FAVE 5: Up Close | Clozette


Selfies have had their ups and downs. At the start of this decade, they were a big hit with netizens. Remember, it was the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year in 2013! But because of the oversaturation of these self-portraits in our feed, soon they became stigmatised. Suddenly, selfies were considered narcissistic so the uploads became fewer and fewer in favour of more artsy flatlays or breathtaking sceneries. However, from what we can see in the Clozette Community, it looks like selfies are becoming cool again. This time, it's all about creativity rather than just showcasing your facial features. Ready to jump on the new wave of the selfie trend? Keep scrolling for awesome self-portrait ideas.


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Creative Makeup Selfie

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Creative Makeup Selfie

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Our “I Am Her” series features the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.

 

Paloma Urquijo Zobel’s venture into the fashion industry was purely coincidental. While travelling around the Philippines and researching for another project, she kept encountering beautiful weaves that inspired her to make these relevant again. Wanting to ensure that the history and identity kept being passed to the younger generations, she set out to create PIOPIO, a clothing brand that re-imagined local textiles into everyday wear. Read on to learn how Paloma works with her brand to help Filipino craftsmanship be enjoyed on a daily basis. 



Fill in the blank: I’m an entrepreneur and ____________.


A social innovator.


Your brand is known for fusing traditional textures with funky everyday wear. Where do you and your team get your ideas when designing your pieces?


We get inspiration from just about anything. While working, everyone sits together so we can openly discuss and brainstorm. I also try to take the whole team with me when we source the fabrics and meet the communities we work with.

 


Cultural appropriation is a serious issue nowadays. What do you do to make sure you're not accidentally stepping over the line?


Not everybody agrees or likes what we do, but I think people should also be aware of the difference between culture appropriation and culture appreciation. We repurpose these textiles in the spirit of respect and do a lot of research throughout the process.  Everything is done in an effort to keep our traditions alive and more relatable while supporting our artisans and ensuring that their craft lives on. 



How do you include the community in the production of your designs?


Our relationship with our artisans goes beyond just the buying of fabric. We travel straight to the artisans’ communities and spend countless hours listening to them and their stories. We then design the pieces around the fabrics and not the other way around in order to make sure we highlight the craftsmanship and respect the weaver’s process.


 

Do you have any tips for incorporating native pieces in everyday wear?


Immerse yourself in the communities you work with. That will be your biggest inspiration.


What are your favourite pieces from your collections?


My favourite pieces are our ikat ponchos and bomber jackets.





Share with us your five Clozette essentials.


PIOPIO bomber jacket, jeans, Cowboy boots, my reusable water bottle, and a vintage band T-shirt.

 

What's next for you and PIOPIO?


I will keep promoting Filipino talent and artistry. We just opened our first store in Makati, Kubo by PIOPIO, which houses around 15 local brands that support Filipino communities. In El Nido, Palawan, we are developing our artist village in LIO, in the hopes that others see the need for cultural hubs in tourist destinations to promote the local talent in the area.

 

This interview was edited for brevity.


(Cover photo from: @piopio_ph)

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Cheers to the end of the working week! Relax, put your feet up and pat yourself in the back for a job well done. Kickstart your rejuvenation routine with these refreshing news from the worlds of fashion and beauty. From a record-breaking achievement in jewellery-making to the rumoured expansion of a big beauty brand, here are the latest updates that you shouldn't miss. 


The Graff Lesedi La Rona



London-based jewellery company Graff just broke a world record when they unveiled Graff Lesedi La Rona, the largest square emerald cut diamond in the world at 302.37 carats. Found in Botswana, it was the largest gem-quality rough diamond discovered in over 100 years and the second largest ever found. From the initial cutting and shaping to the faceting and polishing, Graff's diamond artisans took 18 months for the process to be completed. You can learn more about this rare jewel here.


Kim Kardashian West is on her way to becoming a lawyer



Following the footsteps of her father Robert Kardashian of O.J. Simpson murder case fame, Kim Kardashian West is venturing into law studies and hopes to become a full-fledged criminal lawyer by 2022. Last year, the social media star met with US President Trump to plead the case of Alice Marie Johnson who was imprisoned for drug-related charges. A week after, clemency was granted for the 63-year-old inmate. This particular case is one of the highlights of Mrs. West's apprenticeship at a San Francisco law firm that she joined last summer. What do you think of Kim K.'s career move?


Where's Rexy? At Paragon.



COACH launches special pop-up booths around the globe featuring everybody's favourite T-Rex, Rexy. In Singapore, you can find it at Paragon Shopping Centre from today until 21 April. It will be hard to miss the colourful booth especially when it features a life-sized Rexy in neon at centre stage. Inspired by a new era of streetwear melded with luxury fashion, the Rexy Capsule collection leverages on the playful nature of Rexy and is paired with elevated basics. From bags to beanies, this collection features a variety of quirky designs that will catch your eye.


SK-II #BareSkinChat returns with a brand-new episode



SK-II #BareSkinChat releases its fifth episode! This mini web series starring comedian James Corden and actress Chloe Grace Moretz explores skincare in a fun and unintimidating way with just the right splash of humour. Another version from SK-II Japan featuring Naomi Watanabe and Kasumi Arimura is also garnering attention for its entertaining storyline. Together, the series has garnered more than 40.6 million views to date. Make sure to subscribe to the SK-II Youtube channels so you won't miss the latest episodes.


Fenty Beauty rumoured to release a skincare line



It's been two years since it was first rumoured that the young beauty empire will release a skincare line. And today, it looks like we have a clear answer. Will Rihanna be launching a skincare brand? All signs point to yes. The most obvious evidence, pointed by Page Six, is the official listing of the trademark "Fenty Skin" at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It seems that we're closer than ever to the official launch, so stay tuned.


(Cover photo from: @graff)

 

Don't miss updates from earlier this week. Read all about it here.


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