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Social media influences the fashion industry and inspires consumers

A survey of 57 students from Feb. 10 to Feb. 24.

Madeline Holobinko

March 9, 2020

Around 162 years ago, the modern fashion industry got its start when designer Charles Frederick Worth decided to sew labels into the garments he created. Worth depended on simple yet distinctive branding to promote his work to consumers. Though he found much success with this method, marketing for the ...

Controversial messages go in style

A model poses in a sweatshirt from Bstroy's school shooting collection on Sept. 15, 2019. The inclusion of bullet holes in the clothing sparked controversy.

Rebecca Heath and Maddie Lee

November 15, 2019

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Marjory Stoneman Douglass. Virginia Tech. These names appeared on a sweatshirt introduced by streetwear company Bstroy on Sept. 25, 2019. Though the hoodies may appear ordinary at first glance, there are tears resembling bullet-holes permeated throughout the fabric, resulting in nation...

Eco-friendly brands reduce, reuse and recycle to put an emphasis on sustainability in the fashion industry

A model at the 2014 Copenhagen Fashion Summit walks in the Sustainable Runway Show.

Jordan Durkin

January 25, 2019

Day in and day out, garment workers show up to work for very little pay. Major clothing corporations not only fail to provide their employees with proper compensation, but also harm the environment. With these factors in mind, millennials have started to question whether their #ootd is really worth the...

Fashion world pushes for realistic beauty standards with models of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds

Senior Sydney Karlin of Matawan struts down the runway at the 2018 CHS Fashion Show.

Madeline Holobinko

September 14, 2018

Thanks to a recent rise in inclusivity, unrealistic expectations in the fashion industry may be a thing of the past. Today, identical models do not fill runways as they have before. Now more than ever, there has been a push for diversity that the fashion world lacked for years. Robin Givhan, a ...

CHS divided over the importance of school fashion

Students have their own opinions on their appearance in school.

Izzy Erskine

May 4, 2018

At 11:30 p.m., junior Grace Treshock of Monmouth Beach knows she should be in bed, but as per usual, she has spent the last 20 minutes staring at her closet with possible outfit combinations running through her head. Some students share Treshock’s desire to look and feel “on point” in public, ...

Dubai debuts Arab Fashion Week, aiming to unite people of different cultures

Riyadh Arab Fashion Week took place from April 10 to April 14, 2018.

Julia Dwight

May 4, 2018

The international vision of a modern Middle East is often largely political, inciting images of a war-torn desert and a culture set in its ways. President Donald Trump stated in the 2017 National Security Strategy that “for years, the interconnected problems of Iranian expansion, state collapse, jiha...

Students find confidence in fashion

Blot photo by Alyssa Rasp.

Julia Dwight

March 2, 2018

The 19th century had the corset. The 1940s had nylons. The present day has skinny jeans and oversized sweaters. Fashion has always been an integral part of culture, dictating how people present themselves through their clothing. Despite its status as a cultural hallmark, much of society portrays an int...

MoMA puts first fashion exhibit in 70 years on display with Paola Antonelli, asking question “Is Fashion Modern”

Blot photo by Amelia Johnson.

Julia Dwight

January 12, 2018

After 70 years, the Museum of Modern Art is re-entering the fashion world with its exhibition  “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” designed by senior curator Paola Antonelli. The installation, which the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) visited on Nov. 21, is the second of its kind in the museum’s hist...

CHS follows 90s trends

Calvin Klein and other '90s trends are present in modern fashion.

Maura DeRose and Julia Pardee

March 13, 2017

With Fuller House on Netflix, My So-Called Life streaming on Hulu and Donald Trump in the White House, 90s-inspired pop culture is here to stay, especially in the fashion world. Throughout 2016, slip dresses, Calvin Klein and velvet seemed ubiquitous, and many CHS students and celebrities alike are takin...

CHS holds fourth annual Fashion Show

Seniors Allie Kuo of Tinton Falls and Julia Pardee of Freehold organized the event.

Courtney Kushnir

February 25, 2017

For one night a year, the CHS cafeteria transforms into a high-fashion runway. Last night students put away their books, strut their stuff on the catwalk and turned Mr. Stengele’s math classroom into a hair and makeup studio, all for the fourth annual Fashion show. Preparations for the event began almost imme...

From Kennedy to Obama to Trump, keep America fashionable

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along the Colonnade of the White House.

Caroline Collins

December 22, 2016

Thanks to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, 2016 will go down in history as the year of ill-fitting trucker hats and snappy pantsuits. This year’s election proved the runway of Capitol Hill will never fail to provide the public with something to talk about. But before Melania Trump and her pussy-bow...

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