The Daily Update: Tuesday, May 3

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The Dallas Love Field airport is getting a face lift. Education budget cuts may cause more students to apply for student loans, and The Daily Campus and The Daily Mustang are merging. Find out all this and more on your Daily Update.

Jay Godfrey Trunk Show at SMU

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By Grace Roberts

The stylish women’s clothing designs of New York designer Jay Godfrey were showcased on the SMU campus yesterday in a trunk show hosted by SMU senior Lindsay Perper. Perper interned with the designer last year and will become a full-time employee following graduation. The trunk show was sponsored by the SMU Retail Club and Dallas Stylistas.

The Daily Update: Tuesday, April 26

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Seven people are dead and at least 67,000 are without power after violent storms hit Arkansas this morning. Nissan is recalling nearly 196,000 sport utility vehicles in the U.S. And the NFL lockout has been lifted. Find out all this and more on your Daily Update.

Destino’s Leadership with a Purpose

February 12, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Wesleigh Ogle

A small group gathered the evening of February 10, Thursday, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom for Leadership With a Purpose, hosted by the SMU chapter of Destino. The Destino Movement is a nationwide student-led organization with the purpose to connect Latinos to God and one another.

Esmeralda Sanchez, a 2009 SMU graduate who started the SMU chapter of Destino in 2008, opened the presentation and welcomed the speakers.

“Just like the title of the event, we know that you’re here with a purpose,” she said. “We hope that tonight will be a blessing to you.”

The speakers, Dr. Gus Reyes and Jonas Gonzalez, both encouraged the audience to follow their dreams, be good leaders and build a relationship with God.

Dr. Gus Reyes, director of the Hispanic Education Initiative, and Jonas Gonzalez, president of Enlace, pose with SMU students after the Destino Meeting on Leadership With a Purpose. (PHOTO BY WESLEIGH OGLE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Seventeen tables were set up in the grand ballroom. When only ten people showed up, the plans changed and the gathering became more intimate.

Instead of standing on stage, Reyes and Gonzalez interacted with the audience. They told stories of their childhoods and how they became successful.

Reyes said his best piece of advice is to listen for God.

“Take that next step and get ready for the best ride of your life,” he said. “It’s scary, but you can count on him.”

Gonzalez, the president of Enlace, a Christian TV network in Spanish, spoke in Spanish and his daughter translated. He told students to find a job in something they enjoy so their occupation is their hobby.

When a student asked about changing majors, he said, “If you have to change and change and change, it doesn’t matter. But when you find it, let it be a life effort.”

Reyes advised college students to find mentors who are in the place they want to be in the future. He said to choose this mentor based on his or her character and integrity not corporate success.

The discussion then turned to leadership and what is required to be a leader. Gonzalez said a leader must have a message to influence others.

“If our life doesn’t have a message, our message doesn’t have life,” he said.

Reyes said leaders must help their followers reach their full potential. He said leaders sometimes make difficult decisions about people, but a successful leader helps others succeed.

However, leadership is lonely, Reyes warned.
“There is some loneliness about leadership that only leaders can know about.” he said. “The good news is that we have a God who can help us through that loneliness.”

Dr. Gus Reyes, the director of the Hispanic Education Initiative/Affinity Ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas speaks about he became successful through his faith and with the help of the Lord. Reyes is also the co-writer of "30 Days, Turning the Hearts of Parents and Teens towards Each Other." (PHOTO BY GRACE ROBERTS / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Gonzalez had a less spiritual approach. He said a leader can be the boss, but not every boss is a leader. He said a boss looks for extraordinary people, while a leader looks for ordinary people to make them extraordinary. He also said a boss says ‘go,’ but a leader says ‘let’s go’ and asked the audience which they would rather be.

At the end of the presentation, Reyes spoke about being both a leader and a Latino.

“You are a global leader because of your heritage,” he said. “You see things differently… The United States needs you.”

Although the audience was small, the event had an impact on those who attended.

“It was reassuring that it’s ok if things change and… God has a purpose for my life,” Jacqueline Ross, an SMU sophomore, said. “I know that my journey will be blessed if I follow his purpose.”

Cindy Trujillo, an SMU junior, also felt reassued.

“It’s relieving to see that you aren’t the only one who goes through these struggles,” she said.

Destino meets every Friday from noon to 1p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Atriums C and D.

Vintage Trend Unearthed in Dallas

December 1, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

By Grace Roberts

What could possibly be better than acquiring a brand new Chanel Classic Flap Bag right off the shelf? For many of today’s most avid fashion connoisseurs, the answer is easy: a 1960s Coco Chanel Quilted Flap Bag, of course.

Vintage Chanel bags at What Goes Around Comes Around Trunk Show in Dallas (PHOTO BY GRACE ROBERTS / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

These days, anyone with the luck of a hefty pocketbook can purchase a Chanel bag, tweed jacket or flats. But only the really lucky obtain one-of-a-kind, decades-old pieces from fashion design icons like Mademoiselle Chanel. And perhaps one in a zillion fashion-obsessed girls are blessed enough to be passed down such a treasure from a mother or grandmother.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie, Kate Moss and Rachel Zoe are some of today’s most popular style icons because of their alluring taste in fashion—and their love of vintage. These celebrities grace the pages of Teen Vogue, Elle and Tatler magazine monthly, as fashion enthusiasts research their latest apparel choices in hopes of imitating their effortless looks.

Over the last decade, the vintage trend has taken off, especially in cities like Los Angeles, New York and London where retro clothing boutiques occupy almost every street corner. From jewelry to dresses to fur coats, the market for vintage products is booming. However, the typical style in modern cities like Dallas often resembles new and fast-forward trends. So, for the fashion fiends native to Dallas, what hidden boutiques house the best vintage finds?

Kerry Bonnell, who has been a vintage-addict since she was a child, founded Archive Vintage in Uptown Dallas in 2007. “I started to go to the Good Will in my town when I was 14,” said Bonnell. “All we had was a mall and everything was the same.”

Photo courtesy of Archive Vintage, Dallas

Stocked with pieces by Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Halston and Yves Saint Laurent, Archive is the ultimate source for high-end designer items in the area. Several designers and stylists such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Rachel Zoe have also been clients of the store.

Although Archive’s clientele is obviously not lacking, Bonnell agrees that the vintage trend has developed slower in Dallas.

“I am from New York, so I can see the difference,” said Bonnell. “Dallas may gravitate toward the new.”

However, the storeowner has a positive outlook for the future, saying that she can see the styles “already changing…[as] vintage has become more acceptable.”

Although designer merchandise will always be highly coveted in the fashion industry, current trends put less focus on the brand of a garment and more focus on its aesthetics.

According to Brittany Edwards, the Dallas editor of DailyCandy, “People are looking for more affordable options with the current state of the economy…[And], Dallas girls are also very into fashion, and vintage shopping gives them a unique edge and offerings the next girl won’t have.”

In a 2009 survey by the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, second-hand retail shops experienced an average of 35 percent increase in sales compared to the previous year, according to an article by CNN Money.

Edwards, who caught on to the money-saving trend, is the owner of The Dallas Flea, a market located downtown that sells fashion, artwork and vintage finds from local companies.

“I get a thrill finding something from the past and giving it a new life,” said Edwards. “To me, true style is wearing the perfect mix of eras, styles [and] price points.”

Two other vintage boutiques in Dallas stand out among the rest with both lower price points and fabulous retro finds. Filled with furniture, knick-knacks, clothing and accessories from all decades, Dolly Python was named the “Best Vintage Clothing Store” in D Magazine’s 2010 Best of Everything issue.

Funky clothing is just one aspect of Dolly Python vintage store in Dallas. (PHOTO BY GRACE ROBERTS / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Proprietress Gretchen Bell opened the antique mall and clothing store five years ago with an immense passion for “old” things. “No two things in [the store] are alike, and everything has a history to it. That’s what I love,” said Bell. “I’m an old soul and I just gravitate toward older things.”

Dolly Python houses everything from racks of 1970s costume jewelry to rows of biker boots—which are quite a steal compared to Miu Miu’s kicks that currently retail for over $1,000.

Great vintage finds for the consumer on a budget can also be found at Zola’s Everyday Vintage located in the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. Owners Annette Norman and Diedra Sutton have a passion for cocktail wear aging from the 1940s to the late 1970s.

As a smaller boutique, Zola’s has a more specific selection—almost all of the products are made in America.

Unique and classic pieces pack the racks at Zola's Everyday Vintage (PHOTO BY GRACE ROBERTS / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“We had a thriving garment industry, which we don’t have anymore…The quality has changed,” explained Norman.Tweed jackets, fur coats, delicate lingerie and wedding gowns classify this boutique that looks straight out of AMC’s show “Mad Men.”

Whether you’re looking to score a 1970s Pucci dress or a trendy outfit no one else will have, Dallas’ variety of vintage boutiques offers plenty of options. As many stylists and boutique owners would agree, great style does not have a price tag—even for celebrities like Rachel Zoe.

“As soon as I was old enough to shop I fell in love with vintage. When I was younger…I used to ask myself how I could get this glamour for… not thousands of dollars. Ultimately, that answer kept coming back up as vintage,” said Zoe in an interview with NBC’s “The Today Show.” “For me, it became the way that I could get that unique piece that no one else could have.”