The Victoria’s Secret fashion show: a dangerous fixation?

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show is a ‘throwback’ of sorts to couture extravaganza; the sets and the costumes worn by the models are opulent, to say the least. The creative directors slave over the process for the entire year preceding the show. Their labour includes picking section themes for the show and, of course, designing […]

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Oxford interviews: a guide for the perplexed

As the drag of Michaelmas term finally comes to an end, the Oxford hub becomes the scene for another group of students – the eager interviewees. In smart attire, freshly polished shoes, looking as academic as they will ever be, these dressed-to-impress newbies flood into Oxford with a mixed bag of nerves and excitement. To […]

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Oxford’s Shark Tales enters shark-infested waters?

Another summer, another round of training contract applications. Such is the beauty of life for an Oxford law student. No sooner has the last post-bop hangover of the academic year subsided are lectures, tutorials and essays traded in for vac schemes, psychometric tests and interviews. Friends of mine, fizzing with intellectual and extra-curricular achievements and […]

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Behind the mask of Freshers’ Week fancy dress themes

Before all of you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshlings descend upon Oxford for Freshers’ Week, what to wear to the inevitable plethora of club nights will no doubt be at the forefront of your mind.  Advice from fresher veterans of yesteryear will be ringing in your ears: ‘wear comfy shoes’, ‘only wear, or take out, items […]

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FRESHERS’ WEEK: How to decorate your new student room

It’s the first day of Freshers’ Week. Among the many things you’re presented with, baffled and bewildered, is your home for the next academic year.  As you stand alone, surrounded by your luggage, your otherwise empty room is a blank canvas awaiting your inspiration.  Whether your room will act as a safe haven from the hectic […]

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FRESHERS’ WEEK: The ultimate university shopping list part 2!

Earlier this month, the fashion editors at The Oxford Student presented you with their Ultimate University Shopping List. It was a bold and brilliant selection preparing you (the best and brightest!) for the start of term. However, we noticed a one-sidedness to the items put forward. While their tips will be great for guys come […]

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A/W13: Falling head over heels for fall fashions

We all know that the heat of the summer months is the seasonal prime time for showing off. Fashion magazines obsess over celebrity Instagram updates featuring starlets in cut-out swimsuits and floppy hats, while Facebook is awash with images of our absent friends in maxi-dresses or Hawaiian shirts sunning themselves on far-off shores. We all […]

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FRESHERS’ WEEK: The ultimate university shopping list!

So, you’ve made it into Oxford University. Congratulations. You are the intellectual crème de la crème, the apple of your parents’ adoring eyes, the – dare we say it? – favoured child (for now, at least). For your information and enjoyment, here is The Oxford Student’s ultimate university shopping list accompanied with our tried and tested fashion […]

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‘Lads’ Mags’, modesty bags and the naked truth about fashion

The current debate raging in the British media on the proposed ‘censorship’ of Lads’ Mags in high street supermarkets such as the Co-operative raises important questions about fashion publications directed at women.  As the Lose The Lads’ Mags campaign initiated by the groups UK Feminista and Object notes, the sexualised images that colour the pages in […]

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Robin Thicke’s unrated ‘Blurred Lines’ blurs boundaries

Since its release in the spring, the ‘unrated’ version of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ (for the full music video, see below) has attracted a lot of attention. But I think it’s high time everyone stopped banging on about the men in the video. I find the public focus on their well-cut, moderately edgy suits – not […]

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SUMMER 2013 TREND ALERT: denim dungarees

This summer, the list of dungaree converts reads like a who’s who of the A-List fashion world. From Rihanna’s denim dungarees and black mesh bra combo to Daisy Lowe’s cut-off take on the trend, Alexa Chung’s flirty and feminine dungaree dress to Cressida Bonas’ distressed, rolled-up pair, everyone who’s anyone has been embracing the archetypal […]

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G-strings to mankinis: the most iconic summer bikinis

As holidaymakers all over the world head to the beach frantically stuffing come hither bikinis, swimsuits, speedos and various other questionable species of swimwear into suitcases, let’s take a look back at the most iconic summer bikinis from throughout history. As the mercury in the thermometer rises, even the smallest thread of material can feel […]

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