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AW trends: Embellishment

The embellishment trend is everywhere this autumn/winter, and for a good reason! An average jumper or plain skirt can be given an edge of class or a quirky twist with the addition of gems, buttons or beads. The likes of Elie Saab, Chanel and Giorgio Armani unveiled beautiful jewel embellished jackets, skirts and ball gowns in their A/W collections. Lucky for us, there are some truly eye catching pieces on the high street at the moment.» >

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Campus Style: Lazy Autumn

By Sarah Harvey-Kelly, Lindsay Coles and Samantha Yates.

Another lazy Friday on campus; the A/W weather is well under way and so are the trends! We were out seeing who was wearing them in the most stylish way.

Kimberly and Rayson are both second year law students. Kimberley describes her style as “casually smart”; her tan leather boots and bag are bang on trend for this season as is Rayson’s denim jacket.» >

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Students meet dress

Sometimes I get a little carried away with Sex and the City. I wear the heels, I drink the cocktails, but I wish I could go one step further and wear the dresses.
As students we have packed social schedules but no money; a ball here, a social there, cocktails with friends, partying with strangers. Sometimes I just want to dress to impress. I’m thinking in particular about my upcoming graduation dress already.» >

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Legal highs: a safe bet?

The use of legal highs in the UK is increasing, particularly among young people in the 16-25 age group. The term ‘legal’ suggests that these drugs give the same effect as their ‘illegal’ counterparts, such as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and others, however the label implies that ‘legal’ highs are much safer and there is no risk of prosecution if found using them.

The reality is, in fact, much harsher. The fact that these drugs are currently legal and not controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act should not suggest that they are safe.» >

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Campus Style

As Fashion Spark* returns for another academic year, so does campus style. We found some very fashionable people wandering round campus this freshers week; next time it could be you!

First we have Myochi, her fabulous jeans are from Forever 21. Myochi is studying for a MSc in International Human Resource Management.


Secondly is UoR’s Swing dance society member Elizabeth. She studies Primary Education and describes her style as “quirky”. We love her retro look!» >

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Which Century ‘Suits’ You?

The 50s to the 00s represented a half-decade of varied fashions where each century had its own style. This article describes these centuries’ fashions.

In the 1950s, Dior’s ‘New Look’, full skirted and small waist dresses became popular. Shorter trousers, known as pedal pushers, pencil skirts, peplum and mid-thigh Bermuda length skirts were also worn.

The 1960s meant Go-go boots, PVC and psychedelic patterns all became popular. Stilettos, mini-skirts and A-line dresses meant more revealing was more acceptable.» >

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Fashion Designers: The Top and The Iconic

The designers listed here are those who have left a lasting mark on the world through their fashion designs. Their iconic designs still grace catwalks and are still worn today. Therefore, they deserve to be celebrated and written about for their continuing fashion influence.

First, Yves Saint Laurent famously said ‘fashions fade, style is eternal’. Laurent started designing masculine long suits and tuxedos for women with a ‘nude look’. Laurent’s AW65 collection made fashionable the shirt dress.» >

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The Oracle Student Takeover

Next week on Tuesday 15th October, sees a date that should be in every student’s diary (highlighted and circled magnificently so you definitely do not miss it!) – the Student Takeover at the Oracle. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of these before, it is an annual event where students have complete run of the shopping centre for a night of late night shopping and fun.» >

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