The fashion industry has changed. What was very rule following and semi-risk adverse is now rebellious and subversive, it’s used as a positive platform to propel and influence needed changes. Our goal this month is to emphasize that.
“We need to make fashion relevant again” – Olivier
Rousteing said this about a year ago in the New York Times, the industry has come far since then, but it still has a long way to go. Currently, the world is going through its own metamorphosis, and the new generation is creating their own paradigm that is a lot more inclusive, excepting, and embracing than in previous decades. Like people, brands are constantly reinventing themselves; a new design direction is forged through the eyes of the leader. Lately the industry is either setting the trend of the decade or creating art that references and/or makes a political statement. The sole purpose of fashion nowadays is to cause waves, start a conversation, and make a statement. Long gone are the days when political statements in the fashion industry are taboo and controversial, in fact, now not only is that expected, that’s the goal.
With Nu View, we have been forging our own path. We want readers to feel like they can connect to our content. We’re not finding information that is already out there, we’re reporting on it before it even is, we’re observing what everyone does not notice. This month’s theme is “say something,” and trust us, we have a lot to say. Want to know what topics we’re covering this month? Wait and see!
A new addition to Denton Square, but a long standing boutique of the Denton community
By Sofia Greaves
Denton square is the heart of Denton Texas. It’s a small city with a lot of history and it just got a new edition . Les Muses has just moved from a small house on elm street into the square . They have long been citizens of Denton but they started the store in the year 2000 while living in Austin Texas. They have moved around the state of Texas to end up back At their roots in Denton, operating in a house on Elm street for two years before the space on the square opened up.
Les Muses started when the owner Dawn Gaston quit her job in law enforcement to follow her Passion full time:
“I started my first antique business. I started out in antiques, more than the clothing, so i sold a lot of french furniture and things from England, France Spain . . . more European antiques. The business did very well but i had been collecting vintage handbags and jewelry since i was a teenager so i love that part. so i started just decorating with a little bit of the handbags, hats lingerie. . . and that started taking off even better than the antiques. so it just kind of evolved into something where I had a whole section for clothing and accessories and still did the furniture and home [decor]. I had to go into doing the clothing, and as things progressed since this was really more my passion (the clothing and fashion part), i started fazing out some of the [miscellaneous] stuff.”
She then had an opportunity to move the business to The Heights near Montrose, a neighborhood very close to the Art District in Houston when her customers had knowledge and true appreciation for her inventory.
“It feels like i rescuing some of the merchandise and stuff that would just find its way in a landfill. the history of (the vintage fashion) is important to me, the style, the fabrics….”
Some of the materials that make something vintage typically are Lucite (in jewelry), brocade, and certain Jacquard. These are weaves that involve a lot of work and hands on activity that is more unique now than 25 years ago in ready to wear, in-store clothing, style wise, silhouettes from the 20th century stand out as original because remakes of the 21st century have a modernized influence and are easier to wear everyday in commonplace.
“Im out looking, shopping everywhere. so i go to a lot of estate sales. [i once] went to four estate sales and came away with very little. so everything is handpicked by me. so everything has to be in really good condition. i have to see something about it that speaks to me and i am very careful not to get things that have [been heavily worn].
At the end of the day, Les Muses is a family business. they value their customers choices and needs. no matter what is trend at the time, they will hand pick something unique for you ranging from old designer, limited-edition to simple well made clothing. To run a vintage store you have to have a good eye but you mainly have to have a good hand. She hand picks everything and they do not get donations. She is very selective and meticulous and we applaud her for that because the pieces in this store are proof of quality, customer care, and talent for recognizing authenticity.
Follow @lesmusesvintage on instagram for updates on what they have in stock!
Hey Nu Babes, it has been a long summer and it’s not over yet! July’s edition of “What the Editors Bought” features clothing from Brandy Melville, Fashion Nova, Public Desire, H&M, and so much more, also featured are some pretty dramatic price differences ranging from $56 to completely free.
Though I did not spend a lot of money and buy a lot of clothes this month, something tells me I’ll more than make up for it in August. In July, one of my favorite clothing websites: Fashion Nova, did something I never heard of; for every item purchased you’ll get an additional item free as long as it’s of equal or lesser value. In other words, for every two items you add to your shopping chart whichever one is more expensive will be the one you pay for, the other item is free. Me being me, I almost bought the whole website, and next month if they have a sale like that again, I will! After careful consideration, I was able to narrow down what I had to have, and what I had to have right-then-and-there. These are the two items I could not live without.
Her Majesty Denim Jacket – Black
This Lion King inspired jacket is a must-have for Fall. Sure, it’s comfortable, like all denim jackets are, but who cares about comfort when the jacket is this cute. I live in Texas, it’s the Summertime, and I have already worn this jacket so many times I’ve lost count. The things I do for a good monochromatic moment. I recommend wearing this jacket with some high-waisted black jeans, tucked in, a white shirt with short faux-leather black sleeves, and patent leather booties, that’s how I wore it.
At this point guys-only jackets no longer exist. Sorry boys, but the only two options are girls jackets and intersex jackets masquerading as guys jackets. What I love most about this jacket, besides the fact that I got it for free, is how different it is, I’m living for the two-toned trend. I’ve also worn this jacket a few times already, yes, in Texas’ summertime, and got major modern 90’s vibes. Black high-waisted jeans, patented leather boots, and a white graphic tee that says “black, no sugar, no crème,” yes please!
This month, I loaded up on some really cheap basics, but not without thought about quality, breath-ability, and longevity. Everything in my bag was a capsule closet’s dream: interchangeable.
Denim is difficult, but for me and my fabric sensitive skin it is two times harder. I was hesitant to stray away from skinny jeans, but when cuffed the right way and worn with feminine shoes, these cotton mom jeans look so chic and grown up. These Cotton On 90’s mom jeans fit my waist perfectly. Un-cuffed this is a classic straight leg jean, but it is 98% cotton and 2% spandex so the size that fits your legs is not going to gape obnoxiously in the back. These are the best thing I bought for myself this month, and they were only $40.
Denim is difficult (part 2). The size I wear exclusively at the stores is runs true to my waist size in inches. I had been picking out my shorts all wrong especially in stretch denim. These are the only denim shorts I own that I have not had to alter with big darts. these are a great staple for any outdoor summer occasion because that are hemmed appropriatetley and have minimal distressing detail, so you can still throw them on for a family barbecue
I needed something edgy for my shoe collection. This looks good with even the most boring all black outfit. The reason is the extra shininess of the patent leather. Mixing textures is a low risk, high reward way to build an outfit, especially in colors like black, white, grey, or beige. I throw these on for any dressed up, night out occasion.
A good basic t-shirt is as worth mentioning as any other product. I use to struggle with building a wearable wardrobe because nothing matched, and I hated plain tees. There are three key details that make this more than a boring white tee. It has a frocket, sewn cuffed sleeves, and stops just below my waistline. I can style it as a crop top on a hot day, or wear it with high waist bottom and be off to work with an effortless, stylish outfit.
Brandy Melville is sold at Nordstrom, so my employee discount came in handy. You can get really fun summer clothing for the items that actually fit (being that they exclusive sell size small worldwide). I had a variety of plaid or checkered skirts to decide from, and this one reminded me of my middle school days in a non cringy way. I had a red plaid skirt and until I outgrew it, I made it work with anything and everything. I once wore a pale pink tank top with it and to this day that is one of the only outfits from my adolescence that I have not burned from my memory.
“The process of transformation from an immature
form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.”
“A change of the form or nature of a thing or
person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.”
This month’s issue is for those desperately
seeking change, the innovators, the restless souls who are never satisfied and
enough is never enough, the people that embrace change and its inevitability as
well as its unpredictability. This month’s issue is also for the reinventors,
those people that are fine with not knowing who they are just yet but can’t
wait to find out. This month, let’s talk about growth and evolution, let’s talk
about buying from the men’s section, and the fashion from our favorite
fictional characters who have us wanting to steal their style. Let’s also talk
about reincarnation, what’s old is new again. Let’s discuss that vintage online
market at ASOS, that sweater in your grandparents closet that’s now being
featured in all your fav. fashion mags., and Le Muse Vintage, that place in The
Square that sells vintage designer clothing. To our fellow readers, the ones
who during unpredictable times welcome uncertainty without fear, the ones
finding themselves, those who need a change, to reinvent themselves,
this message is for you…
The best way for something to become a habit is to first make it a routine. And it is only when a daily routine becomes a habit that change happens, that’s your metamorphosis.