EDM DUBSTEP, AND MORE
DROP THE BEAT FOR US
THE PENNCHANTS shake up a cappella
KEEP YOUR COOL! IN FASHION'S SIZZLING BEST
s r e d a e L y r a sion
PETITE PICNIC EATS
warby parker’s success story
dagny + barstow's newest crop of designers
Elonia McHenry Editor-in-Chief Erica Sachse Creative Director Emily Sherbany Editor-at-Large Max Wang Photography Director
Tiffany Lu Art Director
Elizabeth Elder Editorial Director
Monta Ozolina Operations Coordinator
Jessie Lawson Marketing Director
Aliya Saigol Finance & Sponsorship Director
Style Director Bree Jackson Men’s Style Director Arjan Singh Beauty Director Carolina Beltran Stylists Josy Blair, Sanibel Chai, Celeste Courtenay, Diane Destribats, Nuria Frances, Ashley Leung, Alex Moritz, Robyn Rapaport, Alexis Richards, Daniella Sakhai, Olivia Stearn, Oona Yadav Men’s Stylist MK KLEVA Beauty Stylist Laura Sachse On-Set Coordinators Luisa Sucre, Rolanda Evelyn Concept Communications Managers Elizabeth Elder, Katrina Tomas, Rosa Escandon, Roopa Shankar
Fashion Editor Augusta Greenbaum Features Editor Nicole Ripka Copy Editors Lauri Bonacorsi, Kayla Fuchs, Cordelia Meserow Research Editors Mereb Rossom, Andrea Shen Print Magazine Writers Tina Hsu, Shayla Cole, BREE Jackson, Minji Kwak, Erica Ligenza, Tiffany Lu, Nicole Malick, Cordelia Meserow, Divya Prabhakar, Robyn Rapaport, Linda Yao, Julia Vitale
Photographers Bonnie Arbittier, Thi Ho, Marlie Winslow, Jon Yeston Assistant Photographers ayla fudala, tara Gonzalez, Divya Prabhakar, Katrina Tomas, Chidera Ufondu
ART AND DESIGN
Assistant Art Director Monika Haebich Layout Team Sanlie Auyeung, Emma Baiada, Alexandra Benya, Tiala Glabau, Becca James, Christina Liu, Paula Mello Ferber, Stephanie Nam, Andrea Shen, maddie smoot
Social Media Representatives Emilie Bishop, Antonia Green, Angelyn Irvin, Allison Ruben Events Coordinators Andie Davidson, Sarah Hassan, Natalie Peelish, Alvira Rao Market Research Coordinator Alexandra Benya Head Design Chair Sabrina Bral Design Chair Subi Qian Alumni Relations Chair Brianne Polito
Assistant Operations Coordinator Jacqueline Lem Internal Affairs Coordinator Stevie klein Local Sponsorship Coordinator Salima Ghadimi Professional Apparel Coordinator Alexis Richards Bookings and Model Coordinators Danielle Harris, Laura Sachse Dzine2Show Executive Board Members Huong Bui-Vu, Lynn Nguyen, Rashana Trim
Editor-in-Chief Elonia McHenry Editor-at-Large Emily Sherbany Editorial Director Cindy Yuan Website Director Ceasar Bautista Managing Editor MK Kleva Operations Coordinator Monta Ozolina Senior Culture Editor Alli Kaye Senior Health & Beauty Editor Alicia Chon Senior Shopping Editor Laura Petro Senior Fashion Editor Julia Molo Senior Men’s Fashion Editor Erich Kessel Senior Stylist Editor Maegan Cadet Junior Fashion Editors Jane Bender, Augusta Greenbaum, Ege Ozyegin, Daniella Sakhai Junior Men’s Fashion Editor Tzvetomir Gradevski Junior Culture Editors Amanda Shulman, Jordan Hillier Junior Shopping Editors Erica Ligenza, Nanette NuNu Junior Health & Beauty Editors Lara Berns, Olivia Zderic, Katherine Holland Website Stylists Rolanda Evelyn, Sophie Fritz, Deborah Kotkin, Emily Lipson, Heather Miller, Rebecca Aiello Guest Blogger Kelly Ha, Rama Hamarneh, Sarah Kehoe, Ciara stein, Madeleine Wilson International Content Manager Lauri Bonacorsi Blog Director Emma Baiada Assistant Blog Director Madhavi Muralidharan Blog Photographers Angela Jang, Emily Lipson, Kaley Martin, Allison Miller, Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos, Stephanie Salem, Alexandra Tritsch Univeristy of Pennsylvania’s Premier fashion magazine • Volume VII • Issue I • April 2013 The WALK was founded in 2006 as a student initiative and continues to be a student-fueled organization. TheWALKMagazine.com was launched in 2010 as a sister to the print edition. The WALK aims to satisfy our community’s widely-demanded fashion fix year-round. Stories edited by the editorial staff will carry bylines of the original author, while stories written by the editorial staff will not receive a byline. Please report corrections to email@example.com. We will post corrections on our website. This publication was typeset using GeosansLight and Bebas for headlines, Justus Italic for subtitles and captions, and Adobe Garamond Pro for body text. Page layout was created using Adobe InDesign. Original images were taken with DSLR cameras and adjusted using Adobe Photoshop. The WALK was printed on Sappi Flo 70-pound gloss text paper (FSC and 10% recycled) using sheet-fed offset presses. The binding is saddle-stitched. Printed by Garrison Printing Company, Inc., Pennsauken, NJ. To get involved or learn about advertising and partnership opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
summer 2013 ARTS & STYLE
We asked, you answered, we listened. Here’s what Penn has to say about everything from nude beaches to fashion icons.
Penn’s top DJs share their freshest tunes to cool you down in time for the summer.
whose verse is it anyway?
Spin the Body Electric
Innovative performances: the Pennchants bring new sound and style to a traditional college a cappella scene.
Dive into Art
Discover your inner art patron: visit one of Philly’s newest exhibtions featuring up-and-coming artists.
Poets, Philosophers & Fashion
The WALK is in Your Closet
Take a crash course. Professor Rabaté gets academic with fashion. Look inside a couple of Penn’s most stylish closets.
Suit Up We chat with the man behind the blog, Men’s Style Pro.
Button-Downs & Boat Shoes: A Male Perspective on Fashion Penn’s most fashionable freshman tell us what it takes to stay stylish at school.
From hot days to cool nights, The WALK highlights this season’s finest trends.
Funkytown Say hello to fabulous pieces for summer.
Clothes Atlas Wouldn't Shrug
Take a look at Dagny + Barstow, one of the hippest boutiques in NYC started by two Penn grads.
This Side of Paradise
Explore the art of dressing down.
Framed for Success A word with two of Warby Parker’s leading men.
Specs on Deck Take your look to the next level with statement eyeglasses.
Balmy Beauty Basics Never let them see you sweat: combat summery villians of makeup.
Hairstyles that Beat the Heat Strike back with these effortless hairstyles.
Bites of Summer Grab a plate! Amanda Shulman C’15 shares delicious recipes for the perfect picnic.
Poolside Reading List Pick up one of these delightful reads for lazy summer days.
Senior Spotlight The WALK pays tribute to the seniors who have made the magazine possible during these last four years.
LAYOUT CREDITS Cover — Erica Sachse ’14 • Behind the Scenes — Monica Haebich ’15 • Masthead — Andrea Shen ’16 • Cover Look — Erica Sachse ’14 • Letter from the Editor — Tiffany Lu ’15 Penn Speaks — Christina Liu ’16 • Spin the Body Electric — Tiffany Lu ’15 • Whose Verse is it Anyway? — Paula Mello Ferber ’15 • Dive Into Art — Becca James ’14 Poets, Philosophers & Fashion — Tiala Glabau ’13 • The WALK is in Your Closet — Maddie Smoot ’16 • Suit Up/Button-Downs and Boat Shoes — Sanlie Aeyung ’15 • Trend Watch — Paula Mello Ferber ’15 Funkytown/Clothes Atlas Wouldn’t Shrug — Emma Baiada ’14 • This Side of Paradise — Becca James ’14 • Framed for Success/Specs on Deck — Monika Haebich ’15 Balmy Beauty Basics/Hairstyles that Beat the Heat — Alexandra Benya ’16 • Bites of Summer — Andrea Shen ’16 • Poolside Reading List — Christina Liu ’16 • Senior Spotlight — Stephanie Nam ’15 Edited by Monika Haebich ’15 and Tiffany Lu ’15
COVER LOOK: CELESTIAL MIGHT What better way to admire Philadelphia than from above? Our Summer 2013 cover takes a repose from the bustle of urban life and the stress of Penn. As the hazy afternoon sun shines on the landscape, take a moment to appreciate the view. Our model Isabelle stands tall in a bathing suit from the sunny city of São Paulo, ready to stretch into summer’s warm embrace.
DIRECTED BY ERICA SACHSE ’14 AND BREE JACKSON ’15 MODELED BY ISABELLE BURNETTA ’13 PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERICA SACHSE ’14 STYLED BY ERICA SACHSE ’14 HAIR & MAKEUP BY LAURA SACHSE ’16
On Isabelle: White “Carlotta” swimsuit, So de Mel, $198, visit sodemel.com. Diamond bracelet, stylist’s own.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Blue and white printed jacket, Mei New York, $550; Blue leather leggings, Stouls Jo, $998; at Dagny + Barstow. White silk crop tank, Sonia Rykiel, stylist’s own. Shoes, stylist’s own. Necklace, model’s own. Directed & Styled by Erica Sachse ’14 Photographed by Max Wang ’15 Beauty by Carolina Beltran ’15
What you have in your hands is not the latest issue of Vogue—this is your magazine; this is The WALK. Since its start in 2006, The WALK has been documenting the way we relate to fashion. From spotlights on students to features about alumni, our magazine brings fashion culture from Penn to you. In this issue, we focus on your individual spins and takes on fashion. We break away from the trends and conventions of the fashion industry, standing strong with style that emerges from striking individuals. The unique way we interpret art and style is built on our personal experiences. As a nod to Fitzgerald, we entice you with “This Side of Paradise,” where a subtle interplay of pastels and knits mirrors a budding friendship and romance. Rooted in history, “Poets, Philosophers & Fashion” focuses on a course taught by Professor Jean-Michel Rabaté, who pinpoints nineteenth century French culture as an arbiter of style. With Professor Rabaté, we contextualize fashion, delving past its face value to unearth true academic depth. Fast-forward to where we see fashion transform the norm. In “Whose Verse is it Anyway?” The Pennchants, an all-male a cappella group, use costume to distinguish themselves from traditional a cappella groups. They engage their audience with the way they dress and communicate something about their individual and group personalities through this celebratory presentation. Our student body’s capacity for imagination and innovation is unmistakable, and continues to astonish us. In “Framed for Success,” we look
at how a fast friendship between four Wharton graduate students led to the founding of Warby Parker—a refreshing company in an industry of outrageously overpriced eyewear. In “Clothes Atlas Wouldn’t Shrug,” we hear the back-story of the Penn alumnae duo behind Dagny + Barstow, who first envisioned a boutique filled with elusive international designers while they were studying abroad together in London. And eventually, as always, we end up back home—back to what fashion means to us. “The WALK is in Your Closet” showcases two Penn students as they highlight specific pieces from their wardrobes and explain their significance. The stories get even more telling in “ButtonDowns & Boat Shoes: A Male Perspective on Fashion,” where Penn freshman boys give us their fresh and funny take on why style matters. With each story, we get closer to creating a reflection of fashion’s many facets. Penn students in this day and age are more than just passive observers; we’re style-setters ourselves. We are conveying who we are as people through our own takes on fashion. Let this issue of The WALK demonstrate how fashion reflects the vibrant individuality of the Penn community. We invite you to unleash your playful spirit without abandoning classic sensibilities, to tame the excess while still keeping it experimental. Join us as we bask in summer’s warmth and open our arms to the art of dressing.
Elonia McHenry, Editor-in-Chief
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SPEAKS This issue, we wanted to know which fashion faux pas you can’t stand to see on campus. We asked you who was cool, what was in, and which style statements you would (or wouldn’t) dare to make. You sent in photos of you and your friends rocking your best outfits anytime and anywhere. Here are the results!
I can't stand seeing guys wearing:
The coolest celebrity fashion icon is:
Now that you 're IN COLLEGE ... NUDE BEACH?
No. Too uncomfortable. I will get the giggles.
31% Yes. But I will watch everyone else do it. My bikini is too cute to take off.
24% Yes! I will be the first to strip down.
If I could try a new hairstyle, I'd go with:
Beyonce’s long, wild tresses
26% Anne Hathaway’s pixie
17% Jennifer Aniston’s straight and sleek
11% Some Downton Abbey bobs and curls
SPIN THE BODY ELECTRIC From old school hip-hop to deep house, our favorite campus DJs let us into their backgrounds and beats.
BY TIFFANY LU
SIMON’S DJ MIX 1. “Marquises” by Nicolas Jaar 2. “Holding Back California” by M.ono 3. “Tourist Trap (Jamie Jones Miss X Remix)” by 11:11 4. “Life and Death” by Step Aside (Lightweight) feat. Scott McCloud 5. “Grindhouse (Nic Fanciulli Remix)” by Radio Slave ft. Danton Eaprom SUMMER PLAYLIST 1. “Emperor (Maceo Plex Last Disco Rework)” by Ali Love 2. “Lose Myself” by Laura Jones 3. “Cirrus” by Bonobo 4. “Bongo Porn (Tale of Us Edit)” by Fuckpony 5. “Claire” by Clarian & Guy Gerber
Photographed by Divya Prabhakar ’15.
SIMON BENIGERI PARIS, FRANCE. C’14, MATH The WALK: Who are some DJs that inspire you and what kind of music are you into? Simon Benigeri: Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones have recently been my favorites. I’m into things like deep house, tech house and techno. For me it’s a lot more regular 4-by-4 beat, sampling, and hi-hats so you just hear like claps going on. The WALK: Do you have a DJ name? SB: At one point, as a joke, I created the name Smoked Salmon. My friends and I were thinking of random names and we thought that for the Penn scene, that was one that frat boys who throw frat parties would find funny. And actually, I got a lot of bookings for that stupid name! The WALK: Any interesting experiences? SB: Once I played for a Skulls date party on a boat, but I had no idea that the people opening for me were a jazz band. So it was kinda like, alright, everyone’s done just chilling… and here I am with a playlist of some really heavy shit for you guys! It was weird because I had much more respect for the jazz musicians than for myself, some guy who just DJs as a hobby. And at the time my name was Smoked Salmon—so the jazz band finishes, and it’s like, “Now, DJ Smoked Salmon!” The WALK: What is DJing to you? Is it a hobby, or— SB: It’s a hobby. It’s a lot of fun, but I’m here as a math major, you know. I’m not going to throw that away for a career in DJing. You really have to find a balance between not fucking up your academic life and DJing for a good reason. Yeah, I’m passionate about music, and DJing is a great way for me to discover new music and share it with people, but it’s not going further than that. THEWALKMAGAZINE.COM 11
GALLOWAY, NJ. C’14, PPE
MONACO. W’15, FNCE & MGMT
SACHA’S DJ MIX
The WALK: Who are some of your favorite artists and DJs? Dylan Petro: I really like oldschool hip-hop and throwbacks, so a little bit of Run-D.M.C. mixed with some Michael Jackson. There’s a style called breakbeat that’s basically taking old hip-hop, R&B stuff and updating it, making it a little faster and more poppy. My favorite is definitely A.Skillz; he does a lot of really great turntableism. I’m not a huge scratcher, but it’s impressive to see him do what old-school DJs do, not just push a button and play. The WALK: What’s your DJing style? DP: I think technical skills are like 10% of DJing. People put a lot of emphasis on making this mix or these drops exactly perfect, and I think that takes focus away from what a DJ really
does, which is to get people dancing and having a good time. I think the skill that sets me apart is reading the crowd. That’s my real approach, to keep it fresh. I’ll do a set, start out with a couple of house songs, and drop into a throwback break. And that’s always where people go nuts. I’ll have this really cool remix of Spice Girls and “Badd Bitch” and everyone loves it. I like to be flexible and hit people with a surprise—like they’ll hear “Ignition” by R. Kelly and be like, “Oh, this is a throwback, this is so chill… yes!” The WALK: Any future plans? DP: I’m actually really into freestyle rapping, so before I release anything DJ-wise, I’ll probably release a freestyle mixtape. I’m working on beats right now and building up a really cool library of jams, throwbacks, everything from Blink 182 to N’Sync, but in danceable terms.
DYLAN’S DJ MIX 1. “Mo Money Mo Problems (TBMA Remix)” by Notorious B.I.G. 2. “ABC(A.Skillz Remix)” by Jackson 5 3. “Wannabe My Badd Bitch (The Silence Xperiment Mashup)” by Spice Girls vs. Ying Yang Twins 4. “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It (Viceroy Remix)” by Will Smith 5. “Rattlelogic (NYMZ & BINGO Bootleg)” by Bingo Players/Daft Punk
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1. “Around (Solomun Remix)” by Noir & Haze 2. “We Want Your Soul” by Klangkarussell 3. “Wicked Game (Adriatique & Thylamoid Edit)” by Chris Isaak 4. “Vandaag (Original Mix)” by Bakermat 5. “Encore (Buzz-T Mashup 2.1)” by Jay Z & Nicolas Jaar
Photographed by Chidera Ufondu ’15.
The WALK: What kinds of genres are you most attracted to? Sacha Djorkaeff: Currently I’m really into deep house. Before that I was into minimal. I listen to a lot of rap, hip-hop, and I like the really oldschool sounds from the 80s/90s— that simple pure house beat. The WALK: Are there DJs who inspire you? SD: My current favorite is Nicolas Jaar, who went to my high school. I really think his music is going to be the music of our generation. He really brings something to the table that you don’t hear. The WALK: What do you usually get to mix? SD: When I’m with a small crowd or a lounge in New York, I really play the music I like and get into the deep
house. But Americans are not that used to deep house. They really want the commercial ragers, the anthems. In France you could go to a club and just not know one song all night, but you would still appreciate it because it’s great music. America’s a little bit late in that sense, but we’re getting there. House music has made so much progress in America. The WALK: What’s your favorite aspect of DJing? SD: When I’m at Whisper and put a song on and have 400 people screaming their lungs out and raging, it’s just… you can’t beat it. It’s my drug, you know. I have an adrenaline rush that I don’t get anywhere else. You feel like there’s a connection between the crowd and you. You’re in the zone, you’re kind of floating a little bit, and it’s just incredible.
ARTS&STYLE\thewalk JASON ROSENBAUM (BRACHA)
LOS ANGELES, CA. C’15, UNDECIDED
HONG KONG. C’14, PPE
The WALK: What’s your preferred scene? Ashwin Khosa: I’ve played at a lot of places in Hong Kong with a later scene that is much closer to lounge or deep house, more laid-back than the fist-pumping or general raging style. Still, my mentality’s always to play for the people. Ideally I want to play my preferred style of music to a crowd that wants to hear it, but I enjoy myself most when I can see that everyone else is having the time of their lives.
The WALK: Do you have a DJing style? Jason Rosenbaum: Feed Me and Kill the Noise are my two biggest influences because they are the most creative guys I’ve ever heard. My style has a story arc. I like to start with hiphop, and then when people are ready to get started, I play pop to tempt them onto the dance floor. Once everyone’s really into the zone of the party, I start working towards harder EDMstyled songs. There’s a huge debate in the electronica world over the idea of button-pushers: DJs who stand there and push the play button. But if you know how to create a musical experience for your crowd, then it shouldn’t matter how you do it. It’s shallow of other DJs to criticize that because if you’re able to create a story arc, a journey, through your set, then it shouldn’t matter how you’ve accomplished it. You’ve created it, and it’s beautiful. The WALK: Where do you plan on taking DJing? JR: I had a studio internship with Atlantic Records last summer, where I got to work under the head of A&R (Artists and Repertoire). I’m really hoping to make a career out of it, which is what I’d love to do with my life more than anything else.
The WALK: Do you think Penn would be a good place to start DJing?
Photographed by Divya Prabhakar ’15. BRACHA’S DJ MIX 1. “I Could Be The One (Nicktim) [Vocal Mix]” by Avicii & Nicky Romero 2. “Beam Me Up (Kill Mode)” by Cazzette 3. “Won’t Promises (Be There) [Bracha Bootleg Mashup]” by Nero 4. “Thumbs Up (Original Mix)” by Kill the Noise & Feed Me 5. “Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)” by Benny Benassi Presents The Biz SUMMER PLAYLIST 1. “One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix) (Club Mix)” by Asaf Avidan 2. “Sleepless feat. Jezzabell Doran” by Flume 3. “Funky Vodka” by TJR 4. “The Night Out (Madeon Remix)” by Martin Solveig 5. “Red Line (Original Mix)” by Wolfgang Gartner soundcloud.com/ablgbracha facebook.com/ablgbracha
AK: I think the U.S. in general is the wrong place to start DJing because the idea of it has been warped; it’s become more of a fad or the new pop star thing to be. The way I learned was more manual, playing with CDs and doing everything by ear. I think that helps you become one with what you’re doing and generate more of a creative flow, whereas now people rely on laptops to do everything for them. The WALK: Where does DJing come in on your list of priorities? AK: When things were skyrocketing and I was getting a lot of record deals, my focus was about 60% music, 40% Penn. I feel like I’m having a bit of a reality check these days; the line’s blurring with whether I’m focusing more on music or more on school. But I definitely don’t want to give it up— it’s like my left leg, it’s part of me. The ultimate goal I set for myself is to land a spot at a pretty large-scale festival. Still, you always keep achieving things and you want to go to the next level, so you never know.
ASHWIN’S DJ MIX 1. “Nitrogen (Original Mix)” by Ashwin Khosa 2. “Beg” by Yousef (Hot Since 82 Remix) 3. “Dios (Ashwin Khosa Remix)” by Mark Denken 4. “Mademoiselle (Original Mix)” by Yooj 5. “Fathom (Original Mix)” by Ashwin Khosa SUMMER PLAYLIST 1. “What’s In Your Head (VIP)” by Disclosure 2. “Hard To Find (Maceo Plex Funk Drop)” by Maceo Plex 3. “Howling (Ame Remix)” by Ry & Frank Wiedemann 4. “Rabbit Hole” by Ashwin Khosa 5. “Another Night (Original Mix)” by Claptone
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IS IT ANYWAY?
The Pennchants revolutionize a cappella by mixing modern music with eccentric ensembles. BY MINJI KWAK
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directed BY erica sachse ’14 and MAX WANG ’15 modeled by cj gallopo ’14, andrew green ’14, spencer jaffe ’16, micah kaats ’14, EVAN KRAMER ’14, jake meiner ’15, ryan powers ’14, Alaric qin ’15, AND riley vroome ’14 PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARLIE WINSLOW ’15 styled by erica sachse ’14 coordinated by rosa escandon ’15, danielle harris ’14, AND laura sachse ’16
he Pennchants describe themselves as an “all ass-kicking, all volunteer firefighting, all vegetarian, all male a cappella group.” Started in 1989 by a few men in the Penn Glee Club who wanted an alternative to barbershop songs and stuffy dress codes, the Pennchants were an a cappella revolution. Today, their showmanship is legendary around campus. In keeping with their revolutionary roots, Pennchants concerts are anything but traditional. The group sings mash-ups of diverse songs ranging from Queen’s “Fat-Bottom Girls” to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Their audiences can be found cheering and laughing loudly. And when they aren’t performing locally, the Pennchants are singing on the road, entertaining fans at Cornell, NYU, and UVA. The group is famous not only for its incredible vocals, but also for its unconventional approach to fashion. President Andrew Green C’14 explains, “It’s the subtle details in the presentation of the show that make the difference between good and great.” And the costumes do make all the difference. The group’s style influences include Freddie Mercury, R. Kelly, and the Village People. Apart from the sailor suits and Boy Scout uniforms, the Pennchants’ most outrageous costumes include gold Speedos, a full-body leather dominatrix outfit, and a leopard print jacket signed on the inside by every president in Pennchants history. Green adds, “It’s hard to tell the difference between a superhero outfit and anything [we] normally wear during a show—except for maybe superheroes wear a little more spandex.”
What does the future hold for these brave sartorialminded singers? In the coming year, the Pennchants plan to perform at large events for non-profit organizations—and even at a wedding. Next year marks the Pennchants’ 25th anniversary, so plans are also underway for a grand show including alumni. No matter where they are, the Pennchants love performing together. Green reflects, “Most of my best memories at Penn have happened with this group, and the stories never end.” The Pennchants embody a unique brand of a cappella performance that has grown into a true Penn institution. (This page and previous) On Pennchants: Pennchants sweatshirts, Duds by Dudes; White pants, Dickie’s by Kmart; models’ own. On Micah Kaats: White jeans, Levi’s, model’s own. On CJ Gallopo: White jeans, True Religion, model’s own. (Opposite, clockwise from top left) Nascar Runner Riley Vroome ’14, Sailor Skateboarder Ryan Powers ’14, Construction Worker Alaric Qin ’15, Gold Speedoer CJ Gallopo ’14, Cowboy Micah Kaats ’14, Orange Pantsuit Wearer Spencer Jaffe ’16, Mr. President Andrew Green ’14 (The Talking Head Jacket has been passed down and signed by all presidents of the club.), Farmer Evan Kramer ’14, and 1980s Jake Meiner ’15. All costumes from RetroSpect and Philly AIDS Thrift.
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DIVE INTO ART
BY NICOLE RIPKA
Voltaire was talking about politics when he uttered, “I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” He may as well have been speaking of art. I have come to appreciate art as a perspective; each artist’s vision pushes us to think, explore, and question. This summer, Philadelphia is giving a loud voice to artists who challenge convention and urge society to evolve. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art are offering some of the most exciting and inspiring exhibitions of the year. Here’s what you won’t want to miss.
Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Begin your inspiration binge at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where Great and Mighty Things highlights work by 27 “outsider” artists. These artists, such as William Edmondson and Bill Taylor, are self-taught, and most are from poor backgrounds or isolated rural areas. Their works reveal that greatness and beauty do not necessarily come from formal education and financial stability; they demonstrate that anyone can create art. (Until June 9). Bruno Del Favero worked as a mason, chauffeur, and gardener and painted landscapes, such as this one, on the side. Image courtesy of philamuseum.tumblr.com.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 118 N. Broad St. Beginning this summer on June 27th, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be presenting the work of Jennifer Bartlett with Jennifer Bartlett History of the Universe—Works 1970-2011. Bartlett is one of the leading American female artists of her generation, known for her paintings that combine abstract and representational techniques to depict common objects. The exhibition will include an unprecedented investigation of her work and the evolution of her style over the last 40 years. Be sure to catch this exhibit before it moves to the newly constructed Parish Art Museum in the Hamptons. (June 27–October 13). Jennifer Bartlett explores how the mind organizes visuals in her work, House, Dots, and Hatches. Image courtesy of gunnarnordstrom.com.
Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Only a short drive down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Barnes Foundation has announced Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall as its first special exhibition featuring contemporary sculptures. This inaugural exhibition is the most exciting milestone for the Barnes Foundation since its relocation to downtown Philadelphia last May. Its main attraction is the 65-foot Sculpture for a Large Wall, which was commissioned for the Philadelphia Transportation Building in 1956–57. Having remained there until 1998, the vibrant and rhythmic sculpture is now on loan from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. (May 4–September 2). Ellsworth Kelly’s Sculpture for a Large Wall spans 65 feet. Image courtesy of nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com.
Institute of Contemporary Art 118 S. 36th St. The Institute of Contemporary Art, located right on campus, is constantly engaging us with its exciting exhibitions. This past February, White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart opened a conversation among artists about how society deals with images and ideas of fashion, beautification, and identity. The title references the familiar Greek myth of Narcissus, a tale that exposes human vanity. Fittingly, the works explore the relationship between what we wear and our status in society. (Until July 28). The exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart examines fashion and inventive design in this work, Telephone Dress. Image courtesy of icaphilly.org.
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& FASHION A selection of books read in ENGL 359.
Professor Jean-Michel Rabaté draws from the concept of “the new” to contextualize fashion in his class, Modernism and the Theory of Fashion.
By Cordelia Meserow tyle is a simple way of saying complicated things,” wrote French modernist playwright Jean Cocteau. Style, as we all know, is a way for individuals to express themselves. Be it a signature accessory (Blair Waldorf ’s headband comes to mind) or refined sensibility (Michelle Obama’s high-end/ low-end mix), we have an infinite array of choices as to how we portray ourselves to the outside world. But where and when did this idea of personal style originate? What place does fashion have in history? And why do certain fashions convey certain things about a person? These are just a few of the questions addressed in Penn’s newest class, Modernism and the Theory of Fashion (ENGL 359), taught by Professor Jean-Michel Rabaté. Modernism and the Theory of Fashion focuses on the period from 1860–1940. Following the Franco-Prussian war, fashion, art, and literature experienced a revolution, the epicenter of which was Paris, France. Through the works of French poets Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé, along with periodicals and the work of numerous historians, the course explores the developing concept of “the new” that emerged out of a growing middle class, a French republican government, and a
leisure-oriented way of life. All of this, of course, is discussed in the context of fashion. Modernism and the Theory of Fashion is rooted in the premise that fashion and history are inextricably linked. Professor Rabaté, a native Parisian, believes that “fashion is a way of understanding modernity and history.” With the advent of modernity in nineteenthcentury Paris, fashion became a lens through which people could catch a glimpse of their future and through which we can now understand the past. Rabaté continues, “What is great about fashion is that you know it’s there, and that you realize we’re all historical beings [when it comes to] fashion because you’re forced to think in historical terms.” As the French would say, bien sûr! A study of fashion makes it possible to map trends, styles, and colors in a systematic way that captures the political, social, and economic climate of the time. To use an example a little closer to home, who knew that the bikini only became popular in the U.S. due to resource limitations during WWII? With new ways of life come new fashion trends. Modernism and the Theory of Fashion begins its study of fashion and modernity with the latter half of the nineteenth century and its long skirts, lace collars, and infamous bustles. The course culminates at the dawn
of WWII with designers such as Balenciaga and Chanel, whose a e s t h e t i c s , according to Professor Rabaté, define the modern era: “With Chanel you enter modernism. There is no superfluous decoration, only neat lines.” Modernism and the Theory of Fashion not only introduces students to the intersection of style and history, but it also imparts an understanding of the aesthetic principles that gave rise to the fashions of our own era. Despite its place in history, fashion still gets a bad rap as un-intellectual and not necessarily a valid academic pursuit. However, Rabaté’s course has not received any such negative criticism—his students are active and engaged (despite the class’s 9 a.m. meeting time) and continue to be devoted to their coursework, like a recent project exploring fashion as allegory. Rabaté says he enjoys mixing the intellectually “high and low,” and has no problem with including mainstream novels or movies in his syllabus. Modernism and the Theory of Fashion is a course that seeks to defy stereotypes.
Want to learn more about Fashion and Modernism? Go see the exhibit Fashion, Impressionism, and Modernity, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from February 26 to May 27, 2013, and at The Art Institute of Chicago from June 26 to September 22, 2013.
Image courtesy of metmuseum.org.
A white cotton piqué day dress, one of the fourteen on display, compliments two panels of Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass, 1865–1866. Image courtesy of nytimes.com.
THE WALK IS IN After featuring these fashionable Penn students on “SEEN on the Walk,” we decided to take a closer look at the style and personality their closets had to offer.
Angela Jang CW'14 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, TRAVELER
Angela was spotted mixing floral pants with an elegant blue overcoat and matching shoes on the Walk.
Angela’s fun and elegant style shines through when she pairs her favorite girly messenger bag with a brightly colored, funkyyet-sophisticated dress.
he inside of Angela Jang’s off-campus apartment is the picture of elegance. Her walls are creatively lined with a slew of handmade posters that are the products of the digital arts portion of her dual degree in finance and fine arts. Along with several Asianinspired trinkets, a “bonjour” welcome mat, a scratch-off map of the numerous countries she has visited, and various Anglo-inspired accessories, her room projects a tasteful international flair. Originally from Korea, Angela later resided in England, spending the last nine years of her life before Penn at a boarding school. The places she has lived have markedly influenced her style: “Living in England for so long has given my wardrobe a slight European feel,” she reflects. Angela’s closet is full of bright colors and features key pieces that are girly, yet refined. Pastel-colored pants, bright shirts and funky patterned dresses line her envy-inducing closet. Her shoe collection consists of the perfect combination of boots, heels, flats, wedges,
To get her signature look, Angela pairs this whimsical color-block dress with funky shoes.
(Right) This jacket adds a British flair to any of her outfits. (Far right) There is nothing boring about Angela’s closet, which is full of bold colors, statement pieces, and enough shoes to complement every look.
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and sneakers to ensure she has a pair for every occasion. When shopping, Angela searches for “unique items and clothes with a story behind them.” One of Angela’s favorite purses is an eye-catching, bright teal and pink leather messenger bag. In comparing her clothes to their reflection of her personality, Angela would describe them as “fun, funky, and cool.” To find inspiration, Angela frequently visits the online store Coggles. She states that her go-to stores are, “a combination of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Topshop.” The most surprising moment of our visit occurred when Angela described her ideal outfit: a solidcolored shirt, pants or dress paired with crazy patterned socks. Turns out, socks with fun patterns are one of Angela’s personal favorite accessories. After rummaging through Angela’s closet and hearing about her extensive travels, one thing became clear: her chic and graceful wardrobe definitely reflects her stylish, sophisticated personality.
All images photographed by Thi Ho ’13.
YOUR CLOSET BY SHAYLA COLE
Stephen Masso E'15 ENGINEERING MAJOR, DESIGNER nlike the typical high-rise dorm room, Stephen’s living room features an array of futon-like sofa beds, handcrafted pillows, and marvelously decorated wall vinyls. To top it all off, he created a hanging ceiling canopy using colorful fabrics. The awesome DIY projects don’t end there. Moving onto Stephen’s room, hand-made wall displays for hats and ties show off both his suave style and engineering expertise. Stephen explains that his décor inspiration comes from “random moments and life experiences. There is a story behind almost every piece of decoration in this apartment.” Born and raised in “Little Greece” of New York City, Stephen has devloped a style that has quirky New York written all over it. Grandpa sweaters, Doc Martens, jean jackets, wing-tipped oxfords and various other unexpected articles of clothing fill his closet. Much like the rest of his apartment, all of the items possess a certain creative flair. According to Stephen, “If you can find it in the store, I probably won’t buy it.” Stephen has been rocking looks from thrift stores long before Macklemore made it cool. He works at a thrift shop located near South Street and gets many of his offbeat items from his job. A frequent user of dye and various other DIY elements, Stephen often buys clothes
from a store and then “reinvents” them to make them his own. However, he’s a sucker for anything with studs, skulls or crosses. With such independently strong pieces, ties are a must-have for Stephen. He pairs them with formal attire and casual outfits alike. Often he will wear a tie between a sweater and collared shirt so that just a hint peeks out from under the sweater. As it turns out, another staple of Stephen’s wardrobe is gold. His favorite pieces are cameo rings, his vintage Harry–Potter–inspired 14k gold time-turner, and his famous “dollar rings,”— rings he makes for himself and his friends out of dollar bills. Stephen has also recently started his own clothing line called Britney Tears. These pieces feature cut up white tees with various celebrities, such as Taylor Swift and Britney Spears, crying. When asked about the story behind his Britney Tears concept, Stephen explained, “Well, it’s easy to love a celebrity at their best, and that is mostly how we see them in the media. But, how funny and rare is it to see them at their worst? In some cases it makes me love them even more. I look at the Taylor Swift shirt and just think ‘Poor Taylor!’” Stephen’s artistic pursuits are as eclectic and unique as his wardrobe and living room—he is definitely not your typical Penn engineer.
We found Stephen wearing his classic two-toned oxfords on the Walk.
(Above) A flea-market moose, classic slinky, and his trustworthy Docs sit well together. (Below) Stephen’s closet boasts quirky pieces like this patterned “grandpa” sweater and vintage elephant hat.
(Left) Oxfords of all different colors and styles are Stephen’s go-to shoes. (Above) His walls are lined with his ingenious creations, such as this display made out of unfinished picture frames.
Welcome to Men’s Style Pro, blogger Sabir Peele’s virtual style classroom. The man behind the blog shares how his fashion prowess and consistent vision sets his site apart from the rest.
BY NICOLE MALICK
hat does one wear to interview a Philadelphia style blogger that got his start as the 2010 winner of Esquire Magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Man Competition”? I struggle with this in the days before meeting Sabir Peele of Men’s Style Pro, but it turns out there is no need. The man behind the fashion accolades and devoted blog following isn’t here to judge. When he’s off duty he’s just a regular guy—a basketball-playing, music-loving Philadelphian to whom good taste comes naturally. Peele wears an olive green corduroy suit with a plaid shirt, burgundy tie, and crisp white pocket square. The Philly local thanks his grandmother, a seamstress, for inspiring his interest in fashion and for his well-curated wardrobe at a young age. He describes his style as classic, but not conservative: you’re likely to find him in vintage pieces, Ralph Lauren, or custom suits. He goes for sporty and tailored and chooses accent pieces such as shoes, vests, and socks over gaudy, eccentric embellishments. He’s not about kitsch. Neither is his website. When Men’s Style Pro was first launched, it featured a black background, low
quality photos, and in hindsight, was just “too damn jumbled.” Now, it is clean and neatly organized— more of an online magazine than a blog. Peele’s posts are informative and approachable, ranging from how-to guides, brand reviews, and style tips to videos of Peele shopping, getting dressed, or otherwise interacting with his readership. When he collaborated with brands like Johnston & Murphy or Mantorii Custom Footwear, he featured that too. Peele promises he doesn’t blog just to show off his own style or tell
Classic style comes naturally to Sabir: What some may call “very dressed up” Sabir simply considers “dressed well for the day.”
unabashed editing of his posts and turns around to give her a playful nudge. “It’s easier to have someone you know rip your site apart first,” he teases her, adding that this ensures only polished pieces will reach your audience. Despite
going to wear something, “ Ifyouyou’re better wear the hell out of it. ” readers he dresses better than them, but to be an inspiration for them. He laughs and adds, “Yeah, I do dress better, but I want you to dress better, too.” The key to a successful blog? “Have a set path,” Peele advises. “Say to yourself: I want to write about this, in this voice. After finding a unique schtick,” he adds, “listening to friends and readers is the only way to continue growing.” Peele goes on to describe his wife’s
his emphasis on perfection, Peele isn’t competitive. He explains that Philadelphia style bloggers share resources as well as readers, each contributing a unique voice in their coverage of men’s fashion. Peele’s greatest strength is in his consistency. With upwards of 35,000 unique visitors each month, Men’s Style Pro is a true asset for dependable fashion guidance. Peele only features brands he trusts, and only when they match the
character of his site. He isn’t shy about ridiculing one request from Crocs for women: “First of all, you didn’t read the title of the site,” he smiles. “It’s Men’s Style Pro—I don’t do women’s wear. And why would I put Crocs on my website? Maybe a crocodile…” With his wide influence, Peele’s main goal is to help others advance their own style. “Even if you don’t want to, just try. It’s not going to kill you.” As his website grows, he plans to add a shopping component and more editorial content. He might even consider granting one of the many requests he receives from readers to become contributors—but only if that someone can prove to be a true style pro. Ultimately, Peele affirms, it comes down to your style: “If you’re going to wear something, you better wear the hell out of it.” See him do just that at mensstylepro.com.
All images photographed by Chidera Ufondu ’15.
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BUTTON-DOWNS & BOAT SHOES: A MALE PERSPECTIVE ON FASHION
BY ERICA LIGENZA
“I originally started dressing well because one day my regular clothes were dirty, so I dressed up in a tie and dress shirt. That day I turned a noticeable amount of heads and got tons of compliments. Then a few days later I realized that if I put more time into thinking about how I dress I could get attention like that all the time. From there on out I became a fashionisto. I spent a lot of time online ‘window shopping.’ My outlook on fashion has gradually shifted from an attentiongetting technique to something of a hobby.” – Charles Gibson, C’16
An interest in fashion may have traditionally been considered a “girl thing,” but that stereotype is disappearing faster than a pair of Louboutins at a sample sale! Gen Y guys are particular about how they dress. From pinstripes to polos, some dashing men of Penn’s class of 2016 share their sartorial insights. These Quaker boys walk the Walk.
“Fashion helps me with confidence because if I feel that I look nice, I can walk down Locust with my chin in the air and not really care about how other people think I look. I don't consider myself a trendsetter—I just enjoy the challenge each morning of combining new outfits to come up with things that are me and not some clever marketing ploy.” – Ernest Tavares, W’16
“I care about how I look because it says a lot about my personality. If you dress well it shows that you put time and effort into how you look, which translates into putting time and effort into everything you do. It definitely makes you feel good when you look good and dress well.” – Matt Triano, C’16
“First impressions are extremely vital whether it’s a potential employer or a girl you want to bring back to your dorm room; what better first impression is there than your clothing? I dress well to improve the way others may perceive me. I think it’s safe to say that encompasses the reason the majority of guys choose to dress well. " – Josh Richardson, W’16 “The feeling of ‘I look good today’ is very much undervalued, and the feeling of hearing ‘you look good today’ is great for the selfesteem (and ego). I think that guys generally care more about how they dress once they hit college because of the abundance of new faces. Every day is another day that you may be making a first impression.” – Matt Solowey, C’16
“Being an athlete, I enjoy wearing my football sweats to class because it is comfortable. But that only applies to class. When going out, the first thing on any single guy’s mind is looking attractive. Style is sex appeal. For me, looking good when I go out is a must. When you look good, you feel good.” – Cam Countryman, W’16 “I'm a ’90s baby at heart, so I rock a lot of Jordans, snapbacks, and crewnecks. I'm not limited to one look, the same way my personality is not confined to one adjective. There’s often more to my outfit than matching some colors. Whether through prints, symbols, or pictures, my clothes tell you about me.” – Ray Holloway, C’16
There you have it. A new vibe radiates from the men of our generation. Men’s fashion is no longer a “roll-out-ofbed-and-grab-whatever’s-clean” thing. Men’s fashion actually exists; it has become bold and innovatively fresh, and it’s making headlines. Ladies, rejoice!
TREND WATCH SAVE
SPLURGE Lightweight cotton blend sweater, Acne, $190, visit MRPORTER.com.
Square-frame acetate sunglasses, Cutler and Gross, $500, visit MRPORTER.com.
Slim-fit printed cotton shirt, Burberry Prorsum, $595, visit MRPORTER.com.
Striped band weekender watch, Timex, $45, visit urbanoutfitters.com.
Pleated cotton shorts, Dolce & Gabbana, $460, visit MRPORTER.com.
Striped button-down collar cotton shirt, Façonnable, $155, visit MRPORTER.com.
White flat front chino shorts, Original Penguin, $88, visit psyche.co.uk.
Woven-leather and sterling silver hook bracelet, Miansai, $85, visit MRPORTER.com.
Canvas espadrilles, Castañer, $135, visit MRPORTER.com.
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GUCCI S/S 2013
Raffia mesh slip-on shoes, Rivieras, $85, visit MRPORTER.com.
Itâ€™s time to rock some fun summer hues. Complement warm yellows and clean whites with edgy metallics for a look thatâ€™s perfect for brunch with friends, afternoon shopping, and leisurely walks under flower-covered branches. BY JULIA VITALE
SAVE Ethan boxy sweater, alice + olivia, $149, visit shopbop.com.
Tiger-print stretch-cotton twill dress, Kenzo, $555, visit NET-A-PORTER.com.
Lace bottom pocket tank, Carven, $165, visit intermixonline.com.
Elephant necklace, Hip Chick Coutoure, $350, visit calypsostbarth.com.
Metal zig zag bracelet, Free People, $25, visit freepeople.com.
Druzy moon pendant, Free People, $48, visit freepeople.com.
Clutch, Laurence Heller, $125, visit calypsostbarth.com.
Duchess-satin and twill shorts, Esteban Cortazar, $375, visit NET-A-PORTER.com.
Embroidered shorts with beading, Zara, $80, visit zara.com.
Cage mini clutch, Kirna Zabete, $625, visit kirnazabete.com.
Metallic corded suede and leather sandals, Gucci, $595, visit NET-APORTER.com.
Shiny vamp heels, Zara, $90, visit zara.com.
BALMAIN S/S 2013
TREND WATCH SAVE
SPLURGE Long sleeve shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $300, visit thecorner.com. Collar cotton oxford shirt, Brooks Brothers, $80, visit MRPORTER.com.
Gold knot cuff links, Brooks Brothers, $95, visit brooksbrothers.com.
Swiss bold large goldtone accent watch, Movado, $350, visit macys.com.
Casual pants, Ann Demeulemeester, $495, visit thecorner.com.
Dot repp tie, Brooks Brothers, $80, visit brooksbrothers.com.
Straight-leg wool-twill trousers, J. Crew, $125, visit MRPORTER. com.
Tassel loafer, Cole Haan, $158, visit nordstrom.com.
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Moccasins, Premiata, $530, visit thecorner.com.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM S/S 2013
Embrace your inner artist by infusing some chiaroscuro juxtaposition between dark and light into your summer evening ensemble. Bold contrasts and subtle gold accents will have you ready for a night partying under the stars.
BALENCIAGA S/S 2013
Long dangle earrings, Miguel Ases, $195, visit calypsostbarth.com. Disc and stud drop hoop, Vanessa Mooney, $88, visit freepeople.com.
Sharp-shoulder crepe peplum jacket, Alexander McQueen, $2,475, visit NET-A-PORTER.com.
Cashmere self check jumper, Boutique, $130, visit topshop.com.
Jersey bandeau top, Calvin Klein Collection, $195, visit NET-A-PORTER.com.
Cotton and silkorganza peplum tank, Miu Miu, $530, visit NET-A-PORTER.com.
31 minute clutch, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $450, visit saksfifthavenue.com.
Wool and silk-blend crepe tuxedo pants, Alexander McQueen, $1,695, visit NET-APORTER.com.
Clutch bag with lizard strap, ASOS, $34, visit asos.com.
Premium peg leg trousers, Topshop, $84, visit topshop. com.
Wide-heel sandal with ankle strap, Zara, $80 visit zara.com.
Obsession ankle-strap high heel, Saint Laurent, $1,295, visit ysl.com.
On Allie Tiger: Plaid Shirt, Roseanna, $375; Printed shorts, Roseanna, $325; at Dagny + Barstow. Shoes throughout, Cheap Monday, stylist’s own. On Tanisha Hewett Hospedale: Jacket, stylist’s own. Black cropped top, ASOS, stylist’s own. Pleated pant, Kaelen, $410, at Dagny + Barstow. Shoes, stylist’s own.
U K N Y F TOWN Skip to the beat of Philly’s eclectic streets in electrified hues from summer’s boldest fashions. Mix leathers with prints and solids with stripes. It’s time to get funky. directed by erica sachse ’14, max wang ’15, and bree jackson ’15 Modeled by Allie Tiger ’16 and Tanisha Hewett Hospedale ’14 Photographed by THI HO ’13 and assisted by tara gonzalez ’14 styled by Josy Blair ’13, ashley Leung ’16, Alexis Richards ’15, and Olivia Stearn ’16 hair & Makeup by Carolina Beltran ’15 and Laura Sachse ’16 Coordinated by Danielle Harris ’14, Alexis Richards ’15, Laura Sachse ’16, and Luisa Sucre ’14
"funky and fashion-forward selections"
On Allie: Printed shirt, CLOSED, $252; Mustard leather skirt, A.L.C., $695; at KnitWit. Cap, YESTADT MILLINERY, $295, at Dagny + Barstow. Necklace, stylist’s own. (Left) On Tanisha: Jacket, stylist’s own. Black cropped top, ASOS, stylist’s own. Pleated pant, Kaelen, $410, at Dagny + Barstow. Shoes, stylist’s own.
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On Allie: Printed shirt, CLOSED, $252; Mustard leather skirt, A.L.C., $695; at Knit Wit. Cap, YESTADT MILLINERY, $295, at Dagny+Barstow. Necklace, stylist’s own. On Tanisha: White shirt, Céline, stylist’s own. Blue pants, J BRAND for INTERMIX, $210, at INTERMIX. Black pumps, model’s own.
From quirky pop-up store to cutting-edge boutique, Dagny + Barstow has carved out a niche in the Manhattan shopping landscape with its refreshing take on contemporary fashion. Founders Emily Titleman and Meredith Blank showcase the coolest new crop of designers at 264 Bowery. BY ROBYN RAPAPORT
(Above) Image courtesy of nymag.com. (Right) Meet college friends Meredith Blank and Emily Titelman, creative minds behind the Dagny + Barstow boutique. Image courtesy of exposedzippers.com. (Below) Image courtesy of adrianaherdan.com.
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enn’s impressive list of alumni includes the names of some serious heavy hitters. Among this elite group of accomplished graduates, a trendy twosome is coming up the ranks. Though Meredith Blank and Emily Titelman, owners and creative geniuses behind the trendsetting boutique, Dagny + Barstow, may not be A-list yet, their funky and fashion-forward selections are certainly making waves on the streets of New York City. Always tuned in to the latest fashion scoop, we caught up with these business-savvy grads to check on the buzz surrounding Dagny + Barstow. Blank and Titelman met at Penn and became fast friends while studying abroad in London. Inspired by the numerous diverse and largely unknown designers that filled the racks of London clothing stores, the two quickly realized that America was missing out on some seriously stylish up-and-coming international brands. Blank and Titelman explored careers in public relations and design, but both found themselves unable to resist the urge to try their hand in the retail industry. Beginning with an impressively successful popup shop in New York’s Meatpacking District, the two graduated to a bona fide boutique at 264 Bowery just over a year ago. Never known to be typical, Blank and Titelman chose a swanky spot to complement their fashions. Dagny + Barstow is located in the same spot that Lenny Kravitz’s club, Kos, used to rock. The original brick wall, bar, and chandelier still remain to give the space the sass it needs to match its merchandise. As the two explained, “We wanted it to be a welcoming, comfortable place to hang out. Brand new customers will walk in and then end up sitting down on our couch and chatting for an hour, which we love.” When describing the clientele that frequent their boutique, the duo credits the Bowery neighborhood, gushing, “We love the Bowery so much and wanted to be here from the beginning because we have such a strong base of
WOULDN’T SHRUG customers here. There is a built-in neighborhood clientele that really gets the store, and those customers always know that they can come here and find something unique.” When deciding what to call their store, Blank and Titelman chose a name they felt portrayed the personality of their emphasis-on-unique boutique. “Dagny” is a nod to Dagny Taggart, the strong, no-nonsense heroine from Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. “Barstow” represents Barstow, California, the desert city from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and embodies the free-spirited spunk of the clothing they carry. The pair also explained that the name complemented their store’s eclectic atmosphere in the sense that, “a lot of people tell [them] it sounds like something that has been around for a long time, which we appreciate,” as the store’s title gives it some built-in “substance.” Dagny + Barstow’s selections feature designers who hail mostly from outside the United States, and boast brands such as Swash London, Dévastée, and British bag designer Sophie Hulme, about whom the two are particularly thrilled. They humbly boasted, “We’ve been so proud to have carried her so early on, especially now that she’s in stores like Barneys and Bergdorf. She has such an imaginative point of view.” In addition to their international brands, the boutique does offer a select few local designers such as Kaelen, Timo Weiland, and hat designer Satya Twena. When asked about how they came across these brands, the two explained that they “spend a lot of time on foreign fashion blogs, international fashion magazines, that sort of thing. We also visit showrooms in New York and Paris. Later on, we’d love to be able to expand our buying trips to more exotic places, like Australia.” Specifically, the duo
mentioned Emma Mulholland, “who [they’re] bringing in this season. She has a really great sense of humor about her clothes, which works really well with [the] store.” To go along with their offbeat aesthetic, the store partnered with website ArtStar to create a collection of reasonably priced prints and original pieces by budding young artists. Adding the final fashionable touch, the store collaborated with Reason Clothing to incorporate a vintage dimension to their already diverse collection of designers. When asked about their aspirations for their budding business, the ladies share, “In our wildest of dreams, we’d do a second location in Paris that would be a reverse version of our NY store, where we bring American designers overseas who aren’t sold in Europe yet.” Until then, with prices ranging from $100 to $1500, Dagny + Barstow has a special something for every style stalker. Check out their chic street style in our tribute spread, “Funkytown,” or take a trip to the Big Apple to visit the store. Either way, thanks to the discerning eyes of Meredith Blank and Emily Titelman, you’re sure to find one-of-a-kind pieces to covet.
(Left) Johnny Depp throws a rugged, devil-may-care squint at the camera in this still from the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). The black comedy film and its free-spirited, psychedelic escapades took place in California, “somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert.” Image courtesy of last.fm. (Right) Image courtesy of refinery29.com
On Michael Scognamiglio: White button-up shirt, Jack Wills, $89.50, at Jack Wills. Blue shorts, Lightning Bolt, model’s own. On Lili Valentine: Mint button down blouse, Equipment, $208, at INTERMIX. White silk crop tank, Sonia Rykiel, stylist’s own. Nude lace shorts, Umgee, $33, at Aoki Boutique. On Elena Rocco: White chiffon button down blouse, Joie, $238, at INTERMIX. Wine bra, American Apparel, $40, at American Apparel. Black and white print pants, Mad Love, $94, at Aoki Boutique. Jewelry by Eriness throughout, price upon request, at Eriness.com (contact email@example.com for oncampus sales inquiry).
DIRECTED BY ERICA SACHSE ’14, MAX WANG ’15, BREE JACKSON ’15 AND ARJAN SINGH ’16 MODELED BY ELENA ROCCO ’13, MICHAEL SCOGNAMIGLIO ’14, AND LILI VALENTINE ’13 PHOTOGRAPHED BY JON YESTON ’14 STYLED BY SANIBEL CHAI ’15, DIANE DESTRIBATS ’14, AND OONA YADAV ’15 HAIR & MAKEUP BY CAROLINA BELTRAN ’15 AND LAURA SACHSE ’16 COORDINATED BY LIZ ELDER ’15, DANIELLE HARRIS ’14, ALEXIS RICHARDS ’15, AND LUISA SUCRE ’14
This side of paradise Wake up to the noontime sun for this seasonâ€™s comfiest trend. Unwind in breathable knits, sumptuous silks, and cozy cottons featuring a cool palette of whites and pastels. Raise a glass to those sweet summer days as you become a connoisseur of casual dressing.
On Elena: Bralette and matching panties, H&M, model’s own. Pink button down shirt, Equipment, $248 at INTERMIX. Socks, model’s own. On Michael: Button-down shirt, model’s own. (Left) On Lili: Cream sweater, Club Monaco, $199, at Club Monaco. Black lace bodice, Victoria’s Secret, stylist’s own. White lace bra, Betsey Johnson, stylist’s own. Black garter belt, American Apparel, $25; Pink hold-ups, American Apparel, $25; at American Apparel.
On Elena: White fleece pullover, lovers + friends, $135, at Aoki. Pearl blue silk shorts, Club Monaco, $60; Grey knit headband, Club Monaco, $70; at Club Monaco. Tall knit socks, H&M, $10, at H&M. On Michael: Knitted popover hoodie, Jack Wills, $148, at Jack Wills. White shorts, Uniqlo, stylistâ€™s own.
On Lili: Camel shawl, Hermès, model’s own. White sheer tank, Leandra, stylist’s own. Lavender bra, damsel, stylist’s own. Charcoal sweatpants, Nation LTD., $68, at INTERMIX.
On Elena: Cream and white cardigan, H&M, model’s own. White tank, twenty, $68, at INTERMIX. Pink tutu, American Apparel, $74; Wine socks, American Apparel, $14; at American Apparel. On Lili: Cream blouse, Club Monaco, $150; Pearl blue camisole, Club Monaco, $99; Pearl blue silk shorts, Club Monaco, $60; at Club Monaco. On Michael: Blue and yellow plaid shirt, Field Study, stylist’s own. Blue pants, Jack Wills, $89.50, at Jack Wills.
On Lili: Mint sweater with blue back, mason, $368, at INTERMIX. White silk crop tank, Sonia Rykiel, stylist’s own. Nude lace shorts, Umgee, $33, at Aoki. On Elena: Cream lace camisole, Club Monaco, $99, at Club Monaco. Wine bra, American Apparel, $40, at American Apparel. Olive sweatpants, Nation LTD., $75, at INTERMIX. Cream scarf, Club Monaco, $120, at Club Monaco. On Michael: Nude cotton shirt, Urban Outfitters, stylist’s own. Blue pants, Jack Wills, $89.50, at Jack Wills. Glasses, stylist’s own.
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The WALK catches up with Penn alumni Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, two of the founders of the socially conscious and cutting-edge eyewear brand Warby Parker. our friends, one pair of lost glasses, and a whole lot of brainstorming: the recipe for a company like no other. When Warby Parker founder Dave Gilboa lost his $400 glasses in grad school, he had a tough time coming to terms with replacing the pricey pair. His friends and cofounders Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt and Jeffrey Raider sympathized—in the words of Neil, “Why does a pair of eyeglasses cost more than an iPhone?” With that lingering question came the birth of Warby Parker, an alternative eyewear initiative with the aim of creating affordable, high-quality eyewear with a philanthropic purpose. It all started here at Dear Old Penn. According to both Neil and Dave, “Warby Parker wouldn’t exist without Penn.” The four founders met while attending Wharton and developed the idea with help and input from both classmates and professors. While still full-time students, they launched the company with trunk shows on campus. On the very streets you and I traverse every day, a hugely successful eyewear company began to blossom. Warby Parker is more than just another start-up. It is the brainchild of creative, determined entrepreneurs with a definite purpose. Their first goal was to produce affordable eyewear. As the former director of the nonprofit VisionSpring, an organization that trains low-income men and women in developing countries to make and sell affordable glasses, Neil knew from experience that producing and distributing fine eyewear is not necessarily an expensive process. He used that knowledge to create Warby Parker’s signature approach to eyewear: every pair costs $95. Neil’s experience at VisionSpring was also key in the development of Warby Parker’s philanthropic mission. Warby Parker operates under the “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” business model, in which every pair of glasses purchased means a pair of glasses distributed to someone in need. This is more than just a simple donation—instead, local entrepreneurs are trained to perform eye exams and sell the glasses. In Neil’s words, “It’s an economic stimulator rather than a band-aid solution,” evading dependency while still doing good. Neil explains, “A pair of glasses can improve a person’s productivity by 35% and his or her income by 20%—it’s one of the most effective poverty alleviation tools in the world.” Dave adds that, thus far, Warby Parker has distributed over 250,000 pairs of glasses to people in need. But Warby Parker’s philanthropy does not stop there. Dave tells us, “Our commitment to doing good runs much deeper than distributing pairs of glasses; in fact, it’s one of our core values.” Dave speaks for all of the founders when he explains the importance of being involved in their New York community. It
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is a huge priority to them, “whether that means sponsoring a Little League team or coming together for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.” They have collaborated with nonprofits like Pencils of Promise and they co-host events with organizations like Futures & Options and NYC Generation Tech. Warby Parker is also a company that aims to please. With unique features like Home Try-On, where they send customers five pairs of glasses for five days at no cost, and Virtual Try-On, where you can upload a picture of yourself to their website and digitally “try on” glasses, they go to great lengths to make their customers happy. Dave explains these customer-friendly features as manifestations of their Golden Rule mantra: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” The ability to order and return easily and for free was something the founders looked for in their own eyewear shopping experiences, and they wanted to provide the same services for their customers. According to Dave, “there is no such thing as a typical day” at Warby Parker. Their historic SoHo office building (coincidentally the same place Neil had his Bar Mitzvah) is constantly buzzing with activity and energy. Life as a Warby Parker founder is not your typical nine-to-five job, and these guys wouldn’t have it any other way. Neil shares that he has never been a fan of “making artificial distinctions between ‘work’ and ‘life.’” These guys may constantly be working, but they’re so passionate about what they do that balancing work and play is a non-issue. Through all of their success, the men of Warby Parker manage to keep a sense of humor and a down-to-earth persona. When we asked Dave and Neil whether either of them would be caught sans glasses, Neil responded, “Not without fear of being hanged by the other.” Reminiscing about his days at Penn, Dave shared the story of his Wharton Leadership Venture to Antarctica, in which he backpacked across the entire continent… in a penguin suit! “We posed with a lot of birds.” Dave was also a big fan of costume parties at Penn—Spandex, disco outfits, sparkly nipple tassels and all. Thanks to an abundance of style, creativity, and dedication mixed with just a dash of humor, the founders of Warby Parker have managed to establish a cutting-edge, philanthropic, trendsetting eyewear brand. As far as their future goes, Dave and Neil are looking toward more collaboration and becoming an “example of how for-profit businesses can solve problems rather than create them.” Visualize their social impact in our following feature, “Specs on Deck,” which showcases a few of Warby Parker’s finest pieces set to their own characteristic atmosphere. Image courtesy of lifehacker.com.
ON DECK Alluring jewelry brings back old Hollywood glamour, while gadgets and gismos personify the new geek chic— but nothing amps up a look like a rad pair of Warby Parker eyeglasses. Taken to the streets, these frames will evoke the cosmopolitan character you’ve always wanted to be.
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FASHION\thewalk On Caroline Miller: Beige blazer, Wilfred, at Aritzia, stylist’s own. White shirt, Vince, model’s own. Gold necklace, VICXX, $225; Gold cuff, VICXX, price upon request; at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beaded bracelets, ZiBa Designs, price upon request, email@example.com. Stacked rings, model’s own. Jasper whiskey tortoise glasses, Warby Parker, $95, visit warbyparker.com.
DIRECTED BY ERICA SACHSE ’14, MAX WANG ’15, BREE JACKSON ’15, AND ARJAN SINGH ’16 MODELED BY KEITH BLACK ’13, ANJALI KHETAN ’16, RICHARD LIANG ’16, CAROLINE MILLER ’16, SEBASTIAN PRATT ’16, AND SHAMI WAISSMANN ’16 PHOTOGRAPHED BY BONNIE ARBITTIER ’14 ENVIRONMENTS PHOTOGRAPHED BY JON YESTON ’14 STYLED BY CELESTE COURTENAY ’15, ALEX MORITZ ’15, ROBYN RAPAPORT ’15, AND DANIELLA SAKHAI ’15 HAIR & MAKEUP BY CAROLINA BELTRAN ’15 AND LAURA SACHSE ’16 COORDINATED BY LIZ ELDER ’15, ROLANDA EVELYN ’16, DANIELLE HARRIS ’14, ALEXIS RICHARDS ’15, AND LUISA SUCRE ’14 THEWALKMAGAZINE.COM 51
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(Top) On Shami Waissmann: Printed shirt, LazyTwins, $128, at Knit Wit. Black bra, Valmont, stylist’s own. Collar necklace, VICXX, price upon request, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Triangle burgundy earrings, Arcadia, at Arcadia Boutique. Downing revolver black glasses, Warby Parker, $95, visit warbyparker.com. (Middle) On Keith Black: Shirt, Gant by Michael Bastian, stylist’s own. Bowtie, Forage, $68, at Art in the Age. Compass, Stanley London, $48, at Arcadia. Duckworth marine slate glasses, Warby Parker, $95, visit warbyparker.com. (Bottom) On Anjali Khetan: Beaded blazer, D’allbert, $38, at Arcadia. Headpiece, ZiBA Designs, $85; Necklace, ZiBA Designs, $95; at daniellasakhai@ gmail.com. Agate cuff, VICXX, $250, at email@example.com. Oversize ring, Yves Saint Laurent, stylist’s own. Sloan rum cherry glasses, Warby Parker, $95, visit warbyparker.com.
(Top right) On Sebastian Pratt: Striped shirt, Gitman Bros, stylist’s own. Bensen whiskey tortoise glasses, Warby Parker, $95, visit warbyparker.com. (Bottom left) On Richard Liang: Brown button-down silk shirt, Louise Paris, $18, at Arcadia. Black T-shirt, Calvin Klein, model’s own. Watch, Longines, model’s own. Black hat, Paul Smith, $225, at Art in the Age. Winston glasses, Warby Parker, $95, visit warbyparker. com.
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BALMY BEAUTY BASICS It’s time to start fresh. Add extra sizzle to your tan with light and natural makeup. The following are a few runway-inspired makeup tips that will have you looking fresh and fabulous wherever this summer’s adventures may take you! By Tina Hsu
FOR THE CLASSIC POOL PARTY No need to fear the common poolside disaster of runny makeup and raccoon eyes. Take a note from Balmain and keep your eye makeup simple. Smashbox Love Me Paint Pen Eye Liner ($24, at Sephora) can help, with its new jet-black, graffiti-inspired waterproof formula. Just a touch will help define your eyes without overloading them. Avoid lining the lower lash line, since it tends to bleed faster than the upper lash line. For the face, try using a multifunctional BB Cream instead of foundation. We suggest Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream ($39, at Sephora), which controls shine, reduces pore size and has an SPF of 35. If traditional BB creams cause dryness or flakiness, opt for Olay CC Cream ($23, at Walmart), a revamped cream that provides skin with additional moisture and nutrients. As always remember to wear a strong SPF sunscreen and BALMAIN S/S 2013 a hat to protect against UV damage.
FOR SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE BIG CITY Keep your daytime makeup minimal and professional, especially if you’re working at a big-name firm. But at night, feel free to let your inner wild child out. Channel Edie Sedgewick via the Marc Jacobs runway by pairing strong eyes and brows with nude lips. Begin by shading in some dark, thick eyebrows with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo ($22, at Sephora) and smudging on some long-lasting gel eyeliner—we love Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ($23, at Sephora). The Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection ($36, at Sephora) palette makes it easy to create a dramatic smokey eye in no time. Individually applied fake eyelashes complete the look. Keep your skin even and matte—no blush or bronzer necessary! In the morning, apply Sephora Collection Instant Depuffing Roll-On Eye Gel ($15, at Sephora) to hide the evidence of those late nights. MARC JACOBS S/S 2013
FOR THE BEACH VACATION The beach is the best place to show off your natural glow and let your inner goddess loose! Think wavy hair, pale pink lips, and golden-bronze skin. At Diane von Furstenberg, makeup enhanced each model’s natural features. Start by using a moisturizing oil-based exfoliator, like Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish ($38, at Sephora), followed by a firming self-tanner, such as St. Tropez Gradual Tan ($40, at Sephora). Remember to rub in the lotion well, especially in areas like the elbows and knees to prevent uneven color. Continue with a matte bronzer, like NARS Bronzing Powder ($34, at Sephora), and top it all off by dusting a shimmery highlighter over the cheekbones. Get soft, baby-pink lips with Clinique Chubby Sticks ($16, at Sephora), which wear like balm but look like glossy lipstick. For hair, get the ocean tousled look (without having to leave your chaise lounge chair) by spraying in some Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($24, at Sephora). DIANE VON FURSTENBERG S/S 2013
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Hairstyles That By Linda Yao
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Take a step outside in one of our favorite heatfriendly hairstyles. In a season where relaxation is key, secure your locks and let yourself loose.
Beat the Heat
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THE HEADSCARF KNOT
THE PLAITED HEADBAND
THE VALENTINO TWIST
Featured in J. Howard Miller’s iconic “Rosie the Riveter” poster, “We Can Do It!”, the head scarf is a staple feminine accessory. Especially when worn with your hair in a bun, it’s a winning look when it comes to keeping cool.
The braided hair headband is an endearing, natural hair accessory that adds immediate flair. This trend suits all hair types—and any outfit! Wear it to a garden party or afternoon tea for a look that’s stunning yet effortless.
The Valentino twist looks elegant for any occasion—from hot afternoon picnics to romantic summer dates. Cute but comfortable, this hairstyle will save you the hassle of misplaced locks flying in your face.
How To: 1. Straighten your hair. 2. Grab a section of hair just above and behind your ear. 3. Loosely braid the section of hair (temporarily clip up any other hair that gets in the way). 4. Wrap the braid around the top of your head to your other ear. 5. Use bobby pins to secure the end of your braid, just behind your other ear.
How To: 1. Run mousse through your hair and blow-dry it straight. 2. Comb your hair back and section it into two halves. 3. Twist the hair from each side away from your face to create two rolls of hair at the back of your head. 4. Loop together the rolls, as if creating a knot, and secure with U-shaped pins. 5. Finish with anti-frizz serum.
How To: 1. Fold a large square scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle. 2. Keep folding the scarf until it is at your desired width. 3. Wrap the scarf around your head with the ends of the scarf at the top of your head. 4. Tie a knot and tuck the ends underneath the head scarf.
Our very own Amanda Shulman C’15, author of popular food blog Hungree Girl gives you the backstory on each of her favorite picnic staples and why they made the cut. Get the recipes at hungreegirl.tumblr.com.
By Amanda Shulman
Image courtesy of vividscreen.com. All other images photographed by Divya Prabhakar ’15.
BITES OF It is one of those summer days—the kind where you can feel the warmth of the sun just by looking out your window. These are picnic days, made for endless lunches lounging underneath your favorite tree, or hour-long snack sessions on that old wooden bench you love so much. And what you’re eating on these picnic days is just as important as the weather. Picnic food should travel well, be light and relatively easy to eat, and not require an oven or microwave, for obvious reasons (unless you know of an outdoor space with an oven, in which case, let us know). Here are a few of my favorites.
SavorY Pesto Pasta Salad Who doesn’t like pesto? It’s salty, nutty, a hint garlicky, and couldn’t be more reminiscent of those warm, beautiful summer days. Making pesto at home requires chopping and pressing a button— something I think all of us can manage. Throw your ingredients into a blender and stand by. Toss it over your favorite type of pasta, and you have yourself a perfect picnic. Ingredients 4 cups fresh basil leaves Juice of 2 lemons 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1/3 cup of olive oil 1 1/2 cups pinenuts 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Recipe 1. Roughly chop the basil leaves. 2. Put the basil, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor or blender and pulse until a thick paste is formed. 3. Add pinenuts and cheese and pulse until you get your desired consistency. If you like it runny, add a little more olive oil. If you like it tart, add more lemon. 4. Put into a bowl or jar and refrigerate. 5. Toss with pasta and enjoy!
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Homemade Ricotta Crostini with Honey and Mint Just the glimpse of the word “homemade” can give you the shudders, but don’t let that scare you. If you can stir, you can make this. Or, pick up ricotta at your favorite store instead. Bring the ricotta in a container along with some sliced rounds of a baguette, a jar of honey, and maybe a little mint if you’re feeling fancy. Enjoy a refreshingly light bite that is nothing short of pure summer luxury.
Mango Curried Chicken Salad There’s just something about chicken salad that screams picnic food, especially this summery fruity version. Greek yogurt replaces mayo for a tangy, lighter, and healthier quality, while the sweetness of the mango balances the bold curry flavor of the sauce. Almonds, dried apricots, and crunchy scallions fill each bite with texture. Spread on whole grain bread with fresh avocado or eat it straight— you really can’t go wrong either way.
summer Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Sandwiches This is a throwback to the days when naptimes were part of your schedule. Two sugary peanut butter cookies sandwich a dollop of your favorite jelly or jam. I’m all about the raspberry, but do what you like. These are a guaranteed hit.
The Ultimate Rice Krispie Treats Because when has anyone said, “No, thank you, I don’t want a Rice Krispie treat”? Stuffed with marshmallows, filled with M&M’s, and kissed with Oreos, this dessert is heavenly. ’Nuff said.
SWEET Nutella-Filled Blondies These are one of the most dangerous creations out there. I’m not kidding. Imagine a cookie dough bar infused with insane chocolate-hazelnut-goodness right in the middle. You’re welcome. Ingredients 1 stick butter, melted 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla A pinch of salt 1 cup flour 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips Recipe 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar. Beat until smooth. 3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated. 4. Add salt and stir in flour with a wooden spoon. 5. Once the flour is absorbed, stir in the chocolate chips. 6. Pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the middle is set. Don’t overcook! Keep ‘em gooey!
POOLSIDE READING ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: THE LIFE AND THE LEGACY
BY TAVI GEVINSON
BY JUDITH WATT
School’s finally out so drop those textbooks and dive into teen Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie Yearbook One, a compilation of articles, photo editorials, and illustrations from her website’s first year. This wunderkind’s site (www.rookiemag.com) caters to teenagers interested in dissecting fashion, beauty, and culture from a female point of view. The book’s content ranges from “How to Bitchface,” written by Queen Tavi herself, to relevant topics like “Thrifting: The Master Class.” To top it off, this Yearbook is interactive and comes complete with stickers and a paper crown designed by Meadham Kirchoff. Let off some steam and say hello to summer with this lighthearted, fun-filled read.
This biography traces Alexander McQueen’s ascent in the fashion industry, from a modest childhood to the final couture shows before his tragic death at the age of forty in 2010. Complete with glossy pages of personal ephemera, sketches, and catwalk photos, this book offers a comprehensive and intimate retelling of McQueen’s life, including anecdotes about things like the designer losing garments from his first collection after a night of partying. As the author, Judith Watt, says, “I want people to get the scale of him, the scale of his ideas. There are a handful of truly great British designers, and he’s one of them.”
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EMPRESS OF FASHION: A LIFE OF DIANA VREELAND BY AMANDA STUART
Before Anna Wintour became Editor-inChief of Vogue, there was Diana Vreeland. Stuart’s matter-of-fact biography begins with Vreeland’s isolated childhood and profiles her life as a Francophile residing in New York. Vreeland joined Harper’s Bazaar in 1935 and became a major creative force in the fashion industry, helping American designers become trendy during the World War II era. Despite her eventual firing from Vogue, Vreeland became Special Consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and her curated shows drew record-breaking crowds. This biography is a tell-all tale of a fashion visionary, and a must-have for any student of haute couture.
While you're soaking up the sun and working that tan, educate yourself on the intricacies of the enigmatic fashion industry from the perspective of designers and muses. In the past year, some of the most celebrated and anticipated books have been released. Take a look for yourself. BY ALICIA CHON
AN EXTRAORFINARY THEORY OF OBJECTS
GRACE: A MEMOIR BY GRACE CODDINGTON
BY STEPHANIE LACAVA
IRREVERENT BY CARINE ROITFELD
Fashion writer Stephanie LaCava was an awkward, inquisitive girl who found solace in quirky historical and natural objects, from beetles to stones and antiques. An Extraordinary Theory of Objects begins with the author, at age twelve, relocating from America to Paris, and the troubles she experiences while adjusting to her new environment. The key to making the most of this series of illustrated essays is first reading the vignettes in their entirety, and then studying the accompanying footnotes and drawings. In this way, LaCava’s memoir truly enables the reader to experience the way she combated her sadness by observing ordinary objects and discovering the uncelebrated beauty in everyday life.
The 2009 documentary The September Issue officially catapulted fiery redheaded stylist Grace Coddington into the spotlight. Grace, the memoir of the Vogue creative director, takes the reader on a journey through major events in her life and career, from the tragic accident that ended her early modeling career to her editorial position at British Vogue in the 1960s. Accentuated by her own pen-andink illustrations, Coddington’s memoir speaks with surprising candor about her personal life: her multiple marriages, her brief stint at Calvin Klein, and her relationship with notorious Vogue Editorin-Chief Anna Wintour. This complex tale of life and love ultimately illustrates how Coddington rose to the top of the fashion industry with, for lack of a better word, grace.
Upon her 2011 departure from Vogue Paris, former Editor-in-Chief Carine Roitfeld released this visual history of her editorials and tear sheets. From conflicts with PETA over her love of fur to placing a fully nude plus-sized model smack in the center of a spread, Roitfeld never compromised her vision, and her glamorous career was not without its fair share of scandal. She writes, “I’m not a great artist…people in the streets ask me for a picture or a note, and I say, ‘Why?’ But I think it’s better to appreciate it, because maybe it’s not forever.”
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT BY AUGUSTA GREENBAUM
Position: Editor-at-Large (current position), Editor-in-Chief, Art Director, Layout Team Major: Marketing, OPIM, and Cognitive Science Plans for next year: Sticking around to finish up my degrees. Sorry, Penn—you’re not getting rid of me yet! Evolution of stylE: Came to Penn wearing sneakers, “leaving” The WALK wearing pumped up kicks. Style advice: Style comes alive in the details; don’t underestimate the power of finishing touches. Favorite designer: I hate to be cliché, but… Chanel (well, Karl Lagerfeld, I suppose). Favorite trend: Lace and leather, especially together. If I were an item of clothing, I’d be... That special antique watch your grandmother passed down to you.
Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.
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- Edna Wooman Chase
JASON MOW LEAH PELLEGRINI position: Editorial Director Major: Communication, with a minor in French Plans for next year: Not nailed down yet, but something fashion or marketing related, hopefully in NY! Evolution of style: Came to Penn wearing an eclectic mix of clothes, leaving The WALK wearing an eclectic mix of clothes—much has changed over the course of my college career, but my crazy style has gone nowhere! Style advice: Mix it up—play a different character every day! Favorite designer: Stacey Bendet. Penn pride, plus her Alice + Olivia designs are so fun and amazing. Favorite trend: Mixed prints If I were an item of clothing, I’d be... An awesome pair of patterned pants—practical, stylish, and quirky.
position: Website Director Major: Computer Science Plans for next year: Interning at a start-up over the summer, finishing up my master’s degree in the fall (submatriculation) Evolution of style: Came to Penn wearing a giant North Face, leaving The WALK wearing a peacoat. Style advice: DGAF what anyone thinks but yourself. Favorite designer: Louis Vuitton or Lacoste Favorite trend: Classy high-top sneakers If I were an item of clothing, I’d Be... A Lacoste polo shirt
WALK ON\thewalk After four years of fashion, fun, and Fling, it is time for our beloved seniors to enter a world that doesn’t bill through the Penn Bursar. Our seniors leave their legacy through their fabulous contributions to our magazine and their memorable looks that graced Locust Walk. Order a box of Insomnia cookies, blast your favorite sappy songs (we recommend “Graduation” by Vitamin C), and take a walk down memory lane as our seven seniors reflect on their own respective styles. We will miss their creativity and insights, and we wish them the best of luck!
Position: Marketing Director Major: Finance & Marketing Plans for next year: Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley Evolution of style: Came to Penn wearing a North Face, leaving The WALK wearing a tweed jacket. Style advice: Treat clothes like relationships: “There’s great fling material, and then there’s great husband material! Apply that to your wardrobe and it means invest in the key pieces you’ll want to spend time with season after season, the pieces that will help define your style.” – Michael Kors Favorite designer: Michael Kors Favorite trend: I love the black & white trend we are seeing everywhere. Very classic. If I were an item of clothing, I’d be... An LBD (little black dress) with a twist
Position: Copy Editor Major: Communication with a minor in Journalistic Writing Plans for next year: Law school Evolution of style: Came to Penn wearing flats when it rained, leaving The WALK wearing Hunters. Style advice: Keep it simple. Favorite designers: Alber Elbaz, Madame Grès, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney Favorite trend: Black and white graphic If I were an item of clothing, I’d bE... Any one of Lanvin’s Grecian-inspired draped dresses
Thi Ho position: Photographer (current position) Major: Political Science Plans for next year: Consulting in NYC/pretending I’m in the TV show Girls Evolution of style: Came to Penn wearing jeans, leaving The WALK wearing metallic tights. Style advice: Be adventurous. Favorite designer: Tibi Favorite trend: Flower crowns If I were an item of clothing, I’d be... A lace maxi skirt
MK Kleva Position: Online Managing Editor and Men’s Stylist (current positions), Senior Men’s Fashion Online Editor MAJOR: Health and Societies, Health Policy and Law concentration Plans for next year: Working and applying to graduate school Evolution of style: Came to Penn wearing jeans, leaving The WALK wearing better jeans. Style advice: A little bit of color can mean the difference between a good day and a great day. Also (for the guys especially): just say no to cargo shorts. Favorite designer: It changes constantly, as evidenced on my Pinterest Favorite trend: So happy with the shift to more intensely colorful ensembles for women and men recently If I were an item of clothing, I’d bE... A sundress
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