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90s Tech fashion vibes, SNL gets weird, and Tiffany's AF1
WELCOME TO THE·BY·PRODUCT. A WEEKLY RECAP OF WHAT IS GOING DOWN & WHAT IS COMING UP ON THE INTERNET. THIS WEEK WE ARE FOLLOWING A SORT OF THEME BASED EDITION METHOD.
SINCE YOUR HUMBLE AUTHOR IS A CREATIVE DESIGNER TYPE HUMAN, I DECIDED TO PUT SOME LOOSE FOCUS AROUND THIS ISSUE. AS SIMILAR AS THEY ARE, LIVING WITHIN A THEME, THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT.
DESIGNERS, AND CREATIVE FOLKS COME IN MANY DIFFERENT FLAVORS. YES, SOME OF US SPAN CATEGORIES AND OFTEN TIME DEFY LABELS, BUT WE ARE ALL ON A SIMILAR PATH. AND WE ALL KNOW, THIS PATH AT TIMES, WINDS, LIKE SHERYL CROW ONCE TOLD US, AND THAT IS PERFECTLY FINE.
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THIS WEEK’S HOT TAKE
NO TWO DESIGNERS SHOULD BE ALIKE.
WHO’S THAT GUY
Are you being stalked by tweets about how to avoid fast fashion in menswear? The best way to shrink an oversized vintage sweater? Where to buy sick, affordable Etsy outerwear? Deep thoughts about impeccable tailoring? Are you un able to avoid Derek Guy? aka @dieworkwear.
You’re not alone. Ever since Twitter rolled out their algorithmic “For You” tab, one man rules your feeds. You know him by his bespectacled avatar, his prolific threads about menswear minutiae, and his Aimé Leon Dore jokes. He’s the man they’ve started calling: “Menswear Guy.” / Via GQ
THE DREAM OF THE 90’S
Gentlemen, do you have a giant tan computer locked away in storage you can lean on for an #ootd? Grab your Gateway 2000, HP tower, or Wang Computer cuz now is the time.
The men’s fall 2023 collections just wrapped up in Paris and it appears the skinny suit trend that has dominated menswear for around two decades is finally giving way to pleated pants, swishy silhouettes, and an über-normcore vibe can only be described as 90s tech CEO. (Cue Seinfeld Keyboard). / Via Back Row
Artificial intelligence may not be taking over media agencies’ jobs yet, but some of this technology is already sitting, and working, next to you.
While machine-learning tools have saved time and brain-crunching for many on the data/research side of the industry, AI tech took serious steps just recently into the content and even creative side of media. Some agencies and digital studios are creating virtual influencers for social media and brands, claiming younger audiences share a strong connection to these fictitious characters. / Via Digiday
KEEP IT WEIRD
Aubrey Plaza’s mischief as an intern began long before she played the sardonic April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. During college, she briefly served as a page at NBC, where she spent her time sharing fake facts on the tours she led and sneaking off to vomit away her hangovers.
Fast forward to her appearance on SNL, and how she helped get the show out a a very long and very deep rut. / Via The Atlantic
MAKE IT FANCY
The rumors are true: Nike's Air Force 1 is once again getting fancy. The sportswear giant confirmed its forthcoming linkup with Tiffany & Co. via a Instagram post, which featured a Tiffany Blue shoe box stamped with the unmistakable Swoosh — "a legendary pair," as they're calling it. Shout out to our favorite Creative Director neighbor Ruba! / Via HighSnobiety
THE BLOW UP
When I was younger, New Balances weren’t that high in the shoe pantheon — they usually fell behind Air Forces, shell-toe Adidas, Timbs, etc., so seeing them sell out at raffles is a bit surreal. / Via SnobHop
THE SLOW DOWN
For 20 consecutive months between 2020 and 2021, Shein grew in the three-digit range year-over-year. Now it seems the growth is coming to a halt. In a slowing economy, some are spending less money on fashion; Shein's negative publicity regarding sustainability in its supply chain may also have taken a toll. So what is next? / Via BoF
REPEAT AFTER ME
Mathematicians predicted that if they imposed enough restrictions on how a shape might tile space, they could force a periodic pattern to emerge. They were wrong.
It’s not hard to come up with patterns that don’t repeat. Many repeating, or periodic, tilings can be tweaked to form non-repeating ones. Consider, say, an infinite grid of squares, aligned like a chessboard. If you shift each row so that it’s offset by a distinct amount from the one above it, you’ll never be able to find an area that can be cut and pasted like a stamp to re-create the full tiling.
The real trick is to find sets of tiles—like Penrose’s—that can cover the whole plane, but only in ways that don’t repeat. / Via Wired
Located within the Toyosu area in Tokyo, the teamLab Planets Tokyo is a digital museum where audiences could immerse their entire bodies in colossal and interactive artworks.
Marking the first of its kind, the museum allows visitors to walk on water, become one with the flowers, and immerse themselves in multiple surreal spaces that blend art, technology, and the natural world.
Since its opening in July 2018, the museum has successfully enlarged its footprint during the pandemic, including two large-scale artworks in the Garden Area, and an adjoining vegan ramen restaurant. / Via Designboom
Automotive company Rezvani Motors has launched a car with security features including electrified door handles and pepper spray-emitting wing mirrors that are more commonly found on military vehicles or in video games.
"The Rezvani Vengeance is the world's most aggressive and most capable three-row SUVs," said the Californian brand. / Via Dezeen