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Digital media – what went wrong?



The Sartorialist

It’s been all doom, gloom and drama in the digital media-sphere this week. In the news – Buzzfeed and HuffPo are laying off hundreds of staff, Conde Nast is introducing a paywall and social media influencers are going to have to start putting #ad on practically all of their posts (probably).

Where did it all go so wrong?

For me, it all goes back to that time when legacy brands decided to repurpose their paid-for print articles as free online content. Rookie mistake! (more…)



What to buy from Uniqlo U SS19



Uniqlo U ss19

Even though we’re braced for a(nother) cold snap, I’ve seen sure signs of spring in the air. I distinctly detected a Turner-esque chink of blue sky peeping through the grey at 430pm a couple of days ago, which to me is a clear indication that green shoots are on their merry way. Man, you don’t know how happy that makes me feel…!

And perfectly timed is the arrival of Christophe Lemaire’s latest Uniqlo U SS19 collection, billed as a ‘playful meditation on colour’.

It certainly is. I really like these slabs of flat raspberry pink, tan, white and leaf green (more…)



On circularity, beauty and solving the cost of convenience



Axe deodorant is part of the new Loop circularity platform
I think about the cost of convenience a lot. We’re so hung up on things being quick, accessible and easy that we forget that there’s a cost associated with it. For example, two of my bugbears – getting hooked on free media consumption means we’re now slaves to Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk, and the obsession with a cashless society is a burden for older people who can’t keep up with technology and miss the human interaction of bank counters and supermarket checkouts. (Not to mention the simple fact that cashless culture means you spend more.) And then there’s a third – the environmental cost of our disposable culture.

The good news is there’s finally some progress being made in the field of packaging. We still want the convenience that comes with disposable goods but we’re not changing our behaviour fast enough for recycling to make a significant difference. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Burberry SS19 ad campaign



Burberry SS19 ad campaign by Colin Dodgson

Burberry just unveiled its first ad campaign under Riccardo Tisci. I like that it used a range of different photographers rather than just one, including the brilliant Nick Knight (below, with models standing in front of a painting by British artist, Jenny Saville) alongside two of my other faves, Colin Dodgson (above) and Letty Schmiterlow.

And in a further push for inclusivity, it’s featured Stella Tennant who is one of my favourite 90s models (more…)