Style Points is a weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world.I have long maintained that the worst thing you can do to me is send me an email. But lately, I’ve had to revise that stance to “maybe some emails are good.” Between Molly Young’s books newsletter Read Like the Wind, Hunter Harris’s fun-sized pop culture musings in Hung Up, and Delia Cai’s media dispatches in Deez Links, my inbox feels like it hasn’t since the mid-2000’s—something I actually want to dive into because it might contain a missive from a friend. (I still have friends. They just text me now.)And of late, there’s been a welcome influx of fashion in my inbox to go along with the existing fiction recommendations, close readings of Haim lyrics, and dose of media gossip. First up is Blackbird Spyplane, from journalist Jonah Weiner and Apple talent scout Erin Wylie, which has scored interviews with human grails from Lorde to Jerry Seinfeld to Phoebe Bridgers and bills itself as ground zero for “‘unbeatable recon’ on dope under-the-radar joints.” Then there’s writer Kitty Guo’s Worn In, Worn Out (“Cool & Conscious Curations from a Gen Z Shopaholic.”) Writer, digital creator, and co-founder of 2BG Consulting Chrissy Rutherford’s Fwd Joy, which doles out astrological wisdom along with coverage of books and mental health, plus occasional fashion and beauty recommendations. Fashion scholar Kimberly Jenkins’s Fashion and Race newsletter, an accessible look at fashion history through a decolonized lens. Writer and model Inês Fressynet’s Slow Fashion Weekly, which promises to “wean you off fast fashion for good.” And GQ staff writer Rachel Tashjian’s Opulent Tips newsletter isn’t in my inbox (it’s invite-only, and I’m still waiting on my invite [taps watch]) but I regularly see tantalizing screenshots of it on other people’s Instagram stories.
Jonah Weiner in an image from his newsletter, Blackbird Spyplane.
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Call it nostalgia for fashion blogs, the fact that super-long Instagram captions won’t scratch the itch, or simply burnout from the constant flow of sameness online. But it feels like a looser, bloggier era of homegrown fashion writing has been unleashed, one that has some ‘90s and 2000s antecedents. (Blackbird Spyplane’s Weiner believes his work “definitely resonates with…