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United We Stand

This is the eighth Fashion Maniac piece in the series. Check out the other shoots to see the national trends and where to find them in locally: bathing suits on the Spirit of Buffalo, James Scissorhands, kicks and handbags at Niagara Square, rocking scarves, the workplace can be sexy, raingear and the twins, and the sultry bridesmaid.

 Features Editor  Claire Geist
 Contributing Writer Giovanni Centurione
 All Photography & Managing Editor  Cheryl Gorski
 Stylist Jess Wegrzyn
 Casting Director  Christopher Connolly 
 Makeup Vanessa Vaz
 Hair James Hickey
 Prop Stylist Stephen Phillips
 Marketing Director Marisa DiSarno

UNITED WE STAND by Claire Geist

It was Bill Blass who said, “When in doubt, wear red”, Mark Twain who said, “Wearing white betokens purity and innocence”, and Picasso who suggested a blue period could be more than emotional. Now, conflicting prompts can turn out to be completely succinct when all of those colors are worn together, and since white attracts the least amount of heat from the sun, wearing white in the summer is – no pun intended – way cool.

With the passing of our nation’s birthday, wearing our flag’s colors all at once can seem a bit kitchy in a bad way. However, when white is the dominant color in your ensemble, punches of red and blue add charming allure, just be careful not to get grass stains on your pants!

Move towards the notion of Americana and freedom of boundaries when wearing these colors. While keeping cool outdoors, there’s a certain grace to wearing white as the epitome of summer lovin’. Oh, and did we mention it makes the tan you worked so hard for more apparent?

^ National Designer Trends

v Following Buffalo location shoot: Tifft Nature Preserve (click to enlarge)







Jimmy Bigrook Hawkins: Wearing White button down & pants provided by – Lu Modern
Christian:  Wearing  Blue stripe shirt &  White cigarette capris – provided by Urban Threads
Jason:  Wearing T-shirt provided by Urban Threads, vintage jacket from Ragamuffins, vintage sailor pants from DC Theatricks
Sandy & Mimi: Wearing dresses provided by Ragamuffins
Kayley: Wearing vintage shirt provided by, capris provided by Urban Threads

Flower pin & large American flag provided by The Lodge Auction House
Little flags & med American flag provided by Uncle Sam’s Army/Navy
Shoes provided by Ragamuffins &



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