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Move over Vogue, pooches are strutting their stuff for ‘Dogue’ fashion magazine covers – fashion and trends

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The year 2020 has been quite a disaster from beginning to end, what with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and World War III trending on Twitter. It is safe to say that this is not humanity’s best year. And yet, as Max Ehrmann states, “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world” and to prove that people have persevered and worked hard to come together as one, even in the face of hopelessness.

We have seen the rise of a lot of wholesome trends on the internet during the pandemic, as people attempt to navigate through life during quarantine. One of those trends is that of ‘Dogue’, where people dress up their pets in immaculate outfits, click pictures of them and edit them to make them look like the cover of Vogue magazine.  

 

What started off as a Tiktok trend of people editing their best pictures and turning them into the covers of ‘Vogue’ magazine, has transformed into people using their pets for the Vogue covers instead. The #voguechallenge has blown up on the internet and there is no doubt that some of these ‘Dogue’ overs are better than the originals.

ALSO READ| #ChallengeAccepted: Why the Instagram hashtag went viral, may be ‘self promotional’ and no, it did not originate in Turkey

 

From the quirky captions relating to the dog’s life, to the characteristic ‘Vogue’ style edgy picturization of the pets, the ‘Dogue’ covers have us all invested in the new world of dog fashion and all the upcoming trends for the Fall 2020 season!

The #doguechallenge is so much in ‘vogue’ that there is a page on Instagram solely dedicated to ‘Dogue’ covers. It was created by two dog-lovers from Poland and much like Vogue’s own Instagram page, the display image is just a plain letter ‘D’ in the Vogue font and the bio stating, “Dog’s beauty bible since 2020.”

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‘Hashtags and Halos’ Explores Race, Police Brutality, and Humanity In Stunning Fashion

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In late May, Chris Rogers was driving to the Victory Grill for his latest project—a series of murals paying homage to the historic venue’s status as one of the most powerful relics of Austin’s Black community. But as the artist made his way downtown, he saw a swelling crowd of demonstrators protesting police brutality outside APD’s Seventh Street headquarters. Almost instantly, the emotion he’d been withholding since learning of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis came pouring out. “I tried to go back to work, to make myself unsee what I saw in that video of George’s death. I put on videos of my favorite comedians in hopes of cracking a smile, but I just sat there dead-eyed,” he says. “I was paralyzed. I mean, how could I focus anything else? I put up an Instagram story searching for a wall to paint and, 15 minutes later, Native Hostel hit me up. The rest is history.” 

Over the course of the next two weeks, Rogers channeled his pain and frustration into his most compelling public piece since he arrived in Austin in 2012. Titled “If HE Can’t Breathe, WE Can’t Breathe,” the mural depicts activist (and former NFL quarterback) Colin Kaepernick and memorializes several high-profile victims of police brutality over the years, including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Michael Ramos, and Floyd. As he painted, Rogers was followed closely by filmmaker Chris Haywood, an East Austin native and creative director of The Come Up Media. The end result is Haywood’s newly released mini-documentary, Hashtags and Halos.

 

Artist Chris Rogers during an interview in the film.

 

From the outset, Haywood hits viewers with a medley of auditory and visual homages to Black art, beauty, and anguish—a sequence powered by an emotional spoken word poem performed by local wordsmith Christopher Michael. As black-and-white images of Black Lives Matter protests and a video of a solitary dancer flash across the screen, Michael’s words ring out in stirring fashion, each line building upon the one before it to deliver the documentary’s thesis:

George Floyd, the usual suspect, whose life is not what they respect

Who’s next to get a knee in the neck

Black ball player, blackballed for taking a knee

Black man dies when cop takes a knee

I can’t breathe, man. I don’t want to be

Another hashtag or halo

As the film progresses, Haywood unpacks the meaning behind Michael’s poem—that Black Americans are fed up of seeing their names trending on social media after yet another police killing—while providing a behind-the-scenes look at Rogers’ creative process. Beyond capturing the laborious nature of conceptualizing and painting a massive mural, it also lends to the mentally grueling aspect of the artist’s work. Having a platform to speak out about the broken system fueling police brutality is powerful, Rogers admits, but it also weighs on you. 

And yet, as evidenced by his final product, Rogers was able to push through this adversity and complete a piece that, he hopes, breeds understanding and introspection for all Austinites, Black or white. “There’s no way that cop could’ve sat on George Floyd’s neck for 9.5 minutes (almost 3 minutes after he went limp) if he saw himself in George Floyd,” he says in the film. “Conversely, if he saw George Floyd as this thing, as ‘it’, as ‘other,’ now that gives him some wiggle room.”

To that point, Haywood says the 14-minute documentary is meant to start a conversation and, ultimately, help people find common ground. It’s also a testament to his experience as a Black man and Black filmmaker in Austin. “One of the biggest things I wanted to convey in this film is that we live in the same country, but our viewpoints and experiences differ greatly. It’s impossible to separate my experiences as a Black man from my filmmaking,” he says.The struggle and experiences of being Black have forced me to be resourceful and creative. It affects what I think is cool, the music I choose to help narrate the film, and the stories I want to tell. I want to use my video skills to tell stories my community needs to share.”

 

A passerby snaps a picture of Rogers’ mural. 

 

While Rogers says our city and country have a long way to go, Haywood’s work suggests that the seeds of hope are being sewn. By the end of the film, the mural is complete, but, more importantly, its mission of creating an open dialogue about race has already taken root—and with that, a greater appreciation for humanity as a whole. 

This notion is driven home by a conclusion that starkly contrasts the opening scene. 

As the film closes, the poet, Michael, is back, as is the solo dancer. This time, though, they’re shown in vibrant color, mirroring the brushstrokes that brought Rogers’ painting to life after weeks of strife. Proudly, Michael stares into the camera and issues a proclamation of promise, strength, and defiance:

I believe in peace

I don’t want to see my city burn

But we have a right to defend ourselves

And we’re out of cheeks to turn

No more hashtags and halos (6x)

 

Hashtags & Halos Short Documentary from Chris Haywood on Vimeo.

 

 

Follow Chris Rogers @chrisrogersart on Instagram and visit thecomeupmedia.com to see more of Chris Haywood’s work. 

 

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On fashion-coordinating masks, social-distancing clothing

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QUESTION: As people are returning back to work, are previous dress codes still in place? Will there be a more casual atmosphere? Are there outfits we could wear to help people social distance away from us? Should masks match our clothing?

CALLIE’S ANSWER: I think each business will decipher about work attire and the new normal for their company. Hopefully people are still trying to social distance and wear their masks when in public. No, mask doesn’t have to match, but that’s a fun idea and accessory!

LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: Sorting this out overall will take some time. I don’t think we know what the world will look like post-pandemic as we are still understanding more about this virus each week. So follow the guidelines in place for your own workplace and keep wearing your mask. My workplace hasn’t relaxed its dress code, but I know I am not wearing much lipstick because my mask is covering half my face. Also, as for buying a bunch of masks to coordinate with clothing, I don’t think that is necessary. I know that I am both enjoying cute masks that loosely coordinate colorwise with what I’m wearing while at the same time hating the fact that it is necessary to wear them at all. I don’t know about social distancing outfits. Again, that will take some time and creativity, but hopefully we will be able to put this entire mess behind us sooner. Stay well, everyone!

HELEN’S ANSWER: Most companies will adhere to their former dress codes, and will let their employees know if there is a change in policy. It may be more casual as we transition back to the office. There are some news articles showing how to social distance with umbrellas, or with women wearing very full skirts.

I think more and more stores and online venues are selling masks, and they have been made in all fabric styles. Some masks have pearls, others jewelry or embroidery. The main thing we must remember is that the masks and social distancing are serious business, so be sure the masks cover your face properly and that you stand far enough away so that you, and others, stay well.

GUEST’S ANSWER: Linda Miller, fashion expert and author of “Fashion Matters” Blog: A dress code change is a decision left to your company or management. Certainly more people have gotten used to working from home and perhaps being a bit more casual. Ask a manager or supervisor if you’re curious.

For many of us, wearing a mask in public has become routine. Match one to your outfit if it makes you feel good. We need that these days. As for dressing to keep others at a distance, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone designed a line of clothing with social distancing in mind. If you’re looking for something now, layer a crinoline slip or two under a full dress or skirt. Might be difficult getting in and out of the car, though.

Since 2009 Callie, Lillie-Beth and Helen have written this generational etiquette column. They also include guest responses from a wide range of ages each week. So many years later, Callie is 20-plus; Lillie-Beth, 40-plus and Helen, 60-plus. To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net.

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