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Monthly Archives: May 2012
Not your average “flea”
By Katie Day
Once every three months, people of all ages head to South Side on Lamar for the quarterly Dallas Flea.
The spring Flea, which took place Saturday, April 21, offered shoppers a winding line of over 70 venders, showcasing everything from vintage jewelry to handmade furniture and more.
The Dallas Flea is the result of the hard work and vision of Southern Methodist University alumna Brittany Edwards Cobb.
Cobb grew up in California, flea market shopping with her mom, and after moving to Dallas, she knew it was something the city needed.
“I love that style of shopping — finding something unique from a local artist or collector — and I wanted to bring that experience to Dallas,” she says.
Unlike most flea markets, the Dallas Flea is completely indoors. Cobb says this has been key to the event’s success given the unpredictable Texas weather.
All the vendors are Texas-based and go far beyond vintage finds and handmade wares to include music and food as well.
Cobb graduated with a degree in journalism and has worked as a writer and editor, specializing in fashion and interior design. She turned to the connections she forged during her years as a journalist to make this dream a reality.
“I’ve met many talented Texas artisans, and thought I had the tools to try it out after years of accumulating contacts,” she says.
Grace Davis, an SMU senior, visiting the Flea for the first time with her dad and sister, says she enjoyed browsing through the clothing and jewelry designs. But her father was the real winner at the end of the day.
“My dad loves shopping for vintage things as decorations for his house and office,” Davis says. “He ended up buying three really cool matted pictures of vintage American landmarks, like the old ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign.”
The event has continued to draw a crowd each quarter since its debut in 2009. The Dallas Flea was even named Best New Event by D magazine in 2010.
SMU junior Shelby Foster interned for Cobb during the summer of 2011 and was along for the ride when Cobb planned last fall’s Flea.
Foster say she got a first-hand look at exactly what it takes to organize the event.
“Brittany is truly a multi-tasker, so as an intern, I had to be, too,” says Foster. “I kept all the different vendors’ information and application forms organized in the office.”
Cobb says planning a Dallas Flea takes the full three months from the application send-out to the day the doors finally open.
With a long list of trusted vendors, finding talent isn’t a problem. But there are plenty of other challenges.
“The more challenging part is keeping the show fresh, which means rejecting longtime booths and even friends, at times,” Cobb says.
The South Side on Lamar location allows only around 75 booths for potential vendors, and Cobb says mapping out the floor plan can be tricky. However, the venue brings a look and feel that is well worth the effort.
“It was very important to me to have a space that felt a little gritty — flea-market-esque,” she says.
Cobb says she is always looking for fun ways to promote the event and get people in the door to support the talented vendors inside.
As for her favorite vendor, she says she loves them all but was especially excited about some new talent the Flea welcomed during this season’s event.
“I really like Back Alley Furniture. He’s an SMU grad. And Taylor Custer, another SMU grad,” she says. “And I scored some amazing costume jewelry at BRS associates.”
Foster says working with Cobb was a pleasure and believes she has created something unique and valuable for the city of Dallas.
“The Dallas Flea truly is a cool event that Dallas desperately needed,” says Foster. “Brittany has created a great place for local artists to come together to sell and showcase their work.”
Back to the ‘90s: What’s old is new again
By Logan May
As a ‘90s baby, I grew up around spandex bike shorts, bleached hair, multi-colored windbreakers and grunge couture. By the time I reached my teens, these looks had started to fizzle, along with Justin Timberlake’s luscious locks (sigh).
However, recent celebrity sightings have mad me wonder whether we are about to experience a ‘90s fashion revival. For instance: a photo of Rihanna (http://www.jamrockmagazine.com/?p=3308) stepping out of a London hotel, rocking denim on denim, with a fitted cap and a billowy shirt wrapped around her waist. This outfit screamed the ‘90s louder than Kurt Cobain in Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Old trends have a way of finding the limelight again. Take the ‘60s-inspired looks from Mad Menor today’s popular neon hues that can be traced back to the ‘80s. The ‘90s seem to represent the latest fashion flashback. Further evidence? New York’s Guest of a Guest website (http://guestofaguest.com/fashion/90s-fashion-trends-spring-back-into-style) showcased spring trends inspired by ‘90s frocks.
Of course, for most ’90s teens like myself, Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone) Beverly Hills high school circle in the 1995 film Clueless epitomized the decade’s fashion ethos. Cher and her pals paired fitted flannel shirts (an upscale nod to grunge) with colorful, bodyhugging school-girl plaids, Mary Janes, knee-high stockings, headbands and fitted caps.
Few of the steet style celebrity fashion photos that have popped up recently, however, pay homage to that trend-setting film. So which ‘90s loks should we expect to make a comeback? Here are my top five picks to revisit (let’s just hope flat tops and Doc Martens never come back in style):
- Sweaters tied around the waist
Floral print dresses
Tinted moisturizer that’s lighter than air
By Logan May
Just in time for warm-weather fashions and pool-side barbeque parties, Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 provides the perfect amount of coverage without weighing you down. This ultra-fine moisturizer will protect your skin all day. $42 at Neiman’s. http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Tinted-Moisturizers_Tinted-Moisturizer-SPF-20_prod210061
Be bold: Diorshow mascara
By Logan May
Make-up artists behind the scences at the world’s chicest runway shows inspired this mascara, which is designed to make any girl’s lashes “va-va-voom” vampish. The ultra-thick brush and blackest-of-black charcoal tone keep lashes plump, curvy and dynamic all day long. A must-have item for the makeup bag of any career girl or college intern who wants to look put together for the office, as well as glamorous for that evening event.
Fashion magazines move into the digital age
By Shelby Foster
Once upon a time, girls and young women saved tear-outs of favorite looks from fashion magazine editorial spreads, then thumb-tacked their finds to cork boards for future reference.
In today’s digital world, where those tear-outs and cork boards are being replaced by social media websites like Pinterest (), it’s no surprise that fashion magazines themselves are heading full-force into the digital realm.
Magazines like Glamour, Self, Harper’s Bazaar and, most recently, Vogue have all re-imagined their content to be read digitally. Apple’s iPad and many other tablets provide magazine applications available for download as soon as the issues go to press.
And these cyberspace versions are often not exact replicas of print publications. Many issues feature more highly interactive content so readers can get more out of their favorite fashion sources.
One of the most lucrative aspects of a digital magazine seamlessly connects the reader to the product. See a lust-worthy handbag or lipstick? Tap, swipe or slide your way to purchasing it from the brand’s website, accessed directly through the magazine. Find exactly the product you want and buy it immediately from the app.
Editorial content also features extras to make reading a more interactive experience. Tap on a Twitter icon on the letter-from-the-editor page to get constant updates on chic from the editor-in-chief. Read more about Kim Kardashian’s split by swiping over to an online story.
The beautiful editorial photography is no longer interrupted by pesky captions: Any and all clothing information is tucked away beneath a subtle design addition. Now the spreads are first aesthetically pleasing, with the small print optionally accessible — just “tap to read about this look.”
Readers can even watch the cover star come to life with bonus video extras embedded into the article. Simply reading fashion magazines is a thing of the past — now subscribers can play, watch, purchase and tap into their magazine to make the experience their own.
Advertisers, readers take notice
These interactive digital magazines are making huge waves in the fashion industry, and advertisers are taking notice. The special features make digital magazines attractive to readers, and if a fashion source lacks those little extras that optimize content, readers may go elsewhere.
“Too many magazines just use shovel ware to move the content over to an app with minimum added value,” says Jake Batsell, a journalism professor at Southern Methodist University. “Today, content needs to be well-done on any platform.”
And although digital magazine apps are fairly new technology, 11 percent of magazine readers already rely completely on tablets, according to GfK MRI, a leading producer of media research.
Mi-Sun Bae, a sophomore at SMU, recently bought an iPad and is attracted to the benefits of digital reading.
“One of the reasons why I purchased an iPad was to buy books and read them via the iPad, so I probably would enjoy reading magazines on it as well,” says Bae. “I think it’ll be eco-friendly to read it on iPad, and it wouldn’t be much of a hassle to carry the heavy magazines around.”
The “everything in one place” characteristic of tablets like the iPad allows fashionistas to travel and carry their favorite glossies with ease. No need to go to the grocery store to pick up this month’s issue when it could be ready to go on your iPad within minutes.
The charms of glossies
However, not all magazine lovers are jumping on board.
Courtney Johnson, 26, is a stay-at-home mom who isn’t trading her print magazines for digital anytime soon.
“I prefer to read magazines on paper. Call me old-fashioned,” she says. “I have a subscription to US Weekly, and I look forward to getting it in the mail every Thursday.”
Johnson also says she logs a lot of screen time already, so a break from technology is welcomed.
“I look at so much on the computer or my phone, and I feel like it’s nice to give my eyes a break from looking at a digital screen,” says Johnson.
Some readers have a hard time feeling the same connection with the digital editorial product, suggesting it doesn’t have the same aesthetic appeal as the glossy print pages of a traditional fashion magazine.
“Getting magazines on my iPad is much more convenient, but it just doesn’t compare to holding the magazine in your hand, flipping through the pages and getting a close view of the glossy pages,” says SMU senior fashion media minor Rachael Borne.
Reading magazines on an iPad also doesn’t allow the monthly issues to be placed artfully on bookshelves among trinkets and coffee table books.
Long-time fashion magazine devotees may also collect back issues to reference styles of the past decade or beyond.
Borne says she enjoys using the print versions of favorite fashion publications as décor. “I love saving all of my magazines for a decorative purpose,” she says.
While this practice could be attempted with a tablet, it obviously would not garner the same aesthetic glory — unless, perhaps, the tablet was always turned on and never ran out of battery. Not likely.
But with any new technology, time is required for it to align itself within society. None of the fashion magazine apps available to date is perfect, and upgrades are consistently being introduced to better the reader’s experience.
One of the biggest complaints about Apple’s digital magazine applications is lack of automatic background downloading — which means that only the magazine app can be running while a new issue downloads. Other users express regret with the app’s inability to zoom in on photographs in Vogue and other digital fashion publications.
Keeping the content new, fresh and integrated is the key to a successful iPad-compatible publication.
“Today’s user has too many options and not a lot of patience,” says Batsell.
But with time and the necessary upgrades, digital fashion magazines may eclipse print completely in a future that is not too far away — and quite possibly inevitable.
How Dallas rose to fashion fame
By Grace Roberts
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Kristi and Scot Redman of D Style Sheet: SMU alums behind the fashion lens
By Meg Jones
Photographers Kristi and Scot Redman, SMU alums and two of the most talented members of the Dallas fashion community, are the husband and wife duo behind the lens at D Style Sheet, the street-style fashion blog of D magazine. The Redmans’ images feature fashion on real people and show how trends are applied on the street.
Scot, who was influenced by photojournalists like Robert Frank and Frank White, and Kristi, who has an eye for fashion, make the perfect team. They admire the work of fellow fashion photographers Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist and Bill Cunningham of The New York Times, who, through their own distinct styles, create a dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.
Both Dallas natives, the Redmans describe their hometown as “the land of opportunity” for fashion photographers. In New York or Los Angeles, a fledgling photographer may spend years building the connections that keep work coming in the door. In contrast, the Redmans quickly found a niche in Dallas’ evolving fashion scene, which, they emphasize, includes SMU’s stylish students. D Style Sheet reflects this emphasis, spotlighting SMU students, both on and off campus.
The Redmans’ tenacity and willingness to work non-stop for next-to-nothing has helped get them where they are today: front and center in the Dallas fashion world. But they are driven by the goal of being counted among the world’s top fashion photographers and keep a storyboard of every little thing they have accomplished along the way.
The Redmans started their first fashion blog, Hilltop Glossy, in 2009 and it was an instantaneous hit with more than 300 clicks after three days. Over the years, they have learned the key to a successful blog is to define and maintain a style that people recognize and, more importantly, trust.
Scot argues that blogs have made it difficult for many hard-copy print magazines to compete because bloggers offer instant information, and if you hit 10 blogs, it’s better than any one magazine.
While some critics have questioned the legitimacy of bloggers, Scot notes that the level of success fashion blogs have achieved is hard to ignore.
“There has been a lot of slamming of bloggers in the past few years where people say, ‘Oh, they’re amateurs. They don’t know what they’re talking about,’ ”
“But now designers have recognized the power of the blog so they [bloggers] are all sitting front row” at New York Fashion Week shows. .
As a fashion photography power couple, the Redmans understand the power of their hard-won imprimatur—and use it wisely to curate style in Dallas as they capture and push trends.
SMU Fashion Media TV: Arm Parties
By Caroline Foster and Grace Davis
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