Clowncore and Candlefluencers
"fashion blogger" is back
Good morning, and welcome back to another paid edition of After School.
It’s going to be 60 degrees in New York today — as soon as I hit send on this, I’m going on a shorts run (the best kind of run) (not be confused with a short run) — and I plan to spend the entire day outdoors, soaking up the sun, pretending that the world is not on fire, that global warming is not upon us, and that Russia and Ukraine are not moments away from war.
Now onto the important stuff :’)
Ahead, everything I bookmarked in my brain about youth culture this week (that we haven’t already talked about), including but not limited to:
Trends: vaseline, clowncore, slut strands
TikTok: missed connections, hay fever, candlefluencers
Brands & business: egg freezing, checking accounts, furniture rental
Dating: groundhogging, blind dates, valentine’s
Other things I consumed and loved: scammers, KIMI, and the best bikini ever (no hyperbole detected)
Dua Lipa is singlehandedly bringing back platform flip-flops, the kind I wore when I was 12. Mine were $20 from Limited Too; hers are $395 by Coperni. Same difference.
Another thing that’s back: Grungy black eyeliner from the mid-2000s (no thanks to celebrity makeup artist Kanye West).
Old dudes are hot, or so declares i-D. “We’re calling it: middle-aged masc is officially hot. Skater boys: out! Men with substance, and even more substantial wallets: in!” This assessment is based on AW22.
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