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…

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,…

Being a Maximalist with The Scarlet Bob

Minimalism has its appeal: it can be a wardrobe reset, relieve the stress of getting done-up, and can deliver some peace of mind to the day-to-day hustle of life by making the decision of what to wear a bit easier. But for some, keeping it simple is more of a demand than a respite. What…

Why is Eastern European Fashion on the Rise?

I’ve always had a kind of fascination with Eastern Europe. I’d like to think it’s because I like Swan Lake and the painfully emotive poetry of Anna Akhmatova, the cultured Woman (with a capital ‘W’) that I am. But while I do like those things, it may also be because I like eating caviar, and…

ISO Serenity with Lucia Zolea

Lucia Zolea ft. Na Nin If there is one thing Lucia Zolea wants to contribute to this world, it’s more romance. Zolea is a student, photographer, and freelance stylist based in Richmond, Virginia, and her starry-eyed aesthetic calls to mind the emotional tunnel-vision of first love. She has become the darling of daydreamers (more than…