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Christmas Issue 2011

Wearing THE NEWS

A unique answer to the question of “what is sustainable fashion?” This shoot by Peter Coulson doesn’t just involve the usual mix of clothing and skin, it also recycles newspapers, magazines and drinks cans into wearable art. Styled by Christina Chloe, models Paige and Elita wear collars, cuffs, lapels and bows constructed from recycled materials. It may not be your first choice for what to do with Seren, but oddly enough it works.

Fashion SPICE

Victoria Beckham won a top prize at the British Fashion Awards this week. The popstar-turned-fashionista broke down in tears as she collected the trophy for ‘Designer Brand Of The Year’, beating out the likes of Stella McCartney and Burberry. “I’m so sorry for crying. This is really rubbish of me,” she said whilst collecting her award. “I am so nervous, this means so much to me.” She also took the opportunity to thank her footballer husband David for his continued support. “Without David I wouldn’t have had the courage to do what I’m doing,” she gushed. The British Fashion Council explained Beckham’s win by saying, “She is her own customer and this insight has created a label with many loyal followers across the globe.” Despite losing out to Beckham in the category, McCartney went on to receive the award for ‘Best Red Carpet Designer’ from her friend Kate Hudson. ‘Designer Of The Year’ went to Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, who designed the dress for Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William in April.

Marni

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Just two weeks since their much-anticipated Versace for H&M collection hit stores (and quickly sold out) H&M have announced their next exciting designer collaboration. For SS12, the high-street retailer has hooked up with Italian label Marni to bring us a collection of womenswear, menswear and accessories, all influenced by the brand’s love of colour and print. Marni for H&M will land in 260 stores worldwide and online on March 8th 2012. Seren is a fan of the recent collabs with H&M. The Lanvin collection seems to be the best so far; Versace were a little too daring for us! What do you think of the H&M designer collabs? A great way to get affordable designer pieces on the high-street? Or is it too much of a good thing? Hit us up on @SerenBangor Twitter or Facebook http://www. facebook.com/Serenbangor

Burberry Fall 2011/12

LIBERATION

& RESTRAINT Fetish in Fashion As thematic trends dip in and out from season to season, one of the most fascinating things is seeing how different creative minds go about interpreting them. With a rookery of strict black and white outfits from various designers turning the fetishin-fashion trend from spiked and studded to Helmet Newton-esque, this season it’s all about the balance of liberation and restraint. A new take on the theme is brought to us by Alexander Mcqueen, with brilliant effect, to the gasping corsetry, structured forms, and leathermeets-lace ideals of fetish as fashion sees it right now. The fall looks from Sarah Burton for Mcqueen consisted of snug, figurefitting silhouettes, waists slimmed by wide belts, and domineering shoulders. Mermaid skirts with plays on zippers that become both decorative and constructive elements. Furs that run through the collection, conferring luxury and primitive regality but sensually softening the couture precision of the silhouette. Bustiers in painted and reassembled porcelain jugs, and long princesslike gowns in

raw-edged organza. Dresses with subtle bodices that bloom into corolla skirts in beehive organza. However, all eyes were on the kink that graced the catwalk. Leather belts and S&M style chest cups. Looks resembled gimp outfits, that most girls would say no to wearing, embellished with sexy studs and paired with knee length leather shoes. I Can’t really see these looks going down too well in Academi or Octagon. Somewhere else that fetish can be seen in fashion is in Rihanna’s outfits; daring, and not the most practical examples of how to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. Instead, look to mix in on-trend accessories like super high, spikestudded heels or studded belts – these can give a fetish edge to pretty much any outfit. How to kink up: For clothing, look for straps, exposed zips, chains, bondage and body con pieces, and leathers. The defining feature of the trend right now is that it should be feminine; avoid looking like a complete dominatrix by bringing in elements of softness and contrasting hard edges with delicate details. Kaden Wild

Seren - 221 - 2011/12 - December Issue  

This is the December 2011/12 issue of Seren, Bangor Univeristy's English Language Newspaper. Produced by students for students.