Equality for one and all

This season, our wardrobes are about to reverse our typical expectations, making room for a unisex spectacular.

According to the fashion industry, something that is becoming more popular is clothing that is non-gender specific. Let’s face it, it’s not unheard of for men to buy women’s skinny jeans and for women to purchase men’s wacky shirts (I’ve definitely been this person – one of my favourite shirts is a men’s piece designed by Pierre Balmain, so I’m excited to explore this trend). So why not, it makes sense to create a unisex wardrobe that is suitable for everyone. I love the idea in terms of equality but it also encourages styling to break boundaries like never before without sacrificing taste. Plus, considering this trend has been evolving for a while, it only makes sense.

I think a lot of daring women have played around with this idea for years with the ‘androgynous look’, but the combination of sexes with this trend appears to be more literal this time round. Usually blurred boundaries is seen as a negative thing, but in this case it encourages people to see the individual as a person rather than for what sex they are. Furthermore, this trend may help us to sprint away from the idea of ‘girly colours’ and ‘masculine shapes’, instead it should encourage us to realise that both men and women can be canvases of style rather than gender. I’m definitely more interested in how an individual styles their ensemble rather than what they’re styling it with.

With a unisex wardrobe it eliminates the embarrassment that tends to be associated with buying your own clothing from stores intended for the opposite gender.

However, in a recent vogue article it debuted some ideas for a ‘his and hers’ collection from various designers and I couldn’t help but notice how these examples essentially resembled the wardrobe of a man. This lead me to believe that perhaps this idea of unisex clothing is still a little further from reality than predicted. It’s very rare to market women’s clothing to men as it is usually designed to accentuate the shape of the female body, making it extremely difficult for the male form to pull off. In my opinion, this trend has great intentions, but is still lacking in some areas.

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Consume, Consume…oh and consume

As a lover of fashion, you do find that the industry has a habit of encouraging individuals to constantly refresh their wardrobe with this weeks’ ‘must have’ item. Each time you fool yourself into buying a fashion magazine and promise that you will skip past the style section, you’re only lying to yourself – instead you find yourself searching for ways to avoid doing the weeks’ food shop in order to get that cute knitted sweat. I must admit, this is the element of fashion that I struggle to get on with the most. However, this provides myself with the opportunity to create fashion in my own way – through buying from second hand vintage shops and charity shops, buying at a discount or simply customising outfits to make them unique.

The recent happenings of ‘Black Friday’ encouraged me to think about our consumption obsession and this lead me to think about the fashion industry as fashion is something that I heavily consume. I’m not sure why the UK have decided to get on board the Black Friday bandwagon – I guess companies saw a way to increase their profit margins, whilst taking the risk that some people may be seriously injured in the process – morals.

It’s a difficult issue because we all technically have to consume one way or another to survive in this culture. However, it does make you question whether we could be placing our money and resources elsewhere instead of falling into the trap of buying just for the sake of it.

One thing is for sure, when it comes to Christmas shopping time, I will be buying through charity shops. That will lead some people to think that I’m cheap or to be put off, but as a skint student with morals it’s a great way to put your money where it is really needed – plus you can find some wonderful things in charity shops (even new stuff!).

Calvin Klein plus-size model causes stir

So recently, you may have been made aware of a stunning plus-size model who was utilised in a recent Calvin Klein campaign. The model – Myla Dalbesio, is undoubtedly gorgeous and even though considered plus-size, she clearly fits the beautiful criteria of a CK model.

ck 1 I have to admit when I first heard the news online, due to the way the features reported the event, it came across to me that the model was a UK size 10 – which is of course considered to be slim and technically not plus-size (this begins at UK size 12). I couldn’t believe that size 10 was now considered to be ‘plus-size’, however after a bit of scoping the internet, I discovered that the model was a US size 10 – a UK size 14, and lackluster reporting had just created a misconception. ck

Either way it got me to thinking how much I dislike the label ‘plus-size’ in this context. These plus-size women share the same size qualities as most average women (in Britain anyway), so why should they be cornered into a place which puts them in a different, less respected category to our usual, stick-thin models.

What do you think?

Acne – The good kind

In life, one of the most exciting things to me is having the resources to be able to purchase fabulous clothes (call me sad, I’m not listening :)). I dream of having a wardrobe filled with Acne, Joseph and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Until then, my boyfriend appears to be taking the lead with his recent upgrade to Acne Studios. I’m a little bit jealous, although I haven’t hold him this just yet. As much as I love being at university, it temporarily halts your journey to becoming an adult, so the fact that it’s nearing the end makes me rather excited. Until then, I’ll have to live my fashion aspirations through my painfully stylish man.

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Autumn Fashion Fix – The Cosmo Edit

Last weekend was an absolute privilege for me as I was invited by the lovely PR team at Highcross Leicester, to their latest Autumn Fashion Fix which was partnered with Cosmopolitan magazine.

Autumn Fashion Fix provides an opportunity for cities to experience the latest fashion trends coming to life before them, aiming to add some excitement to the often dreary, Autumn wardrobe. This year Autumn Fashion Fix paired up with Cosmopolitan magazine and their beautiful ‘Catwalk to curvy’ columnist, Laura Puddy who created an exclusive Cosmo edit for the fashion show, drawing the audience’s attention to 5 key trends of the season: Faux Fur, Tapestry Folk, Red, New Pastels and Metallics.

Faux Fur

This magical showcase blended faux fur with multiple textures creating bold layers. A breathtakingly beautiful cream faux fur jacket took centre-stage before a rather Impressive headpiece appeared. For this trend, think winter wonderland with a touch of glam, in order to create a truly striking ensemble. If you prefer to be more understated then faux fur doesn’t need to steal the limelight. Simply opt for more subtle colours or faux fur accessories such as a gilet or a quirky clutch bag. As a massive faux fur fan, this trend has to be my favourite – especially due to its love for animals!

Tapestry Folk

This trend took a leap back in time, skillfully blending a vintage feel with contemporary pieces. Materials played a key part within Tapestry Folk, providing rich colours and beautifully subtle tapestry-like prints. This trend is great for someone like me who doesn’t have the patience for meticulous outfit planning. Instead, prints can clash and silhouettes can break the boundaries. As long as the colours compliment one another, then you’re good to go. If you dare to bare those legs this winter, then protect them with a boldly coloured pair of tights. Dark purple works well with this trend in particular.

Red

From scarlet hues to deep berry tones, the red trend not only provided the audience with a massive ‘WOW’ factor, but it also gave hope for the dreary season that lies ahead, and the wardrobes that usually come with it. Models were dressed head-to-toe in brave shades of red, breaking up the ensembles with the occasional accessory, ensuring the focus revolved around the colour in question . If you deem yourself to be an outward thinking fashionista, then take the Red trend to the next level with an entire ensemble consisting of bold red pieces. Don’t worry if you prefer a minimalist look though, as one piece of red clothing is just enough to create a heavy impact. Go on, give it a go, I dare you!


New Pastels

Pastels don’t have to be reserved for the summers that we long for, instead, style this season is having a major shake up with the New Pastels trend. This elegant showcase remained clean cut with sophisticated and structured outlines, whilst fragments of femininity were injected through cute coats using a 60’s twist. This look is incredibly straight forward yet effective. All you need to do is make sure your pastel tones match the temperature outside – cool. In this instance footwear was kept subtle and streamlined, allowing the audience to get whirled away in the pastel dreamland.


Metallics

The Metallic trend provided us with the dark yet dazzling pieces that we expected for Autumn. Through multiple textures such as shimmering sequins, luscious leathers and reflective accessories, the audience was mesmerised by the display. The presentation which used blacks, golds and silvers gave off a real disco vibe, perfect for the months that lead up to Christmas (yes I said it!). Don’t be fooled by assuming that dark is dull in this case, because, it was the dark palette that stole the show with its chunky footwear and rock’n’roll energy. If you’re intimidated by the idea of a monotone ensemble then perhaps you’ll enjoy the silver metallics that have the ability to add a sparkle to any outfit. For this trend, say goodbye to girly-girl and hello to rock’n’roll.

The Experience

As soon as I entered, the atmosphere was incredible. Energetic house music filled the shopping centre as the audience eagerly awaited (myself included). As my first fashion show as a member of the press, I can definitely say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have come away with a lot to learn. The organisation and styling was amazing and I could not fault it. It’s safe to say that the ensembles definitely gave me some ideas for my winter wardrobe. Best of all, the Cosmopolitan goody bags went down an absolute treat. If I could, I would relive the entire experience again, so thank you to Leicester Highcross and Cosmpolitan magazine for providing me with this opportunity! Check out some of the pics below…

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Worn by one, inspired to all.

Photos courtesy of Highcross Leicester