Up and Coming- MSGM

Up and Coming- MSGM

Fashion week brings with it the appearance of up and coming designers, one of the most vibrant and exciting being Massimo Giorgetti's line, MSGM. Giorgetti, from Italy, stays close to his roots by only producing his clothing in Italy (Milan). The bright, graphic prints stem from his inspiration and background with indie music- some of his favorite groups are MGMT and The Strokes.

theSkimm: The Chic Way to Staying Informed

theSkimm: The Chic Way to Staying Informed

We like our news like we like our lattes, skim. We all need that simple and daily dose of news updates to keep us informed and up to date. Although we’d all love to sit down every morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and the newspaper in the other, reading through and processing every word on every ad filled page, we all know is unrealistic.

The Living Situation

The Living Situation

I was given descriptions of, and was allowed to pick from, two areas of Paris to live in for the summer: The quaint and charming Latin Quarter or the modern, hip Bastille Quarter.  I had previously stayed in the former and I was enticed by the thought of living amongst late night bar hoppers and club goers, so I opted for the latter.  From this description, I was expecting a contemporary apartment building nestled between trendy restaurants and shops in a bustling area.  But when my cab turned, narrowly missing the oncoming traffic, onto Rue Titon, there was no expecting the experience that laid before me.  During check in, I was told that I wouldn’t only be living amongst other students in the NYU program but amongst students from all over the world who had collected in Paris and needed an apartment to stay in while studying.  However, apartment turned out to be a generous word.  

Blake Lively Preserves the Magic of the Past

Blake Lively is my fashion muse and has been for most of my adolescent life. In high school, I stood in my closet for hours searching for items to put together an exact replica of Blake’s latest outfit featured in the hit show Gossip Girl. As the show came to an end and Lively began to show her true boho-chic style, I said so long to Serena Van der Woodsen as well. Lively is steering clear of her Upper East Side, unapproachable socialite image and taking things back to her Southern roots with the launching of her new website Preserve. Naturally, I’m hooked.

Flip Classroom Revolution: A Success or a Flop?

Flip Classroom Revolution: A Success or a Flop?

Picture this, you’re deep into a long Econ lecture, copiously taking notes when suddenly, you pause-literally you press pause on your computer- and take a moment to think. This phenomenon is embodied in the latest educational/technological revolution: the Flip Classroom. If you’ve never heard of a Flip Classroom, the concept behind it is this: imagine your current math class, you spend hours a week in class being lectured and then you go back to your dorm, pour over your problem set confused and unsure how to process your notes from lecture. With Flip Classroom, that situation is essentially flipped: lectures rely completely on technology and become homework while traditional homework, such as problem sets, are completed in class with time for hands on work with the professor and plenty of time to answer questions. 

Givenchy-R-Us?

Givenchy-R-Us?

Paris Fashion Week, the finale to the fashion world's debut of the upcoming season's newest collections and trends is the the pinnacle week of one of the most stylish months of the year. This season most American news outlets, online publications and gossip magazines were reporting on Kendall (formerly Jenner) and her evident success as a runaway model during this year’s fashion weeks. 

Boobypack: A Fanny Pack For Your Rack

Boobypack: A Fanny Pack For Your Rack

Imagine you’re shoulder-to-shoulder in a mosh pit of (insert DJ name here)’s concert. All you want to do is let the music pulse through your veins and get swept away by the beat, but you seem to be too preoccupied about dropping your phone, money or ID. Aren’t you tired of having to lug around a satchel or never being hands-free? Why make yourself limited during optimal fist pumping?

Fame is not Fashion

Fame is not Fashion

This year at NYFW, a certain headline-making celebrity moved from her front row seat at the Jenny Packham show to the Moschino runway. Miley Cyrus launched her appropriately titled “Dirty Hippie” jewelry collection at Jeremy Scott’s Moschino runway show during New York Fashion Week. The collection consists of brightly colored, fantastical jewelry and headdresses made of trinkets, beads, and other colorful, for lack of a better word, junk. Fashion bloggers and writers have been analyzing her work and interpreting the meaning behind her eccentric pieces, but it doesn’t take a fashion guru to know that our favorite ex-Disney star doesn’t exactly represent high fashion.

Social Media as a Tool for Awareness: The ALS Challenge

Social Media as a Tool for Awareness: The ALS Challenge

When you think of pouring ice-cold water on your head, I’m sure the last word that comes to mind is trendy. However, this summer, doing just that was one of the most popular things you could do. From June onward, it was nearly impossible to avoid an ALS challenge nomination, a viral social media movement that dared people to spread awareness and donate to the cause. Although pouring water on my own head would typically be the last thing that I would get excited about, suddenly the ALS challenge made me eager to upload a funny video of myself doing exactly that.

A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea

It has been proven that the more water you drink, the healthier you’ll be. Water flushes any toxins out of your body. This is why doctors always recommend liquids when a patient has a cold. There are many different types of tea: each having its own purpose.

Green tea has numerous health benefits. Antioxidants are plentiful in Green tea which strengthens human immune systems. Amongst numerous other health benefits, Black tea slows aging and reduces stress. Oolong tea helps boost metabolism and is, thus, commonly employed in weight loss efforts.

Fashion Internships 101

Fashion Internships 101

The fashion world is always seen as this sexy and glamorous world where people somehow look fabulous 24/7 despite going out until 3 am in the morning and having to come to work 6 hours later. i-D Magazine and BoF Magazine recently did a collaboration featuring household names like Carine Roitfeld, Derek Blasberg, and Suzy Menkes talking about the industry. People want to work in the fashion industry, but the question is: where do you start?

Selfie Hat To the Rescue: Find Your Best Angle

Selfie Hat To the Rescue: Find Your Best Angle

Just when you thought you couldn’t step up your selfie game, Christian Cowan-Sanlius (20) and tech product group, Acer, have answered your prayers and created the world’s first Selfie Hat. With its debut during London Fashion Week, the absurd pink glittery sombrero with a built-in Acer Iconia A-1 840 tablet spins 360 degrees, allowing users to take selfies from every angle. 

Fashion: A Mediator Between Culture and Consumers

Fashion: A Mediator Between Culture and Consumers

Fashion can be considered a reflection of society’s beliefs and cultural movements. Prime examples of this phenomena are Coco Chanel’s famous designs of the early 1900’s. Before Chanel’s creations, women’s fashion consisted of elaborate and flashy fabrics, corsets, and an obsession with creating an s-shaped figure. Coco Chanel shattered this norm. Yet, some would argue that Chanel merely interpreted many of the cultural events that were going on at that time and translated them into her fashion creations. 

Simons for Dior: What is Modern?

Simons for Dior: What is Modern?

Since Belgian designer Raf Simons took over as creative director for Christian Dior in April 2012, there’s been some debate about his success with the brand. Whereas Galliano’s Dior was all show and fantasy, Simons’ Dior is razor-sharp lines and a more contemporary, wearable aesthetic that not everyone is happy about. Some detractors argue that Galliano’s work was more feminine, more intense, more interesting, that Dior and Simons have little in common, and that Simons is, in a way, failing to carry on the Dior concept.

Designer Spotlight: Jonathan Anderson

Designer Spotlight: Jonathan Anderson

Jonathan William Anderson was born in Magherafelt, Ireland in 1984. The designer never intended on going into fashion; he was studying acting at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC when he discovered a love for stage costumes. He promptly dropped out and moved back to London to study menswear at the London College of Fashion. At the same time, he worked as a visual merchandiser at Prada under the direction of Miuccia Prada’s right-hand, Manuela Pavesi. He credits his time with Pavesi as being more influential than his time at college.

 

Conspicuous Consumption: Is There a Happy Medium?

Conspicuous Consumption: Is There a Happy Medium?

I hail from an inner-city public school– and before you get annoyed with me for putting that first and foremost, it is important to realize how much it has shaped the way I think. Brand consciousness was as relevant there as it is at Duke, but in high school it was far more about assimilating to a norm than standing out. Because the norm wasn’t to have in excess, it seemed in poor taste to show off in your everyday dress.

White Tie, Black Tie, or No Tie

White Tie, Black Tie, or No Tie

I had the pleasure of playing in a waltz orchestra for the Duke Wind Symphony's Viennese Ball a few weeks ago and came to a realization. In our modern times, formal dances are the only events in which white tie is appropriate. The decline of fancy dress started around the time of World War I. Now, even our most formal events, events like the Academy Awards and the  Presidential Inaugural Ball, have reverted to less formal black tie. This realization led me to delve into the world of formal dress, figuring out which type of menswear was appropriate when and why. 

The Celebrity and the Consumer

The Celebrity and the Consumer

When rapper and designer Kanye West appeared on this month’s issue of Vogue with his beloved yet controversial wife, reality television star Kim Kardashian, he unwittingly created quite a backlash. Everyone, from ordinary suburban readers to Hollywood celebrities, expressed their disapproval of the April cover – see Sarah Michelle Gellar's reaction below.