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Your post on Autumn was written so beautifully - makes me love the season even more!

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CREATIVITY VS. COMMERCE

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At a quick glance, this quote from Susie Lau made me smile and left a bit of hope within me that at least some people understand what is truly important within the industry. For the most part I agreed, Yes – The fashion industry is a chaotic hub of wonderfully, creative people and in an ideal world creativity should come first however seeing the effect of e-commerce on brands and the way they’ve began to market themselves, you do begin to question what is more vital in order for a 21st century brand to succeed.

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A few days ago marked the first official day of Autumn and whilst it’s still annoyingly humid here in London (aka that Indian summer thing), I couldn’t help but feel all giddy as I started packing away some summer separates and making way for my jumpers and scarves.
There’s something poetic and inspiring about Autumn. Perhaps it’s the whole back-to-school feels that make me want to reach for some cute stationary and dive into a big book as soon as September comes along, but I know for sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way about the season; Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus finds that “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”, the aloof Jordan Baker from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ points out that “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” and the romantic poet, William Cullen Bryant beautifully declares that “Autumn… is the years loveliest smile” and how right he was, in fact, how right are all these marvelous people on the wonders of such a gorgeous season.
I have a strange fascination for Autumn, then again Autumn is strange in itself; everything is essentially dying yet it looks so beautiful. It’s as if nature has the grand finale right before it decays and brings forth the harshness of Winter. Long walks in the crisp air, cosy jumpers and giant cups of tea - I’m so glad to live in a city where Autumn can come around and perform in all its bravado. 
When the escapades of summer die down and the prep for Christmas and New Years, Autumn is that little bit of magic in the middle where nothing but feelings of comfort and warmth are encouraged.
What are your favorite things about Autumn?
XO, TDR

A few days ago marked the first official day of Autumn and whilst it’s still annoyingly humid here in London (aka that Indian summer thing), I couldn’t help but feel all giddy as I started packing away some summer separates and making way for my jumpers and scarves.

There’s something poetic and inspiring about Autumn. Perhaps it’s the whole back-to-school feels that make me want to reach for some cute stationary and dive into a big book as soon as September comes along, but I know for sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way about the season; Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus finds that “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”, the aloof Jordan Baker from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ points out that “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” and the romantic poet, William Cullen Bryant beautifully declares that “Autumn… is the years loveliest smile” and how right he was, in fact, how right are all these marvelous people on the wonders of such a gorgeous season.

I have a strange fascination for Autumn, then again Autumn is strange in itself; everything is essentially dying yet it looks so beautiful. It’s as if nature has the grand finale right before it decays and brings forth the harshness of Winter. Long walks in the crisp air, cosy jumpers and giant cups of tea - I’m so glad to live in a city where Autumn can come around and perform in all its bravado. 

When the escapades of summer die down and the prep for Christmas and New Years, Autumn is that little bit of magic in the middle where nothing but feelings of comfort and warmth are encouraged.

What are your favorite things about Autumn?

XO, TDR

URBAN FABULOUS?

Corn rows, gelled baby hairs and du-rags. Now did I just describe to you a hip-hop video from 2003? or the latest SS15 trends debuted at Fashion month?Quite recently, DKNY is the latest target of Black Twitter following the debut of the hottest hairstyle for next Spring/Summer: Baby hairs and as of Tuesday night, the French powerhouse Chanel has come under quite a bit of scrutiny for the debut of the “Urban Tie Cap” or what me and you would call, a du-rag. To be fair, it hasn’t been confirmed that “Urban Fabulous” is the official name of this hairstyle seen on the DKNY catwalks and the du-rag images circulating around the Twitterverse are actually backstage shots of Derek Lam models flattening their hair but nonetheless the issue still remains.

What baby hairs and du-rags have in common is that they have been historically perceived as “ghetto” when really they’re just practical and creative approaches to dealing with different hair types. When seeing these images from New York Fashion Week, I couldn’t help but notice the double standard that arises when black people have been doing something for years, suddenly becomes acceptable and bold when put on a white body which artist, Jennifer Li perfectly captures in this piece:

The Problem With Baby Hairs, 'Urban' and the Fashion Industry

When black people do something its “ghetto” and “unattractive” but the minute white people do the same things, its portrayed as unique and “edgy”. Instead of calling everything “Urban”, would it kill the world to say that it was inspired by Black culture? Why tip-toe around it when we’re all thinking it?

I don’t see anything wrong with being inspired by different cultures but it becomes a problem when someone refuses to recognise and acknowledge where these looks originated from. 

XO, TDR

second photo by olivia locher