04 INTRODUCTION URENNA OKONKWO
06 RISE OF THE TIGHTENS NINA VAN - VOLKINBUR Throw those leggings out and opt for jeans! Exestyle discusses why leggings aren’t for everyone, and why.
07 FASHION IN...MOTION ARMITA PAL Colorful, wild, and totally out of this world: what else could it be but a Meadham Kirchoff fashion show? Read our ExeStyle reflections on the show here.
11 FREAK CHIC PHOTOSHOOT EXETER FASHION SOCIETY
Have a look at what the Exeter Fashion Society has been up so far!
14 EXETER’S MOST STYLISH STUDENTS EXETER FASHION SOCIETY
24 TOPKAT AMRITA PAL Fashion is moving towards the promising future of more designer collaborations and ExeStyle is here to tell you all about it.
14 FIGHTING THE BLUES KATHERINE GIDDINS
08 FASHION IN...TV LOWELLYN KANON
How do our daily fashion choices affect our emotions, and shape our sense of identity?
There’s more to television shows than plot. Here we look at Olivia Pope’s wardrobe from the popular television series, “Scandal”.
26 THE SPOTTED PANEL LOWELLYN KANON Check out the coolest fashionistas in Exeter!
09 FASHION IN...MUSIC LOWELLYN KANON How do the two industries of music and fashion correlate?
v i c e p r e s i d e n t : lo w e l ly n k a n o n t r e a s u r e r : d a n d a d g o s ta r
s o c i a l s e c r e ta ry : r a c h e l ta n s e c r e ta ry : h a n n a h a l lc o c k
publicity and marketing: shumi kadir
graphic designer: cherrie kwok
The Fashion Society Team WORDS: URENNA OKONKWO
Who are we?
The Fashion Society was established in 2012 as a platform to unite people of all creative walks of life, be it fashion design, journalism, art, photography, graphic design and so much more. We pride ourselves in being the only society on campus that is able to showcase these talents all at once.
What do we do?
We hold a variety of events and activities for our members including socials, photo shoots, workshops, trips and our main event for the year, our Spring/Summer 2014 charity fashion show in support of the Meet Kate Foundation. Not only do we celebrate the talents of our members, we also promote those of local brands and designers. Our fashion show, especially, will help showcase the works of fashion brands in and around Exeter.
...Finally, the magazine
With all this being said, the idea of starting up a fashion magazine came naturally to us. We wanted something tangible that our members and contributors could use to display their creativity and o r i g i n a l i t y. Fashion is very diverse and comes in many forms and this magazine will embrace that by exploring how it affects us in ways we didnâ€™t even think of. As a student oriented magazine, we want to try and remove the stigma that the world of fashion is limited to the Armanis and the Zanottis, or is reserved strictly for the elite. In line with our bold beginnings theme, we bring you a student fashion magazine like no other...
RISE OF THE TIGHTENS What Not to Wear
It is never okay to wear leggings as trousers - nor is it even forgivable if you ever thought about substituting trousers with tights. Based on the amount of women I see sporting this look everyday in town and on campus, I feel that it is essential (especially in Exeter) to explain why this fashion faux-pas is an utterly tasteless and tacky disaster. Take my advice: it’s for your own good. First of all, size matters. We all come in different shapes, different heights, different structures, and no one looks flattering in skin tight cheap polyester. When it comes to size, it is essential to base your wardrobe around your body. For example: a gorgeous knee-length body con dress,worn by a woman with curves, will always look 100% better than a woman with a “size zero”. Maxi dresses should only be worn on women who surpass a certain height. Skinny jeans can only cover long, slender, toned legs. Why do you think there are more than 50 different jean styles? A tight pencil skirt looks fabulous only on women with an impressive derriere. I could go on - but please take advantage of the infinite clothing spectrum provided by the fashion industry. This leads to my point that no matter what size or shape you are, leggings will not do you justice. The truth of the matter is, leggings make your legs look like air-sealed sausages. You look like someone who forgot to wear a skirt. No one wants to see the outline of your thong. No one wants to see uncontrollable jiggling on their way to town. And I certainly don’t want to see every nook and cranny below the waist. It’s inconsiderate to the person walking behind you. They are not flattering. They are not attractive and you basically come across as a slob who is either too lazy to put on decent clothing, too ignorant to realize what looks good on your own body, or too impressionable by following a failing trend (hey there, scrunchies!) and show the world your best self (not your worst). Gisele can’t wear them, Cara can’t pull it off, and neither can you. Think before you wear! wear something that makes you beautiful
wear something that
makes you feel BEAUTIFUL
FASHION IN...Motion Meadham Kirchhoff Runway Shows WORDS: ARMITA PAL One thing you know you can be sure of when you ﬁnd yourself in the front row of a Meadham Kirchhoff runway show is that you are about to be thrown deep into some exciting imaginary world where colour meets music and beauty meets distortion.
looked childlike and angelic in the abundance of pastel coloured furs and an array of candy coloured dresses together with knee high socks and Little Bo Peep-esque blonde wigs. With colourfully painted faces and gloved arms lavished with rings and bangles, were as if a little girl had gone crazy with excitement at her Originally known for their menswear label, Edward Meadham itmother’s dressing table, piling on all the makeup and jewellery and Benjamin Kirchhoff are most famously distinguished for she could lay her hands on. Yet this image was interlaced with their eccentric womthe seductively ﬁery enswear collections. red hair and provocaSlowly their style has tive black lace dresses transitioned from of some veiled models gothic lace and tailorthat pervaded the ining to what is now an nocence with a look of electrifying profusion a ghostly widow. of colour bursting at the seams with draThe youth and quirkimatic prints and fabness of the outﬁts was rics. Yet they have in also persistently juxtano way left their old posed by the sinister selves behind. Outside tones in the music that the Raphael Gallery acted as a backdrop to where the show was to the show. The models take place, there stood stared into audience as a sign of warning statthey walked as if struck ing that the show “conby some sort of trance, haunted by the eerie notes of that played tains an image of subversive nature”. This was clearly mentioned alongside them. This was then ﬂipped almost entirely on its head in anticipation of the demonic face that looked as if it were from as the show ended on Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’. What is more, the The Exorcist that would appear further along in the show, yet the display that originally portrayed illustrations of whimsical caridea of subverting expectations was a consistent phenomenon toons of woodland creatures began to transform into a more throughout. Ironically, this subversion of norms was exactly what sinister display of demonic faces adding another dimension to to expect from the designer duo’s creative minds. It is safe to the event. say that Meadham Kirchhoff put on a show like no other. It in no way conformed to the archetypal runway show we are all so very The show was inspiring. Meadham Kirchhoff’s experimental creused to. ativity brings a whole new light to the world of fashion. Fashion does not just have to be about clothes and coordination. MeadAt last the lights went down, chatter turned to whispers and ham and Kirchhoff have both shown us that fashion incorporates whispers eventually quelled to a silence in anticipation of the not only clothing, but colour, art, music and the audacity to subshow. An explosion of lights broke out from behind the set. The vert expectations, emanating an attitude of absolute fearlessentire show was a paradoxical concoction of images. The models ness. 7
FASHION IN...TV Olivia Pope’s wardrobe in hit series “Scandal” WORDS: LOWELLYN KANON
This term’s ‘Fashion in Television’ focuses on the wonderful Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in the TV show Scandal.
Scandal! Everyone has seen it, or at least you’ve all been thinking about seeing it (and I would suggest you get on it with it, if all of the above hasn’t been done yet). For those of you who know the main character, Olivia Pope (actress Kerry Washington), i am sure that her smart, elegant and limited coloured dress sense has come to your attention (we can’t help but be intrigued). Who could contest her Fashion maven status? Olivia Pope limits her wardrobe to countless pairs of trousers and sticks to her whites, grays, beige, black and pale pastels. So how does she manage to look so versatile yet so stylish all the time? I wonder the same thing to be honest. Her costume designer, Lyn Paolo, decided to make Kerry Washington literally and ﬁguratively wear the pants. However, the clothes being tailored in a body conscious way, allowed the feminine side of Kerry to outshine the rest. The colour palette she is being limited to keeps her more approachable, soft and caring. 8
WHEN FASHION MEETS MUSIC...
FASHION x MUSIC From Iggy Azalea to Miley Cyrus WORDS: LOWELLYN KANON
at the 2013’s UK Music Video Awards for Best styling video, the Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, has proven herself to be one of a kind. More than just a simple female rapper stunting with jewellery and with a jargon of ﬂoss to ’spit out’, Iggy combines her blonde hair and her ‘Gwen Stefani’ swagger and puts herself out there. It is not given to all female artists, to pull off an ‘in your face’ image, but Iggy proves us wrong. Taking a ride through the fashion world, Iggy drives us crazy going from American Apparel to Roberto Cavalli and exceeding the scale of stunning every single time. Maybe other young girls in the industry should follow her example? Good things don’t always happen when Fashion and music unite. If only some could stay young forever, right? Leaving the goofy ‘Hannah Montana’ Character that’s made her who she is now, Miley Cyrus has locked away the sweet teen and turned into a sexpot. From ‘Party in the USA’ to her recent Album ‘Bangerz’ , Miley managed to ditch her good-girl image and opted for a more edgy, daring and provocative look. Her range of music changed and so did her fashion choices, becoming more “attention seeking”. She even traded her gleaming beam for an 10
insuppressible show of tongue. ‘In-Your-Face’ is Miley’s new deﬁnition of appealing. Can we talk about another good girl gone bad? Or just a girl making all the effort possible to shed her Hannah Montana Persona?
People always wonder whether or not opposites really attract. Thinking about it, it would be foolish to say that water and oil make a good mix, or that a princess and a frog would make an accomplished couple. But once love strikes your way, all these options are tossed aside. Who would have thought that the elegant fashion model, Chanel Iman and the iconic ‘swagged up’ rapper Rakim Mayers, commonly known as “A$AP Rocky” would be inseparable? Sharing a different taste in fashion, classy vs chilled, is one thing; But sharing the same passion for fashion is another one, allowing them to have more than a LOT in common.The couple have been spotted together at the MTV Video Music Awards and during New York Fashion Week, where Victoria Secret’s “Angel” showed her man her true ‘ride or die’ spirit when she was seen wearing some of his clothes.
E X E T E R FASHION SOCIETY
The Freak-Chic Photoshoot p h o t o g r a p h e r : c h a r l e s i i i lo n d o n stylist: shumi kadir
h a i r : h a n n a h a l lc o c k
models: robyn andrews
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E X E T E R ’ S MOST STYLISH STUDENTS
Vest, H&M Dungarees, Small Boutique Jacket, as before
TOPKAT A new age of designer fashion is dawning. It was announced last year that Kate Moss would be returning to Topshop once more to collaborate on yet another collection. Despite conﬁdently conﬁrming that the previous collection she designed for the highstreet store would be her last, she has come back for more, and boy is it an exciting prospect. Kate Moss has been a ubiquitous face within the fashion industry over the last year (and of course the last few decades) from being announced as a Creative Director for B r i t i s h Vo g u e t o winning a Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards 2013 and not to fo r g e t M o s s a s s h e donned a pair of bunny ears posing for her f e a t u r e i n t h e 6 0th
anticipation over what she is going it throw at us next. Over the years we have seen many famous names collaborating with some of our muchloved high street b r a n d s, g i v i n g t h e sought after garment the even more desperately sought after designer label. In November 2013 we saw Isabel Marant’s collection for H&M sell out within hours online, causing the website to crash several times, eventually forcing them to implement a virtual queuing system. On top of this, many of the London stores were greeted with endless q uWORDS: e u e s o f AMRITA excited shoppers who had arrived early just to secure their piece from the collection. What is more, last year Topshop collaborated with the likes of Meadham Kirchhoff and Kate Bosworth, showcasing not only a partnership between two big fashion names but also
incorporating the Hollywood glamour of the A-list. With this new trend of designer collaborations, is it safe to say that one-day a large array of high-end designer wear will be a tangible reality within the reach of student budgets? The illustrious Swedish high street store, H&M, has seen t h e l i ke s o f S t e l l a McCartney, Reberto Cavalli, Lanvin and Versace gracing its c o l l e c t i o n s. T h e s e collaborations began in 2004 with a collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself that was only released in select stores making it PAL highly exclusive. These partnerships appeared with a bang and have been growing stronger and more popular ever since. Excitement over Kate Moss next collection for Topshop, set to be released this year, is already high. 24Over the last seven years, Kate Moss has designed numerous
“A new age of designer fashion is dawning.”
anniversary edition of Playboy. However, her return to design has left us all in eager
collections and plentiful pieces for Topshop. In what was thought to be her last collection for the store in 2010, she even rereleased some of
It was announced last year that Kate Moss would be returning
Moss next collection for Topshop, set to be released this year, is to Topshop once more to collaborate on yet another collection. already high. Despite confidently confirming that the previous collection she designed for the high- street store would be her last, she has Over the last seven years, Kate Moss has designed numerous come back for more, and boy is it an exciting prospect. Kate collections for Topshop. In what was thought to be her last colMoss has been a ubiquitous face within the fashion industry lection for the store in 2010, she even rereleased some of her from being announced as a Creative Director for British Vogue best sellers from over the years. Her debut collection for the to winning a Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion high-street label saw a runway of black, flowing silhouettes radiating a feel of 1920s glitz and glamour. Awards 2013 and not to forget Moss as The fashion innovator that she is, she she donned a pair of bunny ears posing advertised her own collection by posing for her feature in the 60th anniversary in the windows of the Topshop flagship edition of Playboy. However, her return to in Oxford Circus, rousing much excitedesign has left us all in eager anticipament amongst her keen fans. Since then, tion over what she is going it throw at her collections have continued to evoke us next. a vintage-inspired feel.
Over the years we have seen many famous names collaborating with some of our much- loved high street brands, giving the sought after garment the even more desperately sought after designer label. In November 2013 we saw Isabel Marant’s collection for H&M sell out within hours online, causing the website to crash several times. On top of this, many of the London stores were greeted with endless queues of excited shoppers who had arrived early just to secure their piece from the collection. What is more, last year Topshop collaborated with the likes of Meadham Kirchhoff and Kate Bosworth, showcasing not only a partnership between two big fashion names but also incorporating the Hollywood glamour of the A-list. With this new trend of designer collaborations, is it safe to say that one-day a large array of high-end designer wear will be a tangible reality within the reach of student budgets?
The model has also on numerous occasions returned to her very own wardrobe for inspiration adding her own personal touches to her garments; this just creates an added level of individuality to her collection – it is stamped with Kate Moss’ individual style, a style the world wants to replicate.
Celebrity and designer collaborations are evidently significant contributors to the sudden surge of the popularity of a high street chain; the enthusiasm at the sound of such an alliance is always palpable amongst the fashion world. In the majority of cases, it is likely that you will not come across another owner of the piece you have acquired; something we unfortunately yet inevitably see all the time with popular high- street stores. There are always and will always be a lot more people wearing the exact same piece as you. That is one of the things that is just so exciting about these deThe illustrious Swedish high street store, signer collaborations – and of course a H&M, has seen the likes of Stella McCareason as to why shoppers are always rtney, Reberto Cavalli, Lanvin and Versace clawing at each other (gracefully, of gracing its collections. These collabocourse. What are we, animals?) to get rations began in 2004 with a collection WORDS: AMRITA PAL their hands on a designer label made designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself that affordable by these designer collaborawas only released in select stores making it highly exclusive. tions. It is that the product you buy feels like a one-off, and it These partnerships appeared with a bang and have been growing stronger and more popular ever since. Excitement over Kate feels that little bit more special.
by Lowellyn Kanon
THE SPOTTED PANEL We Call it FFF! Fashion Fridays in the Forum. On fridays, the Fashion Society is hunting hard for the hottest looks on campus. […] And this term we are delighted to share our top ten best spotted pictures with you.
by Lowellyn Kanon
“Style hunters”… That’s what we call ourselves. From classy to chilled looking outﬁts, we believe that anyone has their time of the week where they want to show that they can pull-off a little bit of ‘swag’ too. So as a society, on Friday’s, we manage to spot that wave of style all around campus. When we approach people, they often get ﬂattered. However, it doesn’t mean that other times some don’t just walk straight passed us. TRUST ME. We are NOT a bunch of stalkers looking too closely at you. Anyway…that is not the point. We started ‘Fashion Friday in the Forum’ because we wanted to encourage people to come to campus looking hot and expecting to have their pictures taken. So when you see us don’t be shy… just look out for the Fashion society’s Camera… because YOU may get spotted ;)
FIGHTING THE B L U E S ...W I T H THE REDS WORDS: KATHERINE GIDDINS
When you live in darkness, a little bit of colour goes a long
I can feel happier and a little stronger if I know that I am walking out the door wearing something which I not only love but that also looks good on me. Of course retail therapy and trying on ﬂattering outﬁts can really help when I’m feeling down but I try not to impulse buy at such time ( I would come home with numerous feather boas and my bank balance wouldn’t thank me.)
way. Well that’s my philosophy anyway. Having battled with depression for almost two years I know what it feels like to wake up in the morning and not want to face life. I’m not talking about feeling lazy, or having a bad hangover or wanting to skive off (the usual student afﬂictions). No. I’m talking about a blackness which descends and is more difﬁcult to shake off than even the tightest Sometimes depression can be like living the lives of two people. skinny jeans. There is my happy go lucky, feisty and easy going self and then there is the part of me who is awash with negativity, doesn’t want Getting out of bed seems like a tremendous effort, having a to speak to people or see people and has lost all motivation to shower seems like a task too far and actually getting out of the do anything. When my latter self comes to the fore, fashion is my house is an achievement in itself. On such days I feel confused saviour as I feel that my style reﬂects my true personality. I’m an and muddled, nothing seems to make sense and I ﬁnd myself extrovert. I will almost always pick colourful and loud over subtle having to speak aloud to bring myself back to the present and and understated; patterned and unusual over plain and simple. I focus on what I was doing a millisecond ago. Frustration builds, ’m unapologetic in my somewhat weird style choices and on the I berate myself for feeling unable to cope with simple tasks and days when depression has once again reared its ugly head it is I just want to give up. That’s when I remember that I have to get my clothes which can really help me to feel more like “me” again. dressed. If I can focus on my extensive collection of clothes and accessories I can often forget that I am making the effort to perform a necessary task. For me getting dressed isn’t a chore but a creative outlet. It gives me the opportunity to experiment with different outﬁts by burrowing through my wardrobe and putting random items together to create something fun and unique. “Will this purple, patterned skirt go with my pink cat jumper? hmmm Why not?” - Such is my inner fashionista dialogue. Not only do my clothes give me the chance to be creative but they also make me feel better about myself. Low self-esteem is something which many depression sufferers experience and on those days when I’m not feeling particularly great in my own skin
I always like to add a little bit of colour to my life when I can so I rarely wear black (although I am still on the hunt for the perfect lbd.) Some studies have tried to investigate the link between the effects of different colours on mood; could wearing a blue dress make you feel more calm? Does your red tie induce feelings of warmth or passion? Perhaps, but I think that regardless of the inﬂuences of individual colours, wearing bright clothes will always make me feel just that little bit happier. It can be difﬁcult to ﬁnd the colour in life when depression has drained it, but the small things make a big difference. When I feel blue I ﬁght back with reds and yellows and pinks and greens, skirts and dresses and tights and hats because I can wear a rainbow…and sometimes that’s all it takes to feel that little bit better..