Audrey Z.

Name: Audrey Zerr

Major: Undeclared

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

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How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as edgy with really girly influence, and it is very dictated by my mood and how I am feeling.

How was the transition from Portland to Eugene for the first year? The transition was a pretty big one, and it took me until spring term to fully adjust and get the hang of the new living environment while being a successful student.

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Audrey’s striped pants are from American Apparel, and she enjoys collecting rings from all her travels.

 Do you think your style has changed here? I think I really have developed a stronger personal style, and I know what I like and dislike. 

What is one of your favorite style trends at UO? I like the heavy street style influence.

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Audrey’s mom works at Adidas, and they both love rocking sneakers.

 How do your friends’ styles influence your style? My friends expose me to new looks and outfit combinations that I can pick what I like and draw inspiration from.

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Audrey got her tattoo at Hidden Rose Tattoo in Portland. 

What does your tattoo mean? I got the lavender tattoo because both my grandmother and mom have grown it all over their yards ever since I can remember. It’s a very nostalgic scent that means a lot to me.

Do you plan on getting more tattoos? Yes I definitely want more! I think I’m going to get a small bee for my next tattoo.

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Words and Photos by Devin Roux, @devinrouxx

 

Androgyny: More than just Blazers and Boyfriend Jeans

The fashion industry has made immense progress towards acceptance of all individuals’ clothing preferences. Whether it’s clashing, eccentric accessories or wild patterns, people are beginning to find appreciation in styles all across the board. One thing fashion has yet to fully embrace, though, is the blurring of gender lines. The term “borrowed from the boys” is strictly assigned to women’s tailored blazers, blouses and flannels. While men rarely get the option to borrow essentials from women. Boyfriend jeans are simply a looser fit of denim, and skinny jeans for men are often frowned upon. Those who are simply looking for ungendered clothing have to search far and wide for these styles. While fashion has become more inclusive, a man wearing a dress or a woman in a suit still draws unnecessary attention because of the binaries that have held on tight to the clothes we wear.

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“I think that it’s weird that it’s okay for women to wear men’s clothes in this way when you can still be feminine or have authority, but I feel the other way around is seen as odd,” Align editor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank says. Multiple students at UO, such as Hannah, have experimented, strayed, and revamped their styles.

Most retail stores seem to have an invisible wall that separates the men’s from the women’s sections. There is somewhat of an unspoken rule of staying where your assigned gender is labeled.

Her friend Maxine’s style is self-proclaimed “prep school dropout with some street wear,” and Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, describes hers as “a teacher on sabbatical” (“probably middle school or high school”). Maxine appreciates how eclectic Hannah’s style is, and Hannah is confident she would know exactly what Maxine would and wouldn’t wear, and finds her style to be strongly defined. The two both find the idea of gendered clothing contradictory and pointless.

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But these societal boundaries rarely stop them from expressing themselves. “I shop in every section of the store except for little girls, because I can’t fit into that,” says Maxine. “I’ll try things on regardless of how they’re labeled and if I think that they’ll fit and I’ll like how they look.”

Align photo editor Miranda Sarah Einy describes her style as “tinges of masculinity and femininity combined into one.” Watches and accessories keep her detail-oriented mind at ease. Her friend Jeff Knight, a cinema studies junior, can put his style into three words: florals, reds and sweaters. But they too see complications in how style is gendered.

“I always hate it, because I feel like male’s selection of clothes is always very limiting,” says Jeff. “It get’s obnoxious when every cute thing in the store is for a girl.”

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Miranda on the other side wishes men’s wear could be cut for women too. Her mom’s trend of shopping in both departments inspired Miranda to follow suit.

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As for the future of the fashion, she is hoping to see wider variety in all styles. “I want to see a massive revolution in the representation in the fashion industry. I think it’s time that we represent the all, instead of the few.”

 

After dark

One of the first things you notice when watching Bizio DJ is his tongue. It’s strange that the pink muscle found in his mouth acts as his conductor stick. With his mouth open and tongue out, Bizio puts on an unintentional show for his audience. Being distracted by a person’s tongue movements may not sound like the best form of entertainment, but being distracted by Bizio’s tongue is. It’s like the muscle is a mini-person dancing along to the different beats being played. His tongue moves first, and then a change in sound follows.

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DJ Bizio

Aside from his tongue, the energy Bizio brings to the stage is one filled with love. His passion for the music he plays is obvious when he DJs. He’s constantly smiling and sometimes even singing along to the samples. His concentration is clear by the way he focuses on his monitors.

Bizio has been a DJ since 2014, his freshman year of college at the University of Oregon. Initially, he was more interested in the psychedelic trance genre, but in his freshman year, he stumbled upon Kerri Chandler, a house music producer from New Jersey. Bizio worked his way up the ladder and eventually became known as a house DJ in Eugene. Some of his biggest influences are Chandler, Ooana Dahl, the Desert Hearts Crew, Raja Ram and D-Nox.

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While Bizio’s music and tongue are plenty enough to draw attention, his fashion choices are also unique. Recently, he has been wearing a large, wire-wrapped pendant (as seen in the pictures). It’s actually his friend’s piece. He’s been doing it “so that his friend’s good energy can rub off on him” and so that his own “can rub off on the pendant,” which will eventually be returned to his friend. Bizio says, “doing this symbolizes our friendship and protection.” The pendant’s main stones contain topaz, fire opal and garnet.

Bizio typically represents two kinds of fashion– heady, style that includes interesting patterns and symbology, or business casual, depending on the venue he is booked with. “My father is deep in the fashion industry, so I try to blend his upscale fashion sense with my heady style,” says Bizio. “Most of all, I try to be unique: I guess you could call me ‘Un-Nico.”

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The other article he wears most is his Luna Lobo sweatshirt. Luna Lobo Creations is a clothing company that produces one-of-a-kind items made from recycled clothing and upholstery that is sourced from all over the world. Bizio bought his first Luna Lobo sweatshirt at What The Festival?! in 2015. He “fell in love” and went back to buy a vest. He had the design from one of his favorite hat pins — exhibiting the sacred geometry symbol of Metatron’s Cube — commissioned onto the vest, “which he always wears,” and sides of the hood.

The tattoo on Bizio’s forearm is his only piece of body art. He got it in 2014 after “a lot of strange things happened” in his life, which then seemed to “come full circle.” He realized that “the entire planet is connected by energy, and the movement of that energy is in the pattern of a full circle. Anything you put out into the universe will eventually come back to you in some way.” That’s what the flower of life — his tattoo — means. Bizio has now found that the flower of life also holds meaning with regards to his DJ career.

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As his DJing progressed, he found himself playing more “mainstream” music. This last summer, he “made the conscious decision to shift back toward playing the music he loved.” He began playing gigs that he enjoyed. He worked harder, and that work paid off.

Bizio now plays alongside some of his favorite producers and DJs and even got to meet Ooana Dahl, one of his biggest inspirations. Bizio stays humble by reflecting on his definition of what a DJ is: “A real DJ is just a person who has been blessed with a time slot to move the story of the night along,” says Bizio. “A real DJ is a storyteller.”

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Words and Photos by: Kelly Tanguay, @kellytanguay 

Feminism and Fashion: Unlikely Allies

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Bry gazes from within springtime brambles. 

“Fashion and clothing and beauty are dumb and capitalistic and exclusionary, but dressing in a way that makes me feel cool and forces other people to take notice is good, and I enjoy it,” said Emma Rosen, posing in front of a tree covered in fragrant white flowers. Emma and Bry Moore and are two of my best friends and are, to me, feminist theory queens. I always seek their advice when I have a question or something I need to work out in my mind. And they are also fashion icons; every outfit they wear inspires me, and they have such creative eyes when it comes to choosing what to wear and how to wear it. They also don’t shy away from color, evident by their multicolored hair and coordinating outfits.

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Emma puts on a bright red lipstick to create a totally monochromatic look.

So I got to thinking, a la Carrie Bradshaw; is intersectional and knowledgeable feminism a contradiction to supporting a historically exploitative and misogynistic industry? (I’m kidding, Carrie would never say something like that). On one hand, fast fashion gives people the affordable opportunity to express themselves in a way they might not otherwise be able to. On the other hand, these cheap clothes are destroying the environment and come at a huge cost for the people producing them. This industry thrives on making people, especially women, feel bad about themselves so they’ll spend money. It’s also exclusionary. “When you don’t look a certain way, not a lot is open to you,” Bry said, straightening out the flower I put behind her ear. “I have to be more creative sometimes.”

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Bry looking like a pastel floral sprite as she stands within lavender flowers. 

That creativity is immediately evident on Bry and Emma due to their vivid hair colors, but manifests itself through their clothing and overall presentation as well. This could serve as an act of rebellion against traditional expectations for what girls and women should look like. It’s easy to fall prey to the idea that buying a certain product or wearing some piece of clothing will make you happier. It won’t. But it’s also fun, and empowering, I think, to prance around a flower garden and get your picture taken while wearing a monochromatic red outfit with Ariel-esque hair (Emma hates the Little Mermaid comparisons, she’s much cooler and wouldn’t trade being a mermaid with aquatic friends and gills for some dude named Eric, but the hair shade is similar–and so cool) or a blue button-up shirt crop top with beautiful fairy-colored hair. Because sometimes you just need to feel good about yourself. And I think that’s totally fine–and fundamentally feminist.

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Emma gets ready to flip her bright red hair, surrounded by a sea of contrasting flowers.

Words and Photos by Taylor Griggs, @griggstaylor3

 

Street Style: Skater Edition

Cars passing above create white noise as skateboarders shred on an unusually sunny day in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood. Tucked under the 105 Interstate, the Washington Jefferson skatepark is the largest of its kind in the nation for skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders to come together. It is not a shock that the park is filled with people spending their Sundays on the concrete. Among these skaters are Aidan and Ari, two boys still in the prime years of their childhood, and their older peers, Sam and Elias, who seem to serve as role models. WJ, as the locals call it, is proof that the relationship skateboarders have not only with each other but with their personal styles creates a dynamic lifestyle and an even more dynamic community.

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Aidan and Ari are some of the youngest kids at the park but skate with the same finesse as their older peers and even surpass some of them. Not only are they both talented skaters, but despite being born in the new millennium, they have a ‘90s slacker look to them, which was what drew me to talk to ask them about their style.

What’s it like being the youngest people here?

Aidan: Well, it’s not really weird. Not to me, at least.

Ari: Everybody here is a family, but this park can be scary sometimes. Some guy got stabbed here the other day, and it was really bad. I wasn’t here, but that’s what I heard on the news.

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Do your parents every worry about you skateboarding?

Aidan: My parents don’t worry about me because they got me a phone, so if I get hurt, I can contact them right away.

Ari: My mom kind of worries because I don’t ever wear a helmet. She doesn’t really worry about the fact that I’m down here, though, because she knows I have a lot of people that have my back if I ever get into trouble.

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What is the average skater uniform?

Ari: A lot people wear hats, but you’ve gotta get fat jeans, like big, old, baggy pants. I have a pair of 30×30 jeans, but I’m really a size 14. Also, a nice shirt is good. We don’t really care too much about matching here. We just care if it looks cool. I take an hour before school to get ready because I wanna look good.

Aidan: Like he said, baggy pants. I wear a size 10, and these are 14s. Style, to me, is important. It takes me a while to figure out what I want to wear in the morning. Once I pick my shoes, shirt and pants and have everything on, I go outside as soon as I can.

Ari: But it doesn’t matter what it looks like because you can wear anything and be the best skateboarder ever as long as you’re comfortable in it. You can skate in anything you want. It doesn’t really matter too much. It’s the skateboarding that matters.

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Do you think there’s a relationship between skateboarders and their styles?

Aidan: Oh yeah. Some people will be like, “oh that guy’s not trendy,” but he’ll be super nice. People here don’t really care. We’re all homies.

For how long do you think you’ll be skateboarding?

Aidan: I’ll be skateboarding until I die.

Ari: I’m going to be skateboarding until my legs fall off.

Sam and Elias (18 and 16)

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Sam and Elias are textbook examples of the modern skateboarding scene. Both clad in beanies, wide-legged pants and worn-in shirts, the boys perfectly encapsulate not only what it means to be a skateboarder in 2017, but how to have style while doing it.

What’s the overall skateboarding scene in Eugene like?

Elias: There are a lot of drama queens, but other than that, everyone’s pretty chill with one another.

Sam: It’s getting a lot better actually. There used to not be many people who skated, and I think this park kind of got more people to come out.

What do you mean by drama queens?

Elias: There’s just a lot of drama that can go on between different skaters over stupid stuff. Smack talk. That sort of thing. It’s weird but definitely dying down.

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What are your thoughts on non-skaters wearing brands like Thrasher? 

Sam: It’s pretty messed up. Don’t wear Thrasher unless you can stick a skateboard up your butt.

Why do you skateboard? What do you get out of it? 

Sam: Well, it’s fun, and I do it every day. I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t skate.

Elias: Yeah, I mean it’s just something that we do. Simple as that. Learning new tricks is like a high almost. It just feels so good in your body. Rolling away from tricks, working on your style and cleaning up your technique are just great feelings. Skateboarding kind of is an art in and of itself. It’s not really a sport. It’s more about style and technique.

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What does style mean to you?

Elias: Well I mean style is pretty much everything. Especially in this day and age you can do some crazy stuff like waving your arms around your head and looking like an idiot, or you could just do basic stuff but do it really well. At the end of the day, the person who is a better skater will go farther.

Where’s your favorite place to skate in Eugene? 

Sam: Probably WJ (Washington Jefferson Plaza) or the streets.

Elias: WJ.

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Words and Photos by Brooke Harman, @brooke_harman

Hometown Love

If you ask someone where they’re from, you’ll receive a wide spectrum of answers. They might tell you their ethnic background and cultural heritage; they might list off family members who raised them or grew up with them; they might answer poetically with colorful, vivid strings of words; or they might tell you, simply, one city. Four University of Oregon students explore where they’re from and how their environmental and cultural upbringings inspire their senses of fashion and reflect their hometowns.

Name: Danielle Leblanc

Major: Cinema Studies

Year: Junior

Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon

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What is your favorite part of Sherwood? I like the festival we have every summer, the Robin Hood Festival. I like things that are themed, and I always imagined that if I ever was on “The Bachelor,” that’d be my hometown date. That’s the part that I’d show off. It’s not even that fun, but I think it’s cute because of all the archery-themed hats, and people have fake bows and arrows. It’s literally only two days long, and people just sell stuff. The food is really good, though.

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Name: Delainey Garland

Major: Journalism

Year: Junior

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

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What kind of styles come out of Los Angeles? I think one really cool part about LA is that there isn’t a genuine fashion sense. Of course there are guys and girls who are influenced by pop culture and all have a similar style, whether that be the typical Brandy Melville look or the older American Apparel vibe, but I think the cool part about LA is that most people are their own trendsetters. Entertainment is so influential in LA, and there’s so many different kinds of people.

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Name: Srushti Kamat

Major: Journalism

Minor: History

Year: Junior

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Grew up: Singapore

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What statements do being from Mumbai and Singapore make? I think that there is a third culture kid in the world. You grew up where your parents didn’t grow up, or you grew up in a place very different than what you know, and you kind of just create your own world. A third culture kid is going to be the future. The statement is that, “I’m a third culture kid, and I do what I want, when I want, and I adapt to whatever styles are me.”

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Name: Rachel Weir

Majors: Cinema Studies and History

Year: Senior

Hometown: Atlanta

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Would you recommend a visit to Atlanta? Definitely. It’s growing so much right now… so maybe I shouldn’t tell people to come. Maybe I should keep it a secret. But no, it’s awesome. It’s really spread out, and because of that, there are different neighborhoods that have their own quirks, so you can find your place and kind of know everyone in that area, and it feels like a small town within a big city.

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Written and Photos By Miranda Sarah Einy, @mirandwa

CLOSET CULTURE: Cassie

Name: Cassie H.

Major: General Social Sciences

Hometown: Carnation, WashingtonDUDClosetCulture_Cassie2.jpgWhat does fashion mean to you? Fashion is the one way I feel I can express myself consistently. It’s something that inspires me to stand out rather than blend in with the rest of society, which the hermit in me sometimes wants to do because it’s easier for me to go unnoticed. I’ve also found that when I look good, I feel good.

What kinds of things influence your fashion choices? Nature, the weather, and living vicariously through the rad girls I follow on social media doing their things across the world. I think that girls dress to impress girls.

DUDClosetCulture_CassieDo you try and match your room designs to your style? Not purposely. I’m naturally attracted to statement pieces that usually end up creating a clash of fun aesthetics in my outfits and in my room, which seems to “work.”

DUDClosetCulture_CassieFullRoomWhere are your necklaces usually from? My necklaces are usually from MECCA, the materials exchange I volunteer for. We get endless donations. I usually appoint myself the job of sorting through any beads or jewelry which may seem tedious, but pays off when I get first look at the gems, which I set aside to buy for myself. I’m not sure how I continuously justify spending money there every time I’m working even though I’m not getting paid. But, I do feel good supporting local businesses. 

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Which ones do you wear most and why? Most of the time I fall asleep and wake up with all my chains on, skin indented from the random collection of pendants, charms, etc. that hang from them. I enjoy toying with them when I am feeling anxious. I wear them because they represent me and make me feel comfortable. 

What are three words you would use to describe your style? Funky, fresh, hobo-chic.

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How do you make some of your clothes? I’ve been collecting vintage shirts from thrift shops, which I either bleach dye or ice dye. Ice dyeing is a different kind of tie-dye where you wrinkle the clothing item and then cover it strategically with ice. After the entire shirt is buried, you can scatter dye on the top. The trippy effect is created when the dye melts into the ice over time.

Do you plan on selling them or making your own company? Yes. I’ve created a business that should be up and running and ready to take customers soon. I will be selling my one-of-a-kind vintage finds that have been styled by yours truly. I’ll make a post on my Instagram (@casstingspells) as soon as it’s up.

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When you are shopping, what items are you drawn to? I’m usually drawn to anything with quality material. (I get stuck in the men’s section just feeling the silks and collared shirts.) I tend to gravitate towards anything that is sheer, sparkly or checkered.

DUDClosetCulture_Cassie14Where do you get fashion ideas from? I’m not sure, but they never seem to run out. I am continuously surprising myself and adopting new styles. My memory is terrible though, so sometimes if I see something I want to reference for festival outfits for example, I’ll snapshot it and add it to my “inspo” album on my phone.

DUDClosetCulture_Cassie12What is your favorite article of clothing? My favorite article of clothing is a floor-length, vintage Chico jacket I thrifted in Bellingham. Two of me could probably fit in its entirety… Oh and four beers fit in each pocket.

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Words and Photos by: Kelly Tanguay, @kellytanguay