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Taleb: Let’s not be modest about the truth

Nardine Taleb, Opinion Editor

September 9, 2016

Just recently, France was dealing with the burkini ban debate. Several cities were attempting to ban the burkini, which is basically a swimsuit that Muslim women wear that covers their whole body (excluding hands and feet) and their hair. It’s akin to a diver’s suit. A famous Muslim fashion blogger who goes by ...

Student fashion designer finds success

“I like to design pieces that I know I would love to wear,” said Otasanya.

Kelsey Holmberg, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2016

“Do what you love” is a piece of advice young people hear often. We are each faced with the challenge of finding a passion to pursue—something that we enjoy and can make a career out of. But for some, it is no challenge at all. A friend and fellow first-year student, Esther Otasanya, recently sat...

Cleveland’s all-star designer

A Valerie Mayen look from Project Runway All Stars made from EMT supplies.

Kelsey Holmberg, Contributing Reporter

April 1, 2016

Most designers would be caught completely off guard by a task like making a garment entirely out of cotton swabs, bandages, safety towels and a thermometer wrapper. But for Valerie Mayen, it’s no problem. “I love working with unconventional material,” says Mayen. “If you have the same canvas...

Beating the winter blues

Esther Otasanya shows off her strategies to beat cold-weather melancholy.

Kelsey Holmberg, Contributing Reporter

February 12, 2016

We might have been fooled a few times this season, but the weather this week has confirmed that it’s still winter in Cleveland. When it seems like class work and exams are only adding to the gloom outside, it’s easy to get caught up in the winter blues. Sometimes the right outfit is just what...

“Think Beyond Possible” shirts need re-thinking

Allison Duchin, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2015

Many students fondly remember getting their acceptance letters from Case Western Reserve University around this time, and some of us even remember receiving a shirt in the mail a few weeks later. However, is it about time that this shirt, commonly referred to as the “brain shirt” be rethought. Most...

Style spotlight: Heather Hahn

Allison Duchin, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2015

Before going to Los Angeles and becoming a celebrity stylist and renowned fashion blogger, Heather Hahn was a member of the Cleveland community. Growing up in Westlake, Ohio, Hahn felt her creative outlet was fostered through fashion by being surrounded by a community of people and friends that held...

From fashion week to Cleveland streets

From fashion week to Cleveland streets

Janet Lanman, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2015

Fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris have just wrapped up, leaving the fashion world buzzing about the latest trends amongst designers. While these are previews of what is to come in fall, fashion is refreshed for this spring season, particularly now that students are back from break and...

JCU student featured for fashion in The Plain Dealer

Allison Duchin, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2015

Dwight Venson is a sophomore at John Carroll University (JCU) who was recently featured in The Plain Dealer for his unique sense of style—which he has, on multiple occasions, described as “in your face.” Venson’s sense of style transcends his clothes and has iconicized the “can do, will do”...

The style of working out

Janet Lanman, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2015

This week, I visited Wyant Athletic Center for more than just a quick sweat session. I approached unsuspecting students to ask about their gym attire and its impact on a fulfilling workout. Regardless of clothing choices, students agreed their choices were dictated by comfort more than anything else. Students...

Powerful impressions

Allison Duchin, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2015

While fashion may not be the most important aspect of making a good impression on professors, several Case Western Reserve faculty members noted that appearance can play at least a minor role in how they perceive students. On self-marketing and presenting oneself best, most professors said that...

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