Back in Athens

70 degrees and sunny — perfect move-in weather, especially for this holiday weekend here in Athens. I’m happy to say that I am all moved in and excited to start the school year. Since I took a break for the summer, I haven’t written an entry for months, so it feels great to be posting again!

While I don’t have any style updates at the moment (although I see that Ray Ban Wayfarers are quickly taking over Court Street!), I just wanted to get a post out there to let everyone know that this blog and Thread Magazine are up and running again for fall quarter! We all can’t wait to get started on the first issue and put out an amazing fall mag.

Until then, I’ll be busy brainstorming ideas, so make sure to look out for my brand new post – COMING SOON!

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oxfords.

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While walking around campus lately, I’ve been a little appalled at the selection of footwear OU students have to offer. I long for the variety of shoes I was used to seeing in New York; where it was hard to find even two people wearing the same pair! The overwhelming majority of students prance around in foam flip flops, half-dead tennis shoes or last year’s craze — gladiators. While the latter isn’t a bad option, I think it’s important to realize that there are more shoe options than just heels, sandals and sneakers. Alas, there is another category that most Athenians seem to have forgotten: the oxford.

Whether you’re inspired by the new dandy/androgynous fashion trend or just looking for a new pair of summer kicks, the laced up oxford look is for you.

Let me be clear that by ‘oxford’ I don’t mean boat/dock shoes (which are fine for summer as well.) Instead I am alluding to a more sophisticated model. Taking after an Italian, tailored, Sartorialist style, the oxford shoe should be a staple in your wardrobe. The many different shapes, colors and versions of the shoe are flattering on almost any type of foot. Real leather, fake leather, canvas,  or crushed velvet — all fabrics can work in your foot’s favor. And if a simple crisscrossed lace isn’t good enough for you, try making the laces go straight across. This gives an overall cleaner, more modern impression. Not thrilled with regular laces? Try using contrasting colored laces, ribbons or chiffon to glam up your interpretation.

The other neat thing about this kind of shoe is that you can successfully wear it in a variety of ways. Whether it’s barefoot with your pants cuffed at the ankle, over a pair of argyle socks or with sheer black tights and a flirty skirt — this shoe can adapt to almost any outfit and occasion.

Below are some favorites that I have stumbled upon while surfing the net. I urge you to branch out and buy a pair. Perhaps you could start with a faux leather neutral color with regular black cord laces and then later on purchase a bright pink pair with black wing tips and ribbon for laces! Either way, do yourself a favor and ditch the $5 flip flips… the sky is the limit with this trend, and it is guaranteed to spice up your usual summer garb.

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Lack of models?

This past Wednesday, Thread held a model casting call in front of the Scripps building. I was in charge of running it and putting it together and making sure that people showed up.

I was pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of people and overall interest in modeling for the magazine. The casting call was ‘successful,’ and we came away with about 84 interested people. I thought that on a good day we might have gotten 50, so I was quite pleased with the fact that we surpassed that goal easily.

As good as the turnout was, it unfortunately was not all that diverse. I had written in the invitation that we were looking for all heights, shapes, sizes and colors – and that any and everyone should apply! The people who showed up were GREAT, don’t get me wrong… but I was hoping we would get a wide array of people.

Through out the afternoon we pulled people off the streets, called our friends, bothered people coming in and out of Baker and walking by Scripps to come over and get their picture taken and sign up to model for Thread Magazine. There was some good response to this, but witnessing these accounts first hand, I was surprised by all of the people who turned us down.

I felt like most of the men and women who arrived at the casting call were on the thinner side. This is fine, but we were hoping to cast people of all sizes. When we asked other people walking by who might fit the latter description, they kindly declined. At first I thought it was coincidence, or perhaps they just didn’t have time to stop by on their way to class. But after a while, we got the message that a lot of people were declining based on the fact that they didn’t perceive themselves as being “model worthy.”

Soon, other people helping out with the casting call were noticing the same thing. Everyone started commenting on the lack of variety in the types of people who were coming up to us and wanting to model. We are aware of what the majority of society deems as “model” appropriate, but at Thread Magazine we aren’t about that at all. And as much as we tried, we couldn’t convince people otherwise. No amount of flattery would change their mind. And oddly enough, the majority of people who were unsure of themselves were actually guys!

“I’m not a model.” or “I’m definitely not model material.” and even “Hah! Definitely not!” or “Are you joking?!” Were the responses that we got from most people who refused us.

The sad part of all of this is that we can only work with what we have. And since people self selected themselves as “not worthy” or “not appropriate” of being a fashion model, our model database is slim. (Both figuratively and physically). And the irony of not wanting to promote only one body type, but only getting that certain body type to sign up is hard to deal with. If normal/average sized, but also beautiful and fashionable people don’t throw their hat in the ring, then there is not a whole lot we can do. Other than try again…

Thread Magazine is well aware of the stereotypical model body promoted here in the U.S., and while that is beautiful and works well for some things, there is a whole plethora of other shapes and sizes that we also want to incorporate. We do not want to alienate anyone, and we don’t want to further the mainstream media’s choice of only using ’80 lb. 6 ft models’, and no one else. That’s not right nor is it practical, and it goes against the message we, at Thread, are trying to send.

So the next time we ask and invite you, don’t be afraid or hesitant. Put your best foot forward and bring your smile and come get your picture taken! This is a student publication for STUDENTS, and we want to account for everyone within our pages; not just whom society has deemed acceptable.

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T-Minus 12 Hours…

As the final hours before the official launch of our inaugural issue slip away, I find myself reflecting on the last month. All of the hard work and efforts of everyone involved in and around Thread has been amazing. I have received so much positive feedback, enthusiasm and sheer excitement regarding the launch of this new endeavor and it feels so great to finally get to share it with all of you.

The executive staff and myself just spent the entire night wide awake, working feverishly to finalize the magazine. Huddled around laptops on a ‘Last Supper-like’ table, cords running every which way and caffeine close at hand we labored away. From 9:00 last night until 8:00 this morning we have been chugging along. First at the Thread general meeting, then to paint the wall and finally to a mass editing frenzy — and we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel!

I hope that everyone is as excited as we feel, because I think we’ve got something really amazing on our hands. I couldn’t be more proud, or tired, and I can’t wait until the launch party this evening! If you can’t attend, be sure to check the website around 9:00 tonight to see the final product for yourself.

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googoo for GaGa

i ♥ Lady GaGa.

And I’m happy to say that I’ve met a lot of GaGa lovers here at OU as well.

This all got me thinking about a sweet DIY project that I think a lot of Athenians would enjoy. I must warn the faint at heart that this bold look could be considered a little “cooky” and isn’t intended for just anyone. It’s for those of us who want to stand out from the crowd and pay our own little homage to Lady GaGa herself. (And for those of us with longer hair — Sorry!)

So I did a little research about the infamous GaGa hair bow. This is not your average hair accessory — but a bow made of actual hair!

While I’ve seen these ‘hair bows’ sold online made from extensions that you can clip into your own ‘do’, I wondered how good it would look using nothing but the hair attached to my head? I searched through many odd videos and awkwardly attempted ‘hair bows’ that didn’t really do GaGa’s justice. That is until I came across an article posted on Fashionista.com. They had a few pictures showing how to create a messy GaGa hair bow with your own God-given hair. I was in luck! The only bad thing is there are only a couple of pictures, so I had to figure out a lot on my own.

But luckily for me, and for you, there are only a few simple steps to complete the look:

  1. You should start out by flat ironing all of your hair so that it is silky and won’t get too frizzy.
  2. Put all your hair into a high ponytail. Then separate it into 2 sections while leaving a small strand out.
  3. Next shape a section into half of a bow and bobby pin into place. Repeat with the other section. (Try to use bobby pins that blend in with your hair color in case any peak out.)
  4. I found it helpful to load on lots of hair spray at this point so that you can shape the bow the way that you want it and keep it in place.
  5. Lastly, wrap the strand you left out of the bow around the center and bobby pin it in place. Finish with an all over mist of hair spray. (Or if you want a messier look, leave out the spray.)

Seems pretty straightforward, right? You might have to practice a couple times before you get it just how you want it.

And if you have any problems/questions feel free to ask me since I tried it out on myself and sort of have a feel for how to do it now.

I’m pretty pleased with how my first attempt turned out and I can’t wait to experiment more with it! Maybe I’ll try putting the bow further to one side of my head, or do a mini one, or even a half up half down version?

If you give this a try and want to share your results I’ll post a few photos for others to see.

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah, Roma, Roma-ma, GaGa, ooh la-la…

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International Fashion

I met so many new and different people attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). From New York to California and all of states in between, the whole country seemed to be accounted for. But aside from the United States, I went to school with students from all over the world. Geographically diverse and rich in culture, we played host to a wide array of nationalities. The majority of people hailing from Canada, France, England, Italy, Germany, China, Japan, Morocco, India and South Korea were among the most popular.

And with these diverse backgrounds came diverse fashion. One of the more interesting styles came from strong Asian influences; South Korean, Japanese and Chinese students had some of the most interesting clothes and fashions and were always quite intriguing and inspiring. Their trends seemed to spawn from the streets and trickle up with people tweaking things to make it their own.

Here at OU I was surprised to see the number of Asian students walking around campus, and was happy to see that the majority of them were just as well dressed and innovative as my friends from FIT! There are multiple distinct styles within the overall general Asian influence. One style is bold and colorful, and can even be described as playful. Or on the other hand, very stream lined, minimalistic and modern. The overall aesthetic is very unique, and I hardly see anyone wearing the same thing twice.

A fellow friend and writer for Thread Magazine, Catherine Caldwell, also agreed that this niche of stylish international students at OU have a great fashion sense about them. She mentioned her thoughts to me earlier tonight and it spurred my memories of friends and acquaintances from FIT.

Although the presence of these fashion forward students was much larger at FIT, I still appreciate and enjoy seeing those trends carried over here in Athens. I have always loved ‘out of the box’ design and style, and these students, especially, seem to embody that.

Some websites and stores dedicated to these different styles are listed below. I would suggest taking a look at them and comparing them to the U.S. based styles and online stores you regularly visit. Most of these sites also have links to other new and interesting fashion related websites. You could easily purchase any of these vibrant styles for your own wardrobe.

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Alternate Reality


Although Athens is worlds away from New York, I can’t help but feel that I have been somehow reconnected with the fast paced frenzy of city living and the flashy world of fashion over the last few weeks.

As Creative Director of Thread Magazine, I have had a lot on my plate lately (as have all the other executives, members and of course the editor-in-chief). From scheduling photo shoots, to plotting out outfits, tracking down clothes to use and styling models, there has been a lot going on… And it has all taken me back to my days of interning at Harper’s and volunteering at New York Fashion Week.

Even though it has been tiring, I haven’t felt happier or more driven since I moved here. Just about everyone involved in the magazine has put their best foot forward and has overwhelmingly contributed their time and efforts.

I must admit that I wasn’t sure how quickly things would get off the ground with Thread, but I will be the first to say that we have successfully taken off at lightning speed! The organization has operated amazingly, even though there have been some rough patches to overcome. The professionalism I have witnessed over the last month has surprised me. I often find myself forgetting where I am, that I’m not in the middle of hills and farmland, but rather in a cool midtown loft studio shooting for high-end fashion magazine editorials.

So far, I have come up with on trend looks and styles concocted out of (more or less) the closets of fashionable college students. From men to women’s fashion, we have touched on a lot of different aspects and I’m so excited to be a part of it all.

The lights, cameras, models and photographers come together to create this nearly alternate universe of fashion; a microcosm of creativity and passion within the confines of southeast Ohio.

The photo shoot process is absolutely genuine, all the way down to the hair and makeup team and rolling racks filled with clothing options. I don’t know whether to be more surprised or more joyous about how everything has unfolded thus far. I feel like I am in my element and am exactly where I am supposed to be.

We have triumphed over every bump in the road and have hung on to the deadlines by our fingernails. Everything about this last month has been new, and now that we have the swing of things I can only imagine what we will be churning out for future issues. The events that have taken place thus far have gone by so quickly, like the yellow blur of a passing cab.

And it is admittedly a little sad once the lighting comes down and the models wave goodbye. The photographers pack up their equipment and the clothes are rolled away… When I walk back to load up the trunk of my Buick rather than catch the 1 train downtown – this is when I snap back to the ‘real world’.

It’s a fine line we are treading on. But between this other world we’ve created and the reality of our surroundings, it is here where I feel most at home.

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