On Urban Outfitters Selling A “Vintage” Kent State Sweatshirt

Urban Outfitters has never been known for staying within the limits of good taste. From t-shirts that say “Eat Less” (which isn’t really that offensive if you’re not, to borrow a phrase from Cher Horowitz, “a total heifer”) to board game knockoffs of Monopoly called Ghettopoly, the hipster/millennial wet dream …

The Vreeland-Avedon Alliance: A Fashion Dynasty

When Diana Vreeland’s reign as editor-in-chief at Vogue began (yes, it’s hard to imagine, but try to think past Anna Wintour) in 1962, the young fashion photographer and eventual legend Richard Avedon joined her, ultimately shaping the aesthetic of the publication. After getting his start as a photographer for department …

Marxism and Paris Hilton

Although one wouldn’t immediately (or ever) associate Paris Hilton with Marxist policy, the famed socialite has certain tendencies toward the economist’s theories on class relations. However, instead of setting her sights on the concerns of the proletariat, Hilton is more concerned with the well-being of the bourgeoisie. As an heiress, …

Kangol and Jackie Brown: A Love Story

Jackie Brown, regularly regarded as one of Quentin Tarantino’s least watchable films, is not only the auteur’s most underrated for its narrative, but also notable for its use of all things Kangol. As Tarantino’s first adaptation (from the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard), Jackie Brown had some obvious kinks–mainly in that Tarantino was …

The Suicide of L’Wren Scott: Or Can Everyone Please Stop Referring to L’Wren Scott as “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”?

Okay, we get it. When you’re in a relationship with another famous person–or any person for that matter–people like to define you by it. But the suicide of L’Wren Scott has found the media to be in a markedly poor state. The fact that her identifier throughout every article chronicling …

Rachel Green Was the Progenitor of Normcore

While normcore may be attributed to many jeans/flannel/muted color-wearing 90s icons, Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) of Friends was not only a visual manifestation of normcore, but a strong representation of the personality associated with the “blah” nature of a normcore aesthetic. Though Rachel was considered the “fashionable” one of the …