The Met Gala’s ‘American Independence’ theme gave celebrity outfits too much freedom

  Huh? Everyone has been anxiously waiting for the 2021 Met Gala after COVID-19 postponed last year’s event. With 2019 bringing popularity to camp fashion, many were surprised to see this year’s Gala diverge from eccentric, exaggerated style and adopt the rather unimaginative “American Independence” theme. Even so, there is hardly anything independent about American […]

New York Fashion Week is back and better than ever

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 kicked off on Sept. 7 after three seasons of virtual shows due to the pandemic. Despite the barrier of required proof of vaccination, the show was a welcomed return to normalcy.  With LaQuan Smith displaying his collection at the Empire State Building and Monse at the Pier 62 skatepark, […]

Tiffany & Co. creates controversy with new campaign

Launched in print globally on Sept. 2, Tiffany & Co.’s “About Love” marks the luxury jeweler’s first collaboration with the legendary Carter duo as they celebrate modern love.  “Ushering in a new brand identity, this campaign embodies the beauty of love through time and all its diverse facets, forging a new vision of love today,” […]

‘Cinderella’ attempts musical take on animated classic

Kay Cannon’s “Cinderella” (2021) teeters on the line between a classic fairy tale and a pop star’s music video. Starring Camila Cabello, a singer and songwriter who once belonged to the music group Fifth Harmony and has since led a successful solo music career, “Cinderella” loses the class of the original fairy tale and instead […]

Ella Jane shares debut EP ‘This Is Not What It Looks Like’

Content warning: This article briefly mentions body dysmorphia. Most everybody knows someone from high school who had big dreams about becoming a successful singer-songwriter. Ella Jane is what those high school dreams are made of. A girl from a community that seemed to convince her, as so many do, that “no one pursues anything creative […]

Resurrection of the music scene: The summer 2021 roundup

After the tumultuous, pandemic-enwrapped cacophony that was 2020, musicians had to navigate the ever-changing music industry during the long months of quarantine. Summer 2020 saw some of the best works imaginable: “Chromatica” (2020) from Lady Gaga, the Album of the Year-winning “Folklore” (2020) by Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers’ sophomore LP “Punisher” (2020), just to […]

‘The White Lotus’ was the best show of the summer

In mid-July, as the delta variant just began to tighten its grip on American communities, viewers turned their minds to the luxurious Hawaiian fantasy presented in HBO’s “The White Lotus” (2021), which follows a spattering of ridiculously wealthy vacationers and staff at a fictional resort of the same name. Instead of blissful escapism, though, the […]

Kanye tells flawed but epic story of faith and family on ‘Donda’

After three listening parties spanning a month and a half, a 24-hour livestream in Mercedes Benz-Stadium showing the tantalizing happenings of a small, converted bedroom, unreleased songs being played randomly on the radio and just an overall lack of transparency on when his album would release, Kanye West finally allowed “Donda” (2021) to hit the […]

Tufts graduate Adam Wilson breaks down novel ‘Sensation Machines’

Novelist Adam Wilson (LA’04) first published his new novel “Sensation Machines” on July 7, 2020. Soho Press released the novel in a paperback edition on Tuesday with an in-person event to follow on Sept. 13. “Sensation Machines” is set in a near-future New York City. It explores the social, political and economic effects of the […]

Tufts to hear the people sing (and play winds and brass) once more

For the first time in over a year, all musical ensembles at Tufts University will return to in-person modalities with full participation this semester. Vocalists, winds and brass players, whose participation in ensembles was restricted during the 2020–21 academic year, will be required to wear instrument-specific personal protection equipment; all such PPE will be provided […]