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So Chic It’s Suffocating.






8. Jaimelynn Pease Editor-In-Chief

Kristopher Deaton Creative Director

Paige Greenfield Nici Thomas Victoria Price

Style Coordinator

Contributing Editor Urban Style Director

Tiera Parker

Urban Style Coordinator

Sarah Roerk


Dionne Smith Nicolas Cervantes

Pop & Rock Design Editor Urban & Indie Design Editor


Fashion Contributors Young & Fabulous Shallot Lily Buckle Ryan Januszewski


Teairra Eiland Macon Leiper Matthew Horner Chantelle Horner Jessica Portalatin Bad JohnPaul


Holly Mills-Gardner Jake Circa Justene Engels Macy Myers Zeena Haddad Shelby Leyva Ashley Ford Lola Laymon Samantha Gloor Mareka Baptiste James Redmond Jamell Forney

Special Thanks To


Peggy Blum, Fashion Department Director Kelly Jondle, Fashion Department Instructor Sal Khan, Young & Fabulous Owner Nicole Porter, Buckle Manager Robert Grimes, Hairstylist Kimberly Welch, Make Up Artist Shannon Nicole, Make Up Artist


letter from the editor

As you flip through the pages of Forte Magazine, you’re engulfed in the personalities that burst at the seams of every article, every genre of music, and every photoshoot done by every single person who worked on completing this project. Each one of those items represents a different piece to the finishedpuzzle;asingleanduniquenote that’s needed to complete the skills, and product of a song. Each contributor had a vision for the section they designated themselves to. Each contributor had a common inspiration--music. Music is the common thread throughout Forte that sews together all of the different fabrics of fashion in today’s era. In the case of Forte, that involves 4 specific genres: For every great idea that has once been stemmed, there was a source of inspiration the inventor drew from. In

today’s world, art is one of the main sources of inspiration whether it be music, fashion, paintings, etc. It’s a never-ending cycle. Music inspires fashion and fashion inspires music in return. What clothes you wear and what music you listen to says a lot about who you are as a person. It’s the nonverbal way of showing your personality to others surrounding you. Your personality is part of your strength as a person. Your interests, your hobbies... they’re all the underlying parts of what makes up your persona. That’s what we want you to realize as you’re reading through this magazine. what roles do music and fashion play in your life? what is your inspiration? And most importantly… what is your forte? By: Jaimelynn Pease




13. Forte magazine came about while I was contemplating how music inspires fashion. A lot of people think I’m crazy for blaring music while I work or when I’m trying to be creative, but music is my addiction and I believe that it is the gate to my love, which is fashion. When I’m watching music videos or even just listening to the words the artist sings, it inspires my mindset to twist into a wild and crazy direction. When you look at artists today, fashion plays a part in not only who they are, but what they are. I think this is beautiful because it shows just how much music and fashion work together in cohesion to piece together a whole story for the artist’s image. When you listen to a song, you might result in a different feeling or mood than the person sitting next to you based on how you interpret the lyrics or melody. This is the idea behind the name of Forte magazine. We want you to question yourself about the meaning and reasoning behind your own strengths. My personal thinking is, “What music gets you to the best of your strength? How does your fashion portray that music?” As I see it, fashion and music go hand-in-hand and Forte magazine is your guide to everything fashion and music.








Indie Fashion is not something you can easily define or put a label on. The term indie was originally shortened from the word independent, which can be interpreted as free and separate. Indie style is not simply found in a pictureperfect fashion magazine, but what you create it to be, to represent yourself and to NOT FOLLOW the norms or trends. individuality is what embodies Indie fashion.



21. Indie was initially used to describe music—specifically bands that were not associated with major record labels. Today, the term has evolved and imparts various meanings. Music has often impacted and inspired the fashion community and designers for their newest looks and collections as well as assisting individuals in inventing and developing their own personal style. Indie fashion has now become a trend, although it is fashion uniqueness displayed by the individual almost like snowflakes which appear to look all the same until you take a much closer look and find them to individually be extraordinary and unique. This ‘Indie’ term has become a popular way to describe a look or style that cannot be crammed into any other classification by the apparel industry.

This is Indie defined yet undefined: mixing vintage with new, or the out of the blue with the expected, and being comfortable while still looking incredible. Also, thrift store finds paired with those earrings your grandma handed down to you and throw in the independent apparel designers that have not yet become commercialized and you will find that is what ‘Indie fashion’ is all about. Brand names are not what Indie fashion stands for. It is supposed to be an escape and expression of what you advocate and what your interests are without having to ever utter a word. Retro, classic, quality, vintage and rare pieces pave the path that leads to Indie style. Embracing individuality and being confident and bold is the ride that leads to your destination.

During the 70’s, the ‘Indie trend’ began to surface, which deems appropriate seeing that its all about the freedom of expression, personal style, exclusivity, the unusual and of course the unexpected. The Indie fashion has emerged and is now almost ever ywhere you gaze. Imitations, clones, and fans of the Indie wearers have popped up on our street corners lingering around in their skinny jeans, cardigans and plaid shir ts preaching to us to not be mainstream while spor ting their Indie-inspired re-creations.

Indie style is multi-cultural and incorporates many colors, looks, fabrics and textiles. It utilizes the ordinary in erratic ways. There are no boundaries set fourth for this style and all time periods, eras, cultures and unquestionably experimentation comes into play to individualize your own Indie look. When defining your Indie fashion, bear in mind thoughts like: ‘what makes you feel good,’ ‘what is comfortable yet stylish,’ and ‘does it express who you are and is it personal and rare?’


The Indie style does not have set standards and if pulled off correctly and with the right mindset, you will not be caught in the identical sweater as the girl that sits next to you on the bus! Indie fashion is too original and innovative despite the fact that what your wearing is usually vintage and not new at all. You put the pieces together and express yourself through your apparel; you do not look to glossy fashion magazines for how to put together your ensemble but for inspiration. Indie fashion is a mindset mixed with music and twisted together with a multi-cultural vintage flavor and the odd followed by a chunk of your personality and swallowed down by that effortless feel as a chaser. If the look or apparel is different, unique, retro or vintage-inspired, and created or put together by an independent mind it could be classified as Indie fashion. There is no set definition or look to describe the Indie style— it is undefined.







Indie style is multicultural.





28. By: Paige Greenfield

For centuries, the Gypsy (Romani) people have lived in various parts of the world. Today, historians have traced their origins to northern India. Generally, nomadic people move from place to place, taking all their belongings with them as they travel. Gypsy’s normally only had one set of clothes that were sturdy and practical. Often times, those clothes would be brightly colored or contain mixed patterns that signified the clan or family of which they traveled. To make up for their limited wardrobe, Gypsies had mass collections of accessories, scarves, belts, vests, and most of all

jewelry. Many Gypsy men were skilled at being craftsmen of silver and gold. They crafted the jewelry that was used by men, women, and even the children of their families. Many Gypsies were dancers, acrobats, and musicians of great skill and beauty which turned them in a high demand of entertainment. When they performed as the entertainment of Emperors and Kings, they would hypnotize their audience with a swirl of colorful skirts as the chimes of the dancer’s bells distracted the nobles while the children picked their pockets clean.






“they would hypnotize their audience with a swirl of colorful skirts.”




Do you want a taste of some new Indie bands? By : Nici Thomas

Are you in desperate need of some new tunes? Check out some of these Indie bands that will rock your socks off. Indie is a very broad description of a music genre, but these bands have been selectively pulled from the “Indie� closet for your listening pleasure. Some of these

bands are still under-the-radar and a few have already landed into the mainstream music scene. This list includes an array of sizes so that everyone can find a band that fits them like a glove. Take your pick, find your size, and slip into some of these swanky melodies

spoon –“I Turn My Camera On” walk the moon –“Anna Sun” beware of darkness –“Howl” local natives –“World News” alt-j –“Breezeblocks” terraplane sun –“Ya Never Know” the 13thfloor elevators –“You’re Gonna Miss Me” mercies –“Stranger” vampire weekend - “The Black” moods –“Cannot Get Enough” rose colored eyes - “ Morning Dew” the lumineers - “Ho Hey” roadside graves –“Far and Wide” ghostland observatory - “Sad Sad City” anmal collective - “Mercury Man” two door cinema club - “Sun” cat power - “Manhattan” gravity - “Suns” mumford & sons -” I Will Wait”

Top Indie Pick:

kasabian –“Club Foot”



strange vine –“Bottom of the Hill”






“Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.” Andy Warhol FORTÉ


So right now, you’re considered to be one of the best wardrobe stylists in Austin. Is that how you think of yourself? Um, well... No, I don’t because there are so many strong stylists in Austin that are constantly collaborating with each other, so I feel like I’m part of a community that is a bigger team of really cool and great stylists. Do you often collaborate with others? Yeah, I do. I started out by interning for this guy who I thought was an awesome wardrobe stylist here in Austin and he showed real support to me and many other stylists. I became connected with many clients and other stylists, but also built a connection that I may not collaborate so much with, but go to for advice and feedback. So you graduated from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). Am I correct? Yes, yes I did. So that’s in New York. Are you from Austin or how did you end up here? Right. So I was born and raised in Austin, and I went to UT (University of Texas) for my undergrad. I studied education and then taught for two years in Austin while I was getting my Masters from Texas State

and at the time I wasn’t satisfied with the curriculum I was getting. Everything was coming from New York. I feel like I didn’t have the best to give my students, so I moved to New York and started to work for a charter school for three years. It was my last year and I was getting a little restless, so I enrolled in FIT. Just one class, only as a creative outlet. That’s what it was supposed to be after my teaching day was over. I loved it, but I got wrapped back up in teaching. So, I talked to my class and they encouraged me to stick with it. So [while taking night classes], I completed a two year program. When I graduated as a stylist, [in order] to go into a styling career, [I’d have to] stay in New York and find an internship, but this was my second career and I couldn’t really intern anymore. I was 27. My intern days were over. I decided to move back home. Was there a point in your career thus far that’s really made you think ‘Wow! How did this happen?’ Like you were at a really good place in your career? Honestly, everyday. Like today, I was interviewing some potential interns. Really, everyday I have those moments and I don’t take anything for granted. The fact that I get to do this as my job is amazing and fun. It doesn’t even feel like a job.



44. Well you’ve worked with some pretty big names. Was there anyone that you were kind of like fanshocked over? I got to work with Nora Jones a number of times. It was also my first opportunity to work on a music video. I was just on set working as a stylist and she was just the kindest and warmest person. When she would come back through Austin, she would keep in touch and I styled for some of her performances here. Esperanza Spalding is another musician that I’ve styled. I haven’t done any divas or anything like that. Everyone has been really chill. So you’ve worked with a lot of performers, but you have also worked on a lot of editorial projects. How does it differ to dressing a performer on stage or video compared to styling for editorial shoots? You know, it just depends on how much they move on stage. That’s a big factor. If they are sitting on a stool, [it’s] making sure things are covered and nothing is showing. Esperanza Spalding likes to rock the super tall heels, whereas Nora Jones is more of a classic dresser. It all depends on that person’s style and the fact that in editorial, we pull stuff [and] borrow stuff. When they are performing, they sweat and move a lot. So there is more of a chance of things getting ruined.

What makes you super happy when you’re working? A couple of things. One is that I really like to promote local artists. I got a lot of experience styling Esperanza Spalding because she only wears the eco-friendly, upcycled clothing. Scouring for that, I met a lot of new people that I normally wouldn’t have met otherwise. So if I can get [the local artist] in a magazine over a corporate name, that is something I really enjoy.

“. . . I don’t take anything for granted. The fact that I get to do this as my job is amazing and fun. It doesn’t even feel like a job.”

It’s all about networking. Yep, it’s all about networking. So that’s what you like. What’s the hardest part of your job? Um, I wouldn’t say the hardest part, but maybe the most taxing part of my job would be keeping track of everything on set. We have hundreds of pieces of clothing, hundreds of accessories, and beautiful shoes. Things can go missing quickly. Everything can happen really fast. I haven’t lost anything yet. Things have been damaged, but these things happen and you don’t have control. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Let me see, in 5 years I would love to still be styling, but maybe have a team of stylists under me. Again, I’m a teacher. First and foremost, I love mentoring. I love giving back, so [I see myself] expanding my business. I still want to be a part of the creative world. I’m not going anywhere. In the future, would you consider expanding your business nationally or internationally? Oh, yeah! Absolutely! I would love to be branded in some way and share what I do with as many people as possible.



So a typical work day for you... Does it get crazy or do you have a certain routine? It depends. My work day schedule is typically a four-day schedule. I have a day of brainstorming, emailing stores, planning, and then the next day [I start] pulling [clothes] from the stores and that’s an all day thing. It’s like 15 stores a day, then the shoot is a full day in itself, so it’s kind of a cycle. It’s continuous sometimes, but then there are other times when it’s just a slow week. Maybe the magazines are in production or its really hot outside. And it’s those days where I just set up in a coffee shop with my computer and just go through and respond to as many emails as I can. I try and be active on my social media - just connecting with people; communicating.


48. Makeup. . . The magic of perfecting any unwanted blemishes on your skin. Just like the fashion of clothing changes throughout the seasons, so does your makeup. You wear lighter makeup in the summertime and heavier, darker makeup as the fall and winter months roll around. In the hotter months, you see girls walking around with lipsticks in a variety of bright shades of pinks and reds. You see neutral, shimmery eye shadows and light pink blush. When the colder months start blowing in, girls coat their pouty lips in shades of burgundy and deep reds. You see heavier eye makeup and a deeper, more defined blush. Although makeup has always been a form of artwork all on its own, you still need a source of inspiration to draw from. Lately, a large inspiration has been from pop music stars like Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, and Adele. These leading ladies have redefined the meaning of pop music with bright colors, costumelike clothing, and theatrical makeup. Every girl wanted a classic makeup look when Adele shot to the top of

the charts with her perfectly winged eyeliner and red lipstick. The next week, they wanted to dip their face in a bowl of glitter because Ke$ha had released a new single. Nicki Minaj is on the fence between being the rap queen and the Barbie princess of pop music, but she’s made a fortune off of her collaboration with OPI nail polish. This goes to show that not only does your makeup change with the seasons, but also with the next hottest stars in the industry. By: Jaimelynn Pease






52. Fun and flirty bubble gum is how I would start to explain pop’s musical influence on the fashion industry. From the kooky prints to the slap in the face color, this fashion is sure to be a blast and get you noticed. The first person to come to mind for a pop genre inspiration is the always-lovely Katy Perry. When her album Teenage Dream climbed to the top of the pop charts, she changed the way people perceived pop music forever. She filled her music videos with Candyland-esque dream sequences and mouth-watering cotton candy clouds. When you go to one of her concerts, you see vibrant colors and wild prints that give you a wild sugar high. At her California Dreams Tour, the fans lined up in an array of animated colors to show support for this rare singer. Bright clothes, bright makeup, and even bright wigs decorated every fan waiting to get inside the venue to see their idol perform live. Regardless of all of the clones in the audience, only one person in the entire room can rock a blue wig like no one else. The thought that comes to mind when I see a blue wig is Katy Perry herself. When you watch this fantasy land come to life, a

new inspiration arises in you. She’s the motivation that makes you believe you can accomplish your wildest dreams. So how did this pop genre transition into what we all wear this season? Take a look into your local retail stores. Delia’s and Wet Seal are prime examples of the trend that’s a flashback to the 80’s. From vivid highlighter colors to old school logos, it gives the trend an updated vintage feel. This gives the new generation a breath of fresh air. Becoming your own person is key to pulling off these looks and holding your head high to being who you are and not what the world wants you to be. By: Jaimelynn Pease









Have A Sweet Tooth For Some Pop Music? By: Kristopher Deaton

Pop Music’s true definition is popular music which could be any kind of music that is hot that moment. But, in recent years pop music has become a genre all on its own with catchy lyrics and crazy dance beats created a force of its own. The “power pop” music features elements using electric guitars, drums and bass for

instrumentation which makes pop music pleasurable to listen to. When looking at the biggest pop artist right now, they don’t just sell themselves they sell their world they create. When you listen to their pop music it sets your imagination a blaze with kooky worlds and erratic colors.

miley cyrus - We Can’t Stop lady gaga- Applause imagine dragons - Radioactive jay-z - Holy Grail avicii - Wake Me Up! capital cities - Safe & Sound lana del rey & cedroc gervais - Summertime Saddness daft punk - Get Lucky bruno mars - Treasure lorde - Royals zedd - Clarity macklemore & ryan lewis - Same Love maroon 5 - Love Somebody drake - Hold On, We’re Going Home one direction - Best Song Ever luke bryan - That’s My Kind Of Night macklemore & ryan lewis - Can’t Hold Us justin timberlake- Mirrors calvin harris - I Need Your Love

our top pick: robin thicke - Blurred Lines



katy perry - Roar





65. By: Nici Thomas

Music has always stimulated trends and clothing styles throughout fashion history. The connection between the clothes we choose to wear to express ourselves and the music we listen to is always going to be evident. Some style icons we look to for inspiration are extremely influential in the music industry. Their choice of apparel has been a source of inspiration to fashion designers, fashion lovers, and the fashion industry in general. Lately, music festivals have been a huge source of inspiration for styling looks and implementing trends. For example, the apparel companies H&M and American Eagle have both been coming out with new lines that have been inspired by specific genres of music such as rock and hip-hop. Music festivals have become a hotspot for trend forecasters to find the newest street styles and how people add that touch of individuality to their musically inspired looks. Major apparel corporations are realizing this new style trend and jumping on the bandwagon by implementing their own lines inspired by music and iconic celebrities or musicians. Music inspiring fashion is not something new, but not something that’s going away anytime soon either. It has now transformed into a mainstream trend. Since rock-and-roll was born, it has had a major impact on fashion. This makes sense seeing as how they are both forms of art and self-expression. Drainpipe trousers worn by Elvis Presley in the 1950’s showed the rebellious side and nature of rock-and-roll. The tight skinny jeans that are worn today are not too far


off from this look. Flannel shirts in the 90’s became an extremely popular trend because of the legendary Kurt Cobain and his famous grunge look. The color black was greatly utilized in styling the apparel and makeup for the rock section of the magazine. White, gold, and silver were also key colors smeared into the Rock apparel color palette. The photoshoot featuring former Miss Texas USA, Holly MillsGardner, in a stunning silver dress covered with sequins screamed rock’n’roll. Black leather jackets and blazers were a staple garment throughout the photoshoot and are always a standard wardrobe piece for musicians. Lacy Mosley, the lead singer of the rock band Flyleaf was looked to for style inspiration for the Rock shoot. Lacy utilizes tights, loves to pile on layers, and also seems to have a knack for taking the stereotypical male rock-and-roll style and making it more feminine. The rock section also featured an array of tights from simple black styles to detailed sequins, but of course the classic leather could not be forgotten. The models were adorned in mini-skirts, ankle boots, studs, oversized jewelry, and chevron-patterned apparel. Their hair was transformed with gallons of hairspray to obtain the volumized, over-the-top, messy hairstyles that are needed to pull together the rock style. Music has now merged into one with fashion, so get your eyes and ears ready in order to create your own individual rocker style.




68. Not In The Face Members Jonathan Terrell- Guitar & Lead Vocals Michael Anthony Gibson- Lead Guitar Ross Dubois- Bass & Vocals Wes Cargal- Drums

69. By: Sarah Roerk

Austin’s Not In The Face rock group has been making quite the name for themselves since they started as a duo in 2009. Jonathan Terrell (guitar and lead vocals) and Wes Cargal (drums) were the original duo that started playing together for fun, experimenting with different sounds and providing a creative outlet. Since then, they have added Michael Anthony Gibson and Ross Dubois to the band and have taken their music more seriously while also keeping the same intent. In a recent interview with all four members, they talked about their music, tour and how they became musicians.

How would you describe Not in the Face’s sound to someone who’s never listened to your music before? Rock ‘n’ fucking roll! What do you like most about being in the band? Chicks… (laughs) The best thing would probably be the complete freedom. You can do this and not have a real job. People like to live through people in bands and there’s nothing better than that feeling.


How have things changed since the band has added new members? The core of the band is still there. Brash attitude of the band is still there. [We’re the] same band, just bigger. [It] keeps evolving into more of a collaborative effort. Everyone brings something different to the table. How do you feel about being filmed while you perform? It was weird the first couple of times, but once you understand why they are there, it helps you get over the initial uncomfortable

feeling. It makes you want to do well and stay focused. I like spending time with the cameramen and figuring out where the shots are going to be. I feel more at ease knowing everyone is on the same page. Who would you like to meet before you die? Bill Murray, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, David Bowie, or any surviving Led Zeppelin members. What are your musical influences? Folk, 70’s hard rock, 50’s doo wop, and Queens of the Stone Age meets Temptations. When I describe Jonathan’s stage presence to people


“When we’re about to hit the stage, we take a shot of whiskey, then huddle up and talk each other up… that’s what gets us amped and ready to play.”

71. who have never heard of or seen the band, I say ‘he’s like if Elvis and Mick had a baby and that baby was Jonathan’. How do you feel about that? All lips and hips, that’s all part of the show. I hate when people just stand there when they perform. A lot of bands get intimidated by us. They don’t want us to out show them. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Rock ‘n’ roll straight up! Who writes the songs? Jonathan, and we all collaborate on the dynamics. How do you prepare for a show? We rehearse five days a week, that way when it’s finally time to play we can really cut loose. We make sure and change up the set lists for each show that we play. When we’re about to hit the stage, we take a shot of whiskey, then huddle up and talk each other up… that’s what gets us amped and ready to play.


How has your music evolved since you first started playing together? We used to suck really badly. Now, we’re focusing more on NITF, taking it more serious, and really just writing for the band now. How do you handle mistakes during a show/performance? I just roll with it. Playing music long enough is a part of playing live--try to own it. 80% won’t even know you did. If you make a mistake, act like it’s the coolest mistake you’ve ever heard. What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune? To make it to the top! I don’t want to do anything other than play music. 10+ years of playing… I would love to go sell out stadiums. How do you feel about playing at ACL this year? Do you have anything special planned for the festival? Stoked as hell! [We plan to] rehearse a lot to try to pump our music out as much as we

can. We are going to have on a special attire… but I can’t tell you because it’s going to be a surprise. What band are you looking forward to seeing at ACL this year? I’m most looking forward to seeing Queens of the Stone Age, Lionel Richie, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Fiddler, and The Orwell’s. New album’s title? Favorite song on the new album? The name of our next album is called Brass Tax. It will be an EP with five songs, and Brass Tax will be the single dropping. I don’t really have a favorite song. I like them all, they’re all super different and kickass. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands? Work your ass off and stick with it. It comes down to the last person standing. Make sure you’re with people you can trust. There are no shortcuts, so practice, practice, practice and you will get there faster.

72. There’s one accessory a number of people overlook to finish off their stylish outfits—hair. It’s such a small factor, yet has such a big impact. There was a perfect example of this the night of July 28th at the Copa Bar & Grill on 2nd street in downtown Austin, Texas. Hundreds of people gathered in the small building to see the amazing work of 8 different hair stylists at the Aveda Fashion/Hair Show. Each stylist had a clear, unique style of work that they expressed in their model’s hair. This was shown in a variety of ways, whether it was the way they colored, cut, or styled the hair of their models. One hairstylist in particular stood out above the rest with his clarified, consistent vision through not only his model’s hair, but their clothing as well—Robert Grimes.

After just a short conversation with him as he was busy styling one of the girl’s hair, I learned he’s only been in Austin for two years. For not having been an “Austinite” for very long, he’s sure starting to make a name for himself in the city of self-expression. He also told me this was his 5th day of working on hair for over 12 hours straight... That’s dedication that not every person has the ability to achieve. As this newcomer starts to build his way up the totem pole of talented and wellknown hair stylists, be on the lookout for his work. He may even be one of the keys to putting Austin on the map as one of the most stylish cities in the United States because after all, your hair is the finishing puzzle piece to complete your perfect outfit. By: Jaimelynn Pease

“Hairstyling can be compared to any other art form. From music to architecture, it all starts with a strong technical foundation to build on If you have the inspiration and the technique, the world of artistic hair is at your fingertips.” -Robert Grimes







77. By: Kristpoher Deaton

Holly was notified of winning the title of Miss Texas USA in 1998 and then proceeded to place 3rd runner up at the Miss USA Pageant. For the next fourteen months Holly dedicated herself to the community, charities, and fellowmen of The State of Texas. In 1998 D.A.R.E named her Volunteer of the Year. Her next accomplishment was to jump-started a TV/Film career.


79. The first time I met Holly was the fashion show for “Made in Heaven.” This was the first time I observed her true talent and her amazing personality. When I arrived at the event I was set given the task of care of the fashions. I went about then normal tasks when the young lady who was setting up and planning the event came to me and said she need someone to assist the host. She remembered me from other events I had worked and was aware I was more than capable to assist with this task. I had never been someone’s assistant or had to be an individuals’ right hand person. I was anxious to learn new areas and felt what better way than from someone who was already successful in the industry. In came Holly in a beautiful hunter green floor length gown and a stunning hunter green and gold necklace. Her hair


was up in a beehive and four curled strands by her face and light makeup. She walked over and graciously introduced herself then commenced to go over the schedule for the night. She was so genuinely polite which is was amazing. This was a breath of fresh air for me to see someone so successful yet so down to earth. I would soon realize that is just Holly being Holly. As the night began she was going over her script with me and the lights came on suddenly it was show time. When she walked out I remember the crowds applause and cheers were so welcoming. While she was up I was listening and watching her on stage she was so natural it was her essence. Holly made everyone feel they were a vital part of the show. During intermission it was time for the wardrobe change. Holly headed



“She is a woman filled with empowerment. . .�

to her dressing room, she showed me the gown and asked what I thought. This was astounding to me because not only had she just meet me but she trusted my opinion enough to pick the dress . We decided on the dress and went on to mingle and work the crowd. The night went was amazing and ended the same way. She is just a stunning beauty. After that night it was a few months before Holly and I would work together again. The event was Young and Fabulous night at the W. I was style coordinator and was steaming clothes while also completing final look prep. When to my surprise Holly walks in wearing an astonishing yellow Aztec print RVN dress and Kendra Scott jewelry. Her hair was straight and half up with the other half down she look perfect for the summer temperature. This was going to be another knock out of the park for Holly because she really is a natural beauty inward and outward. It is a bright sunny morning the day of the photo shoot. Holly arrives wearing yoga pants and a white tank top, her hair was down loose waves and makeup free. Who knew someone could be so radiant at an 8 A.M. call time. This is just another great work experience Holly and I will have together. When I first explained the idea behind her photo shoot the pure excitement made my day. She is a woman filled with empowerment between juggling a hectic career and her amazing family nothing can stop her. With her electrifying personality people want to work with her because they are drawn to her. The way she commands a stage is what has gotten her this far and made the Miss Texas title turn into a career for the amazing Texas girl.



Are You Hungry For Some Rock Music? By: Nici Thomas

There are many different genres of ‘Rock’ music, from classic rock to alternative and everything in between. The full flavor of rock bands that made this list are upand-coming or all time classics and they will leave your mouth watering and you

hungry for more. These tasty delicacies are loud and will devour your palate. So, add a dollop of volume to your plate and gorge yourself in this delightful rock feast.

the rolling stones - Doom & Gloom 10 years - Wasteland the black moods - Like A Wave the 13th floor elevators - You’re Gonna Miss Me the foo fighters - Bridge Burning seether - Fake It flyleaf - Perfect red hot chili peppers - Snow (Say Oh) sky parade - I Should Be Coming Up (But I Keep Coming Down) redlight kings - Born To Rise queens of the stoneage - No One Knows grinspoon - Passerby black sabbath - Loner nico vega - Beast thrice - Moving Mountains blessthefall - Hollow Bodies born of osiris - Tomorrow We Die Alive skillet - Rise asking alexandria- From Death To Destiny typhoon - White Lighter our top pick: nick cave & the bad seeds -Red Right Hand



not in the face - Brass Tacks






i wear my clothes not vice versa.


By: Tiera Parker




“our goal is to refine the image of urban america…my dream is to see guys hanging on the corner in suits.” Ouigi Theodore / Owner of Brooklyn Circus

Urban style defined is one of the many things in life in which we as a people have made to be extremely ambiguous. Simply because there is not a right or wrong definition of what “urban style” exactly is. It is something that is left up to an individual’s personal preference and style. Moving passed the stigma of what it once was considered, sagging pants, ex-


plicit language and predominately hiphop influenced; now we are embracing the notion that there is not one defining element determining that a particular look is urban, but multiple elements working together which creates this genre of style.


“Urban always had a style to it, a swagger… but it also came with the negative stigma of the overuse of the ‘N’ word, the pants sagging.” Ouigi says, “When I travel overseas, people see the way we dress and say ‘You guys don’t listen to hip-hop.! You’re not urban!’ YES, WE ARE.”

It comprises of many influences including American, British, Asian, Caribbean and African culture, rock, pop, hip-hop, indie and dancehall music. The skateboard culture, youth culture and mainstream fashion also influence urban fashion. However, even with this influence urban fashion

is not dictated by mainstream fashion. It encourages going against the grain, being unpredictable, edgy, and focused on what is current and relative in our everyday life, not just conforming to what is trending at the moment.






elyts nabrU Urban style setarbelec celebrates ,ytilaudividni individuality, tsom dna and most ti yltnatropmi importantly it dna nevird si is driven and b denimreted determined by lpoep eht ,su us, the people.






NEW ERA urban chic Urban chic varies distinctly between regions among the nation, however all are categorized under one name. The new forum reveals an edge and class to both women and men. Add a blazer to any urban street wear attire and it soon becomes urban chic. This new era combines two extremes into one. A look so simple and classic has grown within years and continually grows. The future for this new term is a legacy. A term originally coined as… “Living in a city or town” has, through decades, evolved into a characteristic of city life. City life reaches all the realms of demeanor, attire and personality. Not specifically labeled to one race, gender or sex, urban has been defined as a vast majority of ethnicities. This label has made its way throughout the nation’s hip-hop community.

For decades urban has been labeled to street wear attire, specifically for the male population. Urban wear generated from the culture of hip-hop. To say that this style is no longer relevant is misleading. In fact, as the hip-hop community continually emerges urban street wear will still live. As urban street wear still lives, a new term coined as… “It is classy, glamorous, without being a pushover, and without being flashy. It’s an element of class,” has become increasingly responsive by the masses. Urban chic is a new trend molded into allowing people of not only the hip-hop community, but others to add a twist to their wardrobe.













Want To Sip On These New Urban Artists? By: Victoria Price & Tiera Parker

Hip-hop has its pioneers; artists who have been in the game for decades are still taking a stance. Every year new talent blossoms, starting locally then reaching the national world; these upcoming artists remind the vast

hip-hop community of its constant transformation. Every artist grinds and solidifies how to build their career from the bottom up.

joey badass -”Killuminati Pt. 2” dizzy wright - “The Flavor” schoolboy q -”White Walls” ab-soul - “Unnecessary” childish gambino - “Do or Die” marcus manchild - “Designed” sonny rich - “Gotta See Me” azalea banks - “212” king louie - “Send It Up” rob banks - “All The Way Live” denzel curry - “N 64” angel haze - “Werkin Girls” earl sweatshirt - “Centurion” ken rebel - “Disrespectful” flatbush zombies - “Bath Salt” stalley - “Fountain Of Youth” casey veggies - “Parking Lot” lofty - “I’m Wet” space ghost purp - “Keep It G”

Urban Top Picks gunplay - “Bogota”



chance the rapper - “Everybody’s Something”



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