Author Archives: Ashley Staples
Racked: The Fall of the Hipster Brand
“‘Urban Outfitters and American Apparel did a good job of commodifying the earliest kind of hipster—the Vice-reading, PBR-swilling, trucker-hat-wearing twentysomething,’ she says. ‘But they have not successfully evolved to meet the needs of the new wave that cares about authenticity and buys products from brands that have a strong ethical core.’” …. “But it’s clear […]
Freezing temps in the east and three days of rain in L.A. means I have a bona-fide excuse to lust after knitwear. Honestly, though, who needs an excuse?
T Magazine: The Post-Trend Universe
“You may ask: Aren’t we already free to pick and choose? But Simons was really addressing fashion insiders. Because, while we may live in a post-trend universe, there is still consensus among editors and buyers about what is cool or chic in a given season. In a way, insiders cling to the notion of clearly […]
Jamie Brewer makes history at NYFW
“Actress Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story fame made history Thursday morning by becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week. Brewer walked in designer Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” show, meant to showcase inspirational women from a variety of industries.” Read more about Jamie […]
Lucky unveils new Lucky Shops
“On Monday, Lucky Group, the Conde Nast-backed venture still in relative infancy, unveiled its newest enterprise: Lucky Shops, a site marrying editorial content ande-commerce. In response to the success of “shoppable” editorial platforms such as Who What Wear, The Coveteur, and Into the Gloss, Lucky has decided to stake its claim in e-commerce territory. However, […]
Virtual Jet-Setter: 4 international stores you should be shopping
“Thanks to this wonderful thing called the Internet, the world is at our fingertips—and so are global retailers. If you’re sick of the local mall scene—and seeing everything you own on everyone else—your best bet may be to venture outside the tired realm of U.S. retail and see what our friends around the world are […]
Paris Haute Couture Spring 2015
“When industry professionals and celebrity guests flocked to Paris last week, a relative quiet awaited them. Models chatted with each other about half-empty planes and still hotels. There was an atypical lack of celebrities, with the exceptions of Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Dita von Teese, and a few others. Even Instagram—a huge purveyor of fashion […]
To Reiterate: Hey, boys…we don’t dress for you
My snarky albeit honest piece on Tres Dope is turning out to be pretty popular. Because really, boys…we don’t dress for you.
Tres Dope: The Oversized Coat Trend
It’s finally getting cold in LA. Head over to Tres Dope to see why I want to essentially wrap myself in a big blanket.
Georges Marciano Since 1978: Here’s to California
One of the most admirable things about fashion designers is, aside from obvious creative skill, entrepreneurial spirit. It’s certainly the American Dream to forge your own way and succeed according to your own rules, but it’s even more indicative of West Coast panache. It’s the willpower required and unpredictability inherent in stepping into unknown territory—physical […]