Oz: fresh fashion faces from downunder

21 06 2017


Above, pink-haired Louis Vuitton “it girl” Fernanda Ly, and below, fellow Sydney University student – and instagram-famous photographer, stylist and now fashion world  heavy-hitter – Margaret Zhang.


Photography straight from the Aussie ‘burbs by Elvis di Fazio, Frank Ocean’s visual collaborator:

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And below, another Elvis di Fazio collaborator, former Sydney club dancer and now top New York model, Daniel Garofali.

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Have Fun Tonight

21 06 2017

The art of Gengoroh Tagame

18 06 2017


Above, new Tagame-inspired swimwear from hipster manga company Massive and below, the infamous bath at Ueno’s 24 Kaikan.

Mexican men

10 06 2017

A short film omnibus by Julian Hernandez and Roberto Fiesco.

All aboard

31 05 2017


Sexual Freedom

31 05 2017

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Over the weekend I caught up with the brilliant new TV adaption of one of my favourite recently-read books, The Handmaid’s Tale. It is a dystopian and brilliantly realised story about a woman who finds herself in a terrifying new world where women have been stripped of their rights and placed in a rigid, ritualistic hierachy of oppression: from well-coiffed but powerless society wives to domestic drudges known as “Marthas” and then “handmaidens,” the women whose sole purpose in society is to bear children. The book was a chilling thought experiment, and the TV series is just as compelling.

It made me wonder afterwards – what is the connection between sexual and political freedom? Can sexually repressed countries ever be politically free? To what extent has the oppression of women thoughout history been driven by the wish to control their sexuality? Or is it the other way around, is that just a “symptom” of a powerlessness that is primarily economic?

Taiwan: love wins

25 05 2017


Taiwan becomes the first Asian country to legalise gay marriage.