Photography by Hannah Mougel
We all know the rule. “You can’t wear white after Labor Day. It’s tacky and tasteless.” Breaking this rule used to be one of the most well-known fashion faux pas of the last century. The rule is rumored to originate from wealthy aristocratic women in the early 1900s attempting to distinguish themselves from people who weren’t worthy enough to be in their social circle (like a Jenny Humphrey, obviously). In order to do this, these women made codes and classified them as etiquette norms, kind of like what The Plastics did in Mean Girls. (“On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”)
Nevertheless, we all know that rules are meant to be broken. This rule has seen resistance even from others in the fashion elite since early on. Coco Chanel was known to have worn white year-round as it was a permanent part of her wardrobe. In simplest terms, this rule just doesn’t matter anymore.
Although the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day can be broken, there are, in a way, rules on how you should wear white after Labor Day. First, it needs to be weather appropriate. There are many white lace short summer dresses out there — don’t wear them during the winter. There are ways, however, that you can convert more summer or spring appropriate clothes into a winter closet. The easiest way to do this is by layering. One can mix different sweaters, vests and jackets of knits, wool, leather, etc., to keep warm. The trend also includes more than just plain white. Mixing different shades of white, whether it is eggshell, cream, beige, and even light grays can work. On top of this, you can add white jewelry, whether bangles, earrings, necklaces and rings. Being able to layer effectively is a style skill that everyone can benefit from.
Another reason why white is great — because it naturally evokes a style that is minimalistic. Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Simplicity is white’s essence. Due to this, it is able to have a longer “closet life,” and can be worn year-round depending on how you wear it and what you wear it with. It is a color that can adapt through all seasons.
Now, instead of looking tacky, you can wear white and look sophisticated and chic in an effortless way. If you need more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board or look how we styled winter whites.
For day time:
For night time:
-Kate Watson & Erika Reals
Model: Lana L’Heureux
Photography by Bethany Hughes
Styled by Kate Watson & Erika Reals
If your are looking for some ass shakin’, booty bumpin’, team twerkin and jiggy poppin’ get yo self to #assjamz on NYE.
If your feeling the vibes and want to see some booties go to The Granada on NYE and tickets are only $5. (Not to shabby!!!)
For more information go the The Granada’s webpage.
Winter is for cool coats, ankle boots with chunky socks, furry hoods, dramatic silhouettes, slouchy beanies, menswear fabrics, thick tights and cashmere sweaters. The hard stuff. But how do you not look like a homeless person and like you are swimming in a sea of wool?
Here are some multi-layer looks that will keep you warm as the temperatures get colder.
Play with different fabrics - flannels layered under a wool make a great combo.
Layer on a thick, cozy cardigan instead of a jacket for days when the sun peeks out on campus.
For a more bohemian look, bring your maxi skirts back to the front of the closet and wear with a oversized sweater. Also adding a pattern beanie never hurt anyone.
And why waste a summer slip when you can layer a pattern sweater over, adding a embellished ruffle.
For behind the scenes of how our Style on the Hill girls choose their outfits go to The Bold Americana.
- Emily Paulson, Emma Johnson and Lana L’heureux
Photography by Emma Johnson
The only positive I find about finals is plugging in my Beats and listening to the perfect mix. Luckily for those who feel the same, we gathered some local djs to smooth your ears during this stressful week.
Music on the Hill Presents: J▲CK ROL▲ND
“Stargazers of this subculture – I give you harmony.”
00:00 J▲CK ROL▲ND — She, the illusion [demo] (Andrea the Dreamer)
05:43 Nguzunguzu – Skycell (FadeToMind)
07:02 Huerco S. — Prinzif (Colonial Patterns)
08:50 Laurel Halo — Ainnome (Chance of Rain)
10:17 Egyptrixx — Water (A/B til Infinity) //// 10:29 MIKE WALL — Times [Original Mix] /// 11:49 Cheap and Deep — Beautiful
14:53 Piano sample ripped from Nicolas Jaar’s mixtape release ‘Our World’
17:42 Darkside — Paper Trails
22:33 Andy Stott — Submission [sampled] /// 23:22 Destiny’s Child — Emotion [Accapella sample] /// 24:25 Burial — Come Down to Us [sampled]
26:11 BLONDES — Business
29:06 Delroy Edwards — Heart and Soul (Lies X-MAS 01)
For more mixes by J▲CK ROL▲ND visit his soundcloud page.
And check back this week for more local artists. GOOD LUCK JAYHAWKS!
Graphic by Patrick Blanchard.
Edited by Emily Paulson.
No one wants goosebumps in the cold and why go tanning to get your pale legs bronzed when you can get tangled in tights this holiday season. Outfit ideas that don’t leave your summer shorts shoved in the back of the closet and keep your ripped tights chic.
… You don’t need the sun to showcase your legs (so don’t wimp out on your leg wear.)
-Emily Paulson & Lana L’Heureux
Styled and modeled by Emily Paulson, Lana L’Heureux, Callan Reilly, Sarah Morris
Photography by Andrew Shepherd
Copping a fresh pair of Nikes is harder that you think.
Sure, buying those Air Max 90s with your mom at DSW was easy enough back in the day, but snagging a pair of highly coveted sneakers is much more difficult. There are pre-release campouts at stores, ridiculously long lines the morning of the release, and absurdly fast sell-outs. And that’s all in New York. The game is much harder to play here in the Midwest, where your best bet for a nice pair of sneakers is an out-of-state “friend” you met at a party who had good drugs.
First I’m going to handle the haters, because I feel their wrath coming and I keep my pimp hand strong. It’s not that hard – just buy them online. -SMACK- Why don’t you just go to the mall, or Foot Locker? -SMACK SMACK- Bitch please with that nonsense. If this were that easy, you all would be wearing Air Yeezy 2s or Nike Mag 10s instead of the Shocks and Sperrys I see y’all fools rocking. Respect your elders in the game, because I’ve been there.
The bottom line that any true sneakerhead will realize about life in the Midwest is that good shoes are imported. There simply isn’t a large enough market for brand retailers like Foot Locker or FinishLine (or other good stores) to supply either the volume or selection that places in LA and NYC can cater to. Sure, they might participate in highly anticipated releases to ride the wave of profitability that these release provide, but shoe stores out here cater to a different market. And sadly, that market is flooded with Crocs.
The second thing you should know about dedicated sneaker shopping is that shopping online can be just as unsuccessful on release dates. Especially on highly coveted pairs, sites like Eastbay of FinishLine have been known to experience server crashes when flooded with thousands of customers in a five-minute span. A crashed site, with an emptied cart, is not what you want.
Your true path to glory will be had via Twitter. Follow “@nikestore” and keep an eye on their tweets the day before the expected release date, which can be found on the Nike store’s calendar. At some point, usually mid-afternoon, the Nike store Twitter feed will tweet something prolific, something that will resonate with a generation. Something like: “Extra responsiveness. Ultimate control. The @NikeBasketball KD V Elite launches tomorrow at 8am EDT. pic.twitter.com/24rrajgjmP”.
At this point the heat is on. You know the date. You know the time. Set your alarm, cue up a Twitter feed on perpetual refresh, and let the waiting begin.
At the assigned time, Nike’s twitter will ring out again, although this time with a link to the proper Nike store page. USE THIS LINK. Nike’s site has a reputation as being the best place to buy sneakers, namely because their servers expect to handle the massive influx of customers. Move smoothly, but quickly, adding one pair, and only one pair to your cart. None of this Nelly, Air Force One, “Get me two pairs,” type nonsense. Some releases are extremely limited, and Nike will limit their sales to a certain amount per customer. Apparently you’re allowed to go over the limit when adding shoes to your cart, but come checkout time, the whole thing fails, empties your cart, and starts you over at the back of the line. Not a good place to be when the stakes are high and the bounty is few. Best to ensure you’ve got at least one pair before getting greedy.
Once you’ve got your cart loaded, do like I do when late in the semester and check the fuck out.
Sit back, wait for shipping, and prepare for hipster girls to swoon.
- Preston Bukaty
Edited by Erika Reals
Photography by Vasu Gupta
Call me ahead of the game, but I’ve been stealing clothes out of my brothers’ closets for as long as I can remember. This trend isn’t for the average Tomboy or feminist anymore, though — it’s a fashion statement that celebrities, designers, fashionistas and college students alike can all indulge in. It is a trend suited for all the ladies, and it is easy to add your own twist of originality and style to make the look yours.
While walking along Jayhawk Boulevard after the steam whistle has blown, the amount of Converse sported by all types of girls is almost uncountable. This shoe was originally made for men, particularly as the first basketball shoe, but on this campus the women seem to be dominating the Chuck Taylor market.
The greatest thing about it is that it can be done both casually and formally. For more formal occasions, add a pair of suspenders to your slacks, a brimmed hat paired with a sweater, or buy some patterned mens dress socks to add some detail to the outfit. If you want to get super fancy, consider wearing a tie to really make your outfit pop.
To keep the look casual, add some baggy jeans to go along with your high-top Converse. Wildman Vintage on Massachusetts Street has a lot of classic mens looks for cheap, including dress hats, suspenders in nearly every color, leather belts, ties, and more. Browsing through the men’s section as a woman nowadays won’t turn a lot of heads, so don’t be afraid to shop on the other side of the spectrum. What really matters, though, is to just have fun and be creative with it.
For more Tomboy inspiration, check out this Pinterest board.
Model: Sarah Morris
Photography by Bethany Hughes
Styling by Erika Reals
At The Bauer, a charming loft-like gallery in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Style on the Hill’s staff indulged in the latest craft cocktails drawn up by the Campground and spent the night mingling with the most elegantly dressed in KC, all gathered to watch the unveiling of Chanté Gossett’s Spring 2014 Collection. Who would have known that a textile major from KU could host such a decadant evening of drinks, laugher, upbeat house music and, obviously, fashion?
As the show began, a sea of nuetral colors and lightweight fabrics hung on four models as they waltzed down the runway to an electronic tempo into their positions. Chanté’s show was broken into two phases and consisted of four models and eight looks. The collection presented Chanté’s hand-dyed and hand-printed fabrics that she turned into functional pieces perfect for a young, creative and stylish boutique shopper. The looks consisted of leather corsets, ’70s inspired jumpers, ombre maxi skirts, floor-length sheer dresses and high-necklined shift dresses.
Chanté hand dyes and hand prints all of her fabrics through an intensive process using diperse dye to transfer her patterns to fabrics before individually constructing each piece. Her process begins by drawing inspiration from classic beauties of historical art and fashion then simulating her ideas and sketching them on paper. Her sketches are directed by patterns, prints and silhouettes, followed by color tests and texture choices. Chanté’s Spring 2014 Collection incorporated a mix of textures and fabrics. She worked by mixing leather with sheer-printed fabrics. Pieces that particularly resemble this was a sheer, ombre maxi in eggplant color mixed with a nuetral white leather corset. Her signature print in a pattern printed on sheer fabric and a speratic combination of bright colors was contained in a simple “x” shape. This signature print was used in many of her designs.
Chanté Gossett graduates from KU this December and plans to begin a small line of ready-to-wear tops while focusing on her seasonal fall collection. Visit her website to preview her collections, and check her Facebook page for an update on upcoming events and watch her career flourish.
Photography by Christine Carreira
Edited by Erika Reals
I have always been fascinated with people’s one-of-a-kind fashion. I love watching fashion week and seeing the new, fun trends that return or make debut, but there’s something awesome about seeing the unique concoctions of society.
Over Thanksgiving break, while taking a break from stuffing my face with turkey and pumpkin pie, I got to hang out with one of my favorite and most creative friends. Landon Roberts lives in Salt Lake City and is complete proof that you can have style on a budget. Just ask him where he got his sick plaid winter jacket and he’ll tell you he got it from a thrift store for 5 bucks (totally beats the 300 or so dollars you spent on that one jacket you have!)
I also have mad respect for people brave enough to mix patterns. Although when it comes to plaid you have to be extremely careful of the types, shapes, and colors you put together or else you might as well pack your bags and your kilt and head off to Scotland.
How to do plaid right: Follow his subtleties when it comes to choosing what to mix. Landon’s dark plaid flannel is soft and muted next to his green stately jacket. It works and it’s not overwhelming.
So with that EXPERIMENT! Try on every plaid thing you have! Be brave! and lastly, when you go out rocking your new plaid on plaid style CONFIDENCE is key.
- The Bold Americana (Emma Johnson)
Model and styling by Emma Johnson & Landon Roberts. For more go to The Bold Americana.
Photography by Emma Johnson
Things are looking trippy up on The Hill as KU’s artist, Matt Easton, drops his new video Kaleidoscope Dope from his new album Grey Area.
Grey Area drops 12.10.13. For more of Matt’s songs check out his site.
Drugs, sex and murder, oh and sleepwalking — that’s just a taste of what’s happening in the new comic Dream Thief. University of Kansas alumni and Lawrence native Jai Nitz teamed up with artist Greg Smallwood to capture our fears about what can happen while we sleep. Nitz, who has done work for Disney, DC Comics and Marvel, has won numerous awards for his comic writing. He transitioned to being a full-time comic writer in 2012. Nitz met Smallwood in 2009 and, the two have been collaborating on the comic since. The first issue of Dream Thief was published by Dark Horse Comics in May and the fifth came out on Sept. 19 . The next issue will be published March 12 and can be pre-ordered online. You can also buy Dream Thief in Lawrence at Astrokitty Comics & More on 15 E. 7th Street. I sat down with Nitz to discuss Dream Thief.
JN: My dad worked for the federal government, and we would move to wherever he got a new job. In that time, I read comic books pretty much the whole time. After awhile, I realized this is what I wanted to do – this is a job you can actually have. Real people do this for a living. And that’s when my dad says things like: “I’ve ruined my son’s life because it went from this fun hobby and wanting to be a lawyer to, oh shit, he wants to write comic books.”
NF: How did you get started?
JN: In order to break into comics, you had to publish things. So I self-published my first comic, got a job and thought I made it. But, I didn’t make it. I did the same thing again, got another job, and thought I made it, but again, I didn’t. That went on for almost 10 years.
NF: The comic is about a guy who can’t go to sleep because when he does, things happen that he can’t remember. How did you get that idea?
JN: Sleepwalking has been in entertainment forever, but it’s also fixated in the minds of people forever because we don’t know what happens to us when we go to sleep. What happened if you killed somebody while you were asleep? That frightens the crap out of all of us.
NF: In Dream Thief No. 2, you start introducing gay military porn. Why ?
JN: I read a story on NPR— this was before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed — so it was still taboo to be gay in the military. And basically, you had this guy who was making porn for the gay military crowd. It was really deep niche stuff. It wasn’t just gay porn; it wasn’t just porn for military people. It was gay military porn. I remember hearing that story, and it made me think about it all. Do I care if the guys defending my freedom in Afghanistan are gay? I don’t care, but why does it matter? I couldn’t let the story go. When ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ got repealed, the first thing I asked was, “What’s going to happen to that gay porn director in North Carolina?” That was the first thought I had, I swear to God.
NF: Dream Thief has been getting a lot of great reviews, were you expecting this much success?
JN: I’ve been making comics for awhile, and I’ve never made a comic as good as Dream Thief. So I know what garners good reviews and what doesn’t. I knew Dream Thief was good enough to get a really good critical response and it has.
NF: What’s been the best thing about all the trips for promoting Dream Thief?
JN: People are starting to see Dream Thief rather than just hear about it. And people are coming up to me saying that they’ve read it and they love it. That’s the coolest thing. It’s for people to enjoy my work, and when they do, and tell you, it’s pretty awesome.
When walking into Alchemy Coffee on the corner of 19th and Massachusetts Street, there is the immediate smell of rich, exotic coffee in the small, intimate space. Along one wall there are two large, medieval looking devices that slowly cold brew coffee, and along the other is a counter where the magic happens.
Behind the counter is Ben Farmer, owner and self-proclaimed coffee aficionado, with a taste for specialty coffees that can’t be found anywhere else in Lawrence.
“Basically I saw a niche that wasn’t being filled here in town,” Farmer said when asked why he opened the shop. “There was no one doing the kind of coffee we are doing. I thought the pour-overs we are doing is something that is very special and unique to Lawrence.”
Farmer, who grew up in the small town of Spring Hill, Kan., took a long and laborious path to finding a way to mix his passion of coffee and community with his livelihood.
Previously, he had spent years working concrete, tree-trimming and contracting jobs. Along with working, he dabbled in five different majors at both KU and Central Missouri State University.
“In the meantime, I started getting really into home brewing, doing my own pour-overs at home,” Farmer said. “It was a hobby at first.”
After spending time in Spain with his brother, he had a changed perspective on what he wanted to do and how he wanted to live. When he returned to the United States, he was searching for a European atmosphere, and Lawrence was the closet he could find to that in the Midwest.
When the opportunity to open a coffee shop presented itself, Farmer seized it with all the gusto and confidence he had gotten through his previous entrepreneur experiences.
“I had always gone places and checked out coffee shops,” Farmer said. “It’s what I’ve always done. I’d think, oh God, if I had a coffee shop that’s what I’d do. And then finally, I came across the brew method.”
As Farmer makes a cup of coffee behind the counter, it looks like he is the midst of a science experiment mixed with an artistic flair. This isn’t your ordinary cup of Joe. This is a labor of love that is poured out in each and every individual cup.
“We pay grave attention to details,” he said.
This process of brewing is precise. Each time a customer orders a cup, the beans have been pre-measured in a streamlined process.
The customer’s chosen blend is then ground, placed in a fancy cup with a hole in the bottom and brewed slowly by hand. There is no baffled baristas here, only scientific precision and deft hands.
This brewing method happens to be the inspiration behind the name, Alchemy Coffee.
“I decided that I wanted to capture it all,” Farmer said. “There are a lot of numbers, all the temperatures, you know there is that science to it. But at the end of the day if you don’t have the touch, and aren’t paying attention, you’re going to mess it up. There is definitely that melding of art and science.”
Farmer’s most recent adventure leaves behind the hot steam usually associated with coffee, and instead infuses the rich beans with a slow drip of ice water. His new cold brew apparatuses are once again pushing Alchemy Coffee beyond the normal expectations for a corner coffee shop.
Served cold straight from a nitrogen-pressured keg, the coffee comes out smooth and creamy; with much more of caffeine kick than the average serving.
Next, Farmer plans to bottle the cold brew and sell it at other local businesses. Currently it is available at The Merch, and in the next few weeks it will be unveiled at The Burger Stand.
As far as the possibilities seem to go, however, Farmer is mostly concerned with keeping the business local and creating a community with everyone that wanders in.
“We aren’t here trying to be trendy or cool,” Farmer said. “We are trying to make the best product out there and also having fun doing it.”
Edited by Erika Reals
Photography by Emma Johnson
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