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hauteonline SO DELUSHIOUS So Delushious is a glimpse of Chrissy Teigen and what she makes, eats, and rambles about. The blog shows a fresh side of John Legend’s wife and offers ideas of what to eat, how to cook, and a little advice from a “friend.”
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“Stuff I Make” not only offers amazing pictures of the food she cooks, but also incorporates recipes with a step-by-step tutorial to follow. Along with the exquisite meals she prepares, Legend poses as a model in many photos. Teigen makes cooking a must and offers expertise with each meal. She is a seasoned cook, so no meal ever goes awry.
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“Stuff I Eat” is a scrapbook of Teigen’s and Legend’s childhoods—the places she travels, the food she tastes, and, of course, the memories she has made. Teigen does an amazing job of including pieces of her life, making each reader feel like a friend.
“Random Ramblings” presents a personal side of Teigen and her superstar husband. The way she shares her life and experiences makes the reader feel like anything is possible.
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THE SPICY STILETTO Serena Goh, a New York City transplant born in California, is a fashionable foodie. Her blog focuses on her risk-taking approach toward the spiciest hot sauce or the highest pair of stilettos.
Having walked both coasts, Goh’s style mixes urban jungle with a looser west coast vibe. She’s the perfect shopping companion, offering advice and sharing deals with her readers. Goh brings a collaboration of uptown and downtown chic to the streets of New York City. Many of her outfits look as coordinated as they do effortless.
Goh brings this casual style to her small urban kitchen, where she prepares meals that taste as good as they look. Think innovative pizzettes with chicken and kale, or easy to prepare curry noodle soup. Each recipe brings a new twist to the traditional cookbook variety. She then photographs each prepared meal in a stylish and professional manner.
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YUMMERTIME Summertime is over, and now it is Yummertime. San Francisco residents Brock Williams and Chris Lin write about everything from menswear to incredible San Franciscan food in their blog, Yummertime. Lin and Williams are living their definition of the good life and documenting all of their experiences with “looks, things, places, discoveries, and eats.”
Lin and Williams have very similar personal styles, which are highlighted in their exciting and entertaining photoshoots. They share funny anecdotes about many of the outfits and host little popularity contests, asking readers who wore it better. While exploring the city, they find new places for shoots and offer a creative, artsy portrayal of San Francisco.
The best part of seeing another foodie’s recipes is actually making the food, which Lin and Williams make possible. They have recipes that aren’t incredibly difficult to recreate, with photos and stories for each dish. They also offer San Francisco locals great suggestions on cafés and restaurants, while giving everyone else helpful advice on finding fun, new places to eat.
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JARED CHAMBERS Freelance photographer Jared Chambers can be found anywhere from neverending fields and murky swamps to dangerously high mountains. But it’s clear through his vivid and surreal photos that all the traveling is worth it. His pictures explore and represent an individual’s emotional connection to a landscape or environment. Chambers clearly feels most at ease in nature, and the outdoors help him escape the everyday pressures of society.
Chambers, an LA native, finds inspiration in the crevices of the big city while searching for misfits and unique subjects. Recently, he found himself drawn to nature, taking great pleasure in traveling across the country to different climates. His popular Instagram photos range from mountains in Montana to decrepit cabins in the Yukon.
Not only does Chambers capture beautiful cities and exquisite landscapes, but he is also able to zoom in on the fashion aspect of the people who wander there. His pictures don’t focus on the clothes themselves, but rather the story behind the people who wear them.
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SZA | To describe singer SZA in brief terms doesn’t really do her justice. The relatively new neo-soul/alternative R&B sensation is most notably record label Top Dawg Entertainment’s only female on its roster of musicians, but she’s also one thing that can be hard to find in singer/songwriters these days: unique. SZA’s tomboyish style and badass attitude, her sick vocals and eerily cool lyrics, and her gorgeously bold, all-natural hair are all factors in being attracted to her as an artist. She’s effortless and natural, an alluring figure who doesn’t back down from highlighting her individuality. —LOUIS BARAGONA
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TOPMAN’S FESTIVE COLLECTION
While some start their day perusing the New York Times, I often start mine scrolling through Fashionista.com, my personal fashion bible. Recently, I was delighted to stumble upon Topman’s Halloween-themed collection. While I’m a fan of the “Day of the Dead” onesie and the “Graveyard Print” sweatshirt, my favorite pieces in this collection are the socks. Socks embellished with skeletons, pumpkins, and even Frankenstein are the perfect complement to any spooky fall outfit. At three pairs for $15 or one pair for $6, they won’t break the bank, either. —MORGAN BORER
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STATIONERY/LETTER WRITING | Having grown up with the mentality that
hand-written thank you cards are a necessary courtesy, I pride myself on my elegant pencraft and beautiful, embossed stationery. My infatuation with “paper” was amplified over the summer by my favorite New York City bookstore, McNally Jackson, and its companion store that features stationery, notebooks, and writing accessories. The artisanal parchment paper, leather-bound journals, and tweed-wrapped handmade card sets drew me in with their esoteric charm and authenticity. The artistry behind these supplies allows me to indulge in letter writing and add much more substance to the simple note. —NADIA KURTZ
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HANDMADE | Handmade jewelry adds a certain joie de
vivre to an outfit. Many handmade ornaments boast a oneof-a-kind quality. More so, meeting the artist and knowing the background of the art piece gives the accessory personality. Festivals are a mecca for artistic and unique jewelry. My latest purchase is from Re-Cuffed, Green Bling at the Lake Snowden Paw Paw Festival: a handmade brown leather cuff with a silver-painted woodland pixie serenely sitting on a daisy. The more the cuff is worn, the more distressed the leather becomes. Check out Re-Cuffed, Green Bling on Facebook to enjoy a fanciful collection of leather cuffs. â€”CASSIE FAIT WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 11
WHITE LOW-CUT CONVERSE Walks among the falling leaves. Nights spent dancing atop booths in dim bars. There is only one pair of shoes that fits the bill: low-cut Converse. These “kicks” are the ultimate complement to any and every getup while adding a careless touch to more snazzy attire. Converse are the only shoes that become more iconic with each mud-splattered wear. With a “the dirtier the better” mentality, I wholeheartedly recommend splurging on a white pair. Although Labor Day has passed, this is one rule-breaker that closet of yours is desperately missing. —NICK REES
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EDITOR’S NOTE Greetings Threadies, Four years ago, I walked into my first Thread meeting with stars in my eyes. I knew from the beginning that this publication would become my passion and play a huge role in my life. Today, as editor-in-chief, I am ecstatic to present you our first issue of the year. Each year, the familiar aromas and flavors that characterize autumn provide a sense of enchantment and comfort. Snuggle up in your fall jackets and faux fur vests (“Outer Threads” pg. 52 and “Faux Real” pg. 30) while enjoying the hot spiced cider and caramel pumpkin cheesecake dip from our Make It section. With Halloween around the corner, “The Witching Hour” (pg. 112) is a chilling photo spread from the backwoods of Athens. We also took a more comic approach to the holiday with two of our writers ranting and raving about revealing Halloween costumes. Speaking of humor, Thread examined the personal styles of big names in comedy including Jimmy Fallon and Mindy Kaling (“Comic Styling” pg. 170). The six looks we liked were inspired by iconic artists, such as Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo, and their distinct styles we all know and love. Thread also took a trip to Crumbs Bakery to gain some insight into their homemade bread products and to film a video of the cheerful warehouse (pg. 105).
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We hope that you enjoy the warm and fashion-packed pages of our October issue while curling up on a chilly day in your coziest garb and breathing in the crisp, autumn air. Bisous,
thread Editor-in-Chief Nadia Kurtz Managing Editor Louis Baragona Creative Director Cassey Eck
Design Director Alexa Hayes
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Paige Bennett, Sophia Borghese, Corttany Brooks, Edie Buess, Sophia Ciancone, Hayley Dashiell, Madison DeChellis, Megan Fair, Katie Flowers, Jenna Guyot, Aaren Host, Dottie Kramer, Megan Laird, Catherine Lu, Nicole Mahdavi, Haley McKelvey, Courtney Mihocik, Caitlin Morgan, Sarah Newsad, Katie Pittman, Erin Radigan, Julie Rhodes, Alessa Rosa, Michelle Sebastian, Morgan Siegel, Lindsey Smecker, Kylie Souder, Taylor Stano, Daniella Star, Stefanie Tsengas, Alex Warner
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Kirsten Martinez, Meghan Shamblen, Royle Mast (Assistant to the Photo Chief), Kinsey Ball, Erica Brechtelsbauer, Kasey Brooks, Isaac Gibson, Madeline Grube, Kaitlin Hatton, Michelle Iversen, Samantha McGuire, Juli Pierandri, Kira Plumer, Matt Ryan, Kirstie Schons, Halee Smith, Kate Stone, Breanna Thomas, Melina Triffon, Rachel Wagner, Jenna Wallace, Caitlyn Withers
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runwayrealway RACHEL ZOE By JULIE RHODES | Photos by KINSEY BALL
nown for her sleek and minimalistic style, Rachel Zoe has produced a ready-to-wear collection that is eye catching with her new pieces emulating the 1960s. The contemporary line portrays a professional and classy image featuring tailored blazers, shift dresses, miniskirts, and bell-bottom pants. Shying away from the typical aspects of her former collections, Zoe has created a versatile line of clothing for her consumers. Zoe’s polished new line primarily targets a young adult audience. Her fresh new pieces are appealing to a wide range of college students looking to vamp up their wardrobes. The collection is prime for women entering the business world and will be easily accessible in department stores such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. With ‘60s revival becoming such a prominent trend, Zoe has succeeded in creating an exclusive collection for the young trendsetter. Encompassing a fresh, modern take on ‘60s trends, Zoe’s collection features a pair of slick, black leather pants fitted harem style. The pants boast a comfortable and casual feel. They could easily be paired with a simple white T-shirt and flats for wearing around campus or dressed up with heels and a blazer to wear on a night out. Contrasting the pants, Zoe’s fall line also includes more daring pieces, including sequin shift dresses, fur-collared coats, and miniskirts in an array of fabrics. Featuring an all white ensemble of a delicate shift dress paired with a white fur vest and brown loafers, Zoe has created pieces that a youthful trend guru can easily recreate. Zoe’s Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection calls to the younger women with its polished, yet edgy notes. Her trendy black and white pieces with a mix of bold and subtle fabrics create a contemporary style that will make any woman stand out this fall.
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TOM FORD By LINDSEY SMECKER | Photos by KINSEY BALL
om Ford is known for creating refined and timeless styles for men. From working as creative director at Gucci for 10 years to creating his own line, he has acted as an icon for classic menswear for over a decade. However, Ford stepped out of his comfort zone with his Mens Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. While he still includes his iconic tailored suits, Ford blends the classic look with laid back sportswear pieces. These sportier numbers may be inspired by his new family oriented lifestyle, which creates a need for a day-to-day wardrobe. Though the Autumn 2014 collection targets the suave and confident male, it incorporates the “work hard, play hard” mentality. Ford plays up cozy turtlenecks with luxurious leather oxfords and combines autumn tones with muted greys and blacks. He takes another fashion risk by including sneakers as well. The designer also highlights his versatile ensembles by featuring his own version of classic outerwear, including pea coats and leather jackets. Because Ford’s looks target the modern, relaxed man, they can be recreated by pairing slacks with a fall-colored sweater and dark jacket. Be sure to keep an eye on Ford’s future collections as his style evolves and he continues to be a leading force in the world of fashion.
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celebstyle SCOTT DISICK By MICHELLE SEBASTIAN | Photos by JENNA WALLACE
nly a specific type of man can pull off a so-called royal patent, a wardrobe straight off the runway, and a cocky, yet hilarious, disposition. Scott Disick is a fashion figure known for his polished suits as well as his laid back Los Angeles style. The mélange of charisma and personal style are what make Disick’s look stand out among Hollywood’s elite. Disick became a household name due to the popular reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” as Kourtney Kardashian’s crazy, outlandish boyfriend. Since then, he’s created his own empire from the show, gaining a large number of his own fans. His fame particularly skyrocketed when he became a man of British royalty otherwise known as Lord Disick. From being able to pull off singing the lyrics to “Versace” by Migos while wearing an eccentric Versace button up to impressing in a pristinely tailored Tom Ford suit, Disick is the definition of a style icon in men’s fashion. On a laid back day for LD, he can be seen walking the streets of LA wearing jeans, a flannel, snapback, and to top it off, a Rolex watch. For men hoping to recreate Disick’s style, pair a pastel colored button up shirt with a tailored pair of trousers, topped off with a sweater rested upon the shoulders and oxford shoes. As long as it’s expensive and designer-made, Disick is all about it. Becoming such a recognizable face not only in fashion but also in popular culture, LD is destined to stand out in the spotlight for years to come.
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RITA ORA By TAYLOR STANO | Photos by KAITLIN HATTON
ince launching herself into the music spotlight with her hit “How We Do (Party),” singer/songwriter Rita Ora has proved to be one of the entertainment industry’s boldest style icons. From one-of-a-kind pieces on the streets by Moschino, to show-stopping gowns by designers such as Donna Karan, Ora is becoming a force to watch in Hollywood. With her signature red lips, platinum blonde hair, and urban grunge meets ‘90s hip hop fashion sense, Ora never ceases to stand out among other female artists. Naming Gwen Stefani as one of the inspirations behind her music career, Ora has channeled her style and even mimicked Stefani’s iconic red lips. As her career evolves, Rita is transforming into a bombshell on the red carpet. She embodies a modern day Marilyn Monroe with her refined red carpet style and sex appeal, while still showing off that hip, feminine edge by which people identify her. To take Ora’s style to the streets, throw on a pair of black harem pants, an oversized letterman’s jacket, and bold, bright accessories. For a more relaxed look, pair distressed jeans with a plain, white T-shirt. By tying a flannel around the waist and throwing on a leather jacket, printed snap back cap, and a favorite pair of black heels, one just might get mistaken for Ora on campus. But don’t forget to top off the look with a red lip and strong brows. Her electrifying sense of style has landed Ora multiple gigs across Hollywood. She takes her love of fashion to MTV’s “House of Style” where she interviews other celebrities and explores their closets. She’ll also be starring in "Fifty Shades of Grey" as Christian Grey’s sister Mia. Aside from collaborating with Iggy Azalea in “Black Widow,” she is also working on a brand new album. If that’s not impressive enough, she has a collaboration with Rimmel London in which she has launched her own lip and nail color collection as well as teaming up with DKNY to promote their new MYNY fragrance. Rocking her own individual style, Ora has evolved into a true powerhouse icon. With so many different projects under her belt, Ora is going to light up more stages and red carpet events than ever before. 24 | THREAD
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unapologeticfemininity By KENYETTA WHITFIELD Photos by KIRSTEN MARTINEZ
f I could go back in time and talk to my 8-year-old self I’d tell her a few important things: don’t stay up too late, read as much as you can, and embrace the f-word. Yes, I’d tell her to go crazy, maybe even mad for, and fall in love with my favorite f-words: fashion and feminism. Now, being that I would be a stranger claiming to be her from the future could be enough to scare her into never speaking to teenagers again. Maybe it’s a good idea that time travel isn’t mainstream yet but the sentiment is still there. What’s a girl to do when she grew up with a love for the glossy pages of new and sparkling magazine covers whose every page revealed a new and more luxurious look? The answer is fall in love. It’s a pretty simple answer as long as she never reads the captions or headlines of her coveted fashion bibles. That however wasn’t the case for me. Every time I flipped the page or scrolled a web page I saw that fashion was always paired with negativity, stereotypes, and limitations. Walking down the magazine aisle went from
an activity that once felt like a stroll through the candy store into what felt like a bunch of fingers pointing at me saying, “hey here’s how to be the right kind of girl, the right kind of feminine.” That’s where my blog, Unapologetic Femininity, comes into play. My blog is a playground in which every week I can highlight an amazing aspect of femininity from the brightest and rosiest pink to everyone’s favorite celebrities and their ability to identify as women not only through their fashion but through their attitudes. Every Tuesday’s post is a new exploration of what it means to be a woman for me and for others. Fashion has, for the most part, strayed away from big displays of allegiance to important social causes and has instead taught us that bodies only look good in one way. It has taught us that there is one way to be a woman. But for an art form that has a hell of a lot to do with people who identify as women, I think my blog is a pretty good place in the fashion world. Everyone could use a little bit more love of the f-words.
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fauxreal By ALESSA ROSA Photos by KIRSTIE SCHONS
ur has long been a symbol of luxury and privilege throughout the ages. However, the recent increase in concern and awareness for animal rights has transformed how the fashion industry views this trend. Faux fur has been on the rise because of organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Mercy for Animals, who emphasize the importance of ethical treatment toward animals. The incredibly sad reality of the fur industry has led many designers like Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger to abandon the use of fur in favor of using cruelty-free alternatives. The increase in designers using faux fur has created a substantial market for its use, while inspiring other designers to ditch real fur as well. The faux fur trend was explosive on the runways for fall. Whether it was faux fur coats, faux fur trimmed gloves, or even faux fur bags, designers emphasized this trend throughout their entire collections. Balenciaga showcased fur collars adorning neon-colored coats, bulky fur scarves rocked the runways of Fendi, and Isabel Marant displayed multi-colored fur vests.
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VESTS Faux fur vests are a simple way to experiment with the fur trend this fall, because they can be less overwhelming than coats. When styling a flamboyant faux fur vest in bright colors or loud patterns, pair it with a monochromatic outfit such as a white or black long sleeve shirt and dark wash skinny jeans or black leggings. When it comes to neutral toned vests, pair them with edgier outfits like faux leather dresses or pants while still incorporating color with accessories like shoes, earrings, or bracelets.
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DETAILING For a more toned down take on this trend, add a fur trimmed jean jacket, a faux fur scarf, or a bag to make any outfit stand out this fall. An all black outfit paired with a faux fur scarf will spice up any look. Jean jackets trimmed with faux fur are also great variations of the traditional jacket. Try styling them with earth toned tops and leggings. Faux fur bags are also accessories that can be used to enhance any outfit. Faux fur clutches are great paired with a little black dress for a
night out on the town. The smaller faux fur details will provide a little extra flair to the outfit. Wearing faux fur is a sensible alternative to taking on this luxurious trend without the harm toward animals. Simple, understated pieces that fit close to the body alongside faux fur is the ideal way to rock this trend. So take a walk on the wild side, and throw some faux fur in the closet.
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he most convenient way to make sure to never be “late for a very important date” is to invest in a watch. Initially, wristwatches were practical conventions, created for soldiers who didn’t have time to fumble around with a pocket watch during battle. Today, a wristwatch represents prestige and status. From Rolex to Fossil, men’s watches are found in an array of different shapes, sizes, and styles. The difficult choice is deciding the best watch to wear with an outfit. Whether one owns a dress watch or a sports watch, wrist candy is the perfect way to complete an overall look. Most men tend to own a dress 36 | THREAD
watch, a functional choice for those who want one watch to pair with any outfit. Dress watches look best with a suit and jacket. Generally, these watches have a leather band, or are gold or silver stainless steel. An eye-catching face embellished with diamonds completes any outfit without drawing too much attention. Dress watches can be worn on any occasion or paired with jeans and a button-down shirt or a business suit for the workday. They are the perfect transition from a day in the office to a night out on the town. The technicality of a sports watch is more elaborate than a dress watch. Sports watches often include a stopwatch, an alarm, and a step monitor. A
diver watch is designed to withstand high pressure underwater, making it waterproof. In addition to the basic amenities of any sports watch, the diver watch is shock and chemical resistant with an illuminated face and a strong band. Aviator watches are some of the most complex, as they have a display that allows for pilots to pinpoint multiple locations. They are also able to withstand extreme temperatures. Although aviator watches sound intricate and exclusive, their bold structure and design make them a fashion statement. Sports watches aren’t just for strenuous workouts; they can be worn with straight leg jeans and a v-neck sweater or a team jersey for the perfect game day look.
Retro tank watches are making a comeback in men’s fashion with their dated, '80s design. The bands vary from plastic to leather, with circle, square, or rectangle faces. Symbols or icons like a sport’s team logo or a company logo may adorn the inside of the face. Paired with a suit or lounge clothes, the tank watch adds an exceptionally retro flavor to an outfit. Dress, diver, aviator, or retro tank watches are perfect additions to any outfit, ensuring that no man will ever risk being late again.
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ampedfeatures By NICOLE MAHDAVI Photos by KIRA PLUMER
nhancing oneâ€™s facial features without going under the knife is one of the many perks of learning the proper application of makeup. It is possible to have statement eyes, defined cheekbones, plump lips, and bold brows by strategically placing facial makeup to ensure that each feature stands out. A sultry cat eye can make any eye pop, no matter the shape or color of the eye. Using either a black gel liner with a fine, angled eyeliner brush or a favorite liquid liner, begin drawing a thin line on the lids, close to the lash line. Imagine an invisible line extending from the bottom lashes, and begin drawing a line starting at the corner and extending upward. The further the line extends, the more dramatic the cat eye appears. At the very tip of the extended line, bring the liner back toward the eyelid, connecting it with the outer corner of the eye. To dramatize the look, liner can also be applied to the bottom lash line or add a coat of mascara. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, who is known for her amazingly chiseled cheekbones, are popularizing the technique of contouring. The effect is created by applying a matte, cool toned brown bronzer or contour powder right below the cheekbones to make them pop. Make sure to use just enough powder to ensure the chiseled cheekbone is noticeable. To keep the contour natural, make sure to stay away from warm orange-like shades of brown. Achieving a plumper lip with makeup is much less expensive and more natural than splurging for injec-
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tions. Begin by applying nude lip liner all over the lips to create longevity, and follow with applying a favorite lipstick all over the lips. Add a lighter shade of lipstick just to the center of the lips to create the illusion of a fuller pout. To complete the look, add lip gloss to the center of the lips. Bold brows is a consistent trend that can be achieved no matter the fullness of oneâ€™s natural brows. The most important part of creating the bold brow is not overfilling the brows. In reaching a more natural look, choose a brow
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powder such as Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Powder Duo. Using a small angled brow brush, blend powder onto the brows in light strokes, mimicking the natural brow hairs. Run a brow brush through the brows to keep them neat, and then set them in place with either brow gel or clear mascara. Taking steps to enhance certain features is not as daunting of a task as it may seem. The face is oneâ€™s personal canvas, and there is no shame in playing it up every now and then.
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MANicure By DANIELLA STAR Photos by KAITLYNN STONE
hether shaking hands in the business world or holding hands at the end of a date, the current state of one’s nails is going to be closely examined. It is important as a man to not overlook cleaning, trimming, moisturizing, and maintaining nails. Nail care isn’t just for women; the simplicity of maintaining nails makes it a go-to routine for male celebrities and athletes alike. Having clean, neat nails gives the
impression that having good personal hygiene is important. If a man’s nails are not well nurtured, the assumption is that the rest of his body isn’t either. Cleaning nails simply starts by taking a nailbrush, which resembles a mini shoe polisher, and lathering the bristles with a gentle soap. Scrub the nails and cuticles for about one minute under warm, running water. Doing this at least once a week ensures that all excess dirt and dry skin are removed. Let’s face it, all fingernails should be
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clean, cut, and shapely. Clipping nails at least once every two weeks not only improves the appearance of the nails, but it will also prevent more dirt from getting caked beneath the nail bed. What some men don’t realize is that they can’t just walk into a drugstore and pick up any pair of nail clippers that they see. Men tend to unknowingly purchase women’s nail clippers, but using these will cause the nails to become brittle and uneven. Men’s nails are much thicker than a woman’s which is why they require a much stronger clipper designed specifically for a man’s fingernails. Once the nails are clean and trimmed, the task is complete, right? Wrong. The next step is one that men
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always tend to forget—moisturizing. There is no special trick; it is simply getting a hand moisturizer and using it at least twice a day. Not only will it reduce dryness but also prevent the hands from cracking and peeling. The trick to men’s nail care is constant maintenance—laziness is not an option. Although some men may think that keeping their nails in tip-top shape is feminine, it’s important to remember that more and more men are taking steps to better the condition of their nails. When it comes down to that vital interview or big date, make sure to remember to clean, clip, and moisturize, so that shaking hands with someone will leave a positive impression.
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modaboutyou By JESSICA MOYER Photos by KELLI OLIVER
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n the runways this fall it appeared as though models were transported through a time machine straight out of 1965. With inspiration from style icons like Twiggy and Jane Birkin, designers have turned fall fashion into a blast from the past by emulating a ‘60s vibe. From A-line mini skirts to knee-high boots and shift dresses, the '60s made an explosive return to the runway. The models of Louis Vuitton paraded the runway in bold printed tops paired with leather A-line skirts and patent leather booties. The collection displayed suede pieces, structured bags, and oversized pockets placed asymmetrically on A-line skirts, which were prominent trends during the swinging ‘60s. Though this collection for fall was a flashback to the ‘60s, it wouldn’t be Louis Vuitton without a modern twist. Necklines dropped several inches on 48 | THREAD
shift dresses for a sexier look, while also revealing subtle cutouts at the waistline. Standout collars on pea coats and vests also brought a modern touch to these vintage inspired pieces. Saint Laurent took a glamorous approach to the ‘60s revival. Models were embellished head to toe from their shift dresses to their knee-high boots. Nearly every look incorporated sequins, rhinestones, or glitter—even the edgier looks followed this trend with studded collars and metallic fringe. The use of deep, jewel toned velvet is what made this collection so rich and iconic for fall and winter. Loafers were all over the runway, being shown in various forms of patent leather and shimmering metallic styles. To keep the classic ‘60s look consistent throughout the lineup, models were given bold bottom eyelashes resembling those of style icon Twiggy. The resurgence of ‘60s fashion has
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quickly expanded far beyond the runways. Supermodel Cara Delevingne graced the cover of Vogue UK’s September issue in a ‘60s mod look. In her spread, Delevingne sported the looks of Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 20142015 collection, ‘60s-inspired bold prints and colors, topped off with a messy beehive hairstyle. Though the looks seen most throughout media are high fashion, there are several companies that have made this ‘60s revival accessible to the majority. Topshop, for example, has a plethora of A-line skirts, high necklines, and loafers in several different colors. Looking for bold collars, pea coats, and knee-high boots? Urban Outfitters is the prime shopping destination to provide the latest ‘60s trends.
Celebrities such as Blake Lively and Kourtney Kardashian have been most recently seen taking on all aspects of the ‘60s comeback. Lively is often seen sporting high-heeled, suede kneehigh boots with oversize hats, while Kourtney Kardashian can be found wearing A-line skirts with heeled loafers. To emulate this style in a more casual setting, pair knee-high boots with a collared shirt dress or an A-line skirt with a crisp, white button-up, topped off with leather loafers. From the runway to the covers of magazines to college campuses, the ‘60s have made an iconic comeback to the world of fashion, inspiring women to embrace those retro trends and channel their inner Twiggy.
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ith such a myriad of jackets to choose from, the variety of styles that men will be sporting this fall come as no surprise. Based on a number of designer collections, everything from leather to shearling is in, and those hoping to score a more tailored look are in luck due to the topcoat’s comeback. The leather jacket has been a popular choice in men’s fashion since the early 1950s. Although the idea itself is nothing new, it hasn’t stopped designers such as John Varvatos and Belstaff from featuring their modern version of the jacket in their Fall/ Winter 2014 collections. For a look reminiscent of James Dean, pair a leather jacket with a white tee, jeans, and leather boots. Add a zip-up hoodie underneath to keep warm on those cold fall days or a button down to dress it up instead. In sporting a more “bad to the bones” look go all black by pairing a leather jacket with black skinnies and some Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. The leather jacket’s style versatility is bound to make the attractive man ever more so; just ask James Franco and Adam Levine who have 54 | THREAD
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been seen flaunting their bad boy styles on the streets of LA. Every girl (and guy) knows that heartthrob Ryan Reynolds could pull off a patterned, statement topcoat, but he has opted for a simple, neutral one instead. Paired with khaki pants, a sweater, and Sperry Top-Siders, the coat creates the perfect date night ensemble. The topcoat can go from a more polished look to laid back by pairing with jeans and a flannel. The coat was featured all over the runways for fall, and designers including Ralph Lauren created such a classic and practical look that the topcoat is definitely here to stay. Michael Kors and Salvatore Ferragamo are just a few of the designers this season to include the pilot-style shearling bomber jacket in their collections. Shearling lined and collared, the jacket is perfect for a laid back look that is simultaneously warm and in style. This jacket is equally perfect for layering up or down, making it this season’s goto casual fall jacket. Sold in denim, suede or sheepskin, one is bound to find the bomber jacket that suits his or her style. Pairing the shearling bomber jacket with a Henley shirt and tight jeans will create a look similar to Ryan Gosling’s "Drive" persona. Regardless of one’s personal flair, adding a leather jacket, topcoat, or shearling-lined bomber jacket will complete any look. Being so multifaceted, these jackets will be lifelong items in any man’s closet.
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ream catchers have been used for years to stop bad dreams and nightmares from occurring while a person sleeps; however, dream catchers have so much more potential. Instead of hiding all of your favorite earrings in a box on the dresser, you could proudly flaunt them on a personalized dream catcher. With just a little bit of time and money, you can make your own dream catcher that will capture your bad dreams and show off your dazzling earrings. The best part? Most of the supplies can be bought for hardly any money at a local craft store, or you may even find some of the materials in Grandmaâ€™s craft room.
Embroidery hoop (9 in. diameter) Plastic embroidery canvas (9.25 in. diameter) Doily Tacky glue Scissors Lace ribbon (1 yd.) 3/8 in. ribbon (1 to 2 spools) Strands of pearls Strands of beads Feathers
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Apply a thin line of tacky glue around the edge of the plastic embroidery canvas. Carefully lay the doily while pressing around the edges where the tacky glue is on the canvas. Allow time to dry.
Apply a thin line of tacky glue around the back of the embroidery hoop. Lay the doily and canvas on the back of the embroidery hoop. Press down and allow time to dry. Now, the real fun begins. Cut pieces of ribbon in different lengths. Then, attach one end of each piece of ribbon to the embroidery hoop with the tacky glue. Next, glue or tie the strands of pearls and beads to the embroidery hoop. After that, you can glue or tie feathers to the ends of a few pieces of ribbons.
Then, let the dream catcher dry completely for several hours. Add a loop of ribbon to the top of the embroidery hoop to hang the dream catcher. When the dream catcher is finished drying, you can finally hang it up and begin to display your earrings.
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sugarlips By CAITLIN MORGAN Photos by MELINA TRIFFON
Chilly weather means many things: falling leaves, pumpkin pie, new boots. But it also means harsh, cold air that can dry up your lips and cause them to crack. Instead of grabbing for the lip balm at the bottom of your pocket every five minutes, using a homemade lip scrub once every week or so can help to keep that smile smooth and healthy all season long. This recipe is simple to make and can even be customized to fit your own personal taste.
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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
2 tablespoons raw coconut oil | 1 tablespoon Sugar-in-the-Raw (or other coarse sugar) | 1 teaspoon honey | 1 teaspoon vanilla extract | Small, sealable container
Make sure the container you will be using is clean, and begin with adding the coconut oil. You should be able to find a jar of it for an affordable price at a local grocery store, but if that isn’t the case, olive oil or Vaseline of the same amount will work as well. You will just be missing out on some of coconut oil’s awesome skin benefits.
Next, go ahead and pour the sugar and honey into the container, and stir up the mixture until it becomes a paste. The sugar serves as an exfoliator to get rid of the dead skin on your lips, so the coarser the better. Sugar In The Raw is your best bet.
This step is where the customizing comes in. Add a minimum of one teaspoon of vanilla extract, then add extra flavor if you wish. A dash of cinnamon complements the vanilla well, or a few drops of peppermint essential oils brings a refreshing sensation to the scrub. If you are feeling really creative, swipe a pinch of your grandma’s pumpkin pie spice to give it a cozy, autumn feel.
Once your scrub is ready, all you need to do is take a dimesized amount between your fingers and rub it into your lips for about 30 seconds. From there, just wipe it off with a washcloth and your pout should feel and look brand new. Store the rest in the fridge and reapply whenever you want a fresh revival from dreaded, cold-air chapping.
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hey come in many colors and sizes, they vary by length and width, but they all have one thing in common—they are all books. Our parents always used the phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and it’s true. That book cover may end up making a great floating wall shelf, or, more literally, a bookshelf. Ordinary bookshelves are bulky and take up too much space. They're just another expensive and lengthy project involving a screwdriver and a handful of screws. Why not create your very own floating bookshelves with materials you most likely have around the house? It’s a simple process and takes up not only less of your floor space, but it also involves less handy work with screws. It is sure to spruce up your home with a modern touch. 68 | THREAD
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ONE | Begin by opening to the back
page of the book. Then, using your tape measure, mark the halfway point of the length of the book. Place your “L” shape bracket over top of the drawn mark and outline the bracket onto the page.
TWO | Next, use your carpet knife
to cut out the outline so that your bracket will sit nicely in the hole. Also, use the carpet knife to cut a small notch in the cover of the book in the same location so that it can hang evenly on the wall.
THREE | Place the “L” bracket into
the book. Screw two small wooden screws into the pages to keep them closed. Be sure to keep pressure on the pages, as they will try to move while you screw in the screws.
FOUR | Then, apply glue to the back
page of the novel, and press the back cover onto the glue to keep the book closed shut when it is hanging. It’s a good idea to lay a heavy object on top of the drying glue overnight to be sure it won’t budge.
FIVE | Once the glue has set over-
night, use a large wooden screw to attach the “L” bracket to the wall.
SIX | Stack the rest of your books on
top of the shelf to cover the rest of the bracket, and voila! You have now made the mystical floating bookshelves.
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makeit By ERIN RADIGAN | Photos by MATT RYAN | Video by BEN LEESON
hen the weather starts changing from hot and humid to cool and breezy, itâ€™s the perfect time to whip up some fall treats. Begin the season right by cuddling up with a good book and a cup of hot cider; pair it with light and creamy caramel pumpkin cheesecake dip, and you have the perfect combination. This incredibly delicious, rich mixture of flavors makes for the perfect autumn spread. 72 | THREAD
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SPICED CIDER Makes 8 (8-ounce) servings.
INGREDIENTS 8 cups apple cider or apple juice 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 8 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon whole allspice 1 teaspoon whole cloves Small apple slices
DIRECTIONS 1. In a medium saucepan add cider and brown sugar. 2. For the spice bag, use a double layer of 100 percent cotton cheesecloth, tie in cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and add the spice bag to the saucepan. 3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and let simmer for 8-10 minutes. 4. Remove and dispose of the spice bag. Serve cider in mugs with apple slices.
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CARAMEL PUMPKIN DIP INGREDIENTS 2 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup canned pumpkin ¼ cup sour cream 1¼ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon cloves ¼ cup caramel sauce
DIRECTIONS 1. With a stand mixer, combine powdered sugar and cream cheese until a light and fluffy consistency. 2. Add cinnamon, pumpkin, sour cream, cloves, and nutmeg. Continue mixing until ingredients are fully combined. 3. Drizzle the caramel sauce on top. 4. Serve with apple slices or graham crackers.
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When we think about fitness, we can think about artâ€”you are sculpting your body to look any way you desire. You are the artist and the possibilities are endless. With a little effort, research, protein, diet, and exercise, you can achieve the perfect workout for your body. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 81
There are three looks you can go for with physique: toning, bulking, and strength.
TONING | Toning is when you are training to be cut. Cutting
means low body fat and all or most of your muscles will show. You can achieve this by training with light weight and high reps.
BULKING | Bulking is meant to achieve a larger size and big
muscles. To achieve this, you need to lift heavy weights with low reps. The objective is to grow, not shape.
STRENGTH | Strength is similar to the look of power lifters. You
are lifting to see how strong you can be and how much you can lift. Deciding what category you want to fall into requires specific training for the workouts that you do.
MUSCLES WORKED: Shoulders BULK: 4 sets of 8-12 (Higher weight) CUT: 4 sets of 15-20 (Moderate Weight) STRENGTH: 5 sets of 5 (high weight, 70 percent of one rep max
1. While raising your dumbbells, rotate the palms of your hands until they are facing forward.
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Generally, obtaining the right diet helps attribute to the look you are trying to achieve. The more cut and defined you want to look, the stricter your diet needs to be. Also, do not forget the cardio portion which helps boost metabolism. Here is a general way to get started with a workout routine.
MONDAY | Chest TUESDAY | Arms (bis, tris) WEDNESDAY | Back THURSDAY | Shoulders FRIDAY | Legs WEEKENDS | Cardio/Rest Days
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Keep your upper arms stationary and then curl the weights while contracting your biceps. Then begin to lower the dumbbells back to the starting position. Then, inhale slowly, and repeat the process. MUSCLES WORKED: Biceps BULK: 4 sets of 8-12 (Higher weight) CUT: 4 sets of 15-20 (moderate weight) STRENGTH: 5 sets of 5 (high weight, 70 percent of one rep max)
CLOSE GRIP PUSHUPS
Hold a normal pushup position with arms at your sides and hands shoulder width apart. MUSCLES WORKED: Triceps BULK: 4 sets of 10 CUT: 4 sets of 10 STRENGTH: 5 sets of 5
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Begin in a bent over position with a flat back and head facing forward. With arms in a 90 degree angle, hold and lift dumbbells while squeezing the back muscles. MUSCLES WORKED: Back BULK: 4 sets of 8-12 (Higher weight) CUT: 4 sets of 15-20 (Moderate Weight) STRENGTH: 5 sets of 5 (high weight, 70 percent of one rep max)
Hold one dumbbell with both hands directly in front of you. Keep your upper arms stationary with elbows in, as you slowly lower the weight behind you near your ears. MUSCLES WORKED: Triceps BULK: 4 sets of 8-12 (Higher weight) CUT: 4 sets of 15-20 (Moderate Weight) STRENGTH: 5 sets of 5 (high weight, 70 percent of one rep max)
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n Hip Hop Congress’ usual fashion, the group’s members can be found barely able to contain themselves to their chairs with excitement. As their weekly Wednesday meetings begin, the members discuss hip hop’s newest sounds. Hip hop originated approximately thirty years ago as the artistic expression of communities in New York’s inner city. Hip hop draws elements from all of its musical ancestors including the African drum, slave spirituals, rock and roll, blues, and jazz. From artistic expression to a musical genre, hip hop can be separated into four main elements: disc jockeying, graffiti, emceeing, and break dancing. Those elements are the core of hip hop culture. Adolescents growing up in the early ‘70s and ‘80s would use these methods and art forms to help cope and fight against the systematic oppression of society. Because of its inner city base and its misconstrued messages, hip hop is often erroneously identified as a forum for gangsters, drugs, misogyny, and other negative associations. Hip Hop Congress strives to combat those stereotypes by creating exposure to shed light on the positive attributions of the hip hop culture. These attributes are used to inspire young people to get involved through social action, civic service, and cultural creativity. Hip Hop Congress merges artists and students with music and community. The organization provides a path for highly creative and often disenfranchised youth. With the help of mentors, they can channel their energy into a strong and organized force aimed at improving their community. “Hip Hop Congress is all about social action through hip hop. It's about raising awareness of the many different perspectives in hip hop culture while assisting to the needs of the community,” Olivia Busby, the group’s vice president, said. During the school year, Hip Hop Congress intends to raise awareness on the issue of po90 | THREAD
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Hip Hop Congress is all about social action through hip hop. It’s about raising awareness of the many different perspectives in hip hop culture while assisting to the needs of the community.” OLIVIA BUSBY
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lice brutality in response to the recent events in Ferguson, MO. They are also organizing three or more workshops that will lead up to Hip Hop Awareness Week taking place this spring. Last year’s Hip Hop Awareness Week, which took place in May, left students astounded. While walking through campus, students could find pounding drum circles, elaborate graffiti murals, and spontaneous break dancing. “Hip Hop Awareness Week was one of the best I’ve seen so far. Turnout to the events were greater than we imagined, and people really got involved,” Taijuan Moorman, the group’s secretary, said. The week kicked off with a lecture by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of Black Pop Culture at Duke University. Then the week continued with a panel on the commodification of hip hop and a turntable workshop. “We hope to follow in their footsteps with holding a successful awareness week this spring, yet bring a fresh and new set of workshops that will educate as well as build interest and curiosity in hip hop,” Moorman said.
Although it has not been the primary focus of the organization, the group also connects with the music scene in Athens. They organize hip hop showcases at The Union that feature artists from the student and local communities. Since its birth in the Bronx, hip hop has always been political in nature. It emerged as a tool for inner-city youth to express their frustrations about the social and political neglect they were experiencing. In the years since its inception, hip hop has shaped the cultural expression of young people worldwide from New York to Nigeria to Romania. The executive board all agreed, the best way to get involved is to just jump right in and come to their meetings on Wednesdays in Baker 231 from 8 to 9 p.m. “Part of being at college is about learning to come out of your comfort zone and trying new things, so I encourage everyone to try new things. What you find on campus will surprise you,” John Brown VI, the group’s president, said.
BREAK CITY CREW
Break City Crew, a new organization at Ohio University, and Hip Hop Congress are intertwined by the main elements of hip hop culture. When hip hop first emerged in mainstream media, breakdancing was used as a force to combat the racial, social, and political oppressions that were present within the turmoiled society. Break dances are also called b-boying or breaking. “Breaking Battles” and cyphers happen at garages, parks, clubs, or areas where a person would dance on the break of the beat. The club originally began within Hip Hop Congress in 2008, but has officially become its own organization this school year. The members aim to use this first year to produce workshops, classes, cyphers, and battles to help promote the art and the creative lifestyle break dancers live. Their first performance, shown in the Thread video, was at Casa Nueva on Sept. 20. If anyone is interested in joining, practices are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 6 p.m. in Baker Center. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 93
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fforts on Ohio University’s campus are shedding light on sexual assault and violence towards women. A yearly event, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, gives men an insider’s perspective at what it is like to be a woman by placing them in her shoes, literally. The Women’s Center has been hosting Walk a Mile to expand gender relations and knowledge on the subject. Dr. Susanne Dietzel (pictured on previous page), director of the Women’s Center, said the event started when a male intern was looking for a project and discovered the walk. The event was such a success that the center decided to continue the walk for following years. The event raises awareness of rape culture, sexual assault, and men’s violence against women. “It brings together men, and those who live their lives as men, to raise
For men, it’s a little harder to be aware of these issues ... because most men just don’t know what it’s like to walk home and be scared about getting raped." BILL ARNOLD
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awareness about violence against women and to challenge each other to play an active role in ending it,” Dietzel said. Graduate Assistant for Bystander Intervention and Prevention Education, Bill Arnold (pictured right), said there are usually about 100 participants each year. Male participants walk around OU’s campus for a mile in the women’s shoes. Many of the shoes, mostly high heels, have been gathered by the Women’s Center throughout the years, but the men are also challenged to find their own shoes. Although a lighthearted concept, the event represents an issue that is more complex. Rape and sexual assault are problems overwhelmingly present on college campuses. According to the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s website, one in four women is sexually assaulted during her college career. There is much to be accomplished when addressing the topics of sexual assault and violence. Men and women have different experiences when it comes to these situations, so it might be difficult for men to understand what it’s like to be a female victim and vice versa. “For men, it’s a little harder to be aware of these issues on an emotional level because most men just don’t know what it’s like to walk home and be scared about getting raped,” Arnold said. Arnold dedicates his efforts to this cause daily. He sees Walk a Mile in Her Shoes as a teaching point to give men a one-day experience. “It’s a good thing that people can have
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a day just for themselves to have some kind of light bulb moments,” he said. Ohio University student James Massara participated in the walk several times. He first heard of the event from the residential assistants during his freshman year. Massara also said thinking of what it would be like if his two sisters were victims of these crimes played a role in him participating. This November, junior Emily Ginty is planning on volunteering at the event with her service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She believes her male peers are aware of the prevalence of sexual assault but hopes that they will gain further insight from the walk. “I hope the men can mentally connect to the pain women go through when being victimized by assault and violence,” she said. Dietzel echoes Ginty’s hopes for male participants’ greater understanding of the issues women face following the event. “We feel they come to an understanding that they too have a role to play in ending violence against women,” Dietzel said. Massara’s experiences in Walk A Mile in Her Shoes have taught him much about what it means to be a victim and encourages his male peers to participate to show their support for survivors.
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“It opened my eyes to that it happens more than it should and that it needs more attention,” he said. In the week leading up to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Arnold said there will also be other events. The Women’s Center is looking into doing a panel of male identified staff and students to speak about what healthy masculinity means to them. There may also be an opportunity to discuss depictions of masculinity in the media, as well as a screening of the film “Tough Guise.” With so many potential events at the Women’s Center, Arnold hopes the new information will inspire men to be more active in prevention. “It’s my hope that they will actually learn some stuff that will empower them to be better allies for the other 364 days of the year,” he said.
THIS YEAR WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES WILL BE HELD ON NOV. 8. REGISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT CAN BE FOUND ON THE WOMEN’S CENTER’S PAGE THROUGH THE OU WEBSITE.
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mid the chaos of an industrial-sized kitchen with delivery trucks entering and exiting, the bakers of Crumbs Bakery diligently shape and mold handmade crackers. It is just a regular Tuesday afternoon. In the warehouse, twelve ovens operate at full blast, bags of flour are stacked in rows, and a storeroom is brimming with artfully crafted noodles, croutons, and breads. Crumbs Bakery’s production kitchen feels like home to a lot of its employees. “It’s more of a family than a hierarchy of workers,” Patrik Fisher, a Crumbs baker, said. The work days at Crumbs begin at 4 a.m. when the baking begins before the sun has even risen over Athens.
The smell of freshly baked bread is familiar to visitors and workers alike when entering the kitchen Crumbs shares with other Athens-based restaurants. It is not unusual for a chef at Casa Nueva to be working alongside Crumbs bakers as they flatten multicolored noodles and hang them to dry, like party streamers in the adjoining room. While Sol restaurant workers are chopping and dicing tomatoes for salsa, Crumbs bakers are rolling out dough for cherry chocolate chip cookies. “We start all over again every day. [We are] always making more messes,” Jeremy Bowman, baker and partner of Crumbs Bakery, said dressed in a white apron and colorful baker’s hat. Bowman has a hand in almost every aspect of Crumbs from labeling prodWWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 101
ucts to taking special orders for cakes syrup. The bakery appeals to a whole and pastries. Since starting at Crumbs new group of customers who value a in 1986, Bowman watched the bakery more natural way of eating. evolve. Crumbs Bakery “It’s changed. turned its wholeIt seems like over some goods into the years we saw a community afthe organic food fair. Kroger, The industry growing Farmacy, Donat huge amounts,” key Coffee and Bowman said. Espresso, Athens “You get different Book Center, and fads and different Seaman’s are just diets that people some of the Athare trying. We ens businesses have to adjust.” that Crumbs proJEREMY BOWMAN Crumbs Bakvides with fresh ery has not just bakery items every adapted, but it has expanded by in- week like clockwork. troducing new, niche products such Also, every Saturday morning, as vegan cookies, brownies made with Crumbs’ dedicated bakers are up berice and potato flour, and breads made fore the birds at 2 a.m., ready to prowith honey instead of high fructose corn duce goods for the Athens Farmers
We use local beekeepers, Shagbark Mill, and we shop at the farmers market and buy from other venders."
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Market. Breads, bagels, and pastries are delivered barely cooled to Crumbs’ booth at the bustling market. Blueberry scones, sweet potato and black bean savory rolls, and baskets of bagels are a few items that can only be found at the farmers market. Crumbs also showcases its popular birdseed bread and tofu pasta at the weekly market. By closing, Crumbs usually finds the stock low, and its customers satisfied. “Lately, we haven’t been bringing much back,” Fisher, who can be found manning Crumbs’ booth at the market, said. While a staple at the market, Crumbs Bakery is also a loyal customer of other Athens’ businesses. The bakery sources ingredients from as close to Athens as possible. “We use local beekeepers and Shagbark Mill, and we shop at the farmers
market and buy from other vendors,” Bowman said. Crumbs Bakery’s originality and innovation leads to the outsourcing of its products to natural food stores throughout the state, as well as bulk food depots. The bakery mostly remains in the realm of college towns like Kent, Morgantown, and Columbus. Crumbs takes advantage of the boom in the organic food industry by supplying Whole Foods and widening its customer base. In the end, Crumbs’ roots will always be with the Athens community and family, especially for Bowman. Wholesome baking is a way of life. “My kids have eaten our bread their whole lives,” said Bowman. “It’s not necessarily a cash cow. It’s more a labor of love.”
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he musical ambience at a bar can make or break a patron’s experience. If the music is atypical, it can affect the bar’s atmosphere. Jenna Stenger, otherwise known as DJ Jenesis, gages the aura of her surroundings at The J Bar and Broney’s in Uptown Athens where she creates the perfect setting for good vibes with her music. Although Stenger works by night, she is a normal college student during the day studying broadcast journalism at Ohio University. She attends class, participates in Greek Life, and trains for a half marathon in her spare time. While juggling activities, she also happens to be a nightly staple at The J Bar and Broney’s as their resident DJ. Because the venues play host to two differ-
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ent demographics, DJing between the two bars warrants her having varying music styles when performing shows. “For J Bar, I know I can play a lot more hip hop and things like that,” Stenger said. “When I go to Broney’s, I play a lot more EDM [electronic dance music].” Although the music styles differ, her aesthetic remains consistent between her jobs. Dressed head to toe in black with accenting gold jewelry, Stenger dons an edgy look when she takes on her alias, DJ Jenesis. “A lot of the time, I will wear heels, black high-waisted pants, and a black crop top with gold jewelry,” Stenger said. “I do a lot of black clothing and gold jewelry.” Her double life as a DJ and a typical college student contributes to a complete turnaround between her working wardrobe and her day-to-day style. Sexy and intimidating all-black outfits at 108 | THREAD
night give way to more casual clothes and styles throughout the day. Stenger not only changes her day-tonight wardrobe, she also alternated her style throughout the different seasons. A typical warmer weather ensemble includes bright-colored workout gear as she trains for a half marathon, or medium wash high-waisted jean shorts and a cropped sweater when socializing with friends. She is normally seen in Nike leggings and running shoes or high waisted shorts and a crop top. “I’ve been told that I have every single crop top that I think is available. I‘m known for wearing crop tops,” Stenger said. As the weather becomes cooler, Stenger masterfully accessorizes scarves and hats with her warmer styles. Layering clothes, scarves, and hats is one of her favorite aspects of autumn and fall fashion.
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I like to feel sexy, you know. It’s just empowering. I think every day, I like to feel like that in some way. Even if I am wearing leggings and a tank top, it’s that feeling of confidence … I think that’s the sexiest thing you can wear." JENNA STENGER
Although stark differences are seen between her two alias’ appearances, whether she is a normal college student or mixing music as DJ Jenesis, there’s one imperative part of her wardrobe—confidence. “Part of my style and the reason I dress the way I do is so that people take me seriously,” Stenger said. While most male DJs show up in casual clothes for work, Stenger does not
like to mindlessly throw on whatever is lying around and get behind the table. She slips on heels so she can stand tall, black high-waisted pants and a crop top to feel sexy, and gold jewelry as final accents to pull the outfit together. “I think the style goes with the territory, because you see all the male DJs and a lot of them are in snapbacks and gold chains, that kind of thing. I kind of roll my eyes,” Stenger said. She tries not to fall into a style that may undermine her talents as a DJ, and instead, she dresses for confidence. Feeling empowered is vital, especially as one of the only female DJs that rocks the Athens DJ scene. As a woman in a field dominated by men, Stenger utilizes her kick-ass wardrobe in order to represent herself and her gender. “I like to feel sexy, you know. It’s just empowering,” she said. “I think every day, I like to feel like that in some way. Even if I am wearing leggings and a tank top, it’s that feeling of confidence … I think that’s the sexiest thing you can wear.”
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dons an edgy look when she takes on her alias, DJ Jenesis. “A lot of the times, I will wear heels, black high-waisted pants and a black crop-top with gold jewelry,” Stenger said. “I do a lot of black clothing and gold jewelry.” Her double-life as a DJ and a normal college student lends itself to a WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 111
By ALICIA MACDONALD Photos by MEGHAN SHAMBLEN
s darkness rolls in, the leaves begin to rustle across the pavement; the witching hour is upon us. Adorned in black from head to toe and accessorized in statement jewels, the monochromatic style shines through the eerie eclipse of fall. Adding a dark lip and accentuating your brows will ensure your place around the cauldron.
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GENDER BENDER By LOUIS BARAGONA
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ndrogyny and gender bending fashion bring a whole new meaning to the term "power suit." Fashion that transcends gender morphs dissonance into admiration. Few things rival the confidence of a woman unafraid of blurring the lines of femininity. Suit up, shrug off the gender binary, and strut with chic force forward.
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long the sidewalks of greying industrial metropolises, city-dwelling males emanate loud and bold approaches to masculine dress. In splashy graphic tees, brightly-hued sneakers, and patterned snapbacks, these hoodie-clad men splatter their dull surroundings with vibrance. Join the movement toward glorified and graphic street style.
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SPIRITS By CASSEY ECK Photos by KIRSTEN MARTINEZ
he style that inspired our wandering spirits is swarming the fashion world. It is the perfect look to transition your summer boho threads into fall wear. By layering multi-patterned scarves, jackets, shawls, or sweaters over a deep toned dress or romper you can continue to wear your favorite summer pieces into the beautiful autumn season. Mix color, pattern, texture, and shine to express your own unique spirit.
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FRIDA KAHLO Express yourself. Fight the norm with a bold brow and fierce expressions. 168 | THREAD
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COMIC STYLING By JENNA GUYOT
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he most talented comedians in entertainment always bring the laughs onstage, but offstage they also rock awe-inspiring style. After they leave the audience roaring, roast one another, display impeccable timing, and drop the mic, some of the funniest celebs are also some of fashion's most serious contenders for best dressed lists.
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Picture a man dressed in a perfectly fitted suit with his hair slicked back. The first thing that comes to mind is surely a businessman. Believe it or not, comedian Jimmy Fallon wears suits regularly but still manages to make millions laugh every day. According to Men’s Health, Fallon claims to have never worn a suit until becoming co-anchor of the “Saturday Night Live” “Weekend Update”— clothes were never a priority to him before his television debut. Before his talk show host façade, he donned a more casual wardrobe. His style evolved as he transitioned from a “Saturday Night Live” cast member to hosting “Late Night,” and now “The Tonight Show.” As a talk show host, a suit is expected. Fallon’s style veers toward classic, slim-fitting, black or gray suits. In many ways, Fallon’s style reflects his sarcastic sense of humor. Fallon often uses a serious tone during his routine, adding a deadpan approach to most jokes. Because Fallon wears dressy suits, his jokes are made more prominent by the obvious distinction. “The Tonight Show” is multi-faceted with different comedic gags and skits to intrigue viewers to continue watching. Much of the humor comes from Fallon’s special guests and their repertoires. Following in Fallon’s footsteps is
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comedian Seth Meyers. After Fallon’s switch from “Late Night” to “The Tonight Show,” Meyers took over as the newest host of “Late Night.” Meyers also wears suits for similar reasons. His humor resembles that of Fallon’s, and his serious style, paired with sarcastic humor, creates an amusing dichotomy for viewers. Another famous comedy actor, Jonah Hill achieved fame from his notable roles in “Superbad” and “Get Him to the Greek.” When Hill first hit the scene his style was grungy and casual. Wearing baggy hoodies over colored shirts paired with jeans or cargos was a classic getup for Hill. In 2010, he went through a major graphic tee phase. At the Guys Choice Awards in 2008 he famously sported a black graphic tee, whiskered jeans, and a navy track jacket. Fast forward to 2014, Hill’s stardom is greater than ever before partially due to the role of Schmidt in “21 Jump Street” and its sequel, “22 Jump Street.” This time period marks Hill’s transition. At the Toronto International Film Festival, he matched a fitted suit with a skinny tie. From frumpy to flattering, Hill has learned how to dress especially after shedding some weight. Hill’s relaxed and casual style certainly reflects his sense of humor.
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Comedy actress Mindy Kaling first hit stardom in her role as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” then stole the spotlight starring in her own television series, “The Mindy Project.” Not only has Kaling entertained through appearances on television, but also as the author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. In her memoir, Kaling launches into personal topics with a taste of her witty and self-deprecating humor. Kaling gravitates toward bright, patterned dresses. Her bold style matches her vivacious and optimistic personality. Every time she’s on the screen, she commands the viewer’s attention. Kaling is often seen in blues, reds, pinks, greens, and yellows. These primary colors contrast with her dark skin and small stature. When wearing black, Mindy will habitually add bold lipstick for a pop of color. One of Kaling’s knockout ensembles was a black gown she wore to the Oscars this past year. The dark, sequin dress with a sweetheart neckline and peplum completely flattered her figure. The sleek gown was polished off with a coat of bright pink lipstick. Kaling knows how to dress for her body type, while simultaneously accentuating her unique features. Lena Dunham is known for writing and starring in the popular HBO television series “Girls.” Dunham has a strong, playful style that echoes her bold personality. When Dunham tells stories, she exaggerates immensely which adds humor. She is also a role model for women confident enough to wear clothing that exudes daring behavior. Dunham is extremely original in every way with enough eccentricity to defy every judgment and negative remark. Dunham describes herself as a “jewelry hound” with statement necklaces
that accompany many of her outfits. Individuality is seen through the tattoos that cover her arms and back. Her back tattoo is an illustration from the children's book Eloise written by Kay Thompson. On her upper right arm, Dunham inked a tattoo of a cow in a field of flowers and trees. One of Dunham’s most memorable fashion moments was when she graced the Golden Globe Awards with a curvehugging, bright yellow gown. Not many women would dare to try such an exuberant dress at an event like the Golden Globe Awards, but Dunham found a way to pull it off. Amy Schumer was first seen on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” placing fourth on the fifth season. But Schumer is best known for her Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer.” Schumer catches the attention of many by discussing controversial or dicey topics including a women’s tendency to deflect praise, breast cancer, and sexting. Schumer rises above her attractive exterior by offering the perfect blend of wholesome, girl-next-door looks with edgy comedic timing. Her clothing choices consist of neutral colors that don’t distract but create a stable wardrobe. She often wears solid black dresses and pumps during comedic acts. Schumer’s strong feminist views and controversial jokes shine through without pronounced clothing selections. Generally speaking, it appears female comedians tend to have quirkier personal styles that match their wit, while males tend to contrast their clothing and funny bones. With so many unique and quirky comedic styles, the correlation between style and humor definitely seems legitimate.
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MODEL TRANSITION By CATHERINE LU
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ennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, and Blake Lively have all graced the cover of Vogue this past year. When supermodel Karlie Kloss appeared on Lucky’s October 2014 cover, the majority of readers were left wondering just who she is. No longer reserved for high-end supermodels, fashion magazine covers are now dominated by celebrities that are more than just beautiful. When the modeling industry took off during the 1960s, models stunned the fashion world. Their talent for posing in photographs and strutting down the runway in everything from avant-garde ensembles to the simplest of outfits was unparalleled. In that same decade, supermodel Twiggy became an icon, known for her slender figure, large doe eyes, and pixie cut. The following decade, Beverly Johnson became the first African-American model to land the cover of Vogue in August 1974. In an article written for The Daily Beast in September 2013, Johnson wrote, “It’s no secret that the ‘70s and ‘80s were a heyday for black models on the runway and in between the pages of glossy magazines as well.” Fast forward to the late ‘80s and throughout the ‘90s. Models continued to command the attention of fashion designers and consumers. Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Heidi Klum led the pack. In the documentary, “The September Issue,” editor-inchief of Vogue Anna Wintour is credited as being the innovator behind using celebrities on covers. “The evolution for Vogue in putting celebrities on its covers has been because of Anna. She was ahead of the curve to appreciate the fact that celebrity culture became overwhelming,” Tonne Goodman, fashion director of Vogue, said. ("$ELEBRITY: A Consideration of the Celebrity as Purveyor of Design in the Fashion World" by Kathleen Anne Bradley.) To say celebrity culture has influenced our society is, perhaps, an understatement. In fact, celebrities have infiltrated magazine readers’ lifestyles, impacting how readers view ourselves and perceive others. 180 | THREAD
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“The potential for identifying [with a celebrity] is stronger [than identifying with a model] if you think you know that person’s life story. You think you know something about who they are, what their personality is, [and] the kinds of causes that they’ve been involved in, or the roles that they’ve played," Patricia Stokes, assistant professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University, said. The August 1996 issue featuring actress Gwyneth Paltrow signaled the shift of models to celebrities for Vogue covers. “What Vogue did and what the supermodels did, in the pages of Vogue, is that they trained a generation of celebrities to want to be supermodels. Actresses started believing that fashion was a seamless part, and a seamless part of celebrity,” Sally Singer, former features director, and now creative digital director of Vogue, in "The September Issue," said. Vogue is notorious for its consistent use of celebrities on the front cover. The fashion bible sparked controversy when it announced reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West would join the list of celebrities featured on the coveted cover of the fashion magazine. Aghast that Wintour would put reality stars on the front cover of such a respectable publication—reality stars not considered “true celebrities” by some consumers—many threatened to unsubscribe. Even “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar took to Twitter to voice her displeasure, “Well...I guess I'm canceling my Vogue subscription. Who's with me?” In response to the backlash, Wintour wrote an editor’s letter stating, “Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it." While some celebrities may incite mixed feelings among consumers, they usually excite readers to buy the magazine to read more about their favorite actors and actresses. “Models are [beautiful], but in reality girls are much more excited to see their favorite celebrity on the cover of the magazine,” Larissa May, creator of the fashion blog Livin’ Like Larz, said in an exclusive interview. Going beyond the fashion magazine cover, “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson not only appeared on the WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 183
cover of Wonderland, she made her journalistic debut by guest editing the February/March 2014 issue. Watson’s connections led to several notable celebrity interviews in the quarterly fashion magazine, including author J.K. Rowling, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actress Lena Dunham, and “Noah” director Darren Aronofsky. With the growing number of celebrities taking over fashion magazine covers, models are having to prove they’re worth more than just appearance. On “America’s Next Top Model,” supermodel Tyra Banks chooses young women and men from across the country to compete for a contract that will ultimately jumpstart his or her modeling career. In recent seasons, the show has incorporated a social media component into the regular scoring. Not only do the judges score based on the contestants’ photographs, viewers also have the chance to score the aspiring models based on their personalities. Campbell and Klum, two dominant ‘90s models, have made names for themselves beyond the runway. Campbell is one of the supermodel coaches on “The Face,” another reality TV modeling competition, while Klum is the host of the competitive reality TV fashion design show, “Project Runway.” The show awards the winner with a showcase at New York Fashion Week. Although models have been fading from magazine covers, they are rising in the film industry, an area usually reserved for established celebrities. Model Analeigh Tipton, who placed third on “ANTM,” was featured in films such as "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "Warm Bodies." On Sept. 17, English fashion model Cara Delevingne was announced as the female lead, Margo Roth Spiegelman, in the movie adaptation of young adult author John Green’s Paper Towns. In response to the casting, Green Tweeted, “Cara Delevingne's audition blew everyone away (including me!) and she understands Margo profoundly. I am so excited!” Celebrities have revolutionized the fashion industry. No longer just beautiful faces, these actors and actresses have provided unique characters and personalities along with the beautiful clothes to match. Even though celebrities are continuing to take over fashion magazine covers, models are breaking out into celebrity territory throughout the screens both big and small. There’s no telling when the cycle between fashion models and celebrities—if ever—will end. 184 | THREAD
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JOAN RIVERS REMEMBERED
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a routine throat surgery on her vocal cords. There wasn't a dry eye in the Temple Emanu-El in New York City, where her funeral was held in true Joan Rivers fashionâ€”star studded and over the top. Not only did she dress impeccably and have a strong presence, but she had a strong hold in every aspect of the entertainment industry. She was a comedian, actress, host, writer, producer, and a public figure. Rivers' personal style was reflective of her comedic approach. Her comedy
was brash and inappropriate, sarcastic, and exaggerated. Seen in feather boas, animal prints for days, and trend-igniting looks, Rivers' style was unmatched. Often the object of critique because of her position on fashion police, she was dressed to the nines from head to toe just days before her death. She was always seen with her hair and makeup fully polished. Unsatisfied with her aging appearance, she also indulged in plastic surgery to maintain her youthful image. Tormented by bulimia nervosa,
depression, divorce, the loss of her second husband, and contemplations of suicide, Rivers was no stranger to putting on a happy face for the camera. Joan Alexandra Molinsky was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Beatrice and Meyer Molinsky, Russian immigrants. She graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English literature. Before her entrance into the entertainment industry, she worked odd jobs as a publisher, proofreader, tour guide, and fashion consultant to a clothing WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 189
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store called Bond. It was then that she gained perspective on writing and the fashion industry. Her agent Tony Rivers was the one who suggested a name change. She then adopted his last name, creating Joan Rivers. The ‘50s and ‘60s mark the beginning of Rivers' career in entertainment. She got her start performing at comedy shows in New York City at venues such as The Bitter End and Duplex. It was in the ‘60s that Rivers became a part of “The Tonight Show” family hosted at the time by Jack Paar. When Johnny Carson took over “The Tonight Show,” Rivers' career got its first major break. Soon after, she became the host of several talk shows that never really took off, including “That Show with Joan Rivers.” In the ‘70s, she spent much of her time on comedy, performing and writing shows. At this time in her life, she was appearing on several comedy shows including “The Carol Burnett Show.” She wrote movies and pieces entitled: “The Girl Most Likely to…,” “Rabbit Test,” and narrated “The Adventures of Letterman,” which was an animated flick. The ‘70s were also a time when Rivers opened for other people, including major singers on the Las Vegas Strip like Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, and Sergio Franchi. In the 1980s Rivers was producing more comedy than ever before and gained recognition for selling copies and being featured on the Billboard top 200 albums chart. In 1986, Rivers was offered a late night talk show on Fox entitled “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.” With that, she became the first woman to host a late night talk show. The ‘80s did not go seamlessly, though, when Fox fired both Rivers and her husband Edgar Rosenberg,
who took his own life three months later. She then spent her time floating from television appearance to television appearance until she secured another talk show, “The Joan Rivers Show,” which ran for five years. It won her loads of praise including the 1990 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Her work in the ‘90s and 2000s made her recognizable to our generation today. The ‘90s marked the beginning of her career on the E! network. She first hosted the pre-show to The Golden Globe Awards with her daughter in 1994, and in 2003 Rivers left E! to do pre-show events for TV Guide. Adding to her fashion expertise, Rivers created a line of jewelry named the Joan Rivers Collection that was sold on QVC and The Shopping Channel. In 2010, Rivers began co-hosting “Fashion Police,” by far her most famous position alongside Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos. On the show she critiqued fashion worn by celebrities. It began as a half hour show and then later elongated to an hour. Her final show for “Fashion Police” was filmed on Aug. 26, just two days before her unexpected death on Sept. 4. Rivers was also scheduled to perform a comedy show the night after her surgery, which ultimately had to be cancelled. Rivers’ life was one of vigor, controversy, and definite style. She was taken unexpectedly but touched the lives of millions of people around the globe. Rivers made friends and inspired countless celebrities along the way, which was evident at her funeral. Rivers never backed down in her career, keeping her sense of style and humor until the very end.
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rulebreaker By MADISON DECHELLIS Illustrations by ALEXA HAYES
It is always a struggle contemplating whether or not wearing black and blue together or incorporating white after Labor Day is an absolute fashion “don’t.” Although there are no explicitly set rules in this crazy world of revolving trends and styles that change with the wind, there are suggestions coming from every direction. Below are some helpful tips to keep those who are fashion-challenged under the protection of the style gods. But remember—some rules are meant to be broken.
1. IS WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY A SIN OR AM I SAFE?
White is absolutely one of the best non-shades for clothing. This color brings out the best features on whomever wears it, with no exceptions. White can liven up someone’s appearance while simultaneously making him or her appear more sunkissed. When the sun comes to play, white is never a negative. The core question is whether wearing an all white ensemble is appropriate once the weather chills and the sun disappears? That answer is probably not. Is blending into the background a good thing? No. The lack of sunshine causes many people’s skin to lighten, and one shouldn’t challenge Mother Nature by busting out white jeans at a time like that.
2. IF I WANT TO WEAR SHORTS ALL YEAR, WHO’S GOING TO STOP ME?
No one is going to stop a fool dressed in shorts when the temperature falls below 30 degrees. To each his or her own would be the answer to that question. Contrasting shorts with a billowy top or button-up can be appropriate attire for a chilly evening. Cosmopolitan agrees with this assessment, stating that women can simply layer with shorts. Pairing shorts with a cute pair of boots can also transform shorts from a summer favorite to a year long staple. Men, on the other hand, are advised to stick to a pair of jeans or other form of pant, because layering isn’t quite possible (at least for the regular Joe). 194 | THREAD
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3. IS COLOR CLASHING A SIGN OF THE UNFASHIONABLE?
People don’t seem to think that navy, black, and brown mix. These colors are all neutral and go with nearly everything. Today, it is very popular to see people pairing these colors. To keep the colors from bleeding together, combine the pieces with different materials or layer them. Neutrals can be mixed with anything to make it a complete look. Navy and black together is becoming very trendy when put together properly. An article on Who What Wear exposed that the secret to wearing navy and black together is making it look intentional. “Do this by choosing a rich blue navy that is clearly distinguishable from the black, and the result is actually a very flattering, and slimming, combination,” according to the article.
4. WHAT ABOUT DENIM ON DENIM? CAN I DO IT?
Denim on denim is definitely acceptable. This rule is one that is meant to be broken as long as it is pulled off correctly. There are endless possibilities for different washes and outfits to go together. As long as the wash doesn’t match top or bottom and isn’t too matchy-matchy, it will make a statement. “All denim, all the time,” according to E!. If playing with denim is wrong, then fashionable people everywhere don’t want to be right.
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5. ARE SOCKS AND SANDALS THE WORST, OR IS THAT FRAT BOY STYLE TOLERABLE?
The thought of socks and sandals together causes every face in the vicinity to scrunch into a cringe, and for a good reason. Men who choose to pair tall athletic socks with Nike sandals belong in a special place below. This in no way is acceptable for public consumption, unless he’s running errands. Wait, it’s still unacceptable. The trend is a little bit different for women. Socks and sandals can be very complicated, unless you are the always trendy Olsen twins. Whether it is heels with socks or strappy sandals with socks, there needs to be contrast. The normal “no f-ing way” can become a “yas please” if done properly. Teen Vogue is a fan of this trend as long as the combination is just right. “Forget the banishment of fashion’s most D-listed combination—socks and sandals are back in,” according to the magazine.
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What is the purpose of four years of college and earning a journalism degree, if the Internet allows the same respect? Does the blogging culture in which the world is enraptured defeat the purpose of an education in journalism? Fear not, journalism students, all that time has not been in vain. The value of being a journalist is as precious as ever. Ohio University journalism professor Kevin Grieves gave his opinion on the
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“I think this idea of opening up journalism to more people is important, and I think that’s one of the reasons I like and I study blogs. Because I think that it has great potential to do that,” Dr. Meyer said. “The important thing though, is following those principles of journalism.” Dr. Meyer summed up the answer to the burning question in one statement: “A blog is a tool, and you choose what you do with it. It can be journalism, if you choose to follow the principles of journalism on your blog. But if you don’t, a blog can be whatever you want.” According to New York Magazine, a Swarthmore College student named Justin Hall created the first blog, Links.net, in January 1994. Although it is still active today, it appears basic in comparison to modern blogs. Online diarist Jorn Barger coined the
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term “weblog” in 1997 as a phrase to describe the process of “logging the web,” which was later shortened to “blog.” In 1999, one of the first popular and free blog-creation services, Blogger, was launched. More recent advances in
A blog is a tool, and you choose what you do with it." HANS MEYER
the blogosphere include the creation of Gawker, the original of the gossip blog empires. More blogging platforms followed with the evolution of the industry including WordPress, Tumblr,
and even Perez Hilton. The far-reaching effects of blogs can be seen almost anywhere on the Internet. New York Magazine released a study in January of 2005 that found 32 million Americans read blogs. Considering the length of time between this study and present day, it can be assumed that blogs are even more influential. These stops along the timeline of blogging prove that blogs are a force to be reckoned with or a force to be used. Blogging is a tool, according to both Grieves and Meyer. Learning how to effectively and creatively use this tool is what makes someone a journalist. Bloggers who are experts in what they write about are those with journalistic
tendencies. For example, people who write reviews on books, movies, etc. gain attention based on the credibility of their opinions. These people utilize their blogs as a tool and practice journalistic principles. The exciting part about blogging and blogging culture is that it can be looked at as either undermining journalism or building onto it. Compared to fifty years ago, information processing has evolved, and journalists can either evolve with the times and utilize the new-age tools, or fade away into history. For a journalist wanting to utilize a blog, remember to be professional, be knowledgeable, and stick to the journalistic principles. Other than that, blog away.
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positiveimage DRESSING FOR YOUR BODY By HAYLEY DASHIELL
Illustrations by ALEXA HAYES
he sheer amount of fashion advice found in any women’s magazine or website can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to dressing for a specific body type. A simple Google search will yield thousands of results advising women to draw attention away from large hips with a slightly flared pant and long tunic, or to beware of skinny jeans when large shoulders are the issue. Even on television, shows like "Fashion Police" and E! News constantly make judgments on whether a celebrity’s dress was flattering or not. For the most part this behavior is the norm in all forms of media, but when does it become harmful? Thanks to a new wave of women preaching self-confidence, there have been cries of body shaming in the face of slimming outfits and fashion critics. 202 | THREAD
Body-positive bloggers have taken to the internet in protest. Ragini Nag Rao, who blogs for A Curious Fancy, regularly protests conventional style rules. She regularly guest writes pieces for xoJane about dressing confidently. Rao and other overweight women are rebelling against the idea that their fat is shameful and needs to be hidden. “Girls” creator and actress, Lena Dunham vocally expresses this point of view. Dunham consistently faces abuse about the way she chooses to show her body. Whether Howard Stern is complaining on his syndicated radio show about her naked body, or a gossip website is writing about how unflattering the shorts she wore to run errands are. It seems it’s impossible for anyone to write an article about Dunham without bringing up her body. Most recently she wore a Giambattista Valli skirt and
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button down combo to the Emmys and likes it or not, the opinions of others was blasted for the frumpiness of the can weigh heavily on personal and shirt. The terms “ill-fitting” and “mis- public success. shapen” were thrown around. In most spheres of life, but espeHowever Dunham takes criticism cially in an office or professional setin stride and continues to wear what ting it is in one’s best interest to look pleases her, as opposed to what the put together and polished regardless media and public wants from her. The of personal tastes. Unfortunately for dilemma is whether the comments those with a more offbeat style, conthat Dunham and most women larger forming to business casual standards than a size 6 face are constructive criti- is hard to avoid. Telling a woman to cism or if they are actually a form of dress in a flattering way for her figure body shaming. is simply a helpful tip in this sense. Proponents of body positivity feel It’s common sense to dress in a manthat telling women they have to dress ner that fits with the atmosphere of a a certain way in order to appear thin- place and can help advance standings ner, sends the in the workplace. message that beOn a less practiing fat needs to cal level, there is Proponents of body be avoided at all a whole industry costs. Women positivity feel that telling built on criticizing like Dunham and the fashion choicwomen they have to dress a fellow funny girl es of celebrities Melissa McCarthy, certain way in order to apand commoners. who custom de- pear thinner, sends the mesIn “What Not to signed her Oscars sage that being fat needs to Wear,” TLC’s bedress because no loved show about be avoided at all costs." designers wanted fashion victims, HAYLEY DASHIELL to dress her larger Clinton Kelly and frame, believe that Stacy London literthere is nothing wrong with being her- ally throw people’s ugly clothing into self or having a little chub. The body trashcans in the name of “helping” positive movement preaches that each them look more acceptable. The late body is inherently valid exactly the way it and great Joan River’s “Fashion Pois. Dressing to appear thinner reinforces lice” takes a less kind aim at celebrithe popular idea that being thin is the ties and is well known for pointing only way to be. out physical imperfections. Shows like Fashion is a very subjective concept, these are wildly popular and for the which only makes the issue more com- most part these criticisms are acceptplicated. On one hand, because style ed as the standard. is a personal thing, it can be argued This issue comes down to whether that people should be able to wear telling women they should dress to whatever they feel good in, safe from look thinner is an attack on confident, the criticism of others. Then again, ev- overweight (or even just average eryone is entitled to their opinion, and sized) women, or if it is purely a plea the fashion industry is one built upon for women to look their best. judgments of all types. Whether one
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By MEGAN FAIR Photos by MORGAN BERGER
air. Although it’s something that grows on human bodies to help regulate temperature and protect various glands, it’s also viewed as the most offensive bodily trait for women. Let’s admit it—nobody enjoys the time consuming task of shaving legs, armpits, lady parts, etc. But we all feel obligated to risk the razor burn and accidental slices at the cost of ten extra minutes every few mornings just to get rid of those naturally occurring hairs. Shaving in some form or another has existed for quite a long time—Greek and Roman soldiers would shave their beards to avoid them being tugged in combat. Oddly enough, this cultural ritual did not plague the ladies of society until about 1915, when sleeveless dresses entered the scene. Of course, this was a great victory for the freedom of women’s bodies. To counteract 204 | THREAD
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that, the fashion magazines and at myself and decided that I was not deciders of fate decreed the only way shaving for me but to uphold some to wear one of the swanky new dresses bizarre social standard. I stopped was to shave under the arms. As an ad in shaving my armpits, and months later Harper’s Bazaar explained, “the removal also stopped shaving my legs. Don’t of objectionable hair” was mandatory. worry, I haven’t been fired from my One step forward for woman, one giant job, I’m still allowed to raise my hand leap backward for womankind. in class, my boyfriend still likes me, and I bet you’re thinking, this lady I haven’t stopped wearing sleeveless sounds pretty salty about this shaving tops and short shorts. business. What has she done about it? Shaving is just not for everyone. Wonder no more. I I’m not saying just don’t do it. that we should all Why and when did you stop When I first toss our razors out shaving? began shaving the window and my legs, I was “I first started not shaving my slather our armpits inconsistent. I felt junior year of high school (2.5 in Rogaine, but if no desire to do it, years ago). I did it because you aren’t feelin’ it, other than out of it made me feel like I was just stop doing it. fear that nobody Some people love expressing my feminine identity would have a crush shaving or don’t on me, which is in the way that I wanted to, not mind the waxing pretty asinine. in the way that others expected process, and that’s At that point it me to. So I started around this totally okay, but was simply an time but I got a lot of backlash that wasn’t the annoyance, but not from friends and family... I path for me. a real issue. (I did finally accepted it (and myself) There are plenty admittedly enjoy of other reasons about 3 months ago, and I the smoothness of to quit shaving, my freshly shaven haven’t shaved it since then. too. For example, legs.) When I I’m really glad that i’ve let it ladies (and men) began to shave grow and I just love my little seeking to live a my underarms kitten pits!” more natural life was when the real should probably Rachel Lewis, Sophomore problems began. eliminate that Each time I would chemical-laden shave, I acquired swollen glands and foam. It’s even kind of trendy now, an unattractive raised rash that was and I’m not even making that up. itchy and painful. Yet, I continued out Many clothing companies including of whatever social obligation I felt I American Apparel feature models who must fulfill. have visible body hair. I am in no way It was only when I reached my advocating for some co-opted slogan second semester of college that I about burning all razors, but if the shoe had my spiritual awakening: a women fits, back the choice to stay furry with and genders studies course filled my a powerful message. It can be a fun, mind with all sorts of new perspectives empowering big ol’ middle finger to about culture. I took a good hard look an oppressive system. 206 | THREAD
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There are even celebrities who have bucked the system and tossed shaving aside, namely Lady Gaga, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, and Mo’Nique, the former having never shaved in all her career. Although the filmmakers and media don’t do a great job at showing this norm-bending, the fact that these successful women boast hairy bodies means that any gal on the street can afford to cut the razor out of her life. I realize that being a hairy lady seems daunting, as people have many misconceptions about the au naturale look and often some level of taboo still exists. But here’s what I have to say: just because you don’t shave doesn’t mean everyone will think you’re a weirdo. If you do shave for your own interest, don’t feel like you’re wrong for shaving. If you are someone who wishes that shaving had never been invented, I say it’s time to toss that razor in the trashcan, recycle that can of shaving cream, and enjoy an extra ten minutes of sleep every morning. 208 | THREAD
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in good fashion
artisanalwomen By KATIE PITTMAN Photos by PROVIDED
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irsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin both share an affinity for fashion and social justice. The two founded the company Raven + Lily in 2008, after visiting India for varying developmental projects. What separates this company from other fashion ventures is the sincere, purposeful desire these friends have for investing in women from different areas of the world. Amazed by the skill and quality of products being made by women in India, who use all natural, available materials, Dickerson and Lin envisioned encouraging other women to do the same. After years of working with nonprofits, Raven + Lily launched
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as a social business model in 2011. Lin and Dickerson hope that by providing a safe work environment and job training skills, these women will be able to support themselves as well as their families. By bringing about these changes, Dickerson and Lin hope that entire communities will be transformed. The company is focused on helping marginalized women in six different countries including Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, the United States, Pakistan, and Kenya. The company pays all of its artisans fair trade wages. All profits made are reinvested back into the social mission of the company, which funds health care and education needs in their partnership communities.
Most of the artisans working for the Raven + Lily company are women. The company encourages its artisans to become independent, financially and socially. All artisans are also encouraged to start savings accounts with the income earned from the sales of their creations. The designs are made out of locally sourced materials and recycled items. For example, necklaces are made of bullet casings, vintage coins, or handmade beads. Fabrics are either remnants or hand-loomed by the female artisans. Each of the countries working with Raven + Lily has its own collection featuring products made with its local resources. Artisans in the United States hand pour soy candles and infuse them with
delectable scents. Clothes made in the United States are constructed from fabric remnants of high-end designers. Many of the women working for Raven + Lily in the United States are from the Los Angeles area and were formerly homeless before being employed. In India, hand carved wood notebooks are made with recycled cotton paper pages. Jewelry is made with leather, which is painted to appear metallic. Natural, hand milled soaps are made as well. In another partnership, women make organic tote bags. Some of the artisans making these bags have been freed from the sex trade. Cambodian artisans make eco-
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friendly apparel out of remnant fabric and hand loomed cotton. All apparel items are embellished and screenprinted by hand. Accessories in Kenya are made in a more traditional method. Maasai women from the Esiteti community craft jewelry using handmade beads. These women are working to expunge female genital mutilation from their communities, and to be the first generation to send their daughters to school. Embroidered dresses and tops are included in the collection from Pakistan. All apparel made by the Pakistani artisans is hand embroidered and made with locally sourced cotton. The profits raised from these products go toward the empowerment of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Ethiopian artisans make statement jewelry pieces, using beads that are made from melted bullet casings from past war conflicts. Vintage silver coins are also used as charms. The jewelry collection, in part, is made to empower women who are HIV positive. Women who are vulnerable to labor trafficking also make leather bags and clutches. Dickerson and Lin are striving to give these talented women a safe working environment and a better future.
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Designs featured in each collection vary. Raven + Lily offer a variety of clothing items, bags, and jewelry. As one browses through the collections, an ethnic, Bohemian spirit is seen in the clothing and accessories offered. Flowing dresses and tops with simple silhouettes, some with hand-embroidered tribal patterns, dominate the Autumn collection. A clean-cut, embroidered jacket stands out among the rest of the collection as a timeless and classic piece. Rich leather bags of various shapes and sizes are key components to the Autumn accessories collection. With clutches, crossbody bags, wallets, and totes, there is a purse for almost any event. The designs are simple yet elegant. Beautiful leathers are also featured in unique jewelry pieces. Mixed metals and colors are prominently displayed in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Diversity abounds with both delicate, feminine designs and contrasting bold, geometric pieces. Dickerson and Lin have set out to reform the lives of at-risk women in multiple countries. Though their company is young, they seem to be doing just that.
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By HALEY MCKELVEY
nstead of a night of tricks and treats, Halloween has turned into a night where girls can leave the house dressed like a dominatrix. Whether these girls are dressing in revealing outfits because they want to feel sexy or because sexy costumes are all that seem to be available for any girl over the age of 12, the end result always seems to show off way too much skin. If you’re going to go for the sexy look, try to be original. There are always so many cliché cats, cowgirls, and referees that are commonly seen. Not to mention some of the even stranger ones I’ve seen include sexy Barney, Elmo, or SpongeBob. Who would ever consider those “sexy” in the first place? Ruining my childhood idols one costume at a time, these kinds of costumes encourage the cultural message that more promiscuous clothing is perceived as hotter. There is no need to dress suggestive just to grab a guy’s attention. I know, I know, everyone’s inner feminist is screaming, “I can wear whatever I want! My sexuality is my business!” Instead of fighting this issue, just take a step back and look at the big picture. Why are the only costumes available for women have to be so overly sexified? The big problem with wearing seductive Halloween costumes is that they turn women into objects. Compare an adult male and female firefighter costume. While the male costume looks fit for the profession, I guarantee the female costume looks better fit for the strip club and overall just a complete joke. To be honest, I’m really just concerned about the ladies out there. When the 31st rolls around we have to face the fact that it will be cold outside. So not only will you be at risk of looking desperate for attention, but also possibly of hypothermia. Think twice before stepping out the door in those trashy fishnets and spandex, you wouldn’t want to be mistaken for a hooker on the side of the road.
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By MORGAN SIEGEL
e’ve all met her. During the day, she’s a scholar, studying business or maybe even chemistry. She’s cute, athletic, friendly, and, most of all, intelligent. However, she transforms herself when the season and time for Halloween costumes is upon us by squeezing into the most form-fitting and revealing costume she can find. On behalf of this woman and ladies alike everywhere, I’m here to ask a question: so what? There is a false notion that’s associated with “slutty” Halloween costumes—scantily clad women somehow lack the same level of self respect as their more conservatively dressed counterparts. That simply isn’t true. A woman’s choice to celebrate Halloween dressed as a “sexy bunny” or “slutty pirate” cannot determine her character. In fact, that sexy bunny on Court Street who is labeled “trashy” might actually be excelling in each of her biochemistry classes. Her decision to wear tighter or skimpier clothing could be her way of releasing academic stress and helping her feel a little more freedom. Likewise, that slutty pirate who has been told to “keep it classy,” is possibly the sweetest, kindest person on campus. The way women dress for Halloween is not at all an indication of their promiscuity. Not only is it counterproductive to judge a woman’s character based on her Halloween costume, it’s plain ignorant. If any woman, no matter her shape or size, has the courage to rock a risqué Halloween costume, she should be congratulated for her body confidence, not hastily labeled a “slut.” At any time, especially during the Halloween season, women should not feel attacked for being comfortable with their own bodies. Women should help empower one another by discouraging this kind of slut shaming and supporting positive body image. So you go, girls. Rock that sultry costume, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
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