PopIsh: June 3

I’m all about fast fashion

H&M has announced its fall designer collaboration partner and it’s Kenzo. If you didn’t know who Kenzo is (and who Marimekko was either), no worries, that’s why I’m here. Kenzo is a French designer label founded by a Japanese designer: the fashion house’s look is indeed very modern and reflects the street style of Tokyo and Hong Kong while retaining French minimalism.

 

But first, let’s take a selfie

My hometown has made the front page of Buzzfeed this week, and the internet has gone cray over it. Sugar Land, TX just added a statue to its town square (which is City Hall plus a ton of boutiques and chain restaurants) of two girls engaging in this decade’s most common activity: taking a #selfie. The statue was donated by a local artist and is meant to reflect normal happenings in town square. Art is a reflection of society, so I can’t blame the artist.

 

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With nine years of consecutive South Asian-American winners, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has become subject of a misleading race-based narrative in an America where race struggles are only getting louder. Haters on Twitter (read the end smh) have made comments such as “only Americans should be able to win,” causing the American-born and raised winners to likely question what makes someone an American. This interesting article highlights why immigrant families from South Asia have been producing spelling bee champions, and it has a lot to do with India’s proficiency in English and the higher-class and education level (and therefore greater pressure on academics for their children) of immigrants from the region.

 

Put a ring on it

Karl Lagerfeld is famous in the fashion world for his quirky style, exaggerated persona, and being the head designer and creative director of Chanel. To get a taste, one quote from him is “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” Anyway, Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with jeweler Frederick Goldman to create a new line of engagement rings marketed to millennials, with affordable prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. This follows the trend of “older” brands adapting to please millennials as the segment gains in purchasing power. In Karl’s words, for the millennial, he has designed these rings to be “elegant but not bling-bling.” Don’t propose just yet –these rings aren’t available till September.

 

Tidbits:

  • A proposed bill in Pakistan would allow husbands to “lightly beat” their wives. Pakistani women react with #TryBeatingMeLightly.
  • MySpace has been hacked– if you’ve been using the same password since like 2005, you should change it.
  • Rob Kardashian and his baby momma Blac Chyna are getting their own show. If you don’t know who they are, you’re not missing out, don’t worry.
  • How to use Snapchat to increase engagement and drive traffic – Burger King Argentinawill show you how.
  • POTUS has declaredJune 2016 to be African-American Music Appreciation Month. Let me start your playlist by suggesting J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar.
  • “I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.” – POTUS’s official declarationof June 2016 as LGBT Pride Month.
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