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Highland Park Village — ties Milan
By Floriane Leger
Thursday, Sept. 6, was Fashion’s Night Out. Last year, I spent it in Milan – Italy. This year, I am in Dallas, and I was more than excited to see how this event would happen in my new cowboy-spirited hometown!
Where should I go? The choices were numerous, and I don’t know the city well enough (I have not been to the city center yet!) to decide what is THE place to be.
Following some friends’ advice, I chose Highland Park Village.
First impression: The place looked like a movie! Second impression: Everyone was so dressed up!
In Milan the shops are becoming these extravagant party places where you want to be seen. But at Highland Park Village, the crowd was creating the show!
Next to me, inside the Louboutin store, stood a man dressed all in black with a golden embroidered cape and an extravagant hairstyle. All the girls wore amazingly high heels that made me wonder how they were able to walk. Everyone looked as if it had taken them five hours to get ready, and I felt more underdressed than ever in the black jeans, peplum top and moccasins I’d worn to class that day.
Arriving as an exchange student from Europe this fall, I must admit I found SMU fashion somewhat, well, dull. But this display tonight was something I was not expecting!
So I guess I must say that in the “fashion wars,” my old and new hometowns are tied: Dallas, 1 – Milan, 1. Not so bad, right?
Jimmy Choo lights up the runway at Highland Park Village
Firefighters carry the models at Jimmy Choo. Photo: Daniella Lopez.
By Daniella Lopez
Fashionistas all over the world slipped on their stilettos for a night on the town during the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out Sept. 6. FNO was created by Anna Wintour in 2009 to encourage shoppers to support the fashion industry during tough economic times.
I chose to spend my night at the luxurious Highland Park Village. The night began with gratis champagne and quiche at the home of the red sole, Louboutin. A long line of eager fashionistas, decked out in designer from head to toe, patiently waited for a tarot card reading in the boutique, which was bathed in the brand’s trademark red light.
My next stop was the fashion show right outside the Escada shop. A pair of flaming Jimmy Choos literally set the runway on fire as chiseled firemen effortlessly carried models down the catwalk to show off the fabulous footwear. Carolina Herrera gracefully ended the show with a red gown fit for a queen.
My next stop: Akris to satisfy my sweet tooth. Fortified by chocolate, I then made my way through the shopping village, shimmering in lights, to my favorite place, Chanel, where makeup artists applied patrons’ pick of fall lipstick shades.
I had my photo snapped outside 4510 and finished the evening at Stella McCartney. The night was truly a fashion wonderland: The fabulous people, out-of-this-world atmosphere, and glamorous fashion were just as big as Texas.
Dancing the night away at Tootsies
By Lara Mirgorod
It is that time of year again! With stores in over 500 cities nationwide taking part, Fashion’s Night Out rang in its fourth annual celebration, exploding with stylish soirees that we did not want to miss.
The fashionistas of the Metroplex were out and about, enjoying the hottest boutiques and shopping centers as they entertained with bubbly, fashion shows and other trendy festivities.
Ladies danced from one store to the next, and many landed in Tootsies, the Preston Center boutique. Women stepped in –wearing Christian Loubatin and toting Chanel bags — and ordered Tootsies’ signature cocktails at the bar.
Reps from Clishade, a makeup brand that launched just a month ago, pampered shoppers with makeovers. And a DJ booth was planted upstairs where everyone ( well not everyone) danced the night away.
Those who did not leave with big Tootsies’ shopping bags walked away with gift bags instead.
Models strut their stuff at NorthPark
By Mia Castillo
More than 40 models strutted down a runway at NorthPark Center Sept. 5, as onlookers from every angle “oohed and aahed” at the glamorous fall trends.
Live music and DJs amped the fashion-fanatic crowd, and photographers, bulbs flashing, captured dozens of perfectly posed pictures from the standing-room-only crowd.
This was Fashion’s Night Out, a celebration of fashion and fun that takes place in major cities around the world. In Dallas, shopping centers and boutiques held fashion shows, promotions and sales.
More than 75 stores participated at NorthPark Center, where three runway shows took place in the NorthCourt. Elsewhere in the mall, stores had sales and offered style advice and makeovers. Some, like Barney’s New York, even served patrons champagne.
This is the third year Dallas has hosted FNO events. In Texas, Houston and Austin also celebrated FNO, as did fashion capitals around the world – from New York to London to Paris to Milan.
Local radio personality and NorthPark FNO host Victoria Snee said the event is a wonderful time to celebrate fashion and to see fall trends. “I think having fashion shows gets everyone’s energy levels up and is an exciting way to make everyone want to go out and shop,” she said.
Karley Osborn, a journalist covering the events at NorthPark for a local fashion publication, said that while Dallas is developing as a fashion capital, it still can’t compete with a fashion giant like New York.
“But on nights like tonight,” she said, “we’re one step closer.”
By Lauren Adams
Blogging, tweeting and Instagram-ing may be vital to the visual, fast-paced world of fashion, but promoting a brand requires much more than an effective social media campaign.
In the Fashion Public Relations capstone course, part of the fashion media minor taught for the first time this spring, each student chose a fashion designer to represent throughout the semester and created a full media campaign for that designer’s upcoming collection.
“Everyone loves to watch the runway shows and talk about the latest collections, but this class goes a little deeper and helps us understand what brands go through to get their product on your mind and in your closet,” said Natalie Coca, a communications studies major and arts administration minor.
Effective public relations strategies for building a fashion brand and managing reputation call for an understanding of the nuances of the fashion business, said Nina Flournoy, who teaches the Fashion Public Relations capstone.
From raw materials, manufacturing and distribution, to runway and retail sales, students explore public relations practices in the fashion industry, which differ from mainstream PR in several ways.
“The print, online and broadcast media covering the fashion world require a different strategy for getting media coverage,” said Flournoy.
This includes pitching various fashion media with newsworthy angles, weaving charity or cause affiliations into the campaign, and utilizing traditional and social media platforms.
In addition to creating a formal campaign report and timeline, Flournoy also had students produce press releases, fact sheets, backgrounders, media lists and press kits — tools that ensure each client reaches his or her intended media and receives the exposure necessary for campaign success, said Rebecca Marin, who chose to represent designer Marchesa.
The students’ finalized campaign strategies and press kits can be used to boost their personal portfolios.
“I have already contacted the public relations department for my client, and they just emailed me back expressing interest in viewing my documents,” said Marin, who interned with Vogue this summer.
McKenna Cottam, an advertising major and fashion media minor, said she felt “kind of behind the 8 ball” when she entered the class without a strong foundation in public relations. But the class provided her with a better understanding of the fashion industry, as well as skills she can use in the future.
Coca, who hopes to pursue a career in musical theater, has also gleaned useful knowledge from this look into branding and marketing in the fashion industry.
“I have learned how to successfully market a brand,” she said, “which in this case would be myself.”
By Laura Shepard
To repel or not repel? A question for chic girls who love designer creations that other women covet, but most men can’t stand
We all know the scene in Legally Blonde, where the pool boy-turned trial witness tells Elle Woods “don’t stomp your little last-season Prada shoes at me, honey.”
And of course, it is after this statement that Elle realizes the pool boy is gay. She uses ex-boyfriend Warner’s ignorance of fashion to prove her point:
Elle: “What kind of shoes am I wearing?”
Warner: “Black ones.”
My point is that she knew Warner wouldn’t know the designer of her shoes, and she didn’t try to make him understand.
Women don’t dress to impress men. If they did, all that effort and money would be completely wasted on their ignorance of fashion.
Sorry guys, but you know it’s true. No, instead, women dress for each other.
The Man Repeller
The undisputed queen of this movement is Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller herself. According to WWD.com, her unconventional fashion blog gets over a million page views each month and has developed quite the following.
Started in April 2010, Man Repeller is about good fashion, says Medine. The fact that many of the looks she highlights on her blog are “man repelling” is simply a byproduct, but one Medine has mined.
The Man Repeller herself has been quoted saying: “Good fashion is about pleasing women, not men, so as it happens, the trends that we love, men hate. And that is fantastic.”
And there you have it: The CliffsNotes version of what Man Repeller is all about.
Through her tongue-in-cheek blog, Medine promotes harem pants, overalls and layers upon layers upon layers.
She has a distinct look, which is part of the reason so many young women think she’s great. She fearlessly stands out amidst a crowded and sometimes monotonous fashion blogosphere.
Fashion versus flirtation
But the whole idea of “man repelling” is nothing new. This is just the first time someone has put a (copyrighted) label on it.
Women and girls have been dressing to impress each other without much regard for what guys think for ages. For many, it’s a choice between fashion and flirtation.
Spoiler alert: Most of the time, fashion wins.
Kelsey Curran, a psychology major at Southern Methodist University, loves to keep up with the fashion world.
“I look at the latest trends all the time,” she says. “I like seeing how they change from season to season, and even from month to month.”
She says it’s more fun to dress for her female friends because “they appreciate clothing more.”
SMU student Katie Broderick agrees. She cares about other girls’ opinions on what she wears, partly because she feels that at SMU “everyone is really well-dressed,” even “overdressed.”
But don’t think she’s complaining. “It’s fun to see everyone dressing well,” Broderick says.
Broderick pays attention to fashion trends, but doesn’t “live or die” by them. She dresses based on her mood and how that fits with what other people are wearing.
A self-professed lover of blousy tops and cape tanks, Broderick says she cares what guys think about how she dresses, “but only to a certain extent because a lot of times boys don’t understand a lot of what girls wear.”
“I would never ask a guy friend if he thought my outfit was cute,” she adds. So mens’ opinions matter, but really not that much.
The male perspective
Sorry guys, but you just don’t get it.
Fortunately for many men, they aren’t trying to. Most of the men I spoke with for this story are admittedly ignorant about the fashion trends the women around them follow — and they are fine with that.
SMU senior Peter Diaz said that other than Tory Burch, whose accessories practically litter campus, he cannot identify any women’s designers.
In addition, Diaz says he doesn’t much care or notice whether young women on campus are dressed fashionably “as long as the girls look good.”
Other men I spoke with voiced an appreciation for high style when they saw it.
For instance, when I showed Joe Cooper, a recent SMU alum, a look from rock star designer Alexander McQueen’s delicately futuristic fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection, Cooper said it reminded him of Lady Gaga.
“I really happen to like her ‘I don’t give a shit’ style.”
Other men I interviewed said they find high-fashion looks, well, repellant.
Sophomore Ryan Writt suggests, “Leave Ke$ha to Ke$ha and Lady Gaga to Lady Gaga. Don’t try to implement those styles into your daily style. Neither one of them are dating guys and neither will you.”
A little harsh? Definitely. But you have to appreciate his honesty.
College guys are expected to have opinions like Writt’s, leaving fashionable girls unfazed.
The great thing about young women who follow the Man Repeller’s lead is that they already know men don’t appreciate what they are wearing, but they don’t care. Instead, they embrace the idea and use it as a source of power and inspiration.
I asked Curran what she thinks of when she hears the term “Man Repeller.” Her response?
“I think of style icon. Fashion innovator. Dressing for girls. Fashion forward.”
And that pretty much sums it up.
By Rachael Borne
Owning and running a boutique takes a driven personality, with a dash of crazy. Take Merry Vose for example.A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in advertising, Vose decided to take a different route. She realized Dallas lacked a certain aesthetic she was looking for and set out to change that.“There really wasn’t a lifestyle store, like a store with a focus on a vacation-ready wardrobe,” Vose says.
Her friends also frequently sought her help to build their wardrobes, but she was not interested in becoming a personal shopper. So, to kill two birds with one stone, Vose opened her own store in the pool house behind her Bluffview home and called it Cabana.
Two years later, in 2009, Vose moved Cabana into a small white bungalow with a lavender door on West Lovers Lane. Vose says relocating to a mall or strip center would have thrown off the entire aesthetic she had worked so hard to achieve.
“I wanted a little house. It was in such a cute little pocket . . . so the house was perfect. ”
Just walking into Cabana, you sense yourself beginning to relax. The interior replicates a beach house with its white couches and coral reef decorations. Even beach games are on display. With a focus on vacation clothing, Cabana carries an eclectic selection of beach-inspired items, from starfish-patterned caftans to metallic swimsuits to neon-colored denim shorts.
Vose attributes Cabana’s success to both her friendly staff and the shop’s merchandise.
“Cabana is unique in that it is a little more edited and well-selected,” she says.
Vose stays away from mainstream brands and prides herself on discovering new names and labels. “I love finding and supporting young, emerging talent. ”Vose’s only rule: “If I wouldn’t wear it, I won’t buy it for the store.”
Different pieces, from a casual jersey dress to a lime green sequin shift, reflect the many roles in Vose’s own life, from busy mom to chic sophisticate.
Vose says, “Cabana is all of my personalities — very wearable, casual yet sophisticated, and cute not pretentious.”
Photo courtesy of Life Content.
By Rachael Borne
Dallas’ trendy boutique, The Gypsy Wagon, has not one, but two dynamic women at its helm.
Owner Carley Seale opened the shop — a Western-inspired boutique for women of all ages – five years ago on North Henderson. When Seale discovered the creative abilities of sales associate Molly McBride, she quickly made her apparel and accessories buyer.
Together this dynamic duo expanded the shop’s clothing department, growing the boutique into the shopping mecca it is today. McBride credits their success in part to the sense of style — a mixture of bohemian and cowgirl – that she and Seale share.
“We have a ‘boho cowgirl’ kind of mindset when we buy for the shop,” McBride says. “I’m a Texas girl with a very obvious bohemian style.”
The Gypsy Wagon epitomizes that mindset. From silk floral daytime dresses to handmade silver and turquoise jewelry to the extensive and colorful collection of cowboy boots, “boho cowgirl” style flows throughout the store. McBride says she helps the shop maintain a unique look and quality by carrying designers who are not as well-known and brands that are not mainstream.
“We carry lines that you won’t find everywhere, yet they are still trendy. The best part is you definitely won’t see your girlfriends in the same outfit,” she said. “I pick brands that are a little laid-back, a little Western and always easy to wear.”.
Today, McBride and Seale’s easy-going attitude and sense of fun are reflected in The Gypsy Wagon’s décor, from a lamp made out of a cowboy boot to mounted antlers that double as a purse display.
Says McBride, “We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and I like it that way!”The Gypsy Wagon 2928 N. Henderson 214-370-8010
By Katie Day
Once every three months, people of all ages head to South Side on Lamar for the quarterly Dallas Flea.
The spring Flea, which took place Saturday, April 21, offered shoppers a winding line of over 70 venders, showcasing everything from vintage jewelry to handmade furniture and more.
The Dallas Flea is the result of the hard work and vision of Southern Methodist University alumna Brittany Edwards Cobb.
Cobb grew up in California, flea market shopping with her mom, and after moving to Dallas, she knew it was something the city needed.
“I love that style of shopping — finding something unique from a local artist or collector — and I wanted to bring that experience to Dallas,” she says.
Unlike most flea markets, the Dallas Flea is completely indoors. Cobb says this has been key to the event’s success given the unpredictable Texas weather.
All the vendors are Texas-based and go far beyond vintage finds and handmade wares to include music and food as well.
Cobb graduated with a degree in journalism and has worked as a writer and editor, specializing in fashion and interior design. She turned to the connections she forged during her years as a journalist to make this dream a reality.
“I’ve met many talented Texas artisans, and thought I had the tools to try it out after years of accumulating contacts,” she says.
Grace Davis, an SMU senior, visiting the Flea for the first time with her dad and sister, says she enjoyed browsing through the clothing and jewelry designs. But her father was the real winner at the end of the day.
“My dad loves shopping for vintage things as decorations for his house and office,” Davis says. “He ended up buying three really cool matted pictures of vintage American landmarks, like the old ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign.”
The event has continued to draw a crowd each quarter since its debut in 2009. The Dallas Flea was even named Best New Event by D magazine in 2010.
SMU junior Shelby Foster interned for Cobb during the summer of 2011 and was along for the ride when Cobb planned last fall’s Flea.
Foster say she got a first-hand look at exactly what it takes to organize the event.
“Brittany is truly a multi-tasker, so as an intern, I had to be, too,” says Foster. “I kept all the different vendors’ information and application forms organized in the office.”
Cobb says planning a Dallas Flea takes the full three months from the application send-out to the day the doors finally open.
With a long list of trusted vendors, finding talent isn’t a problem. But there are plenty of other challenges.
“The more challenging part is keeping the show fresh, which means rejecting longtime booths and even friends, at times,” Cobb says.
The South Side on Lamar location allows only around 75 booths for potential vendors, and Cobb says mapping out the floor plan can be tricky. However, the venue brings a look and feel that is well worth the effort.
“It was very important to me to have a space that felt a little gritty — flea-market-esque,” she says.
Cobb says she is always looking for fun ways to promote the event and get people in the door to support the talented vendors inside.
As for her favorite vendor, she says she loves them all but was especially excited about some new talent the Flea welcomed during this season’s event.
“I really like Back Alley Furniture. He’s an SMU grad. And Taylor Custer, another SMU grad,” she says. “And I scored some amazing costume jewelry at BRS associates.”
Foster says working with Cobb was a pleasure and believes she has created something unique and valuable for the city of Dallas.
“The Dallas Flea truly is a cool event that Dallas desperately needed,” says Foster. “Brittany has created a great place for local artists to come together to sell and showcase their work.”
By Logan May
As a ‘90s baby, I grew up around spandex bike shorts, bleached hair, multi-colored windbreakers and grunge couture. By the time I reached my teens, these looks had started to fizzle, along with Justin Timberlake’s luscious locks (sigh).
However, recent celebrity sightings have mad me wonder whether we are about to experience a ‘90s fashion revival. For instance: a photo of Rihanna (http://www.jamrockmagazine.com/?p=3308) stepping out of a London hotel, rocking denim on denim, with a fitted cap and a billowy shirt wrapped around her waist. This outfit screamed the ‘90s louder than Kurt Cobain in Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Old trends have a way of finding the limelight again. Take the ‘60s-inspired looks from Mad Menor today’s popular neon hues that can be traced back to the ‘80s. The ‘90s seem to represent the latest fashion flashback. Further evidence? New York’s Guest of a Guest website (http://guestofaguest.com/fashion/90s-fashion-trends-spring-back-into-style) showcased spring trends inspired by ‘90s frocks.
Of course, for most ’90s teens like myself, Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone) Beverly Hills high school circle in the 1995 film Clueless epitomized the decade’s fashion ethos. Cher and her pals paired fitted flannel shirts (an upscale nod to grunge) with colorful, bodyhugging school-girl plaids, Mary Janes, knee-high stockings, headbands and fitted caps.
Few of the steet style celebrity fashion photos that have popped up recently, however, pay homage to that trend-setting film. So which ‘90s loks should we expect to make a comeback? Here are my top five picks to revisit (let’s just hope flat tops and Doc Martens never come back in style):
- Sweaters tied around the waist
Floral print dresses
By Shelby Foster
Once upon a time, girls and young women saved tear-outs of favorite looks from fashion magazine editorial spreads, then thumb-tacked their finds to cork boards for future reference.
In today’s digital world, where those tear-outs and cork boards are being replaced by social media websites like Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/), it’s no surprise that fashion magazines themselves are heading full-force into the digital realm.
Magazines like Glamour, Self, Harper’s Bazaar and, most recently, Vogue have all re-imagined their content to be read digitally. Apple’s iPad and many other tablets provide magazine applications available for download as soon as the issues go to press.
And these cyberspace versions are often not exact replicas of print publications. Many issues feature more highly interactive content so readers can get more out of their favorite fashion sources.
One of the most lucrative aspects of a digital magazine seamlessly connects the reader to the product. See a lust-worthy handbag or lipstick? Tap, swipe or slide your way to purchasing it from the brand’s website, accessed directly through the magazine. Find exactly the product you want and buy it immediately from the app.
Editorial content also features extras to make reading a more interactive experience. Tap on a Twitter icon on the letter-from-the-editor page to get constant updates on chic from the editor-in-chief. Read more about Kim Kardashian’s split by swiping over to an online story.
The beautiful editorial photography is no longer interrupted by pesky captions: Any and all clothing information is tucked away beneath a subtle design addition. Now the spreads are first aesthetically pleasing, with the small print optionally accessible — just “tap to read about this look.”
Readers can even watch the cover star come to life with bonus video extras embedded into the article. Simply reading fashion magazines is a thing of the past — now subscribers can play, watch, purchase and tap into their magazine to make the experience their own.
Advertisers, readers take notice
These interactive digital magazines are making huge waves in the fashion industry, and advertisers are taking notice. The special features make digital magazines attractive to readers, and if a fashion source lacks those little extras that optimize content, readers may go elsewhere.
“Too many magazines just use shovel ware to move the content over to an app with minimum added value,” says Jake Batsell, a journalism professor at Southern Methodist University. “Today, content needs to be well-done on any platform.”
And although digital magazine apps are fairly new technology, 11 percent of magazine readers already rely completely on tablets, according to GfK MRI, a leading producer of media research.
Mi-Sun Bae, a sophomore at SMU, recently bought an iPad and is attracted to the benefits of digital reading.
“One of the reasons why I purchased an iPad was to buy books and read them via the iPad, so I probably would enjoy reading magazines on it as well,” says Bae. “I think it’ll be eco-friendly to read it on iPad, and it wouldn’t be much of a hassle to carry the heavy magazines around.”
The “everything in one place” characteristic of tablets like the iPad allows fashionistas to travel and carry their favorite glossies with ease. No need to go to the grocery store to pick up this month’s issue when it could be ready to go on your iPad within minutes.
The charms of glossies
However, not all magazine lovers are jumping on board.
Courtney Johnson, 26, is a stay-at-home mom who isn’t trading her print magazines for digital anytime soon.
“I prefer to read magazines on paper. Call me old-fashioned,” she says. “I have a subscription to US Weekly, and I look forward to getting it in the mail every Thursday.”
Johnson also says she logs a lot of screen time already, so a break from technology is welcomed.
“I look at so much on the computer or my phone, and I feel like it’s nice to give my eyes a break from looking at a digital screen,” says Johnson.
Some readers have a hard time feeling the same connection with the digital editorial product, suggesting it doesn’t have the same aesthetic appeal as the glossy print pages of a traditional fashion magazine.
“Getting magazines on my iPad is much more convenient, but it just doesn’t compare to holding the magazine in your hand, flipping through the pages and getting a close view of the glossy pages,” says SMU senior fashion media minor Rachael Borne.
Reading magazines on an iPad also doesn’t allow the monthly issues to be placed artfully on bookshelves among trinkets and coffee table books.
Long-time fashion magazine devotees may also collect back issues to reference styles of the past decade or beyond.
Borne says she enjoys using the print versions of favorite fashion publications as décor. “I love saving all of my magazines for a decorative purpose,” she says.
While this practice could be attempted with a tablet, it obviously would not garner the same aesthetic glory — unless, perhaps, the tablet was always turned on and never ran out of battery. Not likely.
But with any new technology, time is required for it to align itself within society. None of the fashion magazine apps available to date is perfect, and upgrades are consistently being introduced to better the reader’s experience.
One of the biggest complaints about Apple’s digital magazine applications is lack of automatic background downloading — which means that only the magazine app can be running while a new issue downloads. Other users express regret with the app’s inability to zoom in on photographs in Vogue and other digital fashion publications.
Keeping the content new, fresh and integrated is the key to a successful iPad-compatible publication.
“Today’s user has too many options and not a lot of patience,” says Batsell.
But with time and the necessary upgrades, digital fashion magazines may eclipse print completely in a future that is not too far away — and quite possibly inevitable.