ErichKessel
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  • March 12, 2015 • Culture, Fashion

    “Conspicuous Femininity” and the Art of Victoria Gitman

    How do you make what is understood as unimportant into something of importance? How do you animate what is otherwise seen as static? How does a thrifted purse become an art object? And how do you grant presence to something that has been...

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  • October 2, 2014 • Fashion

    The Politics of Wearability

    As fashion month draws to a close, I’m beginning to consider all that I’ve seen. On the whole, it hasn’t been very exciting, save a few important highlights. I’m also considering all that I’ve read, from reviews on Style.com to...

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  • September 19, 2014 • Fashion

    Miuccia Prada’s Fall Textbook

    For all Miuccia Prada’s much-commented-upon creativity, there is also a consistency from season to season that is equally interesting. Setting aside her most ardent fans, even someone who browses Style.com for ten minutes can glean...

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  • September 5, 2014 • Fashion

    GAP Wants You To Dress Normal and Give In to The Inevitability...

    Normcore was almost dead. It’s as if it was slowly being sucked away into the past, or at least that’s what many of us have wanted to see. Last week, Gap significantly eroded that possibility with their new series of commercials by...

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  • July 10, 2014 • Music

    Verbal Blackface with the “Realest” Girl Around

    Iggy Azalea made her case at the BET awards last Sunday. She hopped uncomfortably to the stage, greeted by mentor T.I., and jumped right into her song with perhaps the most ironic line of the year, in her characteristic drawl: “First...

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  • June 26, 2014 • Culture

    On Jeremy Meeks, Power, and Desire

    The Internet has had its way with the mugshot of Jeremy Meeks that was released earlier this week. Through some rough Photoshop edits, he’s suddenly become the face of Dolce and Gabbana and Calvin Klein, further exciting to the growing...

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  • June 20, 2014 • Fashion

    Where Sporty Comes to Die

    The sporty look is in its twilight. As far as trends go, it has enjoyed a relatively long life and broad reach. It’s similar to the explosion of lace about three years ago. Lace was on everything: denim shorts with lace, tee shirts with...

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  • June 13, 2014 • Fashion

    American Fashion in Critical Condition

    If someone asked me to tell them what defined “being American,” I’d probably sit silently with my eyes turned towards the ceiling for 20 minutes. I could produce my passport, but that’d only remind me of all my failed attempts at...

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  • June 6, 2014 • Fashion, Music

    Labor and History in Janelle Monae’s Black-and-White Uniform

    This past October, I had the opportunity to see Janelle Monae live. I had been a fan long before that evening; her artistic ideas, as well as her reputation for turning out spectacular performances, were a major draw. A young black woman...

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  • May 30, 2014 • Uncategorized

    Masculinity in Crisis: A Brief Trip to CVS

    Walk into your local CVS, Boots, or similar pharmacy-esque storefront. Go into the body wash and deodorant aisle. Plant yourself in front of the products directed at men. You shouldn’t have trouble finding it, as most of the products...

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