Month: Jan 2022

Can we feel safe again? A student’s response to modern-day spiking

In recent months, there has been a vast rise in reports of women and men being spiked at clubs and venues across the country via hypodermic needles. What felt like freedom to attend clubs again after relaxed COVID restrictions has turned cold and frightening. The daunting reality that we are not safe has hit home once again. 

Trigger and content warnings: This article discusses drugging, needles, spiking and victim blaming in detail. There are minor mentions of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Virgil Abloh: A Legacy in Fashion and Beyond

Creative Director of Louis Vuitton and founder of Off-White, Virgil Abloh, sadly passed away on 28 November 2021. Aged just 41, his contribution to fashion and music throughout his career has made him one of the most legendary names in the creative industries. Virgil was one of the most innovative creatives to walk the Earth. I do not say this lightly – who else can add “walking” onto trainers and make them look incredible? He founded Off-White in 2013, a company known for chunky quotation marks, zip ties, capital letters and hazard tape. Despite losing the LVMH award in 2014 (LVMH being a French holding multinational corporation which oversees many notable fashion houses, including Loewe, Fendi, Celine, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton), his brand is arguably one of the most recognised and iconic in the world. One of my favourite pieces is from the Resort 2021 Womenswear and is modelled by his good friend, Bella Hadid. The electric blue mini dress is just stunning and acts as such a beautiful combo with the patent leather …