Fashion / 23/03/2021 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 / 23/03/2021 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...

Fashion / 23/03/2021 My Big Fat Rixo Wedding (or not)

It was not a shock to me in the slightest that luxury fashion brand Rixo had come under fire for their supposedly ‘inclusive’ bridal collection, available in sizes 6-16. I doubt it would be a shock to any other plus size person reading this, come to that. The fashion industry has repeatedly made it clear...

Fashion / 02/03/2021 Tracy Reese: female fashion pioneer

Tracy Reese is an African American designer who has had an incomparable influence on contemporary female fashion. Educated at the prestigious Parsons School of Design,  graduating in 1984, she soon began working for French fashion designer Martine Sitbon at the small firm, Arlequin. Reese went on to work in multiple notable fashion houses, including Perry...

Fashion / 02/03/2021 The best small, female-owned brands to spend your pennies on

One of the best ways to show your support for International Women’s day this year – and a way of supporting women in business during all seasons – is to make the effort to shop from independent, female-owned brands. Now, more than ever, our support is needed to keep these small, sustainable businesses running, helping...

Fashion / 02/03/2021 An act of love: on the quiet beauty of sewing

I don’t think of sewing as simply a female pastime: my experience with sewing and crafting allows me to see it as an act rooted in universal love. My first memory of seeing a cross-stitch was when I was a child when my mum brought down the memory box she had kept of items from...



What makes a successful make-up collaboration?

Make-up collaborations can be hit or miss. Whilst they can certainly be appealing when they involve two things you love coming together, are they always really worth the price tag?  Let us take, for example, a look at the recent collaboration between Colourpop and Nintendo’s Animal Crossing. The collaborative element involves having the characters in…


Corsets, Colour and Couture: How Historically Accurate are Bridgerton’s Costumes?

‘Bridgerton’, Netflix’s phenomenally successful early 19th-century drama series, takes a deep dive into the worlds of class, societal expectations, and romance. Most intriguing though is its exploration of the elegance and flamboyance of 1800s upper-class fashion. But how historically accurate is it? In the early 1800s the high-waisted empire line dress, with its silhouetted corsets,…


Carrie Bradshaw’s most iconic looks

In the wake of the announcement of Sex and the City’s return to our screens, it’s only fitting to look back at lead character Carrie Bradshaw’s most influential and iconic looks.  Her first ever outfit is particularly memorable: a tiered white tutu paired with a tight pink top, worn in the show’s opening sequence. Its…


Influencers, Gossip Forums and Press Scrutiny: the Modern Culture of Bullying

On a dark corner of the internet, individuals who find themselves increasingly frustrated with influencers gather to share their grievances. Under the guise of anonymity, these individuals vent and unleash the rage that has been seething within them. Sometimes the discussions are productive, picking apart questionable decisions, words used or comments made that they find…


The North Face x Gucci: a dreamy collaboration

Remember DofE? Those practical, waterproof, sturdy boots teamed with rustling, generic, boring, hiking clothes? A fashion sin! For years, outdoor apparel happily paralleled the world of high fashion.  Different audiences, different aesthetics and different intentions ensured that the two worlds underwent little collision. The North Face x Gucci’s latest collaboration changes all that, for it…

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