Quiet Riot

 

by John Mark Stella

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What you wear is a reflection of how you feel. Fashion can be used to express your attitude and personality. Today, rebellion is the latest expression of America’s dominating attitude. We feel empowered by our freedom and ability to rebel against social standards.

Collin Kaepernick is the latest display of fashionable rebellion. Fashion’s relation to a political protest characterizes Americans’ need for instant gratification. With fashion, we have the ability to feel that we are contributing to a political cause through our clothes. Colin Kaepernick’s jersey is currently the highest-selling jersey in the NFL, and he’s not even a starter. This reveals the desire that our nation has to rebel against the social standard, which in this case is masked by the political issue of racial inequality. Not only do we recognize rebellion relating to fashion in a political manner, but we also see it relating to fashion in self-expression.

For years, people have dressed according to the traditional gender roles they are labeled with at birth. Recently, fashion has blurred those lines. Hilary Clinton dresses in
way that reflects power and professionalism, a fashion traditionally associated with men. While Jaden Smith, is a male whose fashion choices reflect traditional female attire. This is both a rebellion against traditional social standards as well as a reflection of the growing LGBT community. Although they act sincerely and not firmly rebelliously, celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner help mainstream the concept of gender-blurred fashion. The desire of rebellion against the social standard reflects our concern for a fair depiction of realism.

123  If you were to only have access to social media and television, your understanding of women can be misguided and flawed. A-list celebrities and models do not accurately represent the typical body form. However, plus size actress Melisa McCarthy has answered the cry long awaited by mainstream plus size women. Plus size women have wanted the same style and variety that average size women have always been able to enjoy. Her brand offers current trend fashion that flatters the plus size figure. In a rebellion against false authenticity, plus size models have become one of America’s latest fashion statements. Sports Illustrated brought attention to the topic when they revealed the first plus size model ever to appear on the cover of the Swimsuit Issue. In this respect, fashion reflects a desire to rebel strictly in the sense that we want to rebel against false reality.

In every decade, there is a place that expresses a degree of rebellion and traditionalism as people continue struggling with the part of them that wants to be a part of something bigger than them. When considering the latest fashion trends, rebellion is not a way to destroy tradition norms, but rather it is a way to improve the future through reformation. To fight against racial injustice, restrictive gender roles, and a false depiction of reality are good. It is only rebellious in the since that the fashion contradicts the social norm, even though that norm is flawed.

 

 

 

 

Work Cited

 

Talarico, B. (2016, July 29). Melissa McCarthy Debuts New Clothing Line: See Pieces from Her Chic Collection! Retrieved from http://site.people.com/style/melissa-mccarthy-debuts-new-clothing-line-see-pieces-from-her-chic-collection/

 

Heitner, D. (2016, Sept 7). Colin Kaepernick Tops Jersey Sales in NFL. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2016/09/07/colin-kaepernick-tops-jersey-sales-in-nfl/#19be44be39a1

 

White, E. (2016, Sept 11). Hillary Clinton’s Red Pantsuit Was A Great Metaphor For Last Night’s Debate. Retrieved from http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/124550/hillary-clinton-red-pant-suit-funny-tweets

 

Kenneally, T. (2016, March 14). Jaden Smith on His Fashion Sense: ‘I Don’t See Man Clothes and Woman Clothes.’ Retrieved from http://www.thewrap.com/jaden-smith-on-his-fashion-sense-i-dont-see-man-clothes-and-woman-clothes/

 

Bazilian, Emma. (2016, April 24). Why More Brands Are Embracing Plus-Size Models Social media is shining a light on curvy. Retrieved from http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/why-more-brands-are-embracing-plus-size-models-170984

 

Talarico, B. (2016, July 29). Melissa McCarthy Debuts New Clothing Line: See Pieces from Her Chic Collection! Retrieved from http://site.people.com/style/melissa-mccarthy-debuts-new-clothing-line-see-pieces-from-her-chic-collection/

Group Gratification

 

By Meredith Brown

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We all know the Beatles lyrics, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” This group mentality has been around since the beginning of time, but tribes have turned into dominating social groups that are constantly seen in the media. People naturally connect with others who share certain ideals or viewpoints. Whether it is a celebrity with a cult following on Instagram, a health-conscious collection of people, or a large group that identifies with a certain ideal, these groups are growing due to their vast media exposure and are affecting current fashion trends.

2 In the past decade, we have witnessed the dawn of social media-made celebrities. People like Cara Delevigne, the members of the Kardashian klan, and Gigi Hadid all take to their smart phones and build their brand in a far-reaching and modern way. Brands have caught onto this group of influencers and capitalized on them through collaborations, sponsored posts, and other marketing techniques. Currently, Puma creative director Rihanna oversaw the new campaign that features Cara Delevigne, Tommy Hilfiger paired with Gigi to design a new collection, and the Kardashians have numerous clothing lines.
The Victoria’s Secret fashion show has elevated its models to celebrity-status and pu5t a spotlight on healthy lifestyles. Health-conscious social group members can be seen sporting the athleisure wear trend while eating high quality h
ealthy and organic food at trendy food trucks. They care about holistic health and to these foodies, eating has gone from a basic need to an art. Many food trucks fuse food from around the world. The blending of cultures has increased and people are
looking outward when they shop in addition to what they eat.

           3 When people connect and form social groups, it is natural that they begin to pick up on habits of fellow group members. But when a person is influenced from inside a group as opposed to outside forces, individuality can be lost and groupthink may occur. Seeing as it is a political season for America, a prime example of this is Trump supporters. These neo-conservatives are 4garnering media attention and positioning themselves in society as the people who do whatever they want, regardless of the consequences. They are seen as the new punk rock. Another large social group with tremendous conforming influence are sorority women. Girls join a sorority based on which group shares the same values, attitudes and lifestyles they have. A sorority is made up of very different personalities, but there tends to be a sorority “uniform”. Across the nation these girls can be seen in XL t-s
hirts in class and in the same styles on the weekend. Many girls express that joining a sorority has made them lose their sense of creativity when it comes to dressing.

From food to politics, social groups have a large influence over mainstream trends. Social media has made it easier for people to connect and groups to form, so keep an eye out for how certain groups can influence us today and tomorrow!

 

 

Works Cited

 

Marcus, S. (2015, September 3). Kim Kardashian Names One of Time Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/06/kim-kardashian-most-influential-internet_n_6818940.html

 

Solomon, D. (2016, September 22). Puma Creative Director Rihanna Directs Cara Delevigne in a New Campaign. Retrieved from https://www.fastcocreate.com/3063987/quick-hit/puma-creative-director-rihanna-directs-cara-delevingne-in-a-new-campaign/9

 

Claire, M. (2016, August 11) Everything we know so far about Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger’s fashion collaboration. Retrieved from http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/fashion-news/gigi-hadid-for-tommy-hilfiger-collection-pictures-21494

 

Niven, L. (2015, November 11). Body of an Angel. Retrieved from http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/victorias-secret-angels-exercise-tips-and-secrets

 

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“We Can Do It!”…

By Amber Six

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…Rosie the Riveter appealed to American women in the forties a call to find someone inside of them they just didn’t know was there: a strong, able working woman. It has been almost 80 years since this powerful advertisement surfaced and you wonder if in that time “Can we? Can we actually do it?” Women today are still fighting for their rights to be treated equally with men, to have the same political, legal, social, economic and employment opportunities without the favoring of one sex over another. Like other dominating ideals of the Zeitgeist, gender equality affects fashion in so many ways. One way this topic is showing up in fashion is with the rise in unisex clothing and gender-neutral clothing. This increase has been correlated with rises in the feminist voice, LGBT community and gender equality movements. Another way this is impacting fashion is the pantsuit. Gone are the days when women were expected to wear dresses or skirts to express and stay in touch with their femininity, especially in the workforce.  Women now have the option to wear pants just as men, as seen by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. So it’s time to put your “big girl pants on” ladies, the pantsuit is here to stay.

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As genders continue to be more equal, and women are freer to ease up on appearance, men have to worry about theirs…oh how the tables have turned. This does raise a question, if women can wear pants, can men wear dresses and skirts? Isn’t this equally what gender equality is? Are women getting to “ease up” or are men being limited? Just think about it.

picture4Now as this gender equality battle continues we as a society are turning our attention to fighting something else: staying healthy and fighting aging. In this
day and age we are seeing a more holistic approach to health and wellness, prioritizing staying healthy over just slimming down. There has been a rise in different diets like clean eating, and also in different exercise outlets like yoga and CrossFit. The term and trend
: “athleisure” came as a direct correlation to these ideals. It is now acceptable to wear your workout gear—leggings and workout shoes all day even if you hpicture5aven’t worked out (even if you don’t plan on working out). Now about the age-old battle: youthfulness. Youthfulness has been a dominating ideal manifesting itself even in the place of children’s stories like Snow White. Humans are obsessed with staying young and radiant. Plastic surgery has made this fantasy a reality not just for women but men too. There have even been tests for an anti-aging drug that scientists believe will actually “stop people from growing old” who will live well into their 110s and 120s. Say wut?!

So what exactly does this mean for you?  Nothing, yet everything. It doesn’t mean you have to follow these trends or participate in them but the study of these ideals invites us to appreciate the clothes we wear for the stories they hold.

 

Works Cited

 

-Knapton, Sarah. (2015, November) The Telegraph: World’s first anti-ageing drug

could see humans live to 120. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/03/12/worlds-first-anti-ageing-drug-could-see-humans-live-to-120/

-Farra, Emily. (2016, March). Vogue: 6 Workout Looks That Will Take You From

Barre Class to Boardroom. Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/13418808/gym-clothes-wear-to-work-athleisure-karlie-kloss/

-Marlow, Rachel. (2016, January). Vogue: The 5 Golden Rules of Athleisure: Is it

Really Acceptable to Wear Yoga Pants All Day Long. Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/13384955/rules-for-wearing-workoutwear/

 

Satenstine, Liana. (2016, January). Vogue: How to pull off that sexy tomboy look

you’ve heard about so much. Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/13384476/sexy-tomboy-shopping-trend/

 

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Clothes Speak Before You

By Kelly Beall

We all know the phrase, “wearing your heart on your sleeve”, but would you wear your heart on the runway? The Zeitgeist is the “spirit of the times” and is a reflection of, our society’s mood cultural trends. Media coverage of dominating events related to efforts to achieve equality not only influence the way people think and act, but also by what people are wearing. Recently, fashion designers have been influenced by the powerful movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement, female equality and international issues.

A current movement in the United States that is gaining prominence is the Black Lives Matter movement. Support for the movement is showing up in various places in daily life555. Since 2012, after the murder of Trayvon Martin’s, incidences of police brutality, and Collin Kaepernick’s protest against the national anthem, the movement has gained publicity about the fight against racial discrimination and violence toward black people.  The influence protests by the black community on fashion is not a recent thing, this influence dates back the 1960s with the Black Panther party. Today it is visible in the 1970s afro look that Kaepernick himself wears which reflects the image of a Black Panther. The trend has even hit the fashion runways such as the Pyer Moss New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show which featured quotes on the clothing that referenced the movement.

333Another influence in the fashion world right now is the feminist movement. We have seen this impact through Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade, which deals with the controversial topic of feminism. Beyoncehas so much impact in fashion and this album may help empower women to dress anyway they like,moving away from the ultra-feminine look and wearing clothing that displays them as powerful figures. Hilary Clinton is an icon notably wearing the pantsuit in her presidential campaign, because what’s more powerful than a pantsuit? We see this inspiration added to many designers’ collections.

An111other dominating event in the world right now is Britain leaving the Eu
ropean Union. What started with the British citizens’ protests against accepting migrants from Africa and the Middle Easthas resulted in Britain leaving the European Union, which has had a major affect on the fashion industry. The pound has dropped, causing exchange rate to weaken, which will help with exporting goods by allowing fashion companies to have more competitive pricing. During the time of voting, British designers integrated their political views into their line and runway shows to make a statement. In Viviane Westwood’s London Men’s Fashion Week show, two men walked the runway wearing shirts that said “IM IN”.

In many cases, your clothes speak before you do. So whether or not you agree or disagree with these political and powerful movements, there is a great possibility without knowing you are a part of these trends. When it comes to personal style, let it be personal and make it about you!

 

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