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Bearcat Beauty Bar The Start of a Happier, Healthier, YOU!

14 Taste of TITLE 22

Starting College as a Tabula Rasa


Man Code: Fraternity Style

34 DAAP Has Taught Me 40

Back to Basics


A Marc Made in History


Destination Abroad







Maddi Villines

Megan Quinlin

Megan Gamel

Kelsie Jones

Emily McDonough

Ryane Johnson

Leah Pentecost

Nora Wornhoff

Ngoc Tran

Kayla Noble

Niyah Jackson Emily Daugherty



Ryane Johnson

Mariel Lustig


Megan Quinlin

Nora Wornhoff COPY EDITOR Megan Gamel

Megan Gamel Alejandro Gutierez Mary Moriarti PHOTOGRAPHERS Alejandro Gutierrez Sophie Cahill Kelsie Jones Ryane Johnson Leah Pentecost Marcus McDowell MARKETING TEAM Maggie Mochty Emily McDonough Justin Klei Alyssa West


MODELS Georgia Bridgers Alejandro Gutierrez Alex Takacs Anurag Neti Avanti Patel Melissa Frey Ethel Benros Cameryn Blake Brierre Sutton Kelsie Jones Sam Newberry Mary Moriarti Paula Del Castillo Madeline Sterling Kennedy McDermott Cullen Lewis Ben Leonardi ADVISOR Jenny Wohlfarth

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers, Not too long ago, last semester, I was in my room hastily typing and developing TITLE’s bylaws on my laptop. The paperwork for a new student organization was due that night, and I still hadn’t decided what to call the magazine. Every time I needed to put the club’s name, I would type the word “title” in all caps so I would remember to come back and fix it later. But as I continued, the name grew on me. It was then and there that I decided to start this magazine with the official title in mind. Over the summer, I began brainstorming ideas for TITLE’s theme. I wanted it to relate to being new, but everything I thought of felt too cliché. Eventually, I decided on the theme: Blank Slate, also known as tabula rasa, because it not only embodied the idea of TITLE but also the notion of fashion itself. In this issue, we not only represent, but we also encourage the concept of tabula rasa: starting as a blank canvas and learning from the world’s cultures and influences.

Read Maddi Villines’ piece about how starting college is its own tabula rasa, as she explains the differences in our fashion influences between our previous years and our up-and-coming ones. Maddi also explains how fashion trends we never thought we would try before, make their way into our current closets on page 22. Colorful, unique, and powerful. Kelsie Jone’s amazing photography spread: Unmuted, beautifully embodies TITLE’s theme as the model’s outfits embrace the environment surrounding her. Definitely check out her photo editorial on page 16. Our remarkable writer, Ngoc Tran shares other students’ study abroad experiences through her story on page 52. Where she writes about style trends around the world and interviews several UC students about their unique studies and travels. To the amazing executive team that helped with putting this issue together, you all have worked so hard, and I am incredibly proud of everything each of you has accomplished while working on this publication. Every member on this staff has inspired me, through their own efforts, to work harder and ensure TITLE is the best it can be. Finally, I’d like to thank our Creative Director: Mariel Lustig, and our Marketing Director: Maggie Mochty, for their passion and dedication to this magazine. Without either of you, TITLE wouldn’t be half the editorial it is today. I don’t have to list a page number here, because your hard work is visible in every one. Thank you to everyone who made working on TITLE’s first issue incredible! I’m already looking forward to working on the spring 2018 one. TITLE’s best, Leah Pentecost Editor-in-Chief


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BEARCAT BEAUTY BAR Written by Megan Gamel

When starting to apply a face of makeup, it is important to start with a tabula rasa or blank slate. When applying makeup, you have to make sure to follow the correct steps so that everything layers properly on top of each other. You want to start with a clean and moisturized face before applying any makeup on top.

tion color should blend seamlessly between your face and your neck when you apply it. After foundation, you want to conceal your under eyes and any blemishes. I also use my concealer to highlight the high points of my face which include the center of my forehead, the bridge of my nose, and my chin. I typically will pick out a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than my skin tone in order to highlight these areas.

The first step in applying makeup is a primer. There are many different types, but I personally like to use a pore filling or shine reducing After foundation and concealer, it is very imprimer. This way my makeup won’t budge by portant to set those liquid products in place. sinking into my pores or coming off due to oil. However, sometimes I will go in with more liquid products so I hold off until I am finished After primer, you want to apply an even layer with those. I generally use liquid products on of foundation. When choosing your shade, days when I want a more natural look and you want to match the shade to the inside of not a lot of powder layered on top of each your wrist as well as make sure you are pick- other. If I want a more intense look, I will use ing a foundation with the right undertones. them in combination with the powder prodAn undertone is the color beneath your skin. ucts. I’m a big fan of liquid/crème highlighter, It is either cool, warm, or neutral.The founda- blush, and contour. I feel with the liquid prod-


ucts I have more control of where it is placed I always start by filling in my eyebrows. There and how dark it is since it is easier to blend are so many different products to choose than powder. from when it comes to brows. Currently, my personal favorite is a pencil. After filling in When it comes to liquid/crème blush, a little my eyebrows, I prime my eyelids before aptrick is using lipstick. Just apply some to the plying eyeshadow. It is important to set the back of your hand, then use a beauty blend- primer with a skin tone color before applying er to blend it onto your cheek. I typically use any other colors to ensure it applies smoothliquid highlight on days when I do not want ly. When applying eyeshadow, you want to to apply a whole face of makeup. This helps start with lighter colors first and don’t go in add dimension to your face. After applying directly with a dark color. After eyeshadow, all of these liquid products, it is now time to you can apply eyeliner if you want or just go set them in place. You can either set the prod- straight to mascara. Last but not least, you ucts normally, or you can bake. Baking is a want to apply a lip color to pull the whole technique where you pack the powder on look together. To set the whole look, spray your face and let it sit there for a few minutes your entire face with setting spray so your before dusting it away. Baking is most com- look will last all day. Often people believe monly used under the eyes to prevent creas- they have to purchase high-end makeup in ing. If I do not bake under my eyes, I will set order to achieve the best look. But it is comthem with a yellow powder for brightening. pletely possible to achieve sophisticated Then, I set the rest of my face with foundation looks with drugstore products. powder for extra coverage. After setting the face, you can apply the rest of your powder products. First, I apply contour then bronzer. Applying bronzer second helps to blend the contour in even more. After this, I apply blush and then highlighter. After all of these powder products, you are ready to move to the eye area.


THE START OF A Happier, Healthier, YOU! by Emily Daugherty

Deciding to get back into a workout routine, or deciding to commit to eating healthier after falling off track or taking time off for whatever reason can be scary and intimidating. It’s important to find activities that you enjoy doing so that you’re more likely to continue doing them. Committing to an ongoing class can help you stay on track and reach your goals of getting back in shape. You may even consider joining with a friend to stay motivated and stir up some friendly competition. If you’ve found yourself feeling inactive and stuck in a cycle of eating the wrong foods or find that you barely have the energy to complete your day to day routines, hopefully these ideas and tips will help motivate and guide you back into an active and more health-conscious lifestyle. It’s noticeable that our generation cares more about health and fitness than the previous. From restaurants that cater to clean diets and vegan/vegetarian options, to communities opening multiple gyms with affordable memberships as well as multiple Pilates and yoga studios. People are looking to get active and live a healthier lifestyle. So, if you’re trying to avoid that freshman 15 or annual back to school sluggish feeling, here are some local hotspots that make staying active and burning calories a breeze.


Cycle Bar Cycle Bar is an indoor cycle studio with a unique twist. This is no average workout. Throughout the duration of your 50-minute class, the room is a constant changing light show with fun, upbeat music and a high energy instructor. The studio, or ‘cycle theater’ as they call it, resembles a movie theater and holds 55 riders per class. There are large flat screen TVs with engaging visuals and personal monitors for you to track your own progress on the bike. From my experience at Cycle Bar, there was so much going on in the room at once, I almost forgot I was working out! The instructors will push you to give it your all but they are very fun, personable, and upbeat. This is definitely one of the most high tech and modern up in coming trends in fitness. There are several locations around Cincinnati, including Hyde Park and Kenwood. You have the option to bring your own cycling shoes or rent the required shoes from them. There are multiple different price packages available depending on how often you’d like to go, starting at $59. However, they often have specials where you can buy 3 rides for $30. For beginners, your first ride is free! Modo Yoga You’ve probably come across the Modo Yoga studio located on West McMillan at some point during your time so far at UC. This studio is great for trying new classes and mixing up your workout, because they offer such a wide variety of classes for all levels. Modo has multiple locations in and around Cincinnati, including Clifton, Northern Kentucky, and Downtown Cincinnati on Columbia Parkway.

The instructors are experienced, certified in their specific area of teaching, and are helpful during the class. The classes I have attended here have all been calm, relaxing and effective. Some of the different class types offered at Modo Yoga include, their most popular, the Moda class, which is a hot yoga class created for all levels. Another class offered at Modo is the Hot Flow class, which is faster paced than the Modo and varies from class to class. If you’re looking to find a class that focuses on strength, then the Iron Hour option might be for you. The Iron Hour option is a 60-minute class which combines hot yoga, cardio, and light weight training. Not into Yoga? This studio also offers Pilates in a class called Hot Fusion. Hot Fusion is a mat focused Pilates class in a lightly heated room. Modo Yoga studio offers multiple price packages and affordable options for their wide variety of classes. For first timers, the studio offers a $40 intro month, which includes unlimited classes in yoga, Pilates, and barre. Pure Barre Pure Barre is another up in coming nationwide fitness trend with various locations in the tristate area including Bridgetown, Kenwood, Mason, and Ft. Mitchell Kentucky. Each class is 55-minutes in duration and is considered a low-impact, yet still effective workout. Classes begin with a dynamic warm up and then moves into working your arms with light weights. After, you’ll move into a thigh toning series followed by an ab series and then a cool down. Pure Barre is known for helping to increase strength, flexibility, and balance through its ballet based movements. The music and routines in Barre classes are constantly changing to keep you engaged so you won’t experience


the same class twice. Those who are Pure Barre regulars suggest coming to a class anywhere from 3 to 4 times a week to see the best results. Campus Rec Center If you’re a UC student and aren’t looking to drop any additional money on the options listed above, you can always go to the Campus Rec center for FREE! The rec is open Monday through Thursday from 6am to 11pm, Fridays from 6am to 9pm, Saturdays from 8am to 9pm, and Sundays from 10am to 9pm. The rec offers a variety of fitness classes from spinning, yoga, insanity, boot camps, kickboxing, ZUMBA, and even hiphop classes, all are free to UC students with a valid ID.

Hopefully you’ve gotten some new ideas and are feeling motivated to jump back into a healthier routine and you’re feeling ready to take the steps to make an active lifestyle choice. With the start of the fall semester, it can be hard to concentrate on anything besides your classes, meeting new people, and adjusting to new housing situations; but choosing to stay active will give you the energy and confidence to succeed this semester and beyond. After all, a few small changes can lead to a big difference!

“It’s important to find activities that you enjoy doing so that you’re more likely to continue doing them.”




of TITLE: Flavor Fusions and The Ever-Changing American Pallete

Raise your hand if you’ve had Chinese food before. Indian food or Thai? Chances are, most of us have, and the majority reading this probably don’t identify as Chinese, Indian, or Thai. That’s the beauty of being an American. As a country made up of immigrants, we have access to a diverse range of cultural foods and flavors. When the Chinese immigrated here in the 1850s for the California Gold Rush, they started to form their own restaurants known as ‘chow chow’ houses. Their clean restaurants, great customer service, and flavorful dishes attracted Californian residents. White Americans who were eating Chinese food for the first time during this period, saw it as “adventurous.” That yearning for an adventure hasn’t disappeared, in fact, it’s only flourished. Research has proven, “Americans’ palates have expanded: Two-thirds of us now eat a greater variety of cuisines from around the world than we did just five years ago. The top three cuisines are Italian, Mexican, and Chinese; these are also the top picks for takeout and delivery. However, when sitting down to eat at a restaurant, favorites include sushi, Greek, and Southeast Asian cuisines.” With the power and influence of social media serving as a driver for this shift, consumers today want new and innovative flavors at a faster rate. Food trends such as the


rainbow bagel, charcoal ice cream, and Taco Bell’s neon orange Doritos Locos Tacos are flashed on Instagram with a selfie and a hashtag sending foodies into a frenzy in search of the latest concoction. The downside is that the more flavors there are, the quicker consumers become desensitized to them. This leaves them bored and waiting for the next craze, while also making it difficult for brands and marketers to keep up. That’s where ethnic food comes back into play. This time with a twist. Instead of solely offering Japanese cuisine for example, restaurants are fusing cultural staples into one meal. Take Roll On In, a fairly new restaurant that opened on campus. It com-

Nearby Restaurants to Try: Jamaican Island Frydays – 2826 Vine St Moroccan Marrakech Moroccan Cafe and Grill – 341 Ludlow Ave Indian/Ethiopian Elephant Walk – 170 W. McMillan St Korean Bibibop – 228 Calhoun St

Sushi burrito from Roll On In

Chipotle chicken taco from French Fry Heaven

Photo by Sarah F.

Chicken tikka misala pizza

bines sushi (Japanese) with a burrito concept (Mexican) for a delicious sushi burrito which is quite filling.

brings together the Belgian or French concept of fried potatoes (the origin is still up for debate) with a Mexican staple.

When browsing GrubHub for a quick bite I came across a place called Indi-go in Hyde Park. On its menu is a chicken tikka masala pizza, combining Indian food with an Italian dish.

According to recent news, 52% of millennials are likely to go to a restaurant that offers new or innovative flavors, and 48% of the demographic will spend more money on meals that has a new or innovative flavor. As we become a more and more culturally diverse nation (by 2045 minorities are expected to be the majority) our palates will only continue to evolve.

French Fry Heaven is another place that is catering to this idea. Customers can load their plate of fries with themed flavorings, one of them: the “chipotle chicken taco,�









college as a

Tabula Rasa

By Maddi Villines

Life begins as a blank slate. Starting from nothing, childhood experiences and influences are what shape personalities. In regards to fashion, a personal sense of style develops as new trends, concepts, and ideas are introduced. As you get older, fashion becomes an aspect of self expression. It’s what allows you to be yourself when a certain dress code has been imposed in a business setting. It’s what allows you to express yourself without saying a single word. Without fail, people will base their initial judgements on outward appearances. Clothing is a major factor in determining the vibe you give off; friendly, mysterious, unapproachable, or fun. In my high school, I was one out of two thousand. In my graduating class, I was one out of five-hundred. While these numbers may seem large, the amount of people feels small after spending four years together. I knew everyone’s name, face, and unique sense of style. This weird sense of intimacy made it difficult to change. I felt that I had this “brand” or “aesthetic” that went hand in hand with who I was. My sense of style was safe, comfortable, and overall rather boring. I had a rotation of five outfits, all which followed the same basic formula. The number of times I put on a bold outfit that I loved but discarded last minute, due to anxiety and the stress of being judged, is too high to count. The


last thing I wanted was for my classmates to be put off by how I dressed.I cared less the older I got; senior year is when I was the most true to myself. The main cause of this distress is the high school stereotype that you shouldn’t stand out or go against the status quo. The clique mentality that dominates creates an expectation of conformity. The concept of fitting in has been ingrained into teenagers brains since the beginning of their educations. It takes confidence, fearlessness, and determination to break away; characteristics myself and countless other high schoolers were scared of expressing. I thought my tabula rasa had been filled. The person I had become during high school was not who I was destined to be for the rest of my life, and it took placed in an entirely new setting for me to realize this. College was the start of my new self. No one knew me and no one had any preconceived ideas of who I was supposed to be or how I was supposed to dress. I had thousands of new first impressions to make. I was handed my own tabula rasa on a silver platter, and I was determined not to let it go to waste. I embraced all the variety I witnessed on campus: walking to and from class, sitting outside Langsam, interacting with my classmates in DAAP. I


was constantly surrounded by people who were fashionable in every sense of the word. So many students who didn’t care about lingering stares and standing out. They completely embraced every aspect of who they were. In the short six weeks I have been at UC, I have branched out so much in how I dress. Going for bold prints, switching up the amount of edginess or girliness, not caring how drastic the changes are from day to day.Trends and styles I once shied away from, worked their way into my wardrobe and eventually into my outfit rotation. Big billowy sleeves, chunky combat boots, contrasting prints, made themselves at home amongst my countless striped t-shirts and black leggings. I found myself struggling to style some pieces for a more casual setting, a challenge I’m sure even experienced fashionistas and trendsetters encountered. Working with the ruffles is a rising craze throughout 2017. They popped up all over, from high end boutiques to teen-friendly stores. They are a bold statement and very attention grabbing, due to their three-dimensionality. Ruffles can be seen from a variety of angles, compared to a print or graphic which has limited viewpoints. This trend can be done subtly, but they can also be big and bold. It’s a style that can be very off-putting at first, and it can leave some people scared to try. On a different note, prints can have a similar effect. Gingham is a print that has risen in popularity this year. Prior to this past summer, the design hasn’t really been on trend or used often. For a lot of people it is probably their first time seeing it in full force. Gingham has been used on t-shirts to jeans, and even jumpsuits. When wearing it all over, the design can be seen as flashy. A Black and white color scheme is the more traditional route, and when the overall print is small it is easier on the eyes and stands out less. However, that doesn’t stop designers from


using colors such as purple and red to show- style. These trends that can be intimidating case the trend. These colors on their own can and scary to wear around a small populabe bright, but combined with the signature tion. However, it’s different in college, where white contrast color of gingham the pattern passing the same person twice in one day makes it all the more eye catching.Moving is a rarity. The issue of attracting potential away from colors and accessories to actual unwanted attention is less of an issue. pieces of clothing, culottes were popular in the early 2000’s and have suddenly come The pressure to fit in can keep people in an back into style. Skinny jeans and fitted pants unwanted comfort zone. But, when placed have been popular in recent years, and into an entirely new setting, surrounded by styles such as flare and bootcut have been entirely new faces, they can easily be fordeemed “unfashionable” to some degree. gotten. Clothing that could be considered The flowy wide-leg style of culottes, in the- “weird” isn’t given a second glance in colory, fall into the more unfashionable catego- lege, despite whether onlookers stop and ry. Since they are traditionally cropped, the stare. When you are one amongst tens of contrast between the exposed skin and the thousands, standing out is important. Individarticle of clothing draws the eye in. Although uality and straying from the crowd is encourculottes can be difficult to style, their loose aged, especially in college, where being nature would best be styled with a more memorable and making connections is what fitted top, which isn’t everyone’s preference. leads to success. Utilizing college as a tabuPairing the pants with a loose top can be la rasa allows for the maximum amount of more comfortable, and tucking the front of self-discovery and experimentation. Letting the shirt into the waistband of the culottes go of past limitations and allowing every allows the wearer to still give showcase their experience affect who you are is just as imfigure. It is all about finding a balance and portant in college as receiving an education. learning what complements your body and



MAn CODE: Fraternity Style By Ngoc Tran

Before the days of printed Patagonia fleeces, Vineyard Vines apparel, and those classic Sperry boat shoes, there lived a different aesthetic that gradually became associated with fraternity culture. From colorful shirts to muted sport coats, young university men have been trailblazers of casual and stylish menswear since the 1900s. Fraternities, in particular, adopted a polished, new-conservative style after World War II and the same look was later revived in the early 1980s. While it is difficult for a brother to follow specific dress codes, the challenge does not lie in the need to maintain a wardrobe of the expected attire. Instead, it is the perception of others who view these men on campus that need to change. Today, countless media accounts document their apparel and criticize their choices of pastels, outerwear, and footwear. What is the result? Different social networking sites have fostered an unfavorable image of this fraternity style, causing an outsider to associate their style to simply t-shirts, button-downs, khakis, and occasional duck boots. As an attempt to counter the stereotypes cultivated by various online college-centric publications, we found two students who are redefining fraternity style and serving as pioneers of fashion in the community.


Join Cullen Lewis, a member of Beta Theta Pi, and Ben Leonardi in Pi Kappa Alpha as they lead a discussion about their personal styles and menswear in the context of fraternities on campus. How would you describe your style? C.L. I try to be involved with as many aesthetics as possible. In a nutshell, I would say that my style is close to what you would think of streetwear but mixed with more polished elements. B.L. I kind of go against the grain. I’m not one to religiously follow the use of pastel colors. It’s mostly basic solids, stripes, and neutral jeans. I’ll go for a normal t-shirt and throw on a denim jacket every once in awhile. Where do you get your style inspiration from? C.L. I frequent Mr. Porter, an extension of Net-a-Porter. I mean, it’s full of stuff I can’t afford, but it provides a good basis for how to pair some of the clothes I already own. Also, Shia LaBeouf. He can pretty much pull off whatever he wears. B.L. Honestly, I don’t really have a specific place for inspiration. Just a lot of my friends who dress well.

What perceptions do you think people have of fraternity members’ style? C.L. I actually didn’t rush until my sophomore year. Some of my high school friends were shocked that I decided to, and I think it was because of the way I act and dress. I don’t really follow the majority too often, and I do shy away from the stereotypes. While I would like some of the current common trends to change, I wouldn’t want to force anyone to change their style. B.L. Yeah, I think the portrayal of fraternity guys in movies are what people usually think of. I mean, you even see some social media accounts now that follow this too. It’s all pastel colors, Vineyard Vines, oxfords, super short shorts, and t-shirts. Do you have a dress code at your fraternity? C.L.Yeah, and it’s enforced to a certain extent. Most guys tend to lean more toward the casual side, but it’s not like we’re ever reprimanded or anything. Our chapter meetings are business casual, and we save our suit and ties for the first meeting of every month, special dinners, and big events. B.L. We have formal attire for most of our chapter meetings, as well as many of our ritual events. Was there a moment that pinpointed your interest in fashion? C.L. One of my closest friends got into fashion, and I sort of just started following him. It didn’t really click until around freshman or sophomore year of high school, though. My mom bought me a couple of belts from a local Goodwill. One of them had ‘YSL’ (Yves Saint Laurent) on the buckle, so I looked up the brand and did more research. Never really stopped, I guess. B.L. I don’t know if there’s an actual moment, but it’s kind of cool to see how everyone adjusts when you transition from high school

to college. There was an actual dress code, and I feel like a lot of high schools in Cincinnati have uniforms too. Before I got to college, I went and got, like, maybe 10 pairs of shoes. It’s just interesting to see if I can come up with any cool outfits. Do your friends or fellow brothers seek style advice from you? C.L.Not to toot my own horn or anything, but yes. I actually successfully converted two of my closest friends in my fraternity to try different styles. One of them used to always wear sweats and, like, socks with his Birkenstocks. He traveled to Europe and that kind of sparked his interest in fashion. So I can’t say that it was all me, but I like to think I helped a little. B.L. Laughs. It’s actually a running joke among the guys. Sometimes, they even comment and say I’m “trying too hard” or something. But yeah, I help them with matching their collared shirts to their pants, ties, and belts. Do you tend to follow any trends? C.L. I’ll follow it if it matches my style. There’s a huge denim craze right now, and I bought my first pair of raw denim recently. It’s cool seeing how transparent and global this industry is. B.L. Not really. I tend to just stick to the classics, but maybe throw in some fun options here and there. How do you see people changing their perceptions of fraternity style? B.L. At the end of the day, it’s just nice to remember that we’re all individuals within our fraternities. Sure, we dress in similar ways – some better than others – but we all have our own distinct styles that make us unique.






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DAAP HAS TauGHT ME By Niyah Jackson


was 13 when I realized my interest in fashion could translate to a career. I spent the next couple of years researching the different offerings and avenues it would take to break into the industry, and eventually I settled on the idea of being a fashion stylist. According to the books and articles I was reading, a degree wasn’t necessary for this career, but with a college professor for a dad, getting a higher education was mandatory. When it came time to look into colleges, I couldn’t find any accredited schools in the U.S. that gave you a B.A. in fashion styling. The closest I found was fashion merchandising and marketing, or full on fashion design schools. As a backup option I thought about majoring in psychology or journalism. I checked out art schools like F.I.T., Columbia College Chicago, The Art Institutes, and FIDM, as well as non-art schools like NYU, Columbia University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (which is in the town I was living at the time). My junior year of high school my family moved to Cincinnati for my dad’s new position at the University. That’s when I learned about DAAP. How perfect is it that I have a nationally ranked fashion design program right in my backyard, I thought. Fast forward to today, I am in my 4th year in the fashion design program. Although DAAP doesn’t offer the styling aspect that I am most interested in, I have learned so much about what I am capable of (I didn’t know how to draw or sew before I got here), as well as encountered a new field of interest that I didn’t even know existed (co-oping at LPK in their trends department). I am forever grateful for the experiences and applicable growth I’ve had these past several years. I know I am not the only student who feels this way, so I took to the hallways (and inboxes) in search of DAAP fashion design students from all years to reflect on how their education has shaped them for their future careers in ways that they couldn’t have done on their own.


We All Have the Same 24 Hours Thoughtful Design is Key For Success DAAP has a reputation for being pretty in- “Most of the time, we get into a groove of tense. We’ve all heard the horror stories of designing for the sake of design,” reveals people (or maybe you’re this person) spend- Nathan Haberthy, a fourth year. Recent ing the night in the building, only to wake up graduate of the program, Jordan LaGaurin time for their 8 am and repeat. Juggling dia can attest to that, “The first half of my multiple projects at once and the homework college career my designs were rushed and that comes with it is one thing, but when thoughtless because there was never any you add on extracurriculars like third year, time to fully process what you were creatPeachy Jackson, time management becomes ing.” It wasn’t until her Design to Brand class even more of a challenge. “On campus I’m with Brooke Brandewie that she learned involved in Sisters Impacting Sisters, and I the importance of culminating sociocultural am on the Black Arts Collaborative dance research first, leading to intent behind her team. I also take up MMA fighting off cam- designs. “We weren’t allowed to start sketchpus,” Jackson shares. Although this balanc- ing for months,” she shares. Learning about ing act isn’t always poised, the skill isn’t tak- what is going on in the world is just as imen for granted. “I am a much more thoughtful, portant for a designer as it is for any other organized, and successful person because career path. I’ve learned to really enjoy the of the rigorous work schedule of DAAP,” says research aspect of the curriculum. There’s fourth year, Miranda Beitel. Truth of the mat- an endless amount of knowledge you can ter is, we all have the same 24 hours in a accumulate, and it can translate to a collecday, and it looks like DAAP has helped some tion through thought and creativity. Another of us delegate our time a little better. aspect of thoughtful design is thinking about the impact your work will have on consumers Practice Takes Patience and the environment. “I am thankful that my Fourth year Michelle Maraan puts it best school discusses ethics and design,” Beitel when she says “continue to practice illustrat- states. “I am very passionate about the fuing and sewing because no matter how long ture of fashion and how to make the fashion you’ve been using those skills there’s always industry more progressive, ethical, and inroom for improvement.” The same applies for clusive for people all over the world.” Beitel pattern making as Jackson notes, “I learned had the opportunity to create an interactive pattern making from Myoung’s class which learning independent study collection under is very useful when I’m trying to create some the guidance and support of professor Ashmore complicated garments. I feel like if ley Kubley and Equality Cincinnati spring she had not pushed us to complete several semester of her Sophomore year. The colpatterns during class and really delve into lection, entitled “Http://” features a diverse the pattern making process I wouldn’t have cast of models wearing comfortable unisex been able to create some of the garments I sportswear and streetwear looks inspired by wanted to.” Like me, fourth year Hannah Bra- the 2016 pantone colors of the year: serenity den “literally couldn’t draw, pattern, tailor, or and rose quartz. Each look with a QR code drape before she got here,” which required sewn on. “Each QR code links to videos or extra patience and practice for both of us. other information regarding police brutality, Maraan sums it up with this statement, “It’s body positivity, and sexuality issues. That important to understand the significance of way the wearer can interact with the pubpatience and practice because those skills lic and share valuable information about will apply no matter where you end up in these issues, all while providing a platform the industry.” for learning and conversation.” Had she not


gone to DAAP, Beitel believes she wouldn’t be the designer she is today. Expect the Unexpected At the beginning of this article I shared how a newfound interest in trend analysis was born through my experiences at DAAP. What started as a class offering led to a true passion and soon after, my best co-op experience yet. Similarly, other fashion design students found unexpected pleasures throughout their time in the program. “My co-op was at Michael Kors in New York and I worked on the women’s ready-to-wear technical design team which I never had exposure to and I loved it. It was super interesting and I felt like I picked up so many tricks of the trade there and could see that in my future,” spills Braden. Haberthy didn’t think he was one for prints and pattern heavy clothing, but Ashley Kubley’s computer aided design class may have given him a new appreciation. “Her class was a motive for me to think creatively outside of my own current passions. I was able to focus my photoshop experience to create a print collection that I actually enjoyed very much.” Sometimes an unexpected appreciation or new way of


thinking can come from an employer, other times a professor, but fourth year Astrid Otero says your classmate sitting next to you may have some valuable insight too. “It’s great to tap into other people’s talent and knowledge to allow new perspectives and feedback to infiltrate your stages of design. A concept you come up with 90% of the time turns into better and bigger brainstorming,” he said. Otero caught onto this lesson early, stating that it was the mixing of design disciplines in foundations that served as a good base for collaborative thinking. It would be far fetched to say that an aspiring fashion industry professional could’ve learned the art of managing time, the power of research in designs, the importance of leaning into your resources for guidance, and finding a possible new career path all under one roof without having gone to school for it. By the time we graduate, our slates will no longer be blank, but we’ll have a plethora of tools to use that we’ve acquired during our time here. The skills we’ve learned, that only DAAP could’ve taught us, will be carried into which future endeavor we choose to explore. DAAP fashion design is no joke, but I think I speak for everyone mentioned in this feature when I say: It’s 100% worth it.






back to the BASICS By Madeline Sterling

In the spirit of turning a blank page, revisiting the basic staples of fashion seemed to be more than fitting. In a world of fast, and sometimes meaningless fashion, it can be overwhelming to not get sucked into the current trend; only to find yourself tossing that quick buy out the door a month later. In the wise words of fashion blogger and influencer Garance Doré in her always relevant biography and take on fashion, Love Style Life, “trends are fun to read about in a magazine on a Sunday morning, and shopping is a perfect time to catch up with friends, but that’s about where it ends.”


There will always be those (give or take) five items in your closet that you fall back on time and time again. Mine? My thrifted jean jacket and ten dollar H&M white tee. It may sound exhaustingly simple, but they have never failed me. Realizing what those pieces in your closet are can completely TRANSFORM your style; suddenly a basic tee can be worn three different ways, and those black jeans you once thought were boring are suddenly a god-sent. So, without further adieu, I’ve compiled five pieces that lay the foundation for any fashionista’s wardrobe.

CHELSEA BOOTS These revised take on the standard boot feature a side elastic that completely changes the boot around- adding a hint of preppy while still remaining timeless. Throw these babies on with any denim and you have yourself a classic fall look. My favorite pair happen to be from J.Crew Fall collection circa 2015, but most retailers are sure to have these always relevant boots in stock.

comes in the variation of a pair of jeans, a white tee, maybe a nice scarf, and a pair of booties. It’s almost so easy you think it would be hard.



DENIM JACKET If there was one clothing item I could take with me to a deserted island, it would be a denim jacket (how functional of me). No matter the season, trends, outfit, etc. you can ALWAYS count on a denim jacket to make any look instantly more chic. They remain one of the only jackets that add to a look, rather than taking from it. There’s just something so vintage and timeless about a denim jacket that your mom is sure to say, “I had one just like that!” (My favorite still remains to be one from the Gap that my mom bought like…..15 years ago). But for an updated look, Polo Ralph Lauren has some of the best denim I’ve ever seen, seriously. All hail to you, beloved denim jacket.


SWEATSHIRT While this one has possibly been made overrated by all those “big shirt/sweater” memes on twitter, it would be a travesty to overlook this one. The amazing thing about an oversized sweater or sweatshirt is that, with the right one, it can make any lazy girl’s day. I’m pretty sure we’re all guilty of neglecting our outfit due to laziness, but a good ole oversized sweater or sweatshirt and leggings is hardly asking too much. My favorite is my striped Polo (I think I may have an issue) paired with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings and a pair of sneakers.


Now this maybe goes without saying, but I seriously feel like the white tee is something that’s so completely underrated. I think this can be contributed to it being pushed aside by the velvet, mesh, and satin pieces in the closet, but that’s only a theory. My personal favorite look is an oversized white men’s tee. Bear with me, but there’s something so effortless about actually making a men’s piece look feminine. My favorite fall look still

Certainly not least of the list, but definitely most simple, is the fall dress. Many scare away from a dress as a viable option for class, or casual endeavors, but overlook the actual utility of it. How easy is it to just throw one on, paired with some riding boots, and call it a day? Also a fall dress dressed up (pun intended?) is just as handy. You can easily go from a day look with riding boots to a night out look with a pair of heels. My favorite is one I bought last season at Urban Outfitters, but Madewell also has my heart in terms of timeless but trendy dresses as well. So, there you have it ladies. When feeling overwhelmed by the sea of trends, stay true to these five staples and fear no more.




By Leah Pentecost

Trends will come and go, but Marc Jacobs lives forever.

One of fashion’s greatest influencers, Marc Jacobs, has forever immortalized himself in the fashion industry as a living example of pushing the limits. With his novel designs and unique fashion experiments, there is no question that Jacobs is one of the most influential designers of our time.

latest trends but the lasting ones as well.

In “The Devil Wears Prada”, the Editor-inchief Miranda Priestly puts her assistant Andrea Sachs on the spot.

After multiple awards helped put Jacobs on the map, he continued to work for several popular designers. One of which included Louis Vuitton in 1997, where he was hired as the creative director.

She coldly explains to her how fashion on the runway filters its way down to fashion on the streets, “it’s sort of comical how you think you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry, when in fact, you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room, from a pile of stuff.” Despite Miranda’s harsh explanation, she is correct. Trends on the runway will always find their way down to the everyday fashion we wear today. The choice of what we wear is picked for us well before we walk into the store. In the world of fashion, designers select what clothes will be worn, and the world is their dollhouse holding 7.4 billion dolls. One of the most well-known fashion designers today, Marc Jacobs, is a phenomenal success in curating not only the


Highlighted by his numerous achievements in the fashion industry, Jacobs has earned numerous awards, and he is also the youngest designer to receive the CFDA’s (Council of Fashion Designers in America) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.

Jacobs also designs for his own two lines: Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs which he showed his first collection for in 2001. The hard work and passion Jacobs has for design has definitely paid off, his fashion shows are one of the most anticipated ones each year. In the early 90s, Marc Jacobs designed a unique collection for Perry Ellis, which would change the fashion world forever. It was a show that cost him his job. It was a show that made his career. At 29-years-old, an experimental Marc Jacobs sent high-fashion models styled in flannel shirts, unlaced combat boots, and mismatched prints down the runway. He called it, “a hippied romantic version of punk.” This style, which soon became

recognized as “grunge”, was a look the audience had never seen walk down the runway before. What is considered a classic style today, had never been viewed or even imagined by designers then.

with a pair of black leggings and combat boots are a comfortable and iconic fall fashion outfit. And accessorizing the look with leather, lace, or a beanie can easily make this grunge ensemble edgier.

Titled the “Guru of Grunge” by Women’s Wear Daily, Jacobs was immediately fired from Perry Ellis who disliked his designs. However, the grunge style became a phenomenon. The collection was revolutionary and represented a feeling of angst and rebellion. The homeless look became the hottest look.

The look emphasizes the idea of being comfortable, and worn in. A pair of distressed jeans is one of the most popular examples, because it can be found in almost any retail store today. A recent trend which made an appearance this past summer, that embodied the grunge trend, was shirts with holes in them.

The style was also incredibly affordable since it was inspired by “street-style” outfits, which generally cost no more than $10. This encouraged more people to adopt the grunge style, if it meant they could put together an ensemble that looked like they had just walked off a Vogue photoshoot, all for a few dollars.

Although grunge-wear is what brought Marc Jacobs into the fashion spotlight, he knows that trends never last long. Jacobs’ fashion shows always change and are based on a specific aesthetic.

Grunge is still very much alive and thriving today. It’s impossible to step out onto the street without seeing flannel shirts or a pair of converse walk by. Marc Jacobs designed the perfect stylegenre, meeting in the middle between fashion and comfort. Large sweaters paired

Despite the fact he has already made a lasting impression on the fashion industry, Jacobs continues to bring new and innovative ideas to the runway. However, he still draws inspiration from the messy grunge look, which can still be seen in some of his shows. His ability to take chaotic and messy designs and then style them into a tastefully appealing collection is what makes Marc Jacobs one of the most influential fashion designers in history.




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RIC SWEENEY By Emily McDonough


ou know the man -- bald, uses a backpack instead of a briefcase, and dresses to the nines every single day. Whether you have had him as a professor or simply crossed paths with him on campus, Ric Sweeney is a well-known marketing expert, generous contributor, and style icon throughout the UC community. I met Sweeney on the first day of my freshman year of college. As I sat in the front row of the classroom, anxiously awaiting the commencement of Essentials of Business, I was mesmerized by his look. From a coordinating belt and shoes color to a funky pair of socks, it was evident that every piece he chooses to wear entails a thoughtful decision making process in order to maintain a cohesive, tailored ensemble. Since that day, I had wanted to sit down and pick Ric Sweeney’s brain about his history with fashion, and one year later, I was finally given the opportunity to do it. Since he can remember, Sweeney has always had a passion for fashion. While he did not experience any sort of pivotal life moment that jumpstarted his interest, he can recall being exposed to dressing well, as well as the the benefits of doing so, throughout his teenage years. In an attempt to discover his own distinguishable style, he would dress up most days in high school, but he made sure to not overdo it. “I wasn’t that nerd who wore suits to class every day,” said Sweeney. An interesting fact that he is ecstatic about people learning about him is that he was awarded the ‘Best Dressed’


senior superlative in high school. However, when he thinks back to that period in his life and compares ‘Best dressed’ to ‘Most likely to be a CEO’ or ‘Most likely to invent the next iPhone,’ he feels like many of his peers only knew him to be stylish, rather than driven and innovative. After high school, Sweeney pursued both English and Philosophy degrees from Mount Saint Mary’s University, a small, private Catholic school. His college experience had an impact on his clothing choices because students were required to wear collared shirts almost every day. Since then, his style has evolved immensely. Years of traveling and immersing himself in new cultures have naturally weaved a European flair into his current look. Sweeney describes his style as tailored and straightforward. He tends to gravitate toward classic pieces, but he is not scared to throw in something interesting to spice up the outfit. The experiences that Ric Sweeney has had in professional environments leading up to his current positions as an Educator in the Marketing Department at UC’s Lindner College of Business, Faculty Advisor for the UC American Marketing Association, Beta Sigma Gamma Honorary, Faculty Fellow for the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and many others have fueled his passion for fashion. Right out of college, he worked at a bank in Tennessee and his boss Susan was the Senior Vice President of Marketing Sweeney remarked,


“Susan always dressed wonderfully and people respected her, which in the 80s, that was very uncommon.” She encouraged him to always dress the part because it strengthens self-confidence and, in turn, emanates a sense of power. Sweeney whole-heartedly believes in making fashion statements in the workplace, but he also believes that showcasing substance is more important than style. He spoke about how imperative it is to rely on your brain to help you excel, rather than your clothing choices. Nonetheless, if you can attain an equal combination of style and substance, then you are set. For anyone who has had him as a professor, this is why he requires students to dress up for presentations. He is simply setting us up for success once we graduate and enter the workforce. Sweeney chooses his outfits for each day the night before. “I don’t know what my outfits would look like if I chose them without any coffee in my system,” Sweeney laughed. Standing outside of his closet, he figures out his daily schedule, whether he has a meeting or dinner after work, and then strategically picks out clothes that are functional for those events. Fridays are the only exception because it is always “Bow Tie Friday.” He does recall a time though that he experienced quite the fashion faux pas. This was the question that I had been dying to ask, and, boy, do I have an answer for you. He was attending a holiday party and decided to wear a pair of burgundy velvet pants. “I thought I looked good leaving the house in them,” he said. As soon as he stepped foot into the party though, he immediately realized that they were not cool whatsoever. He stuck it out and sported the look the whole night. Since a majority of us are not close friends with Ric Sweeney, we are not eligible to receive one-on-one fashion consulting sessions. However, I will share that his favorite clothing store is El Ganso so you can easily emulate his style! It is a European brand, and he found them while on a trip in Barcelona. He likes El Ganso because all of their pieces are traditional, but have a fun component to them. “I have a few El Ganso sport coats, a couple suits, some pants, shirts, oh and shoes too,” Sweeney listed. He clearly has


an appreciation for fashion, but he has no interest in working in the industry. “I like to live vicariously through Project Runway,” he shared. In addition to fashion, he loves a variety of art forms -- paintings, sculptures, performing arts, landscape design, interior design and more. He said, “I don’t know if I am talented enough to ever make a living off of it.” Ric Sweeney finds inspiration for his style through magazines, especially “GQ,” celebrities, like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, and TV shows, such as “Suits.” These fashion sources rarely have an impact on Sweeney’s look though. He told me, “I am sometimes influenced by someone who is wearing a pair of interesting socks or shirt and tie combination, but I usually stick with my classic look.” He is also very observant when it comes to other people’s styles because it is a simple way to stay updated on current trends. He has even stopped by the UC Career Fairs to see what students are wearing. So, watch out fellow Bearcats -- you never know when Ric Sweeney is watching! UC is lucky to have a velvet pant-wearer and ‘Best Dressed’ award recipient as a brand ambassador. Sweeney is also a recipient of the 2017 A.B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012 George Barbour Award for Outstanding Faculty/Student Relations, Grilliot Award for Outstanding Service, and Michael Dean EXCEL Award for Undergraduate Teaching. He is clearly the epitome of an individual who has attained an equal combination of style and substance. Thank you Ric Sweeney for choosing to be a professor at UC because you are making an impact with both your passion for sharing knowledge and expressing yourself through fashion.


DESTINATION ABROAD Written by: Ngoc Tran

The trend of college students using their disposable income toward various travels, both domestic and international, continues to increase. With easier accessibility to budget-friendly travel websites, rideshares, hostels, and mobile applications; offline and online resources are abundant. Students today are redefining the meaning of international travel. Gone are the days of standard vacations with tourist attractions and typical landmarks; the young traveler of today seeks an experience of neverending discovery and exploration.

of escaping and starting over in a new, unknown territory. For many of us, it’s a way to channel our inner curiosity and be more adventurous. While various professors and mentors advise students to travel after graduation, many are already itching to hike trails along the mountains of Nepal, enjoy breakfast at a corner café in Paris, or even sing a few tunes at a karaoke bar in Seoul. We understand that today’s digital age allows our connections to go beyond mobile devices and various social media networks. There’s a desire to seek wholesome adventures within three types of international experiences: study abroad, professional work, and service trips.

For the 20152016 academic year, University of Cincinnati reported a record of 1,722 students participating in international travel. Ranging from faculty-led study tours and semester exchange programs to work and teaching positions, students of all majors and disciplines have the opportunity to participate in what was once a rarity among younger individuals. The craziest part? These numbers do not even take into account the amount of students who travel simply for leisure or those who volunteer in service projects around the world.

For instance, take Justin Klei, a student who had the chance to analyze the impact of societal norms on retailing and identify developing trends in the heart of London. As a person who values individual style and art, Justin enjoyed his time spent in one of the fashion capitals in the world. , as It supplemented his education and allowed him to immerse himself in a vibrant metropolitan culture.

The foundation of most travels during college seems to revolve around the idea

“People in West London were more conservative and modest, and it seemed


like they really valued being presentable at all times,” says Justin. “On the other hand, East London had the trendsetters. It was common to see a mixture of tutus, leather, and hard core [clothing] pieces. Overall, there was definitely a sense that everyone had more decisive fashion choices. I mean, there was not a single pair of sweatpants in sight.” Similar to her fellow Bearcat, Sonali Desai wanted an educational component to her international travels. However, she wanted to combine the experience with professional work. The summer after her freshman year, Sonali found herself working at Pealo, a small consultancy agency in Singapore. “As a Finance major, I was so excited to work in a financial capital,” Sonali says. “The company included a group of investors that connected with small businesses. I worked alongside four other interns, and in addition to working together, we would hang out after business hours. It sounds cliche, but I made lifelong friendships through this experience.” Her travels were not limited to the lively cities of Singapore; Sonali also explored Phuket, Thailand and Bintan, Indonesia and even found the time to visit extended family in Goa, India. These distinct experiences then challenged her to be more curious of her surroundings.

Project, a program empowering young leaders to build partnerships with diverse student organizations. Part of his Winter break involved venturing to Israel in order to gain a better understanding of the culture and dispel any prior misconceptions about the area. As a result, Jake and fellow participants can go back to their respective campuses to ensure that the Israeli community is integrated and valued on campus. Raised Christian, Jake briefly mentioned his experience traveling to a country with individuals that mostly followed Judaism. He noticed the traditional clothing worn by Hasidic Jews, and it was extremely common to see military uniforms around the city. With how the media normally portrays Middle Eastern countries, it was valuable for Jake to gain a better of understanding of the situation and immerse himself in such a diverse culture.

“I found myself noticing others’ appearances a lot. In all honesty, I was surprised to see that some of the fashion trends were similar,” “I kept thinking - what’s it like to be a local? says Sonali. “Everything is becoming What’s the history or culture? Why are more modern, and I think the traditionalist people the way they are? I wanted to view in the countries I visited is certainly make connections with people and learn diminishing.” more about their backgrounds,” says Jake. “Having that chance to see the world from Instead of studying or working abroad, their perspective was really eye-opening.” Jake Franzen decided to pursue a different opportunity that revolved around leadership and service. He participated in the David









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DIY By Maddi Villines

With this piece, the inaugural issue of TITLE Magazine comes to a close. What started as an idea, a blank slate, has blossomed into this final product. The brainchild of our Editor-in-Chief, Leah, allowed us; the stylists, writers, photographers, and designers, to provide our creative input. With everyone’s influence combined, we were able to fill our very own Tabula Rasa. TITLE is more than just a showcase of trends and ideas. It is meant to serve as an inspiration; inspiration to go out and use the concept of a blank slate in your everyday life. In terms of fashion, the very foundations of the practice lie within starting from nothing and letting experiences and newfound knowledge impact the design of the final product. Perfect craftsmanship, a big budget, and endless resources aren’t always required when bringing an idea into reality. Thrifting, Upcycling, and DIYs have become an increasingly popular trend across Social Media. It is


an environmentally and economically conscious way to revamp and add variety on one’s wardrobe. It is the idea of taking something old and used, and manipulating it into a completely different creation. Starting with a piece of clothing that was discarded by its previous owner, it presents itself as a blank slate to the new purchaser. Open to the creative influence of the designer, a pair of old jeans can quickly become a stylish pair of shorts with a few embellishments and simple sewing skills. A one dollar oversized t-shirt transforms into an on-trend crop top, complete with cuffed sleeves, a baggy fit, and strategic distressing. The possibilities are endless, limited only by one’s imagination and open-mindedness. We, as the staff of TITLE, want to encourage you through the magazine to think of life from this new perspective. Embrace the blank slate; the notion that starting from absolute nothingness is within the realm of possibility.



TITLE - Fall 2017  

The Fall 2017 edition of TITLE Magazine. The theme is Tabula Rasa, which means blank slate.

TITLE - Fall 2017  

The Fall 2017 edition of TITLE Magazine. The theme is Tabula Rasa, which means blank slate.