April 30th, 2016

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February 29th, 2016

Milan Fashion Week: Anna K

With the word “millennial” thrown around so often, we almost forgot what it actually means but Anna K is here to remind us. At 20 years of age and four collections under her belt (shown in Kiev, London, New York, and now Milan), she representations of the power of youth.

Her latest collection, aptly named “Guest From the Future”, takes us out of this world and introduces us to the next generation of intergalactic young women coming from a different space and time. The collection imagines how much power to shape the zeitgeist coming generations will have.

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February 26th, 2016

Backstage at NYFW

NYFW F/W’16 was my first fashion week. I had dreamed of getting involved with fashion week after watching the first season of Project Runway at the age of 7. Helping out backstage this season was one of the best experiences of my life and I felt as if I was teleported into a world where everyone understood that fashion as an essential part life. NYFW F/W’16 was absolute perfection. My only regret of the week was not buying an unlimited MetroCard.

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February 25th, 2016

Interview With Designer Preston Douglas Boyer


As a proud native Texan, my heart swells two sizes too big at the mere mention of home, so landing the chance to interview fellow Houstonian and luxury designer Preston Douglas Boyer was a rare treat. Fresh from Fashion Week, the young self-styled entrepreneur exudes the cool confidence of all the Houstonian greats: firmly rooted in the H and ready to take on the world. Sitting with Preston and his production manager Harry Patterson, the triumphant underdog tale echoed shades of the greatest of all Houston exports: Beyonce. Always stay humble, the best revenge is your paper.


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February 16th, 2016

NY Fashion Week: Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji’s FW 16 show, held at Moynihan Station, combined tribal inspirations, body-suits, and sequins to produce a diverse and elegant display. The collection embraced the female body, exhibiting a blend of floor-length and form-fitting pieces and reflecting Shoji’s expertise in evening wear.

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February 12th, 2016

NY Fashion Week: Marissa Webb

Maybe it was the fact that I managed to snag an (empty) front row seat but Marissa Web’s FW16 blew me away. The show effortlessly transitioned from structured, masculine fabrics to weightless dresses in bright colors to innovative layering of textures and opacities. Encompassed in the collection was every kind of piece one would wear— suits, gowns, cocktail dresses, t-shirts. It even ended with the most amazing turtleneck “groutfit” a-la Drake in his Hotline Bling video. This version was beautifully pumped up with a red faux fur coat— maybe something Drizzy can keep in mind for his next video? There were a couple pieces that I wasn’t as thrilled about, namely those adorned with thin bows, but that might be a consequence of my affinity for simple pieces.


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February 11th, 2016

NY Fashion Week: Sachin & Babi

Sachin and Babi’s FW 16 collection triumphs. Housed in 632 Hudson, the exquisite antique collection, roaring fireplace, and opulent chandeliers make it hard not to feel transported while viewing the striking pieces. Elegantly presented, the clothing draws on the inherit grace of the female form. Rich fabrics and florals create the impression of a strong, powerful femininity across the collection.

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February 7th, 2016

NY Fashion Week: Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland’s Fall/Winter 2016 show took staple silhouettes and colors and enhanced them above the mundane. Classic pieces like bomber jackets and longline coats were reimagined in a mix of colors, textures, and patterns. Neutral colors punctuated by rich jewel tones and combined with velvets and satin details generated a strong sense of newness throughout the show. As each model stepped onto the runway, the emphasis shifted from blues to greens to reds, all the while maintaining a cohesive spirit through the integration of black, white, brown, and beige pieces and accents. Weiland demonstrates that even in a city obsessed with neutrals, it is possible to wear color without compromising that too-cool-to-care vibe. In fact, the bright colors were integrated so seamlessly that it made the audience wonder why New Yorkers wear so much black. One comment heard across the aisle after the finale walk: “I really need to wear more red.”

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February 2nd, 2016

Men’s Fashion Week: Concept Korea

DBYD Fall/Winter 2016 is best described as subtle space. Designer Kang Dong Jun describes the concept as a reference to Spike Jonze’s 2013 dystopic film Her. The palette refers to the protagonist’s emotional state: as his emotion changed, the color of the cinematography reflected this emotional state, alternating from neutral beiges to warm burgundies. The bizarre and inorganic prints featured in DBYD’s F/W collection are distillations from satellite photos from rivers and waterways surrounding London, New York, and Seoul. The designer describes the collection as “masculine slouch,” in reference to the protagonist’s image of a style that is introverted, yet chic. Warm, oversized wool jackets and robes dominated the runway, paired with loose chinos, ¾ hem slacks and embroidered satellite decals.

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January 19th, 2016

CU Closets: Zachary Schwartz


I met Zach Schwartz in his apartment in Harlem, which has primary color painted walls and an array of his equally colorful sneakers lined up as you walk in. With artist management, an app, and Vice and Playboy bylines on his resume, you’ve probably heard Zach’s name on campus. He talked to me about how being half asian, having an early interest in fashion, and how hip hop paved the way for his personal style.

LDB: What sort of clothes do you like to wear?

ZS: I think clothes are really connected to creativity, how I’m working and how I’m feeling. Recently I’ve worn stuff and I didn’t like it; I walked out and I was wearing a button up and I was just like “nah” and then came back and put on something else. I like to wear all-black. These pants I’m wearing are called “young billionaire” pants–they’re black cotton, by American Apparel. I can wear these when I’m doing visual arts stuff, which is what I study in school, or I can wear these when I’m writing I can wear these with any outfit…so I’ll be wearing them and I’ll be feeling like a young billionaire.

I used to do this thing where I wore two jerseys at the same time. I also wear a lot of stuff people give to me because I write. There have been people who will just give me clothes to wear for articles and I also have friends in fashion who send me clothes to wear.

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December 9th, 2015

Futurefill: The Future of Sustainable Beauty Products


Futurefill is pioneering a movement towards more sustainable beauty and personal care products. The brand reuses and refills product packaging so that it no longer goes into landfills, supporting major social environmental change across the globe. Futurefill is having an profoundly positive impact on the world around us, and tells Hoot Magazine how others can do the same. 

In a couple sentences, can you explain Futurefill to our readers who haven’t heard about it?

Futurefill was created to disrupt the normalcy of throwaway packaging and help students minimize waste. We offer refills of premium personal care products at great value and deliver for free right to your door.

When you visit our website Futurefill.com and order a refill plan for shampoo, conditioner and/or body wash, you can order botanical products with wild-harvested, all natural ingredients from our selection of like-minded ethically and environmentally responsible luxury brands – Cowshed, Red Flower and Rain. Futurefill then delivers your shampoo, conditioner and/or body wash to you. When you start to run low on any product, you can just request a refill on our site. We deliver the refills too and take away the empty bottles to be washed and refilled.

As a reward to students for minimizing waste by refilling, Futurefill offers all products at a substantial discount off retail store prices. And the more you refill, the more you deservedly save.

How did you come up with this concept?

Several years ago, I had just finished working on a film about excessive lifestyles and then happened to watch a film about climate change. I did some research and found this article from Life Magazine in 1955 entitled “Throwaway Living” with this incredible photo, promoting the use of disposable items because they “cut down on chores.”  The article was even plausibly feminist – everything about it was spectacular to me.

A couple of things became clear in my head: we celebrated a throwaway society we had become convinced was good for us; we continue to live in this learned way, relatively unabated; and now, we are dealing with the collateral damage of what’s apparently a misuse of and hostility toward the planet – one resource we cannot just throw away and replace.

I felt passionately that we needed to kind of hit the rewind or undo button and change this behavior that had become engrained so deeply in our culture. But could we double back and choose that other path we’d missed, now that we all knew better? While challenging, I believed it was possible to do this on some levels. However, businesses had to help us get back on track to a keep-and-clean lifestyle. Convinced we had to refill (much like the iconic milkmen did), I thought about some of basics people buy regularly (like shampoo) that a business could help them get easily but more responsibly in the 21st century. Voilà Futurefill.

Where and how can students order products?

On our website Futurefill.com, you can order 12-ounce bottles of the luxury botanical products of your choice and any of our refill plans. We’ll deliver your order to you. When you need more product, you visit the site again to let us know which product you’d like for your refill. You can always change product every time you refill. And we deliver the refills too.

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