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The Class of 2016: Lingerie Catwalk Event

This week I had the pleasure of attending an event organised by this year’s graduates of the BA (Hons) Fashion Contour course at London College of Fashion, UAL. The glamorous gathering was held at Hoxton
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Fashion

Collective205-2016-1 The Class of 2016: Lingerie Catwalk Event

This week I had the pleasure of attending an event organised by this year’s graduates of the BA (Hons) Fashion Contour course at London College of Fashion, UAL. The glamorous gathering was held at Hoxton
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Image of a David Gandy for M&S advert on the side of a London bus. Fashion Theory: Mentioning the Unmentionables

Despite being usually hidden from view, underwear is an important aspect of our clothed selves. Everyone knows that it can keep us warm or cool, ensure we are comfortable, provide support, and help us feel fresh. What many people forget is that it also provides the foundations for our chosen clothed identity, whatever our age
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Rob Phillips' illustration in the window of Jigsaw, Argyll Street In praise of shopping therapy

The first step is admitting you have a problem, so here goes… my shopping habit is getting out of control. This year, a combination of body image blues and being on far too many retailers’ mailing lists has meant that my wardrobe has received much more of a ‘refresh’ than it perhaps needed. It started
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Jordan Hairston for Foxers Lust List: June

Things are quiet on Rarely Wears Lipstick at the moment because this particular Brit voted to remain in the European Union and is currently somewhat sidetracked by the ongoing mess that is UK politics right now. So, as a little piece of whimsy to (slightly) take my mind off things, here’s a European-inspired post-Brexit Lust
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Playful Promises' Curve range, now available to pre-order Playful Promises’ new Curve range

Following the success of their fuller bust collection, and after requests for bigger back sizes, London-based lingerie brand Playful Promises have launched their first Curve range. With lashings of typically flirty Playful Promises style, the collection includes bra sizes from 38 B-G and 40-42 C-G, and a larger range of briefs UK sizes 18–24. While
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Lori wearing the Love ur Look Dot Dash A-Line Dress Review: Love ur Look

I first wrote about Love ur Look last year and have been keen to try on some of their lovely vintage-inspired dresses ever since. Well, it finally happened this weekend, as Love ur Look are running a pop-up shop with Lady K Loves, Silly Old Sea Dog and Innabox over at the Old Truman Brewery in east
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Life

Cheerz strips, featuring lipsticklori's Instagram photos Review: Photo printing by Cheerz

I have loved making photographs for a great many years. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, digital photography and social media, many more people than ever before are taking photographs of themselves and their surroundings but, with a little bit of knowledge and thought, you can make photographs. Ones that you created and are, quite
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Image by lipsticklori Top tips for a happy life

I’ve always been a glass half full kind of person, but recent years have seen me learn to value this more. Whenever I meet someone who has been ground down by stress and the pressures of
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Poster for an exhibition by the UAL Curation Society Imposter Syndrome: fighting your gremlins

Earlier this month, I went to the V&A’s Undressed exhibition with a bunch of lovely people who are all fans of the lingerie brand Kiss Me Deadly. Since I was awarded my MA – which involved two years of research and academic writing about underwear, specifically bras – the brand’s head honcho Catherine has rather
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LGBTQ

Cover of the UK Metro newspaper, 14th June 2016 Orlando

In the early hours of the morning of Sunday 12th June 2016, a gunman opened fire at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 49 people and injuring dozens before he was shot dead by police. Last night a vigil in Soho, London (and many others across the country) showed that the UK LGBTQ
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Make up image via Mariana Athayde's Flickr photostream FEMME: A Story of Empowerment and Erasure

1999. I am going to a job interview at a lesbian bar. The manager, a butch, opens the door: ‘What are you doing here? Are you in the right place?’ ‘I am here for the interview’ She looks at me up and down with suspicion. ‘You don’t look gay!’ ‘I am here, for the same reason
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Selfridges' EveryBODY campaign Lust List: April

This month’s underwear Lust List is inspired by my visits to The Body Studio at Selfridges and the Undressed exhibition at the V&A, plus my many lunch time window shopping trips on London’s famous Oxford Street (having a day job that’s based at Oxford Circus can be dangerous!). I can’t get enough of the wonderful
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Feminism

STOPJECTIFY-Indiegogo Art + Feminism = STOPJECTIFY

Back in February 2014 I wrote about a fundraising campaign for a feminist art exhibition called Big Swinging Ovaries. Created by London-based Berliner artist Jess de Wahls, who I interviewed for my Exploring Creativity blog
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Image from Neon Moon's beautiful inclusive lingerie photoshoot Giveaway: Neon Moon bra

Earlier this month, feminist lingerie brand Neon Moon revealed their fantastic and inclusive #IAmNeonMoon campaign images, which aim to fight transphobia and body shaming. Featuring three gorgeous models – including a trans woman and a woman of colour – plus the Neon Moon CEO, the photoshoot looks like it was loads of fun and everyone
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London College of Fashion panel discussion on women leaders in the fashion industry, 7th Oct 2015 Women Leaders in the Business of Fashion

Yesterday evening I attended a panel discussion on the topic of women as leaders in the fashion industry, hosted by the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Business School and held at the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition space on the Strand. The panel was chaired by Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion, and
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Reviews

Cheerz strips, featuring lipsticklori's Instagram photos Review: Photo printing by Cheerz

I have loved making photographs for a great many years. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, digital photography and social media, many more people than ever before are taking photographs of themselves and their surroundings but, with a little bit of knowledge and thought, you can make photographs. Ones that you created and are, quite
[…continue reading]

Lori wearing the Love ur Look Dot Dash A-Line Dress Review: Love ur Look

I first wrote about Love ur Look last year and have been keen to try on some of their lovely vintage-inspired dresses ever since. Well, it finally happened this weekend, as Love ur Look are running a pop-up shop with Lady K Loves, Silly Old Sea Dog and Innabox over at the Old Truman Brewery in east
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Fashion & Freedom exhibiton at Manchester Art Gallery Review: Fashion & Freedom

On Thursday 12th May, I headed up to Manchester for the launch of Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition is part of 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme of arts events connecting people with the First World War. Working in partnership with cultural organisations across the UK, 14-18 NOW is commissioning “new work by
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