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Pastels Are Back and Wearing Them Could Make You Calmer

by Molly Gymer Pastels for summer is by no means groundbreaking; however, each year when the sun  begins to show, the rails of every store are lined with baby pinks, delicate yellows and  soothing blues.  As we step into summer 2024, pastels are once again at centre stage. Pastel shades are a softer approach to wearing colour, however their effect on our mood can be extremely strong.  We associate the muted tones with positivity, serenity and often femininity. Carolyn Mair, a fashion  psychologist, says “we want soft fabrics,  soft silhouettes, and pastels feel soft, psychologically” .  This softness effortlessly  compliments the sun kissed days ahead.  Pastels are inherently playful yet  sophisticated, making them a favourite choice for designers.  Among my favourite pastel shades for summer 2024, is pale yellow, which  made an outstanding appearance during SS24 fashion month with Louis Vuitton and  Loewe, soft lavender which graced the Zimmermann runway in elevated basics, and  baby

Fashion Stakes High As Independent Brand The Vampire's Wife Announces Sudden Closure

by Megan-Louise Burnham The Vampire's Wife recently announced its sudden closure, marking another fashion loss. The final nail in the coffin of the British brand? The wholesale market. Last Wednesday, the fashion industry was devastated by the news of the sudden closure of The Vampire's Wife, citing the upheaval of the wholesale market as a factor in the decision. The news also came with the announcement of an in-person final sale over the Bank Holiday to sell all remaining stock, the quick turnaround quashing many fans' dreams of ever owning a piece of the brand’s iconic catalogue. “Due to factors beyond our control, The Vampire’s Wife has stopped trading,” founder Susie Cave wrote in an online post. “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have supported us here at The Vampire’s Wife.” Perhaps what is most shocking is that the brand provided something coveted by fashion lovers worldwide—designs that transform the eternal quest for a fitted dress that fl

Gen Z, Despite Sunak’s Tactics, July’s General Election is Our Chance to Create Change

by Jess Clark   On Wednesday 22nd May, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the next general election would be held on Thursday 4th July.  Since the announcement, there has been some discussions on social media regarding the timing and the potential impact it could have on young voters, specifically students in this situation.  Due to the election being held in early summer, many students may be on holiday or may have moved home due to the end of the University year, and they may not be registered to vote at their home address.  This feels like a frustrating and subtle attempt at disenfranchising students, many of whom would not have been old enough to vote during the last general election in 2019.  As a result of this, it is absolutely vital that students who may be away or not registered at their address are aware of the options available to them to ensure that their vote is cast.  The deadline to register to vote is 23:59 on the 18th June. Students who may be at home for the su

Despite Cannes Film Festival’s Political Ban, Cate Blanchett Made a Subtle Pro-Palestine Fashion Statement

by Lois Geal The Cannes Film Festival braced for a tumultuous 77th edition as wars continue in Gaza and Ukraine. Taking place from May 14th - 25th, attendees and organizers anticipated protests, politically charged speeches, pins, and flags that signal solidarity with Palestinian civilians, Israeli hostages, and Ukrainians looking for more military assistance from the West as they try to fend off the Russian invasion. But, if the festival has its way, there will be none of that.  The city of Cannes preemptively banned protests along the Croisette and its surroundings during the 11-day festival. Likewise, the festival hired private security to trail the jurors, including Eva Green and  Lily Gladstone,  to keep activists from approaching them.  While the festival was initially amenable to a plan for Arab filmmakers to wear pins showing support for the Palestinians under siege in Gaza, instead they banned them as well as pins that pay homage to the more than 100 remaining Israeli hostages

We’re Putting You On to Nigerian Womenswear Brand, Aminda

by Lois Geal  The name Aminda embodies our essence, it is derived from "ami," meaning "to love," and "-inda," signifying "deserving of." Aminda celebrates the modern woman - confident, classy, and always ready to make a statement. Their mission is simple: to provide outfits that not only enhance natural elegance but also reflect personality. They believe that every classy and confident woman understands the power of fashion. With this in mind, they curated the “Rouge” collection. The collection is inspired by the fierceness and vibrant energy of the colour red. It tells a tale of sophistication, confidence, and unapologetic style. Titled “Rouge”, red is a hue that stimulates, energises, and amplifies physical presence, invoking a sense of passion and desire.  The collection also draws inspiration from the Robert Wun AW21 and Issey Miyake 87 campaigns.  The Creative Director of the campaign chose the title “Rogue as Red,”  incorporating  a movemen