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College Compass: Fashion advice for student life

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College Compass is a bi-weekly blog that aims to help students navigate the highs and lows of college life.
October 31, 2019
It’s not always easy to look put together when you’re lugging heavy bags beneath both eyes and have a million and one assignments to complete before the end of the day.

The Whats and Wheres to fashion’s latest

Animal prints are eye-catching.
July 16, 2019
Many fashionable individuals regard the fall/winter fashion season as the pinnacle of style, citing its rich colors, layers and diverse textures. Yet, as July brings forth summer’s peak, it is important to remember the potential these months hold for fun and exciting fashion statements. It is a time of cookouts and trips and music festivals — opportune moments for bold, colorful fits.

Flashback to the ’50s: FBA hosts old Hollywood fashion show

Julia Podvin, a sophomore studying finance and accounting, modeled for the Pitt Fashion Business Association Annual Fashion Show Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)
March 29, 2018

Most college students don’t raid their grandmother’s closet for fashion inspiration, but when Julia Huber’s models strutted down the runway in the William Pitt Union Wednesday night, her grandmother’s...

Louis Vuitton looks forward with new head of menswear design

Virgil Abloh, founder of several brands, such as Off-White and Pyrex Vision, was announced the next head of menswear design for the clothing brand Louis Vuitton Monday. (Photo via Wikimedia commons)
March 29, 2018

The once-stuffy world of couture will soon collide with the world of streetwear as Virgil Abloh adds yet another project to his list of accomplishments. The high-end clothing brand Louis Vuitton announced...

African Students Organization hosts annual Wazobia fashion show

Oyinye Ikwuegbo, a senior at Pitt, strikes a pose in a dress made by one of the five designers who contributed designs to the Wazobia Fashion Show.  (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)
March 20, 2018

A frenzy of applause welcomed models as they sauntered down the white runway. Red and green lights illuminated the potted trees placed on the back of the stage, while red, yellow, green and purple...

Pitt Alum has it in the Effin bag

Pitt alum George Patterson left his corporate job in 2009 to make more time for family and expand his independent business ventures.  (Photo courtesy of George Patterson)
February 9, 2018

George Patterson reaches into his pocket to pull out his business cards with a glint of amusement in his eyes. “I guarantee, if you read my title, you will laugh,” Patterson said. Stamped under...

“Phantom Thread” weaves a tale of style and strange love

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock and Vicky Krieps stars as Alma in the film
February 8, 2018

Leading man Daniel Day-Lewis sews his way into our hearts once again in the stylish, yet heartfelt “Phantom Thread.” Written and directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”...

Q&A: Pitt alum opens Haus of Vain thrift store

Models sport clothing and accessories from thrift store Haus of Vain, located in Oakland on Centre Avenue and owned by 2015 Pitt graduate Jerome Roberts. (Photo Courtesy of Jerome Roberts)
January 25, 2018

Thrifting in Pittsburgh is an underappreciated subject. When I discuss my excitement with people about finding a really interesting or rare find while thrifting in Pittsburgh, they look at me funny —...

Hijab-wearing model advocates for modesty, Muslim women

Mariah Idrissi spoke to more than 60 people in the William Pitt Union Saturday about her experience as the first hijab-wearing Muslim model in the world. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Staff Photographer)
November 5, 2017

Model Mariah Idrissi asked where she could buy a hijab in Pittsburgh while speaking at the William Pitt Union Saturday night. “Fashion is present very prominently in all of our lives, especially growing...

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

(Photo Courtesy of the Archives & Special Collections)
September 7, 2017

Sporting black long-sleeved turtlenecks and dark pants, Pitt’s 1899 football team looks like a bunch of brooding postmodern writers. But the beatnik era didn’t happen for another 50 years, making...

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