Always smoking

“He strains too hard to convince the world he is hand-and-hand and eye-to-eye with the very young” was New York Times writer Gloria Emerson’s biting critique of Yves Saint Laurent’s “Pop Art” collection of 1966. The pop art Warhol dresses, called “lumpy” at the time, are now fully recognised as an iconic fusion of art […]

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“Each body is ready!”

In many ways the ideal of the bikini body is like the Gold standard of currency. Many people carry an intimation of this value, though it doesn’t look quite the same and society doesn’t deem it to be the same standard as the reserves. Whilst the idea of a stock of females with the perfect […]

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The university packing list

After all of the stress, you’ve made it. The exams are done, the results good; your parents have gushingly informed every relative, neighbour and passing cat that you’ve got into Oxford; the dreaded bureaucracy of Student Finance has been appeased, and you’ve (mostly) overcome the post-results-night hangover. Plain sailing from here right? Wrong. And no, […]

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Wearing your heart on your sleeve

In an industry notorious for its ignorance towards several different ethical problems, Katharine Hamnett’s name stands loudly and proudly apart from that of the typical designer, whose main concern is selling vast swathes of garments. Beginning in the early 1980s, Hamnett’s somewhat unorthodox approach to political activism skyrocketed her to fame; as the creator of […]

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My music style icon

Music and fashion have a long history of influencing each other. When one thinks back on the defining fashions of a decade, they are more often than not tied to the music which was being listened to. From punk to mods, grunge to New Romantics, what you listen to and what you wear are intrinsically […]

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Bring the house down

House music has increased in popularity in recent years and is particularly big among university students across the country. It differs to other music in the sense that a whole night, in a certain club, will be deemed a ‘house night’, specifically catering for the tastes of the group of people in attendance. In this […]

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What to wear to the Oxford Union

Known primarily for shady elections and its ability to generate national news, The Oxford Union is also, surprisingly, host to one or two fashion-lovers, and I don’t just mean visits from Roberto Cavalli. The range in dress sense is certainly… interesting, to say the least. Navigating your way through the different style squadrons can be […]

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We’re onto a real winner

The line between designer and sportswear has become increasingly blurred.  Neon trainers and bomber jackets are swamping the Spring/Summer’14 collections and it has become clear that sportswear is no longer just for working out.  It has become more elegant and chic, creating a luxe sport trend which many designers have embraced.  It’s all about the […]

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Necklines and nectarines

Marguerite Patten was one of the first ever TV chefs, showing thousands of Brits the vital role of women on the home front during World War Two. Rationing applied to both food and fashion – fabric was economized in printed day dresses. Fanny Cradock’s flamboyant, glamorous and eccentric style dominated through the seventies. In a […]

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