High Fashion, High Impact?


September was the month for all things fashion. Endless fashion weeks across the continents, launches of brand new Autumn clothing lines and chunky ‘September Issues’ dominating magazine stands. September was also the month that most students begin, or return to University. Because of this, it’s also the time when students feel like they’re endlessly hemorrhaging money – forking out for textbooks you’re going to flick through around exam time, replacing the tupperware that your old flatmate nicked, and generally getting yourself together for another year of student life.

Living on a student budget, it’s sometimes hard to understand how the world of ‘high fashion’ can possibly be relevant to you in any way. It’s all well and good enjoying the fashion shows, but most peoples’ SAAS payments don’t really stretch to the occasional pair of Louboutins. Even if it could fund those kind of purchases, most students are more likely to wear a denim jacket and layers of jumpers to uni over haute couture. Even copies of extravagant fashion magazines can feel like a luxury; £5 for perfume samples and glossy ads for clothes you’ll never be able to own is a lot when you’re usually scraping together coppers just to pay for a pint.

Ultimately, though, there must be something which draws people into buying these magazines and watching runway shows. You’re never going to catch me browsing for a pair of Jimmy Choos with the intention of actually spending my student loan on them (filling my basket and then deleting the tab is more likely), but despite this, I can’t help but get a buzz from high fashion. That feeling of inspiration and excitement from indulging in it is extremely unique; a world presenting itself as an elite platform, to which only hard work and passion allow for it to be reached.

In my current status of ‘poor student’, high fashion remains an unattainable fantasy, only currently accessible for students like me through watching events like Fashion Week, and pouring over the glossy pages of Vogue and Elle. And at least the worst you can get from that is a paper cut, rather than a loan-shark taking away your flat-pack furniture because you bought too many pairs of shoes with your overdraft.

[Grace Michael]

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