Ask Alexandra: Should I Finish my Degree?

Designs by Lisa Matthias

Designs by Lisa Matthias

Hi Alexandra,

I am currently completing my BA in Fashion Styling at Instituto Marangoni in London. I really love the course and the opportunities that have come my way so far but I am also racking up a lot of debt living in London as I am from Canada and the exchange rate is not in my favour.

I have one more year left to complete but I was contemplating not returning and seeing if I can make it without a degree (as they will give you a diploma if you have completed 2 years of the course).

I want to specialize in PR and social media marketing and have done a lot of great internships pertaining to that paradigm of the fashion industry as well as taking an online certificate in Digital Marketing to add to my CV.

I am worried that if I do not return and get my BA that this will have adverse affects on my career and I won’t be taken seriously.


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Fall 2015 Campaigns Part 2

More fashion advertising. Some cool, some not. Read part 1.

I love…

fashion advertising, fashion photography, campaign, magazines, fashion,

Giorgio Armani featuring Vittoria Caretti shot by Solve Sundsbo. This is magical, eye catching, and not typical Armani (which is usually a good thing.)


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Fall 2015 Campaigns Part 1

Browsing through these shoots made me realize that there were not many brands doing anything of interest. There were quite a lot of good looking campaigns, but conceptually they were not new or interesting. Only a handful got me excited. Here is part 1 my loves and loathes from the Fall 2015 advertising campaigns. Read part 2.

I love…

advertising campaigns, editorial imagery, fashion photography, fashion magazines, luxury brands, Burberry, mario testino

Burberry featuring rising stars shot by Mario Testino. Burberry have a habit of repeating the same campaign over and over again (first it was the black and white shots in the countryside, then it was the “parties” of models.) This is new, a bit rougher, and more interesting than trench coats in a field.


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Beauty Brief: Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter

susanne kaufmann, body butter, beauty brief

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about beauty. I’m usually faithful to certain brands and products, so it’s not frequent that I have anything new to write about. But there have been a few creams I’ve tried recently so I’ve put together a few blog posts that I’ll be running over the next few weeks. Let’s start with the expensive one!

I’ve searched high and low for an organic body butter that was effective, not too greasy, and packaged in a jar and not a tube or bottle. When I lived in Vancouver I was sent truckloads of beauty products to try, including many wonderful organic brands (many of which were very good and got mentions here) but I think I may have finally found the perfect body butter, perfect in all ways except the price tag (that’s always the way, isn’t it?) Susanne Kaufmann’s Body Butter smells divine, moisturizes really effectively, is not greasy, absorbs quickly (you can put it on before bed without fear of greasy sheets) and is packaged in glass jars. This is an amzing brand – Austrian, all holistic and organic – exactly what a luxury beauty brand should be. I know the price is a bit scary (49 euros) but I’ve got a suggestion for a cheap body butter you can alternate with this. Check back next week for my DYI whipped body butter. Meanwhile, if you want to indulge, I strongly recommend this amazing cream.

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Loathe: Rihanna x Stance

rihanna, socks, stance, celebrity fashion, celebrity designerI’m used to reading about stupid fashion brand working with a celebrity on a “design” collaboration but it always hurts when it is a brand you actually like. Stance is a sock company that makes cool socks. I wouldn’t exactly put them on my list of best brands ever, but I’ve bought their products and they are interesting, the quality is better than Happy Socks (my husband goes through a pair in a few weeks) and they seem like a generally cool company, until now.

This is a company that has done collaborations with brands like Minimale Animale (most sexy swimsuit company ever), Harley Davidson, and Laura Enever (Australian surfer.)

It’s one thing to do a one off Rihanna sock, but Stance have gone further to name her Contributing Creative Director and Punk & Poet ambassador. First of all, what the f**k is a Punk & Poet ambassador? Why does a sock company need one?


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