Margaret Voelker-Ferrier, a University of Cincinnati professor of fashion
design, says there's strong interest in these blogs among art and design
students and young designers, but calls the phenomenon "the latest flash in the
Voelker-Ferrier thinks their influence is slim on mainstream fashion
editorial. "People think fashion is from the street, but it's not," she said.
"It's from the designers who are using the streets for inspiration. So at the
end, it's still coming from the designers."
PLEASE! She says herself that designers use the streets for inspiration. While I think style beheamoths Vogue and the like will only have a passing fancy for street style, the influence of democracy-thru-internet is undeniable. That's why independent businesses selling clothing and accesories are popping up everywhere and that's why people like Scott Schuman are pronouced "design influencers."
P.S. DC is also representing street style on the internets. Check out Pandahead, Project Beltway and Outrageously Chic.
**EDIT: OK, I am not so sure how local the piece is supposed to be as it's an AP piece, but originally running in the Seattle Times (thus, not a wire piece they picked up).