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A message from the team KAOS is a charitable society which stands for Kids Action Over Seas, we fundraise throughout the year for children’s orphanages. There are several other universities across the UK which also have KAOS societies but ours at UEA has always supported an orphanage in Kenya called New Hope Children’s Centre. However as UEA KAOS grows and gains more support we have managed to begin to be able to help several new children’s charities, including; New Hope Children’s Centre in Cambodia and Khandle Light Charity. We are in communication with the orphanages throughout the year

and once we have a grand total raised we can send that money overseas to go towards necessary developments. For example, some of the money raised from last year went towards buying new mattresses for all the children and two new fridges. The year before that the money was used to build a new toilet and shower block. Our biggest fundraiser throughout the year is the KAOS Fashion Show, last year we raised nearly £2,500 in total and we’re hoping this year will be an even bigger success! One of the things that we think makes KAOS Fashion Show such a great event is not only the great cause

it supports, but also the fact that it is completely organised and supported by UEA students. All the models, shop liaisons, back stage help and performers are from UEA so it is a great way to showcase the talent that UEA has. All of the clothes featured in the show are generously lent to us from various shops on the Norwich high street including French Connection, New Look, Gap and Ann Summers and so many more. Organising and participating in the KAOS Fashion Show has been so much fun, it’s a great event which supports an amazing cause! Jaya Cooper


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The mood for the Ann Summers catwalk was set as the Fifty Shades remix of Crazy in Love played out, creating a sultry atmosphere. On show were some fabulous camis with sheer black mesh side panels and bright silk inserts in teals and pinks. There was also a gorgeous array of suspender belts worn with sheer thigh high stockings. The models showcased a fabulous range of matching lingerie sets in nude and blush coloured silk with bold lace detailing and black piping work on the seams. Another key shade on show was, of course, red. The bold crimson shade was seen on everything from cute matching sets to the high impact, high-waisted suspender belts. The hue could also be seen in the form of some beautifully sculptured halter neck corsets with mesh panelling at the front and delicate bow detailing. Ann Summers also displayed a fantastic range of sophisticated short, black nightgowns. There were two mains styles of gown, one with flirty flared sleeves and a black faux fur trim all around for added glamour. There was also an understated alternative which was semi-sheer and had simple sophisticated lace detailing. All of the models wore black heels and were styled with softly curled hair and understated smoky eyes. Katie Wadsworth

nEW look & nEW loOK sWIMWEAR

Throughout the swimwear there was the overarching theme that no matter your style or size there would be something for you. Bright colours and delicate patterns could be seen throughout the range alongside black swimwear, less associated with summer traditionally. Meshing appeared on the structured black swimsuits and the black bikinis had cut out sections to give them a modern look. Flounce style bandeaus, structured halter necks and both high and low rise bottoms means there is bound to be a bikini that flatters you. The bright contrast halter bikini echoes the style of the popular Triangle bikinis and will make you stand out by the pool. Continuing the theme of something for everyone, the floral print playsuit is another piece that is perfect whether you are by the pool or going out for a spot of lunch. Charlotte Hales

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The collection was full of transitional pieces that would keep you warm in the current weather but would also work throughout spring. The classic women’s camel coat would suit all body types and the neutral colour will pair well with winter and summer wardrobes. Their stylish leather bomber is perfect for staying on trend whilst investing in a piece that will go with any outfit, all year round.


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rETREAT VINTAGE Retreat Vintage chose Amy Winehouse’s cover of Valerie to play over their section of the show. It’s appropriate given that she’s the one who owned the look the brand is going for. Based on Magdalen Street in Norwich, Retreat Vintage try and disassociate themselves from the of-the-moment vintage craze terrorising your home. They’re “more punk than Cath Kidston” but who isn’t? Besides, punk isn’t what they’re doing here. There was a strong sense of 50s America with the suede cowboy jacket, tassels aplenty, paired with ripped jeans which might make him a little useless on a ranch. The second guy looked effortless, a velvet burgundy blazer over a cream shirt with embroidered flowers on it. He wouldn’t have been out of place in a dancehall, casually jitterbugging the evening away. Jumping back to 60s England there were beehives almost as big as Amy Winehouse’s (well done, whoever did the hair). Retreat Vintage did well to make their models look like they’d just stepped out of the Cavern Club. The dresses were full of colour and vibrancy, adding a much needed hit of hip to the show overall. Adam Dawson

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If you say things like “this one time when I was in Borneo” then East is the one for you. It’s strongly influenced by eastern fashion, hence the name, and began life in Jaipur. Since then, it’s become a high street mainstay. Walking to a song by The Gossip, the clothes made the models look like they’d all just come back from their gap year and were desperate to get you to ask about it. The clothes are baggy, saari-esque, and very feminine. The prints are borrowed from their eastern influences, as is the loose hanging and opaque material the clothes are made from. The detail is where East really comes into its own, be it a thick necklace, or a pair of earrings that hit the shoulder. If they aren’t using these, then it’s a scarf. It’s also a game of contrasts for them as black and white, pink and silver make notable highlights. Again it’s the trim which really enhance these clothes, the little touches of detail like a sort of sea shell print on a cardigan. It’s rather conservative and most likely meant for people a little older than the models who were wearing it, but it does the job.

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Set to a chilled soundtrack, Fat Face’s collection featured muted tones of blues, tans and creams creating a boho, chilled vibe. Statement pieces included green parka jackets, fabulous long navy chunky knit cardigans and blue floral blazers. The blue theme was carried through to many of the other outfits, with a cute blue lace dress taking centre stage. It’s flattering straight lines and nipped in waist paired with tan boots producing a chic yet laid back look. Tan accessories were a huge influence upon this collection from classy sleek bags to ankle boots, Fat Face really stood out from the other brands with its distinctive style. A statement scarf in shades of brown and red over a navy chunky knit sweater was definately a winning look, as was a cream knit sweater paired with jeans and brown boots. Models also sported Fat Face’s traditional hoodies and tailored shirts accessorised with a khaki rucksack giving a cool and casual feel. Fat Face’s collection was relaxed, effortless and showed us how to do boho chic to a T! Helena Urquhart

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A staple to the KAOS Fashion Show, the Gap outfits chosen by the models very much met the brand’s distinctly neutral and classic style, in fact they were so distinct that I reckon they could have been spotted a mile away. The smart casual ensembles featured the expected presence of denim as well as other preppy chic items such as cropped trench coats and brown leather Oxfords, most fitting within the prescribed neutral palette. The collection had a wide variety of looks featured from simple jeans and t-shirt ensembles to dress and heel combinations. One of the most defining looks from the Gap collection, however, had to be what they are best known for, a simple outfit with an added pop of personality through the choice of jacket or shoe etc. Strutting their stuff down the runway, the models were clearly having a ball at the charity event and were really doing Gap and the KAOS charity proud. They walked with equal amounts of confidence and sass and this really shone through in how they looked in their clothes. All in all a real treat to watch made all the more better by the fact it’s for a good cause. Leah Omonya

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LOVE FROM MATTE

Teamed with a pair of jeans or Levi’s shorts were the incredibly artistic t-shirts from student-run brand Love From Matte. The collection is the epitome of urban style combining tattoo art and music, creating a unique alternative to the forever popular ‘slogan tees’. The designs were undoubtedly produced by a designer with an artistic flare as they were incredibly intricate. For example, the white t-shirt embellished with a floral design was a definite favourite amongst the audience. The brand’s attention to detail transformed the t-shirts from a piece of casual jersey wear into canvases showcasing masterpieces. Love From Matte not only consisted of t-shirts but sweatshirts were also part of the collection. The looks were subtle and understated yet they were impacting at the same time, a clear example of how less is most definitely more. Simplicity is key when it comes to Love From Matte as it allows the amazing designs to take centre stage, as they rightly deserve, creating a look that is completely effortless and undeniably cool. Gemma Carter

A chat with matt What was it that inspired you to create Love From Matte? I’ve always been a massive fan of tattoo art, music and getting ideas out of my head on to some form of canvas. My friends like to say that I’m just scared of the commitment of a real tattoo so I decided to put them onto shirts instead. I’ve being doing graphic design since I was 16 and naturally I’ve put this to use by developing my clothing line instead. Anything I see around me can prompt inspiration which I’ll mock up various ideas and then decide whether to go in to production. Plus, it’s always worth it when you see someone else wear it!

How would you sum up the brand to our

readers? A mix of tattoo art and music inspirations. Throw in some street art and urban wear and you’re pretty much there. It’s not always coherent but I’ve always produced what I’ve wanted to wear and love. It’s good to know some other people do too.

now I’m developing my own pair of wireless in-ear earphones for launch in the upcoming months. So get one of the last few t-shirts whilst you still can, and keep a look out for my earphones launch too. If anyone is interested in buying a t-shirt then message the Love From Matte Facebook page.

What are your aspirations

What’s your favourite

for the range after you

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graduate?

shown at KAOS?

I’m currently reducing the line and selling off the limited pieces that are left. I’ve never wanted to do a reprint, even though people ask, as so many other ideas come to mind that I want to develop. After I graduate I’ll sadly be discontinuing the brand as I’m currently involved with other businesses. Right

The whole show was incredible this year and it was great to have a few extra independent brands and other student entrepreneurs. I absolutely loved the African Caribbean Society’s range they showed off from London, I need one of those jumpers for sure! Gemma Carter


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Cultural fusion invaded the LCR at KAOS, as East-meetsWest student brand SAN*Ni owned the stage. Whilst the lavish prints stayed loyal to their Pakistani origins, the jet black tux emerging from under the draped terracotta fabric in one look showcased a crossing of borders. The prints themselves exhibited many elements of Eastern culture, from the clashing of colours to the abundance of shimmering material. Glitter-embellished floating textiles in blues and blacks, layered to perfection into scoop-backs, skirts and saris seemed a popular design as the models glided down the runway. Whilst levels of sophistication ran high throughout the line, there was also a distinct playfulness in the clothing; rainbow-bordered dresses combined with green polka dot trousers served as a reminder that fashion is meant to be fun, reinforced by the amazing Eastern-style dancing performed by the models. SAN*Ni was introduced as a Pakistani-inspired look with the aim of comfort as well as classic Eastern beauty. There is no doubt that the designers have achieved just that; presenting us with styles from tuxedos and elegant saris to leggings paired with shiftlike tops, which evidently allow you to dance fabulously along a runway. Lizz Gowens

sPEAKING with sHahmir SAN*NI How would you sum up the brand? SAN*Ni is a contemporary mix of Eastern and Western wear. All the outfits are haute couture and made of the same materials that luxury brands use. Every outfit is hand-made and given the utmost love and passion and is stitched by tailors that use century-old techniques and equipment from the subcontinent. Every part of the process is given attention by myself, no material is bought online, everything is handpicked and taken through a vigorous quality test.

Where does your style inspiration come from? Most of it comes from Pakistani, Indian and European designers. However a huge influence has been student designers that put their work online that get very little attention. A lot of the

time I send them a sketch of a design to see if they notice how their work has inspired me. Usually they don’t see the resemblance, but for me it’s less about the aesthetic resemblance and more about the feeling an outfit gives, the energy it creates.

What are your favourite pieces from the collection? None. All of them are given equal attention. I don’t get a design made if it isn’t instantly my favourite - it has to be a favourite to be made into a piece.

What are your aspirations for the brand? Sure, NY/London fashion weeks would be a definite answer. But despite my love for what the industry creates, I have

little respect for the industry itself, and that’s primarily to do with the way it attracts its consumers. I have Chinese, African, Pakistani and English models equally represent my clothes. In the fashion world, you will have one black female out of 60 caucasian models, and South Asians aren’t even represented, ever. The fashion greats have actively chosen to not change the industry to be more accepting of beauty that isn’t ‘European’.

What’s coming up next for you? I’ll make sure I continue doing what I am doing now: making beautiful, premium luxury pieces and having them represented by all types of ‘beauty’ European, African, East Asian, Subcontinental and everything located in between. I’d hope to ‘revolutionise’ the fashion world. So to speak. Helena Urquhart


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Spring always feels like the right time for French Connection. Their glitzy daytime glamour ethic goes hand-in-hand with breezy, warmer days and the propensity to show a little more leg. So while we’re more focussed on which Greek island will have the best tan potential for the summer (and deadlines or something), FCUK makes dressing for now effortless with an array of waist-cinching dresses to throw on each morning. As seen on the KAOS catwalk, teamed with a sleek ponytail and a vampish purple lip, the feminine silhouettes maintain their modern edge. It’s safe to say the brand have conserved the go-to pastels for the season, a washed denim blue and ecru never go amiss. A few key pieces in hot pink rival Barbie’s dreamhouse and keep the look from steering too far gone into Downton daintiness. But if the thought of straying from your trusty tights is making you duvet-crave, FCUK showcased a lust-worthy mac in midnight blue, the perfect throw-over to any of the dresses and a healthy adjustment from the classic shade of Burberry honey (not to mention way more affordable). Whilst other high street staples kill for a ditzy floral this time of year, FCUK have opted for graphic prints to polish off an edgy springtime vibe. Imogen Orchard

Blakely Clothing Co. showcased their east coast roots with a nautical style at this year’s KAOS Fashion Show. Not only did they feature the classic blue and white stripped tee, but they put a new stamp on the nautical look, bringing in deep navy and burgundy tones. This was a refreshing break from the usual bright blues and reds we see over beach season, and the altogether more muted look is suitable for all year round. The stand out item was definitely the cropped jumper from the range. Emblazoned with the Blakley Clothing Co. logo, it fell perfectly on the model’s hip bones, just showing her belly button. At KAOS we saw it paired with low rise jeans (perfect for spring when the weather starts to heat up) but it would also look great with high-waisted shorts as a cover up on a warm summer evening. The Luna tee (with the pattern of the night sky) was the perfect take on the astronomical look that we’ve seen a lot of over the past few months. All the looks we saw were easy to wear without looking lazy, the perfect casual look for someone with style. Victoria Maitland

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