There's been a lot of hoopla lately over whether street style snaps are genuine. It all started with a New York Times article a couple weeks ago.

The main complaint, as pointed out by Refinery 29 is this: "Tons of blogs that originally scoped out stylish unknowns are now slaves to the whims of the fashion set, taking photos of the big names outside shows and passing it off as regular old candid street style."

And as Fashionista.com points out, many bloggers receive salaries to create the perfect "street style" scene (or receive free clothing from high-end apparel lines).

Which raises the question: should we stop paying so much attention to street style stars if the looks are slightly contrived? Not exactly.

Photographers have been taking snaps of people's on-the-street fashion for years -- a prime example being the New York Times' photographer Bill Cunningham. Many of those snaps have been of people who have personal stylists or access to incredibly large wardrobes.

Then there's this experiment concocted by Fashionista.com: They recently turned one of their writers into New York Fashion Week street style bait. They wanted to see if her pic would be snapped if she was highly stylized. The answer? No.

So what do you think? Is street style cool or is it fake? Does it even matter?

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Check out some street snaps from NYFW. All photos by Raydene Salinas. And check out some of the rules to getting snapped by a street style photographer in the above video by StyleHaul.

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