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Amy Odell
Front row topics, back row perspective. Fashion coverage by Amy Odell.
Created 30 Apr 2021
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  • The Fug Girls Talk Red Carpet Fashion
    22 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 7 1
    I met Go Fug Yourself writers Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan when I was just starting my career for New York magazine as a party reporter around 2007. I covered a lot of fashion week events and New ...
  • An Old's Guide to #aesthetic
    19 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    Welcome to the second installment of “An Old’s Guide.” Previously, this 36-year-old Oldsplained TikTok fashion. Now that that we all have a cursory understanding of that concept, we can “go deeper,” a...
  • Victoria's Secret's Media Manipulation Has Been Too Easy
    17 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 5 0
    Have you heard that Victoria’s Secret is organizing spokesmodels into something called a “Collective”? Why, of course you have. The brand has, with the media’s help, been able to shove it down all of ...
  • Has the Media Changed Since Destroying Britney Spears in the 2000s?
    16 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 5 0
    Britney Spears has been freed. Paris Hilton is married. Jessica Simpson bought back her fashion brand. The women whom the media treated cruelly in the aughts with either the general public’s support o...
  • Wedding Wars: Ivy Getty vs. Jennifer Gates
    12 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 11 0
    Defining the current cultural moment feels challenging. The pandemic seems to be on a blessedly downward trend, the word “woke” has been co-opted by people over age 50, and Gen Z is elbowing skinny-je...
  • Emily Ratajkowski Exposes the Disturbing Truth About Modeling Agencies
    11 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    Emily Ratajkowski’s new book is a searing indictment of a number of lecherous men, but also the people too often responsible for orchestrating her interactions with them: modeling agents. Her stories ...
  • Ariana Grande's Zoom Manipulation
    09 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 9 2
    Ariana Grande has a new makeup line called r.e.m. and its launch shows how deeply media must now genuflect to mega celebrities, and polish their shoes with a toothbrush while they’re down there. Here ...
  • An Old's Guide to TikTok Fashion
    05 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Welcome to the first installment of “An Old’s Guide,” in which I, an Old, explore and attempt to understand various aspects of youth culture. I am 36, which in the world is in no way old, but when it ...
  • "It's a Monster": Aja Barber on the Fashion Industry
    04 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    You could look at the fashion industry at this stage of the pandemic as being in the throes of a glittery and inspired comeback — a return to glamour akin to the Roaring Twenties or post-war Swinging ...
  • The Arnault Dynasty
    29 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    Before I get to today’s post: this week, I announced my second book, Anna: The Biography, a biography of Anna Wintour based on interviews with more than 250 sources, including her closest collaborator...
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