December 4th, 2013

CU Closets: Reed Rucker, BC ’15

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Reed Rucker’s monochromatic style is simple and understated, yet edgy. Her capsule wardrobe, primarily composed of silky shirts and skinny jeans in various shades of white, grey and black, is influenced by her childhood: “My mother used to make me pick a color palette when packing for traveling, so that we didn’t have to take that much luggage. At college this makes dressing in the morning so much easier.”

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Madewell and Rag & Bone jeans

Some of her favorite brands are Acne, COS, Rag & Bone and Theory, while she buys basics from Gap, Zara and ASOS. “Online shopping is great as a student, sometimes I just don’t find the time to leave campus for a shopping trip downtown.” Next on her wish list for this winter are a leather jacket and the iconic Stuart Weitzman over the knee 50/50 boots: “they are so elegant and go with everything.”

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Reed’s jewelry, especially her eclectic collection of rings, is sourced from trips abroad and provides a fun contrast to her clean chic wardrobe. She also likes mixing things up with a few vintage pieces, including a gorgeous black persian lamb coat bought on Barnard’s campus.

When in need for some fashion inspiration, Reed enjoys browsing the fashion blog The Northern Light: “I just love her Scandinavian style.” And the pile of Vogues on her bedside table constitutes her extra curricular reading list.

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Alice & Olivia dress

By Cara Baestlein


November 22nd, 2013

CU Closets: Jacqueline Mix, BC ’17

Jacqueline Mix, BC 2017, has a Francophile style that proves simplicity can be anything but boring. She can be seen on campus in striped t-shirts, vintage dresses, and leather loafers, a mix that she describes as “French new-wave simplistic.”  Jacqueline’s style embodies both a sense of ease and polish, which reflects her laid-back personality.

Jacqueline admits that the influence of French culture is obvious in her wardrobe, “I own like a million berets and capes,” she jokes.  Her love of vintage finds stems from her upbringing in Pasadena, California: “at home there’s a huge flea market called Rose Bowl Flea and I would go almost every month.” Her scores include an old nurse’s cape and a wool coat from the 1950’s.


Jacqueline demonstrates a love for architecture and art, especially the work of Magritte, the Belgian surrealist artist, and has produced a lot of her own artwork. On her walls are taped up posters of paintings and her own drawings and sketches, transforming her dorm room into her own personal art gallery.


Jacqueline cites film as a huge source of inspiration in her style, naming influences from Anna Karina in Pierrot le Fou and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall to the animations of Hayao Miyazaki. Jacqueline says, “I like that most of the characters are not over-glamorized and are very relatable and just wear cutesy clothes for themselves.”

By Rowanne Dean


November 11th, 2013

CU Closets: Krista Lewis, BC 2015


Editor’s Closet: Krista Lewis
Major: Art history with a concentration in visual arts


On her style: I can’t really define my style. I wear a lot of vintage and band tee shirts and cute, flirty dresses with jackets right now. It’s a mix of masculine and feminine.


On her favorite dress: This vintage dress reminds of Valentino’s last collection, I got it in the East Village at a place off Houston. It’s super delicate and flowy and graceful. It’s one of those things that you wear that everyone compliments you on because you just look like a princess.


On Birkenstocks: I’ve just been wearing a lot of chelsea boots with socks, and Birkenstocks with socks. Socks and stocks, man. You have to have the right socks though – it has to be black socks with black on black Birkenstocks; it can’t be a gray sock. And wear them with flirty dresses – otherwise you just look like a hippie mom.


On vintage shopping advice: I’m in love with this coat [referring to vintage Kenzo], which I got at the Manhattan Vintage Show last year. With vintage things, you have to be really persistent and be ready to spend hours sifting through things. I always look for fabric first, then cut second – like cotton or wool or something. You just have to feel everything and if it feels nice, pull it out and try it. But feel first because if it’s a bad fabric you won’t want to wear it no matter how cute it looks.





By Rubii Pham

October 16th, 2013

CU Closets: Ariella Hohl, GS/JTS 2017


On a typical day, Ariella Hohl (GS/JTS 2017) can be spotted on College Walk in her signature aviator sunglasses, chunky stone necklace, and shiny ballet flats. Her eccentric style reflects her exotic background and one-of-a-kind personality. Ariella hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she went to an international Swiss school and learned six languages fluently. She wears bright, diaphanous tops with patterned pants, punctuated by jewelry hand crafted by Brazilian artists. If she is feeling even more dressy than usual, she can be seen wearing a billowy maxi skirt with a fitted top, accessorized with a sparkly scarf and large, dangly, statement earrings.


When she first walks into a room, her colorful ensemble, unique accessories, and thick, tousled curls are the first things noticed about Ariella. But not for long: after two seconds, she exclaims “Hola mis amigas!!” and proceeds to walk around giving everyone a hug and a kiss on the head. Her style radiates that positive energy to everyone she meets.












Ariella embodies the true elements of style. She does not merely follow the trends, but presents herself in a way that projects her worldly background and that lovable Brazilian charm.

By Leora Herman

October 9th, 2013

CU Closets: Ioanna Moriatis, CC 2016


Ioanna Moriatis, CC ’16, embodies a free, simplistic style elevated by exotic, ethnic accessories. She can be found on campus rocking fitted jeans and a tank top with patterned Pashmina scarves, bold, dangling Argentinian earrings and a woven messenger bag. A Middle Eastern and Asian Studies major who has embraced her Greek-Argentinian background, Ioanna’s interest in different cultures is effortlessly infused into her style.


Ioanna mixes dark, solid shades and adds a splash of bright color through her accessories. Her adventurous nature and openness to new elements is also shown in her changing hairstyles – she has gone from boy short to long hair, from dark brown to red, and now she is currently sporting ombre locks, “I get bored easily and I like to change things up”.


Her room also shows her affinity for Middle Eastern culture. She has a golden, maroon tapestry that covers one wall of her room.  “This tapestry is from Israel – it has a calming, zen effect that brightens up the bland palette of McBain”. Her walls are also adorned with artworks of Monet and Picasso, further representing her eclectic taste.

Ioanna’s pieces come from a mix of countries and stores (like H&M and Urban Outfitters), however her favorite items are her second hand jean jacket and backpack that her mother sported in high school. Ultimately, this girl has an awesome style.

By Claudia Khoury


April 29th, 2013

CU Closets: Serena Board, BC 2015

Eclectic schoolgirl. Sophisticated swag.  Fashion chameleon. These are just a few of the phrases Serena Board, BC ’15, uses to describe her style persona.

Stepping into her enchanting space, its walls lined with clippings, she explains, “Magazines are definitely a big inspiration.” She cites Vogue Australia and Hunger as some of her favorites. It’s no coincidence that she rocks a blonde crop vis-à-vis a model’s photo on her wall. Meanwhile, her blown-up Mucha portrait poster speaks to her appreciation for the artist’s style and finesse.

Serena’s wardrobe, which includes tulle dresses, chunky sweaters, and a neat collection of snapbacks, gives her even more to talk about. “I can’t wait to rock my cut-off shorts this spring,” she says. Serena finds most of her pieces in thrift shops and flea markets around Harlem and Brooklyn, but often checks out Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange while at home in Roseburg, Oregon. Serena’s many travels contribute to her sense of adventure when it comes to shopping — she reminisces about market browsing in Mexico and exploring the fashion scene in Europe over her last winter holiday.




“Being the youngest of seven sisters, I had a lot passed down to me so I had to find a way to make it my own,” she says. As her room reveals, Serena certainly keeps it eclectic. High heels line the top of her shelf and dried roses are scattered between her books, giving even her study space an artistic ambience.

IMG_5225Serena’s space and wardrobe work in a sort of symbiotic relationship — together, they  tell the story of a young woman who’s not afraid to express herself.


By Esther Kitabire
Photos by Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle

April 5th, 2013

CU Closets: Andre Fuqua, SEAS 2015

andre3Andre Fuqua, SEAS ’15, has mastered the art of dressing with simplicity. Fuqua, who also serves as Hoot’s new menswear director, can often be spotted around campus donning a monochromatic color palette composed of black from head-to-toe, with an ankh necklace swinging to the beat of his footsteps in time to the sounds of Marvin Gaye or John Legend. He gains clothing inspiration from his family, his New York explorations, and his studies as a Civil Engineering major and Architecture minor.



As a student of architecture, Fuqua is inspired by geometric shapes. “Last year, I had a lot of circular-shaped stuff in my room,” he said. Fuqua’s room and personal style also draw from his SEAS studies, interest in the culture and music of the ’60s and ’70s, and people watching around New York City in neighborhoods like SoHo and Harlem. His wall decorations embody artistic and musical culture. They also capture a sense of order and precision, as seen in the repetition of the square shape on his walls in the form of posters, a beautiful elephant tapestry, and mirrors that “really open up the space.”



While Fuqua loves the versatility of an all-black wardrobe, some of his most prized possessions include his array of patterned shirts and vintage pieces, many of which have been thrifted or given to him by his family members — specifically his uncles who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s. As Fuqua said, he’s “always stealing swag from them.” It’s not hard to understand why he cites Marvin Gaye as one of his style role models when he pulls out a collared shirt covered in red, blue, and brown-spotted stripes. Fuqua exudes confidence in both his fun-loving and impossibly cool fashion choices. His spirit is seamlessly translated in his visual aesthetic — he knows where he came from, where he’s at, and where he’s going.


By Kiani Ned

April 3rd, 2013

CU Closets: The Shields Sisters, Simone (BC 2015) & Elie (BC 2016)


Having a stylish sister who shares a similar taste and shoe size has its perks, from asking for outfit advice to sneaking into (er, borrowing) a pair of heels for a night out. For sisters Simone and Elie, attending Barnard College together has only enhanced their knack for knowing one another’s sartorial personality. Hoot visited Elie, a potential Urban Studies major, in her first-year dorm and Simone, a sophomore and Art History major, in her suite to get the scoop on designers they dig and the spring trends they can’t wait to break out.


Both Simone and Elie call on French labels like Isabel Marant, Sandro, and Maje for their tailored, unfussy tops and jackets, perfect for a college student running around the city. “The girl who dresses at these shops dresses nicely, but is also pretty relaxed and creative,” Simone said. Despite their shared love for similarly striking pieces from Helmut Lang and Iro, the sisters cite each other’s distinct senses of style when it comes to putting it all together for their daily ensembles.

“I’d say Simone is a little bit boho, but she also has a French vibe. She wears tailored coats, jackets, tweeds, but has jeans and boots on also — it’s kind of a mix,” Elie said. While originally San Francisco, California gals, Elie’s style has definitely been inspired by her family’s move to London when she was entering her sophomore year of high school, which made her transition to polished New York City dressing a breeze. “I’d say Elie’s style is pretty modern and on trend. It’s pretty “New York-y.” Elie is also really good at investing in items that are of high quality. She does quality over quantity in a really nice way,” Simone said.



Growing up in both bohemian San Francisco and eclectic London have provided them with rich sources of inspiration. Still, as Simone pointed out, “In London, people definitely respect the more conservative, classic ways of dressing. The city is also still really fun, colorful and international.” The sisters also note their mother, a former buyer for Macy’s, as a major influence on their appreciation for fashion. Simone has inherited special pieces of jewelry from her mother over the years, and currently favors big statement earrings with an organic quality from Alexis Bittar.




In terms of the go-to pieces in their closets, Elie points to a pair of Rag & Bone leather pants that she “never takes off.” She also opts for neutrals, like her grey Rebecca Taylor coat, that she enhances with sophisticated monochrome mixing. “I like something that’s pretty basic, like black pants. I can wear them with a white t-shirt and it makes them more interesting.” Though as April showers draw near she admits, “I do need something waterproof in my life.”


For Simone, draped dresses and tops like those made by Vivienne Westwood are mainstays in her wardrobe. One dress by Alexander Wang is a particular favorite. “I definitely have a thing for drapery. I love that this combines some more casual fabrics with a little bit of silky stuff. It’s really flattering in the way that it falls,” she said.

Following an internship at Marc Jacobs this past fall in the sales department for collection accessories, she also developed a penchant for handbags. “I helped in the showroom during buyer’s week and made line lists and did a lot of cataloguing of the samples. At the end, they gave me this bag [the Wellington]. I’ve always really liked this style. I like that it’s red, which is kind of classic but also fun. I like the structure of the bag as well,” Simone said. “I have the smallest Macbook possible—it’s an Air— so I can fit it in there without a case. It’s pretty great.”



While Simone and Elie clearly share an appreciation for fashionable finds, one thing the duo does not currently share is a dorm room. Yet both of their rooms provide equally bright, cozy spaces, full of mementos from their international travels, for each to unwind in after a busy day of classes and internships. And as the weather gets progressively warmer, they might just be borrowing from each other’s closets away from home more often than usual.




Simone, who loves light tops and silk dresses, looks forward to reviving a recently unearthed, old Diane Von Furstenberg dress of hers with a ladybug print on it this spring. “I must have bought it when I was around 15…It’s a little quirky, but I’d like to find an opportunity to wear it again,” she said.


For Elie, the spring brings with it an opportunity to don her favorite spring dresses. “I’m looking forward to being very girly,” she said, and also looks forward to going bold on campus in cobalt blue. “I feel like this whole school year has been a lot of darks and neutral and I’m excited to start wearing some bright colors!”

We couldn’t agree more.

By Olivia Aylmer
Photos by Vanessa Holländer

March 13th, 2013

CU Closets: Isabelle Burger-Weiser, CC 2015

New York native Isabelle Burger-Weiser (CC ’15) has a closet that spans the late twentieth century in a room that documents her favorite books, artwork, and people. In short, she and her room are truly one of a kind.

Possibly the most defining aspect of this philosophy and physics double major’s small yet lively dorm space is the abundance of postcards featuring places, people, and artwork, which line both her desk and walls. “I collect an enormous amount of postcards and I just don’t have enough room for all of them. I love the idea of having a small piece of art with you,” she said. Her room’s like postcard itself, what with the poster board she made with a friend freshman year filled with names of inspirational people and the assorted knickknacks, such as her grandfather’s old typewriter, a candle-less lantern, and an accordion from the 1940s which Burger-Weiser herself plays.

While her room itself  has history and stories woven throughout, the same can be said about the pieces in her closet. When she’s not personalizing hand-me-downs from her mother and her older sister, she’s scouring thrift and vintage shops. “I really love certain periods of history and thinking about how fashion incorporated itself into the culture, especially with the politics of the time,” she said.

Her favorite pieces have their own stories as well—one cozy cardigan was knit by her grandmother for her father and her mother once donned a floral romper she now happily calls her own. She once found a delicate white skirt in a vintage shop in Paris, which she fell in love with at first sight. “I was pretty sure I wore this skirt in a dream,” she said.

As for her fashion icons, Burger-Weiser looks mainly to French New Wave actresses
Jean Seberg and Anna Karina. In terms of how she creates her look for the day, she said, “It’s very much a character thing for me—not to be a different person but to think about who would wear an outfit.”

Burger-Weiser’s boundless inspiration helps her to constantly weave in new stories to both her wardrobe and her room. As a result, she has undoubtedly begun to write a unique story for herself.

By Rebecca Deczynski

February 22nd, 2013

CU Closets: Sarah Esser, BC 2015

Sarah Esser (BC ’15) often finds herself dancing, and equips herself with a wardrobe that keeps her inspiration flowing in and out of the studio. The dance major discovers most of her unique pieces in thrift shops, and receives hand-me-down clothing from her mother, grandmother, and even her brother. “I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for something,” she says. “I’m really trying to play off this broke college student thing as much as I can.”

While her wardrobe features a varied collection of patterns and colors, Esser gravitates
towards menswear and looser fits—clothing than makes her feel more feminine and allows her to dance at a moment’s notice. Her collection includes standout pieces like a thrifted pair of cropped red harem pants and her brother’s old boy scout uniform shirt. “I wore it out one time with a beanie and bright red lipstick and I felt crazy, but it was fun,” Esser says.

Her inspiring aesthetic shines through in both her dancing and her style. Having practiced hip-hop since the age of eight, she swears by her Nikes and has developed an obsession with snapbacks. The combined fusion of her hip-hop and contemporary dance training help her to bring a sense of fluidity and movement to her clothing.

“I really like backs and I really like shoulders, in clothing and in my choreography,”
she says, showing off the keyhole she cut into a denim shirt. She also looks towards the art world for inspiration, particularly the sculptural work of Rodin—she displays such a photo on her wall. The sculpture emphasizes the musculature and the movement of the back that Esser so values as a choreographer.

Artistic inspiration aside, the girl also just likes to have fun. Laughing, she pulls out a Darth Vader mask after showing off her wardrobe, puts it on, and confesses, “I wore it in Butler during the hurricane.”

Esser’s wardrobe reflects her deep sense of personal style and confidence to sport
eccentric pieces. “I always feel good about an outfit if my mom asks me what I’m wearing,” she says. The result is uniquely refreshing and full of some welcome surprises.

By Rebecca Deczynski 

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February 5th, 2013

CU Closets: Zoë Flood-Tardino, BC 2015

Zoë Flood-Tardino (BC ’15) describes her style as “weird and artsy,” a sign that this artist and Art History major is not afraid to take wardrobe risks that pay off. While her favorite vintage shops in Phoenix supplement most of her unique pieces, Zoë also looks to the Harajuku style of Tokyo and Yayoi Kusama for design and aesthetic inspiration. Along with these foreign influences, she cites her mom as her biggest style icon.

A similarly effortless aesthetic is evident in the decorations around her room: museum postcards, tear-outs from an old Klimt calendar, a drawing from a vintage shop in Montréal, and a postcard from Giverny. A print from a gallery show featuring an artist from the Lower East Side Print Shop, where she interned last semester, rounds out the art-filled walls above her bed. Zoë’s love of art runs deep—she sports a beautiful tattoo of the bird in Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt. Even though she manages to make it to museums, she hasn’t been able to find time to work on her painting as much as she would like; she is looking forward to starting art classes this semester.

Despite living in New York City, Zoë admits that she “prefers the vintage stores in Phoenix because they have weirder things.” Still, she has found a few favorite stores in this wonderful city of ours, including In God We Trust, Verameat for vintage-inspired  jewelry, and her personal favorite, No Relation. Her 602 necklace, a gift from her mother, rarely—if ever—leaves her neck and she can always be seen wearing one of the lipsticks from her ever growing and evolving collection. It’s easy to see that this girl’s style is a work of art all its own.

By Krista Lewis