Hello and welcome back to the weekly paid edition of After School.
Have you been outside yet? It is so cold and so snowy and oh my god I love it. My dog, on the other hand, is not having it.
Before I drag him to McCarren Park against his will, I’ll be digging into everything I bookmarked in my brain about youth culture this week, including but not limited to:
Trends: himbos, dystopiacore, bump-its
TikTok: Frank Ocean, celibacy, OK perfect
Retail: Skims, Sephora, Walmart
Tech: Web 2.5, crypto kings, metaverse real estate
Dating: depop, strawberries, Thursday
And, as always, everything else I’ve been consuming this week. Not that you asked, because you didn’t, but it’s the internet, and if the internet isn’t for oversharing, then I frankly do not know what it’s for.
The himbofication — typified by Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, Kronk of The Emperor's New Groove, and essentially every Matthew McConaughey movie — of high fashion is upon us.
Speaking of himbos, guys are paying $10,000 to become real men at warrior camps.
Hypebeasts are trying to look like triathletes now.
“I’d notice twentysomethings in Patagonia fleece vests thumbing through Lost Downtown at Dashwood; an El Rey waiter ringing up my kale Caesar in a Columbia windbreaker; diners at Win Son in North Face puffers and Acne Adrians; a couple in matching Arc’teryx parkas drinking flat whites at La Colombe.”
What is dystopiacore? The answer is either a) The new doomsday-inspired, leather-infused fashion aesthetic or b) whatever the heck Kanye West is wearing/doing these days.
Speaking of dystopia, Chinese youth’s latest buzzword is “emo” thanks to the growing “singlehood trend” and mounting struggles with work pressure, many young Chinese have shared their feelings of sadness, depression, and sensitivity on the country’s digital platforms.