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OCT 2021

style HADLEY BESS How she's breaking into the modeling industry and advocating individuality




A recap of the looks from fashion's biggest night out. A closer look at moments that broke boundaries.

Find out what pieces, stores, and styles that students are loving right now to transfer their wardrobes as the weather gets colder.

Why "fashion rules" are no more; Major change is happening in the industry, and power is being shifted from fashion elites.

PC: Brien Hollowell



WORLD OF FASHION Letter from the Editor


Met Gala Moments: Pushing the Boundaries for Fashion’s Biggest Night Out


Losing the Laws: Why “Fashion Rules” Are No More




‘Fits For Fall: Students Favorite Ways to Transition their Wardrobes


A Society of Style: Spotlight on Rock Canyon's FIDM Fashion Club





OCT 2021

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Jags: Welcome to the first ever issue of ROCKSTYLE, a specialized digital fashion magazine that will be published monthly here on RockMedia. I created this digital publication because I want to build a greater involvement and visibility for the fashion industry at Rock Canyon. I believe that fashion is too often discredited, invalidated, and silenced, at the fear of looking peripheral and ostensible. Some people perceive fashion as an industry that's superfluous, unnecessary, and superficial. They wonder, why should someone care about what label their garments are, or if they’re wearing the most seasonal colors? What those people don't know is that fashion is one of the most influential and powerful arts there is. Fashion is not merely cosmetic but a form of inner expression; it can influence social change, display history, connect creative minds, and show the world who you are without having to say a word. It's movement, design, architecture, and culture all in one.


My goal with this publication is to build a community of activists for expression, and create a centralized language and representation for the creatives. ROCKSTYLE magazine highlights the unifying power of passion and the value in choosing the unconventional. It supplies a symbol of innovation and inspiration. And Most importantly, it highlights the perspectives, accomplishments, and actions of those who are are motivating the conversation forward; changing the fashion landscape right from Rock Canyon High School.


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In the hectic year of 2020, a lot of things were

time periods such as wild west, roaring 20’s, and

sacrificed. Social celebrations were called off; sports

old Hollywood; Even American ideals such as the

games postponed; travel plans abandoned. Perhaps

“melting pot” and diversity. Attendees of this year’s

one of the greatest losses felt by the fashion industry

Met gala collectively represented the different

was the cancellation of the Met Gala. Referred to as

perspectives of American fashion and paid homage

“fashion’s biggest night out,” the Met Gala is an

to meaningful parts of the American experience.

annual fundraising event for The Metropolitan

(click links to view each Met Gala look)

Museum of Art in New York City. Since 1948, the gala has been fashion’s most prominent event of the year, assembling Hollywood's elites under one roof. It has


put celebrities, artists, athletes, and influencers

This year’s Met Gala attendees were not afraid to get

under a global magnifying glass to take charge of

political; Many looks on the steps sent an impactful, in

the fashion conversation, send a message, and make

some cases not-so-subtle, message and advocated

a statement.

the wearer's stance on important issues. These messages through fashion were both controversial

Following the long-awaited return of public events

and engaging for the observers of the Met Gala. To her

like Broadway shows, New York Fashion Week, the

first-ever appearance at the gala, Alexandra Ocasio

U.S Open, and more, The Met Gala has finally

Cortez wore a statement-making gown, designed by

returned for 2021. Though it is already seen as the

Aurora James, the creative director of Brother Vellies.

most exclusive and anticipated event in fashion, the

From the front, the gown was seemingly simple;

excitement for this year was unparalleled after its

creamy white, and featuring reimagined tuxedo

absence during COVID-19. The theme for this year’s

detailing. But when she turned around, the message

event was, “American Independence,” celebrating

“Tax the Rich” was loud and clear, written in bright

the new Met fashion exhibit, “In America: A Lexicon

red bold font across the back of the dress’s bodice.

of Fashion.”

Many complicated discussions and controversies

When considering the history of American Fashion,

arose on the optics of AOC’s choice, either saluting

countless perceptions and ideas can come to mind:

her representation and bold commitment to her

symbols like stars and stripes, red white, and blue, or

views or questioning the very execution of this

denim; American lifestyles such as sports and pop

message; a “tax the rich” dress being worn at an


exclusively elite event costing $35,000 per ticket.


And AOC wasn't the only one to express her


important beliefs through sartorial statements. Dan

Conversely, cultural themes of the U.S and significant

Levy, the actor from the Emmy-award-winning

values of American history were referenced in creative

show, Schitt's Creek, sent a powerful LGBTQ

ways. One of the most talked-about looks of the night,

message with his look. The star stunned in a colorful

worn by none other than Kim Kardashian West, was a

Lowe and JW Anderson look, featuring pastel tones,

black-out Balenciaga gown that fully covered her face and

globe patterns, dramatic puff sleeves, beading, and

all of her features. The stark black gown was unlike

hand-embroidered details in the shape of two men

anything that has been previously worn to the Met Gala


and gave the star something she probably hasn’t

“Rather than feed on the message of hate, we

encountered much; anonymity. The idea that one of

wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility”… “while

America's most famous influencers showed up incognito

also presenting the imagery in a way that offered a

to the Met Gala represented the prevalence of misleading

hopeful message,"

and impersonal social media in America.

Levy said on Instagram, "Tonight, we’re celebrating

A prominent aspect of our culture was represented with a

the resilience, the love, and the joy of the

lime green, sequin-covered mermaid dress, worn by “level

community while honoring a crucial American voice that was taken from us too soon." Even more political statements were made on the steps of the met, observed by fashion editors, reporters, enthusiasts, and everyday people. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wore a women's suffrage movement-inspired dress, in green, white, and violet, with two long trains falling from her

up” singer, Ciara; the theme of American football. The singer honored her husband, Russel Wilson, a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, with his football number on the front of the dress and accessorizing with a bedazzled football clutch. The singer Jennifer Lopez tapped into an important American time period, the wild west, with a custom embroidered Ralph Lauren dress and a faux fur shearling cape.

shoulders that read “Equal rights for women.” Actress and model Cara Delevingne wore a bulletproof vest designed by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, adorned with the words, “Peg the patriarchy.”

While the theme for this year's Met Gala was broad, celebrities and designers sought inspiration from every corner of the American story; From Old Hollywood to futuristic, to the wild west and American football, this


year's attendees composed a memorable Met Gala

Many attendees referenced important figures in

conversations the year prior.

moment, after missing out on evolving these fashion

America’s culture; Billie Eilish referenced old Hollywood, specifically Marilyn Monroe, in a peachypink voluminous tulle gown with an extravagant train. Kendall Jenner’s dress referenced the icon, Audrey Hepburn, from My Fair Lady, with a sheer crystal-embellished gown (by Givenchy Haute Couture) worn over a corset bodysuit. Actress Yara Shahidi paid homage to the legendary Josephine Baker, wearing an encrusted Dior gown, a braided hairpiece, and opera gloves; (styled by Jason Bolden.)




Modeling is an extremely competitive industry that comes with countless rejections, challenges, and hardships; but, despite these struggles, it remains a vital part of the fashion landscape, conveying the creative visions of designers and constantly pushing the fashion conversation past conventional boundaries. One of Rock Canyon’s own, Hadley Bess, has big plans and dreams herself of becoming successful in modeling. Still a freshman in high school, Bess has already signed with the Wilhelmina Denver Modeling Agency, a regional branch of one of the top agencies in the country. She is determined to jump-start her career, empower her own and others’ confidence by advocating for everyone’s individual uniqueness, and eventually sign with agencies across the country to make a difference in the fashion world. During her interview, Bess shared

more about the start of her career, and her amazing goals and aspirations. Q: "Hadley, tell me about why you wanted to start modeling and how you got into it?” A: “I used to be super insecure about my height and everything, but over the past few years, I’ve seen so many people I know start modeling and/or their modeling careers start to take off. And I wanted to try it because it’s something new, and I think my height gives me an advantage. Even though I’m not as tall as some models out there, you know!” Q: “What was the process for getting acquired by and picking an agency?” A: “It was honestly fairly easy to pick Wilhelmina because one of our family friends models for them, so I just went after it and applied for Wilhelmina Denver..." | 06

" ... I just went on Wilhelmina’s website, sent in my measurements, and hoped that I would get a callback. A few weeks later they emailed me asking for me to come in so I could meet them in person and so that they could see/ talk to me” Q: “And why did you end up/decide to be with Wilhelmina?” A: “Well, I knew a few people who had signed with Wilhelmina so I thought that it would be smart if I did the same. Also, Wilhelmina Denver is one of the top modeling agencies in Colorado, and I felt it would be a rewarding experience." Q: “How has your experience been with the Wilhelmina agency?” A: “My experience with them has been great! They are very supportive, always saying to never compare yourself to other models or people, and other stuff like that. They are all so sweet there and I love talking to them."

Q: “Any cool opportunities or cool projects you’ve been a part of?” A: “No, not any super big projects yet, because it’s so early in my career, but fingers crossed that there will be soon!” Q: “What are your hopes and goals for continuing to progress in modeling?” A: “The goal is really to get as big as possible. Sign with agencies across the country. Be in fashion weeks all over the world. But for now, I’m just fine right where I am, in Denver, Colorado!"

"It’s so horrible that women feel the need to meet society’s expectations and standards, just to be accepted.” HADLEY BESS

Q: "What is your opinion on struggles around perception and body image that are very present in your industry?” A: “I think body image really is a huge problem everywhere, but even more so in the modeling industry. It’s so horrible that women feel the need to “meet” society’s expectations and standards, just to feel accepted.”


Q: “How do you deal with these struggles yourself? How have these issues in the industry affected you? Have there been any challenges for you around these issues?” A: “The way that I deal with my image is just telling myself that Wilhelmina signed ME, they didn’t want me to look like someone else. And also, the fact that everyone is so caught up in their own worlds means they don’t even pay attention to or notice what others may be insecure about.” Q: “What is the #1 piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to get into modeling but doesn’t know where to start?” A: “The number one piece of advice I could give to someone that wants to start modeling is, just do it. Literally, just go for it. Email agencies wherever. There is always going to be someone that is looking for the “look” that you have. So the sooner you send in your info/reach out, the sooner you’ll be signed with an agency!”

After interviewing this fashion hopeful, it was clear that Bess is going to do amazing things in the industry. With her open-minded approach to trying new things, willingness to go after what she wants, and insightful outlook on empowering herself and others, I have no doubt that she will go far. We all should look forward to seeing Hadley Bess in the big leagues, and accomplishing everything she sets her mind to.

Want to connect with Hadley or show your support? Find her on Instagram: @hadleybesss


LOSING THE LAWS: WHY FASHION RULES ARE NO MORE As we escape from the long months of bare-necessity fashion, where getting changed was the accomplishment of the day, and our bank accounts succumbed to online shopping carts full of sweatpants or loungewear, many step out into postpandemic life with the pressing questions of “what should I be wearing?” or “what’s in right now?” These are questions that we all have asked, answered, and researched; questions that are constantly circulating in our minds when it comes to fashion; and questions that in the past have singlehandedly determined the outcome of our purchases. But now, they are questions that suffer a diminishing influence, offering a rejection to the traditional, hierarchical system of definite fashion rules. Traditionally, fashion has been strictly a top-down system, where orientation of the fashion landscape was directly controlled by the fashion insider circle; influential designers, magazine editors, top-tier exclusives, and dominant visionaries in the industry. However, this “trickle-down” effect bears almost no significance in today’s evolving world. Now, the motivators and facilitators of the fashion conversation can emerge right beside you. CREATIVE COMMONS: URSULA MADARIAGA


“Designers and editors are no longer the gatekeepers they once were, and the people pushing the sartorial conversation forward are just as likely to be high schoolers in Tulsa, Okla., as New York fashion editors,” Isabel Slone, fashion journalist from the New York Times said. One factor responsible for this monumental shift in the fashion system can be attributed to a growing demand for variety and selection. Similarly, another factor contributing to this change of power in the fashion industry is the anticipation for dressing up again; going out, engaging in the fashion landscape, and not taking clothing and outfits for CREATIVE COMMONS: PRÉMIUM PARIS

granted anymore.

After COVID-19, people are more willing than ever to re-emerge into the world as their best-dressed selves, appreciating the significance of fashion like never before. The post-pandemic world has provided a revival of observance on the fashion industry, after falling off the radar and being a low priority during lockdown restrictions. As we step out and return to a more normal life, we are recognizing the opportunities being given to us every day, and the choice we can make to express our true personality, starting right in our closets. This newfound engagement in the fashion world means our fashion inspirations can come from all around us, and not just curated magazines or television. Perhaps the most significant factor motivating the reconstruction of power in fashion’s influence is our greater commitment to a better world and awareness about global issues that need to be addressed with mass efforts. Throughout this year we have seen countless efforts to demonstrate our social responsibility; environment, diversity and inclusion, and even health-based efforts have taken shape, transforming many industries. In the fashion industry, consumers are beginning to take greater responsibility, question the companies they support and prioritize the ethics of certain organizations. Fashion companies are becoming aware of this new appeal to social responsibility, and are creating more representation and acceptance of different perspectives to meet the priorities of this new consumer. With so many movements to promote acceptance, excluding certain fashion styles and governing expression with harsh rules seems immensely outdated.


FITS' FOR FALL STUDENTS FAVORITE WAYS TO TRANSITION THIER WARDROBES Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, colors are becoming more subdued, and pumpkin spice flavors are taking over menus; As the autumnal themes of October and November surround us, fashion starts to transition as well. In the realm of style, fall fashion is often viewed as boring and practical; after all, fall weather is not the ideal landscape for skirts, bright colors, florals, tank tops, and shorts. However, fall fashion is wrongfully neglected as it brings a versatile change and surplus of surprisingly statement looks. With a variety of fashionable fall staples like coordinating sets, striking outerwear, knits, and layering pieces, fall fashion can be an explosion of style despite the cooler temperatures. Multiple students shared their thoughts on the styles of the season, and to find out what they are doing to adapt their fashion.

MAKAYLA PROPP '22 “ I love fall fashion. I think it is a great season for change and can be really versatile with layering clothing and incorporating outer layers like jackets and coats. To adapt to the changing, colder weather I have been pairing flannels and cardigans with my outfits to give me an extra layer of warmth, but still have the opportunity to take them off as it gets warmer throughout the day. Recently I have been obsessed with white chunky books and studded ankle boots. I’m also loving cowboy boots right now and think they are so cute and can be paired with anything (skirts, jeans, dresses, sweaters, etc).


I am most excited about wearing printed and flared pants this season. I love all the unique and trendy designs that are out right now and can’t wait to rock some statement designs. When the weather becomes colder I definitely prioritize warmth. I think no matter what practicality is key, especially at school when I need to focus (and I can’t really do that when I’m shivering the whole time! Recently, I have been shopping at stores like Zara, Urban Outfitters, depop, and boutiques to add to my growing fall wardrobe. I think they have such cute, but warm selections like pants and sweaters | 11

ELLIE THOMPSON '23 "My opinion on fall fashion is that I think it’s very trendy and cute. I love sweater weather! I love being able to wear jeans and sweaters without being hot, as well as leggings and sweatshirts. I do like fall and spring fashion equally, but the season change allows a variety of outfits for school. Recently I have been wearing more pants with my outfits instead of shorts, so instead of wearing a sweatshirt with shorts, it’d be with leggings.

My favorite fall fashion piece would probably definitely be a big comfortable sweatshirt! When cold weather comes in, I honestly prioritize style! I feel good when I look good! Some of my favorite stores for the fall would be some cute leggings and sweaters from Aerie, cute graphic sweatshirts and other tops from Urban Outfitters, as well as cute jeans!"

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS '24 "I think fall fashion is so unique in the way it integrates the weather and the outdoors with clothing. As the leaves change, so do the colors that are in style, and I think that is one thing about fall fashion that is so unique. Some of my favorite colors that make an appearance during the fall time are; creme, burnt orange, and maroon. I love the fall, but summer fashion will always be my favorite. I have been adapting my outfits by adding layers to my outfits, wearing more jeans instead of shorts, and wearing lots of sweaters and hoodies. My favorite fall fashion piece is any fall boots, like Dr.Martens. I love how they add a level of sophistication to almost any outfit. I’m really excited about all of the different kinds of sweaters and sweatshirts that I’ll be able to wear as an excuse for the cold weather. I absolutely hate being cold, so I will always try my best to incorporate both warmth and style into my outfits."




Rock Canyon has a new club this year, called FIDM Fashion Club. Sponsored by Dayana Moore, the club aims to bring together and connect students with the same passion to learn and explore fashion. They organize events/fundraisers, study multiple outlets of the fashion industry, and participate in fashion exploratory workshops. The club is sponsored by FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles, and is part of a national network of high school FIDM club chapters. FIDM Fashion Club meets a few tuesdays a month during the start of access. So far, the club has been acquiring members, brainstorming and planning events for the year, and promoting their club through scoail media and upcoming social events like the Trunk or Treat at Rock Canyon. Some of their plans for club activities and goals include: doing group volunteer work for Dressed for Success Denver, holding clothing drives, hosting a "Met Gala" day fundraiser for the club at Rock Canyon, inviting fashion industry professionals to speak about thier careers, watching fashion documentaries and fashion shows, taking shopping/thrifting trips, and possibly taking a group trip to New York or LA for Fashion Week! Email for questions or member inquiries!

FOLLOW @rcfidmfashionclub on Instagram for important updates, events, and news!


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