Reflection Magazine Fall 2017

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Fall Volume I 2017

Featuring :

Lingerie Designer Stephanie Vuolo Australian Designer:

Kym Ellery

Girl Exposed:

Secret Life “Story of a Privileged Girl Gone Wrong”


Introduction Reflection Magazine is an international fashion magazine that focuses on up and coming fashion designers from around the world as well as topics on women’s interests. We are a unique magazine that aids in discovering how women from around the world think, dream and overcome issues that many women face on a day to day basis. We offer a blend of content featuring new or undiscovered designers from Brooklyn to Hong Kong and topics such as fashion, style, women’s health, beauty, and much more.

Mission Statement Reflection Magazine is a publication aimed at revolutionizing women’s self-sense of beauty in their reflection. We advocate for confidence in every individual’s unique style and aesthetic. Through our distinctive view and portrayal of fashion and beauty, inside and out, we promote the celebration of young, undiscovered talent in clothing design, while steering away from the conventional notions that are currently placed in the fashion industry. We strive to be a contribution to the day when women will look in the mirror and not feel the need to compare themselves to an impossible, edited, and unrealistic image of perfection. Instead, they will appreciate the glamor and elegance they possess in their own expression of style. Paul Andrews Publisher



Media Correspondant

Paul Andrews

Richard Brooks

Executive Editor

Marketing & Sales

Art Directors

Contributing Writers

Joe D’ambrosi Nazir Abbas Joe Klaus

Scatto Savit

Kristen Catalano

Virginia deGuzman Arielle Tipa Hannah Mayer Kristen Catalano Gabriella Saitta Jacalyn Malsich Andreanna Hammond Genista J.

Graphic Artists


Managing Editor Joe Klaus


Jackie Monaco Rebecca Bruch Nazir Abbas

Nazir Abbas Jackie Monaco Kevin Sperando Nathalie Bravo

Thank you to our internet sources for other images used throughout this publication


1.800.680.3213 Copyright Information Reflection Magazine (ISSN 1931 – 5295) is published monthly by UA Media, Inc., 24 Woodbine Avenue, Northport, New York, 11768. All contents copyright 2016 by UA Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use in whole o rpart of the content without the prior written consent of UA Media, Inc. is strictly prohibited. All logos and trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. Although the writers and the publisher have exhaustively researched all sources to ensure the accuracy and the completeness of the information contained in this publication, we assume no responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, omissions, or any inconsistency herein. The opinions expressed in all materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of UA Media, Inc. or Reflection Magazine. Printed in the United States of America.



Fashion 6. Underneath it All: An Interview with Lingerie Designer Stephanie Vuolo

14. Kitsch Me, I’m Yours: Tess Norquay 30. Bobby Kolade

Makes Jackets Luxurious

40. Tata Christiane Deconstructing Clothes and Beauty

52. Kim Ellery:

Australian Fashion Designer Showing in Paris

60. German Designer: Jil Sander

Style 10. Fall 2017 Eyeshadow Trends Featured Designer Stephanie Vuolo


26. The Latest Nail Trends

34. The Newest Hair Trends 44. Nostalgia Circa 1990s 64. Six New Shoe Trends to Know for Fall

Lifestyle 12. Girl Exposed: Sexuality

18. Secret Life:

Story of a Privileged Girl Gone Wrong

22. Park Chan Wook’s The Handmaiden: Historical Revenge Draped in Lace

28. Things to do in NY in the Fall 36. From Bad Crazy to Good 46. Interracial Relationships 56. As Seen Through Blue Eyes: Meditation not


58. Being Single

Letter From the Editor Dear Readers, Let me start by saying hello, I am the new editor of Reflection Magazine and I couldn’t be more excited to start this journey with you! We have been working hard to put together our first edition of Reflection Magazine for you. Through our fashion magazine we aim to give women the confidence to define their own sense of beauty and appreciate their uniqueness. Throughout this issue you will find features on designers from around the world including Germany, Australia and New Zealand. There will also be empowering stories of women who have gone through situations meant to break them but come out on the other side stronger then ever. In this issue we tackle subjects such as race, sexuality and mental health while also discussing the hottest fashion and beauty trends for this upcoming fall season. There will truly be something for everyone! With the fall season upon us remember that it is alright to add a splash of color to your everyday look, long gone are the days where fall means you must wear brown and black for the next couple of months. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! As the famous Miuccia Prada once said, “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language,” so make sure that you wear what you want and what makes you feel beautiful, don’t let anyone dim your shine. The best, Kristen Catalano


Underneath It

An Interview with

Story By: Arielle Tipa



Lingerie Designer Stephanie Vuolo


idden amidst the mid-morning rush of taxi hails, endless espresso lines, and barking street vendors are New York City’s best-kept secrets. In studios both seedy and splendid, little-known apparel designers hope to see their blood, sweat, and tears come to life – that is, both on the runway and emblazoned on billboards well-nigh the size of their dreams. One can only imagine having pin-punctured mannequins metamorphose into their (fashionably late) fairy godmothers, making their every wish come true. Among these urban denizens working above and beyond the typical 9-5 shift is Stephanie Vuolo, a Long Island-born designer naturally unfazed by the clamor and confusion of The Big Apple, where blouse-andblazer ensembles are as common as recycling bins. But Vuolo isn’t designing office wear, nor is she catering to the ever-changing “business casual” standard of dress. She’s dedicated to what’s underneath the everyday work uniform, proving that intimates aren’t strictly reserved for dimly lit weekends. A 2015 graduate of FIT’s Fashion & Apparel Design program and former intern for Victoria’s Secret,

Vuolo’s pieces go beyond lingerie’s stance as fashion’s most seductive form of handiwork. Rather, the flawless intricacy which is lovingly embedded into every stitch speaks for itself, with detailing that teeters between demure and dauntless. Reflection had the pleasure of speaking with Vuolo recently, who discussed her past and present work within the lingerie industry.


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Q: What drives you to work exclusively with intimates? A: As a designer I’ve always had a sense of femininity in my designs. More luxurious fabrics like silk and laces have always inspired me. I am also very meticulous and I think as far as lingerie goes, quality and details are everything. From the fit of the garment to the final product, everything has to be perfect down to the stitching. Overall it just comes natural to me, I have a passion for designing all types of lingerie, there like little works of art. More recently I’ve ventured into swimwear as well as bridal lingerie. I love the many outlets Intimate apparel allows you to have, there’s a market for just about anything. Q: What are you narrating through your pieces? What stories do you think they tell (through a consumer’s POV)? A: I started by doing custom pieces, offering customers designs that are one of a kind, made to measure, However, I recently realized where I wanted my business to


grow. I recently started making custom bridal lingerie for close family & friends who were soon to wed. I felt like I connected more with my designs and my customers. I loved how I could feel like I was a part of a love story, providing special, one of a kind pieces for any bride to feel and look beautiful in on her wedding night. Q: How did your internship at Victoria’s Secret influence your work as a designer, if at all? A: Victoria’s Secret was great because it was really my first introduction into the corporate world. I got a taste of what it was like to work in a fast paced environment as well as just learning the in’s and out’s of the business. I also made so many great connections that have come in handy for networking. Q: I’ve noticed that you mainly adhere to a more neutral and subdued color palette for your lingerie. Do you have any intentions on working with brighter selections of material?

A: My color palettes have always had a dustier, richer looking color scheme. Something about muted hues is soft and calming yet still sexy and feminine. I enjoy using vibrant colors like bright reds or deep maroons and navy’s but I feel with lingerie it’s easy to make a garment look inexpensive by using the wrong colors. Q: With the industry’s long-overdue inclusion of “normal” and “plus-size” models, what is your stance on body diversity within fashion (i.e. lingerie)? A: I think it’s important to have a certain customer when designing your own collection but I also believe you shouldn’t limit your customer. I’ve done a lot of work for women who are fuller and still looking for a certain aesthetic. I’ve done anything from 38DDD to 34B and anywhere in between. I like the challenge and the complete creative control while also collaborating with my customer too meet their needs.

as an artist, especially as one living in Manhattan? A: There’s a lot of competition with new emerging designers especially now more than ever in intimate apparel. I try to just focus on what I have to offer people, focus on my future plans for my business and myself. I’m constantly sketching, pulling inspirational photos, traveling, anything to keep me going. The struggle I had most was figuring out how and where to start. I’ve realized that each new project is another step to where I want to be. That’s what really keeps me grounded… my vision, staying true to my brand and myself.

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Q: Since fashion is one of the most sought-after and selective fields in the world, how do you stay grounded


Cold Weather? Heat It Up with Fall 2017

Eye Trends! Story By: Christina Michael


s summer comes to a close, the times of breezy, natural, and fresh makeup looks are over. The heat and humidity aren’t problems anymore; like eyeliner melting off your face. Fall 2017 eye-makeup trends are bold, fearless, and revolutionary to what has been done in the past. Within the last year, its as if everybody has become a professional makeup artist. YouTube tutorials, Pinterest tips, Instagram celebs – its easier than ever for women to use high-end products and create a professional look themselves. They find inspiration at the tips of their fingers. Perhaps this is why this season’s eyeshadow looks have gone above and beyond; makeup artists need to push the boundaries from the typical smokey eye and contour that everyone is now a pro at creating. Let’s start with the hottest trend seen on the runway for this season – some fire red colors. The deep burgundy used by La Perla on the Fall-Winter 2017 Runway brings sophisticated richness to a look. If you want to pump up your fresh face even more, these coppery autumn shades will definitely make a statement. Everyone anticipates the day when the weather gets just a little cooler, cool enough to get their beloved Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The hues of the changing leaves (and pumpkin spice) are perfectly reflected in these makeup artists’ creations and bring an added pop to the designs on the runway. But don’t you worry, you can get your autumn inspired shades from affordable professional brands.


Urban Decay launched its limited edition Naked Heat Palette, filled with all the toasty metallics we’re falling in love with this season. The sexy new palette incorporates warm and light copper hues as well as intense metallics and the deep plum and burgundy seen with La Perla. Eyeshadow too much effort for you? Not to worry, skipping it all together can still give you an on-trend look. Effortless sweeps of eyeliner will establish an edge and the harshness isn’t too much for the fall and winter seasons. Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Marni all display interpretations of this eyeliner frenzy in different ways. Last but not least, bring your inner rocker out with shimmery metallics. Sparkling neutrals and grays will amp up your aesthetic; whether it be day or night and will make your natural eye color pop. Dior has the two perfect palettes for whatever your metal mood is – gold and rich brown shades and silvers and blacks. Whether you’re ready to face the loss of summer weather or not, Fall eye looks are coming in hot so embrace them, add your own twist, and most importantly: don’t be afraid to be bold.




By: A Girl Exposed Early on in life I understood what beauty was. It was gifted to me in my artistic ways of appreciation. I appreciated every sunset. How the little droplets of morning dew and how they glowed early in the morning. How my street would steam after a hot summer’s rain. Beauty is everywhere and in every form. As I got older this idea grew more complex. While dealing with body dysmorphia (a psychological ailment where your body image is illogically skewed as to how it actually looks). I would look around and start to compare myself to other girls. After awhile and quite a bit of therapy later, the body dysmorphia was no longer an issue, but I didn’t stop looking at other girls. I was no longer comparing, I was appreciating. I lost my virginity when I was 15 to my first boyfriend. I thought it was what I was supposed to do. Looking back now, I know that I was way too young and should have waited. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20. After that relationship ended disastrously I had sworn off men. I was turned off from men, but I was still looking at these girls around me. I was envious of their bodies, their curves, and their legs. I wasn’t just appreciating anymore. I was turned on. I thought that anything that provoked these deep and powerful feelings had to be beautiful.


I met a lesbian right around then and she introduced me to the world of bi-sexuality. She ended up becoming my first girlfriend. It was wonderful and full of emotions and sensations that I hadn’t felt with a guy before, but like most things in high school, it ended. I didn’t date too much after that. I had a fling with one of my best friends that professed her sexual attraction to me after my new found bi-sexual status. I got fairly promiscuous with men because I just could not find a sense of satisfaction anywhere. I was so confused. Men had the parts that I wanted but women held my appreciation and attention so much more. I came to the conclusion in my head that I was neither gay, straight, nor bi. If I had that deep and powerful emotional connection with someone it really doesn’t matter their parts. That’s what I told myself, it sounded profound and was accepted. It was accepted by everyone but me. Am I gay? Am I straight? Is bi- sexuality even a thing or am I just confused? Well, confused is definitely the answer and it definitely didn’t feel beautiful. I’m an adult now and I haven’t dated a girl since high school. I’ve barely even dated men since high school either.

Although I still go out with and sleep with men, I still have this intense attraction for the female body. I am still sexually aroused by women just as much as men, but I’m still confused. Am I supposed to have an answer to this question yet? All the answers that I’ve ever given out haven’t sat right with me. How do I not know the answer to my own sexuality yet? Every time I have a bad date with a man, I swear up and down that I’m going back to dating women, but I don’t know how! How do I flirt with a girl? How do I let her know that I’m into her and how will I know if she’s into me? Sexuality is such a confusing thing. So is beauty, as well as love. After a while of pondering this thought I came to the realization that you don’t have to understand something that is beautiful. My confusion is such a lovely thing because I’m not trying to stick myself to some standard that is being pushed on me. I’m able to voice my confusion about what I want and that in itself is a wonderful feeling. We live in a world where we have the freedom of choice. We can love who we want, sleep with who we want and even marry who we want. Having that choice is the most fascinating part about living in this world today.





Story By: Arielle Tipa


hen first observing Tess Norquay’s designs, images of overflowing 80’s and 90’s thrift store artifacts immediately pop into mind: colorful FILA ski jackets, pop art-incorporated tees, and your aunt’s worn-out but otherwise chic harem pants. In spite of these comparisons to eras way back when, Norquay doesn’t merely take inspiration from fluorescent patterns and synth-y pop charts. In iD Fashion, the New Zealand-based designer described her most recent collection, “PLEASE LIKE ME” as “fatigued and irritable” and “bored of waiting” - a none too silent archival collection of “exploring the way in which women are subjected to terms that otherwise apply to products. Norquay “critiques and parodies the patriarchal ideologies of the advertising industry

that reduces women to concepts and makes them feel accountable for their assigned two-dimensional value.” This Massey University graduate and 2017 iD Dunedin Fashion Week award-winner lovingly uses things few designers wouldn’t dare to nurture into runway-worthy marvels fabrics that loudly evoke unconscious memories of day-glo raves and uninterrupted fun. Whimsical and indeed kitsch-worthy, Norquay combines patterns and fabrics that otherwise wouldn’t be used within the same ensemble, which would explain her recently-obtained Award for Excellence in Design. Norquay’s uncommon approach to her artistry involves the intermingling of plaid and pom poms, bows and animal prints, and custom stitching taking the form of elaborate lobsters and angry cartoon faces, as

seen in her “Author Unknown” collection. As stated in an interview for Medium, Norquay’s reasons behind her designs and patterns (as well as her own personal style and way of dress) are centered on the objectification of the female form through the lens of the male gaze, as well as the retaliation that follows. It is, according to Norquay, more so “a subversive take on the idea of affirming a patriarchal oppressor.” Norquay also believes it is vital to “critique the parts of society that we aren’t happy with.”

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Q: Where does your fascination with 80’s-esque and kitsch patterning/style stem from? A: Those weren’t active choices, but looking now, I can see how you reached that conclusion! My starting points with designing this collection were a little bit of garish 90s fashion (think Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and a bit of New Zealand flavouring sprinkled over the top. The New Zealand flavour being the incorporation of design details from the clothes farmers and labourers wear: high visibility, oversized pockets, durable fabrics. These were very vague references, though I find, for me at least, having too solid of an image in your head hinders the clothes’ ability to develop organically. Q: What designers, musicians, and/or visual artists have inspired and continue to inspire you throughout your career? A: I’ve recently discovered Hannah Jinkins, and I love everything she does. I’m a sucker for hardwearing fabrics and unusual pattern making, and she


ticks all the boxes for me. Each new Instagram post from her makes my heart flutter, it’s like waiting for the boy your teenage self had a crush on to text you. A lot of the illustrations I did for my prints were inspired by David Shrigley, an artist from Glasgow whose drawings are very funny and deeply disturbing at the same time. Every bad mood I’ve ever had has been fixed by flicking through his body of work, and cackling away. Q: Where do you find your fabrics? A: I designed the majority of the fabric prints myself, which I then got printed through The prints were intended to parody advertising tropes used to objectify women - hairy feet for the disembodied limb, cartoon underwear for the Madonna/whore complex, and the like. I also work at a fabric store, which is a blessing, particularly for some of my stranger requests (“Hello workmates, who knows where I can get ten metres of fluoro orange denim? Thanks”).

Q: Where do you stand on individuality and unconventionality in fashion? Do you believe there is more or less of it these days and why? A: Honestly? I don’t know. That’s a tricky one. I try not to see clothes as “individual” or “not individual” because I think so much of fashion is what each person brings to each piece, in terms of styling, the context they wear it in, things like that. I find it so interesting to watch someone else restyle my pieces, because the outcome is so different every time, combinations emerging I wouldn’t have thought of. I think the Internet has changed things substantially though- nowhere is isolated anymore, so everyone, be that designer, or consumer, has a wider spectrum of what their wardrobe could look like. Q: Lastly, how did it feel to be mentioned recently in Vogue Italia? A: Completely surreal! I feel like I’m being Punk’d and Ashton Kutcher’s going to come out at any moment! Instagram: @tessnorquay


Park Chan-Wook’s

The Handmaiden:

Historical Revenge Draped in Lace Story by: Andreana Hammond


ark Chan-Wook is a master filmmaker in many forms- most recognizably in the realm of the extreme. With revenge serving as a current in his previous work, “Oldboy,” “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” “Lady Vengeance”, the Handmaiden is in this case not dissimilar. Released this past October and hailed by some critics as a new masterpiece, his audience is given another female-driven thriller beautifully costumed in a way where the clothes are not just decorative eye candy per the usual period piece. The characters, rather, are dressed with an emotion that carries significant historical baggage. The Handmaiden is an adaptation of the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Rather than the Victorian English backdrop of the original, Handmaiden is set during a 1930’s Japanese occupied Korea. At the center is the charming Fujiwara, played by Ha Jung-woo, a Korean conman who is masquerading as a Japanese count in effort to seduce the Japanese heiress Hideko portrayed by Kim Min-Hie. Between the two is a young Korean handmaiden Sook-yee, Kim Tae-ri, who easily is roped into the faux count’s scheme with the promise of a share in the ultimate prize. Without exposing too much of the film’s intricate plot, the characters are constantly attempting to seduce or are actually seducing and deceiving one another. With the clothing in the film, Park’s effort is equal to his gorgeous setting on the Japanese estate. Hideko for much of the film wears pale blouses and white dresses, the western fashion of the time. To consider her position- a wealthy Japanese heiress living in occupied Korea who desires to live in a combination of a Japanese and Western style- can imply a limbo in the state of position and of being. She appears in a formal emerald-colored shoulder-revealing gown, both in person and in portrait,


which captures the awe of Sook-yee when she arrives at the estate. It is important that the Lady of the mansion never exposes her hands. Hideko keeps them covered with gloves or long sleeves of lace. The romance sequences in the first part of the film between Hideko and Fujiwara are dressed almost entirely in fashions you’d expect from Downton Abbey. These dressings serve as a visible barrier to their truer selves while engaged in their deceptions. It is during these sequences that Sook-yee, however, remains in between them often dressed in the traditional Korean ensemble, the working-class version of the hanbok. Hanbok denotes both the male and female Korean ensemble of both working and wealthy classes, and yet, if the male version appears in the film, it is hidden in the background. Cont. pg 24

"For a film like The Handmaiden, clothing isn't simple decoration."


Sook-yee does fall for Hideko, complicating the plot further, but also giving the women the opportunity to become closer and switch roles through their clothing. Hideko encourages Sookyee to wear her Oxford heels and stunning earrings with a game that can puzzle Park’s audience as to the nature of their authenticity toward one another. For our faux Count Fujiwara, his western suits mark his enduring attempt at deception and assimilation to Japanese high-society in effort to survive. As the main Korean male character, the nature of emasculation in the film isn’t reduced to a comedic compliment to his almost caricatured dashing presentation. This film is entirely wrapped in a historical metaphor. Yoshiaki Yoshimi, professor at Chuo University in Tokyo of Japanese modern history, writes in his book, Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II, about the insufficient depictions of Japanese sexual exploitation of Korean women during the occupation. He argues that these exploitations are often sorely left out of representations of the time period. “The plight” he says, “of comfort stations survivors has seldom figured prominently in that representation, no doubt because it not only highlights the emasculation of Korean men under Japanese colonial domination (unable to protect “their” women from Japanese depredations) but also inevitably raises the issue of collaboration by Korean procurers.” Of course, the film also has a sadistic older Japanese uncle of Hideko whose perversions are bizarre, explicit, and often violent humiliations. For a film like The Handmaiden, clothing isn’t simple decoration. Fashion choices in these contexts can represent power, submission, or mask a character’s hidden desires. With regard to portrayal, is it worth it ask whether historically abused and exploited women can be given a just revenge on film? Probably not, but in Park’s Handmaiden this revenge is exquisitely dressed.




Trends of 2017


Story By: Kristen Catalano


his year has seen an influx of new, simpler nail trends. The long, catlike nails that took the fashion world by storm last year have faded and been replaced with shorter more naturally shaped nails. Also behind us are the days of bright colored, overstated nails with many of the models in the recent fashion weeks opting for more metallic colors, silvers and golds especially. These colors are perfect for everyday use because they match your office attire as well as your dress when you go to the club on the weekend. Black accents are also on the rise this year in the form of stripes, curves or even on the tips. This look may be bold but it will add a chic look to your outfit and match literally everything. This is perfect for both everyday wear and for special occasions because of is versatility. For anyone who loves natural, minimalistic looks this next trend will be music to your ears! Many people have been opting for a more natural look with neutral colors such as beige, white, rosy and baby pink. This is a timeless look that will leave your fingers looking soft and feminine. Using neutral tones on your nails will also make both your nails and fingers look longer then they are! Neutral tones on nails is a great idea for anyone who choses bold clothing options because it will accent it without taking away from your outfit. Another nail style that it relatively new to the scene is embellished cuticles. This look requires a neutral nail base with glitter, gray or even mismatched shapes around the cuticle. The neutral base is the key to puling off this look so that your attention is drawn to the accent at the cuticle. Embellished cuticles have been dubbed as “nail jewelry�.


Things to do in

New York in the Fall


Story By: Kristen Catalano


xperiencing New York in the fall is something that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. There are a plenty things to do in New York in the fall but we have complied a list of the top things that you have to do before it gets too cold outside and you retreat to your couch with a cup of hot chocolate and Netlfix. The first thing that you should do is take a trip out to the eastern part of Long Island to go apple or pumpkin picking. If you live in the city this may seem like a long journey but trust me the scenery that you will see on the drive alone will be worth the trip. Once you’re out there you will see plenty of signs for pumpkin and apple picking and most of the farms offer other activities such as hay rides, corn mazes and petting zoos. Another great thing to do in New York in the fall is attend “Cider Week”. This years “Cider Week” will take place from October 20th to October 29th and will be featured in restaurants, bars and shops across four boroughs. The boroughs participating are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Cider Week NYC celebrates craft cider by increasing its prescence in local spots. A complete list of participating locations can be found on their website: The Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park are also another thing you should try this fall. Fort Totten Park is located in Queens and the tours will take place on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. The tours will be from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. but participants must arrive no later then 8 p.m. in order to be guaranteed admittance. The Park Rangers will lead you through the haunted Fort Totten Water Battery and its free so what have you got to lose? The last thing that you should definitely try to make time for if you are living in New York or visiting this fall is to visit Central Park. Central Park is truly breathtaking in the fall so have a picnic or just hang out in the foliage. It doesn’t matter what you do you will not be disappointed.




roducing all of his clothes locally in Germany, environmentally conscious Bobby Kolade prioritizes sustainability in all aspects of his business. From the Fairtrade fabrics he uses, to the 100% Vegan shoes he collaborated with Mats Rombaut on, this Berlin-based designer constantly looks for ways he can manufacture luxurious items while also minimizing any environmental impact that may result from it. This respect for the planet may be in part due to Kolade relocating numerous times since a very young age. The son of a Nigerian and a German, he was born in Sudan in 1987 and raised in Uganda until he moved to Germany in 2005. After completing his studies in fashion design in 2013 at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin (The Academy of the Arts), he packed up once more and moved to Paris, where he gained invaluable knowledge under the tutelage of the designers at Balenciaga and Maison Margiela. It’s not only physically that Kolade travels. He also uses different places to emotionally and stylistically inform his fashion collections. Starting with a specific place in mind, be it an office, courtyard, or workroom in West Africa, he injects their unique atmospheres and feeling into each season of clothing. In his Summer ‘16 collection, he transported us to Benin and Nigeria, the bold collection inspired by the expressive Yoruba people. Whereas Winter ‘13/14 felt more like wandering around a gothic European city like Antwerp or Amsterdam on a wintery day: all oversized coats and wide lapels paired with woolen trousers and fitted blouses. It’s this unique marriage of cultures and influences that make Kolade’s designs stand out from the rest. Drawing on both sides of his ancestry and bi-continental experience, he combines European cuts and embellishments (ties, belts) with African fabrics, resulting in a refreshing cosmopolitan look that is entirely new. The BOBBY KOLADE label equals classic shapes, elegant designs and exquisite tailoring. It also means exciting experimentation with fabrics, unexpected textures and cutout detailing.


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Even with all of the different influences and styles that Kolade combines, one signature look that remains a backbone to his label is the women’s trouser suit, and especially the jacket. Actually, correction, make that: The Jacket. Right from his second collection, ‘39’ (named after the amount of pieces sewn together to make each jacket), Kolade has reworked suiting over and over again. He cites The Jacket as probably the most difficult item to produce, but a firm favourite nonetheless, and as it turns out, the perfect vessel for experimentation. For Spring/Summer ‘15, the focus was on the woman’s back and how to show it off (Kolade credits the inspiration to the moment when a woman walks out of the dressing room and turns to check her back in the mirror). The collection featured backless suit jackets with slitted sleeves, smart woolen vests, blazers with a kimono twist, long, luxurious coats and cropped trousers. Then for Winter ‘15/16 we saw yet another approach to suiting and outerwear. Working with a touch more vibrancy in both colour and texture, this collection was playful, curious, and eccentric. From bright yellow casual jackets with drawstring waists, blue bombers with glitter patch pockets, short sleeved trench coats in a metallic ice blue, and jackets with bright red exterior hand stitching along the seams, this collection saw Kolade really merge the distinct sartorial styles of Europe and Africa together. Whether he is making trench coats, pantsuits, tailored blouses, turtlenecks, tapered trousers, or tuxedo jackets, Kolade stays playful and innovative with his fabrics. He consciously avoids leather and fur, instead choosing biologically grown fabrics and alternative materials like hand-woven, untreated cotton from Ethiopia and Bark Cloth. Processed from fig tree bark and purchased from eco-friendly manufacturers in Uganda, Bark Cloth is a Fairtrade fabric and yet further proof that Kolade supports local production efforts. He does however admit maintaining these values isn’t always easy, when it costs around four times what it could do, just to manufacture in Germany. But he believes the closer he is to the production of the product, the more personal and precious (read luxurious) it will become, for himself and the wearer. The care and attention Kolade puts into his fabric choice, design process and manufacturing is no doubt responsible for the growing numbers of fans he has. His no-shoulder bomber jacket already has a loyal following, and his navy woolen cape has also proven to be a big hit. It seems the reign of The Jacket will continue for some time - as long as Bobby Kolade is around. Follow him on Instagram and check out his latest collection at



The Newest Hair Trends Story By: Kristen Catalano


eady to try something new with your hair? Tired of the same old style? Well look no further. Here are three of the hottest hair trends on the scene!

The first hair trend that has popped up recently is hidden rainbow hair. Hidden rainbow hair is true to its name, the idea is that you dye the bottom layer of your hair the colors of a rainbow but keep a more natural, neutral tone on top. As a result of the rainbow being covered up you can chose to showcase it to the world on your terms as opposed to walking around with multicolored hair 24/7. This is a great option for someone who works in an office and needs to look polished at work but likes to experiment with their hair. The most important part of doing this look is to make sure you lighten your hair enough to a point where the colors will be vibrant because mixing certain colors with your base hair tone may result in a different color then you expect. It is probably best not to try this one at home and make a trip to the salon! Another hair trend that seems to be making an appearance is super straight hair. Do you remember in middle school when you mastered making your hair pin straight? Well time its time to break out the hair straightener and heat protectant spray again because straight hair is in! This look is a favorite of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. Hairstylists recommend spraying hairspray on a toothbrush and gently brushing down any flyways to achieve that super flat look! A third hair trend that is popping up is the use of ribbons! Ribbons are no longer reserved for little girls with pig tails. Jennifer Aniston has used ribbons to complement a simple high pony and Kerry Washington also jumped in on the trend by using a ribbon to make an elegant headband. You can also incorporate a ribbon into a braid for a pop of color!



FROM BAD CRAZY Story By: Elle Rea


elcome to the chaos- a monthly series of everything I did wrong, and how I loved every minute of it. Make sure your mind is open, and enjoy the ride. Doesn’t the idea of turning 21 sound exhilarating? That’s what I always thought; it would make me an “adult”! 21 brings about a new sense of freedom, possibility, and all the excitement of being young with nothing tying you down. Prior to turning 21, I was an insecure pothead wrapped up in a five- year, unhappy, soulsucking relationship. This was my comfort zone and the person I thought I would marry. He was my first, and even though I wasn’t happy, I was ready to settle down with him - convinced that things would get better. I finally got the courage to change the life I’ve known for the last five years. I ended it. This is the turning point where a sweet and quiet little girl turned into a reckless whirlwind; destroying everything in her path. Typically people just have drunken night out with girlfriends to grieve the end of a relationship. Not me. I went to a tattoo convention in Baltimore. I drank around the clock and was praised for it. I was finally allowed to wear revealing, wild outfits. It was a great experience that I won’t ever forget. But there are some memories from that night that I wouldn’t mind losing. I would like to forget having sex with a man who had a girlfriend in the other room, and my best friend in the bed right next to me.


This was just the beginning of my chaos. I was ready for more; I wanted to experience everything, and the fantasy I had of being 21 promised that. When the day of my 21st birthday finally arrived, I walked straight to the liquor store, bought a bottle of rum, and drank it to the last drop. That day I also got a tattoo that I barely even have a memory of happening. Apparently it was a very painful spot; but I felt nothing – it was all numbed out. This was the starting point of my blackout drinking. At the time, it was awesome. I thought I was on top of the world because my alcohol tolerance was getting higher. If I could drink like the guys, then I’d be happy. Where else would I have been than my typical hangout spot? It was my best friend’s tattoo shop where there was a constant party around the clock. I would wake up, go straight the shop; wasting the day away doing whatever the hell I wanted. I got tattoos, cut my hair short, and dyed it all sorts of colors. Friends would pop in and out all day. I became a fixture there that was as permanent as the ink on our skins. I vividly remember all of us getting stoned and starting a gumball war. Things seemed to be going well since I was having the time of my life. The tattoo shop was my party house; my escape.

TO GOOD It emanated alcohol, weed, freedom, and sex - and was much more than I could handle. But it’s me; I could handle anything because I was indestructible. That is until I was introduced to Xanax. Drinking and eating bars make you blackout completely? Well nobody told me that fact. Next thing I knew, I was having sex with someone I didn’t, or in my mind, didn’t remember giving consent to. Everyone turned against me. They said it was my fault. It was my own doing, that I was completely aware of what was going on and that I was of sound mind. Falling head first into the window of the tattoo shop was evidently not enough of a sign to make anybody realize that I was not okay. I was a rape victim, but my“friends”repeatedly told me I wasn’t, so I believed them. I was convinced that being raped was my fault. Cont. pg 38


But this still didn’t stop me from drinking, from taking Xanax, or from hanging around those friends. I pushed the issues aside and hid out as usual, waiting for the storm to blow over. I started dating a tattoo artist who was living with his fiance and cheated on him. Cheating, rape, whats the difference in the end? Call me a homewrecker, but that story has so many components, I still don’t fully understand what happened in that relationship. My year of finally being 21 was packed with losing friends, having more sex with more people, eating Xanax for meals, and of course drinking and smoking weed every chance I got. I felt unstoppable. I didn’t care if I lost some friends for a bit…there were always men around to provide wonderful distractions and fill the void from the people I’ve lost. Dating tattoo artists became a new hobby. They were badasses and did as they pleased; not following rules from anyone. They were creative and spontaneous. Keeping up with them wasn’t hard, but holding onto them was. I just kept moving onto the next. Being single was boring; but dating three different people at once was exhilarating. I still can’t believe I pulled that off; but like I said, I was indestructible. This was just the first taste to my crazy life that kept progressing into much more. More chaos will be revealed next month. Stay tuned, my lovely roses.



Deconstructing clothes and beauty with the designers at



Story By: Genista J.


ight from it’s conception in 2007, the label TATA CHRISTIANE has made an explosive and undeniable impact on the Berlin fashion scene. Taking inspiration from theatrical costumes, expressively colourful prints and floaty fabrics, the style of this extravagant label couldn’t be any further away from that which the German capital is known for. Black hardly gets a look in here. Minimalism this is not. Founded by designers Julie Bourgeois and Gabriel Santini, this is a label best designed with extroverts in mind; for the expressive personalities, and for those who like the unusual and the unexpected. The design duo themselves even describe it as something ‘for boys and girls, women and transvestites, men and old people, kings and madmen’. Choosing to develop just two collections per year, they put their energy into creating memorable prints and eye-catching patterns. Their cuts are relaxed and generous, favouring an easiness rather than sombre and straight tailoring. Texture, colour and surface treatment of fabric are the focus for these two who admit to not being able to choose one fabric they like working with best. Seams are placed in unexpected places, with the intention of making the surface more interesting, rather than as a part of sombre tailoring that is trying to nip the waist in, or to create a strong shoulder. Unlike a lot of designers, these two have no interest in presenting something that controls the body or constricts movement. And they definitely don’t care about adhering to traditional ideas of beauty. Of course, that’s not to say that their creations aren’t attractive, beautiful or appealing. What they are more focused on is the grey area between what is elegant and what is bad taste. They draw on old memories and express them in a riotous fashion. Bourgeois and Santini often play with polarities creating pieces that are feminine and boyish, outrageous and subtle, poetic and garish. Their clothing definitely sits somewhere in between the sublime and monstrosity and loves to explore the imperfection of beauty.


Take their latest collection for example. Named ‘Clinique De L’idole’, it is inspired by the first song that won the Eurovision contest that wasn’t a ballad. Written by Serge Gainsbourg and inspired by Beethoven, the song (‘Poupée de cire, poupée de son’ which translates to ‘wax doll, rag doll’) is cynical and cold, but also enjoys the cliches and ironies that are a big part of baby pop. Their clothes also celebrate this push and pull of classicism appreciation, nostalgia and naivety. Enlisting the help of knitting artist Cecile Feilchenfeldt, they mix delicate knits with exuberant and blown out shapes. Some jackets are long with wide sleeves, made from an enlarged houndstooth pattern, while others feature hand drawn sketches of statues done by Gabriel Santini. That same face is repeated as a large photograph on the back of yet another jacket. Other pieces are playful and flirty: trousers have dropped crotches, skirts are high-waisted and short. The mood is ‘optimistic vintage’. Just like every past collection, this one features many of the duo’s signature style - voluminous jackets with square sleeves, dresses that rouch, bunch, tie up and wrap around themselves, oversized tees and cropped sweatshirts with graphic prints, floaty, tiered skirts with layers of gathers and sporty bomber jackets. You name it, this label has experimented with it. Just when you think you have seen it all, this pair reinvents it and makes it new all over again. With their floaty, dreamlike, riotous clothing, TATA CHRISTIANE aims to be a “dream for the eyes and brain”; “a vision of the street costume; an absurd and disturbing vision of beauty”. And it seems it’s one that is appreciated by many fans worldwide. Memorable projects for the label include taking part in the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week (31 March - 01 April), showing at Halle am Berghain. They are also running a fashion label and music project called « Autist ». Stay up to date with their news at and on the ‘gram @tatachristiane



Nostalgia, Nostalgia

Circa Circa1990s 1990s Story By; Jacalyn Malsich Story By; Jacalyn Malsich


aybe this freshly graduated generation just wants aybe this freshly graduated generation just wants to relive the good ol’ days of naptime and swing to relive the good ol’ days of naptime and swing sets, but 1990’s trends are here to stay. The comfort sets, but 1990’s trends are here to stay. The comfort food of fashion- velvet mixed with cotton tee’s, chunky food of fashion- velvet mixed with cotton tee’s, chunky heels, fanny packs, oversized sportswear- can be heels, fanny packs, oversized sportswear- can be found in virtually any store from Target to Gucci. found in virtually any store from Target to Gucci. We used to swear always to wear different tex We used to swear always to wear different textures, and yet here we are, denim on denim on dentures, and yet here we are, denim on denim on denim. Think you need to buy those ankle socks that fall im. Think you need to buy those ankle socks that fall down two minutes from your front door? Think again, down two minutes from your front door? Think again, because knee high socks and sandals are a versatile because knee high socks and sandals are a versatile choice for any season! And just for fun, throw some choice for any season! And just for fun, throw some patches on your jacket and a pair of grandma glasses patches on your jacket and a pair of grandma glasses in your hologram bag: in your hologram bag: The 1990s taught us that anything goes in fash The 1990s taught us that anything goes in fashion. Chances are, if you combine the staple items from ion. Chances are, if you combine the staple items from your closet, they will create an easy and fashionable your closet, they will create an easy and fashionable outfit every time. There is no pressure to buy new garoutfit every time. There is no pressure to buy new garments. In fact, grabbing the clothes stored in your atments. In fact, grabbing the clothes stored in your attic or basement allows you to express the trend on a tic or basement allows you to express the trend on a personal level. A compliment or a question about a repersonal level. A compliment or a question about a reused piece is an instant conversation starter, because used piece is an instant conversation starter, because it gives the wearer the chance to talk about something it gives the wearer the chance to talk about something she is passionate about. Vintage pieces connect the she is passionate about. Vintage pieces connect the wearer to the previous owner, whether it be a famiwearer to the previous owner, whether it be a family member or a friend, enhancing a precious bond. It ly member or a friend, enhancing a precious bond. It could also be a chance to reflect, if the piece comes could also be a chance to reflect, if the piece comes from a thrift shop. Asking who the donator was, why the from a thrift shop. Asking who the donator was, why the piece was given away, and what experiences had that piece was given away, and what experiences had that piece been through humbles the wearer and makes piece been through humbles the wearer and makes the article of clothing invaluable. Of course, sometimes the article of clothing invaluable. Of course, sometimes you need a little retail therapy. Take the vintage to 2017 you need a little retail therapy. Take the vintage to 2017 with brown liquid lipstick, platform sneakers, or an ear with brown liquid lipstick, platform sneakers, or an ear cuff. cuff. These trends are lovable because they’re so These trends are lovable because they’re so familiar. Looking at them feels like coming home. In a familiar. Looking at them feels like coming home. In a world that can be daunting, these trends keep us in world that can be daunting, these trends keep us in touch with our inner child, reminding us to have some touch with our inner child, reminding us to have some fun. fun.



Int err acial Relationships More Common But Still Not Universally Accepted By Kristen Catalano


n 1967, a white man named Richard Loving fell in love with an african american woman named Mildred Jeter, she got pregnant and they decided to elope in Washington, D.C. Once they returned home from their trip their newlywed bliss was soon interrupted when their home was raided in the middle of the night. The officers were hoping to find them having sex but instead found them sleeping peacefully. During this time interracial marriage and intercourse in the state of Virginia was illegal. As a result they were arrested and charged for miscegenation, a felony that was punishable by a prison sentence. They both pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to one year in prison, simply for falling in love. The judge agreed to suspend the sentence under the condition that they leave Virginia and never return together for at least 25 years. After their release the couple moved to the District of Columbia, leaving behind their families and friends. Frustrated by their financial difficulties and social isolation Mildred wrote to the Attorney General and on June 12, 1967 the U.S Supreme Court overturned the Lovings’ convictions in an unanimous decision. This case made interracial marriage legal throughout the entire United States.


This U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriages across the United States was only made 50 years ago. Although the United States has come a long way since then, there are still a lot of prejudices and discrimination that interracial couples face. There are an estimated nine million interracial marriages in the United States, that is 2.9% of the population. Although interracial couples are more common they are not universally accepted. In 2016, 14% of adults in America said that they would be opposed to having one of their relatives marry someone who is African American.

The popular dating site “OKCupid” conducted a survey that showed that African American Men and Women face the biggest “penalties” from daters of other races. This is a strong sign of continued discrimination against African Americans. PEW Research Center also conducted a study that found that almost half of Americans are still against interracial marriages. When most people think of racism they think about lynching and the Ku Klux Klan. But racism doesn’t have to be this extreme, giving someone a dirty look on the street because of their race, cutting off your family members because of who they chose to date and even small digs about a persons race can all be classified as racism. Growing up as a white girl in suburban New York I never really experienced racism, that was until I started dating an African American man. Once me and my significant other started holding hands in public I began to notice the stares. At first it was easy to ignore but then it became so bluntly obvious that I couldn’t just ignore it. It made me angry that people were so quick to judge us based on something neither of us could control, why did these strangers hate us so much when all we did was fall in love? When I started voicing my opinion to every person who gave us a dirty look or stared for just a little too long my boyfriend told me that this happens all the time and I should just ignore it. But that doesn’t seem fair to me, we shouldn’t ignore things that are not right simply because it is the easier thing to do. If we use that as our philosophy things will never get better and they may even get worse.

I was fortunate enough that my family accepted who I date as long as they treat me right but many people are not. I have distant cousins who have actually disowned their own sister and her son because she has chose to be with an African American man so I’m grateful that I was not raised with a disdain for other races like other children are. Racism begins at home, if parents stop treating interracial relationship as such a taboo subject I strongly believe that racism will decrease a great deal and may even be eradicated completely.


What Jackets Are Cool This Year? Story By: Kristen Catalano


ith the winter months looming in the near future knowing what jackets are in style this year is imperative so you don’t get left out in the cold. It is not so much the style of jacket that has changed this year it is more of the fabric and material that is being used. One style of coat that seems to be more popular than ever before is the trench coat. Trench coats are no longer reserved for flashers at sporting events and are instead being incorporated into the lines of many different high end fashion designers for their fall/winter lines. They seem to have gotten a contemporary refresh with bright colors and new textures. A lot of the trench coats from this year collections featured darker more neutral tones such as browns, grays and blues with stand out buttons down the middle such as bronze or silver. Faux fur also seems to be making a comeback this year. In the world that we live in today everything is on social media which has prompted a lot of people to stand behind different social causes because the reality of these situations is now in their faces. This stands true for authentic fur coats, in the past decade there has been a large outcry against the use of animal fur. Designers have taken note of this and many have chosen to incorporate faux fur into jacket designs as opposed to real animal fur. The fur on the jackets that have been included in this years fashion shows ranges in style, color and design from show to show. Some designers have utilized the faux fur on certain parts of the jackets for example the collar or the sleeves while others have chosen to create floor length coats. One thing is for sure and that is that patterns on the faux fur coats are definitely in, anywhere from animal prints to shape patterns to stripes.


If you are a fan of quilted coats then you will be happy to know that those too are coming back in style, with a twist. They are now being made shorter and thinner. These jackets also range in size from hip length to knee length. This is great for those chilly fall nights when you don’t necessarily need a giant parka but instead just need something light that will keep the cold away. The checkered pattern is also becoming increasingly popular among high-end designers. Every street styler at Copenhagen Fashion Week was wearing this print. This pattern is mainly seen on blazers and peacoats but it is not unheard of to see this on a quilted coat or even a parka! If you attended a private school and are haunted by checker patterned skirts or ties then this may not be the look for you but for the rest of us this pattern is cute and formal enough that you can wear it out over a dress without looking out of place! Last year the fashion world really saw leather make a strong comeback and that has only continued to evolve this year. Designers have been utilizing leather for many different style of coats including trench coats. Also there has been an increase in the use of patent leather. Patent leather is more glossy and is usually reserved for making shoes, belts and purses but designers have been using them to make coats for both men and women this past year! The color of these leather coats have also strayed away from strictly black and brown to cranberry, red and even blue! Whether you are rocking out in your leather jacket or partying in your trench coat remember to button up because its going to get cold out there!


Kym Ellery:

Australian Fashion Designer showing in paris Story By: Kristen Catalano





ym Ellery started her line with a $5,000 loan from her rig-driving father. She began developing her line at night, when she was only 22, while also working as a market director at “Russh Magazine” in Australia. Ellery stayed at “Russh” for four years. Her line is now stocked in stores across Australia, Paris, Moscow, London, New York, The Middle East and China. Ellery was born in Perth but raised in the town of Karratha, a rural North West Australian town. Growing up Ellery regularly created art with her mother who was an artist herself and she cites her mother as her biggest influence. Her mother taught her how to sew when she was only eight years old. After many long nights and countless hours, her self-titled line “Ellery” was officially launched in Sydney in 2007. This same year, with the help of her publisher at “Russh”, she debuted her line at Australian Fashion Week. Her work was good enough to grab the attention of the group that controls Paris Fashion Week and she was invited to showcase her talents there. Ellery is one of the only three Australian designers to have ever been invited to show in Paris Fashion Week. Recently Ellery moved to Paris in order to further develop her line. She has also partnered with Specsavers on two ranges of glasses. Her glasses range includes both eyeglasses as well as prescription sunglasses. Her latest glasses collection went on sale this August and is priced from $199 for two pairs. Ellery came under fire last November when she used animal fur in some of her designs. After criticism from animal lovers and activists on all of her social media pages she made an announcement that by the end of June 2017 she would stop using fur in her line.




BLUE EY ES MEDITATION, NOT MEDICATION Story By: Arielle Tipa Weaning myself off from daily antidepressants was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. Sure, depression and anxiety are basic human emotions shared by the majority of us, but when it’s a constant, daily struggle, it follows you like your own shadow – you can’t get rid of it, no matter how hard you try. It becomes part of you. Eating and sleeping are your only sources of refuge, the things you once loved to do become impossible to do, even annoying at times, and your family and friends slowly distance themselves from you. And, while antidepressants did keep control of my breakdowns and have even prevented them from occurring, I essentially became a hollow shell of myself, almost zombie-like.


I decided to stop taking my daily dose of Zoloft before graduating college, and it was a detox I wasn’t prepared for. Like a drug addict with no access to substances, I suffered from withdrawal symptoms I never expected: weight gain, insomnia, crying fits, hormonal imbalance – the works. Months later, I stated seeing a psychologist after months of looking. Her lack of suggestive life skills to help me with my depression proved useless, and so she prescribed me a different pill. A week into taking it, I suffered from intense, painful body spasms I mistook as seizures, and so I was off medication once again for almost two years since. Being off of meds for so long, I slowly learned that I was always taking substances without having any lifestyle changes to accompany them. My therapists were only taking notes (or so I thought) as I basically spilled out every ounce of fear I had with anxiety and depression, as if they were only there to ask me “and how does that make you feel?”, feeding into the psychiatric stereotype. I realized that if I wasn’t getting any suggestions or initiative to improve both my mental and physical health, I needed to go the natural route – no meds included.

Since my last dosage of antidepressants, I’ve then taken the liberty to replace pills with vitamins and essential oils, eating the wrong things (and the wrong portions) with healthier choices, and idleness with exercise and meditation – meditation, that is, not entirely in the crossed-legged “ohm” sense. Meditation, I later realized, is basically taking healing day by day. Nothing ever happens overnight, including recovery. Depression also has no cure, but your attitude towards your illness is always the solution to coping with your illness. So, if you are going through any form of mental illness, remember that you are not alone. Never are you alone in this fight.


Being Single With all the anniversary and wedding post on social media nowadays it seems that having no partner makes some of us feel left out. For many years I chose to be single even if that means third wheeling to my best friends, seating at the back of their partner’s car. People often tells me not to waste my precious time having fun and get boyfriend as fast as I can. As much as I want to think that way, I always thought, “What’s the fun with that? Isn’t spending your days, weeks or even years to the wrong person is the actual waste of time?” Perhaps this belief came from reading fairytales when we were kids. We want to be the damsel in distress archetype; a princess who’s waiting for her prince in a white horse to save her. Sorry to disappoint you but life is not a fairytale. Alone is different from being lonely and I’ll tell you now that being single is not a bad thing at all, in fact it is actually awesome. Being single didn’t kill me and so do you.



Once you have been in a long relationship and suffer from a bad break up, most people feel like they don’t have a choice but to look for someone that will make them complete again. However, there are so many future relationships that have been destroyed because of bringing unresolved issues from one relationship to the next. One could lose sight of who they really are when they start a close romantic relationship with another person; they try to define their identity to the other. Being alone is a unique opportunity to know ourselves such as our strengths and weaknesses. It will let you learn about skills and talents you may have forgotten or didn’t know exist. You will become independent, confident and knowing what you are capable of.


Singles have fewer distractions; in fact research suggests that people with no partner may enjoy their 9-5 work than couples do. My previous relationship made an enormous distraction in my life to the point of me almost failing my exams before. Being unattached with someone made me explore what I really want to do with my life. Pursue your passions because in order to become successful is to love what you do. Developing your career is so important especially in a younger age than having a romantic relationship.


We all have that one friend having amnesia for some reason and nowhere to be found because of her romantic escapades. The more we invest in enriching connections with other people, the happier and contented our life will be. Use this time to deepen your relationship with your friends and make unforgettable memories together.


Being single is not a curse or a failure; it allows us to be the best person we can be. When you start to love yourself, you will have this ability to know what your heart is telling you. Finding someone who will accept your flaws and love you the way you are can take months and years. Do not stress in finding someone, it will take time. Just be patient, you’ll know if he’s the right one. Embrace solitude and start your journey to self discovery. Travel alone; learn different cultures, idea and places. The best way to meet your Prince charming is when you have the confidence and the independence to stand on your own two feet rather than being a fragile, confused princess that needs saving.


German Designer:

Jil Sander

Story By: Kristen Catalano


il Sander has been conquering the fashion world from all dimensions since she graduated from a textile-engineering school in 1963. Sander was born in 1943 in Wesselburen, Germany and studied at Krefeld School of Textiles in the early sixties. After graduating from Krefeld she was a foreign exchange student at the University of California before moving to New York to work as a fashion writer for “McCall’s Magazine”. When she was 21, Sander moved back to Germany to help her family after her father unexpectedly passed away. But even in Germany she never stopped working, she worked as a writer for “Constanze and Petra”. Then in 1968, with the help of her mothers sewing machine, she founded her own fashion house: Jil Sander. In 1973 she launched a collection under her own brand name but received poor reviews from her first Jil Sander Paris collection show in 1975. Sander increased her company by launching a line of cosmetics and fragrances in 1979. Cont. pg 60



Despite the fashion communities initial reactions, she kept on designing and creating and her career flourished in the 1980s and 1990s. She received an international following as a result of retailers carrying her lines. Sander’s designs were always minimalist with neutral colors that focused on simplicity. When Prada bought 75% of her company in 1999 Sander remained creative designer and became chairwoman but after a few months she resigned from her position because of disagreements with Prada’s CEO. After her departure almost all of her design and production staff followed suit. Sander tried again to work with Prada’s CEO a few years later but ultimately the two could not reach an agreement and she left the brand for good. After leaving her brand behind, Sander ran a successful consulting business and collaborated with the Japanese brand “Uniqlo” on a mass market line called +J. In the meantime, the Jil Sander label was sold to new owners which allowed Sander to return as creative director in February 2012. Once again in 2013, Sander announced that she was leaving the label and has not returned since.


Earlier this year Jil Sander announced that Luke and Lucie Meier will be the new creative directors of the brand. The husband and wife designers will work on both menswear and womenswear for the fashion house. Their fall 2017 collection stayed true to Sander’s original concepts and kept their designs minimal and colors limited while also giving a fresh, new take on the line. Sander was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz by the Federal Republic of Germany for her achievements in the fashion industry and she was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by “The Guardian� in 2013. Whether its writing for fashion magazines or designing her own line Sander worked hard to put her stamp on the fashion world, it is safe to say that she has succeeded.


Six New

Shoe Trends to Know for Fall!



he leaves changing and the days growing shorter are not the only things that changes once fall comes around. Shoes, a pivotal element of any outfit, change from season to season so we have accumulated a list of the top six trends to look out for when stocking your closet this fall. Chunky heels seem to have taken the fashion world by storm this year. Shoes with chunky heels can be seen at virtually every fashion week around the globe on a variety of shoes. Far gone are the days of heels that match the shoe, chunky heels with a variety of colors and designs are bigger then ever this autumnal season! These can be seen on shoes of all kinds including boots, platform shoes and even sandals! Another hot trend this year seems to be slouchy boots. These boots can add a splash of casual to a sophisticated look so they are perfect for causal fridays in the office or for when your significant other plans a special date but wont tell you where you are going! Loafers are not longer reserved for men and senior citizens! Loafers have been clawing their way back to the top for years and this year is no different. Designers have taken the traditional boring loafer and added bows, embellishments and patterns to give them a fun facelift that will have you stocking your closet with these causal yet classy shoes. A trend that a lot of celebrities have gotten on board with is clear plastic shoes. Clear plastic has been used on everything from high heels to boots. These shoes can give you the opportunity to show off your impressive sock collection that you have been dying to showcase. Lastly a look that was huge a few years back saw a huge comeback with year, combat boots! If you are like me and wore the soles out of your combat boots in high school then this will be music to your ears. This years motto seems to be “The chunkier the better� but if you like a smaller heel those are also in style this season.


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