Millennial Hustle

Millennial Hustle: Icely Franco

I first met 26-year-old real estate manager and creative professional Icely Franco about four years ago, back when I was still deeply entrenched in the NYC fashion scene. We were both working shifts at a fancy (and possibly haunted) shop in Soho and bonded over our mutual love of books, brunch, and the many, many commonalities between her Dominican heritage and my own Filipino origins—Island nation? Check. Empanadas? Check. The lingering shadow of mid-20th century populist dictatorships? Check and check.

Since our time schlepping hundred-dollar garments from stockroom to shop floor, I’ve moved to the West Coast and worked for half a dozen other places. Icely, on the other hand, has planted her roots more firmly in her native New York—finishing her degree, raising a lovely young daughter, and expanding her reach in the fashion world. Read on for more about this determined millennial’s big-city hustle.

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The One-Oh

The One-Oh: The Pride Edit

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The One-Oh: 01. Zanele Muholi Somnyama Ngonyama 02. Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer 03. Fluide Beauty Blue Duo Set 04. Sophia Wallace Storm Pin 05. NOTO Botanics Agender Oil 06. Personals Instagram + App 07. Hearts Beat Loud 08. Hayley Kiyoko Girls Like Girls Lapel Pin 09. Queer Appalachia Electric Dirt Zine 10. Chani Nicholas Horoscopes

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Millennial Hustle

Millennial Hustle: Polly Gregory

My first job out of college was with a children’s clothing company, where I found myself doing all sorts of odd tasks, like ironing teeny, tiny onesies or sweeping up cupcake crumbs after a photo shoot with 7-year-old twins. On the side, I worked as a freelance photographer and wrote feminist and postcolonial essays (which eventually led to the creation of this blog). I lived in Brooklyn at the time, and my friends’ jobs ran the gamut—from freelance theater electrician to Ebola researcher.

Even now in my late twenties, I still find myself constantly amazed by the incredible variety—and often times, crazy number—of jobs my fellow twentysomethings have found themselves with. Sure, we millennials sometimes do some dumb shit, like take too many selfies or spend a significant portion of our income on rosé. However, at least in my experience, I’ve found those blanket statements about my so-called lazy, thoughtless generation to be, well, blanket statements by lazy, thoughtless writers who can’t show their receipts.

To put it simply: Yes, some millennials kind of suck. But a lot of us are working crazy hours, day and night, and doing some pretty amazing stuff. And so, dear reader, I bring you Millennial Hustle, a new column highlighting young folks doing cool things at their job—and their side job, and their side side job—as well as some pro tips if you’re looking to get into their line of work.

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Fashion

Spring/Summer 2018 Makes an Argument for Gen Z Yellow

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In a sea of millennial pink, how do you stand out? Some might say: in yellow. Gen Z yellow, that is. From Carolina Herrera to Christian Siriano, pops of the zesty hue have appeared this season in various styles and palettes across the board.

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Fashion

Gone Guerrilla: New York Fashion Week Takes a Disruptive Turn

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New York Fashion Week has taken to the streets—and not just with killer street style. If you were lucky enough to be in lower Manhattan last Saturday night (or unlucky enough, depending on your opinion of the fashion set) then you might have seen the traffic-stopping spectacle that was #WangFest.

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Irina Vitjaz Fall 2017

Benefitting from her wild success following last season’s show, Irina Vitjaz presented a new collection that certainly did not disappoint. Nor did it hold back—Vitjaz’s latest effort put two feet forward with gown after fantasy gown in a candied assortment of colors and slick lamés. The dizzying collection, pumped up on estrogen, reveled in the current trend toward pleated metallics. Arguably, there were so many standouts that one may deem it a fool’s errand to determine a focal dress.

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A Détacher Fall 2017

The latest pieces from designer Mona Kowalska had an Agatha-Christie-meets-The-Parent-Trap feel: somewhat mysterious, with a hint of Victorian England that’s both vintage and youthful at the same time. At the heart of the collection was a rotating mix of tartan pieces and statement suits. Shapes were conservative—but that did not prevent the overall thrust from achieving a bookish edginess that attracts Kowalska’s cult following time and time again.

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