Saturday, 29 October 2016

Weekly reading list 29/10/16



In an attempt at keeping this blog alive and useful even though I'm snowed under with work for my magazine journalism course, I thought I'd start a weekly reading list. This will contain mainly fashion articles and radio/TV shows, as well as a few other choices from around the web and, in a brazen act of self-promotion, links to any writing I myself have published lately.

Fashion and retail news and features

Gucci fashions its reinvention with style - This examination of how new CEO Marco Bizzari and creative director Alessandro Michele turned around both Gucci's image and its profit margin is both in-depth and seriously readable.

Saturday Woman's Hour - Alexandra Shulman, editor-in-chief of British Vogue was a guest on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, discussing that documentary, her new book, and diversity in the industry.

Underage, Underpaid, and Unwelcome - BBC's Panorama uncovered that child refugees in Turkey are being used as cheap labour in manafacturing clothes, including products for M&S, ASOS, Zara, Mango, and other major retailers. The Telegraph did this great longread on the subject.

Investors try to bag French Connection - The struggling High Street brand may be bought out. Let's hope it's not another BHS situation...

Jack O'Connell to play Alexander McQueen - The casting of an undoubtedly talented actor is a promising development for the upcoming biopic. But let's not forget that the wonderful Stephen Wight played the designer in McQueen (the play), and that received several mediocre reviews (including one by me).

Other top choices

Men abandon groundbreaking study on male birth conrol citing "mood changes" - People are kind of angry that the same side-effects that women have been experiencing for years are deemed a big deal in men. However, the actual results of the study were promising in terms of success rate. So, watch this space.

Why are "smol pupers" cuter than "little dogs"? - I've been following Amelia Tait's writing ever since her commentary on last year's Bake-Off, and now that she's at the New Statesman she is not only continuing to produce insightful articles but she's producing them in abundance. This piece is just the latest in her analytical, investigative approach to the weird world of internet culture.


Writing by me

The Canvas of Literature - An old interview I did with Naomi Alderman, which I'm bringing back to your attention because her newest novel The Power was released on Thursday and my god, it is brilliant. I'm hoping to publish a review of it soon but in the meantime I implore you to go read it.

Review: Green Goose pub - I'm collaborating on this new London-based drinks website as part of my course and this is my first piece for it. Give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook if you like what you see.