Remember, HF is a designer jeans forum, with designer jeans meaning Diesel, TR, 7FAM, R&R, COH (more or less "mall fashion", accessible), not dior, raf, ann d, etc (more high end, more exclusive).
compared to the other designer denim forums, how much action on hf is geared towards TR, 7FAM, R&R, etc. anymore? partly because of the general attitude towards those brands here by the more vocal members, and partly because of the shift in tastes over the last few years, i don't think HF should be considered just a "designer jeans" forum anymore.
i feel like there's an interesting disconnect between dave's vision of the hf/hm/denimblog triad and what is really happening and possible. while the denimblog is posting pictures of celebrities in SFAM, those same jeans aren't even able to garner $40 in the mall. furthermore, the prevailing attitude in the forum is that SFAM is a complete disgrace to what most of us think of as "fashion". this concept of lusting after, discussing, and buying/selling the same stuff would have worked well 3 years ago, but i really feel that hardly anybody who wears that stuff now cares enough to talk about it (with some exceptions).
there's a definite niche open for HF to slide into- one in between the (imo gaudy) mall fashion loved by AF and old HF and the combination of ninjagoth and $1k tee and jeans fits that the SuFu aesthetic promotes. i don't see a problem with both common projects and dior coexisting with AA, diesel and converse.
i think the owners/mods/etc should accept and even encourage the increased "grittiness" of HF, maybe combining the less-popular denim subforums and expanding the stuff that becomes more and more popular. It's too late to resurrect HF as a "designer jeans" forum. it's a "premium denim and quality fashion basics with a smattering of luxury lusting" board.