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Students discuss the effects of fashion trends coming and going with the blink of an eye.

The steep price of fast- moving fashion cycles

Diya Mandal and Isabel Santamaria November 22, 2023

Recently, it seems that everyone is a trend forecaster. This year, Tiktok fashion oracles predict shoulder-padded leather jackets will be the staple of fall, and patchwork jeans with a statement belt will...

Junior Isabel Santamaria studied at FIT over the summer.

Isabel Santamaria FITs college course into her busy schedule

Ori Rosmarin September 21, 2023

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is known as one of the best fashion schools in the world as of 2023 according to CEOWORLD Magazine, and thus, one of the prestigious places for aspiring fashion...

Survey of 41 CHS Students from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17.

Creativity offsets climate change

Dara Fisher March 31, 2023

Today’s children will live through three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents, according to The Washington Post. Although some teens may feel powerless in the daunting task of stopping...

Vivienne Westwood was an influential designer who made waves in the
fashion industry. “Vivienne Westwood Life Ball” by Manfred Werner/
Tsui is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Fans mourn passing of the priestess of punk

Cayla Carlson, Evie Seetoo, and Isabel Santamaria March 31, 2023

Starting out as a primary school teacher and making her way up to designing Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress, Vivienne Westwood has proven that working-class girls can indeed make a living in the art...

As time goes on, celebrity gala outfits get crazier and more expensive.

Catwalk costs rise with strange celebrity outfits

Alex Batzar and Leigh Batzar March 31, 2023

From Kylie Jenner’s fake taxidermied lion head to Doja Cat’s 30,000 Swarovski crystals, fans have not been let down with celebrities’ extravagant fashion looks in 2023. All of these ensembles, however,...

Queen Elizabeth I was one of the most notable
fashion influencers in the 1500s. She often posed
for portraits like this one.

The influence of fashion on culture across history

Nolan O'Keefe September 15, 2022

In today’s world, fashion influencers sit on a much more metaphorical throne than those of the past. With the term “fashion influencer” likely comes the thought of social media, but they’ve been...

The clothes a person wears have many effects such as psychological and can even be the way they express themselves.

Psychology of getting dressed

Stella Feinstein September 15, 2022

  When it comes to clothing, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye. Beyond just appearance, clothes can impact the way a person thinks and is perceived, a phenomenon scientists have deemed...

Designer fashion pieces are popular, but
can lead to purchases worth thousands of
dollars and beg the question of how much
they’re really worth.

The real cost of high- end designer fashion

Nolan O'Keefe May 20, 2022

With $36,000, one could choose to buy a two-ton BMW or a two-pound Gucci bag. Designer pieces can go for thousands of dollars, a price that seems reasonable to some and entirely ridiculous to others....

Survey of 50 CHS students from Feb. 18, 2022 to Feb. 25, 2022.

Thrifting presents an ethical dilemma: The solution to fast fashion or stealing from the poor

Yaritza Reyes Contrera and Isabella Ji April 14, 2022

Thrift stores have long been the go-to stop for affordable, trendy items. However, the thrift industry has come under scrutiny for reselling and gentrification. The main appeal of thrift stores for...

Capsule wardrobes are on the rise to combat fast fashion.

Timeless clothing collections open doors for sustainability

Stella Feinstein April 14, 2022

To combat the rampant rise of fast fashion, niche influencers are turning to capsule wardrobes to revive timeless clothing. Capsule wardrobes are minimalist closets made of staple items curated to carry...

Low prices of clothing on sites such as SHEIN promote overconsumption and microtrends.

Accelerating trend cycles create major overconsumption

Madison Demaree and Ava Rubinstein April 14, 2022

The ever-growing presence of social media in society undoubtedly has downsides, with one of the most significant being the influence microtrends have on clothing waste. As the rate at which clothing flows...

Survey of 50 CHS students from Feb. 18, 2022 to Feb. 25,2022.

Online fashion retailer SHEIN sparks moral debate

The global clothing retailer SHEIN has found a way to produce fashion cheaper and faster, taking social media by storm. The Chinese company has grown not only in popularity but in numbers, raking in nearly...

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