#fashionupward: Clean(er) Beauty, Stacy London on Style, and Vogue’s Race Problem
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Nike has been an iconic brand for longer than most brands we know today have even existed (Shoe Dog, by the way, is one of my favorite entrepreneurial origin stories.) And creating a powerful brand that is both aspirational and so approachable that everyone recognizes the swoosh, and has probably sported a pair or few (and their mom too) isn’t exactly easy. So how is Nike continuing to do this? (Hint: sustainability.)
My beauty routine has gone from all toxic to an all-clean approach to where I’m happily settled now: mostly clean, with a few exceptions (my perfume is somewhere in between Lurk’s RS005, PRJV1, and BS004, and Roses de Chloe). I relate to Emily’s thoughts here; there’s certainly a fatigue that has been happening across industries. This fatigue, ennui, and general sense of ugh is a disguise for a call to action: it’s exactly what we all need to push us towards change, even if we’re just starting with something as personal and seemingly frivolous as beauty.
I watched this interview a while ago and think it’s worth sharing again now, especially since I’m really very carefully thinking about style. Stacy London, who I came to know as a teenager falling in love with style by watching What Not to Wear, is one of the rare women who is both the utter epitome of someone who has wholeheartedly embraced style for all the right reasons: to uplift — and who is smart enough to articulate this. It’s probably the reason why she makes such a good host; she’s good at being human.
“Style is a shortcut to believing you can do other things.” — Stacy London
I’ve been studying the recent backlash against Vogue’s “Diversity” issue, and recommend this article for a great overview of where the issue lies. However, I see this probably a bit different than many people do. For me, it’s not a race or diversity issue (as in problem; pun not intended) but moreso a reflection of the issues society has, simply reflected through the fashion of our times. After all, anyone who has studied the history of fashion will recognize that Diana Vreeland brought the concept of fantasy and travel to fashion for the first time, often borrowing inspiration from other cultures, in the same way that 2017’s geisha spread featuring Karlie Kloss did. But that was back then; what is today’s equivalent of fantasy? Can we rethink the idea of fantasy now that it’s glaringly obvious that the idea fashion has is out of date? Is there fantasy left in fashion? (Yes! Look for it!)
I loved this short piece by fashion illustrator Danielle Meder, who went from thinking perfume was “unwholesome, fake and toxic” to finally getting its allure. She recommends The Dry Down, weekly notes on perfume.
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