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#UCStyleFiles advice from a “rare bird”: Iris Apfel’s key to success


Finally, successful businesswomen are coming forward to reveal that their career paths didn’t necessarily follow the straight path they were expecting.  While Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to “lean in” and not sacrifice their careers for an equally important role as wives and mothers, fashion icon Iris Apfel explains that she never had a “plan” to begin with.

Iris Apfel, who is a self-proclaimed “geriatric” socialite,  boasts quite the resumé. She began as an editorial writer for Women’s Wear Daily, became a successful business owner and textile designer and later, an interior decorator, fashion designer, fashion professor, and style icon.  But the key to Apfel’s abundant success was that she always followed her own path.  Apfel asserts, “Doing your own thing is very good. . . if you have a thing to do.”

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#UCStyleFiles what’s in store?

"Right now in our store emerald green is flying off the shelves. Everyone loves the ease this chevron blouse goes from day to night." $59.95 at The Limited

“Right now in our store emerald green is flying off the shelves. Everyone loves the ease this chevron blouse goes from day to night.” $59.95 at The Limited

Many fashion students and alumnae also work in retail and can offer insight into world of buying and selling in the fashion industry.

Vanessa Feldkamp is a senior majoring in Fashion Merchandising at Ursuline College.  She is also the sales lead manager at The Limited.  Vanessa explains that she applies a lot of what she learned in May Beard’s Retail Buying classes: “May Beard’s class taught me to take a deeper look into the psychology of the target customer. I’ve also learned to analyze why a product didn’t sell.”

This helps Vanessa and her team to assist the customer in her shopping experience. “Also, by knowing what our customers likes we can drive sales in our stores,” Vanessa said.

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#UCStyleFiles Manicure Monday


Word on the street is that metallic is the new style trend for fashion and beauty. What I love about these looks is that they aren’t too far outside of my comfort zone.  I rarely venture away from the pinks, reds, and corals when it comes to my personal preference of nail polish—AND the craziest it’s ever going to get for me is a French mani (other than that one time I experimented with DIY laser printer decals) But a metallic-tipped French mani, or a nude and metallic color block look are simple and sophisticated, yet so fresh and cutting-edge.

So I had to try it myself.

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#UCStyleFiles Getting Crafty!

The holiday season is quickly approaching and what would your besties love more than a handmade gift?!

Secret Stitch Club’s version

After my bestie surprised me with the picture frame I had been coveting from the Missoni for Target collection, I wanted to make her something special to show my gratitude! After tirelessly searching the far depths of the internet (and Pinterest) for the “Keep Calm and Sew On” poster, I came across a  fabulous tutorial via Secret Stitch Club’s blog that also included a PDF file of the poster!

Keep Calm and Sew On: Visit the Secret Stitch Club's blog for the PDF version of this image

Keep Calm and Sew On: Visit the Secret Stitch Club’s blog for the PDF version of this image

Image via The Secret Stitch Club, another cute version of this project!

Image via The Secret Stitch Club, another cute version of this project!

This is what you Need:
*A print out of the image (from Secret Stitch Club’s tutorial) printed to the appropriate size for your frame ex: 3×5, 4×6 (cardstock optional)
* A plain, wooden frame from the craftstore, the one i found was $2

* Acrylic paint(s)

* Glue (Hot glue and/or Tacky Glue work the best!)

* Fabric scraps, flowers, buttons, feathers, beads, etc to embellish

1.) After printing the image, cut it to size and set it aside for later.

2.) remove the plastic (or glass) part of the frame and save for later.

3.) Paint the frame using the acrylic paint and allow the 2-3 coats to dry for a few hours until it’s dry to the touch.

4.) Embellish your frame using the fabric scraps, rolled to emulate flowers, or other found items.


My own rendition! Ta da!



#UCStyleFiles Honors Designer Edith Head


A very special “doodle” in honor of the designer behind clothing of many iconic stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Image via Google.com

Today, Google.com’s “doodle” honors fashion designer, Edith Head (1897-1981) on what would have been her 116th birthday. Edith Head was born Edith Claire Posener in 1897 in California to Jewish immigrant parents and began her career in 1923 at the Players-Lasky Studio (Time Magazine). With dedication she worked her way up from an apprentice job, later being hired by Paramount Pictures as the first female head designer in 1938. Edith lacked experience in art and costume design, but learned diligently and was able to wow everyone with her skills she acquired on the job.


Edith Head, shown with her most notable costume sketches. Image via Google


This original sketch, autographed by Head, features a costume to be worn by actress Jeanmaire in Anything Goes (1956). Image via Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Reasearch.

Eventually Edith earned her first Academy award for designing Olivia de Havilland’s “spinster” outfit in the film, The Heiress in 1949 (Time Magazine). Edith celebrated an incredible amount of success throughout her career, as she was nominated for 35 Academy Awards–As noted by biographer Sarah Fisko: this included every year from 1948 through 1966, and Edith won eight times (“Edith Head”). Edith Head won more Oscars than any woman in the industry.  Edith Head’s designs were worn by celebrities in the 1940’s and 50’s which included the likes of Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood (Time Magazine).


Grace Kelly wore this stunning satin gown designed by Edith Head to the 27th Annual Academy Awards as she accepted her Best Actress aaward for her role in the 1955 film, “The Country Girl.” (Image via Time Magazine)

Edith Head stood out from her male counterparts in the industry because her of “low-key” working style, often meeting exclusively with her clients. It is also noted that other studios would “loan” Edith Head’s services out to other production companies per the request of celebrities.  “Hollywood fashion designer Edith Head was the consummate movie designer. Edith was the go to designer and her designs are a legendary in the motion picture business. Edith understood color and fit.  Each of her movie creations often made the actual actress more famous.  Movie directors would ask for her to be on the movie production team. Her designs are one of the most photographed in the world. Edith Head won countless awards but her most cherished was the Oscar!”–Dr. Constance Korosec (Professor and Chair Fashion Ursuline College)


(As quoted in Time Magazine’s article) Head once said, “There isn’t anyone I can’t make over.”

I happened to know quite a few dedicated Audrey Hepburn fans, here is what they had to say about Edith Head’s most notable “It Girl”:

Dr. Rachel Meyer, “Audrey Hepburn is one of many celebrities that served as the personality or inspiration behind Edith’s designs. It was in part Audrey’s popularity that gave life to the famous outfits.”

Becca Wrenn: “Audrey Hepburn’s style, often made possible by legendary designer Edith Head, continues to inspire me. She always presented her style as classic, minimal and elegant. My favorite Edith Head and Audrey Hepburn collaboration was in Billy Wilder’s film Sabrina. The costumes represented the character’s transformation and told the Cinderella story so well.”

Becca's favorite Edith Head design was featured in the movie "Sabrina" starring the iconic star, Audrey Hepburn.

Becca’s favorite Edith Head design was featured in the movie “Sabrina” starring the iconic star, Audrey Hepburn.

Brittney Edelman: “What inspires me about Audrey Hepburn’s style is how her clothes were seamless additions to her persona. Her garments didn’t own her or ever overwhelm. They accompanied and enhanced her personality and star power. Blacks, creams, chic hats and perfect dresses. Her style wasn’t all about clothes, either. Audrey’s impeccable style oozed from the tips of her polished brown hair to her groomed eyebrows, flawless skin and gazelle-like neck. She is the embodiment of classic.”
A montage of Brittney's favorite looks as worn by Audrey Hepburn.

A montage of Brittney’s favorite looks as worn by Audrey Hepburn.

#UCStyleFiles FYFW Edition


NYFW attendees  Image via Pinterest

NYFW attendees
Image via Pinterest

Hello Lovelies! New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 kicked off last Thursday with the announcement of Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report:

Pantone's Spring 2014 Color Report

Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report

New York Fashion Week continues through this week and the list of my favorite runway looks continues. Spring trends (as seen on the runway) include stripes, abstract prints, knee-length skirts, sheer fabrics, an homagé to street style, elongated silhouettes, and feminine florals.  Below are some favorite looks as seen on the runway.

Bright colors and bold graphics for Nicole Miller's Spring 2014 collection Image via Pinterest

Bright colors and bold graphics for Nicole Miller’s Spring 2014 collection
Image via Pinterest

A simple sheath makes a chic statement by Nonoo

A simple sheath makes a chic statement by Nonoo

Tadashi Shoji

Color in motion: Pantone’s “Violet Tuplip” as seen on the runway in this Tadashi Shoji dress

Kate Spade's Spring 2014 Collection is a fan favorite

Kate Spade’s Spring 2014 Collection is a fan favorite

Not ready to give up the edgy look of fall 2013? Herve Ledger carries the look into spring!

Not ready to give up the edgy look of fall 2013? Herve Ledger carries the look into spring!


Prabal Gurung utilizes Pantone's Freesia yellow in this stunning piece

Prabal Gurung utilizes Pantone’s Freesia yellow in this cutting edge look.

As shown by Jason Wu: Your staple piece for spring is a long waist coat

As shown by Jason Wu: Your staple piece for spring is a long waist coat

Stay tuned for more #NYFW coverage as Fashion Week continues!


#UCStyleFiles DIY Chandelier!

Photo Via Pinterest

Photo Via Pinterest


I firmly believe that no room is complete without a chandelier, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor space. How perfect would a chandelier be in your garden, or YOUR dorm?! I recently found a great tutorial from the Dollar Store Craft blog on how to fashion a chandelier from affordable household items. (Click on the link above for this amazing tutorial and other awesome and affordable projects!)

This is what you’ll need:

* Mardi Gras style beaded necklaces (from the dollar store or party store)

* Jewelry wire

* Hot glue

* Scissors

* Metallic spray paint

* Plastic Crystals, glass beads, etc.


Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Step #1: Begin by attaching the beaded necklaces to the wire basket with the jewelry wire.

Step #2: Once the entire “bowl” is completely adorned with the beaded strands, continue on to attach the beads to hanging part of the chandelier.

Step #3: To secure the beads, Dollar Store Crafts hints to loop the chain link through the hook to support the weight of the beads.

Step #4: In a ventilated work space, spray paint your chandelier in your desired color. Be sure to wear a mask and protective eye wear!*

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

And this is how my chandelier turned out:


MY version!


A continuing process: I find myself adding to my chandelier every so often!


How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?

How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?




#UCstylefiles: An Evening of Art and Fashion

Fox_25“From Botticelli to Pollack. The history of art is the mechanics of Fashion and Branding: it is the marketing, presentation, selling, and licensing of a product or idea that is relevant and desirable in its time period.”

What could be better than an evening of art and fashion? An evening of art, fashion, and the opportunity to make networking connections in Cleveland’s fashion industry! Last night I attended this incredible FGI (Fashion Group International) event at the Cleveland Museum of Art and met some amazing people and mingled with some good friends and my favorite fashion professors! The event featured an exclusive fall fashion trend presentation from Saks Fifth Avenue. (I LOVED everything I saw!), a presentation on fashion designer and FGI member Ali Rahimi of Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier from John Barle, and a private guided tour of the museum from the Director of Art Studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Patrick Melnick. NOTE: We also shook hands with the likes of someone with connections to iconic model Twiggy!


SO what fall trends should you be on the look out for? Expect to see lots of leather, from laser-cut leather dresses to leather leggings, moto jackets, and your classic leather pant. Classic cashmere also took a sleek feminine edge with flattering draping, paired with destroyed denim. Below are some photos courtesy of local blogger Karen Yannacio Morse of GlamKaren. Be sure to check out her blog, she is so amazing!


Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse


Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse

Stay tuned for more! -xoxo


#UCstylefiles Dorm DIY!


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One of my favorite classes in the fashion program was Visual Merchandising with professor Jennifer Knaus. We were given lots of projects designed to challenge ourselves to design store layouts and window displays, while finding and creating beautiful compositions from every day items such as paint swatches.

I’m most proud of my vignette composition:


After creating countless paint swatch lollipop “pinwheels,” garlands, and “candies” I fell madly in love with being able to design and create with paint swatches. I then realized that paint swatches are an easy commodity for college students to get their hands on, so why not devote this entry to fun, easy projects to bring color and excitement to your dorm!


I created my own version of this paint swatch “painting,” directions and a sneak peek are below:

This is what I used:
Paint Swatches
Recycled Cardboard (it was inside a package)
Glue–Adhesive Spray, glue sticks, and rubber cement were all used accordingly!


To create my wall art, I cut various paint swatches into triangles to create my “pinwheel” motif. To adhere to the cardboard, I sprayed the cardboard with adhesive spray, working in small areas. Rubber Cement was used to secure the triangles to the cardboard. (Glue sticks came into play when the swatches became stubborn and fell off). My composition is for now a work in progress, but I’m going to decide whether or not I like the organic look of the cardboard in between, or I may continue to fill in the entire sheet. To finish the project, I will matte and frame it and voila! (Photos to follow once completed).

#UCStyleFiles On Location!

Fashion is constantly evolving with every shift in society’s taste, often directed by the current aesthetics of art and music. As quoted by student, Stephanie Pratt (a Visual Communications Design Major with a minor in Studio Arts):
”[Art and music] are interconnected. You can’t have fashion without basic design concepts which are found in art, architecture, and the natural world.”

The influence of fine arts on fashion design could not be more evident than as observed during the recent fashion field study trip to University Circle lead by Dr. Korosec, Chair of Ursuline College’s Fashion Department. Students visited the Western Reserve Historical Society’s “Dior & More” exhibit, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the “Rolling Stones–50 Years of Satisfaction” exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in search of these connections to the fashion industry.

sfox_3The “Armor Exhibit” at the Cleveland Art Museum demonstrates the use of artistic design principles and elements which continue to be echoed in modern apparel design. While armor served a function as a means to protect a knight in battle, it was also fashioned to be aesthetically pleasing. Design principles such as unity, balance, and proportion make a suit of armor beautiful as well as making a garment successful. The repetition of pointed, angular shapes found throughout the metal plating seem to “answer” each other and maintain proportionality and harmony of the silhouette. This cohesion is pleasing to the eye on all levels. In terms of the functionality of the armor, it is also similar to the art of designing a garment on a 3-Dimensional form, which must accommodate the shape of the body and allow for ease in movement. Each carefully crafted piece of armor must be fitted to the knight’s body allowing him to move, but protecting his body as much as possible.

The junction of each piece of the suit is done so in a decorative manner with bolts, rivets, and leather buckles. Likewise, the decorative darts and pleating utilized by fashion designers also add beauty to the garment.

Moving on to the Rolling Stone’s exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the influence of music and costume design on the fashion industry is just as evident. The use of color, texture, line, shape, etc. is taken into careful consideration when designing for a musician. Designers consider the effects of the stage lighting and special effects when creating a garment to give the musician the desired look or statement they are aiming for. Rock and Roll music was thought to lead to the “degradation of society” and decline of conservative values which I suppose is true. One particular example in the stones exhibit was a costume worn by Mick Jagger, a cape constructed out of an American flag which at one time in history would have been considered a crime—it was considered defacing a flag to wear it when nowadays flag-themed plates, merchandise, and clothing are popular around the holidays signifying a change in society’s values and beliefs. Other costumes in the exhibit varied from simple to ostentatious, and were just as differentiated as the genres of music they represent.

Finally, the culmination of art, music, and fashion came alive during our visit to the “Dior & More” exhibit at the Historical Society museum as the changes in society’s values as well as the lifestyles of Cleveland’s elite were reflected throughout the display.

A quote featured in the display seemed particularly relevant “Clothes after all speak not just to who we are, but who we would like to be”–Robin Givhan. We all like to surround ourselves in what satisfies our idea of beauty, and in a sense fashion has always been thought of as wearable art. Just as students feel empowered playing “dress-up” in

Ursuline’s Historical Fashion Study Collection, so too does a rock star become all he or she ever dreamed of being simply by wearing his or her wearable statement of art. Thus, the “right” outfit helped attribute to the fame, fortune, and success of our greatest musicians, rock stars, high class women, as it can also change YOUR own destiny.

This wearable piece of art is crafted from carefully arranged vinyl record pieces worn by singer Rihanna.

This wearable piece of art is crafted from carefully arranged vinyl record pieces worn by singer Rihanna.

Paquin, Paris Haute Couture 1929.

Paquin, Paris Haute Couture 1929.

Hot of the Press! UC Fashion Students Susan Fox and Kayla Wayts pose for Rolling Stone Magazine with Dr. Connie Korosec--Just kidding! (It's a Souvenir Photo!)

Hot off the Press! UC Fashion Students Susan Fox and Kayla Wayts pose for Rolling Stone Magazine with Dr. Connie Korosec–Just kidding! (It’s a Souvenir Photo!)