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C O N T R I B U TO R S E D I TO R S - I N - C H I E F ANDREA NG TINA LIU

FA S H I O N N YC H I C . FA S H I O N @ G M A I L . C O M M I K E WA N G S E N I O R Fashion Director VA L E R I E C H A N Junior Fashion Director

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NYCHIC

SPRING 2011

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CONTENTS 8 || CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL: EDITOR’S EDITION Photography Michelle Watt / Still-Life Styling Andrea Ng

14 || COLLECTIVE FASHION CONSCIOUSNESS / by Liz Smith 15 || SPRING TRENDS / by Mariana Mandanas 20 || NATHALLE PARIZAT + SHOWCASED INTERNATIONAL / by Julia Bassiri 22 || RETRO. DANCE. FREAK. / by Eunsan Huh 23 || A CANADIAN JEWEL IN SOHO / by Carolyn Amuro 24 || STYLELUSTE / by Sarah Kamenatz 26 || PERSUASIAN / Kristina Rodulfo 27 || FIT CELEBRATES THE FIERY MOTHER OF PUNK / by Sashana Maitland 28 || SPRING. SUMMER 2011 BEAUTY REPORT / by Erin Stovall 30 || THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Photography Michelle Watt / Stylist Andrea Ng Make Up Natalia Arai / Hair Weiyi Chay & Andrea Ng

40 || THE CITY GIRL 43 || LAUNDRY DAY Photographer Mark Delessandro / Art Direction/Styling Valerie Chan Hair & Makeup CHEIKO / Assistant Jacobi Hollingshed Model Deonna Pinkerton

50 || SUMMER COMFORT

Photographer J.Scott / Styling Joanna Davila Hair & Makeup Ryan B. Anthony / Producer Karina Dearwood Model Aleksandra Neboga

58 || BACKSTAGE CONFIDENTIAL WITH VENA CAVA / by Eunsan Huh Photographer / Eddie Chen

68 || ANNA AKBARI: CLOSET CATHARSIS / by May Wang 69 || IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S WORLD / by Cruz Granados 70 || CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL Photography Florence Kuo / Still-Life Styling Tina Liu

Shorts: TOPSHOP. blouse: SHAKUHACHI.

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Andrea

On My Last Issue… I slightly cringe when I look at the first issue of NYChic I had to put together on my own when Tina was studying abroad in London in Fall 09. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and everything was through trial and error. In the past two years, our team has matured and grown tremendously and raised the bar each issue. Working on NYChic semester after semester has become a love-hate relationship but the end result always makes my hard work worthwhile. NYChic was the most memorable part of my college experience and I would relive those stressed-filled weekends without hesitation. It is rare to have so much power, control, and creative freedom and this may be the only time we can create a publication with no restrictions whatsoever.

NYChic team will continue to excel in the art and fashion industry in the near future. Thank you NYChic team and readers for supporting us from the beginning! I can’t wait to see the magazine continuing to grow under Tina’s direction! It’s the end of a (very short) era! Andrea Ng Co Editor-in-Chief

I have no doubt that several individuals from the

come up with a storyboard for an editorial, she transcends mere aesthetics into the realm of storytelling. When I watch our fashion editors Valerie and Mike style, there is so much control and creativity in their work it’s undeniably an art form. And of course, our talented news editors and writers make up the heart of the publication. I feel so privileged being able to call these people my colleagues. Thank you all so much for all your hard work!

Fashion often gets branded as being shallow, but as each member of the NYChic staff has shown me, it can be much more than that. When I watch Andrea

Tina Liu Co Editor-in-Chief

With love,

Tina

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While I was at an interview for a summer internship at a prestigious fashion publication, my interviewer asked me, “Why do you want to be in the fashion industry?” I distinctly remember when I first fell in love with fashion—I was twelve years old and flipping through a magazine when I saw a model in the most beautiful Dior couture dress. The image of her and that dress is seared into my memory; it was magical and mysterious, breathtakingly stunning and enchanting. I knew right then and there that I wanted to be a part of creating that fantasy.


EDITORS’ NOTES

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CLOSET

CONFIDENTIAL

Contributor’s Edition

Photographed by Michelle Watt Still-Life Styling by Andrea Ng

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Opposite Page: Valerie Chan | Jr. Fashion Director

Bottom: Erin Stovall | Co News Director

Chanel Bag: “This is kind of on permanent loan from my mother. I “borrowed” this bag from my her closet without telling her when I was 15...and just never returned it. It’s the perfect sized bag for holding my essentials, and I love how it can add a bit of chic to the sloppiest of outfits. She’s never brought it up so I think I’m good for now.”

Marc Jacobs Jacket: “Denim jackets are classic, but this one has unique stitching that makes it more unique. I’m a bargain hunter and managed to snag it years ago for only $50 at Nordstrom Rack! It’s perfect for wearing over sundresses in the springtime or on cool summer nights.”

Topshop Sequined Shorts: “I’m definitely a bona-fide magpie. I’ve never met a sequin that I didn’t like, and these shorts are no exceptions. I like to wear them for day AND night. My boyfriend always makes fun of me for wearing them (“Seriously? The sequined shorts for brunch ...AGAIN?”), but I like how they add an unexpected touch to an otherwise bland get-up.” Elizabeth and James Mules: “I snagged these mules on clearance at a boutique on Broadway for $25 (yes...$25 I kid you not). I’m not usually a mule person, but I really dig the basketweave detail and bold wooden sole. Definitely perfect for summer nights.”

Leather Shorts: “These shorts look and feel like real leather, but they actually aren’t. I usually pair them with frilly tops, because I love the contrast between feminine ruffles and tough rocker leather.” Necklace: “I never wear too many accessories, so this necklace is one of the few that I wear regularly. It was only $6 at Forever 21, but it looks way more expensive. It can easily go with both casual and dressy outfits.” Toms Flats: “Every time I wear these shoes, I get lots of compliments. The intense all-over glitter adds just the right amount of sparkle to any outfit. They’re super comfy and Toms donates a pair to a child in need with every purchase!”

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Mike Wang | Sr. Fashion Director Vintage Leather Jacket: “A perfectly beaten-in leather jacket adds just enough edge and character to any outfit, whether you’re in oxfords or Chucks. I’ve had this jacket for years and grown to know its color as ‘merlot,’ if only because it keeps getting better with age.” Elvis Costello Record, My Aim Is True: “Call me a pretentious hipster, but vinyl still sounds better than anything you have coming out of your laptop speakers. This Elvis Costello record is an inspiration in attitude and style; just knowing that someone can rock Buddy Holly specs and that jaunty stance, and still look cool keeps me looking for new ways to stay sharp.”

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Moleskine Notebook: “As an accessory, nothing’s better than this literary artists’ calling card. Steeped in references to Hemingway, Matisse, and Oscar Wilde, breaking out a moleskin at a fashion show, while traveling, or just to take someone’s digits screams artsy ambition and class.” The Wire DVD set: “The best television show ever. Period. Full of brilliant dialogue, gritty realism, and boatloads of swagger, The Wire can be tough to get through, but you’ll walk away understanding what tears humanity down, and how a man keep himself whole. My love for this show is on my resume, and I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten at least a couple jobs because of it.”


Tina Liu | Co Editor-in-Chief Black Wide-Brimmed Hat: “I was hunting for the perfect wide brimmed hat and I knew that this was the one when I saw it. It’s not too big or floppy—it’s just right. I want one in every color! I get so many random compliments from people on the street when I wear it.” Black Moleskine Planner: “I’m naturally a highly disorganized person, so I need to write everything down in order to stay organized. I love Moleskines— they’re incredibly well made and chic, and keep me on top of things to boot!”

Jeffrey Campbell Lace Up Booties: “These boots go with everything and they make me tall like a Voguette! If only I had less nerve endings in my feet, I would wear them all day everyday!” Black and Gold Enamel Bamboo Bracelet: “I saw this little guy at a street fair on Bleecker Street. I love anything simple and minimal, and the fact that it’s shaped like bamboo just makes it that much more precious.”

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Mia Yoo | Creative Director

May Wang | Co News Director Vintage Bag: “This is from a huge indoor flea market in Stockholm, Sweden called Loppmarknaden. The place is awesome and stocked with tons of vintage and antique stuffa bit like pillaging through a Wes Anderson movie set. This little beauty was less than five USD!” Urban Outfitters Lace Slip Skirt: “I found this off the Urban Outfitters clearance rack for five dollars and didn’t expect to get much wear out of it, but I’m really loving it right now. It’s sexy, it’s pretty, and it isn’t afraid to make a statement. Hey, kind of like me eh? ;)”

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Vintage Floral Dress: “I love floral sundresses, and this is pretty much my favorite of the bunch. I got this in Tokyo four years ago when I went to visit, from a small second-hand shop in Harajuku. I love how it’s girly and understated at the same time.”

Balenciaga Bag: “I got this bag as a gift, and i love it because it goes with everything, all four seasons!” Moleskine Notebook: “I like to decorate my moleskin notebook covers, since I’ve gone through so many I like to differentiate them somehow! And sometimes I like to make collages or do some illustrations for each month. It keeps my journal more personal and inspiring.” Diana Camera: “I got is as a birthday present from our Co Editor Andrea. It not only takes great photos but also so much fun to carry around”


Andrea Ng | Co Editor-in-Chief Chanel Eyeliner: “I’ve been using Chanel waterproof eyeliner #30 for the past five or six years. It is so easy to put on, and it almost feels lke a part of me now.”

3.1 Phillip Lim Collar: “This collar automatically makes everything look polished and refined. I try to wear it with t-shirts and tanks to balance the rhinestones and beading.”

Louis Vuitton Agenda: “No digital agenda can replace my agenda! I got this in Tokyo during my senior trip and I haven’t been able to function without it since.”

Jurlique handcream: “I have the Rose scent handcream which has such great smell to it, and it last forever. Plus it is all-natural and feels great on my skin.”

OPI Linkin Park in the Dark Nail Polish: “This colour is the perfect alternative to black. I like how it looks black from far but up close and under the light, you can see the hint of purple.”

Chanel bag: “I took this from my mom’s closet when I was 16 and I forgot to give it back... it is now so worn out but I absolutely love it to death.”

Iosselliani Rings: “Up until I discovered Iosselliani, I couldn’t find rings that fit my style. I found most jewelry too preppy and clean and Iosselliani has the perfect edge. These rings are such a big part of me now that I feel naked without them!”

Comme des Garcon Blazer: “My mom was about to donate this blazer to Salvation Army but luckily, I saved it in time. This blazer fits so well and it shows what a big difference great tailoring makes. Also, I love the unique slashes in the back— it makes it look like someone tried to stab me!”

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Collective Fashion Consciousness

The Evolution of Style Sharing on the Internet By Liz Smith LOOKBOOK.nu, a fashion, photography, and social networking blog for individuals seeking inspiration and an outlet for their style expression, is the perfect place for fashion lovers and web addicts alike. Once a member, one can post their outfits or “looks,” stored in their profile, creating their own version of a designer’s lookbook. Other members of the community score looks using points, known as “Hype,” which form a reputation called “Karma.” Karma is calculated by taking the average of one’s total Hypes divided by the number of different looks that user has posted. Those with the highest karmic average receive more exposure when they post new looks. The website displays looks under two tabs: the HOT tab shows the most popular looks based on Hypes and the NEW tab shows those most recently posted. Members can link the account to their Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, which increases LOOKBOOK’s presence and brings greater audiences to your shared styles. Site founders Yuri Lee and boyfriend Jason Su went to college together in San Francisco. They appreciate fashion as an art form and share a love for fashion blogs. Their goal in creating LOOKBOOK.nu was to create a Sartorialist-type site for everyone to share their street style within a youthful and fashion-loving community. Now, the pair is rumored to be creating a smart phone application for the site and possibly working on a print version.

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LOOKBOOK is an alternative inspiration source for those who endlessly search the pages of Nylon and links on Google to find great outfit ideas and awesome places to shop. With more LOOKBOOK participants using the site as a tool for self-expression in their lives, this venue is fueling the ever-growing world of fashion and those that love it. From my experience as a user, I have found the site a wonderful way to find inspiring looks and separates for both everyday wear and special occasions. Posting looks is a great way for me to share my personal style and hopefully other people get inspired by some of my unique outfits. Also, the advertisements from the site give me great ideas on where to search for more ideas and pieces. I frequent LOOKBOOK not only to share my own approach to fashion, but also to Hype other users and have even made some friends. This site is a wonderful combination of social networking and fashion photography, and I recommend all style-savvy students to check out what the site has to offer. This website presents many opportunities for designers, fashionistas, and photographers. Its mission to turn street style of everyday individuals into a community of inspiration by and for real people has attracted over 150,000 users since 2008. LOOKBOOK is certainly a site to be reckoned with, as it continues to exponentially gain more members and unregistered fans. Dare I say we have found the new Facebook for fashion addicts?


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er motivation was simple and largely social; Nathalie Parizat, a Stern senior majoring in Marketing and specializing in Entrepreneurship, saw an opportunity to satisfy the need of displaced creative talent. With her best friend and business partner, Parsons undergraduate Romy Schreiber, so deeply entrenched in the struggling enclave of young designers, Parizat found herself privy to the woes and worries of fashion insiders. athalie’s venture, Showcased International, has the revolutionary potential to rock the traditional tradeshow world. In bringing the buyer-designer interaction to a classy online arena, both parties will sidestep the wasted time and energy that too often results from attending fund-draining daylong events in massive far-off expo centers. Tradeshows, she would learn, are one of the most daunting challenges designers face in transitioning from “up and coming”—and essentially unknown—to in-stores and talked about. “Going to a tradeshow is upwards of $10,000, and that’s a huge part of the process. It’s getting it to the buyers—which is where you make your money,” Parizat said. To remedy this inexcusable situation, Parizat’s site makes displaying line samples affordable for these edgy, current designers and creates a delicious, untapped-into cranny of fashion available to the buyers who think they’ve seen it all. or a hard-pressed design student or recent grad, $10,000 for a one-day tradeshow is obscene, but $200 for a month-long showing

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of their work is doable. Parizat and Schreiber have ensured that the application process is just as doable. “The fashion industry is always onto the next big thing, yet when it comes to changing the way they do business, they’re really, really hesitant,” Parizat said. So, in the spirit of progressive change through practicality, the duo has adopted the same procedural ways of traditional tradeshow acceptance. esigners are required to submit an online application and send in four to six sample items to Showcased International’s headquarters. Once all application

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designers and the buyers. It’s their bargaining field and the birthplace of meaningful, fruitful, profitable relationships. n light of the tradeshow being such a hallowed fashion ground, Showcased International boasts a securely locked network. It’s not a social connection site and it’s not a place to give a shout-out to your mama. No, it’s a respectable, seriously sophisticated, place of business. he beauty of the site truly lies in the business-minded brains behind it. The innovative nature of Showcased is what’s currently driving it through NYU Stern’s prestigious Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship’s 12th Annual Business Plan Competition. As one of over thirty semifinalist teams narrowed down from over 150 initial entrants, Parizat and Schreiber stand to win a whopping $75,000 prize should they have their way in the finals. While the prize money would certainly come in handy during the first few months of their soft launch (the company was incorporated May 2010 and will host its first tradeshow May 2011), the girls can’t afford to wait on it. They’re plowing ahead, evaluating collections and gearing up to put on utterly professional and extremely exciting online tradeshow events. imply put, Showcased International has some stellar selling points for designers, buyers and Berkley Business Plan judges alike. Cheers, ladies, and thank you for repping the underrepresented. To Fashion!

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materials are received, the designer’s collection is reviewed according to five criteria: design, price-point, quality, repetitiveness and oversaturation. If approved, designers are then responsible for providing photographs of their pieces that comply with strict artistic guidelines. n an effort to keep up a dynamic tradeshow, the reviewing team has to be stern; denying one designer access over another in the event that their work is just too similar. “If we have 10,000 white t-shirts, we’re not going to post 10,000 white t-shirts,” Parizat said. In the same way that oversaturation is a concern for Parizat, so is overexposure. Tradeshows, while the public may attend, are events reserved for the game-players—the

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RETRO DANCE FREAK DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

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arie Janae is the vibrant mastermind behind Mack, an eclectic, electric collection of clothes and accessories for men, women and dogs –-basically anyone daring enough. Her quirky, vintage-inspired pieces personify downtown hipster chic, but the dynamic designer was actually born and raised in Detroit. The motor city, however, wasn’t ready for her vision. Janae admits that it was difficult to have her avant-garde voice heard in her hometown, finding it “weird standing out so much.” Fortunately for fashion lovers everywhere, this adversity only fueled her love for self-expression, prompting her move to New York. Detroit may not have nurtured her avant-garde spirit, but in New York, Marie Janae met her match. After moving to the city three years ago, she leapt head-first into fashion, working at Betsey Johnson, H&M and later at Seventh House PR. Janae admits that she was taken aback by the catty realities

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MARIE JANAE By EUNSAN HUH

of the industry at first, but maintains that the experience has engrained in her invaluable lessons. “I learned a lot from every job and internship, but most of all I learned how important it is to stay true to yourself and always be you,” she said. Styling was where Marie Janae found her true niche. Inspired by the pulse and freedom of the city, she began fashioning one-off pieces for her friends and socialites. The seed blossomed into what we know as Mack today. Marie Janae embraces individuality, and her pieces speak for themselves. Her retro neon blazers, cheeky PacMan rings and Gameboy necklaces may be too loud and peculiar for the timid, but Janae’s unique creations are tantamount to the free, frenzied spirit of this fashion mecca. Visit lovemariejanae.com to view her collection of funfilled wears and accessories.


A Canadian Jewel in SoHo by Carolyn Amurao

In the past, Canadians have had to travel across the border to shop at stores such as Urban Outfitters, H&M and Forever 21. Fortunately, all those stores eventually made their way to Canadian soil. After much anticipation, the international love is being returned, specifically to New York City. After its first US store opened in 2006, it was only a matter of time until the Canadian boutique Aritzia found its way to this fashion capital. Established in 1984 by CEO Brian Hill, Aritzia has since become one of Canada’s most successful retail chains. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Aritzia also been selected as one of the best companies to work for in the province. As a Vancouver native, I can say that it is common to see something recognizably “Aritzia” on every other passing fashionista. Perhaps the retailer is so popular because its merchandise ranges from loungewear to luxury and thus appeals to women of all ages shopping for all kinds of occasions. From a young student wearing a TNA flannel shirt to a thirtysomething-year-old wearing the Wilfred Silk Crepe Blazer, the diverse community Aritzia has created is what makes the store so unique. What are TNA and Wilfred, you wonder? Exclusive to Aritzia, TNA and Wilfred are two of the store’s nine house brands. Other labels carried include Rag and Bone, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vena Cava and Winter Kate. As of February 5th, New Yorkers could see for themselves what the store has to offer. The “Shop Before the Shop” opened at 524 Broadway and will occupy this temporary space on the 3rd floor until the 10,000 square foot flagship store opens this summer. Without a doubt, this prime location in the heart of SoHo makes the most ideal home for this exciting opening. In months’ time, I expect an increasing amount of shoppers to be toting around Aritzia bags. And, hopefully, it won’t be too long after that until the TNA flannel and Wilfred blazers become recognizable to you, too. Images courtesy of Aritzia.

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Styleluste by Sarah Kamenetz

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tyleluste is a daily fashion blog created by CAS Undergraduates Rebecca Lay and Steinhardt recent- graduate Renee Ogaki, who blog about things that they lust after and deem LUSTEworthy. Rebecca and Renee cover everything on their blog; from restaurants to personal style, always keeping a clean design and including killer picture. ebecca and Renee explained that the reason that they started their blog was because they were intrigued by the boom in digital media, and they wanted to take advantage of their experience in the fashion industry. “We both thought that it would benefit our careers within the fashion industry and also bring us exposure,” the blogging besties explained. nOctober 2010, once Rebecca and Renee’s work at fashion week died down, the girls launched Styluste. Rebecca and Renee feel that their blog helps them get more exposure in the fashion industry and allows them to practice their writing. After starting Styluste, Rebecca and Renee, or R&R, as they sign their names, have started to recieve invitations to events and offers for partnerships. “Business is going well so far and constantly expanding!” they said. &R hope that Styluste will continue to lead them to more consulting opportunities. Despite their recent success, however, R&R feel it is too soon to determine whether their blog will turn into a full-time job. Renee just took a job as a publicist, and Rebecca will be looking for a full-time job in the fashion industry in May when she graduates. o keep up with the blogging world, Rebecca and Renee attended the Independent Fashion Bloggers Evolving Influence Conference and WWDMAGIC in Las Vegas.

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However, they expressed regret that their attendance required them to miss most of NYC fashion week. “We hope to have the time to attend more shows next season!,” they said. “The show we really lust to see is Proenza Schouler!” n fact, Rebecca and Renee say the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag is the “total must-have” of the moment (beauty-wise, the girls are saying hot orange-red lipstick is it this spring). Styluste also features finds that the pair acquires at sales and sample sales, though, they admitted, working within the corporate fashion industry has provided them with some deals on LUSTEworthy pieces. Nevertheless, Rebecca and Renee emphasize that “some timeless pieces are worth the hefty price tag!” eflecting back, the up-and-coming bloggers feel that their time at NYU has been invaluable. “We definitely had a wonderful experience at NYU: it prepared us in terms of our writing skills,” they said. Renee said she gained a better understanding of the PR world, while Rebecca said she learned how to properly write and report journalistically. s for aspiring fashionistas who want to start up their own websites, Rebecca and Renee have sagely advice: “Make sure that you have a brand image in mind. Keep your website clean and user-friendly. Don’t be afraid to use your connections, and always network whenever you can! Be professional!”

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The Rise and Influence of the Orient in the Fashion Industry by Kristina Rodulfo

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kept up with the fall runways at New York Fashion Week, you must have noticed dragon prints and mandarin collars at Ralph Lauren. Perhaps model Hyoni Kang also caught your eye strutting down Diane Von Furstenberg’s runway. Maybe you opened up a magazine and spotted Shu Pei in a Maybelline ad. But even if not, then designers like Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and Phillip Lim must ring a bell, right? While Anna Sui, Issey Miyake, Vera Wang, and Yohji Yamamoto certainly made their splash in the 80’s, this new wave of Asian American designers share more than an avant-garde aesthetic; they are distinct in their styles and are taking the industry by storm. In 2010, Richard Chai, Jason Wu, and Alexander Wang all won American fashion awards from the CFDA, which in 1995 had only 10 Asian-American council members, but now boasts over 35. But what factors have lead to this surge in the AsianAmerican design presence in America? In 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported the rise as a result of a “cultural shift within [Asian American] communities that has liberated them from career expectations.” As children’s immigrant parents adapted more traditional career paths, their children’s simultaneous assimilation to Western culture has introduced opportunity and a shift in values. Fashion is no longer seen as just a “disciplined hobby,” but rather a vocation that could be taken seriously. The rising Asian presence is also becoming prominent on the editorial side of fashion. More specifically, Teen Vogue’s Beauty Editor Eva Chen wears her Chinese heritage with pride, inviting Asian-American girls to identify with her. As an advocate for the rise of Asian models, Chen told the New York Daily

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News that, “It’s less of ‘that token Asian in a show’ and more of a really nice consistency of great girls.” Chen’s comment touched the surface of what has been becoming a phenomenon in modeling. After Liu Wen became the first Asian model to walk the Victoria’s Secret show in November of 2009, Givenchy used all Asian models in his Fall 2011 haute couture presentation, and Filipina Danica Macpantay won Ford’s Supermodel of the World, two years after fellow Asian Hyoni Kang. Aside from becoming the faces of major campaigns from Ralph Lauren to Diane Von Furstenberg, the models were also ever-present on the Fall 2011 runways. Both Ming Xi and Sun Fei Fei walked in 18 shows, So Young Kang in 15, and Tao Okamoto in 13. It is safe to say that Asian models are the new “it” girls of fashion. The rapidly growing fashion market in countries like Korea, Japan, and China is also a large contributing factor to the appearance of Asian models. While consumerism flourishes there, sales also improve when customers can see a sort of version of themselves represented, creating a sort of high-end global branding. This past December, US Vogue ran a feature titled “Asia Major,” a spread featuring purely Asian models that spanned all of two pages. While some saw it as a revolutionary spread, some critics have found Vogue’s claim that Asians are “redefining traditional concepts of beauty” as offensive because of their shallow definition of “traditional.” So maybe it’s this question that we should be pondering: What is “traditional” fashion anyway, and what does ethnicity have to do with it? Is there a value on emphasizing the Asian-American presence in fashion? Maybe we should, in fact, hope for the distinction of race to fade into the background in the future, so we can return to simply appreciating fashion as it is on the runway.


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A piece from World’s End’s Fall 1982 collection

Fiery Mother of Punk

MRS. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD by Sashana Maitland

For all NYU fashionistas who are absolutely obsessed with Vivienne Westwood and her artful and intricate blend of punk, street, historical and high fashion cultures, hopefully you were able to clear a day out of your busy class, work, and internship schedules to head over to The Museum at FIT. Between March 8th and April 2nd, The Museum showcased the work and career of the highly influential and groundbreaking British designer. The exhibit done by The Museum was the first ever to hone in on Vivienne Westwood’s expansive and ranging career as she transformed from punk rebel designer to one of the most sought after and groundbreaking designers in high fashion. The exhibit solely concentrated on the early years of Westwood’s fashion career from 1980 to 89. It featured garments and video footage from Vivienne Westwood’s partnership with Malcolm McLaren in the early 80s to pieces from her solo collections, ranging from her first ever runway show with World’s End partner Malcolm McLaren, their 81’ Pirates Collection, to her first solo collection in 85’ and ending with her Spring/Summer 89’ Civilizade collection. The Exhibit was split up into three sections: On the Runway, Street & On the TV, and In the Press, which collectively incorporated a few of Westwood’s garments, video footage of Westwood herself and her runway collections with a brief history of her career, and photographs of garments pictured on different artists, fashion editorials and spreads. The On the Runway section featured a range of looks from some of Westwood’s most famous collections, such as a brown striped cotton unisex tunic, trouser, and sash ensemble from the Fall 1981 Pirates collection, that comes from her first ever runway show with Malcolm McLaren from their World’s End Partnership. The rest of the display highlighted the way she has famously infused street, punk, historical, and British traditional cultures into her design style and collections. It showcased seven pieces, including: a sassy satin brown bra top, an elegant and demure purple tweed

jacket with intricate gold button details, a long whimsically draped red tartan wool kilt, and a man’s two piece gold and red cotton ensemble highly reminiscent of a medieval court jester attire. The Street & On the TV section of the exhibit presented photographs of the wide range of musical artists both Westwood and McLaren designed and styled for such as Boy George and the British new wave group Bow Wow Wow, that was created by McLaren and almost exclusively dressed in World’s End clothing. This section even included footage from the Bow Wow Wow music video for their most popular hit, “I Want Candy.” The exhibit ended with the In the Press section. Here, we got to see a few garments and innovative shoes in display cases and a range of photographs from Westwood’s early work that were displayed in numerous British Magazines such as i-D, The Face, and British Vogue. This section is included because of the huge influence these magazines had on Vivienne Westwood’s career as they helped popularize World’s End work by dressing musicians and top models in the brand’s clothing. They later helped Westwood step out as a solo designer as popular fashion magazines of the time took a huge interest in her work and began to regularly present ads of Westwood’s collections and showcase her work on the cover of their magazines. The exhibit did an excellent job of providing both the historical background and visuals of Vivienne Westwood’s transformative years from 1980 to 1989. It took you through some of the most influential and important aspects of Vivienne Westwood’s life such as her early years of being a school teacher to how she got her start in fashion with McLaren, and how she helped to define the punk seen in London. If you’re looking for a more creative, visual, in depth, and free look into the career of Vivienne Westwood, but couldn’t make it to 27th street, you can still view it online. Check it out at The Museum of Fit’s website: http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

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spring.summer. BEAUTY REPORT

by Erin Stovall

SHOCKING SMILES This season’s main lip color is not for the faint of heart. The lips were the focus on many of the Spring/Summer runways. Gone are the days when rocking a statement lip meant gliding on a shade of bright red. In a StyleList interview, renowned makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury (who has done looks for magazines like W and Vogue) said that the citrusy hue is flattering on almost everyone. She added, “It’s more modern than last season’s red lip and it complements every skin tone and makes your eye color pop. It’s incredibly effective!” For true matte orangey lips like the models at Marc by Marc Jacobs, try M.A.C. Lipstick in Neon Orange or Morange. If you

Leave fall’s “greige” obsession behind and welcome shades fit for a five-year-old’s Easter Sunday dress. A complete 180 from last year’s neon frenzy, peachy nudes, petal pinks, Robin’s egg blue, and ladylike lavenders are the big colors this season. Essie’s spring 2011 “French Affair” collection has great selection of polishes to try and at $8 a pop, they’re definitely affordable. Deborah Lippmann polish in Naked is another, more pricey choice.

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prefer an orange with a bit more red, pick up a tube of Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave. Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Candide Tangerine is another great choice. If you’re more of a lipgloss kind of girl (or guy?) then Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Temper is your best bet. Helpful hints: Bright colors can extenuate lip lines and dryness, so exfoliate your lips first. Whip up a homemade lip scrub with 2 tablespoons of sugar, one tablespoon of honey, and a couple drops of olive oil. Then, blot concealer on your lips to neutralize your natural lip color and make the lipstick last longer.

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More neutral colors may seem too boring for some, but they can allow for more experimentation when it comes to topcoats. OPI’s Black Shatter polish flew off shelves in February, but China Glaze is now offering “Crackle Polish” in a wide range of colors that can add more interest. To switch it up design wise and get a “half-moon” manicure, a reverse French manicure that was another fixture on spring runways. A Sally Hansen

Nail Pen will make it easy for you to D.I.Y. Helpful hint: Book a manicure, pedicure, or both using Lifebooker.com to score MAJOR discounts at some of New York City’s most popular salons.


BRIGHT EYES Oscar de la Renta’s spring/summer makeup featured ultra smoked-out emerald eye, while bright purple was the color of choice at Jason Wu. Peter Som chose a cheery yellow for models’ lids and Derek Lam selected a daring red. These intensely vivid colors aren’t just for runways. They’re surprisingly easy to tone down for an everyday or going out look. Afraid of looking like Mimi from the Drew Carey Show? Don’t blend bold colors past your lid and keep your lips and cheeks natural! Try Nars eyeshadow in Daphne, a rich blue tinted violet, or Make Up For Ever in #93, a matte mint green. If you’re ready to dive into the deep end, BH Cosmetics has a palette with one hundred and

twenty different shadows for only $29.99. Yes, people, you read that correctly. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DIFFERENT EYESHADOWS. If you’re still hesitant about taking on this particular beauty trend, add just a touch of color with one of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils. It comes in about 20 super-pigmented colors, glides on as smoothly as butter, and lasts for hours. They’re undoubtedly pricey at $18 a pop, so if you’re on a budget NYX Cosmetics has Jumbo Eye Pencils (only $4.50 each!) that will do the trick. Helpful hint: Start with an eyeshadow primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It may seem

like an unnecessary extra step, but it’s worth it! Primer prevents icky creasing, makes vibrant colors even brighter, and prevents fading throughout your busy day. It’s especially helpful in the summer when the extreme heat tends to cause makeup meltdowns.

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Take your side part to the extreme. Models at Rodarte and Marc Jacobs sported deep side parts with bangs clipped to the side with embellished barrettes. Most of us haven’t worn barrettes since we were in elementary school, but you can definitely find a more grown-up version at a beauty supply store like Ricky’s. Perfectly slicked back buns can look way too severe and librarian-esque. Warmer weather is all about relaxed tresses, so add a texturizer like Serge Normant Meta Revive

Dry Shampoo before pulling your hair back. Not only will it give you volume and beachy waves, but it will refresh hair that’s not 100% clean. Spice it up with a bright headband or a thin silk scarf tied turban style. Helpful hint: Having a bad hair day? Don’t fret! Nothing is more glam than a wide-brimmed straw hat. Not only is it chic, but it also protects you from the sun’s harsh rays.

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The Butterfly Effect

Photography: Michelle Watt Hair: Weiyi Chay & Andrea Ng

Stylist: Andrea Ng Make-Up: Natalia Arai

Models: Billy Vintzileos, Chris Johnson, Hakeem Holmes, Johnny Tieu, Quinn Liu, Vardaan Arora, Giomar Useche, and Lidiady Useche of EXPO 2011 Benefit Fashion Show.

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Vest, ARITZIA. Dress, T BY ALEXANDER WANG. Previous 32 page: From left: Sweater, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. Shorts, TOPMAN. Dress, TOPSHOP. Slip, Stylist’s Own. Sweater and Scarf, JOHN VARVATOS.


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Left: Top, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. Right: Blazer, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. Sweater, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM.


T-shirt, TOPMAN. Vest, ARITZIA. Above: Left: Dress, CALLA AT DEBUT. Right: Top, Vintage LANVIN.

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From Left: Top, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Dress, Calla at Debut. Blazer, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Pocket Square, Vintage. Top, Vintage Lanvin. Skirt, Topshop. Shirt, J+. Bow tie and Shorts, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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From Left: Vest, TOPMAN. Shirt, J+. Shorts, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. T-shirt, TOPMAN. Pants, WILFRED

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D AT ARITZIA. T-shirt, TOPMAN. Sweater, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. Sweater and Shorts, TOPMAN.

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LOWER EAST SIDE by Ariel Zucker-Brull

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UPPER WEST SIDE by Myrtle Quillamor

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LAUNDRY DAY Photographer: Mark Delessandro Art Direction/Styling: Valerie Chan Hair and Makeup: CHEIKO Assistant: Jacobi Hollingshed Model: Deonna Pinkerton

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Beanie, UNIQLO. Shoes, Stylist’s own. Dress, BCBG MAXAZRIA. Previous page: Shorts, TOPSHOP. Blouse, SHAKUHACHI. Facing page: Shirt, Stylists own. 44 Dress, SHAKUHACHI.


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Trench, NICHOLAS K. Bustier, H&M. Shorts, SHAKUHACHI. Socks, MARIA LA ROSA. Facing page: Dress, SHAKUHACHI. Socks, MARIA LA ROSA. Glasses, RAYBAN.

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Dress and shirt, Stylists own. Socks, MARIA LA ROSA. Boots, DOC MARTENS. Facing page: Dress, SHAKUHACHI. Boots, DOC MARTENS. Socks, Model’s own.

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summer comfort photography j. scott styling joanna davila hair and makeup ryan b. anthony producer karina dearwood model aleksandra neboga

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This page: TOP AND SKIRT 3.1 phillip lim. SWEATER vpl. SHOES theory. BRACELET vintage. Previous Page: DRESS rag & bone. NECKLACE AND BRACELET vintage.

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TOP diane von furstenburg. SHORTS rag & bone. SANDALS stylist’s own. SCARF vintage.

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This page: BLAZER and DRESS rag & bone. SHOES christian louboutin. NECKLACE vintage Facing page: SWEATER rag & bone. STUD RING made her think. SIGNET RING stylist’s own. HAT made in panama.

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Backstage Confidential with Vena Cava

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Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock launched Vena Cava following their graduation from Parsons in 2003. In seven short years, the California natives have made quite a splash in the fashion circuit, collaborating with Converse, the Gap and Via Spiga, to name a few. The designer duo even struck a rather unexpected partnership with Proper Attire to design condoms for this season’s New York Fashion Week, which were gifted to attendees of their show. From their humble beginnings piecing together their first collection from their Brooklyn pad to a fully-fledged legion of Hollywood fans (among them Natalie Portman and Blake Lively), Buhai and Mayock have cemented their reputation as the go-to gals for simple, sleek sophistication. Vintage inspirations and intricate prints have become a Vena Cava signature, and for F/W 2011, the designers took a nostalgic trip back to the 90’s. NYChic gives you the exclusive behind-the-scenes frenzy at Vena Cava’s F/W 2011 show.

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NYCHIC: Do you have any rituals during fashion week? SOPHIE: We always dress like twins... It’s some sort of fashion ESP thing. We also get very into the music that reflects the inspiration. This season it was 90’s, so we got very kooky listening to 90’s deep cuts by Tori Amos and other nerdy female singers from that era. NYCHIC: Speaking of the 90’s, do you have any particularly fond memories or perhaps a favorite girl power bands from the decade? SOPHIE: Yes! Our favorite thing was getting into the music we loved in high school. We looked at a ton of Riot Grrrrl zines, and listened to the Breeders, the Vasalines, Elastica, Fiona Apple, PJ Harvey,and Liz Phair. There were amaz-

ing females making great music in the 90’s.

NYCHIC: Do you have any favorite pieces from the season? LISA: I think my favorite pieces from the season were any of the ones in our color block print, and the long rust dress with the exaggerated square neckline- that dress is all about the neckline. It’s kind of like wearing the rocket baby sleeves that Fiona Apple wore in the 90s- but built into a dress. NYCHIC: How do you think you’ve evolved since Vena Cava first began in 2003? LISA: We’ve become really streamlined in the way we work together. At the beginning it was a big tangle of both of us doing every single aspect of the process and it was very confusing. I’d say that applies both to the business and the design – We’ve learned to recognize each other’s strengths and trust that they will do a great job on whatever part of the equation is theirs to tackle. NYCHIC: What are you looking forward to the most now that NYFW is over? LISA: The classical trinity of Mexico, beach, and beers.

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i r a b k a a n arsis an h t a c t close g y Wan a M y b

Anna Akbari walks into a small diner on 47th street wearing a black Nao Takekoshi peacoat with cream buttons, dark skinny jeans, and grey lace up high heel boots. Her hair is long, brown, and wavy, framing a petite sunglass-clad face. She’s here to tell me about her personal style consultation service. Needless to say, she is not your typical NYU professor. Akbari teaches at NYU Steinhardt’s department of Media, Culture, and Communication, where her curriculum focuses on the beauty and fashion industry. She teaches three seminars to MCC students: Media and Identity, Fashion and Power, and Beauty and the Body, which, according to Akbari, are all “very demanding classes with very sexy titles.” “They are very theoretical and very academic,” says Akbari. “One thing I say to the students first is that this is not a fashion history class, this is not a celebration of couture. This is a very serious class and we read a lot of very heavy sociological texts.” But the seriousness of the classes shouldn’t be all that’s surprising, considering that Akbari graduated from The New School with a PHD in visual sociology, with a focus on “visual self presentation and identity construction.” That pretty much means she’s actually a fashion expert. Oh yeah, and not only is she taking her expertise to the classroom and teaching it to her students, she’s also using it as the keystone to her new fashion consulting service, Closet Catharsis. Though Akbari started Closet Catharsis a few years ago, she has only started to expand and market the service in the recent year. Closet Catharsis is a personal fashion consulting service that focuses on “taking a look at the way that [people] are presenting themselves and are being perceived by their various audiences,” says Akbari, and then helping them “[assess] how they can strategically project a more effective image.” For $890, Akbari will make you take her through your closet and tell her about yourself, then compile a hefty personal style report for you including tips and the clothes she thinks are right for you. After that, she’ll actually take you shopping! Her end goal, she says, is to help her clients feel empowered by the wardrobe decisions they make: “It’s really about tapping into who they are and who they like to be.” She adds, “my clients come to me instead of more traditional fashion stylists or image consultants because they like that there’s a more holistic approach to it.”” Akbari admits that the service is a bit of an investment, but it’s a better deal than buying expensive clothes that don’t fit you well and that you’ll regret later. “It’s not about getting a bargain,” she stresses. “It’s about investing in something that’s sustainable. And that’s very different than a quick fix.” Akbari has a myriad of clients, but says she loves working with people “who are in some sort of transition” the most. Say, for example, NYU students. She says she wants to help graduating seniors learn how to project a more professional identity and understand fashion from an empowerment perspective. She even recently gave a talk on business attire at an NYU Fashion Business Association meeting. As for Akbari’s personal style, she says it’s “constantly evolving.” Overall, she likes neutral colors, soft textures, and classic, feminine pieces. Yet she admits there’s also something about wearing all black (remnants of her college days) that is very appealing to her. “I don’t like conservative, I like sort of an overall glam. I like working with the body.” She tells me about the pieces from indie designers she’s acquired during her work and her travels, noting the Nao Takekoshi peacoat. As she sips on her green tea, I’m thinking: this is one professor I wouldn’t mind asking for style advice. www.closetcatharsis.com

“It’s about investing in something that’s sustainable”

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by Cruz Granados As I look around the fashion industry, I can’t help but ask myself this question: Where are all the guys? Even though it may seem like fabulous stiletto-clad females dominate the entire fashion industry, there are a few noteworthy fashionistos out there. The Editor: Hamish Bowles Though you may not have heard of this incredible fashionisto, you’ve most definitely heard of his colleagues Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley and Grace Coddington. Hamish Bowles, however, has been the European Editor at Large for Vogue since 1995. He is a fixture to be regarded at fashion shows and is best known for his colorful fashion choices, which have landed him on numerous bestdressed lists. The Designer: Prabal Gurung The list of amazing male designers seems endless from Marc Jacobs, to Christopher Bailey 0f Burberry to Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, but I chose to highlight someone who has everyone on the edge of their seats. Prabal Gurung launched his own line in February of 2009 after working for Cynthia Rowley

It’s a Man’s Man’s World and Bill Blass. He has a dedicated celebrity clientele, which includes Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Demi Moore and Zoe Saldana. In November of 2010 he was runner up for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for the tremendous impact he’s already had on the fashion industry. The Editors-in-Chief: Stefano Tonchi and Jim Nelson Considering how few male Editors-In-Chiefs there are in the industry, I thought it was only right to honor both of these fashionistos. Stefano Tonchi, who some of you might recognize from Gossip Girl, is the current EIC of W, the edgy sister publication of Vogue. Before working at W, Stefano created and edited T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He has had much success in the industry working as Creative Director for J. Crew, Fashion Creative Director for Esquire, Creative Director for Self magazine and Fashion Director for L’Uomo Vogue. His numerous years of experience and the varied positions that he’s held have made him one of the most knowledgeable and influential individuals in the industry.

Jim Nelson, the current EIC of GQ— which has now practically become the bible for fashionable guys—started his fashion career a little later than most. At age thirty, Jim made the switch from television to magazines. He first started out with an internship at Harpers Bazaar, eventually moving to GQ as an editor. In 2003 he was named EditorIn-Chief of GQ, replacing Art Cooper. The Model: Andrej Pejic Andrej Pejic, the gender bending male model, has caused quite the sensation since he first started modeling in 2010. Since then he’s done multiple editorials and even dressed up as a bride in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2011 show. His androgynous look has drawn the attention of both designers and editors alike. He’s currently featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 advertisement campaigns of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier. He also has an upcoming shoot with Vogue Australia.

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CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL Photographed by Florence Kuo//Still-Life Styling by Tina Liu

Arthur Gonzales Full Name: Arthur John Gonzales School/Major: Parsons Dropout Something That Most People Don’t Know About You: I am a classically trained singer and actor Dream Job: Freelance Editorial Stylist What These Pieces Mean To You/ Say About Your Style: Each and every article of clothing in my closet has a story behind it. I remember each and every time I wore them; along with what they’ve experienced with me. I develop a true appreciation of my pieces beyond material worth. They are an expression of myself, and I’m an avant-garde minimalist. Alexander Wang Knit Sweater I couldn’t stop wearing it since I first threw it on amidst the insanely hectic sample sale I found it at this year. It just works with everything. Cross Ring I have an obsession with double finger rings, and crosses. Cross Bracelet See above. I’m a catholic schoolboy (which would explain why I’m not catholic…) just reppin’ my roots. Marc Jacobs Oxfords Bronze. Need I say more?

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They’re also women’s and are a size smaller than I need, but I wear them all the time. Burberry Sunglasses These are my favorite sunglasses that I have ever owned. I lose all of my good sunglasses within months of purchasing them. It’s kind of a problem—but I’ve had these for 4 years. Draped Feather Necklace I love feathers, but boas are out. Vintage Purple Blazer This blazer is my mom’s from the 80’s. It’s one of several I took from her closet back in Texas. She hasn’t noticed. Black Chiffon Print Scarf This scarf is not warm in the least, but works with practically everything. All Saints Harem Pants They’re chic and still comfortable to sleep in. Gold Bar Necklace It’s so minimal, but still serves as a statement piece. This piece is something I don’t even have to think about when I put it on.


Allegra Lee Full Name: Allegra Janae Lee School/Major: Steinhardt/ Media, Culture and Communication Something That Most People Don’t Know About You: I actually have a fashion blog called The Poor Girl (http:// the-poor-girl.blogspot.com/) that I update from time to time. However, because it features primarily pictures of myself I am always embarrassed to tell people about it. Dream Job: All-powerful fashion editorial stylist What These Pieces Mean To You/Say About Your Style: Jean-Paul Gaultier Jacket I got this at a huge sample sale sponsored by my last internship. The retail price was still on the tag and it normally sells for around three grand! I donned it for New Years Eve and discovered that the shoulder pads actually flip out Lady-Gaga-style if desired. Moschino Shoes These are my absolute favorite shoes, also from my internship’s sample sale. Their multi-facetedness makes them so fun to wear and they are the one pair of shoes that

actually make my 5’3”-self feel like I tower over people! Vintage Black Dress I rescued this from a grimy little thrift store back home and had it hemmed considerably shorter. I’d like to think it is from the 1940’s but with my luck it’s probably an 80’s reproduction. Nevertheless, I adore the cheeky peplum and rhinestone details! Zara Clogs These shoes are both the pride and bane of my existence. Whilst I absolutely adore them, the height is so treacherous that I end up twisting my ankle if I so much as step on a cobble stone or have a single sip of alcohol, so they pretty much remain on my shoe rack where I admire them daily but take them out only for very special occasions. Vintage Fur Stole I scored this at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market and it has been a regular staple for nights out in New York. It seems to live in my apartment only part-time as it frequently finds its way onto the necks of friends who feel slightly underdressed for the evening. Orange Sunglasses I picked these up at Buffalo Exchange. I love how kooky and gawky they

are! They take up practically half of my face so they are the perfect sunnies to hide behind when I’m experiencing a bad hair day or just a generally bad life day. Elephant Pin I found this in the depths of a box of tangled necklaces at the Chelsea Flea Market. The trunk was cracked, but it was just so adorable I couldn’t help myself. Besides, I feel like the fact that it’s flawed is kind of endearing. Tassle Necklace My aunt got this necklace for me at an old lady thrift store she came across during her travels (she clearly knows me well). I love how the neck is fairly short so it kind of resembles a tie and lends a put-together vibe when tucked under shirt collars Gold Headband I wore this last Halloween when I was Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Annie Leibovitz did this amazing, Aliceinspired editorial for Vogue back in 2003 and I wanted to do something in that vein that was super unique, so I opted for a metal hairbow instead of the regular ribbon.

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Jason Tsai Full Name: Jason Tsai School/Major: Stern / Management & Marketing Dream Job: Still working on it. What These Pieces Mean To You/Say About Your Style: Altered J.Crew Military Jacket in the Style of Veda When I saw the women’s Veda “Jones” leather-sleeved military jacket, I instantly knew I wanted something similar. Attaching an old leather jacket’s sleeves to the body of this J. Crew military jacket yielded a more masculine rendition of the Jones, and gave me the opportunity to repurpose a forgotten piece. 3.1 Phillip Lim Attaché I love briefcases and attaché cases; they’re so functional and easy for carrying everything you need. The natural lambskin on this 3.1 envelope clutch in particular has developed a rich patina and become more beautiful with use. Burgundy Wingtip Boots I got these boots custom made while I was abroad in Shanghai by this amazing shoemaker. They’re durable, comfortable, and the rich burgundy hue looks great with everything.

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Orange Patterned OC Shorts The graphic Moroccan print and bright orange color drew me to these shorts. I can’t wait to wear these all the time once the temperature gets warmer, with a denim shirt or a simple t-shirt. Leopard Print Belt I tend to wear the same things over and over again, so punchy accessories can make all the difference. This pony hair belt fits the bill, with its loud animal print and slim width. 3.1 Phillip Lim Brown Leather Backpack Whether books, gym clothes and sneakers, or groceries, I love a good backpack as a stylish alternative to cumbersome tote bags. APC Beige Trench One of my favorite jackets - I got this four years ago in Paris and still wear it all the time. The classic silhouette, quality construction, and clean tan color make it one of my go-to outerwear pieces. Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Bowtie A patterned bowtie is such an easy addition to an otherwise boring black suit.


Olivia Orley Full Name: Olivia Rose Orley School/Major: Gallatin/individualized study (not quite sure yet) Something That Most People Don’t Know About You: I have been playing the drums since I was 11 What These Pieces Mean To You/ Say About Your Style: Rag & Bone Poncho this poncho represents my style because it is unique but still classic. I love the attention to detail rag and bone puts into all of their garments. The leather trim and shearling hood made me fall in love the moment I saw it. Black Pleated Skirt My aunt has an amazing closet that I have been lucky enough to raid quite a few times, she lent me this skirt when I was a freshman in high school I think, and I have yet to give it back. It is the one item of clothing I could not live without, it works in every season and always makes me feel great. Alex Wang Studded Bag My style is always evolving but I have always been a sucker for tough accent pieces, so when I saw this bag I knew I had to have it. I saved up and bought it for myself this fall. Unfortunately I have been loving it a little too hard and it is currently falling apart. Elise Overland boots When it comes to shoes

I usually keep it pretty simple, with neutral colors that can be worn with anything, and give an added edge. These boots take me seamlessly from day to night and through the seasons. Fish Necklace This necklace is awesome because it isn’t just a necklace; it’s also a bottle opener. It is jewelry with a purpose! Lightning Bolt Necklace My cousin Jennifer Fisher makes the most beautiful jewelry. This is from her first collection, and I wore it every day for 4 years. I finally replaced it a year ago, but I still pull it out from time to time. Vintage Floral Blouse I like getting dressed to feel like playing dress-up. My mood dictates the type of character I want to dress up as. This blouse has a really nice cinched waist and strong shoulders, perfect for a 1950’s housewife look. Missoni Cardigan I don’t really wear that many bright colors but I couldn’t resist this sweater. It makes me feel like a mermaid Ramones T This is my most cherished item of clothing. It was a gift from my favorite teacher in high school and it used to be his. As much as I love to get dressed up, most of the time I can be found in black skinny jeans and a good vintage T.

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From Left: Top, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. Dress, CALLA at DEBUT. Blazer, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. Pocket Square, Vintage. Top, Vintage LANVIN. Skirt, TOPSHOP. Shirt, J+. Bow tie and Shorts, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM.

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NYChic Magazine Spring 2011