I’ve spent the past few weeks researching beauty routines and rituals and found that while in lockdown, I’ve hardly worn much make up but kept up the skincare because it feels good to do.
That’s not new to me. Even though we’re not meant to be touching our faces, the tactile rituals of skincare – massaging in cleansing balms, hot flannelling off, applying oils and creams – are supremely comforting and the mere act of touch is said to boost dopamine levels.
I’m trying not to write endless lockdown posts but…its hard! While it’s doom and gloom for a lot of sectors, I imagine there’s going to be an upswing in workout and cycling-wear upstarts and collections.
I’ve never been a gym person but I’ve found myself doing almost-daily stretching and barrecore videos (Rod on Psycle Instagram Live is my fave) and even quite enjoying them.
COS has a head start with its new COS Active collection*. It’s a mix of recycled fabrics and seamless designs (I guess they produce less waste?) alongside techno performance fabrics. I’m actually not big on stretchy activewear (leggings – ugh!), so I’m gravitating towards the Prada-esque parka, the cropped engineered jacket and the classic grey hoodlie.
The Business of Fashion has a story on the future of fashion media, highlighting the struggles for magazines of operating with smaller ad revenues then ever.
There will for sure be casualties but those will likely have been coming for a while. There is just too much content out there and especially now, more short form video, memes, social media and digital newsletters than ever.
I expect the legacy players may go for reduced frequencies of print publications, both to alleviate pressure on printing businesses operating with reduced capacity and in response to market interest. (more…)
“I always thought that fashion is really just another name for time, so I wanted to do an exhibition that was a meditation on fashion and temporality. I feel that fashion at the moment is grappling with ephemerality and impermanence and I thought that drawing out the tensions – between change and endurance and transience and permanence and persistence – might be a nice way to create more of a consciousness about fashion going forward.”
The Met Museum’s Costume Institute exhibition, About Time: Fashion and Duration, has been pushed back from Monday 4th May to October 29th in a sad but sensible Coronavirus-impacted move. (more…)