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Ashley Roberts gives a bold nod to the 60s as she leaves Heart FM

Ashley Roberts was a vision as she arrived at Heart FM this morning. The presenter made a sartorial statement in a red and pink outfit, which featured a co-ord from Never Fully Dressed and EGO boots. Knitted tanks have taken the high street by storm, so it’s no surprise to find ourselves eyeing-up Ashley’s top. This versatile piece boasts a 90s-inspired print and fitted silhouette that beautifully layers over blouses. When paired with the brand’s matching skirt, it’s a winning look!

How to exercise at home if you aren’t going to the gym

Your workouts don’t have to be put on hold just because you’re not going to the gym at the moment Sure, without access to bigger floor space or equipment, it can be trickier to maintain your usual routines. But you can still build strength and challenge yourself with a few simple tricks. Sophie Butler – an online fitness coach with almost 79K followers, Gymshark’s first disabled sponsored athlete, and and an award-winning advocate for disability awareness – explains that adapting her workouts is

Recruiters on Fashion Schools: Are Graduates Being Adequately Prepared for the Job Market?

It’s clear that schools and tutors have a massive influence on the employability of their students. “When we’ve worked with graduates it’s really evident who has been taught by someone that has recently worked (and been successful) in industry and those who haven’t,” says Rachel Saywell-Burr, founder at Talent Atelier. In a continuously changing industry, it’s important that students are taught by tutors who really understand the industry inside and out – as it currently is, rather than how it w

Tackling burnout culture during a worldwide pandemic —

Reports suggest that women are more likely to reach burnout than men. Not only, despite many regulations, are women still fighting for true equality in the workplace, research has found that women must work even harder than men in order to be acknowledged for workplace contributions. In addition, women are more likely to be responsible for emotional and physical labour at home. “There is pressure to be a modern woman with the time to do more traditional chores, which is impossible to do without

How can fashion designers prepare for the job market post-lockdown?

A career in fashion design is infamously challenging, requiring years of training, unpaid internships and underpaid freelance gigs. Throughout their studies, designers are made acutely aware of the barriers they must overcome in order to eventually secure a job within the industry. Despite this, nobody could have ever been prepared for the dire circumstances into which current fashion graduates, entering the job market post-lockdown, have been thrust.

Daichi Tabata on championing storytelling through design

His ‘Cannot Throw Away’ collection has a nostalgic patchwork feel and is centred on his own experiences and emotions. “I research events that have influenced me, I draw pictures of emotions and I build up the material from there,” he explains of his process. For example, inspired by his time as a medic, he added bandage pieces to the collection. “I wanted to portray the conflicting ideas of tightness and security by wrapping and covering my pieces with the bandages and gauze that I was familiar

Florentina Leitner: “Do we really need more fashion?”

Leitner’s recent Vertigo collection, for example, was inspired by an exhibition of the same name at the mumok museum in Vienna. Moved by the optical art that she saw there, she devoured all the information she could find on the subject. From watching Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Vertigo to creating her own optic art collages, she explored the theme extensively. Like all her work, Leitner’s Vertigo collection is about bringing joy. “I am playful [with my work], I always like fun details.” It

How Sandra Poulson wove Angolan history into her collection

“I ask the teachers and new students to keep making their creations relevant to the world we live in. As a medium, fashion should be utilised to continue starting the conversations that need to be discussed,” Poulson is adamant that these changes don’t have to be a bad thing as this experience forced her to adapt and progress as an artist. Her biggest hope, however, is that it will offer students a new perspective on what is important. “I ask the teachers and new students to keep making their c

Sarah Lim: “Clothing is meant to be worn.”

“Before this collection, I kept them very separate in my life. I don’t know why it didn’t click in my head to use them together.” Lim’s recent project Strange Realities, Boring Fiction explores the repetitive routineness of growing up in suburbia, and how this often leads to a curiosity for the unusual or, as she describes it, the taboo. She is also an illustrator, and this collection marks the first time she has combined both talents: “Before this collection, I kept them very separate in my li

Four top Recruiters’ advice to fashion graduates navigating the current job market

Rachel Saywell-Burr is the founder and managing director at Talent Atelier, a creative recruitment agency based in London. She has over 15 years of experience within the head-hunting industry and has worked with major brands, including Dior, Net-A-Porter, and Calvin Klein. What do you look for when hiring graduates? Those candidates who are reaching out to people directly, adjusting their CV where needed, and showing grit are the ones who shine through. Portfolios and projects that show an und

Is using Instagram as a tool for self promotion right for you?

As Covid-19 forces everyone into lockdown, an overwhelmingly large (and, somewhat, underrepresented) community of young creatives are finding themselves at a standstill. Booked jobs have been cancelled, roles are no longer being advertised, and the industry, which is usually based on collaboration and partnerships, has never felt so isolated. “Instagram is so drenched in creatives trying to promote themselves that it can be easy to become lost in it, and so perhaps it loses its significance.”

6 Beauty Products That’ll Keep Your Skin Glowing While You Work Out

We’ve all been told the reasons why we shouldn’t be wearing makeup to exercise. However, we know that feeling confident at the gym is the quickest way to get in the mood for smashing PBs and reaching goals. While we might not like to admit it, applying our favorite foundation or a swipe of mascara is often a dependable way to get an added hit of confidence pre-workout. Exercise can do wonders for your skin, explains Lisa Franklin, a London based skincare expert. “It promotes good circulation; t

Anti Social Social Club drops SS20 ‘Hung Up’ Collection

Anti Social Social Club dropped its SS20 collection this weekend. The ‘Hung Up’ collection features a selection of the streetwear label’s signature tees and hoodies, alongside more niche offerings such as dog collars, aprons, and facemasks. As has come to be expected of the brand, everything is covered in their iconic distorted logo. A feature that always keeps loyal streetwear fans coming back for more. The collection is the perfect combination of futuristic and nostalgic, with tie-dye hoodies

The Cult of Laura Ashley: As the British Brand Closes, We Revisit its Heritage of Charming Chintz

The Cult of Laura Ashley: As the British Brand Closes, We Revisit its Heritage of Charming Chintz Few brands are as divisive as Laura Ashley. For grannies only or vintage gold dust? There seems to be no in-between opinion on the heritage British label. As one of the first major brands to face administration in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, it feels timely to take a moment to recognise the remarkable influence the brand has had on the fashion industry. While 2020 may mark the end of Laura Ash

Why Japanese beauty and skincare still reigns supreme

Intricate rituals, innovative ingredients, and a sustainable mindset – the West is only just catching up on traditional Japanese skincare and If you typed ‘Japanese Beauty’ into a search engine a few years ago, you would have likely only received back images of Japanese geisha. While these highly trained women are an important part of Japanese culture, it’s easy for those in the West – who grew up learning about Japan through films and media that relied heavily on stereotypes – to assume this t

Nellie Eden: Redefining beauty for a new era

When new platforms like Tik Tok pop up, it can often feel like the people using them on behalf of a magazine are too old to be doing so. How do you tackle this at Dazed Beauty? I have a really young, very diverse team and they are fantastic. Take Jess, our Social Media Editor. I think she’s 22, so they’re not 16, right. I can’t hire 16-year olds. But I meet those 16-year olds at the events we do. I stand around, and I chat with them and it’s amazing. We have been running a campaign [Tallawah] a
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