Kids:

If you only learn one thing in school, learn that history happens again.

It may look different, when it arrives. It may smell different or talk differently or wear different clothes. But trust us, it’s happened before.

If you know your history, you can see it gaining on you in your rearview mirror.

This election may seem at first glance to have had a lot of firsts. The first time one candidate won the electoral college and another the popular vote. The first time someone so clearly unfit to hold this office rode in on a wave of fear and anger. The first time fake news became such a big deal.

But none of this is new. It’s just been forgotten.

There’s no real way to stop history from happening again. History happens because people are people, have always been people and will always be people. People develop strong emotions and once you’ve convinced people of something, it’s nearly impossible to convince them of something else. So history marches on.

But.

What can change is the reaction.

Today, at this very hour, people all over the country are protesting. They are exercising this most American of rights because they hold certain truths to be self-evident. They hold certain truths to be self-evident because these are the truths they’ve been told to hold that way. They’ve been given these truths to hold in their hands and defend to the last.

They aren’t going to give these truths up.

What we have to foster from here on is conversation and understanding in the face of fear and anger and mistrust. We have to believe in each other as humans and fellow countrymen. We have to respectfully disagree, when we disagree, but we should at least understand where we’re coming from.

And above all we have got to remember that this country is bigger than ourselves.

Otherwise, History.

We’re heading into an upheaval, kids. None of us knows exactly what will happen or when–it could take another hundred years. But if we look behind us we see that it’s coming.

Learn your history.

Onwards,

The Decline + Fall Studios team

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Men of the United States:

Look at your daughters. Look at your wives and sisters. Look at your mothers.

Next Tuesday, Nov. 8, is election day. Please vote. But before you do, look at the women you love. Remember that Donald Trump is the kind of man who, if he found them attractive, might very well grab them, kiss them, grope them, assault them, brag about it afterward in the locker room and then deny it all publicly by saying they aren’t attractive enough to do that to.

Just think about that. Before you vote. And ask yourself if that’s the kind of man you want running this country.

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Onward,
The Decline + Fall Studios women

Happy Columbus Day!

In 1492, Columbus arrived in America and promptly enslaved the indigenous peoples here. For a country that then spent the next five centuries picking off natives, this seems apropos for a holiday.

Places such as Berkeley, Calif. and Vermont have eschewed the Columbus celebration and opted to call this day Indigenous Peoples Day, which to us here at Decline and Fall Studios sort of seems akin to an uncomfortable cough in the middle of an uncomfortable silence in the middle of an uncomfortable conversation.

But hey.

Hope you have a good one!

Onward,
The Decline + Fall Studios team

One thing.

If you could own one thing from any fashion show, what would it be?

Welcome to our new series called One Thing, where we at Decline + Fall Studios will answer that question for you. (It’s okay, you can thank us later.)

We’re starting with Rag and Bone’s S/S ’17 show, because they showed up in our inbox at the right moment. Also because the divine bastards combined womenswear and menswear shows into one, which in 2016 probably shouldn’t be revolutionary, but there you go.

So.

Without further ado…

If you must own one thing from the Rag and Bone S/S ’17, own this:

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Why?

Practical and unique. We guarantee you’ll get a million and a half wears out of this sweater, and you’ll look post modern AF doing it.

What would YOU pick to own from the show? Tell us in the comments box!

Onward,

The Decline + Fall Studios avant garde

Maybe it’s because…

…we’re in it for the fashion. Or maybe it’s because at heart, we’re a bunch of 87-year-old cranks.

But we sure are bone-tired of fashion magazine profiles on silver-screen celebrities.

Anybody else with us on this one?

When we were 18, and it was novel, sure. It was fun to read about Elijah Wood or Nicole Kidman or Whomever Else.

Now when we get to that section of the magazine we suddenly feel a million years old, like we’ve got a job to do we really don’t want to do.

We have the distinct sense that we’ve read them all. We’ve read every possible personality, from the shy kid who overcame a stutter or crippling anxiety to the action hero who’s actually just a really nice guy. They’re nice stories, don’t get us wrong. But eventually – at least for us – they’ve come to negate their original purpose of making celebrities sound like regular people by revealing that there are only so many personalities these celebrities have.

We are also tired of hearing that celebrities are just like us, only look at their sultry, smoldering poses in these $5,000 outfits.

(We’re also annoyed that the word ‘smoldering’ doesn’t have a ‘u’ in it. So…You know. We’re easily annoyed.)

What we would love to see instead, for example, is more “real people” – everyday shmoes on the street – looking stunning. Street style stuff, for example. We’re thinking profiles on street style bloggers, accompanied by a selection of their best work.

Or profiles of people in the business: models, designers, even the people with more unglamorous fashion jobs like merchandising or finance. We’d love to know more, for example, about the story of Zuhair Murad, who put out an absolutely stunning Spring 2016 collection. And not just the Vogue spot about the clothes themselves, but more about the designer’s past and the history of the business.

There are so many talented young designers fighting for a place at the fashion table. We’re sure magazines like Who What Wear or Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue could fill the space of infinite celebrity profiles introducing brands no one has heard of before.

And on the other side of the equation, Saint Laurent, for example (yes, we were also sad to hear about Hedi Slimane’s untimely departure): What does it look like for a brand to become so big, and what does that mean for its day-to-day operations? What does inside Saint Laurent look like on any given day? We’re curious.

Too often, we here at Decline + Fall Studios have to stop reading fashion magazines because the trite, clever, superficial writing makes us roll our eyes. This is an issue bigger than the celebrity profile, and it makes us sad.

It makes us sad that fashion writing so often lives down to the expectation that fashion itself is shallow, because at the very heart of it, what we wear is so inextricably linked with who we are. It isn’t shallow at all, but a deep and beautiful expression of our inner selves.

Fashion writing ought to live up to that.

In 2016, we here at Decline + Fall Studios are going to try our damnedest to bring you fashion profiles that matter. We want you to love fashion for what’s best about it, not roll your eyes at what’s worst about it.

We’re small, and no one knows about us, so we might have some trouble getting noticed. But everyone starts somewhere.

Please let us know what questions you want answered. Odds are, everyone else does too.

Here we go. Wish us luck.

Onward,

The Decline + Fall Studios team