BEHIND THE SCENES
Mia Rotondi Executive Editor Assistant editor: Rachel Robison Gracie Pearlman Fashion Director Annabella Boutet and Ariann Holden Creative Directors Devon McLaughlin Photography Director Erin Robertson and Julia Staudinger Beauty and Styling Colby Jacobson PR/Marketing Director Jose Escallon and William Hardy Financial Directors Madeline Eng and Maia Schoenfelder Blogmasters Contributers: Elizabeth Carberry, Emmaline Deihl, Phoenix Eisenberg, Emma Kammerer, Natalie Liener, Kelley Noonan, Olivia Villalon-Iglesias, Paige Ziplow
Letter From the Editors Dear All, Fashion surrounds our every-day lives – we see it on TV, in the magazines we read, and on the way to class. It’s how we express who we are and what we like. Coming to Conn as freshmen we quickly realized that our student body is unique in the way it presents itself both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether it’s showing up to your 8 a.m. Chem lecture or cheering on our fellow Camels at a soccer game – Conn students are always dressed to impress. Even off campus we manage to find some of the most “fashionable” places to hang out and get some good grub. So the question we asked ourselves was “Why don’t we have a student publication that showcases all of this talent and interest?” So we created “theLook” as a means to give students interested in pursuing a career in the fashion/arts industries a starting block. We’ve created a publication that we hope will successfully celebrate the unique lifestyle of a Conn Coll student – everything from what we wear to where we eat – as well as one that will showcase our individual passions and talents, while also making strong connections with Alumni in the industry. It is because of all of you that this magazine has been a success. We could not have done it without the support of the faculty, SGA, local boutiques, and all of our wonderful volunteers. This is your campus, your magazine, now show us what you’ve got.
With love, Shelby & Kira
In This Issue.......
Fashion for a Cause : Why We Love TOMS
Student Spotlight : PHOENIX EISENBERG
Fashion Through the Decades
Breast Cancer Awarness
Room of my Own
Why We Love BY: Natalie Liener
In 2006, Blake Mycoskie launched a shoe line with one mission: for every pair sold, one pair would be donated to a child in need. As a result, TOMS shoes was born and became the newest brand to join the “fashion for a cause” revolution. Mycoskie first got the idea to start his company while filming the hit reality television show, The Amazing Race, in Argentina. He later returned there by himself and was struck by the number of shoeless children, the ramifications of which were serious. Not only were children prohibited from attending school, but they were also developing immobilizing diseases. Mycoskie believed if there were a way to donate a pair of shoes each time a pair was purchased, he could raise awareness and change the lives of children around the world. Upon his arrival back in California he began contemplating how to put this idea into action. He decided that a shoe company would have a longer lasting impact than a charity, so he quickly sold his online driver’s education company and began to self-finance TOMS. The shoes became an immediate success. Styled and structured after the Argentinian shoe, the alpargata, TOMS has a unique look incomparable to any other shoe on the market. Styles range from solid colors to stripes, prints, and sequins – most recently they have introduced a vegan line. In the past t wo years, TOMS has created five new shoe styles: the stitchout, the wrap boot, the botas, the cordones, and the wedge. In July 2011, TOMS launched a collection with The Row design-
ers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen that features TOMS’ signature flat in cashmere and wool with leather accents. With the addition of these designs, the TOMS Corporation was able to give away their one-millionth pair of shoes in
September 2011. Later that same year TOMS launched an eyewear collection that provides prescription glasses, medical care, and sight-saving surgery to underprivileged children each time a new pair of glasses is bought. Continuing with the expansion, they have most recently launched a clothing line selling t-shirts, tank tops, hats, and sweatshirts. Like their other products, for each item purchased, a pair of shoes is donated to a child in need. It seems that now, TOMS has something for every one. Whether your fashion obsession is shoes, clothing or glasses, TOMS has you covered. The only thing left to do is join the movement.
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We know that when it comes to college, your wallet can get a bit thin during the year. So here are a few ways to put together four great looks with one piece.
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Photography by Devon McLaughlin
PHOENIX EISENBERG By Kira Turnbull
P: I’ve been taking photographs ever since I
was very young, but it was not until I was 14 or so that I began taking photographs as a serious art form. Photography’s ability to capture something, and make it attractive and interesting was extremely appealing to me.
K: Were you influenced by a certain photo-
first met Phoenix at our initial meeting for theLOOK magazine in September. I had just finished wrapping up our conversation with the prospective photographers, writers and editors when he rushed into the room with an excited countenance and a Nikon camera draped around his neck. After a few welcoming remarks and greetings I began to discover how talented this newcomer to our campus is. After discovering that over the summer he had interned for the remarkable photographer and creative innovator, Annie Leibovitz ,and is also preparing to photograph Oscar de la Renta for the New York Times, I knew he was destined to be our first Student Spotlight. Among interning for Annie Leibovitz, during which he helped with photo shoots including celebrities such as the Kardashians and Angelina Jolie, he has also done work for Vice Magazine and now the New York Times. I recently sat down with Phoenix to ask him a few questions regarding his background and how be became so enamored with photography. K. When did you start to become interested in photography? Why?
graph, photographer, or teacher? P: Two photographers that have influenced my work are Jay Maisel and Annie Leibovitz, Jay told me to “find to beauty in anything” and Annie Leibovitz told me ”to always have my camera and always be taking photos”
K: Who’s your favorite artist/photographer
and have they influenced the way you interpret your own photography? P: There are three photographers, or groups of photographers, that I have studied and tried to base my work off of; The Bang Bang Club, Diane Arbus, and Taryn Simon. The Bang Bang club was a group of four photojournalists based in South Africa during the Apartheid, you have probably seen some of their photos, the most famous is a photo of a child and the vulture. I constantly go back to and look at Diane Arbus’ series on “freaks” for inspiration. Finally, Taryn Simon, one of the most talented photographers I know of, recently gave a TED talk about her work that I highly recommend watching. She photographs extraordinary people and places in very simplistic ways. So how have they influenced how I interpret my photography? I guess you could say they made me see my photographs as a tool to understand people, and share that understanding with others.
K: What do you love the most about pho-
tography and what do you hope to achieve?
P: Photography manifests hidden truths. It can
stop change by grabbing hold of a moment as it rushes by. It can create change by capturing the images of the isolated, unseen and forgotten. I love photography because it simultaneously illuminates needs and demands solutions. My objective is to make the world a better place, one photograph at a time.
ing. So documenting reality will always be the purpose of photography, but when the person behind the lens has an interesting point of view of world, it will come through as art regardless of intention. The purpose of photography is whatever you make it. There is no reason a photo has to be one or the other, just as a paintings can range from realistic to abstract.
K: What are some of your favorite pho-
tographs you’ve taken or projects you’ve done?
P: In the last year I have been photograph-
ing a lot of musicians and artists working or in concert, and I have greatly enjoyed doing that, artists I have shot include the Fleet Foxes, Matt and Kim, Empire of the Sun, Portugal the Man, Mac Miller, People Under the Stairs, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Das Racist, Big Boi, Neon Indian, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, and more. It is a great pleasure to not only watches another artist perform, but to make more art out of the art they are already creating. K: There are many who think that photography is for the purpose of documenting ethnographic reproductions of reality, however there are others who believe that it is a pure form of art? What do you think about this statement?
P: Art comes from the artist, this is a very
obvious I know but it is easy to forget. Looking at piece of art, no matter what type, it is the manifestation of the artist’s point of view. While some photographers shot the apartheid in Southern Africa, it was only the Bang Bang Club’s photos that are now considered art. The reason this occurred is because the artists’ point of view of the world was interesting and different and it came through in their photos. Art is just a way to present the artist to world; it is the artist that the viewer really finds interest-
I believe there is a spectrum in art, one side being reality the other imaginary. Photography clearly tends to be closer to reality then imaginary, but I believe photography can satisfy either definition. I personally like to document reality, and through editing, composition, and lighting, make it my own. However, I mean look at Van Gogh, Picasso, and Dali’s incredible work
K: Do you plan on continuing with photography after you graduate?
P: Absolutely. I am currently doing work for Vice magazine and the New York Times and some of their blogs, and plan on continuing that throughout my 4 years at college. This summer I will be starting an internship at Rolling Stone, which will hopefully lead to more opportunities and work. Photography will always be part of my life no matter what career I end up pursuing.
Camel on Camels Paige Ziplow and Julia Goldman
Without question, camel is the color of the season. From the runways of New York Fashion week, to our very own campus, the buttery tan hue has made quite the impression. More importantly, camel is a universally flattering shade that compliments all skin tones. It instantly adds sophistication and class to any outfit. For a business casual look, pair a camelcolored blazer, with a dark wash skinny jean, and lace-up ankle booties. Or for a night out, pair black and camel to create the ultimate sultry and sexy look. Also, don’t be afraid to couple your camel attire with a pop of color, and bold accessories. So remember-next time you’re looking for that perfect knit, or winter coat, embrace your inner Conn spirit and go camel.
1. Polka Dot Dress $39-‐dorthyperkins.com 2. Char Jumper $195-‐ allsaints.com 3. Galston Coat $398 –jackwills.com 4. Bare Escentuals Eyecolor in Chic Nude $13-‐nordstrom.com 5. Weekend City Bag $50-‐ zara.com 6. Boyfriend Blazer $130-‐topshop.com 7. Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet $195–calypsostbarth.com 8. Tube Scarf $13-‐ hm.com 9. Raynham Cardigan $79-‐ jackwills.com 10. Lauren Moshi Camel T-‐shirt $165-‐oxygenboutique.com 11. Camel Skirt $23-‐ hm.com 12. Deco Embellished Tee $130-‐ topshop.com 13. Love Pillow $185-‐ calypsostbarth.com 14. Voluspa Japonica Candle $18-‐ anthropologie.com 15. Essie Nail Polish in Mink Muffs and Chinchilly $8 – drugstore.com16. Cotton Canvas Bag $46-‐ americanapparel.net 16. Marc by Marc Jacobs Ankle Bootie $296-‐barneys.com
Dries Van Noten, Fall 2011
Dries Van Noten, Fall 2011
Annabella Boutet and Paige Ziplow
Peter Som, Fall 2010
Fashion Throu the 60’s: The 1960s ushered in an entirely new style and was a decade of rapid social change. The “Youthquake” of the 60’s put teenagers and youth front and center in terms of style and culture. The mid-60s brought the Mod movement, inspired by the fascination with space. Mod style was characterized by geometric patterns and short hairstyles. The end of the decade saw the beginning of the hippie movement which favored floral and op art patterns. Captured here are two graduates posing for their senior portraits in bold pattern dresses that bridge between the two movements. The women represents the free spirited, fun fashions that took Connecticut College by storm.
the 70’s: The hippie movement continued into the early 1970s, but soon “disco fever” had gripped the nation. Bright jersey dresses and wild makeup were du-rigor for evenings out, while miniskirts and hot pants were acceptable for day. Instead of the casual athletic wear we see on campus today, men embraced a more feminine side of widely flared bellbottom pants, platform shoes, and longer hair styles. High-waisted jeans with crop tops were also very popular among the younger set. As the ‘70s drew to a close, a completely new style emerged: punk.
gh the Decades the 80’s:
by Emma Kamerer
The 1980s brought the punk movement into full force. Jeans, leather, and T-shirts were staples, usually paired with heavy makeup, extreme hairdos and body piercings. The 1980s offered many options for those not into punk style and Connecticut College favored a more colorful, preppy style (Would you expect anything else?) Women wore various colored tights with looser tops. “Power suits” became popular, featuring large shoulder pads. Men’s fashion was influenced by popular shows such as “Miami Vice,” which inspired men to wear cheap T-shirts under suit jackets. Striped v-necks and hawaiian shirts also became very popular. The more conservative preppy look experienced a resurgence, while music icons such as Madonna and Michael Jackson set the stage for more adventurous looks.
the 90’s: The 1990s were the epitome of casual dressing. Jeans and t-shirts became the uniform, while Conn’s dressier events called for minimalist chic and dark colored lips. The grunge movement, influenced by grunge rock bands, also took hold among youth, and featured baggy sweaters and skirts, paired with flannel and knit hats. Here students embrace the casual, comfortable look sitting outside a residence hall. Hip-hop music gained increasing popularity too, inspiring new styles.
Breast Cancer Awareness Through Fashion
by Rachel Robison
This October marks the 25th anniversary of recognizing and celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month. In an effort to raise awareness and boost donations, several designers and cosmetic companies have teamed up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation to created numerous uniquely pink products in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These limited edition clothes, accessories and beauty products showcase the expanding trend of “fashion for a cause” and offer stylish possibilities for you to assist in the search for a cure. In the beauty department, many major cosmetic brands have debuted products created specifically for BCAM with a portion of the sales pledged to various breast cancer research foundations. Origins unveiled their “Make a Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment” a natural skin cream designed to combat dehydrated skin and UV exposure. Available at origins.com the cream sells for $28 with $5 from each sale donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Another great option for skin care is Philosophy’s “Hope in a Jar” moisturizer ($32 ulta.com). For the first time, the popular beauty brand, renowned for their top- notch skin care products has re-released their original formula moisturizer in a pink hope for the cure container with $5 from each sale donated to the BCRF. Also available on ulta.com is Essie’s limited edition “Breast Cancer Awareness” nail polish, a pale pink hue that sells for $8 with a portion of the proceeds donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Smashbox has pledged 100% of its profits from their O-Gloss lipgloss ($22 smashbox.com) to the BCRF as well.
Fashion designer, Elie Tahari has collaborated with Sakes Fifth Avenue to design a “Key to the Cure” shirt, sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Ave stores and at saksfifthavenue.com for $35. The white long sleeved soft cotton t-shirt has a pink heart printed on the chest covered with keys and reads, “Where there’s love, there’s life”. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund an umbrella fund that raises donations for over fifty charities dedicated exclusively to research for women’s cancers. Parisian designer, Isabel Marant, and Marie Claire Magazine have collaborated to create a unique, graphic- style t-shirt aimed at raising awareness and assisting in the fight against breast cancer. Shirts can be purchased at boutiquemarieclaire.com under fashion and clothing for $25. For additional news and information on accessories, beauty products, and clothing items that benefit breast cancer research foundations feel free to check out these great articles: TeenVogue.com article on “15 Must Have Beauty Products for Breast Cancer Awareness Month” HarpersBazaar.com article on “Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Shop the Cause”
by Olivia Villalon Spilling out of sophomore Laura Dietmann’s room is a soft pink glow, and when you walk in, you’ll find that most of the décor is equally as pink. The room is open and fun, and full of personal touches. As a student advisor, Laura feels it is important that she have a room where people can come in and talk and feel comfortable. She has a hot pink shag-rug in the middle of the room that invites you to go and sit down as well as a futon against the window, over which she draped a large piece of pink paisley fabric (futon - Target, $50, fabric - JoAnn Fabrics). Pink bedding and a pink stand-up lamp in the corner complete the look, creating a general effect that showcases Laura’s outgoing and bubbly personality. When asked what her favorite decoration is though, she immediately answers, “Marilyn,” referring to the Marilyn Monroe print hanging above her desk. As someone who considers herself a feminist, she loves the way Marilyn was completely comfortable in her own body, and talks about how she admires her strength as a woman. This touch perfectly combines the preppy and girly atmosphere of the room with a confident and independent feel, and works with the rest of the room to create an overall welcoming and comfortable space.
My Own by Kelley Noonan When I sat down with Jake Kringdon to discuss his room and the inspiration behind it, he first had trouble putting into words the vibe he had hoped to achieve when decorating his JA bedroom. He was determined to make his room like “a real home, I didn't want it to look like a typical college dorm room.” With this idea in mind, Jake was immediately drawn to two major pieces during a trip to Target: a chocolate-brown zebra print ottoman and a lamp with a mock “tree trunk” base. To compliment the browns and other earth tones found in these items, Jake chose an olive green scheme for his bedroom.During a recent trip to Joann Fabrics, he found zebra-print fabric in a perfectly complementary green hue. The fabric, that he pinned to the wall (an excellent way to occupy white wall space), effectively accents the zebra print ottoman. Jake’s couch has a neutral color that easily assimilates it into his décor each year. By adding two textured espresso-colored pillows behind the preexisting ones, Jake creates more depth and comfort as well as a new look for his third year at Conn. By introducing other decorative, personal touches to his room, like a poster of the New York City skyline, Jake truly makes it his own. he subtle hues of the lighted city at night compliment the rest of the room’s color scheme, and as the photo is also of one of his favorite places in the world, gives him inspiration and comfort. Without any constraints of school rules or budgets, Jake says that he would like to paint the walls a taupe color to complete the look and tie the warm, natural colors together even more. Ideally, he would like all the furniture to be a dark, espresso wood. Jake is content with the way the room turned out.
All womenâ€™s clothing was provided by Hope & Stetson
MADE FOR MAKE UP
by Erin Robertson As summer slowly comes to an end, we find ourselves trading in our bikinis for pea coats and sandals for snow bootsâ€Śin spite of the cold weather however, look forward to the Fall 2011 season! This seasonâ€™s fashions will revamp your wardrobes with fun, sophisticated, and sexy cold-weather looks that refuse to let fashion hibernate. These looks are complimented with fall inspired makeup trends and accessories that crossbreed classic glamour with chic edginess. Look for smoky metallic eye shadows and eyeliners that offer an edgy alternative to classic lackluster shades. Take the smoky-eye to the next level by brushing metallic shadow along the lids and inside corners to create a smoldering, show-stopping look. If metallic shadow is out of your comfort zone, try smudgy black shadow instead to bring attention to your eyes. No need to be precise with the application of your eyeliner, diffusing the liner creates a softer and more natural look.
Hair pieces created by Julia Staudinger and Erin Robertson
As for lips, keep your peachy pinks and coral lipsticks within arm’s reach: they will brighten up any outfit that needs a pop of color. If you are partial to the classics, have no fear; class red lips are here to stay. Make sure to pick a red that compliments your skin tone. Typically, fair skinned women should focus on yellow or orange-based reds while darker skinned women should look for blue-based reds. Another makeup trend that has consistently been featured on the Fall 2011 runways is the neutral collection. Neutral shadows, lip color, and nail polishes breathe sophistication and make any look contemporary and chic. Forget overdone and theatrical makeup, nude is the new sexy… emphasizing fresh skin and au natural beauty is one of this fall’s hottest trends. As for accessories, the incorporation of peacock feathers, jewel tones, and floral accents will compliment your makeup and complete this fall look. Step into the new season with re-defined and sophisticated makeup and you will be feeling beautiful all the way through the winter months.
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