FAVE 5: Calm In Blue | Clozette


There's something about a clear blue sky that allows for the most majestic photos. It combines wanderlust, peace, and all around serenity just by simply being one's backdrop. That's why we can't help but give a nod to the photos it helped enhance. So ahead, we gathered some of our favourite photos from the Community taken against the great calm of the blue skies. 


Up and beyond


(Photo from: christyfrisbee)


The great divide



(Photo from: Sabsoh)



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It’s that beautiful time of the year again where gifts are given and love is received amidst sparkling Christmas decorations and as surrounded by friends and family. If you're still looking for presents to give, here's an idea. Take a peek at these five amazing Malaysian indie brands to nab some inspiration for your sack of presents this festive season.

Pink & Proper



This locally grown brand has been putting out collection after collection tirelessly over the last five years and trust us, their suits are guaranteed to flatter women of all shapes and sizes. Having released their signature batik collection last month, Pink & Proper stays true to their roots and pays homage to a piece of heritage that most in the region can relate to. Hop on by their site and pick out something pretty for your best girlfriend on your next beach vacation.

Breena Beauty 



With all the buzz surrounding cruelty-free beauty these days, it’s always great to learn about a new affordable brand to fuel your makeup addiction. Founded in 2014 by former beauty blogger Sabrina Tajudin and her husband, the products are fun, flirty and promise not to break the bank — perfect as gifts for the women in your life.


Yoke & Theam



Shoes are a girl’s best friend, and a pair of these beauties would make a treasured gift for someone special in your life. Created in 2015, Yoke & Theam brings the ingenuity of the 21st century backed by a legacy of shoemaking spanning over 30 years. Yoke Sin and Yokie came prepared with education in graphic design, fashion and business, as well as determination and creativity to impress the Malaysian market, and have done so with smashing success.

Kozo 



If you’re a practical gifter, you’ll love Kozo’s concept of timelessness and constancy in the chaos of everyday life. Their structured pieces, created for both men and women, allow one to embrace the ups and downs of this journey called life while having something to hang on to that is constant and steadfast — just like that Kozo piece in your wardrobe that never goes out of style.



Wunderbath 




Indulge in these tasty treats this Christmas and — wait a minute — these aren’t candy! Wunderbath specialises in handmade, vegan, and cruelty-free bath products and cosmetics, making them suitable for any skin type. Not only are these gentle on the skin but they are also creatively shaped into unusual items such as chocolate bars, kuih bahulu, honeycombs and even rubber duckies.


(Cover photo from: @yokeandtheam and @wunderbath)


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Who would've thought that in an era where everything and everyone is moving towards inclusivity and 'political correctness', beauty and fashion powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana would make the massive mistake of launching a racially discriminating ad campaign that may have caused the toppling their brand? The label founded by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have had racial blunders in the past years, which we will mention later, but their most recent stint just had people dropping their D&G goods to the bins and causing an entire nation to boycott them. 


The China issue


But let's backtrack a bit just in case you're still not in the loop. On 18 November 2018, D&G released a video campaign in all their platforms and social media accounts titled 'The Great Show'. It was created in line with their upcoming presentation in Shanghai. But things immediately went south when the video showed an unnamed model using chopsticks in an attempt to eat oversized portions of Italian food while a male voiceover adds suggestive comments such as, 'It's still way too big for you, isn't it?' and exaggeratedly mispronounces Western words and phrases including the label's name. 



It's no secret that China is one of the biggest markets in the world for any and every commodity, but especially fashion. With the entire country finding the display ridiculous and offensive, it definitely spelt disaster for Dolce & Gabbana, not to mention the international uproar that went along with it. What may have been intended as 'cheeky' and 'playful' ended up being clichéd racist narrative. What's more is that screenshots of Stefano Gabbana defending the incident surfaced. He even went on to use phrases such as "China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia" and going as far as saying that everything is just "fake news." The showcase was cancelled... and as internet speak goes, so was the brand. 


A cover-up?



But wait! If you think that's all, there's more to the story. The official Instagram account of D&G released three statements regarding the matter, one of which claiming that their account and that of Stefano Gabbana's has been hacked, thus, the wide array of events that followed. Still, people were not buying it. Most of the commenters pointed out that the issue lies in the conceptualisation of the video campaign itself and that it seems quite convenient that both accounts were hacked just when people took notice and spoke out. Others were also noting that some comments under the posts were being deleted and filtered. 




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The aftermath


As expected, Asian influencers, models, brand ambassadors, and even agencies resigned and dropped their associations with the label. Major distributors in China also pulled out the brand's products from the shelves and Yoox Net-A-Porter took the label out of their platforms worldwide.


But while the brand may seem to have lost the amoré of their patrons, it's worth noting that D&G has the ability to redeem itself — at least in the way that is still thrived in sales — even with their not-so-clean record on the controversy pool. For example, there's Gabbana saying that he didn't want a Japanese designer designing for their label when the time of their passing comes and also when Dolce called the children born from fertility centres 'synthetic' — talk about controversies that have now become a thing of the past. In fact, D&G is well known for turning issues into profit. Not to mention that there are still some people who actually side with the label and the original concept of the ad campaign. One user wrote, "I think it's a sweet way to integrate the Italian culture with the Chinese culture with an international language: food." Another claimed that this is just another case of "cyberbullying."




So is this really the end for the label or is this just another hurdle that will be jumped over as soon as a bigger one comes in? We have yet to know. All we can hope for is that big money-makers would start getting their head in the game or else they'll be bound for disaster in the long run.  


(Cover photo from: @dolcegabbana)


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