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‘One size does not fit all’: Students reflect on ‘exclusive nature’ of Brandy Melville’s sizing

Brandy Melville's one-size-fits-all policy provoked controversy as the brand has attained greater prominence. The Santa Monica location is pictured above.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

December 13, 2019

Forty-nine years ago, Italian father-son duo Sivilo and Stephan Marsan founded Brandy Melville. The retail store has now expanded to have 95 locations globally with an estimated annual profit of $125 million. With almost four million followers on Instagram, the brand has expanded its presence globally through social media. Brandy Melville's ta...

Editor-in-Chic: How to accessorize your uniform

A rack of Archer uniforms, which people donated for an Archer clothing drive that I co-organized earlier this month. The clothes are primarily green, white, black and gray.

By Alexandra Chang, Managing Editor/Culture Editor

May 17, 2018

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a green Lands End sweater staring back at you? We’ve all been there. Or, in the case of middle schoolers, it’s a white cardigan and purple polo. Despite the fact that wearing a uniform is obviously beneficial (it’s a major time and money saver fo...

Fast Fashion: ‘unsustainable’ for environment, human rights

A clothing rack with clothes from several different fast fashion brands. Clothing like this harms the environment and the workers who make it.

By Liz Haltrecht

May 24, 2017

What do Zara, Forever 21 and H&M have in common, besides the fact that they are some of the world's most popular fashion brands? Their practices also harm the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "84 percent of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into ei...

Hollywood Costume Exhibition Arrives in Los Angeles

Promotional poster for the exhibit created by Hollywood Costume, which features Jamie Foxx as Django from

By Isabelle Kantz

November 10, 2014

More than 150 costumes are on display from Oct. 2, 2014, to Mar. 2, 2015, at Los Angeles' historic May Company Building. Read More »...

LACMA Features Dianne Von Furstenberg: ‘The Journey of A Dress’

An overview of the main room inside The Journey of A Dress exhibit.
Source: Helena Heslov '16

By Helena Heslov

February 19, 2014

What better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dianne Von Furstenberg’s signature wrap dress than to create an exhibit dedicated to the design itself? Read More »...

Grammy Attendees Model Golden Ensemble

Grammy Attendees Model Golden Ensemble

By Helena Heslov

February 19, 2014

Celebrities that attended the 56th Annual Grammy Awards this year seemed to be huge fans of gold. From Taylor Swift to Ciara, each excited celebrity made an unforgettable entrance down the red carpet. Read More »...

9th and 10th Graders Sport Semi-Formal Fashion

9th and 10th Graders Sport Semi-Formal Fashion

By Kayry Gonzalez

February 4, 2014

The much anticipated 9th and 10th grade Semi-Formal finally arrived on Friday, Jan. 24. The students enjoyed getting out of their Archer uniforms into some fashionable dresses, which ranged in color, length and style. Read More »...

Three Fashion Blogs To Help You Find Your Style

Three Fashion Blogs To Help You Find Your Style

By Helena Heslov

December 16, 2013

We've all had one of those mini panic attacks after trying to put together a last-minute outfit for anything from a holiday party to a fancy dinner out with the family. By finding a favorite go-to fashion blog, you could be just one click away from solving that problem.  Read More »...

3 Simple Steps to Organize Your Closet

3 Simple Steps to Organize Your Closet

By Helena Heslov

December 5, 2013

Let’s be real, Archer girls don’t have to think twice about outfits in the morning. We have our trendy uniforms to rely on! But what about other times? Here are some tips to organize your closet to find the perfect outfit. Read More »...

Save Money By Creating Fabulous Looks for Less

Save Money By Creating Fabulous Looks for Less

By Helena Heslov

November 20, 2013

  You casually flip through People magazine just as something fabulous catches your eye—a picture of Kylie Jenner walking out of Kitson at the Malibu Country Mart wearing those jaw-dropping knee-high boots you know you must lay your hands on. Envious, you search the Internet until your ...

Yes Red Sox, No Red Socks

Yes Red Sox, No Red Socks

By Kayry Gonzalez

November 17, 2013

  At the Archer School for Girls, one thing binds frilly lace socks and zoo-patterned socks: they are illegal. But how can something so cute and of innocent appearance be wrong at school? Read More »...

Fall Hairstyles

Fall Hairstyles

By Zaire D. Armstrong

November 14, 2013

  With the chill setting in and summer memories fading, theres no more avoiding it: we're officially in the "swing" of school. This means no more excuses—it's time to buckle down and study. Read More »...

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