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Popstars embracing gender ambiguity and pushing the envelope when it comes to self-expression is not a new thing; whether it be David Bowie and his androgyny, Prince and Freddie Mercury embracing femininity (and getting celebrated as sex symbols for it) or the likes of Elton John and Liberace with their flamboyant stage outfits. With this history in mind, it is interesting to take a look at the current wave of gender-role breaking or ‘gender-defying’ musical artists. While boy band members or Disney actors might have never been seen as the poster boys of traditional masculinity, artists like Harry Styles and…

Louis the 14th, also known as the “Sun King”, was the longest reigning monarch in French, and European, history with a stunning 72 years as monarch. As an adherent of the concept of the divine rights of kings, he was a driving force in the establishment of absolutism and the centralisation of power in Europe. There is something else he is known for, though: Fashion! Louis the 14th can be considered the first modern fashion icon and haute couture connoisseur. When he came to power in 1643, it was Madrid, not Paris, that was considered to be the Fashion capital…

The world of fashion never sleeps – or hibernates. Here are the most exciting Fashion Events taking place in the UK in December: Manchester Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair On December 1st, the Manchester Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair marked an exciting start to a great month for all fashion lovers. The event took place at George Carnell Leisure Centre and showcased Vintage and Designer clothing from as long ago as the 1860’s to the 1980’s along with antique and traditional textiles, buttons, jewellery and accessories. Items in these categories and more were available in a large variety, providing an…

Santa Claus is quite the striking figure if you think about it, with his signature red coat, white fur trimming and wide, black buckle belt. Surely this is what we all picture when we think about Santa, but his look has actually gone through some changes throughout the years. Since Santa Claus is based on St. Nicholas, it’s worth taking a look at his garments first. Since St. Nicholas was a bishop, paintings from the 19th Century depict him wearing clerical garb with religious imagery, with either the classic bishop’s headdress or a halo on his head. While this is…

The holidays are getting closer each day and, surely, many of us are looking forward to dressing up nicely for Christmas dinners and parties with our family and friends. Here are some essential tips for making sure that our Makeup and hair stays looking great throughout the evening. To make sure that your outside glows with as much Christmas cheer as your insides do, try using the same shimmery pigment for both your eyeshadow and your highlighting, for a simple, coherent look. Turn any everyday look full-glam in minutes by adding a ready-to-use glitter crème eyeshadow. While only taking a…

The year is drawing to a close and we all know what that means: Christmas parties! Lots and lots of Christmas parties and dinners. With everyone dressing up to look their best, it’s not an easy feat to stand out and wow and woo your way through the evening. Be the belle of the ball at every Ugly Sweater Party and fancy Winter Dance with these extravagant headwear-pieces! The Basics For this DIY, you will need a hot glue gun, headbands, some yarn, tape, ribbons, wrapping paper and, depending on the style you pick, lots of Christmas themed decoration (easily…

An evergreen in the season of greys, combat boots combine comfort and attitude into one, often even mostly water-resistant, shoe. Having had their origin in various subcultures, combat boots like Doc Martens have found their way into mainstream attire. Now, there’s a multitude of ways to wear the edgy kicks so, without further ado, here are our favourite ways to style them: For the cold months, switch the sneakers for some heavy boots. Not only will your now toasty feet thank you, the plain t-shirt/jumper and jeans combo is easily elevated with some cool combat boots. Create an interesting contrast…

During my time in Berlin at a creative workshop in collaboration with a big brand (see article below), I had the pleasure of meeting many different, wonderful and creative young women. Five of them especially inspired me with their outfits and their confidence to wear whatever they want, so I interviewed them about what they thought about fashion in regards to Self-Expression and Self-love. Here’s what they had to say:   Charly I think that fashion can contribute a lot to Self-Expression, because you can emphasize certain characteristics through it. If you’re confident you might wear things that show that,…

I just came home from what was probably one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences of my life. A huge company had cast me and a number of other young women to come to Berlin, take part in co-creation workshops for a new line, and subsequently represent it in advertisements once launched. I am in contact with the other girls and I can, five days after the project’s end, still barely fathom the interesting developments we got to be a part of and the amazing opportunities we were given. Given how seldom opportunities like this arise (in my life…

Pins add flair to any boring outfit. Here’s how you can make your own cute pins to spice up your wardrobe! Materials For this DIY you will need: – air-drying modelling clay (easily found at The Works) – acrylic paint and brushes – small scissors or a precision knife – cardboard (optional) – pin backings (easily found on Amazon or just hit me up and I’ll give you some) – glue Sketch the shape of your desired pins on a piece of cardboard and cut them out. I went with a cat head, a ghost and a pumpkin shape.…

Halloween is getting closer by the minute and not everyone is into planning elaborate, time and money consuming costumes. Fret not, friends! Simply try one of these low-effort Halloween costumes! Greaser If you have a leather jacket, jeans, some hair gel/pomade and a comb, you’re all set to be a T-Bird and turn Halloween into a real Summer Night (bonus points if you can actually sing). On a similar note, if you switch the leather jacket for a red bomber and adopt a face of perpetual aloofness, you could make a pretty good James Dean. Queen of Hearts Fans of…

While temperatures are dropping and we begin to get cozy in sweaters and coats, it’s easy to lose a little flair and for our outfits to get simpler (shout out to those of you who are still rocking mini dresses while clubbing; I do not understand you but I love you). There is an easy way to combat this and to spice up your winter wardrobe: accessorize with pins! Whether it be cool vintage finds or one of the many cleverly designed pins on Etsy or other online stores, pins and buttons are sure to bring some life to your…

I still remember the very first time I saw the cover picture of Lizzo’s 2019 album “‘Cuz I Love You”. It shows the lady in question sitting – nude – in front of a dark background, with her shiny black hair hugging her figure. From the photography itself (sultry warm lighting, making her skin glow) to the pose and her hard-to-read, may I say mysterious, expression: this picture is very sexy. But that is, of course, not the reason anyone would think twice about it; many album covers are quite racy. No, it is sexy in a way that is…

I caught up with Instagram sensation, fashion blogger and masters student Becky Lou Button over hot chocolate & Sauvignon Blanc (It’s one of those Mondays). With an impressive 30K followers, Becky not only posts cute outfit ideas on her social media but she also uses her degree to educate and share the world of consumer psychology on her blog beckyloubutton.co.uk. She also has a Youtube channel that include clothing hauls, makeup tutorials and features her gorgeous puppy, Winter! Get to know Becky with this vogue-inspired 73 questions interview…       How old are you? 21       What is your degree? Masters in…

This summer I travelled to Japan’s busy capital, Tokyo, a trip that ranked at the very top of my bucket list. The combination of sushi and shopping made Tokyo my own personal kind of heaven. Like other Westerns I have long been fascinated by Japanese culture, particularly their vibrant and dynamic street style. Famous Japanese styles range from Lolita and Kawaii to Cosplay. But, when I wandered the streets of Shibuya and the fashionable district of Harajuku. I noticed a new, darker style emerging amongst the young people of Japan. ‘Yume Kawaii’ (‘kawaii’ meaning cute) is a popular way to…

Thrift On The Streets Pop-Up Vintage Stalls/Kilo Sales There are many pop-up vintage stalls that travel around Universities all over the UK, selling anything from cowboy boots to vintage levis. Kilo sales are also great value for money as you pay per KG of clothes,1KG tends to be priced around £15. So keep your eyes peeled for posters and facebook events to bag yourself the WAVIEST of garms. Charity Shops Bangor may not be blessed with the broadest selection of high fashion clothes shops, however it does have an extensive range of charity shops: Red Cross, Cancer Research,…

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