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THE Â AVENUE sixties issue

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Dear readers, Hello, and welcome to the third official Fashion & Retail Society online magazine! We are so pleased that you have taken the time to flip through the virtual pages of our ’60s-themed issue. While you’re reading this, you may be wondering why we chose to delve our fashion-obsessed minds into one specific decade. Why return to the topic of soaring feminism and embrace the bohemian, flower-power look once again? Well, take a look around. The fashion world today has twisted itself into a contemporary version of the ’60s era. Don’t believe us? Just ask Thom Browne, whose New York Fashion Week SS15 collection epitomized the flower power and bold patterns that came out of the 1960s. Or ask the midi dress hanging in your closet. The ’60s era is all around, so we could not ignore it. Instead, we embraced it. For those of you that are yawning right about now, no worries—we did not glue daisies and peace signs to every page. Since the holiday season is practically upon us, we decided to add some winter spirit to cool down the ’60s heat. Brace yourself for s’mores and ugly Christmas sweaters. Before we lose you to the other pages of our magazine, we would first like to say thank you for stopping by and taking a look. We would also like to thank our writers, photographers, models, deputy editor and, most of all, our graphic designers for making our words into art and our photos into an actual fashion spread. It has been a pleasure working on this magazine and receiving the honor of having readers. Enjoy your read, ladies and gents. Peace, love,




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A lthough the frigid winter weather has taken over New England, many of us are lucky enough to be traveling to warmer climates. If you are traveling via airplane, there are many essentials that will help you on your way to a sunny paradise.

Moisturizer Sitting in an airplane with the air nozzle pointed directly at your face for several hours will leave your skin dry and flaky. Before and after your flight, apply a light moisturizer to keep your skin looking dewy and healthy.

A Good Book or Magazine Considering the lack of space available in an airplane, there is not much to do in your seat. A good book or magazine can distract from the crammed situation. Leandra Medine’s “Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.” is a light read that is great for a good laugh during a long flight.

Vitamins Besides being almost uneatable, airplane food tends to lack the nutrients we need, especially during travel. Emergen-C and Airborne are great supplements to keep on hand.

Perfume If you are traveling for several hours, you may not feel so fresh after sitting next to strangers in a tight airplane seat. Thankfully, that is why we have perfume. Chloé has a floral and sophisticated scent, masking any sign of your cross-country flight.

Lip Balm Like the rest of your face, your lips need hydration. Rose salve lip balms are the best for a natural moisturizer with a floral scent.

the Lazy Girl’s Guide

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Did you wake up late for class? Need to get ready quickly, but still look cute? Well, we’re here to show you how to dress swiftly and warmly in this lazy girl’s guidebook:

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Quick Style Tips: Throwing on a colorful scarf can make a big difference in creating a put-together look when you’re in a time crunch. The simple effort of putting on a bold watch instantly makes the outfit more stylish by adding a touch of class. A statement necklace can pull the entire outfit together.

Makeup Step one: Apply a tinted moisturizer with a wet makeup wedge and cover any blemishes with concealer. Step two: Swipe on bronzer to give you an instant glow. Step three: Apply mascara to finish off your fresh-faced look. Tip: If you are looking super tired, dab a light, shimmery eye shadow on the inside corners of your eyes to give the appearance of wider, awakened eyes!


S A E D I FOR GUYS & GIRLS T F GI By Andrea Barriga Photos: Andrea Barriga,

It is that time of year when your friends, family or coworkers decide to do Secret Santa and the struggle to find a perfect, affordable gift becomes a reality. However, there is no need to worry; we have composed a list of gifts you can purchase at an affordable price for any coworker or friend:

1. S’mores Kit

To get things started with the holiday spirit in mind, you can give your friend a s’mores kit. It is delicious, adorable and affordable. It won’t cost you more than $5, and it will show your friend that you put time and effort into the gift.

2. Plaid Scarf

A nice plaid scarf doesn’t have to cost much, can instantly transform an outfit and can easily fit any person’s style. It looks amazing on both guys and girls as well!

3. Winter Accessories

Warm gloves and a hat are essential pieces in any closet for the winter. Plus, it is great to have more than one pair. You can get them at an affordable price from places like Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom or H&M.

4. Tech Accessories

Headphones and phone cases are items people rarely think they need, but in reality will truly appreciate. There is no harm in buying friends a nice case or a pair of headphones— most of the time they need a new pair anyway!

5. Stationary Kit Whether your friend is old school or not, a stationary kit

is essential for thank you notes or birthday cards. Sending letters in the mail is always a respectable gesture, so your gift will help spread the love. You can purchase great kits at Papyrus or Barnes & Noble.

Facing the


By Dewey MacMillen Photos:, Bess Georgette via Flickr

Historically, and in recent years, both feminism and fashion have been subject to much controversy. Many people have demonstrated discomfort with the ways in which the

fashion industry has objectified women and created an unattainable image of beauty. Similarly, feminism has faced disapproval due to the false notion that being a feminist goes hand-in-hand with “man-hating,” as our friend Emma Watson puts it. However, both fashion and feminism can achieve symbiosis and ultimately make for more empowered—and stylish—women of the future.

For too long, uttering the phrase “feminism is fashionable” was highly shunned by both feminists and fashion editors alike. The negative media portrayal of both the industry and the ideology made the two unnecessary enemies for what seemed like eternity. However, it appears that feminism is having its time in the sun again, and the fashion industry as a whole seems to be embracing it. While some might say that feminism is “the newest trend,” placing a priority on empowering themselves is hardly new to modern women; the beloved 1960s was the origin of not only a feminist movement, but a fashion one.


You would have had to walk around with a sack over your head not to notice that something incredibly exciting was occurring in the 1960s and ’70s. There was an endless amount of change that took place, not just in the women’s movement, but in fashion as well. Just look at the popularity of the mini skirt. After long poodle skirts of the ’50s, the rise of the short hemline was undeniably liberating, or so I can imagine. While I was not around to experience the ’60s, my grandmother was, so hearing her stories is my way of vicariously enjoying the decade. However, due to recent events, I may have my own women’s movement to live through and participate in. Fashion has taken an affinity to embracing feminism, most noticeably through A-list actresses (please stand up, Ms. Watson) and fashion designers (did anyone miss Karl’s Chanel feminist rally?). While this is both exciting and motivating, Karl and Emma are hardly the beginning. Advocates for women’s rights have been breaking down barriers for years, the height of this all occurring during “The Swingin’ Sixties.”


From family life to the workplace, women were limited prior to the ’60s. The focus of the original feminist movement was to “dismantle” the workplace inequality, but the movement progressed into much more. The birth control pill was introduced, allowing women more control over their bodies and their family planning, as well as more freedom in sexuality, relationships, politics, education and clothing. The women’s movement was not one with a hierarchical nature, but more of a collaboration of women experimenting and testing boundaries. In today’s ever-changing fashion marketplace, more designers are using their craft as a way to relay a message to women everywhere that it is okay to be empowered and a feminist. Just look at Phoebe Philo of Céline or Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, and how could you forget dear ole’ Karl of Chanel? These designers have abandoned the idea of a “perfect woman” and instead have gone with the tone of individualism and expression. As memoirist Lucy Grealy puts it, “Having a sense of style is not selling out the sisterhood,” and she is right. Why should having a passion for fashion be contradictory with being a feminist? As with any social movement, there are fierce critics of fashion’s utilization and promotion of feminism. When stripped down to its true essence, there is no reason that two powerful forces should be butting heads. Fashion is a compelling form of art that leaves people feeling fulfilled, whether it is Karlie Kloss modeling, Thakoon sending an amazing collection down the runway or Grace Coddington styling yet another creative masterpiece.


In a similar way, feminism is a purposeful ideology that provides satisfaction and meaning to men and women alike. There is a way for these two to achieve a beautiful marriage. If we look at the ’60s, we can see this as so much was accomplished for women while they all looked devastatingly chic. Let’s do this again.


Sources: “The 1960s-70s American Feminist Movement: Breaking Down Barriers for Women.” Tavaana. E-Collaborative for Civic Education, 2014. Web. 23 Nov. 2014. Fury, Alexander. “From Prada to Céline, the Fashion World Joins the Feminism Movement in 2014.” The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, 2014. Web. 24 Nov. 2014. Russo, Catherine. “A Moment in Her Story, 1970s Boston Women’s Movement.” Kickstarter. Kickstarter, 2012. Web. 24 Nov. 2014. Vingan, Alyssa. “KARL LAGERFELD COULDN’T CARE LESS IF YOU DIDN’T LIKE HIS FEMINIST RALLY.” Fashionista. Breaking Media, 2014. Web. 24 Nov. 2014.

THE BRIgitte bardot look

By Rachel Satell Photos: Emily Hassell

Makeup When we think of ’60s beauty, we think of Brigitte Bardot and her signature, smoked out cat eye paired with her perfectly pale pout. To get Bardot’s look with a modern update, just follow these steps: 1. Prep your lids with a primer or eye shadow base. 2. Apply a neutral-toned shadow all over the lid and blend it out. Here, we have gone for “Nooner” from Urban Decay. 3. To emulate Bardot’s cat eye, use a liquid or gel liner to line your upper lashes. Softly sweep a thin line from the inner corner of your eye to the center. Halfway across your lid, you should begin to thicken the line towards the outer corner of your eye. 4. Flick the tip of your liner upward toward your brow bone, and then back down to the outer corner of your eye. Fill in the triangle and voila! A cat eye worthy of Bardot herself. 5. Add a few coats of mascara to both your top and bottom lashes. If you really want to go full Bardot, add some false eyelashes.


While Bardot inspired us with her cat eye, Cher holds the title for the most iconic ’60s hair. Cher is the queen of the middle part and this is our homage to the songstress: 1. Spritz your hair evenly with heat protectant. 2. Create a center part. 3. Divide your hair into three sections. 4. Lightly run a straightener through each section.


Good Vibrations



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UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER By Amanda Slomovitz Photos: creativecomm

t’s the most wonderful time of the year. Lights are hung all over the place, holiday commercials are on every TV station and Starbucks brings back its famous red cups. But of course, you can’t seem to walk into a clothing store without seeing the most hideous Christmas sweaters. Are these sweaters even worth buying? Sure, they’re fun for a party or two, but is it really worth buying a sweater you know you won’t look cute in? After all, you always try to dress to impress. Before you put down that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater—complete with a light-up nose—and decide not to dress up at the next party, here are a few ways to rock the ugly Christmas sweater:

WITH A SKIRT AND TIGHTS: You would dress up a normal sweater with a skirt, so why not an ugly sweater? Even that awful crew-neck gingerbread man sweater can look good with a statement necklace, black skater skirt, tights and boots. Embrace the holiday spirit even in its strangest form.

Layered with a Chambray Shirt: Even that sweater given to you seven Christmases ago can look cute with the right outfit, since we all know you’re forced to dig it up when the relative who gave it to you is in town. A chambray shirt is perfect under a sweater with the collar and bottom poking out. Throw on a pair of black jeans and booties, and you might even want to wear that sweater in public (or at least in areas of your house other than your bedroom).

With Leggings and Boots: This is the most straightforward outfit of the three, but it can be just as cute—or as cute as an ugly sweater can get. With the right boots and some knee-high socks, you’ll be working that ugly sweater better than anyone else. Even if you’re wearing the ugliest of ugly Christmas sweaters, have fun with it! After all, Christmas time only comes once a year.

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