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Shifter Selects: Playing No Games, We Are Crushing on 'CRUSHER'

Graphic by Samantha Olson. Photos from left to right: Squid Game/Netflix, Jeremy Zucker/Instagram, Paris Fashion Week/BoF

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 Oct 4 – 8.

Netflix has spawned its latest hit "Squid Game," Jeremy Zucker released his sophomore album, "CRUSHER," and Paris Fashion Week is officially back. Read on to see what it's all about.


Jeremy Zucker's "CRUSHER" Has Arrived and Makes the Perfect Fall Listen

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

Following his 2020 debut album, "love is not dying", Jeremy Zucker's sophomore album, “CRUSHER” dropped Friday, October 1, and has shown a great sense of growth and consistency.

The album opens with "i-70" setting up similar themes discussed in "love is not dying," such as burnout, restlessness, and avoidance. Stand out track “No one hates you (like i do)” highlights Zucker's experimental process with his music, from starting out with soft, dark sounds to introducing heavy percussion and crescendos.

Prior to the release of “CRUSHER,” Zucker unveiled that the process of making this album allowed him to open up more creatively and get extremely personal with his story-telling. The 12-track album shows a very clear bridge between newfound confidence and vulnerability for Zucker, both being done unapologetically.

Overall, “CRUSHER” has set itself to be an equally enjoyable follow-up to Zucker's debut album. With personal, yet relatable themes the sophomore album is definitely worth a full listen through while welcoming in these autumn days.


Squid Game, Netflix's New Sensation

Where to watch: Netflix

If gore, competition, and adrenaline are what you look for when deciding what to binge-watch next, Netflix's Squid Game may need to be added to your watch list.

Following its initial release on Sept. 17, Squid Game has created a cult-like following and has become a trending topic across social media and the streaming platform's biggest "non-English-language show in the world," according to Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos.

The nine-episode Korean show follows hundreds of civilians who have accepted an invitation to compete in children's games with deadly stakes, in hopes of receiving a hefty cash grand prize.

The world of TikTok and Twitter have gotten a hold of this show and the memes, trends, and reenactments inspired by the show are neverending.

With the undeniable attention, the show has received, audiences are pushing for a season 2 and Netflix seems to be up for it as well. But we will just have to keep our fingers crossed and stay tuned.


Paris Fashion Week is Back!

Where to see: Givenchy, + Lanvin on Vogue Runway

Paris Fashion Week made headlines this week with the return of supermodels, such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Shalom Harlow. As the supermodels made their way down the runway in Givenchy and Lanvin, this started the conversation of a different avenue of inclusivity, the middle-aged model.

What has been described as a "long overdue change," racked in reviews highlighting the public's wants to see clothes modeled from all stages of youth. Begs the question, "What is inclusivity without age-inclusivity?"

Want to keep up with the latest trends?

Tune in on Monday for our next installment of Shifter Selects!

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