Guest panel member

IMG_0360Last week we were delighted to welcome Craig Stevenson, Bon Accord Centre Manager, to be an expert panel member for the fourth years’ Global fashion Strategy presentations. With the changing pace of retail and the pressure for survival, fashion stores have to move quickly with innovative strategies. Students were tasked to work in teams and come up with creative strategies to drive their chosen business forward.

Many great ideas were highlighted on the day, including a pop up shop with integrated mobile technology apps, which lend themselves to the local marketplace and an innovate gym space.

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The students benefitted greatly on the day from Craig’s expertise in asking questions, making the presentation feel real to them. Craig said “It is fantastic to hear such creative suggestions from the students.  Bon Accord strives to be as innovative as possible and listening to the presentations gives a feel for what the future could look like!”

Destination fashion

This year, our first year Fashion Management, Events Management, International Tourism Management and Public Relations students came together to organise our annual fashion exhibition as part of a module Managing in the Creative Industries.

Each year, the students are given a brief and work in cross-cohort teams to organise a creative showcase. The teams are given £10 and tasked with choosing an outfit from an Aberdeen-based charity shop around which to style an exhibition. This year’s brief required the students to choose a non-traditional fashion destination (i.e. not Paris, London, New York or Milan) and use the event as an opportunity to showcase and promote that place.

The students chose a range of exciting destinations, including Berlin, Edinburgh, Seoul, Seville, Florence, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Moscow and Bangkok. Here are some of their  visuals.

Can you guess the inspiration behind the cold weather-inspired look below?

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Or the contemporary versus traditional style below?

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What about this underground street-style look?

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This last look is inspired by the Houses of Nyvan in Copenhagen as well as the Hygge lifestyle.

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In case you are left confused or wondering about the imagery above, the answers are: 1) Moscow; 2) Edinburgh; and 3) Berlin.

 

 

 

 

Fashion at Christmas

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Winter wishes from staff and students at the Fashion Place! We hope you’re all looking forward to your Christmas break. The warm Aberdeen summer is behind us and wasn’t it wonderful?! We love our autumn-winter styles here in Scotland and there are some trends we’re really excited about this year:

Modesty dressing 

The shops are quickly stocking up on party wear but hemlines have dropped and the sleeves have lengthened, catering beautifully for our cold Scottish climate. These loose-fitting styles make dressing for Christmas parties more comfortable (more room for dinner?) and easy – reducing the need for additional garments like jackets and cardigans. Midi skirts and dresses are available in a variety of prints from floral to polka-dot to animal print and here are some of our favourite high street picks:

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas jumper…

Or would it? Christmas jumpers have been back on the scene in a big way since 2012. They originally became fashionable in the 1980s, which perhaps explains why they are attractive today amongst nostalgic consumers who seek to reenact their retro Christmas past. There are some lovely styles in the shops, available in bright and more muted tones… Now might be a good time to dig out last year’s jumper or (if you’ve resisted so far) this might be the year to buy one…

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BA (Hons) Fashion Management student Irina-Cristina Bogdan has provided some advice for shopping on a student budget…

Shop smartly: Party outfits can be expensive and you might think you are never going to get the glamorous look you want. But you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds in luxury stores – Union Square, Trinity Centre and Bon Accord have great, accessible dresses that will catch all your friends’ eyes.

Narrow down your search: There are a lot of styles and colours and prints to choose from, so to make it easier, narrow your search down to sequins and bold prints, especially animal print this A/W 18.

Style appropriately: If you don’t want to be confused with a Christmas tree or a table centre piece when going with a bold dress, pair it with understated accessories.

My pick: I don’t wear a lot of animal print on a daily basis, therefore now is the time to go full print – a bold purple metallic and black zebra print dress (Miss Selfridge) to make an impact, paired with black high heels (New Look) and a black hand bag (Primark).

Voilà, a simple, fast and affordable outfit.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our fashionable followers!

 

Flying the fashion flag in Aberdeen

It’s great to see so many of our students involved in local fashion events and initiatives across Aberdeen. We love seeing what they get up to through our @fashionplace_rgu Instagram. Keep tagging us everyone!

Here are some of our students (from across the various years) at the Stellar Aberdeen and Must Have Dresses UK fashion show event last week!

We have a group of second year student helpers and models taking part in the MISS fashion show later this month at Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel and we look forward to sharing more on their experience… We were also delighted to offer the opportunity for a group of students to attend the LOVE fashion event this week!

Are you Clueless about the PDSA?

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We’re pleased to see that cult classic 90’s television is still enjoyed by our first year students – some of whom were only born at the end of the millennium! Next week’s fashion exhibition promises both Friends and Clueless themed showcases and if you drop by the Clueless stand and make a small donation to the PDSA you’ll be able to grab a cake and some Juicy Fruit gum.

Linton and Mac Opening

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Happy Friday!

We had a fabulous time last night at the opening of new Aberdeen hair salon Linton and Mac. The event was a suitably glamorous affair and we look forward to visiting the salon again soon! Thank you for having us!

Have a lovely weekend!