Fashion / 13/10/2020 Levi’s 501s: A love letter

Dear 501s, You are my perfect jeans. Years of my life have been spent in Topshop changing rooms longing for my legs to be thinner, so I could finally fit into a pair of Joni jeans. The year was 2013, every cool girl had them and I simply could not get them to fit. This...

Fashion / 13/10/2020 Can consumerism ever be a guilt-free experience?

For some, lockdown meant less shopping, but for others, it only added fuel to the ‘shopping obsession’ fire. With hours on end with nothing to do, it was easy to have ‘a quick look at comfy at home clothes’ which turned into hours of online shopping, lots of money spent, and lots and lots of...

Fashion / 13/10/2020 The commercialisation of queer identity

Marc Jacobs recently launched the collection “Heaven”, a self-professed “ode to otherness” which is a representation and celebration of polysexuality through fashion. Polysexuality meaning encompassing many different kinds of sexuality.  Speaking of the collection in question, Marc Jacobs states: “Heaven draws upon the origins of the Marc Jacobs impulse: subversion, teenage daydreams, alienation nation, queer...

Fashion / 13/10/2020 Learning to heal: tattoos and me

I have always found it hard to describe my relationship to my tattoos. For a long time, though they were carved into me, embedded deeply in my skin to adorn my body for evermore, I struggled to articulate how it felt on a personal level to be decorated by ink in this way. I felt...

Fashion, Venue / 08/10/2020 Renegade fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies aged 81

Kenzo Takada, the visionary behind namesake fashion house Kenzo, has died aged 81, after a battle with coronavirus.  Having launched Kenzo in 1970, Takada soon began making waves in the Paris fashion scene. A graduate of Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, where notably, he was one of the institution’s first male students, Takada moved to France...

Fashion, Venue / 03/10/2020 H&M teams up with cult brand The Vampire’s Wife

I have lost count of the hours I have spent feverishly searching the internet for the source of dresses I have seen being worn on television or on social media, only to track them down and find they are made by The Vampire’s Wife and come with a £600 price tag. The brand, presided over...

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Thin privilege: the blurred lines of style and skinniness

If you’ve been active on social media recently, you’ve probably seen that strawberry dress popping up again and again. The $490 midi dress by fashion designer Lirika Matoshi has become an internet sensation, particularly on TikTok, and people are desperate to get their hands on it. Before the garment gained such notoriety, it was being…

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The gentrification of Depop

We are entering Oxfam’s “Second Hand September”, and with it, an increased focus on sustainability and the ethics of clothing retailers. As the resale app ‘Depop’ has grown in popularity, a conversation has erupted surrounding the gentrification of thrift stores. A problem many sustainable fashion advocates have with Depop is the increased number of accounts…

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The racism behind fast fashion

Following the tragic murder of George Floyd and the outrage it sparked, the world has erupted in Black Lives Matter protests. This has gone beyond issues of police brutality and has sparked a re-evaluation of multiple industries and their relationships with race. Students and employees have bravely opened up about their experiences as Black individuals…

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Molly-Mae and the scrutiny of women’s bodies

Paparazzi shots have recently surfaced of former Love-Islander Molly-Mae in a bikini whilst on holiday in Ibiza. A Twitter user shared a tweet expressing outrage at replies left on the Daily Mail article that showcased the images. Despite Molly-Mae having what many would consider a conventionally attractive, desirable, size 8 body, the comments were filled…


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