Name: Esther Hassel
Major: Media, Culture, and Communications
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
HC NYU: Describe your personal style.
EH: I think it's very masculine, but somehow sexy. And I definitely like print and bold colors.
HC NYU: What makes it masculine?
EH: The cut; the cut matters. I like appropriating menswear and making it fit. Like what I'm wearing now, these skinny jeans, is something that a guy could totally wear. But the things I pair it with and how it's styled, it works.
HC NYU: So give us some insight on how Brooklyn fashion differs from Manhattan fashion?
EH: Well, as time goes by the difference becomes less noticeable since gentrification is getting huge. There are hipsters in Brooklyn, but really they're people from Manhattan moving into Brooklyn, so there's an assimilation of style between the two.
HC NYU: Are you drawn to any brands in particular?
EH: I'm not. If I like something, I buy it. I'm not a brand monger. These [shoes] I bought when I was in Italy with this school, and they were from this random shop. I saw them and I was like "Oh, these are so cool!" They're like slip-ons, but brogues. I also thrift; you can find pieces with better silhouettes. Like you know they were some eighty year-olds's pants, but they work! This one time I bought these really high mom-pants-- not high-waisted, but with the button right on the belly-button-- and I just thought "I like."
HC NYU: Excited for any particular items for the warmer weather?
EH: Well I'll be in Europe or summer, and I'll definitely be showing off the leg. Dresses, skirts, shorts...all with heels. I like a long leg, for sure.