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METHOD SEVEN MAGAZINE Editorial Board & Team Listing EDITOR IN CHIEF Adriana Solis EDITOR Jordan Mills CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alberto Alvarez FASHION DIRECTOR Meghan Forest SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGN EDITOR Parnia Tahamzadeh GRAPHIC DESIGN EDITOR Alberto Alvarez PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR Jessie Kuruc BUSINESS DIRECTOR Edi Assamoi MARKETING DIRECTOR Karim Jahangir ACCOUNTING DIRECTOR Magdel Frias BRANDING DIRECTOR Tracy Harwood BEAUTY DIRECTOR Shawnee Leonard EVENT PLANNING DIRECTOR Christal Ayati WEB CONTENT EDITOR Patrice Jackson ASSISTANT WEB CONTENT EDITOR Victor Ramirez SOCIAL MEDIA & WEB DIRECTOR Ashley Bonner BLOG DIRECTOR Jonathan Masiki CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Kevin Chung
Fashion / Styling Aarica Jefferson Armando Najera Brittnee Lavender Calli Buckelew Chelcie Guidry Cyril Pope Emily Hoffman Emily Robinson Julio Santos Madeleine Trudeau Marlee Plummer Nichole Fallis Patrice Jackson Rebecca Nevarez Tony Picciolo Victor Ramirez Whitney Roundtree Photography Andy Rolfes Ashley Gongora Brittany Shaban Hillary Head James Coreas Kaitlyn Holt Tanya Ruiz Taylor Cloyd Event Planning Rebecca Renteria Subrina Hossain Public Relations Alex Hall Writing David Schmitzer Epiphany Ciers Faith Kindervag Hannah Overstreet Jeniffer Baca Porschia Paxton Beauty Ashley Whitby Britney Hall Charis Orr Faye Morris Nida Muhammedi Video Jonathan Kyle Mason
LETTER FROM THE
elcome to the 3rd issue of M7M—The
seek that same bold element within ourselves and those
around us. What we have discovered is a life-changing
I want to specifically dedicate this
philosophy that gives us the courage to thrive among our
issue to the M7M team. The team
own adversary—ourselves. For we are often our greatest
and I heavily reflected on the journey that has culminated
obstacle when we should be our greatest motivation.
in this third issue, and throughout our conversations we
This issue embodies the strength, intelligence and
found ourselves talking about “day one” and what it meant
beauty of self-respect—an element that pushes aside
for us to arrive at this point in our journey. It has been a
conformity to give us the power to stand our ground in a
year since we took on the M7M concept and ran with it
world of endless opinions and ever-changing attitudes. Our
at full speed. Now that we are a year older and a year
muse is a courageous classic who dares to swim against
wiser, we can truly appreciate the challenges we have
the flow in pursuit of her own destiny.
overcome which have instilled in us a sense of fearlessness
With the support of our parent company, Method Seven
for the future.
Enterprises, we bring you the stories of those who have
When digging up the word “daring,” we couldn’t ignore
taken it upon themselves to become limitless. I hope you
examples set by the legendary daredevils who have
enjoy the artistic vision of our creative team this third time.
left their mark on history. With admiration, we set out to
We appreciate all of your support.
Adriana Solis Editor-in-Chief
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TABLE OF CONTENTS METHOD SEVEN MAGAZINE | ISSUE NO. 3
EDITORIALS CLEAN SLATE
TROOP BEVERLY HILLS
METHOD IN MYTHOLOGY: NINE MUSES
OUT OF SIGHT CHECKMATE
PRINCE OF PRINTS
THE SNAPBACK COME BACK
GROWING UP GIRLS
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Clean Slate Photography Jessie Kuruc Styling Victor Ramirez
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Dress from Milk + Honey, Dress from Dillard’s in Lewisville, earrings from Francesca’s at The Shops at Highland Village
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Top: Jacket from Milk + Honey, shirt from Dillardâ€™s in Lewisville | Bottom:Top from Milk + Honey, necklace from Francescaâ€™s at The Shops at Highland Village
Blazer and trousers from Dillard’s in Lewisville, necklace from Francesca’s at The Shops at Highland Village
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Top from Milk + Honey, skirt from Dillard’s in Lewisville, necklace from Francesca’s at The Shops at Highland Village | Left: Shorts from Dillard’s, necklace from Milk + Honey | Hair and Make up Britney Hall | Models Rebecca Nevarez and Ana Salvador
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Troop Hills Beverly
Photography Hillary Head Styling Marlee Plummer Styling Assistant Chie Onozaki
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Hat, shirt and shorts from Dillard’s at Golden Triangle Mall | Left: Shirt from Dillard’s at Golden Triangle Mall.
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NINE MUSES Written by Epiphany Ciers Photography James Coreas
he Dallas-based clothing line Nine Muses came about
first established their vision: a pedestal of timelessness and sensuality.
organically after an innocent lunch between two friends
This vision included their own “muse,” aiming to cater to the sophisticated
brought one vision to life. After comparing sketches that
women with an edge. After tireless research, they came across the god-
looked surprisingly similar, designers Jerry Matthews and
dess of clarification, Mnemosyne. “When reading about [Mnemosyne], we
Francesca Viamonte decided to take the plunge and join forces. “We both
learned that she gave birth to nine children whose roles were to inspire
have been good friends for quite some time, and have always shared sim-
great artists of the time. We fell in love with that story, and ultimately
ilar design aesthetics that complement each other,” Matthews describes.
decided to make Nine Muses the name of our label,” Matthews explains.
Prior to this revelation, the two knew they were destined for greatness
While brainstorming for a new line, the designers draw inspiration from
after their first encounter at their alma mater, the Art Institute of Dallas,
their own “nine muses.” Matthews acquires much of his inspiration from
where their design abilities further developed. Here, they were able to
past experiences of traveling the world as a young child with his Navy fa-
combine their aesthetic vision with the constructional techniques needed
ther and stylish mother, while Viamonte pulls memories from her beautiful
to fully create a garment for a woman’s silhouette.
home country Venezuela. The two are also obsessed with eccentric and
When collaborating on a name for their line, Matthews and Viamonte
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Rabbit, Eartha Kitt, and Julie Newmar. Their creativity thrives on their surroundings, but especially flows from music and art. “We don’t follow trends. We follow our instinct. Inspiration comes from all areas of the world and the environment,” Viamonte says. Prior to his role in Nine Muses, Matthews achieved numerous accomplishments. He won first place in the 2008 National Fashion Design Scholarship Competition for the Art Institute of Dallas, and was awarded Outstanding Graduate in Fashion Design at the spring 2012 graduation ceremony. He has even been featured in Luxe Interior + Design Magazine, Living Magazine, and several other publications. As a team, Nine Muses boasts even more accomplishments. The fall 2012 collection has been included in multiple editorials and has been presented on the runway of Dallas’ DIFFA fashion show, as well as the Pin Show. Even after all of the press and recognition Nine Muses has received thus far, the designers still feel they have a lot to prove, but the positive feedback does make it easier. Matthews and Viamonte admit they are still learning as they go, and may face financial hardships as an independent clothing line. In addition, the designers opted not to hire an entire team to help with marketing, production, and other development aspects. Instead, they chose two young and ambitious women, Operations Manager Kayla Hughes and Production Assistant Vivian Olguin, who have had the pleasure to assist them on this venture. “We have put all of our money, blood, sweat and tears into our line and we couldn’t be happier. There’s no looking back. Nine Muses is now our life and I think we both would do anything to see it succeed,” Matthews says. Viamonte expands, “Our dream for Nine Muses is the same. We both want the label to be successful and to ultimately become a well-known brand. Above all else, we want to be happy, and I think that since we are pursuing our dreams, we are headed in the right direction.” 7
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Delicate Daze Photography Brittany Shaban Styling Cyril Pope-Polk & Whitney Roundtree
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Hair and Make up Shawnee Leonard | Models Kaitlin Stewart, Christina Guillory and Schylar Duval
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Digital Diaries Written by David Schmitzer Photography Ashley Gongora
Datahowlerâ€™s Ross Edman Talks Trap Beats, Touring, and the Uncertainties of Time
n our lifetime, weâ€™ve been given the simple pleasure of witnessing music expand and grow, as well as growing up alongside it. Just as we transform, so does music. New genres are constantly emerging and evolving, from dub step, to folk metal, to noise jazz, to electronic psychedelic hip- hop and so forth, each acquiring a niche with its own
fashions and unique personalities. These genres are a center for expression, movement, and for breaking free from the norm. The catalyst that music has created throughout the years is far-reaching, and has stood the tests of time more than any other media in history. Since there has been human life on earth, there has been music and the pioneers that have produced it. One of these pioneers is Ross Edman, also known as Datahowler.
Method Seven Magazine: What inspired you
like that. It’s not even a conscious decision. You
er— It was kind of a joke at first. We were making
to become the musician you are today, and
just do it. You’re like, “Oh, this is cool” and you
trap beats and stuff like that. It was just for fun,
how do you think your involvement in mu-
just go home every day and play guitar, or drums,
and it eventually turned into something else. I
sic has shaped you as a person?
or whatever. And that is how it all started. I think
was fiddling with electronics on and off for a long
Datahowler: Well, my grandfather was a jazz
that it has been harder to continue doing music. I
time, but it kind of became this monster that I
musician for about seven years, and when I was
know people who have given up over the years.
couldn’t control, and I became engrossed in it.
a kid I would always watch him play, so that in-
They have gotten jobs, or wives, or kids, or things
M7M: Have you received any opposition
spired me quite a bit. I also had an organ in my
like that. I think that it is harder to keep going a
from your genre, or has anyone told you
room when I was little, and my mom would play
lot of the time, but I think there
church hymns—I was really interested in the or-
is a lot of peace and solace in
gan and all of its buttons. I didn’t even know about
it as you continue doing it. You
synthesizers then, and as I discovered them they
discover a lot about yourself
became a big part of it. I started playing drums
and about the world around
probably when I was around eight or nine. It
you through it. I think it’s good
shaped me as a person by keeping me out of
to keep trying. Starting is not hard, but continu-
that you couldn’t “make it” as a musician?
a lot of trouble initially— it gave me a lot of stuff
ing, I think, is harder. There were about three
Datahowler: Yeah, I would say all the time; At
to do. I started playing in bands probably when I
years where I wasn’t playing at all.
least once a month probably. Dallas is not very
was about fifteen or so, and then for a long time
M7M: So you just jumped back into it?
open to electronic music. It’s starting to come
I toured, and so it eventually provided work for
Datahowler: Yeah, yeah. I went to college to
about, but most people aren’t open to it. It isn’t
me. I think that is probably the best part...that I
get a philosophy degree and I started playing mu-
something that’s been fostered here, so a lot of
met so many people all over the place, and that
sic again. I was playing a lot of hardcore and punk
people think it’s stupid or they don’t understand
we became friends, and it was all through music.
rock. I lived with all these guys that just played
it, or they think you don’t have any talent, or you
M7M: Was it difficult to break into music?
music, that is all we did with our free time, and we
can’t play any instruments. I hear this and that
How did you get started?
started touring and all that stuff. So I was doing
all the time. I remember I was in drumline in high
Datahowler: Man, I guess it wasn’t that diffi-
that, and I started producing on the side doing
school and we were going to state. I was march-
cult because I wasn’t trying to get started in mu-
hip-hop and electronic music. Eventually that
ing snare at that time, and I got kicked out of
sic. It’s just something I started doing. And when
band broke up and I was only doing electronic
band. My band professor told me I would never
you’re young, I think it is easy to do something
music. That is kind of how I became Datahowl-
be a successful musician and he was like, “You
“You discover a lot about yourself and about the world around you through it.”
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will never be successful at this, just leave.
I mainly spend my time, but I was probably
You’re never going to be good.” Someone
a professional musician for three or four
M7M: Has your career in music affect-
that prominent in your life telling you that—It
years. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but it’s a tough
ed your personal life?
was definitely one of those things you don’t
life. So I kept doing it, and it’s been kind of
Datahowler: Yeah, I would say so. There
ever forget. It isn’t like I am still bitter toward
like a part time job. I guess it’s not a career
were some chances that I took where I lost a
anymore, but I don’t know
lot. I guess in negative ways. I’m sure I have
for sure. I’m still kind of
lost friends and things like that. I think that
walking that fence.
the worst part is that when you are gone for
M7M: Do you plan to
a long period of time, you miss a lot of peo-
continue with music,
ple’s lives; you fall out of touch with them.
or do you think at
You miss weddings and things like that,
him or anything, but it was a lot of fuel to
some point that you’ll have to choose
and eventually they just don’t come around
between the two?
anymore. It’s hard to maintain normal rela-
M7M: So why did you decide to make a
Datahowler: I like both. I think they go
tionships. The only friends you end up being
career out of music?
hand in hand and the mind frame and the
friends with are the friends you are on the
Datahowler: I did it as a career for a while.
process is the same-- the problem solving
road with. The second you are not on the
I am actually a full-time project lead, web de-
and the approach that you take to complet-
road anymore, you aren’t friends with them
veloper and designer currently. I am also a
ing both. The more applications that I devel-
either. It’s like living in an alternate reality.
partner in web accounting and that is where
op, the more I want to program synthesizers
M7M: What are your hopes for the fu-
“You are so focused on what you missed that you don’t see what you have.”
ture...say, 10 years from now. Where
came out of me trying to achieve these goals
that you go through every day, and you keep
do you see yourself?
like friendships and other opportunities that
doing it, and it feels good. I think that, some-
Datahowler: Man, I don’t know. That’s a
I wasn’t focused on. Ten years from now? I
times, to break from that routine is how you
tough question. I almost hate to answer it. I
just hope that I am alive. [He laughs] Ha-ha.
experience new things in life. I am a pret-
think that Americans are engrossed in the fu-
M7M: How does someone who is stuck
ty reclusive person, and one of the things
ture. In the past couple of years, I’ve learned
in a fairly normal routine and wants
that altered my life and my perception was
that when focusing on the future... you lose
to do something bigger with his or her
when I went on tour—and that is a big thing.
track of the present. So sometimes I try not to worry myself with the future. I’ve noticed that when you set those expectations, and when you don’t reach them, they become so weird and painful. You
I can obviously do small things, but
“Being adventurous is a part of the human spirit. You break out of your routine every now and again...”
that made me get out of my comfort zone. It made me meet people and go new places. I discovered there were so many things out there that I was missing. That is the first step. Being
are so focused on what you missed that you
life go about doing that? What is your
adventurous is a part of the human spirit.
don’t see what you have. I have had a re-
advice for them?
You break out of your routine every now and
adjustment with music recently where I had
Datahowler: I think you have to be ad-
again, and you learn a lot about yourself
these certain goals that weren’t met, and I
venturous. I think people just get stuck in
when you break free. 7
was extremely bummed by it. Over time, I
routines because they are comfortable.
realized there were tons of great things that
People are rhythmic, and that is something
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EVER LAST Dare to be a classic. Dare to be different. Photography Jessie Kuruc Styling Meghan Forest and Alberto Alvarez
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Vintage Lanvin top and Vintage Chanel skirt from Factory Girl in Dallas, TX
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Vintage Chloe from Factory Girl in Dallas, TX
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Polka-Dot Top and Pleated Skirt Vintage Valentino from Factory Girl in Dallas, TX | Left: Vintage Pierre Cardin from Factory Girl in Dallas, TX | Hair and Make up Ashley Whitby | Model Ashley Brannon
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Southern Charm Jeanette Chivvis Wins the Hearts of the Fashion Industry
J Written by Porschia Paxton Photography Andy Rolfes
eanette Chivvis is more than just another force to be reckoned with. A life-long devotee of the fashion industry, her work speaks for itself, and she’s proven her talents through nominations for tit les like “best boutique in Los Angles” and appearances on Extra, E!News, and Style Star, as well as being featured in over 75 national fashion magazines. Here is a woman who has not only survived in the dazzling yet maniacal realm of fashion, but positively thrived. In a world that is often publicly defined as superficial and materialistic, it is almost too easy to underestimate the kind of fever it takes to walk through the
fire and fight all the way into the spotlight. So how brave, exactly, does one
watch her cut out patterns,” says Chivvis. She recalls childhood trips to the
have to be in order to triumph among the millions seeking to succeed in this
store to pick out fabrications for clothes, initially sticking her nose up at the
industry? Jeanette Chivvis might just have the answer.
technical aspects of fashion, not thinking that she would need to know them
Chivvis grew up thirty minutes outside of Houston, TX. Fashion was in her
in the future. “I wish I would have sat down with [mom] more and learned
blood—it is in her blood to this day. “I began reading magazines like Vogue
the actual construction of a garment.” Her love for the industry continued
and Cosmopolitan at the age of 8 and 9. I had to tear off the covers because
as she grew older. “There was no shining moment,” she admits. “It was
my dad would throw them away if he caught me reading one of them. They
something that kept calling my name.” Eventually, Chivvis began styling her
were obviously a bit too mature for an 8 year-old.”
friends in looks from different decades, having fallen in love with historical
Though her father may not have fully understood her obsession, she
and vintage fashions.
cites her mother as one of the biggest influences that initially propelled
When Chivvis hit 14 and 15 years of age, she began working at The
her towards the world of fashion. “My mother sewed a lot. I would sit and
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“Join a club if there is one at your school, meet people, network; do whatever it is that you need to do to crack that door open and come one step closer to what it is that you want.”
These first jobs provided a gateway into the business side of the industry,
Style Her Famous, What Perez Sez, and more. Celebrities who frequented
but eventually bored her. While attending Texas A&M, she joined the Retail
the store included Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and Scarlett Johansson
Society, where she quickly learned about the importance of networking
among many others.
and experience. “Getting involved— that is the key to getting your foot
“I was shocked in the beginning; blown away,” Chivvis recalls. She
in the door,” she repeatedly mentions. “Join a club if there is one at your
quickly learned how to deal with celebrities, recognizing how important
school, meet people, network; do whatever it is that you need to do to
their support and influence could be to her business. She also mentions
crack that door open and come one step closer to what it is that you want.”
navigating the power of alterations and the secrets to Spanx. When asked if
Chivvis did exactly that, and further diversified her experience by earning
some celebrities were more challenging than others, she agreed.
internships first in a store environment, and then with Foley’s as a buyer.
Her experience in styling for the A-list has stayed with her, and she
This opportunity eventually led to an executive training position, where she
continues to utilize all that she learned. “In styling you have to be intuitive,
learned that the industry wasn’t so glitzy after all.
even when you’re forecasting for companies,” says Chivvis. She also cites
Chivvis was so inspired by the designers she worked with while at Foley’s
adaptability and the ability to translate each vision between different client
that she created her own line, Nay-Nay LA, in May 2004. She designed
demographics as key.
every article of clothing, sourced fabric, and worked tirelessly to make
When she became homesick, Chivvis left Los Angeles after nearly a
one-of-a-kind garments. She then decided to take an even bigger risk
decade and settled back down in Texas. But she did not leave fashion
and moved to Los Angeles, where the line debuted and was sold in over
behind. Chivvis established a contemporary showroom at the FIG (Fashion
60 stores nationally and internationally. After the success of Nay-Nay LA,
Industry Gallery) in downtown Dallas that showcased up-and-coming lines
Chivvis brazenly invested all of her own money in a boutique, Sugar On La
from L.A. and New York. She conducted their public relations campaigns,
Brea, with a Texas friend. This endeavor ended in February 2008.
acted as art director, and even produced look-books for the lines, all while
“It was a special niche we created,” Chivvis recalls. This vintage and
opening new accounts and servicing current ones.
contemporary boutique would be the main catalyst in the beginning of
Her focus now is on styling for commercial and editorial clients, hosting
Chivvis’s career in styling celebrities.
her Frugal Fashionista segment on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas which
“We were recognized in over 60 editorials, On Air, Celebrity Stylist, and
airs every 3 weeks, and her involvement in the Pro Artist Group where she
Trend Experts for TV,” said Chivvis. They even appeared on E! News,
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Hair and Make up Ashley Whitby | Model Nichelle Helaire
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Kaitlin Scott Age: 23 | Hometown: Coppell, TX
Method Seven Magazine: What designers are you most in-
KS: Given the chance, I would really like to work with knitwear
designer, Xavier Brisoux. He was one of my professors last
Kaitlin Scott: I love the androgyny and use of proportion in Damir
summer, I respect him very much as a designer, and I’m very
Doma’s work, and I’m very inspired by the architectural elements
inspired by his aesthetic. His insight and guidance throughout my
in Akris’s designs. I also love the cleanliness of Valentino—he
design course significantly influenced who I am as a designer, so
can truly flatter any figure. I wish I had come up with the Palmer
collaborating with him would be really rewarding. I’m not sure what
Harding concept of redefining the classic white shirt. It’s so simple,
the line would look like visually, but it I know working with him would
but it requires a lot of innovation, and that’s really inspiring to me.
push me to develop much more conceptual designs.
M7M: What are your current inspirations?
M7M: What is your favorite part about being a designer?
KS: I’m really inspired by musicians. I wouldn’t say that the
KS: I love the problem solving aspect of designing. The process
music I listen to affects my design aesthetic necessarily, but I feel
between the initial sketch and the completed garment is far from
most inspired after seeing a live performance by a truly talented
glamorous, and it often takes several tries to get it right, but that’s
musician. I appreciate the bravery and passion it takes to perform
what makes a successful garment truly rewarding.
in front of people.
M7M: How do you define “making it” as a designer?
M7M: If you had the chance to collaborate with another
KS: I think when someone can recognize your designs
designer, who would it be? What do you imagine the line
without having to see the label then you’ve been successful in
would look like?
communicating your vision and creating a particular image.
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Kim Pham Age: 21 | Hometown: Garland, TX
Method Seven Magazine: What do you think sets you apart as
North American Fur Auction. I will always treasure being chosen as
the Best in Show winner by Fashion Group International of Dallas,
Kim Pham: What sets me apart, I think, is the fact that I am very well
where I was awarded a study abroad trip to Paris. This will provide
grounded. I like to believe that I know a little bit about everything in
amazing opportunities for my career.
the fashion industry. What I don’t know, I strive to learn and seek im-
M7M: Describe your target customer. Who are you
provement everyday. I also have a keen understanding of business
and E-commerce, and that has definitely influenced my aesthetic
KP: I design for the eclectic woman. The one with a mixture
as a designer.
of boldness and elegance combined with a contemporary
M7M: We’re constantly hearing about how tough the world
sophistication. I always strive to create chic and effortless clothing
of fashion really is. What are your expectations of the
for the modern woman who is always on the go and not afraid to
make her presence felt.
KP: Oh yes, I do believe it is very competitive— even while you
M7M: Has your family been supportive of your decision to
are in school. I have no delusions of how hard I will have to work
enter the design world?
to succeed. This industry is 1% glamorous and 99% sweat, blood,
KP: Growing up in a traditional Asian-American Catholic family, my
parents were not happy when I decided to pursue fashion design.
M7M: What are the biggest accomplishments in your fashion
They were the push behind all of my hard work and dedication. I
wanted to prove them wrong, to make them proud, and make
KP: My most recognized achievement is being chosen to rep-
something of myself in the fashion world. Throughout my academic
resent the United States among 22 countries in the International
years, I have won many national and international awards that
Fur Remix Competition held in Milan, Italy. The competition, spon-
have validated my talent. They have much respect and support for
sored by the International Fur Trade Federation, allowed me the
opportunity to work with luxury legends like Dennis Basso and The
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Megan Surber Age: 22 | Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Method Seven Magazine: How would you describe your
MS: I wanted to be an architect for a long time, so design was
always something in the picture. I don’t know how different my life
Megan Surber: I hate using this word, but I would have to say
would be. I would still dress the same, I would just be designing
“preppy.” I aim to make it not as obnoxious though, and instead a
contemporary houses instead of clothes.
little sexier and more modern.
M7M: Has there been a specific event in your life that
M7M: What are your favorite fabrics to work with? Why?
impacted your choice to become a designer? Has it
MS: I guess it comes with the “preppy” style, but I love working with
impacted your design aesthetic as well?
plaids and stripes—either woven or knit. I like the ease they add to
MS: I’ve always been into fashion, and I’ve always loved art and
an ensemble, but still make it look classy at the same time.
drawing. It wasn’t until I discovered Free People, one of my favorite
M7M: We’re constantly hearing about how tough the
brands, that I really started thinking about designing. Their designs
world of fashion really is. What are your expectations of
were so beautiful to me, and I wanted to make dresses like that
too. It impacted my design aesthetic for a while, but for the past
MS: I fully expect to get knocked down repeatedly for the next 5 to
year and a half I’ve really gotten into menswear, and I don’t think I
7 years. I hope to keep being aggressive with what I want to get
want to leave it.
through these struggles. It is a very tough industry, and it isn’t as
M7M: Has your family been supportive of your decision to
glamorous as everyone thinks it is.
enter the design world?
M7M: If you weren’t pursuing a career in fashion design,
MS: Yes, they have been very supportive, even knowing that finding
what else would you see yourself doing? How would
good-paying jobs in the industry is a very hard thing to do. They just
your life be different?
want me to be happy with what I choose to do with my life.
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Reagan Whitaker Age: 23 | Hometown: Amarillo, TX
Method Seven Magazine: What is the creative process like
screening, and I really enjoyed the process. The inspiration for
for you when designing a garment?
the garment was the idea of hidden armor. Let’s take something
Reagan Whitaker: Something will inspire me—an era, person,
beautiful and delicate, and make it unexpectedly strong and hard.
or an idea, and I’ll begin a lot of research. I like to have a very
The dress is a metaphor for how we protect ourselves.
clear direction before I even begin sketching. I immerse myself
M7M: What do you think sets you apart as a designer?
into the inspiration, and really become a part of it. Once I’ve been
RW: My desire to create clothes that change people. When you put
inspired, I use mood boards, music, and film to prepare me for
my clothes on, you choose the story you are a part of. My designs
sketching. From that stage, I narrow down the design details that
flatter and enhance the body, while still allowing you to be unique.
are important to me and choose those that enhance my original
When you slip into that ruffled gown with quartz crystal detailing,
or the hard lines of a wool hooded jacket, I want you to feel like
M7M: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
you’ve come home—that nothing fits you better, or makes you
RW: A mixture of hard and soft. I like unexpected contrast— the
more yourself than that garment in that moment.
delicate with the strong, the elegant with the edgy, the woman who
M7M: How do you define “making it” as a designer?
chooses what side of her you see that day.
RW: To me making it means eventually starting my own label. I
M7M: Tell us about your favorite garment that you’ve ever
don’t need to show at New York fashion week to be happy. Starting
created. What was the motivation behind it?
a label that speaks my vision and moves people to feel great about
RW: Last year I created a dress made out of recycled fabrics and
who they are is the goal.
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The Snapback Come Back Written by Adriana Solis & Jordan Mills Photography Jessie Kuruc
Name: Christian Hohmann Age: 22 Hometown: Colleyville, TX, DFW Airport Area.
a friend, who later became my business partner,
is rooted with that idea. It has expanded into a
we discussed how to make an idea a reality.
place to get your steez in a snap.
â€ƒ Christian Hohmann is no stranger to the
m7m: What are the product categories
m7m: I remember the first time I heard
concept of entrepreneurship. At the age of 22,
of SNAPSTEEZ. I was sitting in a Sonic
he already finds himself doing what many people
ch: Vintage hats and clothing, retro hats, clothing
drive-thru and one of your stickers was
take half of their careers to accomplish, and
and custom tailored hats.
stamped across the menu. I had no idea so I
what some only dream ofâ€”owning a business.
m7m: How were you able to bridge the
Googled it, and there you were. How much
Hohmann is the creator of SNAPSTEEZ an online
gap between the initial vision for your
recognition do you think the brand has
snapback retailer whose guerilla-style marketing
company and bringing it to life?
received from instances like this?
has generated wildfire word of mouth, and has
ch: Trial and error. I originally sold them out of
ch: A significant amount. We send stickers out
even had product featured in magazines like GQ.
my trunk and through a Facebook page called
with every order if we have them currently in stock.
We sat down with him to discuss his vision and
SNAP90. Then, as I mentioned above, I started
If you search #snapsteez on Instagram you can
his plans for the future.
consulting with a friend who saw the demand
see firsthand how many people use our stickers.
Method seven magazine: How did the
rising, and together we created SNAPSTEEZ.com.
m7m: How do you manage juggling your
SNAPSTEEZ vision come to you?
m7m: Tell us more about the name SNAPSTEEZ.
company, working towards your degree
Christian Hohmann: I saw the shift happening
Any symbols, phrases or general inspiration
and balancing a personal life all at once?
towards more vintage styled hats within the skate
associated with the name?
ch: By maintaining a level head in regards to
and streetwear community, and was informed of
was originally meant to
what all is going on in my life. I also keep in mind
a local spot that had a lot of hats from the 90s
describe the snap clasp on the back of the
just how fortunate I am to be in a position where
that fell into this category. While consulting with
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at such a young age. m7m: How long did it take for SNAPSTEEZ to get off the ground? ch: We got the site live in 3 months, and it really took off during the first Christmas
season after the launch. m7m: How has your brand evolved over time? ch: Weâ€™ve added clothing and custom hats, and learned from our missteps
along the way. m7m: Have you encountered any skepticism about the legitimacy of your company due to your age? ch: We try to keep the age visibility to a minimum when reaching customers
outside of our immediate circles. We also let our products and reputation speak for us. m7m: What is your ultimate goal for the brand? ch: To show staying power in an industry that is notorious for its booms and
busts. m7m: Can you tell us about SNAPSTEEZâ€™s experience with GQ? What was your reaction when you learned that one of your products would be featured in the publication? How did all of that come about? ch: GQ contacted us in the summer of 2011. The editor and I began discussing
the resurgence of snapbacks as the desired style of hat. He then selected several hats from our website and gave us their FedEx account number and told us to ship them to their headquarters in NYC. We remained in contact over the summer, and it culminated in a spot in the October issue. m7m: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned from launching your own business at such a young age? ch: To trust your instincts and to not follow the crowd, but lead the crowd. m7m: How would you define the SNAPSTEEZ customer? ch: Everyone from the hardcore vintage lover to the trend-following mall shopper,
though we prefer to cater to the first more. m7m: What is your advice to young people who also wish to launch their own company?
Be aware of what you are getting yourself into, and watch and observe other successful business owners, but also follow your dreams and work hard. m7m: What do your parents and family think about SNAPSTEEZ? ch: They are proud and continue to push me to make it the best business I
possibly can. m7m: What makes SNAPSTEEZ the place to buy vintage snapbacks? ch: Our selection, knowledge and prices. 7
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Written by Hannah Overstreet Photography Jessie Kuruc
he brain has interesting ways
based on a single quality, such as race or age.
septum with a sewing needle and an ice cube
of simplifying our lives through
The brain is simply trying to make sense of
when I was sixteen, and got my first tattoo five
the things that we learn over the
complex surroundings, but simplifying other
years ago. Whenever I pull up to my parents’
course of a lifetime. Perception
humans with equally complex minds can’t be
house, I make sure my tattoos are covered and
is a perfect example of this process of
done without error.
take out any piercings, unless I’m in the mood
simplification. We are exposed to stimuli, and
“Adornment” is a word that describes the way
for a lecture. Ironically, growing up in such a
a reaction occurs. This reaction is influenced
we choose to alter our physical appearance. This
strict household has probably made me more
by a multitude of factors: genetics, upbringing,
can be done through makeup, clothing, hairstyle,
rebellious, but I think it has also given me an
mood, personality, and experience. Our brain
body modifications, and anything else that
acute awareness of the way other people may
then uses this initial exposure and reaction
changes the way we look. Wanting to change
perceive my appearance.
process as a “shortcut” the next time we are
the way we look is natural, but some of us desire
In high school, my Spanish teacher, Todd
met with a similar object or situation. This is
more than just a quick change of clothing.
Martinez, used to play old-school punk in the
how stereotypes are formed.
I remember when I started stretching my
classroom, educated us about Ian Mackaye,
We sometimes use flawed logic in our
ear lobes in middle school; my mother hated
and was rumored to have tattoos. Not exactly
judgments of others, categorizing individuals
it, and called me a “barbarian.” I pierced my
your typical teacher, but that’s why we thought
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Amorphous: \əә-ˈmȯr-fəәs\ adjective 1 a : having no definite form : shapeless b : being without definite character or nature : unclassifiable c : lacking organization or unity
he was cool. Currently, he and his wife teach in
metaphorical gold medal earned through
concerning “the extended ethnography of
China and travel frequently. When asked about
playful competitions among friends, and
the contemporary tattoo subculture.” He
the social and professional effects of tattoos,
homage to inspirational women in her life.
approaches tattoos from the mindset of a
he stated, “I never felt discriminated against
Regarding her piercings, she elaborates,
collector; the shapes and colors on his body
or treated differently because of my tattoos.
“Piercings are more aesthetic to me, and they
don’t have to mean something. Strohecker
Teaching internationally is more laid back. In
are useless, yes, but Oscar Wilde said ‘It is
analyzes motives for tattooing, as well as
the hot months, I roll up my shirtsleeves and
okay to create something useless as long as
the evolution of tattooing, from traditions
everyone is cool with it. Initially I got some
you admire it intensely.’ So I do admire them,
of indigenous cultures to a form of western
long stares from my Korean and Japanese
which is why I have them. I get a lot of ‘you
consumption. People can “manage their self-
students, but by that time, they knew that I
are so beautiful without your piercings’, this
identity vis-à-vis their body markings,” which
was not Yakuza.* I’ve worked for principals
may be true, but I just don’t care.”
also relates the “groups” they aspire to be
from Australia and New Zealand who were
I met Casey Black in Dallas, when I worked
a part of. According to Dave, people may
both like, ‘Dude, nice tats!’”
at Buffalo Exchange. She has twelve tattoos,
also achieve psychological benefits through
Alayne Ballantine is an undergraduate
and her boyfriend has...quite a few more.
tattoos, including “coping, mastery, self-
student at the University of North Texas,
Dave Strohecker has a Bachelor of Arts in
efficacy, and self construction.” 7
currently studying English Literature. She
Sociology from Texas A&M and a Masters
has six tattoos that range in meanings from
degree from the University of Maryland,
a “representation of her inner spirit,” to a
College Park, and has published articles
*The Yakuza is Japan’s equivalent of the American mafia, in regards to organized crime. The Yakuza are known for their elaborate tattoos, which can cover the majority of the body, and are used to distinguish members from non-members.
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White Hell Sent Top, Devils Cut Kilt and White Leather Pants from SMITH II | Left: Black Sheer Sleeve Bamboo Shine Knit Tee from SMITH II
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Growing Up Girls Jenn Rogien and her Coming-of-Age Costuming Written by Faith Kindervag Photography Courtesy of HBO
Hannah and Adam’s Matching Union Suits: Photo by Jojo Whilden/HBO We did a ton of research and I ended up making the dress, because obviously plastic dresses aren’t at every department store in town. It was important that it was a silhouette that Marnie would gravitate towards, since the material was going to be such a strange thing for her. It’s yet another fantastic example of her trying so very hard to make an impression and she really goes for it...and completely overshoots.
t a dingy nightclub somewhere in New York, Hannah Horvath is
hindsight is, of course, 20/20, and it took me a while to figure out
dancing wildly with a stranger. Her partner yells over the music,
that this is what I wanted to be doing, even though I did kind of
“Do you want to trade shirts?” Without hesitation, Hannah pulls
know it all along.”
her crop top over her head, revealing she has been spending
Rogien grew up in the theatre world, which meant spending
the night sans bra, and puts on the stranger’s shirt: a yellow tank
lots of time in the costume shop. As an undergrad at Yale
top made entirely of see-through mesh. As Hannah continues
University, she assumed almost every possible role in the theatre
to dance the night away, breasts in full view, it’s clear that Jenn
department. However, costuming didn’t seem like a reasonable
Rogien has just created an iconic moment in television costuming
goal. “I didn’t think of it as a career for myself until I worked with
a professional designer who was guest designing a show for my
The television show in question is HBO’s hit comedy, Girls. The
undergrad theatre company. It occurred to me that he was doing
winner of two Golden Globes, this witty series has received critical
what I considered to be such a fun thing every day...as his job.”
acclaim for its realistic depiction of 20-somethings learning how to
Still, Rogien says, it didn’t “connect” that she could actually
be adults in New York City. Girls doesn’t gloss over the realities
embrace costuming as a career. So instead, she took a position at
of life in its plotlines, nor does it idealize the fashions of its four
Saks Fifth Avenue, working in the menswear buying department.
main characters, including the character of Hannah, portrayed by
But the corporate environment wasn’t a good fit, and she found
writer/creator/Twitter icon Lena Dunham. The clothes are often ill-
herself working in theatre after hours. “It became apparent that
fitting, overly trendy, and generally just huge mistakes—standard
[costume design] is actually a profession, and a career, and an
for the sartorial experiments of urbanites in their 20s. So who is
art, and a path. So I went back to school at Parsons for a year to
the woman behind the clothes? Costume designer Jenn Rogien.
sort of ease the transition between the two worlds.” Rogien then
Recently nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award,
began assisting film director Steve Shainberg, eventually working
Rogien’s talent for costuming is obvious—but it wasn’t always
in the costume departments for films such as Julie Taymor’s
clear to her. “Looking back, I probably should have always known
Across the Universe, Disney’s Enchanted, and the Tina Fey
that this is what I wanted to be,” Rogien says over the phone. “But
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Jessa’s Feather Dress Photo by Jojo Whilden/HBO The dress was actually a dress that I remade based on a 1930’s dress that Jemima owns. It’s actually a vest and a dress. The fact that the two pieces were separable was really helpful for camera purposes because, as might have translated on camera, the feathers could be very distracting and there are a couple of moments in the script where to have gigantic feathers was not necessarily the optimal way to play the emotion of the scene, so it was a happy accident that the two pieces were separable.
Transitioning into television, Rogien began working with costume
intentionally unflattering, the other things around it are still intentional, so
designer Daniel Lawson on Lipstick Jungle. “I had an amazing mentor in the
that it all makes sense as a TV reality.”
costume designer Dan Lawson, who is currently on The Good Wife among
While continuing her work on Girls, Rogien is facing entirely new
a million other fantastic projects,” says Rogien. “Working for him definitely
challenges designing for the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
helped me develop my eye and aesthetic. Even the logistical processes that
The show is set in a women’s federal prison, and focuses one woman’s
I go through as a designer are very much things that I learned while working
experience in particular. Rogien describes it as “all about prison and inmates’
with Dan.” Rogien worked with Lawson on NBC’s KINGS, HBO’s Bored to
back stories, and sort of the gritty realism of the world that they come from.”
Death, and CBS’ The Good Wife.
The aesthetic is about as far away from Girls as one can get, and Rogien is
Then came Girls—and the infamous mesh top.
very much up for the challenge, even though it can be draining.
So notable is the look, that when I mention that I want to discuss a few of
“There’s a big misconception that [costume design] is very glamorous,
Girls’ iconic fashion moments, Rogien laughs. We both know what’s coming.
and I can definitely state that it is quite the opposite, having eaten my lunch
“Well, it was as awkward as it was intended to be,” says Rogien. “It’s
while walking down a sidewalk today, and then eaten dinner while driving
funny because when we were developing the look, it didn’t have as much
my car,” says Rogien, laughing. “And I’m still at work and we’re not done.
impact when you knew the background going into it, I think, as it did the first
We are hours away from being done.”
time it appeared on screen. And that’s a great payoff.”
So what is Rogien’s advice for budding costume designers? “The best
Awkward is, in fact, the key to Girls’ costuming success. “We spend a
thing that you can do is have a foundation, a solid foundation, including
lot of time making our characters intentionally look awkward—having
sewing and experience with fabrics and art history.” She emphasizes her
things fit in a way that’s not necessarily perfect. That is, in my experience,
next point. “Try it out if you can. My husband jokes that costume designers
“We spend a lot of time making our characters intentionally look awkward—having things fit in a way that’s not necessarily perfect. That is, in my experience, uncommon for television.” uncommon for television.” Uncommon is putting it lightly. Coming off of a
are pack mules, because all you do is schlup things around all day. You’re
litany of Sex and the City-inspired television shows, with costumes that
constantly trying to achieve the look and get the design right and tell the
focused on designer names and unreachable perfection, Girls is a breath
story and convey character, but you’re also just lugging stuff around the
of fresh air. Watching Ms. Dunham stomp down the streets of Brooklyn in a
city all day, every day. So if there is a possibility that someone can test
too-tight romper and clunky clogs feels much more reminiscent of real life
drive it, whether it’s at their local theater, or for a commercial shoot, or an
than what Rogien refers to as “TV reality.”
independent film—any way that you can—definitely try it out.”
However, portraying fashion mishaps isn’t easy. The outfits need to be
As far as Girls is concerned, Rogien is currently working on season three
realistic without being parodies. “That’s one of the great, fun challenges
and enjoying the process. “I’m incredibly lucky that Lena and Jenny and
of the show,” says Rogien, “having it come across on screen that the fit is
the whole writers’ office write wardrobe jokes. And the actors will pick up on
awkward on purpose, and that things are composed in such a way that you
goofy things we’ve done with the costumes in the fitting room, and it will pop
believe in a character, but you’re not just distracted by everyone looking
up in dialogue even when it wasn’t scripted. So I’m really, really lucky to be
terrible all the time.” There’s much to be considered in dressing each scene,
on a show that embraces costumes so much.”
even when perfection isn’t the end goal. “That’s one of the challenges that
Indeed, the costumes of Girls are so woven into the psyches of each
I embrace every single day. Every single time I pull a look, every single
character, it is unsurprising that Rogien has come to truly love costuming
time I pull an episode, I look at these five characters...are they in a scene
each one. When I ask her which character is her favorite to dress, there is a
together? Do they coordinate color-wise? Are we supporting the emotion of
very serious pause. Finally she replies with an exasperated, yet happy sigh.
the scene?....so that when the fit is intentionally awkward, or the colors are
“Oh my God,” she says, “that’s like picking a favorite child.” 7
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