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Secrets to Success alumnae advice for focused fashionistas HILLARY KERR

co-founder and editorial director of WhoWhatWear Question: When and how did you originally become interested in fashion? What inspired you? Answer: I was always much more intrigued by pop culture, and fashion was one facet of that larger interest. After I started covering fashion, I realized its power and importance. What you wear communicates so much about you: your values, interests, tastes and personality. And that is incredibly inspiring. Plus, the artistry involved is just amazing. Q: How would you define your own current sense of style and inspiration? A: I’m a total retrophile and tend to love anything that would work on one of Hitchcock’s heroines. That means lots of pencil skirts, ladylike blouses and very high heels. Brigitte Bardot is also always a muse of mine — and the world’s, of course. As for what inspires me, it can be anything from a Tim Walker editorial to an incredible runway look to a photo on a street style site.


By EMILY MCDERMOTT After years of paying her dues at various internships, Hillary Kerr graduated from the NYU graduate masters program in journalism in 2002 and joined the editorial team at Elle magazine. Kerr left Elle to return to California, where she co-founded WhoWhatWear, an online magazine with a daily readership of over one million. Now you can find Kerr in Los Angeles, looking like a Hitchcock heroine, donning pencil skirts, feminine blouses and tantalizingly high heels. Here, Kerr gives insight on her personal inspiration and shares tips with students hoping to enter the fashion industry.


Q: How did your education at NYU prepare you for a career in the fashion industry? A: I learned how to report at NYU and how to be diligent about getting the information I needed for a story. That combination of perseverance and understanding how to really research and report was extremely helpful and valuable in the real world. Gary Belsky and Mary Quigley were the two professors who taught me everything I know. Q: If you had to identify one thing in your life thus far that you believe helped catapult your success, what would that be? A: As an undergrad and graduate student, I did a slew of internships — everywhere from Australian Marie Claire

to InStyle to San Diego Magazine to Harper’s Bazaar — and it was humbling and informative. I learned how to do the grunt work and really paid my dues, so when I was hired at Elle, I was so happy to be there. I just said, “Yes,” to as much as possible. Those internships made me certain that publishing was my calling, and I’m eternally grateful that I got to do them and that my parents were kind enough to support me during that period. Q: Looking back on all of your experiences, what would you say has been the most valuable? What would you redo or change and Why? A: Working at Elle was definitely the most important experience of my formative career. I was surrounded by such amazing, intelligent women, some of whom I was lucky enough to consider my mentors. They taught me so much and gave me the confidence to go off and start my freelance career and then I wouldn’t change a thing. Q: What advice would you offer NYU students hoping to enter the fashion industry? A: Internships are everything. Identify where you want to work, and figure out a way to intern there. Also try to go as many days as possible; the more you are there, the more likely you are to get projects. You will do very annoying things as an intern, but if you can execute these tasks perfectly and with a good attitude, you will eventually get to do amazing things, so be patient and humble and work really hard. Emily McDermott is a staff writer. Email her at

fashion designer and company president Question: How did you get your start in designing, and what was the motivation? Answer: The first piece that I ever designed — and wore — was a strapless mini dress that I recall was excellent for twirling. The occasion was a middle school dinner dance, and I remember being the only girl in my class not allowed to buy a dress. Instead, my father insisted I design my own. And while I’ve been making clothing ever since, it was not until I came to NYU that I began to see a future for myself as a designer.


By Shannon Loughran With grandparents who grew up on Washington Square Park and a father who was a third-generation bespoke tailor, whom designer Katie Ermilio used to accompany on New York City business trips as a young girl, it is no wonder that Ermilio came to NYU to pursue a career in design. Ermilio graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in Visual Culture. She was then hired by Teen Vogue as a public relations assistant. An accomplished fashion designer, NYU gave Ermilio her background in both design and business.

With a full course load and internship schedule, I started making dresses for myself purely out of necessity. My overbooked itinerary demanded ensembles that could take me from morning classes to my internship and out to dinner with friends — all with no outfit change required. The moment I’d exhausted a dress from heavy rotation in my weekly wardrobe my father would scoop up the samples to hang in his Haverford storefront. It took no time at all for his regular clientele of well-tailored men to start purchasing my designs for their wives and even less time for women to begin commissioning oneof-a-kind styles. Before I knew it I was a full-time student with an internship at Vogue and a rapidly growing business in design. Q: How did your time at NYU influence your career now? A: Being at Gallatin gave me the opportunity to dictate my education according to my passions. And with the independence that came from designing my own college experience also came an emphasis on learning how to navigate such freedoms. While I was taking classes and earning credits as an intern, I was also getting an education in the true meaning of responsibility. Gallatin not only encouraged me to decide for myself what kind of studies were important, but also how to curate each semester

and determine my own schedule. What was key about my time at NYU is that I had to learn how to formulate plans, and even more importantly, how to execute and carry them out. As the president of my own company, not a day goes by that I don’t access this skill set. Q: What advice do you have for students who aspire to go into the fashion industry or become a designer themselves? A: Whenever I’m asked this question I always recite the same word three times: intern, intern, intern. There are countless opportunities and niches within the fashion world to hone one’s skills and learn his or her desired profession from the inside out. In fashion, I believe it’s particularly important to work in all sectors of the industry. For instance, if you want to become a designer, spend time working in retail on a sales floor or intern with a department store buying office, a stylist and in a designer’s operations department. Magazines are a wealth of knowledge, and publishing was actually where I got my real start in design. Public relations firms, marketing and branding agencies and factoring companies are all amazing places to learn about the business of fashion and how all of the moving parts of this industry are connected. Having a sense of the business in the round is the most important asset in excelling in your career. Q: Where do you find inspiration? A: In each collection I find a consistent source of inspiration in designing for the women who wear my clothes. With every line, I imagine where the coming months will take her — in her career, her travels, her friendships — constructing a wardrobe around her wants and needs for the upcoming season. Shannon Loughran is beauty and style editor. Email her at

ABOUT THE VENUE Before the development of the High Line, the presence of street-level trains was the cause of numerous accidents. In 1934 the High Line was built in an effort to alleviate street traffic by elevating the freight trains. Its creation allowed trains to roll directly into the factories for which they carried goods. With the growth of automobiles in the 1950s, the High Line was slowly abandoned and was ultimately slated for demolition in the mid-1980s under New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. However, in 1999 the nonprofit Friends of the High Line formed to stop the demolition and proposed the space instead be used as an aboveground park. In 2009 that dream became a reality when the park opened to the public. A combination of stylish architecture and green space, the High Line is a beautiful retreat from fast-paced city life. With its nostalgic train tracks and hyper-modern design, it is the perfect location for a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s-inspired stroll. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Keerthi Harishankar


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STEELE THE CITY By Nicola Pring Fashion blogger Monroe Steele was in her element at Housing Works, a midsized thrift store on East 23rd Street. “I like this skirt,” she said, as she stood amid racks of secondhand clothing holding a floor-length, orange and brown floral skirt to her waist. “Pair this with a simple T-shirt and a denim jacket, and you’d have an outfit.” Steele, a recent graduate of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, has made a parttime career of her passion for thrift shopping. In addition to maintaining a successful fashion blog called Fashion Steele NYC, Steele offers Thrift and the City, a thrift shopping tour in New York. Steele came to NYU to study physical therapy as a graduate student after completing her undergraduate work in exercise and sports physiology at East Carolina University. She was inspired to move to New York by HBO’s hit television show “Sex and the City.” “I know, it’s so cliché,” Steele said. “I know everyone runs around wanting to be Carrie Bradshaw, but really that was the main reason I moved to New York. If it weren’t for that show, I don’t think I would have had the guts to move here.” Steele had a long-time love for fashion, but had little knowledge as to where to shop in New York and lacked the funds for designer threads. “I just started Googling places to shop here, like Goodwill, and I started going there on a regular basis,” she said of her early thrifting experiences. Steele started Fashion Steele NYC in October 2010 after reading a newspaper article about fashion bloggers. “I didn’t have a camera — I didn’t have anything,” Steele said of her first foray into blogging. “But I started [my blog] that day.” She initially received positive feedback from followers and soon began to incorporate her thrift shopping experiences into her blog.

After several successful months with Fashion Steele NYC, the blogger decided to share her expertise. She planned her first Thrift and the City tour around several New York neighborhoods where she knew of several stores in close proximity to each other. She tested her tour on her blogger friends from the New York City Fashion Bloggers Meetup Group, which she founded shortly after she began posting online. Steele hired a driver and brought the group to eight thrift stores in three neighborhoods over five hours. Steele said her first tour was very successful. “I loved my Thrift and the City Tour,” said Jerrica Navarro, founder of the blog Fashion Nostalgia and member of the bloggers’ group. “It was great to have a personal thrift guide.” Now, Steele gives one-on-one and group tours between maintaining her blog and working full-time as a physical therapist. According to Steele, there is no specific strategy to thrift shopping, though she does offer advice to her tour groups. She suggests wearing a skirt or dress while rummaging through the racks of different stores to make it easy to try clothing on, as many thrift stores lack dressing rooms. She also suggests shopping with a budget and an open mind. “I’m never looking for anything in particular,” she said. “It’s hard to go thrifting and have something in mind because the stores aren’t built that way. They’re going to have whatever people donate.” Though thrift shopping can be daunting to newcomers, Steele said it can be a great experience. “One person’s trash is really another person’s treasure,” she said. “You never know. Just give it a try, you could find something great.” Nicola Pring is a staff writer. Email her at


Steinhardt graduate Monroe Steele takes first-time thrifters on city shopping tours.


A Twist on Thrift


Gallatin graduate and AuH2O owner Kate Goldwater offers affordable, eco-friendly vintage fashion. By Amanda Randone With spring collections off the racks while flowers are still in bloom and last season’s pumps no longer acceptable footwear for fall, NYU alumna Kate Goldwater has rebelled against the norms of contemporary fashion. “We live in a fashion culture where there is this cycle of always needing the newest and the best, when sometimes the oldest can be the best too,” Goldwater said. In late 2006, the curly-haired vintage junkie opened her East Village thrift boutique, AuH2O — after the scientific elements that make up her surname — with an approach that intertwines her passion for social activism and the environment. “We’re recycling thousands of pounds of clothes every year, and we are giving the clothes a second chance,” she said. “And, in a way, it is feminist to have things be affordable because there is never buyer’s remorse. Women can try new trends. It is so much more freeing.” Although Goldwater grew up in Milwaukee, her fashionable mother and native Manhattan grandparents gave her an innate sense of artistic urbanism. Among a middle school class donning Gap jeans and Abercrombie sweatshirts, Goldwater wore unique pieces from her favorite local thrift store and stole clothes from her mother’s closet to

make her own designs. “I taught myself how to build anything so I could wear whatever I wanted to, even if it didn’t fit me,” she said. Goldwater, who was also a high school athlete, came to NYU in 2002 for a New York City experience that would also include Division III sports. She originally planned to study Studio Art in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Communication and Human Development and live in a dorm with fellow members of the soccer team. While her roommates arrived with tracksuits and soccer balls, Goldwater brought her sewing machines and sketchbooks. She eventually transferred to the Gallatin School of Individualized Study for a less restrictive educational experience, allowing her to explore environmental studies, gender studies, politics, art and fashion. Goldwater’s concentration, Art and Clothing for Social Justice, exposed her to the possibility of starting a business based on her morals while still remaining profitable. “I asked myself, how can I be part of fashion and clothing but not be totally part of this industry that I don’t always agree with?” Goldwater said. “Starting my own store was my way to combine how I love the environment.” East Seventh Street in lower Manhattan became the charming site of a then 22-year-old’s eco-friendly ambitions, where she opened her first

shop after graduation. Her quaint store had only two clothing racks and a pseudo-dressing room fashioned from shower curtains. Just as each item in Goldwater’s life had its own character, so did everything in her tiny store, which was either a consignment piece or a design she had re-worked herself. A few years later, Goldwater was able to move into the newly available, larger space next door. She was immediately drawn to the hardwood floors, exposed brick and 300-square feet of space. “I felt like I really made it at that point,” she said. With more space came an increase in business and responsibility. Goldwater was alone, stocking the store, appeasing customers, sifting through secondhand offerings and keeping AuH2O afloat. In 2010, though hesitant at first, she realized the necessity of taking on partners. “I never wanted to let anyone else in because this was my baby, my project,” Goldwater explained. “It was part of my personality, part of me. To let someone else in felt like I had failed.” The venture proved to be anything but a failure, as AuH2O’s business expanded. Goldwater met her current business partner Alexandra Sinderbrand by means of Sinderbrand’s popular secondhand shopping blog, cheapjap. com. “The first time Alexandra came in, we were so in sync and interested in one

another,” Goldwater said. “The two of us are very much in this to bring secondhand clothes, thrifting and fashion to the masses,” Goldwater said. Sinderbrand has found that Goldwater’s work ethic is characterized largely by her creativity and positive approach to life. “She is very innovative in terms of the business we run and how we run it,” Sinderbrand said. “We balance each other out, and she has inspired me to be a better and more patient person.” Goldwater and Sinderbrand strive to keep prices low because of AuH2O’s location — placed strategically in an area overpopulated by trendy students short on spending money. Their affordable store now has a warm presence in its dainty downtown neighborhood. Goldwater can often be found with a welcoming smile behind the store’s front register, inventing jewelry pieces from her most recent stocking dig. Customers are always perusing the pipe metal racks, astonished by the $15 pleated skirts and $10 patterned blouses. “With so many schools nearby — NYU, Cooper Union, Parsons and SVA — I love that that’s are our primary clientele,” Goldwater said. “We want to have a store for the artists and the everyones, where anyone with any job can come in and enjoy fashion and enjoy vintage.” Amanda Randone is editor-in-chief. Email her at

ABOUT THE VENUE This recently opened bar, Randolph Beer — a sister lounge to the Randolph at Broome — has a back room, speakeasy feel to it with its rough brick walls, barrel-inspired chairs and colorful subway-esque downstairs dance room chock-full of graffiti. The pub is unique in its focus on craft beers, offering 50 different brews — 36 of which are on tap — served at their ideal temperatures. The long bar and walls lined with various beer cans set the mood for a night of indulgence and drinking. The large group booth in the back, big enough for 10, is perfect for any celebration worthy of eccentricity as its food menu ranges from oysters and steamed lentils to lamb sliders and macaroni and cheese. The authentic subway bench downstairs and its motorcycle upstairs add to Randolph Beer’s quirkiness. — Maximilíano Durón



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BLOSSOM INTO Bright & Bold top trends By Sydney Wu Spring has officially arrived — whether the weather acts like it or not. No matter what the temperature, it is time to bring in the new trends for the season. With the dull pastels of winter out of style and all things fabulous for spring on-trend, here are some spring musthaves for all fashionistas out there who want to be on top of new springtime styles. Color blocking promises to be a hot style for the season, and it is an easy one to follow. For this trend, pair a solid colored top with a solid bottom in a different color. Even colors that might usually clash together can work with this trend. It is all about experimenting for a bolder look. Keep in mind that color blocking looks much better with bright colors as opposed to pastels. Pair a bright yellow blouse with a royal blue bandage skirt. Forever 21 and H&M carry affordable options of

solid tops and bottoms. Finish this trend with your footwear. Online retailer Asos sells sneakers and brogues that incorporate the color-blocking trend. Bold red lips are a classic, must-have look for this season. Keep in mind that not one shade of red works for everyone. Each color has various undertones that can make a big difference. Experiment with several shades until you find one that works. CoverGirl has numerous reds to choose from and their options are also quite affordable. For those looking to invest in a lipstick, Lancome’s new line, Rouge in Love, is a fantastic option. Do not forget to keep eye makeup simple when sporting this bold lip trend. Prints and patterns are also easy trends to incorporate into an everyday wardrobe. For the girly, feminine floral to the edgier snakeskin design, spring is all about bold prints in bright colors. Paisley appears to be the hot print for the season. H&M offers fun, bright dresses in paisley designs.

Blazers are fantastic year round, especially for the spring. With temperatures just starting to rise, it might not be quite warm enough to flaunt exposed arms, but certainly not cold enough for your puffy coat. Instead of a cardigan or sweater, a blazer — tailored perfectly for your body shape — is a necessity. Not only do blazers instantly add a touch of class to any outfit, they are also a great way to flatter your figure. For this spring, invest in a brightly-colored blazer. Bright pink or blue blazers seem to be a real hit for the season. You can find a funcolored, affordable blazer at retailers such as Wet Seal and J.Crew. The number one rule for the spring is to be bold. Do not be afraid to play with color. This year is all about bright, standout colors that really make a statement as soon as you walk out the door. Sydney Wu is a staff writer. Email her at

hair By Rachel Sanderson Similar to flower bulbs planted in fall that bloom into beautiful flowers in spring, this season’s hairstyles are rooted in the past but are blossoming once again. Hairstyles that speak to decades past but that are infused with modern features reign supreme this spring. From styles popular in the ’20s to edgier ones from the ’60s and ’70s, a revival of classic ’dos defines some of spring’s biggest hair trends. Drop-waist dresses were heavily featured on the spring 2012 runways and along with the resurgence of this iconic ’20s silhouette comes the reappearance of the flapper bob. Flapper-inspired bobs can be modernized by tousling structural finger waves to create a more disheveled and urban look. This awards season, several celebrities were seen donning flapper-inspired hairstyles. Charlize Theron’s tousled style at the Golden Globe Awards had a vintage vibe but was still modern, and Miley Cyrus went ’20s-classic at an Academy Awards after party. The mod style of the ’60s is also influencing spring hairstyle trends. Popular this season are short, messy bobs. Unkempt, voluminous waves update the chic, retro hairstyle for 2012. Another popular look from the ’60s and ’70s this spring is center-parted hair. Whether you prefer mod pinstraight hair or old-fashioned bouncy curls, a center part is the perfect way to have a modern yet classic hairstyle.

Slick hair is also huge for spring. Hair that appeared freshly wet but with an edgy grunge style of the ’90s was featured in a variety of spring 2012 runway shows like Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Bottega Veneta. Whether it is textured and down or slicked back and up, glistening hair is an easy-going style that can be worn to work or after leaving the beach. A myriad of styles may be popular this season, but the most unique hair trend for spring is playing with color. Like the designers, who favored pastel-hued clothing for spring, people are dying their hair these same shades. From students to celebrities, people have been seen walking around with cotton-candy pink, turquoise-blue and lavender hair. Katy Perry is one of the many celebrities who has caught onto this trend, rocking both pink and blue hair. Other celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth and Kelly Osbourne have been seen sporting this unique look. Another big color trend for spring is ombre hair. Ombre hair has been popular for a while, and it does not seem to be losing any momentum this season. Locks that are darker at the roots and fade into a light color make it easy to grow out dyed hair without making it obvious and still being on-trend. Rachel Sanderson is a staff writer. Email her at



denim By Rachel Sanderson Denim has always been an American wardrobe staple, and this spring is no exception. Forget the notions that denim can only be worn in a blue wash, worn as pants or only be paired with other non-denim pieces. Set aside your worn-out blue jeans and try out these fabulous and fresh denim trends for spring. Pastel Denim Bold, eye-catching hues have been traded for subdued but equally beautiful pastel colors. Pastel pieces paraded down many spring 2012 runways at shows such as Prada, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Louis Vuitton. This pastel trend, however, is not reserved for the runway. Sorbet-colored jeans are a great way to wear pastels this spring. Jeans in lemon yellow, mint, baby blue, pink, lime

green and lavender can be found in virtually any retailer. Popular denim brands such as Current/Elliott and J Brand are selling pastel jeans and more commercial retailers for this trend include J.Crew, Topshop, American Eagle and Forever 21. Printed Denim Denim has become quite innovative. Progressing from simple blue to multi-colored washes, printed jeans are becoming increasingly popular for spring. Another way to creatively wear denim this spring is by incorporating all-over floral prints and intricate patterns. Well-known denim brands including 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity are producing printed jeans for spring but Urban Outfitters and online retailer Asos also have options for the upcoming season.

Denim-on-Denim When the denim-on-denim trend emerged a couple years ago, many labeled it a fashion faux pas, but prepare to re-embrace it this spring. Pull off this trend by pairing a chambray shirt with darker wash jeans. Plenty of celebrities such as Rihanna, Kate Bosworth and Miranda Kerr have been spotted wearing multiple denim pieces together. The key to pair contrasting washes. Denim Dresses Who says denim can only be worn as pants and shirts? Denim dresses were featured in Chloe’s spring 2012 collection, but Free People and Anthropologie sell flirty denim dresses at a considerably less expensive price. Rachel Sanderson is a staff writer. Email her at



By Hannah Orenstein Just like a coat can define one’s style in the winter, the right pair of sunglasses can put a stylish stamp on any fashionista’s appearance for warmer weather. Check out the following vintage or vintage-inspired options to find your favorite pair this season: Metropolis 43 Third Ave. between 10th and 11th streets Head to Metropolis for round, John Lennon-inspired shades, rock star-worthy aviators and ’90s grunge styles. Prices vary, so expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $80. To complete the look, do not leave without browsing their extensive collection of denim cut-offs in every color and wash under the springtime sun.

The Cure Thrift Shop 111 E. 12th St. between Third and Fourth avenues Less edgy than Metropolis, The Cure pulls off the recently-raided Grandma’s closet look that is filled with a ’60s ease. Slip on a pair of round, thick-framed sunglasses for $175, or try a slick wraparound style from Italy for $40. All the proceeds go toward diabetes research, which makes spending at this store all the better. Warby Parker 295 Lafayette St., Suite 501 between Jersey and Houston streets Loved by stylish New Yorkers and celebrities alike, Warby Parker’s laid-back, vintage-inspired style frames and prescription lenses ring in at $95. Fans of


online shopping can rejoice as the store mails customers five pairs to try for free. To shop in person, call ahead to make an appointment. American Apparel 712 Broadway between 4th Street and Washington Place NYU’s favorite staple store, Ameri-

can Apparel, lends its signature hipster touch to eyewear. All products are dead stock produced between the ’60s and ’90s, which means they have never been worn. Prices start at $25 for a classic shape with pink frames. Hannah Orenstein is a staff writer. Email her at

swimwear By Nicola Pring As the weather gets warmer, swimsuits are an important part of any spring and summer wardrobe. Check out these new, exciting swimwear trends as you daydream about long, summer days on the beach.


Retro pinup suits Swimsuits done in a 1950s-style are back this season and are bigger than ever. These suits, inspired by stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and, more recently, Katy Perry, are classy and elegant and offer more coverage than bikinis. Designers are showing one- and two-piece pinup-style suits with high-waisted bottoms and bustier-style tops. Try on a pinup-style swimsuit in a soft

color for a classic look or a brighter color for a bold, modern twist. Waist-cinching For a summer’s day lounge by the pool, consider a one-piece swimsuit with a cinched waist, a sophisticated look that will add definition. Try this trend without buying a new swimsuit by wearing a metallic gold or silver belt over a dark-colored onepiece suit. Complete your look with a short cover-up dress or tunic. Tribal prints Tribal print swimsuits made an impressive showing at MercedesBenz Fashion Week Swim in Miami last July. Swimwear creations in bohemian and Native American-style patterns are perfect for summer on

the beach, by the pool or on a tropical vacation. Wear this trend without spending too much by shopping at Forever 21 and Target, both of which offer reasonably priced suits in bold, exciting prints. For a head-to-toe look, tribal print suits look great with solid-colored cover-ups. Fitted trunks Men’s swimsuits are shrinking this season. Fitted swim trunks and mini board shorts in solid, bold colors are comfortable and practical swimsuit styles for men this summer. Finish the look with a lightweight flannel shirt or denim button-down. Nicola Pring is a staff writer. Email her at


ON THE STREET street beauty

By Sydney Wu For this issue, StreetBeauty features one of the makeup artists of the spring fashion spread. Arielle Kaplan, founder of Ari Effects (, shares her personal beauty tips. Question: What trends are you excited for this spring? Answer: I’m just hoping that a lot of different color pops up. I really like brightly colored eye shadows, and I’ve been seeing Ke$ha do blue lipstick. I’ve been seeing lipstick coming up. I’m hoping to see purples and pinks and lots of vibrant colors. Q: What is a good way to transition from winter into spring as far as beauty goes? A: During the winter your skin gets really dry, but you can go lighter on the moisturizer and replace it with tinted SPF 15 foundation just because you’re going to be out in the sun a little bit more and you want to protect the skin on your face. Also, brighten up the colors a little bit. Instead of wearing a black nail polish, try pink and summer colors. Basically, go lighter on everything because in the winter there’s a little more contrast, and everyone’s skin is a little lighter. But since everyone is going to get a little bit more tan, you can go a little bit lighter and less heavy on the makeup you normally wear.


Q: Do you have any beauty secrets? A: I’ve noticed a lot of girls like to put eyeliner on their inner rim or their water line. It often comes off and smears underneath their eye. What I like to do is use a smudge pot. You can use Clinique, or find it at Sephora. If you use a smudge pot and an angled eyeliner brush and paint it on your inner rims, it stays. It

doesn’t run because it dries. It’s like a gel. It doesn’t budge. It stays on all day. Basically, it’s like liquid eyeliner. You can control it very well. Q: What is your beauty routine? A: Basically, I use just a little bit of concealer. I always wear eyeliner whether it’s a color like blue or green or I go very dark, but I will never skip mascara. Mascara is the most important part of anybody’s beauty routine. Always make sure your eyelashes are curled and coated. I fill in my eyebrows just a little bit just to darken them because eyebrows frame your face. I always wear lip gloss because it’s very easy to put on. There’s not much of a skill to it. You really can’t go wrong with lip gloss. It adds a little bit of glint and color. Q: What is a must-have beauty product for this spring? A: I think a rosy blush is really cute and also really hard to go wrong with. It brightens up everybody’s look. It makes you look a little bit happy, feminine and really cute. Just a rosy, sheer blush, I think is a must-have. Q: What is your number one don’t when putting on makeup? A: Again, mascara because it’s very important. I see a lot of girls who put on mascara only on the tips of their lashes. You need to apply from the base and bring it up. A lot of times girls don’t curl their eyelashes or they only curl the tips. You need to curl your eyelashes. It opens up the look and defines every eyelash. It makes them look that much longer when you put on mascara. Sydney Wu is a staff writer. Email her at



By michelle lee

MAX SCHIEBLE Gallatin junior Shirt: Mishka Shoes: Steven Alan Wooden Necklace: Good Wood Sunglasses: Ray Bans

LILY ASLANIAN LSP freshman Shirt: Zara Blue Pants: LF stores Scarf: Vintage Necklace: Family heirloom


HELEN BEYENE Tisch freshman Shirt: H&M Sweater: Urban Outfitter’s Blue Ring: TopShop Brass Bracelet: Brazil

BENJAMIN TALKINGTON CAS sophomore Jeans: Levi’s Belt: Street vendor in Turkey Watch: Timex/J. Crew Bag: Cole Haan


Many fashionistas covet designer labels, but few can actually afford the real deal. Opt for a money saving do-it-yourself craft and impress your peers with your own designer-inspired replica. On this page, find a step-by-step guide for painting your own pair of colorful Ked-like sneakers and D.I.Y. beginner tips.

D.I.Y. By Maximilíano Durón Risk-taking has always been a staple of the fashionforward, and this spring is no different. While every fashion designer whose art graces the runway focuses on specific themes, concepts and trends, WSN has selected two of the most prominent trends — color blocking and eccentric patterns — and translated them into hand-painted shoes. Materials: 1. A pair of white canvas plimsoll shoes ($18 from Urban Outfitters) 2. Six or more Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paints in different bold, bright colors 3. Four paint brushes of different thicknesses with one stiff, fine-point paintbrush 4. Blue Painter’s Tape 5. A pencil and the broken tooth of a fork 6. A paper plate for mixing paints 7. Newspapers Steps: 1. Lay out the newspapers around the work area to keep it free from stains during the process. 2. Use the tape to section off the canvas area that surrounds the shoe’s rubber welt. 3. Select a bold color like Deep Turquoise, and paint the rubber welt with a medium-sized brush. Make sure to paint the small strip of rubber on top of the welt. 4. Let dry. Apply at least one additional coat to ensure the paint will not wear off when walking. 5. Remove the tape. 6. For the patterned shoe, brush on zigzags over the painted welt in white. Fill in the gaps with dots in a contrasting color by dipping the broken tooth into paint.

7. After the welt is completely dry, remove the shoes laces, and tape the stitching of the shoes and the welt. 8. For the color block shoes, select a color complimentary to the Deep Turquoise, like a mixture of Vermilion Hue and Mixing White. For the patterned shoe, use the pencil to outline a skull’s head, sectioning off rounded teeth, flowered eyes and a nose. 9. Now, paint the vamp — the upper part of the shoe extending over the toes — with the selected color or fill in the skull design with alternating, complementary colors. For the main skull, use Silver; for the eyes, alternate the petal colors between Pale Violet and Powder Blue; for the teeth, use Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue; for the nose and outlining of skull, teeth and petals, use Mars Black. Select the Pale Olive to paint the remaining part of the vamp before the stitching line. 10. For the stitching, choose a bold contrast to other colors else like the Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue. For the patterned shoe design, use the tooth of the fork to add dots in Permanent Rose. 11. For the final stretch of the shoe, paint the other part of vamp including the lace holes in Powder Blue, the tongue in Pale Violet and the back part above the heel in Pale Olive. 12. Let the shoe dry completely. 13. Once the shoe is finished, use the fine-point brush to go over any white spaces with paint. 14. Lace the shoe, ensuring that the laces are threaded through the holes in parallel fashion. This will add an extra element of color and contrast. Maximilíano Durón is a staff writer. Email him at

Senior editor Jack Brooks and copy chief Maximilíano Durón outline how to create personalized D.I.Y. plimsolls for this spring season.



D.I.Y. By Rachel Perlman For students with a limited college budget or in need of a therapeutic creative activity, Do It Yourself is the answer. Essentially, D.I.Y. is the process of recreating an accessory or item of clothing by one’s self or taking cues from the original work to make something unique. Not to worry, the creative process is stress-free. The hardest

part is actually figuring out what to do in the first place. Finding inspiration may seem daunting, but in a city like New York there is an abundance of people with great personal style. Many D.I.Y. projects are also inspired from items seen in a store or on the runway that are out of one’s price range or that need a little tweaking. After finding inspiration, head over to the Garment District of Manhattan, which is filled with great notion stores — or craft supply stores — that have a plethora of fashion and decorating supplies. If you are making a D.I.Y. project with less fashion-specific detailing, Michael’s Crafts and Pearl Paints will not disappoint. Sketch a picture of the D.I.Y. before buying supplies. This sketch may seem trivial, but it will help focus the design with the key elements and allow for details to be added in the process. Go to the craft store with a list. It may be tempting to buy the whole store, but stick to the essen-

tials. Buy materials in bulk if the price is better — even if this amount is greater than what the project demands. That extra material and supplies will be put to good use in future projects. When it comes time to make the actual craft, take it slowly. Patience is absolutely worth it, as the finished product will be neatly done and professional-looking. Do not forget to have fun, and relish people’s compliments about your awesome, hand-crafted creation. Tips: 1. Make sure to keep sharp or small objects in a contained area. 2. M&J Trimming is a great notion store located on 1008 Sixth Ave. between 37th and 38th streets. Rachel Perlman is a contributing writer. Email her at


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