Brave New World

By Chelsea Banford

Take a second and imagine years into the future, and your car is driving itself, and you don’t just have a smart phone, but a smart house. The Zeitgeist is the spirit of the times and dominating technology is a part of that – from smart phone projections on a user’s forearm to shirts that button themselves, we are just at the beginning of the era of fashion and technology embracing each other.

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Fashionistas all over the world that would give anything to experience just one runway show at New York or Paris Fashion Week. Now, with virtual reality, companies such as Samsung and IMAX are giving people this opportunity without leaving their home. Samsung has partnered with designers at Fashion week to create the Gear Virtual Reality headset that allows a 360-degree view of the latest collections, and details of these looks. One will feel as if they are sitting front row at the hottest runway fashion show. With high-hopes, designers will partner with companies such as IMAX to include their runway shows at a IMAX Virtual Reality Centres, giving us a chance to experience Fashion Week through a dig444ital fashion presentation.

 

Wearable technology has taken the tech world by storm, and now the fashion
industry. Apple not only replicated our smartphones in a watch, but created multiple desirable and appealing design aesthetics for the Apple Watch. Now we are being introduced to the Cicret Bracelet, a smartbracelet that enables users to view the screen of their smartphone on their forearm with full touch screen capability, and full access to phone. The bracelet has a fitness tracker-style band, and has a projector within that allows for the entirety of your smartphone screen right onto you, and without your phone needing to be nearby. Just as the Apple Watch is offered in different styles and colors, the Cicret Bracelet will be offered in different colors. Smartwatch or a smartbracelet? Decisions. Decisions.

 

111All this new technology would be meaningless if it did not help those that are disabled, and in need. “Healthwear” is the term for fashionable clothing for those with disabilities and illness. Inspired by her husband’s Parkinson’s disease, Maura Horton has created MagnaReady, which offers different shirt styles that infuse magnetic buttons as closures. Angela Luna designed her graduation collection for Parsons School of Design in recognition of the refugee crisis. She designed outerwear to insure shelter, flotation, and visibility; such as a coat that transforms int222o a tent. Lucy Jones has created a collection for wheelchair users, making minimal, trendy clothing, but designing it with ease for the wearer taking the garment on and off.

 

So, how can you get on the technology train? See a virtual fashion show, and get inspired for your own wardrobe. Find a piece of techwear that is both smart looking, and thinking. Wear an outfit that does more than just cover you up, and share with somebody. A world without any of these technological advances would be flat-out boring and dull. Thankfully, what we have now are options, and the options are becoming endless as technology continues to advance.

 

Next up…. flying cars!

 

 

Citations

 

Daugherty, T. (2016, February 23). The Cicret Bracelet puts a smartphone display on your arm with full touchscreen functionality. Retrieved from https://9to5toys.com/2016/02/23/cicret-bracelet/

 

Friedman, V. (2016, September 22). Fashion’s newest frontier: The disabled and the displaced. Fashion & Style. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/fashion/solution-based-design-disabled-refugees.html

 

 

King, R. (2017, February 14). Samsung Goes for a New Look in Virtual Reality at New York Fashion Week. Retrieved February 17, 2017, from http://fortune.com/2017/02/14/samsung-new-york-fashion-week/

 

Virtual reality industry ‘in need of a jump-start,’ Imax CEO says at new VR center. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-imax-vr-20170214-story.html

 

Strut Like You Mean It

By Paulina Castorena

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Not many realize how much a historical movement can affect its fashion. The term, “zeitgeist,” known as “spirit of the times,” is the word used to describe this effect of style and lifestyle in our society. A dominating attitude towards a certain topic discussed all around the country is a crucial factor within the Zeitgeist.444

The attitude towards makeup has been recently evolving. As people once believed makeup was a use of a beauty enhancement, people are starting to view makeup as a work of art, and as a personal expression that portrays someone’s creative, beautiful self. Get ready to see a huge movement in the makeup industry during the next years.

222            For decades, society has promoted a waif-like body as the societal ideal, and recently people have advocated the need of having “real” models that portray the diversity and range of sizes of woman. Recently, there has been a turn and the movement for natural beauty and embracing a person’s own body. Aerie recently released an AerieREAL role model campaign that showed, real models in images throughout the store that are were not retouched. Sports Illustrated also released the Swimsuits for All ad that promotes body confidence within women.

Changing attitudes aren’t limited to how women’s bodies look, but also how they display them in public. Public breastfeeding has been a big controversy over the past years in which people have different views towards it.  Some believe it is personal and private, yet others believe that since it is a natural occurrence after having children that it should not be discriminated, asking, if companies post racy advertisements in public, why should women cover up or leave when they are breastfeeding? Recently, clothes have been designed for women who are breastfeeding, making it easier for them to feed their babies in public.

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Speaking of women and babies, Beyoncé’s Grammy performance celebrated her as a fertile goddess and brought a message celebrating how women can embrace themselves and rise to power. Her latest album Lemonade also opened us up to her life and mentioned how there is a need for equality for all races and genders. Many celebrities praised her performance, especially Adele when she made her acceptance speech after winning the Best Album of the Year Award.111

If you are afraid your makeup looks too much, or you don’t think you can pull off your outfit, or is afraid of what people willthink of you in public—Think again. It is time for us women to make a statement and show who we really are rather than what people want us to be.  By no means should a woman be ashamed of who she really is. Show off your new makeup trick, wear all the clothes in the world and don’t be afraid of the natural beauty that you were given—Create the lifestyle that represents YOU.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pop “Cult”ure

By Jonna Hardy

111           A zeitgeist, or “spirit of the times”, is a reflection of society’s main beliefs and ideals of a period of time. There are many aspects to what makes up the zeitgeist, and social groups are one of them. Some of the most visible social groups today are the fans of A-list celebrities. These social groups influence things from clothing trends, to popular phone app444s, to political statements.

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé are two powerful female performers who greatly influence young people. Both use their performances to express their most intimate feelings, and subsequently have become the voices of their millions of followers. However, not all massive fan bases revolve around performers, for celebrities like the Kardashians have equally large followings. The fan bases Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and the Kardashians have amassed are almost as influential as the celebrities themselves.
What all three fan bases have in common is fierce loyalty, and recently we have seen evidence of this loyalty through social media. The Little Monsters are Gaga’s unofficial army, supporting the causes Lady Gaga endorses through social media 555and their treatment of others. Lady Gaga is a powerful spokesperson for many issues, but body positivity, feminism, and social unity are three of her highest priorities, and these are each topics her Monster army is dedicated to supporting. Gaga’s concerts are far from boring, for her fans copy her iconic styles at every city she visits on tour.

Both Lady Gaga and Beyoncé influence their fans to step out of their comfort zone, for when one of these women pushes the boundaries, it is then reflected though their fan base. Beyoncé’s massive community of fans is known as the BeyHive. This group of loyal fans has established not only a name for themselves, but a full-fledged community with Queen Bey as the tie that binds them. When fans attend her concerts, their fashion reflects her artistic and political influence, as well as the fearless style she showed in her ‘Lemonade’ visual album.
The Kardashians are influential celebr333ities with a loyal following of young women who have become masters at mimicking the Kardashian look, whether it be by buying Kylie’s lip-kit at record speed or copying Kim’s latest street-wear style. When the Kardiasian’s make-up artist swore by the contouring technique used to create the signature Kardashian look, the trend swept the nation like wildfire. The Kardashians’ fans are capable of moving trends introduced by the Kardashians into the mainstream in an incredibly effective fashion.

222You may be thinking, why does this matter to me? If you’re an individual who belongs to a social group, whatever that group may be, it is valuable to recognize how fashion can enforce unity. Through repetition of trends established or endorsed by these celebrities, we have the ability to belong to something bigger than ourselves and recognize when the next trend will occur. Understanding the influence of social groups will allow you to make more purposeful decision, whether your goal is to stand out or fit in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alemoru, K. (2016, March). We asked the Beyhive what Beyonce means to them. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://www.dazedigital.com/music/article/31898/1/getting-into-formation-with-the-beyhive

Bereznak, A. (2016, June 11). Inside the Web’s most Obsessive Fan Group. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://theringer.com/beyonce-beyhive-online-fan-forum-b7c7226ac16d#.3m5cqxhla

Jackson, M. (2017, February 06). ‘Pot bellies are sexy!’ Lady gaga’s fans hit back at Super Bowl body shamers as they celebrate for flaunting natural figure during epic set. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4195794/Lady-Gaga-s-fans-star-against-Super-Bowl-bodyshamers.html

Schaefer, K. (2016, October 21). Kylie Jenner Built a Business Empire out of Lip Kits and Fan Worship. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://www.vanityfair.com/stlye/2016/10/kylie-jenner-lip-kits-seed-beauty-colourpop

Sblendorio, P. (2016, July 03). Why I support Kanye West and Kim Kardashian over Taylor Swift. Retrieved February 09, 2017, from http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/support-kanye-west-kim-kardashian-taylor-swift-article–1.2694733

The new Popularity is to stand Solidarity

By Elizabeth Hernandez

 

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Dear 2017,
Get ready for change! We may have just kicked off the year with a new president, but we have not forgotten 2016 and at the start of the new year. Dominating events have always been an aspect of zeitgeist. This is where it will define the spirit and mood of this time demonstrated by the current ideas and beliefs. We are going to take a look at some recent dominating events that have already started revolutionizing the fashion industry.

Women from all over the world marched555 in solidarity recently to make their voices heard and to promote awareness of women’s issues. From Washington, DC to Paris to Iceland, the world stood together on January 19, 2017. About 2.6 million people from all walks of life participated, including celebrities like the iconic Madonna to a catholic nun all to demonstrate unity in the demand for equal civil rights for all women. They were other issues of the day too-protesting against Islamophobia, xenophobia, white supremacy, sexism, racism, and misogyny. A sense of unity was celebrated by the thousands of women who wore pink knit beanies and shirts that said slogans like “torch the bra” as symbols of women who fight back and are not going hold back their feelings anymore.
Remember BREXIT? Well that is how the safety pin movement was born Wearers of safety pins demonstrated their support for those affect222ed by oppression in the U.K. and make it known they were an allies to these groups. Here in the U.S., the safety pin has made its way to the red carpet through Kerry Washington, who wore it to demonstrate solidarity among those who feel unsafe, such as Latinos, Muslims, African Americans women, LGBT community, and refugees. She’s among the first celebrities to wear a safety pin, and has paved the way for others to join this display of unity.

Another movement that has received a great deal of media attention is the Black Lives Matter movement, which is an activist group dedicated to fighting against violence and systemic racism toward black peopl111e. Way back in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murder, this movement emerged in response to the injustice of these crimes, and since then its voice has been powerful to the country. The movement had su
ch a powerful impact on people that fashion designer Pyer Moss’ Fall 2016 collection took a stand on the runway by showing names written in what appeared to be blood splatters on coats and shoes with the names of the victims. What a way to make a statement and stand in solidarity!
If you want your style to i444dentify you as someone who stands with so many others who want to show their rage against the system, the human rights movements are inspiring some of the newest and coolest fashion trends. Keep an eye out for #blacklivesmatter T-shirts and even more catchy slogan t-shirts supporting the women’s movement that will fight back. Also, join the rest of the women as pink becomes the new black. Lastly, get creative with your safety pins the bigger the better, the more hardware the more aware people see what you stand for!

 

Citations

Abad-Santos, A. (2016, November 10). A small way to show solidarity after Donald Trump’s presidential win, inspired by Brexit. Retrieved February 2, 2017, from http://www.vox.com/presidential-election/2016/11/10/13586322/trump-brexit-safety-pin

Anna, C., & Press, T. A. (2015, September 11). “Black lives matter” lands on the New York fashion week runway. . Retrieved from http://www.vancouversun.com/life/fashion-beauty/black+lives+matter+lands+york+fashion+week+runway/11356586/story.html

Nichole, E. The black lives matter runway moment that got fashion week talking. Retrieved February 2, 2017, from http://www.teenvogue.com/story/pyer-moss-fall-2016

Przybyla, H. M., & Schouten, F. (2017, January 22). At 2.6 million strong, Women’s Marches crush expectations. Retrieved February 01, 2017, from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/21/womens-march-aims-start-movement-trump-inauguration/96864158/

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Silver, J., & Written. (2017, January 30). See the subtle way Kerry Washington protested trump on the red carpet. Retrieved February 2, 2017, from http://www.bet.com/lifestyle/2017/01/30/kerry-washington-safety-pin.html333

Glam More

By Meredith Henson

 

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In this day in age, less is more, right? Wrong. A return to maximalism is the latest fashion of the times. The recent election has changed the way people view conspicuous consumption, which is spending in excess on luxury goods that aren’t necessary, but are to show wealth.  According to the New York Times, it will become routine for women and men to spend tremendous amounts of money on the newest clothing and accessories, leave the country for w555eeks at a time, to indulge their love of travel, and attend glamorous parties (Frank). Having and flaunting excess amounts of wealth will be admired from the Oval Office on down.

A perfect example of maximalism from back in the day is Texas supermodel Jerry Hall. Hall was the ultimate IT girl in her time. She was constantly busy modeling in Paris or New York, and partying at Studio 54 every night with legendary people (Moyer). This small town Texas girl had no problem making it in the big leagues, and her relationship with Mick Jagger only increased her popularity. Hall embodies the Zeitgeist, which represents the ideals and beliefs at any given time, for Fall/Winter 2019 by exuding a sense of power and femininity that inspired women around her.

Diana Ross also lived an extremely glamorous and posh life during the 60s and111 70s. As the Queen of Motown, Ross could always be seen in extravagant accessories paired with silk gowns, which were classic to the disco era.  The Supremes became v
ery famous relatively fast, but there was trouble in paradise. Diana was known as the best singer in the Supremes, but to her co singers she was known as a pushy leader (Simon & Shuster). Although there was drama, The Supremes still remain as one of the best female bands in history.

To top off the list of glamorous people, Princess Diana was the true definition of a classy woman. She dres222sed in an elegant manner that showed off her exquisite taste, and more importantly, her wealth. She had a confidence about her that stood out, and is still an inspiration to many. When we think back on Princess Diana, we can remember how much she loved her people, and she showed that by giving back to the community through charity work (Historpedia). England has been under the radar recently thanks to Brexit. The pound has significantly dropped in worth, and people are swarming to shop in this new economy. Along with Brexit, new TV shows are catching viewers’ attention, such as The Crown and The Royals.

So, the maximalist styles are back in full swing, but how can you incorporate these styles into your current wardrobe? Easy, just add some pizzazz with more accessories, velvet and silk pieces, and big bold hair and makeup to top off the look. This may seem excessive, but it is a style to have fun with! Gone are the days of boring black and white closets, now you are free to explore and wear whatever your heart desires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moyer, Justin. (13 January 2016). How ex-supermodel Jerry Hall went from life with Mick Jagger to Rupert Murdoch. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-jerry-hall-rupert-murdoch-how-20160112-story.html.

 

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Simon & Shuster. 2001. Diana Ross and the Supremes Bio. Retrieved from http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/diana-ross-and-the-supremes/biography.

The Style File

 

By Paige Cooper

333  555Today’s trendsetters aren’t the first to rock their looks, since contemporary style represents an evolution of fashion that was originally worn by previous style icons ranging from socialites, models and artists. These influencers are remembered for their deliberate-yet-effortless style and lasting influence. These icons have provided current designers, artists, bloggers, and trendsetters with an endless source of inspiration.

Long before Kate Moss, there was the original IT girl, Edie Sedgwick. She certainly
defined what it meant to have that good-girl-gone-bad aesthetic. She was known for her style, beauty, warmth and even troubled personal life. The essential ingredients behind her distinct style included her trademark eyeliner, mini mod dresses with sheer black tights, platinum blond111e pixie haircut and chandelier earrings. She was the leading starlet as Andy Warhol’s Youthquake muse, undeniably an icon in the 60s for her sharp, eccentric style.

For years, there was an era of voluptuous models until Jean Shrimpton came into the picture. As the face of “Swinging London” and its new mod scene, she brought the fashion world to a halt. This leggy British brunette broke the mold of modeling with her slender frame and understated style. Credited for popularizing the mini skirt in the 1960s, she paved the way for subdued colors and minimal design in fashion. On the opposite side of the spectrum was Diana Ross. Ross was unapologetically herself with her bold, embellished looks and her sultry silhouettes and plunging necklines. She certainly had no problem taking risks. She broke the mold for many African-American women to embrace their natural hair. In a way, she started to diminish any gender boarders through her unashamed wardrobe of men’s suits. Jean Shrim222pton and Diana Ross may not have had the same taste in fashion, but one thing was for certain: they were never afraid to break through the old standards of fashion and keep us moving forward.
No icon list would be complete without one of the greatest beauty and fashion muses to ever exist: Twiggy. She rose to fame with her thick eyelashes, mini skirts, shift dresses, and like Edie Sedgwick, a boyish pixie haircut. Instantly recognizable, she became the face of a decade over night with her doll-like style that has continued to make waves in fashion. She introduced an entirely fresh new look to the fashion industry and has
continued a lasting appeal with her iconic style.

444           It is safe to say that the 1960s was one of the dominating decades for the fashion world. Each of these icons has contributed their own signature style as an infinite source of inspiration that you too can incorporate into your own wardrobe. Maybe it’s time to try out one of those mini mod dresses with a pair of black tights. Or perhaps you’re ready to try a pixie hairdo and in need of some eyeliner to spice up your look. Just remember, behind every beauty trick and style trend that comes your way, there was a style icon that rocked it first.

 

 

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Algoo, J. (2015, March 26). In Photos: Diana Ross’s Best Style Moments. In Harper’s Bazaar Retrieved from http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/g5458/diana-ross-style/?slide=13

 

Borrelli-Persoon. L. (2016, September 19). Shopping for New Fall Clothes? You Can’t Go Wrong With Twiggy’s Style. Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/13479936/new-fall-clothes-with-model-twiggys-style/

 

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Magenheim, J. (2013, June 3). Style Icon: Jean Shrimpton Retrieved from http://oliviapaler mo.com/style-icon-jean-shrimpton/

RetroACTIVE

By Serra John

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Oh 2016, what a year. We’ve lost and gained so much in this time. From the death of icon David Bowie at the start of it to Donald Trump being named President-elect at the end, we’ve experienced a reboot of civil rights protests and other cultural phenomenon 21st century style. 2016 has left quite a colorful impression on this world, As we move forward, in our lives and in our trends, it may seem that we are moving into a time warp. The next few years will mirror a time when culture expanded, and change was the only constant; the 60s. Life was as vivid as the psychedelic colors they wore.

In 2019, old will become new again and we will see a resurgence of retro colors. Inspired by the style of London’s Mods, there will be yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks. There will even be hints of green, purple, brown, blue, and grey as complements or accents. Edie Sedgwick was an heiress and member of Andy Warhol’s Factory that effortlessly charmed musicians and other Superstars with her colorful outfits in the 60s. Alongside her good friend, Andy Warhol, they gave us a wonderful gift of art through fashion and her movies.

Another cool chic from the swinging 60s is Jean Shrimpton. Considered one of the first supermodels, she was the embodiment of the Mod look of London. Our diverse color palette, will come in a less saturated tone or hue to capture that minimalism we adore so much. Similar to Jean Shrimpton, simplicity is key to stellar outfits and so many of these jewel tones will be paired with neutrals as well to create balance. Where you might see a Peacock Green trouser, there will be a Misty Mauve sweater somewhere near.

We’ve got time for one last 60s flashback icon: Twiggy. With her thick lashes and boyish cut, she represents the 60s in London. She was often seen in yellows and pinks with her intriguing shift dressed and flats. Working closely with Mary Quant, they launched “The Chelsea Look”, which had almost every girl of that decade rocking The Mini. Twiggy was another icon that revered simplicity alongside such vivid colors to produce a whimsical and fashionable look.

If you ever think the world is a crazy place, just remember we’ve been through this all before: the 60s was a time of chaos and confusion, but it led to some of the most forward-thinking fashion the world has ever seen, and those looks are as relevant today as they were then. How can you incorporated the signature styles of our three icons? Easy. Channel your inner Jean Shrimpton with a mustard a line skirt, paired with a black and white striped sweater. If you’re going for a Twiggy look, try a pink shift dress along with pointed leopard flats. Draw yourself a serious cat eye, and grab a funky accessory such as a green herringbone clutch to top it all off. So move those all black outfits to the side and color yourself crazy, you just might be the next icon.

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Gonsalves, R. (2013, August 19). Carnaby: One swinging street, 100 years of fashion. Retrieved from http://www.independent .co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/carnaby-one-swinging-street-100-years-of-fashion-8775190.html

 

Sawyer, M. (n.d.). Twiggy Fashion 1960s. In LoveToKnow. Retrieved from http://womens-fashion.lovetoknow.com/Twiggy_Fashion_1960s

 

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–King, B. (2015, January 6). How a Boring High-Rise Apartment Got a Mod, Hip Makeover. Retrieved from http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/home-makeovers/g2197/miami-beach-high-rise-apartment/?slide=2

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