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MONOCHROME vs HOLOGRPAHIC- a battle of trends.

Two main fashion trends emerging on the streets is monochrome and holographic.

Vogue has declared that this autumn/winter 2015- 2016 trend is monochrome. Vogue states “from complex geometrics to simple contrasts, this season monochrome finds power in its purity. At its most effective, the discipline of strict black and white is mirrored in clean lines and sharp silhouettes“. How could anyone go wrong with classic black and white? It’s simplicity is what makes it so elegant and beautiful. And yet, there are still many different monochrome styles and patterns for everyone to wear in different ways, so I do believe that monochrome will never go out of fashion. here I am slightly disappointed with vogue condoning such a classic idea instead of branching to something more enigmatic, something… different. Something holographic.

I will now admit and add a disclaimer that this will be a biased article. As a colourful individual, I feel fashion and colour are used to express everyone’s tastes and emotions, especially young people.

In Vogues Spring – Summer 2013 ‘The Shining’ issue, it declares “The sheen that features heavily in the spring/summer 13 collections has magical qualities. When hit by light, one colour becomes many, while the gauzy fabrics float about the body like a mystical glow“.  Francesca Burns, Vogue fashion editor. And I agree- everyone could use a little magic in their lives.

With the rise of social media platform ‘Instagram’, many of the popular users have branched into a more vibrant, colourful style. Armed with vials of glitter and pink paint tubes, my Instagram feed is bombarded with teenage girls being creative and artsy. This includes more holographic clothing. Much like the 50’s mods two tone style suits, holographic items are something edgy and different. Why have one colour when you can have two, or three. At first, i was reluctant. After being on tumblr and seeing a thousand different pictures of the pretty oil spills on the floor, I wasn’t sure about this latest fashion trend. However, after purchasing my first pair of Topshop platforms in holographic purple, blue and green, my opinion has been swayed. I have the fortune to live in Brighton, a town infamous for it’s quirky, original and diverse fashion sense. Donning my new platforms, I got many compliments on my unusual footwear. I have always worn fairly unusual things- while I admit, I never categorised myself as a ‘fashionista’, I chose individual pieces that I liked, and that works for me.

So, for me, holographic- with it’s unusual, interesting, lustrous aesthetic, wins this battle. Sorry monochrome- you’ll always be a classic, but it’s time for something different.

REVIEW: LUSH

With Instagram snaps of fizzing bath bombs and presents of smelly soaps, I decided to explore the fascination with the new body products sop, Lush.

Firstly, the shop is distinctive because of the potent smell wafting from it’s shop doors halfway down the shopping centre- though many are put off by the strong smell of the shop! The layout is cosy and a bit jam-packed, giving off a busy vibe.

One can compare the feeling of Lush as the same as a child in a candy store- there’s so much to look at and choose from! Rows and lines of fizzy bath bombs with ingenious names such as ‘Granny takes a dip’ and ‘Immaculate Eggception’ which bring the fun, light-hearted soap to cleaning your body. You can see the care in which every person that works at Lush puts in to creating and selling the product, and the customer care is fabulous from my experience.

Lush even work around the major holidays to incorporate creative ideas such as carrot bombs for Easter and can be the perfect sack present for both teens and adults at Christmas. I must admit, I received a massive basket filled with gorgeous lush products that have lasted me and made me feel and smell like an angel. These gifts included Space Girl, Tisty Tosty, Fizzbanger, with a glittery hard massage bar that made my skin feel  smells like coconut, look sparky and feel softer than a baby’s bottom! I add a dusting of vanilla powder for a soft, delicate look for a night out.

The wacky colours and glitter and flowers are very exciting for someone who loves a good bath, and I have to admit there is a childish pleasure in watching the chemical reactions of the bomb fizzing and adapting the water you relax in. For those who have enough excitement in their life, there are calmer products available. Lush have a surprisingly wide range of different products- from hair products to soaps and lotions. I have recently bought the ‘Mask of Magninity’. I have loved facemasks all my life, and this did not disappoint. The soothing mint smells absolutely gorgeous and the honey soothes the face after the anti-inflammatory ingredients works to revitalise and clean your skin.

So what sets Lush aside from other shops? firstly, they don’t test on animals. In fact, they staged a campaign against animal testing in 2012, on Regent street in London as they showed graphic scenes of a performance artist being tested and essentially tortured, with a petition to sign. They raised awareness and of course, all of their products haven’t been tested on animals, are vegetarian and handmade. Paired with the ‘Naked packaging’ and ethical buying, Lush has to be my favourite cosmetics shop and I recommend trying out  couple of their products.

Rating: 9/10. If only I had enough money to fill my bath shelves with all of the products from this fabulous shop.