‘Sad girl fall’ is my favourite season of the year: muted colours, hot coffee, the smell of chestnuts, leaves falling… All of this adds to a cosy and comfy atmosphere that lasts until Christmas and beyond. The day that sad girl fall officially began for me and my best friend was the 12th of November, also known as the day that Taylor Swift released her album, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’.
Twitter has a tendency to make me feel guilty for everything I do. We all know the impact that social media has on fashion, for better or for worse. It allows items to be propelled into the spotlight before the crowd rapidly moves on to another once the allotted five minutes of fame has elapsed.
The idea of sustainability and how we can work to become more sustainable has captured the attention of the digital sphere in recent years. Social media provides a platform for popular influencers to assert that they are leading the most sustainable lifestyle. As sustainability has become an Instagram trend, it seems we tend to forget the reasons behind why it is necessary in the first place.
“Good for her” is now a statement commonly used among the social media-minded masses and a popular exclamation of superficially accepted ‘girl power’. It is a fresh take on established fictious female archetypes – noticeable ones being the ‘Manic-Pixie Dream Girl’, ‘Dumb Blonde’, and everyone’s favourite… ‘The Whore’.
Many songs contain a paradox: the words are personal, but the means of expressing them is often highly contrived. The singer will deliver lines about love, death, or fear, in a voice that couldn’t be further removed from the voices used to express those same sentiments in the real world. The singer’s rendering of these lines in musical notes might inject them with a kind of visceral power, but the personal, confessional nature of the verse is lost. It becomes abstract.
In the world of music, there are plenty of clichés. There is perhaps none more predictable and common than the cliché which laments the death of music as we once knew it, and that which, more specifically, mourns the death of the album as an art form. It seems that no matter where you go on the internet, there will always be someone somewhere proclaiming that music “isn’t what it used to be” and that the album is dead in the water. But is this really the case? Is it true that, firstly, the album is actually becoming a dying art form? If so, what are the reasons behind this decline?
Did you think vegan food meant side salad and chips? You thought wrong.
When it comes to fashion, the people with the most outreach (besides models and designers) are surely the editors-in-chief, especially when their names are associated with the timelessness of Vogue. However, when it comes to the general public, only a few names ring a bell in terms of fashion editors. These include American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and former Italian Vogue head Franca Sozzani. Why is it that no other senior figures at Vogue have been able to build such a global name for themselves? Will Edward Enninful be the new fashion icon when it comes to editor-in-chiefs?
developed in the late 1980s, has origins in Jamaican reggae and dancehall, and is known for its tough lyrics which often provide social commentary on topics such as poverty, unemployment, and substance abuse.
With the recent easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK, I have been itching to venture into a bookshop for a browse, and Zadie Smith’s Intimations was one of the first books I picked up.