Friday, April 30, 2010

Students Speak: Video Interview With Tiffany Morris

Tiffany Morris, an SAS freshman, talks about her love for Cleopatra Jones and belts in the video interview below. Let us know what you think!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Effortlessly Cool-- College Ave

Austin Hennelly
Scarf--Emily Bunin, Jacket--Goodwill, Jeans--Udelco, Shoes--Udelco

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man--Downtown NB

Christopher Guerra
Jacket--Black Rivet, Tank Top--Hanes, Jeans--Levi's, Shoes--Vans, Glasses--Armani

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Students Speak: Video Interview With Liat Kisos

As part of our new multi-media campaign, Scarlet Style is introducing a series of video interviews. These will feature well-dressed students around the Rutgers campus, talking about their clothing, inspiration, and anything else they'd like! Our first interview, seen below, features Liat Kisos, an SAS freshman. Let us know what you think!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Clothes in Cinema: Comrade Couture

1980s East Germany is generally not remembered for its haute couture. But model-cum-director Marco Wilms remembers differently. His documentary Comrade Couture (A Dream in Strawberry Foil), reflects on the outrageous and avant-garde fashion scene that he and his friends participated in during their 20s.

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In East Germany, there were two main groups--Allerleirauh (All Kinds of Fur) and Chic, Charmant und Dauerhaft (Stylish, Charming, and Enduring). Both groups would put on elaborate underground fashion performances, featuring outfits made of strawberry foil (as seen above), shower curtains, leather, and burlap. Members of this community often faced trouble from the Stasi, for being perceived as threatening and anti-Communist.

The film offers an fascinating glance into an outrageous, hilarious, and altogether stylish subculture. It also serves as a commentary on aging and remaining interested in the fashion industry as a generation of models, designers, and artists enters its 40s. Comrade Couture is being screened at MOMA this month, as part of the museum's "Kino 2010!: New Films from Germany" festival. For a trailer, see below.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Clean-Cut Chic--Outside Scott Hall, College Ave

Hanna Sparks
Shirt--Sears, Skirt--Korea, Tights--H&M, Shoes-Consignment Shop(Cole Haan), Belt--Forever 21

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Preppy Summer--Outside Murray, College Ave

Chris Rzigalinski
Shorts--GAP, Shoes-Converse, Everything Else-Miscellaneous

Chris's outfit is a classic preppy ensemble for both spring and summer. With its fitted striped cardigan and bright yellow polo peaking out from underneath, this look is very reminiscent of advertisements by GAP and Lacoste. He completes his look with matching green Converses and a stylish yet functional brown messenger bag.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Fashion Flashback: Twin Peaks Turns 20

Twin Peaks, one of the most daring television shows ever aired, is having its twentieth anniversary this month. When it first premiered in 1990, viewers tuned in weekly for the show's combination of surreal visuals, soap-opera antics, and memorable, quirky characters. Audrey Horne, played by Sherilyn Fenn, was one of the most popular among fans. Audrey was a poor little rich girl, with a touch of Lolita thrown in. Ignored by her father, a business tycoon, she longed for a life of excitement and danger. To compensate, Audrey constantly flirted with FBI Agent Dale Cooper, who came to Twin Peaks to investigate its various mysteries.

Audrey always dressed to kill--her typical outfit was the sexpot version of that worn by a 1950s schoolgirl. She never left home without an eye-catching sweater and a knee-length, fitted skirt. The tree-print sweater, seen above, is a perfect fit for Audrey--not only does it suit her fair complexion and dark hair, but it alludes to the creepiness within the town of Twin Peaks itself!

Audrey's hair and makeup were never less than perfect, either. Her dark waves were always styled just right. She also was rarely seen without red lipstick and a beauty mark near her left eye. And who can forget her Elizabeth Taylor-like eyebrows! During her time in Twin Peaks, Audrey set many hearts aflame. With her timelessness, she still serves as an inspiration for many, including Scarlet Style! You can see Audrey in action in the video below, and full Twin Peaks episodes (save for the two-hour pilot) here.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bohemian Rhapsody--Voorhees Mall, College Ave

Brittany McGovern
Shorts--Forever 21, Shoes--Converse, Socks--Multicolored Find, Shirt--Roomate's, Jewelry--Assorted

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pat the Hat--Voorhees Mall, College Ave

"Pat the Hat" (A.K.A. Pat Ree)

Hat--Montreal, Bandanna--Thailand, Shirt--Guess, Jeans--Pac Sun, Boots--The Closet (New Brusnwick), Glasses--NYC

Green With Envy--CSB, Downtown New Brunswick

Matt Posey
Shirt--Thrifted, Jeans--Buffalo Exchange, Shoes--Puma

Matt, a Video Arts graduate student, is busy making conceptual short works and teaching undergrads. He simply doesn't have time for riff raff! His military-inspired shirt, with its sleek shape yet defined shoulders, lets everyone know who's running the (fashion) show.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fashion for Free: The Spring 2010 H & M Magazine

Being poor college students, both Z and M appreciate when something stylish also happens to be free of charge. One such recent discovery is the Spring 2010 H & M Magazine. Z, tired from scouring the racks at her local H & M, was thrilled to eyeball the magazine and hear the salesgirl drone, "Yes, it's free..."

This season's issue features the of-the-moment supermodel Erin Wasson on the cover. Inside the magazine, she is featured in a fashion shoot entitled "Perfect Match," detailing a variety of white t-shirt and denim combinations. Basics, it seems, never go out of style!

Famed and controversial photographer Terry Richardson has also captured model Natasa V roaming the streets in "New York City Girl." The photos are carefree and fun, as Natasa wears a variety of H & M's spring clothing--gold parachute pants, striped tops, and the like.

Arguably the most interesting article in the magazine is Agnes Braunerhielm's "In the Front Row," covering the who, what, and wear of the craziness known as New York Fashion Week. Sideboxes next to her article include "How to Get a Foot in the Door of the Fashion Business" and "The A-List."

For all the juicy tidbits and pictures, head over to your local H & M, and grab a copy!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Rutgers Student Takes Modeling World by Storm!

The insert cover inspired by the Clinique Fresh Face winners!
Many a girl has dreamed of being a model--wearing gorgeous designer clothes, walking down catwalks, and being photographed by the likes of Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino. For Misha Bernier, a Rutgers University sophomore, the dream became a reality. Misha was one of three final winners in Clinique's Fresh Faces contest. As a result, she is featured in this month's special advertising insert for TEENVogue.

From left to right: Contest winners Monica, Misha, and Eartha

In an interview with Scarlet Style, Misha noted, "[TEENVogue] called me really early in the morning to tell me I'd won...I was still sleeping!" Shocked and elated, she quickly told her parents the good news. During winter break, Misha and her sister were picked up via towncar, and went to New York City for three days.

The first day in New York included getting to their hotel and having a meet-and-greet with the other winners. On the second day, the new models had brief photoshoots in their hotel, Times Square, and the Clinique and TEENVogue offices. Misha and the other winners helped with "Naming research...just talking about what girls want" in terms of cosmetics with the Clinique personnel. The final day featured a day-long photoshoot at Industria Studios. The winners also received $1,000 worth of Clinique cosmetics. However, Misha noted, "My sister came with me, so we're splitting the cosmetics...But I still use them everyday!"

Misha's sparkly dress is fantastic!
Now back at Rutgers, Misha will soon send modeling pictures to casting agencies and hopes to find regular work. She adores Chanel Iman, seeing her as "a total inspiration to women of color," and is also a huge fan of Rihanna. Misha also prides herself on staying real. "Just embrace what you naturally look like. If you're not a 'typical model,' that's perfectly fine. It is possible. Just keep trying."

Note: All images are from TEENVogue, Clinique, and their respective owners.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fresh Florals--Outside Frelinghuysen, College Ave

Courtney Teryek
Bolero--Express, Dress--Mandees, Shoes--Macy's, Backpack--Vera Bradley

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Runway Look for Less: Erin Fetherston Spring 2010

Although designer clothing is coveted by all for its unique and trendy style, people(especially college students) run on a tight budget, and tend to spend their money on necessities rather than luxuries. It is still possible however to obtain the designer look you saw on the runways without having the heavy price tag attached.

Below is an example of a runway look that can easily be replicated using items from affordable stores.

Erin Fetherston Spring Ready to Wear Collection 2010

This Look for Less:

Total: $101.78

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on just one item of clothing, you can get an entire outfit inspired by a designer look for around $100. Style is not about the amount of money you spend on fashionable garments; rather, it is about the identity you create by transforming runway trends into your own personal looks.