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FLASH Issue No. 5

Spring/Summer 20151

Flash Francesca Cascardo

Karishma Kapoor

Editors-in-Chief Emily Tiberio Frairee De La Fuente Creative Directors Kathleen-Mae Ramas

Fashion Editor

Danica Talon

Frances Sosa

Beauty Editors Celeste Rodriguez

Kate Madigan

Culture Editors Emily Tanner Victoria Cappucci Marketing Directors

Professor Amy Aronson Advisor



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We Sift, You Score The Best of New York Fashion Week Style-Master Series Five Key Menswear The Problem of Alexander Wang New York in Spring: Designers Embrace the Natural Beauty of Relaxed Women How to Slip into Spring The Future of Fashion

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Art and Self Tools of the Trade Everyday Works of the Art Henna: the Alternative Hair Dye Sculpting your Body Take a Closer Look at Body Art

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The Taka Taka of the Town: Fusion Restaurants Hit the City- and the Books! Manhattan: the Brunch District Dining Alfresco Evolution of R&B Embellish your Space- Without Breaking the Bank Al Hijab

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One of the most astonishing traits of fashion is its endurance, adaptability, and uninh modern all at once, fashion proves to be quite the enchanting mistress. As many fashioni Instead, it may be found by looking back—if we look hard enough and try our luck. This willingness to experiment with contemporary style. FLASH has focused on bringing you want to be fashion forward. But, perhaps to achieve that, we must reflect on our past as w


hibited desire to evolve with the times. With its ability to remain timeless, chic, and istas (or FLASHionistas, rather) know, the future of fashion may not be ahead of us. s section combines a curiosity for antique authenticity, a desire to push forward, and a ur vintage visions to life and inspiring your relentless pursuit of style and grace. We all we prepare for the future.


‘We Sift, You Score’

A Breakdown of The Break Vintage By Kathleen Ramas


s the years pass, fashion continues to evolve with the times. But that hasn’t stopped fashion lovers everywhere from appreciating antique threads as chic alternatives to modern-day clothing. Nowadays, a lack of vintage in your wardrobe is a social travesty. In the wake of this astounding evolution, trailblazers like The Break Vintage, a company with expertise in all things vintage, is working to provide high quality, nationally sourced, and specifically curated vintage clothing at an affordable price point—unlike many other clothing stores and your run-of-the-mill thrift store. FLASH Magazine had the opportunity to speak with the The Break Vintage’s founders, Hannah Richtman (also the founder of THE(FASHION)HASH at www.thefashionhash. com) and stylist/photographer Ryan Ferguson, about the inner workings of their trade, their inspiration, and their future plans. FLASH: Why did you decide on the name, The Break Vintage? Hannah (H): I wanted our name to be ominous


and androgynous; something that rolls off the tongue but wouldn’t immediately give away our mission. The inspiration for this company originated while I was on spring break in 2012. The Break is not only a riff on when I decided to pursue this dream, but represents breaking away from the notion that vintage clothing is expensive and outdated. We won’t break the bank. Fashion is as cyclical as breaking waves. The puns go on and get worse. Also worth nothing - the domain was available. ;) FLASH: What is the main goal of your brand? Ryan (R): To provide exclusive, cool vintage. Not your grandma’s old floral mumu. We want to source clothing that is relevant, reflecting both what designers are showing on the runway as well as what tastemakers are wearing on the streets. We want our customers to feel free to express their personality through their clothing and style, without having to stress about cost or longevity in a piece. Buy it, rock it, ruin it even, but know that you look fresh as hell and can still afford a night out.

FLASH: What makes The Break different? R: The Break is different from other vintage stores in the game because of our price point. We will never charge $250 for a vintage t-shirt, no matter how rare. That’s not cool, and that’s not what we’re about. H: We also aim to distinguish ourselves with our curation; our customer doesn’t feel the pressure of sifting - we do the dirty work and you get the gem. FLASH: Why do you focus on vintage? H: I’ve grown up on vintage! I was a theater girl from Wisconsin and thrifting garbage bags full of clothes was how I was able to express myself in every style I wanted to, on my budget. For me, there’s no high like the thrill of the find and I wanted to share that feeling with those that crave it, but don’t have time to do it themselves. R: On top of that, vintage clothing is just better in my opinion, ha! The quality of clothing has really diminished over the years, so the pieces feel well made. Plus, there’s a level of exclusivity in the fact that no one else will have the same clothes, it’s one-of-a-kind. FLASH: What is your main inspiration? R: For me, my biggest inspiration is meeting normal people in the industry who are absolutely killing the game and who haven’t lost touch with themselves/reality. That’s what we’re all about, and that’s why we love to do what we do. H: Nothing brings me more joy than a customer finding something perfect for them from TBV. Mad inspirational. FLASH: What progress have you made since you launched the company?

R: It’s honestly insane to think that we started less than 6 months ago. Within the first month of our launch, we were styling press photos for Halsey, an amazing new recording artist. I don’t think Hannah and I could have even dreamed of something like that happening. But it did. I think that if you work hard, put yourself in the right positions (professionally and mentally), and stay authentic, success is limitless. FLASH: What are your short-term and longterm goals? R: Short-term, we’re looking to increase our visibility within the industry as well as within our own community. We measure these goals through sales growth, social media interaction, and third party collaborations. In addition to selling clothes, we operate as a showroom for stylists and also style/produce shoots ourselves. Just getting our name out there as a viable, reliable, and interesting source for vintage clothing is our biggest shortterm goal. H: Long term, we’re building an empire. FLASH: Any advice for others trying to do the same thing? R: We’re still so new that we’re learning, growing, and changing everyday. I feel kind of funny offering advice. But, that would be it. Keep your mind open, be willing to learn, stay flexible, accept that you will make mistakes, and never give up. H: Listen to your gut, check that your heart and mind are sound, but don’t be afraid to take risks. Know your style and trust that if it’s exciting to you, it’s exciting to others as well! For more information or to see their online store, visit, or follow them on Instagram and like their Facebook page for updates on pop-up shops and more.


The Best Of New York Fashion Week By Sanjana Rajagopal

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicked off on February 12th 2015, marking the last year that New York Fashion Week will be partnered with Mercedes Benz at Lincoln Center. These changes called for a grand curtain call. Did the collections deliver? Most certainly...after all, does Fashion Week ever really disappoint? Here are some of New York’s best Fall/Winter 2015 collections:

Herrera’s foray into the future made for a very modern, edgy collection that retained the classic features of her earlier work. Honing in on clean tones of gray and touches of blue and red, the pieces were sharp and professional. Emphasizing the returning wide legged pants trend, Herrera’s line included all red, wide legged pants ensemble appropriate for work or formal parties. The designer hit the mark on another returning trend: the poncho coat—warm enough for cool weather, but cool enough to give off that space-chic vibe.

Topping their 2014 Fall collection was no easy feat, but the Mulleavy sisters of House Rodarte pulled it off with flying colors. Literally. Kate and Laura’s starting point for their collection was birds. As reflected by their v-neck patterns and floral prints, the designers created looks that took us from the unassuming beauty of sparrows to the dark charm of crows. Uncaging the wings within? We think so.


Zang Toi brought out the big guns this year, adorning models in gorgeous dresses and rich shades of brown. The designer whisked the audience away to a midnight masquerade in Italy, with models strutting down the runway to romantic opera tunes. The showstopper came out in a regal cape embroidered with the skyline of Venice. She spun around once for a wild audience before she was joined by the sole male model of the show—a dashing prince in a velvet suit and mysterious feather mask.

Last but not least, we have the ever graceful Zac Posen, whose evening gowns and pantsuits brought some much needed attitude to the runway. Shining in hues of plum and orange, among other autumnal shades, Posen’s collection capitalized on fur, style, and practicality. Exotic color and oriental roots brought the clothing to life.

Ralph Lauren’s collection took a walk on the wild side. Suede, fringed sweaters, and beads ruled the runway. Models looked like they’d returned from an epic shootout in the wild West, or perhaps a thrilling African safari. Big belts and tribal statement necklaces added to the rugged grandeur.


Style Master Series: Spring 2015 10

By Blaake-Kirstyn Davis


ith warm weather on the way, it’s time for us fashionistas to tuck away our wool coats, booties, and knitwear, and break out the sun shades, sandals, and flowing fabrics. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week helped us warm up to some serious spring style. Three common trends that appeared off and on the runway were looks that can easily be incorporated into the average college girl’s wardrobe. Keep these basic trends in mind and you too can be street style glam, or runway chic. Remember, great fashion is not only on the runway. Next time you’re strolling through town, look around and absorb all of the great style that surrounds you. More importantly, remember to look in the mirror, for you too are a model in your own right. Happy strutting!

Look #1: The Chic Shirt Dress

Look #2: Army Green

Look #3: Baggy Denim

Designers such as Altuzarra, Charlotte Ronson, and Rebecca Minkoff took creative liberties with the classic shirt dress silhouette. Slits add a fresh, summer sex appeal, and a leather belt helps create a drop waist. Give the shirt dress a modern grunge with a bowler hat and booties. When styling shirt dresses for spring, look no further than the basic accessories already in your closet.

Army green was a personal favorite among designers like Marc Jacobs, L.A.M.B., and Marissa Webb. Models were battle-ready in clothing with structured yet billowing tailor work. If you want to suit up for the army, then by all means, go forth and serve! But the trend can also be worn in a more subtle way. Instead of highlighting an army jacket as the centerpiece of an outfit, wear it as an outfit-topper, or accessory. Be sure to stand tall and strong if you dare to rock

Last season, boyfriend jeans paved the way for looser denim. Now, bell bottoms and baggy denim are making a comeback, as reflected by Karen Walker, Rodebjer, and Adam Selman’s collections. The designers put a modern twist on the trend by pairing flirty tops and classic button downs with denim. A black belt adds shape to baggy pants. The great thing about denim is it can be dressed up, or dressed down—perfect for going to class, or going out. Pair your baggy jeans with a tee shirt, boots, and shades for some springtime swag!

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five key menswear trends FOR SPRING & SUMMER 2015 By Anthony Ali

With the worst of winter already behind us, it’s time to decide which spring and summer trends


are worth the investment. Here are some ideas inspired by recent Fashion Weeks that can help you stay on top of your fashion game. When I say denim, I don’t just mean jeans. In recent years, denim has quietly been making its way back into other categories of clothing. From the omnipresent trucker jacket to the chambray shirt, denim tops are definitely in style. If you want to go for a more rugged look, layer a denim jacket over a white t­shirt with black jeans. For something a little more formal, try it with a white oxford shirt. The denim jacket can be one of your most versatile and reliable layering pieces. For the adventurous few, double denim is always an option. Although the thought of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears in matching denim outfits at the 2001 AMAs is horrifying enough to deter the most daring fashionistos, there’s one rule that JT and his ex forgot about: if you’re going to try double denim, wear a lighter shade on top, and a darker shade on the bottom. This simple contrast can make all the difference.

BE THE BOMB Now, a weapon that every stylish gent should have in their arsenal: the bomber jacket. At the forefront of spring and summer layering, the bomber is an extremely functional wardrobe piece,­especially when it’s impossible to predict the weather. Its round collar and relaxed silhouette can add a little edge to a smart look. Wear it over a white button down, navy blue chinos, and brown derby shoes to effortlessly dress down your look. This is a great alternative to the denim jacket.


READ THE FINE PRINT If you’re looking to make your outfit sizzle, but not overheat, look no further. Prints are going to be a major player during the warmer half of 2015. A print can pull an outfit out of the doldrums of blandness. Floral prints have become a must­have, popping up on designer sneakers, shirts, shorts, and even jackets. Fit is key when it comes to floral prints. A slim fit floral shirt creates a much better silhouette than the stereotypical, baggy Hawaiian shirt. Rather play it on the safe side? Take advantage of tribal and geometric designs. Though camo fever has died down a bit since its resurgence last year, the green print is yet another alternative. The best way to wear muted florals or tribal prints is with solid layers. A bomber jacket or cardigan can go a long way in toning down a loud print. Proceed with caution if more than one statement pattern is involved.


Stripes are a staple for the spring and summer. Whether formal or casual, stripes never fail to bring a plain outfit to life. When paired with tan shorts and boat shoes, a striped henley can create an easygoing beach look. To shake things up, substitute striped knitwear for a henley. A thickly striped cardigan offers a modern take on a classic style and can be worn throughout the year. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind when picking out what striped pieces to buy. Horizontal stripes give the illusion of a wider silhouette, so it’s best to avoid these if you’re on the shorter side. On the other hand, vertical stripes bring the eye down, seemingly adding height. These better suit the vertically challenged, while the horizontal stripes might work better for the lankier men.




Though the biggest color trend of 2015, red can be a difficult color to wear. Brighter shades of red are best reserved for statement pieces, while the more subdued hues can be used to add a little splash of color to an outfit. Adding one red piece to an outfit is usually enough, as the sheer vibrancy of the color can be overwhelming in multiple doses. For the brave of heart and hefty of wallet, red formalwear can be combined with a white shirt and black shoes to create a look that’s sure to attract attention. For the rest of us, a red polo or a red bomber jacket should suffice.


Many of this season’s trends make statements, while reinforcing classic looks. Although layering can be challenging during those hot summer months, most of the pieces here provide sensible alternatives, and can be worn without any layers. Investing in these trends will help you build a versatile and stylish wardrobe this spring and summer. Happy shopping!

The Problem of Alexander Wang By Julie D’Alessandro


hree years ago, I fell in love with a black, wool Alexander Wang coat. It was tailored and structured, yet had a very unique element: a pleated leather skirt in the back. The coat was originally priced at $1,200, but I was lucky enough to purchase it at half-price. It was well worth the investment; the coat is one of my favorite items of clothing. I still wear it (and receive compliments on it) to this day. It was this coat that made me fall in love with Alexander Wang. Alexander Wang began his career in 2005 as a knitwear designer. In 2007, he released his first ready-to-wear collection, and became an instant hit. His collection of handbags came soon after, and by 2008, he was the quintessential designer for the “cool girl.” His designs were clean, minimal, well tailored, and many of his collections featured only black clothing. But each garment had something special; there was always a detail that made it stand out, much like the pleated skirt on the back of my coat. After much success with his own label, Wang was named the creative director of Balenciaga in 2012 following the departure of Nicolas Ghesquière. His first collection received mixed reviews; people weren’t disappointed, but

As garments from Balenciaga look more and like pieces from Alexander Wang circa 2010, Wang’s namesake label has taken a different turn. In recent years, Wang’s pieces have become slightly bolder. Gone are the days of clean and elegant lines with a twist. Now, a piece from Alexander Wang may be sportswear inspired or almost goth-like. Take his most recent Fall 2015 collection; it was full of studs, bulky boots, and plaid coats. The extreme use of black was still present, but the overall aesthetic of the collection lacked the traditional Alexander Wang look. The pieces are no longer timeless, but seem to be a reflection of what other designers are doing and what’s trending. This transformation begs the question: When designers take on too much work or become too confident, do they lose the creativity that Ghesquière themselves and their core had brought to the table was customers in the process? missing. As the collections Similar events took place progressed, Wang started to with Hedi Slimane’s takeover bring the techniques from of Yves Saint Laurent. When his own label to Balenciaga. he was named creative director Certain Balenciaga pieces look in 2012, Slimane dropped very similar to items from “Yves” from the name of the Wang’s namesake label. The label and completely changed clothing from Balenciaga might the look of the brand. The have a print or pop of color, previous creative director, but it is still incredibly remiStefano Pilati, designed niscent of what you see when extremely feminine pieces--one looking at a garment with an of his signature looks being the Alexander Wang label. tulip skirt. But once Slimane


took over, Saint Laurent clothing and accessories became extremely punk rock and edgy. It was clear that the customer who would shop at Pilati’s version of YSL was extremely different than the one who would support Slimane’s new Saint Laurent. The customers who previously supported Pilati’s designs were left behind. The aftermath of Slimane’s transformation was not good; famed fashion critic, Cathy Horyn, gave his first collection horrible reviews, and the French department store, Colette, did not sell the original collection. Over time, most of the fashion world has come to embrace Saint Laurent (and Hedi Slimane). Still, there are a number of people who will never see the YSL they once loved in the same way. Alexander Wang could be the next designer to fall prey to being overconfident and having more work than he is capable of handling, which, in turn, could alienate his core following. Wang’s collections have been seen on many fashionable individuals, but will the ones who don’t identify with studs and sportswear follow him as he takes his namesake label in a new direction? Probably not. And what about the loyal Balenciaga customer—the one who embraced the cut out buckle boots and the quilted leather jacket? The heartbreak they must have experienced when Wang discontinued these two products was likely intensified with the recreated products; Wang’s imitation pieces were so poorly received


that he had to bring back the quilted leather jacket. Wang has also tried to hype up his bag designs to compete with the iconic Motorcycle Bag that put Balenciaga back on the map nearly fifteen years ago. But none of his designs for Balenciaga have caught on as well as one would have thought. Did Wang not realize that he couldn’t just transform a brand overnight? Did he not see that his original minimalistic techniques would not easily transfer to the edgy Balenciaga client? Since there has yet to be a so-called “It-Item” from Wang’s Balenciaga, it would appear that the answer to both of these questions is, “Yes.” Personally, I do not think Wang fully realized what he would be getting himself into when he signed up to be the creative director of Balenciaga. He was replacing a man who created nearly everything that made Balenciaga the brand it is today. In addition to the pressure of filling Ghesquière’s shoes, Wang has also had to maintain his own label. The transition from a designer in charge of a personal label, to a designer in charge of two major companies is not easy. This requires Wang to split his time between New York and Paris, and once fashion week comes around, produce two collections—exhausting work, especially when the whole world is watching you. My advice to Alexander Wang would be to create something truly innovative for Balenciaga. Instead of trying to revamp previously successful products, Wang should embrace the work

that Ghesquière has done and move on to design something that will be on everyone’s luxury radar. Maybe it will be a bag, or maybe a pair of shoes. The product, ideally, will create a demand for Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga and legitimize his status as a high-end, luxury fashion designer. As for his namesake label, I think Wang needs to get back to basics. He should spend less time on appealing to trends and start creating pieces that are simple and classic with his signature twist. I would b­e thrilled to see something that has a similar feel to his 2007 runway collection. Doing so would show how far he’s come in the last eight years, while emphasizing the same innovative designer at his core. I will be still be wearing my Alexander Wang coat as this winter season comes to an end, but perhaps less often than I normally would. Until I see another piece with that same Alexander Wang flare, I’ll hope that my coat won’t become a distant memory of what Alexander Wang once was.

New York In Spring: Designers Embrace the Natural Beauty of Relaxed Women To see the looks mentioned here, visit’s Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection

By Annunziata Santelli



s Spring/Summer 2015 collections begin to arrive in department stores and boutiques, it’s important for consumers to have a solid understanding of this season’s trends. A study of designers’ collections reveals themes and motifs that commonly define New York City as a whole. When looking at the collections of Altuzarra, Badgley Mischka, BCBG, Boss, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, four key motifs and three key colors consistently appear: gingham prints, natural waistlines, relaxed silhouettes, and short cut square coats in blues, blacks and beiges.

model’s natural waist and the light fabric folds naturally, creating a relaxed silhouette. BCBG mostly worked with whites and creams, but Look 1 reinforces the recurring natural waist trend. The v-neck, similar to those in Altuzarra’s collection, is made from a material that creates arelaxed shape. The blouse and almost a-line cut skirt come together to form a belted kaftan look, rather than a formal workwear outfit. Look 9 shows relaxed wide pants, a trend also seen in Michael Kors’ collection. BCBG additionally produced “horizontal” pieces that heighten the natural waist and parallel the boxy-cut shapes seen in Boss and Michael Kors.

Altuzarra used bright pink and blue ginghams. The lightness of color was balanced with black pieces, as reflected by Look 4. Natural waistlines were seen on dresses, pants, and v-necks. The natural waistline utilized by Altuzarra and other featured designers highlighted relaxed silhouettes that designers, like BCBG and Michael Kors, used more poignantly. Though Badgley Mischka did not include as many day pieces as other designers (the focus was on romantic evening gowns), Look 6 displays one of the collection’s few day dresses. The dress reflects a blue shade similar to the Altuzarra dress and also incorporates the greens and beiges of Michael Kors and Calvin Klein’s collections. The dress’ waistline sits at the


“The ultimate trend in New York this season is the simplicity of uninhibited female glamour.”

Look 16 from Boss combines Altuzarra’s blue with a square cut top. Boss also produced a number of pieces with natural waist- lines. Although not as common this season as they have been in the past, geometric prints made an appearance in Boss’ collection. Look 8 balances out the lighter colored pieces of the line. The jacket is defined at the natural waist, but falls just below the hips. The slightly widened pant legs seem to flow, creating a relaxed and sensual look for spring. Calvin Klein focused on a high waist. This waistline was emphasized by bodices, which exposed most of the shoulders and front of the

arms, creating a halter top look. Though unique in this aspect, Klein also took advantage of fairly relaxed shapes made of flowing silks, as seen in Looks 24 and 17. The shades of wheat in Look 24 fall in line with the color scheme of the season as well. Michael Kors pulled together all of the elements listed above. The entire collection was filled with bright colors of slightly pale dimensions, mixed with beiges and dark blues, which function like the blacks of Altuzarra and Boss. Look 15 shows relaxed pants in wheat shades with the silhouette heightened by a low waist. A boxy square jacket appears in Look 20. Look 25 displays a v-neck dress with an acute gingham pattern, successfully circling the designs of Altuzarra. These garments and trends highlight New York designers’ embrace of feminine grace and form. For example, relaxed pant cuts sharpened by natural waist definition allow the wearer to move freely, yet beautifully. Though perhaps not very original conceptually, this season’s trends demand little from the consumer. Women can still live freely in these high-fashion pieces, retaining the quality of brands without sacrificing comfort during the spring and summer months. That being said, the ultimate trend in New York this season is the simplicity of uninhibited female glamour.


How to Slip into Spring By Nick Chow

Spring is absolutely wonderful; winter's cold has passed, but summer's heat isn't due for another few months. This is the season to have fun and look good all the while. Here are a few springtime activities and outfit ideas that can make this amazing season even better!

Stroll Through the Park

A walk through Central Park is a springtime must. It’s the perfect place to lie out on the grass and take a lunch break. Use the warm weather to your advantage! Guys, break out the button downs and thin sweaters. Girls, shoulderless dresses are the new power suits. Take a look at Nasty Gal's Keepsake I Will Wait lace dress for some classic spring style inspiration, but don’t be afraid to try something new. High necklines aren’t just a winter trend, so consider working a few into your spring wardrobe.

Exercise Outside

There's no need to stay cooped up in the gym, tied to a treadmill this spring. Take in some fresh air while you exercise! Go for a jog, do some outdoor yoga, or maybe set out on a hike. Believe it or not, you can look good while working out. Just be sure to wear light clothing that will move with your body. Try something like Free People's Peekaboo Layering Top for ladies. Men, take a look at some cool and comfortable Nike shoes like the Air Pegasus 83/30 and Nike Air Huarache Light.


Rock Out

NYC concerts are some of the most exciting springtime events! Make sure your outfit is just as rockin’ as the band on stage. Put on some bold prints to really make a statement. MINKPINK's 'The Divine' crop top is a good example for girls. Pair it up with some high-waisted shorts and a jacket, and you're ready to rock out. Guys, try a hoodie and jacket combo to show off your style and get into jam mode.

Experience the Night Life

The temperature may drop a bit later in the day, but spring nights are too refreshing to pass up. We all know the city doesn't have time to sleep, especially during the warmer seasons. Ask the cutie from lab on a date and head out! Olive greens are great for the gents - try out a jacket similar to Todd Snyder's Village Calfskin Jacket. Ladies, layer a light denim jacket over that spring dress for a pretty, yet casual look.




Studio XO


F A S H I O N By Franchesca Sampeur

Did you ever think, I wish I could download clothes? What if that was possible? We live in a world of perpetual technological innovation and despite the fact that most people associate technology with the latest smartphone, fashion is quickly becoming a talking point in the conversation. The movement to bring the worlds of fashion and technology together has become known as ‘wearable tech.’ As this $1.7 trillion industry begins to realize the intrinsic value of collaboration, the entire concept of clothing is transforming. The methodology behind creating clothing and functional fashion are the main focal points of the technological innovations currently taking place. There is one paradigmatic company that is working to have wearable tech experienced as digital couture:


There is one paradigmatic company working to have wearable tech experienced as digital couture: Studio XO. A London-based company focused on hybrid methods, Studio XO describes itself as the intersection of science, technology, and fashion. As the company’s co-Founder, Nancy Tilbury, is a pioneer of Studio XO, and works tirelessly to “design engineering that happens to be dressed up as fashion.” For example, a dress that Studio XO created for Lady Gaga created bubbles and was described as a “garment with a factory inside.” Such creations are the result of Studio XO’s aforementioned hybrid methodology. They’ve built their notoriety by constructing bespoke pieces for celebrities, but have remained at the forefront of innovation by combining traditional methods of clothing construction and design with CAD and 3D printing. CAD is an acronym for Computer-Aided Design, a software used to create precision drawings and technical illustrations. This design method complements Studio XO’s use of 3D printers to create garments like the Lady Gaga ‘bubble dress.’ Through its work, Studio XO is leading the way in the digital couture experience.

Adidas The globally renowned athletic wear and accessories brand Adidas has also been con-tributing to the future of fashion with sensory clothing. Matthew Hymers, Adidas’s project manager of team sports, is the spearhead of systematic developments used to monitor athletes’ real time performance via clothing. Hymers claims the company’s findings are in the “bacteria stage,” since Adidas is just “starting to see the beginnings” of sensory clothing data’s potential. The world’s top athletes are paid to perform and test out the durability and effectiveness of the company’s latest inventions. Hymers believes that over time, clothing sensors will become more prevalent outside of professional sports.

Biocouture In the new world of fashion technology, the notion of embracing nature, rather than dominating it, is popular. The clothing industry has grown increasingly reliant on natural resources to reduce the impact of waste. Suzanne Lee of design consultancy Biocouture has developed a “method of producing fashion closer to making beer or brewing food than any other kind of traditional process [of clothing production].” Biocouture’s mission is to explore nature’s sustainable materials for future consumer products. Lee combines green tea, sugar, acetic acid, yeast, and bacteria in a liquid container. She then grows it on a mat to produce material that resembles the texture and properties of fabric. This fabric-like material is eventually sewn into a garment. Rather than practicing “fast-fashion,” the process by which clothing is mass produced, standard sized, and set at fixed prices, the consultancy focuses on exploring the organic, natural, combustible ways of fashion.

What’s Next But there are less drastic methods in use to decrease waste and help change the perspective of the fashion industry. Fabric is often water-dyed when mass-produced, which disposes the equivalent of half of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as toxic chemicals, into streams throughout the world. The use of supercritical carbon dioxide, or DryDye, is another example of how the fashion industry is turning towards nature for inspiration. This fluid form of carbon dioxide is held at or above its critical temperature and pressure, making it possible to dye fabric sans water, use 50% less energy, and cut back on chemicals used in traditional methods. Fashion and technology are omnipresent forces. The combination of these two industries will not just change the concept of clothing; it will ultimately transform society.




Society tends to tell us that you can’t leave the house without your “face” on. For many, the routine has become a chore. It has been used as a defense mechanism, war paint to tackle the day’s battles. For this issue, we want to bring makeup back to life; makeup is a form of expression. There is so much more you can do than swipe on eye shadow or curl your hair.

Beauty is art.


Art & Self By Liz Saco


here is nothing that presents our self-identity more than the face. The moment you lock eyes with someone, the recognition is irrefutable. You suddenly know the person. You get a glimpse of who that person is through a visual representation. Intertwined with this visual representation is makeup, which has become a vehicle of self-expression, and, likewise, an art form. Art is all about self-expression. It is about finding oneself through experimentation, clinging to a style that best delivers oneself to the world, and using that style in future projects. Concentrations of paintings by artists contain concepts or characteristics that deliver themselves to the viewer. Van Gogh’s abrasive, mood-induced paintings became solely his own when he continuously used that style throughout all his pieces. Just as Van Gogh expressed himself through this particular painting genre, we can express ourselves through makeup styles. With experimentation, interest, and resolution, it is possible to find our idea of self through makeup. In these ways, art and


makeup overlap. Different tactics in painting produce a mood much like various ways of applying makeup deliver personal statements. Through a distinct swipe of eyeliner, or a different method of shaping your lips, you clearly define who you are, or who you want to be. Lashes, eyeliner, and lipsticks are the tools that allow you to complete the transformation process. A thick cat-eye can provide a sultry, provocative appeal, while rosy cheeks can give a sweet and girlish vibe. A smooth red lip delivers a timeless charm, and a stark black lip achieves an edgy, punk-rock vibe. These different techniques make it possible to express yourself however you wish. Therefore, makeup is no longer about covering up our unwanted features and flaws. It is an art. It is about expressing ourselves through a visual medium. With tools such as blush, eyeliner, and lipstick, it is possible to find a genre that best suits you. When applied with practice and care, makeup can become a direct representation of your own personal style.

Tools of the Trade

How You Can Maximize Your Makeup Abilities By Rachel Lung


hen considering the best way to create an awesome makeup look, intense contouring, crazy eye shadow colors, and bold lipstick immediately come to mind. Even though long-wear, pigmented products are important, we tend to forget the power of makeup tools. High quality-tools from well-known brands can be pricey, but tend to be worthy investments. They’re made from the best materials, last for years, and can help achieve many flawless looks.



1: Beauty Blender ($19.95, Sephora) –

This little pink, egg-shaped sponge is one of the BEST tools for makeup application! The Beauty Blender ’s rounded side can be used to apply and blend any cream, liquid, or powder makeup. Its pointed side can be used for precision application, such as contouring or targeting the under-eye area. If wet, the Blender expands, making it perfect for light to medium coverage. For heavier coverage, use the dry tool as is.


Mac 266 Small Angle Brush ($20, Mac) – Whether you want to achieve a subtle or dramatic look, this Mac angled brush helps precisely apply cream or gel eyeliner. Unlike other brushes, this brush is slightly bigger and more flexible, which makes it easy for anyone to create a sharp, eye liner look.


E.l.f. Eyeshadow “C” Brush ($3, Target) – Since eyeshadow colors are often used together, it’s best to have a few eyeshadow brushes on hand. Luckily, these brushes are inexpensive and great for applying all different colors to lids.


Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($8.99, Ulta) – This lightweight brush has soft, firm bristles that are perfect for

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applying and blending liquid, powder, or cream foundation.The medium sized brush picks up just the right amount of product, which can help you avoid that cakey look. The best part about this face brush is its super low price!


Mac 224 Tapered Blending Brush ($32, Mac) – Even though eye shapes vary, anyone can find a use for this awesome brush. Ideal for applying and blending eye shadow in outer eye creases, it can also be used for highlighting brow bones. MAC employees recommend using this brush for spot concealing, as well.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 ($18, Sephora and Ulta) – This double-duty brush will totally change your eyebrow game! While one side has a small, angled brush used to apply powder or wax, the other side has a spoolie brush that grooms brow hairs and removes excess product.


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shadow, pressed around the entire lid and into the crease. Choose a shade that is comfortable—Klimt uses both warm and cool tones in his work, which gave us some creative liberty for our interpretation.



Select a dark blue, creamy eyeliner. It should be soft enough to create a dull, yet pigmented line. Run the liner along your upper lash line using moderate pressure until the color is deep, but feathered at the ends. Finish with a slight wing at the outer corner. Do not fret if the wing is not sharp—this is ideal!

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Take a black liquid liner and line your lash line thinly over the blue. At the outer corner, create a wing using the previously drawn blue wing as a guide. Use the black liner to sharpen the tip of the wing and outline it slightly. This highlights the strategic and scarce use of geometric color in Klimt’s painting.

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INSPIRED BY KLIMT: Neue Galerie New York

As an Austrian painter, Klimt’s symbolist artwork often featured the female figure. In his golden phase, he used gold leaf in many of his works. His vibrant work is easily translated into a quick and beautiful look for summer.


Finish with a coat of mascara for a dramatic effect. Add a little nude-pink lipstick to mimic the my-lips-but-better shade that Viennese Adele Bloch- Bauer sports.

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INSPIRED BY CARAVAGGIO: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art history’s favorite rebel, Caravaggio, is famous for his use of tenebrism—a technique that focuses on the contrast between light and dark. A smokey eye is a dramatic allusion to his mysterious, shadowy paintings.

1 Begin with a matte shadow

that matches your skin tone or is slightly lighter. This base will help blend later, mimicking tenebrism.


Select a matte brown shadow with medium coverage and pat onto the lid, focusing on bringing the color up a little past the outer crease.



Choose a deep brown-black shadow, preferably matte, and brush over the lid underneath the crease. Blend slightly into the brown, but be sure to keep the brown visible above the crease. Caravaggio focused on the stark differences between light and dark, and many of his works, like this one, are bathed in mysterious shadows.


4 Blend the look out so that

the shadows melt into one another. Add highlight under the brow arch to allude to Caravaggio’s tenebrism.


5 Select a black liner. This could be liquid, cream, or pencil. Line the upper lash line.

6 To bring in the color of the

clothing featured in the work, use a plum colored, creamy liner. Smudge slightly over the previously placed black liner, and run gently across the lower lashes.


7 Finish with two coats of mascara. Boy with a Basket of Fruit




The Alternative to Hair Dye By Esther Feliz-Terrero


few years ago, an obsession with auburn hair and a constant struggle with split ends led me to an alternative hair dye. As much as I wanted to change my look, the idea of chemically altering my hair deterred me — that is, until I found out about henna. With henna, you can get that tattoo you’ve always wanted, minus the pain and commitment that comes with a real tattoo. Yes, henna can also create that desired shade of red or brown without exposing your hair to chemicals and damage that common hair dyes cause. Henna is a flowering plant that has been used as dye for over 6,000 years in India, the Middle East, and Africa. Unlike common dyes, henna does not alter the chemical structure of your hair. Instead, it coats strands, strengthens them, prevents brittleness, and mends despised split ends. Henna often acts a conditioning treatment, restoring hair’s strength and shine. Henna dye comes in three forms: paste, powder, and liquid, which can be bought in packages at your local beauty supply, or by the ounce, or pound at any specialty store. Though application can be messy (after adding water it becomes mud-like), powdered henna, the most natural form of henna, offers the greatest benefits. This alternative dye is best for those looking to dye their hair shades of red or brown. It should be noted that because henna is a natural hair dye, the final color depends completely on the original hue of hair and how long the mixture sits. While some might see henna a risky alternative, I was thrilled with the natural, healthy

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look it gave my hair--so much so, that I have integrated it into my beauty regimen. If you’re feeling adventurous and are looking to embrace a natural look, then you should definitely give henna a try.

Sculpt Your Body! By Sameera Jordan What’s hot this season? You are! This spring, we’re saying goodbye to Christmas turkey-induced bellies, and hello to fit, beach-ready bodies. With this year’s popular exercise trend, bodyweight training, getting in shape won’t fill up your schedule, or empty your wallet. Bodyweight training improves strength, builds muscle, boosts cardiovascular fitness, and burns fat with your own body’s weight. These exercises require little equipment or direction, making them ideal for anyone looking to shed a few pounds, or improve their flexibility. The following workouts can be done at any time, in any space, and will produce results that were once only attained from intense sessions at the gym.

Plank How It Works: Lying face down with forearms planted on the ground, raise your stomach and hips. Keep your butt and back in a flat line. Dig your toes into the ground and remain elevated for up to 30 seconds. Do 3 reps with a 15 second break in between. What It Works: Upper body, core, back, and thigh muscles.


Hip Raise How It Works: Planting your feet on the ground at shoulders width apart, slowly lift your hips off the ground towards the ceiling. Then, lift one leg and hold for 10 seconds before replacing it. Do 10 sets per leg and then slowly drop to a resting position. What It Works: Core, lower back, hamstrings, and buns

Squats How It Works: From a vertical standing position with your feet shoulders width apart and arms extended forward parallel to the floor, drop your butt towards the ground until your knees form a 90-degree angle. Then slowly return to the starting position. Perform 3 reps of 20. What It Works: legs and buns

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Burpee How It Works: Starting in a squat position with your hands flat on the floor, kick your legs back into a pushup position and complete one full pushup. Then, immediately bring your legs back in to the squat. Jump as high as possible with your hands extended to the ceiling. Return to the starting position. Do 5 sets of 10 with a 20 second break between each. What It Works: Full body muscles

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Body Art

Take a Closer Look at

with Margie Nugent

By Frances Sosa & Danica Talon FLASH: Tell us a bit about yourself! Margie Nugent: Born and raised in the Bronx, I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and completed degrees in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and Jewelry Design. I spent some time in the 80’s designing jewelry for major retailers and in the 90’s I had started a family. It wasn’t until 2007 that I found a paint brush in my hand again and it was exactly what I needed to heal and rebuild. I currently teach at conventions and privately, own my own body art company and have received numerous business awards. In December of 2014 I filmed 3 documentaries about my work. FLASH: When did you get involved with body art? What made you do it and how did you start? MN: I have been involved in body art for about 7 years. I started by face painting for extra money and then discovered henna and body painting at a convention


in Philly. Totally enamored and obsessed, I learned what ever I could. I searched the web, became part of the community and self taught myself a lot. I continued to take classes and attend conventions. I currently have a mentor now who I respect and admire. FLASH: What made you pick body art over other forms of makeup expression? MN: There is an immediacy and urgency in body art that is addictive. You have a small window of time to create a 360 degree work of art. Your canvas is alive and breathing and unpredictable. You are in collaboration with your model, the right model makes your work. I am inspired by the person I am working on and I often change my preconceived ideas on the spot for any number of reasons based on the model. I am continually problem solving and refitting my concept. It forces creativity and uses a high level of thinking. It satisfies me as an artist on many levels. FLASH: What inspires you? MN: My inspirations are many. Right now a lot of my work is infused with jewelry

details and fabric. I love everything that historically has been used to adorn the body. I definitely also infuse my work with where I am spiritually at the moment. I just did a piece in New Orleans and used Papa Legba as the inspiration because he is the lwa that you call before any ceremony can take place and he opens the gate. Right now, I feel a lot of things are changing in my life and I have a gate that is about to need to be opened. FLASH: What products do you use? MN: I use water activated high pigment cosmetics. My kit is made up of many different “paints’ depending on the effect I am trying to achieve and if I have a color scheme I need to match. The base of my kit is from Mehron my go to blendable paints. I use Kryolan when I am working on larger multi person pieces because of the wide variety of colors they offer. It makes color matching easy when multiple artists are involved. I also use Wolfe for detailing. But you will also find Chameleon, Tag, and FAB in my kit depending on my needs. FLASH: Who are your typical clients? MN: I have a variety of clients from corporate to local people attending EDM and Cosplay events. I also face paint and henna. My personal favorite is using body art to do healing work on women who have suffered from body dismorphia. FLASH: What is the best look you’ve done? MN: My looks are like my children each one has their special personality and reason for liking it. One of my favorite recent pieces

was done on a Monday afternoon where I had one of my favorite models come over for a visit and it was very impromptu. I had complete freedom and time to just paint as I was inspired. The reason it is my favorite is because so many of the elements represent me as an artist and I totally just trusted the process and allowed it to unfold. FLASH: Take us through an art show; what’s it like? MN: To complete a paint and see it come to life--perform[ing] and mov[ing] in a show is amazing. To get the immediate reaction from the crowd is so wonderful different than posting on line even though some of the comments I get are so touching. FLASH: What is the most rewarding part of doing body art?


MN: The most rewarding part is I have found a place where I am happy with my art. It’s a mix of technique, experience and spirit I can’t get anywhere else. FLASH: What advice do you have for someone looking to go into body art/ makeup artistry? MN: My best advice is constantly researchartists you like, brands that you like brushes and paint. And get out there and do it. And do it a lot. I totally recommend having a mentor and be prepared to be quiet and

FLASH: How do you select body art models? MN: I select them by flexibility and personality. Being a body paint model is a tough job it is different than regular modeling – It takes a lot of time and some poses can be demanding. I am spending the better part of a day working on my model, very close to them and we are not both enjoying the process it really jacks up my energy. In the end when you are ready to present your work someone who understands dance and fluidity and is used to endurance is a bonus to your work.

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and urgency in body art

that is addictive. You have a small window of time to create a 360 degree work of art. Your canvas

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listen and watch. You can not learn while you are proving you know everything. FLASH: What makeup tips do you have? MN: Keep your kit clean! I hate a messy kit – be ready to work at all times you never know when your phone will ring.


FLASH: How do you define beauty? MN: I can’t define it. I know it consists of pleasing elements but to everyone that is

I can’t define [beauty]. I know it consists of pleasing elements but to everyone that is different. -Margie Nugent

Photos courtesy of Margie Nugent



Spring is full of possibilities, and new adventures await! Shed your winter layers and finish up your spring cleaning so you can head outdoors! Perhaps it was too cold this winter to leave the comfort of your bed, but now, you have to make up for all of the brunches you missed out on. Don’t fret, we’ve included a list of yummy brunch locations to try. Or maybe you’re interested in introducing your taste buds to a new fusion of flavors! Again, we’ve got you covered, and suggest you read the restaurant review of Taka Taka. During those freezing blizzard days indoors, you probably listened to all of your saved playlists on Spotify, so we’ve come up with a great R&B playlist you can blast while enjoying a picnic at one of our recommended NYC locations. The Arts & Culture section is full of wonderful ideas to spruce up your spring, get you outdoors, and refresh your fabulous NYC lifestyle!

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OF THE TOWN If the United States is the melting pot of the world, then New York City is undeniably the melting pot of the United States. Naturally, the myriad of cultur es and people that make up the five boroughs has inspired a similar diversity in art, music , language, and cuisine. This level of cultural variation is the pride and hallmark of New York; but if there is one thing New Yorkers value as much as their remarkable diversity, it’s their food. Their love of culture and fine dining has set the stage for the next big food movement: fusion restaurants.


By Emily Allen


usion restaurants take two or more distinct styles of food and marry them into one memorable eating experience. One front-runner in this innovative movement is Taka Taka, a SoHo restaurant that blends the best of Japanese food with the most iconic features of Mexican cuisine. One of its main attractions, aside from the avant-garde menu, is a conveyor belt carrying sushi past each seating area of the restaurant. Diners are free to snatch up any and every roll that looks appealing. Additionally, the restaurant creates a variation of small platters, all with quintessential elements of both Japanese and Mexican cuisines. At first, Taka Taka’s mission of Mexican/Japanese fusion seems like an unlikely combination, as these two frameworks of cuisine might strike foodies as polar opposites. Fear not! The result is a creation fit to inspire even the most skeptical of critics. Having had the distinct pleasure of sampling three of their most ingenious dishes ( The Cilantro Shrimp Tempura, the Tuna Sashimi Tostada, and the Towi Sushi Roll), I can say that Taka Taka successfully incorporates the fundamental flavors from each culture while capitalizing on the overlapping ingredients of the two. For

example, the Cilantro Shrimp Tempura, which is paired with a decadent cilantro lime sauce, combines a Japanese base with distinct notes of Mexican flavor. The classic Fried Shrimp dish is infused with strictly Mexican spices, including cilantro, jalapeño, and hints of lime. The Tuna Sashimi Tostada conversely had a Mexican foundation with added Japanese elements. The crispy Flour Tostada is topped with black olives, tomatoes, jalapeño, chipotle dressing, and tuna sashimi, a Japanese staple. Finally, the restaurant’s signature Towi Roll provided the perfect conclusion to the experience. This sushi roll includes shrimp tempura and avocado for the standard sushi lover, but adds chipotle sauce and sliced jalapeño for the spicy Mexican fans. The real twist, however, is the thick coating of cheese that encases the roll. As cultural lines begin to blur in the most diversified city in America, the distinctions between cultural dishes are beginning to blur, as well. It’s not surprising that fusion restaurants are on the rise in New York. Taka Taka, and other restaurants like it, not only transcends cultural differences, but eclipse eaters’ most inventive imaginations.


Hit the city – and the books! By Jasmine P. Ting Staying on campus to study can get old. Even though it might sound appealing and comfortable to stay in your room, it can be hard to stay awake and focused in such a familiar environment. If you do like to go out to study, sometimes you just get to a point where Starbucks isn’t cutting it anymore. Why not opt for a change of scene? The problem is, New York can seem so dauntingly massive that it might be difficult to scour the city for your perfect study cubby.

So here’s a list to help you find your spot in the city: 1. The New York Public Library (NYPL)

There’s a reason why students – and New Yorkers of every type – flock to the NYPL. In addition to the shelves being fully lined with literature from all periods of history, the peace and quiet is definitely one of the best aspects of the library. The beautiful marble columns and grand architectural design create an ambiance that transports you to classical times. Located at: 5th Ave at 42nd St, New York

2. Bank of America Tower Atrium

Just a short walk from the NYPL is the grand, glass, Bank of America Tower. Many don’t know there’s a serene study spot in their Urban Garden Room. Within the indoor garden are tables and chairs positioned conveniently by outlets. When your eyes are sore, and you’ve been lost in all the letters on those pages, look out the windows to people watch. This spot is a surprisingly quiet study space in the middle of a bustling city. Located at: 1 Bryant Park, New York


3. David Rubenstein Atrium

Not too far from Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus is a spacious haven for modern art enthusiasts and diligent students alike. As a designated public area, the atrium has tables and chairs for anybody who wants to take a seat and kick up their feet. If you want to grab a quick bite to eat, ‘Wichcraft, a café, is conveniently located inside the public space. Located at: 1 W 62nd St, New York

4. Poets House

A home for literary-loving New Yorkers, the Poets House is a peaceful and quiet place to work on your writing assignments. You can even snuggle up on one of the cozy couches by the windows. Look out at the city and read some of the greatest books and poetry in history! The long tabletops with nearby outlets are perfect for those who prefer to get lost in cyberspace. Located at: 10 River Terrace, New York

5. Brooklyn Roasting Company

Although it’s quite a long way from The Bronx, the Brooklyn Roasting Company serves some of the best coffee in the Tri-State area. The cushy sofas and loft-style two-story design give off a relaxed and warm vibe. The urban landscape and culture found in Brooklyn also paint a colorful atmosphere – something to break up the black and white of pages. Located at: 25 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York


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By Megan Baugh


The Brunch District

nyone who has lived in New York City for more than a few weeks has undoubtedly come across the phenomenon of Sunday brunch. Warning: New Yorkers don’t take this tradition lightly! With that in mind, I went on a quest for the best brunch spots in Manhattan.

1. CREMA Chelsea (17th Street between 6th & 7th Ave) Farther downtown on the Lower West Side, there’s a small Mexican restaurant that serves fantastic dishes. Go on a Sunday morning, and you’ll find it packed to the brim with people ordering decadent breakfast burritos and quesadillas. I ordered the Crema Omelet con Espinaca; the omelet was overflowing with delicious spinach, goat cheese, and potatoes, and topped with a spicy chipotle sauce. It was so good I could have eaten two! There’s a variety of dishes, including citrus French toast and savory stuffed peppers. I’ll be going back again to try every item on the menu. Courtesy of Crema

Courtesy of Crema

2. SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY BARBEQUE Hell’s Kitchen (9th Ave & 45th Street) While walking through the never­ending stream of restaurants that make up Hell’s Kitchen, I came across a place that resembled a log cabin more than a typical Midtown restaurant. Inside, I found more than your average southern barbecue restaurant. Southern Hospitality, Justin Timberlake and his friends’ creation, offers a large portion brunch full of southern style classics such as fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and pulled pork. Every bite felt a little bit like being down south.


3. THE SMITH East Village (3rd Ave between 10th & 11th Street)

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Oh, The Smith. It’s the place where brunch dreams come true, and where I first experienced the wonder of New York City brunch. The Smith is filled with everything from classic breakfast omelets, to a raw bar, and even homemade donuts with chocolate sauce! All brunch goers can expect a delicious meal, spot-on service, and an overwhelming desire to spend every Sunday morning there. Though I’m partial to the original East Village location, you can find replicas of The Smith in Midtown East and near Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side.

4. TRE Lower East Side (Ludlow St between E. Houston & Stanton)

Courtesy of The Smith

It wouldn’t be New York City if we didn’t have an Italian brunch on the list. Tre offers upscale Italian meals for bargain prices. The restaurant is tiny and can be busy, so make a reservation. The menu includes classic Italian pastas, frittatas, and burgers that had all of my friends raving. There are tons of brunch options on the Lower East Side, but you will never be disappointed with a meal at Tre.

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Dining Alfresco


Photo Credit: Flickr - Marcin Wichary

By Lin Chen


fter a long, snowy, New York City winter, there’s nothing better than those first few days of sunny spring weather. As the flowers bloom and temperatures rise, grab a blanket, pack a basket, and check out these gorgeous picnic spots. Instead of going to Central Park like everyone else, head to the scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park! Located in west Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park looks out towards the Hudson River and two scenic and historic bridges. This beautiful picnic spot is an 85-acre urban oasis that’s perfect for a game of frisbee. Though you may have to choose between the park or Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park will accommodate everyone’s picnics and outdoor activities. Be sure to catch the beyond breathtaking sunset! If you’ve already visited Brooklyn Bridge Park, take the ferry down to Governor’s Island instead. It’s a spacious 172-acre island with 30 acres of park space, and unlike any other park in New York. The park here even includes a sweet hammock section for those of you who want to catch a few Z’s on a warm spring afternoon. It’s a perfect New York City picnic location and one of the city’s greatest treasures! Go ahead, wander down to Brooklyn, or catch a ferry to celebrate the season!


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1994­­­­ // Waterfalls­ by TLC 1994 // ­­­­Jezzebel­by Boyz ii Men 1995­­­­ // Fantasy­ by Mariah Carey 1996­­­­// I Believe I Can Fly­by R. Kelly 1997­­­­// On & On by Erykah Badu 1998 // Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill 1999­­­­// You Got Me­by The Roots, Erykah Badu

2000’s 2000 // Beautiful ­­­­ Woman by­Boyz ii Men 2001 // Independent ­­­­ Women by ­Destiny’s Child 2002­­­­ // Foolish by­ Ashanti 2003 // Hit ­­­­ ‘Em Up Style­by Blu Cantrell 2004 //­­­­ Caught Up by­ Usher 2005­­­­// Be Without You­by Mary J. Blige 2006 // I­­­­ Am Not My Hair­by India.Arie 2007­­­­// Teenage Love Affair­by Alicia Keys 2008 //­­­­ Miss Independent­ by Ne­-Yo 2009 // ­­­­Pretty Wings­ by Maxwell

now 2010­­­­// Wake Up Everybody­by John Legend 2011 // Swim ­­­­ Good­by Frank Ocean 2012­­­­// Damn Good Friends­by Elle Varner 2013­­­­// Bed Peace­by Jhené Aiko 2014­­­­// Judge Me­by K. Michelle 2014­­­­// Glory­by John Legend and Common


Listen to the full playlist on Celeste Rodriguez’s Spotify

Photo Credits: Wikimedia



Without Breaking the Bank EMBELLISH YOUR SPACE

By Nicole Cruz


ne thing we can deem acceptable to splurge on is apartment décor. We all want to come home and relax in a comfy, cozy, pretty-­to-­look-­at space. But let’s be real. Living in the city is expensive. Between rent, food, and other necessary costs, most of our budgets are maxed out. However, having a great space does not have to be expensive! There are plenty of small purchases that can make a world of a difference in any apartment. Here are some tips for making the best of your budget and improving your space!


Give a bare wall some color and dimension by putting up a tapestry, or a piece of creative wall art. This allows you to express yourself while creating a homey feeling in your space. Covering the walls prevents your space from feeling empty. Tapestries can be purchased at trippystore. com for $25-$40. These are just as nice as the ones from Urban Outfitters, but much cheaper! Wall décor can be found at almost any home goods store, especially Target. Prices start at $15.


Purchase a large, framed, decorative mirror. It can give a small room a much larger feeling and be a functional addition to your collection of decorations. Bed Bath & Beyond sells framed mirrors for only $30!


Use Christmas lights to delicately enhance your room’s brightness. Lights give any space a cozy feeling. String lights can be bought at Target for only $19.99!



Add throw pillows to your bed and/ or couches. The various colors and sizes can give a space character, and can be changed according to the season or your mood. A great place to look for throw pillows is TJ Maxx. The inventory varies between store locations, but their prices are cheaper than those of popular home-goods stores.



Some people think that posters aren’t “classy” decorations, but if placed properly, they can be the center of attention in a room. Prices on start at only 89 cents. Definitely worth checking out!W

By Hayai Ali “A hijab is more than a piece of cloth. It’s a concept of behavior.” -Maliha Gul FCRH ‘17


hat makes a woman the woman she is? What makes anyone the person he or she is? Well, you might say identities come from personality, interests, values, hopes, dreams, culture, traditions... and the list goes on. For the Muslim woman, the Muslimat, the hijab is a large part of her identity. It’s the first thing others see when she is approached. It’s a symbol of her faith and a reflection of her values. So why does she wear it? Or, others may ask, why should I care why she wears it? New York embraces diversity, but in any society that’s constantly progressing toward inclusion, understanding this diversity is just as important as accepting it. As a woman who is an active member of the Islamic community, it’s great to feel my surrounding nation, city and peers have an accurate perception of my chosen appearance and faith. I want all institutions to see me for who I am, and appreciate me whether I choose to wear a headscarf or not. The hijab is a simple rectangular or triangular piece

of cloth Muslim women wear to cover their hair. The hijab is not a complicated structure. It takes 20-40 seconds to put on in the morning before leaving for school or work. Wearing the hijab doesn’t only mean one’s hair is covered. Muslimat dress in long clothing that cover their skin, as well. For most, only the hands, feet and face are left bare. This covering is part of the hijab. Al-Hijab can be literally translated to “The Veil” in Arabic, but it’s more commonly called a scarf.

There is more than one reason why some wear the hijab. Most Muslimat wear it in honor of their faith. It’s worn willingly in order to fulfill Islamic values. Islamic states’ actions are judged by their intentions. Therefore, a woman must be willing to wear the hijab in order for it to be considered an act of honor. Alternatively, in some countries, the use of the hijab has shifted from having a religious significance to a cultural one. In these communities, it’s worn to conform to societal norms. However, in


all Muslim communities, Islam requires modesty from both men and women; men should dress modestly and respectfully lower their gazes when approaching women, and women should cover their beauty from the gazes of strangers. Though the hijab is the Muslim woman’s chosen symbol of modesty, that doesn’t stop many young women from adding a personal touch of their own. Hijabs come in many playful colors and designs, so there is something out there to meet everyone’s personal style. For example, some girls might

like to match their hijabs with their leopard-print handbags and shoes. Others prefer solid colors that they coordinate with their outfits. The pins that hold the hijab in place also come in various fashionable shapes. Some women with more bold personalities like to use bold pin designs to match their outgoing characters. The head of the pin can be in the shape of a flower with a dangling metal or sparkly piece, or in the shape of a logo of a favorite brand. Some universities and schools have a “Hijab Day” where Muslim and non-Muslim women decide to experience wearing

the hijab for a day. It’s a good way of showing support for women of a different faith and broaden others’ knowledge of Muslim women. I hope people are able to view the hijab as a beautiful contribution to cultural diversity. Women of all cultures, faiths and traditions have independent reasons for dressing the way they do. It’s the freedom of having that choice to express yourself without judgment.

“Islam tells you to always have hope, even in the darkest times” -Amina Bhatti-FCRH ‘16

“There is no coercion in religion. I wear the Hijab because I sincerely believe in it.” “The hijab is a reminder of my faith… And I love that it identifies me as a Muslim” -Maliha Gul, FCRH ‘17


Hijab Day at Fordham University, run by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) allowed students to experience wearing a hijab for a day. The purpose is to raise awareness about Islam and to promote an accepting society where wearing religious clothing does not subject one to discrimination.



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Matthew Scheffler, Kellyn Simpkins, Margaret Sanford, Nicole Cruz, Jasmine Ting, Paula Madero, Emily Allen, Rachel Lung


Style Master: Sameera Jordan, Gianna Meaglia, Christina Vilar, Menswear: Dorien Russell, NY In Spring: Franchesca Sampeur, Slip Into Spring: Pamela Uribe, Nicholas Chow, Everyday Works of Art: Karen Kapoor, Sculpt Your Body: Kate Madigan, The Next Level: Liz Saco, Frances Sosa, Hallie Tate, Alex Ferreira, Al Hijab: Farzana Ali, Peyton Berry, Maliha Gul, Brooke Morsell, Urban Rebels: Models: Anthony Ali, Dominic Arenas Jr., Megan Baugh, Elana Tee, Annunziata Santelli Skaters: Michael Gonzales, Aldo De Leon


Mina Kim, Justin Ruzol, May He, Liz Saco

LAYOUT ASSISTANTS Celeste Rodriguez, Liz Saco


Sarah Antony, Rachel Lung, Liz Saco, Frances Sosa, Danica Talon


Behind the Scenes!



FLASH Issue No. 5 Spring/Summer 2015  

Fordham University's source for fashion, beauty, and New York City culture.

FLASH Issue No. 5 Spring/Summer 2015  

Fordham University's source for fashion, beauty, and New York City culture.