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.

Fashion for Five – The Culture Team

With a number of successful shoots now complete, things for the fashion film are coming together. The culture team have conducted three shoots focusing on subculture with a sneak preview below.

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Following last week’s post on the creative team’s thoughts on fashion (click here if you missed it), this week the culture group share their ideas…

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Gabby

What is your favourite fashion item?

My favourite fashion item is a pair of sunglasses I bought last summer from a Brixton market for £6. They have the phrase “cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye” around the frames. They are a bit of a statement to say the least. I often forget I am wearing them and see people walking past reading them with a look of puzzlement on their face.

Who is your top fashion designer?

I have been described by my good friend Ciara as “the least fashion aware fashion student ever.” I am terrible with the names of designers or brands. I just like the clothes rather than who they are by. If I had to choose, Alexander McQueen is an amazing designer who is always pushing the creative barriers.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

My Avril Lavigne phase, when I had a swoopy side fringe and cargo pants with far too many pockets.

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

Creative

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion to me means confidence. They act as a short cut to my rather loud and mad personality. I used to exclusively hide behind baggy jumpers and flouncy scarves. However, now I am happiest and more comfortable in the likes of my canary yellow halter neck, high-waisted stripy hippy trousers or red suede cowboy boots.

Alanah

Alanah

What is your favourite fashion item?

My favourite fashion item has to be my Swarovski stardust bracelets. They come in lots of different colours and are suitable for day and night accessorising. Some of them even double as a choker. I currently own five!

Who is your top fashion designer?

My favourite designer for a long time was Alexander McQueen, I loved his galaxy/alien inspired collection that Lady Gaga showcased in her “Bad Romance” video.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

My biggest fashion fail had to be these trousers from the 90’s.

Alanah Trousers

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

I would say that I identity more with the cultural side of fashion; subculture to be exact. I am definitely a fan of pop culture and would say that inspiration for my looks comes from both past and present pop icons.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is a way to express yourself, to make a statement and to promote confidence.

Magda

Magda

What is your favourite fashion item?

Probably jacket or sunglasses, I feel like they can make even the simplest outfit stand out!

Who is your top fashion designer?

I don’t think I have a specific designer that I follow all the time, however I really like the aesthetics of Gucci and Balmain. I love Balmain for its extremely chic designs and Gucci shoes or accessories are to die for!

What was your biggest fashion fail?

There has been quite a few, but one of the main ones I can remember would be wearing too many colours at the same time, like purple coloured jeans with a yellow hoodie, even the thought of that now still gives me the fear.

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

Definitely creative, I admire the work of fashion designers that are really creative and not scared to make something that really stands out and might not be approved by everyone. Although I am not always the one to wear that clothes, I try to convince myself to buy something more daring from time to time.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion to me is definitely the way to express myself, it allows people to be able to show different sides they have to them. I also think fashion is a great way to boost up your mood and add confidence into people, when they might find it difficult to reflect it in another way.

Erin

Erin

What is your favourite fashion item?

Definitely my leather jacket, an investment that was so worth it and can make any outfit look edgy and cool.

Who is your top fashion designer?

Chanel or Gucci. I’m obsessed with both and couldn’t pick a favourite.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

When me and my best friend use to purposely dress the exact same. It makes me cringe so much when I see the old pictures.

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

Creative

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion allows me to show who I am and how I feel, whether I want to be laid back and casual or dressed to the nines. There are no rules.

 

Thanks to the culture team for sharing their fashion views. Next week we’ll be meeting the business group, who’ll be sharing their fashion thoughts.

Repeat patterns

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Our first years have been busy creating repeat patterns as part of their Fashion Construction and Technology module! We love these examples.

Fashion Undefined – The First Shoots

Video shooting is now underway!

Last week on Wednesday and Thursday, the creative team came together to complete their first two photo-shoots. In today’s post, we thought we’d give you a look behind the scenes at what happened during these shoots.

Shoot 1

Model: Emma

About the Model:

Emma is a fourth year art student at Gray’s and she was featured in a shoot for the fashion magazine last year.

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What went well during the shoot?

The props and visual arrangement of them came out well and they looked really pretty on camera. Styling also went brilliantly and Emma looked amazing in the lace bodysuit and robe (once the nipple covers were sorted!) Shooting with cameras and the rig also went well.

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Were there any challenges?

When the equipment was picked up, the team realised they were the wrong cameras and that the batteries were flat. Also the electricity in all sockets was not working so an electrician had to come and sort it out!

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Shoot 2

Model: Charlotte

About the Model:

This was Charlotte’s first time modelling and she felt a bit out of place to start off with but got more and more used to it as they day went on. A member of the creative team, find out Charlotte’s fashion views in our previous Fashion for Five post here. She also has a blog, Studio CK, where she talk about fitness and lifestyle.

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What went well during the shoot?

The stencils, made by Stacey and Sophie, were really effective in creating patterns on the model.

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Were there any challenges?

Finding the most appropriate lighting to get the wanted effects. A huge professional lamp was used to begin with but an iPhone torch ended up being used instead as it created the best effects with the stencils.

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We hope our blog posts are getting you all excited about the final video. Just one more month to go!