With the world continuing to be developed, skyscrapers tend to be our view whenever we look up. But while modern architecture is in its own way marvellous, nothing beats the view of the plain blue sky looking endless and vast. The serenity and peace that come along such a sight make for a calming experience. Don't believe us? Let these photos from the Clozette Community featuring the grandness of clear skies make a convincing case.
Appreciation or appropriation?
The concept of cultural appropriation is always difficult to discuss. Unlike racism or sexism, which are often blatant and done with obvious malice, an offence that results from the act of cultural appropriation frequently sparks a debate rather than a straightforward verdict. With the exception of overt inappropriate practices such as wearing a traditional national dress as a costume and doing a heavy foreign accent while doing so, most instances of cultural appropriation are subtle and can feel ambiguous for most.
In the fashion industry, the discourse is louder than ever. Many labels have been called out for and accused of cultural appropriation, but the sentiment is never unanimous. It's always an issue of whether someone is just taking inspiration from another culture or is simply stealing and disrespecting its collective identity. The latest label to be on the hot seat is the house of Carolina Herrera.
Their Resort 2020 collection, made by newly minted Creative Director Wes Gordon, feature several designs carrying motifs that are said to directly stem from the Mexican culture. Admittedly, the brand has said that the collection is indeed a "tribute to the richness of Mexican culture". But the government of Mexico doesn't see it that way and has accused the fashion house of inappropriate usage of indigenous Mexican patterns and designs.
In a letter addressed to the fashion house (originally published by Spanish publication El País), the Cultural Director of Mexico cited the white dress with the "brightly coloured animal embroideries that intertwine with flowers and branches," which she said is from the "community of Tenango de Doria," as one of the examples of cultural appropriation that's apparent in the collection. As of now, the house of Carolina Herrera has yet to release a statement on what reparations or additional actions would be done in response to the Mexican government's accusation.
We all know that this is not the first time that a fashion label was called out for cultural appropriation. From the infamous Marc Jacobs dreadlocks controversy in his Spring/Summer 2017 show to Gucci's Turban piece, the industry is littered with insensitive practices. Despite this, the debate on whether using elements from another culture can be considered stealing or be passed as homage is still alive.
In a creative industry where you need to churn out new ideas every season, it can't really be avoided to take inspiration from other cultures — especially in the digital age. But designers shouldn't just take inspiration or 'pay tribute' to a culture, they should also include members of the culture they're taking inspiration from as part of the conversation.
Food incoming, feuds ending... and more!
Our Friday is looking lit! In today's Insider Roundup, we spill the deets on Japan's MOS Burger chain coming to Manila, a cult-fave eyebrow product adding new shades to their range, celebs reconciling over cookies and more. Make sure you scroll until the end so you don't miss anything.
Japan's MOS Burger is coming to Manila
Manila is looking like a hot spot for international fast food franchises this year, with Shake Shack's recent arrival and In-N-Out mounting a pop-up stall recently. Following their footsteps is Japan's MOS Burger, which is the second largest fast food chain in the Land of the Rising Sun just after McDonald's. Looking to officially open their doors to the Filipinos in March 2020, we're already looking out for their famed rice burgers that made waves on the internet a couple of years back.
Benefit Precisely My Brow releases four more shades
Earning fame for its easy-to-use ultra-fine tip that allows for precise and natural strokes, this pick favoured by many Benebabes also boasts 12 hours of budge-proof wear. Previously offered in eight shades in a range of browns, the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil now adds four more colours to its lineup. It's now the largest brow collection in the industry. Say hello to 2.5 (a neutral blonde), 2.75 (warm auburn), 3.75 (warm medium brown), and the unique Cool Grey, which is a versatile colour that can be used by people with naturally grey or white hair.