Friday, February 24, 2012

FREAK LIKE ME- This years fashion auction.

This year, the second years present to us:
It's Northampton's BIGGEST fashion event of the year and this year looks like it's set to be the biggest one ever! The event will be held at the Black Bottom Club on Tuesday the 27th March 2012.
Ticket Prices for the Fashion Show:
£4- After Party

£5- On the Door

£7.50- Show & After Party

V.I.P Booths are also avaliable, get in quickly as they are very 


Doors open at 7:30 and the catwalk will start at 8:30, then a pop up shop will open at Aunite Ruth's at 9:00 where you can buy the clothes from the catwalk!

The charities supported this year are for breast cancer and anti- bullying.This is what second year students have been getting up to to make sure that they raise as much as they can for their chosen charities!

Please come along and show your support it will be an amazing fashion-filled night! An event not to be missed.
Also, did we hear something about an after party?
Click here to find out more:
Also check out the Facebook event page where you can find out so much more about 'Freak Like Me':

Alber Einstein was truly a great man...


That's right! Rihanna is spearheading a new fashion show in the UK that will search for undiscovered designers!
Here is the link to the article:

As for Jean Paul Gaultier, he has created his most iconic collection yet...with his contribution to the remembrance of Any Winehouse :
Check these out!
Keep an eye out for more fashion related news, there are some great articles!


Many people say “once you’ve seen a big city, you’ve seen them all”, however, after experiencing a week in New York, I strongly disagree with this comment. New York is on another level compared to other big cities around the world, everything about it is different from any other city in the world.
The New York trip was an opportunity to experience what most people outside of a university course wouldn’t be able to do.  Over two of the five days of our trip, we were given the chance to explore several fashion related businesses, which were: Tommy Hilfiger, Anthropologie, Jeffrey, Armani exchange, Dress for Success, Chaus, OPR and RMC USA. During these visits to these companies we were given a talk and a tour of the businesses. Not only was that a brilliant opportunity in itself, but we also got to chat to the professionals about themselves and their roles within their companies and gain contacts for work experience in the future.

For me, the most exciting opportunity we had was visiting OPR (Overseas Publishers Representatives) as I take a huge interest in trend forecasting. Not only was the trip educational, it also gave us a chance to explore one of the world’s top fashion capitals and it was a welcome break away from lectures! (Emmie Wheeler)
I think that the trip as a whole was both exciting and inspiring; I was able to get an insight into the world of fashion in New York, as well as further my knowledge. I found that the visit brought me fantastic opportunities to gain contacts and make an impression on the professionals of the company. New York is a place I would definitely visit again and would love the opportunity to spend some time working with the companies out there! (Siobhan Williamson)
The New York trip was such a good experience. Having the freedom to explore the city was amazing. I went shopping in Soho, visited Ground Zero and looked over the city from the 102nd floor in the Empire State building.The fashion marketing tour was a great chance to meet fashion professionals and get tips to become successful in the industry. I gained knowledge about several different companies and job roles, which has helped me to have a better understanding on the path I want to follow.

The trip was also a chance to bond with others on my course. We all had a lovely time and hope to go back soon, for work or fun… or even just for more shopping! ;)
(Nisha Ellis)


Here are some blogs the THE OBSERVER themselves recommend, so take a look and see if there are some that interest and inspire you!

 The world of street style from a much loved photographer.

Style Rookie...she may be young, but she sure is fashion-wise.

If you something, young and trendy and very insightful about young designers.

More street wear focused, this blog loves niche brands and trainers.

Designer and blogger in with the stars such as Lady Gaga for whom he made a guitar, as well as designing sets for Vogue.
'Ring My Bell' and 'From Primark To Prada' are two up and coming blogs that don't have the same celebrity status...yet. But they are ones to watch!



Fashion Marketing students are made aware of a range of exciting opportunities via the internal course site; these can range from work experience placements to exhibitions taking place, and of course, competitions!
In September, opened a ‘Fashion Writer’ competition, asking students to select an outfit for the festive period from the stock available on the website, and write an accompanying blog style piece explaining why the items had been selected. I decided to send in an entry, as I thought it was a brilliant opportunity, and I was stuck at home with a nasty case of Freshers Flu!
I picked the outfit based on what I would wear myself, and sent in the application, expecting to hear nothing more, especially when an email was sent out in early December saying the closing date had been extended due to a high volume of entries. But, just before the Christmas break I received an email to say my entry had been selected as runner-up in the competition and I had won a Sony digital camera!! Obviously I’m really pleased with this achievement, it’s a great accomplishment to put on my C.V and really boosted my confidence.

This is my entry:

Well, it has to be said, have outdone themselves with their autumn/winter 2011 collection, there are some amazing pieces in stock, which makes choosing singular items quite a feat! After hours (yes hours!) of lovingly trawling the site in search of a fabulous festive outfit, I ended up with quite a hotlist! There are some stunning dresses to choose from, but my love of things ‘unusual’ meant that this gorgeous French Connection dress won me over – the fringing gives a slight nod to the Seventies and the t-shirt style fit is both flattering and versatile. I teamed this with some ankle boots from Ravel, not your average combination I know, but festivities don’t necessarily mean we have to lose all individuality! I think the boots are edgy, and combined with the trilby create a really quirky, not-your-average party look. Everyone knows though that the festive season means a little bit of sparkle is needed, so I chose this beautiful fan clutch from French Connection, the gold embellishment adds a bit of understated glam to the whole look, and the dressy cocktail ring ramps things up another notch. Simply add the faux fur jacket – which by the way is the height of sophistication this season, not to mention a much-needed extra layer when it turns even colder than it already is – and you have a perfect party look. To complete this look I’d go with tousled hair, nothing too polished, metallic eyes and neutral lips… and maybe a sneaky sprig of mistletoe… just in case all that glam attracts some admirers!


Clothes Show Live Greets Fashion Students from the University of Northampton
Students studying fashion related courses at the University of Northampton were last month given the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at Clothes Show Live, Birmingham.
From the 2nd -7th December, a number of students studying various fashion courses at the University of Northampton were selected to work at the Clothes Show Live 2011. The opportunity came about after the university was approached by Haymarket Media Group, the organisers of Clothes Show. Students were then asked by tutors to forward on their CVs in order to be considered for the opportunity. The prestigious Clothes Show which takes place every year at the NEC in Birmingham includes fashion shows, stalls and celebrity appearances. This show’s host George Lamb was joined by members of the cast from Hollyoaks, British girl band Parade and fashion stylist and TV presenter Grace Woodward.
 During their time at the Clothes Show, students got to operate in the various areas. Emily Draper, a Fashion Marketing student was working in the VIP lounge where she said was a chill out zone for the celebrities, hair stylists and competition winners. She said, “I had to sit at a desk with a guest list and deal with any inquiries by staff or visitors.” She also added “the experience has made me more confident in my abilities to handle things that I wouldn't expect I could do.” “It’s definitely made me more aware of the places my course could take me.”
Besides working in the VIP lounge other girls were assigned roles as model dressers and paparazzi, where they had to organise and manage queues so that visitors could be photographed with celebrities. More importantly, the people skills and industry knowledge that the students were able to experience will be a huge help to their university course. Louise Smith, a Fashion student commented on her experience saying “it was literally the best week of my life”. “I've also got contacts in the industry now and a really good reference from the wardrobe manager which will be great to put on my CV”. With the success of the event, it is very likely that fashion students from the university will be looking forward to the show with greater anticipation.

By Kanem Hutchinson, BA Journalism