Category Archives: Fashion

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

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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 teaches 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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Ursuline College’s 15th Annual Faculty Lecture Series to celebrate the “Best Closet in Cleveland”

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With over 3,500 pieces of 20th Century American fashion donated by Greater Clevelanders, Ursuline College’s Historic Costume Study Collection has been dubbed the “Best Closet in Cleveland.” In honor of its upcoming 30th Anniversary, the College’s 15th Annual Faculty Lecture Series will focus on the collection. Constance Korosec, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Fashion and Historic Costume Study Collection Curator will present the lecture Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7PM in the Mullen Little Theater at Ursuline College.

“Each year, all of us at Ursuline look forward to the Faculty Lecture Series, when we can share our fabulous faculty’s expertise with the greater Cleveland community. This spring we are especially excited to focus on our fashion program, which will be celebrating a hallmark anniversary this fall. Korosec is a well-known speaker and her lecture promises to be both educational and enjoyable,” said JoAnne Podis, Ph.D., Ursuline College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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Spring livin’ suggestions: embody your favorite fashion icon

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Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 3 more days ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!

With a change of season, comes an obvious change in wardrobe. But the transition from winter to spring in Cleveland can be tough. Remember when it snowed on Easter? Audrey Hepburn, Beyonce, Billie Holiday, China Machado, Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Marilyn Monroe … and the list goes on … we’re continuously inspired by influential women in fashion. Here are our favorite looks from a few female style icons to help get you from winter to spring.

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Ursuline Fashion students to ‘Rock the Runway’ in Kent State University’s annual fashion show March 8

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Kent Student Center Programming ‘Rock the Runway 2014′ Press Release: 

The 10th annual Rock the Runway fashion show is on Saturday, March 8th in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Fashion is merely the catalyst to create a show that is fun and entertaining, while allowing Kent State students of all different majors an opportunity to showcase their talents. This year’s design theme is The Second British Invasion featuring New Wave music by British artists.  Contestants will submit a line consisting of three pieces inspired by the theme. At least one representation of the British flag must be present in the line.

A total of 15 designers will rock this year’s runway, including a guest line from the Ursuline College fashion program. Under the direction of fashion program chair and Kent State alumni, Dr. Constance Korosec, the students will collaborate on the designs and model their line in the show.

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#UCStyleFiles clothing with a cause

Founded in 2010, "Downs Designs" is the first company of its kind.

Founded in 2010, Downs Designs is the first company of its kind.

There are many niches in the fashion industry, from high fashion to costume wear, to performance-wear garments for people in the coal or oil industries.  But another very important market is for specially designed garments for people with disabilities who often have difficulty finding clothing that fits properly.

Based in Mentor, Ohio, Downs Designs is a local company that is the first and only company of its kind.  Downs Designs was founded to provide comfortable clothing to fit the unique body shape of a person with Down Syndrome.  Those with Down Syndrome typically have shorter legs and have less muscle tone which leads to a rounder belly.  Additionally, people with Down Syndrome also lack fine motor skills, which make it difficult to wear regular jeans with zippers and buttons.

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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

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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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Fashion Forward. Trendsetting Students Become Designers

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Senior Susan Hayley Fox ’13 presented her collection,“Rose of Araby.” Inspired by the sleek lines of the 1920’s deco era, the feminine silhouettes worn by the flapper girls and the ladylike floral fabrics made famous by designer Lela Rose, Fox designed a knockout collection. Ursuline’s students prepare for the fashion industry through rigorous course work in design and merchandising, culminating in a senior runway show.

The College’s fashion students have the option of attending NewYork’s Fashion Institute ofTechnology (FIT) during their junior year. They also have hands-on access to the College’s Historic Costume Study Collection that includes more than 3,500 pieces of 20th century American apparel and accessories. The VOICES staff caught up with six of the Innovations ’13 designers and production team members to find out what inspired their creations. 

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#UCStyleFiles Seen on the Red Carpet: Grammys 2014

Our favorite celebs dazzled us at The 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

And on this enchanted evening, the stars shined brightly in sequin gowns:

Image via People Magazine.

From left, Taylor Swift dazzles in Gucci, Rita Ora in Lanvin, and Ciara in Pucci.
Image via Us Weekly

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Fashion Professor Connie Korosec talks keeping your closet organized on WKYC-TV