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! 


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