CU Vanities: Sosa Omorogbe

12271156_10208016265469914_757004435_o Name: Sosa Omorogbe
College/Class year: CC ’18
Major: Urban Studies
Instagram: @sosamimosa

What are some of your favorite products of the season?
I don’t really have seasonal favourites when it comes to makeup. I have all time favourites – BlackUp foundation, MAC powder (Studio Fix and Mineralize Skinfinish), MAC Gold deposit, Urban Decay eyeliner in perversion, Cetaphil. I buy those products in bulk. Oh but it’s winter right now so maybe I should say Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, coconut oil, and a good lip balm! (more…)

Menswear: Autumn Accents

CC Freshman Kosta Karakashyan shares with Hoot a dreamy photoset of Columbia college style against the lights of Butler library. Sam Choi and Alexis Marin model some of the most prominent trends in menswear right now.



CU Closets: Sam Safari


Name: Sam Safari

College/Class year: CC ‘19

Major: Political Science

What music are you listening to right now?

Currently back and forth between disclosure’s “Caracal” and Sinatra’s “In the Wee Small Hours”. My music taste is pretty eclectic. On some days all I’ll listen to is Persian music and others all I listen to is old school rap.

How would you describe your style?

Unpredictable. I like to switch up, whether it’s aesthetic or sweats or a suit or simple everyday. I don’t feel like my style confines to a certain genre; it’s intersectional, it acknowledges the existence of boundaries and doesn’t abide by them. (more…)

CU Vanities: Sophia Richards

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College/Class year: Barnard 2018

Major: Theatre

What music are you listening to right now?
Literally as I write this “Baby” by DakhaBrakha. On the whole: Earl Sweatshirt, Cocteau Twins, Laura Marling, FKA Twigs, SZA, Wet, Lianne La Havas, Taylor Mcferrin, Dirty Projectors

What are some of your favorite beauty products at the moment?
I have the insane privilege of working as a beauty assistant at Nylon, so I get pretty much whatever I want for free. So I feel pretty stupid/privileged/surreal saying that I use all this crazy nice stuff because I definitely didn’t pay for it, so keep that in mind. The Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation is amazing. It looks beautiful/like nothing, but with a little more presence than, say, Glossier Skin Tints. And it stayyyssss. Also the Chosungah Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker is stupid good and changed my life a little. My semi-famous brows are only half-real because they’re naturally pretty sparse, and this makes them look Delevingne-thick with like zero evidence and lasts forever. The Burberry eyeshadow single in Almond is super reliable. The only things I’ll say I’m in a lifelong relationship with are Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir, Pond’s Cold Cream, and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes. I’ll also be wearing the brand new Narciso Rodriguez fragrance all winter (I’ve been told that it makes me smell like a man in the best way possible), and coconut oil endures across seasons.


The Fashion Apps You Need to Download

VendorFair-15As college students, we are always on the go and unfortunately, it’s difficult to sit down with a fashion magazine and flip through the beautiful, glossy pages to find style inspiration. Luckily there are apps for that. When in need of inspiration, I go to the app folder on my phone labelled “Shopping.” Despite its name, it’s not elusively a folder for shopping apps but for any app that pertains to style, fashion news, and, of course, shopping. Whether I’m on the subway or in a class, I can always access these apps for inspiration. Here’s the short list of Barnard and Columbia’s favorite fashion apps:


CU Vanities: Bianca Brooks


Name: Bianca Brooks
College/Class year: CC ’18
Major: Architecture


What are some of your favorite beauty brands or products at the moment?

I feel like I am entering my Diana Ross “Glow Girl” era. I recently started wearing really dramatic lashes and a lot of highlighter. I use Kiss lashes in “Beyond Naturale 03” and MAC bronzer in “Gold Deposit.” Because we’re entering fall, I’ve been using muted and nude lipsticks paired with dark lipliners. I love “Beurre” from MAC, which is a muted brownish-pink liner that I wear with Smith’s Rosebud lip balm. Liners tend to be drying, so I use a moisturizing agent like coconut oil or Smith’s to condition them, which is especially important in the winter.
Given that I’ve begun to pile on highlighter and creams for contouring, I’ve also begun to take a lot better care of my skin. I love 100% Organic African Black Soap, because it works wonders for acne problem areas. It can be drying, though, so I make sure to moisturize with Lubriderm oil-less face moisturizer and a bit of coconut oil. (more…)

CU Closets: Vic Gross


Name: Victoria Gross

College/Class year: CC ‘19

Major: Philosophy

Campus involvements: I play Viola in KCST’s production of “Twelfth Night”, I sing in Nonsequitur (an awesome acapella group on campus), I help CIRCA out by staffing and organizing Model UN conferences, and I host a WBAR show (Tuesdays 4-6pm)!


October Campus Vendor Fair

Today, Barnard’s Lehman Lawn was transformed into an open air market lined with tables selling a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories and handmade jewelry. We looked through the fair and found stand-out vintage pieces that are actually wearable to show how to style vintage in a contemporary way. Take a peek at what we found.


But first, check out the scene at the fair:


CU Closets: Luna de Buretel

IMG_2174Name: Luna de Buretel
College/ Class year: CC ’18
Major: Film + Psychology
Involvements on campus: Bacchantae a capella and Latenite Theatre are my favorites <3
How would you describe your style?
This is tough because my style is always changing. Right now its like Parisian influence meets 70s Woodstock meets 90s grunge meets “tennis mom”.
 What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?
I literally love everything about fashion in fall/winter. I’m really looking forward to wearing colours like forest green/burgundy/grey especially. As far as clothes, I’m weirdly looking forward to pairing chunky sweaters/turtlenecks with miniskirts? But I’m also really digging the androgynous look of crisp shirts and tailored trousers with brogues. Comfortable athletic-wear will definitely make an appearance too.


The NYFW Street Style Photographer Experience

New York Fashion Week is a bi-annual extravaganza in which some of the world’s most fashionable people flood the streets of New York City to take in all things fashion and beauty. While the shows themselves are the main event, the parade of well-dressed attendees beforehand has come to serve as an important part of these 10 days. And the best part of that pre-show? Anyone willing to brave the crowd of onlookers is welcome. Kiera Wood (BC ’16), a photographer- extraordinaire, explored the scene outside of J. Crew’s S/S 16 presentation and shared with Hoot some photos and insights on what it’s like to dive in and join the street style photographers: