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“Axe would have anthropologists believe that its target audience was 20-something men for whom quick-draw sexual episodes were a semi-regular occurrence; in fact, the brand’s power user was a 13-year-old boy with a mom who humored him.”
I wrote a quick NYFW roundup for Editorial Magazine “With a sparse schedule and New York’s most iconic designers seemingly becoming displaced by corporations like Nike and L.L. Bean, it seemed like fashion week was destined for irrelevancy—or some other kind of impending doom.”
“there’s rumours that the inventor of Bitcoin was a mycologist [the name for biologists who study fungi] and that the currency is built around the structures of mycology”. Bitcoin and fungus certainly share a certain subterranean, secretive quality.
"After more than a decade traversing Europe, Balenciaga's provocative creative director is producing some of the most creative and fashion of our era."
"Recent advances in machine learning have allowed musicians like Holly Herndon to use artificial intelligence programs while creating their music. As reported in Adweek, digital agency space150 recently pushed the technology to its limits by creating an entirely AI-generated song with lyrics and melodies modeled after Travis Scott’s music."
“[Don’t] just throw them a prize and say, ‘Oh, we did our duty,’ and then put them in touch with CEOs that don’t even want to have conversations with them,” he said, critiquing initiatives like the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. “Here, there is such a divide between the corporate side and ...Read More
“Everybody makes this thing about sexuality as if that’s the main thing in your life, it is NOT. The main thing in your life is to get through it with a sense of joy, whilst being able to deal with the pain that life will bring you.”
"If the overall brand concept and/or brand identity isn't shifting the culture like Pyer Moss, Christopher John Rogers and Telfar what's the point," said a freelancer.
“It's not up to me to say what's more important, I just write books, but it’s about how these things are enabling. How can a book be a thing that’s got the tools in it, where you don’t need (in the American context) $100,000 worth of graduate school education just ...Read More
Content bias was the most reliable effect of the three in explaining the rise of negative lyrics. This is consistent with other findings in cultural evolution, in which negative information appears to be remembered and transmitted more than neutral or positive information. However, we also found that including unbiased transmission ...Read More
"In the past 20 years, over 60 billion words of fan fiction have been written and posted on, the world’s largest repository. The site’s 10 million members have collectively authored a corpus about three-quarters the size of the entirety of published English-language fiction. This outpouring of creativity has been generated ...Read More
“I think that in 20 years, max 20 years, there will be no difference between any city. Every city’s becoming more Los Angeles. Anytime I go to Paris, for example, there’s more brunch places, there’s more bagel places, there’s more avocadorias. It’s just becoming more of this singular Airbnb aesthetic ...Read More
“Luxury is supposedly more timeless... [but a collaboration] brings novelty and freshness.” But with ubiquity comes the question of value. Nearly two decades after they became a regular occurrence, are brand collaborations still worth the effort?