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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Miss Fame in Vogue Germany

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I bought a Vogue Germany issue today. Although I barely remember anything from german class in school, I just had to have this exact issue of Vogue Germany because Miss Fame is featured in it. She is the first queen to have her own Vogue editorial in print. That's quite an achievement, don't you think? I'm so proud and happy for her and the editorial is just absolutely stunning. The beautiful photography was shot by Giampaolo Sgura and I have to say that the photo of Miss Fame wearing a scarf and waist belt is probably my favourite photo of her EVER.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The New Fluidity

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OOTD: H&M jewellery, WEEKDAY t-shirt (limited edition) & Topshop loafers


Here's my outfit from today. It's very trend based, but I can also totally see my personal style shining through in this outfit. The pointed loafers/mules from Topshop are my current favourite shoes because of their smart design, but they are so, so painful to wear. I have no idea how to break them in so I was kinda hoping that some of you guys had any tips. Happy sunday, babes ♥♥♥

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

What Inspires You?

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club kids queer brooklyn is burning what inspires you dr martens doctor martens fishnet tights 80s makeup 2017 trends black bodycon dress 21 year old fashion blogger t by alexander wang little black dress
OOTD: T by Alexander Wang dress & Doc Martens boots

I've always found it intriguing to find out why people dress the way they do. Like for example why some people simply couldn't care less and why some people just HAVE to be in on the latest trend. I'm mostly curious about those people who stand out from the crowd and have a very unique personal style. I feel like visual style is a way of understanding people's story. The clothes you wear and how you style them are a part of your personal brand. It's about finding your own voice and persona and expressing that through your clothes. I'm an old soul so I'm naturally very drawn to the '80s when I look for fashion inspiration. You might have seen me wear bustiers, high waisted trousers, waist belts etc. which is all inspired by '80s music icons, '80s cinematography and '80s runway shows. Though my heart is forever beating for '80s fashion, I do find a lot of inspiration in today's society as well.
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club kids queer brooklyn is burning what inspires you dr martens doctor martens fishnet tights 80s makeup 2017 trends black bodycon dress 21 year old fashion blogger t by alexander wang little black dress
One of the more current time things that really inspires me and has my attention is the queer nightlife scene. Specifically the New York City club scene. The new club kids and drag queens and night life legends are so amazing. During the night time the creative souls come through. These youth subcultures can to some seem like a cult, but I think it's just a bunch of creative, likeminded individuals who come together and create an atmosphere. Generally love everything out of the ordinary so i'm without a doubt fascinated by night creatures. Heck, sometimes I even scroll through my feed and sigh in frustration as I just really, really want to be a part of the fun. I once heard a club kid say something along the lines of looking at haute couture from your favourite fashion designer is how you find inspiration and can create your own club kid look which is perfect for you.
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That leads me on to another great source of my fashion inspirations; My favourite fashion designers and their runway shows throughout the years. I'm particularly hooked on Maison Martin Margiela whom is my all time favourite. I'm also very much in love with '90s Azzedine Alaïa, '80s Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake.

What inspires you in fashion (and in life)?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Feminism & Surrealism


Ph: Shae DeTar

New York photographer, Shae DeTar, creates surrealistic art by painting layers over her photography to add exaggerated colour, texture and contrast. DeTar isn't using surrealism the traditional way; her art is surrealistic in a magical and enchanting way. Looking at her photos kinda feels like you're looking at photos from an otherworldly place.

Through her photography, DeTar portrays women in a non-sexualized way by showing us that the  nude female body is just as natural as nature itself. The women in photos are placed somewhere in nature. Either they're casually lying on the ground or facing downwards in the water as if it was part of their function like a flower or a tree. They just blend in. Nothing is unnatural about it.

If you like contemporary art and you love analyzing it, I think you would enjoy Shae DeTar's work.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Why You Shouldn't Compare Drag Queens to Each Other


Photo source: Chloe Waldorf

I think that most drag queens, especially the ones with a large online following, have experienced comparisons to another queen at least once in their careers. It's indeed an interesting topic, now more than ever, as Rupaul's Drag Race is becoming more mainstream and has brought a lot of young fans into the mix.

Last week, I was watching Chloe Waldorf do a live stream on Instagram whilst she was getting ready for a gig (Watching drag queens live stream is like a therapeutic session for me which I thoroughly enjoy until some moron says something offensive and the live stream ends abruptly). After a couple of hours, when Chloe's look was almost complete and she revealed which wig she would be wearing, someone commented that it looked like Violet Chachki's wig. If that doesn't suck to be told after spending so much time on your look, I don't know what does. Luckily, Chloe doesn't seem like the type of person who would go berserk over this so she just kindly, but firmly said that she didn't appreciate receiving those kinds of comments.

This is just an example of what happens to so many local drag queens every time they get in drag. I've seen countless incidents like these and I really want to explain why it sucks so much to be compared. I'm sure most drag artists will understand that a comparison to your favourite drag queen is meant as a compliment although it is in fact an insult. It's, in a way, an accusation of lack of originality and it diminishes the queen for her art form and aesthetic. Imagine spending hours, or even days, on creating a look only to be told that you resemble some fan favourite from a TV show. What people need to understand is that this is a culture within the LGBTQ+ community and it was a thing WAY before Drag Race and it will be a thing after Drag Race.

What you see on TV can honestly never provide viewers with an exact depiction of a world-wide industry which has been going on for 2,500 years. There will always be more layers than the ones you see. Just because you are a Drag Race super fan and you've watched every single episode of Drag Race twice, it doesn't make you a drag expert. Drag goes above and beyond Drag Race. There are so many different types of drag than just the ones you see on Drag Race. I love drag so much and I personally think that every single drag queen is freaking amazing and inspiring. Don't get me wrong, I love Drag Race too, but when you're a fan of drag as an art form, it sucks to witness how some queens are being viewed as a failure just because they haven't appeared on the show.

OKAY, so, moral of the story: you shouldn't compare drag queens to each other. It shows a lack of knowledge and it's disrespectful to the queen who is being compared.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Why I Named My Blog Brooklyn Is Burning

I seriously need to reestablish my "why" and reconsider my niche because I'm totally getting lost in this blogging world. I don't like where I'm heading with my blog right now. I never intended to get brand deals, freebies or strive to become the next Zoella. I wanted a blog as a creative outlet. I wanted to showcase my style and share a piece of my personality (as cheesy as it sounds) with the internet. I was always such a Tumblr kid and as a 15-year-old I knew nothing better than to spend my evenings in my room listening to Arctic Monkeys and Lana Del Rey whilst scrolling through my Tumblr feed. I loved the reblog function dearly (especially in times of boy trouble). For Brooklyn Is Burning, I wanted an upgrated version of a Tumblr blog. I wanted my blog to represent me as a person and not me as a brand. That's why I chose to name my blog "Brooklyn Is Burning" as opposed to something industry related as "Fashion with Emma" or "Emma's Wardrobe" etc. In the name Brooklyn Is Burning is a piece of my insane love for New York City along with a chunk of me as a person (from the legendary movie Paris Is Burning). So yeah, that's why I've been taking a break from my blog. To really figure out whether this competitive blogger mindset was right for me or if I needed to reinvent my blog. So what's new?
  1. Sasha Velour won drag race and I still get, well, emotional watching her lip sync against Shea Coulée.
  2. I've ordered a heck load of drag queen t-shirts and I've been trying to film a lookbook.
  3. I've been looking for the perfect biker jacket as I lost my only one.
  4. Found out that "broflake" was a thing and it's honestly the best noun ever invented.

How did you come up with your blog name?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Review: Real Techniques Bold Metals Makeup Brushes

The other day I was freaking out about my makeup collection. I usually don't care too much about my makeup, but being as obsessed with drag queens, bio queens and people with FLAWLESS makeup as I am, I couldn't help but to feel the pressure of having the perfect beauty guru makeup collection. Especially since I'm going to DragWorld in about two months and I REALLY want to look the part when I meet all my biggest idols. So I went through my current makeup collection and figured what I needed to improve my makeup collection. First thing on my list: makeup brushes. I decided to go for the real techniques because I'm like a crow who collects metallic and shiny objects.
100 Arched Powder Brush: All three brushes are synthetic and super soft which is crucial to me and my ultra sensitive skin. The powder brush is very flat and not as "thick" as I was expecting. It works just fine for me, though.

300 Tapered Blush Brush: The blush brush is SO cute, but in all honesty, it's nothing out of the ordinary. I purchased it because I needed a blush brush and because I thought it looked nice.

301 Flat Contour Brush: The flat contour brush is my favourite one. I saw it and I was like this is so perfect for an '80s harsh-blush-line look'. 

Have you tried any of the brushes from the Bold Metal collection?