A Man’s Visual Instinct…?

Whether we are at work, on Oxford Street doing some much needed shopping with the girls, heading to Old Street for early evening drinks or Sunday lunching with family and friends, no matter where our presence may be, our appearance shall always be judged. Where does the fashion sensitive woman’s standards and visual instincts, that she uses to judge herself and other women, really come from? Ayesha Charles Reports.   Jennifer Lopez Versace Grammy Dress Basic humaninstincts has us judge what is before us with our senses, those of us lucky enough to have all five senses seem to be led instinctively by what appears. What we wear can blur the lines of class, status, wealth, politics and taste, giving us the all the ability to materialise as who we want to be or who we wish to be perceived as. Fortunately or not, depending on your stance, what we wear and our general external appearance plays an immensely significant role in how...
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The Fashion Paradox:Fashion Cycle

The Fashion Paradox:Fashion Cycle

 Azzedine Alaia and Grace Jones A major part of going out for a night on the town is the dressing up and being appreciated for our adornment - that’s exactly why we do it. There’s no gratitude in dressing up without an appreciative eye to witness our efforts. It’s like wearing an Azzedine Alaia dress where nobody even knows who he is, let alone recognises one of his designs. Vain and self important? Most definitely so; dressing up is part of a process, a self fulfilling prophecy that requires us, once taken pride in decorating ourselves, the need to be seen and appreciated in order to complete the full circle of ‘enjoying’ dressing up. When women meet with friends on nights out, don’t we spend at least the first fifteen minutes together discussing what we are wearing? And new purchases or garments our friends haven’t seen us in before tend to be appreciated more, no matter how much they loved the...
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The Fashion Paradox: Power and Symbolism

The Fashion Paradox: Power and Symbolism

  The power of fashion and dress is undeniably a vigorous one - it’s a wonder how something so undeniably forceful can be considered purely as superficial, particularly when it has the muscle to influence and define, conceal or reveal social groups and social perception.  The 1960s saw the surge of the afro amongst black people, the rush derived from America during the African-American Civil Rights Act and The Black is Beautiful Movement. Black American’s fought for racial equality and rejected conformity to European standards of beauty, which influenced both black men and women to relax or hot comb their hair till it appeared as straight as possible, imitating their very own oppressor. The afro was indeed a political fashion symbol which articulated the black American’s pride in their African American identity and empowered them at a crucial moment in American History. This is an example of fashion demonstrating it's ability to justify itself as an important social and cultural component. For this element,...
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