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...



Design stealing: the exploitation of Independent Brands

Most people are aware of the environmental costs of fast fashion, but few are informed of the more subtle exploitation taking place behind the scenes, which regularly affects small businesses all over the world. Large fashion retailers, such as Shein, Zara and New Look, to name a few, are regularly stealing designs from independent brands…


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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