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:


And now for the outfits:


Pair a casual top with a statement skirt and accessories. You can even wear a bracelet over a sleeve because why not.


leather on leather
Leather tanks are a little hit or miss but become much more daytime appropriate when paired over a simple t-shirt. If you really want to go for the gold, try leather on leather on leather with a leather skirt and jacket. But pick pieces that are different colors to avoid monotony.


Faux fur in an unexpected color is a great way to liven up your outfit and adding a pin breaks up the overpowering texture.


This fall, try layering a mini dress over a midi dress. Go for pieces with different neck lines so you can see the midi at the top and bottom of your ensemble.


Capes are good for when it’s not cold enough to wear a coat or when you want to feel like unstoppable.


off shoulder
Off-the-shoulder tops don’t have to be boring. Look for ones in interesting textures (like this knit one!) and while you’re at it, try a mixed metals necklace arrangement.


Fringe and oversized outerwear are both having moments so it doesn’t hurt to combine the two.


Photographed by Caroline Wallis.

Styled by Evan de Lara and Anisa Tavangar

Clothing provided by Essequibo Vintage (Jean’s Closet). 


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.
Luna Collage

Where do you do your thrift shopping?
The Goodwill in Greenwich Village is my favorite. Goodwill can be very hit and miss but this one literally has pieces that were plucked out of my dream closet and everything is like $10. I like the Housing Works in Soho too but their prices can be crazy. Also Finderz Keeperz, which is close to school and very affordable (121 W. 116th!!)
What is your go to outfit?
Right now its a white t shirt, mom jeans, white cos slip-on sneakers and a black jacket.
Which item do you wear more than any other?
Either my Nike Air high tops, my reversible black Work Out Life bomber or my American Apparel white denim shirt.
What or who has influenced your sense of style the most?
I have been a long time fan of Alexa Chung, Julia Sarr-Jamois and Rumi Neely – they probably propelled me into actually understanding how to pair pieces and how much your own personality affects your style. More recently I’ve really been loving the styles of Jidenna and Vanessa Hong too. I also think that London/Paris street style has really crept into my look in New York more than it did when I lived there.
If you could get rid of any trend that you see on campus, which one would it be?
Omg. I mean who wouldn’t say the salmon shorts and Sperry’s combo?? I also really don’t like Uggs because they look good with nothing, but I don’t even know if anyone wears those anymore.
What is your favorite MoHi spot?
Joe’s probably. I love Joe’s.
Photos by Phoebe Jones.

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:

“Shooting street style is a lot like shooting sports.  I always get an adrenalin rush when I step out of the subway and onto the street of where I am about to photograph.  When I get to where I want to photograph I first take a minute to scope out the scene.  I look for where I think people will be walking from and walking to.  Of course with at least 15 other photographers doing the same thing it can be hard to get that unique shot that no one else will have. I tend to stay away from people who stop and pose for the camera and instead shoot people in motion as they walk, text, or wait for their ride.  Getting good pictures while these fashionable people are in their natural motion is tricky, unpredictable, and end in a lot of unusable photographs, much like photographing a football game.  However when you do capture those moments, you feel a sense of pride and relief.  This feeling alone keeps me going back to photograph sports and street style at Fashion Week.”

If raw hems and fringe had a baby...
If raw hems and fringe had a baby…
Seeing stars.
Seeing stars.
Oversized, understated.
Oversized, understated.
The end of the skinny pant era.
The end of the skinny pant era.
Business on top, party down below.
Business on top, party down below.
Shine on.
Shine on.
Only Anna could look this elegant while rushing into the show.
Minimal accessories keep the attention on this structured graphic dress.
Minimal accessories keep the attention on this structured graphic dress.
OITNB's Taylor Schilling ditches her orange jumpsuit for mixed stripes.
OITNB’s Taylor Schilling ditches her orange jumpsuit for mixed stripes.


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Get it Done

Remember Austen, the girl who does it all? With finals approaching, she gives us some tips to maximize time and get it all done:

Perhaps it’s my nature as a Virgo to be hard on myself, and that often leads to me taking on more than I can handle. Luckily, over the past few years I have picked up a few tips and tricks to make it all more manageable. Here are some tips on time management and organization:

  • Maximize time on public transportation
    • The commute to both my job and my internship (Rock Center and Soho, respectively) eats up a lot of time. However, when I know I have a book to read for my Creative Writing Seminar or I just made flashcards for Art History I’ll always throw them in my bag so I can make good use of my time.
  • Write it down!
    • I know it’s so easy to make flash cards online or type up your notes during class, but for me I always retain information better when I write it down. The act of writing is much more effective than hitting keys on a keyboard or touch screen.hannah_blackmore_photography5
  • Use your resources
    • Okay, I definitely need to do this more but professors and TAs have office hours. Go to them! If you don’t understand something this is a great chance to get some one-on-one feedback from the person who is grading you! If you understand everything, bring up one interesting point from a reading to discuss with them. If you have nothing to say, at least introduce yourself. In those big lectures, it’s nice to have a face to put with a name so they remember they’re grading a person.
  • #treatyoself
    • Don’t forget to schedule in time to relax! Reward yourself with some frozen yogurt or listen to a podcast.


More of Austen:  Blog //Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest

CU Well // Julie Moon CC ’17

CU Well is a new feature on the Hoot Blog that asks CU students about their self-care routines and personal philosophies that keep them grounded amidst a manic and dubious Ivy-League environment.

Julie Moon (CC, 2017) has the captivating spirit of a nymph. A certified yoga instructor, she teaches a Sunday night yoga class with Well-Woman, where students’ fatigued minds and bodies are eased and recomposed. Having experienced such composure in yoga and in conversation with her, I can attest that Julie Moon’s grace is truly something out of a dream.

4What does self-care mean to you?
I think especially in Western society, there is a mind-body dualism, there is this split between what you think and how you feel (physically). And I think a lot of people who struggle with mental or physical well-being its because they feel that one is supposed to be directed by the other. And I guess my rule of thumb is mind-body monoism, where what you think is in alignment with how you feel. Self-care is like trying to connect the two, so that your thoughts collaborate with your physical well-being, rather than you try to control your thoughts or your body.

Where did you learn about self-care?
The way I got into this, I had an eating disorder. Starting from high school, when I started getting treatment for it, it was not really formal in boarding school, but the doctor I was going to, she was like an aunt you never had or something, she recommended I do yoga. Because were having these really great conversations about mindfulness and I was like getting into meditation, to kind of get that mind-body connection. And she was like, you know you should do it with your body as well, not just the mind.


Do you ever find it difficult to make time for self-care at Columbia?
Yeah, so this is interesting because I feel like the answer for a lot of people might be “not having time for self-care”, kind of getting distracted by your schedule, but for me, its been more forgetting to make myself a priority. A lot of my self-care I think about it in terms of connecting with other people, because I’m a very social person, and spending time meeting people like you, spending time with my friends, I get a lot of nourishment from that.  But then, I’ll do a lot of that, and then kind of not feel connected with myself because my headspace is being devoted to other people. And that’s good, but to a limit.

What does your self-care routine look like?
I have this really great journal, it’s called The Desire Map. Basically, the planner, it asks you to write down the feeling you want to feel that day, it’s called Core Desired Feelings. And you kind of reflect each day. There’s a space under the lines for each day (to write) who you connected with, there’s a body/wellness part, a spiritual part, a creativity part. I don’t answer all those parts every day, but I just think about what I appreciated, what I want to change, and that is so helpful. So that’s my routine. Other than that, sharing meals with people. And this I’m still working on, but making time for meditation.


By Madeline Zechar | Photos by Esther Jung

Balancing Act

Wanna know a (not so secret) secret? College students are basically superheroes. Between taking classes, discovering their life’s passion and just dealing with the fact that they’re basically adults, they often push themselves far beyond their perceived limits. Columbia and Barnard students are no exception.

Meet Austen Tosone, a Junior who does it all:


I’m a Junior majoring in Art History. On campus I am involved in the KSACS Fashion Show, I am an active member of my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and I am a contributor to this very blog as well as the author of my own blog. Off-campus I have a part-time job at Free People and I am an Editorial Intern at Nylon Magazine, and sometimes I feel like I’m still not doing enough.



Most weeks have a rhythm to them with the occasional extra event thrown in. This is a look into my schedule:



Classes all day. I’m taking an awesome seminar in the art history department at Barnard called A Virtual Enlightenment. We’re creating a website about 18th century French decorative arts and we get to work closely with curators and experts of the Wrightsman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sometimes we have class at the MET, and other times we have lectures on campus.


I’m taking the Intro to Art History class as part of the major requirement and Philosophy of Education for fun (cue the side eye). This particular week I also went to SoulCycle to get a workout in my busy week.


I have the digital lab for my art history seminar in the morning. We’re learning coding languages such as HTML/CSS, Python, Javascript and JQuery and we just started learning 3D Modeling using Rhinoceros. Since that’s my only class on Tuesdays I usually try to grab lunch or coffee with someone I haven’t seen in a while or get some homework done. In the afternoons, I work at Free People, which I love because it gets me off campus and I get to be surrounded by awesome people and clothes.

free people


This is my longest day in terms of classes. I have my art history discussion section as well as my Creative Non-fiction class called Gendered Memoir. It’s proving to be one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken. Wednesday nights are usually the nights of events and workshops, such as meet and greets, cover letter and resume workshops, and alumni or industry panels. I definitively try to attend as many of these as I can and always make sure to have business cards on hand! Events in the past few weeks have included a CollegeFashionista x Rebecca Minkoff Shopping Event, an Ed2010 Happy Hour with Cosmopolitan Editors, and a fashion resume workshop.

Thursday and Friday:

These are my internship days! This semester I’m interning at Nylon Magazine and I’m really enjoying it. I’m in the editorial department so I do lots of fact checking, transcribing interviews, research for editors, and occasionally pitch to the web team! It’s great to be around fashion and writing at the same time -two of my favorite things!



I’m generally pretty open which is great because weekends should still be weekends (even for college students, right?).This semester I’m modeling in the KSACS Fashion and Culture show, and we have rehearsal in the afternoons. The rest of the day is usually spent doing homework or hanging out with friends (or both).


Also pretty open but most clubs and organizations like to have their weekly meetings on Sunday nights, which is great because it gives me an incentive to finish my work by then! This week, I had a philanthropy event for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega in the morning and later a meeting with the Hoot team and then chapter for AXO.


Often, seeing someone else’s schedule broken down day by day gives me inspiration of how to manage my own time. I hope this post has been helpful in planning your weeks accordingly around jobs, internships and school work!


More of Austen:  Blog //Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest

NYFW Beauty Looks Recreated

We saw some beautiful looks on the runway this season and the lovely and ultra talented Anisa Tavangar recreated them for us on your fellow CU/BC classmates!

DSC00966Model: Krishana Raghubeer – Carolina Herrera inspired

DSC01017Model: Gabrielle Bullard – Jason Wu inspired

DSC01048Model: Talisa Ramos – Diane von Furstenberg inspired


DSC01093Model: Sylvia Korman – Victoria Beckham inspired


DSC01159Model: Alisha Bansal – Marc Jacobs inspired


DSC04037Model: Kira Tsougarakis – Cushnie et Ochs inspired

DSC01248Model: unnamed – Marc by Marc Jacobs inspired

Which look would you rock?


NYFW Fall 2015 // Lupe Gajardo


Birds and the homeless are seemingly unlikely influences for clothing, but Chilean designer Lupe Gajardo took these inspirations to a stylish, ready-to-wear level in her debut collection at New York Fashion Week. Dresses and jackets plumed with feathers in warm, autumn shades while worn-in burlap and patchwork denim took a structured form in pencil skirts and straight-leg trousers. According to Gajardo, the city streets acted as an additional muse, and the nods to street wear in the collection, from utilitarian fanny packs to effortlessly cool bomber jackets, are there to prove it.

By Ella Viscardi


NYFW Fall 2015 // PYER MOSS

NEW YORK (February 12, 2015) – New York-based men’s wear line Pyer Moss showcased its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection Thursday night in runway format during New York Fashion Week. The show took place at the Runway @ Venue 14 NYC, a new venue located at 353 West 14th Street.


The collection, designed by Kerby Jean-Raymond, was inspired by the movies School Daze and Cruel Intentions, featuring stoic colors and sharper, more tailored silhouettes. In a departure from the traditional Pyer Moss aesthetic, this season Jean-Raymond played with volume and shape, creating a collection where 70% of the pieces were draped instead of flat-patterned.



Key fabrications include hand dyed shearling, French terry, engineered stretch wool blends, black spacer fleece and viscose, while the Classic Leather Bomber and Biker jackets were updated in grey and blue camouflage. Custom shoes were created for the runway in a collaboration with GREATS.



By Andre’ Fuqua


Tadashi Shoji’s Fall 2015 show harmonizes his consistent expertise in creating effortless, feminine forms with motifs of avian and mechanical flight. The show features a variety of cocktail dresses, gowns, capes, coats, and skirts that incorporate these themes through the use of varied silhouettes, complex embroidery, striking appliqué, feathered fringe, and billowing tulle.


ONP_3879These elements create diversity between the garments and an ability to transition the pieces from breezy fall to biting winter. Over the course of the show, the color shifts from basic black and white, to metallic neutrals, to jewel tones that end the show on an energetic high. The transition from the first look to the last, moves between solid planes and sheer panels, creating a harmonious collection that speaks to a range of customer aesthetics.



ONP_3470Of all the looks, a floor length cape laid over a simple black gown perfectly weaves elements of hard and soft with metallic floral embroidery in geometric registers. This look’s uniquely ordered lines contrast the fluttering birdlike elements of many of the other gowns and reaffirm Shoji’s mastery in elevating classic silhouettes.



The beauty look also captures this balance. Firmly parted at the side and slicked down while the ends float with each step, the hair uses the hard edges of the manmade alongside gliding wings of natural flyers to add life to the looks. Placing pieces of gold glitter along the lash line paired with a natural pink lip, the makeup adds a metallic edge without detracted from the feminine softness of the collection.


By Anisa Tavangar // Image c/0 and


The fashion world left New York for Milan and now Paris (not that it really ever leaves) but we got a peek at some shows when bloggers, designers, and models were running amok for NYFW.  Sasha Henriques covers the art institute show below:


In a show that was sentimental and touching in the best way possible, Art Institute students’ collections brilliantly showcased their strong personal aesthetics rather than catering to the trends of the season.

The excitement was definitely palpable in the Main Tent at Lincoln Center. The theater, which held about 400 people, was packed with students, parents, and administrators alike, and was furnished with a sleek white runway that wrapped around a middle row of seats.

Twelve students and alumni from various Art Institutes around the country competed and were chosen to present their six-look collections—and the designers’ aesthetics couldn’t be more different. From evening gowns to sporty menswear, motorcycle chic to “multi-media assemblages,” according to final K-pop-ragdoll-inspired designer Zong Peng, the show was incredibly dynamic.

The beginning of the runway presentation was more than just inspiring—the first designer’s first look was worn by a model who has spent the last three years recovering from a debilitating disease that left her paralyzed. The model, accompanied by the use of a walker, attempted to traverse the entire runway. The struggle was tangible, and by the end of her journey the audience stood and applauded wildly. And with that touching moment, the show began.


IMG_4776Jamaree Eimmanassakul of Vancouver presented womenswear that was highly structured; she dabbled only in black, white, and gray, but her clothing managed to remain feminine and totally wearable, even with her play on the men’s tuxedo. Her last look, a studded “matador” suit, was a stunner.

Romina Vairo of Pittsburgh had a collection that was perfect for the recent weather—her knits looked warm and soft, and she played with fluid draping and soft silhouettes. She experimented beautifully with new materials and textures in unconventional ways, such as the holographic plastic she featured in her fourth and fifth looks. A particular favorite was her knitted gray cocoon-style dress—honestly the most comfortable-looking knit I’ve seen in a while.

IMG_4748The runway presentation kicked it up a notch with Alexa Dibiaso, an alum of the Houston school. Her collection brought some much-needed edge—deep blacks and a play on soft and hard with leather, chiffon, and crocheted accessories. Her looks were particularly daring and fresh.


Jesus Romero of San Francisco showed the audience some Golden Age glamour with his flowing, evening-gown-inspired looks. His strongest look included silky black high-waisted palazzo pants paired with a white satin blouse with billowing sleeves and a long train—the epitome of sophistication.




The strongest collection was presented by Daniela Ramirez of San Francisco. Not only was it en pointe trend-wise, with her sleek use of harem pants and geometric silhouettes, but her color palette—soft nude, oxblood, and black—was wearable and contemporary.

The closing collection, presented by Zong Peng, was one of the most visually strikingly I’ve ever seen. Drawing inspiration from K-pop, primary colors, and the freedoms of childhood, Peng’s three-dimensional pieces were incredibly creative and super strange. I can’t say any of them were wearable in the least, but they certainly ended the show with a yarn-filled bang.