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Big nerd writing about the intersection between technology & fashion. Spanish/Cuban turned New Yorker. Founder & Editor at Dashion: medium.com/dashion.

Analyzing the rise & implications of computer generated fashion models.

Now that the majority of New York Fashion Week’s runway shows have gone digital, designers are seeking to replicate the aura and grandeur of the fashion show outside of the catwalk’s limitations.

From Dior’s live-streamed presentations, to Louis Vuitton’s short films, to Loewe’s FedEx-shipped “Show in a Box”, high-fashion has demonstrated how collections can be shared with consumers in new, socially-distant ways.

However, one of the main limitations of runway shows was the necessity of models — and a lot of them. Real-time, in-person runways saw models walking out one after the other. …


Analyzing how Jacquemus’ new collection looks (objectively) similar to last-season’s, and why this might actually be a good thing.

Father of the iconic mini bag, Simon Porte Jacquemus has risen to fame over the last couple of years as a high-fashion designer. His hallmark neutral tones, Hadid-studded runway shows, and impeccable ability to pull of socks-and-sandals has made Jacquemus an anticipated collection every season.

When Jacquemus debuted his Spring 2021 Menwsear collection this past week, set against the backdrop of an eerily-empty yet very socially-distanced-appropriate wheat field in the French countryside, all eyes were waiting to just what would come down the runway. So, what did the one hundred guests in attendance witness?

It turns out, this season’s runway…


A case study into why activewear brands are growing at the moment, featuring insight from industry expert, Ngozi Musa.

Lululemon reported a +68% increase in e-commerce sales for its first quarter of 2020. It’s not typical that companies grow amid a global pandemic and recession. So, we spoke to Harvard track and field alum and founder of Aesthetics & Athletics, Ngozi Musa, to hear her expertise on why activewear is booming.

LIFESTYLE

I think this increase in health and wellness is fueling a new and refined love for activewear and athlesiure. In the midst of this pandemic, more people are starting to prioritize their health — mentally, emotionally, and physically. This means people are more active and exercising more. …


A brief history & some data on the largest specialty retailer in the U.S.

What happens when once-cool retailers are too slow to adopt technology & e-commerce? What do they do to survive? Luckily, we don’t have to wonder. The world has been watching the U.S.’ largest specialty retailer rise & fall, and try to stabilize, throughout the past thirty years: GAP.

Founded in 1969, GAP’s focus was on “simple” fashion, and started by selling solely Levi’s jeans and some records. Very hipster. A reference to the “generation gap”, GAP quickly gained popularity across the U.S., …


Use your wallet to make a difference.

Due to racist incidents of police brutality which have occurred in the United States as of late, namely the murder of George Floyd, cities around the country are erupting in protests and rage.

Looking at the fashion industry, many brands’ silence during this time has not gone unnoticed. Louis Vuitton, for example, has come under recent fire for launching a campaign for its new bag, the Pont 9, last Thursday, amidst growing protests. The brand didn’t make its first #BlackLivesMatter statement of solidarity until three days later.

As someone who intensively and actively writes and researches fashion, it is imperative…


I switched my major to Computer Science after my freshman year of college. Here’s everything I learned.

I completed my freshman year at Harvard in the spring of 2017 as an Economics major. I loved the introductory Economics courses I had taken, and found that I fit in well with the other Econ-kids. I used to wear a lot of J. Crew.

Prior to starting college, though, I had always imagined myself as a Computer Science kid. I started coding when I was thirteen years old, and spent the majority of my summers in high school attending — as I…


I learned to code entirely online, and you can, too.

While having nothing to do, nobody to see, and nowhere to go might seem unsettling at the moment, lockdown is a fantastic opportunity to — you guessed it! — teach yourself to code.

In a couple of weeks, I’ll e-graduate from Harvard University with a degree in computer science. My computer science journey, though, began when I was just thirteen years old, learning about cool graphics I could integrate into my Tumblr blog. I loved it when JavaScript could make little bubbles appear out of my cursor as I scrolled, or have music auto-play when you loaded my site.

At…


Examining what worked then, what works now, and what will work post-pandemic.

Boasting nearly half a million online fans and having collaborated in campaigns ranging from Bulgari to L’Oréal, Claire Rose Cliteur is the embodiment of a modern social media fashion icon. Daily, Cliteur influences hundreds of thousands of viewers with her wide knowledge of and foundation in style.

However, when Cliteur graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in 2014, the industry looked completely different from what it has evolved into today. Not to worry, though. Cliteur has kept up with it every step of the way.

For example, back in 2014, fashion had not yet capitalized off social media and technology…


How female-founded companies can exist in a male-favored Venture Capital world.

Women, historically and to-date, have been given the short end of the startup-funding stick. While women solely make up a little over 5% of Venture Capital deals, they receive a minuscule 2.2% of total VC dollars. Just last year, VC investment in female founders hit an all-time high of…2.8%.

To visualize just how tiny these numbers are, in 2018, women-founded startups received $10 billion dollars fewer than Juul raised in total.

Could it be? Could the efforts of all female-founded teams in the United States combined be worth less than one e-cigarette company?

The answer, of course, is no. Female-founded…


We have a lot to learn from one of high-fashion’s most iconic designers.

Last night, I sat down (virtually and via Skype call) with my favorite high-fashion womenswear designer, Brandon Maxwell. Famous for his simple, impeccably tailored designs, as well as for dressing Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala — in not one but four outfits — Maxwell is nothing short of an icon.

It is not often that my cold emails to a designers’ team or publicist result in me actually speaking to the designer him or herself. Maxwell, however, shared with me how he prioritizes student interview requests, sometimes even over big magazines.

“I feel like it’s really important to…

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