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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.

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“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

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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

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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

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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.

Thacher Gallery in Gleeson Celebrates “The Urban Unseen” in New Art Show

“The Urban Unseen” exhibit in the Gleeson Library offers viewers the chance to examine the often overlooked spaces between San Francisco’s signature Victorian houses. The artists use a variety of mediums to capture the beauty of these under-appreciated pieces of urban architecture. Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

The Victorian houses of San Francisco are obvious sites of beauty.  Locals and tourists alike stop to admire the architecture, with their grand staircases, stained glass and quaint box shape.  But it’s the space in between these edifices that has interested curator Tanu Sankalia and artists Catherine Chang, Elaine Buckholtz, Pedro Lange Churión, Paul Madonna and Moshe Quinn.

Each artist took a look at the overlooked empty space between the buildings of San Francisco for the Thacher Gallery’s exhibit “The Urban Unseen: Examining San Francisco’s Interstitial Spaces” (Feb. 21- April 25.) San Franciscans walk by these empty spaces everyday and rarely take a look at what is there.  This unobserved space is made beautiful when captured in unique photographic and artistic ways.

In a panel discussion with the artists prior to the exhibition’s unveiling, curator Tanu Sankalia explained how inhabitants view the city.  So often, he explained, we gaze at the city as an object, as opposed to gazing at the façade of the city.  The unobserved space makes tangible what is unseen and when we begin to focus our attention on this unobserved space we then realize that there is a lot of beauty and charm within these spaces.

The variety of artists who took on this challenge, of capturing the unobserved space, did so in a variety of mediums.  Paul Madonna drew the empty space with India ink and watercolor.  Madonna’s drawings take out all distractions of people and cars and focus on the relationship between two buildings.  During the panel he explained how he was fascinated by the awkward feeling of the empty space and he focused on the non-normal surroundings. Madonna decided to add stories that he felt were created by the empty space; one of his pieces is a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Another approach was the use of photography.  Photographer Moshe Quinn’s stunning grey toned photographs captured the empty spaces at interesting upward angles.  Quinn’s photographs were taken on cloudy days causing the white sky to pierce through the empty space and create a dramatic contrast with the dark tones of the buildings.  “The gap is an occasion of escape and the potentiality for something else,” Quinn commented.  He wanted the light between the spaces to “bleed into the buildings,” and said that light is used in his photography as the “instance of the ephemeral.”

Filmmaker Pedro Lange Churión captured what he refers to as the “optical unconscious,” and explained that the camera introduces us to these unseen spaces.   Churión likens the empty space for a pause, “like musical silence.”

The exhibit brings awareness to a new San Francisco, a part of San Francisco we do not appreciate, but completes the city.  The empty space has a large effect on how the city feels and “The Urban Unseen” is successful in bringing attention to what our eyes often fail to notice.