FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Ayse Cetinkaya

Anna and Grace. McQueen and Kate. Me and leopard. Some things just go together. With this exam week slag, putting together innovative outfits just isn’t in the sleep-deprived cards.  In such cases, I rely on my favorite fashion duo — black and black. The pair exemplify a sense of refined elegance.

As she mourned the end of exams, she stood out in the masses of sweat pant-wearing, library-laden students. With her chiffon blouse, bedazzled hobo, calf-hair sandals and high-waisted mini skirt, she proves black can be anything but boring.

Name: Ayse Cetinkaya

Year: Freshman

Major: International Affairs and Women’s Studies

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?

Ayse Cetinkaya: I wear an ungodly amount of black, especially during the winter. I have a lot of flowy, loose pieces and I wear mostly neutrals with a couple of splashes of color with flashy jewelry and outrageous shoes. Because I’m usually all the same color, I think it’s fun to instead juxtapose materials: lots of jersey, velvet, lace, knits, and sheers constructed in creative ways. But at the same time, I have some crazy weird things that I love, like a pair of galaxy leggings and a stained glass effect skirt with the Angel Gabriel informing Mary of the Immaculate Conception (my “cathedral” skirt). I guess all in all I dress kind of dark and twisty with a fun edge to it.

CF: What are you most looking forward to wearing this summer?

AC: More colors! Flowy maxis, crop tops, cut-offs and white knits!

CF: If you could only keep one piece of clothing, what would it be and why?

AC: Such a hard decision! I’m tempted to say my cathedral skirt because I get such a kick out of wearing it, but my grandmother has a lot of nice furs and coats that I’ve always loved, so probably one of those.

CF: If you could raid anyone's closet, whose would it and why?

AC: Hands down Abbey Lee Kershaw, especially post peroxide. She’s basically everything I wish I could be style-wise. If not her, whoever runs Luxirare.

How To: Whoever said black on black was boring, was clearly not familiar with textures. For a look like this Fashionista’s, pick one basic piece to accessorize, embellish or layer with, like a sleek black maxi dress. Add sky wedges and bag, ideal for exhibit hopping (“Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” anyone?!) and cafe stopping. Accessorize with a black bejeweled bracelet and belt, and you'll be a black beauty!

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