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.
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.
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.
In 2013, Kanye West made headlines when he announced his capsule collection in conjunction with A.P.C, a clothing line based in Paris (Atelier de Production et de Création, for those that are curious). A.P.C. is known traditionally for making basics with an emphasis on jeans and quality outerwear.
The capsule collection was released online and sold out within days. However, it generated some negative feedback
This week’s artist spotlight is on Ali Goldsmith. Ali is a freshman from Darien, Connecticut who is planning on majoring in psychology. Art has always been an integral part of her life.
Ali has been dancing since she was 3 years old. In high school, her ballet studio inspired her to take up photography.
Hedi Slimane – creative director for Saint Laurent and previously Dior Homme – has long been known for both his unapologetically youthful aesthetic as well as his affinity for music as an art and industry. He is credited with transforming Saint Laurent into a trendier, younger label. His directive leadership has invited controversy from much of the fashion world, but his vision is applauded where it matters most – with the customers.
In the world of men’s fashion, tailoring has become a lost art. Suits can be purchased from places online or in chain stores. Rarely, if ever, will the average man go to a custom tailor in order to have his suit made. Part of this is the price, of course. Bespoke suits can range anywhere from $3500 to much more than that. However, a disinterest in custom garments has also contributed to the decline of bespoke suits.
Anna Dello Russo, the editor-at-large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan is a fearless fashion lover, to say the least. Known for her outrageous and thrilling street style, Anna Dello Russo makes the impractical and seemingly un-wearable pieces from the runway into a loud display of creative assurance. Each outfit, down to the final detail is eccentric. Anna is unafraid. She finds fashion in everything she does and takes each day as an opportunity to make a statement. As Anna states, “I don’t want to be cool. I want to be fashion!”
I know by now you’ve probably been inundated with coverage about the Oscars on your favorite blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram– basically just the whole internet. But, I thought no Oscar Sunday would be complete without a red carpet review from Form Blog, so here it is. There were few surprises last night, on either the red carpet or the stage. Lupita looked great, Cate Blanchett won, JLaw fell, Ellen was funny, etc., etc. The actual show was moderately entertaining, comprised of two of Duke’s favorite things– late night pizza and selfies. But, let’s get down to the important stuff. My favorite dresses can be broken down into three categories: black, blue, and pregnant.
In honor of the Oscars and all the beautiful celebs we continue to marvel over, I’m here to tell you about something that will bring you one step closer to star status: eyelash extensions. Let’s be honest, natural beauty is fantastic, but if you think that any of the beautiful women (and men) that graced your television screen last night wake up with perfectly quaffed hair, a sun-kissed glow, and mile long lashes…you’re wrong. So why should you?
What comes to mind when you think about sneakers? Perhaps your stomach starts to turn as you think of your bulky running shoes that haven’t been used since before Christmas break. Or maybe you think about those neon kicks you got at the discount store so that you could trash them at Day Glow or the Compound. Nike may have revolutionized the running sneaker by making it neon and therefore socially acceptable, but the emergence of the designer sneaker trend brings sporty chic to new heights.
The latest insta-star, Mayhem, is putting all of our childhood arts and crafts to shame. At only four years old, Mayhem (no, that is not her real name) makes her own couture gowns out of household supplies. Nicknamed ‘Mayhem’ after the jogger in those Allstate commercials, her spunky personality has captivated the insta-world.
Cobra Snake works as a de facto street style blog, capturing uncensored moments and snapshots of contemporary nightlife culture. The master of the club scene, Cobra Snake has the miraculous ability to not only capture youth, but also the fashion and trends in that moment. His portfolio is merely a collection of snapshots, but somehow they manage to capture the entire span of the transformation from uncultured youth to an kid who knows he should give a fuck, but at that moment doesn’t.