Monthly Teen Mag Roundup

It’s a new year and a new chance to shake up your style! Millennials are certainly doing so in selecting bold and creative clothes that celebrate individuality. They aren’t afraid to take risks and are revolutionizing the traditional standards of beauty, as well as how magazines are read. Just take a look at the latest issues of Teen Vogue and Seventeen for proof…

AnnaSophia Robb Teen Vogue February 2012AnnaSophia Robb, who’s proving to be the next “It Girl,” graces the cover of the latest issue of Teen Vogue. Her rising status is partially due to her coveted role as a young Carrie Bradshaw in “The Carrie Diaries,” the prequel to “Sex and the City” premiering on the CW next week.  AnnaSophia plays Carrie during high school, as she discovers herself, falls in love with NYC, and enters the world of dating. The magazine is packed with content about AnnaSophia, as well as the can’t-miss show, and tons of fashion that would surely make Carrie Bradshaw swoon.

However, the most noteworthy aspect of this issue is the emphasis on edgy styles. Millennials are putting more effort than ever before on being an individual and using fashion as a form of self-expression. A spread on teen bloggers highlights some of the most creative girls who aren’t afraid to show off their original and eclectic styles. Teens and twentysomethings are embracing clothes with character, which we’ll see even more of this spring. Teen Vogue highlights Mary Katrantzou’s collection for Current/Elliott, which includes jeans with postage-stamp and bank-note prints, as well as Liberty London and AG Adriano Goldschmied’s denim with floral designs. In fact, all types of denim, even denim on denim, will be in this season.

But besides wearing unique patterns or bold colors, young people are behind the shift in fashion, where style is about expressing yourself and…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

“I won’t buy an already-made costume to dress up in for Halloween because I prefer using my creativity to come up with an uncommon or personalized costume to wearing a mass-produced costume that won't be unique to me.” –Male, 24, CA

One entrepreneur has a big idea to change charity fundraising as we know it—and she’s only 10-years-old. Vivienne Harr started a lemonade stand for charity in 2012 that has turned into Make A Stand lemonade, a family company that donates 5% of each sale. Now, the Harrs are launching StandApp, a mobile platform for donating to and starting crowdfunded social good projects. Twitter’s founders have invested in the app, which tells users they can “make a stand and change the world in 3 steps and 30 seconds.” (Fast Company)

Vice media has established themselves as creators of online content that speaks to young consumers, and now they will launch a global, 24 hour TV network for their Millennial audience. The brand’s Vice News has gotten a reputation for tackling some of the biggest international stories before much more established news organizations, and CEO Shane Smith warned traditional media outlets that as the generation ages up, they will become obsolete, and sites like Vice and BuzzFeed are “the changing of the guard.” (The IndependentThe Drum)

Posting calories counts on menus isn’t necessarily making consumers choose healthier options, but a new study has found that if told what they would have to do to burn off those calories, teens are less likely to buy higher calorie or sugary drinks. When signs were posted in stores telling buyers things like, “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about 5 miles of walking,” 40% of 12-18-year-olds who saw them said they changed their drink choice as a result. Even after the signs were removed these teens continued to make healthier choices. (Washington Post)

Italian clothing label Brandy Melville has reportedly become “one of the fastest growing popular brands among American teens,” but the company is not interested in selling to everyone: they sell most items only in size small. Abercrombie & Fitch has famously lost ground with young consumers thanks to their similarly exclusionary practices, and some teens are expressing their dissatisfaction on Melville’s Instagram, where they are asking for sizes that “fit all.” (Tech Times)

Many Millennials don’t trust banks (or any other large institutions) but it could be that financial organizations are missing a big opportunity with the generation. Adweek’s recent study found that 18-24-year-olds are more likely than other consumers to say they would trust a financial institution more if they provided helpful, unbiased content. But only 20% of respondents felt that these institutions are currently posting interesting articles. (Adweek)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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