Frasurbane and Teen Antifa

Your daily digest of youth culture

Tinder has its own “Gen Z Whodunit” mystery series, apparently?, and it’s returning for season two; Rihanna and Hailey Bieber are bringing back the zodiac necklace; Charli and Dixie cover Paper Magazine; Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion lead 2021 MTV VMA nominations; and…

INSIDE THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING SURGE

“As many of our customers re-introduce themselves into the new-est normal world, we look forward to back-to-school shopping as an important milestone to kick off the fall season,” says a Neiman Marcus exec. An interesting piece that touches on key BTS trends — tie-dye, camo, logos — and acknowledges some of the current supply chain issues, but makes not one mention of Delta and how that will shape back-to-school season (which is, coincidentally, what I’ll be digging into for Friday’s subscriber-only issue). voguebusiness

SLEEK, NEW CREDIT APPS TARGET A YOUNG GENERATION ALREADY DROWNING IN DEBT

One sec while I hoist myself back on my BNPL soapbox: “Alana Voechting, a 27-year-old nursing student, had never heard of Klarna when she noticed its bright pink logo while checking out at Sephora.com with $165 in skincare products.” Soon, she was using not just Klarna but also Quadpay and Affirm to buy stuff she would have not otherwise purchased and found herself in heaps of debt. Now, apply this exact anecdote to literally millions of young people! lat

“It’s like your brain thinks, ‘Oh, I’m getting this product for cheap,’ because you really only look at that first payment, and after that you kind of forget about it,” she said. “So psychologically, it feels like you’re spending so much less when you’re not.”

IS ‘WEIRD’ THE FUTURE OF FASHION?

Between Kylie Jenner’s Birkinstocks and the viral Barilla pasta box bag, “luxury brands are ditching tradition for kitsch to appeal to Gen Z.” scmp // Related: Louis Vuitton just released a delightfully kooky (if ridiculously priced) oversized coffee cup handbag and pouch that looks like a…carrot? Bugs Bunny but make it chic, etc. etc. hypebeast Speaking of weird…

'FRASURBANE' IS THE NEW 90S DECOR TREND BASED ON... THE SHOW 'FRASIER'?

This is so good: “Baby-level Frasurbane is a 1990s Scholastic book fair, or peak Discovery Store. Full blown, adult Frasurbane is about Vitrutvian Man decor, globes, and drowning your existential crises in espresso—it’s 90s Ethan Allen, Pottery Barn, and companies like Bernhardt Design, or Donghia.” vice

MEET THE RIGHT’S WORST NIGHTMARE: TEEN ANTIFA

The Youth Liberation Front, or YLF, describes itself as a “decentralized network of autonomous youth crews.” The kids, they are alright.

But Sam, and the Midwest Youth Liberation Front, consider themselves to be more of the antifascist flavor of leftist organizing, which, to them, means spending time online trying to gain access into far-right networks rather than, for example, throwing a brick through a Starbucks window. vice


One last thought:

Editor’s note: In yesterday’s issue, I touched on how much YSL Nu looks like Glossier and then proceeded to totally bungle the hyperlink. Here you go!