If when prompted for your favorite things, you respond: food, water, Dr. Martens, air, and existentialism, befriending Alana is a must. Their edge is frightening. If you see them around campus, you should know that Alana’s style is fierce. Their vaguely goth style exemplifies their fascination with the ‘80s. While donning ‘80s style gothic clothing, they are likely to be listening to obscure German music from the Berlin Wall era. If you spot them wandering around campus at night with friends, know that you have seen the edgy queen of the class of 2022.
Let’s be frank: the best-dressed person at Reed is probably Samrath. A junior math-stats major who testifies to being “all about my legs,” Samrath is a regular renaissance man who spends his time brunching at Proud Mary, making his own face masks, and dancing. Among his favorite things, lemurs rank pretty high. You can catch him working at the Duke Lemur Center, where he has spent the last five summers, during his time away from Reed. Among some other favorites are poetry and pictures of himself (sources say he displayed framed photos of himself and his lemurs in his dorm during his first year at Reed). If he could recommend one book to our readers it would probably be The History of Silence by Pedro Zarraluki. From this book he learned the power and beauty of every now and then shutting the fuck up and enjoying the silence. Most importantly, Samrath describes his look as “self-satisfying sport chic and always fun.”
Do you watch 2000's reality TV, drink Dunkin’ Donuts on your balcony, or pine for the life of a goose? Because if you do, you might be Marnie. A junior classics major, Marnie spends most of her time in the company of Plautus and Terence. Her favorite color is RED (with a caps-lock level of intensity). When asked about her style, she described it as “a high power lesbian lawyer, but on the weekend.” Wanna steal her look? Catch Marnie on the second floor of the ETC.
Ever met a History-Literature major at Reed? Now you have! Meet Sophia Lila Ellingson, a junior at Reed who likes to describe her fashion sense as “adding insult to injury.” If you’re looking to hang out with Sophia, her hobbies include killing two birds with one stone and calling a spade a spade. Sophia’s favorite color, “once in a blue moon,” can’t be found in your average crayon box, and please, don’t let the literature half of her major fool you—she never judges a book by its cover.
“Who’s that high school stoner?” It’s Alli Fatone! Find them carrying their new kitten in a backpack hanging from the front of their body because the kitten likes to see where he’s going. Alli’s passions range from swimming with dolphins to Taco Bell. Their outfits range from Cat Dad to Pool Jock. Catch them in the Pool Hall wearing the best flannel and (90% of the time) jeans. Alli doesn’t like specific labels, though. They instead prefer to think of all their outfits as “gay as fuck” because they are “gay as fuck.” A motto to live by.
DarkMatter is a trans South Asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian that blessed Reed with their cool vibes and talent two weeks ago. Here at Reed, this duo has had a significant influence on one Reedie’s style—junior Sidra Morgan-Montoya! Sidra appreciates how the duo incorporates clothing in a playful and constructive way. They are also inspired by how DarkMatter uses style as social capital and subverts it. Sidra enjoys complexity in dress, sometimes using clothes to express their various identities. They say they’ll come across as a “straight white woman, [or a] racially ambiguous queer boy.” Both DarkMatter and Sidra toy with society’s expectations by introducing a fun and refreshing approach to fashion.
Who loves both the destruction of industrialized civilizations and Lisbeth Salander? Kevin James Snyder '16. Kevin’s hobbies range from aromatherapy to lacrosse, perhaps explaining the mesh, and include fictional heroes, the cosmos, and the mimetic nature of camouflage. Kevin takes all of these influences and masterfully weaves the unexpected into a seamless look while combining characters and characterizations. Having been accused of “not dressing queer enough,” Kevin attempts to mitigate gay stereotypes through clothing. Having featured Kevin for this week’s issue of The Grail, we shall now return our ginger fashion icon to their home amongst the soulless and damned.
Bowie. Lennon. Twiggy. What do these three fashion icons have in common? Jake Gonnella. Not sure why? We’ll explain. Drawing from ’70s style, Jake incorporates pieces from the decade into a distinct brand of contemporary men’s fashion. Although the pieces on their own call to a different era, Jake fuses retro with current by mixing textures, patterns, colors, proportions, and a coy pair of little striped pink socks. Details like these are what make Jake’s style all his own.
The best style is often inherited. I mean, take a look at Kardashians. Aziza Azfal ’17, theater major, is another perfect example of it. In a nod to her mother's advice that turtlenecks are soft, supple, and stylish; she wore one combined with black trousers and offset the neutral palette with clean white sneakers, giving her a subtle, polished look. Sometimes the best outfits are those that are the least contrived and most comfortable ... and make you look as dope as your madre.
hasta la proxima,
aa & muk
Psychological studies have found that red enhances the wearer’s sex appeal, but here in the offices of The Grail we found that we do not give any fucks. Instead, our study shows that red as a statement color enhances any outfit, allowing it to make the leap from the stale to the sublime. Studio art senior Paloma Martinez-Miranda spices up her simple black style with, not only one, but two, statement pieces that showcase a classic red and gold pairing. Subtle gold weaves itself against the crimson threads within both her scarf and her earrings, transforming her classic black uniform into a striking image.
Your girls here at DeSastre have taken to the style of Alejandro Chavez ’16 since way back. Since the dawn of O Week, ’Dro has exhibited a taste in style that although subdued, is adventurous in its subtlety. To this day we still talk about a fuzzy, beige, sheep-like sweater that he wore back in the day (RIP) Alejandro’s style has evolved since then, favoring more outfits that challenge the “rules” of men’s style by employing pattern and texture within the context of a neutral color palette. Drawing inspiration from his roommate Josh Cox ’17, with remixes from his thrift store finds; ’Dro is a stellar example of well cultivated men’s style.
“I just really love Halloween. It’s what I live for.”
With pretty pumpkins parading every corner, scary skeletons scaling the houses of Eastmoreland, and a harrowing haunted tour of Reed (this Friday!), you may (or may not have) noticed that the Halloween season is upon us.
In preparation, Caitlin O’Shea ’17 wears a white sweatshirt with black outlines on the cuffs and the collar. Three ghostly ghouls greet anyone she happens to meet with a “BOO” each. Little yellow sparkling stars bedazzle the space around them. She says she found the sweatshirt at a thrift shop. Since then, she wears the top every October 1 and once in the last week of October.
A turtleneck peeks out from under the collar of the sweatshirt. Another white piece, yet this one decorated with little black cats and various orange and black Halloween themed designs. By placing both of these statement pieces atop basic, slim-cut blue jeans and black flats, Caitlin pulls off the effortless integration of her Halloween pride and her elegant style.
Happy Halloween!!! Create creepy costumes and treat yourself to some trickery! ;
“All the good cuss words are in Spanish anyways.”
This week we decided to turn the camera to our lovely latina Hazel Flores. Taking after the talented, stunning, and sexy reina Selena Quintanilla, Hazel wore a red halter crop top and white pencil-skirt. Complemented by the coordinating candy-red pumps, Hazel’s statement shirt reads “Judging you in Spanish”. A birthday gift from her best friend, the shirt is one of Hazel’s favorites. Matched with the skirt, heels, hoops, and her dazzlingly disheveled dark locks, Hazel Flores succeeds at being the baddest bitch around (latina edition).
¡Con tu adiós, ustedes llevan nuestro corazón!
Today’s awe-inspiring aesthetic comes from Olivia Dawson. While the foundation of her outfit is a thrifted simple black maxi, Olivia’s style testifies to her globe-trotting friends and her appreciation for the unconventional. Her organza crop top is from Japan; the top’s ethereal and voluminous cap-sleeves enhance the look by challenging the simple proportions of the A-line dress. Her chain and pendant hail from Cuba, a gift from her lovely human adding a sentimental touch to the whimsical aesthetic. Olivia’s earrings, made out of beetles, echo the opalescence of her not one, but two, nose piercings. These accessories bring forth her inner Luna Lovegood and eccentricity.
Emilio Pucci. James Beard. Gary Snyder. Stripadillas. Reedies have always had a reputation for innovation and creativity. Case in point, Emily Merfeld. At first glance, one might think her skirt is just a skirt, but she in fact has turned a shirt into a skirt. The creativity does not stop there! She continues to build on it with the contrasting plum purple of her skirt adding to the orange sherbet palette, starting the year in a burst of color.
After being scrutinized and dissected in our last segment, I shall now comment on my colleague’s collection of creative clothing. Despite being the more camera-shy of the two of us, Alexis Angulo always puts thought and consideration into her everyday look. The neutral cream flowing pantalones combined with the white tube top and the grey infinity scarf present a wonderful winter to spring transition ensemble.
In addition to its chic nature, Alexis’s style is a collage of nostalgia. The tiny gold dinosaur necklace and the atlas ring are both gifts from her mother and sister. The pants were her first clothing purchase while abroad in Barcelona. The silver nail polish was a gift from a friend now abroad in Rome. She received both of her piercings on trips to Black Hole Piercing with her best friends. Alexis’s style is a combination of effortless class and items from loved ones. She is beauty and she is grace.
Until next time darlings,
So if the Devil wear Prada, Adam Eve wear nada, Cris is in between but way more fresher.
As you may have noticed, ya girls from De Sastre love a good ’Ye reference. With the album release looming, it appears Reedies have taken to the god’s affinity for leather joggers. Cristobal takes Yeezy’s aesthetic further, remixing the statement oxblood basic with a concert tee and daring deep blue houndstooth socks. Finally, we have found someone who loves Kanye’s style as much as Kanye loves himself.
Until next time, ON SIGHT.
aa & muk
Often in our lives we incorporate our upbringing into the persona we hope to present to our future. Fashion is often an amalgam of what you know and what you want to become. In Cris Cambianica’s outfit, there is the sentimentality of “grand-me-downs” and an inherited heightened aesthetic awareness. Simultaneously, they adapt their LA-style to the rainy Portland. Their thigh-highs are a nod to the Portlandian sock culture but also keep them warm in this cool climate. Until next time, we encourage you all to ponder your past, present, and future as you pick out your pants.
In homage to whichever gods are responsible for the zany February weather we have been experiencing as of late, this week’s De Sastre, too, is basking in the warm sunshine. Instead of frost we have flowers, and oh how the Reedies have bloomed! Especially Della Green, whose personal affinity for the pastoral pairs pleasantly with her pantalones. Green’s statement pants are colored a pretty pistachio pastel with rose details that nicely complement the palette. While other Reedies are busy pondering Miami style, Green’s home country the Dominican Republic is always on her mind. She’s a perfect example of Jean Cocteau’s aphorism, “style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” Until next time, no sports bra, let’s keep it bouncing, xoxo Gossip Girl