I moved to Nottingham just over a week ago to study Fashion Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent University. (side note, “id rather be a polly than a C***” ). Needless to say its an amazing city in general but specifically for anyone studying within the arts. However i don’t think i would have known this if I hadn’t been set the labourious Freshers week task of a “Treasure Hunt” around the city. 45 locations May I add! After two days of walking around a city you get to know your peers and all the sights along the way, which means i now have an in-depth understanding of both . Which by the way are both amazing.
Along with my treasure hunt buddies we devised this mood board of all 45 of the most important spots for creative souls in the city. Ill break down a few of my favourites spots for you now.
Nottingham is an amazing City and I’m looking forward to exploring it more in the next three year that I live here!
Photography – by Tiffany Holland
My Social Media – @elliejackson12
60’s Cyber Streets is a shoot styled and directed by Myself and Ella O’Reilly ,as part of a brief for our BTech Diploma. This brief was to design and produce a Outerwear Garment which were styled by us during this shoot. We chose to play on the space age feel the fabrics gave off and went for a out-of-space with sports lux style due to the key trends at the time we shot this. Our locations were chosen on the idea of putting out of space/ high fashion in a casual down to earth environment. Models were Lucy Coles and Elli Partridge and my partner in the shoot was Ella O’Reilly. FOLLOW ELLA HERE!
It is not a secret that when a social media “influencer” gains a large amount of followers brands want to work with them. This is called a Brand deal. A brand deal is basically a virtual advertisement space that brands use to advertise their product. They take advantage of the platform a influencer has made for themselves by paying the youtube/blogger (whatever they may be) to feature the brands products in a Instagram post or review on a youtube channel. Some larger brands have in the past few years been making this one of their main ways of advertising and taking Bloggers/Instagramers/Youtubers on luxury holidays to meet brand Ambassadors and see the new products with the hope or in some cases agreement that they will document their time with the brand and share with their audiences.
Social Media influencers be it YouTubers or instagramers are a way company’s can reach larger audiences with their products on wider platforms than just their own, as the Influencers have gained a sort of celebrity culture of their own with some you tubers such as Zoella (lifestyle and Beauty Guru) gaining followings of 10k plus. Examples of where this has been very effective is with instagram influencer Tammy Hebrow, Tammy is a fitness enthusiast who has gained a huge 7 million audience on her Instagram account. Tammy is sponsored by companies such as ‘Woman’s Best’ to upload “content” which she will be paid for and allow her to make a living from being on Instagram, While Women’s Best get publicity from somebody who’s followers will buy the products from her review as they trust her judgement and strive to be just like her.
An example where this has been done a lot recently is with Reserved, a Polish company new to the UK this month. They have 1,700 stores in 18 Countries. On this 6th of September Reserved launched in the UK, opening up their new Flagship store in London on Oxford Street.In this few weeks leading up to this launch Reserved flew a selection of Bloggers/Youtubers to Poland to learn about the brand , via private jet. I think this was a very clever marketing tactic to get the name Reserved know in the UK . Many of the guests documented their time with Reserved on Instagram/ Blogs and Youtube which reached collectively millions of followers. Reserved then went on to invite some of the same Influencers to their Launch day to meet and greet followers. The guests included Kate Moss and Youtuber Tanya Burr who both brought huge amounts of customers keen to meet them and then d some shopping in the new store.
Brand Deals are without a doubt a brilliant way that companies can communicate with their audiences and continue to gain larger audiences. A large amount of the population like to buy products off the back of a review from somebody they trust and this can be found on Youtube and other social media platforms. I think that Brands using this type of advertisment are following the times and allowing themselves to grow with their Customers.
Betty Magazine is an independent Magazine and Blog. With the aim to “unify women with a youthful state of mind and a Nostalgic heart”. Established in 2010 by Editor Charlotte Jacklin. The team at Betty are aiming to reach women from all walks of life and allow them to indulge in all things Nostalgic and Beautiful , they realise that lot of consumers are stimulated by a more physical, hands on connection , such as magazines which is why a print version of their blog is available to order off their website. Another effective way Betty reaches its audiences and also a lot of companies use as an effective touchpoint is physically interacting with who you are trying to communicate with through meet ups. Betty have set up a club called the “Girls Club” where subscribers to their website can go and meet like-minded people at social events such as knitting clubs, scent making classes and cocktail classes. Betty also offer classes which they hope allow women to become business savvy and creative as they support small businesses and celebrate everything feminine and hand crafted.
The Girls Club allows Betty to connect directly with their readers and find out exactly what it is they are into/ what content they want to read which allows Betty’s writers to know what content to focus on and how to stay relevant to their readers. Betty is perfect example of how using meet ups as a communicative touchpoint is very effective as they have had a huge request for more Girls club meet ups and tickets sell fast! Check out the Betty Blog here!
In my opinion the people who are exploring fashion codes and messages in the most innovative way are the people that are changing with the times and updating their ways of thinking to fit with what the consumer is paying most attention to, which i think at this current time is social media. One example of a company who I believe is doing this very well and really playing on the tool that is social media is “Pretty little thing” who says their customer is the “online savvy shopping generation” The reason I think they are innovative is because they notice what is in pop culture and use it to their advantage. This past summer the popular TV shop “Love Island” grew a huge following with all ages but particularly with teens and young adults/20-somethings, viewers of this show became very attached to the contestants and “PLT” noticed this and have made contestant Montanna Brown a PLT ambassador as well as giving her her own line on the website , this means the reach Montana’s following on social media and gain respect and attention from the millions of viewers for noticing what they are into, other brands such as “BooHoo” have done similar with other contestants.
My ultimate Inspiration is Sophia Amoruso (the founder of Nasty Gal). Sophia started her career on Ebay. She was a broke young adult who had a passion for Vintage clothes. She set up a vintage Ebay shop just to pay the bills for a Hernia she had acquired, her shop gained followers very fast and she was selling faster than she could find. Sophia made the switch from Ebay store to her own Nasty Gal website and started the journey of creating an empire for herself hiring the best in the business to help her on her way up. I believe Sophia is a lady who is translating and projecting in an innovative way ,because she is promoting herself in so many different ways and connecting them all using one mentality which is “girlboss”. Sophia has had huge success creating her business and wrote a book due to high demand about making it in the business called “girl boss” Buy The Book Here .The book did extremely well and sophia says the book is the mentality of her brand nasty gal. Sophia has not just stopped there and has also reached further audiences and continues to inspire using her podcast where she interviews other “girl bosses” every week and hears their story and how they “made it”.Listen to Girlboss Radio here This allows her to promote both her book and brand and podcast all at the same time as she links them using the “girl boss” mantra it also allows her to keep very up to date with her customers.
Sophia story has now also been made into a fictional series which you can watch on Netflix, its a funny take on her story of making it in the business as her life leading up till now was not plain sailing. I found it highly inspirational as she really did come from nothing and worked her way up in the business with brutal hard work. Sophia is the original GIRLBOSS! shop Nasty Gal Here!
Ive noticed recently that makeup brands/ celebrities that have brought their own lines have been collaborating with Youtubers a lot while promoting their new line of products. I think this is because the marketing teams for the beauty brands have noticed that their target audience are the same audience who are watching Beauty Guru’s such as Patric Star,Jaclyn Hill, Jeffery Star.
Two influencers who cannot be denied as amazing business women are Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. Kim and Kylie have both launched their own beauty lines, Kylie is huge on snapchat and has her biggest following on there so promotes through snapchat the most, which reaches her audience directly and personally. Kim has noticed that the biggest influencers in the beauty community at this current time are beauty bloggers and Youtubers, for this reason she has for the first time ever stepped into the Youtube world and used people such as Patric Star to collaborate with, this allows the Youtuber to have someone as famous as Kim on their channel and gain views to allow them to make their own living off of youtube and also allows Kim to reach the audiences she wants to buy her products in a much more relaxed and direct route as that is where the young are finding their reviews for products.