Yeezy Season 5 – FASHION SHOW

Juliet Sulejmani | February 21, 2017

On February 15 Kanye West showed Yeezy Season 5 in collaboration with Adidas Originals.

 Kanye presented 31 looks, included mens and womenswear and here are some of the key points I’ve observed from the show.

  • Introduction of denim:
    • The models were wearing distressed denim jackets in faded black and blue, some trimmed with shearling and also jeans in the same colours.
  • Introduction of logos and a crest:
    • In contrast to previous seasons, this collection featured branding, be it a new crest on the front of jumpers/hoodies, the well known Adidas 3-stripes on jackets or track pants, or on the jumpers, the words ‘Calabasas’ or ‘Lost Hills’. It has been hinted that ‘Lost Hills’ could possibly be a forthcoming collaboration with Kanye and Drake, which has yet to be revealed.
  • Diversity:
    • It was a first for a model wearing a head scarf to walk down a runway at a fashion show. This was also Halina Aden’s first runway debut since signing with IMG, and IMG’s first model to be signed who wears a headscarf. Halina has previously been shot for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. The casting overall was very diverse and inclusive which appeared to and overall theme for FW17 NYFW.
  • Kanye remained out of the public eye:
    • Kanye West did not take a bow at the end of the show, and did not take interviews. Images of a notice found at the show informed guests there was to be a social media ban, and apparently media were ushered out before the show commenced.

Unlike other seasons, Season 5 appeared to run more smoothly for the Yeezy team. The show was held at Pier 59, which is a familiar and easy to access location for fashion show goers. Images of rotating models backstage were projected onto a high tower on the stage, so that the audience could have a clear view of the clothing details.

As mentioned, Kanye did not do any interviews, nor did he take a final bow. He did not want any media at the show and attendees were advised not to share the show on social media. This is a massive contrast from Season 3 at Madison Square Garden, which was not only a show but also the Life of Pablo album reveal. There could be many reasons for this new approach, firstly no new album to promote, but also, the media have been pretty savage when reporting on his shows in the past, so that may be something to do with it. It will be interesting to see if he continues this approach in seasons to come.

Backstage Instagram images showed long-time Kanye collaborators and supporters such as our very own Christine Centenera, who is the Fashion Director of Vogue Australia amongst other things. Centenera has been working as a stylist for Kanye for many, many years now, along with Carine Roitfeld, past editor of French Vogue and current founder and editor of CR Fashion Book. Virgil Abloh, Tracy Mills, Don C, Ibn Jasper were also seen backstage, and front row we saw Yeezy veteran, Anna Wintour, who has not missed a show. Other front row guests were, Kylie Jenner, Tyga, A$AP Ferg, Hayley Baldwin, La La Anthony, Pusha T, and Rich The Kid.

The show was very cohesive, and everything you could ask for in a streetwear brand and they were clothes that you can actually wear. If you look closely, a few styles including the new Yeezy sneaker have been previewed to us via Kanye and Kim in the weeks leading up to the show.

Also as mentioned in the key points, this collection displayed branding that we haven’t seen before on a Yeezy runway. My guess is that this could have something to do with the success Kanye had with selling out his Life of Pablo Merch recently. Branding, which is being referred to as ‘Logomania’ appears to be a strong trend seen even on high end luxury brands such as Dior and Balenciaga, so I’m not surprised to see it in this collection.

I always look forward to seeing what music Kanye chooses for his shows and this Season he played The Dream singing J.Holiday’s “Bed, which was on a loop through the whole show which reportedly went for about 15 minutes.

I am enjoying seeing how the Yeezy fashion brand is evolving and growing. Something a lot of the media are choosing to ignore, is that this is a very new brand, still in its early stages of evolution. And like any brand, it takes a while for it to become exactly what the designer/founder envisions and for the brand to evolve into itself. And it’s clear that from this collection that Team Yeezy are getting closer to their dream as this was their best season yet.

I am also looking forward to the opening of a Yeezy concept store which is on the horizons. Kanye has been working on it for a while and hopefully it will come into fruition in the near future.

Tried and Tested Foundations – BEAUTY

Juliet Sulejmani | February 11, 2017

Finding a Foundation.

The question I detest the most, is the first question you get asked when you go shopping for makeup/skin care.

“What is your skin like?”

I never know what to say, and I feel like shit for not knowing what my skin is like. I mean it’s on my face, and it’s always there, and I’ve had it all my life, and how do I not know what my skin is like. But I don’t, I have no idea,  I don’t spend all day thinking about my skin, and it’s the only one I’ve had, so I have no idea what other skins are like.

You see, I had actually found the perfect everyday foundation. It was the CHANEL Mat Lumiere, Long Lasting Lumious Matte Fluid Makeup. It was perfect, it ticked all the boxes. I didn’t have to know what my skin was like because this product was perfect for my skin. Unfortunately some time last year, CHANEL decided to discontinue this product and so my trial of many foundations began.

I’ve probably tried about 6 different foundations in the last year and I still haven’t found the perfect replacement for my perfect discontinued foundation. I have however, learnt more about my skin and what I want. I still don’t think I have an answer to that dreaded question “What is your skin like?”, but I do know what I want, and that is:

WHAT I WANT:
– even and correct my skin tone
– long lasting
– good coverage
– not too drying
– a matte finish

Here are Foundations that I have tried and tested so far:

  1. Chanel, Mat Lumiere, Long Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup – Discontinued
    This was my favourite, it was perfect, it did exactly what it said it would.
  2. Mecca Cosmetica, Complexion Perfection Primer
    This isn’t actually a foundation, but I bought it to get a better finish for my foundation. I have sensitive skin and get a lot of redness in my face. This product did work to hide the redness and even my skin tone, It made my foundation last longer, but overall I think if I had the right foundation I could actually go without using this product.
  3. Clinique, Supermoisture Makeup
    I loved this one at first, it was moisturising and gave me a more natural look. Lately though, I have found that it’s too dewy for my liking and makes my face too shiny. I’ve been putting powder on top (and the Mecca Complexion Perfection Primer underneath) to reduce shine.
  4. Estee Lauder, Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
    This foundation gives a fantastic flawless finish, and totally dried out my skin and  even ended up cracking/flaking by the end of the day. Mixing it with moisturiser helped but altered the finish. It also feels too tight on my face, like I’m wearing a face mask. This one is perfect for events where you want that perfect, flawless, doll-like face.
  5. MAC, Studio Fix
    This product has been recommended to me millions of times, unfortunately for me, the makeup artist sold me a colour that is too pale for my skin and so I can’t wear it. I’ve been using it subtly over the Clinique Supermoisture Makeup to make it less dewy.

It’s annoying that after all of those trials, I still haven’t found the perfect replacement, but I will keep trying!

I shared my foundation struggles with my Instagram friends and got many wonderful recommendations and can’t wait to test them out.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • “Eve Lom tinted moisturiser is da bomb! It’s the same coverage as regular foundation. Nars is also great! I use both the foundation and concealer. the foundation is quite thick and can dry (out the skin) so I only use it when I’m going out. The concealer is the best ever, wear it with everyday foundation, but it’s excellent on it’s own too.” – @nicole__simone
  • “I recommend Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan oil foundation fluid. You can buy it at Sephora. It’s full coverage but it’s really smooth and moisturising and it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.” -@greeneyedcare
  • “The Nars foundations and concealers are lovely. I know people with dry skin like sheer glow. I use luminous weightless which suits my combo skin a lot better and I love it.” – @whatsophieread
  • “Bobbi Brown! All day!” – @aeallen
  • “You should try out: Shiseido Future Solution LX and Giorgio Armani Lumious silk foundation. Try mixing your foundations with Smashbox photo finish primer oil. It is all about the technique. I use disposable sponges sprayed with mac fix or dapped in facial oil. Better than a brush or beauty blender” – @absurdityoverload
  • “Too Faced Born This Way… I have super sensitive skin so I find it’s fine with that. It has coconut water in it so it’s super hydrating. It has amazing coverage – one squirt does my whole face, and with a little setting powder it stays on with full coverage all day.” – @honeycombroadmap
  • “Seems like we have similar skin…mine is dry too and I can never stand the double wear stuff. I loved Clinique Supermoisture forever. Now that I want more coverage, especially for going out, I recently got Clinique Even Better and it’s perfect!” – @butterbaking

The Juliet Journal: Challenge Update

Juliet Sulejmani | January 23, 2016

2017 Challenge Update

Books: 2/100
Films: 4/100
Recipes: 6/100
Places: 4/100

**I’m going to post each week in a separate post**

Week One:

  • PLACE: Jethro Canteen
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    385-389 Burnley St. Richmond 3121. Ph (03) 9421 2900

Great vibes, nice open space, exposed brick walls and a lot of green. I had the Coconut and almond milk Chia pudding with almond milk, freakin’ awesome jelly, mango, cashew cream, nut granola, (HERE’s MINE), and of course a latte. DELICIOUS, highly recommend, so yum!

  • PLACE: Father’s Office
    Website
    249 Little Londsdale Street, Melbourne

Went here for some drinks with friends, It was a great night for sitting out on a balcony and watching the city go from day to night. I’d been here before when it was called Match Bar or something, and liked the vibe much better than before. We didn’t eat, but they had this really cool dining area. I had an aperol spritz, I must say it wasn’t the best I’d had, but it was one of the happy hour drinks, so I guess I got what I paid for.

CLICK for a photo of my friends at Father’s Office

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  • BOOK: To Capture What We Cannot Keep – Beatrice Colin
    Publishers Website
    I was given an advance copy of this book by My Bookshop.

Really enjoyed reading this book. I actually couldn’t put it down. The book is set in 1887 Paris right before construction begins on the Eiffel Tower. There is a romance, historical references and fashion references. I hadn’t actually read any fiction set in Paris in this time, and I loved being taken back to this era, it also made me curious and I started researching the French Revolution again. I have a lot of favourite quotes from the book, here are a couple:

– “Jamie” she said, “Before you start your matchmaking, I’d like to point out that he wasn’t even wearing a hat!”

– “Ice flowers, as snowflakes were sometimes known. He caught one in his hand and watched as it melted into a drop of water.
Were beautiful things more beautiful when you couldn’t keep them?

Week 1 update:

Books: 1/100
Films: 0/100
Recipes: 0/100
Places: 2/100

Travelling Far and Wide: My Reading Year in 2016

Baz Ozturk | December 28 2016

What a wonderful reading year it’s been. I read seventy-three books and there wasn’t a dud in the bunch. I liked most of them, and loved a special handful. I went to the slums and salons of nineteenth century France (Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac), and gained insight into the development of the bourgeoisie and its obsession with money and status, and its envy of the upper echelons of Parisian society. It’s a thrilling tale of revenge and one of my most memorable reads of the year for sure. One of the most simply beautiful novels I read was set in a small town in Colorado, America (Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf). It’s a minimalist love story about Addie and Louis, both living alone and lonely, having lost their spouses years ago, and getting on in age and finding solace in each other when they come to an agreement to sleep in the same bed at night to keep each other company. It’s breathtakingly moving. I also discovered an author who I’ll be reading for the rest of my life. She’s the Irish writer Edna O’Brien, whose trilogy of novels (The Country Girls, Girl with Green Eyes, Girls in their Married Bliss) blew my mind. They introduced me to the lives of Kate and Baba in a remote countryside in Ireland, and led me from their impoverished childhoods to their maturity into womanhood and tragic experiences of romantic love. If you’re jaded about love and relationships and want to validate your pessimism, look no further than O’Brien’s fiction. The books were banned in Ireland and actually burned in public. In a long repressed conservative Ireland O’Brien’s novels dismissed social conventions and openly explored the sexualities of its female protagonists, and it was a revelation. It changed the landscape for Irish literature forever after. As a feminist they were of particular interest to me and I gulped the books whole. Is there anybody better than the Irish at heartbreaking melancholy and lyricism? I think not. I also read a collection of poetry called Dome of the Hidden Pavilion by James Tate; it’s easily my favourite title of the year – I enjoy reciting it in my head, it’s so phonetically pleasing. They’re narrative poems so they can almost be read as short stories, and it was the most surreal and avant-garde literature I read this year. I’ll definitely be returning to Tate and reading poetry more widely in 2017. Where else did I go? I went to nineteenth century Russia (A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov) and got to know the charming and arrogant Pechorin. Easily bored and possessing a sharp mind, he finds life utterly absurd and can’t take anybody seriously. He goes on a series of adventures with the aim of satisfying his lust for easy pleasures and if he has to lie, manipulate and break hearts to get what he wants, so be it! I loved him despite his douchebaggery because of his wit and sensitivity and deeply sad life philosophy. I went to Nigeria and was immersed in the terrors of the Nigeria-Biafra War of the late 1960’s (Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie). I went to Japan where a young man’s dream to settle down with his wife to start a family and live a cosy existence is shattered when she gives birth to a deformed baby. In this novel (A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Ōe) what’s being said between the lines is clear: “Think you’ve got your life in order and your plans for a happy future in place? The senseless tragic comedy of life will knock you down when you least expect it!” I went to Vienna and followed the Cinderella-like rise and then devastating fall of a young girl as the story developed from fairytale and descended into horror as it became clear this was a story about the social costs of the First World War on the working class (The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig). I met Adam Gordon, a young American poet in Spain, who tries to reconcile his art with its inherent fraudulence (Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner). It’s a novel about the distance between our projections of ourselves and who we really are. It’s a meditation on art and literature and the relationship of both to society and politics. What meaning lies in a so-called “profound experience of art” anyway? What is the value of art when compared to the mundane everyday things that affect and influence us much more powerfully? I think about these things constantly, and to have it be the subject of a novel was intensely pleasurable. I also met and followed the Englishman Patrick Melrose in three novels, part of the aptly titled series The Patrick Melrose Novels (Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope by Edward St. Aubyn). I don’t remember the last time I came across a character as insidious, fascinating and malicious as Patrick’s father David Melrose. There is so much psychological violence in these books (shockingly highly autobiographical) as Patrick’s brutal experiences as the child of rich, snobbish, creepy and deeply unhappy parents (volume one) lead to his finding solace in drugs as a disillusioned and depressed young man (volume two), and then his excruciating and moving struggle to do better by himself (volume three). There are two more volumes to go, Mother’s Milk and At Last, which I finally acquired recently (otherwise they would have long been read) and I can’t wait to dive back into Patrick’s world. These fictions and so much more that I haven’t mentioned have made 2016 a tolerable year for me. It’s been a year of awesome fiction, of beautiful language and profound feeling, of deep pleasure and intellectual nourishment. All seventy-three books helped me to continue to grow and mature and question everything; they gave me a lesson in humility and an education in empathy. And above all, they brought me closer to myself and my connection to the world. Bring on more of the same in 2017!

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Gut Bacteria is the new black

Tamie Cleaver | November 23 2016

Gut bacteria is the new black, super cool, suits every shape and size, it can even make you look skinny!

Discussions on gut bacteria are popping up all over the place, debating its health benefits, disease preventing properties, and its contribution toward combating depression.

The importance of a healthy gut, packed full of healthy happy gut bacteria, becomes evident when you understand that 80% of the body’s immune system is found in the gut.

It’s a pretty epic job being an immune system, you’re in a constant battle to keep the body alive and well, fighting off infections, viruses, bad bacteria, you’re even battling cancer cells. All with so little fuss, the human you’re protecting is barely even aware of the war you’re waging on their microscopic enemies.

Ironically, you only really become aware of your gut bacteria when it’s no longer functioning properly. The first you’ll know of this is when your immune system breaks down and you start getting sick. Those relentless cycles of cold and flu, that sore throat, digestive issues, feeling over stressed. Even seemingly innocuous problems like bad skin, all signs that there’s an issue with your immune system.  Then there’s the big stuff, our immune system keeps our cells in check, unregulated cells mutate, which can lead to the development of cancer cells.

So why do we treat our gut bacteria, the home of our immune system, so badly? It’s because we don’t fully understand how it works.

So here’s a quick guide to get you jump started towards a healthy gut.

You inherit your gut bacteria from your mother. You pick it up as you descend down the birthing canal and also from breast milk. Often babies who are born by caesarean or aren’t breast fed have problems with their immune system from day one, including developing allergies early in life. The good news is that we can re stock our gut bacteria, we can also repair and improve it, this is where pro and prebiotics come in to play.  

Probiotics are what give your gut the good bacteria. Imagine they are the sapling you plant to grow good gut bacteria. Prebiotics are what feed the good bacteria, nourishment to support its growth.

It is actually that simple.

Now, there are a few major things we’re doing wrong by our immune system. Firstly we’ve forgotten where it comes from; secondly we’ve forgotten how to feed it. Most worryingly, we’re killing it off. Antibiotics kill all bacteria with no discrimination between good and bad. We all understand the need for antibiotics, some bacterial infections are downright deadly and need to be dealt with, but we’re taking them too regularly, and often unnecessarily. When we do take them we’re not taking precautions to replace then feed the good bacteria that’s left, we’re not getting our immune system back on track. You can see the cycle of harm here, we take antibiotics to kill infection, which weakens our immune system leaving us vulnerable to infection…..and so on.  Antibiotics are also in our food, fed to farm animals to keep them alive in sometimes dubious conditions, and once they’re in farm animals, they’re in our food chain.

So, here’s what you do, you need to get probiotics and prebiotics into your diet on a regular basis. It’s as simple as incorporating a mixture of a few simple foods into your weekly food plan. Try these for starters, I guarantee you’ll look and feel 10 years younger in no time.  

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Probiotic Foods

Kefir
Sauerkraut
Kimchi
Kombutcha
Raw Cheeses
Miso
Sourdough Bread
Tempeh
Pickled Gherkins

Prebiotic Foods

Chicory
Garlic
Spring onion
Leeks
Onions
Jerusalem Artichoke
Dandelion Greens
Avocado
Peas
Apple Cider Vinegar
Asparagus
Bananas

Generally if you eat a diet high in dietary fibre, your gut will love you, plus, as a nice added bonus, bad bacteria cannot process prebiotics, so you’re only doing good for your body by eating them.

The Juliet Journal: Book Wish List

Juliet Sulejmani | November 22 2016

Bookstores are one of my favourite places, I could literally spend hours in them. I like to see what’s on the shelves and tables, I like to check out the new books, and move along the aisles looking for something I don’t know I need yet. I made a post about a year ago, HERE, called ‘Looking For Answers’. I usually always find answers to things in books.

On my way home last night I made a detour to Readings Bookstore in Carlton. And so here is a list of all the books I took a photo of that I want to buy:

I ended up purchasing ‘Perfumes The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’, and then continued on my way home.

Jx