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Inventiveness, originality, diversity – all the innately British youth qualities spectacularly displayed in Lee Cooper’s premier SS13 collection situated at Plaza Indonesia Atrium Extension 4th floor. The video backdrop, the presentation and the set design showcased perfectly a collection that revolved around Color Based jeans which gave dual-tone effect for men, Supersoft Superstretch Jeggings, denim vests, skorts (a combination of a skirt and a short), reversible shirts which had a two-way collar, graphically cool T-shirts, dresses, blouses, shoes, and snapbacks for women. Lee Cooper’s SS13 collection undeniably echoed the breath of British adventurous youth, reflecting nomadic and modern bohemian style.
The best part about the launch which was hosted by Ms. Sigi Wimala and Mr. Rio Dewanto, was Lee Cooper entitled buyers to customize their own jeans with Lee Cooper’s Bespoke Programme. In this program, buyers could give their personal touch to their jeans such as choosing desirable button, rivets placement, and leather patch embossed with initial (maximum 3 letters). This denim clothing that has been proud around for 100 years also came up with “Meet the Makers”, a global campaign that gives support to young free-thinking artists who make a living with their skills and creativity, not working in a corporation. Fashion and art photographer Poppie Mayieski and the lead guitarist of The S.I.G.I.T. Farri Icksan were choosen as Lee Cooper Indonesia’s “Makers” because both exemplify the brand’s originality and passion. Come and feel the vibe!
Istanbul has a lot of wonderful destinations, attracting millions of tourists every year to spend few days of time travelling through its historical sites. This Turkey’s largest city is considered as one of the most important tourism spots, not only in Turkey, but also in the eyes of the world as a whole. It overflows with a plethora of fascinating, internationally renowned landmarks such as museums, religious sites, and markets exemplified by majestic architectures. From a historical and religious perspective, Istanbul is truly in the heart of Turkey. It is also filled to the brim with restaurants, cafes, and clubs. Here is a list of what are considered to be Istanbul’s top highlights. May this list point you toward some of the possibilities for designing your own vacation.
Hagia Sophia, located in the heart of Istanbul, plays a prominent role in the historical life of the city. It was a Church for 1000 years, later became a Mosque for 500 years, and now a museum. The interior of this colossal building maintains an atmosphere of enchantment, the beauty is emphasized by some original Christian mosaics picturing angels/saints, Jesus, and Mother Mary, along with beautiful Arabic writings throughout the building – beautifully shows some unity between Christians and Muslims. Many people assume that Hagia Sophia named after Sophia which means “Divine Wisdom” in Greek. However, it was actually dedicated for Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity who is also called the God of Wisdom.
Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, represents a sacred gem within Istanbul. It is arguably the city’s most prominent since it features an impressive colorful works of art which emblazons the interior and exterior of the building. The mosque is located in one area and just across Hagia Sophia. Unlike Hagia Sophia, this tourist attraction still remains as an active Mosque with free entrance. However, visitors or worshipers must follow certain rules when entering the Mosque like they must cover their shoes with a special designed plastic bag.
Istanbul’s next gem is Grand Bazaar which is widely known as one of the largest markets in the world for it has 18 entry/exit gates. It is located in the city of Istanbul, close to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. The size of the place and the manifolds of goods for sale are impressive. This enormous site serves as shopping heaven for many kind of jewelers; gold, silver, stone, gems, turquoise, diamond, etc. There are also various shops which sell carpets, leather, lantern and lamps, and all kinds of Turkish souvenirs. It opens every day from 9am-7pm, except Sunday. Last but not least, don’t forget to haggle for the best possible deal.
Arabesque is an upscale Lebanese restaurant, café and club. This restaurant is notable for its great foods and fun and exciting place which maintains a concept of modern pop art with a touch of Middle-Eastern feeling, really adds up the uniqueness of the place. All diners can enjoy complimentary hot wine which is perfect for the current winter season. The set menu is around 70-85 Turkish Lira, equals to Rp.400000 – Rp.600000. For appetizers they serve 10 different meze/dip with fresh baked bread. While for the mains, they focus only on different kinds of meat. The desserts revolve around variety of delectable assorted cakes and fruits. At night, Arabesque offers Belly dancing performance throughout the dinner, followed by DJ performance after the show. Here you can see that the dancers are not only females, but also males. To conclude such a meal, set in Middle-Eastern aesthetic, a glass of wine, belly dancing and DJ performance will do more than just fine.
A long story short, Istanbul is a well of wonders for tourist. Haiga Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Arabesque are must-visit place for all visitors to Istanbul. Exploring those four places is an experience you should not pass up.
Photos by Marianne Adria Mahendra
Words by Datu Beru
Published on SUB Magazine
As Martinas noted, “white supremacy is a historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and nations of the European continent; for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and defending system of wealth, power, and privilege.” (1993: 3). According to the sources I get, there are two reasons why white supremacy occurs. The first is the misinterpretation of the Bible. Here, the white supremacist interprets that segregation is encouraged in the Bible. A proof of this case is shown in the film “Mississippi Burning” in Mrs. Pell’s dialogue, “it’s taught. At school, they said segregation is what it said in the Bible. Genesis 9, verse 27. At 7 years of age, you get told it enough times, you believe it”. The second reason is the ideology of white supremacist that the lighter-skinned people are superior. This sense of superiority causes them to underestimate those who are non-whites. In addition, there are no documents that tell when white supremacy first occurs.
As we all know, during the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which granted basic civil rights to slaves in South – mostly black people. Yet, it did not simply end the racial oppression and suppression encouraged by white people against black people because white supremacy culture in the south part of America was too deep-rooted to be abolished and solved. This problem led to the Civil Rights movement, which is a term applied to a series of nonviolent protest enforced by black people against racial segregation and discrimination in order to get equal treatment as American citizens.
During the Civil Rights movement, it appeared that the racial oppression and violence toward black people increased dramatically because of the emergence of a group called Ku Klux Klan. It was made to maintain white supremacy with its tactic of lynching blacks who protested against its rules. The KKK provoked the appearance of people who managed marches, boycotts, and protests against rules they thought were wrong called civil rights activists. Surprisingly, the Klansmen even lynched any whites who dared get in their way. The increasing of the intensity of civil disobedience and protest against white supremacy ideology angered the Klansmen, so the racial oppression and violence they put upon black people got worst. Consequently, during that time, many people, either blacks or non-blacks, were reported missing due to the lynching carried out by the KKK.
Words by Datu Beru
Hamsters make a perfect pet just for everyone at any age. They are lovable, small, and, best of all, they are easy and inexpensive to keep. If you follow my advice, your hamster can live up to five years, with proper attention and care.
Ever since its founding, Wall of Fades has enjoyed exceptional growth, in just four years it has become a mandatory event for the local denim community and has become the largest denim exhibition in Southeast Asia.
On November 30th to December 2nd 2012, Wall of Fades celebrated its 4th edition at Kuningan City (Jakarta), bringing together a selection of the industry’s most creative and innovative local companies to present their latest developments. Presenting a theme entitled “World Famous Classic 5-Pockets”, Wall of Fades 2012 proposed to serve as a platform for the educational use of denim. For example, The “Denim: From Function to Fashion” section recounted the history of jeans which, in the early years, were used as regular work wear and how they came to be the most renowned garment in the world, notably to a new fashion generation. Then, the “Best Denim Evolution” section showcased the denim evolution process, bringing to life the most iconic washes and fading patterns.
Moving on to “Fit Education”, a section where visitors could get insight about types of fits and cuttings and how they could select the best fit for their body postures. Not to mention, other educational sections in which visitors could get information such as the history of Levi’s, showing how a man named Levi Strauss founded one of the key enterprises of the denim industry and “Denim Dictionary” which listed down terms and jargons used in the denim cult.
The theme and the display perfectly underlined the significant role played by Jeanswear in new developments and innovations. There were 18 tenants which proposed their most comprehensive offerings this season in the “Denim Market”. Last but not least, this year’s Wall of Fades provided an entertainment segment. The atmosphere was enlivened by The Trees and The Wild and Mouth FX performances.
Luckily, SUB got a chance to inquire more about the event by interviewing Mr. Heinrick from Wall of Fades 2012’s publicity division. Speaking of today’s local brands development, he stated that local brands would be getting more prominent and could certainly compete with international labels when it comes to quality (details and cuttings), and quantity. For this statement, he picked an example of how Giles Padmore from one of the most renowned denim brands in the world, Iron Heart (UK), came over to see the Indonesian denim scene and was interested with Oldblue.co. He also explained that, when it came to quantity, local brands had showed a rapid increase, they were mushrooming. Wall of Fades 2012 was also a space for exhibitors to propose highly original and inventive displays to a growing number of visitors. He reported that this year’s Wall of Fades got the most enthusiasm from visitors proven by the instant sell out of its official merchandise. Furthermore, what made this year’s Wall of Fades more interesting was its new “Indigo Experience” in which visitors could try firsthand to dye the fabric using indigo dyes, there also was an “Indigo Denim Contest” as well.
Mr. Heinrick conveyed that this year’s Wall of Fades did not do collaborations. Nonetheless, last year, Wall of Fades was lucky to collaborate with Samurai Jeans, Iron Heart, PotMeetsPop Overalls, and many more. In the end of the interview session, he told that this annual event had always tried to promote local brands to the international world. Local brands were hoped to be more creative and original, not just mere followers. A long story short, with its unique concept, Wall of Fades 2012 successfully invited all denim addicts and Jeanswear pros to come together for three days of absolute denim.
Words and photos by Datu Beru
Published on SUB Magazine
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