An interview with The Weekend Blog

We love to keep up with our graduates when they leave RGU and follow them on their post university journeys. This week we had the opportunity to interview Scottish fashion blogger and Fashion Management graduate, Caroline, from The Weekend Blog, to delve a little deeper into the Glaswegian style scene.

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The Fashion Place: Firstly, what was the best piece of fashion advice you were given and how has it impacted your style choices over the years?

Caroline: While I was working as a sales assistant in Topman, when I was 17, a co-worker told me to stop playing it so safe with what I wore. He said I should be more adventurous (I should add – he is very fashionable for a guy). I always think of that conversation now when I’m stuck for an outfit – don’t play it safe.

The Fashion Place: Great advice, especially for some of our younger students who are learning more about their own personal style choices throughout the course. Investing in particular pieces is important when forming your own style; what items do you invest more in and why?

Caroline: Shoes and coats.

Shoes because I’ve had to learn the hard way that the less you spend the more blisters you gain.

Coats because they are one part of your wardrobe that can actually last you years whilst still looking like you bought it that season. Also because I have a coat addiction – it’s a problem.

The Fashion Place: At least having a coat addiction in Scotland is practical given we don’t have the warmest of weather. Now, in today’s modern society we’re all rushing about from one place to another and have to be prepared for any occasion. How would you glam up an every day look to take you from work to meeting up with friends in the evening?

Caroline: I love a mule. They are probably my favourite shoe out there. If you’re wearing a really casual outfit for example a basic Breton stripe tee with a boyfriend jean simply add a mule and instantly your outfit looks fit for dinner, cocktails, a girls shopping day out, you name it! There’s something about a mule that instantly adds glam.

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The Fashion Place: Ok, now I want you to imagine that you’ve had everything taken out of your wardrobe. What will you miss the most and why?

Caroline: My All Saints leather jacket. It was part of my 21st birthday present and 4 years on it is still great with every single outfit. I would be lost without it and definitely couldn’t afford another one!

The Fashion Place: We can tell you have a real love of coats! As a fashion blogger where do you look for your fashion inspiration?

Caroline: I’m a huge fan of Instagram. There are a few Instagram accounts of fashion bloggers that I always go to when I’m stuck for inspiration. They all have very different styles so I can then take inspiration from them all to create my own style.

Right now my favourites are:

@meganellaby

@prettysickly

@weworewhat

The Fashion Place: Alongside blogging you are a visual merchandiser for Topshop. What is it like working as a VM in Glasgow?

Caroline: I love it, for the most part of my job I’m styling outfits for the different trends and then merchandising them together in the store. It’s a very physical job though, we are constantly lifting heavy items and working up ladders to create high level displays, I really don’t know how I get away with some of the outfits I wear at work…

The Fashion Place: As a VM you’ll have an idea of all the upcoming trends before we do. What summer trends are you most looking forward to trying out this season?

Caroline: The city basket bag is a must try! Basket bags are obviously ideal for when on holiday but the new must have that I will definitely be trying this season!

Deconstructed shirts are still going to be huge through summer and I am yet to try this, none on the high street have caught my eye yet so I’m planning a little DIY with a charity shop purchase.

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The Fashion Place: For those thinking of visiting Glasgow this summer what are your recommendations of top places to socialise in the city?

Caroline: I definitely tend to stay in the West End, my favourite bar to go to is The Stravaigin, and it’s so close to my flat, which is an added bonus. Recently, I’ve been introduced to a few places in Glasgow’s up and coming end of town, Finneston, such as The Kelvingrove Café, which I think is going to become a new favourite.

However, I would pick a cosy cup of tea over an alcoholic drink in a heart beat so my favourite café of the moment is the Kelvin Pocket, it’s next to the Kelvinbridge Subway entrance. Best cake I’ve had so far in Glasgow!

The Fashion Place: We’ll have to check those out on our next visit! Now, it wouldn’t be a blogger interview if we didn’t ask you what your favourite thing about being a blogger was?

Caroline: Having an excuse to buy more clothes!

The Fashion Place: Great answer! Finally, what should we look out for on the blog over the next few months?

Caroline: I’ve been working on a new logo design for a while now so hopefully by the end of the summer I will have that finished and I’ll be able to give my blog a whole new look.

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Thank you to Caroline for spending a little time with us and letting us learn a bit more about her style and The Weekend Blog. Keep up with all her updates here:

Instagram: @carolineclairejohnston

The Weekend Blog Address: https://carolineclairejohnston.com

Fashion for Five – The Marketing Team

We can’t believe “Undefined” is days away from launching! We hope you enjoyed the trailer. If you missed it you can find it at www.rgu.ac.uk/digitalfashionshow.

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As with previous weeks with the Creative, Culture and Business group, making up the team, the marketing group have given their fashion views…

 

Lynne

Lynne

What is your favourite fashion item?

There’s never just the one item which is my favourite! Right now, it has to be my One Hundred Stars London map scarf. It is beautifully hand printed and completes any outfit, especially with my other love of the moment, my Kurt Geiger black tote bag.

Who is your top fashion designer?

It has to be Valentino and Elie Saab for their exquisite and delicate fine details. On the other hand, I’m a big fan of Mary Katrantzou and her use of bold and bright print.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

There’s been many and I probably still make them! I would have to say the long, deep purple, puffa jacket I had when I was about eight. I looked like the Michelin man…

What side of fashion do you identify with most; creative, culture or business?

Creative as I love my patterns and little details. However, I have mixed this style with business wear when working on placement.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is definitely a form of art as like a painting hours of work go into designer pieces to achieve a high level of detail. It’s also a way to express or disguise your personality as you can dress for comfort or in a way to boost your confidence.

 

Alison

Alison

What is your favourite fashion item?

I think my favourite fashion item would have to scarves. I tend to wear a lot of black and a scarf can add a nice pop of colour or pattern.

Who is your top fashion designer?

Elie Saab. He makes the most beautiful dresses!

What was your biggest fashion fail?

I went through a period when I was in high school of wearing a lot of beige. All beige. Not a good look.

What side of fashion do you identify with most; creative, culture or business?

Business.

What does fashion mean to you?

To me fashion means expressing yourself. One person’s idea of fashion might be totally different than another’s and that’s what I love about fashion; it’s not just one specific thing.

 

So that is everyone part of this year’s digital fashion show. We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting us and our views on fashion 🙂

Fashion Undefined – The Culture Shoots

The time is almost here for our digital fashion film launch! One week to go tomorrow!

For the past week, our class has been editing all of the footage that we have filmed and turning it into the video we are excited to share with you all next week on Friday. You’ll be able to view the film at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/digitalfashionshow.

For this post, we would like to give you a little look at the last of the Culture team’s shoots.

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Model: Alsébà

About the Model: The African clothing and accessories used during the shoot were the models own.

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What went well during the shoot?

The fabrics used gave good movement, especially the scarves given to us to use from Helen Ruth (click here to view her beautiful range). The make-up also fitted in very well with the colour scheme and stood out.

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Were there any challenges?

The shoot was originally supposed to be held at an earlier date but had to be cancelled.

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We’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing all of our photo shoots and can’t believe how fast the time has flown. The countdown to next Friday is ON!

Fashion for Five – The Business Team

There’s less than two weeks to the launch of “Undefined”!! We can’t believe how quick the time has passed. Most of us are busy editing the final film with the trailer launching this Friday!

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In the meantime, here are the business team’s thoughts on fashion (click here for the creative group and here for the culture group’s views)…

Emma

Emma

What is your favourite fashion item?

My favourite fashion item is my black faux fur jacket from Missguided.

Who is your top fashion designer?

My top fashion designer is Alexander McQueen.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

One time I wore a low V-cut jumpsuit which I had to tape in place but then when I went to the toilet the tape came off and I hadn’t taken any spare with me so basically had to hold the jumpsuit in place rest of the night. 😂

What side of fashion do you identify with most; creative, culture or business?

It’s hard to pick really. I studied fashion and design at college and now I study fashion business so I feel I have a strong creative and business side to me and I really enjoy both.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means a way of expressing yourself. Whether it’s being really creative and designing you own clothes or just purchasing a nice outfit to make yourself feel good. Fashion has the ability to let you do whatever and be whoever you want.

Kassandra

Kassandra

What is your favourite fashion item?

My TAG watch probably, that’s the one I wear most days.

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Who is your top fashion designer?

I like McQueen and also Vera Wang even though Wang is a bridal wear designer the pieces are so beautiful.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

When I was younger I had these canary yellow Lycra leggings… they were as bad as they sound!

Kassandra Leggings

What side of fashion do you identify with most; creative, culture or business?

I would say both creative and business, creative because I am a very creative person I like to design and make clothes but I also love the business side. Ever since I first started on this journey I’ve been so keen to learn the business side of fashion, I think it’s what I’m meant to be doing.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is my guilty pleasure, I often get lost in thoughts of new creations. It’s my favourite daydream.

Lizzie

Lizzie

What is your favourite fashion item?

My denim jacket.

Who is your top fashion designer?

Stella McCartney

What was your biggest fashion fail?

I used to wear corduroys for a while, they were never a good on me.

What side of fashion do you identify with most; creative, culture or business?

Creative

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means I can be my own person.

Sammi

Sammi

What is your favourite fashion item?

My Levi’s denim jacket – I feel I can wear it with any outfit and it is also a great Spring/Summer piece.

Who is your top fashion designer?

Dolce & Gabbana as I love their details and jewellery and Burberry for its classic style.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

Coloured skinny jeans which I had in every colour imaginable.

What side of fashion do you identify with most; creative, culture or business?

Creative

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is a way of showing off a part of your personality and expressing yourself. It is also a form of creativity.

Ellen

Ellen

What is your favourite fashion item?

My favourite fashion item has to be my Massimo Dutti leather jacket that I got my for 18th Birthday. It was a real treat that I knew would last me for a long time. The quality is amazing and it goes with practically everything in my wardrobe!

Who is your top fashion designer?

I love Victoria Beckham’s designs because her catwalk designs are always fairly minimal, yet you can always tell it’s a VB design as she always adds her own touch or twist that strongly reflects her brand.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

Brightly coloured and oversized feather earrings….

What side of fashion do you identify with most; creative, culture or business?

I’d say business as I love the whole “Girlboss” movement (including the book by Sophia Amoruso) and think how immense the business of fashion is really interesting, especially with the rise of street wear on social media changing how catwalks/trends are dictated.

What does fashion mean to you?

It sounds cheesy but I think it means expressing who you are while also projecting how you want to be perceived in an empowering way.

Rachel

Rachel

What is your favourite fashion item?

It has to be my black Zara leather jacket. I wear it with absolutely everything and have had it for years.

Who is your top designer?

Although I could never afford it, it definitely has to be Balmain. Especially now that Olivier Rousteing is creative director.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

I used to wear a different colour of bright jeans each day. Now I stick to black or dark denim.

What side of fashion do you identify with most, creative, culture or business?

I think I identify with business most, I love seeing behind the scenes on how brands and fashion shows ect. are made.

What does fashion mean to you?

As cheesy as it sounds I think fashion allows people to express them self. My outfits tend to depend on my mood, if I’m feeling quite sassy one day I’d go for an all black outfit.

 

So that’s the thoughts of our business team! Next week will be our last Fashion for Five where the marketing team will be sharing their views.

Fashion Undefined – The Business Shoots

We’re just over three weeks away from the “Fashion Undefined” launch! After last week’s post giving a behind the scenes exclusive of the the creative shoots (click here if you missed it), we thought we’d give you a glimpse of the business team’s first shoots…

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Models: Abbi, Clio, Evelyne and Indre

About the Models: All of the four models work for Premier Productions

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What went well during the shoot?

The models very were professional and got straight into character. The clothes also fitted the models really well and there was good lighting in the health building, which the business team were very thankful for as they were depending on the natural light.

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Were there any challenges?

The team were shooting during a week day, so people coming up and down the stairs in the Faculty of Health and Social Care building meant that filming was sometimes difficult during busy periods.

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A big thank you to Premier Productions and their fabulous models for their support during the film.

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Remember to keep an eye out on The Fashion Place’s Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest accounts for more on this year’s digital fashion film.

Charity Fashion Exhibition

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We’re really excited to share the visuals from the launch of yesterday’s Fashion Exhibition: a Celebration of Creativity and Culture!

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Fam Fatale (a play on Oxfam and femme fatale) represented Oxfam and the Great Gatsby in their creative showcase. We loved their champagne (ok cloudy lemonade…) tower and geometric display.

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The tarot cards reading on the Beetlejuice stand was a big hit and helped raise money and awareness of the charity Shelter.

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Aladdin’s Angels promoted Save the Children through their interpretation of the Disney film. Their balloon animals and flying carpet were very memorable!

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Guests were invited to have Breakfast at Barnardo’s… Breakfast mainly consisted of cake but they were delicious! Their goody bags also included mini tiaras (which most of the guests and students were wearing by the end of the launch).

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We were delighted to welcome some representatives from Stella’s Voice to the Annie showcase!

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The one with the fashion exhibition… Coffee, Friends quotes and a very Rachel-esque garment made for a strong theme (they even had a sofa!) Supporting Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, this showcase included some healthy alternatives to cake!

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The Cotton Candies didn’t disappoint with their carnival theme, representing Cancer Research and engaging the audience with music and games.

 

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Inspired by the Capitol represented CLAN through a Hunger Games inspired showcase in an eye catching purple that tied in really well with the charity (and RGU‘s) branding!

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There were some fantastic home bakes on offer from all the stands at the exhibition but the Downton Abbey showcase, supporting Sue Ryder Care, went that extra mile with their English afternoon tea atmosphere which included home made bunting, tray bakes, scones and jam.

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If you were Clueless about any of the charities before the exhibition, we’re sure you won’t be now… Our final showcase promoted the PDSA!

A huge well done to all the students involved! This project really demonstrates the value of charity shops in providing inspirational and wearable fashion garments.

The exhibition will be on display in the atrium of the School of Creative and Culture Business at RGU until Wednesday the 26th of April where you can find out more about the themes, garments and charities.

 

 

 

A celebration of creativity and culture

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Today our first year Fashion Management, Events Management and Public Relations students launched their Fashion Exhibition: a Celebration of Creativity and Culture. There were so many highlights that we don’t quite know where to begin…

We’re looking forward to sharing more photos of the full exhibition spaces soon but here’s a sneak peak at some of the charity shop garments and from today’s launch event!

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The stands looked great and were all really different and exciting in their own way! From balloon animals to tarot card readings, there were lots of interesting ideas for audience engagement.

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There was even some handmade bunting which will be donated to Sue Ryder Care after the exhibition!

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Tomorrow our students have their exhibition debrief where we’ll discuss our successes and identify areas for improvement.

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Overall, we’d like to congratulate our students on a wonderfully styled and creative event! Although we don’t yet have a final total, we’re delighted to have raised over £200 between the charities represented.