Another HUGE event part of RVA Fashion Week! 

Happy International Women’s Day from the amazing and talented all female staff at River City! 

Happy International Women’s Day from the amazing and talented all female staff at River City! 

Really amazing and cheap DIY project from PS I Made This! This is a great way to update your winter skinny jeans for spring. And this project is not just for the girls, guys should try it too. 

http://psimadethis.com/

VCU Fashion Event: Donwan Harrell

This past Monday, VCU fashion design alumnus Donwan Harrell came to speak about the success of his businesses and brands that was open to the public. Calling himself a “shy worker bee”, Harrell talked about his work at Nike, creating his brand Akademiks and luxury denim line PRPS. After giving a brief overview of his work and his time at VCU, he opened the floor to questions.

Before Harrell even started at VCU, he was into reading comics and got into fashion by drawing comic book clothing. After graduating from VCU, Harrell started working at Nike and moved his way up to one of the highest positions as a top designer for Nike. Moving into urban wear by starting his own brand Akademiks, Harrell started dressing famous hip-hop artists and other famous faces. He was a fore runner to urban wear and started the trends. Then, after selling Akademiks, he started his high end denim line, PRPS. He was tired of “fast food fashion” and started researching unique ways to manufacture denim. PRPS denim is made on pre-World War II looms that create a distinct and different weave in the denim. He plans on expanding PRPS and creating a collaborative line with Tom Ford. 

When later questioned about what advice he would give to students Harrell said: 

  • Be super competitive and have a vision
  • Being a successful part of the fashion world is 70% training and 30% instinct.
  • You have to be talented and super savvy while being able to communicate your idea
  • In order to get the job you want, you have to always be thinking ahead and make businesses feel that you are brining something to them. Have an angle.  

Photo credit:http://www.corduroyhmag.com/shopping/interview-donwan-harrell-of-prps/

How to Wear… Menswear

left to right: Marc Jacobs, J. Crew, Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney
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Menswear is taking over the runways this fall in designer collections such as Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabanna. What makes menswear so intriguing is the fact that men don’t have as many articles of clothing to choose from in comparison to women, means men must pay attention to every detail.

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Street style fashion photographers, such as Tommy Ton, capture men’s enchanting and detailed looks.  These inspiring pictures of fashionable men are what drive the menswear trend. Playing with patterns,  attention to detail, and combining basic masculine pieces and feminine elegance are what make this trend fun and easy to achieve. Whether you go for the tomboy look or the trendy approach, the androgyny trend is diverse and incorporates different elements. The variety of possibilities makes menswear easy to incorporate with your own personal style and make it entirely your own. Here are a few menswear inspired outfit ideas. 

A simple yet polished approach to this trend can include a pair of tailored chinos and loafers. These two pieces are balanced out with girly sequins on a sweater top. Add a clutch to keep this outfit simple yet trendy.  This look is great for going to class or a midday coffee date.

The boyfriend blazer is the perfect example of how the fashion world has encouraging women to experiment with androgyny. Find a blazer that is fitted and accentuates your womanly curves; this basic article can add an expected element to any outfit. This outfit plays with the idea of hard and soft as well as masculine and feminine. The pink, ladylike dress is contrasted with the masculine blazer and lace-up oxford heels.

 

Borrow men’s use of suspenders and make it girly by trying it with a pencil skirt. Wear it with a pussy bow blouse and for some color add a pair of burnt orange platform heels – a great color for this fall. Wear classic jewelry like this cocktail ring and dangle earrings and you’ll be ready for a classy date. 

 

For a more casual look, layer a textured sweater over a patterned button-up. Layering is the perfect way to look great and still enjoy the fall weather. The boyfriend jeans add a laid-back feel to the outfit, but accessorize with some stacked bracelets to keep it ladylike.  This outfit is perfect for those lazy fall days. 

By: Bria Gepitulan

Shoe of the Day (River City Fashion Writers)

Name: Amanda Campbell

Year: Freshman

Major: Fashion design with minors in media studies and psychology

Shoes you are wearing: Kadian by Shoedazzle 

What you love about RVA fashion: The fact that there is such a diverse sense of style on the VCU campus and around Richmond is so inspiring. Just walking around Richmond, there are so many different fashion trends that are represented in the city’s street style. I also love how confident everyone is. When people around Richmond take a fashion risk or make a statement with their outfit, they own it. 

Shoe of the Day (River City Fashion Writers)

Name: Bria Gepitulan

Year: Freshman

Major: Dance and choreography with biology minor 

Shoes you are wearing: Were her mom’s from the 80’s 

What you love about RVA fashion: The ratio of fashionable people to the total population of Richmond is incredible. It is obvious that lots of people pay attention to high fashion trends and everyone’s take on these trends is inspiring and always makes me smile. 

A bit more about Bria: From pink tights to skinny jeans, tutus to pencil skirts and pointe shoes to stilettos, I am Bria – dancer by trade, fashionista for life.

I grew up either in or around big cities, so my style reflects the city life – always changing and evolving, eclectic, and a melting pot of different styles. Trends from the runway, menswear, European style and vintage styles all inspire my day-to-day looks.

I love to translate the high fashion trends seen in designer collections on the runway to an everyday outfit that anyone could wear. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Gucci, Jil Sander and Kenzo create collections that motivate me to take more chances with my style choices. Also, a few of my favorite brands include Topshop, Zara, and J. Crew. 

I swoon over menswear. There is something so inspiring about small details like the pattern of a shirt cuff peeking out from the sleeve of a blazer or the trimming of a double-breasted shirt. I catch myself looking at menswear more than women’s sometimes; and I am always looking out for new Tommy Ton pictures. The limitation of what men can wear inspires me to play with details and experiment with androgyny.

European style is the definition of class for me. I love to copy the women’s need to play with color and accessories. Their constant need to look effortlessly elegant is such an inspiration to any outfit.

Thrifting is also a passion of mine. Searching for unique pieces to add to your wardrobe is always exciting, and I love finding the pieces that will still look fashion forward and fresh.

Richmond and VCU have one of the best fashion scenes that I’ve seen and experienced. The different styles that are in the city make me even more enthusiastic about fashion, and I love being a part of it all.

About by Bria Gepitulan

Campus Craft: DIY Ombre Nails 
Ombre nails have been popping up all over in fashion magazines and on street style blogs lately. But with nail polish at $5-$15 a bottle, getting 5 shades that are in a similar color family can be difficult and costly. You can make do with 3 nail polish colors that are kind of similar and get some gorgeous colors. Using basic color theory ideas and a willingness to be creative, let’s get down to nail art.
Materials:
3 nail polish colors that are in the same color family or next to each other on the color wheel (I used a light green-blue, bright blue and royal purple) 
2 water bottle caps 
toothpick
topcoat nail polish
Step 1: Paint your thumbs with the lightest nail polish shade. Paint your middle fingers with the medium nail polish shade. Paint your pinkies with the darkest nail polish shade.
Step 2: Using the same color that you used to paint your middle fingers, pour a small amount of the nail polish into the 2 bottle caps.
Step 3: Pour a bit of the lightest nail polish shade in one of the caps and mix with a toothpick. Paint this color onto your index fingers. 
Step 4: Pour a pit of the darkest nail polish shade into the other cap and mix with another toothpick. Paint this color onto your ring fingers.
Step 5: Let nails dry and then paint all nails with a clear topcoat of polish. Voila, you now have beautiful, super artsy, trend-setting nails. 
**Not the best pictures but you get the idea** Campus Craft: DIY Ombre Nails 
Ombre nails have been popping up all over in fashion magazines and on street style blogs lately. But with nail polish at $5-$15 a bottle, getting 5 shades that are in a similar color family can be difficult and costly. You can make do with 3 nail polish colors that are kind of similar and get some gorgeous colors. Using basic color theory ideas and a willingness to be creative, let’s get down to nail art.
Materials:
3 nail polish colors that are in the same color family or next to each other on the color wheel (I used a light green-blue, bright blue and royal purple) 
2 water bottle caps 
toothpick
topcoat nail polish
Step 1: Paint your thumbs with the lightest nail polish shade. Paint your middle fingers with the medium nail polish shade. Paint your pinkies with the darkest nail polish shade.
Step 2: Using the same color that you used to paint your middle fingers, pour a small amount of the nail polish into the 2 bottle caps.
Step 3: Pour a bit of the lightest nail polish shade in one of the caps and mix with a toothpick. Paint this color onto your index fingers. 
Step 4: Pour a pit of the darkest nail polish shade into the other cap and mix with another toothpick. Paint this color onto your ring fingers.
Step 5: Let nails dry and then paint all nails with a clear topcoat of polish. Voila, you now have beautiful, super artsy, trend-setting nails. 
**Not the best pictures but you get the idea** Campus Craft: DIY Ombre Nails 
Ombre nails have been popping up all over in fashion magazines and on street style blogs lately. But with nail polish at $5-$15 a bottle, getting 5 shades that are in a similar color family can be difficult and costly. You can make do with 3 nail polish colors that are kind of similar and get some gorgeous colors. Using basic color theory ideas and a willingness to be creative, let’s get down to nail art.
Materials:
3 nail polish colors that are in the same color family or next to each other on the color wheel (I used a light green-blue, bright blue and royal purple) 
2 water bottle caps 
toothpick
topcoat nail polish
Step 1: Paint your thumbs with the lightest nail polish shade. Paint your middle fingers with the medium nail polish shade. Paint your pinkies with the darkest nail polish shade.
Step 2: Using the same color that you used to paint your middle fingers, pour a small amount of the nail polish into the 2 bottle caps.
Step 3: Pour a bit of the lightest nail polish shade in one of the caps and mix with a toothpick. Paint this color onto your index fingers. 
Step 4: Pour a pit of the darkest nail polish shade into the other cap and mix with another toothpick. Paint this color onto your ring fingers.
Step 5: Let nails dry and then paint all nails with a clear topcoat of polish. Voila, you now have beautiful, super artsy, trend-setting nails. 
**Not the best pictures but you get the idea**

Campus Craft: DIY Ombre Nails 

Ombre nails have been popping up all over in fashion magazines and on street style blogs lately. But with nail polish at $5-$15 a bottle, getting 5 shades that are in a similar color family can be difficult and costly. You can make do with 3 nail polish colors that are kind of similar and get some gorgeous colors. Using basic color theory ideas and a willingness to be creative, let’s get down to nail art.

Materials:

  • 3 nail polish colors that are in the same color family or next to each other on the color wheel (I used a light green-blue, bright blue and royal purple) 
  • 2 water bottle caps 
  • toothpick
  • topcoat nail polish

Step 1: Paint your thumbs with the lightest nail polish shade. Paint your middle fingers with the medium nail polish shade. Paint your pinkies with the darkest nail polish shade.

Step 2: Using the same color that you used to paint your middle fingers, pour a small amount of the nail polish into the 2 bottle caps.

Step 3: Pour a bit of the lightest nail polish shade in one of the caps and mix with a toothpick. Paint this color onto your index fingers. 

Step 4: Pour a pit of the darkest nail polish shade into the other cap and mix with another toothpick. Paint this color onto your ring fingers.

Step 5: Let nails dry and then paint all nails with a clear topcoat of polish. Voila, you now have beautiful, super artsy, trend-setting nails. 

**Not the best pictures but you get the idea**

The hot pink glitter oxfords are beyond beautiful. Look for a DIY tutorial this weekend on how you can make this runway trend yours to wear on campus. 

Giorgio Armani Fall 2012

(via vogue)