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standout issue


Spring 2012

editor’s letter whiteout trendwatching accessory trends jason wu for target karl who? downton abbey hunger games nail polish twelve the do’s and don’ts of makeup cheeky scrubbed into fashion

a fashion and business publication devoted to developing the competence and excellence of fashion infatuated individuals and connecting the industry to the university

editor in chief leslie olson creative director alexander o’brien executive editor rah riley contributors hilary bildsten erin lengas laura marrinan emily wells graphic designers sharon beckstein carolyn monke photographers kara harms rachel mosey beauty alexander o’brien alana hall

Letter From The Editor


he idea to theme the spring issue around “fashion as play” occurred to me as I read an article in British Vogue’s January issue. The story featured the lives of Libyan sisters who were forced to hide in their home during the months of turbulence and war occurring very nearly on their doorstep. The girls dealt with nights of confinement and fear of bombing and kidnap by “get[ting] together and hold[ing] breakfast parties...” The women were described as joking and cooking together during their time indoors, as well as planning shopping trips and yearning for Dior eye pencils. “We all wore makeup every day. If you feel good, it’s easier to be brave,” one of the sisters said. Continuing to dress and care for themselves made it easier for the sisters to carry out their patriotic duties, be it sending videos to press of shootings

and petrol lines, setting up a spy network through social media, or even communicating information to Nato. We can all fashion ourselves (literally and metaphorically) after these intelligent, brave, optimistic, confident, beautiful individuals. The Libyan sisters exemplified a lemons-to-lemonade mentality in the face of dark times: we, too, can choose how we conquer our winter blues and to-do’s. One way to deal is to wear the same holey jeans and boots for a week, sans shower, begrudging every assignment and scheduled obligation. These burdens can just as easily become opportunities, though, if greeted with positivity, clashing prints, mullet skirts, and maybe that well-earned pair of 6-inch Acne platforms. I hope this issue sheds light on the artistic, humorous, ironic side of fashion, rather than the untouchable one that so often gets a bad rap. Fashion may dictate clothing trends, but style enables individual expression and interpretation of whatever the runway magazines are feeding their audiences. Designer fashion isn’t meant to be exclusive – leave exclusivity to the couturiers, whose client lists hover at around 100 people worldwide. Runway is about the designer’s desire to share his or her artistic concept while representing the brand. Take note of how much irony exists in fashion! Karl Lagerfeld of CHANEL sends out quilted bags adorned with neon raffia. There’s no way that he’s serious! Throughout the 20th century, Coco Chanel herself contrasted starkly to women’s ultrafeminine fashion by dressing in men’s clothes and costume jewelry. Instead of being intimidated, be inspired by high fashion. There is no price tag attached to true style. Leslie Olson Editor-In-Chief

Hilary Bildsten



n a sea of loud patterns and bright colors, stand out this season by turning heads in a different way: be daringly simple. Taking notes from designers who strive for simplicity, now is the perfect time to set a clean slate for spring by wearing white... all white. By grace of her commitment to understated elegance, high-� end materials and refined tailoring, designer Jil Sander is often known as the Queen of Less, the Master of Minimalism; her spring/summer 2012 line is a beautiful reflection of those titles. The colors are muted, and patterns are nearly nonexistent, aside from a few paisley pieces she showcased (and even those reflected her skill with creating clean contours). The focus of each piece is on the overly basic construction and the tailored fit. More attention is drawn to the beauty of the model herself than the materials she wraps herself in. After all, your fearlessness and boldness comes from within yourself. Let it shine -� especially now, as the seasons are shifting and the world is renewing itself. Drawing inspiration from top designers, make a statement by dressing head to toe in this season’s hottest palette: white on white on white. Simplicity demands confidence. Simplicity demands fierceness. Simplicity is bold. Wear your canvas; make each day your masterpiece.

Trend Watching Spring 2012 Monochromatic

If you feel overwhelmed by spring’s plethora of mixed prints, relax: monochrome is making a comeback. Keep the outfit in a fresh pastel palette, or layer on the white. A chic outfit could consist of pale trousers in mint, baby blue, pale chartreuse, or baby pink, paired with a silk tank of the same color in a slightly lighter or darker shade. It is possible to leave the pastels behind and go a bit bolder with the colors if done properly, however! A great way execute a bolder look could include emerald

(Don’t) Cover up that stomach

Unlike the days of Britney spears with tiny crop tops and hip-hugging jeans, midriff-bearing tops are making a classy return. This spring it is all about showing off the upper-midriff: just below the bust and hiding the navel. Seen on the catwalk at Emilio Pucci, Miu Miu, Mugler and more, this trend is spring’s sexy new look. The key to keeping this look from inciting scandal is knowing which part of the stomach to bare. Choose a bustier top and pair it with your favorite high-waisted pants or maxi skirt. Another great way to wear this look

shorts with a light-green, open-back blouse and a chunky emerald necklace. Throw on some nude pumps and you’ll have the perfect spring outfit. For inspiration, take a look at Calvin Klein’s Spring 2012 collection.

is by wearing a high neckline crop-top with acrophigh neckline top with high-waisted shorts. If this look feels too revealing, then a blazer over the crop top may be the perfect solution. This allows for only a sliver of skin to be exposed, keeping it tasteful while still achieving an intriguing and daring statement. Wearing a sheer button-down or boxy t-shirt over the crop top adds a sophisticated layer, as well. Ground the look with a pair of flat, masculine shoes, like oxfords or creepers. Take a fashion risk this spring by daring to bare your stomach.

The 20’s Come Roaring Back

Flapper-inspired dresses aren’t just for costume parties anymore. We can be relieved that all take a collective sighthis of relief that this classic is back to stay. Dropclassic looklook is back to stay. Dropwaist dresses elongate the torso and create a lean silhouette. Silky metallic fabrics make this style of dress appear very elegant and fluid. Metallic fabrics are a great look for standing out at a nighttime engagement. 1920s accessories as well as silhouettes are making their presence known this year, including metal brooches, gloves, and head-wraps. Messy, fly-away hair is being traded in for the perfectly coifed curls of the 20’s. Complete this look by wearing a vibrant shade of lipstick and keeping eye makeup simple and clean. The elegant clothing of the 1920’s will forever evoke timeless style.


Closets seem to be filled with shades of gray, thanks to winter doldrums… brighten your wardrobe with spring’s citrus-inspired color! Tangerine-tango is a color that is sure to attract some attention. Such a bright color can be overwhelming in an outfit, so it is best to limit tangerine-tango to a statement piece. Keep a tangerine blazer casual by wearing it with a pair of jeans and a basic tee. A short, tangerine dress is perfect for a springtime date. This color is also making an appearance throughout makeup palettes. Emphasize your lips with a tangerine lipstick for a preppy look. Citrus brights always look fresh when paired with white, but

black serves as a great compliment for a delicious evening look. While wearing tangerine-tango, be prepared to turn some heads.heads. Emily Wells



Picking statement pieces this spring—a bright neon double platform or a space-inspired metallic creeper—encompass multiple trends, ensuring that your investment pieces continue to make a statement in future seasons. And when all else fails, just turn to your favorite designers to sweep up some key pieces like Jeffery Campbell’s multi-trend hitting shoes, Tom Binns eye catching jewelry or Top Shop’s extensive collection of more wallet friendly trimmings! Laura Marrinan With spring fast approaching, now is the time when everyone starts shedding layers. There is a skyrocketing need for statement pieces to make “seasonally transitioning” outfits pop. There are many choices when it comes to picking a bold focus for an ensemble, whether it be a bulky tribal necklace, a killer pair of double platform heels, a stingray clutch, or, for some of our most daring trendsetters, the creeper shoe. Many trendy or cultural elements can be combined to create the perfect statement accessory that will have you drooling over delectable candy colors and unique prints! Take Dannijo, for example: the sister duo behind this wildly popular jewelry label are pros at combining cultural elements to make unique pieces. Their necklaces, inspired by the button-down shirt collar, have been so popular that the label was enlisted to create pieces for the Cynthia Rowley Fall 2012 collection!

Photos: Man Repeller; The Coveteur; Polyvore

TWIN spring 2012


Emily Wells


s college students, we know the difficulty of staying on a tight budget. This can become very challenging when trying to find a way to expand one’s wardrobe. In the past year, many high-‐end designers have begun to collaborate friendly retailers. with price price-‐friendly This past November, Versace released a highly anticipated collection at H&M stores, hosting a wildly successful runway show and pop-‐up store event to debut the fruits of the collaboration. Target and Missoni also teamed up earlier this year. The collection was such a success that items were sold out faster than Target’s website was able to update. Coming to Topshop this spring is a capsule collection by Greek designer Mary Katrantzou. Normally ringing up for more than the cost of a Lexus, Katrantzou’s

whimsical printed dresses created for Topshop will retail for a few hundred dollars or less! All of these collections allow fashionistas to get their hands on designer clothes while sticking to that budget. On February 5th, 2012, Target has released yet another designer collection—this time with fashion industry darling Jason Wu. Jason Wu is known for his high-‐ profile clientele: Ivanka Trump, January Jones, and Michelle Obama are loyal patrons. His new collection allows for budget-‐ conscious shoppers to buy his high-‐end designs. Even though he is relatively new to the world of fashion, the designer has rapidly gained a following for his classic, feminine, clean style. While Wu’s Target collection embodies his taste, it is unique from any of his runway lines. In this collection, Jason Wu channels

preppy, American sportswear to create effortless fashion. With the most expensive item priced under sixty dollars, you can’t go wrong purchasing any of the chic clothes, handbags, or scarves in this collection. With the abundance of navy and red, the color palette stays true to a nautical theme. The collection is filled with flirty yet sophisticated looks. Many of the dresses and tops feature bold, horizontal lines, while other looks come in a girly floral print. The various shirt-‐dresses and skirts allow for easy, stylish dressing. His handbags come in a variety of sizes and prints, but they all have a structured and clean appearance. This spring, jump into one of those adorable sailor dresses and grab that cat-‐print tote bag for a quirky, stylish outfit.


“I’m rather pro-prostitution. People need relief or they become murderers.”

This statement, made by anyone else, would seem vile, offensive and simply over-the-top. Coming from famed Karl Lagerfeld, though, it’s almost expected. Lagerfeld is almost as famous for his outrageous quotes as he is for his lucrative career. The outspoken fashion designer is most well known for progressing classic Chanel by adding his own modern flair to a clothing line that has been around for nearly a century.

Lagerfeld began as an apprentice at Pierre Balmain and now serves as the Creative Director for Chanel, designs furs for Fendi of Italy, and designs his own label.


Hard to miss in a crowd, Lagerfeld can always be seen with his signature snow-white ponytail, hand-held fan, dark sunglasses, black fingerless gloves and constantly pursed lips.

But let’s get back to the controversial quotes. Lagerfeld has publicly criticized fellow fashion designers and super models alike. He deemed famous designer Yves Saint Laurent “very middle-of-theroad French” to The Observer in 1984 and later said he did not even know who international supermodel Heidi Klum was. He’s said how much he loathes “nasty, ugly people” and pinned artist Andy Warhol as “quite repulsive.” How can Lagerfeld get away with saying such offensive things? His status as one of the biggest names in today’s fashion industry does not excuse his foot-in-mouth tendencies. Most recently, Lagerfeld was under fire for commenting on London pop singer Adele’s weight. By calling her “a little too fat,” Lagerfeld openly invited a flood of criticism against his style, his words and his person.

Was Lagerfeld wrong for commenting on Adele’s body type? If any average Joe said such a thing, it wouldn’t matter. But Lagerfeld must have known that his words would reach the singer. (And the designer, supermodel and artist, for that matter.) Craziness aside, Lagerfeld’s experiences have taught him some positive things:

“I’m a very down-to-earth person,” he told The Independent, “but it is my job to make that earth more pleasant.”

If he could only use that rationale to filter his thoughts before they become thoughtless quotes.

Downtown Abbey Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is a British costume drama that follows the life of Sir Richard Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, and his family. The second series is set during World War I and ends around the beginning of 1920. The obsession with Downton Abbey that has swept across America stands as a testament to the days of high society and formality, differing greatly from our current-day casual culture. The three daughters of Robert Crawley represent the cultural revolution of post- World War I England. These women dared to change the social norms of the past: for instance, Lady Sibyl Crawley, the youngest daughter, chooses to marry the chauffeur despite his low social rank. Not only did the women rebel against the social norms of the time, they were willing to take risks with their fashion. One evening at dinner, the Crawly family and friends reminisce for the days before the war. However, Lady Mary Crawley remarks on a post-war fashion she enjoys: “Have you seen the boy’s haircuts the women are wearing in Paris?” Another character replies that she is not sure how feminine the style is. Mary Crawley retorts, “Well, I’m not sure how feminine I am.” Mary Crawley, like many women of the early 1920’s, was willing to take high-fashion risks. After the war, women’s fashions became daring and colorful. Isobel Crawley, a distant relative of the family, says, “I like the new fashions, shorter skirts, looser cuts; the old clothes were all very well if one spent the day on a chaise lounge.” The new fashions

statement with their fashion through donning fabulous accessories. Dresses with classic silhouettes were fashioned with elbow-length gloves, extravagant headpieces, colorful necklaces, and pendant earrings. Statement jewelry is an excellent way to put an inexpensive and personal spin on a simple outfit. It is hard to go wrong with jewelry—it’s all about finding the right style for you! Another great accessory from the Downton Abbey time period was the hat. Hats add drama, especially with the variety of styles offered today. This style has been gaining momentum since the marriage of Prince William and Duchess Kate. For inspiration, take a look at whimsical Philip Treacy hats, as seen on the heads of royal wedding attendees, as well as Vogue Nippon editor Anna Dello Russo. You can channel the ladies of Downton Abbey with large, embellished hats, or you can stick to a fedora for a mysterious, masculine look. Do not be afraid to take a risk with fashion. Next time you need a haircut, contemplate getting a pixie! Remember, you can take a risk with any outfit if you have the right accessories. Find a way to tie it back into Downton Abbey for the closing statement and it will be lovely!!

allowed women to be more active, in concurrence with the reformation of women’s rights. Women used fashion as a medium to rebel against their previous social status. In a time where we have the freedom to express ourselves through fashion, we should honor and channel the spirits of these women who paved the way for us. There are many ways that we can incorporate their great style into our own. The Crawley daughters made a

Emily Wells

China Glaze Capitol  Colours Laura Marrinan


f you’ve read the Hunger Games, you know that beyond all the child on child killings and war lies a capitol that lusts after ___ all things high fashion. And if for some reason you haven’t had the luxury of delving into the pages of the series, you’ll still be able to experience a little piece of them starting March

1st when China Glaze releases their newest collection, “Colors from the Capitol.” Just in time for the release of the film, the 12 colors inspired by each of the districts of Panem will be able to dazzle your little digits. These shades have proven to be more than just a fancy name slapped onto any old color; each polish

shade depicts the contributions of the districts to the capitol and varies in opaqueness and finish. As the anticipation for both the movie and the polish collection builds, we’ve created a guide for you to navigate the polishes and picked our must haves if you are forced to choose only a few.

District 1  : Luxury  Goods   Luxe  &  Lush The polish from district one is a flakie top coat that is sure to fly off the shelves. The flecks have an iridescent quality to them mixed in with a slightly cloudy base that perfectly illustrates the luxury goods created in district one.

District 2  :   Masonry Stone  Cold The only matte polish from the collection definitely doesn’t disappoint. Rather than a solid color, this shade is identical to graphite as it dries grey with silver glitters than turn matte. District  3  : Technology Riveting For a district in charge of all the technology of Panem, it’s only appropriate their color be one of the most vibrant of all the polishes mixing the orange base with specks of glitter.

polish so district 5’s Electrify will definitely be our must-‐have list. The gold and red glitter can be used as a top coat or built up to create on solid wall of sparkle that gives your nails volts of electricity.

District 6  : Transportation Fast  Track One of the most anticipated colors for my personal collection comes from the transportation district, Fast Track. Rather than a creamy neutral, this color has a taupey base with specks of gold and pink shimmer laced throughout. It will definitely not be universally flattering, but with the right skintone it could be a real standout.

District 7  : Lumber Mahogany  Magic This brown is a beautiful cream with an extremely yellow base. Because of this, it’s another shade that needs to be on just the right skin tone, but the velvety texture is just too rich to pass up.

District 8  : Textiles Dress  Me  Up

District 4  : Fishing Hook  and  Line This metallic color combines grays with taupe to create the illusion of a fish belly or even a hook used to catch the aquatic creatures in district 4.

District 5  : Power Electrify I’m a sucker for solid glitter nail

Dress Me Up is the most feminine color of the collection and is a clear tribute towards District 8’s textile business. The creamy texture gives the impression of the luxury fabrics produced for the capitol, but the dusty grey undertones show the struggles the districts feel while the capitol thrives.

District 9  : Grain Harvest  Moon Although this is less of a spring color than some of the others, it perfectly encapsulates the grain district. Harvest moon is another metallic that appears as a piece of dark golden foil wrapped on each nail.

District 10  : Livestock Foie  Gras Foie Gras has proven to have the most controversial name of all the shades, but the creamy mauve stands out from most purple polishes with a dark taupe undertone.

District 11  : Agriculture Agro Green seems to be an obvious color choice for a district that relies solely on their agriculture. Yet, the metallic finish and slight golden undertones of this shade make it more than your typical green and tilt it towards a shade of olive.

District 12  : Coal  Mining Smoke  and  Ashes More than just your typical black, this shade, from the obviously favorite district of all Panem, has a blue reflex that screams coal mining. As well as a representation of the district, the color keeps in mind Katniss and Peta’s coal inspired outfits the stylists created for their parade in the capitol.

twelve erin lengas

On the evening of February 18, eleven amazing student fashion designers came together as one to produce Twelve: the College of Design’s 44th Annual Senior Fashion Show. The lights were dim and the music blared as family, friends and fashionistas filed into their seats before the runway. Individual pieces created by junior designers set the show in motion and were followed by a short video that introduced the seniors to the audience. The designers were asked questions such as where their inspiration stems from, what they will miss the most and what they would do with an abundance of bright orange polyester. When the show itself began, the audience could easily extract the designer’s personalities from the video and locate them in their lines. Vibrant color appeared as a central theme among most lines. A bright yellow sheath dress, rich blue accents and green and coral pairings ruled the runway. Other lines highlighting deep reds, greens, mauves and shimmery golds contrasted the rainbow brights. Not all lines were made for every day wear. Whimsical wedding dresses made an appearance in modern colors such as blush, nude and mint green. One designer displayed cold weather wear such as leggings, jackets and vests, while another blurred the lines between body and clothing with innovative and futuristic business attire. As the show closed and all eleven designers breathed a sigh of relief, everyone in attendance could attest to statements made in the beginning video. Without a doubt, these designers are ready to be “unleashed into the world.”



Although this is the spring issue, I realize that winter is generally over in about May in Minnesota. I also realize that for some, winter is a beautiful season full of snow, sweaters, and Uggs; for others, however, this is not the case. It’s March… and those of us who are sane cannot wait to frolic across the Washington Avenue bridge without sporting an ill-fitted puffy jacket! You don’t have to wait until it warms up to fight the winter blues if you engage in my favorite form of personal expression: makeup! When hobbling around campus, many of us are too tired out to wear much more than our monochromatic puffy coats and dirty hair. A little color on the face goes a long way! I’ve been a makeup artist with M.A.C. for almost a year, so I understand how intimidating it may be. Many girls and men need to understand that wearing makeup does not mean that you have to wear as much as “makeup counter ladies” or drag queens. A little shadow can go a long way for a lot of young women and guys; and, whether you like it or not, learning how to cover up a pimple is a necessary skill. Now, ladies and gents, if you are intimidated or embarrassed by makeup counters, you can always go to Youtube to learn techniques and find product reviews. For your convenience, I have created this list of the DO’s and DON’T’s of makeup application to set you on your way. I expect to see an improvement in the next few weeks, people! I don’t want to have to start a whole club devoted to makeup, maybe naming it S.L.A.M. (Students for Learning the Artistry of Makeup). *Wink



of Bymakeup Alexander O’Brien

Do: Research colors that make your eyes shine bright; for

example, green eyes are enhanced by purple eye shadow.

Don’T: Leave your makeup on overnight! (That is ASKING for a sty.)

Do: Make sure you buy the correct foundation for your skin type and color (powder vs. liquid vs. crème).

DON’T: Apply foundation (or any makeup) with your fingers!

(Don’t let them eat your ‘cakey’ face!)

Do: Spend a little extra on quality mascara and eyeliner. (Seriously, that sty is not going to be cute!)

DON’T: Listen to Jenna Marbles while slapping on layers of

bronzer, eyeliner, and mascara - it just doesn’t work.

Do: Practice makeup application in a private space with good lighting and mirrors while blasting Whitney Houston.

Model: Chanel Make up artist: Theresa Jones Photography: Jorge Gera Photography

cheeky spring in the TWIN cities

earrings - primp swimsuit - kora gleason coat - cynthia rae

on him: stylists’ own on her: vest - cynthia rae swimsuit - lindsey dewitt watches and bracelet - cynthia rae ring and earrings - primp

hat, shoes, jacket, and rings - stylists’ own swimsuit - crystal compton necklaces - cynthia rae

fur scarf - stylists’ own earrings - cynthia rae watch and belt - primp dress - cynthia rae

on left: top - reagan rockers skirt - cynthia rae shoes - cynthia rae fur cuff - cynthia rae gold bangle - primp earrings and necklace - primp sunglasses - stylists’ own

on right: top - carissa prieve bottom - reagan rockers necklace - primp shoes - stylists’ own jacket - cynthia rae

photographers kara harms rachel mosey stylists alexander o’brien leslie olson hair alana hall makeup alexander o’brien models leslie olson gabe hilden-reid jenna cook tasia halady megan peterson clothing cynthia rae primp stylists’ own


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