thread DECEMBER 2013
A timeline of one of fashion's greatest influences
ROLLERGIRL MUSICIAN BRINGS DISCO BACK
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6 Looks We Like
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Haute Online Top 5 Editorâ€™s Note
Runway Realway Celeb Style Street Peeps Column: Gilded Girl Cool Kicks Hands On To Dye For Scent Sational Full of It Bold & Burgundy
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hauteonline FEED ME PHOEBE As a chef, cookbook author, and culinary instructor, Phoebe Lapine has a lot to offer. Her blog, Feed Me Phoebe, contains homemade recipes, gluten-free finds, and kitchen secrets. In September 2013, comfort food recipes and gluten-free cooking styles had her recognized in Food & Wine Magazine in its first annual Digital Awards. Lapine encourages a well-balanced diet that consists of eating a lot of good and a little bad, because who doesn’t want a Hershey’s Kiss every now and then, right?
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The most satisfying feeling is being comfortable in your own skin while still being able to eat the foods you enjoy. Lapine suggests that this is the most captivating reason to get in the kitchen and get cooking. Under the “Recipes” and “Press” tabs, you can find her mouth-watering, gluten-free recipes and holiday specials.
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Feed Me Phoebe also offers private cooking classes for those who want hands on interaction. Check out her blog and learn how to make her delicious, yet healthy, recipes. Lapine’s life in food, friends, and fun reflects her promising blog and enthusiastic personality.
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MASKCARA A resident of southern Utah, Cara blogs under the name of Maskcara, spilling out all her beauty obsessions. “My two favorite things in the world are people and beauty. Which is what I blog about. I love making beauty fun, and showing women how beautiful they really are,” she says in her about me section. Most of her makeup looks define her face well and still look very natural at the same time. She’s also interested in sharing effortless beauty tricks, as she often creates Do It Yourself posts.
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Cara likes teaching everyday women how they can enhance their natural facial features. Every week she does these women a favor by posting her Makeover Monday stories. In the before shots most women appear displeased by how they look, but then appear ten times more confident in the after shots. That allows her to interact with many online, since her message is enjoyable to followers.
Cara also has her own brand of cosmetics along with her blog. It consists of simple and bright lip products, blushes, contour products, as well as foundations and concealers. All of the colors match her personal style in the blog, which is light and fun.
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MENSWEAR DOG What does a Shiba have to do with it? Everything. What started as a humorous picture of a handsome male Shiba dressed in menswear on Facebook shortly became a rather popular Tumblr blog. Since January of 2013, husband and wife Dave Fung and Yena Kim have been going to great lengths to dress their dog, Bohdi, in sharp clothing. They are having a “grand old time as a family,” Fung said.
A variety of themes used by MWD keeps the blog sophisticated as well as entertaining. It ranges from Barking Bad, Halloween Edition: McFly, Ryan Gosling’s 6 Most Stylish Moments to Labor Day Weekend Essentials and Made to Measure. Underneath each major fashion post, there are descriptions of each article of clothing and accessory along with links that show where to buy each one.
SEPTEMBER GIVEAWAY CONTEST
With this being their first giveaway contest, there was much excitement. By choosing one participant with the best menswear, the couple was able to give away a pair of either Dalton Boots or Strand Cap Toe Oxfords with the winner’s size and choice of color. Don’t worry, there will be more giveaways to come.
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THE FASHION STUDENT Carina Hsieh started her blog, The Fashion Student, as a place to document her style and experiences at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The Fashion Student is a blog that is separated into three simple tabs, each containing different complex styles varying from runway fashion to Hsieh’s outfit of the day.
Personal Style is updated each month with pictures of Hsieh's current style choices, whether it is lazy day attire or party glam. The pictures are accompanied by a cleverly written description with a personal touch of what might be going on in her crazy yet amazing life as a fashion student.
Hsieh nvites her readers to the fashion show through her in-action photos of runway style, including her experiences during New York Fashion Week with designers like Jeremy Scott and Monika Chiang.
This section provides snapshots of Hsieh’s exciting life as a college student, still with an eye for fashion as she captures the style of everything and everyone around her.
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this donned by Daisy Buchanan when the movie Gatsby finally premiered this summer, and we also have seen it trickle off the silver screen and onto the figures of most females since â€” the drop-waist dress is a trend that I have also come to appreciate. While it goes against my normal rule of fashion neutrality (meaning, styles are best when they can suit every body type), I have found that their increasing popularity has also turned into more variety. Different fabrics, patterns, colors, and lengths all are tied together with a waistline that pays homage to the 1920s in the best way possible. Thank you F. Scott Fitzgerald, for making a movie with fashion to follow. â€”BENTLEY WEISEL
MARCO MARCO | Marco Marco
heated up LA Fashion Week not only with futuristic, neon designs but also with some fresh-faced models strutting their stuff in the designer’s creations. The show, which was to highlight the Spring-Summer 2014 collection, featured models from one of my favorite TV shows “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” confirming a sneaking suspicion of mine that drag queens may actually walk better in heels than even the fiercest of supermodels. The dramatic outfits and the unique models created an innovative juxtaposition of LA’s avant-garde style and its prominent LGBT culture, making me wish I were in the front-row right between Lindsay Lohan and Adam Lambert. —LOUIS BARAGONA
L’WREN SCOTT FOR BANANA REPUBLIC | Some would characterize my
personal style as classic professional, so it would come as no surprise that I am a frequent visitor to stores like Banana Republic. I love to look polished and clean, but I’m not afraid of a trendy statement piece. Like a metallic blazer, for instance, or a jewel studded clutch. Lucky for me, L’Wren Scott has this style down to a science, and her new collection for Banana Republic has me coveting those holiday-inspired dresses and sleek, printed pencil skirts. An exclusive first peek at the collection has surfaced on ELLE, and I can’t wait to pounce on those gorgeous pieces when they are available Dec. 5. —NADIA KURTZ
ADIDAS | Currently obsessing over
Adidas street style. This German brand is great for the gym and hanging out with friends. You are for sure to find something that catches your eye, if you like bright colors and busy graphics or if you are more into classic black and white pieces Adidas has it covered. They also partner with designers like Jeremy Scott and Stella McCartney to create luxury items with style. Celebrities such as Rihanna and Iggy Azalea are often seen sporting their original hoodies and sneakers. Donâ€™t let their sports brand image keep you from pulling off their looks in your own way. â€”SYDNEY COLOGIE
DOC MARTENS | Doc Martens have been an iconic shoe since their
inception in the early 1960s. These durable, all weather boots are making another comeback - this time they’re bolder than ever. While the classic black Originals are still a go-to, Doc Martens offers styles in almost every pattern under the sun. From plaid, to floral, to see-through plastic, there are so many options to spice up your wardrobe. They even have lower-price durable sneakers, Mary Janes, sandals and more. My advice this winter? Go grab a pair of Docs—you won’t be disappointed. —AUDREY KELLY
bentley weisel Hey Lovely Threadies. I can’t believe Thread has released its second issue of the semester and just in time for the holiday season. Personally, I always look forward to the winter months — until it actually starts to feel like winter, that is. I love the scarves and sweaters, but I, like everyone, hate when bundling up stops being cute and starts looking bulky. Have no fear, this issue is full of trends, items, and inspiring people to guarantee survival through the cold, bleak months we all must endure. Whether you need to find the best boots to fit your style and the weather (p 169) or would like to know which pieces in your closet can transition from fall to winter (p 178), Thread’s Back of the Closet covers all the winter wear essentials. DIY shows that candles are not a craft to be overlooked (p 60) and turning old sweaters into new accessories is a must for this winter (p 65). Thread also wanted to make sure no one went thirsty over the holidays, so our three holiday drink recipes make sitting by the fire on a snowy night even more sought after (p 68). Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the boys either — Thread has a glove guide (p 30), cologne tips (p 42), and the best burgundy clothing (p 50) to wear in Seams. 12 | THREAD
Taking a new spin on the classic 6 Looks We Like, Thread shows you how to take one pair of patterned pants and turn them into six completely different styles for a collection of occasions (p 144). Also, don't forget to the check out the back page to find out details about Thread's upcoming, first ever Athens Fashion Week in February 2014. Have a wonderful and fashionable holiday season. Much love and fashion, Bentley
DECEMBER2013 Editor-in-Chief Bentley Weisel Managing Editor Brooke Bunce
seams editor Colleen Kratofil
business manager Sydney Cologie
who what wear editor Rachel Sayers
photo chief Michael Maurer
diy editor Rachel Haas
photo editor Audrey Kelly
features editor Nadia Kurtz
video chief Mike Mytnick
copy chief Louis Baragona
creative director Gretchen Greenlee
public relations chief Megan Valentine
web editor Jordan Wilson
design editor Rachel Keaveny WRITERS
Natalie Bigler, Kayla Blanton, Morgan Borer, Sophia Borghese, Corttany Brooks, Allegra Czerwinski, Megan Doherty, Marissa Donovan, Alexis Evans Michelle Frantz, Elicia Gibson, Kelly Gifford, Jenna Guyot, Samantha Harrington, Aaren Host, Stefan Malmsten, Alicia Macdonald, Deven Middleton, Courtney Mihocik, Emily Peterson, McKenzie Powell, Nick Rees, Kellie Rizer, Alessa Rosa, Michelle Sebastian, Camille Smith, Ali Shultz, Kylie Souder, Ashley Tucciarone, Becky Wagner, Jade Walker | BLOGGERS: Morgan Borer, Kali Borovic , Alexis Evans, Emma Ockerman, Nick Rees | COPY EDITOR: MICHELLE FRANTZ
Kasey Brooks, Alicia Carter, Karissa Conrad, David Creighton, Candace Cunard, Steven Drakulich , Kara Frisina, Kaitlin Hatton, Kara Guyton, Julia Leiby, Leo Lovell, Evan Lubinger , Royle Mast , Kirsten Martinez, Tara Nolan, Kelli Oliver, Tierra Sanders, Meghan Shamblen, Halee Smith, Kaitlynn Stone Caitlyn Withers Leah Woodruff | ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR: MEGAN SHAMBLEN
Bianca Baylis-Blalock, Sarah Blankenship, Jillie Bloemer, Katie Bucaro, Taylor Carney, Andie Danesi, Alex Doherty, Cassie Fait, Emily Gardner, Ina Groveza, Alexa Hayes, Jenna Kendle, Tia Kropko, Allison Lembright, Lindsey Mathews, Dempsey Murphy, Kaitlyn, Richert, Alessa Rosa, Kristin Schmit, Kiersten Thornton, Emily Wolfe
STYLISTS | CREATIVE ASSISTANT: DEVON MIDDLETON
Sophia Borgese, Megan Carter, Taylor Von Doersten, Cassey Eck, Kathleen Fialka, Kim Geither, MacKenzie Graul, Annie Harris, Alison Jacobs, Kitty Johnson, Taylor McCarthy, Deven Middleton, Taylor McCarthy, Cameron Quinn, Nick Rees, Zulfa Rizqiya, Julie Rhodes, Samantha Schilder. Adam Senecal, Gavin Shyock, Lindsey Smecker, Jena Tekavec | HAIR STYLIST: KATE KANDEL
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Nikki Baker, Edie Buess, Devyn Cooper Dana DeCenzo, Natalie Estes, Sydney Even, Sierra Ferrier, Kim Geither, Erin Golden, Ashley Ince, Paige Mitrik, Kelsey Morton, Kaylee Powers, Cameron Quinn, Julie Rhodes, Gina Rossi, Ashley Tucciarone, Shyann Williams
Megan Doherty, Patrick Gallagher, Ashley Ince, Kevin James, Chase Spicer, Christina Wang
Brad Blasini, Riley Carpenter, Cierra Boyd, Justin Brabander, Liz Conway, Jake Delphine, Macy Di Rienzo, Katelyn Dougherty, Steven Drakulich, Rorke Hardy, Samantha Harrington, Sarah Lathrop, Julia Leiby, Brian Lenox, Deven Middleton, Erin Reece, Amanda Roden, Steve Rybka, Adam Senecal, Jill Sermonte, Jessie Skapik, Maya Stallworth, Jena Tekavec
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runwayrealway SAINT LAURENT By KYLIE SOUDER | Photos by MICHAEL MAURER
ollowing the 2012 rebranding of YSL, creative director Hedi Slimane transformed Saint Laurent Paris into a newly grunge-adoring fashion house. Although the brand is fitted to rocker-androgynous-chic, Fall 2013 inhabited a new form paying homage to '90s grunge. Dabbling in baby dolls, plaid flannels, and cardigan-covered dresses, this collection expanded on his menswear show in January 2013. Black is the staple of “grunge” style, but Slimane took it a step further by including snippets of red plaids, muted blues, flesh colors, and even a yellow frock. While the collection has a haunting vibe, the contrast between femininity and masculinity is often toyed with, through chiffon dresses under oversized flannels and structured biker jackets, leather skirts teased with biker boots and fishnet tights, and old school floral dresses draped with fur and leather. While the collection was a contrast to the brands’ original image, Slimane has shown how he can revolutionize a preexisting vision by the reemergence of grunge. '90s fashions are easily translated into Athenian style with the use of simple staples combined in a stick-it-to-the-man kind of attitude. Paring a shimmering cocktail dress under a plaid flannel paired with biker boots will provide a great balance between a feminine and masculine vibe. Monochromatic black can be an easy way to add a “grungy” feel to a night out — paring a black leather skirt with a black mesh top and biker jacket will reveal a more rebellious side. Whether rocking all black, vintage florals, or biker boots, Saint Laurent’s Fall 2013 collection teaches Athenians how to revamp '90s grunge. 16 | THREAD
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DSQUARED² By JENNA GUYOT | Photos by MICHAEL MAURER
istory definitely has its way of repeating itself, especially when it comes to Dean and Dan Caten’s Dsquared² Fall 2013 Menswear collection. The classic suit and bow tie 1940s inspired collection consists of neutral tones such as blacks, browns, and grays with a hint of color to add a more modern appeal. The Catens’ collection uses a layering affect to allow for a professional look. Denim or dress pants along with a button down shirt underneath a blazer seems to be the answer to Dsquared²’s sought after equation. The 1940s fedoras, gloves, man-bags, jackets, and bow ties are revamped for today’s man through vibrant colors. They’ve thrown a bright red bow tie with a grey suit and fixed violet, hunter green and red fedoras atop model’s heads for a fresh new take. Dsquared²’s looks are excellent for formal events men have to attend around campus. Match a classic black suit with a colorful tie or hat to accomplish the ideal image — even add a pair of thick-framed specs for a hipster flare. For pieces that may be a bit bold for some men’s style, don’t be afraid to mix up the traditional black suit with a tweed jacket, or sport a color coordinated pocket square to match the tie. There are plenty of ways to incorporate Dsquared²’s style into any man’s wardrobe. Transforming the runway ensembles into a more campus appropriate manner can be accomplished effortlessly with just a few steps. Pairing a tasteful button down top and a blazer with a dark denim jean can create a casual look that is still Dsquared²-esque. Depending on the occasion: adding a tie or fedora will enhance the outfit and pull the look together. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 19
celebstyle LORDE By ALICIA MACDONALD | Photos by KARISSA CONRAD
ocketing herself into superstardom, Lorde is becoming “one to watch” among the music and fashion industry. Known for her hit, “Royals,” Lorde has become a household name across America within the past few months. With the release of her new album, “Pure Heroine,” she is proving to the world that she is prepared for a takeover, even at the mere age of 16. Her iconic curly hair, doe-eyed features, and urban grunge fashion sense make her stand out in the industry among other teenage artists who exemplify a much girlier vibe through their music and fashion sense. The feminine meets punk style that Lorde emulates is shown in her music because of its moody yet youthful sound. Several songs by Lorde, especially “Glory and Gore,” promote the idea of individualism and being unafraid to stand out. Although she is still up and coming in the world of fashion, she is making a statement by dressing in a nonconformist way. She channels this unconventional vibe through all black ensembles. For her more eccentric looks she embodies texture and structure through pronounced shoulder pads and embroidered designs. For a more rebellious look, pair a black tank with a long sleeve, mesh shirt over top, with a highwaisted, black leather skirt and black biker boots. To completely channel Lorde, curl and teeze the hair to maximum volume and people just might believe that Lorde is roaming campus. Let the lyrics of Lorde’s songs inspire all aspects of life, especially fashion. Always remember that Lorde’s fashion sense is iconic to her and her music; so don’t consign to oblivion individuality, but remain the lone wolf who stands out from the cookie-cutter pack. 20 | THREAD
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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH By JADE WALKER | Photos by HALEE SMITH
enedict Cumberbatch. Enigmatic. Down to earth. Exceptionally talented. Known best for his role as the scarily intelligent protagonist in the modern day BBC adaptation Sherlock, or as the sinister Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness , he’s gone from relative anonymity in America to sweeping across our television screens, leaving us ravenous for more. One can’t help but swoon over those icy bluegreen eyes, full, bow shaped lips, or the allure of his sky-high cheekbones. And that’s not to mention his naturally curly locks that simply beg you to run your fingers through them. His style has evolved from ill-fitting fashion catastrophes — yes, we’ve seen the fedoras and oversized salmon blazer, Benny, and we forgive you — and grown into something timeless and dashing. He encompasses the quintessential dapper, British gentleman while maintaining a lowkey approachability that has charmed his fans and rocketed him to household name status — and, dare we say, sex symbol status? On the red carpet, Benedict is the master of the fitted suit. Snug jackets that accentuate his wide shoulders and slender waist, and tailored trousers that make his legs look miles long, create a flawless silhouette. Paired with a perfect button down, crisp Peter Pan collar, roguish glimpse of a pocket square, and a skinny tie, Cumberbatch looks impeccable more often than not. But for those not planning on walking the crimson catwalk anytime soon, one of Cumberbatch’s more casual daytime looks may work a bit better. Cumberbatch often wears a trim charcoal blazer over a semi-fitted T-shirt or light colored chambray shirt open at the throat, and worn with a pair of dark, slim jeans and Converse. It’s a comfortable look that can be worn on campus with minimum effort and maximum panache. Whether he’s working the talk show circuit promoting his next big project, or hanging out at a pub with his best friend, James McAvoy, — uh huh, we’re jealous too — Cumberbatch delivers effortless style time and time again. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 23
streetpeeps Video By CHRISTINA WANG & MEGAN DOHERTY Illustration by RACHEL KEAVENY
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Come be a guest at Attractions and enjoy services from friendly and talented stylists. Attractions stylists will create personalized experiences for each client whether enjoying Paul Mitchell hair color, various cutting styles, quality waxing, Shellac nail services, Brazilian Blowouts, fantastic facials, and even more. Attractions is proud of being a full service salon satisfying the needs of its guests and creating quality relationships.
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gildedgirl By EMMA OCKERMAN Photo by MICHAEL MAURER
am not the most graceful woman — if that’s what you’re willing to call me. I’m more adeptly defined by the mistakes I’ve made and the ones I’ll make tomorrow than by the brief but proud successes I’ve garnered. During puberty I more or less stumbled into the world of fashion and glossy magazine pages. I wasn’t one to carefully descend into anything. Upon discovering that style was an experiment, a way to manipulate my confidence into a surefire strut instead of a quiet pace, I entered stores like Hot Topic and Spencers with an unhealthy fever for attention and intended to do this whole “fashion thing” correctly. Rainbow suspenders, knee-high socks with Vans, teased hair; that was my introduction into womanhood. No heels, no lipstick... all heavy eyeliner. Everyone has a little bit of quirk to them. Acknowledging it doesn’t make your quirks more prominent - they’re there whether you like it or not. Style is about the personality you were given combined with the one (or many) you’d like to emulate. This is the godly rule of the universe that allows you to wear Vans
slip-ons with a Fred Perry polo, Manalos with a tutu. Embracing it makes waking up in the morning and opening your closet a heck of a lot more exciting. So I have knee socks, leather skirts, vintage flats and multiple pieces adorned with velvet bows. It’s a part of who I am. If your thing is wearing a Steelers jersey with Steve Maddens, I’m not here to criticize - I know nothing better. My blog isn’t about trends, it isn’t about what you’re told to wear. It’s about your favorite outfits and finds, no matter what size it comes in. That’s why I post about headbands and Timberlands, Dr. Martens and Mod trends. Pulling on combat boots with your lace dress is just another piece in the puzzle. It’s why you feel that chocolate milk wakes you up in the morning, why you watched every season of Breaking Bad in a month, why that boy won’t call you back. We’re not all that girl in the magazine. Thank god for this. She doesn’t have those vintage heels I picked up in a dirty rummage bin in Detroit, and she doesn’t have your smile. It’s a little bit more fun to stay true to you. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 27
coolkicks By MORGAN BORER & COLLEEN KRATOFIL Photos by CANDACE CUNARD
s seasons change, stash away the four-inch heels and lace up a pair of sneakers. Designers, models, and street-stylish gals have fully embraced the comfortable, sporty footwear and have incorporated it into their winter wardrobes. Max Mara showcased its own take on stylish sneaks on the Fall 2013 catwalk, while legendary brands such as Nike, Addidas, and New Balance have found their shoes spotted outside the gym. With this newfound love of athletic footwear, tennis shoes command the runway and the pavement. Max Mara took a relaxed approach and paired sneakers with a collection of roomy, oversized fur coats, two28 | THREAD
sizes-too-big blazers, and slouchy pajama bottoms â€” a look that evoked a natural and cozy ease. Out in the street, style mavens are pairing fur and wool coats with Nike and New Balance kicks. Theyâ€™re swapping in traditional warm-weather boots for tennis shoes, and surprisingly enough, the triad of a trouser pant, long coat and sneaker elevates the seriousness of the clothing, while signaling a down to earth woman. It even seems that the more businesslike the outfit, the more apparent the trend appears. Punky, plaid Vans are giving athletic, brand-name sneakers a run for their money when it comes to adding a twist to elegant clothing. Paired
with a double-breasted blazer and cigarette pant, it brings the seriousness of the outfit down a few notches to everyday wearability. Retailers have made sure to jump on this new sneaker kick. J.Crew collaborated with both New Balance and Nike to create custom tennis shoes that replicate vintage menswear styles. They paired the shoes with a toothpick-style
pant and military parka for casual wear, or a fitted schoolboy blazer that channels a very collegiate look. When it comes to dressing for winter, thereâ€™s no need to stray far from the traditional sneaker. Women on the runways and city streets are preparing for the wintery conditions with their old school Nikes and long wool coats, ready to sprint against the elements. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 29
handson By CORTTANY BROOKS Photos by DAVID CREIGHTON
inter is here and there is nothing worse than frozen fingers, cracked knuckles, and hands in desperate in need of some stylish loving. Gloves are one of the most overlooked fashion accessories, but the power of owning a good pair is to know which type to buy. 30 | THREAD
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UTILITY GLOVES Utility gloves are great for multipurpose use, and Under Armour menâ€™s gloves are made from stretch polyester material with moisture-wicking technology to provide comfortable wear. The synthetic leather palms are durable, and the cuffs are designed to offer an easy on and off, athletic fit. Utility gloves are perfect for in between classes and quickly getting around campus. Keep a pair in a book bag for those intensely cold days.
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KNIT GLOVES Although most of us live on a college budget, luxury knit gloves made from cashmere, wool, sheepskin, or silk ensure a snug and warm fit. Look for Burberry and Brooks Brothers to supply the best silk-lined pairs, Fratelli Orsini for sheepskin, and Ralph Lauren for double wool-lined gloves.
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TECH-FRIENDLY GLOVES Not even freezing temperatures can slow down a tech-loving guy. Tech-friendly gloves combine practical function with style and include precision touch point control that allows navigation of any touch screen device. Most fabrics don’t have electrical currents, which is why gloves don’t work on most touch screen devices. Texting gloves solve this by using fabrics with conductive materials on the gloves’ fingertips to allow it to transmit electrical current to the device. Nearly every style, from utility to mittens, comes in “techfriendly” materials, even cashmere and leather. A favorite brand among gadget lovers is Aglove.
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LEATHER GLOVES In the realm of leather gloves, a new model appeared this fall, called spare gloves, which can be distinguished by its small aerating holes above each knuckle and a stylish buckle clasp above the wrist. These are perfect for drivers or people who seek both function and warmth. The style can be found in off-brands, but the most acclaimed among men is Ralph Lauren.
SIZING Gloves come in various sizing methods; some use the standard, small, medium and large while others use numbers and half numbers â€” both require the same measurements. To find a your size, simply measure the hand you normally write with around the palm at its widest point in inches (excluding the thumb), then round up to the nearest half or whole number. Gloves, particularly leather gloves, should fit snuggly. This leaves room for the hand to fit comfortably later, because the leather will stretch. So for anyone in between sizes, choose the smaller option. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 37
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here's something about the cozy, cooler months that channels our mood for a richer, more daring hair color. Here are a few tips and tricks to getting the color that’s to dye for.
GOING TO A HAIR STYLIST
Beauty salons are places to go where you can make a new best friend and feel like royalty. “You can build a relationship with the stylist,” said an Attraction’s hair stylist, Kate Kandel. Hair stylists acknowledge the benefits of investing in their clients soon-to-be professionally dyed locks. “We keep track of every person's formula and add notes like, ‘virgin hair,’ or if they have any damage. So next time we know exactly what we had done before,” said Kandel. A stylist will look at the initial color and condition of your hair to make an educated decision on how to get the desired look. Usually stylists will never use one color; they often blend two or three colors that give the best and most unique results. Kandel used three different colors on model, Angela. A stylist cares about their client’s hair. They “will normally ask what products you use and what your styling routine and washing routine is,” said Kandel. The stylist will also leave your hair in better condition because if there’s damage, they’ll color your hair accordingly. Breaking down the components of a beautiful hair color, you’ll find the application process to be the most important because stylists distribute it evenly and thoroughly and know just how long to leave it in. Stylists can also quickly whip up a new batch of dye if the shade isn’t quite what you wanted. They are known to adjust the toner right there so you leave satisfied. However, Kandel
warns, “it might look dark until two washes in.” So trust your new BFF.
The DIY route can be simple as long as you pay attention to the different hues that make up a dye. It’s important to know that “golden,” “honey,” “butter,” and “red” will give warmer results, and “chocolate,” “ash,” and “mocha” will give a neutral, cooler look. Keep in mind it’s better to have extra dye than realize you need more halfway through. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you should always buy a few boxes just incase. Start off with a vegetable dye or demi-permanent hair color. These have a lot of emollients and proteins that are beneficial to hair, unlike permanent dyes that have heavy chemicals, which are hard to strip or dye a different color if you’re unhappy. Once you like the semi-permanent color, you can use a permanent one. To save the heartaches and always dramatic “why me’s,” try on a wig that’s close to or is your desired color to determine if the shade is right for your skin tone. Try to stay within two shades of your natural base color at first. Don’t go too dark without being prepared to own the edger look. It’ll take adjusting so the steady progression will allow you to get used to the new “brunette bombshell” you. If you’re starting with color treated blonde hair, stick to an ash dye. Although chocolate and mocha dyes give off a cooler look and are more of a basic brown, they have some red hues in them that are enhanced by blonde hair dyes. If you go warmer at first, your hair has a higher chance of fading into an orange color. You’ll end up spending hundreds of dollars at the salon to strip out the dark dye, which will be harsh on OUTHREADMAG.COM | 39
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your hair and mentality. Now that you have the color you want, here are helpful tips to ensure your locks of hair reach their fullest potential. Dirty hair is ideal for dyeing, just like it is for styling. “Second day” hair will certify an even color distribution because hair will be easier to section. If your hair gets greasier fast, just sweep it under a cute baseball cap until you’re ready to dye it. There are so many dyes out there that it’s important to get the one that’s best for you. Foam dyes, like the ones by John Frieda, are best for women with sensitive skin because the formula won't drip onto the face or hairline. Gel or liquid formulas, like the ones by Revlon, are best for women with thick or curly hair because it will drip onto the strands allowing full coverage. Now it’s time to dye. Ensuring your hair is monotone can be tricky, but rewarding if you follow the golden rule of starting in the back portion of your hair. After this, work your way around saving the strands next to your face for last. The front sections of your hair tend to be more porous due to daily wear and tear so they’ll immediately absorb color. You’ll need to swap your shampoo and conditioner. Use a color preserving kind, like Matrix Biolage Color Care Shampoo. It will form a lightweight, protective shield over the hair shaft, which maintains the color.
Avoid dark clothing the first few days after dyeing.
When your hair is healthy, your scalp will be healthy. Throw away the shampoos that have clarifying or dandrufffighting formulas because those strip away hair color with sulfates and harsh chemicals. Another chemical that is not your friend is chlorine. Chlorine strips away the hair cuticle, allowing minerals in the water to get into the hair shaft and alter your color. Wait at least two weeks before and after dyeing your hair to swim or use salt water based hair products.
Now that your hair is darker, you’ll have to tweak your makeup. To achieve a natural look, darken your brows by using a brow pencil that matches your new hair color. If your complexion is light or fair, you can get away with using a pencil that’s a shade lighter than your new ‘do. Lightly fill in your eyebrows, working from the inner to outer corners. Choose darker eyeliner and eye shadow colors like espresso, gray, charcoal or black to keep features from looking washed out. You may also consider switching to black mascara and wearing richer lip colors like dark mauve, berries, plums and reds. Having darker hair doesn’t mean you need to tan. Stick to dark chocolate and walnut dyes. The hues in both will complement pale skin. But a little bronzer never hurt.
Always tint your eyebrows the same hue of your new hair.
Change to color protecting shampoo and conditioner.
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scentsational By EMILY PETERSON Photos by KASEY BROOKS
ow much does anyone really know about cologne? It seems that for most men, the easiest way to handle buying a new fragrance is to smell a bunch of them in the store and choose the one that they prefer. The problem with this strategy is that there is a science behind the different scents or notes in cologne, and with that there are rules that will help in choosing the right one for different situations.
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spend their days in close proximity to other people. Whether it is a small classroom, a business meeting, or a lunch date, it is essential that the cologne is not overwhelming. Everyone knows this is a major faux pas, and while it can seem tricky to navigate, there is an easy way to find the perfect cologne for daywear. The best notes to search for are fresh and floral. These will include citrus, aquatic, and fruity scents, and they work best during the day because they are subtle. Remember not to spray the cologne onto testing paper to smell it, but put it directly on the skin because scents smell different when mixed with the oils in skin. Anotnio Puig's Quorum cologne (see right) is a great option for a day scent. Tones of grapefruit and oak result in an aromatic and mature scent. 42 | THREAD
FOR A DATE | The best cologne for a date can vary. First dates can be nerve-wracking, so it is best to wear cologne with lighter notes as described in the daytime colognes. Sweating enhances the scent of cologne, and no one wants to leave an overpowering first impression. For a date with a more comfortable companion, cologne in the woody family will evoke sexiness and masculinity. Stick to spicy, mossy, and leather notes with a hint of fruitiness. Remember not to overdo it. Cologne only needs placed at pulse points on the wrists and neck. Yves Saint Laurent's La Nuit de l'Homme (see right) is an example of a scent that will impress. It's masculine with tones of cedar and calming with a touch of lavender, and a base of spicy cardamom.
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is more crowded at night. Whether itâ€™s a popular restaurant, a new nightclub, or a favorite bar, there are sure to be people everywhere. When choosing cologne to wear at night, buy something that is more potent so that it is noticeable despite the crowds. The stronger notes are found in the oriental as well as woody families. Notes such as amber, sandalwood, tobacco, and patchouli, along with the woody scents previously mentioned, will evoke the perfect scent for a night out. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani (see right), a prime scent for the night, greets you with lemon and ends with leather and tobacco. Cologne is an accessory that is just as important as a watch or pair of shoes. The best fragrances will evoke confidence for men, no matter what is on the agenda. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 43
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ut away the mini skirts and shove that maxi into the back of the closet. This season is all about a skirt of a different variety — and length. With a feminine silhouette that skims just past the knee, full or “midi” skirts create an air of retro nostalgia that dates back to the poodle skirts of the ’50s. However, the reemergence of the trend feels fresh when styled in a modern way. Full skirts splashed onto the runways this year among ready-towear collections from designers like Michael Kors, Prada, Reem Acra, and Vivienne Tam. The ultra-flattering fit that cinches at the waist and flows out works on every body type, making them an obvious choice for fashionforward celebrities such as Lauren Conrad, Jessica Alba, Keira Knightley, and Miranda Kerr. Alba, for example, paired her Carolina Herrera skirt with bright yellow stilettos and a fitted black blazer, while Knightley went for a monochromatic look in a flouncy, black midi paired with a long-sleeved black tee and black pumps. There may be an abundance of ways to style a full skirt, but ultimately, it is important to keep the look simple to avoid looking frumpy. Seen most commonly on the runway with tight fitting tops, strappy high heels, and minimal accessories, full skirts have hit the streets in similar fashion. Fashion editor and self-described shoe girl, Caroline Issa, for example, is known for her minimalistic and sleek style. As a full skirt connoisseur, Issa can often be seen pairing midis with blazers,
chunky sweaters, tights, and killer heels or booties. If one is not blessed with both supermodel height and weight (and let’s be real, who is), avoid loose fitting tops at all costs. Instead, pair full skirts with a tight fitting t-shirt or crop top, tucked into the skirt, and throw on a leather jacket to intensify the otherwise girlie ensemble. The most important part of making the full skirt work for everyone is defining the waist. Feel free to skip the accessories altogether, or add a skinny belt to help accentuate the waist at its smallest point. Do not be afraid to opt for tights on a chilly day. If high heels are not a part of your day-to-day shoe repertoire, do not fret. Add a pair of killer ankle booties with a chunky heel and prepare to storm the streets. If the idea of shelling out a few months rent on the designer version of this trend causes a case of hyperventilation, put down the paper bag. Much more affordable options are available at retailers like Zara, ASOS, and Forever 21. Each retailer carries its own variety of skirt designs from Zara’s classic leather to Forever 21’s playful patterns and everything in between at ASOS, creating the ability to achieve a look that fits any personal style. Generally viewed as the demure, ladylike cousin to bohemian maxi skirts and audacious minis, street style stars have proven that full skirts can be styled in a multitude of ways. This skirt is the new must-have in every wardrobe as it is versatile enough to be transformed from day to night or "Blair Waldorf" to badass.
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bold&burgundy By DEVEN MIDDLETON Photos by STEVEN DRAKULICH
ypically men’s trends are as stubborn and afraid of change as the guys wearing them, and yet burgundy completed mission impossible by becoming a staple color. Yes, drop-by-drop red wine is the hue currently drowning the wardrobes of men everywhere. Striking without scaring, the color depicts toned down effort with stand out effect. For years maroon has been showing up on runways while slowly dripping into the closets guys normally reserve for neutrals and navy blues. While Dolce & Gabbana and Balenciaga both showed burgundy pajamas two years ago, Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2011 collection was the first to show off claret shaded suits and separates that could jump off the runway and into the real world. Unlike its bold red eccentric cousin, burgundy has a chameleon like effect when paired with blacks, grays, or whites. Although it has the power to take center stage, its ability to seamlessly assimilate into an outfit is where its true strength lies. To get a statement look, maroon’s best friend is black. Eternally cool, third-year-senior black anchors down interesting, new-kid burgundy, letting it taking the helm of the outfit. Turn the boldness up a few notches with a pair of wine colored jeans paired with a black shirt and coat, just as Balmain illustrated in its Fall 2013 Menswear collection.
To achieve a similar, but more blended look, throw white, gray, and even a sprinkle of light brown into the pot and stir gently. Unlike the unbreakable bond of burgundy and black, a splash of wine red can help even out an otherwise bland and colorless outfit. Corneliani’s Men’s RTW Fall 2013 collection was a sea of monochrome gray and black outfits until a maroon zip cardigan and matching pub cap enlivened the colorless collection. A stylish update on the classic red and blue combination, navy blue and burgundy give a sophisticated touch. The boldness of both accentuates the other, like with a navy trench coat and a burgundy sweater. When it’s the focus piece, burgundy shines, but when worn as an accessory it soars. As a scarf it can help liven up a gray peacoat or camel sweatshirt, proven cool by everybody from Kanye West to Scott Schuman. While putting on a beanie or slipping into red leather docs, it stands out against blue jeans and a white tee. Of course many die-hard fans have already been wearing this color for years so now they’re holding it tight in their hands with oxblood leather bags and gloves. It’s not just its flexibility with colors that’s made burgundy a comfortable shade with guys, but its how it easily flatters all shapes and skin tones. Perfect for winter, as a shirt or a pant, it has overcome trend status and become essential for every stylish guy. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 51
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Channel the vibe at Cornelianiâ€™s Fall runway show with a maroon cardigan and matching cap
From deep wine to light rust, burgundy pieces can be as versatile as the shade itself.
Wear a pair of burgundy pants with blacks, grays or whites to let the bold color take center stage
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knottypical By: STEFAN MALMSTEN & JENA TEKAVEC
Photos by: LEO LOVELL
o you have some old tie lying around. It’s taking up room on your tie rack — you have one those, right? If not, get one they are great. Your dad probably wore it in 1986. It’s as wide as your waist and paisley. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Follow these steps to turn that old noose into a talking piece sure to impress that girl at the coffee shop who is probably into paisley skinny ties.
A tie-length piece of fabric or an old recycled tie • An old skinny tie to use as a guide • Fabric scissors • Pins • Sewing machine • Iron • Pen
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STEPS: ONE: Take apart the existing skinny tie to use as a guide to make your new one. Lay it out on your fabric and get those pins out. TWO: Pin the old tie onto the new fabric in a way that allows the scissors to line up to the pattern. THREE: Make some small marks on what will be the inside of the new tie to indicate where the creased sides will need to be folded.
FOUR: Cut out that tie. FIVE: Unpin and fold fabric along the marks, making sure to put the inked side on the inside. SIX: Iron these creases to ensure they hold throughout the stitching process. SEVEN: Stitch up the backside of the tie. EIGHT: Put it on, and you are out the door.
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ith cold weather comes the perfect time to cuddle up with homemade candles on a snowy evening. These candles make wonderful gifts that everyone will enjoy, so attach a gift tag and share with friends and family for the holiday season. You can find any of the following materials at a local craft store. Some candlemakers use a double boiler to melt the wax, but microwaving the wax is easier and faster. And you can even make these candles in your dorm room.
MATERIALS: Soy flakes (I bought a 2-lbs bag) | Essential oil | Wicks | A holder to put the candles in (jars, glass candle holder) | Microwavable dish (I used a 4-cup measuring cup) | Old spoon | Hot glue gun (for decorating) | Ribbon
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Decorate your candleholder with whatever you’d like. If you’re using ribbon, place a small bead of hot glue on the ribbon to wrap around the holder. Use a small bead of hot glue to adhere the wicks to the bottom of the jar.
Measure how many cups of soy flakes you will need to fill your jar. I used two-and-a-half to three cups for my jars. Microwave the soy flakes until all of the flakes are melted.
Let cool for two minutes.
Add essential oil and stir.
Slowly pour the wax into the jars and let cool.
You can also decorate the jar or candle holder with small twigs, using hot glue. I’m planning to find a lovely, thrifty teacup for my next candle project. Feel free to let your creativity shine with your candle decorations.
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bettersweater By ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI Photos by ALICIA CARTER
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utumn is the season of transformation. As the leaves change color and begin to fall from the trees, the crispness in the air signifies that winter is fast approaching. It’s certainly sweater weather, but why not take a cue from Mother Nature and do some transforming yourself? Rather than bundle up in last year’s sweaters, take those tired styles and transform
them into a trendsetting turban hat. If you’re not feeling so daring, follow a similar process to change your sweater into a beanie—a staple item that every closet needs. Bundling up in last season’s sweaters might temporarily satisfy your cozy needs, but with a little effort you can rejuvenate your winter accessories without a costly shopping spree. And the best part is there is no sewing required.
SUPPLIES Sweater (not too chunky, preferably with a little bit of stretch) | Scissors | Pins | No-Fray Glue | Iron-On Adhesive | Damp Washcloth (optional) | Sharpie
HOW TO: BEANIE STEP 1 Fold your sweater so it’s inside out. STEP 2 You’ll use the bottom seam of the sweater as the opening for around your head, so measure that to be about 8 inches (use discretion based on the size of your head). You will want the body of the beanie to be 12 inches wide and 11 inches long. Use a sharpie to mark your fabric, and then draw a curved line to connect the points. Note: You’ll want to center the 8-inch opening. 66 | THREAD
STEP 3 Place iron-on adhesive around edges of your beanie. STEP 4 Cover the fabric with a damp towel, and then use a hot iron to bond your edges together. STEP 5 Allow time for the fabric to cool before pulling the outside in.
HOW TO: TURBAN STYLE STEP 1 Cut a vertical strip from your sweater that measures 4-1/2 inches wide and at least 25 inches long. STEP 2 Cut the strip horizontally to make two strips (front and back of the sweater).
STEP 3 Apply no-fray glue to the perimeter of each strip and let dry for at least 10 minutes. STEP 4 Fold one strip in half, with the inside stitching of the sweater facing the outside.
STEP 5 Working with one side at a time, apply the iron-on adhesive. STEP 6 Cover with damp cloth, and use iron to bond the seams together. STEP 7 Once one side is bonded, flatten the material out with the nice edge of the sweater facing up. STEP 8 Fold the hat hamburger-style, and apply the iron-on adhesive to the top and bond. Now, there should only be one edge left over that youâ€™ll want to round out.
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he holiday season is a fantastic time to celebrate with friends and family. Whether you’re gathering around a crackling fire with a warm drink or ringing in the New Year sipping on a glass of bubbly, there are a variety of occasions and beverages—alcoholic or not—to liven up the frosty winter months.
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PEPPERMINT MOCHA INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons milk 4 tablespoons vanilla ice cream 2 tablespoons peppermint candies 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup For an adult version: Add 3 ounces KahlĂşa Mocha and 1 1/2 ounces vodka prior to blending. DIRECTIONS Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass, insert a straw and enjoy. (Drinkmixer.com)
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HOT APPLE CIDER INGREDIENTS 1 apple 2 whole cloves 1 orange, thinly sliced 2 quarts apple cider 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 teaspoon allspice 1 pinch grated nutmeg Cinnamon sticks (for garnish) For an adult version: Add 1 cup of spiced dark rum after the mixture is removed from the heat. DIRECTIONS Push the cloves into the apple. In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients (with the exception of the rum). Bring mixture to a simmer on low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add rum once mixture is removed from the heat. Remove the apple and ladle cider into mugs. Place one cinnamon stick in each mug. Curl up in a cozy blanket, sip slowly and relax. (Foodnetwork.com)
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EGGNOG INGREDIENTS 4 cups milk 5 whole cloves ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 12 egg yolks 1 ½ cups sugar 4 cups light cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg For an adult version: Add 2 ½ cups light rum after the mixture is removed from the heat. DIRECTIONS Combine cloves, milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring to a boil. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until fluffy. Then, whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mix into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, and stir constantly for 3 minutes or until thick. Do not allow mix to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let mixture cool for about an hour. Then, stir in cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving. (Allrecipes.com)
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workit By KELLIE RIZER Photos by KAITLIN HATTON
wimsuit season may seem like a distant memory when you’re bundled up in thick layers and puffy coats, but don’t let the dropping temperatures and growing piles of snow fool you. NOW is the time to be proactive and get a jump-start on toning up for the warmer seasons ahead. Building strong upper body strength is essential for overall fitness. Follow this step-by-step workout to increase the muscle growth of your shoulders and biceps, and be the first to show off those “guns” when the frigid weather thaws into spring.
EQUIPMENT: 8-10 pound free weights
WARM UP: 5 minutes running at a moderate pace
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Rest 1 minute.
Hold a plank for 1 minute. Rest 30 seconds.
Complete 1 minute of burpees.
Hold right side plank for 30 seconds.
Rest 1 minute.
Switch to left side plank for 30 seconds.
UPPER BODY STRETCH OUT Incorporating a relaxing and muscle-lengthening stretch following an upper body workout is nearly as important as the workout itself. Take the time to allow tight muscles to release and untangle to avoid unnecessary soreness and stiff limbs.
1. Interlace your fingers behind your
back while pulling your shoulders up and back. Push your chest forward and try to bring shoulders together. Hold for 20 seconds while breathing slowly. Reach arms up above your head and bring them back behind you to hold the pose for an additional 20 seconds.
2. Reach left arm out to the side
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xceptionally blissful individuals, from college students to little tikes with their mothers and fathers, celebrated the conclusion of the 5k with the brightest of smiles on their faces. All this, despite their aching muscles, sweat-soaked faces and, most obviously, being plastered in a montage of bright colors. It’s hard not to sport a smile as a DJ blasts upbeat music from a stage and a large crowd, all in white t-shirts now stained with yellow, pink, blue, and green, dance and rejoice in tutus and other delightful outfits. There is only one place in Athens where one could possibly witness such a sight: at the end of the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” — the Color Run. On Sunday Nov. 12, the Color Run made an undeniably vibrant appear82 | THREAD
ance in Athens, Ohio. The charitydriven race, created in 2012, inspires runners and walkers to dress in all white clothing — though some take this as an initiative to dress in even more creative outfits — before plastering them in a different color for each kilometer marker they pass. At one site in particular, runners ran through a bubble station, flooding the contestants in countless amounts of scented bubbles. According to The Color Run, the four important qualities of the Color Run are healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back. The run was created in an effort to not only promote fitness, joy, and distinctiveness, but also to help raise donations for numerous linking charities. The Athens race, which boasted more than 2,500 participants, was able to raise more than $8,000 for the local
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Habitat for Humanity, while another designated portion went toward The Global Poverty Project. Dominic Armelie, a senior math education major at OU, accredited the Athens race as his first time participating in the Color Run. Armelie mentioned that he enjoyed the “relaxed nature” of the race, and the casual, happy vibes he encountered. Armelie’s outfit for the day consisted of the Color Run white tee handed to all participants at the beginning, Adidas white shorts, blue and lime running shoes, and a bright orange windbreaker. His reasoning was simple, “I wanted something that the color would show up on without freezing to death.” Once finishing the race, it is 84 | THREAD
tradition for runners to attempt to preserve the memories of the colorsoaked event in their clothes. Armelie worked hard to accomplish this. He first used a spray bottle with vinegar to soak the shirt and then let it sit for a while. After this, Armelie went over the entire shirt with an iron and proceeded with a thorough wash. The Color Run is an unforgettable event for all to attend, no matter what age or skill level, because its focus is on happiness and the celebration of life and color. This race is the ideal way to have fun with those close to you while also getting your workout on. Contributing to your own colorific happiness is just a bonus that you get to preserve in your clothing, reliving memories for years to come.
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hen the world thinks of college business start-ups, minds immediately dart to the tech savvy Zuckerbergs of the world, but that's not the case for Ohio University junior Ihlana Mumford. In the spring semester of her sophomore year, a combination of boredom and brokenness inspired her to do something she'd never done before â€”create her own natural organic lip care company. How did this media and social change undergrad with a minor in music and no prior business experience find herself hovering over her kitchen 88 | THREAD
stove mixing pots of molten lipstick? Well, you might say it runs in the family. â€œI grew up with my grandmother offering me natural remedies and other ways to handle things like scraped knees and broken hair beyond your drug store over-the-counter method,â€? said Mumford. This childhood knowledge of natural alternatives built into an instinctual urge and ability to create. What began as an idea for a lipstick company developed into a plan for an entire lip care line, and thus Lana Lip Care was born. It wasn't easy though. Mumford began by spending countless hours
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online researching how to actually make her products. In time she went on to learn what USDA-certified suppliers and vendors to use in the creation of her products, what trends and fads were evident within the community, and how to utilize market research to figure out who to target her products to. “I'm always studying in my free time what this oil does, or some new trend in the holistic natural world that's popping up,” said Mumford. “I love the Internet because when they say that you have the world at your finger tips, your really do. I didn't know a lot of this was even possible
until I researched it.” She begins the process of making her lip care items by ordering USDA-certified ingredients from online bulk suppliers. “After I feel secure that this is a good supplier and these are good people to work with, I proceeded with ordering large shipments of Shea butter, pigments, dyes, butters, and oils,” said Mumford. Then if she doesn't already have a recipe made up, it's just a process of tedious measuring and trial and error until she gets something that she likes and that she can trust. “If it's reminiscent to what my OUTHREADMAG.COM | 89
grandma used to make, then I know I'm on the right track,” said Mumford. She then pours the aromatic mixtures into molds purchased off the Internet and lets it harden before finally placing it into its packaging. “The first go around I was making everything,” said Mumford. “I went to the craft store and bought plain cardboard paper and printed out my own logo and cut them into boxes and put my lipstick inside of them. I still print off all of my labels to this day, but I've finally gotten to the point where I can order most of my packaging.” It's the care that she puts into each and every batch of her handmade beauty products that distinguishes her brand from others. When customers analyze her labels, they're comforted by the simplicity of ingredients, rather than the slew of unpronounceable chemicals utilized by the majority of her competitors. “My ideology is that your skin is your biggest organ, so everything that you put on your skin gets soaked and absorbed into it,“ said Mumford. 90 | THREAD
“That's why it's important to me to always use all natural and organic ingredients. I'm not giving the public two ounces of synthetic lip scrub, or a couple grams of lip balm that made from petroleum.” Priced at an affordable range of $4-$14, these products are reasonable lip care solutions for both men and women. Lana Lip Care LLC re-launched at the end of November, offering natural exfoliating sugar and Shea butter lip scrubs in six different flavors, moisturizing lip balm, and four to six different colored wintertime lipsticks in mauves, browns, purples, and festive reds. She's starting off small, but still expanding. There's promise that this hobby could become a legitimate career that she hopes can serve as inspiration for other young entrepreneurs. “By this time next year, I'll have so many more products for people to choose from, including things that people don't even know that they need,” siad Mumford. “I'll be so big. I know I will.”
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ollergirl’s music video, “#billyocean” opens with an audio clip from the iconic 1979 movie “Roller Boogie” as a young woman, dressed in knee-high socks, teal shorts and a denim halter, places a pair of headphones on her head and roller skates away as music begins to play. The psychedelic beats of Adam Rich’s music and the groovy fashion go hand-in-hand, creating a captivating music video of a girl lost in her own world of roller boogie dreams. Rich, the man behind Rollergirl, wanted the video to reflect the dream-like state of 70’s roller disco films. “[The model] puts the headphones on and that transports her to a different world. Not a stereotypical disco world or anything, but definitely a fantastic kind of dream-sequence world,” Rich said. “I think that the costumes definitely represent that.” Rich’s music creations are unique in more way than one. Instead of picking up a guitar or stepping up to the microphone, Rich synthesizes new audio from old songs. “I take other
people’s music and I make something new out of it by either cutting things up, adding new things, or rewriting things,” Rich said. “I’m using the song as an instrument, I’m using that piece of audio as a guitar chord or a guitar in general.” Most of Rich’s inspiration to make music has come from sporadic moments in his life. “It has to be spur of the moment type thing, otherwise my creativity is not going to come through. The more I have to work on it, the less it was a good idea.” Rich is a man of simple taste, in style and musicality, which reflects in his work. “I don’t try very hard, but most of the time, I’m wearing some kind of band t-shirt with very plain jeans and shoes that somebody gave me,” Rich said. “I try to reflect [that] in my music by also being very simplistic and tying to boil things down to the nature of it, which is the energy of the song.” “#billyocean” was inspired by 70’s roller-disco films, specifically the 1979 “Roller Boogie” starring Linda Blair. The fluidity and constant OUTHREADMAG.COM | 95
movement of the actors rolling on their skates influenced the way that model, Taylor Von Doersten, was filmed. “It’s a very fluid video, there’s always movement, and there’s very few static shots,” Rich said. “That gives it a little bit of charm and energy. It’s like you are moving with Taylor.” The charm Rich hoped to evoke extended into the fashion choices of the video as well. Stylist Gretchen Greenlee explained the thought process behind the flowing paisley robe and crop tops. “I feel like the song is freespirited in a sense. It’s just Taylor, the model, having a good time and enjoying herself. The clothing really expresses that and keeps up with the Rollergirl aspect of it.” Helping in the making of the video, Greenlee had a hand in styling Von Doersten’s outfits throughout the filming process. From the initial kneehigh socks to the fringe jacket and crop top, the clothing options were a mutual decision between stylist and 96 | THREAD
model. “They were pretty open to whatever, with styling,” Greenlee said.
I’m using the song as an instrument, I’m using that piece of audio as a guitar chord or a guitar in general. ADAM RICH “All the clothing came from my closet or Taylor’s closet.” The clothing evokes a hypnotic state throughout the course of the song and ends with Von Doersten coming out of the dream-like sequence as an abridged version of one of Rich’s borrowed audio clips repeats. She looks around the empty room and walks away as “Roller Boogie” star Linda Blair’s voice echoes through the speakers: “I want to win a roller-boogie contest down at the beach.”
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ark shades add a certain je ne sais quoi to a sartorial repertoire. Let the moonlight unravel the mystery that lies beneath your layers of deep-hued clothing. Pair the look with striking brows and lips for an ensemble fit for the night.
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leek hairstyles are timelessly classy, but volume and curls are exciting and attention-grabbing. Donâ€™t be afraid to play up natural textures with hairspray, round brushes and teasing. Take it up a notch with replicas of these towering tresses and say goodbye to pin straight strands. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 123
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s the weather changes throughout the year, the print on these pants translates to every ensemble. Whether it's a rainy Tuesday in a leather jacket or a sunny Saturday on an old-fashioned bike, patterned pants remain appropriate for the varying style of any wardrobe and the shifting mood of any wearer. Surprisingly neutral, the muted slacks slip into six distinctive outfits with ease.
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attoos. Grunge. Miley Cyrus. Louis Vuitton. Fashion. What do all of these have in common? Well, Marc Jacobs of course. Jacobs’ iconic presence in the fashion world has been rising to new heights as of late. With his departure from Louis Vuitton, his Spring 2014 ready-towear collection, and his friendship with the Hannah Montana star gone twerk-tastic Miley Cyrus, Jacobs’ life, reputation, and how he came to be a household name are in serious need of exploration. As Julie Andrews would say, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” (You just sang that, didn’t you?) Anyway, Jacobs was born on April 9, 1963 in New York City. That means he just turned 50 in the spring, and as mtost would agree, he looks pretty dang good. He lived with his parents until he was 17 when he moved in with his grandmother on his dad’s side. Over the years, he has credited his grandmother with a lot of his fashion inspiration. She lived in Central Park West, shopped at the most fabulous stores in NYC, including Saks 5th Avenue and Lord & Taylor, and supported his fashion by teaching him to knit. Grandma can’t take all the credit though, because Jacobs wanted fashion as a part of his life even before he could knit winter accessories. At the age of 13, barely a teenager and surely not old enough to secure a regular position of employment, Jacobs applied to Charivari, a fancy New York City boutique known originally for its dresses. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Charivari became the place with the latest trends for the fashion elite and a fun fact: the word charivari means, “rough music,” in French.
“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect - they are much more interesting,” Jacobs told The Telegraph, an online fashion site. Charivari was certainly odd (in a good way), and obviously the perfect place for Jacobs, seeing as how they hired him two years after he applied at only 15. In 1981, after three years at Charivari, Jacobs graduated from the High School of Art and Design and enrolled full time at the infamous Project Runway playroom, Parsons The New School for Design in Midtown Manhattan. Four years later, his knitting skills came in handy for his senior collection at Parsons, which included three Op-Art, or optical art, sweaters created by the pair. That collection was recognized with high regard and Jacobs was consequentially named Parsons’ Design Student of the Year. Three years after graduating from Parsons in January 1988, Jacobs received the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent. Jacobs was the youngest designer to receive this award, at the age of 24, and many in the fashion industry were officially taking note of the green designer, especially when he had appeared in Vogue two years earlier as one of “seven rising stars of fashion.” Soon after, Jacobs was hired by Perry Ellis to become vice president of design for the company. The next year his first collection for Perry Ellis debuted, he posed for Vanity Fair, and his clothes appeared on the cover of Vogue. It’s now spring 1993, Jacobs has risen in fame in the fashion industry, working for Perry Ellis, gracing magazine covers, and even appearing in Sonic Youth’s “Sugar Cane” hit music video. And what did Jacobs OUTHREADMAG.COM | 155
do? He shocked the world with his grunge collection, a collection that has long since been the best and worst event for Jacobs. A major part of that show was the legendary Doc Martens that stomped down the runway. The collection that skyrocketed his career and slightly destroyed him ricocheted into awards, like the CFDA Women’s Designer of the Year award that he received in 1993, criticism, and ultimately his termination from Perry Ellis. He then did as Tim Gunn would do and he “made it work.” In the years following the grunge fiasco, Jacobs created his self-titled highend line Marc Jacobs, opened his first store, and became the artistic director at Louis Vuitton, a position he held until last month, October 2013, when he decided to focus more on his own line. Under the direction of Jacobs, incredibly themed Louis Vuitton shows were repeatedly sent down the runway, which included afros, escalators, a carousel, and even a life-size locomotive. In 2000, he launched Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line for both men and women. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them,” Jacobs said, and by creat-
ing Marc more people could live in Jacobs’ apparel. In 2002, Jacobs was honored with his very own plaque on the Fashion Walk of Fame in New York City’s garment district, joining greats like Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Oscar de le Renta. It seems like Jacobs has dressed almost every celebrity. He has dressed popular icons including Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Blake Lively, and many others. One of his most famous clients and friends is the girl currently making headlines and shocking the world, the one and only Miley Cyrus, who has a fairly close relationship with Jacobs. He has supported her through the VMA performance that will forever be ingrained in American pop culture history, and she has supported him with his clothing, posing as an advocate for “Protect the Skin You’re In,” and presenting the Superstar Award to him at the Fashion Group International Awards in New York City last month. The “Protect the Skin You’re In” campaign is a way to raise awareness about melanoma, a type of aggressive skin cancer. It is a very philanthropic action for Jacobs to pursue, and he does it with a shockingly brilliant twist, having celebrities pose
1978 Jacobs was hired at Charivari, a fancy NYC boutique
APRIL 9, 1963 Jacobs was born in NYC
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1985 Jacobs was named Parson's Design student of the year
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nude to show the skin they’re in and hopefully protecting. “It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge,” Jacobs told Harpers Bazaar in 2010. Celebrities posing for the campaign include Eva Mendes, Kate Upton, Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Hilary Swank, Naomi Campbell, and most recently Miley Cyrus. All of the proceeds from the campaign benefit research at the NYU Langone Medical Center. As for Jacob’s skin, he may be using sunscreen, but he is no stranger to tattoo ink, seeing as he has 28 tattoos and still counting. He’s been asked many times about his strange assortment of body pictures, and he says he’s got a good reason for all of them, even if other people don’t get it. His tattoos include his character from South Park “Muscle Man Marc,” a red M&M, and Spongebob Squarepants. He explained his reasoning for his South Park tattoo with Complex.com’s Karizza Sanchez: “Being on South Park was the highpoint of my life so far.” Most of his tattoos signify a specific moment in his life or a person/animal that is important to him.
2002 Jacobs was awarded a plaque on the Fashion Walk of Fame in NYC's garment district
But obviously when Jacobs isn’t getting tatted up, he’s working on his collections. Most recently, his readyto-wear Spring 2014 line, includes a seemingly Victorian air with a few Japanese-esque details. Buttons, deep-colored floral prints, and beading are featured throughout the collection. The color black is also highly prevalent and is included in almost every look that walked the runway. Another odd touch to this collection was the styling. All of the models had a short blunt bob with bangs and flat shoes, some even sporting what appear to be gladiator sandals. This collection definitely plays to an edgier client, like Miley Cyrus. As of summer 2013, Marc by Marc Jacobs can be found in over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. In spring 2014, the Marc Jacobs Global flagship store will open in Shanghai, and his company will continue to grow worldwide. His clothes can be seen walking the runway, the red carpet and the concrete jungle. Jacobs is not afraid to be bold, say what he wants, and wear what he loves. At only 50, Jacobs has plenty of years left to wow us, shock us, and leave us begging for more.
2014 Mar Jacobs Global Flagship store will open in Shanghai
2013 Jacobs left his position as Art Director at Louis Vuitton
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he fashion stratosphere is familiar with the influence of celebrities, especially when an infamous pop star makes the publicitysnaring rounds. These individuals may have an addiction to attention, but their fashion senses speak volumes. As they say, “there’s no such thing as bad press.” Back in the ‘80s, there was an ample amount of pop performers who morphed into full-fledged style icons. Please think Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, and George Michael. Each generation has offered a bevy of icons whether for style, inspiration, or musical talent. What sets these artists apart from the masses is the position in fashion history each has secured. Provocative, creative, sophisticated, and just plain absurd accurately describe the style of these pop stars. With enormous fan bases, each has grown into a brand of music and fashion designed specifically for this media generation. No list of pop stars is complete without the presence of Lady Gaga. Her bizarre fashion, addictive pop songs, and advocacy have catapulted unrecognizable Stefani Germanotta into a star that many refer to as Mother Monster. Bursting onto the music scene with “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga debuted a risqué sense of style that demanded attention. Platinum blond bangs, studded sunglasses, platform heels, and disco ball apparel represented her shiny and retro-chic persona. Known for mere provocation at the start of her ascent to superstardom, Gaga has retained a fluid taste in fashion and flaunts her chameleon ability to change without pause. 160 | THREAD
The titles of her albums best represent her fashion transformation. Covered in metallic, bold make-up, and short cut party dresses portrayed Gaga’s first ambition: fame. Then came the garish make-up, stimulating music videos overflowing with symbolism, dyed locks, even larger platform heels, and taboo crushing themes. Lady Gaga morphed into a full-fledged fame monster set on destroying what pop music saw as its traditional leading lady. Electro pop infused with techno influences have branded Lady Gaga a goddess of dance anthems. Pounding beats, and a love for the extreme, Gaga is the mother of modern pop. Never one to shy away from shameless displays of individuality, her body was seen wrapped in caution tape in the music video of “Telephone,” dressed as religious persons in “Judas,” and covered by three selectively placed seashells in “Applause.” The avid supporter of self-expression has even stripped down entirely for an art video, and normally opts for clothing that allows her body to be showcased. Taking a deep plunge into the ocean of bizarre and incomprehensible fashion, Lady Gaga has been carried in an egg and donned a meat dress, robot attire, and headdresses rivaling anything ever seen. Claiming her only desire is to create and live through art, Lady Gaga relies heavily on outward presentations of said art. The hands-bra worn in the music video of “Applause” became a sensation following the premiere of the video. Her strange desire to sensationalize various time periods with taboos, sexual desires, and cross-dressing has created an icon of individual expresOUTHREADMAG.COM | 161
sion. Not only does fashion fall within the iconic status of Lady Gaga, but also her brash refusal to stay within society’s lines has formed a pop star worth imitating. Downright conservative following the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry is her adorable competition. Flouncy and full of pep, Perry is the opposite of Gaga in a plethora of ways including her taste in fashion. Every tween girl’s idol, Katy Perry has made herself the literal teenage dream without isolating an older audience. Dressing as a candy-coated confection, Perry dove headfirst into becoming a pop star that every insecure young girl needs. Teaching everyone to “Roar,” Perry has become a household name through honest, sometimes heartbreaking, songs about love, understanding, and being unafraid. Choosing to institute a storytelling element in her music videos, Katy Perry creates verifiable short films worthy of critical accolades. The bittersweet ode to first love and its loss in “The One That Got Away” pulls heartstrings in comparison to bra straps. Her choice to dress in simpler and less bizarre fashions within her music videos seems a safe option. Perry doesn’t break barriers but does what she chooses within her confines. Katy Perry is familiar with controversy, however, after popping up on the radio waves with “I Kissed a Girl,” the anthem of experimenting with one’s sexuality. No, Katy Perry is not into women, but it made an impressively catchy song. After hearing the “Peacock,” there’s no doubt Perry strategically places naughty subtexts to highlight her sassy side. Perry single-handedly made dyeing one’s hair edgy hues a necessary 162 | THREAD
action. Highlighting it with pink or purple, wearing wigs of green, white, purple, pink, yellow, and dying it completely blue, Perry has worn her hair in every shade, effectively giving her fans permission to do the same. Seen wearing loud patterns and colorful ensembles, Perry noticeably wears bright colors with plunging necklines. She is a pitch-perfect combination of a girly girl playing dress up in her mother’s closet. Rompers were put on the map with her artwork for the single “I Kissed a Girl” and her appearance in them following its release. Let’s not forget her tendency to emulate a pin-up girl. Bringing old-fashioned sensuality to a new generation, Perry has redefined pin-up with the now popular highwaisted shorts and cut-off tops. Perry’s sense of style above all else is simply fun with a tad of absurdity. Forever lost in a world of costumes and dress up, she is a themed marvel with beautifully tuned pipes. Katy Perry is the adorable pop princess,
dipped in sugar and presented in a colorful wrapper, girls all over the world dream of becoming. When referring to the token male of the pop star stratosphere, one could only mean Justin Timberlake. The golden boy who has enchanted the hearts of women and turned every male green with envy has reached a peak few ever experience. Timberlake has been a heartthrob for well over a decade. Since the days of NSYNC, his high vocals and swoon-inducing looks, have held audiences captive. Leading the group into international boy band fame, Timberlake was the face plastered across the ceiling of every teen girl’s bedroom. With the disintegration of NSYNC, Timberlake pursued a solo career that would prove more lucrative creatively and financially. Spawning records including “Future Sex/Love Sounds” brought this pop star into a realm of idolization. No longer a boy band member, JT was a verified star mak-
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ing it on his own. The days of matching outfits in NSYNC music videos had long past, and Timberlake transformed into a fashionable man. This man made fedoras a staple, and let’s remember fedoras aren’t ok. His wardrobe was the standard for every guy trying to score. Dressed in dapper suits and a lover of trendy cardigans, Timberlake helped redefine the term “welldressed man.” A regular among the contents of GQ and similar men’s fashion magazines, JT made his name synonymous with the best dressed in the business. Of course he shall stay atop as long as he has his suit and tie. Professional and striking in his acting endeavors,Timberlake is in many forms a renaissance man, one of utter poise, confidence, and skill. Rave reviews for his performances, clothing ensembles and albums, have generated a large fan base that won’t be disappearing for a while to come. Casually dressed in dark hues, Timberlake is the epitome of sleek and stylish. His suits custom-fitted, designed by the best, and completed with skinny ties and vests, have become a sensation for men everywhere. Sweaters and scarves are a signature of this fashion icon that has never looked better than bundled in a pea coat. With such stylish duds, how could he not be married to the likes of Jessica Biel? Talent, poise, taste, and envy are all words commonly used when referring to Justin Timberlake. At this point if there was a King of Pop, the title would belong to JT. On a more controversial note, Miley Cyrus is the fashionable hero every rebel salutes. Her refusal to 164 | THREAD
apologize for her ridiculous and sexualized VMA performance, has planted her squarely in the spotlight. A selfproclaimed attention whore, Cyrus is gobbling up the media frenzy and craving even more. It’s clear that the days of Hannah Montana are long gone. In her twangy absence, a rebellious sexpot has sprung up. Shocking adults everywhere, Miley only has two letters for her approach to fame and fashion: “F.U.” A certified banger, Miley has become a cultural obsession in every aspect. Her outrageous outfits contributed to popular Halloween costumes, from her “23” Bulls jersey dress get-up to the teddy bear bodice disastrously paired with peach latex boy shorts. Taking cues from the world of hip-hop and rap, Cyrus claims she was Lil’ Kim in a past life. Many believe Cyrus has gone off the deep end, but maybe she’s just being Miley? Making the dramatic pixie cut a cultural phenomenon, Miley has inspired people the world over to embrace her no-holds-barred attitude and applaud her for it. Revolutionizing the abrupt hairstyle, Cyrus chopped off her long locks and debuted a style many stars and fans have since emulated. A mistress to the provocative and risqué, Cyrus has posed topless for multiple photo shoots and dramatically swung on a wrecking ball in a heart-crushing video of her love story gone wrong. Her tormented relationship and ended engagement to Liam Hemsworth is credited as fueling her wild child approach to life, despite Cyrus’ multiple denials. Midriff-baring tops and booty shorts destined for twerking rule
Miley’s wardrobe alongside plenty of leather, fur, and an unidentified number of creepers. All the rage in the United Kingdom, these shoes have voyaged across the sea to appear in Cyrus’ publicized outings on many occasions. Proving she can’t and won’t stop, Cyrus routinely captures the attention of camera lenses while clubbing, holding open bottles of alcohol, and smoking various substances. Craving the public’s attention, Miley’s multiple appearances in trashy tabloids and on gossip websites have given her permission to do exactly as she pleases. Every single day and night Cyrus will be doing her thang, and her quirky antics are a definite sign of more to come. Once known for her inability to be tamed, Miley Cyrus has grown into a trendsetting star wearing nipple pasties and suggestively posing with sledgehammers. Repeatedly turning what’s deemed acceptable on its head, Miley Cyrus has transformed her status as a rebel into an accessory everyone desperately wants and needs. In a world obsessed with pop culture and the next big thing, these pop stars have evolved into much more than singers, they’re icons. The fashion each wears is unique and a necessary element in the persona each uses on and off stage. A sense of style is a means of individual expression and with the sensational depictions of self that these pop stars put forth, organically grown style icons have been born. With sophistication and plenty of controversy, four undeniable pop stars of our age have single-handedly defined far more than music, but pop culture itself. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 165
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is the season of giving, so why not give oneself a breathtaking pair or two of boots? Whether walking through the snow or saddling up in a sleigh, a guy or galâ€™s boots will keep them warm and looking sharp on the way. Boots vary from cowboy, knee high, combat, ankle, and so many others, but donâ€™t forget about the brand or designer. When buying a new pair of boots, any man or woman will want them to last a long time. There is a boot for every occasion and they are what make that grungy rocker dude look slick in his combat boots and the fashion guru look like a model in her knee-high black zip-ups. There should be no fear of pushing the limit or becoming distinctive and rebellious.
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ANKLE BOOT A great pair or ankle boots can be flats or heels that give off a charming but sleek quality when paired with the right outfit. Dresses, skirts, leggings, jeans, tights, and even socks can be an ankle bootâ€™s best friend. They allow a girl to show off her legs while still wearing a stylish boot. This footwear is perfect for the cold months to come to keep a girl warm and trendy. A great way to dress up your ankle boots is to add a pair of socks, make them a neutral color, and scrunch them up a little under the calf. Never wear pants that cover the boot, because then no one can enjoy the style â€” show them off.
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WINTER BOOT In the cold winter months keeping warm is important, but when a girl can pair fashion with warmth, it’s a winwin. Keeping warm doesn’t mean a lady can’t look her best. These Sorel boots will keep any woman protected from the snow and rain, but still make her look like she walked out of a winter wonderland. It’s always fun to have a little fur trim on top for warmth and it will be hard for the snow to ruin this lovely pair of weather proof and style-malfunction proof boots. Bundle up those cold toes and get out for some Christmas shopping in this cozy but fashionable pair of winter boots.
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DRESS BOOT A pair of desert boots can give a guy a nice winter look. With suede material, short laces, and a thick sole, these boots are stylish and enduring. A great way to keep them looking new in a weather changing environment is to rub them with mink oil or the appropriate spray. Jeans or colored pants, tucked in or cuffed make this pair of men’s footwear standout and be envied. Be a man and don’t go out in the harsh winter weather wearing a pair of Nike’s that will be ruined within five minutes. Dress to excite and show off some style, even when the ground is covered with melting snow.
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COMBAT BOOT Just because he looks like a bad boy doesn’t mean he’ll be on the naughty list. Whether goth, grunge, punk, or industrial, combat boots are striking. They don’t just keep a guy warm, combat boots instantly add an authoritative aspect to any man’s look, from rocker dude to all-around tough guy. Combat boots are becoming more and more popular with their durability and comfort. Men are getting a new fashion with an old time feel. An eyecatching way to wear a pair is to group them with jeans tucked in, but be a rebel and don’t lace or zip the boots all the way up.
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n the laundry list of “bad” words in the English vernacular, there is none more poignant than the F-word. It’s direct, forbidden, and holds a negative stigma to the masses. In some circles, however, it adds emphasis and is a positive term. Feminism, in this case, is the Fword of choice. The ladies and gentlemen of the Feminist Equality Movement (FEM) — a new gender equality student group at Ohio University — are working to make this particular F-word a little less effing forbidden by showing students that every feminist wears and embodies feminism differently. Over the last century, feminists have fought for gender equality through equal opportunity employment, the right to vote and countless other political, social and cultural causes. 176 | THREAD
From the Suffragettes of the ‘20s, the Women’s Liberation Movement activists of the ‘60s and ‘70s, to modern day third wavers, feminists have fought for their goals with an invisible scarlet “F” embroidered on their person, stigmatizing their cause and creating the stereotype of loud, politically angered, masculine females. This stigma is exactly what Grace Schoenberger, junior integrated social studies major and FEM president, and her group of FEMs are working hard to change. “The idea that feminists can’t be and aren’t feminine is bull,” Schoenberger said. “Feminism is about making statements and I make my statements through my actions and words while still wearing makeup, wearing skirts and dresses, and embracing my femininity.” Normalizing feminism and revers-
ings don’t stop them from stirring up change in Athens or anywhere else for that matter. In early October, about 20 members rallied at the Ohio Statehouse with hundreds of other Ohioans in protest of anti-abortion provisions tacked onto Ohio’s two-year budget plan; provisions that would undo progress made by women toward gaining reproductive rights. The FEM ensemble rocked shirts reading, “This is What an OU Feminist Looks Like” throughout the protest. Positive self-image and rape culture awareness have been at the forefront of FEM’s activities so far this semester, helping coordinate “Love Your Body Day,” with the Women’s Center and participating in rallies conducted by OU’s F**krapeculture group. As the holiday season approaches, FEM is organizing a clothes drive to help My Sister’s Place, a refuge for bat-
tered women and their families in Athens County. Modern feminism is all about choice and inclusivon, as FEM Treasurer Mackenzi Bentley put it. She explained how feminism has become much more flexible and adaptable, but still holds true to its roots of equality for all. “This allows women to abide by traditional feminine roles and still consider themselves feminists because those roles won’t be stigmatized as they once were,” Bentley, who is a senior specialized studies major, explained. “So, if you want to be a housewife and a feminist, you can be.” A major aspect of FEM is to help members learn to embody their own versions of feminism. Schoenberger, Risola, and Bentley all agree that the best way to do so is through leading by example. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 177
seasonalshift By ALESSA ROSA Illustrations by INA GROZEVA
ost college students are familiar with a tight budget and the difficulty of staying trendy with the change in seasons and weather. While some trends are not adaptable to different seasons, some can be sported for most of the year.
MENSWEAR ON WOMEN The style was widely seen over the summer and beginning of fall as girls wore boyfriend-cut clothes such as baggy V-necks, jeans, shorts and denim shirts and flannels. As the weather continues to get colder, it will be perfectly appropriate for this trend to continue. Oversized boyfriend cardigans and sweaters have been making their way onto the streets of Athens and are perfect for a warm and comfortable look. Geometric and color-block sweaters will add to this trend in the coming season. The boyfriend-cut blazer, for a professional or sophisticated look, is another item in this trend that should definitely occupy a spot in every girlâ€™s closet.
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TANK TOPS This trend was popular among women and men alike in the hot summer months, however, their time has long passed and should not be worn unless as an underlayer. People should now focus on simple hues, longsleeved looks and layering pieces. Students who walk to class know the importance of layering, because while it is freezing outside, most indoors are sweltering from the heat.
SEE-THROUGH CLOTHING Over the spring and summer months, girls around campus sported see-through tops paired with bandeaus for a stylish and weather-appropriate look. This look, however, will not be making it this season. Not only should girls avoid this trend for practical reasons (i.e. freezing temperatures do not go well with see-through clothing), but also because the look has been over worn. Instead of loose-fitting see through tops, girls should focus on loose-fitting and comfortable sweaters.
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BOOTS & WEDGE SANDALS As soon as the leaves began to fall, students were reaching for their ankle and knee-high boots. Luckily for everyone, boots are a must-have for every Ohioan winter. For guys, desert or ankle boots in dark and deep colors are a versatile trend to have as part of your wardrobe. For the ladies, combat and tall boots are still stylish for this season and practical for walking up and down the slippery cobblestone streets of Athens. On the other hand, wedge sandals have no place in the fall or winter. In fact, most open-toe shoes should not be worn outside during this season. If the ladies are looking to dress up and add a few inches while hitting the nightlife uptown, then wedge-heel boots, booties, and sneakers are acceptable shoes to sport, especially if they are a deep or dark color such as burgundy, black, hunter green, brown, or beige.
SCARVES A necessity that became fallâ€™s must-have trend, scarves will continue to complete any ensemble during this season. With the various types of scarves, one can wear them all year long. In the spring and summer, light fabrics and bright patterns and colors are the way to go. In the fall and winter, the fluffiest of scarves are the most pragmatic. Knit snoods and scarves in solid colors are the perfect accessories for keeping warm and looking fashionable. Guys should not shy away from scarves, either. Acne Studios and Billy Reid are both designers that featured men wearing scarves in their Fall 2013 runway shows. 180 | THREAD
CROP TOPS This trend dominated the spring and summer months, and can be wearable as a staple this season if worn correctly. Wearing a crop top in the winter may seem extreme with the declining temperatures, but here are a couple tips to make it a trend worth keeping. While wearing crop tops, girls should focus on long-sleeved and â€˜90s style paired with high-wasted pants and skirts for minimal to no skin display. Pairing them with a jacket and/ or tights will also make the trend sensible. Wearing pants and/or a skirt that have a high waistline is also important to remember. In order to achieve the appropriate crop top style and stay warm enough, only a sliver of skin should be shown. This tease of tummy is conveniently the most flattering section on most people's bodies, even in the winter.
Everyoneâ€™s style and budget varies, and there are plenty of reusable trends one can find laying in their closet. Also remember that while looking stylish is always a priority, think twice before stepping outside in anything that is impractical for this season. These pieces are simply a few trends that can be translated into the winter so feel free to explore your wardrobe for versatile items. After all, everyone is most stylish when they feel comfortable in their outfit.
looknatural By BECKY WAGNER Photos by AUDREY KELLY
e all know those girls; the ones that wear a smoky eye, red lips, and innumerable coats of bronzer to your 9 a.m. class. While their moxie is admirable, thereâ€™s a time and place for dramatic night makeup thatâ€™s not Statistics 101. The purpose of natural, everyday makeup is to look like the best version of oneself as possible. Ideally, this routine will take less than five minutes to carry out and will last throughout the day.
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STEP ONE: SKINCARE
Well-maintained skin is a central tenet of the natural look. Firstly, find a good moisturizer. With temperatures dropping this time of year, skin can dry out quickly. For normal to dry skin, rough patches and flaky areas can pose a problem. For oilier skin, it may work overtime and produce more oil to compensate for the winter dryness. Avoid these issues by finding a moisturizer that complements the right skin type. Be sure to find one with sunscreen to prevent wrinkles and sun damage year-round. Secondly, find a good foundation. Nothing too cakey, just something that will even out the skin tone and hide discoloration. Apply concealer only where needed, on dark under eye circles and blemishes. If the t-zone, the area of your nose and forehead, is oily, pat it down with a light powder. Get a healthy, glowing look by sweeping shimmer over the cheekbones and brow bones. Then, apply a light blush to the apples of the cheeks for a rosy, natural-looking flush.
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STEP TWO: EYES
An often-overlooked part of the natural look is well-maintained eyebrows. Determine the natural start of your brows by holding a pencil straight up on the side of your nose. Then, determine where they end by holding the pencil at an angle against your nose, touching the outmost point of your eye. Any hairs that extend past that point should be plucked. Tweeze any stray hairs by grabbing hairs at the root and pulling them straight out in the natural direction of growth. For those lacking majestic Cara Delevingne brows, fill them in just enough for definition. Choose a brow pencil that matches your natural hair/ brow color as closely as possible. Curl lashes and apply just a coat or two of mascara. For those who are sleep deprived, apply pearly white eyeshadow to the inside corner of the eyes to feign looking bright-eyed and well rested. Use soft, neutral shades of eyeshadow on the lids to provide definition, along with a thin line of black liner along the upper lid if needed. The eyes shouldn’t be the highlight of this look; less is more with eye makeup.
STEP THREE: LIPS
Ideally, the lips should look healthy and at most a shade brighter than their natural color. Tinted lip balm provides moisture and light color, the best of both worlds. We’ve surpassed 6th grade, so for God’s sake avoid lip-gloss. Proper lip care is also important. Staying hydrated will keep chapped lips at bay, as will lip balm that includes SPF.
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n 2009, Alyssa Wasko found a unique way to channel the grief of losing her father into something positive. As a way of dealing with her father’s death, Alyssa, a University of Arizona sophomore, took her savvy fashion sense and the desire to honor her lost loved one and focused her energy on making scarves by hand for herself and her friends. “I just started making them for fun and as a way to cope,” said Wasko. As buzz began to grow on campus and when Alyssa began showing her products at trunk shows, it became impossible to keep up with the demand. The scarves had to be outsourced to a manufacturer, and the fledgling company took off from there. These scarves can now be seen gracing the necks of Jessica Biel, Rihanna, Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Olsen, and Selena Gomez, as well as in the pages of Vogue Japan, People Style Watch, and Us Weekly. The name for the brand, Donni Charm, is a tribute to Alyssa Wasko’s father, whose name was Donald. The softly draped fabrics of the scarves are only further complemented by delicate charms that make Donni Charm distinct. Each scarf is adorned with a charm, usually one that symbolizes good luck and protection such as wings, peace signs, and fleur-de-lis. These extra touches also can be traced back to the inspiration from Donald Wasko, who referred to his daughter as his own personal lucky charm. The appeal behind Donni Charm, according to Alyssa Wasko, is the story of heartbreak, loss, but also of hope. “Rarely does anything coveted in the fashion industry have an inspirational story behind it. That is what makes Donni Charm so distinct. The
good luck charms, sentimental meaning, and representing a lost loved one separate Donni Charm from other lines,” said Wasko. Hannah May, a junior studying public relations at Ohio University and an OU campus representative for Donni Charm, said that is what inspired her to become involved with the brand. “Alyssa found a way to make her situation as positive as she could. A girl a year younger than I am now started this company and now it’s so successful and has grown so big,” said May. Hannah May also believes that the charm behind the brand goes beyond this story of inspiration and centers on the appeal of the product itself. “Everyone loves scarves. For Ohio specifically, I think it’s a great market. You’ll see one in three girls wearing a scarf. Thousands of scarf styles can be dressed up or down,” said May. Donni Charm is also focusing on Ohio and Ohio University specifically by changing up its marketing strategy, according to May. “They’re also working to make a scarf specific to OU that will be cheaper than most Donni Charm scarves,” said May. This scarf will not only represent Ohio University, but it will cater to the budget of a college student and return Donni Charm to its campus roots where it initially found its success. Another way, according to May, that Donni Charm focuses on college campuses is through sororities and their distinctive philanthropies. “Each sorority, during recruitment week, wears matching outfits. When you buy in bulk you get to pick a philanthropy. They’ll work with a person to design what color, what design,” said May. For every bulk purchase made, Donni Charm will donate a certain amount of the proceeds to the sororOUTHREADMAG.COM | 189
ity’s philanthropy, but Donni Charm does not just donate for every bulk purchase. They also donate a certain amount from every scarf sold to many different charities with which a customer can personally connect. The charities that Donni Charm donates to are ones that the company is passionate about and personally connect with. “There isn’t one type of charity that we gear toward. We have had friends who have lost parents, so this can be a way to support them,” said Wasko. Some of these charities include Teen with a Dream: a pediatric cancer foundation, The Adoption Exchange, the American Red Cross, Global Down Syndrome Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and many, many more. Alyssa Wasko also involves her company with charities that she’s been interested in from a young age. “We had a photo shoot for the Humane Society of New York and we donated all the proceeds to them. We were able to help them as well as support them,” said Wasko. “In 190 | THREAD
high school, I always volunteered at humane societies and it just felt really natural. It’s something I’ve always felt passionate about.” As for Donni Charm’s success and its willingness to give back, Alyssa Wasko thinks her father would have been proud of all that she is doing. “He was a very philanthropic person. He was very giving and generous person,” said Wasko. “He and I both believe that success isn’t success unless you share it with other people.” Through its philanthropy work, Donni Charm continues to try to find the light in a dark situation and bring hope to those who need it. “The goal is to inspire young adults and college-aged students to be successful and turn a negative situation into something positive,” said Wasko. As for what is next for Donni Charm, Alyssa Wasko says only time will tell. “The goal as of right now is to increase awareness and spread the word about Donni Charm,” said Wasko. “This means more people not only knowing about the scarves but what inspired them.”
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By MICHELLE SEBASTIAN
In today’s modern era, the Cosby sweater can be completely irrelevant. I know they say fashion repeats itself, however this fashion trend should never be repeated. The classic ‘80s Cosby sweater is something that made that decade such a distinctive time. When items like that come back into the fashion world, it usually comes back in a more reformed, contemporary way. There are so many sweaters that do take on this oversized sweater feel, yet aren’t exactly screaming "Cosby." Stores like Urban Outfitters and H&M all have a large array of different textiles and patterns that give that large, chunky, decorated sense that the Cosby sweater gave back in its time. Don’t get me wrong; I’m obsessed with the huge sweater ensemble, however, the patterns these sweaters encompass are simply heinous. If I’m shopping and see a large grouping of these sweaters out, I always ask myself: what can I find that has the vintage feel but is not so putrid? I would suggest finding a more modern print that isn’t so ‘80s. If you want the oldfashioned go for something more simple. Wearing a more current version of the Cosby or even creating something from a thrift store is the best way to change up the everyday sweater. Remember, every style does come back, but it should always be in its most current and up-to-date form. Illustration by TIA KROPKO 192 | THREAD
RAVE By ELICIA GIBSON
Ugly is the new pretty. What better way to still be comfy and be fashionable than by wearing something that is both? Ugly Cosby sweaters are sweeping the nation and I couldn’t be happier. Back in the ‘90s, these huge sweaters weren’t considered ugly nor were they considered “Cosby.” Mostly worn by the TV icon, Bill Cosby, these articles of clothing were used to keep warm, not to make a fashion statement. Now they are coming back full throttle as a staple in every girl’s closet. These sweaters create a truly unique design that represents the individual in a weird way. You can wear a sweater with cats all over it and everyone will think you are the coolest person. The Cosby sweater is typically a larger size than the person wearing it, allowing a feel that isn’t too restricting. The cozy feeling of a sweater gives you movement and room for activities all while still being dressed fashionably. Oversize sweaters allow me to be warm in the winter without having to really try hard to stay cute. Some of the best ugly sweaters I own I have bought from Goodwill or yard sales, making them truly different. These sweaters also are a fantastic way to pick up dates. The ugliness draws the eye to the person wearing it and you instantly look anywhere else on them to find something of beauty and BOOM…you find the face. And what is a better way to strike up a conversation than saying, “You’re so beautiful that you make that sweater look sexy.” Watch out OUCrushes, it’s about to get ugly.
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COMING SOON 2/24 to 2/27 The first ever Athens Fashion Week MONDAY Clothing Swap TUESDAY Kismet Celeb Shopping Event WEDNESDAY Fashion Show THURSDAY Thread release & party 194 | THREAD