Maya McDonald, our Fashion Editor, shares her enthusiasm for the upcoming Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, airing December 5th on CBS. It's that time of year again. With the Victoria's Secret 2016 casting completed it’s a countdown till Paris and time for me to pretend that I’m an angel and start working out. Just kidding, I will procrastinate like I do every year and end up watching the show while eating an extra large pizza and silently crying.
But seriously, whether you’re as dramatic as me or not, this tends to be the time of year when girls start obsessing over their bodies because Candice is about to slay the runway and make us feel like oompa loompas. This year I’m hoping that everyone watching, including myself, can appreciate the event for what it is, an extravaganza filled with lingerie, an array of elaborate props, and a three million dollar bra. Not an event designed to champion the beautiful and alienate us mere mortals.Last year we saw Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner join the VS family for the first time, and I have to admit I found Kendall unbearably irritating, whereas Gigi was perfection. Was I spiteful because Kendall has a waist the size of my thigh? Nope, I just have a chip on my shoulder because a member of the Kardashian clan has invaded fashion, especially the sacred Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The girl is gorgeous, but her famous family is heinous, and as a member of the public, I am exercising my right to be critical for petty reasons. To my dismay, Kendall has been confirmed for this year’s show, and will again walk alongside the likes of Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Adriana Lima. Gigi had also been confirmed for this year's show and will get to have the incredible experience of walking the runway with her baby sister Bella. Bella Hadid is one of many VS rookies this year, with over six new angels booked including Irina Shayk, Grace Elizabeth, and Jourdana Phillips. Lady Gaga has also been confirmed as the musical act for the night and considering how popular her album Joanne is at the moment; it’s sure to be a fantastic performance. The show airs December 5th on CBS, and I for one cannot wait to see what Edward Razek has in store.
Which products deserve a spot on your makeup counter? Our Fashion Editor Maya Mcdonald shares her thoughts.
Incase y'all are like me and are in a constant search for new amazing cosmetics, I have assembled this list of deliciously fabulous items which I have been putting to the test in the month of October. Please keep in mind these are my personal opinions and recommendations, so if you happen to love a product I hate, don't take it personally. Some of these are major hits, and some are full on misses, let's get started!
1. IT Cosmetic CC+ Cream
I am probably the laziest person alive, so the idea of rubbing ‘moisturiser’ on my face and simultaneously covering up blemishes is perfection. This CC cream, designed by leading plastic surgeons, claims to do just that, providing your skin with a healthy dose of moisture, some vitamin A, C, B, and E, while protecting your skin with SPF 50. My verdict? I am in love. The CC cream is the easiest product to use; it is as simple as applying it evenly on your face (your hands will work best) and seeing all your blemishes disappear. Seriously, no concealer needed. A bonus is that it hides uneven texture and the best part is that it's incredibly lightweight and long wearing, so you don't need to set it with powder. This product is perfect for all skin types and is a major hit in my book!Buy at: https://www.beautylish.com
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
If you’re a makeup addict, I am sure you will have heard of the ‘Anastasia Brow Wiz’, but I promise you the ‘Brow Definer’ is the ultimate Anastasia brow product. I’m not somebody who has the patience to carefully fill in my brows, and with 'The Brow Wiz', you need to be very precise, or your brows can end up looking very different from each other. In my opinion, the ‘Brow Wiz’ can sometimes make brows look like they're filled in with a pen, meaning the lines are sharp and prominent. The ‘Brow Definer’ however, has a slightly thicker applicator making the lines blend a bit more effortlessly into the natural brow hairs. It’s also perfect for creating a beautifully defined arch without making your brow look like it's tattooed on. So if you want to slay the brow game, get your hands on this little magic wand!Buy at: https://www.beautylish.com
3. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
I am always on the hunt for the perfect mascara because let's be honest, everyone has time to throw on some mascara before running out the door. I have probably tried over thirty mascaras (drugstore and high end) and truly this one has to be my number one! If you're like me and you apply mascara to your bottom lashes religiously, you will totally emphasise with the frustration of having little black smear marks under your eyes at the end of the day. So when I tested this mascara and found it didn't transfer after 9 hours, I was sold. Moreover, I am obsessed with how the wand curls and separates the lashes making my eyes look more flirty and awake. Honestly, mascara is tricky, and a bad one can ruin your entire vibe, so if you're in the market for a f00l-proof mascara you need this in your life!
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1. Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation
Having heard YouTube ‘beauty gurus’ rave about this foundation I was more than keen to give it a try; unfortunately, it's one of the worst foundations I have EVER used. Stick foundations tend to be finicky regarding colour matching, but this one was especially hard to match to my skin tone. Just keep you up to speed on why this foundation has so much hype: it is advertised as having the coverage of a concealer and the lightweight feel of a water-based liquid foundation. The coverage is a full on mask, I mean I could hide facial tattoos with this stuff, but the feel is somewhere between a thick liquid and mud. Overall, save your money, check out the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, and pass on this over-hyped product. 2. Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition
Despite being best known for his unique liquid lipstick formula, Jeffree Star launched a line of regular cream lipsticks this fall, and I was naturally dying to test them out. I'll get straight to it; they smell like chemicals, and the packaging feels/looks super cheap. Pink bullets? I’ll pass. I mean if Revlon can have decent packaging then Jeffree Star has no excuse. The ‘Lip Ammunitions’ were so drying that I ended up wiping it off after an hour and slathering my lips in chapstick. So my advice is to take a hard pass and hit up Boots to find something comparable in price with a better colour pay off, a nicer texture, and proper packaging. 3. Gerard Cosmetic Slay All Day Setting SprayUsually, I am loyal to my Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray, but my friend convinced me to try these new scented setting sprays from Gerard Cosmetics. They are supposed to ‘naturally’ mattify your makeup, keep it in place all day, with the bonus of the ‘signature Gerard scents’. The range comes in Peach, Lavender, Jasmine, Green Tea, Lemongrass, Cucumber, and Grapefruit and I won’t lie they smell amazing. The problem is that they almost wash your makeup off, the spray is so aggressive that even while holding it an arm's length away it creates water dents in your foundation. Honestly, the idea of the scented setting spray is cool, but it just doesn’t live up to the Urban Decay.
Maya McDonald, our Fashion Editor, talks of the so-called offbeat fashion, and designers catering to a more provocative clientele at a reasonable price.
With fashion idols like Rhianna sporting the iconic YSL heart-shaped fur coat, and Miley Cyrus making nipple pasties a wardrobe staple, there is something to be said for “offbeat” fashion. While it is easy to shop for items which emulate the classic styles of Suki Waterhouse, or Alicia Vikander, finding designers which cater to a more provocative clientele, at a reasonable price, is often a significant shopping challenge. At an extravagant price point, the Italian label Moschino creates runway looks inspired by pop-art that embody the “risk taking” style niche, but let’s get real, those pieces are hardly accessible to the mainstream consumer. As a result, today's article is focused on online boutiques which produce either jewellery or apparel designed with that niche in mind, but at prices that do not max your credit card!First up we have suzywan.com, with designs also available at ASOS and Nasty Gal, this fabulous jewellery line has been modelled by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Joan Smalls. With collections sporting names like Sweet PomPom, Holographic Magic, and Club Section, its pieces are anything but boring, and are often reminiscent of 90’s music videos. The motifs of the collections usually involve silhouettes of flamingos, mermaid-inspired patterns, multicoloured pompoms, and the brands signature holographic mirrors. With the articles ranging from chokers, and earrings to septum rings, Suzywan curates collections which cater to the full spectrum of avant-garde shoppers, while keeping most of the designs under £50. I will admit, when you first peruse the stock it can seem slightly unwearable, but honestly, that is the fun of it! The pieces motivate you to experiment with your everyday look, and before you know it you are looking more like a trendsetter instead of a trend groupie. So if you are in the market for some psychedelic jewellery I would definitely recommend this hidden gem!Now when it comes to the general accessories department, lamoda.co.uk is one of the best sites to shop quirky, up and coming UK brands who are heavily inspired by the LA music scene. These brands such as, Hey Mama, Cake By The Ocean, California Love, and Ignition (see a pattern yet?), all share a key interest in low prices, while keeping the quality of their pieces high. Many of the articles, be it bags, stilettos, or sunglasses, all push the norm with their bright colours, unusual materials, and geometric lines. The beauty of the site is really that it caters to so many tastes while simultaneously pulling inspiration from some of the edgiest trends of the moment. One of the reasons this is a perfect site for experimenting with bold trends is the prices, especially their section called “Look like a Jenner for a Tenner” with nothing exceeding £9.99. So if you have £10 to spare I would check out this site and their rad designs!So now that we have covered jewellery and accessories, let's talk clothing. It is pretty easy to find your staple “hipster” items of clothing at your local H&M, but if you are looking to make heads turn with some genuinely vintage and unique pieces, then you need to check out theraggedpriest.com. The site, like many online boutiques, has a limited number of pieces per season, but that is partly why the collections have so much appeal. Each collection contains a dozen tops, skirts, sweaters, jackets, skirts and dresses, each with a limited and finite amount of stock. The pieces are all mainly pastel colours, with sheer fabric, offset by unusually placed patchwork. This distinct combo, combined with the brand's repeated images of eagles, rainbows, and tarot hands, create a grunge look that is both wearable and bold.There is no way that I will be able to describe the style of The Ragged Priest adequately because frankly there is nothing I can compare the style to, it is just so different, so do yourself a solid and check out the site now! I will say that being confident in your own skin and your body is definitely key to being able to pull off these body conscious and stand alone pieces, but trust me, once you wear one of them you will feel like dynamite. Now, in case you are wondering how this site does in terms of price, I would say it is very reasonable given the quality with the apparel never exceeding £60, the only exception being the biker jackets for £130. So if you are looking to restyle yourself as more of a 90’s Angelina Jolie and trying to avoid looking like Jen Aniston in Friends, than this brand has you covered!So what is the moral of this long-winded spiel? That there is this common misconception that dressing audaciously is difficult. We see celebrities do it constantly, but often dismiss our own potential to do the same. If white t-shirts and jeans are your look and you like it, then keep on keeping on, but if that is only your look because you are nervous to take a risk then you are missing out! The boutiques mentioned above provide easy ways to take fashion risks, so you can channel your inner Miley or Rhianna, and maybe you will find that dressing like you are on the cutting edge of fashion will be liberating. Until next time, keep it real! Maya McDonald
Alexis Gostelow gives you tips for snagging designer items without breaking the bank.
Let’s face it: words like Prada, Valentino, and Tom Ford trigger that horribly agonizing combo of desire and despair. The clothes are easily available but tiresome obligations to buy food and pay rent sometimes keep the Add to Cart button unclicked. Happily, the Internet, along with increasing our temptations, has also created a means of affording designer luxury. Websites catering to budget conscious fashionistas allow people all over the world to buy designer clothing. Though these sites still require time and effort to use, they have made searching for affordable designer wear far easier than ever before. The Outnet This site, which is owned by the Net-A-Porter Group, offers designer clothing at up to 90% off. The selection is added to every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday so there is a constant stream of fashionable items. It stocks over 350 brands including Philip Lim, Isabel Marant, Iris & Ink, and many more, with easy international shipping and easy returns. Keep in mind that some items may not sell for weeks whilst others sell out in a matter of days. Due to the way The Outnet works, it is never known if they will restock an item once it is sold out. FarfetchThis site is a middleman for boutiques all over the world to sell to the international market. If you are patient and check the website a few times a month, you can find individual boutiques having sales of their particular stock. Depending on where the boutique is, shipping can sometimes be costly but the substantial discounts and free returns may compensate for that expense. Shopping on Farfetch sometimes requires comparisons to other websites in order to understand what kind of deal you are getting. However, with a little time spent, FarFetch can really pay off for those need-to-have items. Shopstyle Shopstyle does not sell clothing but it tells you who does. It is best used if you know what you want or have a small selection of possibilities. For instance, if you want a particular pair of jeans from Madewell, Shopstyle will list websites selling that pair or something similar. You can also be alerted when an item goes on sale. All the websites are verified so you do not have to worry about a deal being too good to be true. Shopstyle’s service, My Tailored Shop, allows users to see their favorite brands and shows those within a preferred price range. Shopstyle also features options to narrow down the possibilities for shipping, color, size, and type. BloomingdalesBloomingdales is a department store in the United States that sells thousands of luxury items. They have an ongoing sale where some clothing items fall into the lower £20 range. The site is good to use for basics and small items (such as makeup bags) that you might need. Bloomingdales also offers a personalized shopping service to help you pick what you want. They provide international shipping and are easy and efficient to use. Alexis Gostelow
Maya Asha, our Fashion Editor, talks about her ideas for the new academic year and her column Ship It, where she recommends items and brands that are hot fire must-haves.
What will the fashion section of The Tribe hold for our new academic year? Readers can expect a refreshed section with an emphasis on high-end trends at student friendly prices, along with a kaleidoscope of style reviews, runway retrospectives and student fashion profiles. My name is Maya Asha, and as the new Fashion Editor I am thrilled to be part of bringing relevant and diverse content to our student body! I am the definition of a fashion dork, with my collection of Vogue’s going back every month since 2000, so being a Fashion Editor has got me feeling like a kid dressing up as Anna Wintour.As a member of the SFC I am looking forward to collaborating with all of our members, many of whom are involved in FS, Don't Walk, and Concrete Catwalk. Additionally, The UK line The Ragged Priest is planning to lend us some of their fabulously off-beat items to create a student look-book which will be featured in this section using student models. My goal for this section is definitely to team up with as many fashion and style lovers as possible, focusing on bringing students and brands together so that the content is not only engaging, but fundamentally connected to the pulse of our St. Andrean culture.In terms of columns, high quality content and frequent updates are key to making our Fashion Section genuine and relevant. In case I have not repeated it enough, relevant is the theme of this new year, we need to keep content fresh and in demand! To do that I am going to encourage all the writers contributing to the section to create a column named and structured by them, because let's get real, who wants to be assigned a column when they can develop one. I want everyone to bring their own personal taste and inspirations to the table so that there is style diversity within the section to match the style diversity of our exceptionally dressed little town.One column you can expect to see from me directly is Ship It, where I recommend items and brands to our readers that are hot fire must-haves. Since online shopping can be a never ending endeavour, I plan to bring my weekly pics inspired by celebrity style, the latest designer collections, and St. Andrews street-style.I really cannot wait to start this creative journey with The Tribe team and all of you, the doors are open to collaborations and student profiles since I truly believe that inclusivity breeds innovation and that exclusivity stifles the attraction of individuality. Maya Asha
Kamilla Rekvényi reviews the fashion of May Ball and shares her own thoughts on the sartorial struggles faced by all St Andrews students.
Writing a fashion review in a foreign language as a Science student? It is hard. But compared to deciding what to wear for May Ball? Piece of cake.
When it turned out two days before the event that I was going to write the fashion review on May Ball, I have to admit that I panicked. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to wear! And this, especially for May Ball, the last chance to present your style and make a memorable appearance outside the cold and depressing vibes of the library this academic year, is truly a disaster.
Weeks before the impending Kate Kennedy Charity May Ball, a new topic of conversation appeared: the outfit. Long dress or short dress? Tie or bow tie? The typical St Andrews conversation is heightened by everybody’s opinion on how formal the event is going to be and how all attendants should dress.
On the 1st of May, Kinkell Byre was glowing – the red and gold colours in the decoration, appeared as stripes in the ties of the members of the Kate Kennedy Club. It perfectly represented the organisers and their matching colours emphasised the superiority of the event.
The question arose: how to find the perfect clothes to wear for May Ball? The following factors needed to be taken into account.Firstly, the dress code, which is black tie. May Ball counts as one of the most formal occasions in the academic calendar. This can be illustrated by numbers: 88% of the females were wearing long dresses and 83% of the males were wearing a bow tie.Secondly, it is a night with dancing for hours, so comfortable shoes would be the ideal solution. Eventually, however, the choice tends to be an elegant, formal shoe - therefore by 1am many girls were dancing barefoot and quiet complaints were whispered everywhere, even by some of the male attendees. Another very unique feature of the May Ball are the rides, which brings me to the third factor: all the excitement and movement it requires could ruin the carefully chosen wardrobe.Furthermore, the temperature is important, as we try to find the balance of not being either cold or warm in any part of the venue. The outside temperature was a reasonably warm 13°C, and inside it was over 20°C. This factor influenced choice of clothes yet was the perfect excuse to don a fashionable throw or coat for the windswept photo opportunity.
The rapid approach of the summer was portrayed by the colourful crowd. Only 32% were wearing a classic black dress, whereas 50% were wearing light colours, a perfect combination of spring and summer. 18%, meanwhile, dared to wear a warming red.
The money spent on the outfits ranged from 30 pounds to 300 pounds, and most of them were not worn before to any other event in St Andrews.
Lastly, the impact of different traditions in this time of the year were also highlighted by the attire. Those who ran into the North Sea at dawn tended to wear less formal clothes and most of them only decided on their outfits a day or two before. On the other hand, many others have had their outfits ready for the past few months.
All in all, the wide variety of outfits revealed a diverse, colourful company and seeing the outcome of the surveys confirmed that the outfit finding challenge does exist. I wish the best of luck for everybody in the years to come to accomplish it just as brilliantly as the guests of The Kate Kennedy Charity May Ball this year.
Breaking Boundaries is a new fashion series that will introduce readers to contemporary fashion revolutionaries. In the first edition, Kathrina Ashley presents Madeline Stuart, the nineteen year old Australian who is using her disability to take over the modelling industry.
The notoriously exclusive world of modelling and fashion shows is being taken by storm by one nineteen year old girl.
Madeline Stuart is a professional model. In 2015, she landed contracts with the athletic-wear label Manifesta, the cosmetics brand GlossiGirl, and the accessories designer EverMaya. She has walked in New York Fashion week for FTL Moda, donning pieces by designers Josefa de Silva and Lulu te Gigi. Most recently, she is being featured in bridal wear designer Sarah Houston’s latest ad campaign. For many models, these are mundane accomplishments; but Madeline boasts the unique tribute of being the world’s first (and only) professional model with Down Syndrome, and this makes her accomplishments pioneering.
The daring young Australian clearly does not allow societal pressures surrounding her disability to hinder her. Instead, she uses her passion to challenge the widespread perceptions of the lives of disabled people. Her official website states that ‘she wants people to know that Down Syndrome is a blessing, something to be celebrated.’
In an interview with blogger Mahalia of Love 'Em, Madeline voiced of her chosen career path, ‘[Modelling is] a way to express myself when words don't always come easy. Plus, I get to embrace society and hopefully make people feel more comfortable around people with disabilities.’
Her ultimate goal of encouraging business professionals to employ disabled people does not end with fashion. Madeline also uses her love for dancing to promote her message of positivity and inclusivity. She is the ambassador for and a founding member of the Inside Outside Dance Ensemble based in Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 2015, the studio offers classes in a variety of genres ranging from traditional styles such as contemporary to experimental dance. Its aim is to provide young people with disability a supportive platform to learn, create, explore and develop performance skills and to create pieces that can be toured regionally, and eventually, internationally.
Madeline’s determination is being given the attention it deserves. To date, she has almost 725,000 followers between Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Last year, she was nominated for the Pride of Australia and young Australian of the Year Awards. She also received the Model of the Year Award from fashion entertainment company, Mélange Productions.
Amongst increasing societal appeals for diversity, opportunity and originality, Madeline’s voice is a particularly loud (and much needed) one. She is undoubtedly already making her mark on the professional world, nationally and internationally, and is quickly assuming her position as one of the frontrunners of the burgeoning change spreading throughout the world of fashion. Madeline is a sharp reminder of the importance of believing in yourself and pursuing your goals in spite of the obstacles.
Jo Boon reviews Catwalk and it's place within RAG Week and the fashion culture of St Andrews.
Catwalk was an absolute blast! This was my first fashion show in St Andrews ever and it surpassed my expectations. The best part for me was that everyone, especially the models, seemed to be having fun. There was no army of serious looking models strutting down the runway but a group of students celebrating fashion. I chatted to one of the models, Mabel Barclay, before the show about whether she had enjoyed the process of rehearsals. She admitted she had some reservations about what it would be like to work with the other models and the potentially snobbish atmosphere that might be fostered. However, she felt that everyone had shared her experience of being slightly scared at first and warming into the fun of working together to produce their performance. No student run event I have been to has been completely perfect so, of course, there were some minor slip ups. There were small wardrobe malfunctions, some slight slips in heels and wrong turns taken on the runway but everything was dealt with with a smile and support from other models. Personally, I would rather see people having fun than a uniformly perfect show.The theme was street style, something they stuck too well on the whole. However, I found that this meant the collection was slightly limited and not as artistically interesting as it might otherwise have been. The problem with the theme is that you could literally see most of these outfits on the street, especially when placed within St Andrews culture which is so high fashion anyway. You can only look at tracksuits, jeans and simple skirts for so long without the mind wondering. Having said this, there were pieces that broke up the event and I enjoyed the sleepwear, kilts, ball dresses and underwear sets in particular. If nothing else, it was seriously impressive how many pieces of clothing they had managed to put together and how quick and smooth the changes were. Without a doubt the models are all absolutely stunning and should be celebrating their bodies but it annoyed me slightly that the same underwear was shown multiple times. Models wearing the same sets appeared three or four times which was boring; nothing was changing. They didn't do this with other sets of clothes in the first set at least, so it seemed like the point was to look at the models bodies rather than what they were wearing. On the one hand: they are all gorgeous and if they feel confident doing that that's awesome but it's a fashion show: I was there for the clothes.All the models should be congratulated for their confidence and professionalism, they made the event something special! I would have loved to see slightly more diversity on the runway but I think everyone who went had a good time and that should be celebrated. Whilst the models deserve credit for making the event so special, we mustn't forget everyone backstage who worked on the event for months beforehand. The production of Catwalk was amazing and the fact people are doing this on top of their degrees is awesome, and what makes St Andrews so special. The event was a great part of RAG week, raising money for charity, as well as using clothes from local charity shops to celebrate a range of styles. St Andrews students seem to love fashion shows so it fit in well with our fashion culture and was a great way to kick off the season.A fun way to raise money for charity? I'm on board! Looking forward to Catwalk 2017. Jo Boon Images courtesy of Lightbox
How can you combine fashion with care for the environment? Jo Boon talks us through her recommendations for some truly extraordinary companies!
I love dressing up but, like so many people I know, I often feel guilty about my fashion choices. I am a feminist but so much clothing is designed for the male gaze. I am a socialist and buying throwaway clothing to fit fashion trends contributes to our capitalist culture. I care about the environment but the fashion industry does not. The problems go on and on but fortunately there are solutions.This is a collection of some of my favourite environmentally friendly fashion companies. As always, there is another snag: they are expensive. Not ludicrously so, and if you have the cash I would 100% recommend, but admittedly it is a problem that this is an easier option for the wealthier of us. They are all very good quality though and, as my mum frequently reminds me, it is better to have one good quality piece then ten cheap ones.With this in mind it’s worth considering investing in some of these pieces and rejecting the throwaway culture that dominates our highstreets. Fashion is often elitist and today it is not just about buying expensive pieces but about being able to keep up with the constantly changing styles. This means buying cheaply and buying often.Having made this argument, it is important to remember that Primark may be the only realistic option for many people. If you can afford to shop elsewhere then please do and stop contributing to terrible workers conditions, both at home and abroad. If you are judging people for buying from Primark, then maybe check your privileges and remind yourself that most of the world isn’t as designer dominated as St Andrews.If you can’t afford the clothing companies I’m about to recommend then have you considered charity shops? If you’re turning up your nose, get over yourself. The charity shops in St Andrews are amazing and if you’re travelling through wealthy areas then always check them out because it’s absolutely crazy what people will throw out.Here are my top ten recommendations for eco- friendly fashion sites: