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Fashion, to me, is so much more than trends. It’s about defining your own style and sticking with it. Style is like the externalization of your own creativity, which could validate the phrase “anything goes.” Just like our Intrigue Editor Elizabeth Wieck says in her column on page eight, fashion hardly holds many rules anymore. That’s the beautiful thing about transforming fashion into your own style—it’s personal and more powerful. Once you begin to form an eye for your personal style, it’s easier to

say no to the latest trend turned $15 top at Forever 21 that you only sort-of like. This inspired me to create a fashion spread using all vintage clothes. Not only is it exciting to find statement pieces for inexpensive prices, but you know you won’t find anyone else wearing it. Vintage items tend to be thoughtful purchases. You have to make sure to check the garment for stains or tears, and you most likely will try it on before purchasing. You might even check to make sure you have other items in your closet that will work well with it. Taking extra time and consideration before buying clothes goes a long way when creating your style. I want to give special thanks to Ashley Kickliter, the pho-

tographer behind the stunning photos in the fashion spread on page four. She’s only a sophomore, and she has her own photography business, Open Eye Photography. I came to her with my idea of a vintage-inspired shoot, and she was instantly on-board. We gathered all the vintage clothing we could find from our own closets and others, and we were filled to the brim with flower crowns and heart-shaped sunglasses. Ashley and model Kenslie McGuire were incredible to work with and too gracious to share their talents with The Plainsman. If you’d like to see more photos from the shoot, check ThePlainsman.com for the slideshow. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I enjoyed creating it.

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4 Love Me Two Times Get inspired for spring with a spread dedicated to vintage

6 Step Into Spring What to wear with the latest footwear trends

7 Sister Sister

Two sisters place in this year’s Birmingham Fashion Week

8 Break The Rules

Do fashion faux pas still exist?

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1. “A friend of mine worked at a publication and one of her bosses so casually asked if anyone wanted this bag. She snagged it and sent it to me. It has his initials on it, but that couldn’t phase me in the slightest.” 2. “Nearly everything is accessible online, but there is nothing better to me than the surprise of a page turn and the comfort of reading and appreciating something in print.” 3. “I tend to wait for a perfect opportunity to break in my shoes so these tasseled loafers have gone untouched since their purchase, but when that day comes, they will be seeing a lot of wear.”

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All vintage clothing used. Photography: Ashley Kickliter of Open Eye Photography Styling: Melody Kitchens Modeling: Kenslie McGuire

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Buy this, covet that Sheyda Mehrara WRITER

Can’t afford most jewelry donned by celebrities? See if you can tell the difference in the strikingly similar, yet much more affordable options. Photosets made through polyvore.com.

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The heart and sole of spring Bianca Seward

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Good shoes take you good places. That’s easy. Picking out that good shoe is not so much. Too often a trip to the shoe department can be daunting and terrifying. The shoe racks tower over you threateningly and the price tags can be even ruder. But this spring is different. Fashion Week welcomed all patterns, colors, prints and materials, taking a no holds barred approach to spring footwear. Here are some of the latest trends in feet fashion. The Wedge- The spring season staple is easily the wedge. And thank God for it. The support offered by a wedge is unmatched in the shoe department. This heel saves you from the stiletto-induced embarrassment of a Bambi inspired “catwalk” down Magnolia. The wedge doesn’t need to reinvent itself to renew its lease in your closet. Its basic structure stays the same, but this season it’s debuting new fabrics and bases for the heel. The espadrille is returning and bringing with it wooden wedges and wedges hidden in the same fabric as the top to create a seamless, tailored look. The Flat- First it was blazers, then the boyfriend jean and now our feet want in on this androgynous trend. Further proving just how cyclical fashion is (everyone has a picture of themselves running around in their fathers oversized loafers), this spring flat is

the loafer. Loafers blend a masculine structure with feminine patterns and have quickly become this year’s favorite trend in flats. Swap out your ballet flats for the strong-meets-comfortable shoe and save yourself from a night of toe pinching pumps followed by a morning of bandages and reshaping your foot. This look is versatile and can be dressed up for the office, dressed down for the day or paired with a dress for a night out. The Sandal- Gone are the gaudy gladiators that took forever to strap into and created some of the world’s worst tan lines. Seriously, by September my feet had an unintentional zebra henna tattoo that started at my feet and ended mid-calf. It’s been seasons in the making, but finally the sandal is taking a simple, minimalist approach. This season, pick up simple structures with bold colors for your sandal collection. The Sneaker- This spring sneakers are stealing the spotlight with mismatched neons and even brighter patterns. Sneakers are mixing loud prints with metallic colors on unusual models. Stores are stocked with pastels, all white, patterned, striped and usually a combination of the aforementioned styles. The plethora of options makes the sneaker my favorite piece this spring because you can’t go wrong. And don’t ya just hate being wrong?


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Set of sisters place in Birmingham Fashion Week Kelsey Davis Intrigue Writer

Two sisters, Sarah and Annakay Winford, placed in the Emerging Designer competition for the third annual Birmingham Fashion Week. Recent Auburn graduate, Sarah, placed second and junior at Auburn, Annakay, tied for third. The 14 contestants were each responsible for designing a set of four different looks to be modeled Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1. From there, the top seven designers were selected. The remaining designers showed their collection again in the finales on Saturday, March 2. “I did more of a ready to wear separate collection that was inspired by old Hollywood,” Sarah said. “There was some leather

and stripes, and it was all black and white and beige.” Sarah said she watched old Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe films to help gain inspiration for the style that she was going for. Featuring a more structured look, Annakay’s collection was inspired by famous architecture such as the Sydney Opera House and the Hoover Dam. Though the sisters’ designs and inspirations were differing, their color palettes were nearly the same. “We were saying we could probably have all of our models work out together and say it’s one big collection,” Annakay said. Highlights of the experience for the girls included being surrounded by the fashion indus-

try, and getting to meet other designers, both local and more famous. “Anthony Ryan (a Project Runway All-Stars winner) was there, so that was awesome,” Annakay said. “He touched my dress at one point that one of my models who was about to go out was wearing. I was so flattered.” Both girls are keeping their options open for the future, but as far as the ultimate dream job goes, both mentioned how they would one day love to go into business together. “At this point I’m just kind of applying and seeing what happens. I would love to work for Marc Jacobs, but really, if Annakay and I could just start our own label, that’s ultimately what we would like to do.”

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Sarah Winford’s designs placed second in the Emerging Designer competition in Birmingham Fashion Week.

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Rules no more: street style and fast fashion lead the way Elizabeth Wieck Intrigue@ theplainsman.com

Fashion has changed. Long gone are the cumbersome rules that have invisibly governed personal style. As of late, the often-rigid restrictions of dressing have mostly disappeared, allowing for true freedom in expression of style. Those at the helm of fashion can be tough critics. Despite many people thinking it’s frivolous, the wide world of fashion is nothing if not cutthroat. Perhaps Heidi Klum says it best on Project Runway, “One day you are in, the next day you are out.” These so-called fashion leaders and experts no longer ex-

ert as much influence on us as in the past. While I do love my monthly issues of Vogue and Elle there are other resources to consult when pressed with an outfit problem or looking for inspiration. But why this change? Of course, the Internet has played a huge role in eliminating staunch fashion rules. Most women can admit to having more than a few outfits pinned on their Pinterest boards. Blogs, too, have helped, serving as personal tomes of style and inspiration. Leandra Medine, also known as The Man Repeller, has a blog dedicated solely to fashion that repels men. According to the website, her sartorial choices “include, but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length

jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.” Talk about creating your own style. The rise of “street style” has proven to be a popular way to express personal style. For those unfamiliar with the term, “street style” it is exactly what it sounds like–what a person is wearing when they are walking down the street, going about their normal day. Websites like Street Peeper document the style of various fashionably inclined pedestrians in cities like London, New York and Tokyo. The beauty of being online is that we can post anything we want. Nothing has to be approved by an editor or analyzed by a stylist. It’s realistic, relatable and a wonderful melting pot of style. Further aiding in breaking

down barriers is fast fashion, retailers like Forever 21, H&M and Asos have huge inventories that supply the most fashion-forward clothes with the current season’s looks straight from the runway. It’s about accessibility and affordability– two factors that have before been a hindrance. Trends are readily available, and we no longer have to shell out a whole month’s worth in paychecks to get the newest Alexander Wang jacket. Most recently, whites in a form other than cream have emerged as a big trend for winter. The advent of the chambray shirt has brought back the once-taboo denim on denim, evoking a better version of the unsightly 90s look. Color blocking has been popular during the past few years, allowing us

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to pair two, three and four colors together in whatever palette we wish. Thus, fashion has changed. It’s no longer the institution of exclusivity, but rather inclusivity. We do, in fact, all have to get dressed every day.

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03.07.2013 Fashion Tab of The Auburn Plainsman

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