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In Nicole Levine’s blog, Frankie Hearts Fashion, she reveals her love for “shoes, clothes, sarcasm, and everything in between.” The clothing she displays goes from edgy and glam to fun and flirty. Frankie Hearts Fashion is a fun blog to look through whether you’re seeking some style inspiration or happened upon the page by fate.


Frankie Hearts Fashion is broken into six, easy to navigate sections, the first being Outfits. Here, Nicole posts pictures of outfits she loves wearing with a little blurb about each – a great reference for inspiration for your own outfits. Every month Nicole picks a color scheme and shows a few great pieces in that color. She flaunts her chosen color on shoes, earrings and even iPhone cases.


In Craving, Nicole shows her favorite “look of the week” and the pieces she’s dying for, such as the bold, colored lipstick she’s lusting after and how to get the look. Obsessed is where Nicole shows a montage of pictures displaying the items she’s currently obsessed with, like some earrings seen in Color Love and a sweater worn in one of her highlighted outfits. –ABBY MILLER 4 | THREAD


Finding your inner beauty has never been easier thanks to Emily Weiss and her "gloss squad." Into The Gloss is a fashion and beauty blog that features tutorials, visual inspiration and makeup looks. Once the style is found, there’s a product page where items can be purchased to transform each shopper into the new, beautified version of themselves.


Into The Gloss provides an array of pictures to guide you through the process of how to wear your makeup the right way based on skin tone, bone structure and style.


The writers are able to voice their opinions in this section based on experiences and values of what fashion means to them. From founders of organizations like Topaz Page-Green, to models like Emily Ratajkowski each reader gets the full experience and background of current fashion.


This section is divided into three parts: Hair, Models, and Health. In each section there are a handful of articles to read that provides helpful tips and tricks on maintaining or becoming a part of the glossy lifestyle for each month or occasion. –SAMANTHA HARRINGTON OUTHREADMAG.COM | 5

THE JOURNEY 21 While well-dressed men are hard to come by these days, Robert Bahia makes it easy for the guys to pick up style tips while simultaneously providing eye candy from the ladies. The Journey 21, is a fashion blog that seeks to aid men in styling outfits and speaking on how style is a journey, not simply following fads or trends.


Whether you’re more interested in high fashion or seeing how an every day man assembles his looks, Robert offers two ways to enjoy the site. Outfit Of The Day is Robert’s very own outfit of the day, which showcases photos of his outfit, a description of the items and also where to buy the garments shown. Oppositely, he offers a Look of the Day, a more fashion forward approach to pieces or looks he is interested in seeing on men.


As important as the fashion is, Robert adds in additional factors such as Music Monday, a YouTube video of current music he enjoys, and also The Journey, which politely allows readers insight into the life and shenanigans that Roberts' life entails, not only a fashion blogger, but a real human being. The Journey tab lets readers get a sense of his being, and brings the blog to a more personal level. These additions to the photography add a sense of kinship with the readers. –KYLIE SOUDER 6 | THREAD

THE SELBY For the curious and artistic enthusiast, The Selby, an interior design and photography blog, gives readers an insight to the home life of a variety of creative professionals, such as chefs, models, photographers, designers, visual artists and writers. Each box on the home page introduces the professional and where they live to better understand their spaces. The creative twist comes at the end of each feature, where The Selby asks them to answer quirky questions and statements, such as, “Can you draw one of your favorite outfits from eighth grade?”


At the end of each feature, The Selby posts a questionnaire that each person filled out. The questions are usually tailored to each profession, but can also go on a small tangent. This portion of The Selby gives readers an even deeper insight to the personality of the professional, allowing a more intimate connection with the readers.


Each picture captures a snapshot into the life of each person. From simple potted plants and workspaces to their quaint kitchens, The Selby features all the best parts of their home and creative living space. Some of the homes include cute knick knacks and vintage designs, such as writer and interior designer, Rita Konig’s home in Manhattan. –COURTNEY MIHOCIK OUTHREADMAG.COM | 7




son is no longer confined to a television screen writing endless punishment sentences on chalkboards. Now the sunny yellow dude lives on in fashion, splayed across T-shirts, babydoll dresses, shorts, sweaters, and leggings. Being that incessant “OMG-I’ma-90s-kid-and-everyone-mustknow” kind of girl, I can’t get enough of Bart’s sartorial rise to fame. I’d like to think wearing Bart can make me a badass like him. But in reality, he’s just an excellent conversation starter.



nails, bags, and clothing are all at the top of my list for things to rock this fall season. The fact that “nude” can range anywhere from a pale pink, to a smoky tan, offers so many different options when wearing this color. Wearing either glossy or matte nude on your lips and nails goes with just about any outfit you can imagine. It looks natural and clean but in the most fashionable way. Nude clothing and bags are neutral and can be the staple of an outfit or an accompanying piece for vivid colors and patterns. — RACHEL KEAVENY OUTHREADMAG.COM | 9


Models stomped, clapped and snarled their way down the Rick Owens Spring 2014 runway, and their bold performance was the “step” heard round the fashion world. Owens featured steppers, a dance form originating from African American colleges, to call attention to and challenge the conventional beauty that usually dominates runways. It was exhilarating to see someone shaking up the status quo and championing body and racial diversity. Stepping evokes fierceness and confidence, and Owens used it to break the rules of fashion in the most dramatic and impressive way possible. Here’s to hoping this is a sign of new things to come. — COLLEEN KRATOFIL

RED LIPSTICK | What I love

about my red lipstick is that it creates an easy way to make a bold statement or simply make your features pop. Instead of spending half an hour in front of the mirror trying to replicate the eye makeup of a runway model I found on Pinterest, I can just throw on a coat of mascara with my staple Ruby Woo MAC lipstick and have a look that’s glamorous enough for a date, and simple enough to wear throughout the day. — JORDAN WILSON



you ever drooled over Lisa Frank folders back in the 90s, prepare to have the same reaction to Buried Diamonds. Martha Porter, creator of Buried Diamond, is a printed textiles designer for Kate Spade based in New York City with a style I have grown to worship. So with that said, get moving to the nearest wifi hotspot and pull up her Etsy page. Her handmade jewelry, stickers, and collar chains are the perfect combination of weird yet incredibly amazing. The whimsical designs on charms such as upside down hands, eyes, lips, and diamonds take me right back to the feelings of trying to select the best Lisa Frank folder when, let’s be honest, all of them are fabulous. I’ve yet to make a purchase but when that day comes and it arrives on my doorstep I will be jumping up and down and most likely giving her a raving review on Etsy. — GRETCHEN GREENLEE


editor’snote EDITOR IN CHIEF

bentley weisel Hey Lovely Threadies! I want to start off my first Editor’s Note by saying how truly happy I am to be the Editor in Chief of Thread during my last year at OU. Thread has been an incredibly important part of my college and journalism career since the day I stepped on campus. Not every college has such an indepth, well-crafted outlet dedicated to fashion, and I feel very fortunate to be part of its history. Unfortunately, while I am writing this note, Athens has yet to receive the fall weather memo completely, but I know everyone is hoping to be rocking the new favorite fall fashions soon – like leather everything (p 46), hats for men (p 33) and maybe a fierce pixie cut (p 166). This issue has all of Thread’s classic sections like Seams, DIY and Who What Wear, with the exception of our new health page, Work It (p 62), and food page, Make It (p 65) that features workouts, followed by a festive and healthy recipe for the season – like pumpkin cookies with a sinful glaze on top. The six looks we liked for October were based on classic horror films (p 134) like Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, Amityville Horror and more to reveal some modern takes on beloved scary movies since Halloween is quickly approaching. And Thread’s own Video Chief, Mike


Mytnick, takes us on a journey behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week with video and interviews. Our release party on Thursday, October 17 at the J Bar at 9 p.m. is going to be based on our Middle of the Book shoot, Dripping Gold (p 88), so dress in your best gold ensembles and come by to celebrate the first issue of the 2013-2014 school year with us! Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this issue a beautiful reality. Much love and fashion, Bentley


OCTOBER2013 Editor in Chief Bentley Weisel Managing Editor Brooke Bunce

seams editor Colleen Kratofil

business manager Sydney Cologie

who what wear editor Rachel Sayers

photo chief Michael Maurer

diy editor Rachel Haas

photo editor Audrey Kelly

features editor Nadia Kurtz

video chief Mike Mytnick

copy chief Louis Baragona

creative director Gretchen Greenlee

web editor public relations chief Jordan Wilson Megan Valentine design editor Rachel Keaveny WRITERS

Amelia Adams, Natalie Bigler, Morgan Borer, Sophia Borghese, Corttany Brooks, Alexis Evans, Katie Flowers, Michelle Frantz, Samantha Harrington, Nadia Kurtz, Alicia MacDonald, Nicole Mahdavi, Deven Middleton, Courtney Mihocik, Mike Mytnick, Nick Rees, Alessa Rosa, Michelle Sebastian, Ali Shultz, Camille Rose Smith, Kylie Souder, Jade Walker, Kaitlyn Wilson | Bloggers: Morgan Borer, Alexis Evans, Emma Ockerman, Nick Rees

PHOTOGRAPHERS Alexis Smith, Alicia Carter, Audrey Kelly, Candace Cunard, David Creighton, Elizabeth Hunyor, Evan Lubinger, Halee Smith, Jessika Barone, Kaitlin Hatton, Kaitlin Owens, Kara Frisina, Kara Guyton, Karissa Conrad, Kasey Brooks, Kate Stone, Kelli Oliver, Kira Plumer, Kirsten Martinez, Kyra Willner, Leah Woodruff, Maggie McGuiggan, Meghan Shamblen, Michael Maurer, Royle Mast, Steven Drakulich, Tara Nolan, Tierra Sanders

DESIGNERS Bianca Baylis-Blalock, Sarah Blankenship, Jillian Bloemer, Alex Doherty, Cassandra Fait, Ina Grozeva, Tiana Kropko, Kristin Schmit, Emily Wolf, Dempsey Murphy, Alexa Hayes, Kaitlyn Richert, Emily Gardner, Lindsey Mathews, Jenna Kendle, Allison Lembright


Amelia Adams, Julia Averbach, Sophia Borghese, Megan Carter, Kathleen Fialka, Annie Harris, Alison Jacobs, Taylor McCarthy, Deven Middleton, Autumn Perry-Robinson, Cameron Quinn, Nick Rees, Zulfa Rizqiya, Samantha Schilder, Gavin Shryock, Lindsey Smecker, Taylor Von Doersten


Sophia Borghese, Michelle Frantz, Courtney Mihocik, Jade Walker


Nikki Baker, Edie Buess, Devyn Cooper, Dana DeCenzo, Natalie Estes, Sydney Even, Sierra Ferrier, Kim Geither, Erin, Golden, Kelsey Morton, Kaylee Powers, Cameron Quinn, Julie Rhodes, Gina Rossi, Shyann Williams


Megan Fair, Aly Fossett, Joe Lalonde, Ben Leeson


Sarah Acomb, Alyssa Batesole, Nathalie Bernens, Mark Calvin, Megan Carter, Drew Davis, Amanda DePerro, Cassie Edwards, Joe Garman, Kara Guyton, Anesa Harris, Kitty Johnson, Caroline Keyes, Black Kirchner, Josh Leeson, Gidget Marrison, Lindsey Mathews, Neena Mcllwaine, Aaron Pynos, Cameron Quinn, Anna Rudin, Seattle Ruzek, Samantha Schilder, Gretchen Schultz, Michelle Sebastian, Lindsey Smecker, Brad Stimson, Luke Szabados, Jena Takavec, Keaton Vagedes, Taylor Von Doersten


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nown for their urban grunge meets sophisticated masculinity, Rag & Bone’s Fall 2013 Ready to Wear collection is an undeniable representation of the brand as a whole. David Nelville and Marcus Wainwright hit the tide running with this collection that includes a variety of fabrics from hounds tooth to Prince of Wales plaid. Staying true to their roots, Rag & Bone is rocking uniform-esque pieces alongside classic menswear trousers, slouchy, oversized sweaters and vibrant mini skirts. The collection radiates with a sense of utiltarianism through the long sleeve slip dresses with clean lines of color blocking. Black and gray seem to be the staple colors for this season, especially for outerwear. The minuet pops of orange, violet and royal blue create a sense of depth against the subtleties of black and gray. Another quality that makes a distinct appearance in the collection is urban grunge. What embodies this style is the pairing of oversized, structured jackets with vibrant miniskirts and a quintessential v-neck sweater. For a subtler way to try out these trends, start off with a black skirt, a vibrantly colored bulky sweater, and even a structured black jacket. To be daring wear a colored skirt in orange, violet, or royal blue with a gray v-neck sweater. A practical anorak-like jacket in a bright orange was a look on the runway that can easily transition to the streets of Athens. The mix of dark and vibrant colors with clean, structured lines echo the style of urban grunge through the leave-less trees of fall. Let personal style shine through while evoking what Rag & Bone unveiled this season.






illy Reid’s Fall 2013 collection has everything one would expect: dark hues, rough textures and rustic combinations. These elements can be found in nature, which is just where Reid drew his inspiration. The designer grew up in Louisiana and in 2004 decided to launch a brand that would embody his southern upbringing, personality and lifestyle. His website describes his style as, “The modern approach to American work wear and cultured Southern dandyism.” In this collection we can easily identify his southern touch in his combinations of plaid and tweed trousers, knit sweaters and wool and leather jackets. Playing up typical menswear looks, Reid showed a lack of formal dress shirts, and instead replaced them with simple cotton shirts, turtle-necks, sweaters and flannels. This change was mostly due to the fact that he had to design both women’s and men’s collections simultaneously, which brought a small feminine influence into the looks, according to Style.com. Reid's collect certainly fits in the Athenia lifestyle and can easily be recreated. All one needs is a few flannel shirts, striped shirts and cableknit sweaters in dark hues such as warm browns, forest greens, deep blues and purples, a tweed or leather jacket, and a couple pairs of corduroy or tweed pants. These items can all be worn in combination with one another for an effortless and rustic look. So as temperatures continue to drop, start to plan a fall wardrobe with Billy Reid in mind to be fashion-forward while also keeping the chilly weather at bay.




rom the runways of Burberry, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel, model Cara Delevingne has been rocking the haute couture most girls only dream of, but she’s been turning heads the most with her own personal street style, taking social media by storm and reminiscing us with her Kate Moss-like aura. Her bold brows fear no tweezer and have helped land her countless magazine covers, including Vogue Australia, which dubbed her “Miss Cool” and W Magazine, which called her the “Anti-Role Model” and “Style Rebel.” Her hip sense of fashion embraces the quirky graphic tee, slouchy hats, hip sneakers and lots and lots of black. Achieving her style is not easy, but possible for those who want to let their freak flag fly. To get her look, don’t be shy of eyeliner or layers. Find a graphic tee that’s not afraid to make a statement and a black motorcycle pant or vertical striped leggings. Throw on the grungiest, two-sizestoo big jean jacket or even a vintage letterman jacket, and a cool pair of black combat boots or high-rise Nikes. Finish the look with a backwards baseball hat or a slouchy beanie. Achieve that perfect, just rolled-out-of-bed hair and keep the brows full. The most important thing to remember about Delevingne’s bold fashion is to not be afraid to be daring. Never dress for others and never fear an outfit. Wear a shirt that says, “Ain’t no wifey” or “WTF, Where’s the Food” like Delevingne and just go for it. Be weird and be rebellious and maybe, just maybe, you can snag Harry Styles, too. 20 | THREAD






walk around talking to myself in accents; usually people look at me like I’m a complete fruit loop.” Well Eddie Redmayne can’t say that about his style, because he can do no wrong in the fashion world. From "My Week with Marilyn," "Les Miserables" and his upcoming "Theory of Everything," in Redmayne’s life, work never stops and neither does his style. With big pouty lips and freckles that could make a girl swoon, his taste in labels is just the icing on the cake. He may not be able to see it, but this colorblind cutie is by no means afraid of a little color. How many men can pull off an electric blue velvet suit? But be warned ladies, he dresses as sharp as his cheekbones. The face of Burberry has taken his career and style by the reigns. Redmayne says that he’s most comfortable in suits, and why shouldn’t he be? From Alexander McQueen, to Burberry and Tom Ford, he owns them all. But this doesn’t mean that Redmayne can’t be a regular guy, getting around town on his bike in a beat up pair of Converse. This Brit can effortlessly switch from strolling the red carpet, to walking down the cobblestone road; from high to low-end fashion, his versatility is endless. To recreate one of these beloved Redmayne looks, three layers are needed. Start with a button-up shirt, add a cardigan or vest and finish with a blazer. Pair it all with some colored slacks and derby shoes and that’s all a guy needs to get Redmayne's style. Now gents, this is no look for slackers, dress to impress, and the ladies will be at any man’s beck and call.


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’m not going to lie, blogging is scary. It makes me vulnerable. Starting my blog was like entering foreign territory for the first time, but I hoped for the best. After spending three hours navigating the beast better known as Wordpress, I felt slightly more comfortable using the website’s directions and tools. After my first post, I was overwhelmed with readers and feedback. Despite my initial doubts, I couldn’t be happier with “LessIsMore.” I am proud to call myself a blogger for Thread Magazine. “LessIsMore” is essentially a reflection of my personal style. My style has undergone considerable changes since middle school, when I thought wearing a jean mini skirt and rainbow-striped Hollister polo to a school dance was okay (yes, I have pictures to prove it). I look back and cringe. My makeup decisions have also changed. At my eighth grade graduation, I wore the wrong shade of Clinique foundation and it haunts me to this day. I also covered my lips in foundation because I hated red lips. And then there was my hair. I 26 | THREAD

got bangs, which my mother deemed “trendy” (no explanation needed). LessIsMore is a culmination of everything I have learned and experimented with in regards to style and how I express myself now. Someone recently asked me to describe my personal style. I replied “simplistic, a little preppy, classic, nothing too over-the-top.” Truly, I just love fashion. And clothes. And being surrounded by fashion. I WILL go to NYFW one day. Anyways, I do not restrict my style to one specific brand or “look.” Generally, I love classic pieces. I’m willing to spend a little extra cash on something if it will last a decade. I’m a big believer in the notion that presentation speaks volumes about a person. A good presentation radiates confidence. I’m my opinion, confidence isn’t slathering your face in tons of makeup or wearing skin-tight clothes. Clothing and makeup should enhance your natural beauty rather than mask it. I hope that you check out “LessIsMore” every Monday throughout the semester and that my thoughts and advice inspire you as much as you inspire me! Xoxo.






rom Dolce & Gabbana to Alexander McQueen, costume jewelry has taken over the fall runways. Designers know it's the perfect way to make any outfit more one-of-a-kind and glamorous. Something as simple as a white t-shirt is instantly fabulous with the addition of a statement necklace. A business suit is professional yet unique with a brooch on the lapel. Designers have taken this versatility one step further by showcasing statement jewelry in models’ hair. Draw inspiration from Fall Ready-to-Wear 2013 collections like Dolce & Gabbana. Models sauntered down the runways in gold tiarras adorned with jewels in ruby red and emerald green stones. The always avant-garde Alexander McQueen took the fall runway show back to medieval ages, including signature skulls in almost every piece. Corset-clad models wore the most extravagant headpieces, with diamond and



peral encrusted cages wrapped around the model's entire face. Anyone can recreate the runway looks by wearing jewelry exactly where it shouldn’t normally go: in the hair. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie have debuted this style, and a bohemian vibe can be achieved by wearing a statement necklace in the hair, or with a brooch in the bun. Clasp a necklace lower on a the back of the head and lay it just along the hairline and wear the hair left down or pulled into a high pony.

A brooch can be pinned into a bun or an updo just as it would be pinned to a lapel or bag – just make sure it’s secured on a thick piece of hair. Costume jewelry pieces may have been debuted on the runway, but these looks are accessible to everyone. J. Crew and Free People have a plethora of brooches and necklaces, statement or simple, that can be worn in the hair. Whether going to work or a party, wearing hair jewelry is an effortless way to add glamour to everyday life. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 31

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or a man, accessorizing isn’t always the easiest task. The basic shirt-pant duo is a no-brainer, but can turn out to be a bit lackluster. An accessory that could work for anyone is a hat. It’s functional (yes men also have bad hair days), stylish, and could even act as a security blanket. That one accessory can really pull their ensemble together without looking like they’re actually “trying.” There are quite a few hat options men can choose from depending on their personal style. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 33


One of the most commonly seen, ”no fashion-sense required” hat, is some sort of ball cap variation. Whether it is a regular baseball cap, a snapback, or a fitted, men tend to flock to this cranium-covering fashion. The baseball cap has always been a crowd pleaser amongst men. These hats can almost be paired with anything casual to create that additional accent. However, a way to change up the typical baseball cap choice, though it may sound a bit scary to some men, is through a snapback or even a fitted, which essentially have the ball cap feel with a flat rim. Kenzo released a complete fitted and snapback collection this fall that really takes these hats to a new, fashion-forward approach and looks great with everyday basic men’s outfits.


For the crisp autumn air, the best way to keep a man’s head warm is to rock the beanie. Yes, this look is not for every male, however there are very toned down versions of the beanie that just have that slight sag in the back that really do make a more fashionable statement, especially when coupled with a nice fall jacket or a sweater and loafers. Urban Outfitters has a large collection of different beanies that could suit any personality type or hairstyle.


For men not looking to stray their comfort zone, a pub hat could definitely do the trick. The pub hat impeccably channels Noah from "The Notebook" and can add a relaxed and wholesome vibe to the clothing when paired with a button down and tan slacks.


The bucket hat exudes that fisherman feel. Men who are especially into outdoor activities and sporting could benefit in style and function with this type of cap. The possibilities are endless when it comes to headgear on men. No matter personal style, there is always an option that can really pull together the overall look. Stepping outside the comfort zone could push men to evolve their style and bring an edgy spin to their typical, day-to-day wear.





ll over the runway during the Fall 2013 Ready to Wear shows models were made up with metallic smoky shadows and that ever so popular thick and fully defined brow. Luckily there are easy ways to achieve these looks without the hassle of going to a professional makeup artist. Although eyebrows may appear to be a miniscule feature, they are particularly important to keep groomed since they’re truly the frame for the face. For those with full brows, something as simple as using a small angle brush and a tad bit of eye shadow to fill in any sparse areas will make a noticeable difference to the face. If you have to fill in a majority of your brows, it’s best to use a wax-based pencil to achieve longevity and definition. The one thing to keep in mind when going to purchase brow products is to try to go for a cool tone color if you have ash tones in your hair or a warmer color for those with redder tones in their hair. Comb clear mascara through the brows to hold them in place throughout the day. During fall fashion week designers such as Gucci and Givenchy had their models sporting jewel toned smoky metallic eye shadows. The best part about this makeup look is that it can be easily recreated. To start, apply a base before putting on the eye shadow. This is probably the most important part, because products such as Urban Decay’s primer potion will help ensure that the eye shadow will not move on the lid and the shadow will appear much more pigmented. The next step is to apply the color all over the lid by using back and forth swiping motions with a blending brush to smooth out sharp lines to create a sultry effect. To dramatize the look, a darker shade of the lid color may be applied to the outer crease of the eye and to top it off, use two coats of thickening black mascara. 36 | THREAD


Coral colors with an orange undertone make blue eyes sparkle.


GREEN EYES Emerald helps define and bring out different hues of green.



Any shade of purple or gold accentuates brown eyes.




o most males, facial care seems a tad excessive if not altogether feminine. The truth is many of the techniques used to care for a man’s face are extremely similar to those employed by women, and just as necessary. If you can get past the loss of your manhood, your face might just thank you for it. Whether using products to control acne, simply moisturizing or keeping stubble in check, it’s crucial a man’s face and skin receive adequate attention. After all, who wants a wrinkled face at the frisky age of 30? An important product to have on hand is face wash or a cleansing scrub. That might sound abrasive but cleaning off the dirt and excess oil that lies on the skin before sleeping is necessary. Going to bed with a freshly cleaned face keeps acne from popping up and giving an unwelcome surprise in the morning. When scrubbing the facial region its important to look for products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid in its ingredients. These acids open up the pores and allow a complete scrub of the oil and dirt hidden on the face and revitalize the skin. An even simpler way to find a decent face wash is by purchasing the one advertised to have “scrubbing beads”. Neutrogena facial cleansers have never failed. Following the scrubbing and cleaning of facial pores (yes, men 40 | THREAD

have pores too), it’s a superb idea to moisturize using a mild face lotion. The moisturizing agent fills in those now empty pores with the necessary nutrients and vitamins, keeping dirt from seeping back in. The moisturizer keeps the skin from flaking and overall restores a natural glow to the face. When it comes to beard-trimming or facial hair maintenance, it’s best to refer to face shape and trim accordingly. Either keep it nicely trimmed or shave it all off. There is no “happy” medium. Picture an overgrown forest and that is the equivalent of an untamed beard… so keep it clean and shaped. Some men utilize electric razors while some prefer the manual razor. The act of lathering the soap onto the face and using a manual razor may seem extensive and turn out to be a long process. Although there is no closer shave, and for all men with sensitive skin either on the neck or face should use this method. Shaving with a manual razor lessens the chance of razor burn, and the water adds moisture to the dry scrape of an electric razor. When it comes to shaving, it’s best to give the face a couple days to recuperate after a shearing. The skin needs time to regenerate or extreme razor burn is likely to pop up. This is another instance where an aftershave lotion or moisturizer would come in handy. Lastly, a highlight of facial care that many men abstain from is eyebrow

maintenance. Keeping the uni-brow at bay needs to be a priority in every man’s life since the caveman look was abandoned long ago. To abstain from plucking them into non-existence, focus on the nature curve of your eyebrow. The mentality less is more comes into play for this pruning. Less plucking gives a better result. First focus on the middle but don’t go too far into the eyebrow, simply keep the middle clear and tended.

There aren’t any rules against a bit of plucking underneath the brow as well. This eliminates those pesky hairs that appear out of nowhere and help give more shape. Pluck wisely, please. Proper skin and facial care should be a significant part of any decent “nighttime ritual.” To look clean, presentable and well groomed a man needs that time in the bathroom. A man that takes care of himself will reap the benefits in the end. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 41





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efore flipping the page on one of this season’s most daring trends, try on a pair of harem pants and it will only take a second to realize how quickly they will become your new fashion BFF. These baggy, long trousers that cinch at the ankle may look terrifying, but with the right styling, they can easily fit into anyone’s wardrobe. From plain black to metallic to leather to floral print, harem pants come in a plethora of different patterns and designs. The sheer versatility makes these the new staple piece for the girl who wants to be comfortable and stylish. As relaxed as wearing sweatpants, harem pants are the more appropriate go-to for work, class, and everything in between. And the best part? They are so effortless and fashion forward that every girl can look like she walked straight off a runway without even trying. Made popular in the 80s by rapper M.C. Hammer, harem pants have proven they are for more than just “hammer time” since entering


the fashion world and taking over the runway. Since 2008, they have been featured as part of collections by designers like Balmain, Derek Lam, Chloe, and Elizabeth & James, but this season they are more readyto-wear than ever. They are also a popular clothing choice for celebrities, having been spotted on hardcore trendsetters like Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, BeyoncĂŠ, Shenae Grimes and Sienna Miller. 44 | THREAD

Commonly styled with tucked in tops, structured blazers, bold belts, and sky-high heels, balance is the key to getting this tough trend right. To offset the oversized, baggy lower half, pair the pants with a tighter fitting top, tucked in or cinched with a belt to define the waist. Beware of pairing a loose fitting top with the oversized fit of the pants so the look does not swallow the body whole. Adding a more structured fitting

blazer or jacket to your top half will contrast perfectly with the flowy fit of the pants. Harem pants make such a statement that there is no need for a lot of accessories. Keep it simple with a long, dainty necklace that stops just below the chest. While the runway versions of these pants may be unaffordable, more realistic options are available at retailers like Forever 21, H&M and American Apparel. Each store

offers a different take on the trend with a variety of color choices, prints and fabrics. Not only are they inexpensive, but they can be worn in any season, making them worthy of the investment. It's typical to be skeptical of such a bold piece. But solid colored slacks in gray or black can help eliviate any hesitation. Be the envy of all those skinny-jean-wearing friends by stepping out in fall's hottest trend. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 45

toughstuff By JADE WALKER Photos by KARA GUYTON


eather is one of those iconic materials that immediately brings to mind punk rockers and ’80s grunge, ripped, oversized and effortlessly cool. It can be undeniably intimidating to wear something that can make such a daring, in-your-face statement. Thankfully, leather pieces today have begun to take into account that not everyone is Sid Vicious and they’ve become a lot less rebellious and a lot more wearable.


When wearing a leather jacket, especially during the day, it’s best to keep the rest of the of the outfit casual. Unless attempting to embody Blondie, studs, rips and chains are out. Pair a jacket with casual tees and skinny jeans for a subtle edge or add needed structure to boyfriend jeans and loose shirts. Leather jackets also look great with florals—dresses, skirts, trousers— and ground what might otherwise be a too flouncy outfit. If a $500 investment isn’t in the cards just yet, then steer clear of Acne and try a store such as Zara, which has quality leather jackets in a price range closer to a college student’s budget.


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fear them. With their new looser structure and stretchier fit, leather pants are infinitely wearable. From leather track pants to skin tight trousers, there's a pair to fit anyone's comfort level. Leather pants most certainly don’t need to be relegated to merely evening wear. Create a daytime look wearing them as you would a pair of jeans. Loose button downs, slouchy tees, sneakers and flats keep the edgy pant appropriate for daywear. If you’re not quite ready to take the leather pant plunge, try a leather legging. They can be just as appealing for a fraction of the cost.


Possible thoughts of potentially sweaty thighs in leather pants or a cheap PU “leather” jacket aren’t particularly appealing. Don’t worry! Try a shirt with leather cap sleeves for an understated edge, or a pair of jeans with leather knee patches for a hint of rebellion. Perhaps a cardigan with leather elbow patches or a leather baseball cap for a dash of boyish charm. And let’s not forget that there are always the classic leather purses, —and wouldn’t we all kill for a Celine bag?— shoes and belts that are just dying to add a bit of pizazz where there was none before. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different looks. There are a dozen leather options that don’t require throwing on an AC/DC album, crayoning on eyeliner and growing a faux-hawk.


Wearing pieces with leather accents evokes an understated edge.

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he summer’s almost over, but it’s not too late to for this DIY. As most of you have probably noticed, everyone’s been rocking crazy, funky, creative-looking shorts all season, but of course, we’re not the only ones who’ve taken note. Retailers have peeped the new trend and placed some pretty unreasonable prices on them. But you know what? Anything shorts manufacturers can make, you can make better. (Don’t tell them that, though.) And with just a little free time and a few materials, you can, too. Now, get ready to make a pair of cute two-toned denim shorts for the final days of summer.

SUPPLIES: Bleach | A spray bottle | Rubber bands | Rubber gloves | Fabric dye in your favorite color (optional) | And of course, denim shorts! (Don’t feel obligated to buy new shorts, I just cut mine from a pair of jeans I got from the Goodwill.)

A thicker bleach like Clorox will give faster results.



STEP 2 OPTION 1: Next, you’ll want to put on

STEP 1 The first thing you’ll need to do is find a space where you don’t mind making a mess. I used a piece of cardboard on the patio, but newspaper or the grass work too.

your gloves and pour the bleach into your spray bottle. Start with your shorts lying flat, and pick which half you want to bleach--it can be vertically, horizontally, diagonally, whatever floats your boat! Then, pick a point that you’d like to stop at. (In the picture, you’ll see that I bleached three-quarters from the bottom and then stopped.) Take your bleach and begin to spray the shorts generously from the outside in until you’re satisfied, and then do the back.

STEP 2 OPTION 2: For a less-uni-

formed pattern, ball up your shorts into sections and tie them with rubber bands or a long, belt-like piece of fabric. Spray the bleach onto random sections until you’re satisfied. Try not to spray in too many places; it’s better to go back and spray more later than spray too much. When you’re finished, untie the rubber bands and lay the shorts flat.



STEP 3 Rinse the bleach out of the shorts, and throw them in the washer and dryer ALONE. I recommend using a scent booster in the washer to rid your shorts of that strong bleach smell.

STEP 4 If you’re feeling a little more artistic, after you thoroughly rinse the bleach from your shorts, replace the bleach in your spray bottle with colored fabric dye and use one of the previous methods given to add some color to your shorts. When you’re finished, rinse the dye out with COLD water. This will keep the color from fading quickly. Then, throw the shorts in the washer and dryer and you’re all done.

Voila. You’ve just made yourself a pair of FREE DIY bleached shorts. There are girls paying $24.99 at the mall for what you just created for next to nothing. So enjoy these last few days of summer in your new shorts. Cheers!





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ave you ever looked at your glasses and wished that they could be different, whether it was the type of color or design? With just a few simple steps, you could have a pair of chic new glasses that will help you stand out from the crowd? First thing’s first: You will need a pair of glasses and some duct tape. Go ahead and get a little funky with this one because the duct tape you use can have any pattern you wish. Now the thing about duct tape is you could make just about anything you want, such as wallets, dresses and bows. By using just duct tape, you are easily able to transform your everyday look. 56 | THREAD

SUPPLIES Duct tape | Sunglasses | Scissors

STEP ONE To start, you want to think about what type of design you want to create. I decided to go with a chevron pattern and only on the sides of the glasses.

STEP TWO Go ahead and start cutting your pieces the shapes and sizes that you want. Once you have everything cut, go and start placing the pieces where you want them. This is the time to let your creativity shine through! Experiment with the placement of your pieces to see which arrangement you like the best.

STEP THREE The great part about this project is that if you don’t like what they look like, don’t panic! Just simply take off the pieces of tape and start over again! And remember: when doing this project, don’t be afraid to try new things. There are a variety of colors, shapes and patterns you can use, so feel free to go back and create a few pairs of cool frames. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 57



dressedup By ALI SHULTZ Photos by KAITLIN HATTON


lthough it seems daunting, repurposing a piece of furniture can be a fun and easy project. It is time to finally spruce up that dusty, drab dresser lurking in the corner and give it a unique personalized makeover. Feel free to decorate the drawers with different scrapbook paper or maps of places you’ve traveled to make it your own. Accenting an old dresser with colors and patterns will give it an amazing makeover and add a personal touch to any living space. So, let your creative style shine with this step-by-step dresser drawer tutorial.


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With a sponge brush, paint a layer of Mod Podge on the drawer. Immediately put the paper on the drawer and evenly spread out any bubbles or wrinkles.



Remove the knobs on the drawers. Cut the paper to fit the size of the drawers perfectly. (It might be easier to measure the drawer first to get the exact size.)


Paint the paper on drawer with a few more coats of Mod Podge to seal the paper. Allow 20 minutes or so before each coat to let it dry.

Repeat steps 1 through 3, and let the drawers dry overnight. Once dried, attach the knobs and take a minute to admire your new, beautiful dresser!

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ttention workout enthusiasts. Answer this question honestly: Are you occasionally bored at the gym, even a little? If you are silently nodding in agreement, hold up. Exercise should be fun, invigorating and refreshing – not boring. Though it may seem difficult to change your exercise routine, the options are endless. Whether you want to focus on cardio, strength or both, these workouts will definitely add flavor and variety to a dull workout and lead to better results.



WORKOUT #1. INTENSE 20- MINUTE CARDIO The goal of this workout is to complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes. If you have trouble completing the entire workout, aim for 10 minutes. Continue to challenge yourself by adding a minute each day.

For this cardio workout, select fast-paced tracks that will keep your heart racing and momentum up. Picture yourself strutting down that runway at fashion week, chin up high and own it.

10 burpees | 20 squats | 30 crunches | 40 high knees | 50 second plank | 60 butt-kicks burpees


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FITNESS DICTIONARY 1. High Knee: lift chest, jog in place and bring knees up to chest 2. Butt-kick: jog in place and kick heels up to tush as quickly as possible 3. Burpee: begin in standing position.

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WORKOUT #2. FIGHTING FLAB WITH YOGA To tone and define arms, put down the five-pound weights and snatch up a yoga mat instead. According to Health.com, yoga is a gateway to building upper-body strength. Several yoga positions engage every part of the arm, leading to sculpted muscles. Ah, rejoice! You can actually wear yoga pants for yoga. Chaturanga: (bent-armed plank) Exhale and assume plank position. With hands on the ground, bend elbows to 90 degrees and lower torso toward the floor. Contract abs and hold for 30 seconds or as long as desired. Chaturanga

Upward Dog: Lie on the floor and stretch legs back with tops of feet on the floor. Inhale and push onto hands while straightening arms. Spread palms on the floor next to waist and lift head and shoulders. Inverted plank: Begin in a seated position with knees straight and legs extended in front. Place hands behind you, fingers pointed toward your body. Lift hips up and body off the ground, keeping feet on the mat. Tilt your head back and take five deep breaths. Hold position for as long as desired.

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SPRING/ SUMMER 2014 NYFW PLAYLIST 1. Crookers, “Put Your Hands On Me” (Jesse Rose Play Prime Remix) The Blonds 2. Dillon Francis, “Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)” Alexander Wang 3. The Dixie Cups, “Iko Iko,” Mara Hoffman 4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us,” Derek Lam 5. Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle, “You & Me” Zac Posen- funky instrumentals 6. Barracuda, “Heart,” Phillip Lim 7. Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, “Lose Yourself to Dance,” Diane Von Furstenberg 8. King Tuff, “She’s On Fire” (feat. Gap Dream) Marc by Marc Jacobs 9. JJ, “Ecstasy,” Catherine Malandrino—eloquent, soft, feel 10. Girls in Hawaii, “Not Dead” Yigal Azrouel 11. Nicholas Jaar, “With Just One Glance,” BCBG – sexy and soft rhythm 12. Lorde, “Million Dollar Bills” Richard Chai- quirky pop beats







he arrival of fall also marks the return of various seasonal comforts – cozy sweaters, football games, crunchy leaves, crisp air and, of course, pumpkin everything. Whether you’re carving up a jack-olantern, preparing pie for a Friendsgiving feast or simply grabbing a pumpkin latte before class, chances are, pumpkin will be an essential feature of your autumn endeavors. Savoring the flavors of the season doesn’t mean overindulging in fattening, high-calorie fare. In fact, pumpkins are highly nutritious and

an excellent source of vitamin A, fiber and beta-carotene. The high level of fiber keeps you full and satisfied for a longer period of time while consuming fewer calories. In addition to its various health benefits, this super-fruit can be cooked in a variety of ways and incorporated into countless recipes. This recipe for pumpkin cookies is low-fat, delicious and doesn’t require a lengthy list of ingredients. These treats are soft and can be served with a super simple frosting, so they will appeal to nearly every guest at your next fall shindig.

INGREDIENTS: COOKIES: • 2 ½ c. whole wheat flour • 1 tsp. baking powder • 1 tsp. baking soda • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon • ½ tsp. nutmeg • ½ tsp. ground cloves • ½ tsp. salt • ½ c. nonfat plain Greek yogurt • ½ c. brown sugar • 1 c. Stevia in the Raw (or sugar) • 1 c. canned pumpkin • 1 egg • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, brown sugar and Stevia. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla to mixture. Mix until creamy. Combine yogurt mixture with dry ingredients. Drop on a cookie

sheet by spoonfuls; flatten slightly. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies before drizzling on glaze. Prepare glaze by combining confectioners’ sugar, milk, melted butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Add milk until drizzling consistency is reached. Enjoy your guilt-free cookies! Makes 18-20 cookies

Nutritional Information: Serving size: 2 cookies / Calories 75 / Fat: 0.3 g / Carbs: 14.1 g / Fiber: 1.5 g / Protein: 3 g

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naturalselection By BRADLEY PARKS Photos by KIRA PLUMER


n basic economic terms, utility means satisfaction – how much happiness can a person squeeze from a good or service. Satisfaction, for most outdoor recreation students, is a combination of function, look and feel. When out in the backcountry, a piece of clothing or gear cannot simply look good; it needs to serve a purpose for whichever activity it is being used. Courtney Brooke, a junior Outdoor Recreation major at Ohio University, takes this idea of comfort and function very seriously. Like many of her ilk, Brooke considers the most valuable piece of her wardrobe to be her shoes. “Your shoes are everything,” she asserts. “If you go on a two-week backpacking trip and you’ve got uncomfortable shoes that are giving you blisters, dude, you’re screwed. You’re going to have a horrible time.” In general, outdoor recreation students adhere to a few guiding principles when it comes to outfitting: comfort, function and quality. Others outside the major would describe recreation style to be “chill, relaxed and comfortable,” according to Brooke. Though there have been times she's been labeled more inaccurate names. “I’ve been called a hipster before,” she said. “I don’t know why this is so. [Outdoor recreation style] gets grouped in with hippy style. It all kind of goes together: dirty.” In the average outdoor recreation

classroom, one would stumble upon flannel, hiking boots, sandals, cargo shorts, and Nalgene water bottles clipped to backpacks. This is so because, in most part, the average outdoor recreation classroom is not the average classroom. Outdoor recreation features typical education requirements along with recreational study classes that teach things like the history of recreation. Then there are one-credit-hour classes where the curricula are steeped in play in the great outdoors. Classes such as Caving or Wilderness Living Skills don’t call for the everyday wardrobe. Preparation is key in this program where the unexpected is always the expected. “I feel like we’re always ready to go hike or go explore no matter what,” said Brooke. “You could come into any of my classes and be like, ‘Hey. Wanna go hike right now?’ and all of them would be ready to go.” An outdoor recreation student does not choose when to throw on his or her outdoor recreation clothes. The major becomes more of a lifestyle choice than just a field of study because, as was mentioned, no part of any class is ever concrete or set in stone. Brooke described one class in which “every class period we go outside and we take a walk.” “And this is our class. This is pretty cool,” she continued. “But I OUTHREADMAG.COM | 73

really like how we’re learning about how to teach people without just sitting in the class and lecturing them – taking them outside and applying what you’re teaching them to where they are.” Utility is maximized for the outdoor recreation student with a piece of clothing or gear that works for that student’s way of life. A kayaker requires clothing that can dry quickly. Hikers need boots with heavy traction and ankle support. A climber needs 74 | THREAD

shirts and pants that allow for a free range of motion. For students that make nature their personal office and take Earth by the horns, utility goes much further than a hip look. Outdoor recreation students and professionals require clothes that fit seamlessly into their active ways of life, so when you see them walking around campus in wool flannels and worn boots that's not a fashion statement, that's a way of life.



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he crowd goes wild. These fans have had to watch men in tights tackle each other and throw oddly shaped balls around for two quarters, anticipation building among them as they waited for this moment. The queen herself, Beyonce, in Elizabethan-era inspired Rubin Singer, is illuminated by a flash of smoke and flames and behind her, dancers, dressed in intricately structured costumes that criss-cross over their taut torsos in black corset-like structures. They twerk, spin, twirl and gyrate in what will become one of the most highly acclaimed Super Bowl performances of all time. Those dancers were dressed in Chromat, a brand started in 2008, and based out of New York, that calls itself a “structural experiment for the human body.” Chromat has dressed not only Beyonce, but also Madonna, Tyra Banks and Nicki Minaj. At the heart of Chromat is Alyse Schriefer, a senior designer, and one of four team members at the label’s core. Alyse is responsible for 50% of the items seen on the runway at fashion shows, as well as for coming up with creative ideas to fit with the new season’s aesthetic. She sketches, hand sews and even helps in the making of the design house’s shoes. Alyse, a 23-year-old with a cheerful disposition, was born in St. Paris, Ohio to a family she describes as “creative” and “artistic.” Growing up she says she was stylistically adventurous. “I knew I loved fashion when I felt like I could live in my hot pink, cheetah print leggings from Limited Too,” she says, conjuring a picture of the exact, fashionable young girl she must have been. She was even voted Best Dressed in the class of 2008 at

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Graham High School. Alyse laughs at the memory of high school awards but when I ask her about college she becomes a little less embarrassed and a little more impassioned. Alyse is a graduate of University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, a highly awarded design school whose graduates include both the inventor of the Nerf ball and the animator of Jimmy Newtron. Alyse admits she wasn’t accepted into the

I didn’t take "no for an answer. I went and showed them the designs I had spent time working on and I knew they needed to see.” ALYSE SCHRIEFER competitive program at first but asserts, “I didn’t take no for an answer. I went and showed them the designs I had spent time working on and I knew they needed to see.” With an eventual acceptance came boundless opportunities, which included interning in New York and Berlin. It was during her fall 2012 trip to New York that she began interning at Chromat, her future employer. With 2013’s graduation from UC, Alyse was offered a job in her favorite city, New York, by Chromat’s CEO, Becca McCharren. “I focused on moving somewhere bigger because I traveled a lot growing up, going to Europe a few times when I was a teenager, and then doing six internships during my time at DAAP. I OUTHREADMAG.COM | 79

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enjoyed Cincinnati but I definitely had my eye up there,” Alyse reasons. Her style has shifted in a monochromatic direction and her inspiration is drawn from the city around her. “My aesthetic comes from a variety of things, but mainly living in New York City, seeing what people are wearing, what they’re doing. It’s always interesting here,” she says. “New York is everything I’ve expected. I feel lucky that I have an awesome living situation. Sometimes I do miss Ohio, the quiet and the countryside but the 80 | THREAD

thing about being an artist is that you can find art anywhere, no matter how small the town.” To anyone that longs to have Alyse’s view of the big city, but hails from a small town, Alyse advises, “Just do it. It’s a big jump, it’s challenging and it’s hard, but the faster you can get here and get your name out here then the easier it is to find your place here. There are all kinds of people here, just dive in.” Alyse also tells all hopeful style enthusiasts, “It’s important to be yourself. I think cloth-

ing really reflects people’s personality from the outside. Everything you pick out or like is a part of your inner self, I’d say be true to yourself.” Alyse’s ability to do just that is how she has been able to get where she is today, with a major presence at the center of an ever growing and creatively edgy brand. Chromat has most recently shown off its apparel in one of the New York fashion world’s greatest events – New York Fashion Week. The crowd goes wild … or as wild

as fashion critics, writers and celebrities can go. The anticipation is over. They have watched girls in thirty different, intricately structured creations strut down the runway and as all of the models come together and walk in lines, displaying each design, the lights go down and the symbolic curtain of what was New York Fashion week closes. A Super Bowl of sorts for fashion designers. From the smoke and flames of congratulatory elation is Ohio girl Alyse Schriefer doing a victory twirl of her very own. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 81


hometownchords By ALEXIS EVANS Photos by AUDREY KELLY



armth emanates across Casa Cantina’s crowded venue and something about the veteran wear around the lead singer’s guitar just deserves respect. The music is intoxicatingly sobering, passionate and homey. Homey because the band is playing in the college town where it all started, a place that will forever feel like home to the musicians of The Ridges. Victor Rasgaitis (lead vocals, guitar) and Talor Smith (cello, backup vocals) founded the band at Ohio University in 2010, later teaming up with Andrew Poulsen (banjo, backup vocals), Chris Handley (upright bass, backup vocals), Max Mattingly (drums) and a rotating cast that sometimes reached upwards of nine musicians. “We wanted to tie ourselves to the city so no matter where we go, we will always be an Athens band,” said Rasgaitis, happy to be playing a show in town. Even their names evokes the city of Athens. The Ridges, for non-locals, are the abandoned buildings of the allegedly haunted insane asylum that hovers on the hillside overlooking Ohio University’s campus. It is also the site where the band reordered its debut, self-titled EP that became a hit among local music buffs. “For us, naming ourselves The Ridges totally captured that duality of [our music] this very classical, grand structure in the middle of this very folk environment,” said Rasgaitis. “The other thing being the haunted side of it, because we like to think of our sound as somewhat haunting.” That duality is reflected in their unique sound, one that combines folk and classical instrumentation with an


Indie Rock core. The true magic of this band, however, is in their live performances. The eclectic array of violins, viola, cello, trumpet, banjo, mandolin, bass, percussion and accordion on stage merge to create a refreshingly warm and rich mix of sounds. “Everyone who touches our songs changes it and puts their own kind of point of view on the song,” said Rasgaitis. “It’s exciting for us because

We wanted to tie ourselves to the city so no matter where we go, we will always be an Athens band." VICTOR RASGAITIS the songs are ever-evolving. Some of the songs that we’ve written a couple of years ago, to our ears, don’t sound anything like the original.” The meanings of these songs are also always changing as well. With every musician, lies a new emotional connection to the song. “When I write the lyrics, I know what that song means to me, but when Talor is singing her part, or Drew (Andrew) is singing his part it could mean something totally different to them,” explained Rasgaitis. “That comes through in their emotions when they sing, which then augments the meaning of the song to the audience.” It is that experimental sound that has garnered success for the band, allowing them the opportunity to perform at the South by Southwest music festival, record a live session on the popu-


lar website Daytrotter and play with several up and coming artists including: Molly Sulivan, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Cayucas, Horse Feathers, Ha Ha Tonka and most recently, IndieRock favorite Ra Ra Riot. For the band’s banjo player Andrew Poulsen, opening for Ra Ra Riot was a dream come true. “I remember buying their first album as a junior in high school and think86 | THREAD

ing, man, if I can ever get a band together and open up for them that would be it,” said Poulsen. “I just never thought I would get to do it playing banjo in an orchestral folk rock band.” For The Ridges, their style is a big part of creating their onstage persona. “We have kind of an unspoken dress code, because it’s really distracting when you see bands on

stage and they don’t have a sense of solidarity,” said Poulsen. Their solidarity for fashion comes through in warm colors and a rather polished look, something the band feels is a good representation of Athens in general. “If you saw us in photos, I think people get a pretty good idea of the culture of Athens,” said Rasgaitis. “It feels very chill, with warm earth tones

that have you imagining the changing colors of leaves.” The Ridges will showcase their expansion into other creative musical outlets by scoring the music for the 1922 German silent horror classic Nosferatu – which is the first adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – at The Athena in uptown Athens on Halloween, starting at midnight. It’s unexpected but fitting with the band’s haunting sound. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 87

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Gold is lavish, glamorous and signifies royalty. Add some golden shine to your palette with face shimmer, lipstick and gold flecks around the eyes. Golden hair accessories and jewelry make a statement and resemble the notorious Grecian goddess look.
















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Picture yourself on the dirt of a field with psychedelic frocks and pixie-cut hair. Then, somebody calls and all that is seen are eyes. This is what The Beatles might have said about the hypnotizing variety of '60s-inspired sunglasses in the following photos. Hearts, thick rims and bulbous shapes highlight the most powerful part of any female's face: her eyes. And then, the eyes are revealed to be as intoxicating as imagined, with or without their kaleidoscope coverings.


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Lingerie should be sexy yet classy. Reveal just enough skin to let the imagination run wild. Pair cleavage-baring corsets with floor-length silk robes and let lace be the staple that forces the eyes to linger. Black is the universal color of sexy, but also dare to play with pastels and purifying whites.

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In the tradition of Tom Ford himself, clean lines and stark statement pieces prevail, playing up strength and sleek chic. Women have a bold yet feminine edge, and men a dapper yet modern flair. The Jay-Z endorsed designer’s aesthetic makes all of us want to slip on a simple suit and “rock Tom Ford” with swagger.

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V’s best tonguein-cheek scary story is flying back on broomsticks this October. What’s great about “American Horror Story” is it’s anthology structure – each season feels like a new show, because each season follows new storylines, characters, and locations meant to infatuate and disturb us. Season one gave us a family melodrama inside of a haunted house and season two gave us a battle of authority vs. morality inside of a mental house with sides of religion, sexuality, and aliens? Writers haven’t been afraid to dabble in almost every corner of what scare us, but this season explores what happens when evil and magic mix. Season 3 follows Jessica Lange, starring as the “Supreme” of the witches who escaped

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the Salem witch trials, reuniting with her daughter, played by Sarah Paulson, who’s running a dwindling Hogwarts for young sorceresses that’s suffered some major recent threats. Set in New Orleans, the show follows the estranged motherdaughter duo preparing for an imminent magical battle while flashing back to the 1800’s when the Salem witches first settled in the south, making enemies with local Voodoo witches and an evil slave madam (played by Kathy Bates). The show is no stranger to perfecting historical costumes, and recent stills promise decadent gowns from the 1800’s as well as modern high end looks, as Lange’s character has been living the glamorous life L.A, though most looks will probably end up slashed and blood splattered.



There were so many things wrong with the second season of “Revenge,” so it’s hard to know where to start complaining. A convoluted plot-line mixed with murder of so many fan favorites (R.I.P. real Emily) was a recipe for cancellation. The show survived and promised viewers to ax the annoying storylines and return to its original immensely satisfying villain of the week structure The upper crust “Hamptonites,” murdering and backstabbing as usual, still kept up their appearances. The women are often in simple, yet elegant dresses. Victoria continues to go darker with her color choices and deeper with her necklines, while Emily evolved from resident white wearer to more blues and tans. The show is the sweetest fashion eye candy on television, with the characters having so many cocktail parties and charity galas to but on their Sunday designer best for. Jill Ohannesson, costume designer and the master behind the fashions of Sex and the City, is prepping the launch of a clothing line inspired by the show. A dress line also featuring flair dresses a la Charlotte and edgier colors and cuts worn by Ashley.

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It’s pretty obvious why Scandal is one of the most tweeted about TV shows: steamy affairs, political plotting and a seemingly endless supply of insane situations Olivia Pope and Associates have to fix themselves out of every week. The “gladiators” never seem to have much free time, yet do their dirty work while looking the part of progressive Washington D.C. power players – with a twist. Joked about by characters onscreen, Pope is almost wearing white, against the archetypical bold blues and reds that have forever worn by so many in D.C. Her signature is a mixture of neutrals, and occasionally powder blue with unconventional shapes and prominent waistlines. The quieter shades have made a loud statement against the traditional D.C. uniform. The show has pushed for women in power to dress more creatively and for their own bodies, to shake fears of sacrificing style for strength. Next season we’ll get to see Olivia Pope finally in the midst of her own scandal, though it’ll probably be “handled” pretty damn fast. (The show is equal parts. Most episodes have the pace of a rocket ship and as many bloody crime scenes as an episode of Law and Order.)



The show we all grew up with is proving to grow up fast this season. As Glee heads into its fifth act the show prepares for a somber start and a hopeful future. As many know real life Finn portrayer Cory Monteith passed away, leaving a gaping hole into the supposed two season pre-planned musical comedy-drama. Writers quickly revised the long awaited Beatles tribute episode and penned an episode three explanation for Finn’s death. What lies beyond that to many is still a mystery. Glee pushed the boundary for young gay teen characters Kurt and Blaine, and not just about what they did under the covers. Kurt, who once proclaimed “there is simply nothing off the rack that is suitable for the young, fashionable man in Ohio,” went through a three seasons experimenting in tragic reliability with leather fedoras and

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plaid shawls. Jumping into the hearts of sexually confused fifteen-year-old boys nationwide, Blaine cemented his importance in early season two with his rendition of “Teenage Dream.” With his hair always slicked back and polo always pressed, Blaine’s preppy style is as sound as his pants are tight - which is an added bonus. Rachel, as well as Kurt, went through a New York makeover at the start of season four. Her wardrobe evolved from her schoolgirl “fantasy of a Japanese businessman” style to a sophisticated yet retro evoking socialite. Kurt is stepping up his game too, meshing his flair for adventurous menswear with more traditional suits and sweaters. It’ll be interesting to see how their wardrobes will continue to evolve in light of the heartbreak they will be sure to endure this season.


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Balancing chemistry homework with daily death threats, the girls of “Pretty Little Liars,” never come to first period without four-inch heels and an alibi. Following four friends reunited searching for the killer of their murdered (or is she? Nope she is. WAIT WHAT.) clique leader, screams of fear and frustration can be heard from dorm hallways and sorority houses alike from the final five minutes until the credits roll of every episode. The main characters aren’t complexly different in their styles – trendy-intellectual, trendyoverachiever, trendy-tomboy, trendy-high-end dumb blonde – though, as the show has grown so have their experimental outfits. The show has become the reigning source of inspiration for ladies ages 14-24 looking for what’s three trends ahead. Though not every ensemble ends up on

the cover Teen Vogue, the show deserves credit for fearlessly experimenting with the girls’ outfits. On a typical day Spencer, resident prepster, can be seen in a fitted blazer and structured blouse that would put Michelle Obama to shame while Aria, whose style is described by the shows’ costume designer as “schizophrenic,” might show up for a coffee date in pounds of statement jewelry and a skin tight, long sleeved comic book print dress. The upcoming Halloween episode might finally explain the true identity of “A,” if Alison is really alive, and if Hanna’s hair will ever rebound from a season of horrible extension blowouts. The styles might seem progressively daring for a the typical American teenage girl, but the PLL girls, who sleep with their eyes open and with their English teachers, are anything but average. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 147


Style imitates life for Zooey Deschanel's Jess on “New Girl” who pairs off beat and eccentric style with a zany personality. There’s a glam-trendy-nerdy girl renaissance happening on TV right now from 2 Broke Girls to The Big Bang Theory. What makes Jess the front-runner is her relatability. Her clothing choices are bold and unique without being costume. Classic Jess is a retro inspired shape with modern fit and bright colors. She’s a teacher in a mint green baby doll dress by day and a single twenty-something in a stripped sleeve mini dress at night. Last season we saw Nick and Jess starting a not quite a relationship, but not not one, CeeCee’s wedding being called off, and Winston still really not doing much of anything. This season will explore just how Jess and Nick’s new feelings will affect the house and continued hilariousness from the roommates.

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n the world of fashion and style, what people see on the outside is just as important as what lies underneath. And yes, that means undergarments, and sometimes even a lack thereof. Rules of etiquette definitely apply, especially when some people don’t know how to wear their undergarments correctly. It may be a lack of education, not knowing exactly what to wear and how to wear it, or they are just completely blind-sighted. For women, one of the most important undergarments is the brassier. Girls are typically taken into a fitting room at teen clothing stores and fitted for their first bras at the ages of maybe 11 or 12. After that, girls are on their own, and many grown women have no idea how to find a properly-sized bra and how to wear it, even though their sizes and bodies change with age. The biggest problem that most women have with bras is wearing a size that is too small. This is a huge undergarment no-no, as it creates too much cleavage, allows for the unflattering “side-boob,” and it is just plain uncomfortable. Who wants to be so constricted all day? So instead of hating on bras altogether and going “au natural,” maybe try a different and more comfortable size and get fitted by a professional regularly. Once the bra size has been mastered, the next obstacle is knowing which bra to wear with what clothing. 150 | THREAD

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BACKLESS/CUTOUT DRESS pair with: Stick-on Bra Most girls have probably been extremely tempted to buy an adorable backless or cutout dress, but they have decided against it because of the bra issue. Well, as always, there is a solution for that as well. For those uncomfortable going completely braless, stick-on bra cups work like magic, and if cared for and cleaned properly, can be a long-lasting investment. Some people even simply use tape oever their breasts in a thicker dress, if their bust allows them such a luxury. For thinner clothing, sewing in bra cups to ensure stability is also an option.

SPAGHETTI STRAPS, STRAPLESS DRESS pair with: Strapless Bra During the summer months, wearing bras with tank tops is such a pain. Sometimes it is better just to invest in tank tops with thicker straps so that wearing a regular bra is still a possibility. But, if that adorable spaghetti-strap dress is a musthave, then wearing a strapless bra is the best option. With a strapless dress, opt for a strapless bra, but make sure it is padded to give the bosom a lift and prevent any sagging. If having the dress slip down is a fear, an easy trick is to safety pin or simply sew a couple stitches connecting the bra and the dress for extra support.


HALTER TOP pair with: Convertible Bra One of the worst bra mistakes is wearing a regular bra with a halter top. It looks absolutely terrible in every situation. If the shirt or dress is made of silky material, and going without a bra is not an option, invest in a special convertible bra, which contains straps that adjust to whatever shape is necessary. Maneuvering the straps into a halter shape is the easiest method.

SHEER TOP pair with: Bandeau With see-through shirts, visible bras appear classless and unattractive. Sure, this trend is constantly on the runway and even the beloved Carrie Bradshaw, but for an everyday, public situation, showing bras are unsuitable. The best options for sheer tops are either bandeaus or strapless bras with the color complementing the shirt. Under a lacy top, a strapless bra of the same color blends in and doesn’t look trashy, but for something much more see-through, wearing a bandeau is better. For women with smaller chests, support isn’t always necessary, but for bustier women, try a bandeau or strapless bra with built in cups for more shape and support.

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NUDE & WHITE pair with: see-through tops Finally, once the bra fits and feels amazing, color is the last vital factor. For example, it's never okay to wear a black bra with a white shirt, and wearing bright colors that are visible under a top can sometimes be hazardous. It's extremely important for every woman to own at least one nude bra and one white bra. For light colored shirts, it's sometimes very difficult to conceal a bra, so opt for a light colored bra. Unfortunately, wearing the perfect bra does not cover the second half of wearing undergarments. Although slipping on a pair of underwear seems like common sense, there are particular techniques to securing the bottom half as well. Depending on body type and what clothes one is wearing, wearing the right style of underwear is extremely important, as it is the foundation to any outfit. Underwear that are too tight can put a strain on the body, creating bulges and lines, while a well-fitted pair of panties will help to polish a certain look.

SHORT DRESS pair with: Thigh Huggers There will come a time when the thighs must be cinched. These are optimal for a short, tight dress or skirt, and they will prevent chafing and promise smooth and secure upperlegs while both walking and sitting down.


TIGHT DRESS pair with: High-Waisted or Thick Waistband Underwear This style of undies is perfect to wear with tight dresses. Hitting just above the belly button, they will help to smooth out tummy rolls and won’t painfully cut into the mid-section. Make sure to also get a pair that covers the entire bottom, so as not to create bulges and lines on the backside. Another sure way to prevent lumps and creases is a pair of underpants with a thick waistband. Especially when wearing a thong, the thicker band will create an even more invisible look underneath a tight piece of clothing. Nylon or spandex waistbands can cause sweating and irritation, so for those with sensitive skin, opt for a pair with a cotton or lace waistband. The lace also feels light and feathery while providing the right amount of coverage and little sexiness.

ULTRA-TIGHT DRESS pair with: Body Shaper When wearing an ultra-tight or skimpy dress, wearing a body shaper or a corset is sometimes the only option. While sometimes not the most comfortable, body shapers including the popular Spanx brand, will smooth out the last of the tummy rolls and hit right below the bust-line for total coverage. A corset undergarment will serve as the bra and underwear, and are perfect for tight, strapless gowns, as they lift the butt and the bust while ensuring a sleek look. 154 | THREAD

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“She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer, Yet ‘twas not her beauty alone that won me, Oh no, ‘twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning, That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.”


o goes a portion of Irish love song The Rose of Tralee, heartbrokenly penned by 19th century merchant William Muchinock. It was this song upon which one of Ireland’s most celebrated festivals is based. The Rose of Tralee International Festival, held in the town of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, has been around since 1959. In the past 54 years it has flourished and grown into an annual summer celebration of Irish culture, music, parades and a refreshingly edifying pageant competition that ultimately crowns an exemplary version of the modern Irish woman – the Rose of Tralee. Though akin to the U.S beautybased pageant, this is not an Irish Miss America. Character based and completely devoid of a swimsuit section, competitors, known as Roses, are judged on both their personality and their ability to successfully serve as an ambassador of both the Festival and of Ireland itself. Originally only Tralee natives


could compete, which was then extended in 1967 to include any woman of Irish descent. International Roses hail from every corner of the globe: Dubai, France, Queensland and Cleveland being some of the few among the colorful spread of competing areas. Kelsey Higgins, a Springboro native and Ohio University senior, had the experience of a lifetime by winning a trip to Portlaoise, Ireland to compete in the regional finals as the Ohio Rose of 2013 in early June. Irish family friends convinced her to enter the competition for Northern Ohio Rose in Westlake, Ohio. Insisting she wasn’t the pageant type, Higgins dismissed the competition initially. After insisting that it wasn’t the average beauty pageant, her friends persisted and Higgins willingly obliged by competing. She was crowned in late April with a plane ticket in hand. Higgins and her fellow International Roses arrived in Portlaoise in June and traveled around the city the week leading up to the Festival.


The competition judges were near constant companions, accompanying the Roses everywhere they went. “Always being on your best behavior was probably the only stressful part. You have to be dead on, be ‘there,’ from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed,” Higgins said. Being a Rose included dressing the part around the clock, which meant dresses, heels and a fascinator, a decorative headpiece usually seen sported by British royalty, every single day. Higgins bought three of her Festival dresses from local vintage hotspot, Athens Underground. For onstage selection night, she wore a beaded floorlength 1940’s dress her mother snagged from a vintage store circa 1999. The remainder of her dresses came from TJ Maxx and Zara, all of which she paired with classic black heels, hair swept back into an elegant braided chignon. “I was so excited to rep OU and Athens all over Ireland!” she said. Escorted by police around the community, they toured local castles and visited hospital patients. They visited a preschool, where a fiveyear-old greeted them with waving flags. The children offered the Roses biscuits and tea, and excitedly asked for ‘princess’ autographs. Further down the age spectrum, Higgins poured pints of Guinness in good spirits for the locals in the pub that sponsored her. Additionally, each International Rose got paired up with a Rose Bud – a girl between the ages of 6 and 12 that got to tag along with her older counterpart throughout the Festival. 160 | THREAD

Higgins brought her Rose Bud a string of buckeyes, a Barbie, and, of course, various OU gear. The Rose Buds threw the International Roses a party, which helped raise funds for Epilepsy Ireland and the Hope Foundation. The Rose Buds provided food and blasted One Direction the entire time, much to the excitement of the Roses. The final day of the Festival trip, the Roses performed their respective talents and further conversed with the judges in sash and crown. Dáithí Ó Sé, who Higgins describes as the Irish version of Ryan Seacrest, then interviewed the Roses onstage to give the Festival audience a feel for the girls personalities. Though Higgins didn’t advance past the regional round, she was thrilled to have participated with such strong family support. “I did shed my fair share of tears, but I’m so happy to have even had the experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she said. According to a survey by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1.7 million Ohioans claim Irish ancestry, an estimated 450,000 of them Clevelanders. Higgins, who’s been Irish dancing since the age of seven, is one of the founders of the Ohio University Irish Dance Club and teaches once a week at Athens Irish Dancers. Her ancestors originate from the towns of Cork and Sligo, Ireland. “It’s about representing your Irish heritage, Irish culture, and being the liason between where you’re representing and Ireland, trying to build that community. It’s about loving who you are and showcasing that love,” she said.


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op art inspired makeup captures the glamour from ‘60s pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, bringing two-dimensional illustrations to life on facial palettes. The brows are bold, the eyelids are shocking, the lips pop and the skin is a blank canvas. Using neutrals and reds on the lips day after day becomes lackluster. The face can be traced like a cartoon, and the eyebrows accentuated with black liner. The eyes and lips are graphically reshaped for a surreal effect. They often take a face’s dominant features, such as the eyes, outlining them with heavy brushstrokes, or lips, highlighted with bright colors. This craze has inspired a lot of runway makeup artists, most recently Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 womenswear collection. Even though it lacked in color, the eyes were still graphically stroked and the other facial features were well defined. This style went well with the tailored look of the clothing for the show. Though runway makeup tends to be subtle, some established makeup artists use Warholian makeup as an intense accessory. Established makeup artists often eschew the runway for ambitious pop art makeup looks, favoring celebrity faces. Twiggy’s iconic eyelashes and eyelids have become her signature look. In 2013, we see how Nicki Minaj rocks similar colors and thick, outlined styles. Since both of them are very popular beauty icons of the past and present, they have inspired makeup artists, professional or not. The beauty community on Youtube is bringing back pop art makeup. They are enjoying creating unique tutorials and experimenting with bold and brash mod hues. Pop art makeup can look eccentric for daily wear, but it’s a great way to accentuate unique features. Pop art inspired makeup isn’t simply for costumes but also can be useful in making the face into a work of art.


Blue eyeliner works as a shadow, proividing a punch of color on the lid.

Lipliner outlines where the lip begins and ends and can make them look fuller and more exaggerated.

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Use white eyeliner on lids as a highlight.

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pixierevolution By CORTTANY BROOKS Illustrations by ALLISON LEMBRIGHT


or such a sweet name, the Pixie Cut has been worn by some of the boldest and bravest women throughout history. It’s no secret short haircuts are happening more frequently on a variety of women everywhere From the covers of Vogue, like Carey Mulligan in May 2013, to Beyonce’s shocking Instagram reveal back in August, the pixie is officially a classic that is forever evolving with the times and women that make this signature cut their own. To some, short hair is to women what long hair is to men: a rejection of gender expectations. To others, it’s the freedom cut, the thing a girl, not yet a woman, does to show the world she’s her own person. The pixie has a sort of voice that says you’re a free thinker, the kind of person who can go to a salon and push back against the stylist’s question “Are you sure?” like Michael Jordan in an old Nike ad. “Just do it.” 166 | THREAD

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AUDREY The 1950s gave rise to many hairstyles including the bouffant a style characterized for its hair piled high on the head and hanging down on the sides, the Farrah Fawcett flip, and, yes, even the poodle curl. But it was the pixie cut, which Audrey Hepburn revealed in Roman Holiday, that has had the most enduring impact, and continues to inspire pixie’s for future decades.

EDIE Muse to Andy Warhol and to countless women over the years, Edie Sedgwick has been admired her 1960s Factory Girl style, topped off by a pixie cut with long bangs, blond highlights, and sometimes even silver streaks which she created using—of all things—spray paint.

LIZA When it came to her 1970s pixie, Liza Minnelli credited her Oscar-winning role in Cabaret with inspiring her sleek cut and dramatic, pointed bangs. To this day, Minnelli can be seen strolling the red carpet rocking her signature short, black locks.


MADONNA Madonna’s hairstyle evolution has been quite impressive in and of itself. Over the years, she has sported various hairdos from the “fringe” to this platinum blond boyish pixie crop revealed in 1986. This crop was much more rebellious than her typical ‘80s crimped blowout.

WINONA When it comes to Winona Ryder her best hair pairing was easily her brunette pixie that she first wore in high school and then returned to later in her career in the 1990s. Hers is a pixie cut that all modern pixies today get compared to.

KEIRA Due to an overlap in her filming schedule, Keira Knightley wore a wig for her final scenes in Pride & Prejudice to cover the edgy pixie she took on in 2005. However, the wig was left at home for the red carpet, where she made the choppy ombre style every bit as romantic as anything Jane Austin could have imagined.

AGYNESS Agyness Deyn, known for her everchanging style, was quoted in 2008 in regards to her famous punk-influenced short hairstyle, “It’s something I like to express in addition to the way I dress ... You just get to the point of shaving it all off, and I’ve gone through years where I dye it, shave it, grow it out, and have fun with it all over again.”

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VICTORIA When it comes to pop star turned fashion icon Victoria Beckham, the “poxie” as some prefer to call it, launched her into a new image and career. She unveiled the look at the same time she unveiled her first ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week in 2008.

EMMA Emma Watson received a magical makeover when the Harry Potter series wrapped up filming, trimming her shoulder-length hair into this pixie style that transformed her from Hermione Granger into a red-carpet superstar/model.

MILEY After even the most negative reviews, singer Miley Cyrus stood by her platinum pixie with shaved sides revealed via Twitter. “Never felt more me in my whole life,” she wrote in response, as she proceeded to win over her naysayers by showing them just how gorgeous gutsy can be.

So college beauties, are you ready for a dramatic new look? From the red carpet to Court Street, the pixie cut is experiencing a peak in popularity this season. But if the thought of losing all your length sends you into the apprehension zone, take heed: the haircut is more versatile than you may realize and can work on a range of ages and faces (and not just the gorgeously

gamine Audrey Hepburns and Mia Farrows of the world). A super short pixie could just be the saving grace to your college hair woes. It takes a lot of confidence for a woman to chop off her luscious locks in favor of a short, cropped hairdo. So, hats off and pixies out to the women who have inspired us with this short hairstyle over the decades.


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ew York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (NYFW).– it happens twice a year at Lincoln Center in Manhattan and draws a crowd bigger than (something). It brings together designers, journalists, bloggers, photographers, videographers and the trendy passerby’s who are looking to show off what they’ve got. This was my first time at NYFW, so of course I had to “go all out” too. I wore a flower-patterned shirt with a blue blazer, gray pants and blue 170 | THREAD

shoes with neon yellow accented soles– my favorite. Once I arrived at Lincoln Center, it was madness, but in the best way possible. Everywhere I went, people were either pretending to model, were actual models, posing for photographs or taking photos themselves. For all I know, my picture was captured by countless random street style blogs. Needless to say, it’s a fun and intimidating experience being a Midwesterner at NYFW. Along with meeting photographers and journalists

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from all over the world, Joan Rivers nonchalantly bumped into me on her way into Lincoln Center–yes, there is photographic evidence . , Also, she actually is really short if anyone was wondering. But enough about me, let’s talk fashion . The show I was attending was the Supima Design Competition, hosted by Rachel Zoe and put on by Supima, a non-profit company that prides itself on using American Pima cotton. Each year they pick eight graduates from all over the country to participate in NYFW . The objective: make five garments that only use 10 yards of Supima cotton in its purest form for each piece and it’s completely up to the designer for how they want to color and treat the cotton. Two of my friends, Will Riddle and Sylvia Bukowski, both recent fashion design graduates of Kent State University’s Fashion School, were in the competition. From May to September, they kept their designs and thought processes secret. While we hung out after the show, I was able to ask them a few questions about the experience they had over the past .

Give a little bio of yourself– Where you are originally from and some things you enjoy. WILL RIDDLE (WR): My name is Will Riddle and I’m originally from Minerva, OH. I began attending Kent State University immediately after graduation as an Art Education major, and continued coursework there for three years until transferring to The Fashion School at Kent State. My life has revolved around art and expressing my creativity, and fashion design has provided the perfect outlet for all of my interests. SYLVIA BUKOWSKI (SB): My name

is Sylvia Bukowski born and raised in Chicago, northern suburbs. I am 100 percent polish, and I speak Polish as well. I enjoy traveling and swimming during my free time. I love visiting different countries because it’s all a learning experience.

What are some past experiences involving fashion design and/ or events that led up to and prepared you for NYFW? WR: Competing in various design competitions at Kent State and the rigorous coursework we go through was definitely the best way to prepare for NYFW. I was also lucky enough to intern with a company who attends fashion week, so during NYFW Fall 2012 I attended 35 shows and photographed and reviewed each one. SB: Some past experiences that helped me prepare for fashion week, I would have to say my internship in London with the company Fyodor Golan I was involved with last January. Preparing the company for their Fall 2013 collection gave me a taste of what the fashion industry is a couple weeks, days and hours before the big day. It was peaceful working on their pieces weeks before the show and then five minutes before the show, things get hectic.

Describe your collection and the influences you had while creating these pieces, whether they were designers or other artists, etc. WR: My work always has a darker aesthetic, so I wanted to manipulate the fabric in ways to create texture and dimension while keeping my signature slim silhouettes. My collection was inspired by an oil spill, so I added a faux leather finish and OUTHREADMAG.COM | 171

metallic shades to mimic the colors you see when oil spills on pavement. SB: My aesthetic is simple with a lot of detail is what usually consumes most of my time. I was influenced by an exquisite sea urchin that is recognized for its coloration, and textural elements based from the spines. The movement, coloration and structural elements were interpreted throughout my collection for Supima. I knitted a dress made out of the jersey that was cut up into half inch strips and knitted into a dress. The knitting represented the urchin because the spines make up with unique sea creature. I also included multiple pin tucking which was a different technique used for the same purpose of my inspiration. The colors used were silver grey, rich magenta and plum.

What was the most challenging part of this experience that you had to overcome? WR: The most challenging aspect

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of the competition was coming up with interesting ways to manipulate the fabric. The Supima Cotton Company supplied us with 50 yards of white cotton, and it was our challenge to create (five) elegant, evening-wear looks. SB: The most challenging part of this competition was definitely trying to match the colors or correlate all of the looks by color. Since the fibers respond differently it was definitely the most challenging part, especially doing it by hand without using a dye house. If I could change one thing it would definitely send out my fabric to be dyed or printed!

If you could change one thing, what would you have done differently? WR: I’m not sure that I would have done anything differently. I received a large amount of positive feedback

about my collection and I thought it looked great on the runway.

Who is your favorite designer or favorite collection ever shown at a Fashion Week? WR: My favorite designer is John Galliano, and any of his work for Dior Couture ranks among my favorite collections. It’s the drama, the excitement, and the craftsmanship that are some of the first reasons I wanted to be a designer. SB: I have many favorite designers most of them are European designers and I remember when I

watched Chanel Spring 2009 there were tears in my eyes because the garments were just so beautiful. All of the hand work put into one piece is just amazing to me and that is what makes me fall in love with a designer. While the Supima Competition and New York Fashion Week are over for now, Sylvia and Will are definitely people to keep an eye out for in the future. Personally, I could not have asked for a better first experience at Fashion Week and I wish them the best of luck. I cannot wait to attend their future shows. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 173

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s a child growing up in Asia, particularly Singapore, Brian Linton was surrounded by blue–-water that is. Now he’s all grown up and created his own company based on his love of the world’s most abundant and most polluted resource. United by Blue, one of the nation’s up-and-coming fashion-charity combo retailers is growing exponentially. Founded in 2010, United by Blue was created as an opportunity to sell useful, durable apparel and accessories, as well as put into action waterway and river cleanups across the U.S. Instead of sending money to another charity or organization though, Linton decided to organize his own cleanups and directly show his customers the work that their money is going toward. “I was always amazed at how beautiful [the rivers] could be and how polluted they could be at the same time,” Linton said. It’s a no-water-left-behind kind of company and that’s why their focus is not solely on one kind of water source. Oceans, rivers and waterways alike are all fair game to United by Blue’s environmental rescue work. “We’re not necessarily focused on oceans, but the reason they’re mentioned by us and by other people is that the oceans are the great collectors of all this trash,” he said. “Everything that flows through a creek or a stream or a river or even a lake eventually makes its way into an ocean.” Linton describes United by Blue as an outdoor lifestyle brand, not just any ordinary retailer. The company represents their love of nature by using natural fabrics and neutral earthy tones. They also stay true to the demographic by being incredibly 176 | THREAD

affordable, even for a college budget. “We focus heavily on marketing to the outdoor industry because we make really durable, quality apparel and accessories that are focused on outdoor adventure and exploration and the conservation aspect of our brand is definitely well-received by those that participate in the outdoor industry,” Linton said. Many charities are known for selling clothing and accessories that have their brand names plastered all

We really reflect the love of the outdoors without being overt with our cause and our mission." BRIAN LINTON over the customers’ chest. Instead of being outlandishly bold about their brand, United by Blue goes the subtle route. They make wearable clothing that not only represents them, but also symbolizes what they believe their customer’s interests are. “On the fashion side of things, we really reflect the love of the outdoors without being overt with our cause and our mission. It’s not like an inyour-face ‘Hey we’re doing this for the environment,’” Linton said. “It’s apparel and accessories that, whether or not you care about the issues we’re addressing, you could see yourself walking into a store and buying it . . . The mission of what we do for oceans and waterways is the ‘cherry on top’ of the reasons you buy. It shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor of why

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you buy United by Blue. We should be able to run this company with or without the mission. The point is that the product should stand alone.” United by Blue sells men’s and women’s apparel as well as accessories, including backpacks, notebooks, and jewelry. According to Linton, the bestselling item is the Lakeland laptop bag. It comes in four different colors, including moss, navy blue, nutmeg and khaki. Plus, it’s made of 100-percent waxed organic canvas, making it a dependable satchel with a rustic touch. “It’s a great classic silhouette and it’s under $100 retail,” Linton said. “I’ve personally carried one around since we made it and in two plus years–it looks better with age.” Internships are also available. Students and non-students alike can spend a spring, summer or fall semester learning the tricks of the trade with United by Blue. The internship can qualify for school credit and students are welcome from all over the country, especially for the summer session. “We’re looking for someone that is very passionate about using business for good and somebody that is almost entrepreneurial in their mindset in the sense that they can come into a situation and be very proactive with how they solve issues and how they address problems,” Linton said. As a fairly young company, United by Blue is still growing. They’re based out of Philadelphia where they currently have a flagship store that sells not only their products, but also high-end organic coffee. United by Blue can also be purchased on their website and from over 300 retailers, including Nordstrom, Urban Outfit-

ters, specialty boutiques and outdoor lifestyle shops around the world. They have many plans to expand their company, but their newest addition will appear in a little over a month when they debut a holiday line including wool cardigans and cashmere sweaters, as well as mittens, scarves and hats. Oh, and did I mention the to-die-for “Made in Philadelphia” organic button-down chambray shirt for both men and women? Talk about gifts galore for the upcoming holiday season. There will be something for every relative, friend and “frenemy” no matter who is on your shopping list. And, Linton said customers will continue to see brand new products throughout the upcoming seasons. “United by Blue is going to be an organization that is widely respected in both the business world and the environmental sustainability world,” he said. “We’re very keen on making sure that our environmental efforts grow in tangent with our business growth and our mission is driven by that.” United by Blue’s cleanup season starts in the early spring and ends in late October. To date, they’ve coordinated 98 cleanups and helped remove over 160,000 pounds of trash from waterways in 22 states. All of their cleanups are detailed on the United by Blue website with pictures and write-ups. You can join in by visiting www.unitedbyblue. com and clicking on Cleanups -> Get Involved or purchase an item. United by Blue helps our planet’s waterways and as a bonus, you receive a great product that’s full of character, and it’s cute.




s a female, it would be easy to say that I don’t really care about men’s fashion– and usually I don’t care. Men have the inclination to dress how they want, whether it’s deemed fashionable or not. There is one male trend, however, that I cannot stand: men’s tank tops. I absolutely loathe men’s tanks, or as I like to call them, “bro tanks.” When I think of tank tops, I don’t associate the clothing item with men’s fashion because, call me old-fashioned, I think tanks belong to the ladies. They are such delicate pieces of clothing, and that is not a word that should describe menswear. Women often prefer when guys dress nice and have some sense of style. To be honest, I miss the days when men put some effort into their ensembles, like how the fellas of Mad Men dress. Also, I don’t find men’s tanks particularly flattering on any body type–no matter how big your “guns” are. They look way too tiny on guys with big arms and make the smaller guys appear petite. I get that when the weather turns hot, guys want to strip down, but going shirtless would be better than getting tanked. Men’s tanks look like something a guy would opt to wear during the fest season–the one place it’s okay for any person to attempt to rock a sleeveless top. So if a guy must wear a tank at all, a fest might be the one place to do it. As for everyday men’s style, tanks should not be a staple. How about a nice, crisp v-neck? As the warm weather season comes to a close, many things leave with it. Thank goodness men’s tanks will be one of these things, and I really hope to not see them return in the spring. 180 | THREAD

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hen a heat wave ripples through the plains of Southeast Ohio, there’s one trend I’ve come to expect with a sense of excitement and anticipation – tank tops. I’m not referring to women donning the skimpiest and sheerest of shirts, but men getting their chance to present exactly what they’ve got. If a man wants your attention, you better take notice because he put that tank on for you. Male tanks make a similar statement to daisy dukes on women. Whether you think you have the body to rock it or not, don’t be ashamed to do just that. No one can begrudge a confident individual for his supreme sense of style. Is fashion not the pinnacle of self-expression and decision-making? The obvious answer to that question is “YES!” I’m not insinuating that everyone makes “ethical” choices for each ensemble, but props to those who do what they want in spite of naysayers. I’m not biased, even though I own and wear quite an array of tanks the instant the weather heats up. Men are men, and if you have an issue with seeing a man’s hairy anything you’re in for a rude awakening. Not every guy “man-scapes” his life away to adolescence, so start pruning your appreciation for all a “real” man has to offer. Don’t deny that a man’s shoulders and arms aren't the greatest attribute on the body. Men and women alike covet them. Since many find those areas universally sexy, expect quaking knees and an increased pulse when seeing a man in a tank. This bold fashion trend comes in every color and pattern imaginable. Tanks can even bare humorous quips like "my favorite color is no pants." I advise every hater, no matter your gender, to look at the variety of options available and tell me the male tank isn’t a must-have item. With a plethora of options including various cuts of the neckline or armhole, the world of tanks awaits you. Purchase with care and knowledge. P.S. I’m wearing a tank as I type – I swear. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 181

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