I find it easier to plan big changes for the following months while I’m on the other side of the world, thousands of miles away from home. Perhaps it’s the sleepless apprehension of the start of a new season (Spring-Summer 2019 shows are on-going as I write this), matched by a sense of excitement for something new and exciting, as I tend to bask in every little thing I learn and experience from my travels. Travelling is so important. I feel money is never wasted when it comes to travelling and experiencing new cultures, acquiring new knowledge. I’ve discovered that I don’t hate bagels when I had my first bagel and cream cheese at Pick-a-Bagel in Manhattan; the biggest trend for Fall are oversized graphic sweaters (I absolutely need the Coach 1941 sweater); and that Krysten Ritter loves Asian food.
I write this while seated on a bench at 72nd Street on Central Park, just opposite The Dakota, the apartment building where John Lennon lived, and was fatally shot. Fashion week in New York has just ended. For the past week, I was either the watcher or the watched, roaming from one side of Manhattan to another, processing the different trends that I see presented before me for the summer of 2019. It was a mentally and physically draining week filled with shows, interviews and meetings − but I would do it all over again just for the experience. I believe Moto Guo would agree, as I am positive his experience of breaking into the retail scene in China would be one he will cherish always (China Calling, pg36).
When it comes to what inspires our opinionated lives online, it seems as if the list of faces who inspire almost universal respect and joy are becoming more and more obsolete − up to the point of having digitally created AI characters with no souls garnering over one million followers (Who Runs The World? pg77). How millions would actually interact with so much emotion towards an imaginary character is beyond me; use that energy elsewhere! An extra cheer is in order for Marie Claire Malaysia’s most energetic cover star, Krysten Ritter! Fun, bubbly and very approachable, Krysten who stars as Marvel Hero Jessica Jones, took time out of her busy schedule filming the third season of the series to shoot with us around the streets of West Hollywood (The Ritter Effect, Pg66).
Another reason why I was truly drawn to Jessica Jones’ character was because she was a superhero for the women. Being a victim of sexual assault, she rose up from the dark and took on creeps who otherwise may feel that they can get away with abusing women. Strength is not only limited to physical capabilities. There are power to words as well. We should always speak up about what we believe in, to highlight issues that need to be addressed. We spoke to a handful of powerful Malaysian women about voicing out their statements, and they didn’t hesitate to oblige (pg84). Hopefully, that would inspire others to speak out about issues that are dear to them.
ASMA NASARUDDIN AND SUHAILI MICHELINE SPEAK OUT FOR OUR ‘MAKE A STATEMENT’ DIGITAL CAMPAIGN
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