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Shifter Selects: First It's Sour, Then It's Sweet

Graphic by Samantha Olson. Photos from left to right: P!nk/Amazon Prime, Olivia Rodrigo/Instagram, Balmain Pre-Fall 2021/Marie Claire.

Welcome to Shifter Selects, an addition to our digital component where we’ll highlight the latest trends in music, film/TV and fashion. Here’s how it’ll go down: on Monday of every week, we’ll be on the lookout for trending topics and give our hot takes on the matter. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Look no further than our Shifter Selects for the week of May 24–28.

We're *finally* back and we can't wait to dive into these new trends across film, music and fashion! This week, pop pioneer P!nk dropped a documentary on Amazon Prime, Olivia Rodrigo continues to be music's favorite it-girl with her debut album, "SOUR," and summer fashion trends are finally heating up. Read on to see what we're talking about!


Olivia Rodrigo's ‘SOUR’ is a Pretty Sweet Debut

by Samantha N. Olson

Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, Deezer, etc.

It’s no mystery that 18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo blew up overnight with her debut single “Drivers License” back in January. Since then, Rodrigo has broken numerous streaming records and dropped two more singles, “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U” which helped her become the first artist ever to debut their first three entries in the top five.

In an interview with The Guardian, she shared that “SOUR”covers a range of emotions, which can already be heard in her first three singles.

“Something I’m really proud of is that this record talks about emotions that are hard to talk about or aren’t really socially acceptable especially for girls: anger, jealousy, spite, sadness, they’re frowned-upon as bitchy and moaning and complaining or whatever. But I think they’re such valid emotions.” On her debut album, she explores the stages of loss — in this case, a tumultuous breakup that’s allegedly linked to her “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” costar, Joshua Bassett — through several genre-bending tracks with inspiration from the likes of Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift. She also wrote a heavy heartfelt ballad, “Hope Ur Ok,” which closes out the record and serves as a love letter to the LGBTQ+ community.


P!nk Gives A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Touring With A Family in 'All I Know So Far' Documentary

by Emma Lingo

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, Deezer, etc.

P!nk’s new documentary follows the artist and her close-knit family during her Beautiful Trauma World Tour. Directed by Michael Gracey, viewers get an exclusive look at P!nk’s onstage punk-rock persona and offstage parenting style. Her two children, Willow, who’s nine, and Jameson, who’s two, tour with the band and have their mother’s spunk.

“There’s no way a mother can walk away from her babies and not think about them every single second...A lot of moms stop touring because you can't imagine being able to do both,” P!nk said in “All I Know So Far.”

The androgynus rockstar has been a consistent ally to the LGBTQ+ community and had her own sexuality called into question throughout her career. Willow, at just nine, has had her sexuality and gender called into question as well. In an interview with Romper, P!nk said that she chooses not to label herself. She raises her children in a gender-neutral, labelless household and explained "All I Know So Far" is a letter to her daughter who’s been struggling with self-image and identity.


Summer is Heating Up With These Trends

by Brianna Fairman

Where to watch: Body positive influencer Kellie Brown, designer Ellie Misner and beauty influencer Gabi, all on Instagram

Say goodbye to cow print pants and hello to floral dresses; summer trends are officially here.

According to fashion sites Marie Claire and Who What Wear, expect to see tons of pastels, bra tops, wide-legged trousers, corsets, mini skirts, strappy bathing suits and knits this summer.

Bra Top with Wide-Legged Pants

Paying homage to the 90s, we’ll be celebrating the little top big pants look this summer. Consider it extra trendy if it’s a monochrome pastel fit.


Uber-flattering and fun to wear, corsets are here to stay for summer 2021. Try going for a corset with a funky floral pattern for a 70s-inspired look or a solid black one for something a bit edgier.


Don’t put away your chunky sweaters just yet! Despite the summer heat, knit-on-knit outfits are on the rise. When paired with a crocheted bucket hat or purse, this look will dominate over the coming months.

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We'll be taking a break for Memorial Day, but tune in on Monday, June 7 for our next installment of Shifter Selects!

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