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Zara Launches “Sustainable Fashion” Line

By: Zoë Unverferth

                                                                             

Zara, the well known and loved worldwide fashion company, just released a “sustainable fashion” line for the 2016 fall season. In an effort to become increasingly eco-friendly and environmentally conscious, their new line, #joinlife, is made with eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, recycled wool and Tencel, which “reduce their environmental impact”.

 

The line includes the latest fashion trends, with a “fusion of masculine and feminine style which defines clean silhouettes and a color palette inspired by mineral tones”, including palazzo pants, trousers, a boat neck blouse, jumpsuits and denim on denim looks and much more, all following a neutral color scheme that is perfect for this fall.

 

While this is a great step forward for Zara, many are questioning whether one collection will really do much to reduce their impact on the environment. Some think that it is difficult to be both a fast-fashion empire, dedicated to churning out mass amounts of clothing, as well as a company that focuses on the environmental and quality.  While I do agree that there may be a conflict of interest with the company as a whole, there is other proof that Zara is working towards incorporating different environmentally conscious elements into their business including using recycled boxes for all shipments, and supplying bins in stores for unwanted clothing to be dropped off and recycled in order to extend their lifespan.

 

All of the eco-friendly attention paid in the production process, including the materials used, such as cotton that requires 90% less water and Tencel, made from extracted wood fiber grown in forests that are guaranteeing reforestation through sustainable management, makes these pieces worth the extra money.

 

“The collection embraces a woman who looks into a more sustainable future”.

 

Zara, as well as other fast-fashion brands such as H&M, ASOS and Old Navy have begun the pursuit to becoming eco-friendly companies through specific fashion lines. However, one can only hope that their eco-friendly mindset and endeavors expand beyond simply a fashion line here and there, and instead become core values for each of the companies. Only time will tell!

 

Check out some of my favorite looks from the line below!

New York Fashion Week F/W 2016/17 Collection Review

By: Yashi Gudka

New York Fashion Week is one of the four big fashion shows to look forward to every year, and this year was no different. Fall/Winter 2016-17 collections were—as a whole—very wearable. Across many of the collections were the standard dark and earthy tones associated with the seasons; still, some collections deviated from the typical colour scheme—as was the case with the collections of Christian Siriano and Delpozo. From patchwork to embroidery and tasseling, another noticeable trend was the innovative take on denim. Prints, fur and the classic combination of black and white all plentifully appeared on the New York runways.

While there were so many shows at NYFW F/W 2016-17, my favourite collections were Proenza Schouler, Delpozo, Sally LaPointe, Reem Acra and Rodarte.

Proenza Schouler

Known for sophisticated and refined garments, Proenza Schouler defines the cool city girl—consistent in this season's collection. The collection consisted of a mostly neutral palette—reminiscent of eggshells—with the rare pop of chemical red and yellow. All outfits were perfectly tailored, with a plethora of relaxed trousers and a mix of midi and maxi skirts. A predominant criss-cross design gave a slightly edgy, athletic flair to each of the pieces. Accessories were minimalist and neutral-coloured, and the models wore black tipped boots.

Delpozo

In my opinion, Delpozo seems to be Eastern-influenced with its floral prints and flared kimono-like sleeves. The colour scheme was an eclectic mix of royal blue, deep red, yellow and bronze. Despite the contrasting combination of colours, the collection was quite cohesive . The flared sleeves created a strong look, which was then softened by floral minimalistic designs. The most beautiful part of the collection was the appearance of the long flower appliquéd gloves that really “feminized” the collection.

Sally DuPointe

Sally DuPointe stood out as one of the most wearable collections at NYFW. The collection was characteristic to the usual narrative of Fall-Winter collections with coats, chunky sweaters, fur, pleats, midi skirts and dresses. It completely oozed sleek and sexy. Instead of displaying the mix of wintry colours throughout the show, the collection transitioned from one colour to another. Sally DuPointe is a perfect example of classic fall/winter aesthetic done right.

Reem Accra

The first thing that I think that comes to mind about this collection is that it is pure sexiness. Flowy dress after flowy dress, everything was designed and produced with utmost attention to detail. The collection largely resembled lingerie and gave a fierce burlesque-like impression. Reem Accra’s unusual venture into dark and sultry pieces capped off with her signature pretty pastel dresses.

Source: Vogue.co.uk

Milan Fashion Week A/W 2016/17 Collection Review: Who Were Milano's Women This Season?

By: Non Kuramoto

Milan Fashion Week is probably my favorite of all of the fashion weeks. Everything from the pieces that grace the runway to street style, Milan has a touch of quirk and unique flavor that makes them different from New York, London and Paris. The designers who present at Milan embrace the art of fashion; garments seen at Milan Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 did not disappointfeaturing whimsical designs, delicately crafted elements and an overarching interest in telling stories. I picked three collections from this week that bid good-bye to norm-core, and pursued truly artistic visions.  

Gucci

Alessandro Michele has done it again. Only a year into his appointment as the Creative Director of Gucci, Michele has given the brand a new, and very influential, identity. A nerdy-femme aesthetic, which may as well have walked straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, was infused with a touch of ferocity this season. Her silhouettes were more structured and the prints spoke "bold," rather than "delicate." The punchy colors would give any woman in Michele’s garments the confidence and power to command a room. Michele’s collaboration with graffiti artist Trouble Andrew (a.k.a. GucciGhost) was also notable. Allowing an artist who appropriates Gucci’s signature in his pieces was a graceful combination of tradition and modernity. The black leather embossed bags reading, “Real Gucci,” was a tongue-in-cheek way for him to comment on the culture of counterfeit luxury items.     

Moschino

If teenagers thought they were edgy using “lit” to describe something cool or fashionable, Jeremy Scott took it to a new level. With hashtag #itslit, Scott set Milan on fire with his new collection. A huge change from last season’s cheery construction workers, the models scowled down the runway clad in boldly colored satin, chains, leather and cigarette patterns. The Moschino woman was the high-end dominatrix; she knows her power, commands attention and has the ability to drive men mad. The second half of the show is when we found out exactly what was “lit.” Lit were the dresses, scorched and left with ragged hems. Lit was the dress with smoke spewing from the model’s trail. Lit was the dress that was also a chandelier. Although the wearability of this collection is questionable, a statement on the current state of fashion was definitely made, as well as posed: With fashion tradition being shaken up, is it time to burn everything down? And will fashion rise from the ashes like a phoenix?  

Dolce & Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana has just won everyone’s heart (if they hadn’t already), as everybody’s dream fairy godfathers. This season’s theme was princesses and fairytales, and they were not going for subtlety. Cinderella’s iconic blue dressed floated down the runway, complete with plexiglass slippers that the Tremaine sisters would have died formore reasons than just the prince’s hand. Her mice friends danced around as embroidery, and her pumpkin carriage made an appearance as a bag. A dress embroidered with an evil step-mother looking into a mirror was followed by a dress covered in apples—Snow White, embroideries of a tall tower—Rapunzel—and a sweater on which a princess is kissing a frog—Frog Prince. Sprinkling references of so many princesses in their iconic A-line shift dresses and other impeccably constructed garments, Dolce & Gabbana relentlessly brought our childhood dreams to life. They didn’t forget the princes either! Beautiful Napoleonic jackets covered in charms and encrusted with pearls and gems, would make even Prince Charming check himself out when he gets dressed.

Sources: Vogue Runway

 

 

 

Ode to My Sneakers

By: Ina Müller

I have a confession to make: all I ever wear is white sneakers. Every. Single. Day. It's like they grew on me the second I put them on, and we have been in love ever since. I secretly ask my neglected boots, loafers and brogues for forgiveness every time—sorry, babez. Popping out to Trader Joe´s to get my weekly chocolate fix, dragging myself to an 8 AM class, dancing until the morning light and traveling to the end of the world...we have been through a lot. Cheers to my lifelong comrade, my best friend and my partner in crime: my Reebok Classic Leathers. Thanks for your endless versatility—for always pulling my outfits together, and for saving me hours in front of the mirror. Oh, and for only being $64.99! (Girl has got to save some money).

Here is how I wear them:

Look 1: 

This outfit literally feels like a stroll through the streets of Paris, when, in fact, it's only a shopping spree on Newbury.  It is a simple look with wardrobe staples, and some cool accessories to give it a French touch.

Reebok sneakers | Alexa Chung for AG jeans | H&M shirtAcne scarfCéline bag | Norma Kamali sunglasses | Chanel nail polish

Look 2: 

The tailored pants (recycled co-op purchase!) and the coat are really chic, but the sneakers and the beanie dress it down, and play it cool! 

Reebok sneakersJoseph coat | H&M pantsEsprit sweaterH&M shirt | New Age Rebel beanie

Look 3:

And yes, white sneakers are also perfect for going out.  I love to pair my Reeboks with glittery socks, a velvet top, black skinnies and some unique rings. Oh, and a half bun, because I consider my hair-do as part of my outfit (I am not the only one, right?).

Reebok sneakers & Ashish Socks Acne jeansMango top | Vale Jewelry rings | Half Bun

 

6 Fashion YouTubers You Should Know

By: Shelby Robin

1. The Fashion Citizen

 

The Fashion Citizen consists of a sister duo from Arizona, who thrifting goddesses. They have adorable nicknames for each other (Smell and Punk) and have a great sense of humor, which can be seen in their style. Their videos are a great way to find some inspiration for what to look for at your local thrift shop, and their styling videos can assist you with how to wear different statement pieces.

2. Helen Anderson

 

Helen Anderson, a British YouTuber, is tattooed, pierced and a total goof ball. Her style is fun, edgy and rock 'n roll. Helen loves herself some Doc Martens and cheetah print, as well as lace and pastels. She loves festival fashion, and her hair is constantly changing colors. Helen is also soon to be married, so some unconventional wedding videos are sure to be on the way.

3. In The Frow

 

Behind Inthefrow, is Victoria, a British YouTuber who I would recommend anyone interested in luxury. She reviews a lot of high-end beauty products and does very sophisticated makeup tutorials and fashion lookbooks. Victoria can often be found wearing pumps during the day with ankle grazing denim, and a designer bag in the crook of her arm. Oh, and did I mention she rocks the silver hair trend?

4. simply_kenna

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Simply_kenna exudes chill vibes, and makes inspirational videos about her unique lifestyle. This includes being a minimalist, a vegan and practicing Buddhism. Her personal style is very bohemian and relaxed, and her makeup looks are always beautifully glowy-- she is a highlighting queen. She also makes really cute DIY on a budget videos perfect for anyone who likes that copper and marble look.

5. Lindseyrem

 

Lindseyrem, also known as Lindsey, is super relatable to us college students, because she also is one! Lindsey studies graphic design in California, and makes very on-trend style and beauty videos. Her lookbooks consist of outfits you could actually wear to class.

6. LaMadelynn


LaMadelynn is for all you old souls out there. Her style is modern with a wearable retro twist. It helps that she is a very talented videographer, and she puts a lot of time into each video she makes. Her videos all look like they came right out of a Wes Anderson film. Madelynn always puts a unique spin on the average makeup or styling video.


It’s Socks O’Clock

By:  Ina Müller

Everyone has an opinion about socks (me included). For some it is the itchy thing your aunt always gets you for Christmas (and you secretly hide in the depths of your overflowing closet, year after year). For others it’s what grandpas pair with sandals and a walking stick. In any case, however, they should be a style statement that you happily show off!

It is a universal truth that in fashion, socks are a real thing to consider now. Socks are your best friend that magically transform the most boring outfit into something more. They are your dry shampoo for overslept mornings, your mac ‘n’cheese for hangovers– basically the thing to cling to when in fashion despair.

Confused about what this could look like? Take a look.

These it-girls just know how to work it! Eliot Sumner and Alexa Chung both sport their grey socks with a cool pair of brown brogues.

Sequined socks and the Reebok Classic Leather for a night out, and definitely makes you standout from the boring LBD and heels crowd. Glittery socks are also look great for your casual everyday look.

Socks can definitely spice up a simple pair of white sneakers.

These ladies are the perfect proof that even loafers and socks (think grandpa-style!) can look incredibly stylish! Model Agyness Deyn even makes white socks and loafers work.

Basics of the Blazer

By: Duong Trinh

From their origin as suit jackets for boating club members, blazers are nowadays regarded as chic items continually featured in street style looks. Ranging from blocks of color to patterned prints, casual forms to formal cuts and stiff materials to slouchy fabrics, the myriad options or hybrids of some can be tailored to any preferable style. Here, I’ll show you the three most basic ways to style a blazer.

1. The Casual Blazer

Wearing a blazer is not synonymous with being stiff and serious. Go bold with colors; create emphasis here and there with an item that jumps out from your usual color scheme. Sneakers, snapbacks, and crop tops are some options for accessories that defy the cuts of an otherwise stern-looking jacket.

 Luann Rib Top | Choies Blazer | J Brand Jeans | Adidas Originals | Balenciaga Bag | Cara Scarf  | Lane Crawford Cap |Dior Sunglasses

2. The Professional Blazer

Mixing up different prints yet preserving the whole monochromatic feel of the outfit can be challenging, but fun to play with. Within the context of the workplace, blazers can truly shine by framing up a tucked-in, white shirt, accompanied by work bag. Still, there is space for creativity. Cinch in your waist with a belt to create a more linear silhouette, or wear a ruffled shirt and let the intricate detail speak for itself.

Red Valentino Top | Edun Blazer  | Edun Pants | Louboutin Shoes | Shein Bag | Bottega Veneta Phone Case | Cutler & Gross Glasses | Yves Saint Laurant Belt

3. The Evening Blazer

Personally, I own only one black blazer cape, but there have been countless looks that it has been featured in. A supreme-looking black blazer cape can give the outfit a crisp, put-together feel. Dressed in this style, minimalism is the right way to go—no need to complicate with layers or colors. With a simple pair of stilettos and clutch, you are ready to go.

BCBG Top | Armani Blazer | BCBG Skirt | Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes | Noir Clutch | Lane Bryant Necklace | Nak Armstrong Earrings | Chanel Perfume | Chanel Body Lotion |Chanel Mascara 

All outfits made on Polyvore.com

Co-op Diaries: Art Director/Graphic Design at TJMaxx

By Abby Walker

Last fall, I really wasn’t sure if I would be going on co-op again. My first co-op was not the best, and I was hesitant to enter another work environment where I could potentially have the same experience. I applied to quite a few jobs on myNEU COOL, but there was only one job I was particularly interested in.

When applying for co-op last year, I applied as an international affairs major; I knew I wanted to work in fashion, so my options were somewhat limited. However, there was one job that sparked my interest: the art director position at TJX. The first time I saw the opening, I actually didn’t even apply because I didn’t think I could get it. Why would they hire someone with no portfolio and no design experience?

After my less-than-ideal experience at my first co-op, I switched majors so I could focus on design. I built up a portfolio of my work, and set myself a goal: I would go on co-op only if I could get this position–my dream co-op, if you will. It’s been just over a month, and I already feel like I’ve learned so much.

In this position, there is no limit to what responsibilities I hold. I’ve worked on social media posts, created the concept for our photoshoot, bought all of the necessary items, acted as the photographer and then designed the final piece. I work on a lot of graphic design heavy assignments, where I utilized Adobe Creative Suite to design in-store signage, gift cards, presentations, window clings and the like. The biggest project in our office currently is working on the opening of our Newbury Street store, which is incredibly exciting.

I still have a lot to learn, but I’ve discovered that you can make a career out of your passions (and make good money doing it.) You can really accomplish anything you set your mind to. I was determined to get this job, and might have gone a little overboard trying to get it (contacting whoever I knew who had worked here to get in touch with the people I interviewed with, etc.), and it really paid off. I work for a great company, which is growing every day and is always making room for people who are willing to put in the effort.

Final words? Corporate America doesn’t have to be so corporate–yes, you can have fun at work–and most importantly, just because you’re an intern doesn’t mean your opinion doesn’t matter. Ten out of ten, would recommend.

Three Days of Style: Karli Brush

Name: Karli Brush

Major: Business

Year: Freshman

Day 1:

 

Oh, hello winter! Time to bust out the real winter clothing to brace this newly white Boston weather. To compliment this gorgeous snow we have gotten, I decided to sport one of my favorite winter white sweaters form Urban Outfitters. I paired it with my favorite black ripped skinny jeans- which totally feel like leggings- from Zara. I maybe did not make the most practical shoe choice since I kind of had to tip-toe through the snow, but I got to sport my favorite new pair of Adidas sneakers from Urban Outfitters. To top it off, I slipped on my grey hat with a cute fur pouf, which happens to be my new favorite winter accessory. I also carried my favorite bag ever which is perfect for all occasions because it can fit a laptop and all of the nonsense that I find necessary to keep in my purse. Unfortunately, Kate Spade Saturday went out of business so this bag is not available anymore (sad), however Kate Spade has a similar style called the Cobble Hill Adrien.

Day 2:

 

Saturday night I was in the mood to have some fun with my outfit. I love finding ways to make otherwise simple outfits a bit more fun and personalized. This outfit is now one of my faves and I want to wear it every weekend. I started off with a pretty simple outfit of a simple black mini-skirt from Aritzia and a super comfy striped shirt from Brandy Melville. I paired it with black tights by Wolford to keep my legs warm in the cold night. To add texture, I decided to pair it with my black faux fur jacket from Urban Outfitters- this was a good choice because I stayed warm all night without needing a giant parka! To add a little personal touch, I put some cute stickers and a pin on my shirt; I promise– stickers are not just for five year olds! For my shoes I decided to go with a pair of slip-ons by Circus by Sam Edelman to keep my outfit casual and fun. Plus, the shoes say “I can’t” which basically describes my life.

Day 3:

 

It’s Sunday fun-day! I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays. On one hand they’re relaxing and fun and on the other hand I’m thinking, “Oh shoot, I still have a ton of work to do!” This Sunday my friends and I went to Gyu-Kaku for lunch which I highly recommend. We were there for literally three hours though, so after I was stressed out and felt like I wasted my day– but whatever, I got through it! For my outfit I wanted to be cozy but still look styled. I chose to wear my comfiest sweater from Club Monaco which I paired with my comfiest jeans from Zara. For shoes, I wanted to keep the cozy vibe while adding a little drama so I wore my Stuart Weitzman Playtime boots (on sale right now, by the way!). It was definitely the perfect outfit for a lazy Sunday.

Put On Your Red Shoes: Remembering David Bowie

By: Asta MacKie

In light of the passing of the great musician and star David Bowie, we begin this semester by paying homage to this icon’s enormous influence in the fashion industry. Known as one of the greatest chameleons of style, Bowie’s many faces can still be seen throughout fashion today– whether it comes in the form of high fashion on the runway or gracing the aisles of Target, as seen in Keanan Duffty’s Bowie line for Target.

 

David Bowie once famously said “I reinvented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman,” as reported by The Sun.  Whether it was the one legged catsuits of Ziggy Stardust or the androgynous suits of the Thin White Duke, Bowie was constantly redefining his image and embodied countless styles and trends throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

 

Bowie’s influences in fashion were not limited to the twentieth century, however. We all know at least one person with an anchor tattoo, and you can only guess who originally made that sailor symbol a trend. After David Bowie wore a fake one in his music video “John, I’m Only Dancing,”  Kate Moss, a close friend and huge fan of Bowie, famously sported the tattoo on the cover of Vogue Paris in 2012.  In fact, Kate Moss has graced the covers of Vogue impersonating David Bowie not once, but twice, and since his death has been paying tribute to him with a Bowie-themed birthday party and some fabulous metallic platform boots.

 

Lady Gaga herself, another eccentrically stylish pop star, has borrowed from Bowie’s image, and flaunted the iconic lightning bolt that Bowie is so famous for in the music video of her first hit single “Just Dance.”

 

There are many stars today famous for their androgynous image, such as Ruby Rose or model Andrej Pejic. Bowie, along with Prince, was one of the first to break these barriers, and gender fluidity became a huge part of his style and image.  In his “Life On Mars” music video, Bowie pulls off powder blue eye shadow and pink lip gloss better than I could ever dream of doing myself. This iconic look has been often present throughout beauty and fashion spreads.

Bowie accents are easily found on high fashion runways, whether it be in the makeup and hairstyles or in the clothing themselves in both menswear and womenswear.  Balmain’s line exhibited tight fitting, plunging cat suits in 2011, and in 2010, Givenchy almost perfectly replicated Bowie’s black and white striped blazer worn in 1973.

 

Everything in Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway show in 2013 embraces David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era, from the stars to the eye shadow to the iconic bright red mullet.


David Bowie’s death this past month is a crushing loss for the music industry, the fashion world, and for all of us. Just remember him the next time you’re feeling brave enough to go for that blue eye shadow or put on that catsuit, and own it just as well the rock icon himself once did.
Sources: Vogue, The Sun, fashionspotting.com, MTV News, athomeinhollywood.com

Campus Chic: Dalal A.

By: Meredith Fisher

Photos: Meredith Fisher

 

The first snowball of the season has been thrown. So far this year, we have been having an unseasonably warm winter but the warm weather is finally coming to an end. Temperatures are plummeting and snow is falling. Look around campus, it is evident that Huskies are finally feeling the cold wind by bundling up for lower temperatures. Nonetheless, some students refuse to let the weather keep them from staying stylish. One student in particular shows us that winter is not an excuse to give up and wear sweatpants all season. Dalal struts her style by showing us the proper way to layer, stay warm, and most importantly, stay chic.

Dalal proves to have an eye for proper layering. A stunning sweater drapes over her leather jacket. She accessories with a voluminous scarf and a black clutch.

 

Name: Dalal Almarzouk

From: Kuwait

Major: Economics

Year: Junior

What is your favorite place to shop?

Vintage Stores

What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?

My leather Jacket

What item should be in everyone’s closet?

Sneakers, maybe Golden Goose

What advice do you have for staying fashionable in the winter?

Layers!

A Look Back at the First Lady’s 10 Most Stylish Moments

By: Valerie Butler

Who is surprised that First Lady Michelle Obama has done it, yet again, at President Obama’s final State of the Union address? From the metallic manicure to the no makeup look, FLOTUS glowed from head to toe. Dressed in a marigold wool Narciso Rodriguez a-line dress, Michelle Obama continues to find the balance between vibrancy and elegance. As with most of the first lady’s televised outfits, this dress sold out before the speech was even over.

 

Of course, this would not be the first time Mrs. Obama has stolen the show. Let’s take a look at Michelle Obama’s 10 most stylish First Lady moments ever.

1. At the First State Dinner for India, wearing Naeem Khan:

 

2. Welcomed by Queen Elizabeth at London’s Buckingham Palace wearing Tom Ford:

 

3. Dressed in Prabal Gurung at the end of the US-Africa leaders summit:

 

4. In Missoni at Milan Expo:

 

5. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno wearing Michael Kors:

 

6. Dressed in Jason Wu for the 2013 Inaugural Ball:

 

7. At the Presidential Inauguration 2013 dressed in Thom Browne and J.crew:

 

8. Welcoming the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe:

 

9. In Marchesa for the Kennedy Center’s 36th Honor Gala:

 

10. And of course, dressed in Reed Krakoff in her official White House portrait for 2013:

 

Sources: fashionista.com, instyle.com, time.com

Three Days of Style: Harshita H.

By: Harshita Himatsingka

Photographer: Vanisha Dansinghani

Name: Harshita Himatsingka

Major: Journalism

Year: Sophomore

Day 1:

It’s chilly and cold. Hence, it’s official sweater weather. The big coats often hide the pretty sweaters, but once you’re inside, it’s time to show them off. This is one of my favorite sweaters, which is from Loft. I love the color and the way it fits. I’ve paired the sweater with black jeans from Guess and brown suede boots from Promod.

 

Day 2:

This grey sweatshirt from Forever 21, which says NY/LA is another one of my favorite pieces. It’s simple, comfortable and looks just as good. I’ve paired it with black jeans from Guess and black boots from Steve Madden. The winter coat, from Garage, also adds to the outfit, and acts as a statement piece with its subtle leather sleeve patch designs.

 

Day 3:

This outfit is one for a lazy day when I don’t really feel like dressing up as much. The sweater is from Tommy Hilfiger, the scarf is from H&M, the jeans are from Guess and the booties are from Forever 21.