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Campus Chic: Booties Cross All Style Borders

Sophia Martinez (top left), Karen Mendez (middle), and Kamilla Nosovitskaya (top right) show how versatile their booties are by modeling in the stacks, or impromptu runways, of Gleeson Library. (Tamar Kuyumjian/Foghorn)

There is no question that the majority of USF students dress to impress, but by no means do we all dress the same. Our styles vary from sharply put together ensembles with every accessory strategically placed to three-minute outfits rich with the inspiration of every changing day. And yet, the ability to manipulate an article of clothing and incorporate it into a new look can be tricky. Sometimes it goes wrong, but just by taking a look around campus, you can see how often our students get it right. Short heeled shoes known as booties are adorning the ankles of stylish female students around campus. Although not a brand new off-the-runway trend, this type of shoe is stomping through every style of wardrobe at USF. Here are three students who rocked their booties for a fashion shoot in the stacks of Gleeson Library.

Karen Mendez, a senior international business major, loves the easy-to-wear lifestyle. Mendez rocked her leather booties by pairing them with black leggings with zippers at the heels, a white shirt belted at the waist and a scarf around her forehead. Mendez said, “I love how functional and easy the booties are; they go with everything and are comfortable for longer wear.”

Sophia Martinez, a senior business administration major, updates the classic prep look when she steps out in her booties. Her white and navy pinstriped blazer, blouse with a ruffle detail at neckline and dark denim jeans all add up to the typical polished preppy outfit, but the suede black booties that fold over at the ankle make this style modern again. Martinez expressed her look as being current yet classic: “I love taking trend items and incorporating them with classic pieces. I feel that booties are fun and easy and can be worn with any look.”

Kamilla Nosovitskaya, a senior business administration major, embraces the booties trend in a boho look.
Nosovitskaya sported a black fitted skirt, a shapeless cream blouse, dark silver booties that gathered at the heel and completed the look with a braided hair-band across her forehead. Nosovitskaya said, “I love to play with looks and inspirations from past styles and incorporate them with the latest trends.”

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Campus Chic: Quirky, Pop Culture Influenced Style

Photos by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Melissa Baron has always been off-limits as a woman to feature for Campus Chic. Due to her position as editor of the Scene section, there was always a conflict of interest.  The same dilemma occurred for me back when the scene section was edited by the fashionable Lulu McAllister and the funky fresh Maro Guevara.

But seeing as how this is the last Campus Chic I will ever write for the Foghorn, EVER, (that’s right EVER!) I can do what I want.  And what I want is to recognize Melissa Baron as a pivotal USF fashion icon.

Last Thursday USF students were making there own kombucha, frolicking with goats, sitting in tents on the lawn – you know the usual – and Melissa Baron was chatting it up with Christopher Moore (as many of the Campus Chic-ers are oft to do). I stopped her conversation to ask her about her outfit.

Melissa’s black button up sweater with white pearls is from Nordstrom.  She purchased it sophomore year of high school to wear at her little sister, Kate’s Bat Mitzvah.  Her blue Beavis and Butt-head shirt, more specifically “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” is part of Melissa’s extensive collection of graphic T-shirts.  “I have a hundred graphic tees,” Melissa said ranging from Star Wars, Twin peaks and Bruce Springsteen tees.  The Beavis and Butthead shirt represents her love for MTV cartoons.  “They are universally more relatable than anything on TV,” she said.

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Melissa pairs her tee with a floral high-waisted skirt from Forever 21. “Everyone hates on big box stores, but I find lots there so everyone else can suck it.” Around the skirt she wears a thick bright red belt that she found in the sale section at Anthropologie – $40 off.

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Her black tights are from Costco. “For a brief moment in time you could get a pack of two tights for $10 bucks.”  Her white lace up boots were thrifted from Savers in Tucson, Arizona. Over her outfit Melissa has a brown leather coat from Redlight Vintage in Portland. “I desperately wanted a leather bomber jacket, but ultimately determined I don’t really have the right body shape for one. I like the super 70’s shape of this with the high belted waist and big pointy collar. It’s a great color to wear with anything. Plus, the woven collar and pockets make it look funky and unique.”

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Melissa accessorizes with her “Jurassic Park necklace,” an amber necklace with a mosquito inside.  “If I extract the blood from the mosquito I can re-create the dinosaur race,” she explains.  She found this lovely gem for one dollar at the Goodwill in Seattle.

Her silver ring was made by her crafty little sister who was in a jewelry class.  Her sister decided to make rings for everyone in the family.  Melissa also has two piercings, a nose ring and a Monroe, both from Slave to the Needle in Seattle.

Her bag is from the L.L. Bean flagship store. “It was like heaven!” Melissa says of the store. “Duck boots, cardigans, the works. I love their clothes and accessories.”

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

The accessory that complete Melissa’s look are her thick-rimmed glasses.  She purchased them at Eyes on Fremont in Seattle, where she buys all of her frames. They were made in Argentina and the inside lining of the framers are just as cool with a city skyline drawn on the sides.  “Glasses and tattoos are my best accessories,” Melissa said.

“I have really schizophrenic style,” Melissa summarized. “I like a lot of things that don’t go together at all.  I try to fuse all of my interests into girly outfits.  I like a lot of nerdy boyish interests, but I also like to look like a female.”

When it comes to fashion icons, Melissa looks to Molly Ringwald’s various John Hughes incarnations for inspiration. “She strikes the perfect mix of boyish and girlish looks in such an effortless natural way. She’s pretty and put together, but also funky and original. Her look is really special.”


Campus Chic: Valeria Vital Channels the 90’s

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Beautiful nursing student Valeria Vital was walking out of the library on a sunny Thursday afternoon looking fabulous in a nouveau ‘90s outfit. Valeria wore a wife pleaser (known in other circles for its more offensive name ‘wife beater’) Fender guitar tank top, which was a gift from her Aunt Nelly who works at a sweatshop and gets a bunch of free shirts.  Her tank top was tucked in to a green khaki mini skirt from the Goodwill.  Valeria adds attitude to her outfit with black floral tights from H&M and a jean jacket from Ross.

She saved up to buy her Dr. Martens when she was 15.  “My mom wouldn’t buy them for me because she said they were man shoes.  Everyone makes fun of me saying they are commander boots.”

The inspiration comes from seeing Drew Barrymore in “The Wedding Singer” pair her Dr. Martens with a floral dress.  “When I saw her wearing them I thought, ‘I need to have those one day.’”

Valeria accessorizes with a brown leather belt she found in the Phelan donation bin. She wears a beaded necklace from her friend Melissa Garcia, a twisted silver ring from her best friend Sarah Marquez and a gold leaf ring she received on her quinceañera. “I love this ring and I wear it everyday, expect for when I’m in clinical.”

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

On her ears, Valeria wears earrings made of strands of peacock feathers that she received from her favorite roommate and on the upper part of her ear she has a silver bar. “I got this industrial piercing as a freshman as my independence mark because my mother hates it,” she said.

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

“I don’t think my style has changed much since I was 12,” Valeria said and cites Gloria Trevi as a fashion icon. “I’ve loved her since I was eight. She is like the Mexican Madonna and I feel like I dress funky like her.”


Campus Chic: Suave and Sophisticated Irigoyen

Picture by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

The suave, sophisticated and Peruvian, Erick Irigoyen, was on his way to lead a marketing research focus group on a Wednesday afternoon.  But he of course had time to stop, talk fashion and pose for some glamour shots.

Erick was wearing a button up Filipa K. shirt, purchased in Sweden, which he tucked into his Italian designed Garbo trousers that he purchased on a trip to Paris two weeks ago.   And although it was a warm day, Erick had with him a cashmere coat he had custom made. “The coat is my own creation,” he said, describing how he picked out the fabric, design and other accoutrements and had it made in Peru three years ago.

His brown suede shoes are from Banana Republic. “They were $90 so they were very cheap,” he said.  He does not recall where he purchased his argyle socks.

Erick is a minimalist when it comes to accessorizing. His brown belt is vintage from Wasteland and his Ray Ban wayfarers he found online. Erick carries his important school documents in a dark brown leather Kenneth Cole Reaction bag.  On his finger he wears a platinum ring from Tiffany’s.

Erick loves going to places like Paris to shop and tries to go as often as he can.  “I observe people when I go to Paris and how they experiment with clothing,” he said. Aside from shopping in Paris he attends the fashion shows, such as Dior and Emmanuel Ungaro.

“At USF I don’t feel inspired to come out with the crazy outfits that I would wear in Europe,” Erick said. “At USF it’s like ugh, it’s okay. I learned to wear jeans and t-shirts when I came to San Francisco because it is more convenient for school.  I needed more time to study and getting ready in the morning takes a while.”

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Erick is a fan of Yves Saint Laurent who he said, “used fashion from the street and used it in couture.  His first collection was navy-inspired, which was originally only for working class, but he made it couture for women.  He transformed a lot of garments into high couture fashion.”  He also loves Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix and Coco Chanel.

He said, “People who break with tradition I tend to admire very much because they challenge people.”

An important trick Erick applies to getting dressed is only wearing clothes he has purchased in other countries.  He will wear clothes from Peru, Argentina and Paris in San Francisco and his San Francisco purchases in Peru.   Erick is currently on the hunt for a pair of military boots. “I have a lot of shoes. I probably have 35 pairs. I probably wear only five.”

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Campus Chic: Bissonnette’s Casual Skater Style

All Photos by Elizabeth Brown/Fog

I was hunting with Elizabeth Brown and Bharat Sharma on a Thursday afternoon.  The sun was shining, but the fashions were lacking.  “Your job is difficult.” Sharma said.  Thankfully we ran into Evan Bissonnette who was basking in the sunshine on the benches outside of the cafeteria.  The soft-spoken freshman did not have much to say about fashion, but nonetheless possessed an effortless and cool look.

Evan’s black Volcom jeans are from a skateboard shop in Portland, Oregon called Exit Real World.  His plaid flannel shirt comes from Buffalo Exchange, and the white t-shirt underneath is from Target, he thinks.  Over his flannel he wears a grey knock-off Members Only jacket from Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn. The Burton hat is a find from Beacon’s Closet as well.  His off-white Vans come from a Vans store in LA (the holes come from hours and hours of skateboarding) and the white socks he wears are a Target purchase.

Evan says his clothing reflects function over fashion.  When asked if he was into fashion he said, “It’s alright.” His clothes reflect his activities of skateboarding, snowboarding (he is a regular) and concert attending (The X on his hand is from seeing Koalacaust and Ghost Town Refugees at Bottom of the Hill.)

Evan does not like to buy overpriced clothing and said he is not influenced by other people when it comes to fashion.  “I don’t notice fashion too much.  But I do think flip flops on the bus or subway are gross.”

All Photos by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Campus Chic: Thrifty Rocker Judith Rothman-Pierce

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Judith Rothman-Pierce was observing the unobserved spaces of San Francisco at the Gleeson Library’s Thacher Gallery Exhibit in a stunning black outfit made of lace. We went outside to capture the beauty of her ensemble in the natural light.  On our way out of the library Judith walked with her uncovered cup of coffee.  Coffee splattered out of the cup with her every step, but she did not seem to mind.

Judith made her lace dress with fabric she purchased at the fabric store she used to work at.  She keeps warm with her black coat that she found at a thrift store in San Diego. “It’s a little kids’ jacket,” she said. She jazzed up the back with a colorful patch depicting the MGM lion, a gift from her friend Moses.  There is also a Simpsons pin on the front of the jacket, “My friend [Moses] who is obsessed with ‘The Simpsons’ gave it to me.” Underneath the jacket Judith wears a black button sweater that she found at Community Thrift. Her friend Billy so kindly silk-screened the back. Judith’s black sweater tights were from one of those Asian markets on Clement St.  “Two dollars for sweater tights, pretty good deal,” she said. Judith completes the all black ensemble with black lace up boots that her friend Sheila gave to her.

Judith has an exciting array of accessories.  On her hands she wears seven different rings.  A silver rose ring from Held Over, where she works; a spherical silver one, that her boss from the fabric store gave to her; a round turquoise ring, from her mama; a black gem, from her mama as well; a silver lion from her friend Emily; a dragon wrapped around a crystal, from her grandma; and a zig zag lighting bolt ring, from a quarter machine.

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Around her neck is a necklace with 4 different charms: a huge beetle from her friend Eddie, an old key she found on the street, a tiny silver gun from Moses and a circle with weird etchings on both sides.  When you spin the circle the weird etchings reveal a hidden message.

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Judith also accessories her wrists with a variety of silver and gold bands that she purchased at a swap meet in San Diego.

Judith carries all of her necessities in a carpetbag that she found at the House of Vintage in Portland, Oregon. She created her own strap for the bag using a scarf she found at Thrift Town.

All photos by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

“I don’t really buy new clothes, except my tights” Judith said, and most of her clothing and accessories are gifts from people.  Judith’s fashion icons are Nancy Sinatra in “The Wild Angels” and Exene Cervenka from the band X.  She has been sewing and making her own clothes since third grade.  You can find her original designs as well as her vintage finds for sale at www.rustycuts.etsy.com.