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The Fashion File

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From keeping it classic to mixing together different styles, Molly Dettman, DU freshman, and Julie Bartoski, DU junior, provide their favorite fashion tips.

Molly Dettman (Jenna Ramiro, DOMINICAN STAR)

1. Describe your overall style. (In general, are you Classy, Trendy, Chic, etc.)

Molly: My overall style is classy chic. I love to mix pop colors in with classic black and white. My favorite items to add just the right amount of sparkle and style to any outfit are jewelry and hair accessories. In addition, I love finishing every one of my looks with a great bag and fabulous shoes.

Julie: I am a mix. I put everything together myself.

2. What are your favorite clothing stores to shop at?

Molly: My favorite stores are Nordstrom’s, Guess, Macy’s, Express, Von Maur and DSW. I love stores that have a fun, bright atmosphere with quality shopping and affordable prices. A friendly and well-decorated store with a great environment makes all the difference.

Julie: Nordstrom’s, H & M and sometimes the Gap.

3. Favorite brands or designers?

Molly: Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Guess, Marc Jacobs, and Donna Karan, are some of my all-time favorites. However, it’s exciting because I am constantly learning and discovering new fashions from designers in my fashion classes here at Dominican. My list of favorites is always growing.

Julie: I am a big fan of Joe’s Jeans.

4. What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory?

Molly: Like I mentioned before, I love my jewelry and accessories because they add sparkle and can play up any outfit taking it from daytime casual to going out at night. However, my favorite piece in my wardrobe right now would have to be my pink pea coat and checkered scarf I got for Christmas.

Julie: I am a big fan of scarves and earrings.

5. Favorite go-to-outfit?

Molly: I can always count on my off-the-shoulder sweater dress paired with a belt for a pop of color, flats or my favorite heeled boots, and just the right amount of sparkle from my jewelry to help me look my best and be confident when I look in the mirror. Of course the look would not be complete with my bright coat and a great bag.

6. What do you look for when buying clothes?

Molly: When I’m shopping I look for pieces that I can mix and match with things I already have in my wardrobe. That way I get more outfit choices out of the clothing that I buy. Fit, color and texture are also very important and I like to be able to try on what I’m thinking about purchasing. Clothing may look great on the hanger and then look completely different when you actually try it on.

Julie: Definitely comfort and how it fits.

7. Who do you consider as your great fashion icons (celebrities, royals, etc)?

Molly: I admire Kate Middleton’s style. Everything she puts together always catches my eye and I find it breathtaking. I also admire Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Sandra Bullock, Victoria Beckham and Taylor Swift.

Julie: Rachel Bilson, because I like her style.

Julie Bartoski (Jenna Ramiro, DOMINICAN STAR)

8. If you could raid any celebrity’s closet, whose would it be and why?

Molly: I would have to say Kate Middleton. None of her clothes would even come close to fitting me but that’s what
tailors are for! I love her classy, elegant style and having an opportunity like that would be amazing. She is an incredible and beautiful woman with a big heart and tons of class and is definitely who I look up to as a fashion role model.

9. Any fashion or style tips you would like to offer?

Molly: Stay true to yourself and wear what you feel best in. Fashion is about celebrating your own personal style and taking pride in the way you look. You can expand your own personal style by getting fashion tips and ideas from magazines, celebrities and other resources. Resources like these will help you put outfits together, but it is that unique spark of style in each of us that completes a great outfit. You will be most confident and look your best in clothing you know looks good on you and represents who you are without you having to say a word. Find your own style, celebrate it, be confident and finish your outfit with a smile!

Julie: Put in your own twist [when it comes to] style.

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer


The Fashion File

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From vintage to modern style, apparel majors Jackie Villalpando, a junior, and Julie Shirey, a senior, share their favorite fashion influences, stores and advice for other fashionistas.

1. Describe your overall style.

Jackie: Casual, but it depends on the week.

Julie: I like vintage influences with modern stuff.

2. What are your favorite clothing stores?

Jackie: Bebe and Macy’s

Julie: Urban Outfitters’, H & M, and vintage stores.

3. What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory?

Jackie: A purse or a handbag because you can carry anything you want in it and it compliments a simple outfit.

Julie: A purse because it goes with everything I have and it is a staple.

4. Who or what influences your fashion choices?

Jackie: Celebrities and reality shows, especially the Kardashians.

Julie: My friends, fashion magazines, blogs, and fashion history from the 1920s to the present.

5. Any fashion or style tips you would like to offer?

Jackie: It is good to stand out, but not always to follow.

Julie: Try out a lot of different looks to see what works for you.

– Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

The Fashion File

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Best friends Taqueeta Sherrod, senior, and Elizabeth New, junior, talk about their style preferences and fashion advice to other fashionistas.

Describe your overall style.

Taqueeta: Classy, conservative, and business-like.

Elizabeth: I’m kind of versatile with my style.  I like to try preppy, urban, chic, and nerdy; I like to do it all. I get bored with the same look.

What are your favorite clothing stores to shop at?

Taqueeta: Dots, A`gaci and Charlotte Russe.

Elizabeth: Charlotte Russe, A`gaci, Mandee and Rainbow.

What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory?

Taqueeta: Bracelets because they accent your outfits and fitted shirts show off your curves.

Elizabeth: Earrings because they bring out your face and accentuate your outfit. Also, I bought my first fedora hat in March and I thought it looked hot!

Who or what influences your fashion choices?

Taqueeta: God–because I ask him what I should wear, and he gives me an answer.

Elizabeth: I get my influences from magazines, E! News and people around me to try something else. God, too, because he gave me a creative mind.

Any fashion or style tips you would like to offer?

Taqueeta: Try to dress sexy-modest because you can try to be sexy without revealing a lot of skin.

Elizabeth: Check yourself before you wreck yourself. If you have a certain style, be fierce, fabulous and have fun.

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

The Fashion File

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What outfit did you pick for today?
Danielle: The dress is made by Prairie Underground, an American company that uses organic cotton. Also, Grey Memoi tights with thigh high socks, hunter boots and a fair-trade Indonesian scarf.


Alex: I’m wearing a DJ scratcher icon graphic tee, fitted jeans and high-top sneakers along with a leather jacket.

Why did you choose this outfit?
Danielle: Well, for one, it was really cold outside but I still wanted to wear a dress. This dress had sleeves and the cotton is thicker so it kept me warm. It was raining out so that’s why I was wearing hunters and it was just an all-around ugly day outside so I wanted to wear something more “cheery.”
Alex: I chose this outfit today for comfort and for the trendy look of this leather jacket.

Describe your overall style.
Danielle: I do not really think I have a distinct style because I wear something based on how I feel that day, but in general I would say eclectic, bohemian or retro.
Alex: Choosing this outfit depicts not just the style I prefer but the type of personality I have. This hip-hop and urban influence with a hint of retro shows the confident and sociable side of me.
What are your favorite clothing stores to shop at?
Danielle: I find myself shopping at a lot more thrift stores that have one-of-a-kind items. Urban Outfitters, Free People and Von Maur have great sales racks. Also, I search my aunt’s closet for hand-me-downs.
Alex: Favorite stores to shop are H&M, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and Uprize (a skateboarding shop).

What is your favorite item of clothing or accessory?
Danielle: It’s too hard to choose but if I could narrow it down it would be socks, tights and sweaters. They are like candy – you can never have too many of them.
Alex: My favorite item would be my shoes. I love sneakers! I’m a hip-hop dancer and shoes play an important role in the dance community, it shows the kind of attitude you give on stage!

Who or what influences your fashion choices?
Danielle: There is not a specific “who” that influences my fashion. But as I flip through magazines I am always drawn to outfits that are completely one color, mostly neutrals like grey, black and cream. I like doing this because it’s easy to get that chic look if I want to do a monochromatic outfit or to pair it with the unique colorful things I find in thrift stores.
Alex: Some influences are from runway shows, celebrities and even my peers. Keeping up with trends is a must or you would be left behind!

Any fashion or style tips you would like to offer?
Danielle: When buying clothes, try to buy something that you know you could make at least two or three outfits with something you already own, unless it is a special occasion item or a must-have.  But really just wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself. That’s the beauty of clothes; they make the real you shine through.
Alex:  Guys should have a jacket, duffel coat or pea coat in their closet for the winter and also a pair of leather boots with the side zip – still hot!

Jenna Ramiro, Staff Writer

Dominican Fashion File

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Courtesy of Lauren Kasprzyk

Staff reporter Lauren Kasprzyk asks DU students Julie and Alicia about their style.

Q: Describe your style. How are your styles similar and how are they different?

Julie: My style is a mix of things that are comfortable and things that that I haven’t seen much. Our styles overlap, but I feel like Alicia likes more light-colored and frilly clothes while I prefer darks and prints.

Alicia: I love seeing different trends come up, but adding my own touch. We definitely like a lot of the same styles, but Julie has a more edgy look whereas I love lighter colors and fabrics. I like mixing edgy, vintage, and girly.

Q: What are your favorite stores to shop at? Do you have any advice for saving money on cute clothes?

Julie: I love thrift stores, Forever 21, and Charlotte Russe. The best thing to go by is to not buy anything you like just because you like it; make sure it’s something that you’ll wear over and over and get your money’s worth!

Alicia: I like to shop at Forever 21, Asos, Topshop, and Target. A lot of online stores will have great deals. is my go-to store for cute shoes for a really decent price.

Q: Since you’re roommates, do you ever borrow each other’s clothes?

Julie: Not yet, but I’m sure we’ll start soon!

Alicia: Not yet, we still have to coordinate outfits.

Q: What’s your favorite piece of clothing or accessory?

Julie: My leopard-print romper. I feel that it definitely fits my style and looks good. It’s too bad that I can only wear it when it’s warm out!

Alicia: I love my black high-waist miniskirt because it pretty much goes with everything and anything, but I have so many other favorites.

Q: Who’s your celebrity icon?

Julie: I would have to say Rihanna- she has so many different styles and always makes it look good.

Alicia: It’s a tie between Lauren Conrad and Emma Watson, but I love to mix it up.

Q: You guys both attended the Akira fashion show (Akira is a local, Chicago-based fashion brand). What was that like?

Julie: It was a great time. It was interesting to see what people wear and all of Akira’s new clothes.

Alicia: It was so much fun! I loved the experience of going and seeing the outfits and what a fashion show was all about. The outfits people wore were amazing! Everyone was definitely putting forth their best fashion.

Lauren Kasprzyk, Staff Writer

How sexualization hurts children

In 2002, Abercrombie and Fitch was sharply criticized for a line of thong underwear sold in children’s sizes featuring the words “wink wink” and “eye candy” printed on them. The most recent controversy is for a “push up” style bikini top marketed for girls as young as 7. Credit:

Thongs and push-up bikini tops for 8-year-olds?

By: Angela Romano, Co-Editor-in-Chief

On my way back from dropping off my 15-year-old cousin at hockey practice, my 8-year-old cousin Wil sat in the back seat playing games on his iPod Touch. The ride was mostly silent except for the faint sound of the radio playing in the background.

Wil suddenly asked me to turn up the music because he “loved” the song playing. He started singing along. “Bottoms up, bottoms up, ey, what’s in ya cup? Got a couple bottles, but a couple ain’t enough. Girl, you know I love the way you shake it in them jeans…It’s jam packed, a million girls and I ain’t tryin’ to lead em. We drunk so let me be your alcohol hero,” he sang.

Did my little cousin just recite the words to a song called “Bottoms Up” talking about getting drunk and having sex with several women in the club? I suddenly got flashbacks to my childhood. When I was in the third grade, I was watching Rugrats, listening to Hanson and playing with Beanie Babies; I was definitely not listening to songs about getting drunk and grinding on different men. I turned the radio off to his dismay and told him to go back to playing his game, slightly comforted that it was Ice Age-themed.

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DU alumni participate in Chicago Fashion Incubator

Dominican alumna Miriam Cecilia Carlson, third from left, along with the 2010 Chicago Fashion Incubator class. Credit:

By: Samantha Sanchez, Managing Editor

It’s no surprise to learn that many artists, fashion or otherwise, aren’t particularly knowledgeable about the business world. The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI), an initiative of the City of Chicago in collaboration with Macy’s on State Street, picks six designers a year to show them the ropes of fashion’s other element. Since its inception in 2008, the highly competitive residency program has accepted two Dominican graduates. Miriam Carlson ’09 just finished her one-year tenure with the program, and Concetta Cipriano ’07 is one of six new designers coming in for 2011. In addition, Erika Neumayer ’09 has been accepted in the CFI Associate Designer auxiliary program.

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