By Devon Delfino, Staff Writer
November’s cover of Elle magazine features the annual Women in Hollywood cover shots, but Melissa McCarthy’s cover is receiving a lot of backlash amid speculation that the plus-size funny lady is too covered up, showing just a sliver of leg beneath her coat, and a bit of exposed décolletage above it.
While heavy, oversized coats are a current big trend this year, the fact is that McCarthy is the only woman in “Women in Hollywood” who is so drastically covered up (and in such a heavy material: wool cashmere.).
In fact, the other covers, which feature Penelope Cruz, Reece Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Marion Cotillard, include crop tops, swimwear and form fitting dresses, a far cry from the almost overwhelming Marina Rinaldi coat McCarthy wears. Although, Cruz’s cover photo, which is a close-shot of the actress’ face, doesn’t show much skin either.
The implications of the photograph are somewhat troubling, however, and many have criticized Elle for “fat-shaming” by singling her out and covering her body with such heavy fabric.
The fashion world is no stranger to weight issues, and hardly any plus-sized women have been featured on the covers of magazines and, up until this past Spring/Summer season, none have been included in New York Fashion Week.
But McCarthy herself dismisses the controversy, admitting that she picked the coat herself and, in an interview with E News, the star said, “What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat. I grabbed the coat. I covered up. I had a great black dress on but I thought, it comes out in November. I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, ‘Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!'”
It looks like McCarthy gets the last word on the matter and I have to say that she looks gorgeous.
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Cherry blossoms, cotton candy and girls in frilly lace dresses are just some of the many possibilities that might come to mind when one thinks of the color pink.
From the palest shades of amaranth to the more vibrant fuchsia and magenta, since the later half of the 20th century, the color pink has been associated with romance, flowers, delicateness, femininity and even boldness.
“Think Pink,” the newest exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, prompts visitors to reflect on the meaning of the color pink as it has evolved through time, be it through its evolution in the use of fashion and accessories, or its association with social and gender classification. The exhibit highlights several dresses from the collection of the late Evelyn Lauder, who was known for creating the pink ribbon as a symbol for breast cancer awareness in 1992. It also showcases a handful of works from other influential designers, such as Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
On Friday, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts for the very first time in an effort to get a much-needed breath of fresh air and explore areas off-campus. As someone who’s had a lifelong aversion to all things pink, I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinating I found the exhibit.
Though it was smaller than I was expecting it to be, its size by no means limits the message it aims to create. Rather than overwhelming visitors in a splash of pink, the exhibit draws one’s eyes to the artfully selected pieces on display. It doesn’t fail to capture one’s attention and stir intriguing topics to dwell on, with captions explaining how pink hadn’t been associated with femininity until the 1920s. Before that, both boys and girls wore pink undergarments and it wasn’t uncommon for men to wear pink formal suits. It wasn’t until the 19th century when darker business suits became trendy for men.
“Think Pink” opened last Thursday, coinciding with the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The exterior of the museum will also be illuminated in pink every night for the rest of October.
The exhibit can be found in the Loring Gallery (Gallery 276) and will be open to the public until May 26, 2014. Entry to the Museum of Fine Arts is free for BU students with identification.
By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
As the calendar flips to October, we should know what to expect, weather-wise: chilly days, pumpkin-spice lattes and thick sweaters. Nope. The weather is broken. And the weather isn’t like my iPhone; I can’t turn it off and turn it back on, in the hopes that the problem will be fixed. And when we can’t fix something, we must adjust.
As a guy, I have so few layers to work with already, and it’s made even more perilous by a temperature that changes numbers faster than T-Swift changes boyfriends. It’s like a square dance of “hot and cold, hot and cold.” I need to make each piece of clothing work, because: one, I won’t be beaten by the weather and two, I’m not going to get changed. I have to pay for my laundry now.
So, if you are similarly afflicted by stubborn pride and a small wallet, then this How-To is for you!
How To Dress When the Weather Is Cray:
1. Button-downs: How have we not bowed down to the mystical powers of the button-down? I recently wore a chambray (like denim, but slightly more pretentious) button-down and was pleasantly surprised by how breathable the fabric was. Button-downs often have a more defined figure than your average t-shirt, so it structures your shoulders into appearing broader and squarer than they might usually be.
2. Loose shirts: For the love of everything sacred, avoid tight clothing. I’ll be the first to admit: I’m a human being and I sweat. And sometimes, when it’s hot or I’m hurrying somewhere, I sweat more. Tight shirts cling to your body, making it all the more obvious when you’re gross and sweaty. Go for a looser t-shirt and roll up the cuffs of your sleeves to give it a slightly more tailored look in the arms, which are uber important.
3. Pants: If I know it’s going to be cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon, I opt for pants. I’d rather be comfortable than cold in the morning. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with rolling up the cuffs of my pants. I would normally roll my eyes at those idiots, but if you know how to do it right, it works. My advice? Roll with fitted pants and only roll enough that your ankles are exposed. No one needs to see your calves in their unholy glory. Have some class.
Are we all ready to brave the tumultuous twists of Boston weather? Just remember to be smart; pack a sweater if you’re going with a t-shirt for the mornings and roll your cuffs to keep cool.
May the Fashion be with you, Padawans!
By Olivia Shur, Staff Writer
Within two seconds after stepping through the backstage area of 19th Amendment’s fashion show on Saturday, I was surrounded by complete chaos or, shall I say, organized chaos.
Clothes were hung all along the top of dressing screens, waiting for models to slip into them. The entire right side of the room had been taken over by hair and makeup artists, who were hastily beautifying away – and making the entire room smell like hairspray. Designers were running around, making sure all of their outfits were runway-ready. I approached one of the calmer-looking ones, and she not only eagerly showed me her collection, but explained the woes of the fashion industry as well.
“The fashion world can be so crucial sometimes. Either you’re in or you’re out,” said Jesenia Lopez, designer and Lasell college graduate. “It’s just really hard sometimes for emerging designers to get that credit.”
Amanda Curtis, the founder of advocacy-fashion-brand 19th Amendment, is looking to change that.
“The 19th Amendment gave everyone a voice to the democratic process. We give everyone a voice in fashion,” Curtis said.
Last summer, Curtis founded 19th Amendment, an organization that gives new designers a platform to launch their collections. She recognized the need for designers to get a foot in the door of the industry – without breaking the bank. The organization’s first ever “flash fashion shows” (more on that later), took place Saturday on Newbury Street, the Prudential Center and Quincy Market. In order to be a part of 19th Amendment, designers had to submit their work to a “virtual studio” on the organization’s website. Their designs were then featured in the fashion shows at a cost that can’t be beat: completely free.
“Compared to what the registration is at Boston Fashion Week, it’s like, $7,000 just to get into the show,” Curtis said, “And you’re maybe showing in front of 70 people, who are probably there for other reasons besides buying your stuff.”
The chaos continued as the first flash fashion show took place on Newbury Street. A 40-foot catwalk rolled out onto the sidewalk and a DJ set up alongside the buildings line Boston’s fashion avenue. Curious onlookers began to gather around the area, taking photographs and tweeting about what was happening – which was exactly what Curtis intended to happen. By having the shows out in the open, it was free for the designers to participate and for street-goers to watch. The only problem? Curtis chose not to obtain permits for using the public sidewalk; hence, a “flash fashion show”, a quick, runway-style show that lasts no more than 10 minutes. Cue, music, models, photographers and then move on to the next location – before the police come.
Curtis explained why this type of opportunity is great for emerging designers — and why Boston is the place to do it.
“If you’re in New York, you really need the money [to launch your designs]. Here you can do it without the money. This is their opportunity to show their fashion that they may not have gotten otherwise,” Curtis said.
Lopez also concurred with Curtis’ statement.
“This is that little platform, that push, just having someone standing behind you in order to get out there,” Lopez said.
In the future, Curtis has high expectations for 19th Amendment. She plans on expanding to a nationwide level, and to continue helping designers launch their careers. Curtis wants her designers to not only have success on the runway, but also have an income they can live off of through their work.
“We really want it to be a platform for designers to launch themselves into a career, where they’re not just achieving success from a Vogue standpoint, but from a financial standpoint, as well,” Curtis said.
While the chaos completely overwhelmed me, Curtis was not bothered by it in the slightest.
“This is absolutely nuts upstairs,” Curtis said, as her eyes widened with excitement, “But I love it.”
By Devon Delfino, Staff Writer
In a Washington Post interview with Nina Davuluri, the newly crowned Miss America said: “[In India,] the more fair-skinned you are, the more beautiful you are. And they spend tons of money on skin-lightening creams, bleaches, products, and here it’s vice versa; we spend so much on tanning products.”
With an ideal that varies so wildly from country to country, it’s worth asking, what is real beauty?
If you look at women’s magazines in the U.S., you see tall, thin, often-tan women. In India, as Davuluri attests, the lighter your skin, the better. Other Asian countries might tend towards pale skin, dark hair, and a long, lean body type. In Mauritania, an African country, the curvier women are, the more beautiful they are. The same is true, to a lesser extent, in Brazil, where larger hips in particular are prized. In France, the ‘natural’ look is in vogue. With all of these drastic differences in opinion, there seems to be no objective definition of beauty.
However, it seems that the overall US standard of beauty is gaining momentum internationally. In fact, some Korean women have even had eyelid surgery to gain the appearance of a more Caucasian face.
Despite these cultural differences in ideas of beauty, it would appear that the only truism is that beauty is money. The cosmetic industry in the US alone brings in $54.89 billion annually and that’s not even including plastic surgery, fragrances, skincare or hair care products.
And then there are the Youtube beauty “gurus” who give tips on makeup application and what products give the best results for combating wrinkles, dark spots, acne, dry skin, redness, and enlarged pores. I’ve bought a ton of products based on those promises. Some have even worked, but when I think about how much money I’ve spent on my face, it’s kind of insane (especially for someone living on a college student’s budget).
I’m not saying that we should all just focus on our inner beauty and ignore the societally constructed versions of beauty that surround us. In fact, I’m the first person to profess my love of (and obsession with) cosmetics and skincare products. But I do believe that everyone should take the whole industry with a grain of salt and focus more on what makes you feel beautiful. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
I have a lot of clothes, probably a lot more than I need and definitely more than my meager money supply can manage. I think I’ve been spending so much and buying so many clothes over the past few months (cue rolling eyes from my parents), because I need to catch up. I went to private school for most of my life where, horrendously, we had to wear uniforms. every. day.
Clearly, it’s not hard to find the root of the problem. I was depraved of that joy and, like Augustus Gloop in “Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory”, as soon as I could I went hog-wild. Any spare cash went straight into the registers at stores, from H&M to Urban Outfitters, ASOS to J.Crew.
I’ve learned some things on my journey as a fashion Padawan and I would like to share these with you:
1. Men’s clothes are crazy expensive.
2. Men’s clothes are the middle children of the fashion world.
3. J.Crew won’t accept tears and a firstborn child as payment for a cardigan.
So that’s where we are. I’d like to share the knowledge I’ve gleaned from my shopping experience and share them with you. That’s right, you! But first, you should probably know a little about me.
Fashion Style: Grandpa Chic with a hint of Modest Hipster.
Favorite color: Green.
Most embarrassing fashion purchase: a horrendously bad, itchy orange sweater (Seriously, it has no redeeming qualities).
I am an excellent sales shopper and recently became addicted to online shopping, as well as becoming addicted to falling in love with the models who wear the clothes in the pictures. It’s a big issue, you guys.
My newest goals are to find more cute, short-sleeve button-downs, which (spoiler alert), I look really great in (and don’t I always look great?), some skinny chinos because sometimes jeans just don’t make the cut and even more crew-neck sweatshirts because I will never have enough crew-neck sweatshirts. Never.
The thing about fashion is that you’re never “done”. There’s always going to be a new season, a new shirt you want to buy and a new style to adapt to. That’s good because as long as our styles change and evolve, it means that we’re changing and evolving as people. I know that I won’t stop changing and evolving until I topple off the top floor of a futuristic Urban Outfitters in the frenzy of a sale. They’ll say it was an accident, but really I was pushed so that someone else could get that denim shirt.
So let’s grow and evolve together, into more fashionable, more savvy and more shrewd shopping individuals! Let’s be Padawans to the fashion Jedi. Seriously.
By Clemence Pluche, Staff Writer
Boston’s prominent collegiate youth play a great role in determining fashion trends. This fall’s trendsetters have shown us that fall/winter trends are a re-vamp of summer style. This is most commonly achieved by layering up and toning down; mini skirts become maxi skirts, the color palette darkens.
Some popular choices are:
Transitional weather is tricky when it comes to fashion, especially in a city like Boston with such erratic weather. A great way to avoid being too hot, too cold and anything in between is to wear a maxi skirt. Prints are always a fail-safe for changing weather. When paired with a bralette, a cardigan and some ankle boots, this look is a combination of both summer and fall.
Classic patterns and daring colors
Designers and fashionistas have been riding the vintage wave for ages, but this fan favorite has directly impacted this year’s fall fashion both on the runway and in street style. Old patterns such as houndstooth, plaid, tweed, ‘80s floral and pinstripes all made appearances in collections like Rag & Bone, Thakoon and Dolce & Gabbana. Patterned coats and skirts are more common, but if you’re brave, venture out with some tweed pants, a floral blouse or a plaid trench coat this fall for a statement look.
We have seen a progression in the color trends this fall. Winter white was a popular choice for designers at Fashion Week in Milan and New York. Naturally, as summer fades, darker shades of green begin to emerge; from forest-green to olive-green – this color is officially a trend of fall fashion.
High-waisted bottoms is and has been a steadfast trend amongst the youngsters of Boston. The varieties of which are endless. High-waisted jeans, pants, shorts, skirts, all add an edge and a dash of class to your outfit. It tricks the eye by elongating the legs and accentuating the waist.
Tan boots…or black
Boots of all shapes, sizes and colors have always been a fall staple. Unless you have industrial-quality Hunters, the snow-filled winters of Boston will not be kind to your boots. Fall is the best time to break out these boots before winter sets in and does them damage. Tan boots in particular have proved to be a staple of the Boston college student. The color goes with any pattern, color or texture, even overall looks for that matter (whether it be preppy, grungy or vintage.) As a word of advice when matching colors: Do not fear brown and black. Using both colors has a reputation as a big fashion no-no, but brown doesn’t necessarily look bad with black. Some black skinny jeans or leggings go perfectly well with brown boots. Though for the more classic at heart or for those of us who are more big-footed, black boots is always another good choice.
The beanie is a fashion staple, whether the fashion be hipster, urban or high-fashion. The beanie is definitely a college-friendly (and wallet-friendly) accessory for chillier weather. Dress up an outfit with a bolder beanie color or dress it down with a subtle color. There is a definitely a beanie for everyone this semester.
Whether looking for some vintage chic, or a cheaper pair of jeans, Boston’s got you covered. Check out a roundup of thrift shops near BU’s Charles River campus.
This isn’t a full list by any means, but if there are any vintage or consignment store that deserves a shout out then simply comment below.
Second Time Around (Back Bay)
Second Time Around does consignment with designer clothes and accessories (it’s slogan is “resale goes upscale”). It’s a great place to track down classy vintage cardigans and cocktail dresses, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re on a tight budget.
The chain has a few locations in Boston, including two on Newbury Street.
The Garment District (Cambridge)
The Garment District is a thrift shopper’s dream. The Cambridge store is not just known for their low price tags, but also for their By The Pound sales. Every day but Friday, the store leaves out 850 pounds worth of clothing for shoppers to sift through and collect. At $1.50 a pound, it’s a steal.
Just a heads up, you might also want to check out their Halloween selection. They have decent prices on costumes, and in October they stay open until midnight.
Buffalo Exchange (Allston)
This is the go-to place for thrifty BU students. It looks more like a secondhand Urban Outfitters than a thrift shop, which is perfect if you’re just looking for something trendy that doesn’t leave you broke.
BU students often go to Buffalo Exchange to sell their clothes at the end of the year. About 80 percent of the store’s selections are bought from local consumers, according to it’s website. But keep in mind they prefer clothes that are in style and in mint condition.
If you have a few hours to kill, look through Goodwill’s selection. It looks dull at a glance, but somewhere there’s an ugly Christmas sweater or a hippy leather patchwork bag you’ll want to take home. It’s also a good place to find basic supplies for DIY costumes.
Urban Renewals (Allston)
Urban Renewals also has its fair share of thrifty gems. It’s not the place to go for trendy vests or hippy chic, but you’ll find some decent clothes and even a good shoe (all for under $10).
By Jasmine Ferrell, Staff Writer
Do you happen to have $250,000 lying around? Forget about your ever-increasing student debt and spend it on a shirt completely made out of gold. That’s right, you could be walking around with the most expensive shirt if you’re willing to slap down a couple dollar bills. Who cares if it’s not even attractive? It’s a gold shirt. But hey if you don’t want to invest your gold into a flimsy piece of apparel, you’ve got other options too.
– Gold Pills: Not sure of the health benefits, but it’d be pretty darn flashy.
– Gold Playing Cards: What better way to intimidate your fellow poker players.
– Gold Motorcycle: Just imagine all the looks you’d get pulling into that roadside motorcycle bar.
– Gold Tools: You can’t repair said bike unless you have the matching tools.
– Gold Pencil: A logical choice for a college student.
So if you feel like spending a little cash, why not add some golden flair to your life?
By Samantha Wong, Staff Writer
If there was a statue that allowed me to pay homage to skinny jeans, I would gladly pay tribute. Skinny jeans are generally the most flattering form of denim to date. I, along with most of the female population, have more than four pairs in my closet. Skinny jeans are not just limited to females either. Males (sadly) can and do take part in this fashion innovation.
However, as of late, the problem that has arisen is that some skinny jeans are not skinny enough. They do not fit because some jeans sag and bulge and make for an unflattering look, because each body is different.
American Eagle has recently come out with ‘Skinny Skinny’, the most flattering, most fitting jeans one can possible find. I rushed to the store’s website, only to find, what is understated as disappointment when the jeans were no longer in stock.
‘Skinny Skinny’ is American Eagle’s newest, possibly skinniest jean. The jeans are limited edition.
More notably, the jeans are from a spray can. One sprays on the jean for varying thickness and length, and creates the most flattering look for oneself.
However, as of right now, the cans are temporarily unavailable. No doubt due to the cans being sold out as soon as they hit shelves. The spray can jean, is not only unisex, but comes in two colors: ‘indigo’ and ‘bright light’.
According to an article by the New York Daily News, it is all a sad joke on us folks who really want skin-tight jeans. AE’s new product, the very versatile spray-can skinny jeans, is the brand’s humorous marketing attempt at selling form-fitting jeans that targets a wide range of people. Nay, everyone. It allows more people to be able to happily indulge in skinny jeans without worrying about them being unflattering or worse, not fitting, since they spray right on to your skin.
Unfortunately, the jest at the skinny jeans craze means these spray-can jeans cannot be worshipped like their less versatile predecessors. Sigh.
Get the skinny on the skinnies here: