June 16th, 2017

A Week In Outfits: Alyssa Gengos

This summer, Hoot is highlighting a week in outfits as told by stylish CU students at their various jobs and internships. This summer’s first installment is Alyssa Gengos, an incoming Sophomore in CC studying Visual Arts and Art History. Follow Alyssa on Instagram @alyszsa, and check out her blog, Visions of New York City.

Hello, Alyssa here! I’m the Co-Blog Editor for Hoot, and this summer, I’m interning at Marchesa. I definitely did not expect to stay in the city during the summer after my Freshman year, but here I am! This is my first fashion internship, and since my only other internship experience has been more web-based (I’ve never had to work in an office before), I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of dress-code. I’ve been working here for a few weeks now, and I think I’ve got it down; I try look professional, but still casual and comfortable. Fancy heels are a no-no for this fashion internship, since I’m constantly running around both in-office and on the streets of New York. Nevertheless, jeans and sneakers are a little too casual (at least for an intern), so I have to find the perfect balance. I only work three days a week, and on my days off, I like to take advantage of my unlimited MetroCard and explore the city. Here’s what I wore this week.

Monday: Today was super hot and I didn’t have to go to work, so I opted to try to stay indoors and in the shade. I wore a zip-up top from Reformation, a vintage suede skirt that I bought at the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles (where I’m from), and black Birkenstocks (not pictured).

Tuesday: Another day off, another heat wave. I wore vintage Levi’s cutoffs that I also bought at the Melrose Trading Post, a vintage silk camisole that my grandma gave to me, a lacey bralette from Urban Outfitters, and my Mansur Gavriel bag. My belt was thrifted somewhere in Brooklyn. I wore my black Birkenstocks again, too. I spent most of the day handing out my résumé in Soho in an attempt to get a job in retail. Confession: I’ve never worked retail before! In fact, I’ve never had a paying job. Hopefully I can use my days off to my advantage and actually earn some money.

Wednesday: I went to work today wearing a Reformation two-piece and a J. Crew blazer adorned with vintage pins. I also wore black loafers (not pictured). Before work, I had a quick interview with one of the stores I applied at – hopefully it all works out and I can start working as soon as possible!

Thursday: I continued my blazer-at-work kick with a vintage houndstooth blazer, a vintage lace camisole I bought at a thrift store in Ventura, CA, and a black leather skirt from Reformation. I also wore my black loafers again.

Friday: Today, I’m wearing the same shirt I wore on Monday (oops) from Reformation, a pair of pants thats the perfect mix between athleisure and professional from Aritzia, and a leather jacket. It’s cooled down here in New York, so I took the opportunity to wear pants for the first time in what feels like weeks (it’s probably just been two).

photos and story by Alyssa Gengos

May 8th, 2017

Music Mondays: New Blooms

NEW BLOOMS: Ready to step out into the summer sun after your last final.

1) GLOWED UP by KAYTRANADA, Anderson .Paak
2) Devil Eyes by Hippie Sabotage
3) DEVASTATED by Joey Bada$$
4) High You Are- Branchez Remix by What So Not, Branchez
5) TOGETHER by KAYTRANADA, AlunaGeorge, Goldlink
6) Love Again (feat. Ouici) by Keys N Krates
7) Whole Heart by Gryffin, Bipolar Sunshine
8) LOVE. FEAT. ZACARI by Kendrick Lamar
9) All Night by The Vamps, Matoma
10) Your Soul by Hippie Sabotage
12) Innerbloom- What So Not Remix by RÜFÜS DU SOL
13) Marijuana by Chrome Sparks
14) My Boo (feat. Vince Staples, Kucka, Ngaiire, Vera Blue) by Flume
15) What If I Go? by Mura Masa
16) Trndsttr (Lucian Remix) [feat. M. Maggie] by Black Coast
17) Sleepless by Flume, Jezzabell Doran
18) LUST. by Kendrick Lamar
19) Lavender by The Trp
20) Zimbabwe- Flume Remix by New Navy
21) Bloom by ODESZA

by Allie Goines

illustration by Mar Alvarez


May 1st, 2017

Fraud. Clothing

“What we have here is an extension of something that can’t be defined within the realms of merely fashion. This is a portion of the beginning of a cultural renaissance, a shift in perception, and a gravitation away from what society has manipulated us into believing. 

This is a mask. You are an imposter. This is Fraud.

Model: Mickal Adler

Photographer: Alyssa Gengos

Hoodies from Fraud.

Jeans and shoes are models own

April 17th, 2017

CU Closets: Katia Aryan

Name: Katia Ariyan

College/Class year: Barnard 2020

Major: English & Film Studies

Campus involvements: Ignited Voices, Armenian Club, Kappa Alpha Theta

What are you wearing today and why did you pick it out?

I’m wearing this embellished denim jacket from Sunset + Spring. My jeans are Blank NYC and my sneakers are Giuseppi Zanotti.  I wanted to wear the jacket so I built the rest of my outfit around it.


What is your favorite item in your closet?

This Moschino jacket which was my mom’s from the 80s. I like wearing it over jeans. Whenever I wear it out people on the street will normally comment on it.

What is your go to piece for when you are running late?

When I’m rushing i wear jeans and a t-shirt, preferably this Guns N’ Roses t-shirt from the Use Your Illusion tour. This is also my mom’s from 80s; she has a good closet so we share a lot of stuff.

What’s your least favorite item and why do you keep it?

I don’t wear this blazer but I keep it if I need to go to a business or professional thing. Even if I do have an event like that, I try to wear something else, but I just keep it to feel prepared and to keep my mom happy.

How would you describe your style?

It is a combination of edgy 80s inspired pieces and more classic stuff.

Who influences your style?

Michael Jackson & Jeremy Scott.

What are your current favorite and least favorite trends?

Right now my favorite trend is embellishments. My least favorite is the big baggy jeans and jacket 90s mom look.

Is there anything in your closet that you haven’t worn yet?

I bought this white Rag & Bone top from Intermix. I want to wear a strappy dress over it but I’m waiting until I find the right one.

Story and Photos by Taylor Drago

April 10th, 2017

Music Mondays: 4/10

Life of Leisure: Tropical island beats so we can deny that finals and deadlines are fast approaching. 

1) “Cape Town (Panama Remix)” by Clubfeet

2) “Feel It All Around” by Washed Out

3) “Are Your Sure? (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)” by Kris Kross Amsterdam

4) “Ori Tali Ma (LVNDSCAPE Remix)” by Sander van Doorn

5) “In The Studio” by Trobi, Junglebae

6) “Sunrise” by On June, Kevi

7) “California Dreaming (feat. Snoop Dogg & Paul Rey)” by Arman Cekin

8) “You and Me (Original Mix)” by Eklo, JordinLaine

9) “Freak (Sam Feldt Remix Edit)” by R3hab, Quintino

10) “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” by Cheat Codes, Dante Klein

11) “Is This Love (Remix)” by Bob Marley & The Wailers

12) “Girl at Coachella (feat. D.R.A.M.)” by Matoma, MAGIC!

13) “Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)” by Clean Bandit

14) “Youth” by Galavant

15) “Sex” by Cheat Codes, Kris Kross Amsterdam

16) “Slow Down Love” by Louis The Child, Chelsea Cutler

17) “Fire” by Louis The Child, Evalyn

18) “Still Got Time” by ZAYN, PARTYNEXTDOOR

19) “1 Night” by Mura Masa, Charli XCX

20) “Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix)” by Marvin Gaye, Kygo

21) “Dream” by Autograf

by Allie Goines

Illustration by Mar Alvarez

April 3rd, 2017

Trend Story: Faux Fur

Fur is back (again). Learn how to incorporate this recurring trend into your wardrobe and embrace the old school glamour of fur. Practice ethical consumption and make sure to buy faux! Here are our tips on how to style fur in 2017.

Throw on a faux fur coat to your skirt and top combo, for some extra warmth in this indecisive spring weather. Pair with some gladiator sandals instead of heels to keep it cute yet comfy.


Match faux fur with other textures, like this printed velvet top. Your staple black jeans and ankle boots will always work, too, and minimal accessories keep it casual.


You can rely on your faux fur to add some extra cool to distressed jeans and a tank. Now you’re ready for wherever your weekend takes you, from day to night.


Everybody knows that a little black dress goes with everything. Fur can come across as dramatic, especially when oversized like this one, so a solid dress and plain black heels let the coat take center stage.


Fur doesn’t have to be formal! It actually works great with your go-to denim and a t-shirt.


Create contrast between the heavy coat and a satin slip-like top. A flowy mid-length skirt that hits below the knee is elegant, while chunky black platforms keep this look up to date.

Story by Ally Lozada and Abby Clemente.

March 26th, 2017

Preston Douglas: In the Face of Fear

For his most recently-debuted collection, In the Face of Fear, Preston Douglas finds inspiration within his two-year battle against addiction and his father’s battle against cancer.

In his own words:

“My first two collections were born out of my own two-year fight to take back my life from the grip of debilitating addiction. I didn’t do it alone. My father, who is my best friend, mentor, and supporter, was with me the whole way. But on September 3rd, 2016, on the second anniversary of my sobriety, my father was rushed to the emergency room due to his ongoing battle with prostate cancer. I could feel fear’s grip grow tighter around my chest as the strongest man I know fell powerless. Now it was my turn to be strong for my father, to fight back against the fear. Fear would not win.

My third collection, In The Face of Fear, is inspired by my father’s fight and the courage we must call on to walk through fear, to fight back against it. The heavy graphic prints on many of the pieces from this collection are representative of the feeling I get in my chest when fear takes hold. The stacked squares represent the layers of raw emotion surrounding the fear, and their transition from black to white signifies one’s determination to face the fear rather than drown in blue melancholy.

The use of bondage accessories throughout the collection visually explores the notion that fear is a form of self-bondage that can be overcome. The design aesthetic of this collection is inspired by silhouettes of 90’s European rave culture while exploring the similarities from that period with traditional southern prep wear.”

Shop the collection and view the In the Face of Fear Look Book Video here: http://www.prestondouglas.us/

Story by Marie Li


March 9th, 2017

Holler Spring 2017 is here!

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February 27th, 2017

Music Mondays: 2/27

Soulfully Alternative: In our second edition of Music Mondays, check out these smooth, progressive R&B/Soul tracks with just the right amount of alternative sound.

1) “Electric (feat. Khalid)” by Alina Baraz

2) “Deep End” – Tarro Remix by THEY.

3) “Mona Lisa” by Monte Booker

4) “Better Give U Up” by FKJ

5) “Breathe Again” by Couros

6) “Get You (feat. Kali Uchis)” by Daniel Caesar

7) “Stoop So Low” by Alextbh

8) “Playing for You” by Joe Hertz

9) “Runner’s High” – Radio Edit by XamVolo

10) “Mad” by Solange

11) “Cave Me In” by Gallant

12) “Paradise (feat. Badbadnotgood & Sean Leon)” by Daniel Caesar

13) “Feel No Ways” by Drake

by Allie Goines

Illustration by Mar Alvarez

February 23rd, 2017

NYFW FW17: Photos from Photographers

During the event-filled and exciting week of NYFW, Hoot was able to send photographers (Grace Nkem, Caroline Wallis, and our very own Phoebe Jones) to attend and document shows from Anastasiia Ivanova, Leanne Marshall, Nicholas K, and Telfar. Take a look at some images that capture their experiences:

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February 22nd, 2017

CU Closets: Kea de Buretel

Name: Kea de Buretel 

College/Class year: Columbia College 2020

Major: Visual Art 

Campus involvements: WBAR, Postcrypt, CU Artist Society, Columbia Bartending, Ratrock

What are you wearing right now, and what was your thought process when getting dressed?

I’m wearing a Louis Vuitton lingerie tank-type thing I got at Salvation Army, an oversized Hawaiian shirt, some M. i. h Jeans and my scuffed up Nike Air Force 1s. Comfort first and foremost! It has been pretty dreary recently which is probably why I’ve been wearing more grays and blacks. 

How would you describe your style? 

Baggy, boyish and a little eclectic. My friend proposed ‘urban kawaii’ which was humoring. 

What is your favorite piece in your closet?
A jacket my mother picked out for me. It’s a retro milky green suede … great for a warmer evening in the city. 


Who has influenced your sense of style the most? 
My family are all pretty stylish I think. Also when I was growing up in London there was seemingly less influence on fashion by high street brands at least among younger years. Everyone had their own thing going on and no one really cared.  

If you could get rid of any current trend, which one would it be?

I don’t think the hypebeast-y stuff going on in the UK at the moment is very creative. Anyone can wear a matching North Face x Supreme tracksuit and get papped these days. 

If you could swap closets with any person ever, who would it be and why?

Binx Walton or Adwoa Aboah. They both have a tomboy-chic vibe going on and don’t wear a lot of loud brands but instead curate pretty effortless outfits that look like they could go both clubbing and skating in. 



Which item do you wear more than any other?

Probably my Keith Haring shirt I got for a couple bucks downtown. I think I’m just proud of the find more than anything but it has a great shape and in big red letters reads: ‘City Kids’.

Photos by Alyssa Gengos