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Interwoven, a photo shoot that embodied the timeless allure of the Japanese folklore that binds kindred souls together. Draped in vivid crimson, these models, like the fabled lovers, found themselves connected by an intangible force that transcended time and distance. The scarlet threads intertwined their lives, whispering of unknown encounters that were far beyond a mere coincidence, creating a visual tale that resonates with hearts across cultures and generations.
This is not simply a legend that will continue to age beyond our lifetime, it is also a symbol of beauty and unity that is shared through destinies. It is a reminder that love, like these threads, eternally weaves its way into our lives despite our lowest and loneliest times. A gentle reminder that we are not alone.
If you happened to visit your local theater in late July or early August, chances are you likely witnessed countless individuals dressed in head-to-toe pink regalia and sparkling attire, all in anticipation of “Barbie”, the 2023 blockbuster film directed by Greta Gerwig. Although the movie presents itself as a spirited and playful cinematic experience, it delves into significant issues confronting women, including misogyny and patriarchal norms. These themes are carefully braided into the narrative, fostering a profound sense of solidarity even amongst strangers, as they are woven together by their understanding of what it means to navigate society as women. Though is this sense of camaraderie shared amongst all?
Navigating the intricate landscape of gender identity and authenticity can be a deeply complex journey for many, particularly for transgender women, gender-fluid individuals and those who have grappled with expressing their femininity authentically. In this setting where cisgender women unite over shared experiences, the anticipated sense of unity may paradoxically cultivate profound isolation as well. This a very substantial reality for many transgender women who navigate the complexities of transitioning, all while shouldering the enduring impacts of their trauma surrounding their assigned sex at birth and attempting to assimilate into a world they were not initially part of amplifies this feeling of imposter syndrome.
The purpose of this shoot is to encapsulate the intricate tapestry of gains and losses intertwined within the complexities of girlhood across diverse gender spectrums. It seeks to shed light on the emotional experiences faced by women of all backgrounds and identities, emphasizing the need for empathy and appreciation of the unique paths each individual takes in their pursuit of authentic self expression.
Society influences people to live their lives a certain way, pressuring them to fill a mold that is uncomfortable to most, but convenient for some. The rise of social media trends plays a role in the increase of pressure felt by those who express themselves in “out-of-the-box” ways. The harsh reality is that expressing yourself in inventive ways is complex and dangerous for some. More and more people feel tied down by societal constraints, leading them to put on a façade that does not represent their identity. The visuals represent the suffocation felt by so many as a result. The plastic and fabric represent restriction, preventing people from living authentically. Thus, this story challenges those to reject social convention and emerge from the charade that was forced upon them. Express yourself at your own convenience.
People connect with others in many ways, but one important way humans have always found that connection is through art. No matter how advanced technology becomes, art remains and will always remain, a unifying force in our world.
The concept of fashion "cores" has skyrocketed in popularity with the growing prominence of social media. It's not uncommon to see Pinterest boards curated to encapsulate a specific aesthetic — perhaps you've even made one yourself. The desire to fit a certain core has its appeal, whether people just want to give off a certain vibe or even find online communities of others who share their same interests. Regardless of one's purpose for pursuing a core, we are all looking to achieve a common goal: to find our personal sense of style. Some of the most popular cores are simply fashion styles that follow the same set of general aesthetic rules, but other cores are extensions of larger online communities that work to embody an entire lifestyle.
If you could live in your favorite decade as a normal teenager, what would you do? What kind of music and style would surround your everyday life? We invite you to turn on your favorite song and join us as we take you through music's most influential decades. This project aims to transport you back in time by capturing authentic vintage fashion in three popular decades and incorporating technology into each to encapsulate music history and its progression.
Model: Evelyn Esquivel
So much of our generation grew up with dreams of becoming the next David Dobrik or Jaclyn Hill, of being sponsored by FashionNova or Morphe. But at the dawn of 2023, we’re left to wonder: is influencing a dying industry? Are the days of exaggerated storytimes and extravagant GRWMs coming to an end? We’ve seen so many of our favorite creators release videos titled, "Why I’m quitting Youtube,” either moving to the greener pastures of TikTok and podcasts or abandoning the limelight altogether. Even the OG TikTokers are more interested in making movies or releasing music than lip-syncing or participating in the latest dance trend. Despite all of this, influencing is still one of the most sought-after careers for young people. So, what isn't the public seeing? What is driving creators away from the platforms that brought them such success?
It's almost impossible to keep up with the ever-changing trends that occur (or reoccur) in pop culture and fashion. Technology continues to advance as fashion trends are commonly repeated, referenced and renovated into new designs for higher efficiency and style. In this style shoot, details from the Victorian and Renaissance eras were juxtaposed with early 2000s technology to show that styles and trends are always referenced, even in modern-day looks. As new styles continue to emerge, we may look back and realize there is more to learn from our past than we thought. In retrospect, we can note our flaws and apply the wisdom we gain to new ideas.
It is no surprise that technology and social media have dramatically changed almost every aspect of our lives, including the infamous trend cycle. In the past, a trend could take decades to infiltrate different cities. However, social media has given us the ability to visually communicate with people all over the world in a matter of seconds.
Cellphones are evolving into a one-stop shop for everything we could possibly need. While it's still common to buy clothes in a brick-and-mortar store, online shopping is more popular than ever.
Here's the fashion dare of all dares: reinvent the same dress.
Welcome to Studio 23: A deep dive into the innovative music genres that have propelled music forward with technological influences. With each genre and its accompanying playlist, fall deeper into the world of Studio 23. Transcend into euphoric bliss while traveling through the music of yesterday and looking forward to the music of tomorrow.
Versace, founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, is an Italian luxury brand that holds a reputation as one of the top design houses internationally. Versace was inspired by Greek culture and mythology, hence Versace’s Medusa logo and use of Greek accents. He also created his brand on a foundation of feminism. Donatella Versace, Versace’s current artistic director, has strengthened this foundation. In an interview with Donatella per Grazia Magazine, a women’s magazine in Italy, Ms. Versace discusses her motivations when designing her collections. “Women live complex lives; we’re complex people, with many different sides to what we do every single day. When I'm designing my collections, I’m always thinking about the woman today and the intricacies in her life.” Recognizing the power of women today, Ms. Versace said, “[this is] the power I want to express in my shows.” Ms. Versace sees fashion as a way for women to embrace their beauty and power.
Ballet is breathtaking, but its history of racism, sexual abuse and body shaming casts a shadow on its poise and grace. With the resurgence of the "balletcore" aesthetic, led by designers like Simone Rocha and MM6 Maison Margiela, "Ballet to Runway" presents a progressive take on the traditional art form. Through dynamic poses, this shoot aims to highlight the intricate beauty of ballet-inspired fashion across a diverse array of models. It also adds an avant-garde twist to impressions from the ballet classroom and famous ballet performances. The shoot even features original garments made by the stylist, who is a fiber artist.
Styled by Mia McManus
Photos by Hannah Flint
As of 2022, Shein is the largest fashion retailer in the world. It also happens to be one of the most prolific contributors to fast fashion—a term used to describe a manufacturing system that operates under poor conditions to produce mass amounts of clothing.
Styled and written by Angel Sortijas
Photos by Lexi Croft and Colby Sansbury
Styled by Angel Sortijas
Model: Aliyah Grady
Fashion is art and art is fun, creative, imaginative and beautiful. Life can only be those things if you chose it to be. It is easy to get lost in the beauty of fashion in terms of how far you can take it, how simple or extraordinary you can make it with no problem at all. Every piece is a little bit more exciting to put together, it can get frustrating but nowhere near as life can get. It is easier to start over when you mess something up, you can dream big and plan ahead of time because you know that if you stuck to the blueprint, then it will turn out exactly how you envisioned it to be. There might be some slight changes, but you know exactly that it’s for the best. You believe it to be true because you have concrete proof, you can witness it getting better right before your eyes. You are in complete awe of how coherently it’s all coming together. It’s so much easier and so much more fun to dream of something when you know that it will only get better. You get to have exactly what you want in every detail no matter how big or small the art may be.
Styled by Caroline Callicutt