Creative Compressions with Olivia Locher

In the era of Instagram, we are inundated with images–fashion photos, friends, food, landscapes–in an ever-updating feed that is never short of new information. The divide between online and real-life chaos feels so porous, and my decision to move into the sensory overload of New York City hasn’t made this less true. But as a…

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

When I do research for these fashion essays, I tend to focus on the way clothing makes me feel before I come up with any kind of thesis. Jim Jaramusch’s 2013 nouveau vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive struck me as a meditation on that particular feeling that something is both sad and beautiful, and as…

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

Once when discussing branding with a mentor, 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 thing is that she’s French but…isn’t she not the first French girl people have ever heard of?” In a much kinder and…

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…

Sofia Coppola: Style Lessons for Fashion x Film

The immersive power of film is what makes us come back for more. When the lights go down, the black box of a theater becomes a blank canvas for the world of the film to paint, and we find ourselves personally invested in the problems of other places, times, and lives. The world on screen…