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SMU Design School: Part of Dallas’ Fashion-Forward Past

By Caroline Hafner

The Fashion Media minor has quickly become one of the most popular minors to take at SMU.  From fashion internships to fashion journalism classes, students are learning so much about the fashion world and the wonderful places it is headed. Many students believe that this is the first fashion-oriented area of study to come to SMU.

This summer as the DeGolyer library staff was going through archival material, they came across article after article about an SMU Design School, which was launched right after World War II and continued into the mid 1950s. During this time period, Dallas was quickly becoming one of the country’s most fashion-forward cities.

In an article from the Dallas Morning News in 1944, Lester P. Lorch, the president of  SMU’s Art Department, said: “The purpose of the school is to teach natives of Dallas, and the of the surrounding territory, technique in fashion designing, so that Dallas may depend on Dallasites for fashion and thereby do away with the importation of designers from other states.”


Joan Gosnell, a university archivist at the DeGolyer library, stated that at that time, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas were the three most significant cities for fashion in the United States, as they remain today. With Foley’s and Neiman Marcus both based in Texas, SMU was already in the center of a fashion-oriented city.

One primary goal the SMU Design School set out to accomplish was to find young designers within the university itself.  The university offered a wide range of classes –from costume design to pattern drafting — to allow these aspiring designers to hone their skills.

The professors challenged the students by holding annual fashion shows where students could show off the work they had created throughout the semester. The students took their designs from early sketches to finished pieces that were modeled on a runway.  The winning designer would receive a scholarship.

In March of 1948 the Dallas Morning News reported that “arrangements were made with manufactures to have scholarship holders work several hours each week in factories under direction either of the manufacturer or his designer to enable students to become more familiar with production methods.”

The SMU Design School was sponsored by the Dallas Fashion and Sportswear Center and while open, was one of the only four design schools in the United States. The school had 75 graduates after its first year, one-third of whom were working in the Dallas market.

The SMU Design School definitely shaped Dallas’ early ascent in the fashion world. All the young talent that went into the city upon graduation has helped Dallas grow into a fashion capital.


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CFDA/Vogue announce 2012 Fashion Fund Award

Greg Chait of the knitwear brand The Elder Statesman was awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award on Nov. 13.

By Margaret Brown

In a room filled with several of the most influential members of the American fashion industry, 10 up-and-coming designers sit anxiously, awaiting the result of five months of intense competition.  At a dinner held in their honor on Nov. 13, the 10 contestants rubbed elbows with the likes of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue; Diane von Furstenburg, the noted designer and head of The Council of Fashion Designers of America; and iconic American designer Tommy Hilfiger.

After dinner, Chelsea Clinton set the stage for the keynote speaker, Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey.  Bailey was followed by actress Emma Stone, who finally announced the news everyone had been waiting for all evening: Greg Chait of the Los Angeles-based knitwear line The Elder Statesman had been named the ninth recipient of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.

The coveted award includes $300,000 to better the designer’s brand and a year-long mentorship with a fashion industry leader.

“I just want to thank, first of all, the finalists that I got to meet during this process. You guys are incredible,” Chait says in Vogue’s The Fashion Fund video series. “I really had no idea I’d be standing here right now. I made a good case for each of you in my head. I want to thank everyone at Vogue, Anna and the whole team. Most importantly this is for my brother Paul who passed away a few years ago, who the company is now named after.”

The Fashion Fund Award

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award was created in response to the effects that the Sept.11, 2001, attacks had on the American fashion industry, with a primary focus on helping young designers succeed in the marketplace.

“The fund started because it became so evident to us at Vogue that young talent both in New York and on a worldwide basis needed help,” Wintour remarks in the 2005 documentary Seamless. “It is something those of us at Vogue certainly have been very aware of over the years especially after 9/11. That was the catalyst, as tragic as it was, that made us realize that we are in a position to help these young people.”

During the first CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition in 2004, fashion photographer Douglas Keeve followed three hopeful finalists in their journey through the competition. The youngest of the bunch were Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough, both 24 at the time, and the design duo behind the brand Proenza Schouler. Ultimately the duo triumphed over their competitors to become the inaugural winners of the coveted award.

“It’s amazing to be part of an industry that supports its young in such a crazy way,” Hernandez says in Seamless. “There aren’t many industries in this world that can say that the older people support the younger people.”

Eight years later, the mission of The Fashion Fund has stayed true to its initial purpose. While the designers’ aesthetic and apparel might be at the forefront of the competition, the business behind the brand remains just as important.

“How good are they as designers?” asks Mark Holgate, the fashion news director of Vogue, in The Fashion Fund.  “How good are they as business people? It becomes a forensic study of a designer’s business. You are never really looking for perfection. You’re never going to find it. You’re looking for the best combination of all sorts of different factors.”

The Competition

The group considering these different factors – the Fashion Fund’s official selection committee – includes Wintour and Von Furstenberg; Jenna Lyons, president and creative director of J. Crew; Ken Downing, SVP and fashion director of Neiman Marcus; Andrew Rosen, CEO and president of Theory; and former contestant Derek Lam, among others.

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman strolls with a model during a photo shoot.

To help the committee gain a better understanding of each finalist, the participants travel through a five-phase process. The first is the initial application process.  In Phase two the top 50 applicants submit a comprehensive overview of their business and the committee narrows the field down to the top 10.  Phase three then consists of a 15-minute interview of each finalist by the selection committee.

“They each get 15 minutes,” Downing says in The Fashion Fund. “Literally 15 minutes with a timer. They present with models. Then they dance for us, and they tell us what their collection is all about, what inspires them, the idea behind their vision where fashion is going and what they love.”

During Chait’s interview, which is featured on The Fashion Fund, the winning designer was asked what his brand aesthetic comprises.

“There is a free spirtiness that ties the whole thing together,” Chait replies. “My job is done when the customer takes it home with them.”

For Phase four members of the selection committee travel to the contestants’ studios to help them understand how the designers work.

“Just to see the contrast of the designers, how they work and how they actually see themselves through their own vision of what their studio looks like or their store or their showroom is really fascinating,” Lyons says in The Fashion Fund.

The last phase is completed after the selection committee meets and discusses all the participants. The committee then casts blind ballots to determine the winner and two runners-up. The runners-up receive $100,000 and a year mentorship. This year’s runners-up included footwear designer Tabitha Simmons and jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer.

“Being successful in our industry is more than just making great clothes,” Rosen says in The Fashion Fund. “Making great clothes is part of it, but I think for designers to be successful they have to be so much more than that. That’s the tough thing. Each one of those times we see them helps us better understand and judge what their talent and potential is and how we might end up voting.”

By impressing the judges in all facets of the competition Chait triumphed over the other young designers. The winnings will help him expand The Elder Statesman, which began simply with Chait creating blankets. However, the brand soon grew to encompass men and women’s clothing lines, as well as a plethora of accessories.

While the prizes will assist Chait’s business, the competition itself also serves as a tool for bettering the designer’s brand.

“If you’re honest with yourself in this experience,” Chait says in The Fashion Fund, “really, really honest with yourself, you can take a whole lot of out it.”

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It’s a Juicy World

Elizabeth Scotti









The brand best known for its velour and terry cloth women’s tracksuits first appeared in 1997 and quickly grew into a fashion empire.

The Juicy Couture tracksuit represented the evolution of fashion for many teenagers, including myself.

Ashley Mooney, a junior at SMU, said, “I remember my first Juicy outfit. I got the pink velour suit when my mom took me to the Rodeo Drive store in California.”

Juicy Beginnings

Juicy Couture was founded by Pamela Skaist-Levy, a former Hollywood costume designer, and Gela Nash-Taylor, a former actress, with “just $200 and a few T-shirts.”

In a 2006, interview with Carnegie Mellon Today, Nash-Taylor noted, “People say you have to go to a bank, do a business plan, and borrow $60,000 to $100,000. If I’d started a business $60,000 in debt, I wouldn’t have been able to get up in the morning.

The two friends chose not to take out the $100,000 loan everyone had suggested they needed. “Everything that came out of our business we put back into it,” said Skais-Levy in a 2008 interview with USA Today.

The entrepreneurs started the line by creating clothes they wanted to have hanging in their own closets.

The Juicy Allure

Known for its risqué slogans and high prices, Juicy Couture’s racy take on casual fascinated consumers and became the limelight of Hollywood.

Celebrities like Britney Spears, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez were among Hollywood’s A-list wearing the sweat suits.

“I felt hot in my Juicy outfit, like I was wearing adult clothing—just like the celebrities—except my dad didn’t approve,” said SMU junior Alison Hackett.

The flirtatious design of the notable Juicy tracksuit became a Hollywood essential in teenage genre films. Films like Mean Girls and Legally Blonde are among the many during the first decade of the 2000s that feature sophisticated, sexy teen girls wearing  Juicy track suits.

Juicy Grows Up

The Juicy brand has come a long way from where it began. In 2003 the company was acquired by Fifth & Pacific Companies, INC, formerly Liz Claiborne, for an estimated $53 million.

With its appeal to a more fashion-conscious and affluent consumer, “Juicy Couture adds another dimension to our portfolio, further broadening our ability to offer apparel and accessories across a wide range of consumer lifestyles and tastes,” said Paul Charron, Liz Claiborne chairman and chief executive in a 2003 statement to the Los Angelos Times.

In addition to Juicy Couture the parent company has acquired the Kate Spade, Lucky Brand and Mexx labels in recent years.

With this change Leanna Nealz became chief creative officer and president of the brand, while founders Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor remained with the company as co-presidents of the line.

According to a 2005 article in Bloomberg Buisnessweek Magazine, since the deal, Juicy revenues have quadrupled and are nearing $200 million.

Iconic Status

Marketing experts note that most major fashion brands today have started with one key item — such as the Kate Spade bag.  Or the Juicy Couture track suit.  Admirers of a brand are often marked by a shared consciousness as well as shared rituals and traditions.

By appealing to fashion-conscious young women who yearned for comfortable casual wear that reflected their interest in body-conscious style, Juicy’s creators grew the brand into a “Juicy Empire.”

The brand had since expanded into every outlet of the fashion industry. You can now purchase Juicy Couture jewelry, computer and phone cases, and perfumes.  Juicy launched its new Couture line that focuses on cocktail and special occasion outfits to offer more variety from the line’s casual and sports wear.

The brand has even ventured out with new lines and designs for all genders and ages. Juicy Couture is everywhere now, with a men’s, women’s and children’s line selling in almost every major department store.

Sam Zager, a junior at SMU, noted how Juicy seemed to have “grown up” with her. “It’s amazing how Juicy has expanded. I remember wearing the track suits in middle school, and just recently I got a blouse from their couture line.”

Today there are over 100 Juicy Couture and outlet stores in North America and it is sold in over 60 countries(

The Juicy World

Recently, Juicy launched its “California Dreaming” holiday film featuring Candice Swanepoel.

The bathing beauty awakens in her California bedroom and transitions from one daytime location to another, then onto a nighttime party, wearing the perfect outfit for each occasion. With “girls just want to have fun” playing throughout the film the flirty, versatile and fashion-forward designs by Juicy are highlighted.

In a 2008 interview with USA Today, Skaist-Levy said: ”Celebrating friendship and girl power — that’s very Juicy.”

I found a picture from 8th grade of my friends and I posing in our juicy zip-up outfits. I laughed, thinking back to that when I was in the store this past weekend.  During this Juicy shopping trip, I purchased a green leather jacket, a cashmere boho sweater and a key chain—a huge transition from the hot pink Juicy tracksuit I wore practically every other day in 7th grade.

Juicy has exhibited a natural progression, from an idea launched by two LA entrepreneurs who knew what they wanted to wear to an empire stretching overseas. The brand has grown up with my generation.  And its success speaks for itself.

It definitely is a Juicy World out there. I have no doubt about it.


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The iPhone case craze

By Hillary Johnson

Any one of us today who says that her iPhone is not an essential part of her day-to-day activities would be lying. iPhones have taken over society as we know it and turned us into a phone-crazed culture. We all now depend on this means of technology to survive.

It seems, as the rage over iPhones grows, so does the selection of stylish cases. The website Society6 offers thousands of diverse options for anyone looking to add a bit of glamour, sophistication or even some spunk to his phone.  So check out the website.   Whether looking for a gift or something for yourself, you’re sure to find a case that catches your eye.

Photo credit: Society6

Photo credit: Society6

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Soft As A Baby’s … Lips

By Mia Castillo

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 20

Want the shimmer and shine of a lip gloss but the moisture and protection of chap stick? Well now you can have both — AND in adorable neon tubes! Maybelline’s Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm has an SPF of 20 and just enough shimmer and color to make your lips pop. Choose from one of six different shades. It’s a complete steal!

Get Baby Lips HERE


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Is casual becoming TOO casual?

By Ginna Wilbanks

This summer I attended an evening showing of Chekhov’s play “Uncle Vanya” in New York City with my grandmother. Raised during a much more formal time in a strict Victorian household, she takes her tea at four o’clock and had taught me the correct way to set a table by the time I was 7. So naturally, we dressed in attire appropriate for such an evening occasion.

Vogue’s illustrious European Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles was seated in the row behind us, in attendance to watch his friend Cate Blanchett take the stage as the beautiful yet tragic Yelena. Always dressed to the nines, Bowles looked smashing in his coordinating crisp yellow button-down and baby blue suit.

In an attempt not to stare at one of my style icons, I let my eyes roam. Hawaiian shirts, jeans and even, to my horror, running shorts and tennis shoes littered the audience.


Hamish Bowles
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Once I’d recovered from my shock, I started thinking: What has society come to? What happened to the days of dressing up for church, of men wearing jackets to dinner? We now live in a world of Casual Friday’s and workout-wear that travels far beyond the gym – to meetings, the movies, even an upscale restaurant.

- The No-Time Bind -

Many would argue that our own success – especially in the field of technology — has driven these changes. Our modern existence, filled with beeping cell phones and packed schedules, has kicked into a level of hyper-speed unlike anything before it.

We take a more casual approach to entertaining, communicating and dressing as a result of our fast-paced lives. Why send a hand-written note when you can e-mail? And why wear a dress you’ll have to pick up from the dry cleaners to an evening play, when you look fabulous in jeans – and aren’t jeans ALWAYS appropriate in our modern world?

New York Times writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner says America has acquired the status of an “elastic-waist nation.”

A fabulous mental image comes to mind, doesn’t it? No, definitely not. Despite crazy schedules and our love of Lululemon, I believe a happy medium between ball gowns and sweatpants is achievable.

We may no longer live in the time of the original etiquette guru, Emily Post, when using the wrong fork at dinner could send you plummeting down the social ladder. But societal standards and the impact of first impressions haven’t gone anywhere.  Male chivalry may be dead (shame on you, boys!) — but we can’t blame this on guys, especially when some of our outfits don’t exactly give the impression that women want to be catered to. Taking two extra minutes to read this article and to put away those Lulus is definitely worth the effort.


“As with most situations, it is always better to be overdressed than under.” – Jodi R. R. Smith, author & etiquette expert

Social outings — whether you’re attending a concert, visiting a museum or simply going shopping — do not necessarily call for dressing to the nines. But dressing accordingly and appropriately is a must. Use common sense: If attending the symphony, don’t dress as if you plan to attend Bonnaroo or Burning Man.

However, even I have to admit that with an ever-growing list of casual trends emerging, it’s hard to avoid falling victim to a comfort-first approach to fashion. Who doesn’t want to be comfortable?  But we’re taking comfy TOO far.


Rachel Roy
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The pajamas-as-everyday-wear, for instance, is one trend that crosses the line. Rihanna donned an Emilio Pucci PJ set for the Tokyo premiere of Battleship, and even Miranda Kerr (who should know better) rocked a pair of PJ pants in public. I don’t care who you are or how much you spent on that outfit — you still look ridiculous. Thankfully society came to its senses and squashed this major fashion mishap quickly.

The pajama trend might be an extreme example, but it supports my argument that American society has reached new levels of casualness.

Mary Valentino, sales director for 10 Crosby Derek Lam, says that she has seen a definite shift from formal to relaxed over the course of her fashion career. She sees the same trend in her customers’ purchases: “For our market it is more casual pieces, but pieces that can be worn day to night.”

People are not only dressing down during the day, but are attempting to adapt casual pieces to work for night as well.

There is a correct and classy way to accomplish this. When styling a casual piece for day, pair it with a colorful shoulder bag and neutral flats. For night ditch the flats for a funky pair of heels and add a clutch and bold jewelry to spice it up.



Are Lululemon’s the new dinner dress code?

While dining at the posh, conservative Patrizio’s restaurant in Highland Park Village last week, I surveyed the scene of well-dressed elderly couples and high-heeled, gussied-up Dallasites. Seated with my own high-heeled, gussied-up friends, I found myself judging the girls rocking sweatpants, T-shirts and ponytails.

Is this judgment fair? I can certainly recall instances when I, too, have sported workout gear to dining establishments that call for nicer clothing. This situation is yet another example of comfort over dignity.

Did I know the expected level of appropriate dress for this type of restaurant? Definitely. Did I know my fellow restaurant-goers would possibly judge my slovenly appearance?  Probably. Did I take the extra minute to throw on a pair of jeans and boots? Nope. But did anyone actually comment on or criticize my attire? Not surprisingly, no.


Paris Hilton
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Gone are the days of dinner jackets and cocktail dresses for dining out on the town.  Wearing extremely casual attire, no matter the venue, is becoming the norm. Unless a restaurant states otherwise in a dress code policy, jeans are now generally considered acceptable dinner apparel.

In the book “Emily Post: Manners for the New World,” the current generation of Posts advise, “Whether casual or formal the principles of respect and consideration for others, plus a strong measure of common sense, should guide your decisions.”

SMU Fashionistas are smart and well bred. Therefore, they have an abundance of common sense.  Common sense should tell us that the family dining at the next table probably doesn’t want to smell our sweaty T-shirts and dirty tennis shoes while they are trying to enjoy their meal.

Sweatpants are for working out and eating Chinese food on your couch. So no matter how perky your tush may look in them, ditch the Lulu’s in favor of something a little nicer.  Keep the high pony if you must, but opt for skinny jeans, a pretty blouse and a killer pair of heels when hitting the town for dinner. You will look good and more importantly you will FEEL good about yourself.


What is it??

Work wear has suffered the most drastic drop in formality. With the skyrocketing rise of social media and the emergence of a more creative culture, job descriptions and positions have become more amorphous than ever. The question of what to wear to work has followed suit (although not literally!).

Men’s suits aren’t the only staples that we see less of today. According to the March 16, 2011 New York Times article, “To Stretch or not to Stretch,” the trend forecasting agency WGSN reported that women are dressing more casually for work today, too: “A mere 4 percent of women in the United States now say they wear strict business attire, with 31 percent claiming to dress completely casually.”

The idea of “Casual Friday” has clearly expanded to include the rest of the week as well.

Says Allison Hollins, an account consultant at the Dallas-based fashion blog marketer rewardStyle: “You would think that working in the fashion/fashion-blogging industry would require you to dress in a certain way, but in reality our everyday dress code is extremely casual.”

Hollins says that on any given day her co-workers could be wearing Lululemon or a stylish, dressier ensemble. The thought process behind this no-dress-code policy is that employees will be more productive if they have the freedom to choose their outfit.

This theory might prove true, but it only makes the decision of what to wear more difficult. Vogue, Net-a-Porter and other fashion giants are not only attempting to act as guides to solve this dilemma, but they are also making a push toward the return of professional yet stylish work wear. Anna Wintour would definitely not approve of sweatpants in the office.


Jumpsuit from day to night.
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This theory also gives employees an excuse to slack off with their outfit choices. If, like Hollins, you have the choice to wear Lulu’s to work, why wouldn’t you? For starters, you are suppressing your inner stylista. Also, you are missing out on a chance to show off your fabulous closet.

Similar to the idea of transitioning casual pieces from day to night, work pieces can be rocked at the office as well as the bar. Slacks and a silk blouse don’t have to be stuffy.  Pick a neutral pant and top with a subtle pattern for the day, but add some sassy heels, jewelry and a clutch for night.

Despite whatever dress code the boss or company may or may not enforce, you are still there to WORK in a professional atmosphere. So dress like a put-together professional.

- The Most Important Lesson of All - 

We can talk about casual versus formal dressing endlessly, but we seem to be forgetting something key. The importance and impact of first impressions rarely wavers.

Yes, workout apparel has become acceptable as an everyday outfit. Yes, people get away with Hawaiian shirts as dinner attire. But by slacking off with our outwards appearance, we are cheating ourselves.

I posed a certain scenario to Hollins: If a potential client came in for a meeting dressed as a total slob but her work was brilliant, would the client’s appearance have any impact on Hollins’ decision to work with her?

She admits that her company has more of a creative environment and therefore the work does count more.

But then she adds, “As much as I would like to say I don’t judge a book by its cover — first impressions are everything.”

As etiquette guru Jodi R. R. Smith says, “Unfortunately, you do not have time to read every book you encounter from beginning to end.”

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Vintage Treasure Hunting

Megan Rutledge

Photo Credit: Clotheshorse Anonymous, Hermes, Bluefly

vin·tage[vin-tij]: representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.

“Oh, it’s vintage…”–such an effortlessly cool response to anything. Admittedly, this is a phrase I’ve never uttered.

This idea of “vintage” seems like some kind of abstraction. The notion can bewilder even the most dapperly dressed, leaving us with questions—is “vintage” a thing? How does it work? Or, will vintage remain illusory—merely a vague mask for the misfits who, time after time, fail miserably in their pursuit of this sacred buzz word.

The paradox of shopping for new vintage items is a shopping skill many are yet to master. The curiosity was killing me, so I had to figure this puzzler out once and for all.

So, why vintage? Well, it’s simple—first off, there’s always the cool factor of finding a unique piece that no one else can stalk down and purchase. Second, the price often is a fraction of what buying a new item of the same persuasion would potentially set you back. And with designers who make timeless pieces, it’s hard to go wrong.

The best kind of vintage comes in the form of a treasure, passed down from generations, a token of proof that you come from a long line of well-dressed. More than anything, these vintage treasures hold something more than timeless style. When I think of vintage treasures, Hermes bangles and scarves come to mind. Specifically, my mom’s antique bureau and crystal bowl that still sits on her mirrored vanity.  Inside lay the piles of beautiful patterned Hermes bangles. Every time I slide a bangle on my wrist when my mom isn’t around, and admire the intricate patterns, I fall a little more in love with the story of each bracelet.

For those who are looking to go treasure hunting, adventure over to  Clotheshorse Anonymous and delve into their unique and upscale selection of handbags and jewelry.

“We get stuff in every hour…” explained Julie Hogg, Clotheshorse Anonymous’ PR representative. Vintage Tiffany and David Yurman pieces are most hunted after, and in terms of design, “the older the better,” she said.

Gucci, Louis, Fendi, Prada, Chanel, YSL and Hermes are shelf regulars, and prove that what’s old is new again.

“We just sold a red Chanel from the ’60s or ’70s,” she said.  Hogg described the unique shade of the classic handbag to be a “cool color of red” that could only be done by Chanel. As the gatekeeper of newest deliveries, Hogg’s enthusiasm for her job is amplified with every new arrival, such as the Hermes gypsy bag.

“It’s amazing to just sit with such a beautiful piece of art even just for an hour.”

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Dont Fear the Camo

by Jared Monmouth


courtesy of Art of Wore

Love it or hate it, the camo jacket has made a resurgence on the street fashion scene — and we don’t expect this trend to go away anytime soon. The military-inspired camouflage jacket works well for men or women, depending on the style. Men usually prefer the hooded version, while we see most women wearing their camo jackets sans-hood.

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Bape and The Northface manufacture some of the most popular styles of camo jackets, but there are plenty of other brands to choose from.

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Gotta love it: More Leather

By Hillary Johnson

Look around you! Leather is everywhere,  from that elegant jacket the girl in your journalism class wears to the sleek purse your sister carries to those leggings on the woman at the checkout counter.

Photo credit: GoRunway

Leather is the perfect fabric to wear this season not only to keep warm, but also to look stylish. High-fashion designers used lots of leather in their fall and winter collections, and everyone is loving it.  Brands from Givenchy to Fendi to Diane von Furstenberg have taken the gothic glamour of leather and turned it in to a must-have for the season.

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A classic shape with little to no detail is the look to have.   Besides just jackets, a lot of designers are using hints of leather in skirts, pants, separates, shoes, and even blouses.

Next time you’re walking down the street, look around and notice all the hints and accents of leather that surround you — a look that promises to continue on into the spring.

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Demi Stanley

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Have you been searching for a quick and easy-to-use foundation? Christian Dior has the product for you. Dior Airflash is a spray foundation — but don’t try spraying the foundation directly on your face.  Instead, it’s best applied to your face with a kabuki brush (pictured below, from Sephora).  You can live out your geisha girl fantasies and no one will ever know.

Photo Taken By Demi Stanley


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