Autumnal Adventures

Chronicles of Essence

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Welcome to ‘Chronicles of Essence’! A feature led by senior editors, Taylar Gomez and Carolina Gonzalez. Throughout our features we will be sharing our love for adventure, fashion, DIY’s, and a positive outlook on life!

It’s the time of year for pumpkin pie, spice lattes, and Fall photoshoots. We’re kicking off the Fall festivities by exploring Hall’s Pumpkin Farm, located in Grapevine, TX. We are covering what to do at the farm, what we wore, and tips to taking the perfect photos!

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Hall’s Pumpkin Farm

Hall’s offers a wide variety of things to do for those looking to embrace the Fall spirit. First things first, try to pick out the perfect pumpkin for your dorm or apartment and make sure to take a picture with it atop one of the tractors in the patch.

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After this, you can take a hayride for $5 during daylight hours which makes stops to allow riders to feed the cows and donkeys. If corn mazes are of more interest to you, grab a friend and get lost in their maze which consists of two acres of enjoyment. But don’t forget to bring cash, as these activities are cash only. P.S. Make sure to grab a bite to eat from Last Supper’s BBQ or kettle corn and cider from Pop’s Kettle Corn. Yum!

What We Wore

Taylar: For this adventure, I chose to wear jeans and an off-the-shoulder top. To add a bit of detail and color to the look, I paired it with a scarf and hat. My shoes are heeled booties, which added height and sophistication.

Carolina: For my outfit, I wanted to focus on a Fall color palette. I paired my mustard colored dress with a leopard print belt and gold accent jewelry. I finished off the casual look with fringed booties and a brown fedora.

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Photo Ready

Tips for taking that Instagram worthy photo include: capturing candid moments, nice scenery, optional accessories, and a friend!

For our photos, we chose soft backgrounds to ensure we were the focal point of the image. We wanted to make sure the color of the background complimented our outfits as well. We played around with our poses and made sure to have fun! The candid photos often end up being our favorite to feature on our social media accounts.

Hall’s Pumpkin Patch is a great place to start your autumnal adventures. There is something for everyone to take part in. Whether you are going with your family and want to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve or with your best friend taking photos and documenting your visit, we highly recommend taking a trip to visit Hall’s. We will definitely be back next year to continue our fall memories!

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Words by Taylar Gomez and Carolina Gonzalez

Photos by Taylar Gomez and Carolina Gonzalez

Edit by Maia Wilson

Getting to Know HerPersonatalie

An Impeccable Actress with Enviable Style

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Natalie takes a big bite of something sweet at Denton’s famous, Beth Marie’s

Emerging actor and host, Natalie Szczechowski has interests outside of the theater world that include blogging and enhancing her personal style. She is involved in North Texas Television(NTTV)and previously hosted Late Night. She was also an executive producer for The Writer’s Room. Along with NTTV, Natalie has her personal blog, herpersonatalie.com, where her incomparable sense of style immediately caught my eye. It is exactly what you would think… a chic, well put together collection of all the things that make Natalie, well Natalie.

I got the chance to sit down with Natalie and ask her a few questions about her unique style and grand ambitions as a #GIRLBOSS.  

Since you’re interested in acting, hosting and fashion, what would your dream job be/do you want to try and fuse all three together? It is my goal to be a Comedic writer and eventually go on to write for Saturday Night Live. Acting is like my “meditation”. I love getting to partake in anything with a dramatic role. As for fashion, it’s something that I have always loved and will continue to do on the side.

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On set and in her element at NTTV studios

Who are some of your acting idols?

My idols include Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

What goes through your mind when you are get dressed in the morning?

When I first wake up and go to my closet my immediate thought is, “I have absolutely nothing to wear!!!” but then I’m like of course I do, that’s crazy. So my next thought is, “What vibe do I want to give off today?” or I’ll dress to reflect the mood I want to have that day.

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Prepping for her hosting gig, The Late Show

Do the garments that you choose aim to say anything specific?

Not really… I know people will formulate opinions and snap judgements of my character by what I am wearing, but I don’t let that stop me from wearing something that I love.

What is your infallible styling tip?

All black everything! You can never go wrong with a monochromatic look, also, always have a go-to classic pair of denim jeans and tee shirt that make you feel confident when you wear them.

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What is the one garment that never lets you down?

My Boyfriend jeans as well as my distressed/high waisted denim because I can dress them up or down with boots or heels.

What is your best shopping tip?

Don’t buy the item unless you absolutely “love, love, love” it. Start by creating your “closet army” (items of clothing that you will never grow tired of..even if it takes weeks/months/years to accumulate, it will be worth it), and if you are in the store and you can think of multiple ways to wear that garment with items you already have then I say go for it!

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The perfect denim and tee combo makes for a happy Natalie

 

What style or item makes you feel the most yourself? Why?

Definitely my boyfriend jeans and a tee-shirt, just because it is so comfortable and makes me feel like a Girl Boss!

At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own terms of personal style?

A couple of years ago, around the time of my sophomore year in high school. I am really inspired by menswear and GIRL BOSSES. Like I said I have always been super into fashion, but more recently I have refined it down to be more of what I think are comfortable/classic pieces that make me feel the most confident.

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Natalie’s life advice to young girls/fellow students:

DO IT!!!! If you have a feeling that you should go after something don’t wait, just do it! Natalie has found that at UNT, the people she has met on campus have really encouraged and empowered her to go after her dreams. It is something that she admires about attending the university, so she urges you to reach out to your peers because they really can help you out more than you can imagine and hope for.

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Focused in the editing room as the executive producer of The Writer’s Room

Natalie’s personal style is a play on comfort with just the right amount of daring. From my conversation with her, it was apparent it’s achievable to dress comfortably while still wearing some of today’s trends. With her quick wit and fearless sense of style I expect to see her on SNL’s Weekend Update delivering the news and the latest trends. She is an extremely talented and creative person, who is equally kind and genuine. With these skills and assets, the NuView team cannot wait to see where this world takes her.

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Follow Natalie on instragram @herpersonatalie and visit her blog, herpersonatalie.com

Words by Bailey Womack

Photography by Chloe Gonzalez

Edit and Captions by Maia Wilson

See more from the shoot with Natalie

 

10 Questions with Subrina

From Intern to Full-time this Alum took NYC by Storm

Every month NuView will be asking a UNT alum 10 questions about what its like living and working in the “real world.” As the starter of NuView we thought it would be appropriate to have is Subrina Hossain as our first alum!

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First day of Subrina’s Ross internship, now turning into a full-time job

UNT Fashion Merchandising Alum,  Former Merchandising Inc. President  of ‘14-’15, AND founder of NuView, Subrina Hossain answered the top 10 questions our writers had about her working at Ross as a Junior Accessories buyer and moving to New York City.

  1. Is being a buyer for handbags completely different from apparel, or are the trends and research generally the same? In other words, how easy is it to expand from buying in apparel to doing something like accessories or cosmetics?

You’ll find that most retailers will move buyers from area to area, so that they can be versatile and adaptable because a good buyer can buy anything. The necessary skill set to be a buyer is the same regardless of what area you buy, you just have to learn the ins and outs of another business using those same skills. I interned in the juniors dresses department but now I’m in junior handbags. I had to learn an entirely new business, what the vendors are like, what my price points are, what kinds of trends my customer likes, but I still use the same negotiation and relationship building skills and I still go competitive shopping and study my customer.

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Posing with Girl Boss, Sophia Amaruso at the Nasty Galaxy Book signing

  1. When starting with a new company, whether it be an internship or a new job position, what is the biggest challenge you have to overcome, and what tactics do you have for becoming comfortable in a new professional setting?

My biggest challenge has always been self-doubt. There was always a little voice in my head that tried to convince me that I’d fail, maybe I wouldn’t fit in with the company culture, maybe I wouldn’t understand the job, maybe my coworkers wouldn’t like me, maybe maybe maybe. Maybe take all of that negative energy and use it as motivation to prove your own self wrong. I recently went to Sophia Amaruso’s Nasty Galaxy book signing. If you don’t know, she’s the founder of NastyGal and author of a book I’m sure we all have on our night stands, Girl Boss. An audience member asked Sophia how she overcomes self doubt and with a little laugh she said “you don’t, you manage it. Remind yourself why you’re worth it.”

  1. What classes or experiences from UNT have helped most in your current role at Ross?

It wasn’t until the retail math class that I actually became a fan of math.  Buyers use retail math on a daily basis in the office and during appointments with vendors. We also design a lot of our own handbags so the product development class comes in handy. Experience wise, Merchandising Inc. (if I haven’t said it enough) really helped prepare me for my role because I enhanced my soft skills such as networking, leadership skills, and time management, amongst others.

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Subrina with  Ross accessories team

  1. What advice do you have for someone looking to become a buyer? How should they prepare?

Don’t just do the one internship you have to for your degree; take part in as many internships and job shadowings that you can because you will learn something new in all of them and add to your tool-box of skills. Having any sort of sales and customer service experience is also important. A lot of people overlook sales floor experience but having in-store experience helps you put the pieces together better when you get to the corporate side. I interned in stores for Marshalls and Ross; without those experiences I wouldn’t have gotten such a good understanding of the off-price customer. Take on roles and projects that challenge you, if you are comfortable you’re not growing.

5. What are your least and most favorite aspects of your job? One of the best things about buying is that one day is not the same as the next and this keeps things exciting and new. The spontaneity of the job and likely possibility that your outlook calendar will change at least five times in the day keeps you on your toes and forces you to be adaptable. I also love that buying is a combination of fashion and business. It’s the best of both worlds. I’m not exaggerating when I say that there’s not one thing I don’t like about it. Some days are tougher than others, maybe something didn’t go my way or I didn’t get a deal I wanted but the good thing is there’s always tomorrow.

  1. For someone looking to move to NYC, what can be expected? Do you have any advice on how to ease the transition of acclimating to life in New York?

I experienced a lot of change in my life all at the same time; I interned as an ASM (assistant store manager) at Ross that summer, officially graduated ten weeks later, then packed my bags and moved to New York two weeks after that, and started my job two days after I moved. I expected everything to quickly fall into place at the same time. I learned the difficult way that life doesn’t work like that. New York City is known to be exciting and fun, but it’s also overwhelming and scary. The most important and helpful thing you can do is give yourself time to adjust. Once you’re here, you’re in for life. I had very high expectations of myself and what my life would be like, but Friends is just a scripted tv show and unplanned adventure is so much more thrilling. Living in New York is like buying, in the sense that not one day is like another and life is always spontaneous and exciting. Embrace this chaos with open arms.

  1. What is something that you learned from being in Merchandising Inc that still helps you today?

Merchandising Inc. helped me get out of my introverted shell and turned me into a people person.  In this industry, you have to be outgoing and charismatic. Building and maintaining relationships is one of the most important aspects of this job. I have to know how to schmooze with vendors and keep positive relationships with them, because ultimately that will help me get the deals and goods I want, while also keeping the vendors happy because it should be a mutually beneficial partnership.

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Subrina’s desk through the lens of snapchat

  1. Name something that you always keep on your desk at work?

A baby succulent and pictures of my family and friends.  

  1. If you had to go to do everything all over again, what would you do differently?

I wish I had spent less time being anxious and more time enjoying the time I was in.

  1. In your experience, what are some attributes of individuals who are most successful?

Employers want passionate people and they can read whether or not you have passion or simply interest in the first five minutes of an interview. If you’re just interested in this industry, it’s not enough; you wouldn’t spend your life with someone you’re only interested in, but someone you are passionate about. That’s how you should feel about your career. Passion fuels your fire because you wake up every morning looking forward to your job. You spend years of your life fighting to land your dream job but just because you have it doesn’t mean you should stop fighting for your career; never lose that fire.

Words by Subrina Hussain and NV Career Editors & Writers

Edit by Maia Wilson

Photos from Subrina Hussain

Ashley Does Anthropologie

A UNT Senior gets a styling education in Philadelphia.

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Ashley Nudge is a senior pursuing a Merchandising and Digital Retailing double major at UNT. Last summer, she landed a competitive spot as a stylist intern for Anthropologie in Philadelphia. From that experience, Ashley has a lot of wisdom about styling as a career and how to be sure you get the internship of your dreams.

Q: What was the application and interview process like for getting the internship?

A: For the styling position you have to put together a trend board and submit your resume. Then you go on to the video interview, which was terrifying, and really awkward. I thought I had ruined it after that. But I passed that round, and after that I had to fly out to Philadelphia and do an in-person interview with the two full-time stylists with Anthropologie.

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As an intern, what did you do on a typical day?

To be honest, my job was very repetitive but I enjoyed it because the company was a good culture fit for me. On a daily basis I was doing the role of assistant stylist, so I was supporting the full-time stylists. On shooting days, my job was to make sure each outfit was in the fitting room for the model, and enter in all the product information from the outfits for the website.

Did anything about being an intern for Anthropologie really surprise you?

I knew when I applied that Urban Inc. is a very laid-back company, but I was really surprised by just how casual they were. The things they said to each other were really funny and shocking, but that’s what makes the company so great, is that you can be who you are and say what you want and it’s okay.

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What advice would you give to students looking for an internship?

You have to know yourself. That’s why I think organizations like Merch Inc. are really beneficial to be a part of, because you get exposed to so many different careers. If you’re a “yes person” and you go to everything, eventually you will figure out what you’re passionate about, and once you know that you can determine what type of internship you should pursue.

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I saw on your website you had to create a lookbook at your internship. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

At Urban Inc., you do an intern project. But since Urban Inc. is all about creativity, they basically told us to do whatever we wanted. Since I was in Philadelphia, it just made sense for me to do a “what to wear, where” type of lookbook. It showcased outfits that would be appropriate to wear to different locations in Philadelphia.

Was there a defining moment for you during your internship?

The moment I got really interested in styling, was when I was helping assisting at a photoshoot, and I just fell in love with the whole studio environment. When I walked into the studio the first day at Urban Inc. it was just like that. Just that moment of realizing styling what I’m meant to do was really fulfilling.

Did you get to implement your personal style at all in your internship?

You would think because I was doing a styling internship I would get to style but I didn’t. They have to get through 30 outfits in one day, and that doesn’t sound like a lot but it is. Looking back, I understand why they didn’t let us because I’m not as fast at dressing the model –  it really is a skill.

Did you have any obstacles you had to overcome during the internship?

The initial obstacle was having a job that was so repetitive. It was really frustrating at first, because you go to an internship expecting to learn so much, especially at a top-notch company like Anthropologie. I just needed to process it and realize I had an important role and was supporting my teammates, and once I got that through my head it was easier.

photo5 Ashley will be graduating in May of 2017, and will be looking to work as a stylist either at Anthropologie or another company that suits her. She also plans to expand as much as possible with her website, “The Ashley Edit.” Interviewing her was a fantastic and eye-opening experience, and I know she’ll bring great creativity and passion to the fashion industry.

Find Ashley on Instagram @theashleyedit and visit her blog theashleyedit.com

Words by Reilly Farris

Edit by Taylar Gomez and Carolina Gonzales

Photos from Ashley Nudge

Graphic Design by Kathryn Washington

NuView in New York

48 hours in New York City

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NV Photographer, Chloe and Style writer, Bailey  being one with nature at central park

With it’s captivating spirit, frantic pace, and vast diversity, New York City brings all ways of life together. Whether you are interested in fashion or not, at some point in your life you have probably dreamt of one day venturing out to the “Big Apple.” Well now is the time to book your flight, because NuView has your trip all planned out for you!

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Day 1:

Morning: Start your day off by grabbing a cappuccino and a decadent slice of avocado toast from Two Hands on Mott St, then walk a few blocks over to SOHO and peruse the many shops and boutiques the neighborhood has to offer.

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Afternoon: Now that you have probably walked off your breakfast, head on over to Nolita to have a quick lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter, we recommend the margarita pizza or the butcher’s burger. For the next stop you might want to hail a cab or swipe your metrocard to get to the Brooklyn Bridge. Upon arrival you can either rent a bike or walk the bridge because the view is a must see. Following your trip to the bridge start making your way towards Midtown Manhattan.

Night: Put on your most fabulous outfit and get down to Times Square, it would not be a trip to New York if you did not at least stop by. From there it will just be a short walk to whichever broadway show you have selected (although we highly recommend Wicked). After the show stop by New York staple, Shake Shack for a late dinner.

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Day 2:

Morning: After your long day of exploring you are going to wake up and need a strong cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin, and Ralph’s Coffee Shop is the place to get it. Located in POLO’s flagship store, the coffee shop is tastefully decorated and has an illuminating neon sign that is just perfect for your Instagram.

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Afternoon: Once you have had your morning fix you are located right between Central Park and Madison Avenue. Wander through or window shop at some of New York’s most coveted designer stores.

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Then when your wallet starts crying take a break and head over to Central Park. Grab yourself a Nathan’s Hot dog, scope out a cozy rock, and take in the cityscape. If you are needing an extra boost of caffeine, trek over to Cafe Henrie, get seated at a pink table, sip your coffee and enjoy the aesthetically pleasing decor.  

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Sunset: Head to the Top of the Rock to see the breathtaking view of New York City and the Empire State Building when the sun is creating beautiful shadows and reflections off of surrounding buildings.

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Night: For a classic New York slice of pizza or a traditional Italian dish head over to Patsy’s Pizza in East Harlem. Since establishment in 1933, they have become a staple in the city. They are best known for their signature coal-fired pizza. After dinner you can head to the closest Milk Bar Bakery and get their cereal milk soft serve.

Other suggestions:

  • Doughnut Plant
  • The High Line
  • Pizza Beach
  • Cha Cha Matcha

That’s your guide to 48 hours in the city that never sleeps (hopefully you will though.)

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Style writer, Bailey Womack flawlessly poses on the Brooklyn Bridge

Words by Bailey Womack

Photos by Chloe Gonzales

Edit by Maia Wilson

Logan Fowler, The Triple Threat

A girl with multiple titles

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Logan Fowler, UNT Fashion Design major with beloved dog, Archie

         Who defines fashion right now? What kind of people are going to leave a new legacy in the industry? Who will be the Chiara’s, Karlie’s, and Miuccia’s of our generation? People like Logan Fowler sure have the potential to do so.  Logan is a Junior in UNT’s rigorous fashion design program with quite the resume to back herself up. She is successful in more than one area of the fashion and retail industry. As the industry changes, it’s becoming harder and harder to excel at just one thing. One needs to have multiple skills.  At the age of 20, Logan Fowler has mastered design, social media marketing, and modeling. She has designed and sold her own products for her own line, LoLoFowler, modeled for fashion magazines,and has gone to business meetings with Martha Stewart.  

        As I walked into Logan’s apartment, I felt like I was stepping into posh Austin boutique. Upon entering, I was welcomed in by her maltipoo, Archie, and a sweet smile. She sat me down on her couch next to her beautiful Vogue magazine collection, and we began to chit chat. Immediately, I felt right at home talking about anything with her.

Now, tell me about your clothing line, LoloFowler.

“I am from Austin, and when I went back to Austin during the summer,  I was looking for a job because I wanted to learn more. Every interview I was told I couldn’t be hired because they weren’t hiring for a seasonal position. So, my parents were like, you have to make money somehow, and so I just thought maybe…. I made the website before I made the brand, and I went to the fabric store and bought fabric. I just did it, and it turned out to be super successful. I sold my clothing at a boutique in Austin, and I got some manufacturer’s contacts, so I thought about maybe getting in touch with them.”

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“Style is everything. Everyone has their own style. I view everyone’s outfit as art.”

Style is everything. Everyone has their own style. Everyone is stylish. I view style as somebody’s interpretation of their own identity. I view everyone’s outfits as art, and that’s what they want to be seen as.

So, I’ve seen on your modeling portfolio on your website. How did you get started doing modeling?

When I was younger, my mom would photograph me and my brother a lot. She would tell us to make different emotions like a mad face, or scared face, etc. As I grew older, I was more comfortable in front of the camera, and began to do photoshoots with photographers. It started out as something fun, and then once I had a good background of different types of shoots, I put together a portfolio. Now, I do it as a side job, or I collaborate with other artists. I’ve had two magazine spreads so far. One for Dreamless Magazine which is based in London, and Elegant Magazine which is based in California. I have another one coming up in December for an LA based magazine called Local Wolves.

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“I wanted to design in order to teach women or men that there’s no standard of dress. It’s your identity, and it should reflect who they are.”

Now, I’ve seen your website and the work you’ve done for Cru. Could you tell me a little bit about that?

Cru is a dinnerware company in Austin. I got an internship with the owner because she wanted a creative. Of course, dinnerware is nothing like fashion, I learned so much about small business for creative design. With the company, I took a trip to New York, and it was quite stressful. Two days before, she asked the other intern and I to put together a PowerPoint presentation that we’d present in front of buyers at Bed Bath and Beyond, Martha Stewart, and Macy’s. She said to us, “honestly, life is going to throw things at you. Especially when you’re starting off a business.”

My first time in New York, I was in meetings with Martha Stewart, and Bed Bath & Beyond, and it was a really strange experience. When I worked with Martha Stewart, in her studio was an industrial style kitchen with lights all around displayed like a cooking show, and  into the next room, there’s a whole wall of mood board inspiration.

What influences your style and how you design? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My style is always changing, and I think my style and my design are really different. My style as a designer is minimalistic and kind of more artistic. My style, on how I dress, honestly it changes. Though, I feel like anyone can say that their style changes. I like to buy separate pieces, so that when I’m dressing, it’s like a piece of art.

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“The millennial is really changing the industry and the world. We have so many outside of the box ideas.

Do you follow trends?

So, the whole reason in high school why I decided that I wanted to go into fashion design was because I started branching out with my style. I was doing things that most girls weren’t doing. Girls would come up to me and say “I wish I could pull that off,” and I was so frustrated. Every time I told them they don’t have to wear baggy shirts and Nike shorts. They can buy the same stuff I do. So, I wanted to design in order to teach women or men that there’s no standard of dress. It’s your identity, and it should reflect who you are. My style is just an evolution.

So, what’s next for Logan Fowler?

“I am Looking for an internship right now. I really want to intern in England at a men’s suit shop. I am really interested in menswear because the fashion design program doesn’t offer menswear.”

Who’s your favorite menswear designer?

“I don’t think I have a favorite designer. My favorite designer always changes because each collection changes, but right now I really enjoy Christopher Bailey and the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. I’m really interested in tailoring and men’s suits, so that’s what’s inspiring me right now.

So, where do you want to be in 15 years?

I would love to have my own shop. I really want to do this a coffee shop, local art, and clothing shop combined because I love interacting with people, and the more people that come in, the more I get inspired.  

Who’s your favorite blogger and why?

There’s actually someone from my high school. Her name is Ali Kate on Instagram, and I think it’s really cool because of the millennial era. I think it’s neat to follow people your own age. That’s also what I love about UNT because it’s such an art school, and everyone’s so creative. They’re all so young, and you can see that they’re going to go places. The millennial is really changing the industry and the world. We have so many outside of the box ideas. So, it’s cool to follow her because she’s young, and she’s just starting off.

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“As I’ve been here at UNT, I’ve met so many people with awesome talents that inspire me as a designer to design more and push myself more.”

Is there anything you would change about the fashion industry?

Yes. I think that young girls interpret some of the things celebrities are wearing as something that could be negative to their appearance because they might look at a celebrity and think, “I need to look like that,” and that’s really hard because there’s a lot of things people misinterpret. For instance, Gucci came out with a line that had something similar to the Muslim traditional dress, the face wrap, the hijab. There’s a lot of conflict because some see it as someone taking tradition and making it fashionable. But, as designers we see it as something that inspires us, and what this means to us. Often, there’s a clash or conflict between fashion. It’s hard to tell people that because everyone sees fashion as their own interpretation. There’s a lot of miscommunication in the fashion industry.

How has UNT shaped you into who you are today?

Oh, it’s really changed me. Like I said before, North Texas is an amazing art school. When I was applying to schools for fashion design, I was looking at schools like FIT, Pratt, and schools that are strictly fashion schools, and my parents told me that they were unsure if they wanted me living in New York my first year of college. They said, “why don’t you try the fashion program at North Texas, and if you still want to go back, you’re able to.”

As I’ve been here at UNT, I’ve met so many people with awesome talents that inspire me as a designer to design more and push myself more. I’m just really thankful because people inspire me the most, and when you meet people that are also passionate about their talents, it really pushes me.

Do you have any advice for anyone that wants to be industry or where you are right now?

Yea, do it! Go for it! Really, if you just go for it, you’re going to learn so much from your experiences. If you want to go into fashion, but you feel like you don’t know enough, you can always keep learning. I think if you just throw yourself into what you’re passionate about, that’s the only way to be successful.

Logan Fowler is the type of person that will be able to accomplish anything she sets her mind to thanks to her talent, work ethic, and unique sense of style. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here. Wherever it is, I know she’ll stay true to herself and continue to evolve!

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“If you just throw yourself into you’re passions, that’s the only way to be successful”

Visit Logan’s site, Loganfowler.com and follow Logan on Instagram @Lolofowler

Words by: Miles Cantrell

Photos by: Jacob Ostermann

Edit by: Taylar Gomez, Carolina Gonzalez, and Maia Wilson

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Inside Logan’s apartment

That’s So Vintage…

The perfect internship for a vintage girl

 

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Jessica Heard, a senior Merchandising major, had no idea that when she walked into her favorite local vintage shop, Circa 77, she would be offered an internship. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to land your dream internship. Jess is one of the lucky ones. Her unique personality and style can’t go unseen which is why she was the perfect person for the job when she was hired to help manage the small Denton vintage shop on The Square. She has a bright future ahead of her and had great advice for those interested in obtaining an intern or looking to flourish at their current intern position.

Did you have any experience in fashion prior to attending UNT?

“I took some classes in high school that were career classes centered around Fashion Merchandising. But I just love clothes in general!”   

What do you like most about fashion merchandising?

“I think it’s cool that there is a job, if you want to go into buying, that you could be a professional shopper. There is also a lot of opportunities available for fashion merchandising majors that I never knew about. It was really interesting to learn about all the things you could do in merchandising.”

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Jessica stands out front of Circa 77, where she had the opportunity to intern for a unique store full of a wide array of vintage collections.

Where did you intern?

“I had an internship with this vintage store in the square and I would rearrange the store, and help with buying. If someone came in the store and they wanted to consign I would help decide if the piece would fit our store’s brand and if the item was good or worth buying from the customer. It was fun! I got to help people decide and chose what they wanted or gave people ideas and advice. If they came in the store needing something I would go find what they were looking for.”

Where did you hear about the internship? What led you to them?

‘Well, I just went in the store because I always liked the store prior to getting an internship and I just asked her if she needed help around the store or anything and then she told me that she was looking for an intern!”

What did you learn from your internship?

“Social Media is really important. Especially nowadays companies are really focused on social media. It’s really important that you have a Facebook and Instagram and that you are doing things within the social media world for your company. I helped out with the shop’s Instagram account and Facebook posts.”

Did interning at Circa 77 change your style in anyway?

“Everything I wear is comfortable, but I also have vintage flair! Especially after working at Circa 77! I definitely have a lot of vintage in my closet.”

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Jessica with owner Janie Shoto, who she worked under while interning at Circa 77

Any interest pertaining to fashion outside of your major?

“Oh yeah! I really like photography. I have a photography business. I am merchandising major, but I am not sure if it’s exactly what I want to do right after I graduate, maybe more so later in life. I really like real estate. I love everything about real estate and I am going to work on getting my real estate license.”

Anything interesting you want to add or any advice for people looking for internships?

“Make sure whatever you decide to do that you are with a company that you like and that the company is a good fit for you.”

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Jessica wearing a pink Lame 1980’s Victor Costa gown, while lounging in a blue velvet 1950’s wingback chair.

Jess provides inspiration to those wanting their fashion careers to be a job that they wake up loving to go to and not just settling for unhappiness. She has a diverse background in more than just fashion and has great advice for those wishing to be the best at whatever they choose in life.

Words by Rikki Willingham

Photos by Chloe Gonzalez

Edit by Taylar Gomez and Carolina Gonzalez

Captions by Jacqui Simses

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A “Crowned” Jewel

Behind Mahiri Takai’s modern take on darkness vs. light

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         On the evening of October 7th in the UNT Union Ballroom, Merchandising Inc. and Dallas-based designer Mahiri Takai presented an exclusive new line in the M.E.Collection titled “Crowned.” Although the show began at 8:00 PM in front of a crowd of students and guests, the preparation behind the scenes for the show took place all day.

        The models first met in Willis Library, excitedly anticipating the arrival of Mahiri Takai. Many of them were buzzing to one another over what the garments might look like, or what hair and makeup they would be styled in. From the moment Takai arrived on UNT’s campus, it was obvious the show was going to be an exciting one. As soon as he introduced himself to the models, everyone jumped right in perfecting their runway walks to the “expressionless and zombie-like” look the designer wanted.

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The garments included in the collection, paired with striking silver hair and dramatic black netting for the styling gave a futuristic and godly feel, corresponding with the “Crowned” theme.Takai explained to models and producers before the show that the first half of the looks were inspired by dark times in his life. The second half of the garments he explained as a representation of his life changing after he found a “light” in his wife and in turn found success in fashion. The designer became quite emotional throughout the day as he watched his vision come to life, and moved everyone else in the room with his passion and story. As styling took place throughout the day, models, producers, and volunteers alike all questioned Takai avidly, in search of advice as to how to find your calling and be successful in the competitive fashion industry. As one make-up artist asked him how he knew fashion design was the career path for him, Takai simply responded: “I knew it was for me when I saw how fashion changes people’s lives for the better.”

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        After over five hours of hair, make-up, styling, and rehearsal, the show was finally ready to commence. There was a large turnout of both UNT students and outside guests, as well as four vendors selling hair extensions, handbags, shoes, and even paintings by the artist whose work took a large part in inspiring the collection. After the guests arrived, the show began and took place in two different sections, progressing along with the story from dark to light. The first dark half was separated from the upbeat white half with a dramatic pause, and the show was followed with some words from Mahiri Takai himself, discussing the inspiration and underlying meaning of “Crowned.” The clothes were amazing, the designer was an inspiration, and the whole fashion production was a success. Overall, the Merch Inc. presentation of the M.E. Collection was, as Takai would say, “stupid dope.”

Words by Reilly Farris

Photos by Lauren McMichael (@laurenmcmedia), Sanchez Murray (@pfntom), Michaela Bull (@michaela_lb), Jonce Humphrey (@jonc.e). Video by Jonce Humphrey (@jonc.e)

Edit by Taylar Gomez and Carolina Gonzalez

Art Direction by Rose Kuo