Grab your parasols and aviation goggles! Steampunk might be considered untouchable now, but the pace at which trends are being regurgitated means that anything is possible
By now, we’re all familiar with the relentless cycle of trends that are infiltrating the internet – and our minds. FromY2K to Indie Sleaze, we’ve experienced an endless rehashing of old aesthetics repackaged in TikTok-friendly formats and hailed by online commentators as the Next Big Thing. With the mid-aughts making a comeback in terms of indie music, Tumblr aesthetics and the emo revival, we find ourselves thinking: what’s next?
To answer that question, we need to dial back to a time when technology, and its advancement, felt like it had real revolutionary potential. As capitalism swallows itself and any chance of a future beyond it, it’s easy to feel like the Future = Bad. But this doesn’t get to the root of our collective angst, nor does it help us move forward. Perhaps what we need is something so based and cringe that we can’t help but put our obsession with the past to bed – a nail in the coffin, if you will.
As one of the last remaining 2010s subcultures to not be put through the cultural ringer, steampunk should be set to make a return in our nostalgia economy, but why hasn’t it? The hashtag #steampunk currently has 460 million views on TikTok, so there’s clearly a growing interest, with users showing off images of coal-powered flying boats and…
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Known as Japan’s youth and street-fashion center, Harajuku has become the epicenter of kawaii culture. The area also is home to the heavily wooded Meiji Shrine and boasts a wide selection of eateries catering to both young and old.
A Youth Haven since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo’s Harajuku district extends from soon to be rebuilt Harajuku Station to Omotesandō. As a bastion of fashion and youth culture, it has launched pop superstars like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and drawn global attention as the home of kawaii culture. It also presents a subdued, mature side with many upscale restaurants and boutiques.
Known as Sendagahara during the Edo period (1603–1868), the area gradually came to be called Harajuku from the many lodgings, or shuku, located in the neighborhood. The district began to take on its present form following World War II when shops like Kiddy Land and Oriental Bazaar opened their doors along Omotesandō to cater to servicemen living in US Airforce barracks on the west side of the station. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics finally transformed it into a center for youth culture and fashion, with young Japanese curious about Western culture descending on Harajuku to mingle with foreigners from the Olympic village in nearby Yoyogi Park.
The Three Faces of Harajuku: Takeshita Street, Uraharajuku, and Omotesandō
The entrance to Takeshita shopping street.
A trademark of Harajuku is the distinct fashion styles found along its lanes and thoroughfares….
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As we head into the fall season and begin watching our spooky favorites, we may start to notice the similarities between today’s fashion and the historic movie characters that fabricated our spooky obsessions. Let’s take a look at some of the most inspirational and freaky characters that have creeped into our latest fall fashion.
From the 1996 classic Scream, Drew Barrymore opens the movie with an iconic phone call that leads to her gruesome death. Although she only appears in the movie for a short amount of time, she manages to remind fashionistas of a practical yet elegant piece: Linen Sweaters. Even covered in blood, Casey’s linen sweater showcased feminine simplicity and introduced a new staple needed in our closets. Linen sweaters can be paired with jeans, skirts, or even over a dress, and can be worn in all different colors. The character Casey Becker pairs her Linen J. Crew sweater with a violet Katherine Hamnet jean. Either dressed up with tons of jewelry and heels or dressed down with mom jeans and sneakers, a linen sweater is perfect for fall. It’s a staple fall piece that helps you fight off that autumn breeze in style.
Quite like her name, the character Emerald from the hit movie Nope by Jordan Peele, gives audiences countless looks that incorporate green. Green, usually seen as a summer or spring color, has been making its way into fall fashion as it serves a “witchy” look. Emerald, played by the…
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IVE Jang Wonyoung is recently named “Fashion Icon of the Year” following her unrivaled fashion sense. If you want to do a look inspired by the female star, keep reading to know three main tips!
According to YTN Star, Jang Wonyoung is one of 2022’s “Fashion Icons of the Year” along with BLACKPINK Rosé, Song Hye Kyo and more. Due to her tall height, visuals, “born to be an idol” attributes and incredible fashion taste, she became a representative icon of the MZ Generation.
(Photo : Jang Wonyoung (Instagram))
She’s known for being an ambassador and model for numerous famous luxury brands, thanks to her trendy and classy look. In fact, her look is also one of the most coveted by women, from her makeup to fashion.
If you think you can’t achieve such a look due to budget, don’t fret! We compiled 3 main tips and recommendations to achieve the “It Girl” look without straining your wallet!
(Photo : Jang Wonyoung (Instagram))
If you are aiming for Jang Wonyoung’s youthful yet fancy look like a cherry, popular beauty YouTuber Jooshica revealed four makeup tips to achieve such a look.
First of all, you have to recreate Jang Wonyoung’s captivating eyes by wearing circle lenses and achieve a double eyelid by using eyelid tape. Glitter makeup with light-colored eyebrows and eyeshadow is a must to emphasize the eyes and natural look.
(Photo : Jang Wonyoung (Instagram))
Secondly, is using thick mascara to have Wonyoung’s long and voluminous eyelashes….
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Harajuku today bustles with domestic and international visitors, the crowds as lively as if they were at a festival. Like Asakusa or Shibuya, the trendsetting district is one of Tokyo’s top tourist spots, with people flocking to take in its youth culture and cutting-edge fashion. Standing out amid the modish surroundings is Harajuku Station. A popular backdrop for Instagram shutterbugs, the landmark lends a nostalgic charm to the area’s vibrant atmosphere.
Completed in 1924, the JR Harajuku Station is the oldest wooden train station in the metropolis. The two-story structure sports a gable roof lined with bluish-gray copper sheets and a central tower rising upward like a belfry, while the half-timbered walls set dark wooden beams against a white background. Flanked by the greenery of Meiji Shrine, it has the appearance of a venerable German or British building.
Harajuku Station is a familiar sight on social media. (Courtesy Nakamura Yukino)
Unfortunately, plans are underway to knock down the station and replace it with a modern structure. Despite cries for preservation, the deadline is getting nearer without any solid ideas as to how the station might be relocated or who would pay for such a project.
When train services began in 1906, Harajuku was a small, peaceful outpost. In 1909 it became a stop on the Yamanote Line, and in 1920 the formal opening of the Meiji Shrine made the station a stopping-off point for worshipers to the…
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I always slow my car when I drive past a certain cedar shingle-sided mansion in Old Bennington, Vermont. The once-formal gardens are lush and overgrown. A porte cochere sags over a vintage Mercedes. A gold lock, which upon closer inspection is styled in the face of the Buddha, draws two iron gates tightly together, upon which a hand-painted sign reads, “Keep Out.”
For years, I inquired around town—did anyone know the owner? They did not. On freezing New England days, my daughters and I bought hot chocolate from the local cafe and drove past the residence, looking for lights in the old glass windows or signs of life, like footprints across the snowy lawn. During the last decade, the house, somehow both ramshackle and glamorous, blossomed in our imaginations. We suspected a fascinating person lived inside.
Ten years passed before I learned the name of the house’s owner, and of his complicated and mythical life. He was Tzaims Luksus, a man who managed to have been a celebrated fashion designer, a small-town eccentric, a head shop owner, and a bereft widower who buried his partner on the grounds of his unheated mansion. TIME magazine labeled him a “Vermont Industrialist” in a January 1966 profile and lauded his bouts of “feverish” artistic output, but many locals know him only as the man who might yell at you for lingering on the sidewalk near his home. The more I learned about his extraordinary life, the more I realized the whole story underscored the whiff of…
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Featuring the good, the bad and the ugly, ‘Look of the Week’ is a regular series dedicated to unpacking the most talked about outfit of the last seven days.
Life imitated art on the front row of the Michael Kors show on Wednesday when assigned seating placed Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and actor Anne Hathaway next to one another in a display of PR genius.
Wintour was, as always, dressed in her signature look — a pair of dark sunglasses skewing her eyes and her quintessential blonde bob — but Hathaway’s outfit looked equally familiar. Wearing a black knitted turtleneck, a chestnut brown leather coat and her hair in a high ponytail styled with a blunt fringe, Hathaway was a facsimile of her on-screen character Andrea Sachs from the 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Anne Hathaway and Anna Wintour sit next to Serena Williams and Eric Adams at the Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2023 show in New York City. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
The movie, based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel by the same name, chronicles the trials and tribulations of Sachs as she clumsily moves through the highest echelons of the fashion industry in pursuit of a career in journalism. She briefly ends up as the mistreated personal assistant to iron-fisted magazine editor Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep), a character widely acknowledged to be inspired by Wintour herself.
Almost 17 years later, “The Devil Wears Prada” is still considered to be one of the…
Fashion month returned to New York in a big way, with five-and-a-half-days of in-person runway shows including Gabriela Hearst, Prabal Gurung, LaQuan Smith, Collina Strada and Batsheva, hosted in iconic locations around the city.
Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon showed a collection of lush florals inspired by “The Secret Garden” inside The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, while designer Victor Glemaud presented knits on rollerskating models at Rockefeller Center’s famed rink. Jason Wu’s collection — sheer elegance in beaded gowns and digital prints — showed in a space overlooking the East River at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, and Ulla Johnson took over the Beaux Arts Court of the Brooklyn Museum.
Tommy Hilfiger, meanwhile, teamed up with British designer Richard Quinn for a modern take on classic Americana on the Brooklyn waterfront, against the New York skyline. The show, a tribute to another former icon of the city — Andy Warhol’s Factory studio — was an A-List affair, with Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker, John Legend, and Kate Moss among those in attendance, with Moss watching her daughter Lila walk the runway. Barker later joined the stage for a drum performance at the end during the models’ final procession.
Gabriela Hearst hosted an airy warehouse show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with a joyful live performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus, who performed in all white for the entirety of the show along a gold-streaked runway. The…
While Fall hasn’t officially arrived, the data dissecting upcoming fall fashion shopping trends has—and it’s revealed another iconic closet item from the 2000s is coming back.
Fear not, millennials, it’s not low-rise jeans (or low-cut anything for that matter).
You may be pleasantly surprised to hear that the styles that have caught influencers’ and fashionistas’ attention have leaned more into a hiker’s aesthetic than a glamorous one.
According to data shared with Parade from the shopping app LTK, online searches for cargo pants have increased by 123% since June. These past few months have also seen significant increases in searches for leggings (+139%), hiking-style boots (+70%), windbreaker jackets (+52%), and henleys (+169%), as per the release.
The app credits the rise of summer glamping and the site’s fashion influencers (like Kathleen Post and Chandler DeHart) for the spiked searches on its platform that relate to this outdoorsy-chic style. But believe it or not, cargo pants have trended across many other social media apps–even Chipotle got in on it and created a pair of cargo pants from napkins.
Clearly, the utility pant is having a moment. And it’s not all bad; ladies, they have pockets!
Dozens of TikTok videos created by amateur stylists and fans of the versatile staple have racked-up millions of views each over the past few weeks alone.
One user shared a now-viral video that suggested a few ways to style a pair of olive green cargos. The…
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Fashion is barreling towards a digital future. In this brave new world, a cherished paycheck might no longer be spent on a scrupulously researched pair of Christian Louboutins or a long-envied Dior saddle bag — but a collection of pixels depicting these accessories. The brands breaking into digital fashion believe virtual clothes will become increasingly important as we spend more of our lives online. And that’s not just in familiar spaces such as dating apps, video games and Zoom — but in the metaverse and beyond.
Just as in the real world, virtual dressing can make an impression. A 3D fashion filter dressing you in the latest Dior digital jacket might — for example — give you the confidence to nail your next remote interview.
“Fashion isn’t here just to keep us warm,” said Elliott-Young, co-founder of the Institute of Digital Fashion, a think-tank and digital fashion consultancy that advises luxury clients on how to engage in virtual fashion. “It’s about expression, creative community, being within your tribe.”
For those looking to get involved in this rapidly emerging (and often confusing) space, here are a few ways you can expand your virtual wardrobe.
The Institute of Digital Fashion collaborated with LA-based couture house August Getty Atelier to create a piece of digital…