Most Loved Pieces This Fall

HI everyone!

Now that we're starting our second round of midterms and well into the Fall Semester, Thu and I thought we would share some of our most loved trends this fall. Except Houston's weather is so warm it's still basically summer...
Hope you enjoy!

I've gotten really into structured and oversized fits this season, so this is pretty much the epitome of that. I love to pair oversized pieces with even more oversized ones, just so I can get that lewk without trying much at all.
These pieces are all pretty minimal, so if you see me around campus I'll probably be in at least one of these pieces here.
Coincidentally, the whole outfit is from Aritzia - I highly recommend checking their website out!  - but culottes and oversized tops are so on trend now, I'm pretty sure you can find similar pieces at H&M, Zara and even Forever21.

Jacket: Aritzia (here) | Blouse: Aritzia (here) | Culottes: Aritzia (here) | Shoes: Sam Edelman

Thu's wearing all linen here - why?
It's airy.
And it's still 90+ degrees here.

Shirt: Uniqlo | Shorts: J.Crew | Shoes: Chinese Laundry


Hillflint's Co-Founder John Shi [Exclusive Interview!]

Franklin Zhang, Brown '19

What's your response to students who say your sweaters are too expensive?
    It is pricier, but I believe you should look at it as the price per wear. The majority of the cost comes from the premium material the sweaters are made of - luxury, quality fabrics, used in sweaters you find at places like Nordstrom. The quality of a Hillflint sweater gives me many, many more wears than, say, a sweater from H&M would give me.
Nifemi Adebara, Duncan '18

That's exactly what I try to tell people too! The whole 'slow fashion' trend, where you should invest in classic pieces that will give you tons of wears or last you a long time. Along with being high quality, where does Hillflint stand on ethical fashion?
    Ethical production is important to us, and we have bi-yearly audits of our factories by third party auditors. If a factory doesn't treat their workers ethically, that implies other negative things about their business as well. We visit our producers and their factories in person to establish relationships in which our values for ethical and quality production. Luckily, these are also the same producers contracted by major name brands as well, so there’s some redundant accountability.
Cindy Nguyen, Wiess '18

Speaking of major brands, I see Hillflint as like, the Ralph Lauren or the Vineyard Vines of college sweaters. Did you expect your brand to get big this quickly?
    Certainly, I definitely saw the potential and work towards expanding and taking over the market. However, I don't see our brand as a 'Ralph Lauren' or 'Vineyard Vines' type. Those are associated with a narrow vision of the fraternity or east coast prep lifestyles, which can be quite alienating and doesn’t tell the whole story of what we are about:  Hillflint is an inclusive vision of well made apparel for great athletic and academic traditions. 

Carey Wang, Will Rice '18

That's good to know, I hope my friends here read that. Hillflint isn't just a northeast prep brand! Do you have plans to expand beyond sweaters?
    Actually yes! We will be launching new items in the near future, and we are looking into sweatshirts as well. There's a lot you can do with sweatshirts, like a loopback interior instead of fleece, better construction with higher quality cotton, or better quality logos moving beyond screenprint.

OMG, that's exciting, I have yet to buy a single crewneck sweater in college because they're all too low quality for their price points... I only have the Hillflint Rice sweater and the Wiess limited edition one! Looking forward to it! All these new designs though, do you do it yourself or do you have a design team?
    Initially, it was the both of us [John and co-founder Woody Hines] designing, but of course, with the expansion of the brand, we have hired an outside designer to work with us. He's awesome, and has worked for Abercrombie and other major retail brands.

Oh, wow, so is this a full-time gig or a side hustle?
    This is definitely my full-time job now, but it didn't start out that way! I was originally at Amazon working as a retail analyst, and [Woody] was working in NYC. It was a while before we both decided to take the risk and quit our corporate jobs to work on Hillflint full time!We were based in SF for a while but have just recently been able to move to NYC too.

That's so fun, congratulations! Now, how would you describe your own style?
    Thanks! You're probably more well versed in style lingo than me, but let's see, what am I wearing now... I am wearing denim joggers, a white patch pocket oxford button down and adidas sneakers. I think athleisure is the term? 

NICE, I'm a fan of it all. (Makes sense, I'm also a huge fan of your brand.) Last but not least, how do you style your Hillflint?
    It's a pretty versatile piece - I wear it with joggers, tapered sweatpants, denim, layer a button down underneath when it's chilly. You can definitely pair it with kakhis and dress shoes, or tapered sweatpants and sneakers, our sweaters can be styled in many ways!

Thank you so, so much John, for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this phone interview with me! Hillflint will be doing another sale with Harrison Lin on our campus, so be sure to like our Facebook page for more details, and Hillflint's!


LNY Fashion Show 2016 Recap

Hi Everyone! With Spring Break over, I wanted to take the time to recap 6100 Main’s flagship event, the Lunar New Year Fashion Show. This year’s show was my first and what an amazing experience it was. Dare I say it was the best one yet. The theme was ROY.G.BIV, a play on the colors of the rainbow where each outfit accentuated a particular color against a black backdrop. It was intended to be simple and modern with a sizable injection of traditional elements. The show could have been too simple – boring even – and it didn’t turn out that way at all. Personally, I thought there was a great fusion of modern and traditional elements and a balance of formal and daily wear. Last year’s show aimed to promote the blog as well as elevate the fashion of the student body as a whole, and I believe we did that again here.  Simply put, I thought it was fab. And I hope you think so too. 

We had the models walk in order of color so red went out first, then orange, etc. Each outfit was contrasted by the next – as one was modern, the other being traditional. Take a gander please.

**For all the models not featured here, we apologize in advance as we don’t have the pictures! L **

One of the most interesting things I found looking back at the photos was how well some of the current trends in fashion have shown up in the traditional wear. The traditional red dress Rachel Ngo wears has a halter neck which has been a major trend for a while now, just as the thigh split of the male model here. (Kudos to him for wearing heels better than some of us females–we are all impressed) Trends really do come back guys. Maybe I won’t throw away my Baby G watch after all. Who needs a Daniel Wellington? 

While all of the outfits were great, one of my favorite outfits in this show was Thu’s. I love that she wore a pair of oversized men’s hanbok pants and styled them like the high-waisted wide-legged trousers we've been seeing in stores for a while now. From afar, they looked like paper bag high waisted silk pants, only with a traditional print. I especially loved the pairing of the pants with the long sleeved black crop top – it was simple yet totally modern at the same time. Would wear. 

Last, but not least, the finale dresses - made by Thu Nguyen herself and Cindy Nguyen. The two dresses were variations on a shift dress with artistic swipes of rainbows across the front. Shift dresses have been in for a while now and are one of my favorite dress silhouettes, so I especially loved the dresses Thu designed. It's a shame we don't have a picture of the backs - the cutout was so chic (and a little sexy wink wink). 

A note from the designer herself:
The closing pieces are projects intended to work my sewing skills and hand at design. To fit with the theme this year, I knew I wanted to make black dresses, then somehow add color - all the colors - to them. My inspiration simply came from a lack of shift dresses in my personal closet. Every fashion blogger will agree that a shift dress is your fast pass to looking put together in under thirty seconds. It became a challenge to myself to make dresses that rival ones sold in the malls: a structured t-shirt dress, and a drop shoulder dress. Unfortunately, there were no pictures, but the drop shoulder dress on Kaysie Tam had a (accidentally) wide v-back opening, kept classy with a strap across the shoulders. The idea was that I would keep this dress for any sort of formal occasion, and it would be a little daring but still posh. Once the dresses were finished, I handed them over to Cindy Nguyen, artist and literal twin of mine, to paint on the designs. Her taste and mine go hand in hand, so I knew she would enjoy this task. Gradient was the best way to go, in order to have a rainbow of colors without looking too tacky, and the patterns she came up with were simply from playing around with her brushes. The end products were better than I could have ever imagined (we were sewing and painting up until the show!) and, yes, I am contemplating on possibly marketing similar dresses in the future, if the demand is high enough... 


All in all, this year's show was a huge success. Thank you to the audience for the endless cheers and applause - you make it worthwhile. Thanks for Thu for coordinating everything so flawlessly, and to the stylists - Thu Nguyen, myself, Joanne Shin, Kunal Shah, and Danielle Manahan. With Jessie Chan on our team, we were able to do some pretty dramatic and colorful looks, raising the standard for next year. Thank you for reading and we hope to see you again at the show next year! 


Style Profile: Eric Lee

Name: Eric Lee
College: Duncan '16
Major: Computer Science

Personal style quirk?

I have a hard time treating my clothes like fast fashion, I get pretty attached to them and can’t throw them away.
I do most of my shopping online, because stores generally don’t carry my size and I don’t have the patience to thrift. 

Favorite stores? 

Uniqlo, Gap and Old Navy!

"The light blue denim shirt with elbow patches is from my junior year in high school. This shirt was part of an online Urban splurge that happened a couple of weeks before AP Testing because I was super stressed out. At the time I didn’t even have a credit card so I stole my mom’s from her purse. My conscience got the better of me so I told them--while we were eating out at Chinese restaurant. I could tell that my parents were trying to do their best to hold it together. Dinner was pretty awkward and silent after that. My parents blew up right when we got back in the car.
The shirt originally didn’t have elbow patches, but I wore the shirt so often that there were massive holes on each elbows. I couldn’t get myself to throw it away, so I went on Amazon and bought a set of tan elbow patches. When the patches came in they were larger than the sleeves. So I made a stencil, and at one point I had to use servery cups to draw the round edges. I spent an afternoon poking holes in the tough hide. Later I borrowed a friends sewing kit and watched a lot of Youtube to figure out how to backstitch."

Never caught wearing/worst wardrobe malfunction?
In high school I wore denim on denim one day and my American literature teacher pointed it out. She said something along the lines of “Wow Eric, denim on denim”. But I didn’t quite hear her, so I responded, “What? diem on diem is like a latin motto, day the day?" The whole class broke out in laughter and I was still pretty confused. To this day I consciously check if I am wearing denim on denim.

"The blue cardigan was from sophomore year in college. It was the morning before Esperanza--my friend and I went to Rice Village to get new ties. Urban just so happened to have a clearance sale going on and both he and I ended up getting these cardigans for a really good deal — he got a maroon one and I got a navy one. I ended up forgetting the main reason why we went shopping and wore his senior prom bow tie for Esperanza. This cardigan is actually a victim to the occasional bleach stains that I get from using the Duncan washing machines. I’ve never personally used bleach, but I guess sometime people use too much bleach and the leftover bleach ends up going on the next person’s load. Like the denim shirt I was too attached to this cardigan throw it away so I mixed together blue pens, blue markets, purple markers, black pens and markers to make this dye cover over the stains."

When you were in high school, you wore?
I started really caring about clothing in middle school and since then my style was mainly inspired by the preppy and waspy styles. The style suited my inner motivation then for fashion, because I was driven by this desire to use my clothing to control what others perceive of me. I wanted others to think I was affluent. By mid-sophomore of college year my preppy style was been pretty solidified. Back then my staple was a v-neck sweater over a collared shirt.

How has your style evolved since you came to Rice?

As I grew in college and became more secure in my identity, I no longer wanted my motivation for dressing up everyday to be to impressed others, but for myself. Since then I’ve been trying to find new inspiration.
For a while Americana was my inspiration and streetwear seemed pretty cool, but I am still unable to get myself to pull the trigger and make any drastic style changes. So my current style is still very predominately collegiate looking, but it has eclectic pieces here and there from the various inspirations I find.

If there was an Eric Lee uniform, what would it be?
There can never be enough blue.
A typically daily go-to outfit would be a crewneck sweatshirt with whatever comfortable pants. I recently bought a pair of joggers off of Amazon, so I’ve been wearing that combination a lot.
I try to dress a bit nicer on Fridays and Sundays. My go-to for looking nicer is a denim shirt. In my opinion a nice clean denim shirt is perfect for any occasion, you’ll never have to be afraid of over or under dressing.

"Today my style goals come from a fashion blog on Tumblr called death-by-elocution, even thought the blog is mostly pictures of women wearing flowy androgynous urban styles. I think this again comes from me being more comfortable with myself. I’ve come to accept that my smaller body frame can seem feminine at times. In my early college days I was asked if I was gay a few times, because of 'how nice I dressed' and my internal response then was fear. I was afraid to be different. I thought about 'dressing down', hitting the gym to get 'bigger' or ways to dress more 'straight'. Now, I’ve come to accept my body image and willing to accept that my body isn’t chiseled like Captain America. I embrace that my body is feminine. I really like this blog because even though the models tend to have more masculine bodies and outfits are all masculine inspired, yet the outfits accentuate the models’ feminine beauty. I study these outfits because I keep wondering if I can reverse engineer them so that males with feminine bodies can wearing feminine inspired clothing and accentuate their masculinity. I haven’t experimented to much with this yet."

"I have also learn to accept my Asian American heritage and I’ve been looking for inspirations on incorporating it in my taste. Although I can’t afford high fashion, Shiatzy is a design house that I really admire. She beautifully intertwines Sino and Western culture seamlessly in her designs. A purchase I’ve been wanting to make is a nice mandarine collared shirt. I’ve also thought about instead of buying a new shirt, just cutting the collars off of one of my shirts. But I’ll need to learn how to use the sewing machine for that."

Best fashion advice?

My advice would be for the all smaller guys out there don't limit what you wear just because there is guide out there online saying that you need to wear this and this to look bigger or taller. Wear whatever you like. Embrace your bodies. Body positive!

A huge thanks to Eric for sharing his style!

Photography by: Wesley Yee
Interviewed by: Joanne Shin

The 007 Countdown (Esperanza Guide Pt. 4)

It's time, agents. Your mission begins in just two days...are you ready?

I'm sure all you Bond ladies already have your espionage ensembles lined up and ready to go (if you don't, check out 6100 blogger Danielle's guide to femme fatale fashion), but before you embark on your journey to Esperanza, let us send you off with 7 last-minute makeup tips and tricks to ensure your night is a success:


Everything is about balance. One rule I personally swear by is highlighting only one facial feature at a time. For example, the classic combo I always opt for is a dramatic smokey eye balanced by a neutral or nude lip. 

Let's be real here, every femme fatale's gotta have her smolder. Smokey eyes scream sexy and seductive. If you want your eyes to pop (and possibly even captivate the gaze of a handsome Bond man across the dance floor?), this is the way to go. If you're less experienced with dramatic eye makeup, the traditional dark smokey eye is your best bet. However, if you're feeling a bit more daring, try your hand at a gold or bronze smokey eye. When pulled off right, these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL.


Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette has some great colors (most famously their Half-Baked)that would be perfect for this golden look. 

On the other hand, if dark, dramatic eyes aren't your thing, try complementing a neutral eye with a dark or bright lip. Now that fall's here, it's the optimal time of year to whip out your maroon, plum, and burgundy shades. 

Pairing dark, matte lips with lighter eyes always guarantees a mature, sophisticated look.(On the topic of lighter eyes, here's another tip: Applying shimmery or bright white eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes opens up your eyes and makes them appear bigger and more awake)

Though definitely pricier than your drug-store go-to's, MAC lip liners and lipsticks are high-quality and absolutely perfect for this look. 

But to be honest, makeup is a chance for you to express YOUR own personal taste and style. Feel free to follow the rules and keep your features balanced, or make a statement and put yourself out there with a bold eye-and-lip look. I mean, Severine herself did it in Skyfall.

One word: Fire.


There's no better opportunity than a night as grand and special as Esperanza to rock some eyeliner. When done right, eyeliner can truly enhance and pull your makeup look together. Here are three of my personal tips and tricks:

1. If you're inexperienced with eyeliner, PLEASE PRACTICE BEFOREHAND. There is nothing as stressful and terrifying as desperately trying to fix uneven or smeared liner right before a big event. Trust me, I know. If you're new to eyeliner or makeup in general, definitely try it out a few times first and keep things simple - a well-done, simply lined eye looks a million times better than a beginner's attempt at wings.

2. Clean up uneven liner or minor smears with a Q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover. This trick works every time. Dip one end of a Q-tip into eye makeup remover and carefully tidy up your liner and wings for a smoother, cleaner finish.

3. Want to try your hand at wings? Use tape! Nailing perfect, even wings is actually mission impossible. However, a little help from scotch tape does make the job easier. Elle has a great guide on how to use tape and liquid liner to create a beautifully winged look.


It's happened to all of us at least once before. It leaves you feeling devastated, all your hard work and dedication gone to waste: the invincible mascara smear. You don't have time to deal with mascara residue all over your upper lids, especially not when you're racing the clock to make it to Esperanza. Outsmart the enemy and check out makeup goddess Michelle Phan's neat trick - all you need is a business card to terminate mascara mistakes forever. 


You can never go wrong with a red lip. It's classic, bold, and sexy - everything a Bond girl should be. 

Don't forget, there's many different shades of red out there. Find the one that screams "you".

Lock in on the perfect red lip in four easy steps:

1. Apply a small amount of concealer to your lips before getting started. The concealer will nude out your lips and give you the chance to change your lip shape before adding color.

2. Line and fill in your lips with a red lip liner. Outlining your lips first helps you carve out a perfect, smooth shape, and filling in your lips with liner before using lipstick helps them hold onto the color longer.

3. Apply your red lipstick straight from the bullet. Avoid using a lip brush - application from the bullet yields more pigment so you don't (and shouldn't!) use too much.

4. Finally, seal your lips (and spy secrets!) with powder. Yes, the same powder you use on your face. As weird as it sounds, the powder creates a beautiful matte finish and prolongs the wear of your red lip. Gently press a matte powder onto your lips using a soft eyeshadow blending brush.     


You can dance the night away, but the clock never stops. The last thing you want is for your makeup to smudge, smear, or run before the night ends. Apply facial primer and eyeshadow primer as bases before you begin the rest of your makeup to lock your look in place and keep you looking fresh and #flawless all night.

*channels inner Beyonce*
Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a crowd favorite and gives your skin a soft and silky finish, creating the perfect base for the rest of your makeup. For the eyes, I highly recommend Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion - it's a great base that holds onto eyeshadows SO well AND - if you're feeling glitzy- its "Sin" shade (the primer comes in 4 different shades)has a gorgeous, shimmery champagne finish and works well as a base eyeshadow itself. Just add a darker shade to your crease and outer corners, blend, and you're done!


No Bond girl can take on the world without her secret weapons (you probably could anyways, but secret weapons do help). Keep these two trusty tools in your clutch for quick touch-ups throughout the night:

1. Lip balm and lipstick ~ Beat the chilly fall wind and keep your lips moisturized all night. Also, don't forget to bring your lipstick for that post-dinner touch-up.

2. Oil-absorbing sheets ~ Keep the shine away and stash some handy oil-absorbing sheets in your bag. Clean and Clear's are great to take on-the-go - they instantly remove any excess oil that could make your skin seem shiny while leaving your makeup smudge-free. Moreover, oil-absorbing sheets are much easier to carry around than a powder compact and essentially achieve the same purpose. 


As a sought-after Bond lady, you're sure to be chased - by the camera I mean. Be ready before they hit the flash:

1. Avoid overly glittery/shimmery makeup. Excessive glitter won't photograph well. I promise.

2. Opt for HD foundation. Actresses live for this stuff. High-definition foundations (Make Up For Ever HD Foundation is a good one) appear near invisible on your skin and leave the perfect, photo-ready finish. It's worth the investment if you're serious about that #flawless selfie.

*channels inner Beyonce again*
Last and definitely not least, don't forget to smile! This may not exactly be a makeup tip but it's definitely one of the most important. I know each and every one of you is going to look beautiful on Saturday night. Good luck, have fun, and show 'em what Bond girls are all about.

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(P.S. For more makeup tips/a more thorough guide, check out Kai's Esperanza makeup post)


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