That’s Fashion, Sweetie

A single fringed glove to lead the way

Troye Sivan’s newest music video points at a new resurgence of fashion among Gen Z street style.

(Arielle Rizal / Daily Trojan)

There has been one song that has been stuck in my head for the past week. Feeding directly into my inner preteen — who shamelessly will admit she had a British YouTube era — and the memories that accompany my first album of his, “TRXYE,” Troye Sivan’s “One Of Your Girls” has taken over my life.

Not only does the upbeat synth of the song offset the deeply sad lyrics in a poppy-Lana Del Rey-Mitski-Faye Webster way, but Sivan dressed as a woman for his music video has not left my brain since seeing the photos on TikTok.

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With his hair styled perfectly in that it-girl, dry-wet way that only seems to last for five minutes out of the shower, the eye makeup alone tells the story of what I believe to be his two major look-themes in the music video.

With the inner lid dawning a bright and shimmering white, it’s almost as if the innocent introduction of the eye makeup tells the story of the two sides of Sivan as a woman. The first is innocent and playful, serving as the fantasy version that could be “one of your girls,” especially with the Cou Cou Intimates pointelle dress and lace fingerless gloves/arm sleeves. But this light background and airbrushed emphasis on the skin is brought back with the flowy movements of his close-up with a white fur jacket.

The second half, the dark, foxy edge and dramatic change halfway through his lid is mirrored in the black-and-white portions of the video. With what I believe to be a nod to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Sivan wears a black version of the white outfit described above as his choreography becomes more pointed and sharp. Staying with the introduction of hard edges and sharp angles, this motif is seen with the stiff long dress and lace-up heels.

However, both sides start to blend together as Sivan’s black swan is shown in the white backdrop and in his final outfit with the black exposed bra, ruffled cream tank and delicately frayed-tendril glove.

What I loved, though, is that the looks referenced other pop icons such as Britney Spears and Madonna. Not only is he savvy with pop culture, but his eye for fashion demonstrates the physical manifestation of something that has been buzzing around the fashion world: the early signs of a 2010 revival.

It seems that Y2K has been left in the dark as we see the resurgence of the big slouchy bags, platform mini UGGs and white and cream tank tops — in fact, it seems the “it” tank top of the year is YSL’s $550 “Cassandre” with a red embroidered logo, which overtook the wildly popular $430 Loewe “Anagram” tank top with a similar design but black stitching.

Interestingly enough, early calls for the transition to 2010 were made in 2021 by Vogue, but it seems a few things — or rather, hemlines and dimensions — have changed.

While Vogue’s research predicted the rise of peplums, babydoll dresses, which have a similar shape and cut to a peplum, have been finding their way onto Spring 2023 collections from this past March. Playing more into the idea of dressing your inner child — not infantilization— it seems Sandy Liang’s monopoly on “balletcore” has been expanded to include that specific age in girlhood where you believe you can dress yourself and end up pulling off a more-is-more look in a very early Carrie Bradshaw way.

For example, in her Spring 2024 collection, she featured pedal pushers, layered mini skirts over capris and a pink babydoll top over a red tutu-like skirt.

Not only is it a nod to the layering and gradual increase in accessory sizes — as seen with her large bows and flower scrunchies — but Liang’s leading vision in 2010 resurgence has also sparked the idea of “corporate” or “librarian chic” — think Gisele Bündchen in “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006).

While some millennials cringe at the idea of bringing out their chunky necklaces and folded-waistband leggings, the new generation’s sophisticated twist is the embodiment of styling versus wearing. Seeing this a lot on TikTok as people demonstrate the power of accessories and strategic shaping, outfits can really come to life with a particular coat, bag or half-tuck of a sweater.

In Sivan’s “One of Your Girls,” this idea comes back out when he pairs his Britney-esque look with a single fringed glove — two would be visually overwhelming as the tendrils may tangle and create a heavy visual point for the fans. Another hint, if that wasn’t convincing enough, was his layering of the Cou Cou Intimates’ bra and shorts under the vaguely sheer dress pulled down enough to resemble a long tank top over green-striped, thigh-high boots.

As Gen Z is upcycling their Matilda Djerf-esque capsule wardrobes with pops of red, buttoned up cardigans, iced-out bags and layered skinny belts, people are beginning to wonder: Is this the revival of their mom’s 2010 closet? Or a re-released, “Taylor’s Version” type of rebirth?

It’s pointing to the latter, especially as Gen Z continues to mesh years together when determining what the hot style is for the season. But until they decide, this may be your chance to get ahead — and influence — the 2010s revolution.

So get ahead of the flock and show me what you got — I’ll be around campus, waiting to see what you bring to the table.

Hadyn Phillips is a junior writing about fashion in the 21st century, specifically spotlighting new trends and popular controversy. Her column, “That’s Fashion, Sweetie,” runs every Wednesday.

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