Fashionista Spotlight

From the sparkle of embellished collars to the allure of bustier tops, 2012 has been a striking year in fashion. Denim-on-denim, patterned pants and all things leather are among the countless trends that stylishly graced our presences. As shoppers obsessed over dip-dye and high-low, peplum pieces and peek-a-boo shoulders kept wardrobes flirty and chic. Despite a plethora of fads, the year’s best looks stemmed from originality.

I spotted this week’s Fashionista, Noy Markel, pairing a simple black sweater with items impossible to ignore. Her trippy, striped leggings drew attention on campus, as the focus then transitioned to her mesmerizing footwear. She snagged these Jeffery Campbell high-tops at a season-end sale. Their studded detailing and incredible height defy the standard of sneakers. This Fashionista added a pop of color to the ensemble with her bright red scarf, while flaunting retro-shaped shades for extra flair.

Name: Noy Markel

Major: Undeclared

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: What is your favorite part of any outfit?

Noy Markel: Shoes are essential to every outfit. If the shoes aren't right, the outfit isn't complete. Every pair has its own personality that adds something different depending on the type, color and design.

CF: How does fashion influence your everyday life?

NM: Fashion is a big part of my life. I show my personal aesthetics through the way I dress. I use my own thoughts and creativity as foundation for my outfits, and am never afraid to take risks.

CF: What are your style resolutions for the New Year?

NM: I want to experiment with vivid pastel, painterly prints and brushstroke patterns, since they seem to have been making frequent appearances in the fashion world. I think this up-and-coming trend will offer a unique addition to my wardrobe.

How To: For a bold look like this Fashionista’s, start out with a staple knit. Then select from an array of exciting leggings like this Urban Outfitters pair or these abstract ones by ASOS. Platform sneakers are all the rage. Invest in an edgy designer style, or try a more affordable, but equally cute, alternative. With the right accessories and a hint of hue, you’ll return from winter break a new and way trendier you.


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