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Stick thin to fit in!

Looking through the fashion glossies I feel bombarded by glamorous yet perpetually skinny young women. Now i know all too well the size zero debate has been buzzing in our ears for way to long and I am sure the majority of us have become rather nauseas.

Having worked for numerous fashion publications and been a student of journalism for the past few years I couldn’t help feel that the media is getting blamed for giving the public simply what they want. Do we need to cut them some slack?

The countless models that are sashaying down the catwalk are to blame for the so-called ‘size-zero’ epidemic or so it has been claimed.

 As we are being constantly bombarded with stick thin A-listers, has are ability to actively respond and participate in the media come to an all-round halt. 

These young hopeful models aiming to break into the power hungry fashion business are being fed (no pun intended) ridiculous assumptions that they will only ‘make it’ if they are practically knocking on deaths door.

What is the reality of being a size zero? What does the media actually make of stick thin models?

Well, not much in fact. It is not simply the media to blame for this epidemic, if you can even call it that, it is the fashion industry who place these models on glass pedestals and show them to the world as the be-all and end-all of ‘beauty.’

The notoriety gained from media speculation has helped in bringing size zero to a halt on Madrid catwalks. But Madrid is one city in a world of billions of people.

In fact it is not purely the media to blame, they are simply perpetuating what the audience want to see and that is a slim, beautiful woman.

If a fat woman was the lead in a TV show would your attitudes still feel the same, chances are not.

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Swap ’til you drop

Have you discovered swishing? Ever wanted that guilt-free shopping experience?  

Local designer Vic Tristram is hosting a clothes-swapping party on Sunday 9th August at The Lodge, East Dulwich in association with greenmystyle.com to raise money and awareness for Bowel Cancer Charity and give your wardrobe that much-needed boost.

The doors will be open at 4pm to take deliveries. The event will be officially opened at 5.30pm. There is a small £5 entry fee/donation to the charity at the door, entitling you to one raffle ticket, which could see you win a fantastic beauty spa voucher or half a days gardening work.

With summer in full swing and parties galore, a great pair of shoes or that all-important evening dress is a must-have for any fashionista. Make for a dazzling evening, excite your fashion taste buds and help save our beloved planet at the same time.

Bring along any unwanted items of clothing, shoes or accessories. It can be anything from an outdated pair of high-top 80s sneakers or the latest bag that just didn’t go with that all-important outfit. Chances are, someone else will love it.

When you submit your items, you’ll be given the same number of tickets in return, each ticket entitles you to one swap item.

Then you go get yourself a refreshing drink and catch up with friends or strangers and listen to some fab music while the items are set up. Once the party opens at 5.30pm, you’re free to dive-in and pick your sparkling ‘new’ items, simple!

If you’re unable to bring any items or want to take more home than you brought, then “swap” tickets will be also on sale. All proceeds will be donated to Bowel Cancer Charity.

This year has seen a surge of interest in ethical and environmental issues around shopping.

“Save money, save the planet, have a party: swishing effortlessly touches all of these buttons. Swishing parties are for all those women who want to combine glamour, environmental protection and frugality,” says Lucy Shea, founder of Swishing and director of Futerra Sustainability Communications.

Clothes swap parties bring together ethical shopping, bargain hunting and social networking and is fast becoming a hot fashion trend. Ethical and environmentally friendly, swishing ticks all the right boxes when it comes to providing a guilt-free shopping experience. So why not enjoy it in the surroundings of a chic party? (any excuses, didn’t think so!) 

Save money, save the planet, have a swishing good time.

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