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Citi-Style Professional Wear Pattern Pizzazz Rant / Rave


hauteonline the man repeller The Man Repeller is an unusual blog created by student Leandra Medine, who studies in New York City. The blog glorifies wearing harem and drop-crotch pants, excessive layering and socks with sandals. Man repelling is exactly what it sounds like — dressing oneself in a way that would turn off even the most promiscuous men. Medine makes an art of man repelling by throwing fashion norms and the thought of consummating to the wind. - ALI MAZZOTTA

MEDINE’S MOODBOARD The site shows clothes direct from the runway that would make any man flee in horror, as well as Medine’s own outrageous creations, some of which involve a calf hair collar adorned with golden bullets.

BANNER PHOTOS The ‘Banner Photos’ tab is easily the best way to understand man repelling at a glance. The most offensive repels include overalls, a full body fur-suit and a workingman’s dress — complete with a sequined pocket protector.

WHAT IS A MAN REPELLER? Under the ‘What is a Man Repeller?’ tab, Medine describes repelling in her own words.


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Famous Filipino fashion blogger Bryan Grey Yambo documents day-by-day updates about his style, life and travels on He said the blog represents his personal evolution and documents memorable experiences that have piqued his interest. Filled with pictures and videos, Bryanboy’s pizzazz takes you all around the world, from designer events and fashion shows to his personal favorite trends and must-have items from various shops and websites. The majority of Yambo’s posts feature his own fashionably fierce outfits and where he purchased each piece of clothing. Aside from being a Thread favorite, numerous famous designers including Fendi, Rachel Clark, Alexandra Agoston and Marc Jacobs — who specially dedicated a bag design to him — recognize and praise He has also been interviewed in Vogue, Elle and other elite fashion magazines. - OLIVIA OHLIN

TWITTER FEEDS The right column of features a circulation of recent Twitter feeds from Yambo. With more than 68,000 followers, his sassy tweets provide an even more detailed look into his fun, fast-paced lifestyle and are worth following.

CELEBRITY NEWS The “Celebrity” tab at the top of filters Yambo’s blog posts into ones that feature celebrity news. He periodically selects topics to highlight, such as Britney Spears’s new music video that features a Burberry Prorsum jacket and Reese Witherspoon as Vogue’s May 2011 cover girl.


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The Midwest Style is a menswear style blog created by Jeff Putnam, Seth Kies and Cameron Niederhauser — three young Mid-Western natives who understand the value of a dollar. They have made it their mission to show that men on a budget in the Heartland can still be stylish. By traveling to thrift stores in search of accessories and even full outfits stripped from the runway, they prove that men can look good for less. More importantly, they pass their techniques on to others through their blog by mapping out their favorite stores and providing guidelines on ways to thrift quickly and effectively. - KRISTA COLE

STYLE SERIES This section showcases famous men from various eras, such as Joseph GordonLevitt, which changes weekly. A brief biography of the featured man is given along with numerous photos of their badass style.

HISTORY BOOKS Previous months’ styles can be found under “History Books.” Digital photos of these styles are shown with information and prices about each piece of the outfit in a summary below the photo. A standout piece for each outfit — such as a blazer — will run at a higher price, but accessories typically only cost between $5 to $10 each. Viewers are encouraged to give feedback on these styles using the comment button below the summary. Check out this site and feel free to leave your own thoughts!



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From boxy blazers on our small frames to our dad’s oversized watches dominating our wrists, menswear is considered standard women’s wear any more. But, I think its time for a switch: women’s wear as standard menswear. Revolutionary. Last month, denim company Levi’s debuted the “Ex-Girlfriend Jean” for men and received flack for their slim-fitting feminine duds. However, at this year’s Coachella music festival, Kanye West challenged the status quo by wearing a 2011 spring runway look by French designer Celine, and he rocked it! —Ali Mazzotta


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True love was not the only thing to be admired at the Royal Wedding. Attendees’ fashion displays proved to be just as exquisite. The main attraction was no surprise: the hats! Flairs of feathers, flowers and frills topped off avant-garde arrangements as these sculptures practically spilled onto the aisle. Two of the most coveted covers were Philip Treacy creations worn by the royal cousins: a brilliant blue bonnet adorned with a plum-colored blossom and sprig of feathers for Eugenie and a blush swirled bow sculpted atop a dainty beret for Beatrice. —Anna Luczkow 8 | THREAD

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When President Barack Obama announced Osama bin Laden’s death — while we waved our American flags and whooped for justice — he spoke with grace and poise. We hung on to his every word, and those of us in fashion took note of his “swag,” from his entrance and exit to his outfit. Dressed in a black suit topped off with a classy wine red tie and American flag pin on his left lapel (over his heart, of course), he looked sophisticated and commanding. The deep burgundy tie had one divot, which led me to think about his stylist. (Can I sign up?) All I know is, his clothes and the confidence with which he wore them created an image of fashion in America we can all support. —Jessie Cadle


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The new NBC fashion reality show, Fashion Star, is not only going to be a Project Runway knockoff, but it’s going to be a bad one. The designers don’t design couture or make dresses out of Solo cups and trash bags, but they do create everyday, simple clothes for everyday, simple people. (bummer!) The point of reality television is to escape from our lives into an hour of something that is glamorous and thrilling, not to watch someone design the T-shirt we will pick up on the sale rack at Kohl’s next month. —Sarah Maloy

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While recent downpours and rainforest-like weather in Athens make it difficult to see signs of spring, rain showers do indeed bring flowers. While waiting for gloomy days to pass, I pull up my spirits with my favorite fragrance, Daisy by Marc Jacobs, or try the new Daisy Eau So Fresh scent. Fresh and oh-so feminine, Daisy captures gardens full of May flowers in a bottle. While you may not twirl around a real daisy field quite yet, a splash of this fruit-infused perfume produces a comparable joyous effect. But, Marc has given us a hidden bonus for free: a virtual Marc Jacobs Daisy Field to explore at http://www.! —Catherine Caldwell

editor’snote jamie ratermann EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Hi Threadies, I couldn’t be more excited about the release of our May issue because it marks one full year of Thread. And, what better way to celebrate than to start the spring season off with a bang. Our May issue is dedicated to peeling off the layers of winter and embracing the sunshine. As the temperature rises, showing more skin is a recurring accessory. Our Inked Intelligence feature shows a new light to tattoo culture and how their lives influence these permanent forms of style. Also, take a peek at our Spring Awakening photo spread as we welcome outdoor activity. Next, we show our appreciation for sun with a feature on stylish shades that adorn many faces of Ohio University students. Check out our ‘Fare’ Wares to learn about the history behind your favorite pair of RayBans or wayfarers. Also, from shade from the sun to shades of color, our Seams profile Color Play showcases a new runway and personal style trend about mixing bright colors for a sophisticated look. Test your creativity for your next house party with our DIY feature about Charming Chandeliers. With a little Thread help, your friends will not only talk about last night’s dance party but also the décor. Our Minimalist photo spread is a great shoot to flip through, 10 | THREAD

but be sure to read our Conscious Style feature, which highlights sustainable living. With our 1st birthday past, I am happy to let all of our readers know that you can have piece of our last year. We will be selling our first coffee table book with all of your favorite features, behind-the-scenes photos, executive commentary and an exclusive photo shoot! Make sure to stay up-to-date on our Facebook and Twitter so you can get your hands on our first year of Athens culture, stylishly tailored. Special thanks to Athens Underground, The Dairy Barn, The Other Place, the Ohio University School of Film, my hardworking Threadie staffers and all of our fans for supporting us over this last year! Stay fierce, Jamie Ratermann


MAY 2011

Editor-in-Chief Jamie Ratermann

Managing Editor Jordan Valinsky

seams editor

design & web editor

who what wear editor

photo chief

diy editor

picture editor

copy chief

creative director

public relations chief

advertising executive

Aimee Rancer

Courtney Baldasare Lauren Huefner Lauren Mikolay Andi Teggart

Ali Morris

Holly Fisher

Annie Scheltens Sam Fink

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Marley Brison, Catherine Caldwell, Jessie Cadle, Libby Cunningham, Krista Cole, Anna Luczkow, Maria Fabiano, Sarah Hider, Jourdyn Hellinger, Kaylyn Hlavaty, Ryan Judy, Emily Koenig, Katie Lienesch, Hilary Lytle, Bridget Mallon, Sarah Maloy, Ali Mazzotta, Lauren Mikolay, Sara Miller, Bradley Parks, Kathryn Potraz, Jazmine Reed, Chealsia Smedley, Nadia Sheng, Laura Straub, Bentley Weisel, Jackie Wurzelbacher


Ginnie Adams, Sarah Balser, Heather Beaver, Brooke Bunce, Mackenzie Cottingham, Holly Fisher, Mary Hautman, Elizabeth Held, Spencer Hoffman, Kate Irby, Michelle Kappeler, Audrey Kelly, Christine Lentz, Michael Maurer, Emily Mueller, Emily Newman Deanna Sakal, Phil Sam, Annie Scheltens, Sara Spiegel, Becky Williams


Kirstyn Blair, Kiersten Bonifant, Jess Buse, Ashley Cappellazzi, Annie Cercone, Lindsay Cherry, Elyse Freeman, Sarah Harris, Megan Hillman, Chelsea Leasure, Jenny Johnson, Rachel Keaveny, Mikaela Longo, Danielle Magray, Danielle Morris, Linley Myers, Rachel Orr, Kaitlyn Richert, Marcie Richardson, Margaret Riedel, Riley Yuhas, Danielle Zeisler


assistants Justin Brown, Ali Mazzotta Reagan Bates, Sara Miller, Jazmine Reed


Holly Coletta, Kate Irby, Sarah Maloy, Holly Schnicke, Rachel Swalin, Carly Wiita

PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM assistants Rebecca Goodburn

Sydney Cologie, Anna-Marie Frantz, Scott Lambert, Megan Marcum, Nicole Ranieri, Hannah Rose, Kyla Schmalenberger, Kellie Snyder, Kylie Whittaker


Carla Bober, Kiersten Bonifant, Philistar Bonyo, Angel Garnett, Shelby Gilgoff, Gina Heald, Cameron Hiller, Martina Johnston, Yuxi Li, Hillary Lytle, Andy Meyer, DC Moore, Olivia Ohlin, Katie O’Leary, Cameron Scheetz, Natalie Scicolone, Libby Snow, Branka Sormaz, Leigh Anne Strosnider, Jeff Tieke, Paul Trygstad, Ben Weiner, Andrew Winter, George VanDorus, Jaime Yamanaka


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of Thread Magazine is here! Go to their website and to page 56 to see the article on OUWET!

TAYLOR LAUREN taylor randall The Dressin’ For Festin’ shoot with outfit inspiration for 8fest was genius! I love the Chic-o-meter :) via @threadmag

E.W. SCRIPPS SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM The March issue of Thread Magazine launched today! The staff did a fabulous job as always!


Keep up the great work @threadmag. I was truly blown away at what a group of @ohiou students could do.

SOUTHEAST OHIO MAGAZINE Have you checked out the newest issue of Thread Magazine? What’s your favorite story or photoshoot in the latest March edition? EMU143 EMILY MUELLER @threadmag Overheard two girls raving about the magazine today. Said it was «well done» and the photographs were «amazing».

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SARAH MALOY The March issue looks fantasic! Everyone did a GREAT job! :)



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#Alden with miss @MaddieGaither chattin about @threadmag’s new issue which looks AMAZING!



@threadmag The world is becoming flat! Look at what this group of students are doing! Online fashion mag!

Check out our ad and video in the March issue of Thread Magazine! The online mag looks awesome.

CATHY ROEBUCK I am obsessed with the shoes the model on pg. 90 is wearing. Any idea where she got them? Great issue!




New @threadmag is awesome! You guys are crazy putting out quality 100+ page issues every month.

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A black, thin belt focuses on the upper part of the dress and peep-toed heels balance out the colorful print.



If you want to go for a more relaxed look, pair it up with vivid shades and patterns, like we did with this Forever 21 lace top.

An alternative to heels can be a pair of black sandals that are comfortable and transition easily from day to night.

This blue floral dress from Lauren Conrad’s collection at Kohl’s is not only playful, but also inexpensive.


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s the cold weather breaks, Mother Nature allows us to flaunt our favorite floral, animal and neon prints. A time to be versatile with dresses, blouses and skirts, spring is a great time to transition those dark, heavy clothes for light, airy fabrics that breathe and move. Erdem’s 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection exhibits a theme of colorful floral in dresses and pants, featuring accents of lace throughout. The line displays unexpected touches of geometric



prints and skirt frocks, complimenting the overall vibe of the line. Looking through the collection, it resembles a kaleidoscope of intricate patterns with an array of bright orange and red hues. Scalloped-edge detailing that can add shape and dimension to any outfit also appears in the Erdem line. Lace adds a vintage feel, nicely juxtaposing the geometric prints. Reinventing Erdem’s runway look to everyday wear can be easily done by adding touches of bold colors and unexpected flowery accents.


his spring, men can strip away their wool coats and pretentious personas and slip into a new, gentlemanworthy role. Away with all the overplayed checkered plaid cashmere scarves and indie ensembles; this season is all about minimalist sophistication, embodied by classic and timeless looks with a more relaxed feel

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and groove. Menswear designer John Varvatos’ Spring 2011 Menswear Collection reaches for a new-aged Great Gatsby look with fitted button-downs and skinny neckties. The collection stays contemporary with dark, masculine colors and textures. However, the outfits transform from drab to dashing with mild tailoring and structure.


Ditch the bedhead look. Slick your hair back for a Scott Disick look. Who knows? Maybe you’ll snag a Kardashian.

Rolling up the sleeves of your blazer this spring will loosen up more refined looks.

varvatos Forget the whole “loop, swoop and pull” routine in the morning. A leather shoe has a down to earth feel with relaxed, messy shoestrings.


Remember a little goes a long way. Keep it simple by adding a small touch of flair. A popped collar adds a touch of swag to an otherwise stuffy look.


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“I needed something to pop under the cardigan, so I chose pastel purple. I wanted a color that would make it stand out.” ALEXIS EVANS FRESHMAN, JOURNALISM MAJOR


“I love the combination of bold and subtle. I also love bright colors, and that’s why I chose an orange belt.” KATIE KEITEL FRESHMAN, EDUCATION MAJOR


“This dress felt very 1950s to me, and that’s why I wore it today. The colors in it feel very vintage too.” ALLIE VENT, FRESHMAN SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR

“I liked the textures and comfort of this shirt.” PAIGE WALTERS JUNIOR, GLOBAL STUDIES MAJOR

“I just got this flannel from Athens Underground and wanted to wear it out. It was a nice day and this hoodie kind of reminds me of orange cream soda.” JOHN STATHOPOULOS FRESHMAN, GEOLOGY MAJOR


“The nice weather inspired me to wear this Hawaiian shirt underneath what I’d normally wear.” JEB BRANNER FRESHMAN, CIVIL ENGINEERING MAJOR

“The sunshine inspired my outfit today.” MOLLY FARRIS SENIOR, ENGLISH MAJOR

“I didn’t feel too great this morning, so I tried to look to make myself feel better. These tights are my favorite color, and they’re so comfy.” SAM OWENS FRESHMAN, PHOTOJOURNALISM 20 | THREAD

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labby arms, muffin top, thunder thighs, badonkadonk butt and an untoned abdomen. Why must we criticize our bodies in such harsh ways? People constantly complain and whine about imperfections of the one thing that gives us the ability to live — our bodies. Picture this: You’re getting ready for a night out with your friends and you put together an outfit that you couldn’t be more excited about wearing. You found the perfect accessories, a pair of shoes that will compliment the outfit and you know the color of your top goes great with your complexion. But after you dress yourself, you take a look in your full-length mirror and your once confident attitude does a U-turn. Sound familiar? We often put so much pressure on ourselves by doing little things like looking in a fulllength mirror or stepping on a scale to weigh ourselves. You are no less of a deserving human being if you weigh 110 pounds or 170 pounds. Why base your mood off of a silly number that has no representation of the kind of person you are on the inside? In the same sense, if you are wearing something that makes you happy, and you bought it because you love the print or color then you deserve to wear it. Looking in the mirror and not feeling like you measure up to the picture you have set up for yourself should not be something significant enough to stop you from wearing what you want. It still ceases to amaze me when I hear my friends, family and other individuals speak

about how much happier they would be if they could only change their height, or weight or hair color. It’s a shame we feel that altering our appearance is going to make everything better. It makes sense for individuals to feel incompetent or displeased with their bodily make-up when we live in a world that constantly promotes the latest diet, weightloss remedy and every possible way to cover imperfections. But it is important to enjoy life rather than penalizing yourself for not having the “perfect body.” Our imperfections are what set us apart from every other individual. They are what make us special and beautiful. Just “disliking” your body can cause so much anger, frustration and pain. Instead of dwelling on legs that are too short and a stomach that is too fat, try to focus on how lucky you are to have a healthily functioning body. We are born with one body, and have to live in that body for the rest of our lives. So why waste time trying to change something we have no control over? The next time you hear someone nitpicking his or her body because it’s not identical to the model like figure they would rather have, remind yourself that your body and everything you were born with is imperfectly lovely. Remember that it is never too late to learn to love one’s self. Live life to the fullest and remember that beauty really does come from the inside. Love your body, love yourself! OUTHREADMAG.COM | 23



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Unisex styles aren’t always easy to pull off, but the fedora is definitely the exception. Men can sport it for a sleeker option when baseball hats are worn out and tried — a way to pull together an outfit with effortless style.


Floppy hat Ditch the structured hat style in favor of this Derby-inspired trend — the floppy hat. An easy way to add relaxed elegance to any spring outfit, these big statement hats are the perfect way to keep the UV rays off the face. Many have small details, like the flower seen on this style, which is a great way to complement a sundress or pair of patterned shorts.

Flat brim While the relaxed baseball hat has always been around, the flat rim baseball hat has become increasingly popular. The worn-in look of other baseball styles stops here with the clean, structured look of the flat brim. This relaxed, urban style is a great way to cap off an outfit. 26 | THREAD



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It isn’t easy to go from the playing field to the classroom, but the baseball cap can make it happen. A hat that has been around since the 1800’s, the baseball style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The perfect way to demonstrate team loyalty and personal fashion, the relaxed and comfortable style is always in.



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For the ladies, a fedora can be a polished part of either a casual, summer look when paired with a blazer and jeans. Many fedoras even have colored or patterned ribbon trim to make them into brighter accessories.


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A patterned silk scarf has always been a fashion, staple and this spring is no different. The turban is an eclectic way to use this accessory without it hanging around the neck. This look is also a perfect way to skip the over-done ponytaildue to unwashed hair, as the turban can cover up dirty roots and only takes minutes to craft


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he pout. The pucker. Lip pillows. We all have them, so why not show them off? Lips are one of our best natural accessories, so it is important to know how to maintain, accentuate and keep one’s lips as luscious as possible. Some individuals like simple and classic moisturizing methods, while others prefer pops of color and shine. Regardless of your propensity, it is important to know how to best preserve the loveliness of your lips. One doesn’t need expensive products to preserve lip health. There are plenty of athome remedies that can be just as effective without the high cost. Staying hydrated is the simplest way to take care of your lips. Eating foods that are high in vitamin B-complex, vitamin A, iron and fatty acids prevents cracking and peeling. Though licking your lips is a tempting habit, it makes them drier as a result. Buff-




ing them with a soft toothbrush or using a homemade lip scrub can eliminate the natural wear and tear we cause our lips. A common lip balm brand for either gender is Burt’s Bees, which can be found at most drugstores for $3. The classic flavor has a vibrant mint undertone that radiates throughout the lips when it is applied. Some prefer more basic lip balm brands such as Chapstick, which retails for only a dollar. These options are simple, economical and functional. The runways are revealing either brightly painted lips in the form of reds and pinks or natural tones with subtle shine. Here in Athens, subtlety is most common and a tinted lip gloss is perfect to transition a look from day to night.

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For a higher impact look, lip sticks and lip stains of various shades are go-to products. One of the best-selling lip gloss brands is the Lancôme Juicy Tube, which can be purchased at any Lancôme counter or online for approximately $18. A less expensive option to add shine to your lips is L’Oreal Colour Juices for only $8. For a higher impact look, lip sticks and lip stains of various shades are go-to products. A popular and well-trusted brand of lip sticks is MAC, which can be purchased at higher-end cosmetic retailers, like Sephora, for around

lip scrub helps buff off dead skin cause by wear and tear

$14. The Covergirl Outlast brand, however, has a variety of lip sticks and stains that can be found for a mere $3. Lip care is important for everyone and can be done through simple and inexpensive ways. Whether it is applying lip balm regularly throughout your day or drinking an additional glass of water for hydration, it is worth the extra effort to keep your lips cared for (and kissable).

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BARE IT ALL Nude nails are popping up everywhere. The understated color, in a variety of shades for every skin tone, looks great on anyone and matches every outfit. Be sure not to a wear a color too similar to your skin tone so your manicure doesn’t look washed out.

FEELIN’ BLUE Blue is the perfect color for spring. It comes in a range of shades, from flirty aquas to deep navys, that match the personality of every style monger.

PRETTY IN PASTEL Pastels aren’t just for Easter anymore. Lilacs, soft greens and light pinks are all hot right now.

Nothing is more feminine than this palette of colors. Paired with a floral dress, these nails look downright charming.

HEAVY METAL Metallics are always a great go-to choice. They range from pewter to bold gold. Don’t shy away from shiny nails. They look great paired with black French tips for a little extra edge.

LACE UP Lace isn’t only popular for clothes; nails are starting to get decked out in the delicate fabric. The options for creating lacy nails range from stickers to cutting real lace and applying it to the nail. Either way, it’s impossible to go wrong with this trend. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 37

HALF MOON Two-toned nails are a fun way to combine popular nail colors. Try painting the moons — or the little white part at the top of the nail — a different color from the rest. The color will pop if it is a light color against a bold dark one.

MIX N’ MATCH Mixing colors isn’t for middle school anymore. Picking colors that complement each other and painting each nail an alternating color makes for a standout manicure.



NAIL CARE Whether buffing, shining or experimenting with color, all eyes are on nail color and care. An extra buff and shine and you’re ready for Spring.





olor reigned supreme in this year’s spring collections as hyper vivid hues of red, blue and yellow popped like flashing camera bulbs at designer shows like Prabal Gurung. As models pranced down runways in avant-garde technicolor clothes, fashion experts cited color combination as the season’s most-coveted look. Spring’s eye-catching ensembles stray far from safe staples by boldly mixing complementary hues, compromising the season’s standout trend: color blocking. According to a Women’s Wear Daily article, “From color blocking to Pop Art motifs, one thing is sure: Contrasting color is taking center stage for spring.” While the aim is to avoid looking like highlighters and traffic cones, dressing in head-to-toe jewel tones is undeniably an adventurous endeavor that attracts attention. Spring’s color craze has doubtlessly caught the eyes of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. “I can’t seem to pull myself away from hot hues,” Zoe writes on her Zoe Report at “With the runways as my main point of reference, there is no telling how many minutes I have spent clicking through to gawk over daring shades in every form imaginable.” The famous, fur-toting stylist’s Bright


Ideas guide of 20 Electric Spring Picks (at offers pointers for the color seekers. But Rachel isn’t the only one “literally dying” for color this spring. From Marc Jacobs to Miu Miu, to Galliano and Gucci, the retro look provides a refreshing alternative to traditional florals. According to a fashion blogger at Sostyleme. com, “The likes of dynamic Australian duo Sass and Bide, Maria Grachvogel, Robert Abi Nader and of course, Gucci — have sourced the revival of the sixties, seventies and youthful futuristic looks to the fashion dreamers surface.”

HISTORY While the striking statement appears revolutionary, it draws inspiration from art icons of decades past. Rooted in the Bauhaus movement of the 1930s, the art consisted of three primary colors with black lines, popularized by artist Piet Mondrain’s Cosmopolitan II in Red, Blue and Yellow and since then, color blocking has transitioned from canvas to couture. Bold colors and geometric patterns paired well with political atmosphere in the 1960s. Free love and revolutionary thinking spawned more daring ways of dress through groovy ’60s and ’70s hues, which resurfaced during the 1990s teen pop era.

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The Fashion Bomb Daily’s (http:// article, “The Color Wheel: How to Combine Colors in Your Wardrobe,” provides a helpful breakdown of the color wheel, so you can channel your inner artist and become a color blocking maestro. Simple as it sounds, how to properly pair colors is a technical skill, — just ask Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Assistant Professor Michelle Price. Price, who obtained a dual degree in studio art and art history at Ohio University before graduating from Syracuse with an MFA in

Whether you’re embodying the look through geometric block prints or simply combining solids, blending and block stamping can be striking when well executed. Clashing may be en vogue, but there is still an art and certain je ne sais quoi to pairing the right hues. Call it mix-matched with meaning, but for clashed palettes to flow well together, the right degree of brightness must be chosen. Referencing the elementary color wheel is not only an excellent wardrobe tool, but is key to mastering the art of blocking an outfit.

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seams surface patter design, is a color expert. Price became a shade savant after spending time designing wall coverings for distinguished clients such as Ralph Lauren and Nautica. The assistant professor also developed her skills working in the “social expression industry” (gift wrap and bags) for American Greetings before returning to OU seven years ago. Price, whose first job was a colorist, said there are many misperceptions about the color industry. “People are really ignorant to the research and development that does into choosing colors,” she said. “It’s so much more than looking at color palettes all day.” Price said the Color Marketing Group (CMG), a professional membership body for products in all industries, meets annually for a nearly weeklong conference to select next year’s color palettes. “Every year, designers decide what colors they are going to stock, but the shades of red and green, etc., change. Greens go more yellow one year, etc … you choose from preapproved palette and revisit it every year,” Price said. “We share what’s going on in our own industries and make color predictions. Based on the information gathered, CMG puts out commercial, residential and mass-market palettes.” Again referencing the color wheel, Price said the intrinsic value behind this cultural tool when it comes to color blocking. “Wear colors that are complementary (opposite) on the color wheel: Those are the ones that are going to pop,” said Price. “Think of your holidays, such as Christmas. Pairing red and green, and even the right shades of pink and red, like Valentine’s Day, will also pop. It just takes knowing a little bit about color.” According to Price, maximized visual impact is achieved through pairing yellow that’s really green and reds with orange undertones to generate an illusion of

movement that flows on fabric. “Color blocking is intense and non-uniform. It’s a statement. Above all, be bold. You must be as daring as the colors you are wearing,” Price said. But even if you’re not ready to dress head-to-toe in the colors of the rainbow, you can still incorporate the trend into your spring wardrobe without breaking the bank. “For a more conservative look, wear analogous colors (those next to each other on the wheel). It’s more subtle,” Price said. “We’re talking hue, value and intensity when sizing up color significance. Colors that are really pure and bright, even is analogous, are going to have an impact – just not as drastic.”

WHEEL IN THE COLOR Whether you’re a dress daredevil, or safe and stylish, Price sums up the core of color blocking principles well: “You can make color blocking work in a variety of ways; it just depends on how daring and fashion forward you are. If you are more daring, go with complementary colors. More conservative? Analogous, in more muted tones,” she said. “Make it work with things you have in your wardrobe now. Maybe add one new piece, and wear the look in threes; things always work better in odds. Pick two solid colors you own and add something new.” As for channeling the runway in Athens, sophomore athletic training major Kylie Iadicicco is just one student who would be a fan of mixing fire engine red with cobalt blue on campus. “Not many people do it, but I think it’s cool when people do, because it shows they are confident and comfortable in what they are wearing,” Iadicicco said. Yet this bold-on-bold look is not reserved for women. Wild colored pastel polos and shorts or shades in an equally adventurous hue are quite flattering on men. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 43


seams Freshman Phi Kappa Psi brother Goran Vrhovac said that seasonal changes and events have an effect on students’ wardrobes, yet notes there may be a different motive of dress for each sex. “Girls wear colors to stand out. It’s noticeable and attracts attention, but I think guys wear it to be more goofy than anything else,” Vrhovac said. “You usually see bright colors at events. Although I’d have a hard time seeing people wear this professionally, I can see people wearing bright colors at fests and on a regular day during Spring Quarter.” So what are you waiting for? Mix up your hues for a combo clash this spring. Remember, color to the world, spice up your life.

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bow-adornedheels By SARAH HIDER Photos by AUDREY KELLY


unique pair of heels is a great way to tie your look together … literally. These Alexis Mabille-inspired bow tie heels put the finishing touches on even the plainest outfit. Whether you’re looking to add adorable appeal to that classic day dress, sweeten up edgy jeans or stand out in your little black dress, these heels will do the job. With a few inexpensive craft supplies, you can take those old heels from the back of your closet and give them a facelift straight off the runway.









Cut five 12-inch-long strips using the 5/8” ribbon. Using the 7/8” ribbon, cut three 15-inch and two 18-inch strips of ribbon. The ribbon measurements will vary slightly depending on the height and thickness of the heel.


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Make these shoes your own creation and an expression of your personality! Experiment with varying size, shape and color ribbons to create the bows. Play with the placement of bows by starting from top to bottom or leaving some of the heel exposed to create a less uniform look. Customize these heels to match your style and they’re sure to become a wardrobe staple. Be proud and take a bow in your new bow tie heels! 52 | THREAD


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hen looking at a photo shoot spread in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep’s character cocks one eyebrow and sarcastically says, “Florals? For spring? How groundbreaking.” Florals are fresh and pretty, but sometimes need a little bit of edge to elevate the look. Jewelry designer Pamela Love certainly doesn’t shy away from edgy metal with an interesting twist in her designs. Her spring 2011 jewelry collection features pieces for the brave at heart to add a hard edge to a closet full of spring florals. Primitively sourced patterns give Love’s collection a raw edge, and she uses rough metals and architecture for her design. Spikes and arrows are featured throughout her collection, and metal is designed to look like teeth strung together in necklaces, cuffs and earrings. In one series of triangular rings and bracelets, the sharp edges seem to be designed with weaponry in mind. Love’s collection features jewelry inspired by objects not typically used for decoration, so this bracelet is inspired by Love’s aesthetic — pieces with a bite. Here is a bracelet made from a little hardware that you can craft yourself.


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Cut the string into three pieces, each measuring about 20 inches. Gather all three strings together and tie a knot about 2½ inches from the top. Tape the string to a table to secure the threads while you braid it.




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The exact kind doesn’t matter, but it needs to be something thin enough to go through the middle of the hex nut. 16 HEX NUTS (Found in the home improvement aisle)




Be sure to hold the strings tightly. The hex nuts are loose until you secure them with a final braid, so be careful not to let one slip. The hex nuts might pivot out of position if brushed the opposite way. Don’t fret, just smooth them back again. For some variety in color, spray paint the hex nuts. It’s quick-drying and easy to do!

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Braid the strand for two inches. Stop braiding after crossing a string over from the right side. Holding the base of your braid tightly, thread a hex nut on the left string and slide it up to the base of your braid. Cross the left string in between the other two strings as you normally would when braiding.




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Holding the base of your braid tightly again, thread a hex nut on the right string and slide it up the braid. Cross the right string in between the other two strings as you normally would when braiding. Continue threading hex nuts onto string and securing them into your braid. After using about 16 hex nuts or so, continue to braid without the hardware for about 2 more inches, give or take, depending on the size of your wrist. Knot the end of your braid. Cut the remaining strings about 2 inches from the knot. Wear it proud. The bracelet can be fastened by tying a loop in one end and an extra hex nut in the other to make a button-like closure. It can also be tied friendship bracelet-style around the wrist.


charmingchandeliers A sophisticated touch for spring By MARIA FABIANO Photos by EMILY NEWMAN


ith spring in the air, it’s the time of year to spend days lounging outside with friends and enjoying the sunshine. Or, for ambitious crafters, it’s time to wreak havoc and take messy projects outside. The looks of these airy chandeliers capture the essence of springtime and add a touch of class to college housing. Whether you’re throwing a sophisticated soiree (i.e. a kegger) or just want to add a little something extra to your apartment, these chandeliers are the perfect touch of elegance.






Blow up your balloons (not all the way) so that they are rounder. Experiment with different shapes and sizes. Be creative!

tarp or drop cloth. Secure the pole between two chairs for hanging the balloons on with string while they dry. This is definitely a messy craft; prepare to get your hands sticky.



Once the balloon is at its desired size, use a Sharpie to draw a circle around the knot so that it is large enough for a lighting fixture. (NOTE: This step can be skipped if the chandeliers are being used purely for decorative purposes.)


Prepare the workstation by laying down a

Mix glue, cornstarch and warm water. Use 8 oz. of glue (one small bottle) with about ¼ cup of cornstarch and water. Be sure to mix it thoroughly to remove all of the lumps. The consistency will resemble the oh-so-natural frosting that covers Toaster Strudels. However tempting it may be to give it a taste, be forewarned — it is not the same as frosting! OUTHREADMAG.COM | 61



Cover the balloon with a layer of petroleum jelly, and be prepared to receive awkward glances from strangers walking past. Even though it feels gross, this step is important to prevent the yarn from sticking to the balloon after it dries.



Wet the yarn with the glue mixture, being sure to coat it thoroughly.


Thread the yarn through the fork prongs to remove excess glue and wind the yarn around the balloon. Wind the thread vertically and horizontally while wrapping it around the balloon to get a crisscross effect. Don’t forget to work around the sharpie circle if you’re making a lamp.



Once the balloon has been wrapped to satisfaction, cut off the yarn and secure the end.


Tie string around the balloon’s knot and hang on the pole to dry for 24 hours.









Once the yarn has completely hardened, pop the balloon with scissors. Remove the balloon and carefully break off any glue crystals that might have formed.


Spray the balloon with the spray paint and ta-da! Hang the chandeliers or use as decoration in a vase. Tiny versions of these chandeliers would be perfect for ornaments, or you could string them together on a strand of Christmas lights to create lantern party strands. Host a garden party with friends and all eyes will be on your chandeliers. And if not, just keep casually bringing them up in conversation until they notice.



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patch covers the back of his faded jean jacket. The image on the patch depicts a shroud of teepees in a forest clearing inhabited by Native American women and children working in and around the area. “I make teepees, so I have teepees on my jacket,” Wendell Humphrey said, chuckling at his joke. Wendell is a member of the Native American tribe Shoshone-Bannock, commonly called the Shobans. After retiring in Perry County on 80 acres of land, he decided he wanted a hobby. As a young child, Wendell’s grandmother raised him in a teepee, which inspired

him to begin creating 15-foot teepees out of large canvas pieces on an old industrial sewing machine. They are made so that four or more can sleep comfortably. This would become his sought-after hobby. He also crafts purses from Pendleton blankets (wool blankets with traditional woven artwork), beaded jewelry from earrings to barrettes, popcorn rattles and deerskin key chains, among other things. The sewing work is left to him while his wife, Cathy, paints and decorates the products. “A lot of it’s inspired by Fort Hall,” Cathy said, referencing a Native American reservation in Idaho where Wendell’s sister lives and where he was raised until he was adopted out. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 65


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“Everything revolved around nature. You can’t take away the nature from the spirituality. The nature is a part of us.” - WENDEll HUMPHREY

Wendell sells his work at craft shows and powwows, social gatherings for native people filled with dancing and ceremonies. Each piece he sells harkens influence from Native American heritage and culture. “The first teepees were made of buffalo hide. Buffalo hide was a really important part of our way of life,” he said. “Everything revolved around nature. You can’t take away the nature from the spirituality. The nature is a part of us.” Spirituality plays a significant role in his look as much as his handiwork. His blackand gray-streaked hair falls in a ponytail, as maintaining relatively long hair is a spiritual tradition he practices. In 2000, before he retired, he worked as a corrections officer at Hocking Correctional Facility and was forced to fight (and would eventually win) a court battle to keep his hair long. “It’s our connection to the creator. He gifted us our hair. When we pray sitting down, our hair touches the ground. It touches the earth. And that’s its connection,” he said. Wendell was quick to point out that his view is only one of many, and some Native Americans like to wear their hair short. “It’s your own personal conviction,” he said matter-of-factly. “Everybody has their own path they’re walking, and I don’t think we should try to push our views on any-

body else.” The path Wendell walks now is one of a full-time artist. His Jack Russell Terrier — who he calls “Miss Madeline” — scuttles around Wendell’s feet as he demonstrates how to put together the homemade teepee in his front yard. He first unwinds three 18-foot poles that serve as the stronghold. Seven or so more poles made from two-by-fours are added as an extra set of hands tightens it all with rope. Finally, he hoists the 100-yard canvas over the top and secures it with stakes. It takes two to three days to make the teepees with patterns Wendell created after learning to build them himself by simply observing the parts. With the teepees, he hopes to depict how Native American people once lived, and those who buy the $850 shelters could live in them now, he said. “(Teepees) are part of my makeup. My DNA. It’s just something I want to do to let people know how we used to live back in the old days,” he explained. His sister taught him how to do the bead work for his jewelry, though now, Cathy does most of it. The core colors he uses are black, red, yellow and white, which are the colors of the four cardinal directions, according to his tribe. “Native Americans like a lot of color,” said Cathy, who picked up a beaded lighter case that displayed a fiery color palate of white, black, red, orange and yellow. “You have to have a love for this stuff to make it, because it all takes a lot of time.” Wendell certainly has a deep affection for the art, especially with work on the sewing machine. “It’s kind of relaxing, just me and that machine purring,” he said as a turkey gobbled from the barn near his house. He uses the turkeys for their feathers. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 67

Another animal he employs is the porcupine. The earrings are made of porcupine quills that he collects on the Native American reservation when he visits. He traps them safely with his son so he can collect the flexible quills. Though he is very creative in his resourcefulness, aside from what he makes, 68 | THREAD

fashion doesn’t affect Wendell too significantly. When asked about the rise of trends such as tribal prints and wrap-around headbands that recall influence from native people, he said he didn’t mind. “As long as somebody else is comfortable,” he said. “To me, everybody has their own way of dressing.”

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“It’s our connection to the creator. He gifted us our hair. When we pray sitting down, our hair touches the ground. It touches the earth. And that’s its connection.” - WENDEll HUMPHREY



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s warm weather makes its way into Southeastern Ohio, so comes the Renaissance to College Green. No, that doesn’t include chivalrous knights in shining armor, ornate architecture or tight corsets. This is the Renaissance-meets-Athens lifestyle: a classic exhibit of Renaissance-faire-inspired activities mixed with the town’s diversity. On any sunny afternoon, one can typically find jugglers, hula hoopers and some ropewalkers practicing their art in the middle of campus. Their relaxed clothing and desire to dress freely and casually embodies the fancy-free aura these groups typically exude. College Green allows the freedom for such groups to move about, meet up with each other and even have a bit of an audience. Sophomore Ari Denson is a unicyclist who isn’t part of the jugglers club or another Renaissance-inspired organization. “If you’re interested in learning skills and cycling with other people, then College Green in the best place to go,” Denson claimed. “It’s easy to meet up with other people.” In some cases,

hula hoopers will see jugglers practicing and decide to join. This is the case for sophomore Isabel Francis-Bongue, who is studying fine arts. She is a “hooper” who picked up a hula hoop after a trip to England where she learned the art of fire staffing at a Druid camp. “Athens doesn’t particularly have a group of people I can staff with,” she said. “After I came here, I began to participate in activities on College Green with the juggling club here at OU.” Watching these artists hone their skills feels much like witnessing the development of a subculture in Athens. Many are barefoot, partake in like activities and wear similar clothing. Francis-Bongue’s clothes, in particular, model what one might typically see out on College Green. “Very little of what I own is originally mine; it’s on a long-term loan,” she explained. This means she typically gets her clothing from hand-me-downs and vintage shops in Athens. “I categorize my style in general as having a hippie flair. Many people are happy in colorful rags.” Clothing may not be a priority to some hoopers, but it does play a role when they go OUTHREADMAG.COM | 71


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“Mostly what I wear is just cheap. It really doesn’t matter all that much.” ROBERT BARGA

out to juggle. “I do like clothing, but in order to participate in hooping, the clothing must be loose and preferably cotton,” FrancisBongue said. “Polyester and leather are avoided due to restrictions in movement.” These materials are also objectionable because they have a tendency to catch on fire while she practices with flaming staffs. Senior Dan Partee and sophomore Robert Barga, both members of OU’s juggling club, are usually the only two College Green regulars who wear shoes while juggling. Both have a nonchalant attitude about their style and neither deviates from his task. “I can’t remember the last time I bought a pair of

pants,” Partee said as he juggled five pins. This statement compliments the relaxed and carefree atmosphere one might feel while watching the jugglers. “Mostly what I wear is just cheap. It really doesn’t matter all that much,” Barga added. From bare skin to cargo shorts to little black dresses, anything goes in the Renaissance-inspired groups. The jugglers, ropewalkers, unicyclists and hula hoopers use their clothing as a freedom of expression and a compliment to the talents they display. There is no uniform, but rather an unspoken acceptance of individual style and a fondness for secondhand shopping.




hinking ahead when buying clothing or food, understanding that actions have consequences and living in ways not detrimental to others are key aspects of Conscious Ohio, a student organization here at Ohio University. “Conscious Ohio is about being conscious of what you’re doing,” said Halie Cousineau, president of Conscious Ohio. “Being conscious of how you’re living, who you’re affecting and how your actions affect people.” Holding true to the ideal that people should be aware of their effect on the world, Conscious Ohio holds numerous events throughout the quarter to promote a greater understanding of the influence of personal actions on others. One such event is a clothing swap. Members can bring in their unwanted clothes and trade them for pieces other members don’t want. This encourages recycling usable pieces and keeping exchange local. “We do clothing swaps to be conscious of 74 | THREAD

clothes we don’t want anymore that are in perfectly good condition and don’t need to be thrown away,” Cousineau said. “You can trade in your old clothes and get brand new clothes that are actually old, but just as good as new.” Many members of Conscious Ohio try to avoid consumerism, so clothing swaps give them a chance to update their wardrobes. For Conscious Ohio member Isabel Francis-Bongue, being able to acquire new clothing items without spending money is ideal. “(Buying clothes) is expensive, and I don’t need them. I feel bad when I consume things I don’t need,” she said. “Our society in general uses way too much.” Aside from swaps, purchasing used, vintage and locally made clothing makes it possible for Conscious Ohio members to keep track of where their money is going and whom it is benefiting. “I shop at Goodwill a lot and Athens Underground,” said Sarah Acomb, secretary of Conscious Ohio. “We do lots of clothing swaps at Vegan Cooking Workshop, and I

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OUTHREADMAG.COM | 75 Clothing swaps and purchasing items from local businesses help to prevent over-buying and keeps the cost down.

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Clothing swaps and purchasing items from local businesses help to prevent over-buying and keeps the cost down.

try to buy whenever I can from American Apparel and other companies that are made and manufactured in America. I also have several friends who are seamstresses that have made me things.” Conscious Ohio is dedicated to supporting local businesses, whether it’s through purchasing food for the Vegan Cooking Workshops at the Athens Farmers Market or avoiding corporation-controlled stores. “Where your money goes has a huge effect on your environment and the people around you,” Acomb explained. “When you buy locally, with clothing especially, it hasn’t touched a sweatshop so you’re not supporting that, and you’re also keeping your money circulating locally.” Although clothing is one focus of Conscious Ohio’s efforts, the group encourages members to be aware of all the levels on which they consume. The rate at which Americans consume – whether through shopping, eating or using natural resources – is alarming. According to Cousineau, learning what effect those actions can have is key in becoming a more conscious and aware person. “I think education about what you do 76 | THREAD

personally, how your actions can react and affect other people is probably the best thing because then you can create your own opinion,” Cousineau said. “Conscious Ohio likes to show people things, but we don’t want to force an opinion on people. Just being conscious of what you’re eating, what you consume, how you act to people — its not just physical things — how you treat people is also one of our big things.” The beliefs shared by the members of Conscious Ohio have helped make it a successful and enduring campus organization. “I think that it definitely creates a really strong community in general and it attracts people who are more conscious of their living habits,” Cousineau said. “We do a lot of things that make you talk about what you’re doing so it kind of makes you consciously aware of what you are doing. It makes people aware of how they feel, what they’re doing and how they make other people feel.” Working collectively to encourage lifechanging awareness has brought the members of Conscious Ohio together into what Cousineau described as a large family. “I think the main thing I get out of (Conscious

Ohio) is the people that I meet,” Cousineau explained. “Conscious Ohio is an extremely close group of people … you meet people there and you learn about different types of people and become friends with a wider variety of students on campus.” Not only does the group encourage bonding and community, it also facilitates real change in its members’ lives. “I’m definitely changing because of the education I’m receiving,” Cousineau said. Conscious Ohio holds several weekly events, including Vegan Cooking Workshops, which are held every Tuesday to promote buying and eating locally grown food. Kirtan, which involves singing, dancing and drum playing, is held every Wednesday to encourage people to become more aware of their physical self and in touch with their spiritualities. On Thursdays, Conscious Ohio members hold reflections, during which they discuss relevant topics or watch documentaries together. Regardless of the activity, the message of Conscious Ohio is simple: Be aware of what you are using or doing and how it can affect someone or something else, and we can all contribute to our world’s betterment. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 77




MONOCHROMATIC COLORS like simple black, white, and camels are definitely characteristics of modern minimalism fashion. This spring, add a splash of color to accentuate a clean cut line to emphasize a more modernized look. Trying a colored belt might also draw attention to a small waist or enhance your classic white top with a colored skirt.



his spring, a fresh approach on minimalist fashion has taken over the runways. Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Celine and ChloĂŠ are just a few top fashion designers who have incorporated this sleek look into their spring lines. The integration of simple colors, clean cut lines and extreme silhouette shapes denote a sophisticated look this spring, mixing classical styles heighted in high fashion.


ALTHOUGH THE minimalist style is all about simplicity and lack of accessories, don’t be afraid to shake things up a little with a floral headband.


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WHEN DRESSING in the minimalist style, don’t forget your feet! Pair your outfit with chic and simple black heel or wedge to stay right on trend.



BOLD COLORS and patterns are not necessarily essentials for this spring’s looks. Projecting a unique approach on your classic ivory, black or white theme for an alternative look will exude a fresh look this season.


THIS SEASON, white tones will most definitely take over the runway and prove to be a must have for your spring wardrobe. Minimalistic fashion is bringing this statement to life and adding edge to last year’s trends.







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Create a feminine and classic look with high-waisted skirts and shorts. Pair them with sheer, loose tops to create a relaxed and sophisticated ensemble.



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Men, don’t shy away from pink and other pastel colored v-necks or button- ups. Combine these soft colors with khaki shorts or pants, and you are ready for spring.


Accessories such as thin belts, lace stockings and flower headbands complete any outfit. The fedora is a great springtime accessory for both men and women. 96 | THREAD

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Look delicate, yet daring, in headto-toe white. Pair your iridescent allwhite ensemble with pink pastels and flower hair accessories and dazzle onlookers your 端ber girly outfitw

Fedoras and breezy blazers with boat shoes and a striped shirt frame a nautical look for men, while dainty dresses and soft, floral print blouses look ladylike and sophisticated coupled with sandals or a decorative vest


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Encompass the freshness of spring with flowing peasant tops for girls and lightweight flannel shirts for boys paired with light wash jeans or khaki bottoms. For girls, add lace tights and bowed peep toe heels for an extra feminine feel. Lighten up in airy peasant dresses. Add more structure to loose flowing fabric by cinching your waist with a thin, braided belt. Accessorize with dangling earrings and open-toed sandals for a fun and flirty aura. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 101




Ray-Ban Wayfarers stand the test of time as their legacy continues on U.S. college campuses It would take a dangerously dark pair of lenses to shade one from noticing the most recent rage taking over the vision of college students. Sunglasses, always an essential for maintaining campus celebrity status and for perfecting one’s party presence, have been taken to a whole new level of necessity by this crowd. For students that don’t already own five pairs themselves, this blindingly abundant accent

has undoubtedly caught their eye. Adornments of neon hues, rainbow washes, paint splatters, animal prints and mirrored lenses have transformed even the most functional frames into the hottest outfit extra. Not only can said ‘sunnies’ be stylized to match personal flair, flash and sass, their lightweight price tags fashion them the perfect accessory to any student’s budget. Such popularity extends beyond complimenting crazed campus culture, however. Modeled after the Ray-Ban Wayfarer, this look has framed generations before ours. A look back through this iconic pair of lenses sheds light on how a sunglass style has been able to shine through the trends of time. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 103


The style was revised in 2007 to be smaller with a softer eye shape.


These shades provide the high fashion Ray-Ban look at a low price.


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To appeal to the fashion sense of a younger generation, Ray-Ban began weighing in on the Wayfarer’s accompaniment to iconic images throughout the years. In an article highlighting the brand’s recent relaunch, Favagrossa told WWD that to convey their mode of modernity, Ray-Ban wanted to put the spotlight on the Wayfarer’s role in the

This over-sized style was created in 1952 & was made popular by Audrey Hepburn.

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Ray-Ban Wayfarers first came on to the fashion scene in 1952, according to a 2006 Women’s Wear Daily article. Although originally intended for airplane pilots, the Wayfarer’s plastic frame, a new innovation from traditional metal, began hitting the bridges of noses all over Hollywood, including that of Miss Marilyn Monroe. However, it was Audrey Hepburn’s reflection in the jewelry store window during the 1961 cinema classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s that secured the oversized shades as a timeless accessory piece, along with a morning croissant and takeaway coffee. These sunglasses continued their spectacle into the ‘60s, hitting the music scene with the likes of Bob Dylan and John Lennon. The look was even a presidential favorite of John F. Kennedy, who has been famously photographed vacationing in his Wayfarers. Although the fad faded during the ‘70s, the Wayfarer faired well in the ‘80s after Tom Cruise rocked them – and his tightie-whities – in Risky Business and John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd rocked out in The Blues Brothers. Ray-Ban Brand Director Marcello Favagrossa said that some historians even cited this sunglass model as one of the most widely sold in history, according to the WWD article.



rock n’ roll revolution. “We wanted to stress the American DNA of the brand, but also let it be a little rough around the edges,” Favagrossa told the magazine. In spring/summer 2007, Ray-Ban redefined the stylish silhouette with a smaller shape and lighter weight. The sleeker design, which was also offered in eye-popping colors, was envisioned to be easily wearable by today’s style standards.

CRAFTING A LENS FOR A YOUNGER GENERATION No longer simply to protect the retinas of generations past, the Wayfarer continues to shield today’s celebrity chic from the glare of the paparazzi. However, these frames are not just endorsed by famed fashionistas. The style has been spotted gracing the gaze of all citizens of contemporary culture, rendering it no longer restricted to the RayBan name. The Wayfarer’s pervasiveness as a lucrative look has recently been offering up inspiration

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for other designers to reinterpret the popular portrait – and release it at a cheaper price. As with any accessory trend that thrives on advertising for being both chic and cheap, college students have picked up on this detail. Ohio University junior Cameron Hiller said Ray-Ban Wayfarer knock-offs offer up an opportunity for high fashion at a low price. “They fit me well, they’re really comfy and they work well with any outfit,” Hiller said. Brittany Thomas, an OU junior studying visual communications, opts for the imitation opticals over the real Ray-Bans for the same reason. “I don’t trust myself with expensive sunglasses but if anything happens to these I won’t be too upset,” Thomas said. However, as with any major fashion movement, there is always the counterfeit controversy. And there are always those that hold the position “Go big name, or go home.” “What bothers me are knockoffs,” said freshman Drew Davis, who dons a pair of Wayfarer styled eyeglasses on a daily basis. “I want to be legit.” Davis, who studies journalism, said that last June he chose the patented look for his prescription simply because he likes the way they look. “I think that Wayfarers are a standard style of glasses. Every single young generation has been into Wayfarers. They’re a standard,” he said. From the perspective of an involved devotee to the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at OU, Hiller also noted the on-campus Wayfarer wave as reminiscent of Ray-Ban’s role in pop culture. “That influence has really driven the sales up throughout the years and made them really popular,” he said. Capitalizing on the college calling, many

businesses, organizations and fundraisers have begun distributing even cheaper plastic counterparts to this crowd, knowing full well it is the style, not the brand name stamped on the side, that will attract student supporters. Thomas said that when she was in Panama City Beach on vacation, Geico was giving away free sunglasses to spring breakers. “I just think everyone wanted them because everyone else was wearing them,” Thomas said. “And they were free,” she added. “They just go well with any type of situation. And the chicks dig ‘em,” Hiller said. Davis’s reasoning for donning Ray-Bans reflects a deeper level of appreciation for the attire. Citing Wayfarer wearers such as Bob Dylan (and every intellectual in any movie, he noted), Davis said he knew from a young age that he would one day be following in the same steps of the like – at least when it comes to what glasses he wears.

LOOKING AHEAD TO A HIGHLY FASHIONABLE FUTURE For over 60 years, the Wayfarer has been a chic centerpiece. Bridging traditional faults in the fashion world – from retro to recent, illustrious to everyday, lavish to low-cost – the Wayfarer has sustained a steadfast style. As established as they are avant-garde, Ray-Ban Wayfarers are branded by their occupancy in history, culture and style. Emanating the essence of decade-wide dignitaries and celebrated characters, these sunglasses carry with them an everlasting element that even the most brilliant of designers are unable to capture in their creations. Whether college students are putting on their vibrant plastic frames to attract the opposite sex, or are dropping the cash on real Ray-Bans to pay homage to the legendary figures who wore them first, they are, and will always be, en vogue.


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ohn Hicks first got inked when he was sixteen. With a flick of the wrist and a few vibrations of a needle, he made a life mantra permanent. “It says ‘Trust in yourself,’ in German,” he said, as he pulled up his black V-neck sweater to reveal the tattoo that takes up most of his side. This was his first tattoo, he said. “When I was sixteen, my history teacher was coated in tattoos. He was one of my best friends and always talked to me about them,” he explained. “He was there the first time I got mine done.” By the looks of him, the Ohio University junior seems unlikely to have ink. He’s even spent some time modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch. But, underneath the sleeves of his sweater, there’s a second set that he cannot peel off at the end of the day. “I started out here (at OU) as a marine biology major. It’s what I wanted to go into,” Hicks said. “I started (the tattoos) with the Japanese artwork. It’s just kind of blossomed from there with all the aqua and marine biology.” Although the tattoos on his arms currently extend only the length of his biceps, the noweconomics major said that once he enters the job force, he plans on extending the ocean-

themed body art. “I chose just half sleeves until I get my full time job, then I’ll have full sleeves just so I can have them covered,” he explained. Since childhood, Hicks lived for spending his summers near the sea, so each piece that is intertwined on his aqua-coated arms has a personal meaning, he said. “I have a coral reef because I like to surf. I have the anchor because my grandpa was in World War Two. I have the crab because it’s my favorite animal out there,” he said, pointing to each piece. He then explained his choice for getting a Japanese koi fish, what can be considered a popular choice, to help complete the artwork. “The Japanese koi symbolizes strength and honor,” he explained. “The koi fish swims upstream.” Still, choosing a tattoo, something that will be on the owner’s body forever, should not be simple task, Hicks said. He’s been going to the same tattoo shop in Columbus since he started getting body art. He said he frequents the place about every three months and that he goes to an artist who’s been tattooing for more than 20 years. “I shopped for an artist for about a year before I even got mine done,” he said. “People just go to the first tattoo shop that they see and they’re like ‘oh that’s good.’ Don’t be OUTHREADMAG.COM | 111

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“The Japanese koi symbolizes strength and honor,” he explained.“The koi fish swims upstream.” JOHN HICKS


frugal. Pay for something you’ll have forever, and make sure it’s well worthwhile.” For Hicks, planning the art piece is a must. “I was always told to hold it up to where you want it for six months,” he said. “Every morning put it there and look at it in the mirror.”

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word ‘tattu,’ meaning ‘to mark.’ According to research from Michigan State University, the first tattoos to be reported and recorded were from British explorer Captain James Cooke during an expedition in 1769 to the South Pacific. Still, earlier instances of the markings exist. In the past 20 years, discoveries of tattooed mummies and icemen hit the headlines, causing some historians to propose that early tattoos

Tattoo is rooted in the Tahitian word ‘tattu,’ meaning ‘to mark.’

were used for therapeutic reasons. The MSU research also suggests that early tattoos were merely tiny dots and lines the connected into shapes, instead of concrete designs.

INKED SIGNIFICANCE Despite the elusive history of the art, some of the inked use their body as a canvas to depict their own personal history. Blair Goldstein, a junior studying history, has six

tattoos that represent her family and her personal rebirth. Goldstein’s tattoos are hidden, partially for reasons of employment but more so for herself. “A big thing is I didn’t get them for anyone else. I don’t care if anybody else sees them, because I know that they’re there,” she explained. “They’re for me, not anybody else. I don’t care what everyone else thinks. They OUTHREADMAG.COM | 115

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“It’s Celtic and it symbolizes the mother, the Crone and the virgin, which represents me, my mom and my grandma,” she explained. She sports another Celtic creation on her left ankle, a Claddagh, with each side connected by a band that reads ‘aingra amh ain fior is shiro.’

“That means one love, true and eternal,” she said of the print. “And since the Claddagh represents friendship, love and loyalty, it just basically stands for when I find that person I love it’s going to be true and eternal.” Goldstein’s dragonfly, on her right ankle, is a reminder, she said. The intricate pinkish

wings were a gift from her tattoo artist and stand out against her light skin. “The dragonfly for me was for me when I was younger,” she said. “Instead of a ladybug, I figured the dragonfly was my lucky bug and so I got it tattooed on me so I figured I’d have luck everywhere.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 117

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ART PARTS But for some, like senior Nadeem Traboulsi, his body art is only art. “A lot of them don’t really mean anything,” he said, while looking on to his own arms, full of art, and shrugging. “A lot of people get tattoos that have really strong meanings to them; they’ll eventually lose meaning. Things that don’t ever mean anything to you will never lose their meaning.” Usually, he comes with ideas or drawing that he thinks will look cool when permanently imprinted on his skin, he said. His first tattoo is a skeleton with a heart for a head and a thinking bubble above, with a head inside. “I feel like it’s something people take way too seriously,” he said. “I have a lot of tattooed friends, and stuff like that, and I feel like having such strong feelings for something is never good.” Traboulsi is mostly into American-style tattoos, he said, and often draws things that he wants to have inked onto his body. Some of them do have a bit of history behind them, like the record player on his arm. “This one … reminds me of my dad,” he said, pointing to the facial hair he had tattooed on the record player. “He also has a mustache, so I added it.” Traboulsi got his first tattoo when he was eighteen, but he said that when he goes home to Cleveland the process is still always painful. “It’s not like nervousness anymore (when I sit in the chair) because I’ve done it so many times it does not feel good,” he said. “People who say it doesn’t hurt, they’re definitely lying.” For some, tattoos leave more than just a physical mark. For these three OU students, they’ve found a way to make the meaning of the word’s roots resonate. Their tattoos aren’t the only things that mark them as people, but instead have allowed them to mark their bodies and their worlds, forever. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 119

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Once upon a time, there were....

Looks We Like fairy tales photos by ANNIE SCHELTENS and PHIL SAM


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It is too bad the old witch was blind and unable to see Hansel and Gretel looking this stylish. Although traditionally German-inspired clothing makes its appearance in the fall for Oktoberfest and Halloween (when scaled back and modernized), the looks worn by the iconic fairy tale’s leading children can be stylish and wearable for any time of year.

red riding rain coat Little Red Riding Hood is not only a fairy tale that has been passed down through the ages, but Red herself has created an iconic fashionable look that has served as the inspiration for top designers like Elie Saab, Jill Stuart, and Christian Dior. This bright and bold hooded look is sure to stop any creature dead in its tracks.


porridge poise Goldilocks may have been a tad bit indecisive but having that personality trait may be useful when finding the best outfit. It may take a few tries to find the ideal balance of style and comfort, but channel your inner Goldilocks and surely you will find something that is “just right.�

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ready rapunzel Braided hair is a trendy ‘do that can be stylish and appropriate for any occasion. The look can be laid back as well elegant, which makes it a truly versatile style. This tangled trend can be traced back to the fairy tale days of Rapunzel – only if every girl could attract prince charming with her luscious braided locks.

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beanstock britches Fashion and fairy tales are similar in the fact that they are largely associated with females. However, Jack and the Beanstalk is a prime example of a story with a leading man. In the fashion world, menswear is a huge trend that is seen throughout the industry, regardless of gender. Now if only the Brothers Grimm could get that memo.


princess and the prom dress

There is no denying that this look is fit for a princess. Elegance and glamour can be achieved with any outfit by adding shine and shimmer with rhinestones and classic jewelry. With an elegant look like this, there is no need for a test to prove that she is worthy of royalty.

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he cultivation of energy present at the “Kick-Off Rally” — in forms of supportive honks from cars, energizing sentiment transferred over a megaphone, and applause and cheers in unison — maintained and grew throughout the week. All expanded on this year’s key theme “Visibility: Out of the Classrooms and Into the Streets.” This year’s annual Ohio University Pride Week took place from April 9-16. Other events of the week included “Open Doors’ Casa Dance” where all in attendance danced the night away in a room full of immovable smiles, the observance of the 130 | THREAD

“National Day of Silence,” followed by a “Breaking the Silence” gathering and a “Community Forum” about “Racism in the LGBT Community.” Co-sponsors of the events consisted of affiliated campus organizations including Open Doors, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center and SHADES. Mickey Hart, Director of the LGBT Center, said that he appreciated that the students made this year’s Pride Week theme “visibility.” “The Spring Awareness week when it first started was called Visibility Week,” said Hart. Coordinators Sean Martin and Amelia Shaw, both sophomores and commissioners of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

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“The theme came about naturally as there is a growing “want” to be “out and open” in the community” -SEAN MARTIN & AMELIA SHAW

Affairs Commission of Student Senate, said the theme came about naturally as there is a growing “want” to be “out and open” in the community which entails being able to voice your concerns as well as to hear from activists. As Hart emphasized at the kick-off rally, by simply showing up to events you are already “making your support known.” Shaw and Martin began brainstorming the annual Spring Quarter week last summer. “This year’s schedule of events is aimed at drawing a larger community turnout by hosting events with other organizations such

as the Black Affairs Commission,” Martin said, in comparison to the year before. In keeping with tradition, Shaw said, “The week was organized with Open Doors’ falling on the first Saturday and with a keynote speaker to round it up.” Though time commitment was extensive, for these two advocates, their passion for raising awareness and fighting for the rights of underrepresented groups was their driving force. For instance, Martin is active in pushing for all OU communities, with various causes, to combine efforts. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 131

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“The more that people talk about gay rights, good, bad or indifferent, the better it is for gay people”


“I am also passionate about advocating against racism and sexism,” Martin said. Artist and Graduate student Kris Grey, who spoke at both the “Transgender Workshop” and SpeakOUT!: LGBT Panel Discussion, identifies as Trans and believes in the intersectionality of other human rights issues. Grey expressed that it was important not to be closed off to issues that aren’t what one already advocates for. “I really try not to close myself off to what I see as the intersectionality of other human rights issues such as racism and classism as these are places where there is a lot of cross over,” Grey said. “The present discourses happening around disability studies and queer studies are so similar and parallel.” Another key point Grey emphasized was the “power of what it is to have a community”. Finding and being a part of a community is equally as important to Hart. However, Hart goes on to say that the word community can be interpreted as being many things. “While there are pockets of community that have little interaction with the LGBT center, I am still able to consider them a part of the LGBT community at large,” Hart said. When considering the important role community plays to LGBT people, as well as all others, Hart noted that LGBT people in the

process of coming out risk losing their existing community. Owing to the vulnerability felt when exposed, the University, which comprises various organizations, becomes an ideal place to seek community. The much anticipated keynote speaker Brian Sims, a national speaker on issues of LGBT equality and former NCAA football captain, spoke to a full house about “Homophobia in Athletics” and the importance of allies in the gay rights movement. As far as the notion of being visible, in his speech, Sims stressed how important it was for allies to not feel alone and be proactive in verbalizing their support and opinions on LGBT rights. “It turns out that the more that people talk about gay rights, good, bad or indifferent, the better it is for gay people,” Sims said. For Sims, the “act” of engaging in conversation about gay rights with others is it itself a win for gay rights “regardless of the outcome.” Maintaining a balance and staying active is important so as not to wind-up retracting steps taken toward advancing an issue one is passionate about. Whether or not one wants to openly advocate or become an ally for the issue are questions that are best approached with a positive attitude as ultimately all that’s needed is good intent and the rest should follow.


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ins with that familiar triangle of arrows can be found in many public areas and around every corner. We can now plug a car into the wall to charge it up just like we would a laptop computer. Organic cotton T-shirts, wind turbines and water filters are all a part of the green movement. The evidence that many people are making their best effort to be green these days is clear. The true test comes when maintaining a 100 percent, truly green product without sacrificing style or function. That was the goal when Sanuk, a footwear company based in Southern California, launched the

Recyclable and Sustainable Trade Alliance or R.A.S.T.A. Project. “Being green is something we take personally,” Sanuk Creative Director Michael Minter said. “It’s a big part of what our company is about.” According to Minter, the project has been in the works long before its launch in 2010. The folks at Sanuk teamed up with surfing icon Dave “Rasta” Rastovich and artist Neil Shigley to make the project complete. Rastovich had long been a member of Sanuk’s surf team, even before the project started. His efforts in the area of marine conservation earned him the honor of Environmentalist of the Year in 2009 by the OUTHREADMAG.COM | 135

Surf Industry Manufacturers Association. He was the perfect fit because he embodied the main message of the R.A.S.T.A. Project. Rastovich is a person devoted to his passions. Shigley, the artist behind “Invisible People”, a print series depicting the homeless, “just made sense,” according to Minter. His work in the series goes to benefit organizations that aide the homeless. the project took off, as they decided to have Shigley do a portrait of Rastovich in the same style of his “Invisible People.” Sanuk created a line of sandals and “sidewalk surfers” out of the most environmentally, low-impact materials they could drum up. Sanuk’s creative team and Rastovich himself put their hands into the design process behind the footwear. Minter said that the creative process came easy, as Sanuk uses 136 | THREAD

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“We didn’t want it to be about this or that,” Minter said. “It was more about getting people to find something they’re passionate about and doing something to benefit that for the greater good.” *TO WATCH THE FILM COMMON THREADS AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE R.A.S.T.A. PROJECT, GO TO WWW.RASTAPROJECT.ORG. **SANUK R.A.S.T.A. PRODUCTS CAN BE FOUND AT IMPORT HOUSE ON COURT STREET AND ONLINE AT WWW.SANUK.COM.

low-impact materials such as hemp and jute in many of their products already. Through these products, Sanuk was able to maintain their traditional style all without sacrificing “one bit of green.” The uppers of the R.A.S.T.A. line consist of hemp, jute (a natural vegetable fiber) and recycled plastic. The insoles are made with cork while the outsoles are constructed with recycled tires located near the Sanuk production facilities in China. All of this work led to a launch event on Feb. 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills to put the sandals and Neil’s artwork on display and to raise money for Rastovich’s and Shigley’s causes. The project continues on as Sanuk plans to release new R.A.S.T.A. products in upcoming lines. “When each of us give that which we have the most passion for … when we give the fruits

of that to something other than just our own benefit, that’s when the magic continues and really spreads and things actually start taking shape that are really powerful,” Rastovich said in Common Threads, a film about the R.A.S.T.A. Project. Thus, the goal behind the R.A.S.T.A. project isn’t to benefit one particular cause. The goal is to get people active in working to benefit a cause of their own. “We didn’t want it to be about this or that,” Minter said. “It was more about getting people to find something they’re passionate about and doing something to benefit that for the greater good.” The R.A.S.T.A. initiative is being used to start a chain reaction. Each time a Sanuk product is picked up, the message is important: “Smile … pass it on!” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 137

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wice a year fashion fanatics reach a point of obsession with the industry. Luckily, these periods last roughly a month and span across four countries to provide a dose of fashion medication for runway deprivation. The domination of runway videos, fashion blogs, critics’ reviews and front row photos on Internet browsers provides proof that the fashion weeks have arrived. The electronic immersion of high fashion clothing may provide the illusion of a front row seat at Marc Jacobs with the Vogue editors, but the lack of paparazzi shatters that dream. The exclusivity of gaining entrance into the pearly gates of Lincoln Center is a far-fetched goal for most of us at Ohio University, and we dimly accept our status as simply stalkers.

However, 11 students majoring in retail merchandising and fashion product development participated in a study tour during New York Fashion Week this past February, graduating from stalkers to temporary fashion insiders. Though entering fashion week may seem comparable to escaping Alcatraz, the Secret Service security level ends once inside. Celebrities and mere mortals entered through the same door, wandered the same lobby and enjoyed the same complementary wine bar. From spotting Jennifer Love Hewitt outside the Empire Hotel to chasing Kanye West to capture a blurry snapshot, the students on this trip experienced no shortage of high-powered celebrities. “I saw Diane Von Furstenberg twice,” said senior Katie Duncan. “Once walking by the DVF OUTHREADMAG.COM | 139

store in Chelsea and the second time before the Yoana Baraschi show, standing right next to me. I was starstruck. She’s a fashion legend.” Spotting celebs in the front row was a thrill, but it was merely the rising action to the climax. When every seat was full and standing room flirted with exceeding capacity, the main attraction was imminent. Only a single spotlight illuminated the runway entrance until the music started, causing irregular heartbeats among audience members. Waif models, glorified in wearable art, galloped down the runway with their shoulders back and arms flailing behind. In a flash, the models were clapping in a single line and the designer exited with a bow. In just 10 minutes, the pure adrenaline of a first-ever runway show at Mercedez-Benz Fash140 | THREAD

ion Week was over. Euphoria overcame the 11 students in attendance as they questioned reality. For three days, the surrealism continued as they viewed five designer collections. The lineup began with rock ’n’ roll brand Venexiana, which did not fail to entertain with ostentatious gowns. Spanish designer Toni Francesc offered bold-colored separates suited for a chic workplace wardrobe. Remaining loyal to her roots, Romanian designer Yoana Baraschi produced refined, elegant evening wear geared toward her celebrity clientele. American Lela Rose appropriately showed feminine, frilly and feathered cocktail attire. A San Francisco-based fashion college, the Academy of Art, showcased six innovative student designers.

“I liked the Academy of Art because there were multiple student designers producing a wide variety of styles ranging from chunky knits to perfectly-tailored leather pieces,” said junior Nicole Staverman. Despite the hours logged on the runway, the majority of the trip was spent navigating the streets of New York City to attend educational business appointments, where students learned about the fashion industry, networking and internships. The sight of Marilyn Monroe’s jean shorts from her final 1961 film The Misfits and the names Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren on an elevator directory illuminated the provided opportunities. “The trip gave me a visualization of what my future could look like and the motivation

to work hard toward my professional goals,” said graduate student Aaron Sturgill. The notable business appointments and glimpses into the fabulous world of fashion week can be credited to Joan Roland, owner of the company Citi-Style. She is also a former stylist with a rap sheet of fashion icons in her portfolio, including the legendary photographer Richard Avedon and supermodels Janice Dickinson, Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland and Lauren Hutton. Roland described the goal of her company to show students the real-deal expectations of the fashion industry. The depiction of fashion careers through Lauren Conrad on The Hills or The Rachel Zoe Project is not an accurate depiction and often misleads students, said Roland. “The industry isn’t glamorous,” she said. “It’s glamorous for five minutes on the runway. The other time is blood, sweat and tears.” Roland told a story to illustrate her point. “It was the worst trip from start to finish,” she began. “It rained every day, so the models were muddy and the iron I was promised for couture evening dresses was from the 1800s. Then the model cut her finger at lunch and it would not stop bleeding. The photographer said to shoot, so we did, blood and all.” Even with the zero-tolerance policy for bloodshed in fashion, students find themselves eager to take the hectic plunge. Excelling to the highest ranks in this fast-paced, demanding industry is daunting, but good, old-fashioned hard work is still the answer. “Be polite, professional, polished and most importantly, inquisitive,” advised Roland. “Ask a lot of questions and be willing to do anything that is asked with a smile, no matter how trivial it seems to be. You never know where this kind of attitude can take you.” —SARA MILLER CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY OUTHREADMAG.COM | 141

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No lace or tight pants

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No revealing shirts or heavy patterns

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No short sleeves for men

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alking into an interview armed just with a stellar resume and cover letter won’t cut it in today’s battle for the best job. A perfect business casual outfit also is needed to impress the interviewer and land the position. A simple wardrobe slip-up can cost one a second interview, but don’t worry because Thread is here to provide some interview fashion do’s and don’t’s. Collegiate and professional wear lie at opposite sides of the spectrum, and students must be prepared to keep these two worlds separate. While typical college fashion is trendy and casual, professional uniforms need to be kept sophisticated yet comfortable. A well-fit suit is the quintessential staple for looking the part. However, a tailored suit is like armour made by the gods. The price for tailoring a suit depends on how many alterations are needed. If the suit fits, but not perfectly, then the price to alter it shouldn’t be more than $100. If an Ohio University student is in a pinch, Athens’ own Downward Ambassador Laundries, 15 W. Stimson Ave, does tailoring. “There’s nothing better than a piece of clothing that brings confidence,” said Jesse Neader, president of OU Student Senate. Neader said he has owned a wellfitted suit since his freshman year of high school, and he can always find one on sale at the Men’s Warehouse or Macy’s. For women, Ann Taylor or Dillard’s has annual suit sales. J.Crew and New York & Co. are also student-friendly stores for

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young women on a budget. When choosing what to wear for an interview, the outfit should be a step up from normal workwear, according to David Manley, a graduate assistant at OU Career Services. An interview outfit can be a losing battle for some job-seekers, but the Career Center

located on the fifth floor of Baker University Center can offer some winning advice. Manley’s tips include polished shoes, no sunglasses, no jeans, dark colors, minimal makeup and jewelry and knee-length skirts. “In our career fair, we had to turn away a few women because of skirt length,” Manley said. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 147

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No fishnets and no revealing shirts

Manley also told several people to come back at a later time after seeing some in jeans or flip-flops, a job-seeker’s kryptonite. Chelsea Kovak, who is the vice chair of the Sales Center at OU, said skirts should be within the one inch rule. “When sitting down, skirts should only stretch to one inch above the knee,” she said. “If you question it, then you should overdress or choose business professional clothes.” Corporate partners for the Sales Center, such as Tom James, give presentations to students about clothing fit and choosing which colors to wear. Because the job world is getting so competitive, interviewees should want to stand out from the rest of the applicants. However, it’s difficult to maintain a subtle dress code without going over the top. It’s okay to be a bit more stylish when interviewing for creative jobs such as graphic

Jacket is too tight and belt buckle is too big

designer or fashion buyer. However, a pop of color might be sufficient for jobs in the business or medical fields. “For guys, a nice watch around the wrist works,” said Neader. Kovak thinks adding an accessory is also a safe way to stand out. “I feel like shoes are one of the best accessories a female in the business world can wear,” she said. For an event such as a career fair, it’s best to stay away from peep-toe heels and stilettos. However, wearing a pair of red and black shoes adds some color to an all-black suit. “Interviewing takes a lot of preparation,” Manley said. “For guys more than for girls.” For both sexes, having an outfit ready for a last-minute interview is a lifesaver. The job competition can be a struggle, but starting off with smart tactics and the right artillery are the keys to landing the dream position. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 149

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patternpizazz By SARAH MALOY Photos by MICHELLE KAPPELER


here’s only one rule when it comes to mixing patterns: Be fearless. Every Thread reader remembers when his or her mother said that stripes and plaid just don’t mix. But now anything goes, and the rules all fly out the window. This means that we can now embrace our clashing patterns and

wear them with pride. Pairing polka dots with leopard print puts a new, audacious spin on a classic look. Stripes and plaid create an eye-catching geometric look that is edgy and reminiscent of the grunge trend. Just remember to rock your patterns with a smile and the bold prints will pale in comparison to your confidence.


1 Embrace contrast

Leopard is the pattern of the season. Pair it with wide, bold stripes or a huge floral print for a girly contrast to your wild animal look.

2 stick to same color palette

If you’re new to mixing patterns, stay within the same color palette. Matching blue and white stripes with a blue floral skirt allows you to be daring without being over the top.

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1 Wearing vivid colors and extreme prints will cause all heads to turn in your direction — and that’s a good thing! Brazenly rock this look and let your inner style goddess shine.



hair tinsel&feathers

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azzing up an outfit with accessories is totally acceptable, but when it comes to hair, a line must be drawn. Recently, I have seen too many luscious locks sprinkled with feathers, rhinestones and hair tinsel. As if tying hair tinsel in your hair isn’t bad enough, the strands start to fall out immediately and a lopsided, sparkly mess emerges. I don’t understand the need for these excessive decorations, and quite

frankly, you look like a Christmas tree. Beyonce wore silver-white hair tinsel at the 2010 Grammy Awards, which put her already glittery outfit over the edge. One of her fellow Grammy winners, Taylor Swift, rocked the natural look, which appeared classier and cleaner. For those of you who are inclined to take Beyonce’s side in this outrageous attempt at a fashion statement — don’t! Instead, simply embrace your own natural hairstyle and leave those gawdy decorations for the holidays.




cake without icing and gifts without bows suffice, but aren’t nearly as fun. The appeal of a cake and a gift is the first impression (revised version of this sentence: A decked out cake and dashing gift give a profound first impression). The same principle transforms plain hair into an eyecatching statement. This spring, you can banish fears of looking drab by topping off your ‘do with colorful semi-permanent hair extensions and tinsel. The new trend is sweeping the streets of both Hollywood and Athens, ranging in style from sparkles to neutral

in multi-colored feathers, tinsel and hair pieces. These silky extensions are the icing on top of your mane and add an instant pop of personality. Celebrities including sultry Beyonce and party animal Kesha have successfully made this look their own proving it to be style-adaptive. Temporary hair additions have evolved into a popular trend. The extensions last up to six weeks and can be washed, straightened and curled with your natural hair. So, add some pizazz to your hair. Reveal your personal style and stand out - even in everyday wear. Otherwise, you’re just another mundane head of hair.


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