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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The Newsfeed

“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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