The Gilded Girl

By Ashley Del Rio

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

We're All Emo Teens in 2017

If millennial ennui had to be described with a single word, it might be Lil Yachty crooning “saaaaaad” in auto-tune on Kodie Shane’s 2016 single of the same name. It’s an anthem for the anxiety generation — one that yearns to overshare and connect with others in as many ways as possible. “Sad” is the kind of song you might hear on hip-hop station Hot 97 and at mall punk emporium Hot Topic, along with music by other emo rappers like Lil Peep, XXXTentacion, and Lil Uzi Vert — whose merch, not coincidentally, is also available at Hot Topic. Thanks to them, it’s never been cooler to wear your feelings on your sleeve.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Ambition Collision

What is this midlife-ish crisis among the 30-year-olds I know? Millennial women — at least those who reside in professional bubbles — seem to have it all. They are better educated, more prosperous, less encumbered by cultural expectations than any previous generation of women. They delay marriage (if they marry at all) and children (if they choose to conceive). They can own or rent. They can save or spend. These women have been on familiar terms with their ambitions all their lives — raised by careful parents to aim high (millennial women are likelier than their male peers to have professional jobs, to be managers, and to work in finance), and tutored by their cultural icons to perform their empowerment, and never submit. You know, “Bow down, b-faces,” as they say.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Marc Jacobs was the only good show at NYFW

It’s really too bad that Marc Jacobs closes New York Fashion Week. His show this year at the Park Avenue Armory wasn’t unarguably the best on the spring 2018 bill, but it was the most moving. Actually, it was the only one that made me feel anything. But after nine sprawling days of shows, from Bushwick to Bedford, you were too demented to appreciate the utter beauty of it.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

#ashlist: The Seven Wonders of the World in 2017

Of the original Seven Wonders of the World, only the Great Pyramids remain. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Colossus of Rhodes have all faded to dust and memory. These, instead, are seven wonders for our time. They are the Acropolis of our day, the Stonehenge of now. Which also means they can be seen firsthand. And so they should. Because the real magic of wonder is not in the thing itself, but in the fact that the more you look for wonder in the world the more the wonder of the world becomes a part of you.

Socrates said: 'Wisdom begins in wonder.' Studies show that the awe induces deeper levels of cognitive processing; it boosts empathy and helps us connect with the world around us in meaningful ways. Art and science are borne from it. Wonder is more than just a good feeling; it is a seed from which our greatest treasures grow. Explore, dream and feed your spirit well.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

#ashtip Where to go this Summer

The South of France is always a good idea.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#ashlist: Eight Women Who Are Killing It

I could go on and on and on about all of my girl crushes of the moment. There's Tina Fey, who coined the term "Mean Girl" and invented the idea of women being nice to each other, and who is now coming out with yet another TV show about a woman who is awesome. There's Kristen Gillibrand, who's leading the feminist movement within the Senate. And Anna Wintour, who recently displayed a sense of humour in poking fun at the Met Gala, and a sense of enlightenment by admitting that fashion has often been guilty of being too narrow-minded. And Blake Lively. Because, hello, Blake Lively.

And then there are these girls:


Friday, April 28, 2017

Am I the Only One Who Cared About Denim Day?

ashley del rio

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller
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