What’s the Celebri-tea?

By Kennah Morgan

In the words of Beyoncé, “Who run the world? Girls!” In the fashion world, it’s female celebrities who impact our style and taste. These stars can be divided into three categories: innovators that create original looks, leaders that popularize them with the public, and followers that…follow trends while they are hot.

More is More
If you’re not first, you’re last. Two musical sensations who pioneered their own looks were Diana Ross and Aaliyah. Ross epitomized glamour and O-T-T red carpet style in the seventies with a dramatic flair embellished with sequins and hair as big as her voice. Aaliyah was a young star that debuted when she was just 14 years old. Before her tragic death at the age of 22, she pioneered tomboy style, blurred gender lines and was years ahead of the athleisure trend we see today. She believed you could be sexy without showing every inch of your body. These women were far from minimalistic, whether that was through tracksuits and chains three times Aaliyah’s size or Diana’s affinity for lavish luxury.

09 - Diana Ross

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Simon Says
Remember that whole pizza you said you couldn’t eat but then you sort of did (guilty)? Fashion leaders wear things that make us queasy at first (like too much pizza), but then can’t get enough of. Growing up as Beyoncé’s little sister would be a nightmare pair of shoes to fill, but Solange has had no problem coming up with a style and sound all her own. She is constantly changing, always wearing fierce prints, bold colors, unusual silhouettes and killer hair you can’t help but be inspired. In the same way, it’s only ugly until Rihanna says it’s not, she is fearless and she makes the impossible possible. Rihanna can, will and does wear anything and has become a beauty and style giant and if we do nothing but imitate her confidence, I say it’s a job well done.

09 - Solange

Source: https://www.vibe.com

Channeling Disney
Okay, so no one expects you to be like Rihanna (a miracle I pray for.) Being on trend but not breaking any boundaries is not a crime, as Disney stars Zendaya and Vanessa Hudgens are living proof. Both have kept a clean image that reflects in their style on the streets or the red carpet. Vanessa is always on trend wearing mules and embroidered denim this past season and isn’t afraid to shop at Forever 21. Zendaya is inspired by other artists and while her looks may seem risky they can be easily duplicated without raising any eyebrows. The two always look amazing but aren’t willing to risk it all.

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Fluff up those natural curls like Diana or rock your new sports bra as a top channeling Aaliyah’s athletic ease. Rock some red this fall and be in line like Vanessa or don’t be afraid to emulate celebrities you love like Zendaya. Take notes from Solange and don’t shy away from pattern or texture and as the queen Rihanna, wear whatever makes you confident. Go channel your inner star power.

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The Budget Babe. (2017, June 18). Vanessa Hudgens’ Shows Off Her Summer Style in a Crop Top and Flare Leg Jeans. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from https://www.thebudgetbabe.com/archives/7953-Vanessa-Hudgens-Shows-Off-Her-Summer-Style-in-a-Crop-Top-and-Flare-Leg-Jeans.html

Algoo, J. (2017, October 06). In Photos: Diana Ross’s Best Style Moments. Retrieved October 11, 2017, from http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/g5458/diana-ross-style/?slide=8

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Solange Knowles. (2017, February 16). Retrieved October 11, 2017, from https://www.biography.com/people/solange-21265489

Harrison, F. (2017, August 13). Zendaya from Teen Choice Awards 2017: Red Carpet Arrivals. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from http://www.eonline.com/photos/21934/teen-choice-awards-2017-red-carpet-arrivals/785501

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No Chill: Magazine Compares Solange And Her Hair To A Furry Dog. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from https://www.vibe.com/2014/12/solange-compared-to-dog/

Harrison, F. (2017, August 13). Zendaya from Teen Choice Awards 2017: Red Carpet Arrivals. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from http://www.eonline.com/photos/21934/teen-choice-awards-2017-red-carpet-arrivals/785501

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WGSN Tells You What’s In

By Lexi Dowell

WGS-wha? WGSN is World Global Styling Network, which is the crème de la crème source in forecasting for scouting out new and emerging trends. From textiles, colors, and even architecture, WGSN can predict up to three years out what’s going to be hot.

Dare to Denim

These are not your older sister’s ripped jeans! Denim on denim did not die out in the nineties. Perfect for today’s individualistic society, denim gives everyone a versatile and customizable feel. Denim with detailing and different washes in many forms such as vests, chokers, and handbags will be sure to find its way into your closet. It has already been spotted on models such as Bella Hadid and on the runways. With new brands like Good American by Khloe Kardashian and Levi’s revamped line, denim everything is back in and the only rule is ‘there are no rules’.

08 - Denim

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Pretty, Pretty Protest 

Wearing pants liberated our feminist grandmas – rock on, grandmas! But being a feminist now has broadened to include the idea of embracing your femininity and with that, we are feeling pretty, oh so pretty! Tulle skirts and sheer overlays for showing off your frills and curves are back in. This sheer trend is a result of increasing popularity among the body acceptance movement which encourages women to be confident in their own skin by showing off a little skin. Not into showing skin? That’s okay, too. Opt for some retro Mary Jane shoes to call attention to those gorgeous gams. With variations of heel shape and height, the strap is back and easily spotted on stars like Taylor Swift, a well-known 1920s enthusiast.

08 - Boiler Suit

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Fab! Fit! Functional?

We’ve had a long period of athleisure that has stressed cuteness and comfort, but what about functionality? Go grab your grandpa’s old Air Force flight suit because boilers are back! Cousin to the still-trending jumpsuit, the boiler suit has ties back to World War II and was once sported by blue-collar workers. Now, you don’t need to be Rosie the Riveter to wear this suit. This look shows that you’re ready to rule the office and look fierce while doing it. In the age of tiny houses, it’s no surprise these utilitarian styles are on the rise. Functional details like oversize pockets give the perfect touch of practicality to your wardrobe, but spice up your style with added impractical embellishments and show off your individuality with chains and metal embellishments.

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Don’t worry savvy shoppers; taking your old jean jackets and jeans and revamping them can easily make them look like they are hot off the runway. Thrift shop for some cute and comfortable Mary Janes, and make yourself a dream skirt using tulle fabric and elastic that you can find for cheap at fabric stores. Look in stores for things with chain detailing or oversized pockets. Whether you’re feeling super feminine, ready to slay the streets, or like a 90s Britney Spears, these coming up trends have something for everyone.

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In a Wreck for Fashion Tech

By Emily Brennan

Robots, flying cars, and space travel are usually associated with the future, but what if I told you that technological advancements you thought you would only see in your favorite science fiction novel are already here? Currently the technological innovations we only dreamed of are prevalent within the Zeitgeist, or “spirit of the times.” With technologies such as augmented reality, facial recognition, and instant, customizable fashion soon to become commonplace in the retail industry, it’s clear that the future is happening right now!

Make Your Future Your (Augmented) Reality
Once a thing of the future, augmented reality (AR) is now a thing of the present. Companies such as Gap have developed apps using AR for consumers to see how various garments would fit before purchasing. AR is also rumored to be used in technological fashion pieces already on the market, such as Snapchat’s Snap Spectacles. While the use of AR in Snap Spectacles II has been yet to be confirmed by Snapchat, it was discovered that the company sent a patent application for AR glasses in November 2015. Before we know it, augmented reality will become just that—a reality.

06 - AR Glasses

Source: https://www.spectacles.com/ 

Take It At Face Value
Saying “cheese” will soon no longer simply be a phrase we say when taking a picture. Instead, we will soon be smiling to pay for goods, all with the help of facial recognition technology. In China, retailers are already using facial recognition cameras that allow consumers to transfer funds through their mobile devices to pay for goods. Many believe that facial recognition will cause a dramatic increase in spending, directly affecting the fashion industry. So go ahead. Smile. Buy that dress. Soon enough the two will mean the same thing.

06 - Facial Recognition

Source: https://www.technologyreview.com

It’s My Style and I Need It Now!
In fashion, our style and individuality is often limited to the mass-produced merchandise stores offer. But what if you could have customizable fashion pieces in 90 minutes or less? This idea is soon to become a reality. At Nike’s Nike by You studio, consumers are able to customize a pair of Nike’s Presto X shoes directly on their feet and wear them out of the store only 90 minutes later. The Ministry of Supply shop in Boston is also taking advantage of this technology through a 3-D knitting machine that creates custom blazers also in just 90 minutes. Before we know it, other companies will offer instant fashion, allowing you to buy customizable merchandise ready in only—you guessed it—90 minutes.

06 - 3D Printing

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Like the fashion industry, technology is constantly changing and the high-tech dreams of the future are now making their way into the present. Whether it be augmented reality, facial recognition, or instant, customized fashion, there are many innovations that are changing not only fashion but the world. So try on that dress via AR, customize that blazer in less than 90 minutes, and pay for it all by only showing your face, because the future is now!
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Halzack, S. (2017, May 29). How a custom blazer in 90 minutes just might change the apparel business. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/how-a-custom-blazer-in-90-minutes-just-might-change-the-apparel-business/2017/05/29/43852d5e-3f1a-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.45a77bfe0ab0

Knight, W. (2017, April 06). In China, you can pay for goods just by showing your face. Retrieved September 30, 3017, from https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603494/10-breakthrough-technologies-2017-paying-with-your-face/

Russell, J. (2017, June 12). Snap is developing a second version of Spectacles which may include augmented reality. Retrieved September 30, 2017, https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/12/snap-is-developing-a-second-version-of-spectacles-which-may-include-augmented-reality/

Sawyer, J. (2017, September 6). Nike’s By You Studio Is a Glimpse at the Future of Retail. Retrieved September 30, 2017 from, https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/09/07/nike-by-you-studio/

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[Facial Recognition Technology]
Knight, W. (2017, April 06). In China, you can pay for goods just by showing your face. Retrieved September 30, 3017, from https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603494/10-breakthrough-technologies-2017-paying-with-your-face/

[3-D Knitting Machine]
Schiffer, M. (2017, May 23). Ministry of Supply is betting big on the power of 3D printing. Retrieved September 30, 2017 from https://digiday.com/events/glossy/ministry-supply-betting-big-power-3d-printing/

[Snapchat Spectacles]
Snap Inc. (2017, September 27). Spectacles by Snap Inc. Retrieved September 30, 2017 from, https://www.spectacles.com/