Be True to Yourself

I never dress like a professor. I rather dress to be who I am and show what’s important to me.” – Dr. Strübel

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During lectures, Dr. Strübel, the fashion theory and historic costume professor at UNT, often mentions how she has experienced different dressing styles and how they have influenced her research. In fact, her lectures are not only interesting, but inspirational to many. She allows students to test the limit and making them to think outside the box. But there is always that one question that every one of her students wonders, what does Dr. Strübel look like before she became a professor?

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“I basically looked like a female version of Kurt Cobain. Bell Bottom jeans, concert T-shirt and Dr. Martin’s”, Dr.Strübel said, describing to me her go-to outfit when she was 18 or 19 years old. She began to draw a clearer image to me by relating her look to Kurt Cobain and her mom used to refer her as “the dirty hippie.” Music made a imprint on her way of style. Grunge and rock bands were her inspiration, but not until her friend introduced her to rave culture where she first discovered human suspension.

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“MTV was on 24/7, I was watching what everyone was wearing.” She expressed that she was shocked at first, but at the same time she was drawn to the eccentricity. She was tracing back the memories of how secretive raves used to be and told me the only way they found out about the rave was from posters around campus or record stores and would have to call the number listed to find out details. Her favorite outfit was a vinyl, bright blue pant, a graphic t-shirt and white vinyl jacket, then she would pair them with her platform shoes and silver spiked hair.

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Photo Credit: Returns of Kings  (One of Dr. Strübel’s favorite band “Rammstein, she actually has this same exact picture in her office)

My blue spiky hair was nothing like they had seen before!” Once she entered her graduate school, she cut her hair short and dyed it blue. So the goth and punk age began. She got back all the piercings she had in high school and more, and each tattoo she got was more visible than the last. Dressing was a way for her to understand who she was. She never wanted to look the same as anyone else. She wanted and still wants to look apart from the ordinary and believed it was the only way to be taken seriously.

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“I changed how I looked, but internally I am still who I was.” Because of her career path, she was told to “clean up” her look. In her words, “the Banana Republic’s poster child”. She had to hide her true self behind the stuffy business professional look to fit in the standardize world. It was uncomfortable and suffocating. Then she found out  her students actually react better when she’s herself and didn’t want her to be the stodgy business professor. Though it might set her apart from the students, she never intended to dress to be someone she is not.   

“Don’t give a shit of what other people think of you.”  Since last fall, she started to show her tattoos and actually was considering dying her hair again (maybe peach or  bright pink). I asked her if she could say something to her old self what it would be, and she laughed and said “maybe vinyl is not the best thing to wear in the Winter, but honestly I really like how I was, I enjoyed surprising older people at Denny’s at 5 or 6 o’clock in the morning when we were just getting back from a rave. We weren’t loud, they were just so unfamiliar with the way we looked.” Dr. Strübel is never ashamed of who she is.

Though Dr. Strübel will no longer be teaching at UNT and is moving to Rhode Island for the next semester, she taught us to continually be ourselves. Get that tattoo that you always wanted, dye your hair the color you always dreamt of, because the only way to find happiness is to be YOU. For many of us who are still trying to figure out who we want to be, just remember to always stay true to yourself.      

Special thanks to Professor Jessica Strübel for allowing us to interview you.

Words by Rose Kuo

Images courtesy of Dr. Strübel and All Music, Return of Kings, Wion, and Fashionista

Edit by Maia Wilson and Reilly Farris

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Strutting with Style

Life Tips and Laughs with Abby

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According to Abby Santillana, all you need is red lipstick,a great pair of shoes, and the confidence of a runway model to have a good day. People like my good friend Abby are hard to find. Her style is all encompassing. Her infectious joy for life and vivacious personality instantly make the people she interacts with feel like they’ve never had a bad day in their life! Abby is a merchandising and digital retailing major in here sophomore year at UNT. She is also the fashion coordinator for the Filipino Student Association’s Choreoblock dance team. I sat down with Abby and some Starbucks to chat about her passions, who inspires her, and tacos.   

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I just love the movement. The connection to any song that’s playing.

So, what brought you into dancing?

Gosh, what didn’t bring me into dancing? When I was three, I started dancing ballet, and my mom would take me dancing everyday. When I was 10, she wanted me to try something different. She took me to hip hop, and after that first class, I never went to ballet again.

What do you love about it?

Just the movement. The connection to any song that’s playing. I feel like I’m very good at freestyling because there are so many beats in a typical hip hop song, and I love just hitting those beats and getting that technicality. I just love feeling the music.

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I feel like I know myself a lot better as a dancer and as a person. That’s what brings me to dancing everyday.

What would you say is the most important thing dancing has done for you?

I think It has helped me express who I am because I didn’t know who I was, and what I wanted to do. I stopped dancing around my teenage years, but once I started dancing this past year, it really just brought me back to who I am. I feel like I know myself a lot better as a dancer and as a person. That’s what brings me to dancing everyday.

So, why fashion? What made you interested in the fashion industry?

I realized that fashion was my forte, when I went to New York City three years ago during Christmas time. Man, when I saw all those advertisements, the scenery, the lights, and skyscrapers… I remember I was reading a magazine at the time. I just realized, “wow, I’m in New York City, reading a Vogue Magazine. I want to do that!—I want to be able to go to New York, and be apart of the fashion industry to just live my life, live it well, and live it with style.

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I want to be able to live my life, live it well, and live it with style

So, what is your end goal in fashion?

So, right now I am thinking about being a fashion show producer, working at market as a visual merchandiser, or being a buyer. I really like the fashion shows, and how they work. I want to continue learning about them. I am really about the visual aspect of fashion.

What would you say is something you would want to change about the fashion industry?

I would like to see more cultural diversity in the fashion industry. I feel like I am starting to see progress pertaining to models. If I am going to be a fashion show producer, I would want the shows to be diverse in the clothes, themes, and the models that we’re choosing. I think it would be interesting to have a more culturally diverse industry.

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I love being the fashion coordinator because I get too create my own little vision of what I want.

I know that you are apart of the Filipino Student Association so, how has being in the fashion program and FSA here at UNT shaped you into who you are?

I think I’m more open minded and adventurous. I’m more of a risk taker. If I get an opportunity, I’m going to go for it, and say “Yes Man!” Back then [in high school] I would get to do something and I would ask questions like “do I have to dress nice? Now, I think “I get to dress nice, get to go out!” I love being at UNT because I have been able to have all of these opportunities.

Tell me about being the fashion coordinator for FSA.

It is a perfect mix of greatness and stress. It is up to me to figure out, what would look good on stage. Can they see all the way from the back? Can they see that yellow patch on the jackets under those bright lights. I really have to think of all of the aspects of anything that the dancers will wear. I always have to think about what will happen if this happens. I love it because I get to create my own little vision of what I want. I see it in my head, and if I can see it happen, I know I can make it happen. Overall, I’m the one that gets to choose how it looks overall. It’s my job to make them look good. The dance is definitely going to look good, but will the dancers look good? That’s my job. Doing this has really helped me to become a leader. This has shown me what it means to become a leader. It helped me learn how to choose the right things, and make decisions because I was afraid at first. Then I realized, “Hey, they picked me for a reason because they know what I can do. They know my background is fashion and they know I can get them a good look. If I go in full confidence, I’ll show them what I can do.

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Honey, put on your favorite shoes, and strut as if you’re on a runway. Smize baby, smize.

So, how would you describe your style.

I would describe it as very simple. A little bit of femininity, a little bit of edge, but still fun. I want to look confident and amazing at the same time.

What was it like working retail at Shop 112?

Uhh I loved it! It was my first job not working in the family business. My mom forced me to get out there and do something else. So, I used to work at a local boutique back in south Texas for the past two years. It was absolutely the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. I got to model for them, I got to style for them, I got to do a fashion show for them. I also was behind the scenes for one of their fashion shows. Because it was a local business, I got to see the manager, model, stylist, merchandiser, buyer, and  social media director. I got to see each one of those positions in the store. I think that really helped me with what I want to do, and what I’m interested in doing in the fashion industry.

What is your favorite fashion magazine?

Marie Claire. It’s because of Nina Garcia. I love her! My mom would always read it, and I would always have one. I loved to just see what Nina Garcia is loving, and what her top trends are.

What do you like about Nina?

She is very straightforward. She isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. She has that very unique style to her. I think because she’s Hispanic, my mom and I can relate to her in a certain way. She is very loveable. I think she’s charming. I think she has a good style and keeps it sophisticated and classy, but also has that Latin flare.

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My mom would wear something simple, then have that pp of color, and an accessory; she inspires me to do the same.

Who inspires you in fashion and life?

The first person I thought was my mom. She grew up in Mexico, and came over for a better life just like my dad. When she had me, she dressed me up like I was her doll. When I got into my teenage years, and I got more of an interest in the fashion industry, I would notice my mom and how she would dress herself. She was very simple, but would add a Spanish flare. She would wear her red lipstick, her big stone rings and statement necklaces. She would wear something simple, and then have that pop of color, and an accessory, and she inspires me to do the same. My mom is definitely my biggest inspiration.

Do you have any advice for anyone reading this?

I would say just have confidence! If you’re having a bad day, honey, put on your favorite shoes, and strut as if you’re on a runway. SMIZE BABY, SMIZE. That’s my thing. Smize, strut, and you know, when I’m having a bad day, that’s really what I do. I put on my favorite pair of booties. I go out there, and I strut my stuff. I strut as if I’m on a runway. Just be confident in anything that you do. Once you see something that you like, go for it. Take a chance. Take that opportunity. If you don’t, you might never get that opportunity again. Take it girl, take it!

Abby is someone who will go far in the industry. Her zeal for life and constant positive energy are things I aspire to have always, and will be able to get her extremely far in whatever she decides to set her mind to. I loved getting to sit down with her, and I hope that our readers get even a touch of how special of a soul she is.

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When I’m having a bad day, that’s really what I do— put on my favorite booties, I go out there, and strut my stuff. I strut as if I’m on a runway.

Follow Abby on Instagram @abbyandhercurls

Words by Miles Cantrell

Edits by Taylar Gomez, Carolina Gomez, and Maia Wilson

Photography by Michaela Bull

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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

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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