Editors’ Pick: Yaku Stapleton Collabs with Designer Louis Presencer and Techwear Tailor Rory O’Sullivan

The fashion world has long enjoyed collaborations where two parties turn their creative ideas into reality. Fashion designers are now embracing new fashion technology and learning digital prototyping to transform online concepts into identical physical products. And it looks like the power of digital prototypes will continue to influence designers and collections for decades.

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The intersection of fashion and technology can be found via a new collaboration between designers Yaku Stapleton, Louis Presencer and Rory O’Sullivan along with MSCHF, an American art collective based in Brooklyn, NY, in a new line of basketball wear. The collection finds the balance between virtual expressions and the physical world.

The collab also weaves in another critical aspect of modern fashion, sustainability. Stapleton and his collaborators are embracing sustainability by utilizing existing fabrics and recycled materials, aiming to redefine fashion with new values that can shape the industry’s future.

In an interview with Fashion Reverie, the designers talk about the collaboration, what brought them together and why they’re excited about digital fashion.

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Fashion Reverie: This technology is something that not many people have seen before. How did this rise in digital fashion come about?

Louis Presencer: I feel like digital fashion is slowly being seen in mainstream fashion but there isn’t a bridge yet that allows for people to interact with the medium. I think that augmented reality in tandem with digital fashion feels like the natural direction for digital fashion, which I have been exploring in my own work, building art experiences that showcase digital garment design alongside the final, physical garment.

FR: Can you give us more of an understanding into the technological aspects of this collaboration, where you turn a digital product into something physical?

Yaku Stapleton: In establishing my practice, I had numerous ideas to bring to life. However, the pandemic restricted the realization of these designs in garment form. A tutor recommended using Marvellous Designer (a cloth simulation program) and CLO 3D (virtual fashion design software) to actualize the 1/4 scale designs I had created in my room. This marked the initial integration of digital tools into my practice.

Rory O’Sullivan: I’ve been using CLO 3D and Blender (an open-source 3D computer graphics software tool) to digitally model concepts that align with my brand, Mura Studio, effectively conveying surreal ideas integral to my work. Over the past year, I’ve constructed an alien world around my designs, offering viewers insight into my creative process. Sculpting alien characters in Blender and transitioning them to CLO allows me to design garments tailored to these creatures, maximizing the synergy between the two software applications.

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FR: Why do you think digital fashion is important and what are the most important applications of digital fashion?

Yaku Stapleton: Digital fashion is important as it allows access to the arts. Previous barriers within information as to how to make your designs meant that you had to be in specific places, or areas, or have specific education to be able to create within fashion.

Rory O’Sullivan: It’s a valuable tool, especially for new designers without a full studio setup, condensing various workspace tasks onto a screen. Learning it from home through online tutorials on platforms like YouTube is a convenient approach.

Beyond accessibility, the efficiency of these tools stands out. Pattern cutting and alterations that would take a day can be completed in a quarter of the time due to the software’s intelligence.

FR: How would you describe your combined design aesthetic/style, and do you think this is the beginning of the rise in digital prototyping being included in fashion?

Rory O’Sullivan: Working with Yaku has shifted my design theory perspective significantly. Collaborating with diverse designers, each with unique backgrounds and skills, facilitates constant idea exchange. Meeting Louis on the first day, who shares profound knowledge in CLO, was surreal. As a collective, we’ve seamlessly integrated our skill sets, forming a distinctive design process applicable across projects.

Louis Presencer: Working with people who see design in the same way I do was beneficial. With Yaku allowing us to really experiment digitally, I found myself in scenarios where if I had an issue, I could turn to Rory to get the answer and vice versa.

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FR: Can you describe your design and creation process when working on this MSCHF project?

Yaku Stapleton: The project initiated with a focus on the shoes, shaping the entire concept around them. Our exploration involved dissecting the lines and using them merely as a reference for the garment shapes. Conceptually, in collaboration with the MSCHF team, we deliberated on the presentation of the shoes.

 It was unanimously decided that emphasizing the pumps on the shoe was paramount. The conclusion reached was to craft looks in ascending size and intensity, mirroring the idea of the shoes being pumped up.

Rory O’Sullivan: Working on the MSCHF project was exhilarating. Being familiar with their dynamic approach to ideas, we recognized the potential to sustain that energy through digital design, resulting in something extraordinary. Upon receiving the project brief, Louis and I delved straight into work, swiftly visualizing garment ideas for the concept. The learning curve was substantial, with Louis introducing me to advanced CLO techniques and crafting vibrant animations to showcase the clothes in action. This allowed us to push boundaries, aligning perfectly with MSCHF’s penchant for going over the top—showcasing how digital design seamlessly complemented their style.

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FR: Are you planning to produce more physical garments based on your 3D designs through this digital prototyping technology, and would you ever explore the possibilities connected to the metaverse/VR and fashion happening right now?

Yaku Stapleton: For me, while digital prototyping is useful for concepting, my practice benefits a lot from my understanding and interest in physical form, shape, and textures. This means that an understanding of pattern cutting and how to realize the shapes and textures that I’m interested in within the fashion context is often more important, and often digital solutions to creating work negate my desire to realize projects that work in the real world. The transition to “real” is also a task, and sometimes, that process can take longer than if you were to approach the pattern in the “real,” physically.

Regarding VR and the metaverse, I’m interested in bringing people together and I’ve enjoyed the moments in my life when I’ve gone into worlds that are based online through RPGs (role-playing games). These kinds of complete quests feel a lot more immersive to me than the metaverse, which feels like it often ends at just being in a particular space and there’s nothing beyond that. I think the metaverse is a good start, but for it to live up to and challenge the spaces that have come before it—it still has a long way to go. As a result, I’d like to explore these critiques within my own attempts to create and present fashion digitally, so that it feels more like an RPG. Focus less on the clothes, and more on the space that these clothes would exist in and the things you could do within that space.

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Style Your Denim Skirt for Fall 2023

In an era where trends come and go at lighting speed, the Y2K revival has shown surprising staying power. From baguette bags to body chains, items we thought we’d never see again are once again popping up all over social media. Some items are arguably less wearable than most: the return of low-rise jeans especially was received with mixed reactions from those who wore them the first time around.

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One trend that has proved universally popular is the denim skirt. Having made an appearance on fashion runways including Burberry’s spring 2023 collection (maxi lengths, complete with Y2K handkerchief hems), as well as Zimmerman’s spring 2024 collection, the trend looks set to continue well into summer 2024. One of the key benefits of denim lies in its versatility: dark or light wash, embellished or ripped, it can be styled in a myriad of ways. Here’s how to style your denim skirt, according to your personal aesthetic:

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Romantic

Despite its apparent tough looks, there is a softer side to denim. For a feminine look, opt for a flowy denim skirt with details like ruffles or even decorative floral embellishments. Our recommendation for this particular style comes from Dainty Jewells, whose range of pretty denim skirts (and other apparel) reflects this style perfectly.

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Glam

Glam is another word we wouldn’t normally associate with denim, but if you consider the tried-and-true “fancy top and jeans” formula, it works. Think sculptural, dramatic one-shoulder tops, corsets, sheer or leather fabrics in darker hues to give a fitted denim midi skirt an edgier look, or look for dramatic details in the skirt itself such as longer skirts with rips or slits.

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Gamine

By now, eagle-eyed readers might have realized this roundup is loosely based on the Kibbe/Kitchener theories, another style revival which has taken off on social media in a big way. Gamine style is best described as sharp, geometric, and compact, so if this is your style, go for a denim mini skirt you can pair with a graphic tee shirt or a cropped sweater and colorful hosiery.

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Casual

For a more laid-back look, take your style cues from celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, who was often seen throughout the Y2K era wearing denim maxi skirts with simple tank tops. For winter, wear yours with a slouchy knitted sweater for a comfy, cozy feel. If you want to lean more into a boho vibe, try a patchwork or appliqued denim skirt instead.

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Classic

For a denim skirt look with a more timeless feel, opt for a mid-length denim skirt with a chambray shirt for a contemporary take on the classic “Canadian tuxedo.” Alternatively, as things get colder another great look is a denim midi-skirt with a classic turtleneck and simple jewelry (hoop earrings never go out of style).

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Don’t Forget Your Footwear

Shoes are a key aspect to consider with this trend. Besides wearing the style most appropriate for your look (sneakers or chunky loafers for gamine, for example), it’s also important to consider practicalities, especially rainy weather, which can make styles like maxi skirts a little tricky to wear. While with mini and midi skirts almost anything goes, a key recommendation for maxi lengths is to balance the look of the skirt (while keeping your hem elevated) by wearing a block or platform heel.

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Sorority T-Shirts and Beyond: The Art of Greek Apparel

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When it comes to demonstrating your Greek affiliation, nothing says pride better than wearing a Greek letter shirt. Whether you’re attending a tailgate on game day, rocking one for Recruitment Week, or just casually dropping the G when out with friends; sorority tee shirts are a great way to shout out everything that is important to you and the sisterhood! From fierce texts that emphasize unity among your sorors, classic crests that show off traditional flair, or customized gear tailored specifically for your chapter: each piece of sorority apparel captures an essence and meaning all its own.

This articles dives into the creative side of Greek life looking at various types of shirts available, what details go into creating them, and how this expression rises up from embroidery machines everywhere!

The tradition of Greek apparel dates back several decades, with its roots intertwined with the history of Greek life itself. These garments are not just fashion statements, but also crucial markers of identity and unity. Sorority tee shirts, in particular, became popular in the mid-20th century as a way for members to demonstrate their pride and allegiance. Today, they are an integral part of sorority culture—serving not just as casual wear, but also as an essential part of sorority events and ceremonies.

The designs and symbols on these tee shirts often reflect the values, traditions, and history of the respective sorority, thereby fostering a sense of belonging among members. The evolution of Greek apparel mirrors the evolution of sorority culture itself, adapting to changing trends and preferences while maintaining the essence of sisterhood and unity.

What better way to show your sorority pride than with a trendy tee shirt? From bold statement tees to personalized monograms, today’s sorority tee-shirt trends offer something for everyone. If you’re a fan of bright colors and eye-catching graphics, a statement tee may be the perfect fit for you. Or maybe you prefer a more subtle approach, with a chic monogram on the front or back of your shirt. No matter your style, there’s a sorority tee shirt out there that will make you stand out on campus and show off your Greek sisterhood with style.

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Get custom-made sorority tee shirts

Custom-made sorority tee shirts offer a unique opportunity to create something that’s truly representative of your chapter and personality. Proudly showcasing your Greek affiliation with custom sorority shirts has never been easier or more creative. These personalized items allow you to choose the color, design, and even the fabric of your shirt, ensuring it’s the perfect fit for your style and comfort.

Whether it’s a memorable quote that signifies your sisterhood, a special date, or your sorority symbol, the design possibilities are infinite. In addition, these custom-made pieces can also serve as a fantastic keepsake or gift for fellow members, strengthening the bond of your sorority and making your time in Greek life unforgettable.

Find creative ways to wear your sorority letters beyond just a tee shirt

Sorority letters are more than just symbols of sisterhood; they represent a bond that goes beyond college life. While tee shirts are the common way to wear your letters, there are endless possibilities to showcase your pride. Consider adding your letters to a denim jacket or vest for a trendy look. Show off your sorority spirit with a personalized necklace, bracelet, or ring. For a more subtle approach, add your letters as an applique to a tote bag, baseball cap, or even a notebook. Whether you’re looking for a bold statement or a discreet nod to your sorority, there are plenty of creative ways to wear your letters.

Choose the right materials for screen printing or embroidery

Choosing the right materials for screen-printing or embroidery projects is crucial to ensure a high-quality output. Cotton is a popular choice for tee shirts because it is breathable and durable, and it works well with both screen printing and embroidery techniques. A good option is a polyester blend, especially for athletic wear, as they are resilient, moisture-wicking, and maintain their color. For screen printing, it’s essential to use high-quality, water-based inks to ensure clear, vibrant designs that can withstand repeated washing.

For embroidery, choose sturdy threads in colors that compliment your garment and design. Tools like embroidery hoops and stabilizers can also prove helpful in producing neat, professional-looking results. Remember, the quality of your materials can greatly impact the overall look and feel of your finished sorority tee shirts.

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Consider what accessories you can match with your new Greek apparel for your sorority

Accessories can play a crucial role in accentuating your Greek apparel and expressing your sorority spirit. Whether you opt for a stylish tote bag emblazoned with your sorority’s letters or a delicate pendant that subtly signifies your affiliation, these accessories can add an extra layer of personalization to your outfit. Delve into the realm of Greek-inspired jewelry, where you can find bracelets, rings, and necklaces adorned with your sorority’s symbols and colors. Explore items like scarves or hats that can be customized to represent your Greek life.

Don’t forget about everyday items like keychains or phone covers that can be a constant reminder of your sorority. Each accessory is a chance to further express your pride and commitment to your sorority.

Greek apparel, particularly sorority tee shirts, is more than just a wardrobe staple—it’s a tangible symbol of unity, identity, and pride. From traditional designs to modern trends, these shirts have evolved to reflect the dynamic nature of Greek life. Customization, versatility in how you represent your letters, and thoughtful selection of materials and accessories further enhance the personal connection to your sorority. These elements combined make each piece of Greek apparel a unique expression of sisterhood that lasts long beyond the college years.

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As sorority tee shirts continue to evolve, they not only reflect the ever-changing trends in fashion but also the growth and transformation of sorority culture itself. Custom-made tee shirts bring a level of personalization that allows each member to express her individuality while also being part of a collective identity.

—Staff

Editors’ Picks: Five Sunglasses for Adding Some Outdoor Chic to Your Outfit

For some time now, athleisure has been experiencing a sort of renaissance in the fashion circuit. Our previous article on the ‘Best Spring 2023 Men’s Jackets’ highlights a few pieces that take obvious inspiration from the outdoors. From JW Anderson’s Casual Zip Front Fleece Jacket fit for any outdoor activity to Maniere De Voir’s weatherproof Nylon Parka Jacket, as well as women’s racing jackets like Free People’s Deadwood Hiro Jacket, we’ve got you covered on this season’s biggest fashion theme—outdoor chic. Today’s focus? Sunglasses. Here’s a roundup of 5 frames to suit any fashionista’s needs as we move into the fall season.

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Oakley BXTR

R&B singer Ciara was spotted making a fashion statement during a recent trip to Japan. Once dubbed the Princess of Crunk, Ciara sported a pair of oversized, sporty Oakley sunglasses to match her motorcyclist-inspired getup. Oakley’s BXTR frames come in six different shades and were designed to pay homage to Baxter Street, a well-known skate spot in Los Angeles. To make this look your own, allow the sunglasses to become the focal point of your outfit by pairing them with baggy jeans and a moto jacket.

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Ray-Ban Reverse Wayfarer

Refresh your sunglasses wardrobe with styles from Ray-Ban’s Reverse collection. The brand has taken its beloved classics including the Aviator, Wayfarer, Caravan, and Boyfriend styles, and shifted the shape of the lenses from traditional convex to concave. Prior to their official release, you may have seen the Reverse Wayfarers frames from Ray-Ban walk down the red carpet on singer Labrinth. Not only are these unique frames sure to draw attention, but they are also crafted to follow the contours of the cheekbone, ensuring a flawless fit that can be pulled off by anyone.

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Costa Del Mar Tuna Alley Pro

If you’re looking for something that is both trendy and can withstand heavy outdoor activities, the Tuna Alley Pro sunglasses on Costa Del Mar are perfect for you. These frames are made with premium lenses that filter reflective glare, making them ideal for bright, full-sun situations on the open water and offshore. They’re also made with a special coating that is extra resistant to scratching and creates a barrier that repels water, oil, and sweat. Regardless of whether your preferred activity is hiking, fishing, or just sightseeing, these sunglasses will make for the perfect companion.

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Oakley Eye Jacket Redux

Like many trends, it’s vital to have a style inspiration. When it comes to combining athleisure and sportswear to create eye-catching ensembles, no one comes close to Bella Hadid. To replicate her trendsetting street style, go with the Eye Jacket Redux from Oakley. At first, many of us shuddered at these dad-like wraparound frames. But something about the way Hadid styles them with 90s low-rise cargo pants and midriff-baring tops has us wanting to cop a pair or two!

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Burberry Briar

The Briar frames by Burberry are for those who are not quite sold on the idea that sporty sunglasses can be cute. These sunglasses feature a square, cat-eye silhouette. They’re much more subdued than oversized shield designs, yet the blue-tinted lenses and signature Burberry check still give off a playful quality.

No longer are wraparound sunglasses limited to yoga moms or dads on their yearly fishing trips. Athleisure sunglasses have become go-to accessories for supermodels and fashion gurus alike, and with good reason. Sunglasses are an easy way to add a touch of outdoor chic to any outfit without having to overhaul your entire wardrobe.

—Staff

Accessorize Smartly: Finding the Perfect Phone Wallet to Match Your Style

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In today’s fast-paced digital age, our smart phones have become indispensable companions. They hold our contacts, schedules, memories, and so much more. But what’s equally essential is the accessory that keeps our beloved devices secure and within arm’s reach, the phone wallet. And as we efficiently transition into the cooler temperatures of fall weather, having a phone wallet can be an essential item as we layer with more clothing and wardrobe accessories. Consider all the things that will be a part of your daily wardrobe this fall—hats, scarves, gloves, etc.—you should add a phone wallet to these fall essentials.

Finding the perfect phone wallet isn’t just about functionality; it’s also about style. Your phone wallet should not only safeguard your smartphone and essential cards but also complement your unique fashion sense. In this article discover how to choose the perfect phone wallet that matches your individual style and needs. Let’s get started.

Identify Your Personal Style

Identifying your personal style is the crucial first step in finding the perfect phone wallet to complement your individual fashion preferences. Take a moment to reflect on your overall style aesthetic.

Are you a minimalist who prefers clean lines and neutral colors, or do you lean towards a more bohemian, eclectic look with vibrant patterns? Consider your fashion choices, favorite accessories, and the colors that dominate your wardrobe. This self-awareness will guide you in selecting a phone wallet that seamlessly integrates with your unique style, ensuring that it not only serves its practical purpose but also becomes a stylish extension of your overall look.

Evaluate Your Everyday Needs

Evaluating your everyday needs is essential when searching for the ideal phone wallet. Start by analyzing your daily routine and activities. Do you need a wallet that can hold more than just your phone, such as cards, cash, or even keys?

Think about your device’s size, as larger phones may require wallets with specific dimensions. You can also find a custom phone wallet that perfectly fits your phone model, ensuring a snug and secure fit. Additionally, assess your preferred carrying style; whether you prefer a slim wallet that easily slides into your pocket or a crossbody phone wallet for hands-free convenience.

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Choose the Right Fabric or Material

Selecting the right fabric or material for your phone wallet is a pivotal decision in aligning it with your style and needs. Different materials offer varying levels of durability, texture, and aesthetics. For a sleek and modern look, leather or faux leather options are timeless classics that exude elegance. If you lean towards a sportier or casual style, canvas or fabric wallets might be a better fit, providing a more relaxed and versatile appearance. Additionally, consider factors like weather resistance and ease of maintenance, as these can impact your wallet’s longevity.

Size and Capacity Considerations

Size and capacity considerations play a pivotal role in determining the suitability of a phone wallet for your style and practical needs. Begin by assessing the dimensions of your phone to ensure a snug and secure fit within the wallet’s designated compartment.

Think about the additional items you typically carry, such as cards, cash, or identification. Ensure the wallet offers ample slots, pockets, and compartments to accommodate these essentials without feeling cramped.

Balancing size with functionality is key; an excessively bulky wallet may disrupt your style, while an overly compact one might limit its usefulness. Striking the right balance ensures that your phone wallet harmonizes seamlessly with your daily life and fashion preferences.

Functional Features

Functional features in a phone wallet go beyond the basic task of holding your phone. Consider the convenience-enhancing elements that align with your lifestyle. Features like RFID blocking can provide added security for your cards and personal information, making them essential for security-conscious individuals. Think about the ease of access to your phone, with options like magnetic closures, snap buttons, or zipper closures offering varying levels of security and accessibility.  Additionally, look for built-in stands or kickstands that can make hands-free video viewing a breeze.

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Consider Aesthetic Appeal

Aesthetic appeal is a critical aspect when choosing a phone wallet to match your style. Delve into the world of colors, designs, and brands to find a wallet that resonates with your personal taste. Choose a color that complements your wardrobe or adds a pop of contrast. Consider design elements, whether you prefer classic, minimalist patterns or bold, eye-catching motifs. Brand loyalty may also play a role, as some individuals seek wallets that align with their favorite designer labels.

Have the Right Budget

Having the right budget is essential when searching for the perfect phone wallet. Before you start shopping, determine how much you’re willing to invest in this accessory. High-quality materials, designer brands, and additional features can significantly impact the price range. Keep in mind that a well-made phone wallet is an investment that should balance style and functionality with your financial constraints. Look for options within your budget that still meet your style and practical requirements, ensuring that you don’t overspend or compromise on quality.

Check for Reviews and Recommendations

Checking for reviews and recommendations is a smart move when in search of the perfect phone wallet. Start by exploring online reviews and ratings from both experts and fellow consumers. These insights can offer valuable information regarding durability, functionality, and overall user satisfaction.

Additionally, seek recommendations from friends, family, or online communities who may have firsthand experience with phone wallets that match your style and needs. Real-world feedback can provide a well-rounded perspective, helping you make an informed choice and avoid potential pitfalls.

Finding the perfect phone wallet to match your style involves a thoughtful blend of personal preferences and practical considerations. Begin by identifying your unique style and evaluating your daily needs, ensuring the wallet suits your lifestyle. Pay close attention to the choice of material, size, and functional features while keeping your budget in mind. Aesthetic appeal is crucial for fashion harmony, and checking reviews and recommendations may add the assurance of quality. By following these steps, you can confidently select a phone wallet that not only complements your style but also enhances your everyday convenience.

—Staff

Editors’ Essentials for New York Fashion Week Spring 2024 Season

With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) spring 2024 season approaching, Fashion Reverie is providing a roundup of the perfect list of essentials fashion editors and industry professionals will need to stay bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Remember you must look good for those fashion after parties and Instagram photos!!

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Portable charger [Anker powercore  $25]

For all the days when will be attending fashion shows and events, it’s best to have a portable charger to keep your phone up to charge. With Anker Powercore, it’s small enough to fit in your hand and has high-speed charging tech for all phones.

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Water bottle [VOSS; 24-pack water bottles $37]

When going on long-distance walking, staying hydrated is essential for the day.  Remember, NYFW is very hectic, and you will be sprinting from one show to the next all day for six days. That’s why you shouldn’t just get any water, but the best water. Pure artisan sourced and enriched with tons of minerals and electrolytes, VOSS will keep you hydrated and feeling your best.

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Metro pass [weekly pass $34]

In a city like New York where fashion is bustling everywhere, a weekly metro pass is essential for getting you around the city in no time! And it’s far less expensive than Ubering from show to show.

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Leather bag [Grams28 154 City Pack $299]

You’ll need a bag to keep all your essentials. That’s why Grams28 is the best at providing stylish bags to keep your hands free and your pockets light.

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Shades [Maniere De Voire CORSICA SUNGLASSES $48]

Maniere De Voire, meaning “A way of seeing,” provides the best shades for sight.  Unisex sunglasses that are stylish for anyone to wear, Maniere De Voire will have you blocking out the sun with opulence.

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Snack bar [Nature Valley; 6-pack $3]

In need of a quick snack small enough to fit your travel needs? Nature Valley is the perfect and healthy pick to keep you going throughout the day. Packed with the perfect balance of savory sweetness and flavorful nuts, this snack makes the best on-the-go treat you can bring along on your adventures during NYFW.

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Under eye cream [CeraVe $15]

It can look rough when waking up and getting ready for the day. CeraVa comes in clutch with handling dark circles and puffiness around the eye to keep you looking and feeling your best. Perfect for all skin types, and restoring the skin barrier, CeraVa is what you need for NYFW.

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Airborne tablets [Vitamin C; 64 tablets $14]

When traveling, you can be too busy to take in your morning essentials to keep your health at its best throughout the day. That’s where Airborne comes in, providing the best vitamin C in a tablet you can find for quick consumption before you head out.

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Editors’ Picks: College Essentials for Fall 2023

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With the end of summer quickly approaching, many students around the country are getting ready to head back to their universities. While this can be overwhelming, it’s also extremely exciting as you are welcomed to or introduced back to all the beauty of campus life. Whether you are a new college student or a returning upperclassman, it’s important to make the most of your dorm experience. This roundup can help you quickly settle into your new environment and help you feel good about where you will be spending most of your time: bonding with your roommates and friends, studying, and making lasting memories.

Fashion Reverie wanted to compile a list of hand-picked college essentials we know are beneficial to all students. We also felt it was important to show you affordable items that could last even after your college years are over.

These products will help you power through and crush midterms and finals—without thinking about the debt that will loom over you once you graduate. This roundup is meant to serve as a baseline for the average college student to get started with school purchases in a smart and effective way.

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Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System Coffee Maker 

Coming in at #1 for most essential is this coffee maker from Ninja that makes regular coffee, cold brew, and even tea. While this is a bit pricy, it can be a great thing to get with your roommate or roommates to all share together.

The foldaway frothing arm can turn any drink into a delicious latte. Say goodbye to those insanely hectic runs to Starbucks and Dunkin. You can now become a fan favorite among your friend circle for being able to serve them great caffeinated drinks in as little as ten minutes.

$200 available at www.amazon.com

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Longchamp Le Pliage Green M Handbag

Backpacks and tote bags aren’t exactly for everyone, so Fashion Reverie was determined to find the best handbag option. Not only does this sky-blue bag look nice, it’s also lightweight and durable, making it perfect for holding your laptop, journal, documents, etc. Not only that, but it’s also made of recycled polyamide canvas with an inside coating for long wear.

The metallic hardware is silver-colored, and the purse includes Russian leather cowhide trimming. This bag is perfect for going from class to a social setting with friends, as it features an exterior that is equipped with a zipper and snap closure. This bag isn’t just impressively affordable, but it’s also the hottest bag to have for the return of the 2023–2024 school year.

$140 available at www.longchamp.com in a variety of color options.

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Fjällräven’s Kånken Totepack

This totepack from Fjällräven turns the everyday tote into an even more functionally designed bag. It is both a shoulder bag and backpack and is perfect for crowded buses, shuttles, and trains during those long commutes from the dorm or off-campus apartment to all those classes scattered around campus.

This mid-sized, unisex backpack has a zippered main compartment as well as an inside pocket with a padded base designed for a 13″ laptop. For those who love finding great study spots on campus, the bag features a seat pad that sits in the back pocket of the main compartment and can be taken out and used to study, read a book, tan—or any other activity your heart desires. And for those looking to make a lasting sustainable mark on the planet, it comes equipped with G-1000, which is their own outdoor fabric that can stay in use for years and years to come.

$100 available at www.fjallraven.com in a variety of color options.

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Fireside Shearling Slippers by Dearfoams

Every college student thrives on getting ready minutes before class. College is great because there are no dress codes, which makes it easier to add comfort to your daily wardrobe. Whether you are heading to class or coming from a long workout at the gym, shoes you can slide into easily will become your go-to throughout your university experience.

These chestnut-colored shoes are gender-neutral and provide durable indoor and outdoor outsoles that make you feel cozy, even on those days that get exhausting. They are moisture-wicking and have a temperature-regulating design that defines their true capabilities. Not to mention, these Dearfoams are perfect on rainy and snowy days, as the shoes are completely water-resistant.

$54.95 available at www.dearfoams.com in select sizes and colors

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Owala FreeSip Insulated Bottle

Ok. Ok. Fashion Reverie understands there are plenty of water bottles on the market, but this water bottle is completely different from its competitors. The bottle features a patented 2-in-1 spot that features both a built-in spout for sipping, as well as a wide-mouth opening for chugging.

The bottle is also designed to be easily cleaned with minimal hard-to-reach surfaces. This 40-ounce bottle is perfect for keeping you hydrated on the go, as it comes with a cup holder-friendly base and is triple-layered with vacuum-insulated stainless steel. Say goodbye to room temperature coffee after those ice cubes in your Starbucks cup start to melt away. The bottle is also leak-proof and has a carrying loop, which makes it easier to store and convenient for traveling around campus.

$31.75 available at www.amazon.com in select sizes and colors.

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IKEA HORNAVAN Cart 

This is the ideal cart to go into a communal area of any dorm space as a kitchen cart, or it could be used as a shared bathroom cart to separate your toiletries from roommates and guests who happen to stay over. The trolley rolls wherever you need it, making it a smart choice for getting the most out of a small space.

Due to the entire cart being steel, it’s very easy to clean and wipe dry with a simple cloth when dust or stains appear. Not only is it super cheap, but this adds shelf space you may be lacking when it comes to a typical dorm setup. 

$25 available at www.ikea.com

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IKEA PUURPINGLA Laundry Bag

Every kid fears the day they can no longer rely on their parents to take care of their laundry. But you can make your laundry routine a whole lot easier if you have a great laundry bag.

This beige bag from Ikea is incredibly easy to carry from your place to the laundry room, and features both long and short handles. When it’s not being used, it’s easy to fold and store it in a closet space or underneath your bed. The drawstring is the best part; it makes any laundry load less exposed and helps keep dust from piling up. When the bag is closed, there is also a small gap to provide airing to keep your clothes from smelling like mildew. It’s 26 gallons and can hold multiple loads of laundry while having a plastic interior perfectly designed for easy wiping and cleaning when necessary.

$20 available at www.ikea.com

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The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s Ice Roller

Don’t let stress breakouts from the anxiety that comes with managing college life bring you down. Instead, fight back with this chill new way to brighten under-eye circles and quickly reduce the appearance of pesky pores.

The roller is medium-sized and designed for use on both the face and body. You can use it straight from the freezer for the ultimate cold-temperature massage. It also helps treat bad headaches and aching muscles, which gives it a lot of extra usage outside of a skin routine.

$13 available at www.ulta.com

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OXO Good Grips Compact Dustpan and Brush Set

This affordable cleaning product is perfect as it is compact and takes up very little room. It comes with a microfiber duster, so you aren’t stuck constantly buying Swiffer one-use wipes. The brush part snaps into the dustpan for simple and easy storage, which allows it to stand upright on any countertop. Its slim design helps it to easily fit into a drawer or other small nook space. And the rubber lip of the dustpan is great for cleaning up any surface in your dorm while tackling those hard-to-reach pieces of dirt, food, trash and dust.

$10 available at www.amazon.com

—Ryan Salfino

 

 

 

Editors’ Pick: STARTER X MLB Join Forces to Re-Release Iconic Bronx Bubble Jacket

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New York City is the best place stateside when it comes to embracing the ever-changing landscape of fashion and its rich ties to sports. Last month, Starter, an iconic name known worldwide within the sports apparel industry, worked in collaboration with Major League Baseball for the re-release of the legendary Bronx Bubble Jacket, which paved the way for changing the entire sports apparel industry since its original launch in 1971. The celebration and anticipation for this re-release came just in time for the recent Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees and the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

Carl Banks, a former NFL linebacker whose teams included the New York Giants, was in attendance, as he’s president of the G-III Sports apparel group, which includes Starter. Banks spoke with Fashion Reverie about the importance of the release and the true significance of the jacket through its rich city history.

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“The creation of the Bronx Bubble was done 30 years ago in the ‘90s,” Banks told Fashion Reverie. “This was the iconic jacket that the Yankees wore during their championship run in the ‘90s. And this is a true story: the late great George Steinbrenner would not allow his team to take the field without wearing a Starter jacket, and so this jacket that he mandated for his team became the Bronx Bubble Jacket. The Yankees were winning and that made the jacket so incredibly iconic.”

This new collaboration debuted last month at the MLB NYC Flagship Store. The event featured a performance from Yonkers legend Jadakiss, a popular member of Ruff Ryders Entertainment. Ruff Ryders iconic members also include DMX and Swizz Beatz.

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At the event, DJ Funk Flex was seen spinning nostalgic hits during the preview of the Bronx Bubble Jacket release. Guests had first access to the presale, which included fun installations through the store. The MLB Flagship was transformed into a Starter pop-up where celebrities and guest influencers could score a jacket of their own. The bubble jacket comes in gold, silver, and blue colors.

With inspiration drawn from its original launch, the Starter licensing deal with the MLB connects fans to the team and players they follow with the iconic Starter S and star logo. Per their release, Starter recognizes that sport is “more than the game; it is a state of mind, a shared spirit, and a life-long bond.” This jacket brings the city together to represent the pride city dwellers have for their favorite teams from Queens and the Bronx in a showdown enriched by city heritage.

The Bronx Bubble redux is a reminder we can continue to bring back the rich sports history of one of the most iconic cities in the world by giving new generations of fans a small piece of history. Especially considering New York City has embraced the jacket through sports and music, as well as fashion. A Bronx Bubble Jacket and Yankees hat pairing is a combination that holds the city together like a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel. Now, you cannot get anymore New York City than that!!

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At $300, the jacket is available for purchase at Starter.com, the MLB NYC Flagship Store and specialty retailers across the country in November.

Ryan Salfino

 

Summer of Beauty Lovefest

As the summer heat intensifies and we embrace the spirit of love and self-expression, finding the perfect beauty products to create a modern groovy look can be quite a challenge.  No matter if you’re festival hoping, glamping or just relaxing poolside, a summer of love beauty routine needs to focus on withstanding the challenges that summer brings, especially humidity!

Fashion Reverie reached out to the experts at Beautyque NYC, Tom Ford Beauty, and KISS to gather some insider recommendations on unlocking your modern groovy beauty potential.

A Touch of Glitter

According to the team at Beautyque NYC, “one key element of a groovy [summer] look is a captivating and shimmering pout. Staygolden Cosmetics’ Glitter Lip Kit is the perfect solution for those who want their lips to shine with boldness and longevity.”  Available in a range of stunning colors like So Fairy, a peachy pink, and So Bae, a diva inspired rose gold, this lip kit offers a “sex-proof, food-proof, and liquid-proof formula, ensuring your lip color stays intact throughout the night.”  This sparkly lip kit is perfect for those looking to make a statement without worrying about running to find a bathroom and reapplying every 10 minutes!

Available at Beautyque.nyc $23.00

An Easy Manicure

No time to get your nails done?  Not to worry, KISS Voguish Fantasy Nails are perfect for summertime in an array of cute on-trend styles including tie-dye, ombre, marble, multicolor, and florals. These press-on nails are waterproof and smudge-proof, lasting for up to 7 days!  They apply in minutes, so you can easily change up your manicure as often as you like! 

The kits include 28 fake nails, pink gel nail glue, a cuticle stick and a mini file to level up your manicure in minutes.  But the best part is that they remove easily without damaging your natural nails.

Available at Kissusa.com $8.99

Stay Safe in the Sun

Sun protection should really be a non-negotiable for everyone.  The sun can cause extensive damage so it’s so important to start with a base with SPF protection like, MyCHELLE sun Shield Liquid SPF 30.  This tinted sunscreen provides a flawless finish while protecting from damaging UVA/UVB rays.

Plus, it does not contain retinyl palmitate or chemical UV absorbers including octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, or PABA. It’s made without parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, and artificial colors!

Available on Amazon.com for $23.99

Shimmery Lids

To achieve a groovy look that transitions seamlessly from brunch to late night drinks, the Beautyque NYC team knows how to keep the partying going with the Code 8 Beauty Eye Shadow Iconoclast Palette. “It is a versatile gem, offering a variety of vibrant shades to create both every day and glamorous eye makeup looks. With a single palette, you can effortlessly transform your style for any occasion. Pair it with Code 8’s blush for a natural flush of color and their BB Cream for a flawless and radiant complexion.”  Want even higher pigmented colors? Use the primer as a base and wet your brush for a look that’s groovy and all your own!

Available at Beautyque.nyc $59.00

A Touch of Highlights

Add a sunlit iridescence finish to compliment your summer tan with Tom Ford Beauty Soleil de feu Glow Highlighter.  This luxurious, lightweight powder formula stays put for all your summer activities.  According to Tom Ford Beauty, “this luxe highlighter captures the luminous glow of a fiery sunset over the sea.” 

This highlight won’t flake, settle, or crease for a flawless finish that lasts all day long.

Available at Bloomingdales.com $95.00

 

Light Up on the Go

A summer of love might transport you to overnight festival grounds or other less than ideal locations for getting ready. Not to worry, The MegaPuff, a solar inflatable lamp allows you to utilize the power of the sun to get the perfect makeup lighting.  You can even choose between multiple options of warm and cool light for the perfect on the go beauty set up, but it’ll do more than that, it’ll light up your whole space! The MegaPuff provides up to 12 hours of light and is waterproof. To set it up, just pull the handle and twist for a sanitary setup that doesn’t require blowing into anything.

The MegaPuff also doubles as a charging port, which is a lifesaver after draining your phone battery with those amazing selfies!

Available at Solight-design.com, currently on sale for $38.00

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Need More Personalized Recommendations to Kick off Your Own Summer of Beauty Love Fest?

Still unsure how to find the best products or to find your perfect colors?   Beautyque NYC has launched the Beta Version BeautyQoach, a unique feature that caters to those seeking personalized beauty guidance. The BeautyQoach provides tailored recommendations, accounting for individual preferences and desired outcomes by filling out a form.  Whether you’re looking for the perfect summer makeup routine or advice on combating the challenges of humidity and water activities, the BeautyQoach can help you find the right products for you.

Go to Beautyque.nyc to learn more and if you’re in New York, don’t miss out on visiting Beautyque NYC and trying out BeautyQoach for yourself! 

No matter where the summer season takes you, soak up some rays, enjoy time with the people you care about, and be sure to have a little fun with your beauty routine!

Janine Silver

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