Saturday, December 26, 2015

you don't have to play basketball to wear basketball sneakers

It's officially winter and if climate change has any say in any of this, it's that the current weather is conducive to summer footwear. They say three's a trend and I am going to confirm that you will see copious amounts of people sporting basketball sneakers. These people don't play basketball. They play basketball.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

the neckerchief proposal

This is a formal proposal. Not the kind of proposal where the guy bends on his knees and his boyfriend says yes. Fucking gross. This proposal is going to be a hit or shit on my personal style. I am proposing the neckerchief. Instead of applying it at my own accord, I am asking you if it's chiefly me or not.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

the stella mccartney challenge

I participated in the Stella McCartney challenge. No, not the competition where you purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Stella McCartney commodities like these Sequined Patched Jeans that I would wear only to the dentist or the Falabella bag that I wish I had in every colour, for the only purpose of bequeathing them to my nieces and nephews. The end result of this challenge? It leads you to the proverbial Carrie Bradshaw Challenge where you ask Big to subsidize the Stella McCartney Challenge.

The S.M.C., in short, is going vegan. Here's how I survived three weeks of the highs and the lows, but mostly the lows.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

man up, have an opinion

When the Cut compiled a list of men to ask them how clothes make them feel, I was rather confounded. Are we allowed to have opinions on fashion because I have many valid arguments against white denim and sneaker wedges.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

fall 2015 labels to know: feminism

I am a feminist. I read Jezebel and Salon on a frequent basis and just last month I purchased a book called Men Explain Things to Me. My favourite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer which has many undertones of feminism and I think Girls is - more or less - continuing the discussion. My favourite fictional characters are Candace and Toni from Portlandia. They're a tad radical and it turns me on. I listen to 2 Brown Girl's podcast because feminism is inclusive.

I support pro-choice. I support accessibility to birth control. I support a woman's right to dress however she pleases without unwarranted cat calls. I want to see women in executive positions. I want men to just shut the fuck up when it's not their place.

After all that, I've been told I am still not a feminist.

Monday, October 26, 2015

trending: slow fashion

It was just a few years ago that I refashioned (pun intended) my shopping habits. Young and naive as I was when I was 16 and when I got my first job, I spent every paycheque hitting the mall and cruising teen retailers. I was consumed with purchasing and collecting clothes and keeping tags on them as if they were trophy's to be put on display.

A pensive case for slow fashion.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

sfw, just as cool as nyfw

What exactly do we know about Seoul Fashion Week? According to my taxing research a few minutes ago, precisely nothing. A quick Google search of Me: Yoomi, - a designer I am curious about - leads me to a self-warming baby bottle. That's a great device I could use right now as I am single and could use a warm baby bottle to sleep next to in place of a human body.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

to faggot or not to faggot, banks edition

If you're going to be dichotomous about something this week, I think it should be in regards to Azelia Banks. Her music speaks to my dark soul while her choice of language and validity is questionable. The former face of T by Alexander Wang proceeds to apply derogatory terms in unnecessary situations, again.

(Disclosure: I'm listening to Azealia Banks as I write this. Consider it a last goodbye.)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

dissecting raf simons for adidas, at my leisure

The much hyped about collaboration between Raf Simons and Adidas is now in its fifth season. You know those Stan Smiths with the perforated R in place of the three perforated lines? Yes, those, but more expensive and inaccessible. I have a theory.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

debate: pants vs. jeans, winner wins nothing

There's this ongoing debate in my brain prior to a new season, specifically fall, about what kind of fabric I prefer to cover my body from the waist down. You would think that this would be a simple answer, which, realistically it is, but on any topic, people will contest.

Friday, August 28, 2015

talk yeezy to me, pretty please

I am having a difficult time comprehending the appeal of the YEEZY Boost sneakers that Kanye West presented for Adidas back in February. I'm frustrated like a Grindr user not being able to find his next fuck.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

how to approach sale, with prudence

It's that time of the year when you realize that winter is over. You begin to store your winter garments, clean your stark sterile sneakers and dust off your genitals because your summer fling is just around the hormonal corner.

In addition to all that, you may begin to purchase your summer attire now because my dear friends, sale has begun.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

jacquemus wants to play

Everyone is talking about Jacquemus. From Vogue to to SSENSE, which just released a freshly minted interview discussing his obsession with a large body of water containing noticeable traces of natural salt.

Monday, May 11, 2015

how to approach tank top season, cautiously

It's cutting season and as cutting season goes, you want to peacock a little of what you've been working hard on because underneath that dadbod is a man yearning to sport a fitted tank top while inconspicuously flexing, but really he's reaching for canned tuna.

Please don't call it a wife-beater.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

trend: pants that will survive a flood

Did you go out for a stroll today thinking you could get away with wearing shorts? And you could get away with shorts between the balmy hours of 12PM and 5PM. People were probably envious of all the shorts wearers, but come dusk you guys better have a contingency plan because while it feels like summer, it's not summer.

I call it premature-shortulation. Or just being Canadian.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

chloe sevigny on coolness and sustainability

The Internet is confounded by a dichotomy right now and is trying to grasp a happy medium. Non-Internet user and authentic cool girl Chloe Sevigny is interviewed by militant Internet user Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller in the latest issue of The Edit. On thing they have in common is their love of culottes and individuality through clothes.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

discourse on sustainability

Imran Amed, the founder of The Business of Fashion would like to formally get the discussion flowing on a issue that is facing the fashion industry: sustainability. With the increasing demand of designers forced to spew a few collections a year (resort, pre-spring, courture, fall, etc) and fast fashion retailers have even more pressure to release new clothes weekly, if not daily, then what is our responsibility as the consumer? The fashion industry?

What got me interested about this sustainability dialogue is a quote by Amed in Dansk magazine who he quotes, but doesn't identify who these industry people are, but regardless he purports that "According to some people, fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world."

Monday, April 6, 2015

boyfriends now obliged to offer sartorial advice

This post is dedicated to all the heterosexual men who often say nice, insincere compliments to their significant other when shopping - when really they shouldn't - to avoid repercussions. Sex is important to you, I get it, blue balls are terrible and unspeakable. However, now that you know the difference between wool and acrylic, blouse and shirt, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, you should offer her educated sartorial advice rather than the banal response of: "yeah, it looks good".

Thursday, April 2, 2015

oppress women while looking good

If I learned anything from my advertising class from university, it's that the women's market is over-saturated (look what happened to Marc by Marc Jacobs recently) and the men's market is beginning to grow exponentially and readers, that means money.

Friday, March 27, 2015

do you know r. fitzgibbon?

There's this alarming notion in the gay community that prides itself on being fit, muscular. If you don't fit the stereotype, you are, to some extent, marginalized from that community. Don't fret, though, there are a plethora of "tribes" that you can fall under. Though, the criteria in itself is irrational and will crumble like the recently cancelled Looking. What constitutes a bear? A jock? A twink?

Is Ryan Fitzgibbon a twink?

Monday, March 23, 2015

you say normcore, i say die

A freelance graphic designer-cum-writer-cum-et al recently invited me to her house warming party on the west end of Toronto a few weeks back. I kindly accepted the invitation and arrived fashionably late. I'm still processing the events of that night as to why this post is arriving rather, um, casually not on time. When you think west end of Toronto, you think The Drake Hotel, fixed gear bicycles, a plethora of coffee shops and maybe, normcore?

Is normcore still a trend?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

gayletter is your new favourite magazine

I would like to formally file a complaint regarding the temperature outside of my home. The fucking temperature, appropriate for lets say penguins in Antarctica or Bjork in Iceland, is facilitating my unknown ability to become a reclusive bear who hibernates in the winter and avoids all social contact. With that said, I have more leisure to dust my blinds, Clorox the bathtub and survey a gay magazine. This biannual magazine is called GAYLETTER and my curiosity is nostalgic to my curiosity for cock back when I was seventeen.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

dichotomous shorts, double the fun

You can definitely put me in the category of a person who innately enjoys peacocking his gams come summertime. I am aware of my chicken legs and I flaunt them like I would flaunt my unborn children. The lower the seam, the better, but keep it tasteful. We don't want testicles having their own parade on the streets.

Leave it to Acne Studios to make corduroy nouveau again.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

a case for turtlenecks

London Collections: Men finished off earlier this week championing high-waisted pants for the sake of the male FUPA. In this week's edition of street style, procured from photographer and funny man Tommy Ton, we see men gander the streets like they have somewhere to be sporting turtlenecks.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

what do we think of high-waisted pants?

London Collections: Men just wrapped up yesterday to riveting shows of playful construction and experimentation. Which, is what LC:M is synonymous with and will continue to be as a playground for young designers. From the lego faces at Agi and Sam to the dichotomous Moschino. But what I am most aroused by is the selection of high-waited pants.

The male FUPA lives.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

tiffany & co. recruits non-models for gay ad

Tiffany & Co., purveyor of fine luxury jewellery for heterosexual people are now campaigning to capitalize on the rising rates of gay marriage. Is society still hung up on marriage? Will You?

Fuck no. dubbed the campaign "groundbreaking". Yes. It is groundbreaking in that a large corporation is championing for gays to get married. What is not so groundbreaking is the ad itself.

The debut ad features a real-life white New York couple who are non-models, but who actually look like models. They're casually hanging out on the brownstone stoop because that it is what real people do. We touch each other at the knees and don't look at each other.

Who wrote that copy? It is cheesy as fuck.

Tiffany & Co. probably doesn't know the protocols in how gay marriage works. I don't know either, but in heterosexual couples, the norm is that the man proposes. There is hierarchy in this ad. There is a height difference between the models. There is rolling of the sleeves. The more elevated model is most likely the one that proposed to the smiling blonde that looked away and pondered...

"I am a bottom and I submit to you, my top."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

preemptive coachella sartorial guide

Coachella 2015

Amid the below freezing temperatures of Antarctica cloaking itself on Toronto, causing myself to layer excessively to the point of peeling them off in the middle of the night, a glowing light (my smartphone screen) ushered Coachella's 2015 lineup.

Monday, January 5, 2015

take the vest, or a vacation

After New Years, you made a perennial mental commitment to joining a fitness club. Good for you and better for the fitness club you're about to join because they know your commitment to attending is akin to a dean lacking to create any sexual assault dismissals. Most likely, you're joining for various null reasons.

Lets take a gander.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

a pragmatic guide to golden goose deluxe brand

I'm feeling more liberated this morning relative to other mornings. Why? This morning, the morning of the new year, 2015, with a slogan so catchy and original "NEW YEAR, NEW ME (or insert your name)", is free from hangovers. At 27, I think with age comes wisdom and that New Years is just like any other fucking day and all you really need is a really good playlist, doe, and dip.

Transferring that proverbial slogan to brands, New Year, New Brands, let me inform you about a pair of sneakers that put me in the minus. I like to think I have the ability to trend forecast and with the rise of luxury sneakers saturating the market, it's nice to find something niche. I present to you, my hungover readers, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand.