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TWIN Winter 2013

Spring Trends: Where to Buy them NOW!

End of an Era: Gossip Girl’s Influence Flapper Fashion


What Men Think About Your Fashion Choices

Winter 2013 Letter from the Editor End of an Era: Gossip Girl Style Minnesota Street Fashion Spring Trends Guys vs. Girls Flapper Fashion TWIN Goes Abroad

TWIN Editor-in-Chief Melanie Richtman Head Photographer Kara Harms Street Photographer Louis Fine Contributors Felicia FElmLee Laura Marrinan Special Thanks Primp boutique Target Joel Valdez Brittany Weiss Contact info

letter from the editor


or this issue, I wanted to focus on fashion. And one fashion movement I have always admired was the flapper era of the 1920s. I like the idea of rebelling against traditional shapes and moving towards drop waists, shorter hemlines and bright red lipstick. Flappers were rebellious and cool. In England, flappers were called “bright young things” so that is what we decided to call our fashion shoot for this issue. I think styles from the 1920s are going to make a big comeback this year, especially with the release of The Great Gatsby in May. So let’s all rebel a little and take some fashion risks in 2013. This issue should give you some ideas on how to change it up. TWIN is also going to change it up a little. Starting in February, TWIN is going abroad, so get ready for street fashion galore as our staff travels the world. As for me, I’m off to Paris. Au revoir!

xo, e i n a l e M Editor-in-Chief

Gossip Girl Style The End of an Era by Laura Marrinan

The end of Gossip Girl means the end of an era, but even after the final episode, we will always still have the standout fashion moments. What Gossip Girl’s stylist Eric Daman did best throughout the six seasons, was mix pieces that prove the characters of Gossip Girl are a part of an unobtainable world with certain elements that are very accessible.

School uniforms will never be the same after Gossip Girl. From Blair’s everchanging array of tights to Serena’s disheveled loose-knot ties, the ladies of Gossip Girl were able to make school uniforms little works of art. Of course, Blair mixed a headband with nearly every outfit making a hair statement every time.

The summer episodes always provided a refreshing splash into the upper-east siders’ wardrobes. The Hampton’s White Party may not have added splashes of color, but the summertime vacation party helped display some of the best dresses the show had to offer. Blair rocked a white eyelet Marc by Marc Jacobs dress while Serena opted for a flowier Grecian inspired look.

Now, can we please talk about that green coat? Not only, does Blair pull off the best coat of the entire series, Chuck sweeping Blair off of her feet is always a highlight of any episode. She must have understood the impact of that emerald hue, bringing back a green cape one season later.

Jenny Humphrey really took some strange turns with her style over the years, but it would be impossible to discuss Gossip Girl style and omit the Brooklyn babe. Out of all Jenny’s outfits, her Oscar de la Renta motorcycle jacket is really one that will never be forgotten. It was also a prime example of Daman’s ability to mix a $30 knit hat with a jacket

that would set Jenny back thousands of dollars. With Serena in her Breton striped top, toting her Louis Vuitton luggage around Grand Central Station, her character’s persona is immediately revealed in that one outfit. Eric Daman really said it best, “it’s a ‘I’ve been to Europe, I’ve traveled around, I don’t spend too much time on what I put on, but I

always look amazing’ look.” After six seasons, seven Dan and Serena breakups, and more fashion hits than any show before it, I’m sad to have my Monday night television missing. But fortunately, we will always have Netflix to go back and indulge our desires for perfectly styled ascots and Jenny Humphrey’s increasingly dark eyeliner.

Minnesota Street Fashion by louis fine

Sprin Tre By Felicia Felmlee

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New year, new season, new trends. The latest fashion for Spring 2013 is anything but boring. The contrast of black and white, stripes and printed pants will soon be must-haves for everyone’s spring wardrobe. Read on for inspiring ideas and locations for where you can purchase your very own spring trends!

Printed Pants

Printed pants will be making an appearance once again in Spring 2013. From geometrics to floral to even animal print, printed pants will have heads turning. Depending on what you pair them with, they can have a casual or dressy look. For class, pair them with knee high boots and a loose sweater. To make use of them on a Saturday

night, pair them with neon pumps and an elegant blouse for a night on the town with the girls! However, if

you are feeling extra daring, pair your pants with a printed top to imitate runway inspired ideas!

Where to buy:

TOPSHOP $40.00

H&M $24.95

Black & White

Although it screams simplicity, the contrast of black and white is making a dramatic statement this spring. From dresses to pants, and even to accessories, black and white will be seen on everything! Not to mention, anyone can pull off this trend! So whether you’re a fashionista or not, dig deep into your closet and pull out your black and white to become a trendsetter this spring!

TOPSHOP $76.00


Thin or thick, horizontal or vertical, stripes will be on trend for Spring 2013. Depending on how you wear them, stripes can be suitable regardless of your fashion taste. Pair a striped sweater with white jeans and flats for a crisp, fresh look. At the same, striped leggings with boots and a motorcycle jacket will create a more daring, trendy look! With these inspiring ideas you can be sporting bold stripes this spring too!

H&M $17.95

ROMWE.COM $30.35

guys vs. girls By Melanie Richtman Photos by Kara Harms We all know men and women have differing opinions on most things. Clothes are no exception. So, we created six looks that a girl might put together and asked guys what they thought of each look. The results were pretty mixed, but I’m sure you can guess which looks the males favored.

hipster This first look is kind of out there. It might not be something everyone would put together. It is definitely unconventional, but it is kind of fun and quirky, especially with the fox face and mix of patterns, which is why I like it. The guys I interviewed were torn about whether they liked this outfit. Guy #1 thought it was hipster and awesome, but he didn’t like the shoes. Guy #2 and Guy #3 thought this look would be better without the fox or the flannel. Essentially, they like the idea of a plain gray sweater dress‌

glam This second look is something a girl might wear for a night out. It is edgy and glam. The coated skinny jeans look like leather, and the sparkly clutch and bright heels make it very fitting for an evening out. The guys were not fans of this look. They thought the leather pants with high heels were too much (this was surprising news to me). In fact, they even said the shoes were “slutty.” They also didn’t like the pattern on the jacket. They didn’t seem to have a problem with the clutch though.

comfy This next look is pretty much my daily uniform: an over-sized sweater with leggings and booties. I would say that most girls have items like this in their closet and probably wear something like this regularly. And, although we don’t need their approval, the guys really liked this look. They kept throwing out adjectives like “cuddly” and “snuggly.” This was everyone’s favorite. Good to know.

patterns This look is a little out there. It is supposed to be a little more professional, yet still fun because of the mix of patterns. And I’ll admit that the skirt is a little too long for Chloe’s petite frame. The guys seemed to agree. They thought the skirt was ill-fitting and they didn’t like it. They were confused about why there were two different patterns and thought the patterns clashed. Fair enough.

s t n a p printed This look definitely got the best reaction. Pretty much every girl I asked loved the pants, especially with the top and collar necklace. I am obsessed with these patterned skinny pants. For me, they are the epitome of cool. The guys, on the other hand, had a different opinion. Adjectives used to describe this look were “nasty,” “gross,” and “horrendous.” It was immediately voted their least favorite. Guy #2 said, “She looks like a monarch butterfly.” So it is safe to say they didn’t like it. But wait- aren’t butterflies pretty?

feminine Okay, so this dress is adorable. And Chloe looks adorable in it. This look is girly and everyone likes dresses. Even the guys liked this. They said this look was “pretty, fun and flirty.” They even liked the shoes with the dress, which they had originally deemed “slutty” with skinny jeans… So, guys are obviously confusing. But in general, I think it is safe to say that a cute dress like this would be a good first date outfit.

bright young things Styling: Melanie Richtman, Joel Valdez & Brittany Weiss Photography: Kara Harms Models: Giana Ballard, Kayla Bengtson, Courtney Kessler, David Reimann & Meghan Rook Clothes courtesy of Primp & Target

This February...

TWIN is going abroad this semester. Along with almost all of our

staff… So instead of just taking a hiatus, we have decided to temporarily transform TWIN into a street fashion blog. Starting in February, visit and click on the ‘TWIN goes abroad’ tab to see Italian street fashion, shots from Paris Fashion week, and our observations about European fashion. Are you going abroad too? Email fabminnesota@gmail. com to contribute. In the mean time, read about one of our contributors: Kara Harms. To read about the rest of us, visit

KARA HARMS | @Karebear907 | Kara here. If you have seen me on campus, I’m that girl who rides around via bike rain or shine or snow - in an oversized, gigantic helmet with scary biker sunglasses on. But you all know me as the photographer for TWIN Magazine, who actually looks normal and not at all scary. I’m studying abroad in Rome and before I get ahead of myself, I would like to make it clear I don’t speak Italian. Like, zero words in the vocab vault up here. I took Spanish and I am crossing my fingers it’s close enough. It is, right? I started freelancing photography about 5 years ago and I am thrilled for the chance to photograph all the beauty Europe has to offer. And yes, that includes all the fabulous outfits the classy Italian ladies wear. Hopefully I’ll pick up a few style tips to share with you all while I am interning and learning things like art history and Italian cooking in the Eternal City. I also hope I can pick up a few lines of Italian, you know, for basic survival purposes. Really, as long as the chocolate in Italy is decent, I’ll make it (I firmly believe that chocolate is the key to happiness). Fun Fact: I tend to eat about a bag of chocolate chips per week. I did the calculation of calories each bag has and I would have to walk 40-some miles per week just to burn off my chocolate calories. But calories don’t count when you are abroad, right?


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