Thursday, October 17, 2013
Her Campus rocks the runway at Auburn Hotel Becky Sheehan Intrigue Writer
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Madalyn Vines models an Auburn game day dress.
Homecoming weekend was given a dose of chic courtesy of Her Campus, the leading online publication for college women. Auburn students mounted the catwalk for College Fashion Week Friday, Oct. 11, in the Dixon Conference Center at The Hotel at Auburn University. Auburn was one of four cities chosen to hold the event along with San Diego at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Orlando, Fla. at the University of Central Florida, and Boston, Her Campus’ hometown. Cities were chosen based on the strength of their Her Campus chapter, and Auburn earned recognition as one of the most successful, hardest-working branches. The fashion show came to Auburn through the efforts of juniors Kerry Coppinger and Alexis Brost, president and editor-in-chief, respectively, of the Auburn chapter of Her Campus. They and their team of writers beat out more than 250 national and international chapters for the honor of playing host to the event. Windsor Western, president and publisher of Her Campus, said she was eager to feature a southern school for College Fashion Week. “College life in the South is so unique,
and there’s so much passion and school spirit,” Western said. As the auditorium filled, the first 100 guests received VIP passes and “swag bags” stuffed with Luna Bars, Neuro Sonic drinks and Poppin’ desk essentials. Music provided by Auburn’s DJ Ego pulsed through the room and models took the stage in affordable, trendy styles for “college cuties” and “collegiettes,” Weston’s terms for “girls that are smart, girls that are career-driven, but girls that are also fashion savvy and want to know the latest trends.” Four scenes gave spectators ideas of ready-to-wear outfits for loungewear, class attire, game day dresses and nightout ensembles. Pieces were provided by Lilly Pulitzer, Adidas, Henri Girl, Rampage and Bongo. Independent fashion designers for UsTrendy.com were also highlighted for being fashion-forward while remaining budget-friendly. Samsonite provided accessories and the models wore Cover Girl makeup. Western directed models to smile and enjoy themselves — a departure from the pouting models on Paris or New York runways. The young men and women modeling were Auburn students and mostly firsttime models, which explained the minor timing glitches during the show. Margo Kaestner, sophomore in public
relations, walked in the “You Snooze, You Lose” and “Go to Class? I am Class” scenes. She said she got on board after receiving an invite on Facebook. “I’ve always had people be like, ‘Oh, you’re really tall! You should do it,’” Kaestner said. “And I thought, why not?” The biggest surprise of the night was a musical performance by Navy ROTC students Jake Shurts and Tanner Roach. The duo entertained with mellow covers of songs by Lorde and Bruno Mars while the crew set up between scenes. “We want to make sure that we are highlighting some of the other student talent that we have at each campus,” Western said. According to Kerry Coppinger, president of Her Campus at Auburn, the final product went exactly according to plan. “So much planning went into this event, so I’m so happy with how it turned out,” Coopinger said.
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War Equal, fashion with a purpose Becky Sheehan Intrigue Writer
Alicia Roden said her procrastination was just the catalyst needed to kick-start the Equality Alabama renaissance. The graphic designer from Montevallo said she was working on another project when she felt inspired to draft the clever, pro-equality slogans, “War Equal” and “Roll Pride.” The graphics uploaded to Equality Alabama’s Facebook page went viral and T-shirt designs were soon in demand. Timing was ideal for the volunteerrun organization, which had just begun ramping up fundraising. The organization, based in Birmingham, declared its mission to further the rights of LGBT Alabamians where they live, work and play. Equality Alabama has seen a huge response to Roden’s shirts, with more than 300 pre-ordered in the first 10 days of their availability, earning a total of more than $5,000. Sales go directly to funding Equality Alabama’s town hall meetings, satellite offices, advocacy campaigns, school visits and bully prevention education. The purpose of the T-shirts, howev-
er, is not strictly monetary. The shirts spread a visual message supporting equal rights for LGBT populations in Alabama. Michael Hansen, communications chair for Equality Alabama said the shirts are “a safe way to show that they support equality and at the same time open a dialogue on their campus.” The navy and orange “War Equal” shirts make an obvious connection between fans of Auburn football and supporters of gay rights, though Hansen and Roden said they were careful not to infringe on any copyright issues with the University. “I think it’s really cool that there’s something I can wear that combines two things I’m passionate about,” said Anna Lee, Auburn alumna and gay rights supporter. Hansen said bringing up the issue of gay rights to two of the largest SEC schools has brought anticipated backlash from opponents of the message. “That’s to be expected — that comes with any news story about anything,” Hansen said. In general, Hansen and Roden said their products have received a gracious reception. Lee pointed out the generational
differences of Auburn students today as a reason for more tolerance. “I think it could get a pretty good reaction from other students,” Lee said. “In the South, you would think people would be more homophobic, but actually young people are more supportive.” Hansen encouraged students to take an active role in spreading the message of Equality Alabama. “The more young people who can share their story, be involved, be active and show their support, the further the movement will go,” Hansen said. According to Hansen, the movement toward acceptance begins on an individual level. “Telling your story and being open is probably the most important step in advancing equality in Alabama,” Hansen said. Equality Alabama has committees in major Alabama cities, including an Auburn/Opelika chapter. To get involved, contact Michael Hansen at Info@EqualityAlabama.org. Shirts are available online for $22 and come in both crew neck and Vneck styles. To purchase a “War Equal” T-shirt, visit EqualityAlabama.org.
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Margo Kaestner models the Auburn-themed War Equal shirt.
Fabulous 101: Fashion tips and tricks from a drag queen Kailey Miller Intrigue Reporter
Keeping up with fashion can be such a drag, but drag queen Cornelius Benson had a few tips for students on how to dress, specifically this fall. Benson has been a drag queen since 2008, but has loved fashion ever since he was a kid. “In the first grade, my mom got me a black bear fur coat and some cowboy boots,” Benson said. He said he has also modeled, and was a photographer, which helped him learn how to be a stylist. Benson listed his top five fashion tips, starting first with being confident in whatever you wear. Second, Benson advised knowing your body type and dressing accordingly. He recommended having a go-to color, and a standard shoe. And last, Benson said to shop smart. “You don’t have to spend your last dollar to look good,” Benson said. “You can find different items you can wear with a lot of different things.” Benson’s said his favorite season to dress for is late fall and into winter, because he said he likes being able to layer clothing and feels it is easy to express yourself in regards to fashion. Benson said in Auburn, typically everyone dresses the same, so he is predicting blouses, oversized scarfs, skinny jeans and boots from the ladies this fall. Benson said one fashion trend he’s shying away from this season is chevron. “I’m so over it,” Benson said. “It used to be plaid, everyone did the plaid shirts.” Benson said he doesn’t have one particular
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Cornelius Benson has been a drag queen since 2008.
clothing line he prefers, because he likes to mix and match from different stores. “You can find a really cute blazer from Banana Republic, and you could find some cute jeans from Express and a nice scarf from Piggly Wiggly,” Benson said. “You can just mix and match and accessorize.” Benson said his favorite fashion trend for men is a nice pair of jeans that fit well, or a low
v-neck T-shirt. For the ladies, he recommends showing your shape and following fashion by belting items. He said he likes a nice blazer with a belt over it, or a shirt with a belt on it and a blazer. As midterm approaches, it’s more tempting to roll out of bed and go to class in the T-shirt slept in, skipping makeup altogether and throwing hair into a pony tail or a hat so people won’t realize you lost your hair brush weeks ago. However, Benson would probably not approve. “Fashion is not just clothing,” Benson said. “It is hair, it is makeup, it is skin, it is the apparel, it is the shoes, it is the accessories, it is the whole package. If you have on a nice outfit and your face is ratchet, no one’s going to think you’re cute.” For quick, relatively low maintenance outfits to wear to class, Benson said men could wear a nice T-shirt with a blazer, jeans and a boot. For girls he would swap in a tank top with a cardigan or scarf, and skinny jeans. “A nice colored v-neck shirt can go a long way,” Benson said. Benson created his own brand of 100 percent natural makeup, and is planning to open a boutique. His store will have just one item of each clothing piece, so no one will ever have the same clothes. “People should definitely look into what works for them, and just identify with who they are in regards to fashion,” Benson said. “Everyone’s body is so different and no one has a perfect body, so you need to find something that works for you and makes you look your best.”
Plainsman Picks Playlist Party songs “I Love It” By Icona Pop
I wouldn’t party if I crashed my car, but this song is a great party pump up anyway. “Timber” By Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha This is a new song that surprised
me. I like it because it’s a good mix of singers and it’s upbeat. “23” By Miley Cyrus What can I say? I love the new Mi-
ley and her new sound. This song definitely gets the party started. “I Don’t feel like dancin’” By Scissor Sisters This song is about not wanting to
dance, but the music is synthesized, dance party gold. “Just a Friend” By Biz Markie It’s not a party until a bunch of
drunk people are belting this song.
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