DAY AND NIGHT
This SEASON 8-21 Color 23 Neon 24-47 Transition: Day to Night 48 Fashion advice: How to plan your daily outfit 50-55 Evening Wear 56 Day and Night Music 57 Art, Film and Fashion 58-67 Political 68 Handmade Handbags 70-71 Fall essentials: Jackets 72-81 Seven Deadly Sins 82 Witchcraft 84-101 Animal Instincts SEASON Magazine
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This SEASON’s Concept Developer: Alisha Januck
Day and Night. Such a vague statement, right? Well, just take a moment to think of all of the things that come to mind when you hear these two specific words. Think of all of the aspects that can be categorized into each; millions of experiences get compacted into just a simple day. One of these specific happenings, within a day and night, is fashion. Fashion cannot be explained by a one word modifier. There are a wide variety of meanings available to us when stating this one word. So, when thinking of the theme for this edition, I found myself thinking about my daily life. Fashion cannot be something that is forced upon an individual or society, for it is simply something that occurs throughout our day to day routines. That is when it came to me: Day and Night. Day fashions to Night fashions are quite distinct among most, whether it is going to work in the daytime, than at night when going out for a classy dinner. A change in our outfits/styles continuously varies throughout a 24 hour day, whether we realize it or not. I thought it would be an impactful topic to cover, as it relates to everyone. It allows us to use our imagination in the creations of daily astronomy and how they directly correlate to the way we choose to present ourselves. Therefore, what better way to see these trends transforming than on a college campus like Indiana University. Enjoy the Day and Night fashions of our society; there are no limitations in any one person’s fashion. Thank you, Alisha Januck -Fashion Stylist 2018-
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Letter from the EIC Fall of 2018, is special. Transitions are happening not only in the fashion industry but also in society and the world around us. The fashion industry itself is breaking free from old patterns- they are incorporting more colors in fall, introducing younger talents and welcoming newer concepts into designs. It is refreshing to see the positive changes fashion has taken. The world, too, is changing. More people are raising their voices, demanding to be heard; more people are recognizing issues and taking action.
We need changes to become better, transitions are essential. Even SEASON Magazine has made changes this fall. Last spring, we launched our first edition. We, as an organzation, have learned so much from that experience. We were able to identify the problems and resolve it. Stronger than ever, we continue to grow and evolve. We are so thankful for people who have continuously shown faith in us. Without the unconditional support, SEASON would not be the way it is today. Myself, as a leader, has seen much change as well. Every day, I strive to become better than who I was yesterday. I am thankful for my supportive family, friends and my boyfriend; but most importantly, I am so grateful for the amazing staff. My inspiration often comes from people I work with. The passion instilled in their work is beyond description. I want to use this opportunity to thank all the people who worked hard on making this edition possible. Without your trust in me as a leader, SEASON Magazine would always be an idea. So hereâ€™s to the transitions in life! Never fear change, as they are often for the better.
Love, Sharon Hsu
Cover Look Photographer: Lana Miramontes Stylist: Darius Rush-Williams Ava Overett Merch: Anna Gebhardt Model: Khloe Biddings
Transition of one’s fashion from day to night. Fashion is not what one wears but how they wear it. The misconception of “dressing up at night” is what we want to break. Anyone can be fashionable, day or night. Fashion is within you, it is how you wear it. If you wear it with confidence, with style, then anyone can look fashionable at anytime, even when doing laundry. Be daring, don’t limit yourself with the concept of day and night.
Editor: Rin McNutt Photographer: Solomon Mabry Stylists: Alisha Januck Merch: Dana Mulraski Layout: Janani Appala Sharon Hsu Models: Anna Guo, Maria Pascu
nticipation eats you up. It’s the day before that important event and you’re scrounging through your closet for something to wear. You know, after trying on half of your wardrobe and creating a mountain of blouses and slacks and sundresses, that you’ll just end up wearing the same fail-safe ensemble you wore to the last wedding, or interview, or date. So, how do you decide? Thankfully, there’s a method to the madness that is putting together a perfect look. Colors and patterns have a psychological effect on the people around you. By wearing certain hues and patterns, you can send out a secret message. It’s a cool way of non-verbally communicating that will say, “Oh yeah, I fit in here, and I look confident and cool while totally being in my element.”
Black is the most universal color. It goes
with everything, and although it seems understated, it can be the exact opposite. Black is associated with many things; Elegance, death, responsibility, power. Overall, black is a good color to wear to “fancier” events such as operas, cocktail parties, and anything with a more formal dress code. It also works for dates and casual parties. It’s an obvious staple, and says that you’re powerful and intriguing. Plus, you can always use it as a background for other pops of color. Be careful when you want to get the message across that you’re an open person, it can make you appear aloof. Avoid that allblack OOTD when going to baby showers or meeting the significant other’s parents.
Red is another versatile color. It’s paired well with any neutral and has a similar message of power.
According to a study conducted by Proctor and Gamble, red lipstick made someone appear sexier and more successful. Of course, red is the color of blood, and can be seen as aggressive. It’s good to wear read on dates, since it’s found to be seductive. Red is known to raise blood pressure and many marketers use the color red to increase the costumer’s appetite and start to feel a need for their product. Even in books and movies, the color red is associated with a strong-willed, attractive character. For example, Heather Chandler from the 80s dark comedy Heathers and her iconic red scrunchie. Heather MacNamara was yellow, and perceived as less of a threat and was more friendly than the other two, after Heather Duke becomes Heather C’s successor.
Yellow is seen as peaceful and imaginative, perfect for lunch with friends or inspiring the next creative project. It’s a non-threatening, but sociable color.
Patterns have the same effect as colors. Loud patterns are good for statement pieces.
Concerts, clubs, and any loud environment is going to drown out your look. If you’re wanting some “look at me!” attire to wow the people around you, pattern-mixing and large stripes, florals, plaid, etc. are the way to go. If you’re wanting to seem practical, on the other hand, solid neutral colors and smaller patterns would be better for your interview. Grey, brown and white are all associated with dependability. Don’t worry about not standing out in this case, employers typically prefer a more modest approach when it comes to outfit choice.
Editor: Faith Geiger
Classic and casual, this must-have wardrobe staple goes with just about anything. Throw an oversized jean jacket over any outfit for an extra layer of warmth and you’re bound to look cool and effortless. The best part is that you can customize any denim jacket with all the pins, buttons, and patches your heart desires. Picture the grunge kids in every 90s movie—but make it fashion. Photo taken from Zaful
Lots of oversized plaid blazers have been sported on the runway recently, and it’s safe to say this preppy staple is coming back in a big way, along with the rest of the 80s. Channel your inner Heathers this fall by wearing a blazer with a mini skirt, or throw it on with jeans for a casual cool look you can take from class to an internship.
Photo taken from Coveted Style
When you want to get extra in the best way, serve some Margot Tenenbaum looks. A good faux fur jacket is a conversation piece that’s sure to take any outfit to the next level for a night out, whether you wear it over jeans or a slip dress. To finish the look, all you‘ll need is a pair of hoop earrings, some red lipstick, and a glass of champagne (or sparkling cider). You’ll be warm and living the height of luxury. 22
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They’re not just for old workout videos! Bright colors and motifs of the 80s are making it big on the runway this season. For a lighter jacket and a pop of color, don’t be afraid to go a little retro when the sun goes down with an eye-catching windbreaker. This is a fun addition that can give a touch of extra warmth and draw more attention to any casual outfit. They’re easy to find at any thrift store, and maybe even your parents’ old wardrobes. Photo taken from Pinterest
Leather is always in style, and better yet, it’s making big waves on the runway this season, as we’ve seen from brands like Calvin Klein. Simple, versatile, chic, timeless: a leather jacket can add an instant edge to your look. A good one can bring any outfit together: spice up your everyday tee with a bit of rebellion, or throw it over a dress to stay warm on a night out. If James Dean can do it, so can you.
On nights that get a little colder than your average chill, we’re lucky this year, because puffer coats are a huge trend this season (literally huge—check out Balenciaga’s fall line). The great thing about these is that you can wear them over literally anything, and they’re probably the most practical, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time in the cold when you go out at night. Bundle up in this nostalgic look that’ll bring you back to snow days in elementary school and thank the fashion gods that warmth is in style—just don’t lick the telephone pole. SEASON Magazine
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Editor: Meagan Wilson Photographer: Lana Miramontes Stylist: Darius Rush-Williams, Ava Overett Merch: Anna Gebhardt Layout: 28 Janani Appala SEASON Magazine Creative Desgin: Anne Anderson Model: Khloe Biddings
Transistion In The Fashion Industry:
Rise of Outspoken Independent Designers out of Brooklyn, NY
he fashion industry has long been dominated by large luxury brands with traditional values. LVMH, one of the most powerful fashion business conglomerates in the world, houses influential luxury labels together under one roof, with members such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi. These labels have set the “definition” of high fashion for years with their glossy editorials, premium materials and enviable revenues: LVMH netted over €15 billion in 2017 in the fashion and leather goods sector alone. (Source: LVMH Financial Report 2017) However, the tide of favoritism seems to be turning over to a new group of independent designers. At New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019, the collections that generated the most buzz were not the traditionally domineering luxury brands, but collections made by smaller labels. Brands such as Pyer Moss, Eckhaus Latta and Collina Strada—all New York-based labels with no strong ties to the luxury fashion world—made waves with their personal concepts and rejections of the fashion norms.
Pyer Moss’ show featured exclusively black models, a concept that was also explored by independent New York label Claudia Li, who used all Asian models in her Spring/ Summer ‘19 collection. Moss’s show was also held in Weeksville, a Brooklyn neighborhood that was one of the first communities of free black Americans (Source: Vogue). Many of Moss’ pieces showcased what the New York-bred designer Kerby Jean-Raymond described as “just black people doing normal things”, such as grilling burgers, attending weddings, and holding babies. His vision was clear: he wanted to show black Americans enjoying everyday activities without the constant threat of racism over their heads. The celebration of black models, along with the poignant subject matter, made the cold veneer of a Chanel or Michael Kors show seem laughable. Eckhaus Latta, who staged their show in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, decided to choose a diverse array of models that looked like “normal people”, with varied body types, skin colors and ages. Their pieces were experimental, shredded and layered masterfully, while still being wearable; the spidery dresses and structured suit jackets could easily stand next to any big brand’s pieces and continue to be eye-catching. Up-and-coming designer Collina Strada, headed by a selfproclaimed activist named Hillary Taymour, emphasized genderless fashion with neutral-colored pieces and androgynous models. The show was presented with a yogainspired “sound bath” and the clothes themselves were made of breathable, wearable fabrics—miles away from the uptight and pretentious traditions of luxury fashion.
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Batsheva, one of the most talked-about new brands to come out of New York, is made by a lawyer who has no formal fashion experience. The label’s “prairie-style” dresses have become iconic overnight, worn by everyone from A-list celebrities to Instagram influencers. The designer Batsheva Hay uses her modest silhouette to make a statement about femininity: “[B]y taking elements symbolic of restraint and repression (high collars, voluminous sleeves and skirts) and giving them a modern inflection… Batsheva explores how to extract the strong and beautiful aspects of those styles while rejecting antiquated notions of womanhood.” (Source: Batsheva.com) This season of fashion week has clearly showcased the rise in designers who “care”. The labels garnering the most attention want to start conversations, embark on more sustainable practices (Gypsy Sport’s Spring/Summer ‘19 collection was made from 99% repurposed materials), and contribute to the eminent revolution. And although it’s hard to dismantle an empire overnight, this revolution seems to be slowly creeping out of Brooklyn, demanding better from the designers at the top.
DAY TO NIGHT Editor: Sydney Miller Illustrator: Anne Anderson
The reason your hamper is heaving every week is because you’re feeding it twice a day, maybe not even knowing their daily meal schedule is one outfit at the end of every night. What does that mean for you? One outfit a day? Don’t be so quick to turn your nose. The person that plans an outfit so versatile that it can survive through the day and night is one seldom seen, but always admired. The good news is, we all have the ability to be that person. The time between the work day being over and the evening beginning is almost nonexistent. It’s impossible to feel like you’re able to come home and relax for a second, eat something that’s not fast food, change your literal whole outfit, possibly do your new makeup, meet up with friends, pregame (necessary), then get to where you’re going. If we could just cut out ONE thing, maybe two, we wouldn’t be on the run from the moment we wake up to the moment we stumble back into bed. Changing our outfits takes the most amount of time, so let’s get rid of it. Imagine walking into your friend’s frantic home, filled with people demanding for mirror room and searching through a pile of clothes for the third time trying to find that one shirt they think will work. Not you, though, not today. You’re all good, everyone’s already complimenting you, and now it’s time for you to monopolize the style advice position. Doesn’t that feel good? You’re ready and confident from the start. Finding an outfit that transcends the day’s moods shows a sign of true style. It sounds easy, but the feeling of possibly being out of place or overdressed that bubble up when you’re catching the last glimpse of reflection on your way out the door hurts. The good news is, you can overcome that. The first step is to know and trust your own style. Look in your closet and don’t think about anyone else. Trust your intuition and grab the outfit you’re fantasizing about quickly before it gets second-guessed. Most likely, it’s as beautiful as you imagined. Before you get nervous you’ll stand out, be overdressed, not look like everyone else—smile in the mirror. You know you look good. Never forget; being told, “you’re dressed up today,” is a compliment. If you’re still scared; act like you’re not. Really!
Fake it ‘til you make it is real!
There is no definite formula for a great outfit, but there are a few tips to follow. In order to keep a balanced fit, you have to look at accessories and the clothes separately (to an extent, of course). Dress one UP and dress one DOWN. For example: a fitted skirt, blouse, low heels AND a patterned windbreaker, colorful socks, two ponytails. The clothes are tasteful, a little fancy even, but you bring it back down to earth with the accessories. It’s like a mind trick on everyone around you. It can be seen as both casual and a little dressier depending on whatever light you’re in. If accessories aren’t your thing, or even if they are, this idea extends to the clothes by themselves. It actually is a total look to blend something really casual, like a band t-shirt, with something cleaner, like a blazer. You know what you like best, just keep the “up and down” idea in mind. It’s true… sometimes it’s not comfortable to wear a specific outfit all day long. You’re allowed to tweak it in the morning or evening. Change your shoes, redo your hair/makeup, etc. It’s okay to cheat a little. Planning your daily outfits like this will strengthen your style. You’re forced to get a little crafty on occasion, but it builds character. You’re going to stand out and it’s a good thing. Push your creativity to the fullest! Is that not what fashion is about?
Evening Wear SEASON Magazine
Wear your evening wear everywhere
Photographer: Erik Romero Stylist: Mackie Schroeter Layout: Sharon Hsu Anne Anderson Model: Hayley Skreyna
TUNES FOR THE AM & TUNES FOR THE PM
ay- Fall days remind me of crisp air, bright colors, denim jackets, rosy cheeks, and leaf-colored sidewalks. And of course, no walk to class is complete without a good playlist and a pair of headphones in. This fall, fashion is going to be filled with mixes of patterns and styles, as well as influences from past eras. To mirror these eclectic trends with music, I’ve gathered songs from a variety of genres, sounds, and time periods (from Fleetwood Mac to Ariana Grande) that keep me going during the day. When campus is bustling and faces are aglow in the October air, let this mix-matched playlist be the beat you step to on your morning trek to Ballantine. pop, lock & lemon drops - pinkcaravan! successful - Ariana Grande Hunnybee - Unknown Mortal Orchestra 4EVER - Clairo Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac The Obvious Child - Paul Simon Razzle Dazzle Rose - Camera Obscura Pink Skies - LANY Last Girl - Soccer Mommy Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain
ight- There’s something special about an October night, when the air is chilly and charged with starlight. Bringing us deep into the cosmos, holographic fabrics and spacey silvers are making appearances on the runway this season. What better way to capture that feeling musically than with some Frank Ocean, synthy dream pop, and songs about the night sky? Whether you’re reaching out of the moon roof on midnight drives with friends, or musing alone under your glow-in-the-dark star stickered ceiling, here’s a playlist to soundtrack all of your dreamy fall nights. Moon River - Frank Ocean Pink in the Night- Mitski Space Song - Beach House Seein* Starz - Jessica Lea Mayfield John My Beloved - Sufjan Stevens Tonight - Lykke Li Manhattan - Cat Power Top of the Hill - Conduits A Real Hero - Electric Youth All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem Editor: Faith Geiger Illustrator: Anne Anderson
A R T, F I L M , & FA S H I O N We shouldn’t have to be reminded that fashion is art, but it’s often forgotten. Fashion is not always about being the best looking you. It can share a story, relate a mood, take a stance. Something so beautiful about art is that all mediums can collide at any given moment resulting in the creation of one absolute piece. Color is a mediator between separate art forms attempting to build a relationship. A favorite combination that color helps bring together is fashion and film. The placement of color can mean a plethora of things. Does the movie visual have a tint? Are there abnormally colored lights? When is a specific color to be displayed in garments, and what does it mean for the overall tone of the movie? All details are on purpose and we should take the time to appreciate them. Color in film is one of the easiest aspects to spot, yet isn’t given the thought it deserves. A dreary movie may have a blue tinted lens, a happy moment will be bright, a jump scare just waiting to happen demands your focus by keeping a small colored focal point in the midst of black. Repeating color throughout a film can hint at foreshadowing, and if you had considered that while the movie played you might have seen that plot twist coming. The color of the room someone is in can reflect the emotion the director is trying to invoke, or what that room emotionally represents in a specific character. They even put color in film in 1922, just watch Nosferatu! It matters! Fashion in film is acknowledged when people fall in love with the style of a character, or they’re outlandish. Other than that, people tend to dismiss clothing in film. Even if subtle, all characters are reflected in their outfits. Film asks us to look at people just as we would in real life; the cleanliness of their clothes, their style, the appropriateness of the situation. The growth of a character is almost always depicted in their clothing as the story develops. There’s also the obvious; using garments to depict a specific time period, geographical area, class status, or job position. Color in fashion is acknowledged, generally on a more superficial level. The fashion industry literally pays attention to a fashion color foreshadowing company. We want to fit in with the trends. We want our colors to work cohesively (no one likes
getting lectured for wearing pink with red). We idolize color as a visual aspect only. Similarities begin to add up with art, however, because we use color in the same way, whether we do it on purpose or notice it in others, or not. Color displays a mood of our own or of the situation, and even brings psychology into play. Celebrities on the red carpet have their designers work meticulously on finding a color that will compliment their looks and shine enough to display brilliance and wealth. Awareness that can broaden so far as to acknowledge the colors within the film and garments, and then with the garments into the film, is quite difficult to manage. It takes practice and, honestly, probably two or three watches in order to absorb all of it. The perfect example is a movie called Harold and Maude, about a young boy that falls in love with an old lady (I know it sounds strange, but I promise it’s good). Each room in the movie is a color that reflects the interactions that take place in that room. Harold’s living room is red, where he argues with his mother and deters bachelorettes with seemingly horrific pranks. In the beginning of the movie, Maude mentions her desire to bloom into a sunflower, and spends the whole film wearing one yellow garment until her dreams are fulfilled. The more time Harold spends with Maude, the further away he steps from negativity and the closer he approaches understanding happiness. This is shown by having him in all black at the start of the film, and as the story unravels each new outfit sprouts a color, until he no longer wears all black. When we start to perfect our ability to attach minor details to minor details, we will begin to appreciate the greater context of the art more. Each color in the garments has a purpose, each garment worn on a character has purpose, each character displayed in a color view or lighting has a purpose, and the overall hue of the movie—you guessed it—has a purpose. The appreciation for art will explode when you take a deeper look. Almost more importantly, your understanding of fashion as a detail will create your understanding of fashion as a main theme. They’re all art, so let’s try to see it that way every once in awhile. Editor: Sydney Miller Illustrator: Anne Anderson
Model: Mackie Schroeter Top: Pitaya
Model: Grace Todd Glasses: Pitaya Stripe dress: Pitaya
Editor: Sarah Blau Layout: Sharon Hsu Anne Anderson Stylists: Mackie Schroeter Nishi Muna Merch: Erin Huston Karen Koak Makeup: Rebecca White Models: Becky Oates Faizah Akhtar Grace Todd Issac Garcia Mackie Schroeter Landon Ricks
Model: Faizah Akhtar Scarf: Designed by Nishi Muna
Model: Landon Ricks
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Model: Issac Garcia Becky Oates Skirt: Cactus Flower Blazer: Cactus Flower Suit Pants: Pitaya
To others, however, this campaign goes against America’s values. Some would rather see a veteran on a poster than an athlete who doesn’t pay homage to the American flag. This has caused some Nike consumers to vividly share their opinions online. The hashtag #boycottnike has circled around Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Under this hashtag are videos of people burning their Nike apparel and paragraphs written about the betrayal that these people feel by Nike. Because of this, politics has openly affected how people shop and how people dress. Nike, a huge corporation that has been around for decades, has lost millions of customers simply because Nike supports different political opinions than some of its buyers. Nike is not the only company willing to risk its business in order to make a statement. Levi Strauss and Co. has recently taken a stance on gun control, one of America’s most controversial issues. In 2016, Levi’s asked its consumers to refrain from bringing guns into Levi’s stores. Since then, the multi billion dollar company has created “The Safer Tomorrow Fund,” which will set aside one million dollars in the next four years to donate to nonprofit organizations working to end gun violence, while also encouraging its employees to become more politically active.
As the fight for gun control continues, Levi’s support of this movement has brought in both support from its customers and disapprovement. Similar to Nike, videos circled the internet of people burning their Levi’s jean in protest of their new standpoint. In addition, The National Rifle Association has tweeted at Levi’s stating “@Levis once symbolized American freedom, but when they started undermining the right to self defense, that changed.” Previous Levi’s consumers are now changing the way they dress due to their political opinions, while those in support are now purchasing more from Levi’s. From a liberal point of view, these companies are making important messages about social equality and gun laws. However, from a conservative point of view, Nike, Levi’s and many other companies aren’t supporting the right movements. These consumers would rather see companies support the “America First” movement and fight to keep the Second Amendment safe. Whatever your viewpoints on these campaigns, they’ve affected how you view these companies, where you spend your money and how you dress each morning. So, what do you think? Should fashion be involved in politics?
Editor: Heather Hudson Creative designer: Anne Anderson
The bags you have been seeing on your Instagram feed are anything but conventional. Bags made from beads, macrame and woven materials are taking over the handbag industry. Not only are bags made from unconventional materials pretty to look at, they often require intricate craftsmanship. Sustainability is another aspect these bags offer, as they often use raw materials and are made by hand rather than a factory. Celebrities and fashion influencers are choosing a handmade handbag over a traditional handbag to pair with their outfits. Brands are getting creative with their designs. Handbags are no longer strictly made with leather or suede. Designers are using unconventional materials, such as cotton, wicker and beads to produce their bags. Susan Alexandra, a handbag designer based in NYC, is melting plastic beads to construct her bags. Since she launched her handbags over a year and a half ago, several celebrities and it-girls have been seen wearing her colorful beaded bags. Some of her bags are made with over 1,000 beads, each handcrafted by her team in a small shop in Chinatown. She uses different beads to create animal prints, florals and colorful patterns. Another brand, Mozh Mozh, produces ethical woven bags made in Peru. They use textiles native to Peru and are produced by traditional artisans. The bags are made with hand knit cotton and are naturally dyed. These colorful woven bags are also soft to the touch. Both brands offer unique styles that set them apart from a normal handbag. Aside from the designers, you can find a variety of handmade bags on Etsy and vintage stores. Buying from an Etsy shop or vintage store is a sustainable option and is a way to support small businesses. Handmade bags are also playing an active role in sustainability, which is a trend that never goes out of style. Sustainable fashion has become more relevant over the years with the emergence of ecofriendly brands like Reformation, Everlane and Threads For Thought. Recently, the organization “Inner Wheel Club” in India has been working to discourage the use of polythene bags by distributing handmade bags made from used clothing. Chippy is another brand using vintage clothes to create unique handbags. Each bag is handcrafted using a variety of vintage materials sewn or woven together. Wearing these handmade bags aren’t only chic, but eco-friendly too. As sustainability becomes more prevalent in the fashion industry, consumers should consider purchasing products that are less harmful to our environment. As most college students, I am guilty of supporting less eco-friendly and fast-fashion brands. However, I am becoming more aware of the importance to shop vintage and support small businesses and sustainable brands. I recently in invested one of Susan Alexandra’s cherry bags, and I’m excited to wear my handmade beaded bag this season. 68
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Narratives of witches and magic have always had a solid place in modern pop culture, from the 1996 film “The Craft” to the Netflix reboot of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that’s set to premiere this October. There’s an air of mystery, mysticism and femininity that attracts teen girls and makes it so easy for witchcraft to be commercialized and commodified, and there’s no doubt that these concepts have been peaking in popularity lately, with major stores like Urban Outfitters, Earthbound and now even Sephora selling items such as crystals, sage and spell books. Every year, it seems the “witchy” fad becomes more and more prominent. But for many, witchcraft isn’t just a trend or a fantasy from your favorite season of American Horror Story. It’s part of their everyday lives — part of real religions and cultures that have been passed down over centuries. Witchcraft has roots all over the world, from Haitian Voodoo, to Latinx Brujas, to Celtic Paganism and beyond. The real witches of today are not devil-worshipping caricatures with broomsticks, and they never have been. A Pagan Pride Day celebration was recently held in Indianapolis, and even our own city of Bloomington has a pagan alliance. A local shop, the Sunrise Hive, sells handmade goods and holds magickal workshops for the public. Outside of our local bubble, there are more varieties of witchcraft than could ever be covered in this article, from secular to spiritual. While witchcraft gains momentum in pop culture, many people are also reclaiming their heritage. One website, Remezcla.com, says of modern brujas: “In music, nightlife, visual arts and more, we’ve seen a rise in self-identified brujas; young Latinxs seeking to reclaim a cultural taboo and flip it into a means of empowerment, to proudly represent the parts of their heritage that have been cut out of patriarchal or
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Eurocentric narratives.” But it seems that this growth in popularity has turned into a double edged sword. Major brands are profiting off of watered down, gimmicky versions of these practices. This September, social media was flooded with discourse around modern witchcraft when Sephora announced they would be releasing a “starter witch kit” containing sage, tarot cards and various perfumes. While there is an abundance of resources for those interested in learning more about witchcraft, many practicing witches have expressed that purchasing a “starter witch kit” from a makeup brand of all places is likely not the best way to go about it. Even singer SZA chimed in on Twitter, saying, “This whole over the counter tarot cards x Sephora starter witch kit dangerous es hell and very headass .. don’t do magic at the mall kids,” complete with a facepalm emoji. Another major problem people have with these Sephora kits is the white sage that’s included, a resource that’s sacred to Native Americans. A blog post from Adrienne K. on the website nativeappropriations. com goes into detail about this, saying, “...what is endangered is Native peoples’ ability to access and use wild white sage in the ways that they and their ancestors have done for thousands of years.” Her advice? “Find out what your own ancestors may have burned for cleansing, and use that. Unless you’re Native, it probably wasn’t white sage.” At the end of the day, it’s always important to be conscious of what we consume, where our money is going, and the effect it can have ethically — both socially and environmentally. As you consider the “witchy” trends this fall (and every year), take important note of their origins, support small businesses run by real practitioners and be respectful of the sacredness of any culture that is not your own. In short, witchcraft is something that cannot be put into a box — both figuratively and literally — no matter how hard Sephora may try.
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If you go into your makeup bag, what will you find? Behind ads of grinning pearly smiles and luxurious, flowing hair, there’s a dark secret. Many ingredients that are common in cosmetics have been painfully extracted from, or tested on animals, and could be hiding in your cosmetics drawer. After many years of successful campaigns led by Humane Society International, animal testing for cosmetic products has diminished. In 2013, the #BeCrueltyFree campaign helped in the EU decision to ban makeup and skincare products that were “newly tested on animals.” Unfortunately, that does not mean it’s over. There are still many companies that don’t ethically source their ingredients, and with the abundance of unregulated sellers on third-party websites, it’s hard to track down what they use, and where, and how. The most recent development in making the cosmetic and beauty industry cruelty-free is China’s new policy on animal testing. Before January 2017, it was required for all important cosmetics to be tested on animals in order to be sold in China. Now, according to www. ethicalconsumer.org, this only potentially means China is headed towards a cruelty-free route.
Statistics show on the Humane Society International website that as many as 100,000 to 200,000 animals a year are affected by animal testing. Typically these tests involve irritating the eyes and skin of the animals, sometimes to the point of severe illness, blindness, and even death. There are alternatives to animal testing that can used in place of harming them. According the NEAVS website (The New England Anti-Vivisection organization), these alternatives include using invitro human cell cultures and stem-cell testing. Some tips to finding cruelty-free brands: Buy locally! Many times, local brands source their ingredients locally as well, and know exactly what goes in their product. Another big thing is to look for the Leaping Bunny logo from The Leaping Bunny Program, which certifies products are free from animal-testing or otherwise harm. One of the biggest things we can do as customers is to do our research; Being careful of what ingredients We can only go so far as consumers to buy ethically. The next step is to urge the creation of policies against animal cruelty. You can support the Humane Society by calling and emailing your legislators to support the HCA (Humane Cosmetics Act), which will prohibit animal testing in the U.S. You can learn more about preventing animal cruelty at www.humanesociety.org.
When you think of “fall,” you think of dark colors, plaids and pumpkin spice lattes. Typical fall colors correlate with the deep orange, red and magenta colors of the leaves falling from the trees. Don’t get me wrong — I love incorporating these colors into my fall wardrobe. But this fall, you will see new colors persist. Neon pinks, greens and yellows are the new colors to wear this fall. Yes, the 80’s are back, and this retro trend is paying tribute to the decade. These colors are unconventional for the season, making them that much more fun. Who knew your pack of Sharpie highlighters was going to be my style muse this season? Last February, in fall/winter runway shows, designers such as Prada, Balmain, Ulla Johnson and Ralph Lauren featured neon looks. We saw neon skirts, pants and turtlenecks galore during New York Fashion Week. Now, this runway trend is hitting the streets. I picked up on the neon trend after seeing street style photos from Copenhagen Fashion Week. Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, Gigi Hadid and Eva Chen have all indulged in this trend.
Neon can be a difficult trend to tackle, especially because the bright colors naturally draw more attention to yourself. If you’re not ready for a full head-to-toe neon look, try incorporating one neon piece into your fall wardrobe. Sticking to one bright piece is an easy way to achieve a chic neon look. If you wear a neon turtleneck, pair it with a black skirt and boots. Or, wear an all-black outfit with a neon bag. The neon piece is naturally going to be the focus of your entire look. If you want to ease into the trend even more, start with a neon nail color, eyeliner or jewelry piece.
No one is really sure why trends come back. All we know is it’s back. we’ve seen a lot of influence from the 1980’s in fashion lately, neon included. If you’re going to embrace color, now is the time to do so. Prada’s last fall/winter runway show featured 80’s inspired pieces including neon vests, skirts and boots. This inspired several fast-fashion retailers like Zara, H&M and Asos to embrace the neon trend, rather than push it away. As accessible brands are starting to welcome the trend, fall neon pieces are becoming easier to find. Invest in a neon piece this fall and I can assure you won’t regret it. SEASON Magazine 93