The Top 5 Trends from NYFW That We Still Can’t Get Over

By: Alison McQueen

Even though Fashion Week is behind us, we’re still itching to incorporate these trends into our current and future wardrobes. Here is a run-down of five Fashion Week styles and ideas that we’re still swooning over, even a month later. We dare you to jump the gun and try them all throughout the winter season!

Trend: Pajamas for All Occasions

Givenchy, Spring 2016 Collection

As Seen At: Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Public School

If you have ever wished that you could roll out of bed and walk straight to class, this trend is for you – if you sleep in silk nightgowns that is! Quite a few designers put pajama-like clothes on the runway this season. Both Calvin Klein and Givenchy went feminine and lacy, sticking to neutral blacks and whites. Others, like Alexander Wang and Public School, dressed up silk, pajama-like shirts with edgier bottoms for more a daytime look.

Trend: Orange is the New Black

Lacoste, Spring 2016 Collection

As Seen At: Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone,

Whether your style is sporty, like the zip-up shift dress at Lacoste, or funky, like, off the shoulder ombre dress at Prabal Gurung, orange is the color of spring 2016. The common factor that these designers stuck to? Keeping the rest of the look simple: natural makeup, simple shoes and accessories, and loose, flowing hair.

Trend: Hemline Fringe

Christian Siriano, Spring 2016 Collection

As Seen At: Opening Ceremony, Edun, Christian Siriano, Tory Burch

While Fringe itself isn’t especially revolutionary on the runways, designers collectively agreed on a new twist this season: hemlines. Opening Ceremony went for a chunkier, minimalist fringe that was a continuation of the dress while Christian Siriano went for a luxe, full fringe which stood out on the runway. At Edun, even pants had hemline fringe!

Trend: Long Skirts with High Slits

Marc Jacobs, Spring 2016 Collection

As Seen At: J. Mendel, Marc Jacobs, DKNY, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Long skirts went sexy on the runways this season. Both DKNY and J. Mendel took the mid length skirt and added some fun by cutting high slits so just enough leg was visible. At Marc Jacobs, Floor length skirts were cut up all the way to the hip for more wild, sexy look. The good news for this look is that all the kinds of designers jumped in on this trend, from crazy Marc Jacobs to minimalistic DKNY, so those looking to emulate the style can surely find a look that fits their aesthetic.

Trend: Not-So-Traditional Ruffles

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2016 Collection

As Seen At: Delpozo, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim

All over the runways, designers modernized the tiered dress. For Proenza Schouler, that meant wide, diagonal ruffles placed sparingly. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, ruffles were more minimal, adding spice to sporty tops. Jason Wu went more traditional with sheer and feminine ruffled skirts. However, Delpozo came out with the biggest showing, putting big, bedazzled ruffles on skirts and dresses. Throw away your preconceived notions – ruffles are totally wearable for spring!

Raising the Barre

By Arianne Siegel

If you’ve recently seen a slender-looking, Lululemon-wearing woman with her hair in a sleek bun, guzzling green juice from Organic Avenue, you may have assumed she was coming from her weekly yoga or Soul Cycle class. But her ballet grip socks would disclose that she was actually coming from a barre class.

The first barre class originated in London when an injured former-dancer opened The Lotte Berk Method studio in 1959. After attending this workout for over a year, American Lydia Bach was inspired to open the Lotte Berk Method on 67th and Madison in 1971. Since then, barre classes have sprung up all over the country. Names include Pure Bar, The Bar Method, Xtend Barre, Cardio Barre, Physique 57, and Fly Barre, many of which are frequented by celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, and Madonna.

A barre class is a 50 to 60 minute workout that uses ballet and Pilates moves to strengthen and tone muscles while burning fat. Classes typically cost from $30 to $40 a session and incorporate high-repetitions, isometric movements, and fitness tools, such as arm weights and resistance bands. The hour is divided into sections that target specific parts of the body with intermittent stretching to give your shaking muscles quick breaks. Peppy instructors wear microphones and switch between demonstrating moves, operating the music, and walking around the room to make personal corrections.

I remember my first barre class distinctly. My health-obsessed aunt from L.A. took me to Cardio Barre, a class with fast-paced EDM music, real ballet moves, and a plethora of blonde actresses – Dakota Fanning was actually in the front row. After ten minutes, my face was red. After twenty, my muscles were shaking like crazy. Halfway through the class, I decided to take a ten-minute bathroom break to avoid the weights section. Although I woke up incredibly sore the next day, I also felt I had achieved something and the class spoke to my inner child ballerina.

Although Cardio Barre has yet to come to New York, there are plenty of other options to choose from. Pure Barre, which boasts about 300 studios across the country, is less cardio and more about deep muscle burn and – in my experience – snobby regulars who are competitive about their form. The music here is slightly too reminiscent of bland elevator tones mixed with 80s beats. Then there’s Physique 57, the Soul Cycle of barre classes. Sleek, modern white walls house racks of lulu-designed tanks and framed health magazine articles, while the bathrooms offer spa-like showers and free lockers with customizable locks. The class itself felt intimate with only ten other people and there was a real focus on personal attention. The instructor quickly learned my name and repeatedly encouraged me over the microphone. Although larger classes like The Bar Method might be a better option for those that prefer to remain anonymous. Another downside to Physique 57 is that it lacks graceful dance moves. For this, I would suggest visiting Xtend Barre in Brooklyn Heights. The music is similar to that of Cardio Barre, but the crowd is more laid back, and the teachers are genuinely happy to chat with you before or after class.  

My last piece of advice for anyone interested in trying a barre class is to always BYOS – bring your own socks. Don’t get stuck having to buy a $15 dollar pair with a studio’s fancy logo on it.

Olivver the Kid Gives “Many Fucks”—And Here’s Why

By Sydne Wheeler Larsen

“Why do you think you’re here?” Olivver asks himself, posing a question a friend once asked him. His answer? “To help.” It’s rare to find a musician who has such humility as Olivver. He’s bringing something to pop music that is woefully lacking: pure, so-honest-it-hurts humanity.

Who is this guy? That’s what I marveled about while we spent the morning on a park bench in Central Park, watching school kids skip by, petting Buster the dog, and fielding the odd glance from older couples who were intrigued by Olivver’s colorful, full-sleeve tattoos. I quickly learned that this Olivver, an L.A. transplant with pink hair and lax overalls, is as sincere as the man in the music who sings: “I did it for you, and I’d do it again”. This lyric comes from the bridge of his latest single, “World on Fire”, where he offers to burn down his friend’s prison of vice in order to save them from their own destruction. Olivver the Kid has “many fucks” to give about life, and here’s why.

This is an interview for a college radio station. You’re here for CMJ [College Music Journal’s Music Marathon]. Do you want to talk about college for a bit?
Mhm, yeah! I love college, and I think that college is very necessary. I think that it’s really where I found myself. I was a different person before I went in and after I went in—I was an English major for three years, and then I went to New Orleans and I was a music business major. I dropped out with three weeks left. [To tour with The Neighbourhood.] I actually went back last year and taught four classes—guest-taught four classes for music business.

Do you think that having that time off, getting into the music biz with The Neighbourhood and then being able to reel it back in and have reflection time, do you think that’s been helpful too with how you go further with Olivver?Yeah that’s one of the reality checks for sure. That was a big one. Even going back, I grew up in hardcore bands and punk bands. I played a thousand shows before I was ever in The Neighbourhood. To nobody—To go from that, to a massively successful band, and come back down from it?…It’s humbling. But it tastes better—the minimal success that I have in this project tastes better. Because it’s mine. You know what I mean?

How did you work out the “Purge” Video? Either the video itself or the personalities, the subconscious people.
There’s six of me, and all those people in the “Purge” video are all parts of my subconscious. Lucy is the feminine part of my subconscious. Harvey is like my dad basically. It’s all just how I viewed myself at different points in time. My friend has a tattoo on him that I love—it’s intense—but it says “I hate myself” on his stomach. And whenever anybody goes, “Why do you have that tattoo?” He says, “Cuz sometimes I hate myself.” All those people were how I felt about myself and you can see throughout it that not all those people are negative. “Purge” was about me, all the negative things that I think about myself, I’m purging them.

We were talking in one of my classes the other day that for women, it might be easier for them to navigate all these different niches and personalities than men.
I’m very self-aware. Like I walk into a room and immediately, I’ve looked at everybody in the room already. I know exactly where I am, I know where the fire exit is. And I’m very aware of, like, I don’t want to ever be rude or imposing, or have my body language be wrong, or look at someone the wrong way.

Even that far?
Yeah. That’s different than most males I feel like. Typically. Going to high school, for me at least, I played football, but all the other guys on the football team didn’t give a fuck. “I don’t give a fuck, I have no fucks to give,” that’s a popular saying. And I’m like, “Oh I have A LOT of fucks to give, I give many fucks. I care. I care about everything.”…That level of intensity about giving a shit, that’s what I feel like separates me from other people. You know what I mean? Yeah, I care.

Your next EP is called The Boy Who Cried Wolf, which is a reference to the Aesop fable. You said that it’s also a storyline – you like story writing and poetry. How are you using the Aesop fable, or not using it?
The whole EP is about—it’s very literal talking about this fantasy world: these woods and these two people in the woods. But it’s a metaphor for whatever your fear is, or your addiction. If you’re a drug addict, “the woods” is your addiction.The main character is in the woods—and then he gets out. As the story progresses, he sees a friend, somebody that he cares about, go in. And so “World on Fire” is right around the time where he’s like, “I’m gonna go back in and try to help my friend and try and save my friend so that they do not succumb to being a wolf”— to whatever their fear is, whatever their vice is. It ends on a bittersweet note; it ends on a, “I can’t help you, you need to help yourself,” kind of thing.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is out now! Go rep my bud Olivver the Kid over on your select music services

Full audio interview available on The Giggs.

 Syd is a music enthusiast, cookie monster, and knitter of lumpy socks. She’s booking an all-women’s music festival on Barnard’s campus in December called Gigg On, Girl Festival. Join the Girl Gang @giggongirl.

Photos by Adam T. Powell, Travis Keaster


By Klea Kalia

Sometimes, celebrities just really suck at Twitter. And other times, they kill the tweet game. Keep reading to see what we mean.

The hilarity of Cher’s tweets lies in her indiscriminate use of caps lock, unrestrained emoji usage, and the fact that a lot of them seem to make absolutely zero sense. However, her Twitter is rife with political and social commentary; if you’ve ever wanted to know Cher’s opinions on Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and ISIS, her tweets talk about them, among many, many other things. Plus, the shoutouts to her “chickadees” make you feel you’re part of something much greater than yourself.

Martha Stewart
Barnard alum Martha Stewart’s Twitter may just be the strangest but most hilarious thing on the planet. If you happen to be a die-hard Stewart fan, you’re in luck, because the painfully detailed captions on each photo she uploads let you know exactly where she is, what she is doing, who she is doing it with, and, sometimes, what she is wearing while doing it. If you don’t stay for her grandma-on-Facebook style tweets, stay for her inspiring disregard for the use of periods.

Jenny Slate
It is not long before you find a tweet by comedian/actress (and Columbia alum) Jenny Slate that so accurately describes your life that it makes you feel a little less alone in the world for whatever weird thing you do. Her tweets are just the right mix of emotional, shameless, and relatable. Whether she’s deciding whether to wear a bra to an open house or experiencing various types of wardrobe malfunctions, Jenny reminds us that celebrities are truly just like us.


Keough Novak
Keough Novak is The Office writer B.J. Novak’s fictional portrayal of his 16-year-old sister. If it sounds absurd, that’s because it is. Her superficial, distinctly millennial personality is clear even from her bio, which includes the phrases, “Keep Adderall Legal,” and “Lana del Rye.” Her gripes about Snapchat and clever pop culture commentary make you forget that she’s a fake teenager whose thoughts are actually those of a 36-year-old guy who never even had a sister.

Rainn Wilson
If you’re looking to hear more from Rainn Wilson’s character from The Office, Dwight Schrute, his Twitter is probably not the place to go. But Rainn Wilson—the person—has a Twitter full of funny, clever quips and comments on society ranging from pronouncing the word “niche” to the level of happiness in clams. The twists he puts on the strange and interesting observations he makes will really make you think and look at things in a different light.

First Year, First Impressions


By Emma Yee Yick

I have officially been living in this place for a month. One whole month and I can hardly believe how fast time has gone. By now, the “summer camp” feel of NSOP has worn off and I have mastered the basics of being a Barnard student: learning my way around campus and actually making it to my classes (tunnels included), remembering to always hold up my ID when I enter residence halls, finalizing my first schedule, maneuvering the various dining halls, honing the art of stocking up on fruit from said dining halls, and acclimating to the whole communal bathroom situation. I have yet to become a professional subway rider, however (I still have to use an app on my phone to figure out where I am and I still get freaked out about getting left behind at a station on a particularly busy train), but I’m working on it.

So in proper, first-year fashion, I am here to provide my initial thoughts and impressions on all this newness that has become my life.

  1. It’s been so long since I have had to introduce myself. I have met more people in the span of these four weeks than number of students in my high school. Granted, I did come from a rather small high school with around 110 people, but still with this, I conclude that introducing yourself to a few hundred people in such a short span of time is tolling. Every time I would eat with a new group of people, or participate in an activity, I knew what I was in for. A series of larger than life smiles and name exchanges that I knew for certain I wouldn’t remember the next day.

This brings me to my next thought on college so far.

  1. For a while, back in August when I was still gung-ho with the introductions thing, I was eager to latch on to people quickly in hopes of making friends. Because after all, how was I going to survive these next four years without an amazing group of friends? But just as quickly as that fad came, it went, and I realized that in time I would meet “my people.” Now as October rolls around, I can safely say that the kickass friends I hang out with now were made naturally, through mutual interests, interesting conversations, lots and lots of laughs, and most importantly: forced-introductions-free—it just took some time.
  1. The only part of my college experience so far that I extremely detest is something that I have come to know as the “three in the morning call of nature.” I’m not sure if this is an “only Emma” thing, but it basically involves me, being forced to wake up at ungodly hours of the night/morning to pee, and then proceeding to walk down an entire hallway to take care of this issue. It happens on a regular basis, despite my feverish efforts to drink less liquids before bedtime and my making sure to use the bathroom right before I sleep. But almost every night of the week, without fail, I am woken up by an uncontrollable urge to pee. I try to just sleep it off, but that never works. So I manage to pull myself out of bed, making sure to keep my sleep mask covering about ¾ of my eye vision, and I zombie-walk my way down the hall and onto a toilet seat. I apologize for anyone who has seen me/has tried to talk to me in this state.
  1. Lastly I want to talk about Barnard. Unlike many of my peers, I never got to visit Barnard before I arrived on campus this August. I remember my first few days here, everyone was already talking about how much they loved Barnard—and don’t get me wrong I was excited too, but I didn’t love it yet.

I definitely “loved” Barnard (or thought I “loved” Barnard) when I applied and chose to go here, but as goes with any virtual or cyber relationship, it wasn’t an immediate overwhelming feeling of adoration when I finally came face to face with it. After all, it’s common knowledge that love at first sight is a farce. So, for awhile I felt unsure of my choice. Almost everyone I met gushed about how much they loved everything about Barnard so far, leading me to wonder if I would ever love it as much as they did. One month in, I can say that while I am not in love with Barnard yet, I sure am falling in love with it. Barnard is my safe haven, from the craziness that is NYC and from the huge community that is Columbia. Barnard is home to a comradery of incredible, intelligent, and empowered women. Women who I am lucky to call my friends, mentors, and role models. And finally, if I am sure of one thing, it is that Barnard is the place for me. Here’s to the next four years!

Photo by Sharon Wu

125 Things to Do Before You Graduate From Barnard

Photo by Maddie Molot, Model: Carina HardyPhoto by Maddie Molot, Model: Carina Hardy

Welcome to Barnard, Class of 2019! We’re so excited to have you here. As you acclimate to our beloved Morningside Heights campus, we’re sharing the 125 things you’re going to want to do before you graduate from Barnard. As NSOP comes to a close, senior year is still far away—but there’s no time like the present to get started on a college checklist! See how many items you can already check off of our Barnard to-do list, originally published in our October 2014 issue—and get excited to check off the rest in the next four years!

Stay tuned to find out when we’ll have our first meeting of the semester, and best of luck!

-The editors of The Barnard Bulletin

1. Take a selfie with Millie the Dancing Bear.
2. Try to catch a lift from the Barnard Shuttle.
3. Realize the Barnard Shuttle is out of order.
4. Go to ONE constellation event.
5. Wave your fake candle at Covocation.
6. Go to the wrong Lehman Library.
7. Overeat at Midnight Breakfast.
8. Triumphantly claim your free frappuccino after singing karaoke at Liz’s Place.
9. Go to an event for the free Barnard swag.
10. Eat at Hewitt on Caribbean night.
11. Spot DSpar eating at Absolute Bagels. Fangirl like crazy and tell everyone.
12. Learn (or at least attempt to learn) “College on the Hilltop.”
13. Have your spot in the library.
14. Go to the Brooks study lounge in your PJs.
15. Complain about the patriarchy.
16. Tie every conversation back to the patriarchy.
17. Crush the patriarchy.
18. Perfect the art of the feminist rant.
19. Worship DSpar.
20. Get locked out of your room.
21. Make NSOP friends.
22. Forget the names of 90% of the people you met during NSOP.
23. Eat pizza more than 3 times a week.
24. Take Reacting to the Past.
25. Go on a class field trip to the Met.
26. Dance at any and all campus BBQs.
27. Take Back the Night.
28. Sit under the magnolia tree.
29. Host a prospective student.
30. Brag about Barnard alumnae to your friends back home.
31. Try (and fail) to do your homework perched in the magnolia tree.
32. Tell someone it’s not a girl’s school, but a women’s college.
33. Read a book by Mary Gordon.
34. Have class outside.
35. Get lost in the tunnels.
36. Love the tunnels come February.
37. Make friends with Claudia at Liz’s Place.
38. Survive the Housing Games.
39. Raid the Quad vending machines.
40. Run out of points thanks to Diana Cafe pizza.
41. Wait in line for a package.
42. PDF a class.
43. Talk about the 10th way of knowing–coffee.
44. Talk about how the 9 Ways are better than the Core.
45. Curse the existance of the 8:40 class.
46. Read Installment. Miss it once you leave the Quad
47. Steal free condoms from the Well Woman office.
48. Steal free chocolate from the Well Woman office
49. Take Dance in New York City.
50. Get to know (one of) your class deans.
51. Take a dance class (even if you have two left feet).
52. Take African Dance.
53. Start explaining the tumultuous Barnard/Columbia relationship and stop because you realize it’s not worth it.
54. Contemplate heavily on the tumultuous Barnard/Columbia relationship.
55. Contempate heavily on your tumultuous relationship with a Columbia man (and stop because you realize he’s not worth it).
56. Take the subway to class (if you live on 110).
57. Brush your teeth in the library during finals.
58. Go to a frat party and realize that there’s nothing “fraternal” about it.
59. Believe that you can have it all!
60. And then realize that it’s okay if you don’t (have it all).
61. Take a profile pictures posed with the magnolia tree.
62. Be on Faces of Barnard.
63. Build a friendship with a professor.
64. Get on a first name basis with your advisor.
65. Change your major.
66. Change your major again.
67. Take a Women’s Studies class.
68. Friend Diana TheCenter on Facebook.
69. Get tagged by Diana TheCenter for leaving your ID there.
70. Intern in the city.
71. Join the Barnard Babysitting Agency.
72. Take the Barnard Bartending Class (and pass the exam).
73. Stock up on local produce (and baked goods) at the farmers’ market.
74. Get a Morningside Heights CSA share.
75. Get a milkshake at 2 a.m. at Tom’s.
76. Go to a halal cart for a midnight snack.
77. Snag a piece of Big Sub.
78. Celebrate Founders’ Day.
79. Host (or listen to) a WBAR station.
80.Go to the WBARBQ.
81. Find the perfect study nook on campus.
82. Go to a student theater production.
83. Work with a Writing Fellow.
84. Finish a whole Koronet’s slice.
85. Read Debora Spar’s Wonder Women book.
86. Use your student ID to get discounts.
87. Go to the Metropolitan Opera.
88. Get an on-campus job.
89. Eat an Insomnia cookie.
90. Order a late night grilled cheese from Feel Good.
91. Audition for Orchesis.
92. Get into an L-course off the waitlist.
93. Brag about how Barnard’s football team is undefeated since 1889.
94. Get student rush tickets for a Broadway show.
95. Mourn the loss of the swimming pool.
96. Go to Debora Spar’s office hours.
97. Get your resume revamped by Career Development.
98. Run on the track in LeFrak.
99. Buy a Spirit Week t-shirt.
100. Live in one of the 600s.
101. Talk to your personal librarian.
102. Have an awkward sign-in experience.
103. Go to a class event.
104. Crash a class event that isn’t for your class.
105. Upgrade your first year tote to a Senior Experience one.
106. Keeping thinking SX says “SEX” on your senior tote.
107. Join a club that’s not in your area of expertise.
108. Go ice skating in Bryant Park.
109. Adventure to all five boroughs of New York City (even Staten Island).
110.Go to a Bacchante concert.
111. Check out the Milbank greenhouse.
112. Go up on the Diana roof.
113. See a student improv show.
114. Get a deal on the Barnard Buy Sell Trade page on Facebook.
115. Attend a student reading.
116. Go to the Athena Film Festival.
117. Snag cheap movie tickets at the Barnard Store.
118. Buy books at Book Culture and return them when the cheaper ones arrive from Amazon.
119. Get your coffee from Joe or Oren’s. Swear your allegiance to either.
120. Read The Barnard Bulletin.
121. Fix a printer in the Quad computer labs by hitting it repeatedly.
122. Be constantly inspired by the students around you.
123. Have an amazing commencement speaker.
124. Write for The Barnard Bulletin.
125. Major in Unafraid.