The geek-chic trend has reared its homely head more times than we can count. “The Nerd as Superhero,” “Suddenly, It’s Hip to Be Square,” “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Industry” — these are just some of the headlines that have popped up throughout the years. But let’s face it: The geek as fashion template is here to stay. No more revolving doors.
Indeed, the brainy bespectacled misfit has been a much-loved, if perhaps unwitting, style figure for ages. Long before Sarah Jessica Parker became the poster girl for the glam life (or at least its celluloid parody) as Carrie Bradshaw, she played a dweeb. A frumpy, socially awkward high school dweeb in glasses. The year was 1982 and the show, the rather aptly named “Square Pegs,” was on CBS. Despite only being on the air for a season, it paved the way for series such as “My So-Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Uniting the uncool kids far and wide now: America Ferrera’s brace-faced Betty Suarez.
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"