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Fashion Roundup: Best Outfits of the Season So Far

Fashion Week, Venice Film Festival, VMAs, oh my!

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Fall fashion so far? A feast.

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This Haunts Me: Murderous Cartoon Animals of the 2000s

Web shows like "Happy Tree Friends" and "Llamas With Hats" emblemize a disturbing trend that I can't shake from my memory.

Last week, a friend of mine brought to our group chat a question that'd leave my brain spinning with nostalgia for the rest of the day: "What's everyone's favorite terrible viral video from the 2000s?"

We immediately covered the basics: Original songs like "Shoes" and "Chocolate Rain," the purely insane (but still sort of relevant?) "Leave Britney Alone," the insta-party trick "Daft Hands," and Weezer's "Pork and Beans" music video that managed to convene all the aforementioned videos into one nifty time capsule. Soon, we were discussing the deep cuts of mid-2000s YouTube virality, including the equally adorable and disturbing animated web series "Happy Tree Friends."

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Fashion

Hot Take: I Don't Want Any More Off-White x Nike Sneaker Collabs

Quit While You're Ahead, Virgil… Enough is Enough.

I'll be the first to admit it: Virgil Abloh deserves to go down in Sneaker History for his first set of Nike Collaborations, The Ten.

When Nike first announced their partnership with Virgil Abloh of the streetwear favorite brand, Off-White, the collection was quick to gain notoriety. Since then "The Ten" have all become some of streetwear's most coveted sneakers.

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CULTURE

It's Time to Cancel Victoria's Secret

It's already a company that doesn't fit into the 21st century, where the average size of an adult woman is between 14 and 16 and having a healthy body image means acceptance and body neutrality—now VS has to answer for a shameful history of sexual misconduct.

Victoria's Secret

We're finally getting closer to canceling Victoria's Secret.

With the 2019 fashion show's cancellation and the company's transphobic marketing officer, Ed Razek, resigning this week, we're hopefully witnessing Victoria's Secret's dying breath—or at least the end of its hypersexualization of exclusively cisgender females and its glorification of rail thin figures. The company even hired its first openly trans model, Valentina Sampaio, who celebrated on Instagram with a post captioned, "Never stop dreaming."

But before we welcome Victoria's Secret into the 21st century, where the average size of an adult woman is between 14 and 16 and having a healthy body image means acceptance and body neutrality, let's listen to over 100 VS models who have signed an open letter condemning the company's history of sexual misconduct.

Valentina Sampaio on Instagram: “Never stop dreaming genteee 💋💋💋 #staytuned #bastidores #new #vspink #campaign #representatividade #diversity #beauty #selfie #life #fashion…”

In an open letter, dozens of models expressed "concern for the safety and well-being of the models and young women who aspire to model for Victoria's Secret." High profile names include Christy Turlington Burns, Edie Campbell, Karen Elson, Milla Jovovich, Doutzen Kroes, and Gemma Ward. The letter is penned by Model Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, policy, and advocacy in the fashion industry. Now it's urging Victoria's Secret's CEO, John Mehas, to commit to Model Alliance's RESPECT Program, the first of its kind to provide a formal process for reporting misconduct and complaints within the fashion industry, as well as requiring professional training programs—particularly for men. The letter explains, "It is deeply disturbing that these men appear to have leveraged their working relationships with Victoria's Secret to lure and abuse vulnerable girls."

For instance, billionaire financier and accused sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein is known to have posed as a recruiter for Victoria's Secret in order to lure young girls to his residences. Epstein is thought to have exploited his close friendship with Leslie Wexner, the CEO of Victoria's Secret's parent company, L Brands. Epstein is reported to have "an unusual degree of control over Wexner's assets and personal life." The Atlantic adds, "When Maria Farmer, who worked the door at Epstein's New York mansion, asked why so many young girls were going in and out of his home, she says she was told that they were auditioning to be models for the lingerie brand. Some of them, she told The New Yorker, were wearing school uniforms." Additionally, allegations of sexual misconduct have been lodged against Victoria's Secret photographers such as Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel.

The founder and executive of the Model Alliance, Sara Ziff, bluntly stated, "Corporations tend to treat the discovery of abuses as public-relations crises to be managed rather than human-rights violations to be remedied." She added, "The RESPECT Program provides Victoria's Secret an opportunity not only to right the wrongs of the past but also to work towards prevention."

As a whole, the fashion industry is a small microcosm of the gender imbalances that have unfortunately precipitated the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. With its lack of accountability and rampant abuse and exploitation of young girls, it's been more like a cesspool that's allowed men like Jeffrey Epstein to abuse underage girls.

Cancel Victoria's Secret Model Alliance

Cancelling Victoria's Secret won't cure the ailments of patriarchal oppression, but it would put an end to the absurd body standards, objectification of women, and cultural appropriation that have proliferated with dumbass promotions like these:

cancel victoria's secret Source: New York Daily News

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Fashion

Versace Brings Back Iconic Biggie Frame for One Month Only

The newly acquired brand updates its classic sunglasses inspired by the Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie Smalls wasn't just known for his rapping skills.

The Brooklyn-born rapper also made waves in fashion. He introduced his followers to Versace shades, COOGI sweaters and turtleneck sweaters. Now, Versace is bringing back his iconic Medusa frames in a newer, updated style for one month only.

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The updated style boasts a low-lens front shape and wide-style temples for a more modern look. Compared to the OG shades, this new pair is definitely more structured and fresh, but the shades will still feature the same gold metal Medusa medallions that Biggie wore.

The glasses will cost $295 and be available in Barney's stores and on their website starting Oct. 8, and will be available for purchase until Nov. 8.

Notorious BIG • Biggie Smalls on Instagram: “#tbt Now we sip Champagne when we thirsty.. #thenotoriousbig #notoriousbig #notorious #biggie #biggiesmalls #hiphop #rap #90s #1990s…”

Along with fellow rapper 2Pac, Biggie locked down Versace as a staple of hip-hop fashion. He was also one of the first rappers to be invited to the Italian house of opulance's fashion shows. Modern rappers like 2 Chainz and Tyga have also attempted to revive the famous Medusa shades.

Another one of Biggie's favorite fashion choices was the COOGI sweater — originally made in Melbourne for rich, upper class white folks, the Notorious B.I.G. re-appropriated the sweater for the hip-hop community. And again, rappers today love paying tribute to his looks — Drake and A$AP Mob are just a few of the artists who have sported the colorful threads.

Not all of Biggie's styles were discontinued — Biggie loved to rock some BAPE camo which is still trendy today. NIGO, a young designer who was also a fan of hip hop, started designing camo inspired pieces and managed to get the Bad Boy rapper to wear some. Now, BAPE is a popular brand and camo is everywhere.

The revival of the famous Versace shades was the brand's first major announcement after being bought by Michael Kors. Some say it's Kors already trying to profit off the brand's history, while others think this is Versace's last big stunt. Regardless, a little more Biggie fashion in the world can't be a bad thing.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.


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