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Halloween Jamz


We love Halloween here at Style on the Hill! We want to make sure you are being thoroughly entertained all day so here is a Spotify playlist to enhance the spookiness:

KCFW S/S ‘17: Wednesday Runway Show


By Mary Ann Omoscharka

Kansas City Fashion Week celebrated it’s 10th runway season last night at the Union Station in downtown Missouri. Nine designers presented their S/S ‘17 collections on a European-style runway, where the models walked “freely” among the seated guests.

The atmosphere was full of excitement and high expectations that were definitely met by the end of the night. Style on the Hill sat front row, in order to make sure we bring you the most fabulous experience through our own eyes.

The evening opened with a collection by Eltee, a brand founded by Laura Talken in 2011. The leading highlights of the collection were peaceful nude tones united with breathtaking emerald green.



The second designer to showcase her work was Irina Tevzadze, a designer and artist originally from the country of Georgia. Tevzadze presented a (not only) childrenswear collection in earthy colors and clean cuts.


As next, the show continued with a two-in-one presentation by LV SWIM a brand created by Lauren Victoria Hulen, who brought patterned swimwear and Earkandie! POParazzi Inspired Jewelry, whose edgy jewels perfectly completed the ready-for-the-beach outfits and made us miss the summer already.


TR Brown designs by Tiffany Brown, who took us on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea with her combination of  turquoise-based garments and playful straw handbags.


The night carried on with an adorable children’s clothing collection, Aerona by Morgan Mason. The models looked fierce in their über-modern outfits, frisky hairstyles and fancy face-art.


Branded by Sher, established by Shermonda Green, followed with her visionary bright white garments and rainbow-y details that took us all the way back to the future.


The only gentleman of the night, who showcased his work on Wednesday, was Sheraz Pompey, bringing powerful color tones, sheer materials and lots of sequins.


Last but definitely not least, Munelle de Vie, who gave us all the feels with her Parisian chic inspired collection. Stripes and see-through tops. Preppy at first sight, sexy as hell at the second.


Photography by Maggie Russell

Ethical Shopping on a Student’s Budget


By Justin Hermstedt


The only thing better than finding a new piece of clothing you love is finding it for a good price. But when I say “a good price,” I don’t mean a fair price. I mean a cheap price.

Throughout the last decade, fast fashion has made it easier and easier to find cheap, trendy clothing. Everything else seems to cost more, but you can go to the mall any day of the week and grab a pair of jeans from Forever 21 for fifteen bucks.

The inconvenient truth of the matter is that the fashion industry, particularly fast fashion, benefits from exploitative production methods overseas.

According to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, 97% of clothes in the United States are made outside of the country. Fifty years ago, over 90% was made in America. This outsourcing is fueled by a 71% cotton/29% polyester arms race, in which fashion companies vie to stay relevant by having the lowest prices. Companies that resist and only use factories in the United States, such as American Apparel, are basically being run into the ground. Strictly American-made brands cannot compete with fast fashion brands because, simply, the United States has much higher standards of how workers should be treated. There isn’t some nifty technology that has allowed clothes to be made cheaper. The cost has remained the same to construct a t-shirt, but the market demands the price to go down, so factory owners must cut corners to stay in business.

It’s widely accepted at this point that these factories barely provide their employees a living wage; the minimum wage in Bangladesh is $68 per month. However, the harms to communities in countries like Bangladesh are more than just underpaid employees. A more blatant, catastrophic example was the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013. The Rana Plaza was a massive building that was composed of several clothing factories, a few shops and a bank. The day before the collapse, cracks appeared in the walls, but the man in charge mandated workers come back the next day for work, threatening to dock a month’s pay if they didn’t show up. The building collapsed, killing 1,130 and injuring 2,500.

The documentary The True Cost (available on Netflix) discusses these issues and covers the grand scheme of things, including legitimate environmental concerns.

Should you feel awful and guilty for supporting this industry? That’s for you to decide, but I don’t think so. The system itself is the actual perpetrator, while you were just fiending for some dope threads. All of this is sad, and no one wants to contribute to it, so what can one person like you or me do? Particularly as college students, it’s not feasible to buy only hand-made-in-the-USA luxury brands. Can ethical shopping also be economical? Fortunately, there are some tactics anyone can employ to shop a bit more responsibly.

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Explore the vibrant world of shopping pre-owned.

Thrift shopping is an excellent and unique option. Sure, you could only see your parents pulling off a lot of the clothes, but there are always some gems that you couldn’t find anywhere else. Many stores are selective of what clothes they take in, meaning you’re mostly looking through high quality pieces for a low price. In Lawrence, check out Arizona Trading Company and Plato’s Closet for newer, trendier, branded clothes. Wild Man Vintage, Goodwill and The Salvation Army  are perfect for finding some rare, frugal items.

If possible, stop supporting fast fashion.

Hear me out. As awful as it sounds, giving up on stores like H&M and Forever 21 is the best thing to do. Chances are you can find those brands at Plato’s Closet a month later anyway (for half the price as well).

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Shop more efficiently.

Seek quality over quantity. Your clothes will last longer and the extra money spent will be worth it in the end. Be sure to buy clothes that you’re excited to wear. If you have no use for a piece any more, donate it; more clothes are being bought than ever before, which means landfills are overflowing with them.

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All in all, the simplest advice is to reduce, reuse and recycle. As the consumers, we ultimately have the purchasing power to shape the fashion world of the future. Think of your dollars as votes. Vote for companies you want to see survive, and more importantly what types of unethical business practices you want to see die out. Every vote counts, after all.


Photography by Maria Rodriguez

WTF Is Up?! – New Headphones to Lose, New Videos to Watch, and More!


By Darby VanHoutan



Who Would Fight With Drake at Cheesecake?

The Canadian treasure that is Drake released a video for Child’s Play, a song from his most previous album Views, on Monday. The video is life changing. Of course, I may be biased because I wake up every morning and pray to a shrine filled with Drake pictures.

The video is set in the nicest Cheesecake Factory in history and features the rapper with a face full of cake for a majority of the video. It also stars a very relatable Tyra Banks who screams my new favorite line of all time “I call you Aubrey. Your mom calls you Aubrey. These bitches call you Drake”. If you’re having a bad week or enjoy an angry Tyra Banks, I would 10/10 recommend this video.


WTF is the Pipeline & Why Does it Matter?

At this moment, there are plans for a 1,170 mile pipe to be placed under the United States to serve the purpose of transporting oil.  This pipeline is set to cost $3.7 billion and will carry roughly 470,000 barrels of oil every day. I know. Cool, right? No. It’s a pipeline. We’ve heard about this before. However, this particular pipeline is set to be placed under North Dakota prairies. I know. Cool, right? No, it’s some prairies.

Here’s the important part: these North Dakota prairies are home to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian tribe. The pipeline will run under their homes, villages, families, and cemeteries. This pipeline, which could result in spills and contamination of the water of the Missouri River which is essential to their lives, is set to be put in place soon. They have requested a halt to construction on this pipeline and it is currently up for debate at a federal court in Washington. It may take a judge until the end of the weekend to decide a verdict on whether or not to allow a continuation on the project.

Every day an estimated several hundred people from the tribe – many from around the country – make the trip to the construction site to protest the environmental tragedy. This protest has been happening at Cannon Ball, North Dakota since April.


Sia pays Tribute to Orlando Victims

I can’t count the amount of times I have been truly confused by a Sia video. However, the video released for her latest song The Greatest on Tuesday comes with a more straightforward message. Like previous videos, it stars dancer Maddie Ziegler who is this time accompanied by 48 other young dancers. The setting of the video seems to be throughout a house, ending with all the dancers falling to the ground in what looks like an empty club full of disco balls. Ziegler who is present throughout the entire video starts the video by smearing rainbow paint below her eyes.

Although not confirmed by the singer herself, this video seems like an obvious tribute to the 49 victims of the massacre that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this summer.


iPhone gets Extra

For those that didn’t attend the iPhone 7 launch event in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, what exactly happened there may be a mystery. I know that I personally found out everything from my Apple-obsessed roommate that shouted everything at me from across the room.

It started with a James Corden led Carpool Karaoke with Apple CEO Tim Cook and a randomly selected Pharrell Williams. Cook then took the stage at the launch and told us all about the ~things~. These things are the iPhone Seven, iPhone Seven Plus, Apple Watch, and some iOS10 (arriving September 13) that will no doubt update on my phone when I’m mid Instagram trolling. Both phone updates include new things such as: no headphone jack, more storage space, new colors (“jet” and “black” which are both…black), a water resistant feature, and I’m sure other technology things that aren’t made for muggle minds like mine to understand. Read all about EVERYTHING included in the updates → here.

Of course Apple also released a stroke-inducing video summing the event up as well. You could watch it – It’s pretty cool. There’s some drums and lots of words that go by too quick to read and lots of stuff in different languages. Basically, there’s some new phones, watches, and tech-savvy things that I will truly never understand.

High Waisted – A Party On Roller Skates


By Darby VanHoutan


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Jessica Louise Dye weaved in and out of the crowd, gin and tonic in hand, before bringing her roller skates to a halt and introducing herself to me. Dye is the lead singer of the surf-rock band from New York, High Waisted. She, with three bandmates in tow – drummer Jono Bernstein, bassist Jeremy Hansen, and guitarist Stephen Nielsen – carried with them an infectious vibe that made you want to stay a while.

Their website (appropriately titled highwaisted.party) describes every show as a party. I was determined to see if this was true. After watching Dye bend in half while singing and playing guitar, Bernstein throw out his shoulder from drumming, and the infatuation of the crowd, I’d have to say that they live up to their website. I also got a few minutes to talk to Jessica about what inspires her and how she got to where she is.


Q: What are you feeling at this moment?

A: Oh man, I’m really excited to take off my roller skates. I’m in a really good mood. The best part is that these shows have been really early which is such a contrast of playing in New York. There shows don’t normally start until ten or eleven o’clock. They’re late, late nights. Basically, in New York you see the sunrise often. Here, I’m playing at sunset so this whole tour has been a different vibe.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: How long have you guys been on the road for?
A: God, nine days almost? About a week. The whole tour is 32 days total.


Q: Are you stopping anywhere in Lawrence after this?

A: After this? I don’t know yet. Let’s see how many gin and tonics I have.


Q: I read that you moved to New York to follow a boy. What would you say to the girl who did that now?

A: I mean, I’m the same person. I’ve been the same person since I was like fourteen. I just have more experiences and a lot more fun now. I wish I could tell the girl who was going through that New York breakup to keep being lonely, and savor that loneliness because it’ll eventually work out.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: How did you guys find your aesthetic that you have now?

A: I just really like surf music. I realized that I can’t really dance so much. I’m a goofy dancer. But if you put on a good twist-and-shout and I slay. Okay? That is my jam. So I thought, okay I wanna play music that even myself could dance to. We also all have common interests in the genre. It’s also really fun to play. I love a good sentimental, sad song, but that’s not fun to play every night. Imagine if you went on a tour for a month, and you had to sing these songs that were about pain, hardship, and sorrow. God! How depressing. That’s not fun. I don’t wanna do that. I want to get on a stage every night and maybe sing about things that are the catalyst of sorrow but then spin it, make it happy, shake my hair, shake my booty, have a drink, high five my best friends and go to the next city.


Q: Would you describe the band as your best friends?

A: Absolutely, yes. If they’re not then we’re fucking up.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: Do you guys ever fight?

A: Absolutely! Don’t you ever fight with your mom or your brother? You have to. Your relationships aren’t healthy if you don’t tell someone that them clipping their toenails in the van is obnoxious. There are growing pains. We are brothers and sisters and we fight like that. That’s totally fine. We get to the venue and everyone does their job and we get on stage and everything is fine again. Even our fights are so baby. It’s like, “Wah, I wanted to go to Taco Bell and we went to Wendy’s”. They’re not real fights. They’re just family annoyances.


Q: What’s the difference between shows in New York and touring all over the United States?

A: It’s totally different. New York is like it’s own animal. People in the midwest actually watch your set. They come early and they’ll come talk to you at the merch booth and say hi. If they liked it, they feel obligated to tell you. That fun, positive feedback is really great. You don’t get that in New York. In New York everyone is just too cool.


Q: How would you describe a party?

A: Balloons, red lights, short skirts, and low ambitions.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: Who is one person that inspires you creatively?

A: Patty Smith. I’ve read all her books and all her poetry. She’s such an influence.
The band is continuing their with a show today in Denver and other dates following it.

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