Refinery 29 UK
Why do so many outfit selfies feature this mirror?
We are living in a new age of Instagram mirror selfies. With the pandemic ushering everyone (and their outfits) indoors, even influencers previously photographed in exotic locations are forced to take selfies at home in front of full-length mirrors in which they showcase outfits that often include pandemic staples like matching tracksuits and cozy knitwear. But while it’s refreshing to see more relatable content from people who no longer claim to be in full outfit mode every day, there are still some curations going on – it’s Instagram, after all. However, this new fashion-friendly aesthetic is not about a clothing trend or a specific accessory, but rather an instantly recognizable wavy mirror – all the better for creating an outfit. As ubiquitous on the grid as checkerboard patterns (it’s The Queen’s Gambit to blame – or, as you know, the 70s are making a comeback) are sluggishly curvy mirrors with full outfits, nail art, and artistically framed selfies. The mirrors range from puddle-like to rectangular with wavy or oval frames, and almost all are made in bold colors or interesting shapes. While statement mirrors are not innovative in the living area, the new thing is that they are now firmly anchored in Fashion Territory as an unofficial It accessory from # OOTD posts. (Even six-pound Italian greyhound chihuahua influencer Boobie Billie is a fan of the trend.) View this post on Instagram A post from Boobie (@boobie_billie) After being followed by those curvy mirrors on my feed, I signed up Turning him around The makers behind some of the most popular mirror styles to make sure it’s not just my algorithm that gives me the photos I want to see. What, okay, maybe I want a fancy mirror now – but it’s not all on my head. All of the developers I’ve contacted have confirmed that the demand for their products has increased over the past year. While I was initially impressed by the ubiquity of the wavy mirror in the best fashion feeds, the rise of the trend actually seems inevitable. “I think the result of many of us being held in our homes due to the pandemic has sparked a new wave of interest in interiors and housewares,” said Shantelle Hyslop, founder of Lotta Blobs, who sells handcrafted mirrors with a whimsy blob . like frame. “Our homes have become part of our daily environment, and it is important that we feel inspired by our living space, as this often reflects our mood.” Our homes are more than just spaces in which we live and work. They also send out the message of who we are, just as our clothes once did. While we used to communicate our style to our colleagues and acquaintances through our outfits, we now do so through the interiors of our houses. I redecorated my living room about six months ago after realizing that the hastily put up piece of art I hung a few years ago that showed up behind me in Zoom meetings didn’t reflect my actual style to my co-workers, like my shoes once did. (If it were possible I would probably move my color-ordered bookshelf as well, although frankly they reflect my personality. I need order and cohesion on the outside, even if it takes me forever to find a book when searching for author names. ) In its simplest form, a statement mirror adds interest to any fashion look – even one that includes the same housecoat you wore for two days in a row. Since many people take outfit photos at home, a mirror can “add a fun touch to any photo,” according to Hyslop. Design any look with an aesthetically pleasing mirror that has exponentially more Instagram potential. And then there’s the fact that the ’70s have another moment in the decor. “Think about how anyone who has renovated a house in the past decade has likely bought a lot of marble and a lot of gray. And now you’re seeing TikTokkers craft green kitchens, maximalist patterns, and terrazzo, ”says Keri Gray, co-founder of Glare Goods, who was inspired to work with husband Eli Gray to make the brand’s non-geometric mirrors after they broke a wrinkled Duro Brevete-Spiegel had found out of time; The puddle-like styles of salvaged and vintage material are currently sold out on their website. “It looks like we’re in a colorful movement, 70s-meets-00s-meets-internet culture.” This is supported by the general rise in interest in sustainability, with vintage shopping and thrift being more popular than ever: “With access to all of these highpoints of history so readily available on the internet, it’s easy to find things discovering that can hit a new – or old – chord. “For example, check out the popularity of 20th century Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass’s Ultrafragola mirror – you can find it in the homes of Lena Dunham, Frank Ocean and Sophia Amoruso, as well as in stores like Nordstrom and La Ligne. in recent years. Whenever Abigail Bell Vintage, a popular Brooklyn store, posts a photo of his personal Ultrafragola, a scalloped mirror that also lights up (similar to a fancy ring light), most of the comments refer to it rather than the goods that are standing actually for sale. It has got to the point that the store’s captions now have preemptive information on the mirror and how it is not for sale. View this post on Instagram A post from Abigail Bell Vintage (@abigailbellvintage) “I don’t think anyone who isn’t a fan of vintage interiors would have known anything about this mirror a few years ago,” says shop founder Abigail Campbell . According to her, since the mirrors have been restored and displayed in celebrity homes, they have become inevitable on social media – despite the fact that they’re quite an investment item and prices start at around $ 10,000. “All of this fame has made the Ultrafragola a status symbol,” she says, comparing it to an It bag, a suitable replacement as we are transferring the contents of our house rather than our actual bags. Where there are expensive it items, there are also affordable imitations. While Campbell – who says, “These days, your mirror selfie is everything” – thinks the statement mirror trend is continuing, she’s not seeing some of the cheesier copycats like the popular foam mirror DIYs from Last Summer We’re Sticking with it : “The designs that are here for the ages are the vintage designs that have already proven themselves and current designers with unique ideas like Gustaf Westman and Bi Rite.” View this post on Instagram A post by Jessica Torres (@ thisisjessicatorres) One look at even my personal feed, and Campbell’s theory turned out to be correct. I love Gustaf Westman’s wavy styles (see photo above) – including Demi Lovato’s glamorous room! – as well as the oval mirror from Bi Rite everywhere. When I ask Westman why he thinks there are wavy mirrors all over the place right now, he says he can’t say for sure, but, “It could have something to do with the pandemic. We want to surround ourselves with more color and playful shapes in order to feel happier. “And now, a year from now (and after the pandemic) we can all use all the luck we can find. Maybe luck will come in the form of some guaranteed Instagram likes. Maybe it’s because you’ve found a new way to present yourself to the world: framed by colorful waves, how you want to be seen, how you want to live – even if you wear the same tracksuit that you had on all week and no longer left your home. Do you like what you see? How about a little more R29 grade, right here? Why is the snowsuit taking over Instagram? Why is everyone’s home organized by color? How street style became screen style