Creative Compressions with Olivia Locher

In the era of Instagram, we are inundated with images – glossy fashion photos, friends, food, landscapes, selfies. An ever-updating feed is a side-life that is never short of new information. The divide between online and real life chaos feels so porous, and my recent decision to move into the sensory overload land of New…

Mono No Aware: A Style Analysis of Only Lovers Left Alive

When I do research for these kind of analytical fashion essays, I tend to let my search flow from the way clothing makes me feel before I come up with any kind of thesis. It’s not always the best idea, but it’s how I begin. Jim Jaramusch’s 2013 nouveau vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive struck…

A New (er) Look at French Girl Style with Neïla Romeyssa

Once when discussing how to find my “brand” with a mentor of mine (have I just killed my totally effortless Instagram lifestyle-fashion career by acknowledging the existence of branding?), I brought up uber-popular French girl of the fashion world Jeanne Damas and asked what I suspected was a stupid question: “so I understand that her…

She’s So Cold

I can’t remember the first time I watched Roman Polanski’s film Repulsion, but I do remember those first feelings I had for Catherine Deneuve’s character Carole. She’s a beautiful but detached woman (this would become a typecast for Deneuve) who is repulsed (ding ding ding) by men, and there’s the sense that some past trauma…

Dream Weaver: A Dialogue with Photographer Hana Haley

Lately I’ve been meditating on the importance of attribution and the acknowledgement of creative work, and I’ve started to wonder if maybe I chose blogging because it allows me to basically be my own watermark – prioritizing my image. That being said, I know that not everyone is as much of a barely-closeted narcissist as…

Pretty Tough: On multiplicity and Handyma’am Goods

Maybe I’m not alone on this, but I often find myself torn between wildly different “looks” as I try to develop my own unique sense of style. Sometimes, in the current Instagram-lifestyle-brand fashion world, I feel like I’m that friend who was fine with casually dating until I noticed that everyone else had seemingly already…

Intro to Spanish Style with Inés Ybarra

Recently, I took a DNA test called 23andMe, and I learned that I have Iberian ancestry (aka, the peninsula of Spain and Portugal). My ego immediately pounced on this information, using it to fill in the blanks of my life that could benefit from some glamorization: of course I love bright color and pattern clashing,…

Which Came First, Style or Lifestyle? Spotlight on Kelsey Weller

One of the reasons I started this blog was to create a space to talk about fashion and style in a more complex way than what I find on many other fashion blogs, where style seems to exist in a superficial vacuum (ambiguous shots fired). On these fashion blogs (and they are not all fashion…

Girl.

In mythology, literature, and films, an archetypal character is like a personality concentrate. They are the purest representation of a given set of values, virtues and sins, and a lot of the time you can tell who they are because of what they wear: goddesses draped in gossamers, bad boys dressed in jeans and white…