poems of love and the feminine spirit

Victoria Sandico explores the intensity of  love and feminine spirtuality through free verse poems "Blue is the Warmest Color" and "Rosaries and Harlots".

10 Movies To Watch When You're Too Old To Trick or Treat


      Face it, you're too old to trick or treat (and too young to die). If you're in this "in between" stage like me, it's likely your plans for Halloween include watching a movie. So, to make the inevitable "which movie do I watch" crisis a little bit easier, here's a list of my favourite horror movies (in no particular order) to get you in the mood for Halloween.

exploring horizons with fashionmaker julie paskal

In the middle of preparation for a Paris Fashion week runway show, Ukrainian fashion creator Julie Paskal managed to squeeze in some time to chat with BLOOME journalist Olga Korovina. Her brand PASKAL is known for minimalism, and contemporary elements of design inspired by Julie's background in architecture and engineering.

notes from the fisherman's journal

Glissments progressifs du plaisir 
(Alain Robbe-Grillet)
Nigerian-based poet Zara Medugu shares with us words to celebrate the beauty of nature and life through her poem "Notes from the Fisherman's Journal". 

artistic visions with john william of pigeons and peacocks

BLOOME journalist Olga Korovina had the chance to talk to fashion-maker John William, who throughout the years  has contributed and collaborated with Dazed and Confused, VICE, i-D, Nylon, Paper, and Bullet magazine. He began his career in fashion, and has had his work exhibited globally including a 2011 show curated by photographer Rankin and a 2014 collaboration with the Museum of London. John's experience in the industry spans marketing, consultancy, trend forecasting and creative direction, and he teaches across a number of BA courses at LCF. He currently works as a stylist and artist and his work often includes props and custom pieces of his own design. 

stranger things inspired playlist

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Senior Journalist Jessica Nauta constructs a playlist of twelve songs inspired by the 80s throwback Netflix series Stranger Things. 

envisioning tropical summertime perils

Teen photographer Edwin Joscan returns with his latest visual piece "Deadly Waters" where he envisions the summertime perils that come with the natural wonders of Puerto Rico landscapes through photography.

a shout into the void from the hearts of american youth

BLOOME senior journalist Maia Medel fabricates a visual diary of stunning portraits and words of truth that capture the spirit of North American youth.

a love letter to rivers cuomo's diary of an album: pinkerton

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The first entry for "BLOOMEcore's" album article lineup, where music editor and writer Ruven Samaraweera selects music he feels embodies the ideals expressed through BLOOME magazine in its writings. Similar lineups will be conducted for other various mediums of art.

the hardest question for a cinephile

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Our film editor and writer Sophia Macapagal constructs a list of her ten favourite movies so far, that she recommends all BLOOME fans enjoy for themselves. 

juvenile deliquency through the artwork of ed templeton

A haste series of photographs found within the pages of Teenage Smokers, Teenage Kissers, and Wayward Cognitions captured by the iconic photographer Ed Templeton. 

moment of elevation

A poem entailing heavy sentiments "Moment of Elevation" written by Ukranian-based writer and Fashion Arts enthusiast Olga Korovina

the virgin suicides inspired playlist

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Jessica Nauta whips together a dreamy playlist inspired by Sofia Coppola's film adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' novel The Virgin Suicides.

documenting the adventures of puerto rican youth

Seventeen-year-old Edwin Jocsán immerses us into his spectacle "A Lost Flight to Paradise" where he documents the landscapes of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Set in an abandoned airplane, Jocsán intends to capture the beauty of the island through depicting its various settings and locations. 

an existentialist breakdown in film

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FILM ANALYSIS // SWISS ARMY MAN 

conversations with mother

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Nigerian poet Chisom Irechukwu shares her series of writing inspired by sisterhood, through poems of feminine notability. 

your eyes inside out


Poet and writer Jess Nauta fabricates the poem "Alex" inspired by French street artist JR, whose work was exhibited in Toronto's annual art festival Nuit Blanche. 

coffee, cigarettes, and evening prayers

VISUAL DIARY

Toronto-based photographer and visual artist Frances Sousa gives us a preview of her artwork, propped with coffee, cigarettes, flowers, and evening prayers. Frances delivers artwork of poetic,graceful elegance, establishing her own unique style by combining collage, sculpture, embroidery, paint and photography.

exploring brick lane with london's underground youth

VISUAL DIARY

London-based artists Daji R and Mona Cordes take the viewer on a whimsical stroll along brick lane, exploring passages 'round Shoreditch, brimming with plants and hidden little houses. Mona captures a youthful, in-the-moment vision of spontaneous adventure.

idleness of the aesthetic attitude

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THE NEON DEMON // FILM REVIEW

behind the beauty of unlike complexions


  BEHIND THE BEAUTY OF UNLIKE COMPLEXIONS 
View Kuphirun shares her opinions on fashion and captures the beauty of contrasting skin. 

pick it up

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I am forgetting bits and pieces of my past
The pieces I've tried to frantically to collect in mason jars
Jars I've since knocked over
Hurricane after Hurricane
We were prone to them
Where we lived was prone to them
But now I deal with only sunshine

wild things


A photo series by Domonique Harris, wholly inspired by the song Breezeblocks by Alt-J and the children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

a glimpse of youth in bangkok's club scene

#Lightsdimminhighbeamin

WIND KUPHIRUN CAPTURES BANGKOK'S NIGTHLIFE

art hoes + art woes with amanda jiang


The BLOOME team had a chance to meet up with Toronto based artist Amanda Jiang, a meeting in which we discussed the woes of the Toronto art scene, Amanda's opinions on the internet's lasting influence on Generation Z, and her own personal connection to the art world. 

when she

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I was told I was a seed
That burying me would allow me to flourish
That I could not be truly destroyed
Unless through death
But I feel weaker now
Than I have

japanese notion of fashion


Japan's fashion elite, firstly inaugurated in Europe as "Hiroshima chic" or "ragged chic" representatives, have turned the notion of fashion as structured, sexy and glamorous on its head. Their vision of women, and also men, as independent, intelligent, liberated artisans has elevated their status to that of fashion legends. The sensation caused by Rei Kawakubo's Paris debut in 1981 with fellow Japanese Yohji Yamamoto, where they were presenting a fierce rebuttal to the body-conscious, sexy, silhouettes of the 1980s,  has transfixed and shocked the experts, however, within a very short period of time, this shock turned to admiration.

the golden girls of rock and roll

Sable Starr and Lori Maddox hanging around Sunset Strip with other baby groupies. 1970s. Properties of CREEM magazine. 
Being on the road with your favorite band is pretty much the dream of every teenage girl whose life revolves around music, and while I have yet to meet people who have done exactly so in the 21st century, a quick throwback to the seventies can remind you that it's been done before. Take a look at Lori Maddox, Sable Starr, and Pamela des Barres who by strutting through the streets of Sunset Boulevard in their shiny platform heels, turned the heads of numerous rockstars with their youthful beauty. Though barely legal, they still managed to take and break the hearts of some of the biggest names in popular music. There is absolutely no denying that not only were they some of the first art-scene queens in the history of youth culture, but were the golden girls of rock and roll.

ukraine's fashion folklore and bohemia



Bohemian elements from the seventies seemed to be the center of street style in 2015. However, contrary to what most people know about the origins of bohemian fashion, the embroidered blouses and dresses hold a deeper meaning to people living in Eastern Europe, more specifically in Ukraine, where it is regarded as one of the country's most important national garments. 

fragments

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Cherry lip balm will always symbolize the start
It stained your lips and feathered around the rest of your mouth
Stained your fingertips, too
And the scent lingered
Too sweet for anyone to truly be enamored with it
But I was easily led by the promise of sweetness

a girl is a loaded gun

VISUAL PORTFOLIO



WORDS // MAIA MEDEL
PHOTOGRAPHY // VICTORIA SANDICO
EDIT // YILING ZHAO



An unwinding of truths. A long fall to the bottom where we first stood not knowing what to say to each other.

I can see through your eyes that you do not recognize what I’ve become.
This I do not mind.

I want to change, to grow, to be larger than the small self I’ve tucked myself away in.
I am bored of the still waters.
I am bored of the silence.

I did it for you.
Covered myself up in the images you had of who I was through your eyes.
Who you wanted me to be.
Too long.
Too long have I been smiling softly, talking softly, living softly.

I want to drape myself in laughter and lipstick stains and black crushed velvet.
I want to be sleek, and lovely, and dangerous.



are you a feminist or a "feminazi"?


Yes, I know. This is an extremely controversial topic. But I think that it’s important to talk about it, because it’s going to affect all of us whether you identify yourself as a feminist or not. Before I discuss whether or not modern feminism actually aims to achieve its goal, or if it is an excuse for women to view themselves superior to men and vilify them ‘in the name of feminism’, let’s actually look at what true feminism is. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary feminism is “the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." This means that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities, and that they should not be judged based on their sex, but on their actions and who they are as a person.

unwind, gently

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I do not possess the skill to flick my tongue and tell you exactly what is happening in here
I could say it all at once as it comes to pass, foaming at the mouth, hungry for your eyes to sparkle
Slowly, as we move towards the parts they told us we would face
The parts that would make us cautious if all doesn’t end well

personal diary: a good kind of messy



Now, for the most part, I think the whole “just be yourself” thing is bullshit. Not because you shouldn’t be yourself, but because - as John Green so beautifully put it -  “who’s self would I be otherwise being?”. Everything you do, every change you make within yourself, all of it is you. As an individual you grow and change, screw up and makeover your life, you’re brutally honest, or put up a mask because you’re scared. 

the color of 2016: rose quartz and faded blues

The Color of 2016:
Rose Quartz and Faded Blues


Rose Quartz and Faded Blue is taking 2016 by storm. The warm tones of the pink are balanced out by the cool tranquil blue. They reflect a "connection and wellness sense of order and peace." Rose Quartz symbolizes a serene sunset, or a blooming flower. The Faded Blues symbolize the calmness, and the coziness of a summer day. These two colors also has a deeper meaning to its combination.
 Along with the gender equality social movement, it is a form of expression.

Hong Kong - The Clash Of Cultures


This August I was graced with the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Hong Kong. Upon hearing so much about the city and the vast culture it contains, I knew immediately that I had wanted to try my best to submerge myself in it's culture for the few days I had spent my time there. What better way is there to remember the spirit of the city, but to capture it's essence through photography?

velcro to velvet: behind 'the velvet underground and nico'

“I was talking to Lou Reed the other day, and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold only 30,000 copies in its first five years. Yet, that was an enormously important record for so many people. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band!"

-Brian Eno, Los Angeles Times, 1982
Velvet Underground and Nico album cover (1967).

the ten days of knowing you

Kurt Cobain, Painting of white, thorn-like capillaries surrounding a fetus. Previously exhibited on Nick Broomfield's Kurt and Courtney documentary, c. 1987-1989


FOREWORD: I wrote this poem in the 10th grade, to showcase the sense of loss women feel when they lose their child. At the time that I wrote this poem, I was in a state of impending discouragement that I had needed to do something to let out the frustration held within me in some shape or form.  

death of the archetypal butch male

Words by Yiling Zhao / @zhxo_

Hari Nef, Harmony Boucher, Erin Mommsen, Joel Wolfe and Jodun Love

As fashion month continues this week, lets take a closer look at the growing and ever changing industry of menswear, as modern designers with  the help of male models, collaborate together to change the face of fashion and to challenge society's gender norms.