Fashion, Venue / 14/09/2021 The Struggles of Muslim Fashion

In 2017, during a French lesson, I asked why Muslim girls couldn’t wear the hijab in French schools. The answer was simple: “All religious symbols are banned in French schools”. Not knowing any better, and being the only Muslim in my class, I thought nothing else of it. No religious symbols – it puts everyone...

Fashion, Venue / 14/09/2021 Shein to Launch Design Competition Reality Show: Redemption for Indie Designers?

As part of their seemingly unstoppable rise towards fast fashion domination, Shein recently launched their own reality TV contest. The show, which is now available to stream via Shein’s app, features 30 emerging designers competing to win a $100,000 prize and a capsule collection on the brand’s website. There is even a star-studded panel of...

Fashion, Venue / 14/09/2021 The Criticism behind Molly-Mae Hague Landing Top Position at Pretty Little Thing

Influencer and former Love Island contestant, Molly-Mae Hague has landed a job as Creative Director at the fast-fashion phenomenon Pretty Little Thing. The brand is one of many owned by the Boohoo Group, with Hague to oversee the launching of creative assets at a high level – advertisements, products, and creative strategies. But should we...

Fashion, Venue / 14/09/2021 Androgyny in Male Celebrity Fashion: Fad or Fundamental?

A photograph of Lil Nas x on the L’Uomo Vogue Instagram accompanies the statement that the gay, androgynous rapper ‘is not merely having a moment. He is the moment.’  Indeed, Lil Nas X has achieved huge success in recent months, perhaps in particular with his song ‘Call me by your Name’, named after the gay...

Fashion / 17/08/2021 The Rise in Corsets, Princesscore, and Reclaiming Femininity

“I need more dresses.” It was an offhand comment, but my mother turned to me and promptly thanked the Lord. “It’s only taken you nearly 20 years.” She was right. Fourteen-year-old me would have looked with horror at my desire to wear more dresses. However, the rise of feminine fashion, along with the passage of...

Climate Change, Fashion / 17/08/2021 Greenwashing and Big Brands – How Reliable are Companies to the General Public?

Greenwashing: A problem which, unfortunately, is increasingly prominent in the textile industry. As consumer pressure drives the want for sustainably produced garments, companies are failing to match the standards they claim to be setting. According to Ethical Consumer, greenwashing is the “practice of companies launching adverts, campaigns, products etc. under the pretence that they are...

Fashion

Fashion

Khloe Kardashian and toxic beauty standards

Last week an unfiltered image of Khloe Kardashian posing in a bikini was accidentally posted online. Her response: to get lawyers involved. Anybody who shared the image could find themselves threatened with legal action and all websites that had posted the image were instructed to remove it. She later also posted an unedited video of…

Fashion

The best sustainable period products for all budgets

Reducing our single use plastic consumption is something we should all be trying to do wherever possible, especially when it comes to period products. Every year, 200,000 tonnes of waste are produced through disposables such as tampons, applicators and sanitary towels. However, with period poverty rates constantly increasing and sustainable products costing significantly more than…

Fashion

The rise of the Y2K aesthetic

The phrase ‘Y2K aesthetic’ refers to all things 2000s nostalgia and, at present, it’s enjoying a bit of a renaissance, resonating in particular with young adults who grew up watching shows like Lizzie McGuire and The Powerpuff Girls on TV. Fashion brands have been quick to notice this trend and incorporate nods to it in…

Fashion

Tik-Tok’s damaging haul culture

Tik Tok hauls are consumerist and damaging. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Tik Tok made me buy it’ but I wonder if this is downplaying what is ultimately a very serious issue: irresponsible and unsustainable spending. By blaming Tik Tok for our shopping habits, we admit how influential the app really is and, as a…

Fashion

A Lacquer of Shame

The theme was ‘60s; my costume was gaudy. Wearing a floral shirt, long white flares, and an extravagant amount of glitter, I spent the night dancing with friends. Lighting up my nails was a sloppily-painted mix of dayglo yellow and fluorescent pink. My glasses? Rose-tinted, of course. Looking back this was a night that changed…


1 2 3 4 55
Calendar
September 2021
M T W T F S S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  
Latest Comments
About Us

The University of East Anglia’s official student newspaper. Concrete is in print and online.

If you would like to get in touch, email the Editor on Concrete.Editor@uea.ac.uk. Follow us at @ConcreteUEA.