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“Star Wars is My Style”

UCStyle: the Manolis Edition.

By Laura Paloma

“I fucking love Dining Hall” says Manolis as he shows me into his unit. The door of his room is covered in UCSA committee event posters, which he likes to collect for decoration. Only the nice ones though, because “some are just cringeworthy”. As he is choosing his favourite Star Wars apparel (a range of galaxy sweaters with Darth Vader prints, bought at H&M or comic book stores in the US), he tells me that he usually wears black and white oversized clothes. I ask about the high heels lying around – when does he wear them? “Oh, when I want to fuck with people’s perceptions of gender,” he responds, “or when it rains.” When Manolis is ready, we go outside to take the pictures. We discuss where to take them: “In front of Dining Hall or the Bar,” – his two favourite places on campus.

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Maaike Visser

1. What are you wearing?

God, where to start. All my stuff is from everywhere. The T-shirt is from Urban Outfitters in London; the skirt is from the clothing swap in UCU. The sequined peacock jacket I bought in a thrift store Perpignan, the socks I got from a friend, and I made the scarf myself in a fit of boredom. The shoes were a gift from my mom and were decorated by children at the campsite I worked.

2. Which current fashion trends do you like and dislike the most?

I like how a lot of people have their own distinct style. Instead of being carbon copies of each other, they pick the elements they like and combine them. That’s why I don’t really dislike anything, as long as the person wearing it feels good about it.

3. If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?

Harry Potter, Grimm’s Fairytales & How to build a raft.

DaniqueDanique van Leeuwenstijn

1. what are you wearing?

I am wearing a blue strapless dress with a grey knitted cardigan. Black ankle boots and a fringe bag.

2. Describe your personal style and its influences/inspirations

I would describe my style as street classic. I do not look for fashion influences really. I buy that what it is I like. But if I were to pick my favorite fashion style, it would be that of Olivia Palermo.

3. Where’s your favorite place to go shopping?

River Island or Topshop

Yoga: the secret to happiness?

By Jessica Evans

Yoga has been a feature of Eastern cultures for more than 5000 years and over the last century it has seen a sharp rise in popularity in the West. Now there are an estimated 250 million practitioners of yoga worldwide, attracted by the discipline’s holistic approach to attaining physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Kim Lien runs UCU’s weekly drop-in classes on Tuesday afternoons. She claims that true happiness can only be achieved once one learns to love one’s body and that the yoga philosophy may help foster such a relationship. The class is continually reminded that they are not expected to display perfect flexibility; rather they must listen to their bodies’ limits because, as she explains, ‘each muscle is different, and every day is different’.

We begin by sitting back-to-back in pairs. With each inhalation our spines lightly arch and press against one another, our shoulders softly rising and falling, and our stomachs grow round with air. A gentle voice guides us to feel each breath, and that of our partner’s, with our entire bodies. We must forget about all the worries we are holding on to and all the assignments still to complete. We must focus on this moment, here and now. Gradually me, my partner, the whole class, we realize a mutual rhythm and our breathing becomes slower and deeper. I feel as though I could drift into sleep.

This slowing of one’s breath and heart rate has plentiful health benefits too. It is the reason yoga has been accredited for relieving afflictions such as asthma, high blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia. Nevertheless it would be misguided to think of yoga as simply a set of soporific breathing exercises. Some positions strongly engage a set of muscles, for example the wide lunges we must hold whilst stretching our spines and fingers to the ceiling. It is poses such as these that make yoga an effective means for improving muscle tone, stamina, posture and balance as well.

Yet perhaps the most significant benefit is psychological. When was the last time you felt thoroughly content with your surroundings and within yourself? Yoga increases bodily awareness and thereby enhances one’s general sense of wellbeing. Just as Kim contended, I leave the session feeling grounded and balanced. I can appreciate the strength and flexibility of my muscles and the value of good posture. My mind is calm and clear. An air of serenity lingers on far after the session has ended and for the rest of the week I await the next class. I have been thoroughly converted.

DanceCo organises yoga lessons 15:30-16:30 every Tuesday in the meditation room. Missed the first few weeks? You can join at any time during the semester.

For those itching to get out of ‘the bubble’, there are daily classes for all different types of yoga at Yoga Moves, St. Janshovenstraat 1.


Style ≠ Fashion?

La mode passé, le style reste’’

–  Coco Chanel

Last month we featured a piece about Laurence Herfs, a fashionista that uses not only clothes but art to express her style. That got us thinking… are clothes really necessary? Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting anyone runs around naked (unless you want to of course), but more questioning what it is that style really means. Does a difference between style and fashion actually exist?

Starting from when we get up in the morning and decide how we’re going to look, style means something different to every person. While some may consider it a means of celebrating the self, a fight against invisibility, or an act of creative expression, others may simply ‘get dressed’ without putting much thought into it. Both are expressions of personal style, because they involve expressions of who you are.

Style does not equal fashion. In fact, there is a vast gap between fashion and style. Fashion, is about clothes and their relationship to the moment. Style, is about you and your relationship with yourself. Fashion is in the clothes. Style is in the wearer.

When choosing who to feature in our monthly posts, we pick people for many different reasons. Sometimes it’s a wonderful jacket, an exquisite hat, other times, it’s a knowing face, or a confident stance. Not always are the person’s clothes something we would personally wear but they are always a standout to us, they tell us a story about their owner.

Style is more character than clothes. It’s you making visible your inner self. As put by Coco Chanel: “fashion passes but style remains”. So go forth and be stylish!

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