Rain, Shine, or Shadow, it’s a Woman’s World

By Kaitlyn Marshall

How can three seemingly different events have an impact on the fashion world? Well, with Hurricane Harvey, a total solar eclipse, and The Women’s March, we can anticipate their impact on the fashion and architectural world for years to come.

When it rains, it pours…love?
In August, Hurricane Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of water over Houston, causing many people to be in need of temporary shelter. When he finally departed, many were left without homes. Because of this substantial need to rebuild, people will have to purchase current furniture instead of the antiques they may have once treasured. Modern materials and styles will be prevalent into the future, as well as stronger foundations and higher elevations in housing. In the fashion world, Harvey plays a major role as well. Companies have already sold large quantities of t-shirts supporting Texas and relief efforts in Harvey’s aftermath. I have no doubt that we will continue to see Harvey’s tone shift from devastation to community love and support well into the future.

02 - Hurricane Harvey

Source: Wired.com

Total Eclipse of the Heart
A total solar eclipse enveloped the globe in mid-August, causing complete totality and darkness over sections of the United States. Portions of it could be seen all over the world, however, and we can anticipate the eclipse’s influence well into days to come. Knowing there’s a metallic trend already on its way this fall, we can expect the eclipse to play a role in the expansion of metallics and space-inspired looks with ease. On that day, many had their eyes on the sky, appreciating the beauty of Mother Earth and now the eclipse glasses are off, we look forward to a renewed interest in the “green movement” and resurgence in the popularity of eco-friendly products.

02 - Solar Eclipse

Source:  The New York Times

March on, Ma’am
Women have been in constant battle for equality throughout history. More recently, with this year’s presidential election outcome, many women weren’t happy with some of the things our now president has said in his past, and took a stand. Literally. Approximately 500,000 women gathered outside the nation’s capital building and many more in several other cities across the country that same day. Since that day, pinks and reds are now symbols of women’s empowerment. We can anticipate a surge of graphic tees with slogans such as “girl power,” “women’s rights are human rights,” and “feminist” emblazoned across them. Graphic tees are an easy way to project what you believe in, without even saying a word.

02 - Red for Women

Source: The New York Times

No matter what cause you choose to support, there’s always a way to show your love. Want to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts? Buy from a small business that will send profits to Houston! Want to express your love for Mother Earth and the deep space she’s in? Use eco-friendly metallic eye shadows when going out with the girls! Want to claim solidarity with our 21st-century suffragettes? Do it while wearing reds, pinks, and graphic tees!

Support is always in style, sister! Fashion is communication, and you can show the world your values without ever saying a word.


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We’ve Got (September) Issues

By Sarah Gardner

Fashion speaks louder than words and this fall is no exception. We’ve scoured the September issues of all the top fashion magazines and found some trends that were common across all of them, which means they are sure to be big in stores and in our closets.

These trends include everything from the color red, Studio 54-era shimmer, western revival, and a new take on the fanny pack. So fall is back and so is a fresh array of ready to wear trends. Let’s see what we can look forward to this season.

Are You Red-y?

The most pronounced trend on the runways this season was RED. From apparel to accessories, red is the cardinal rule for color. Red is symbolic of many things including love and passion, but most notably has been the color of activism in the recent political scene, “A Day Without a Woman Movement,” encouraging all women to strike and wear red for one day protesting gender inequality. Red also makes a striking appearance in the popular Hulu original “The Handmaid’s Tale”, in which the color symbolizes the fertility of handmaids living in a authoritarian society in which women are treated as government property. We saw this bold statement color all over the runways of Valentino, Max Mara, Prada, and even an all-red collection from Givenchy. So, trendsetters, are you red-y for red?

01 - Givenchy Red

Givenchy Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show

Disco Inferno

Inspired by the days of Studio 54 and the space age, this next trend is out of this world. With August bringing us the recent solar eclipse, a record-breaking 665-day space expedition from Peggy Whitson, and a rocket launch last spring, designers certainly have their eyes set on the future. Saint Laurent showed a disco-inspired collection, while on Chanel’s runway we saw an intergalactic line-up featuring slick silvers and glitter boots. Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, and Miu Miu also offered their far-out interpretations.

01 - Chanel Space Age

Chanel Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show.

Wild, Wild, West

Designers saddled up for a trip back in time to feature a western revival on the runways. Drifting away from last season’s short skirts and form-fitting silhouettes, designers took a posh prairie approach to their collections. Designers showed bohemian prints, 70s silhouettes, and lots of fringe. From cowhide prints by Ashley Williams and Balmain, to Stella McCartney’s steel-toed booties, we can officially say the West is back. So kick off your boots and stay awhile.

01 - Balmain Western

Balmain Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show

The Pack is Back

The 80s fanny pack is newly reincarnated and dubbed “the belt bag”. Once viewed as a purely utilitarian item, the belt bag combines functionality and style to form a new, hot accessory. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada were first to roll out the belt bag and we continue to see interpretations from Alexander Wang, Chanel, and others. The belt bag ranges in materials from leather to suede and is no longer just for the waist, but for cross body wear as well.

Designers have traveled off the beaten path to create stunning and daring collections this season. From political color to 80s resurrections, these trends have captured fall style in an exciting way. Add them to your wardrobe and you’ll be dressed to kill.


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I See Romance in Your Future

Cassidy Goldsmith

222           If you’ve been to the grocery store lately I’m sure the March issue cover of your favorite fashion 555magazine has caught your eye. It’s time to start sorting through your winter wardrobe to make room for all the new clothes you are going to buy for spring, and I’m here to hopefully
make your shopping a little more focused. Many magazines are calling for a dainty, floral and romantic look, so sit back, and let’s talk about the key elements of a romantic spring wardrobe.

This spring is all about subdued pinks and nudes. I’m sure you’ve seen the blush bride444smaid’s dresses on Pinterest while planning your dream wedding, or at least I have. It’s time to take those gorgeous hues and incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe. Don’t be wary to wear these colors (or lack thereof) as they are very flattering on all skin types. Not to mention that the Kardashian clan has already been rocking this trend. I always say, it pays to be keeping up with the Kardashians.

The next trend to be on the look for is floral patterns (insert the infamous Devil Wears Prada quote here). In all seriousness, florals are a huge trend for this spring and if you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon in the past, you should consider doing so now. These dainty flowers are the epitome of a girly-romantic wardrobe, so embrace your feminine side this spring when rock your favorite floral items.

If you love embroidery, then you will be 111excited to know that this spring will be your season.  And more is more, so pair your embroidered tops with embroidered jeans, skirts and shoes and rock them with pride. Models and bloggers alike are wearing heavily embroidered items in their day to day lives, and you too can add these beautiful statement pieces to your wardrobe.

Lastly we have the sheer fabrication trend. Although some choose to show their undergarments with this trend you don’t have to. We are seeing sheer tulle over dresses and jeans to add a princess-like touch to your wardrobe. Like I said, this spring you’re going to want to embrace 333all things girly and romantic, and adding a sheer skirt to top to your outfit is the perfect way to do so.

I know I just threw a lot at you, but the key to having romantically feminine wardrobe is in the details. In order to nail the romance trend, all you need to do is add a few versatile pieces to your wardrobe. You can wear a pair of embroidered jeans and pair it with a blush top or a blush bag, you can throw a sheer top over a nude tank for an effortlessly chic ensemble. The wonderful thing about this trend is how easy it is and how versatile it is! Don’t be scared to mix and match these new trends with the clothes you already have; and for never ending inspiration, look towards your favorite celebrity icons. Happy shopping!




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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.


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!





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Strut Like You Mean It

By Paulina Castorena

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.


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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The new Popularity is to stand Solidarity

By Elizabeth Hernandez


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!



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