Fashion / 20/07/2021 Postmodernity and the Shortening of Fashion Cycles

“What goes around, comes around”. This famous saying is no truer than when speaking about the realm of fashion trends. It’s no secret that most of what we wear today was trendy 20 years ago – open up TikTok and you will almost undoubtedly find a teenager wearing something that closely resembles an outfit worn...

Fashion / 20/07/2021 How Internet “Aesthetics” Have Influenced My View on Self-Expression

You’re a young person in 2021 browsing through your TikTok ‘for you’ page. Perhaps it isn’t your ideal time-eater, yet the visuals generate a sense of awe unmatched by your daily life. You notice the kids dressed as a mall-goth or a woodland sprite and scratch your head, wondering how the internet generates so many...

Fashion / 04/05/2021 Fashion versus function in the video-game world

Have you ever been really into a scene in a game, and then noticed Lara Croft is wearing earrings? Or a necklace that could certainly get caught on a cliff edge or tree branch if she slips? And then instead of focusing on the game, you are thinking wouldn’t it be so much more practical...

Fashion / 04/05/2021 Ableism in the fashion industry: what needs to be done?

In the last few years, e-commerce images have become less photoshopped and more realistic. We are starting to see the human form represented on a relatable level with features like cellulite and stretch marks being embraced rather than hidden. With body positivity becoming more prevalent online, retail companies had to up their game and give...

Fashion / 04/05/2021 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 / 04/05/2021 The best influencers to bring some positivity to your feed

Welcome to 2021, where the Instagram influencer is now a familiar part of society. The platform is saturated with endless fast-fashion hauls, promotions of detox teas that give you diarrhoea and tone-deaf content about jaunts to Dubai in the middle of a global pandemic.  However, all hope isn’t lost: there are some influencers whose content...

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…


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