5/28/10 Feature 9
Runway Fashion Appears at Miramonte by Madeleine Neuburger
At Miramonte High School, hallways serve as the birthplace for fashion trends. Whether it’s the newest men’s Adidas shoes, or the newest innovation in a woman’s lace shirt, on the high school level, all these trends begin with their recognition in the common place of school. However, no article of clothing, no matter how generic or mainstream the brand, was contrived without any prior influence. While we high school students are inspired to buy what we see in popular stores, such as Urban Outfitters, Free People, JCrew, and American Eagle Outfitters, where are their own trends set? What inspires these stores to produce what inspires our personal trends? The answer can be found at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Bryant Park, New York,which takes place every fall. During fashion week a Photo: M. Neuburger menagerie of well known and up-and -coming Junior Zoe Michaelson works a Chanel inspired flowy floral designers unveil their collections, leading to the skirt while her friend junior Kelly Teshima-McKormick wears inspiration of the trends that we see every day. a floral sweater and geometrically patterned shirt, as can be At Fashion Week, the best and most innova- seen in Michael Kors’ Spring/Summer 2010 show. tive designers reveal their new seasonal collecing that makes the heart of the next trend most clear. For tions. These collections are boiled down to their key concepts and the Spring/Summer 2010 season, Alexander McQueen, then made main- Chanel, Michael Kors, Diane VonFurstenburg and Marc stream over the Jacobs set the trends that can be seen in their diluted forms next few months throughout the hallways of our school. At McQueen’s for the common Spring/Summer 2010 fashion show, models decked out in vivid prints, geometric and modern cuts, and 11 inch consumer. The couture heeled flat faced or steel toed boots stomped down the runrunway garment way. Today, in the midst of spring, around seven months afbegins as a conter the show, McQueen’s influence can be seen in the vast cept; a form of majority of Free People’s shoe collection. art which holds a Jacobs’ and VonFurstenburg’s key designs for spring multitude of ideas and summer 2010 can be found in their mainstream form that will later be at Free People as well. streamlined. Free People has created many high waisted or waist fitWhile the outted, yet otherwise loose fitting garments featuring intricate fits and garments and natural prints, long loose fitting jumpers, and large, that set the trends complex necklaces for their spring clothing lines. All of for the common which designs derived from the parent concepts seen at person’s wardJacobs’, VonFurstenburg’s and McQueen’s shows. robe are surely Many of the shapes and cuts of the common consumtoo far over the er’s wardrobe this spring are influenced by Michael Kors. Photo: M. Neuburger top for most peoKors’ use of zippers and modern, geometric cuts, and esJunior Natalie Cabayan follows ple’s comfort, it’s pecially his use of bandage cuts along rectangular piecing the Chanel inspired trend of lace the runway clothgarments. that can be seen in many of the skirts and straps of Mira-
monte students’ daily apparel. Also popular among the female population of Miramonte is floral prints and lace. These two trends were derived from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2010, which featured lanky, fresh looking models in delicate, ruffled or lace blouses, blazers, and short flowing floral skirts. These three trends have all been adapted into the styles and garments at Free People, JCrew, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters. The next fad likely to hit Miramonte? Clogs. Also started by Chanel in their Spring/Summer 2010 collection, natural leather and wooden clogs are now appearing all over mainstream stores’ shoe collections, such as, of course, Free People. Overall, natural prints mixed with modern cuts and zippers are appearing all over our campus. Thanks to the parent designs that were thought of by the most elite designers of the industry, who know clothing as art, we have a wide selection of their modified designs in our current wardrobes.
Photo: M. Neuburger
Freshman Caitlin Powell sports a tribal tube top, a trend inspired by Diane VonFurstenburg.
Make Checks Payable to Junior Year by Kelsey Williams
Upon telling someone that you are a junior, it is certainly a common occurrence for that older, wiser person, who has already suffered the torment of junior year, to respond: “Oh…Good luck.” Students unanimously conclude that junior year is the most rigorous and academically challenging year of your life. However, what you haven’t heard, but have maybe come to realize, is how expensive junior year is. Being a student is expensive at any age, but junior year brings extra tests and activities that hike up the costs. Mirador has outlined these junior activities that empty our wallets. Check it out:
Advanced Placement Tests
This painful, four hour long test not only takes your time, but also your money. It is very common to take this test two, or even three times at $45 per attempt with additional fees of $23 if you register late or change your registration.
When you sign up for an AP class, be prepared for extra work as well as a very long, expensive test in May. Each AP test costs $104!
Although students sometimes choose either the SAT or the ACT, many students take both tests, which adds up. This test is $47, including the writing section.
SAT II Subject Tests Most colleges suggest submitting two extra subject tests along with the SAT I, but these aren’t required everywhere. However, they are often taken multiple times because they only take an hour. These cost $20 each.
Graphic: M. Fischer
It’s a fact: tutors are necessary at some point in high school, most frequently during junior year. Tutors are banking on any of the above tests and on difficult classes to bring in students who need extra help. Because tutors are aware of students’ desperation and parents’ willingness to ease their pain, prices have skyrocketed and tutor sessions can cost a fortune.
For the most part, by junior year everyone has his or her license, which is quite a costly freedom. Gas prices are constantly rising and when you want food, you have to pay for all you consume because your parents aren’t there to fund your constant hunger anymore. Bonus Cost: If you’re that lucky person who acts as your friends’ bank, then your “Chillin Costs” are doubled per friend.
A ticket to Prom costs $85. A dress/tux ranges anywhere from $20 to $500. And don’t forget about pictures, which cost $20-$70, and corsages, at about $20. That’s a lot of money for one classy night of fun.
College Touring Juniors are forced to begin thinking about the colleges to which they may want to apply, and visiting potential schools is a common way to go about this. Although college tours are free, the process of planning and executing trips to local or across-the-country campuses can get expensive.