Cinema Might Be the Secret to Personal Style

Need some style inspo for 2024? Movies can be muses, too.

Julianne Moore in Sharper

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We're living in the heyday of fast fashion. TikTok microtrends are churned out faster than most brands can keep up with and toxic "dupe" culture has convinced us that it's always better to pay less to participate in trends — despite the environmental and social impact of major fast fashion brands. Is getting one picture in a polyester dress really worth the hours of child labor that went into it, and the eternity that piece of plastic masquerading-as-fabric will spend in a landfill?
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“Bottoms” Is a Sleeper Menswear Masterpiece

Bottoms proves that we should all be dressing like lesbians

Bottoms movie

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When you think of fashion movies, what do you think of? The Fifth Element famously had its costume design done by Jean-Paul Gaultier. And then there are movies about fashion like The Devil Wears Prada.

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“Bottoms” Review: Girl Failures Are the New It Girls

Like Barbie before it, Bottoms lets girls be messy and boys be the butt of the joke

Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri

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We started the year blessed: by the “girl failures” tweet. In a viral post on the app formerly known as Twitter, user @ricshatty said: “enough girlbosses i need girlfailures. just an absolute loser of a female character. more women who suck!!!!!”

This summer, movies have delivered precisely what we asked for.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Popdust Score: 4 / 5

Billed as a biting Gen-Z satire, horror factory A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies follows a pack of emotionally immature 20-somethings — and Lee Pace — as their mansion hurricane-party turns deadly. It’s a wildly fun whodunnit that’s more of a nightmare if you’re sober than if you don’t like horror movies.

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NYC's comedy-verse, once a bastion for a revolving door of homogeneous dudes, is shifting in a new direction––gayer, funnier, and more inclusive. You might think that the rise of online comedy would render live performances obsolete, but New York's alt-comedy scene is thriving with a new generation of LGBTQ and POC comics taking center stage.

Sure, a viral tweet might help launch someone's career, but more often it's the community that uplifts and supports its members' work via podcasts or show appearances and creative collaboration. NYC's comedy scene is a pretty inspiring showcase of solidarity in an otherwise cutthroat entertainment industry. Here are six acts that you should know if you don't already:

Ayo Edebiri

As an improv-er, standup comedian, and published New Yorker writer, Ayo Edebiri makes comedy look effortless. Her bubbly stage persona is tempered by her dark outlook on modern urban life. She's such a joy to watch that you might not even notice the existential dread creeping up on you! As she bounces around the stage, her whip-smart material covers all the basic tenets of the cultural zeitgeist––gentrification, uniq-lo joggers, and Mark Ruffalo's extensive filmography.

Jaboukie Young-White

If you haven't heard of prodigious comedian Jaboukie Young-White, what are you even doing? Hailing from Chicago, Jaboukie has made a name for himself this past year after being added as a correspondent to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, as well as making a standup appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, where he came out to his parents as gay. JY-W gained popularity on Twitter, where he offers some of the freshest takes on millennial culture. Though he draws a lot of his material from feeling alienated, his content sheds light in a way that makes people feel a little more connected. From talking about gay bugs to health insurance, he never seems too worried. In many ways, Young-White represents a new generation of comics democratically elected by the internet. Lots have caught on to the hype– he's written for Big Mouth and American Vandal, and made appearances on Crashing and Rough Night. Currently, there are talks of him starring alongside Dumplin' star Danielle Macdonald in Bo Burnham's next project. We wouldn't be surprised if there's a Netflix Special somewhere in his future.

Larry Owens

Larry Owens is the alt-comedy scene's bona fide Sondheim aficionado. He's a beacon of light among the sometimes dreary, self-effacing standup sets. Owens can dive into classic standards just as easily as One Direction hits, all the while mixing in riffs on everyday life struggles in between. His self-assured diva energy reminds me of Tituss Burgess' portrayal of Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. With an angelic voice and serious comedy chops, Owens is the ultimate hilarious, musical package.

Rachel Sennott

If you're a sad e-girl trying to Instagram a picture of a dead bird, Rachel Sennott will not hesitate to put you on blast. Her topical comedy targets all of the worst parts of millennial and influencer culture, never shying away from poking fun at herself. As a writer, standup, and actress, Sennott has written and starred in her own original shorts and appeared on HBO's High Maintenance. Whether she's exposing Bushwick fuckboys or gingham-clad influencers on a picnic, Sennott uses her interpersonal life to inform and fuel her unique brand of sardonic, self-aware humor.

Sydnee Washington

After Sydnee Washington spent a decade working as a bottle girl, she transitioned to the realm of standup comedy to offer a fresh perspective. She has her own show Death of a Bottle Girl and co-hosts TheUnofficial Expert podcast, where she offers insight on New York's nightlife scene. She's like the funny, more experienced older sister you never had. Now a resident of the alt-comedy scene, Washington presents her razor-sharp takes from her own vantage point as a queer black woman in the city.

Ana Fabrega

Ana Fabrega can do just about anything. Though she started off working in finance, Fabrega emerged as one of the most consistent (and funniest) members of the comedy scene. You may have seen her in Portlandia orHigh Maintenance, or perhaps you came across her through her 10-second videos on Twitter where she does micro-bits, impressions, and oddly specific characters. Now, Fabrega is working on the HBO show Los Espookys (co-written with Julio Torres and Fred Armisen). She may not be new to the scene, but she's definitely one to keep your eye on.

Sara is a music and culture writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.

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