FRINGE WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS
Vol. 40, No. 44 | SPECIAL EDITION
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
LETTER FROM THE
Welcome to the Fall 2012 issue of Fringe. In this issue, you will find trend highlights from the fall runways and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe, insightful alumnae interviews and an in-depth investigation about what to do with all those last-season pieces crowding your closet. For our center spread, I was inspired by the perpetually chic looks and minimalistic design concocted by Phoebe Philo at Céline. Keeping that clean spirit in mind, we styled classic looks that incorporated the hottest trends of the season — from color blocking and cocoon coats to winter white and statement jewelry. I loved the idea of playing with tensions between masculine structuring and delicate femininity, simplicity and opulence, seriousness and playfulness. Since I wandered into the first WSN open house and met the then-fashion editor Carrie Courogen, I knew immediately that that was what I wanted to do. One year later, I learned just how much work it takes to be the creative mind behind a special issue. Throughout the process of envisioning a cohesive theme, collaborating with the staff, requesting samples and styling and orchestrating an entire photo shoot, I have learned not only the value of patience and hard work, but that this is what I want to do — even if it means staying up until four in the morning debating which necklace looks best. None of this would have been possible without the incredible people I have been so fortunate to work with. Without editor-at-large Francis Poon and editor-in-chief Amanda Randone’s intrepid guidance and advice, this issue would not be in your hands. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to collaborate with photographer Kristian Heijkoop, whose stunning images KRISTIAN HEIJKOOP brought my vision to life in ways better than I ever imagined. Rebecca Ribeiro — I will never be able to thank you enough, seriously. A big thank you is also necessary for my styling assistants, Kendall Hill, Kaitlin Christy and Brennan Kilbane, for all their input and willingness to help. Thank you to Kendall Brezinski who helped cast our wonderful models, Becca Co, Connor Murphy and Elecia Allen, all of whom were a joy to work with. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to create this issue, and I am immensely proud of the final product you have before you.
HILARY PRESLEY Beauty and Style Editor
(FRONT COVER) Navy paneled coat and tuxedo shirt by ASOS, color-blocked wool pants by Harvey Faircloth, earrings by Lulu Frost, black Mary-Jane pumps (model’s own)
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM INDUSTRY INSIDERS PAMELA PEKERMAN, B.A. ’05
COURTESY OF PAMELA PEKERMAN
By PAIGE BROTT Pamela Pekerman, who holds a degree in Journalism from the College of Arts and Science, is the owner of P Squared Productions and has a fast-moving career. With her passion for accessories and style, she hosts segments for PIX Morning News and Accessorize For parties, in which she invites a group of 35 editors and TV personalities. She sat down with WSN to give some advice on entering the fashion and media industries, and also to share her entrepreneurial insight.
QUESTION: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING AN ACCESSORY EXPERT? ANSWER: Running my own business is very fulfilling, but it has not been easy. I have owned P Squared Productions for almost a decade, and I have created something from nothing. Being selfmade is a thrill. My mother has joked that if I was a Hilton, I would have had a bigger boost and gotten farther faster. It hasn’t been the most glamorous journey. My path has been trial and error, but your failures are your lessons. The fashion and media industries are extremely cutthroat and are not financially lucrative unless you work extremely hard. Going independent is a great way to go especially if you’re the entrepreneurial type. Nowadays, it is very plausible to start a business on your own, whether it is a clothing brand, styling or online, don’t be afraid to start it now while you’re in school because you have time to make mistakes. It is important to work hard and to love what do, and I truly love my business. Q: WHAT INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE DID YOU GAIN THROUGH NYU? WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND LOOKING FOR INTERNSHIPS? A: Most of the internships I found were through a great, and at the time new, website called ed2010. It stood for editors by 2010 and was a wonderful resource. I also liked mediabistro.com. I would check
SARI BIBLIOWICZ, B.A. ’09
COURTESY OF SARI BIBLIOWICZ
By HILARY PRESLEY Recent graduate Sari Bibliowicz and her childhood friend Sari Azout founded Bib + Tuck, a unique online community where women around the country trade instead of resell clothes. After studying marketing and hospitality, the self-proclaimed “culture vulture” went to work at Gilt Groupe’s Jetsetter where she saw the company grow from the ground up. Inspired by the vast options provided by sharing closets with five roommates and the desire to do more with less, the two Saris started their own company.
style expert and media personality both sites daily. In total, I had nearly a dozen internships by the time I graduated, including accessories intern at InStyle, beauty intern at YM Magazine, accessories intern at Cosmopolitan and intern for the style editor of NBC’s “Today Show.” Q: WHAT SKILLS FROM THE JOURNALISM PROGRAM AT NYU DID YOU ACQUIRE THAT HELPED YOU FOR YOUR TELEVISION SEGMENTS AND ACCESSORIZE FOR PARTIES? A: I was on the print path, so I didn’t take any of the broadcasting classes. One class that I enjoyed was Interview 101 with professor Lambeth Hochwald. It’s essential to know the art of asking and answering questions, and it is a course I’d recommend for any major. Q: HOW DID NYU LAUNCH YOUR START INTO THE FASHION AND JOURNALISM INDUSTRY? HOW DID IT HELP LAUNCH P SQUARED PRODUCTIONS? A: NYU is an amazing resource, and being part of that community is the biggest asset anyone can have. The biggest tip I would give is to make connections with your classmates and professors. I had strong connections with certain professors, like professor Hochwald. I took at least two classes with her, and I am still in touch with her until this day. Furthermore, I had professors that were editors for The New York Times
and writers for Marie Claire and major publications. Having such established professors and connections really helped launch P Squared Productions. Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE NYU STUDENTS WHO ASPIRE TO A CAREER IN THE FASHION AND MEDIA INDUSTRIES? A: For students who aspire [to have] a career in the fashion and media industries, the first tip I would give is to utilize your classmates. The person sitting next to you in class can be your future boss or business partner. Your classmates are your biggest network going forward after graduation. Furthermore, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Even though you may be an unpaid intern, you should dress like you’re Anna Wintour. As an intern at InStyle, even though at times I had to do mundane tasks, I still was dressed like a rockstar. Every industry is visual. You are a walking résumé, so it is important to always look and act professionally. In addition, figure out how to get a lot of internship experience and try different things. Don’t be afraid to do a PR internship even though you might be interested in fashion writing. It is a gift that you have to live in New York, and don’t just use the resources that NYU has to offer. Use New York City. Paige Brott is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
co-founder of Bib+Tuck
QUESTION: HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION AT NYU PREPARE YOU FOR A CAREER IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY? ANSWER: The most inspiring part of the NYU community is the way students dress. NYU is a melting pot, and it not only brings together different cultures, but more importantly, it’s a place where people are comfortable being themselves. This is translated through their style. Sitting at Washington Square Park on a daily basis was a learning experience in itself to what personal style really is. Q: CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT BIB + TUCK? WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME? A: Bib + Tuck is shopping without spending. It is a platform where you can post the pieces you’ve lightly loved, impulse-purchased or just changed your mind about and have them fund your next find. Bib + Tuck comes from an old English aristocratic phrase where women were told to “wear their best bib and tucker” — meaning wear their finest
outfit. We liked the phrase and made it our own: to “bib” is to give and to “tuck” is to take. Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU AND SARI AZOUT TO CREATE THE WEBSITE? A: I met Sari in preschool, and we’ve been close ever since. When she graduated from Brown and I from NYU, we both moved into the same building in the Lower East Side with other friends. As five recent grads living in the same building in New York City with no closet space to spare, having access to each other’s fantastic wardrobes meant we suddenly had endless options. We decided to join forces to bring this small-scale sharing to the masses. Bib + Tuck is our way of expanding our style options without having to increase the size of our closets. Q: WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? A: The people and streets of New York City is what really inspires me. There’s no other city quite like it. As for personal style, I’ve always used fashion as a form
of self-expression. The way I dress is actually a manifestation of my mood. I’m not really one to follow trends or buy into what the cool celebrity is wearing. Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO NYU STUDENTS LOOKING TO WORK IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY? A: Be yourself. There are a lot of fake and shallow people in the industry, so you must stay true to yourself, what you believe in and never give in to the superficiality. Q: WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS WITH THE WEBSITE AND BEYOND? A: My future plan is to extend this sharing platform to other experiences. Allow people to not only share fashion but to share other experiences. For instance, I will give you my Alexander Wang jacket for an hour of your consulting time. We all have something to give. Why not build on that and help each other grow? Hilary Presley is beauty and style editor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POWER PLAY STYLING BY
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIAN HEIJKOOP
ON BECCA Cropped navy jacket, bloomprint tulle skirt, and mint blue handbag by Orla Kiely, drop earrings by Lulu Frost, black pumps (modelâ€™s own) ON ELECIA Textured navy jacket, pleated skirt, and amaranth handbag by Orla Kiely, bangle by Ben Amun, nude heels (modelâ€™s own)
ON CONNOR Camel double-breasted coat, button-down shirt and charcoal slacks by Banana Republic, scarf (stylist’s own), shoes (model’s own) ON ELECIA Black shearling and leather jacket by Factory by Erik Hart, button down with silk detail by Harvey Faircloth, cashmere skirt by Arelalizza, stud earrings (stylist’s own), necklace by Frieda & Nellie, black Mary Jane pumps (model’s own)
ON ELECIA Cashmere cowl-neck sweater by Arelalizza, polka dot trousers by Orla Kiely, bangle by Ben Amun
LEFT ON ELECIA Cashmere stripe dress by Arelalizza, wooden chain necklace and gold cuff by Ben Amun, black pumps (model’s own) MIDDLE ON CONNOR Cashmere sweater by Arelalizza, navy slacks by Banana Republic, gold watch (stylist’s own) RIGHT ON BECCA Camel wool toggle coat by Banana Republic, ivory button down by Orla Kiely, leather trousers by Factory by Erik Hart, nude heels (stylist’s own) ON CONNOR Double-breasted navy coat, wool sweater, light-blue button down and charcoal slacks by Banana Republic, socks and dress shoes (model’s own)
ON BECCA Shearling and leather coat and black v-neck dress as tank by Factory by Erik Hart, lapis flared pant by Rachel Zoe, silver chain-link necklace by Ben Amun, black pumps (modelâ€™s own)
ON ELECIA Menâ€™s suit jacket by Banana Republic. Modelâ€™s right wrist, from top to bottom: Silver and crystal bracelet by Ben Amun, linked bracelet and multicolored woven rhinestone bracelet by Frieda & Nellie, gold and crystal/pearl bracelet by Ben Amun, all-woven bracelet, woven rhinestone bracelet and woven band with large crystal band by Frieda & Nellie. Modelâ€™s left wrist, from top to bottom: fuschia woven bracelet with crystal detail, wide woven bracelet with middle charm and rhinestone detail by Frieda & Nellie, silver rhinestone bracelet by Ben Amun, narrow woven bracelet with pink rhinestone detail, yellow and green woven bracelet with center rhinestone detail, and wide, gold cuff with large gemstones on woven pattern by Frieda & Nellie
ON BECCA Shearling and leather coat and black v-neck dress as tank by Factory by Erik Hart, lapis flared pant by Rachel Zoe, silver chain-link necklace by Ben Amun, black pumps (modelâ€™s own)
ON ELECIA Red jumpsuit with belt by Rachel Zoe, black Mary Jane pumps (modelâ€™s own)
ON BECCA White crepe jumpsuit by Rubin Chapelle, geometric linked bracelet by Ben Amun ON CONNOR Black slim-fit jacket and pants by ASOS, white button-down shirt by Banana Republic, crimson bowtie (model’s own), belt (model’s own) ON ELECIA Red jumpsuit with belt by Rachel Zoe
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER Kristian Heijkoop Kristian Heijkoop hails form the land down-under, Australia, and started learning his craft in a small photography school under the inspirational guidance of Colin Beard, whose retrospective work ranges from Vogue to National Geographic Magazine. After studying at the Griffith University Queensland College of Art, he moved to New York to study photography at the Tisch School of the Arts. His work varies from art to editorial fashion photography and he seeks to have both concept and narrative. He is most inspired by the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen and avant-garde photographer Nick Knight, and he leans towards darker themes and scenes.
ABOUT THE MODELS Becca Co Becca Co is a second-year drama major at the Tisch School of the Arts. She is proud to be acting in the Meisner Studio. She has a strong passion for singing and grooving. She loves fashion and was thrilled to strut with Elecia and Connor for WSNâ€™s fall photo shoot.
Connor Murphy Connor Murphy is a senior in the theater department of the Tisch School of the Arts. He is originally from San Diego, Calif., and moved to New York to pursue acting as a career. He enjoys taking part in artistic endeavors whether through acting, modeling, drawing, dance or anything he can get his hands on.
Elecia Allen Elecia Allen is 18 years old and is a freshman at the Stern School of Business. Originally from Lawrenceville, Ga., Elecia decided to come to New York not only study business at NYU but also to try to break into the fashion industry. She has loved fashion ever since her mother began to teach her to sew when she was five years old. Elecia hopes to one day work in fashion marketing, management, public relations or as a buyer. In addition to fashion, Elecia also loves theater and directed four plays in high school.
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Glamorous garments channel ladylike, conservative appeal By ARIANA DIVALENTINO When you hear the word “ladylike,” what might come to mind is an antiquated code of conduct for women; a standard of behavior that begins with your grandmother telling you to act like a lady when you are being too rambunctious. This season, that notion of feminine behavior has been translated into a trend that is all about sophisticated silhouettes, demure details and modern touches. With voluminous skirts and cinched waists that accentuate curves and pretty adornments in the form of delicate jewelry like pearls and fabrics like lace and cashmere, it’s no wonder the lady look is having a big moment in fashion right now. The Fall 2012 runways were full of models dressed like society darlings. Jil Sander displayed an array of girly, ballerina pink dresses accented by heels with ultra-feminine ankle straps, as well as oversized coats reminiscent of ’30s or ’40s styles. Try this look yourself by combining soft pastels with structured accessories and posh-looking out-
erwear. Preen showed a number of delicate but structured workready outfits, complete with collared shirts tucked into pencil skirts, showing off the waist and hips — and plenty of femme florals. Jenny Packham’s slim, delicate dresses featured conservative necklines and understated embellishments worthy of the Junior League. Oscar de la Renta highlighted retro shawls, full crinoline skirts and glamorous decals. Fortunately, you don’t actually need to be a debutante to dress like one. The look is attainable even on a college student’s budget, thanks to more affordable, trendy stores like H&M. “H&M is very big on angora right now,” said Marquise Sutton, a manager of the store’s Fifth Avenue and 18th Street location. “Angora blend is very in.” It is rich fabrics like angora, velvet and silk that give feminine garments their visual appeal in lieu of flashy colors or exposed skin. An angora sweater makes the perfect addition to any wardrobe, ideal for professional settings when paired with a longer pencil skirt. Show off your shape
without showing a lot of skin; the demure look calls for a more subtle display of the figure. So if a skirt is tight, it should not be short and vice versa. This conservative trend is perfect for work, internships or interviews because the modest necklines and hemlines combine with posh pieces to create a look that is tasteful and mature while still being fashion-forward. Add a dainty, beige coin purse to hold your essentials, and should you choose to wear the outfit to a social lunch — or New York Sunday brunch — consider swapping in a fuller skirt with a touch of shine to make it more formal. The fuller skirt accentuates even slimmer hips, honoring the shape of an hourglass and showing off a small waist. Finish the outfit with neat hair, such as a simple chignon, and neutral makeup for the face. Keep eye makeup natural, with only thin black eyeliner, mascara and shimmery shadow. Use highlighter on browbones and cheekbones for the appearance of having gotten enough beauty sleep. Stick to a soft pink shade
of lipstick, with just a dab of gloss, and a simple pastel pink, nude or white for your nails. With the holidays approaching, the versatile, ladylike trend finds its place at cocktail soirees and family gatherings alike. Find an amazing dress with a voluminous skirt, perhaps in an on-trend brocade fabric. ModCloth is great for vintage-inspired finds like this gold, sparkly A-line pleated dress. If you have any heirloom jewelry, like a classic ring, this would be the perfect time to wear it. If you are feeling particularly dramatic, channel the royals and try a fascinator that matches your dress. Arrange your hair in big curls, keeping them neat and glossy, or try a French twist for a look that is distinctly glamorous. The feel should be just a step up from daytime makeup: wing out your eyeliner and make your lipstick a classic red, with matching nails. Elegance is key — The perfect feminine ensemble showcases the wearer’s natural beauty and sophistication. Ariana DiValentino is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
Accomplish antique-chic with baroque style By KEERTHI HARISHANKAR
It’s 2012, and everything seems to focus on the future. As we advance both technology and ourselves, the past appears increasingly foreign to us. The exception to that rule? The fashion industry, a business that understands that the beauty of the past can be reconfigured to fit today’s times. Enter the baroque trend; a staple in the Fall 2012 runway shows. From Balmain to Marni, this 17th-century look is everywhere. At the Jason Wu Fall 2012 show, a baroque cape was paired with leather pants, giving the style modernity and edge. While at Dolce & Gabanna, the look stayed closer to its original intention, with the design featured on evening wear. Those shows proved that the style transitions from day to night, making it not only chic but also convenient. Who knew this seemingly over-the-top apparel could be so wearable? And the intricate style does not equate to an antiquated look — it’s quite the opposite. The pattern’s butterfly-like reflection combined with the rich colors of gold, burgundy and blue gives this trend a luxe, mysterious feel that stands the test of time. The design resembles a tapestry; it is ornate and elaborate, but in a way that is not fussy but highly detailed. Some NYU students, including Steinhardt sophomore Carol Suh, have noticed the trend’s rising popularity. “It’s pretty, but in an elegant sense,” Suh said. “I can’t say that I’d personally wear it as daily casual wear, but if I was feeling fancy, I would definitely pair a baroque piece with something solid. It really depends whether you’re a pattern-trendy person.” This look isn’t for everyone, but there are a lot of ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe.
Just adding touches of the style is made simple by incorporating it into one single part of an ensemble like pants, shoes or a shirt. The key is to let the design shine as the stand-out piece. Urban Outfitters’ baroque muscle tee is perfect to pair with black jeans and a leather jacket, which is similar to the edgy-cool styling of Wu’s show. Such ornamentation on a cotton shirt, even a muscle tee, is unexpected and anachronistic. It is avant-garde with zero effort — perfect for going out. This trend does not need to be overwhelming, but it is not suited for wallflowers either. If pushing the envelope sounds appealing, try incorporating a baroque print dresses. Freak of Nature’s Baroque and Roll dress features a studded shoulder, which adds a rebellious side to contrast the normally regal look. It is perfect for a night out, and sheer tights and heels will finish the ensemble. Do not over-accessorize, as the detail of the clothing is practically an accessory. This trend is not only for night outings; baroque shines in the daylight with work-appropriate pants. Try H&M’s take on jacquard pants, which, when paired with a button-down shirt, shows trendiness without being improper. If all of this is too much, try the trend on a clutch or scarf. Topshop’s Baroque skull scarf is great with a winter jacket. Whether going all-out or just adding simple touches, baroque is no longer reserved for kings and queens. Wearing baroque or rococo-inspired duds will leave you feeling like royalty, too. Keerthi Harishankar is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSLATE THE TREND FROM FALL/WINTER 2012 RUNWAYS
Color fall with
fashionable nails By Justyna Torres
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1. ESSIE IN DON’T SWEATER IT This nude shade will accentuate the colors of fall without overpowering them. The hints of mauve give it a warm and richer tone that sets it apart from similar types of nude polish.
2. ZOYA IN SONG As the temperature drops, it’s a great time to try cool cobalt blue. This color is perfect for the upcoming holiday parties because it has a touch of subtle shimmer.
3. CHINA GLAZE IN ELEPHANT
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Camouflage hues are a big trend in nail polish colors this season. These neutral colors balance the rich jewel tones of fall.
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4. JULEP X TRINA TURK IN DELAUNAY Keep your nails simple and classic this holiday season with a stunning red. For an extra dose of chic, keep your nails shorter and square-shaped.
5. MAC COSMETICS NAIL LACQUER IN DEEP SEA Go from day to night effortlessly with this deeply saturated, jewel-toned blue. This color is not only rich and vibrant but will complement any outfit.
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Ivy style, which originated from the Ivy League look of the 20th century, remains popular from casual to formal fashion, day to night, and for any occasion, inside or outdoors. Famous among all ages, this style can easily create a simple but sophisticated look for men. Making an even preppier comeback on the autumn/winter 2012 runways, this collegiate style has been modernized and incorporated with the most popular trends of this season. During the winter months, layers are perfect for keeping warm. From chunky knits and turtlenecks to cozy shearling and military-inspired jackets, this trend is all about clean lines and expert tailoring. Taking a note from looks seen on the Michael Kors runway to the recent “Ivy Style” exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the preppy look features perfectly tailored blazers, colorful pocket squares, chunky New England knits, luxe furs and, to top it all off, a chic military coat. Turtlenecks were particularly loved on the runways this season, dressed on models as the best new way to layer. They were styled under shirts, sweaters, jackets and even paired with ties. The classic knit is perfect for the ivy look, lending a sense of simple yet trendy fashion. For any man unwilling to sport a scarf, the turtleneck can be a simple alternative for this winter, with just the right dose of Fair Isle chic. Shearling fur is all a man could need this season. In hues of blue, black and original white, the Persian lamb makes for the perfect warm collar. Find this cozy feature on a variety of outerwear such as the cropped bomber jacket, oversize coat, leather jacket and military-inspired structured jackets.
A touch of fur gives warmth and a luxurious touch to an everyday staple. Prints, patterns and graphics are now everywhere and can be easily adapted for a preppier feel. As either a top or a bottom piece, printed clothing can be the fashion statement that lightens the overall mood of this academic style and keep it feeling fresh. Sweaters can be layered over patterned button downs and paired with a rustic plaid scarf. Geometric prints, animal motifs and floral patterns can bring color and texture into an otherwise basic style. Only with the addition of perfect footwear will the Ivy look be complete. Men trying to pull off this style should pay careful attention to their shoes. This winter, tuck pants into suede or leather boots for a casual look. Oxfords and loafers have been collegiate staples for a reason — stick to the classics in neutral hues and add a twist with some colorfully patterned socks. Bolder colors such as red and blue shocked the style on runways, but black, dark midnight blue and gray remain the best-sellers for men. For a head-to-toe look, choose a hairstyle that suits the chic, minimal Ivy style. The look should appear effortless, as the style originated from the everyday uniform but has subtle and fashionable alterations. The example for men’s hair is the British rock hairstyle, which is also known as the indie hairstyle — hair seems natural, calm, chic, but effortless. Easy to manage for both straight and curly hair types, this look is carefully textured from its cut. Thus, it is easy to maintain without a lot of mess. By mixing classic pieces with trendy new styles, the Ivy look is made fresh for the new season. Clara Yang is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A GUIDE TO TRIMMING YOUR CLOSET By KRISTINA BOGOS Manhattan is a mecca for the fashion-savvy with a diverse collegiate population. Our dorm room closets can only fit a limited number of clothes, especially as we make the transition from academics to workplace professionals. As we change, our wardrobes adapt to suit our current situations. So what exactly do we do with our old clothes? I set out to explore the options.
FROM CLOSET TO CONSIGNMENT After a Google search of city consignment shops, I made the trek to Designer Resale on the Upper East Side for a consultation. I arrived with an Oscar de la Renta dress, a pair of snakeskin Prada heels and a pair of Moschino pumps with the hope of receiving a high market value for my pieces. At Designer Resale, which has been serving New York City since 1990, consigners receive 50 percent of the revenue after items are sold for one-third of their original retail value. The store priced the dress at $225, the Prada shoes at $125 and the Moschino pumps at $100, which would allow me to make roughly $225 when the items sell. Myrna Skoller, the owner of Designer Resale, has watched the consigning business evolve to the explosive industry that it is today. Skoller considers snagging designer clothes for less as a status symbol, and she has consigned with students since the store’s inception. Don’t be fooled by the store’s name; Skoller encourages students to visit so she can fill her racks with brands that are more fashion-forward. “I like the style of the student. I like the young approach to the clothes,” Skoller said. “Students can give you the best awareness to what’s out there. You learn from them as well.” For Anna Akbari, a Steinhardt adjunct professor and founder of wardrobe consulting company Closet Catharsis, consigning with stores in the city is often unsuccessful for her and her clients. She sees selling online or
swapping with friends as better alternatives for college students on a budget and for those with a closet far from that of Anna Wintour. “The general rule of thumb is that couture, high-end designer items that are in very, very good condition always do the best [at consignment shops],” Akbari said. “There is an active demand for them.” WHAT TO SELL: Designer labels in mint condition, either slightly used or with tags. High-quality fabrics, like cashmere and wool, are more likely to be accepted.
THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA As social media becomes the venue for vintage, college students are turning to Facebook as a platform to sell and trade clothes. CAS sophomore Rachel Kim created a social media-based shopping portal to combat the constant desire to shop along Fifth Avenue and in SoHo after spending her first six months in New York. In December 2011, she created the Facebook group Buying/Selling for Girls NYU. The group fosters clothing exchanges between the female student body, and boasts a membership of 397. “By limiting [the group] to NYU, you have a better sense of what to expect because these are girls that are living in the city, and that are influenced by city markets and city shops,” Kim said. Modeled after the Facebook group Buying and Selling for Chicks NYC, which has 11,717 members and serves all five boroughs, the NYU group allows students to post photographs and descriptions of their items up for sale. Students then exchange numbers and meet on campus to complete the transaction. The male group, NYU Buying and Selling for Guys, has 237 members but is more technologically and recreationally driven. Items available for purchase are often concert tickets, printers and the occasional article of clothing. WHAT TO SELL: Affordable brands, like H&M, Zara and Urban Outfitters, tend to be in high-demand.
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THE ONLINE MARKETPLACE CAS sophomore Hannah Kim spent the second half of her senior year in high school meeting strangers in all five boroughs to sell her old clothing. As a former member of Buying and Selling for Chicks NYC, she sold roughly five items a month and made over $400 in six months. Once she moved to NYU, she stopped selling face-to-face and opened an online store in June at shopnvy.com. After four months in operation, she has made a little over $80. “I moved to the website because it was a hassle,” Kim said. “It takes a lot of time out of my schedule to meet up with people.” From the convenience of her own dorm, Kim is able to sell her old clothing to a much wider audience. She names her prices and shipping costs, and has the option of shipping domestically and internationally. Her store has received 3,161 hits from the United States alone, and has an international audience from countries like Japan, China, the United Kingdom and Korea. Akbari said selling items with an easy fit — T-shirts, cashmere sweaters and wrap dresses — is more
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EMILY YANG In his hometown of Cary, N.C., Scott assembles boxes of clothing for the Salvation Army and Goodwill. He prefers to donate but will salvage any item he can throw a sweater over or layer. Like Scott, CAS sophomore Teddy Farrell takes his closet back home to Dallas, Texas, for clothing drives. Both observe that selling old clothes is becoming more difficult for the male population. Women participate in the market for used clothing more than men, Farrell said, while guys shop on a seasonal basis and view every purchase as a step in building a wardrobe that will last. cost-effective because customers know their size in certain brands and adjust well to wardrobe staples. “Sell for the season you’re currently in,” Akbari added. “It puts people in that mindset.”
WHAT TO DONATE: Used items that may or may not be brandname apparel. Clothes can also have a small amount of holes, stains or tears.
WHAT TO SELL: Jeans, coats and brand-name pieces in slightly used conditions.
GIVING TO THOSE IN NEED After being rejected at Beacon’s Closet and hearing complaints from friends who sell online, Tisch sophomore Kyle Scott focused his energy on donating old clothes. Holiday and summer breaks are opportunities for him to clean out his closet and help the less fortunate. “I just find it to be easier,” Scott said. “Giving [an article of clothing] to someone who needs it is totally worth not being compensated.”
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After visiting Designer Resale and Second Time Around, a West Village shop that gives consigners 40 percent of an item’s sell price, I consigned with the latter. The store would not take the Moschino pumps until spring, but priced the Oscar de la Renta dress at $400 — twice as much as Designer Resale. Second Time Around also marketed the Prada shoes at $200, $75 more than Designer Resale. Whether consigning or donating to those with less, our past clothing can become another’s future wardrobe. And who says we can’t make a few bucks along the way? Kristina Bogos is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“FUCK YEAH MENSWEAR: BESPOKE KNOWLEDGE FOR THE CRISPY GENTLEMAN”
by Camilla Morton Released Nov. 13, 2012
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In this volume of the series “Once Upon A Time,” fables are blended with stories of current fashion designers. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” gets a modern and funky twist with additions from von Furstenberg’s life and designs.
Based on the popular blog with the same name, this witty novel provides men with the necessary knowledge of how to dress well and how to lead the coveted life of a crispy gentleman.
“TITANIC STYLE: DRESS AND FASHION ON THE VOYAGE” by Grace Evans Released Nov. 13, 2012 This exploration offers a comprehensive look at the fashions of all the members on the Titanic and also includes narratives and records of passengers’ experiences aboard the infamous ocean liner.
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ADVISING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS would like to thank NYU Dining for providing food on the day of our photo shoot.
A look at the Fall/Winter 2012 trends