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Letter from the Editor

A h yes, and yet another year of college has come to an end. But as we delightedly pack away our books and stuff our clothes haphazardly into suitcases in preparation for

that awesome <internship, vacation, job, insert your summer plans here>, we can't help but be a little nostalgic about leaving the Bryn Mawr campus, especially when it's finally gotten so warm and gorgeous. As for me, I won't be here in the fall for those joyous little reunions among friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2022; this year marks my graduation. I'll be trying my luck out in the corporate world, and have yet to discover what's out there. Meanwhile, I am proud to pass my editor-inchief-dom to my two assistant editors, Sarah Bochicchio and Steffi Feldman, and am excited to see what they come up with. I'm sure they have lots of ideas just waiting to take root and bloom. Best of luck to you, my dears. And to all of you readers, go outside, soak up a little Vitamin D (with proper SPF protection, of course), and try to live every day with joy and no regrets. Adieu,

Jessica Tan Editor-in-Chief

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Project Runway: Design & Inspirat Geek Chic: A Spotlight on Women

Leather, Feather, & Metal...............

Drinks in a Blink: Summer Drink

Surf's Up: Websites to Check Out...

Those Good Ol' Memories:A Recap

Words of Wisdom.............................

HepClo at the Mawr.........................


tion....................................................6 with Brains and Beauty.............16


ks to Keep You Cool.......................30


p of the 2012足2013 Year.................40



Proj ect Runway: Design & Inspirati

Written by Tirsa Delat



Project Runway: Design & Inspiration Written by Tirsa Delate


if you are someone who does not actively participate in fashion, we are all part of a culture that is constantly immersed in it on the daily. Fashion is in magazines, on the streets, on television, and on the internet. Project Runway, a show on the Lifetime channel, is the epitome of programs featuring fashion design. It is one of the many ways that fashion is communicated and modernized with the latest trends and avant-garde styles and is hosted by the chic and sophisticated pair, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. Project Runway is all about taking risks, creating

Designer: Dimitry Sholokhov Challenge: Produce a collection to go down the runway at New York Fashion Week that represents the designer's unique perspective. Dimitry is the winner of Project Runway's 10th season.

something new, and giving it your all to win the ultimate prize. Project Runway is not only entertaining, seeing contestants going at each other’s throats and presenting neverbefore-seen looks, but educational as well― educational in the art of fashion, that is. On the show, it’s sink or swim, and the other competitors are the sharks that smell blood. These contestants have to keep their sanity and use what resources are available to them. In line with the metaphor for room draw this year (“May the odds ever be in your favor”), Project Runway is arguably the fashion version of The Hunger Games. Only one person can win, and it is do or die. The fashion industry is cutthroat and competitive and only the best and most determined upcoming designers get on the show and succeed. Project Runway exemplifies the indomitable and resilient nature of designers needed to succeed in the fashion business.

In case you have never watched PR, as I have obsessively for the past two years, it is more interesting and fun to know the way the show works and how the contestants are judged. PR takes place at Parsons New School for Design in New York City. The show starts with sixteen contestants, and progressively eliminates one (sometimes two!) designer per week until after the final challenge, there are three designers left to show at New York Fashion Week. This is a monumental opportunity and honor for the designers, and they have to create a twelve-piece collection in twelve weeks using a budget of $8000. Each challenge consists of a different theme, such as the unconventional challenge of making a prom dress out of duct tape [check out how Mawrters fared at this task on page 52] or a more mainstream challenge such as designing a prĂŞt-Ă -porter dress for Lord & Taylor. For each challenge, which constitutes one episode, the designers receive a budget typically around $150 but get up to $500 depending on the challenge. The designers only have thirty minutes to sketch a design and then go shopping at Mood Designer Fabrics store to buy the necessary fabrics for their design without going over their budget. Tim Gunn oversees these trips to Mood and gives his valuable advice to the designers as they bring their designs to life. The designers are provided with sewing machines and accessories, but the rest of the success depends on raw and innovative talent!

Designer: Michelle Franklin Challenge: Create a ready-to-wear design for Lord & Taylor. This winning design was featured at select Lord & Taylor locations.

The show is for the toughest and most focused designers as the maximum time offered on the show for them to create an outfit (sometimes two!) is one to two days. Here comes the fun part, but also the most crucial part of the challenge: the designers present their designs on models that walk down the runway while the judges rate their designs on a scale of one to five. The designers are almost always ecstatic to see their outfits on the runway, but will the judges feel the same way? These judges have high expectations and are hard to please.

Designer: Sonjia Williams Challenge: Make an outfit using candy and supplies from Dylan's Candy Bar in Manhattan.

The judges are Heidi Klum (former supermodel), Michael Kors (fashion designer), Zac Posen (fashion designer), and Nina Garcia (fashion director of Marie Claire magazine). After the designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; creations are sent down the runway, the bottom three designers and top three designers are announced. The winner is chosen out of the top three and is granted immunity for the following challenge and cannot be eliminated (this is only done for the first few challenges so as not to grant an easy pass to the final challenge). The designer that goes home that week is

Designers: Michelle Franklin and Amanda Valentine Challenge: Working in teams of two, design and execute a prom dress made entirely of Duck Brand duct tape.

chosen out of the bottom three designers. The judges provide commentary on each designer’s outfit and give constructive feedback and praise (or in some cases, relentless displeasure or even horror). After the final three contestants show at Fashion Week and the winner is chosen, the winning designer receives $100,000 to start her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire Magazine, a 2013 Lexus, $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel, and the opportunity to design and sell a collection at Lord & Taylor. With a prize like that, there will always be contending designers. As an avid and very biased fan, I think everyone should watch PR because of the phenomenal creations that come out of this show. I love watching the contestants, who regardless of how far they make it, grow as designers and expand their design aesthetics. Friendships blossom out of the chaos of the workroom, contrasting personalities clash, miracles occur when an outfit magically comes together at the end of the work time, and designers share their ambitious visions. There are hilarious moments in PR, like when Michelle Lesniak Franklin (season 11) mimicks Nina Garcia’s criticism in the workroom to a runway show of male stripper clients wearing clothes made by the designers, which would not come off for the surprise striptease (season 11)! Having personally met Dmitry Sholokhov (winner of season 10) at a Japanese café in New York, watching these brilliant and future fashion designers showcase their personality, passion, and innovation is even more exhilarating. ♠


Geek Chic:

A Spotlight on Women with Brains & Beauty

In 2010, Forever 21's Twist division released their "I Love Nerds" Collection. For more pictures from their lookbook, click here.

Vi Hart A self-proclaimed "mathemusician" for the prestigious Khan Academy, Vi entertains the public on her popular YouTube channel by combining math, music, art, and entertainment, all into one mind-baffling package. Her work is so whimsical that you hardly notice that you're learning something!



Emma Watson Unbeknownst to many of her millions of fans that have admired her roles in the beloved Harry Potter series and beyond, Emma is one smart cookie. Despite her hectic acting career (filming a 7-part movie series is no easy feat!) and other endeavors such as partnering with Burberry, she attended Brown University as well as Oxford.


Cleopatra (portrayed by Liz Taylor) Cleopatra's claim to fame was as the last pharoh of Ancient Egypt. According to legend, she had relationships with powerful men such as Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. She was described by Cassius Dio, a Roman consul, as "a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time, when she was in the prime of her youth, she was most striking; she also possessed a most charming voice and knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to everyone. Being brilliant to look upon and to listen to, with the power to subjugate everyone, even a love-sated man already past his prime". Even though she met her dramatic demise through the bite of a deadly snake, her influence over such notable men in Egyptian history pays tribute to her allure.

Tyra Banks There is one word that can just about sum up Tyra Banks: fierce! A Victoria's Secret Angel in the prime of her modeling days, Tyra successfully transitioned into television, hosting both America's Next Top Model and her own television show, The Tyra Banks Show. The Harvard Business School attendee actively speaks out against abuse and has been repeatedly ranked by Time Magazine as one of the world's most influential people. â&#x2122;


HepClo editor Jessica Tan sits down with artist Jocelyn Moye to learn more about her unique craft.

I've already had the chance to see some of your one-of-a-kind creations, but for those who aren't as familiar with what you do, could you tell us a little bit about it? I make various types of jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings) with mostly recycled materialâ&#x20AC;&#x2022;usually, I

buy jewelry and old leather coats in thrift stores. Occasionally, I do buy strands of beads from craft stores. Found objects are also important: panes of broken glass are my new exciting venture, and I've always collected interesting rocks. My mom is an art educator, so tools and materials have

always been available to me. I don't think I would have made my wire wrapped rings if there wasn't any wire laying around the house. I love leather and metal. Jeffrey Sebelia and Stella were my favorite Project Runway designers. I see myself in that vein. Kat Von D is one of my style inspirations. I really admire women with tough senses of style that are still appreciative of femininity and the female body. Lizzy Hale, Shirley Manson, and Kat definitely.

I think my pieces are a mixture of my love of tough materials, appreciation for craftsmanship of the past as far as leather, metal, and other natural materials, and my love of whimsy. Sometimes people comment on the amount of feather designs I make. Girls who wear feathers are a special breed. Lots of girls will look at the feather earrings, maybe try them on, but it's the one-of-akind girl who will buy them. Personally, I think wearing feathers is a liberating experience, and one that every woman should have.

What inspired you to start making jewelry with this distinct style to it? It started when I was maybe 18 because I wanted a spiked bracelet on brown leather. So, I took apart some of my accessories from middle school (I was kind of a punk) and used leather scraps to make my first bracelet. The look that I wanted was one that was natural, yet edgy and reflective of music that I like. Hard rock can be so beautiful melodically and lyrically while the music is still really tough. Appetite for Destruction is the epitome of this for me. It's an album that is vulnerable and vulgar simultaneously. Inspired by music like this, I make pieces that embody a working tension. Music is a huge part of my life. I listen to an eclectic array (Jeff Buckley, Fiona Apple, Ryan Adams) and heavier stuff. I can listen to metal all day long, and typically do when I am designing, right now Trivium, The Letter Black, and Kamelot. In high school I had a fashion blog ( all about musicians and their style. Something about musicians and their dress has always interested me, especially people who don't really care about fashion, but have a signature look like Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead). This has definitely had an effect on my not chasing trends, but choosing pieces that fit my existing style instead. I think I tend to like things that look better and better as they age. Metal, denim, and a good pair of boots are key. What

is your best-seller item? A lot of my pieces are one of a kind. Of the few bulk items that I make are my leather bracelets with vintage square medallions, and these sell pretty well.

"I make piec

ces that embody a working tension."

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say it is reflective of my designs - edgy but appreciative of the elements and softer things. I think some of my key materials (leather, bones, wood, feathers) harbor both of these traits, while I combine others to make that juxtaposition come to life. As a teenager I began to admire the simplicity of men's clothing. Most days I wear a long Fruit of the Loom tank top, leggings, and boots. I don't really wear men's clothing in an androgynous way. I go for the working-tension of looking like a woman in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing. I really don't like pants, but I love tooled leather belts and motorcycle vests worn over dresses and my floral print hoodie. I also have a sick tutu collection and I love vintage slips. I'd say my style is hard and soft. What are your future plans for your jewelry?

I would love to revive my Etsy shop and sell outside of local flea markets and craft fairs. It would be great to make custom pieces for musicians, like Lizzy Hale from Halestorm. I can see her in my pieces. This summer, I hope to get into blacksmithing. â&#x2122;


A great tip from the President of the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association, Eileen Kavanagh: Save lots of money by cutting Starbucks out of your daily routine!

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Chai Tea Bag + Water + Milk + Sugar Brew chai tea until cloudy. Add sugar. Refrigerate until chilled and then add milk. Garnish with marachino cherries or fresh fruit.â&#x2122;


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Those A Reca

Good Ol' Memories: ap of the 2012-2013 Year

T h e Fo u r S e as o

FALL 2012 WINTER 2012

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We featured our first Mawrter artist, Nuzhat Kimi Arif, and learned about her elegant art form, Henna. Nuzhat performed her Henna skills for us at the Red Carpet Release Party too!

Samaita was a little photoshoot of the yea how the camera loves hairstylist and Ameli artist prep Samaita b

shy at our first ar, but just look s her! Maya, the ia, the make-up behind the scenes.

Lema was another one of our gorgeous models for this issue. Here, Editor-in-Chief Jessica Tan balances on the narrow ledge to quickly fix Lema's hair before getting the perfect shot.


HepClo writer Morgan Turner regaled us with some of the greatest runway moments of the past decade. It's incredible how creative and seemingly strange designers can be! And our haute couture staff writer Veronica Maldonado discussed her take on designer collections for retail stores. Veronica is not only a wrtier with a distinctly sassy voice, but she does illustrations too (check out the fall issue).

Sarah was an angelic vision in our winter photoshoot. Here she plays the part of The Nutcracker's snow queen. Our winter photoshoot was located in the SGA House and the surrounding gardens.


Behind -the-Scene Snafus! When the photographer for this photoshoot tried to upload the pictures onto her computer, it malfunctioned and all the photos were lost! We had to redo the entire photoshoot from the beginning. Just goes to show that in fashion, disaster strikes unexpectedly, and you just have to deal with it and power through it. Luckily, model Ashley GreenDimond was a good sport about it.

The fierce Elsie Chung showed us her glamorous style. In this issue, a handful of fashionable Mawrters were featured for their notable personal stle.

Assistant Editor Steffi Feldman surprised us with her story about a Cambridge Satchel which turns out to be candid reflection about the true value of materialism.

THE DUCT TAPE FASHION SHOW and FREE/FOR SALE EXTRAVAGANZA Inspired by the uber-popular "Free/For Sale" Facebook pages where members of the Bryn Mawr community can easily buy and sell just about anything to one another, HepClo hosted this event where everyone would be at the same place at the same time and able to look at items in person. During this event, we held the Duct Tape Fashion Show, where Mawrters showed off their design and innovation skills in making an outfit completely out of duct tape. Look at some of the designs here: needless to say, we were blown away by what Mawrters came up with!


What a classy night! Glamorous fashion, local businesses, and free raffle frize giveaways, oh my! Hors d'oeuvres were served alongside the chocolate fondue fountain while cocktails were served in champagne glasses (we just love those adorable baby umbrellas!). Our VIP guests strutted down the red carpet and posed for the Photobot3000 photobooth.Guests also enjoyed a student discount on Compendium Boutique fashions and savored the delectable chocolates from Christopher Chocolates.

And a special thank you to the local businesses we collaborated with... wishes from Jessica and the HepClo Staff!

HepClo was thrilled with the quality and ease of Photobot3000. Everything went smoothly, and the photobooth was such a hit at the Red Carpet Release Party. It was great working with you, Brian!

We were really glad to discover this gem of a boutique in Swarthmore. Emily, you should be proud to be the owner of such a unique, chic clothing store...your great idea has blossomed into a successful business!

Thank you to the staff of Christopher Chocolates who came to the Red Carpet Release Party. All of your chocolate goodies were so scrumdidlyumptious! We were quite impressed by the variety of your candies. â&#x2122;


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;?Marilyn Monroe

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