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Ugliness Was The Hottest 2018 Style Trend Because The World Is Over via Broadly
"In 2018, fashion trends celebrated the luxury of ugliness, glorifying anti-style in the midst of political and cultural chaos: Dad shoes and Birkenstocks; tiny bags, tacky bags emblazoned with designer labels; cargo pants, bootcut jeans, tube tops, and fucking glitter—practically anything that has been considered uncool became popular. By glorifying the grotesque, we have culturally advanced back to where we were in the 1990s, or perhaps more distinctly, to the winter of 1999, preparing for the Y2K digital doomsday while failing to anticipate the political horrors that would befall the United States in the 21st century."

Victoria’s Secret Has a Mean-Girl Problem via The Atlantic
"For years, Victoria’s Secret has been the brand equivalent of the stereotypical cool-girls’ table in a high-school cafeteria: hot, unfriendly, and definitely not interested in bolstering your self-worth. And as in a teen movie, the less popular brands took as many cues as possible from the queen bee."

Worn out: can fast fashion be sustainable? via The Guardian
"Some fast fashion is cheap, nasty and will fall apart after a few washes. The same can be true of designer clothing. It is a misconception that expensive in any way equates to sustainable, or, as Dr Sumner says, durable (though it’s worth remembering that cheap clothes often mean labour exploitation). As my mother’s wardrobe testifies, if you have a good eye for clothes that are stylish rather than fashionable, choose carefully: look for the best-quality fabrics you can afford, and treat the clothes you buy with the utmost respect, care and love (yes, love). Your clothes – whatever the price tag – will repay you with years of service."

Why 'The New York Times' Is Going All In On Merch via Fashionista
"At the very least, The New York Times is able to take advantage of the built-in cachet of its logo — which is about as recognizable as a New York Yankees cap — to connect with people already familiar with the paper, at once monetizing on widespread sociopolitical sentiment and the popularity of micromerch, says Evers."

Patagonia's $10 Million Donation: Why They Gave Away Their US Tax Savings via BBC
"'Far too many have suffered the consequences of global warming in recent months, and the political response has so far been woefully inadequate - and the denial is just evil,' Rose adds in her statement. Patagonia previously joined lawsuits challenging Donald Trump's plans to reduce the size of protected parts of the US that belong to Native American communities."