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!

 

Fashion’s flirtation with supernatural style

This summer, the School of Creative and Cultural Business at RGU hosted the first of its kind Supernatural in Contemporary Society conference. This event brought together researchers from across a range of disciplines and universities who shared their research.

Subject Lead and Fashion Management course leader Karen Cross designed three spooky fashion posters for the event…

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These posters showcase findings from Karen’s research into comfort in clothing where she discovered a number of supernatural themes and ideas…

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Store design

  
We had a fun morning visiting Union Square and Bon Accord & St Nicholas shopping malls with our first years who are carrying out research for their store design project! 

Each year our students choose an Aberdeen-based unit on which to base a design concept for a hypothetical new fashion store. 

Watch this space for our students’ exciting window display designs which we’ll share in April; these will be based on a Rio theme in celebration of the upcoming Olympic Games! 

Happy 29th of February

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Happy 29th of February everyone!

Although you’re all far too busy to contemplate the opportunity to propose today, we thought you might like to know the fashion implications of a leap year… Just in case the mood takes you, make sure you are properly attired. Women should wear breeches or a scarlet petticoat to pop the question today and our Danish friends can look forward to receiving 12 pairs of gloves if the gentleman refuses her advances, while in Finland, she will receive enough fabric for a skirt.

We hope this information has lightened your day and, if you’re working in retail, may you sell many red petticoats!

Thanks to Hannah for sharing this fabulous photo from London!

ABS 50 Christmas party 

 
We had a fabulous time at our ABS50 Christmas party on Friday night! 

This all staff celebration was the culmination of a suite of events themed around the 50th anniversary of Aberdeen Business School; these included our very own fashion exhibition in April and fashion show in May! 

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!

Class of 2015

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Congratulations to our fabulous Fashion Management students who graduated today! We hope everyone’s had a lovely day celebrating and we’d like to wish you all the very best for your future careers. Keep in touch because we’re going to miss you all!

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Thanks to those who shared their graduation photos with us! Remember to tag us on Instagram @fashionplace_rgu.

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