Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Crystal Renn // Vogue Nippon October 2011
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HIYA // (Asian-eyes-ed) Crystal Renn

 

Now, we often have little arguments between ourselves about whether something is racist or not (like when we asked you all about whether THIS was racist). Mostly, it's over the fact that I go too far and don't even realise it to which I, of course, will argue back goodnaturedly that I in fact don't go far enough...

 

In my opinion, Crystal Renn is generally just divine. And she is no less so in this Vogue Nippon editorial for October 2011's issue. Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by the ridonkulous Anna Dello Russo, the editorial only uses Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's designs and sees Crystal play with the masculine-feminine aspects of their latest (awesome) collection.


 

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Another thing this shoot literally sees is Crystal Renn viewing through more almond, Asian-afied eyes via the strategic use of tape at her temples to pull her eyes into a different shape. And yes, I do think it was a somewhat inspired move.

 

I for one, as a person of Asian descent, was not offended by this. Should I be? I mean, is it not a refreshing statement to make a Caucasian girl look more Asian as opposed to, for example, the usual whitening up of every other skin tone that is any shade human other than white? For me, in my fashion-twisted and perhaps industry brain washed perspective, temporarily modifying Crystal Renn's eyes to look more Asian sends a message that an Oriental shaped eye is beautiful and desirable.

 

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Granted, the deeper concept of it being demonstrated on a biologically Caucasian eye (lids and all) is perhaps a mixed message - but WTF isn't a completely convoluted message in fashion/advertising/everything these days?

 

In all honesty, I'm quite sure that I wouldn't even have noticed this 'styling detail', had not parts of the make up process been shown on the behind the scenes video. Is taping her temples back really all that different to lining her eyes in liquid to create a cat eye? Or changing her hair colour? Or using a belt to cinch in her waist? Or wearing high heels to make her legs look (even) longer?

 

This isn't a case of 'is this racist or not'. It's a much more complex issue to do with not only race (which I feel is the less pertinent element at stake here), but the fashion industry's M.O., societal and cultural ideals and standards of beauty, as well as the plain old intention of publicity provoking controversy. And I always think it's an excellent thing if we're having conversations about things like this at all!

 

Anyway, Crystal Renn looks amazing and the clothes look amazing. ANTM wanna bes take note: now THIS is how you work an angle!!

 

Crystal Renn for Japanese Vogue Behind The Scenes

 

In another perspective, Refinery 29's Connie Wang doesn't feel too comfortable with it... How do you feel about it?

 

Let us know what you think...I'm really interested to hear!! In the meantime, check the gallery below that includes images of Crystal Renn's beauty feature in the same issue:

 

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