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hauteonline EXTRA PETITE Looking for a way to spice up a boring wardrobe? Check out the fashion blog extrapetite.com. This blog contains fashion inspiration, style tips and adorable yet handy DIY tricks. The site’s blogger, Jean, is just your everyday girl blogging about her take on fashion. Jean showcases usual outfits that work well with her petite figure. This is an excellent place for girls who are on the smaller side to get inspiration for outfits for their body type. However, the outfits she displays can work on any shape or size. Jean also gives style tips; whether it is how to style a dress or how to make an outfit from the thrift store look brand new, her innovative, modern perspective on styling involves basic pieces that can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe. She gives a fresh take on how to spice up normal outfits with her DIY tutorials. This aspect of her website is great for petite girls, because she shows how you can turn clothes that have really long sleeves or a larger torso into a well-fitting garment with easy step-by-step instructions. It really is “the quest for fashion that fits.”

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POSESSIONISTA Possessionista is a quirky blog run by Dana Weiss, a clothes-savvy girl. Readers send in their favorite fashionable celebrity must-have to Weiss, who then finds and blogs the ideal replicate, along with her authentic opinion on the trend, celebrity or television show. The blog is wonderfully simplistic, allowing the reader to easily navigate based on personal preference regarding style, celebrity or TV show. Weiss also features fashion and style guides ranging from “Glee” fashion to “90210,” and even celebrity style icons such as Emily Maynard and Duchess Catharine. These guides contain various designers, stores and styles that are worn by the featured celebrity and/or character. While the TV fashion guides discuss many fashion trends and reoccurring designers featured on the shows, the celebrity fashion guides focus on one celebrity's clothes, accessories, and personal flair. Whether skimming the most recent blogs or clicking on a link to posts about celebrities or shows, the fashion and style guide or the blog archives, Possessionista has it all.

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OH WOW YOU WORE THAT Breaking out into the fashion scene as a writer, photographer and style critic, Jack Harding is not a typical 20-yearold male. His blog, Oh Wow You Wore That, features everything from advice on how to wear leopard print leggings to recommendations about the best luxury fragrances. As a fashion student residing in Toronto, Harding often ventures to the streets to snap photographs of people in outrageous, distinctive outfits. He then posts them to his blog with his humorous commentary. Harding’s “People I’ve Met” section showcases various designers and business people, many of whom are on the forefront in the fashion world. He often meets them online via Twitter and conducts an interview for his story. Unique products, such as vegan leather bags from Pixie Mood and handmade

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glass bead bracelets and necklaces are featured, along with the links to the designers and their products. Recently, Harding has been buzzing about back-to-school fashion in his advice column. Though many of his clothing-related posts are aimed at women, men should not feel left out. His “Fall for Men” post includes directions on how to piece together a comfortable, yet polished fall look. Witty, humorous and trendy, Jack Harding’s blog is an excellent tool for men and women of all ages. Whether one is seeking advice on how to rock high heels or just reading about trends hot off the runway, Oh Wow You Wore That is a great source of information with an interesting and original perspective.

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ALEXA CHUNG l As far as girl crushes go, I’ve got it bad for Alexa Chung. The mod maven seems to set every style trend (I know I ran out to get my tips ombré’d after seeing Chung sport a sassy bleach-tipped bob). Whenever my inspiration well seems to be running dry, I take a peek at Chung’s latest sartorial selection and dash straight to my closet! —BROOKE BUNCE


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Geometry is no longer just for the classroom. This school year, jazz up your outfit with geometric accessories. From triangles to squares, rectangles to octagons, angled and shapely jewelry is sure to sharpen a look. Who knew math could be so fun? —KATHRYN POTRAZ

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PANTONES l Although the calendar says it’s October, it’s already 2013 in the fashion world. Pantone, the global authority on color, announced the Fashion Color Report Spring 2013 just in time for NYFW. If these colors don’t make you go shopping, I will! —MIKAELA LONGO

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hard,” raps Jay-Z on the track of the same name, off the The Notorious B.I.G. biopic, “Notorious” soundtrack. Although released in 2008, these lyrics ring true today, as the Brooklyn Nets make their BK debut this fall at the Barclays Center. And if you need another reason to cheer for the black and white, look no further than H.O.V.A. himself, who happens to own 1 percent of the franchise. Catching courtside glimpses of Queen B is all the convincing I needed to order my all-black Nets hat. B-R-O-O-K, L-Y-N, come again! —MADDIE GAITHER

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AMANDA BYNES l Amanda Bynes, star of “The Amanda Show,” “What A Girl Wants” and “She’s the Man” (to name only a few of her best works), is making headlines recently and not in a good way. There are pictures of her smoking weed in her car, she’s been involved in several hit-and-runs and apparently she has been involved in some topless shenanigans. Not to mention, she has been dropped by her publicist and agent. Before you start making the obvious comparisons to Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, I want to remind you all that this girl has talent. She started acting in “All That” in the early 1990s around age 10, and has had a steady acting career since. Amanda Bynes is the girl that I wanted to be. She served as the inspiration for my acting and comedic career with her physical humor and fabulous facial expressions. So in this hour when we typically turn on these “failed” “psycho” celebrities, I urge you not to regard her as a ruined woman and remember the best of times with Amanda Bynes: “All That,” “Big Fat Liar,” “The Amanda Show,” “She’s the Man,” “What A Girl Wants,” “Easy A,” “Hairspray,” “Sydney White” and even “What I like About You.” —JESSIE CADLE

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editor’s note EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

bridget mallon Hi Threadies! Welcome to our first issue of the new school year; I could not be more proud to share it with you all! This issue marks an exciting time for our magazine. As OU makes the switch from quarters to semesters, we are transitioning to a whole new staff and a new publishing plan. New issues will now come out twice a semester instead of twice a quarter. Already, the talent and vision Thread staffers have shown this semester inspires me on a daily basis and makes me more than confident that our magazine will continue to thrive and grow. This fall we are paying homage to OU’s new semester schedule and evoking the aesthetic of famed director Wes Anderson in our “A Royal Semester” photo shoot. We’re also thrilled to show you our grunge and rockabilly-themed editorials in “Come as You Are” and “Rockabilly and Roll.” With election season in full swing, we’re also taking a look at how fashion and politics interact in our “Federal Fashion” feature. And, speaking of swings, we’re taking style inspiration from the OU golf team and their polished fashion this year — check out our “Golfing Getups” story. The entire Thread staff would like to extend a thank you to all of our new and returning staff members, the Rollerbowl Lanes, Krochet Kids intl., Inhale Yoga Studio, Bobcats for a Conflict-Free Campus, everyone who 12 | THREAD

bought one of our amazing T-shirts and all of our models. I would also like to personally thank all of the members of this year’s Thread executive board for working so hard and dedicating so much time to our publication. Let us know what you think of our new issue by posting on our Facebook page or tweeting to us at @outhreadmag! And don’t forget to celebrate the launch of our October issue with us at the J Bar on October 24 at 9 p.m for our“Orange You Glad It’s Fall?” party . Keep Calm and Read Thread, Bridget Mallon


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runwayrealway RODARTE By TIFFANY OGDEN | Photos by JORDYN HUMPHREY

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eal-world wardrobe takes the stage in designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s Rodarte collection for fall 2012. This collection breaks free from their traditional aesthetics with looks comprised of tailored separates, romantic colors and cabled sweaters. Inspiration yields from the Australian outback with aboriginal designs and handmade details. Distinct textures and materials including leather and wool are also essential aspects of the collection. Forget about coordinating fabrics to create an outfit; trade in the usual sweatshirt and leggings for some cargo pants, a wool sweater and an embroidered belt. Rodarte is easily translated from the walk down the runway to the walk across campus. Layering a sweater underneath a shapely blazer offers comfort and function, with professionalism. Using romantic hues like cream and dusty rose will look flawless in fall. Throw on a blazer with ’40s-inspired over-sized buttons on each sleeve and sweaters cuffed to the elbow for warmth. Contrast pastel colors on top with a black leather skirt and a silver, cone-studded black belt. The pairing will be unexpected and bold. Accentuate the outfit with understated polka dotted light blue socks and strappy sandals that complement the blazer. The mixture of harsh and soft colors presents a surprising combination. Transition the look from day to night by swapping in a striking red or orange appliqué top with a wool-lined jacket to combat the nippy fall weather. Add black lace-up heels to complete the ensemble. Don’t hesitate to try diversifying textures to achieve a look that will turn heads. Utilize a minimalist approach while maximizing effect for fall fashion. 16 | THREAD


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he Rag & Bone Fall 2012 collection is the epitome of 50 shades . . . of brown, gray and green; oh, and add a little purple to that. All of these hues and more are included in the design aspect of the show. Rag & Bone uses color to liven simple, yet refined pieces. Inspiration was drawn from many well-known pop culture icons and put into a more editorial light. This collection mixed swarthy vampire-esque pieces with military-inspired garb — think Edward Cullen as G.I. Joe. Inspired by the 19th century, the collection has classic button-down vests and tailored suit jackets, and transitions into a Hugh Hefner vibe with textured sweaters and relaxed-fitting pants. Rag & Bone’s male models walked down the runway looking calm, collected and ready for battle in army greens and long trench coats. The use of pockets and wrist cuffs, along with the occasional fur collar, continued the collection’s militaristic theme. Patterns were another major player in Rag & Bone’s fall collection. Some of them looked like eyes, arrows and flames. The pattern that stole the show had a tropical Hawaiian feel. Rag & Bone mixed these patterns with neutral-colored basics to really make them stand out. Horizontal stripes were approached in a refreshing, flattering way to add some oomph to simpler pieces. Different textures and fabrics were featured including leather, fur, sweater and suede. These different fabrics added unexpected depth. These looks are perfect for the confident, laidback man, but anyone can easily transition them into everyday campus fashion. Leather combat boots, suede elbow patches, relaxed jeans, sweaters and simple basics are highlights of the Rag & Bone collection that are a snap to incorporate into any guy’s wardrobe. Take the basics and pair them with statement pieces for a one-of-a-kind fall outfit.

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hether it’s in the debut of his band’s new music video or sitting on the judging panel of NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice,” Adam Levine never fails to draw the crowd’s attention. Few people can resist that smile half-hidden beneath a subtle scruff of facial hair; and who can resist his singing voice? But it's Adam’s personal sense of style that draws people in. The 33-year-old frontman for Maroon 5 isn’t afraid to reflect his own confident yet casual attitude in his everyday attire. A definite staple in Levine’s closet is a straight-cut, dark wash jean. Around that, he gets slightly creative with accessorizing while still keeping the low-key “bad boy” vibe. He’s frequently seen pairing plaid with leather (genius, right?) and also incorporating a traditional gray or black beanie into almost all of his outfits. Want to duplicate Levine’s style on a college campus? It’s simple. Throw on a pair of dark washed straight-cut jeans, a white V-neck, combat boots and a medium or light wash jean jacket. If the white tee seems just a bit too dull, go with a rock-inspired yet simple graphic tee instead. When going for a more sophisticated look, stick with a black leather jacket, plaid scarf and black boots. Another option would be to pair the outfit with some metallic rings and necklaces to mimic the look of Levine’s edgy tattoos. Remember, with this look, confidence is key. Half of what makes Levine’s style so bold is the way he carries himself. Even in a plain black V-neck, this guy can steal the show from the very moment he steps on stage.


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rom chunky Hogwarts sweaters, striped scarfs and frizzy hair to polished timeless pieces, elegant style and a sleek pixie haircut, Emma Watson has tamed the unruly features of Hermione Granger and reigned us in with her new sophisticated look. The childhood star who many watched grow up in the epic "Harry Potter" series has transitioned into an elegant style icon who can now be seen in the Indie film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Watson’s grown up look is truly magical and the fashion world is loving the new Miss Watson. Achieving Watson’s look is easy for the everyday girl. Pairing timeless essentials with bold and elegant accessories is key. A solid skinny leg pant with a draped top make for a striking silhouette that is easy for anyone to pull off. The addition of a patterned or bold-colored shoe adds a quirky flash of style. Watson also pairs fun yet elegant accessories, like bangle bracelets or an oversized slouchy bag, with these classic pieces. Try a dramatic smokey eye with a nude lip, or a classic red lip with subtle neutral eye makeup to emulate Watson’s makeup. To achieve Watson’s sleek pixie haircut, break out the scissors to create a short cut with subtle layers and bangs swooped to one side. This look can also be achieved with long hair. Pull you hair back and pin it to achieve the same polished results. The most important aspect to dressing like Watson is remembering to keep it simple. Watson’s look is timeless for a reason and by channeling these key aspects it is easy to achieve her effortless charm. 22 | THREAD


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took flight and escaped her safe, comfortable world. She had her own style and I wanted to explore that. I don’t know the latest runway trends, and I don’t pretend to. But I do know there’s nothing better than throwing on your favorite sweater and discovering new music to make you feel irresistible. And I also know that this song made me want to go buy a fur coat and velvet clutch. I was inspired. I wanted to fuse music with cute outfits and prove that songs can have personality and style, too. Music can give you confidence; it can make you, laugh, cry, sing and dance. It can give you strength and reaffirm the feeling that although your parents, your friends and even your dog don’t understand what you’re going through, this song does. This artist does. I wanted to celebrate that and bring my two passions together: music and fashion. So get up, laugh, cry and sing, knowing that song will always be there when you need it. Let it inspire and move you. Think outside of the box, explore and look cute doing it. Songs aren’t afraid to have their own style and personality and neither should you.


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he accessories once pictured as must-haves for the stereotypical geek have now turned into an everyday fashion statement. The large, horn-rimmed glasses and suspenders have rocked clothing lines for the past two years, updating and promoting the style of geek-chic to the everyday college student. But like the iconic frames and braces, vivid men’s hosiery is also coming out of obscurity and into everyday fashion. Crazy, novelty socks are following in the footsteps of the geeky/Indie getups of yesteryear and walking into the business world and onto college campuses. It’s been a long time coming, because this look has been spreading ever since the menswear collections in winter and fall of 2011. The pioneers of this movement, believe it or not, are the computer programmers of Silicon Valley. These unexpected roots for the latest look in menswear have inspired designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Dolce & Gabbana to feature this trend in their collections. Vivienne Westwood and Calvin Klein played with argyle and stripes in their designs, working with bright colors to make the stockings pop, and D&G went full out with embroidered teddy bears and sequins. Fashion-forward men all over the globe have been sporting neon orange and bright green socks with outrageous patterns of mustaches and peacocks. Even though they’re only seen between dress pants and work shoes when the big wigs are sitting, the style has also spoken to their younger collegiate counterparts. Bright colors jazz up the otherwise 30 | THREAD

monochromatic uniform of professionals and show the unique personality of the wearer. Like all clothes, socks are also an expression of style and you can showcase your sense of humor with emblazoned ninjas, monsters with teeth, funky stripes, a favorite superhero emblem or even psychedelic polka dots. The addition of socks to an otherwise “standard” wardrobe adds a bit of flair to your look and lets people know you love to have fashionable fun with your feet.


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leggings, vibrant geometric printed pants and aviator shades — all atop a seriously cool attitude. Fashion risk-takers like Glamour Fashion News Editor Rajni Jacques showed her love for the New York Mets with a ball cap, paired with a black and white graphic print pant. Fashion model Dree Hemingway played the look in a surprising way, slipping on a Yankees cap with a white sundress; a very unexpected, but polished look. Old school baseball caps are heavily featured in J.Crew’s September Style Guide. Despite being sold in the men’s shop, they can be worn by either sex. To sharpen a casual outfit, just throw on a vintage-inspired baseball hat. For men, think of broken-in chinos, a crewneck sweater and a weatherresistant nylon jacket to complete the look. While women can channel the same laid-back easiness in their ensemble by wearing a straightlegged corduroy pant with a wide striped sweater or a classic denim shirt. The cap becomes the flawless accessory that adds an easy elegance to your wardrobe.


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ith the heat and humidity running rampant and mercilessly ruining those perfectly coiffed dos, frizz fighters are more important than ever. And if, like

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WHAT’S YOUR HAIR TYPE? FOR TEXTURED HAIR, USE... KINKY TO CURLY CURLING CUSTARD Kinky to Curly is a godsend for those days when dragging out the flat iron is more effort than you can muster. It defines a natural, subtle S-curl and keeps hair frizz free for the whole day. If you’re looking to embrace your natural texture — and aren’t quite bold enough to sport a fro — give Kinky to Curly custard the old college try. Just scrunch and you’re on your way.

GARNIER FRUCTIS SLEEK AND SHINE ANTIFRIZZ SERUM

On those days when you can be bothered to flat iron your hair, this Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz serum by Garnier Fructis tames those irritating flyaways and gives hair a much needed healthy shine. It makes a remarkable difference.

FOR STRAIGHT HAIR, USE... PAUL MITCHELL SUPER SKINNY SERUM

If dry and frizzy is a problem and you have fine hair, Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is the way to go. A small dab — dab, not glob, not dollop; you don’t want to weigh down that potentially gorgeous hair with too much product — right out of the shower reduces the time needed to blow dry and leaves hair silky, shiny, and frizz free. What more could you ask for?

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FOR LATINA HAIR, USE... DIAMOND SHINE BY ZOTOS

Diamond Shine Weightless Gloss Drops is a lighweight way to mend split-ends and banish the frizz in one easy step. Your hair will be lustrous, puff-free and without a strand out of place.

GARNIER FRUCTIS SLEEK AND SHINE INTENSELY SMOOTH LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER CREAM

This Sleek and Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In conditioner locks moisture in, leaving you with curls even Shirley Temple would envy. This conditioner leaves hair looking smooth, feeling great and smelling delicious. You’ll be a frizz free triple threat!

FOR CURLY HAIR, USE... GARNIER FRUCTIS TRIPLE NUTRITION 3-MINUTE UNDO DRYNESS REVERSAL TREATMENT DEEP CONDITIONER

Curly hair has the potential to be absolutely gorgeous and is, of course, one of the most difficult dos to manage. But when you find the right products the results are astounding. Garnier Fructis’ Triple Nutrition 3-Minute conditioner is one such product. It deep conditions your locks and removes any hint of sneaky dryness or brittleness, cutting out frizz from within. A miracle conditioner if there ever was one!

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colorfullyconfident By ALEXIS EVANS Photos by DEANNA SAKAL

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ttention all ladies! It is time to set aside the tubes of sticky gloss that have defined our high school years and cap the chap sticks that Katy Perry subliminally made us buy. There is a new age afoot, my friends, the age of brilliantly bold lips. No longer does lipstick carry the stigma of being that creased gunk on the lips of your grandmother. Not only is it now trendy, but also sexy to rock a bold lip.

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NEON PINK When it comes to neon, no one can do it better than Nicki Minaj. But, there’s no need to be a Billboard. com chart-topping artist to rock this lip. Be daring and try this fun and flirty shade. Fair to light skin tones should beware of “too bright” hues that will wash out the complexion; try a rosy pink instead. Medium tones should try berry and fuchsia tints that compliment their coloring. 42 | THREAD


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RED The classic red lip screams sophisticated yet daring, and, when paired with the perfect outfit, can up your glam factor several notches. Dark skin tones have the luxury of looking amazing in almost any shade, although fair, medium, tan and olive tones have to be a little pickier. For fair skin, try a basic red with a pink or blue undertone. For olive skin, go for a red that has a golden or orange tint; it will bring out the gold in your complexion. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 43


PURPLE/MAUVE The best color for fall this year is a rich plum purple. A sheer vibrant shade looks best for daytime, but for those feeling adventurous, don a matte, vampy purple for a night out on the town and make Posh Spice proud. 44 | THREAD


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TANGERINE Dubbed this year’s new “it” color, tangerine lipstick is making a statement. This unexpected color looks best on olive and golden skin tones, but anyone can try it. Fair-skinned ladies can experiment with a peachy orange. Add a hint of clear gloss to really polish off this look and leave your lips looking positively juicy. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 45


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zigzaggin’ By BECKY WAGNER Photos by JAMES CONKLE and KAT MORRISON

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hevron is a time-tested and runway-recycled look that will turn your outfit up a few notches. The bold, inverted-V pattern is a great classic addition to your wardrobe for any season, and it will provide a fresh alternative to your basic stripes and florals. Chevron has a long and history. Dating back to as far as the 1800s, chevrons were first used as artwork, painted on ancient Grecian pottery. They were also used as one of the main ordinaries (read: designs) in heraldry, or coats of arms, meaning it could be in your family history. Chevrons are also currently used as rank insignia on U.S. and British military uniforms. Chevron has been a runway mainstay since summer, transitioning smoothly into fall fashion. Lela Rose’s fall collection is dominated by the vivid pattern, featuring capes, dresses and over-sized sweaters emblazoned with the signature Vs. The definitive mother

of all chevron would have to be Missoni, with their well-known scarves and knitwear featuring this signature pattern in a multitude of hues. While some patterns can be potentially disastrous (horizontal stripes, anyone?), chevron can be worn easily by any body type. Chevron is universally flattering, making it an easy update to any closet. You may not have $200 to shell out on a single Missoni scarf, but, luckily, incorporating chevron into your everyday wardrobe is easy and much more economical. A chevron-embellished statement clutch adds a chic ’70s vibe to any outfit. Oversized sweaters and chevron jewelry are also simple, budgetminded options. Forever 21 and H&M have well-priced and easily accessible pieces. Chevron is best paired with neutrals, showcasing itself front and center. Flaunting a chevron-themed outfit this fall is a sure-fire way to make a daring statement and get noticed.

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1. Zig and zag

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all over the place with a colorful, patterned top. It will add intrigue to neutral basics!

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bustier top is winky and playful with the addition of jagged lines and a bright cherry hue.

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inspired prints make this chevronaccented sweater perfect to throw on with cords.

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decked-out in splashes of zigzags is a killer way to make a statement. Just add gold accessories and you’re set!

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big, cozy cardis interwoven with chevrons of all shapes, colors and sizes.


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everydayombré By LO MARTINEZ OUTHREADMAG.COM | 55 Photos by CAITLYN WITHERS | Video by LO MARTINEZ


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mbré. It's French for shaded, and has recently become the fashion world’s term to describe anything that starts out as one shade and slowly

fades into another. This distinct effect has quickly caught on and now it’s absolutely everywhere — from hair to jeans to satchels. You can even rock this look on your nails, and here’s how.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED Base coat Two shades of the same color nail polish (one light, one dark — the more drastic, the better!) Top coat

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One makeup sponge Scissors

Nail polish remover

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Apply base coat and let dry.

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Cut your sponge to the approximate size of your largest fingernail.

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Use the darker of the two shades of polish to cover the lower half of the sponge. Next, use the lighter shade to fill in the rest.

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Place sponge over your nail and press down gently. To create the gradient effect, move the sponge forward and backward slightly while you pat it down on your nail.

STEP 5

Repeat step three and four on your remaining nails (you can even use the same sponge).

STEP 6

Dip a cotton swab into nail polish remover and use it to wipe off any excess color around the nail.

STEP 7

Seal your look in with a no-chip top coat!

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confetticocktails By MEGAN NEONAKIS Photos by EVAN LUBINGER

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ne of the best parts of being in college is decorating. From lamps and bedding to rugs and kitchenware, a person’s dorm or apartment says a lot about them. However, the cutest things don’t always come cheap. Anyone who enjoys interior decorating has probably fallen prey to the House and Home section of the Anthropologie

catalogue. Though it’s tempting, most college girls don’t have the income to be splurging on superfluous knick-knacks. Enter the DIY duplicate; recreate Anthropologie’s Confetti Tumblers using only a few materials from Walmart and the craft store. While Anthropologie’s versions come in at a pricey $30 per tumbler, it’s possible to make a personalized version for just around $4.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED Acrylic Paint Sealer Acrylic paints Stemless glass wine tumblers

Pallet

Small paintbrush/sponge brush

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Lay out some newspaper or paper towels; the paint can become messy!

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Squeeze paints onto a paper plate. Use about three to four shades per tumbler if you’re doing one color. However, use multiple colors for a rainbow effect.

Use the paintbrush to make small dots on the glass. Remember to spread the dots out at the top while bunching the dots together at the bottom of the glass.

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Once dry, pop open a bottle of your favorite wine and bask in your master craft skills.

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osmetic enthusiasts tend to own tons of different makeup products in just as many colors. The downside of this is that so many products are hard to keep organized because traditional makeup bags and storage units get cluttered easily. However,

there’s no need to spend an extra five minutes on a daily makeup routine just because that special coral blush has been misplaced. The solution? A magnetic makeup board! Not only will it ensure that the user won’t lose anything, but it will look great sitting on any vanity table or plain wall.

MATERIALS spray adhesive mirror or old picture frame strong magnets

magnetic backboards

super glue acrylic paint

paint brushes

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decorative fabric

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Using acrylic paint, paint the edges of the frame.

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Spray inside the frame with the spray adhesive and place the fabric on top of the backboard.

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Now is the fun part; gather the makeup products that have been chosen and apply some super glue to the backs of each item and place a magnet on top of the glue.

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Once the glue is dry, arrange products in the preferred order and choose an efficient place to display the new magnetic makeup board!

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he latest sought-after trend is colored shoe soles, but most college students cannot spare thousands of dollars for a pair of famous Christian Louboutins. Luckily, any aspiring trendsetter can get this look for as low as $10. Every girl has a pair of simple black heels that have probably received some wear and tear throughout the years. Try spicing up the heels with a do-it-yourself colored sole! A small touch of color will peek from under a plain black shoe and make a striking statement.

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SUPPLIES

STEP THREE

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STEP BY STEP Craft paint, Mod Podge and nail polish are all usable and cost around $2 or less. Putting a little personality into a pair of simple heels will appear expensive but cost nearly nothing.

STEP ONE Start by cleaning the soles of the shoes with rubbing alcohol to make the color last.

STEP TWO To create a clean edge, put painter’s tape around the sole. Better safe than sorry!

STEP THREE Next, paint the sole with white paint primer and let dry for about 10 minutes.

STEP FOUR Once dried, use a brush to paint the sole with any color, making sure to be careful around the edge. Let dry again for about 10 minutes.

STEP FIVE Start second coat, and repeat step three.

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universalhope CONFLICT IN THE CONGO By JULIA EBERLE Photos by MICHELLE KAPPELER

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IT ALL STARTED WITH A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT...

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hen her Anthropology 101 teacher challenged her class to find out where one of their most-prized possessions came from, Ellie Hamrick had no idea that this one task would change the course of her entire college career. “I’d been interested in conflict in central Africa since high school, so I’d heard of conflict minerals and knew a little about what was going on in the Congo,” Hamrick said. “So I chose to research my cell phone and what I found out from that really shocked me. I wasn’t aware of the scope of the violence or the degree of connection I had to it. I started to feel really guilty, but then I thought there had to be something I could do about this.” Now in her senior year, Hamrick has spent her time at Ohio University with one goal in mind: to make OU a conflict-free campus with her group Bobcats for a Conflict-Free Campus. The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative is a product of a larger activist group called Raise Hope for Congo. The goal of the group is to end the war in the Congo and to bring peace to the region. The war in the Congo has been going on since 1996 and is the deadliest war since World War II. It has claimed the lives of over 6 million people and displaced over 2 million from their homes. This war between the government and rebel groups was officially declared over in 2003, but the conflict continues over control of the Congo’s mines and shows very 78 | THREAD

few signs of stopping any time soon. The people of the Congo are subject to countless human rights violations including child soldiering and sexual and gender-based violence, according to raisehopeforcongo.org. The armed groups responsible for these human rights violations are being funded by the millions of dollars made from the sale of four conflict minerals. Gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten are harvested from the rebel-controlled mines — usually by slave labor — and are used in every modern electronic device. According to Hamrick, everything from laptops to the latest smart phones use these conflict minerals and help to fund the continuation of violence in Congo. In fact, Hamrick said the only electronic device available that is 100 percent conflict free is a Motorola walkie talkie. Hamrick, however, isn’t trying to convince people to toss out their beloved cell phones. “The idea behind the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative is that consumer and investor pressure can force companies to basically source responsibly from legitimate Congolese mines,” explained Hamrick. “College students are actually a coveted demographic for electronics companies because they think we’re hip and cool and they want us to carry around their laptop and make it look sexy. “ Another big reason for electronic companies interest in college students, according to Hamrick, is for their attachment to even larger electronics consumers: universities.


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The idea of the movement is that if students let universities know that they are paying attention to where electronics come from, soon the universities will too. Ohio University recently became the 12th university to publish a statement on conflict-free minerals. Though it sounds simple enough, this statement was actually a three-year process. Hamrick and the other members of Bobcats for a Conflict-Free Campus had to battle university higher-ups to even get them to acknowledge their existence, let alone meet with them. This consistent disregard by administrators caused Hamrick to get creative with her tactics, including asking McDavis out on a “date” to watch a film about the conflict and creating a photography campaign called 1,100 Faces — pictures of students holding signs representing the estimated number of women raped every day in the Congo. “I think we all have this weird irrational fear of men in suits,” Hamrick laughed. “At first we were like, ‘What if we get in trouble?’ But then we realized we are adults and yes, there will be consequences to your actions, but you have to use the power that you have.” Finally, at the beginning of her final year at OU, the university officially became a conflict-free campus. However, this is only the first step to making OU truly conflict-free. Student involvement and consumer responsibility is key to making OU a campus that takes a stand against violence in the Congo and makes a difference. “I would tell students to look into what the companies they are buying from are doing to source their minerals,” said Sarah Volpenhein, one

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COMPANIES The Enough Project ranks companies based on their efforts to use conflit-free materials annually. These corporations topped the list this year.

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of the original members of ConflictFree Campus. “(Students should) educate themselves on what companies are doing.” Hamrick also advises students to check the annual company rankings that Raise Hope for Congo publishes to see which electronics companies

are making an effort to purchase legitimate conflict free minerals. “We’re going to stay the course and continue to get things done,” Hamrick said with a laugh. “It’s no more Mrs. Nice Ellie. We’re going to keep pushing things forward until we see the change we want to see.”

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erdant greenery, native sunlight and the sound of birds humming appear in the sky-rise, whiteframed windows; a quaint scene from an Athens yoga studio. The windows at Inhale Yoga’s new space allow one to look down at the hustle and bustle of college life, let go of the chaos of the day and feel a sense of simplicity. Inhale Yoga is owned by Michelle Stobart. Ironically, back in ’97 when Stobart was first introduced to yoga by her grandfather, she took a class in Tai Chi and found it unfulfilling. However, if it weren’t for that class, she might have never found her true calling to yoga — Tai Chi is what initiated her further exploration into the yoga lifestyle. “After taking that class I somehow found my place in yoga, and I just found my home,” Stobart said. Now, after a six-year battle, Stobart finally won her dream yoga studio located right on Court Street. Although still settling into their new home above Follett’s University Bookstore, Stobart and the rest of the team have big plans for their long awaited, prized space. At their old location, Inhale only offered yoga classes, Stobart said. “However, now having access to a larger space, we can open up a spa with a sauna and massage treatments, offer personal wellness, nutrition and other educational classes and hopefully much more,” she said. Inhale strives to be not just a facility where one can indulge in yoga exercise, but also a place that leaves one feeling balanced, reconnected and educated. The teachers strive to help people suspend what’s out there — the

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bustle of everyday life including the chaotic party scene of Ohio University — and to just enjoy the current moment, Stobart said as she glanced out a window overlooking Union Street. “Then, when it’s time to leave, they can go back into their life in a way that’s more balanced and maybe with a new, clearer perspective on things." The expression — living in the present and welcoming what’s right in front of you — hits home to Stobart and it can be applied in or out of the yoga studio. Mary Finney, an Inhale instructor, who shares an interest in Stobart’s expression, starts out her class by focusing on grasping the here and now as well as meditative attention to breath. “Allowing us to come to a place where our attention is in the present moment, we’ve let go of other things, we aren’t judgmental, we welcome everything and we aren’t judging ourselves,” Finney said. Finney strongly believes that the breath can calm people’s mind and spirit and allow them to be more open to change. The Inhale team doesn’t want people to think of yoga as merely a class, but as a means of bringing one back to the current moment and finding relief within. The instructors all have their own way of teaching and helping people find a sense of relief. Yoga practice is ultimately taught in a variety of ways, and instead of enforcing a uniform style, Inhale welcomes diversity. Most of all, the instructors at Inhale welcome new faces, no matter how much skill one may have in yoga. “Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, the teachers will remind you OUTHREADMAG.COM | 85


to just listen to your own body and let the inner teacher within yourself really guide you,” Finney said. When it comes to the yoga gear, Stobart agrees that the yoga world at large has created a certain trend both in and out of the studio. Therefore, Inhale will be putting more clothing products in their retail section once settled in. Even though moving boxes still exist within the studio, classes are now in session, and the space already possesses therapeutic vibes, homeliness and a sense of community. “When you think, ‘Oh, I’m going to yoga, I’m going to Inhale,’ you can take a breath and say to yourself, ‘All right, these are my people,’” Stobart said. Stobart's ultimate goal is creating a community where yogies can find balance and reconnect with the present—and she's doing just that.

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golfinggetups By BENTLEY WEISEL Photos by KARISSA CONRAD

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he grass is sprinkled with morning dew. Gloved hands reach into the pockets of golf bags. The perfectly trimmed turf is punctuated with tee after tee as balls are gingerly placed at the peaks. Golfers relax their bodies as they form their stance: legs shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands gently yet firmly gripping the driver club with practiced technique. Then they swing. Sophomore Andrew Mlynarski knows this ritual all too well, with his skin tanned to a tee after endless days spent on the golf course. Fresh from a four-hour practice, he sported his white Ralph Lauren Polo shirt, dark khaki shorts and Sperry TopSiders as a representation of his style and his sport. Mlynarski was recruited by Ohio University’s Men’s Golf Team before his senior year of high school, like most of his 10 other teammates. “Collegiate golf is a hard sport to just walk on to,” he said. “It’s still possible, but golf is something you have to decide on early in your life and not stop playing. You can tell a difference in your game if you don’t play for even a day.” The team practices and plays year-round and the NCAA requires the teams to take one day off of playing each week. Journeying to the golf course or driving range on such days off, however, it will be far from deserted. Golf is not like a normal sport in the sense that players practice for an allotted amount of time each day during certain times of the year. Once golfers start playing the game, they can’t stop. A golfer, according to Mlynarski, conforms to the style of the sport after a certain point. Something his team members know well. 90 | THREAD

“I would say I’m a sporty prep. I wear a lot of Lacoste, Oakley, Polo and RLX,” freshman teammate Mike Engelman said. As far as golf ensembles go, the team has baseball-style hats, visors and bucket hats — head coverings with a floppy brim to protect them from excessive sun. They also sport short-sleeved polo shirts. For their bottom half, they have the option of pants and shorts with three color options: dark, light and khaki. Their feet don golf shoes, and they have half-zip pullover sweaters for the colder days. All pieces have the team logo. All team members have to match in color, but not style, meaning they can choose shorts or pants. “We always match when we play matches and tournaments,” Mlynarski said. “Unless you’re playing an individual tournament, then you can wear whatever you want as long as it follows golf course dress code.” The standard golf course dress code requires a collared shirt, golf shoes and pants that aren’t jeans. A golfer’s personal style subtly comes out in their outfit choices through color and accessory choice. The golf fashion scene is influenced by professional golfers and the trends they set. “I’m probably one of the most radical dressers on the team,” Mlynarski said. “But you can usually tell who golfers are even if they don’t dress outrageously. I typically wear a bright pink polo, white pants, pink belt, pink sweater draped over my shoulders and a visor. Always a visor. Never a hat." Another common golf team accessory are Trion-Z bracelets. These bracelets can be found on a variety of athletes, but golfers in particular gravitate toward them. They “com-


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bine a negative ion and magnet technology with a waterproof silicone band to form the perfect combination for active sports enthusiasts,” according to the Trion-Z website. “I’m never caught without my Trion-Z on my wrist,” Engelman said. “I’ve worn it every day since my senior year of high school. I am pretty confident it brings me good luck, especially during golf.” The golfers are the only team at OU besides swimming that don’t wear Russel brand apparel for their uniforms. They have Nike pants and shorts and Polo brand shirts, along with team sweaters, hats and visors. The team practices at the Athens Country Club Golf Course and utilizes the Ohio University Golf Course driving range as well. They play matches and tournaments beyond the borders of Ohio and travel

to Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and other areas depending on the tournament. “There is a difference in golf fashion as you travel farther south,” Mlynarski said. “In Ohio and other northern ares, you see darker or more dull colors. But when you go to places like Florida you see bright pinks, yellows and oranges with white instead of khaki.” The daily fashions of a golfer are reflected through ensembles similar to what they will wear to a practice because they need to be ready to go to the course at any time. “It’s a combination of looking good and being functional,” Mlynarski said. “The difference between our daily style and what we wear on the weekends: our shirts are untucked and we wear boat shoes or Dockers instead of golf shoes.”

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Not quite ready to be thrown into the depths of semesters? Approach the change in style with quirky pairings of the hottest colors this year and an attitude to match. Evoke the aesthetics of cool-kid director Wes Anderson and channel his style. Think mustard and hunter green all with an unexpected vintage twist.

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ROCKabilly and Roll

Photos By LEVI FINLEY

Strike a balance between sexy and sweet in our ’50s playground. Split a sundae and do the twist in A-line skirts, leather jackets and carefully coiffed locks. This season, don’t be a square; rock around the clock.

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six looks we like...

Fashion Capitals Photos by MICHAEL MAUER I Illustrations by DANIELLE MAGARY

While trendsetters influence those around them, it’s the six international fashion capitals — New York City, Paris, London, Milan, Los Angeles and Tokyo — that captivate the world. By aggregating the best and brightest in the industry and plopping them all in one place, magic is made in every stitch. The six capitals are a breeding ground of all that is suave, elegant and awe-striking in the industry and they serve as a guiding beacon to all who chose to follow the light.

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NEW YORK CITY, USA Stick to tailored neutrals and chic specs as you stroll around the Lower East Side.

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PARIS, FRANCE Say au revoir to ordinary and pair a bright top with a fur vest. Top it off with a statement necklace and flowers in your hair. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 149


London, england Layer it up with warm knits and a classic trench for comfort and sophistication across the pond. 150 | THREAD


Los ANGELES, USA Strut your stuff on Sunset Blvd. with structured shorts and oversized shades.

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MILAN, ITALY Leather, stilettos, and a sleek updo are all you need for this Italian getaway. Ciao bella!

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TOKYO, JAPAN Anything goes in this fashion-forward metropolis; try mixing prints and Gagaesque platforms. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 153


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n the morning of Nov. 2, 1920, an estimated 8.3 million women crowded into polling booths across the United States. These women, the granddaughters of those who gathered at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, were celebrating the success of everything their grandmothers had wished for as they exercised their voting rights for the first time in American history. Since then, the bracket of young, female voters has grown expeditiously to become one of the largest voting blocs in the American political system. Currently numbering at an estimated 55 million, young, single women (known most commonly as “swingles”) are at the forefront of candidates’ attempted persuasion. Dating back to that first monumental November day, it seemed the majority of women to show their political spirit were progressive, young, independent and — as a consequence of the former traits — rather fashionable. For that reason, and countless others, fashion and politics have always been entwined. This unification was never so obvious as on the night of Feb. 7, 2012 when Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief at Vogue magazine, launched her latest campaign fundraiser in support of Barack Obama. Her project, Runway to Win, is a collaboration of wellknown American clothing designers, whose Obama-themed designs are sold in the president’s online campaign store. It is Wintour’s most successful political benefit to date. The collection — which houses items ranging from nail polish to cotton T-shirts — is the succession 156 | THREAD

of Wintour’s 2008 fashion efforts, Runway for Change. This year though, Runway to Win boasts 33 U.S. designers, several of whom carry a lot of sway in the fashion universe. For instance, Rachel Roy bestows her flair to an oversize tank-top while both Tory Burch and Vera Wang graciously designed unique canvas totes for the Democratic candidate. What’s not to love about cheap, unique, designer apparel? A lot, it turns out. Some Republicans are speculating on the fairness of funding the Democratic party with profits from such enviably discounted designer pieces, many of these buyers may be more interested in obtaining a $55 Jason Wu original than supporting the Obama campaign. Beyond mere speculation though, the Republican Committee has asked the Federal Election Committee (FEC) to launch an official investigation into the legality of the designers’ contributions. Jan Baran, an election lawyer with Wiley Rein LLP, told The Wall Street Journal that unless the workers willingly volunteered their time, designers can’t ask employees to work on political projects. If the designers or their staff are paid by anyone other than the Obama campaign for their time and/or materials, it could be considered a campaign contribution from the company. Because the entire collection is presented as a personal donation, it would be illegal for the Obama campaign to accept funds from the design company as a whole without listing it as a campaign contribution from the company itself. The Republican Committee continues to insist that the entire Campaign to Win endeavor is in violation of


the FEC law. The law in question was first issued in 1976 when Mo Udall, a Democratic presidential candidate, wanted to know if a well-known entertainer could voluntarily perform at an event for his presidential campaign, or if he was required to pay for the service with campaign funds. The FEC ruled that the performer could indeed volunteer his own time to entertain the crowd, but the campaign must still pay for all ancillary funds (travel, hotels, etc.) associated with the event as an “inkind” donation. When applied to the current situation surrounding Runway to Win, this means the Democratic Committee may accept the designers original designs, but must still pay for all materials and labor that went into manufacturing such products. In response to such allegations, the Obama campaign insists they comply with all FEC laws. They state that all 33 designers worked alone on their various contributions, giving only their personal time to draw up their designs. They credit the use of cheaper materials for the dramatic decrease in costs of the products, insisting no company money was used to subsidize the customarily expensive designer products produced as Obama Store originals. As of now, the FEC has yet to charge the Obama campaign with any violations pertaining to the Campaign to Win contribution and Anna Wintour, the visionary behind the fashion line, has seen this as the green light to continue with her fundraising efforts. In the past few months, Wintour has played hostess to numerous events including a

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Campaign to Win premiere in Chicago that was co-hosted by Chanel Iman and an intimate $40,000 a plate dinner at the townhouse of gal pal Sarah Jessica Parker. Wintour, because of such ceaseless efforts, has raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign, effectively raising her to the ranks of a top-tier fundraising “bundler.” It is a position that places her within the ranks of Harvey Weinstein and Pfizer Vice President, Sally Susman, and gives her a place of power should Obama be re-elected. According to New York magazine, campaign big spenders often get the chance to apply for a job within the current administration before anyone else, something Wintour would be sure to appreciate. In the past two years Wintour has given significant attention to politics, attending several high-profile White House events, including two state dinners, and has begun to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. A higher position in politics is but the logical next step for someone in Wintour’s position. Anna Wintour, though, is nothing but an excellent example of how politicians and fashion experts are currently collaborating for the betterment of both. Politicians know that higher-ups in the fashion world hold a very special influence over young, female voters and use this relationship to hold sway over the female demographic. In return, fashion execs are learning that involvement in politics can give them the same payoff provided to all Fortune 500 companies generous enough to show their support.

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Unlike Barack Obama, conservative candidate Mitt Romney owes his humdrum store and lackluster slogans — such as the inventive “Moms for Mitt” — to the design inspiration of several unheard-of designers. Without world-renowned designers to back his collection, Romney’s store is unlikely to hold the fashion inspiration of the Democrats’ Runway to Win. In the end, the numbers show what words can only hint at. Barack Obama currently holds a 2-to-1 advantage 160 | THREAD


over Mitt Romney in the young female bloc, indicating that the sway of fashion’s elite may have a significant impact on American politics. On the flip side, British-born Wintour is rumored to be coveting the position of U.S. ambassadorship in London. Only time will tell if the relationship will pay off for both Wintour and Obama, but one thing is certain: a partnership between politics and fashion certainly has powerful potential. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 161


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lashing lights, a sea of colors and all of the countries in the world coming together in a moment of friendship and camaraderie to celebrate the best athletes in the world; these are the Olympic Games. But above all, there’s one thing that truly personifies the Olympics: pride. Pride in the people, pride in the athletes and, most importantly, pride in the countries. However, many felt that the U.S. Olympic team lacked this trademark national pride when the production of the U.S. team’s opening ceremony uniforms was outsourced to China. It came as no surprise when legendary American designer Ralph Lauren, a powerhouse of American sportswear, was chosen to design the American uniforms. There’s no denying that on the day of the opening ceremonies in London this past summer, the U.S. Olympic Team looked smart in their classic berets and crisp navy blue blazers. But many ask why Ralph Lauren, who represents an all-American aesthetic, would have made the decision to outsource his designs to China when this momentous occasion should have been all about supporting the U.S. and showing pride in this country. But, contrary to the public outcry, all blame can’t be placed directly on Ralph Lauren. “It was a choice made by the production team (to outsource the uniforms to China),” said Erica Wolf, special projects director at Nanette Lepore and executive director of Save the Garment Center. Wolf went on to say that the production team made the decision to work with the companies they’ve worked with in the past, 164 | THREAD

and that outsourcing the production to China was a huge oversight on their part. Dr. Sky Cone, an assistant professor in the retail merchandising and fashion product development department at Ohio University, also supports this statement. “Do you know how big his company is?” Dr. Cone asked in response to critics of Ralph Lauren over his not being more involved in the production process. Dr. Cone, whose sister works for Ralph Lauren in Boulder, Colorado, said, “CEOs can’t oversee every little bit (of the production process).” But following the outcry


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over this controversy, maybe the designer will make an attempt to not hand over the reins to the production team. “It’s a mistake Ralph Lauren won’t make again,” Wolf said. But it just might be a little too late as the backlash against the all-American brand has been monumental. Within a week of the outsourcing scandal breaking, people took to Facebook and Twitter publicly announcing their outrage; some even stated they would boycott Ralph Lauren altogether. Others went so far as to say they would boycott all coverage of the

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U.S. Olympic team in London. As one enraged user said, “(I) can’t think of a more powerful show of disrespect to the athletes and our country than to have an equipment/ uniform vendor dress our team in Chinese-made uniforms.” However, Dr. Cone thinks it will only be a matter of time before all the outrage and ill feeling blows over. “(Ralph Lauren)’s not going to go broke over this,” Dr. Cone said. “He’ll recover.” But there’s an underlying discontent that might be even more pressing to the country than outsourced red, white and blue: The issue of jobs and the growing unemployment rate in this country. “The main outcry across the country is jobs,” Wolf said. She also explained that there are factories in the U.S. that are more than capable

of handling this kind of work. “The price line and the quality (of the U.S. uniforms) fits the profile for the garments we make in the garment district.” It’s true that building up the Garment Center would open up avenues for thousands of new jobs, but one important question has to be asked: Will anyone be found in the U.S. who would actually want to work those jobs? Dr. Cone finds it doubtful. “I don’t think many people would want to work in clothing factories … we are not so much a manufacturing country as a technical one,” Cone said. Not only that, but having clothing made overseas is also faster and cheaper; the average American is going to be much more apt to buy a cheaper piece of clothing that’s been outsourced over a more

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expensive item that was made in the U.S. But that doesn’t mean the revival of the Garment Center is a lost cause. In fact, Save the Garment Center, a trade association developed in 2007 devoted to bringing back production of American clothing to America, believes that it’s a very foreseeable possibility, especially since it’s been done in the past. According to the Save the Garment Center website, 95 percent of clothing sold in America in 1960 was made in America; that’s a staggering statistic when compared to only 5 percent today.

But critics of Save the Garment Center say that this push for “Made in America” is going to be long and slow, and it won’t be an immediate fix. This hasn’t stopped some of the world’s most famous designers from getting behind this project. Designers such as Nanette Lepore, Jason Wu and Anna Sui have all vocally stated their support for this project. These designers aren’t just pushing for a “Made in America” label on every piece of clothing; Save the Garment Center is about much more than that. Designers are also fighting to ensure the quality of their prodOUTHREADMAG.COM | 167


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including the consumers. As Wolf said, “If you don’t support American designers and they go away, where will the support be for the designers of the future?” New events have taken place within the Olympics that prove that the voices of everyone are being heard and that change has already begun to happen: The International Olympic Committee has recently confirmed that the U.S. Olympic Team’s uniforms for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be made in America.


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Women on the shorter side can use more than a pair of stiletto heels to give them a bit of a vertical boost. Pick out simple styles that don’t overwhelm the figure so the body doesn’t appear to be drowning in fabric. Adding straight details like piping, pinstripes or solid stripes add height to the figure. Best Bets: monochromatic styles, sheaths and wraps. Celebrity inspirations: Reese Witherspoon, Kourtney Kardashian and Hilary Duff.

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Want to flaunt those curves? Stick to clothing that fits close to the body without being skin-tight. Plunging necklines can expose a bit of cleavage and slits elongate bodies, while belted cardigans can help show off curves. Best bets: wrap dresses, shirtdresses and high waistlines. Celebrity inspirations: BeyoncĂŠ, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 175


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These women should attract the attention upward on their bodies by layering the tops of dresses with beading or embellishments. This will draw the eye up to the smallest part of the body. Another helpful trick is to wear a belt around the waist to balance out fuller hips. Best bets: A-line skirts, structured, but not fitted dresses and lavish necklines. Celebrity inspirations: Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and Eva Longoria.

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For the ladies who want to add a little more volume to their top half, outfits with detailing on the bust like ruching, bunching or large patterns are a great choice. Full skirts on the bottom create more of an hourglass figure. Details like pockets or a peplum hem can also add dimension around the hips. Best Bets: A-line dresses, cinched waistlines and flowing skirts. Celebrity inspirations: Kiera Knightley, Emma Watson and Jennifer Aniston. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 177


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Wear fitted clothing to accentuate a tall stature. Sweetheart necklines and pencil skirts are the best friends of vertically-gifted women. Shorter skirts will accentuate long legs and dresses with sleeves keep the body looking proportionate. Best bets: empire waists, fitted dresses and textures. Celebrity inspirations: Cameron Diaz, Taylor Swift and Paris Hilton.

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hen living at home, a haircut is only a matter of picking up the phone, calling a trusted hair salon, and asking when they have some availability. Of all the things students worry about when first

coming to Ohio University, where to get a hair cut in Athens usually isn’t one of them. After about four or five weeks, however, locks lose their luxurious luster. But don’t fret, there are salons within walking distance in town that will meet everyone’s needs.

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BARBER SHOPS DON & STEVE’S BARBER SHOP

For many guys, going into a salon can feel a bit too feminine. Luckily, Don & Steve’s Barber Shop, located at 40 W. Union St., is a great place to get in and get out quickly and efficiently. This barber shop first came to Athens in 1967 and has been serving students ever since. Don & Steve’s Barber Shop believes in keeping it simple and letting the haircuts speak for themselves, so they forgo most other types of advertisement. Don & Steve’s Barber Shop has the same décor it had when it first opened, so it offers a classic, vintage feel. This is a place where a guy can just walk in — no appointment necessary — get his hair trimmed, and get going, for only $16 a cut.

SMART’S BARBER SHOP

It’s sometimes hard to remember that more than Donkey Coffee is on West Washington Street. Smart’s Barber Shop, however, is just a few doors down, located at 23 W. Washington St. Smart started doing hair as a way to pay for college, and loved it so much he ended up abandoning his degree to pursue his passion. Though the name implies it’s mainly for males, they have an even split between male and female clients. The owner, originally an Attractions manager, opened this business with his wife in 1986 and decorated it with antiques he collected himself. Smart’s Barber Shop can cost as low as $16 a cut.

THE CHOP SHOP

The Chop Shop, located at 20 S. Court St., opened for business when the owners noticed a high demand in Athens for a place for people with textured hair to get their hair cut. Every ethnicity has a different hair type, and this place knows how to treat everyone’s needs. The atmosphere of The Chop Shop is very modern, with leather seats and video games in the waiting area, making everyone feel welcome.

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ATTRACTIONS HAIR AND TANNING SALON

For those looking for the full spa treatment process, Attractions Hair and Tanning Salon is the perfect place. Located at 19 N. Court St., the salon is a great place for pampering. From hair to nails, Attractions offers a variety of salon treatments. This salon has been in Athens for more than 30 years and its stylists stick around for the long run as well — some have been there for up to 25 years. They cut both men’s and women’s hair, prices starting at $18 for men and $25 for women and color starts at $65. Attractions also does permanent waves and relaxers. This salon has 17 stylists on staff who are fully trained to meet all of your needs and help you feel pampered and relaxed.

RAPHAEL’S AVEDA CONCEPT SALON AND SPA

While walking down Court Street, there’s more than just eateries and bars; there is also a great place to go get your hair cut, styled, dyed and more. Raphael’s Aveda Concept Salon and Spa, located at 18 S. Court St., offers many services to their clients. With ten stylists on staff, they have services to cut both men’s and women’s hair, starting at $15 for men and $32 for women. Aveda also does hair coloring — from highlights to full color — starting at $70 alone and $90 for a cut and color. Their professionals apply permanent waves and relaxers for clients as well. Not only does this salon have options for coloring and dyeing hair, but they style dashing updos and styles for any event, from formals to weddings. It’s decorated in a modern, clean style, so sit back and relax with Aveda. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 181


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hether it’s a click, stomp, strut or shuffle, shoes say a lot about one’s personality. They not only reflect a distinguished style, the right pair can steal the show when properly placed in an ensemble. From casual to dressy, shoes can serve as the base of any fashion statement.

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notoriously give off an edgy, tough look, and can inspire many styles. Boots can be worn in the daytime tucked into skinny jeans and paired with a V-neck. But to take these boots to the next level, try them with a structured blazer and silver jewelry to mirror the metallic details of the boots. To soften and feminize the motorcycle boot, wear them with patterned tights, a skirt and an airy blouse.

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are known as the signature can’t-miss shoe, but don’t feel intimidated by their glamour; they can be tamed. Pair stilettos with wide leg or skinny jeans and a casual, loosefitted shirt. This will spice up a relatively chill outfit and make the wearer stand out in the crowd — literally. Stilettos are known as the nighttime shoe, so let them shine with a simple formfitting cocktail dress and shiny jewelry.

PATTERNED AND GLITTERY SHOES

may seem like they can only be worn occasionally, but with careful selections, they can be extremely versatile. With patterned shoes, follow the same rule employed with simple flats and choose your favorite color in the pattern and then select a skirt or pair of pants that matches. For a dressy look, wear glittery shoes with a sparkly necklace, shimmer eye makeup and a simple dress.

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SIMPLE FLATS

may seem like they play second fiddle to a snazzy outfit, but they can easily serve as the framework for a variety of looks. Purchase a nice pair of classic, brightly colored flats with one unique detail — whether it’s a cool buckle, strap or peep-toe — and revolve your outfit around these. For example, with a pair of fire engine red flats, throw on some black jeans, a striped top and a red lip to tie it all together. These same shoes can be worn in formal settings. For a night out on Court Street, wear the flats with a floral-patterned dress with flecks of red and a red sweater.

LEATHER BOOTS

are a staple of fall and can often act as the framework for any and all outfits. Match a nice pair of brown or black leather boots with skinny jeans to make the boots stand out. Or put wide-legged jeans over the boots to downplay the shoes. Almost any type of shirt will work with this style. A sweater or blazer is perfect for fall, especially when paired with a decorative scarf. Boots also work well with patterned tights under dresses and skirts. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 185


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t’s hard to decide what’s worse: seeing someone wear a completely boring outfit or seeing someone throw on every print, belt and accessory from his or her closet. Finding a happy medium between these two looks can be tricky but doable. Recently, statement pieces are showing up on the runway and sales floor and can serve as the perfect complement to basic pieces in every closet. This balance of quirkiness and practicality can create a polished and fashion-forward look.

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SHOES Even men can follow this trend with a pair of fun loafers or their favorite pair of bright tennis shoes. Although neutrals and basics are always in, adding a bright shoe or printed pant can spice up an outfit and show off personal style.

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CHUNKY NECKLACE Making a statement in a simple outfit can be done just by adding accessories. Pairing an over-sized, chunky necklace with a chiffon blouse or fitted, three-quarter-length button up can instantly dress up an outfit. Another option is throwing on a brightcolored or even studded belt to separate a basic top and bottom. Guys can rock the studded belt or even incorporate studded gloves, which Burberry designed for the upcoming chilly season.

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SHOES No look is finished without a great pair of shoes. If an outfit is slightly understated, spice it up with a bright yellow pump or eyecatching flat.

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EMBELLISHED BLAZER Another great staple piece perfect for the cooler weather is a blazer. Whether it is a light blue or sharp red, or covered in diamonds and studs, the style can make a floaral dress look sophisticated yet effortless. And with stores like H&M and Forever 21 selling these statement pieces, the look can easily be achieved at a bargain price. Regardless of gender, it is a fearless look.

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PRINTS FOR MEN Don’t fret fellas, this trend is not just for girls. Dries Van Noten and Versace created vintage prints in tops and bottoms that are expected to be big for fall menswear. For guys, it is less about floral and more about rustic, almost wallpaper-like designs. These styles look fabulous with a neutral button-up top or a tailored jacket. 192 | THREAD


PRINTED PANTS Although pants are often worn as a basic, they can also be tweaked for a trend. Last spring, mint green, soft yellow and other pastels were taking over shorts and skinny jeans to create adventurous looks. But now, it’s all about the patterns. Whether it is a fierce animal print or a vintage floral pattern, stars like Emma Watson and KhloÊ Kardashian have been spotted rocking patterned pants this season. To make this outfit work the way these stars did, pair this statement piece with a casual, basic top. Wearing just a simple sweater will prevent the outfit from looking overworked .

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here is something special about a handcrafted piece of apparel. The time put into it is visible with every stitch of a needle and one-of-a-kind design. It’s without a doubt that each item, whether a hat or necklace, is made with a specific person in mind and isn’t something available in every clothing store in America. In Uganda and Peru, a group of women crochet each hat one by one. A new sense of hope has been instilled in these women ever since joining the non-profit organization, Krochet Kids intl. It’s rare to find three guys who consider crocheting a hobby and are willing to be open about it and use it to change lives. For Kohl Crecelius and his friends Travis Hartanov and Stewart Ramsey, crocheting custom orders for friends was a way to earn some extra cash in high school. During summer breaks, they volunteered in developing countries, specifically Uganda. Stewart 196 | THREAD

came back with an idea that has changed many women’s lives. While he was in Uganda, he met people who lived there as internally-displaced persons and who were tired of relying on aid organizations to survive. Stewart asked what they needed and the women’s responses weren’t basic material goods. They wanted a job. They wanted to stop being dependent and worrying how their kids would eat or go to school. With the encouragement of family and friends, the three started to crochet again to sell hats and they applied to become a non-profit organization. After countless meetings and planning, they all went to Uganda and taught ten women how to master crocheting. A hook and yarn stitched a path of opportunity and accomplishment for these women who spent years in refugee camps. Today, over 150 women in Uganda and 20 in Peru are building a future for themselves and their children. “Our model is one of a kind. We strive to empower women and help


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women get on their feet by providing them with a job,” said Ashley Baldwin, communications mastermind of Krochet Kids International. Krochet Kids intl. gives these women more than a job. “We provide a three part system. The first is giving the women a job and then providing education in baking, farming and getting financially stable by helping them open a bank account. The last part is a mentorship program run by the 10 original women. It’s a full circle of giving back,” Baldwin said. After establishing a location in Uganda, the company saw how well the products were received abroad so the next logical step was to add an additional location. With a distance of 7,422.08 miles from Uganda and the continent of South America, Peru was the next location where the lives of women would be changed forever. “South America was the next great step and we have a connection with one of our staff,” Baldwin said. “The level of poverty is really high there compared to other countries. Peru is a way of diversifying our products and working with women from another culture and challenging ourselves in a diverse setting.” Between the women in Uganda and the women in Peru, Krochet Kids intl. offers a range of styles in hats, tanks and tees for men and women. Baldwin said their most popular products are hats and tank tops. The 5207.5 is a unisex hat and comes in all different colors. An original, The Betty, is thick yet breathable and comes in peach, gold, black and taupe. Every hat carries love and a signature of the woman who crocheted

it. On the Krochet Kids intl. website, customers can hear the stories from the woman who made the product. “It’s incredible to see these stories and we have features on the women’s lives such as their kids going to school and a new project they are working on,” said Baldwin. “It’s great we have a staff in each country so we can see pictures and document the progress. Recently, we received a picture of a woman who just bought her own two cows. It’s things like these that are rewarding to see.”

Baldwin said Krochet Kids intl. is always looking to expand and share their employment opportunities, but also wants to make sure the organization is giving everything the women need who are living in Uganda and Peru. Before working for Krochet Kids intl. many of these women struggled every day to provide basic meals and opportunities for not only their children, but for themselves. With skills in crocheting and hope for the future, these women are improving their lives and giving back by returning the opportunity to other women. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 197


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high-waistedpants rant By ERIN GOLDEN

High-waisted pants: one trend making a comeback from yesteryear that I'm NOT happy about. Not only do they resemble a nightmarish outfit your mom tried to (and probably did) rock during the '80s, but the style can be extremely unflattering. Though some people are in love with the look, others remain skeptical. High-waisted shorts should be put away in the back of closets, never to be seen again. Girls with small, hourglass figures may be able to handle the high and tight waist because it has the potential to flatter their shape. For many, though, the shorts not only create a “mom-butt," they also hide the waistline, leading to a shapeless figure. This fad CAN work, just as long as people know how to wear it correctly. Knowing your body type and shape is key when deciding whether this trend is worth repping. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus may be able to pull it off, but Kim Khardashian would be smart to leave her fashion decisions to boyfriend Kanye West.

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By NADIA KURTZ

I’m obsessed with high-waisted pants for two different reasons: first of all, they look great on almost all body types and secondly, they are super comfortable. When it comes to fashion, I try not to be inhibited. High-waisted pants are one of the few trends that really stand out to me. Whether they are patterned and brightly colored or just a simple light-wash denim, this style draws attention. If you have a ruler body type like mine, it is essential to accentuate the hips. High-waisted pants are great because they fasten at the midriff, giving the illusion of a small waistline and curvier hips. Even if you have a naturally curvy body type, these pants will just show off one of your greatest assets.   After eating a big meal, I don’t want to worry about my stomach rolls folding over the top of my waistline, leaving painful red marks. When I’m wearing low-rise jeans, I’m constantly trying to suck in my stomach. But highrise pants do the job for me. They can pull in any stomach flab and eliminate worries about pants falling too low.   So whether I’m just lounging around or trying to be stylish, high-rise pants are the ultimate go-to.

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October 2012