: Eva Chen
Based on observation, Lucky’s editor-in-chief Eva Chen is one of Snapchat’s most active users. She mixes both fashion and personal moments with flair, picking truly interesting personal memories, such as the birth of her daughter and dates with her husband, to share on the application. Here she does not appear to be your larger-than-life fashion insider.
Get an insider’s view at product launches and backstage access on beauty magazine Allure’s account.
During the recent Milan Fashion Week, the Allure team snuck up behind Emilio Pucci’s creative director, Peter Dundas, at what was perhaps his last show for the brand.
Image: Rachael Wang
Fashion website Style.com expanded its fashion week coverage this season by launching a Snapchat account last month.
Filled mainly with videos, its fashion market director Rachael Wang, who is currently running the account, also provides brief commentaries on the collections.
Image: Sophia Webster
As fans would expect, shoe designer Sophia Webster’s account is as whimsical as her shoes. Catch her strutting around London in her brightly coloured creations.
Image: Irene Kim
Known for her pastel-coloured hair, the South Korea-based TV personality and model Irene Kim shows off her jet-setting lifestyle on Snapchat.
She was among the star-studded crowd at Tommy Hilfiger’s spectacular fall/winter show. The catwalk was turned into a football field and models were decked out in their collegiate best.
There were plenty of mohair varsity sweaters, pleated skirts and bomber jackets.
Image: The Zoe Report
Fashion and lifestyle blog The Zoe Report (www.thezoereport.com) was founded by fashion stylist and designer Rachel Zoe. Its Snapchat account is run by the blog’s editors and features things in fashion which make them tick.
Image: The Coveteur
Founded by Stephanie Mark, Jake Rosenberg and Erin Kleinberg, fashion blog The Coveteur (www.thecoveteur.com) explores the closets of global tastemakers. Its Snapchat account is an extension of the blog.
This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on March 6, 2015. For similar stories, go to http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/singapore. You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.