Power Girls & Gym Class Inspired Style: Teen Mag Round Up

We flip through the pages of teen magazines so you don’t have to, uncovering the trends on the rise and new faces to watch. Here’s what Nylon, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue are serving up for their teen readers: 

1. Spoon University

College students face some unhealthy and unappetizing meal choices, and can fall into the habit of turning ice cream and fries into food groups. Tired of their dining hall status quo, Mackenzie Barth and Sarah Adler decided to take matters into their own hands, launching Spoon University, an on-campus food magazine by students for students. Spoon University was funded on Kickstarter in 2012, offering dorm-friendly recipes, meal ideas, dining hall hacks, and off-campus restaurant recommendations. After graduating in 2013, they moved to NYC, learned how to code, and launched their website, which now gives the dish on the “foodscapes” at more than 50 colleges. Ypulse’s April survey found that 47% of Millennials consider themselves foodies, and it seems even dorm-living isn’t holding back their culinary obsessions. 

2. High Class Gym Class Looks

If you haven’t noticed all of the girls in leggings and guys in joggers, “athleisure” is the new uniform of young consumers. Millennials are slipping into comfortable gym-class inspired fashions even when they don’t plan on breaking a sweat, and Nylon’s “Good Sports” fashion spread shows that high-end athletic looks are having a major moment. Not surprisingly, many teens are reporting Nike and Lululemon as their favorite clothing brands, and more and more retailers and designers, from Forever 21 to Chanel to Under Armour, are producing athletic lines to capitalize on the trend.

3. Power Girls

These magazines are jam-packed with female talent to watch, from the pages of “Power Girls” in Teen Vogue to Nylon’s list of…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “Being famous is overrated. I would be more happy [sic] being locally known for the good I do in the world in a popular way but not for the wrong reasons.”—Female, 16, UT

Minecraft is being used to get kids interested in reading actual, real books. Litcraft recreates the world of a book as an interactive Minecraft map, adding “educational tasks” throughout. Treasure Island was the first completed world, followed by Kensuke's Kingdom, while The Lord of the Flies and Dante’s Inferno are in the works. Trials at U.K. schools are being met with “an enthusiastic response,” so Litcraft is eyeing a larger rollout. (The Guardian)

Nordstrom is stocking up on Instafamous brands like Allbirds, Everlane, and Reformation. The company announced that “strategic” brands account for about 40% of their current revenue and that’s expected to rise. While they benefit from indie brands’ popularity with young consumers, the direct-to-consumer brands are getting an expanded physical footprint, too. In the case of Reformation, Nordstrom explains that they “can bring sustainable fashion to a new (and much bigger) group of customers and closets.” (Business Insider)

A baseball team struck out with their “Millennial Night” promotion, putting Twitter in an uproar. We’ve warned brands that making fun of Millennials is not the way to get earn their spending power, and minor league baseball’s Montgomery Biscuits learned the lesson first-hand. Their “Millennial Night” offered participation ribbons, selfie stations, napping areas, and “lots of avocados,” while playing into stereotypes about Millennials being lazy. A Biscuits exec explains that “Something got lost in the sarcasm,” but instead of offering an apology, they doubled down with another cutting tweet. (AdweekInc.)

Nearly half of Millennials think that “their credit scores are holding them back.” OppLoans found that 27% of 18-34-year-olds haven’t been approved for a new car because of their credit while 25% have been declined for an apartment or house. Debt, a top financial concern for Millennials, is partly to blame: 15% said that their debt “is unmanageable.” Education could help dig them out of the hole, as 24% feel they’ve never learned how to build good credit. (Moneyish)

Baby Einstein is growing up for Millennial parents with a new mission and campaign. Their “Ignite a Curious Mind” effort goes after parents, not kids, with short spots that encourage curiosity. They’re also working on new toys, moving beyond their “sweet spot” of zero to 12 months for toddlers. Baby Einstein’s parent company, Kids II is also planning on reworking other brands, like Bright Starts and Ingenuity. (Ad Age)

Quote of the Day: “[American Eagle Outfitters’] clothes are generally what I wear and are my style. They're comfortable and affordable. They do not do a great deal of vanity sizing and offer something for guys and girls of every size.”—Female, 23, GA

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