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Dear reader, Wow, it's been a wild month. You know, sometimes when you read books during class and see all the historic events, it really feels like such a foreign time that you forget that you are currently, also living in a significant period; and boy has this period of history turned out to be hella significant. It's been hard for the team here in Hong Kong, we can't imagine what it would be like living in the United States; we have nothing but support for everyone. xx
table of con tents 04 Contributors
06 Current Events by Karen Leong of the Month: 08 Artist MATHIS EKKEBUS 17 Arts Submission: Audrey Lee
21 Movie of the Month 22 Beauty of the Month 24 Playlist of the Month
Jessica WHITE Editor in Chief email@example.com @whiteyakult
Karen LEONG Managing Editor @karen.gif
Ellie AMIAS Writer @eleanna.a
Audrey LEE Artist Submission
THE CATACLYSMIC, MEMEABLE CHAOS THAT WAS THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS OF AMERICA by Karen Leong
MAGA It is safe to say at this point that 2016 has surpassed 2007 as the tear inducing, melting pot of all things shitty and shittier. We drowned ourselves in a cesspool of tears at the deaths of Rickman, Bowie, and Harambe, gnashed our teeth at the rapid growth of discrimination related hate crimes multiply, and now America has elected its leader: A bigoted imbecile more commonly referred to as Donald J. Trump. In today’s realm of bighearted progressives who hunger for change and equality, this election has hurled the United States back decades into the 60s, when homophobia was rampant and when women and people of colour were ridiculed and subject to criticism for all that they could and couldn’t do. That’s right, the eight years of progress that had occurred under Obama and Biden’s care have officially been reduced to nothing, if Human Cheeto and the recently Hamiltonroasted homophobe have anything to say about it. Time to buckle down for a bumpy eight years, millennials. Brace yourselves.
OH AND ONE LAST THING If anything’s gonna help you get past this, it’s this cutie.
WHAT NOW? The initial shock (and possible loss of hearing and sight ) has receded by now. All that’s left, really, is to stand back and watch The Donald have his way and wreak havoc. Yes, but also no. There’s a lot to be done. And caterwauling over the nation’s impending doom is doing little to reform it. Protest. Make use of our voices. Educate others. Band together as one. Fight for those who have been ostracized. And If there is even the merest, slightest sliver of hope, cling on to it. Yes, the fight is harder now. But if there’s anything to be taken from the debacle of this election, it’s that even if you’re right, and tell it like it is, you’re not going to win. But there will be redemption in fighting for what you believe, and by doing so you reap the benefit of shaping the future generation, and paving the way for an America free of Racism, Misogyny, and Discrimination. An America which is truly f*cking great.
Q: What has been source of inspiration for each line you design? A: I found my inspiration through mixing retro sportswear and lingerie pieces, and my intention was to further enhance generic sportswear and the geometric and linear designs on clothing from the 60s and 70s. The style from Modification is quite present in vintage YSL, and how it was used to alter the way the body looks. I don’t really search for inspiration I’ll really just let my imagination flow and condense my ideas later. Why am I so edgy?
Q: What are some setbacks and obstacles about being a selfdiscovered designer in Hong Kong? A: The main setback is definitely a personal one. It has to do with the personal experiences and feelings about how your work will be appraised, especially in an environment which always comes with judgement and criticism. Being a single designer without a team is also a challenge assembly and fabrics and everything technical has to be done by myself. I’ve never been taught how to design so it really is just learning as it goes. Although the majority of my collections have been done alongside a tailor, but I’ve recently learnt how to sew and so Matsu’s been updated. I’ve been learning with my tailor, who’s basically the cutest happy little witch. She’s taught me a lot. Q: Who would you consider your icons in the design world and would possibly collaborate with in the future? A: I aspire to be and do everything Wang has done I’ve truly never been disappointed with Alexander Wang’s forward thinking, minimalistic yet super edgy design aesthetic. He loves black, I love black I just feel this authenticity in him as a person, whether it’d be his work for his own label or for Balenciaga, his work’s so delicious to look at.It’s so raunchy, sometimes on the verge of tacky yet so effortless; it’s the kinda stuff you'd wish you'd design, concepts always kind of there yet you just never had the talent to push it in the direction he does. I also love Margiela, and Galliano, my boy JW. Anderson and of course everyone’s fashion baby Raf. Q: Out of each specific MATSU line, which has been the most significant to you? A: Hard to choose, I’m kinda torn between my first collection #MATSUNATION, which obviously has sentimental value as it’s my first exploration into fashion but I feel like it’s very expected and cliché. It’s definitely shaped who I’ve become as a designer in the sense that I know that whatever else I’ll design it'll be better than the one before [cont.]
but I’ve seen way more potential and creativity in my recent lines. So in all honesty, the line most significant to me is #MATSUMODIFICATION, something that actually took me a long while to design and made me question practicality and rather than just visual aspects. It’s a transformative collection, one that focuses on the shift of purpose for the customer I started off by designing garments that had particular features to help aid athletes, whether it be a swimmer, gymnast or football player I took designs from the usual kit and altered it’s cut, shape and fabric choice to make it wearable on a night out. Q: How do you maintain social life, designing, and academics? A: Designing has kind of become an aspect of my social life. I’ve become friends with many of my models and I definitely think it's a great way to get connected. For my latest few lines I kind of went off of the Fashion Show structure and just started asking models on my own, and it’s such a redeeming experience to ask others to work for me as an independent project. But apart from that, academics and schoolwork is harder to balance. They does come into conflict when I work around the clock for fittings and fabric buying, but doing the process of designing it does take a huge amount of time. But I’m a teen prodigy so nothing can stop me. Models love me. Teachers love me. Bus drivers love me. Fashion shows love me jokes not all. I feel like designing has shaped my reputation, and having used a wide variety of models has enabled me to get my name out there too. Q: What’s the next step for you as a designer after leaving Hong Kong? A: Go from being a teen prodigy to being an actual prodigy. All jokes aside, I do really enjoy studying in the arts, so I do hope to attain a Bachelors degree and a Masters after. Obviously theres no knowing where I’ll be, but I do really want the decision to work with fashion houses, so I’m just going to eyeball it and see where I’ll end up. Hopefully the industry loves me as much as I love myself,
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TWO WORDS: DO IT. JUST KNOW YOU WONâ€™T BE AS CHIC AS ME.
Q: Any advice for young designers in Hong Kong? A: Two words: Do it. Just know you won’t be as chic as me. But in reality, I’d say it’s such a valuable life experience, I have three points of advice. Firstly: know you can’t top me but you can try. Secondly: research, research research. No matter how good of a designer you are, you have to be familiar with the ongoing trends and the basics of designing, even if you don’t know how to sew, you should have a broad idea. Lastly: Make sure you have a good support system. Familiarise yourself with who you are working with, and ensure that your parents are willing to provide what is necessary to help you achieve your dreams. Wait one last thing : Make sure your aesthetics are in check I don’t wanna see some busted Disney channel business going on.
Photographed by PT Photography
ARTIST SUBMISSION: Audrey LEE
AUDREY LEE Audrey is a 17 year old artist whose works are based around the idea of introspection and the hyperawareness of identity. She works primarily through oil and acrylic paintings, as well as digital and photographic media. Often involving herself as a subject within her pieces, it can be said that her work is an ironic commentary on the elevated role of 'the artist'. She is very interested in the theme of macabre humour, as well as the duality of aggression and vulnerability within adolescent emotion using text and emblematic imagery to convey these ideas. Despite it's often diaristic nature, it can be said that her work does not imitate life, but peels life away until what is left is a form of innermost confession.
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Before i turn 18 and die for real (2016)
movie of the month
Is WarGames the best forgotten 80s movie? WarGmes, released in 1983 is an American Cold War Sci-Fi Movie directed by John Badham. It follows the story of a teenager who accidentally starts WWIII through a computer/Artificial intellectual being that controls the worldâ€™s nuclear machines. Despite being a fantastic movie released during the height of Brat Pack Era, a film decade that we constantly find ourselves romanticizing over â€“ WarGames is a movie that hardly even gets a mention. Maybe the reason for its low popularity ratings is that at its core, WarGames is a Sci-Fi movie not a coming-of-age film which was arguably the most popular genre at the time. What you get from WarGames is a Sci-fi Adventure, an echo to the American Cold War and a nail-biting third act with a fantastic conclusion on war. What are you even doing, go watch it (seriously).
beauty of the month
red dot makeup
Apply highlight to the inner rims of the eye and the brow bone.
Apply a red tint on the eyelid blend it out with your finger.
Draw a small wing with black eyeliner and a black dot on the bottom lash line.
Put on some mascara on your top lashes, and you're done! xo
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