T he spring/summer 2019 season has culminated in a debate, fuelled by Hedi Slimane’s collection for Celine, about the female gaze in fash...

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he spring/summer 2019 season has culminated in a debate, fuelled by Hedi Slimane’s collection for Celine, about the female gaze in fashion: what do women actually want to wear, what empowers them, and who is in the best position to propose it. Simultaneously, strong waves of gender non-conformism have washed over the Paris shows, in a sense countering that debate with an all-empowering kumbaya of unanimity between sexes. In his Louis Vuitton show staged in futuristic walkways through the Louvre’s courtyard, Nicolas Ghesquière touched on both themes. “I was asking myself a question at the beginning of the season,” he explained. “For so long, people have defined my work saying I was empowering women. It’s an intuition I’ve always had, so why should I not take on that criteria to design this collection, only? This is not a narrative collection, this is about my obsession with empowering women: dressing them. I think I’ve been doing that for many, many years.”

You can’t fault Ghesquière for not loading his fashion with authority. The sci-fi futurist, sometimes Space Age-y, often dystopian and very avant-garde character of his work is so hard to describe (point proven) and sometimes to understand that it automatically amps up the charisma of anyone who wears it. That’s a type of power. But more than anything, Ghesquière’s comprehension of empowerment seems to lie the grand gesture: the orbital, spherical shapes of this collection, its ballooning bishop sleeves, trompe l’oeuil Aran knit print, graphic landscape paintbrush motifs, dramatic tinselling, UFO bag, and overriding references to armour, which had a complexity about it that wasn’t for the fainthearted. “It’s not an armour, it’s more of a shell,” he pointed out, referring to sleeve constructions that reminded many of Joan of Arc. “It’s the architecture of the clothes that’s protective; that gives strength.”
“It’s always a challenge to build architecture around the body and create the movement we all need with clothes. It’s a research that’s endless when you’re making clothes, so you try to perfect it over time,” Ghesquière noted, and the statement gave you some insight into the pedantic thought-process that creates his proposals for what might empower. They are not uncomplicated. Three looks caught everyone’s eye: what in binary terms would be called ‘menswear’, modelled on women with androgynous features. Was Ghesquière going down ye ole road of female empowerment through masculine tailoring? Au contraire, said Monsieur. “There was a clear ambiguity, but that was the idea. Sometimes people think when a woman dresses like a man it gives her power, but you can be very vulnerable when you’re wearing a suit as a woman.”
If this season has posed some mammoth questions about our future societal approach to fashion and gender roles, we exit it on an unresolved note. And if the question asked is what empowers women – and men, for that matter – it hasn’t been answered just yet. The debate, however, is empowering in itself. And that is the strongest outcome of the spring/summer 2019 shows. Along, of course, with Ghesquière’s hypnotising Arabesque soundtrack, un-Shazamable and mixed by maestro Michel Gaubert, whose musical presence at the shows has been more than empowering this season.

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Shell Kristina Olsson Atria Books // Simon & Schuster In this spellbinding and poignant historical novel�perfect for fans of All the Li...

Shell by Kristina Olsson Giveaway (US/Can)

Shell
Kristina Olsson
Atria Books // Simon & Schuster

In this spellbinding and poignant historical novel�perfect for fans of All the Light We Cannot See and The Flamethrowers�a Swedish glassmaker and a fiercely independent Australian journalist are thrown together amidst the turmoil of the 1960s and the dawning of a new modern era.

1965: As the United States becomes further embroiled in the Vietnam War, the ripple effects are far-reaching�even to the other side of the world. In Australia, a national military draft has been announced and Pearl Keogh, a headstrong and ambitious newspaper reporter, has put her job in jeopardy to become involved in the anti-war movement. Desperate to locate her two runaway brothers before they�re called to serve, Pearl is also hiding a secret shame�the guilt she feels for not doing more for her younger siblings after their mother�s untimely death.

Newly arrived from Sweden, Axel Lindquist is set to work as a sculptor on the besieged Sydney Opera House. After a childhood in Europe, where the shadow of WWII loomed large, he seeks to reinvent himself in this utterly foreign landscape, and finds artistic inspiration�and salvation�in the monument to modernity that is being constructed on Sydney�s Harbor. But as the nation hurtles towards yet another war, J�rn Utzon, the Opera House�s controversial architect, is nowhere to be found�and Axel fears that the past he has tried to outrun may be catching up with him.

As the seas of change swirl around them, Pearl and Axel�s lives orbit each other and collide in this sweeping novel of art and culture, love and destiny.

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I get emotionally attached to objects and the memories associated with them, like makeup products I don't like but bought while vacationing in Europe, or old notebooks and planners that I used to keep in high school. There are no practical reasons to have any of this junk, but I can't let go of them!

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Final Roasting Place   ( A Cook-Off Mystery #2) Devon Delaney from Kensington Books Sherry Frazzelle is back to being Sherry Oliveri, her d...

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Final Roasting Place (A Cook-Off Mystery #2)
Devon Delaney
from Kensington Books

Sherry Frazzelle is back to being Sherry Oliveri, her divorce all but final and her new life in full swing. Her part-time job is helping her father with his hooked-rug business, and her full-time passion is competitive cooking. But murder is about to rock their little Connecticut town...

Erno Oliveri made sure to be on set for his daughter�s cook-off appearance on Sunny Side Up with Brett and Carmell. Or as it�s now known, Sunny Side Up with Carmell and Brett�since the ambitious young Carmell seems to have the producer and station owner eating out of her hand. But the important news is that Sherry has bested the competition with her Spicy Toasted Chickpea and Almond appetizer and clinched the spatula-shaped trophy. It�s her shining moment�until everything goes dark.

A quick-moving storm has knocked out power to the studio�and when the lights come back up, Carmell is at her desk with a sharp object lodged in her neck. The weapon is an unusual tool, used by craftsmen who make hooked rugs. Has someone taken corporate backstabbing to a new level, and framed Erno in the process? If Sherry�s going to protect her dad and their family name, she has to find out where he was when the lights went out.


Farmer's Market Chicken and Couscous

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup peeled sweet potato, cut in small dice
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 package (5.8 ounces) Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous mix
  • 1� cup diced farm fresh tomatoes
  • � teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • � cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • � cup smoked almonds, chopped

Preheat oven to 400�F.

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat on stovetop. Add the sweet potato and chicken pieces and cook until chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Add the couscous package contents, water amount per package directions, tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, jalapeno, salt, preserves, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine. Cover and bake for 15�20 minutes until bubbly and couscous is tender. Sprinkle with almonds and serve.

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To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
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I love bringing a cold pasta salad with a simple dressing, like lemon juice, olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, parsley, and Parmesan combined.

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
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