May 31st, 2016
[This summer, Hoot will highlight a week in outfits as told by stylish CU students at their various jobs and internships. In this first installment, we asked Abbie Kim (BC ’17) to tell us about her work at the HVW8 (pronounced “heavyweight”) Gallery in LA and how she dresses for such a design-oriented gig.]
My intent this year was to follow my passion for art and work the gallery world. I wanted to work with a gallery that was in touch with culture, and I was fortunate to come across such a match with HVW8 Gallery. The majority of the artists that we work with have heavy ties into other fields as well- whether that be sports, skateboarding, or music just to name a few. I started working with HVW8 Gallery in the fall of 2015 where I interned at their recently opened Berlin location. When I returned to the States I went on to travel with the gallery with a Bernie Sanders group art show— the Art of a Political Revolution. I’m happy to finally be settled at their home base in Los Angeles where I will be working as a gallery assistant and selling art this summer.
April 30th, 2016
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February 29th, 2016
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.
February 26th, 2016
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
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.
February 16th, 2016
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
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.
February 11th, 2016
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
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
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
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.