Wednesday, December 7, 2016

this shopping cart is for rich people only

It has been one week into December and while you have created a mental Christmas list, you actually haven’t physically gone out into the world. Or, your lazy, degenerate ass just ordered everything from Amazon. If you’re a rich and lazy degenerate then you have come to the right place.

What’s your budget? $442.67 for 6.5 people? That’s the proletariat budget.

Mr. Porter is waiting for you and your AMEX!

Monday, December 5, 2016

why aren't you wearing this: sunnei

Youth brands come and go in the fashion industry. Sometimes they create interest by consumers, but after a few seasons, their longevity is questionable.

What is the definition of youth? The definition is relative from whom you ask and what country you’re from. In North America, the young people of today are treated like children with no employment in sight. In Scandinavia, they’re treated like adults using words like precocious and saying things like, “I’ll have a cold brew to stay.”

Sunnei is a young brand, with its age and image. But what separates Sunnei from other young brands is that the Sunnei customer is transitioning into adulthood. Look at those buttons, though.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

is this trend for you: orange toque

It’s a frustrating time right now because of all the fucking bullshit sales clouding my judgment and my email inbox. I did find clothing and shoes online that I did want to purchase, but purchase I did not because the sales don't benefit me, it benefits the corporations. I purchased groceries instead with the majority of them fruit benefiting my bowels!

When I had to go explore the world to purchase persimmons and pineapples, I stumbled upon a trend. And I am really good at spotting trends because Toronto makes it so damn easy for me. The trend is easy. It’s not fussy or contrived. It’s the orange beanie, hat, or colloquially speaking in Canada, the toque.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

the game to play this season

Carrie Bradshaw once asked Mr. Big for a loan because she couldn’t afford the down payment for her apartment. She was wearing Chanel when she made the request, interestingly enough. He gave her a cheque and she ripped it up over dinner with her friends. What she then likes to do is try things on for fun, with Miranda, but not actually buy anything.

No one has given me a cheque for a down payment and I don’t own anything by Chanel. What I do have in common with Carrie is that I, too, try things on for fun. While there’s no fun in having a full shopping cart with absolutely zero dollars, I can still play with the idea.

What's in the bag??

Monday, November 14, 2016

party time with stella mccartney

Did you hear the news across the Atlantic Ocean? Menswear has a new label and it’s called Stella McCartney. Admittedly, Stella McCartney has been designing clothes under her eponymous label since 2002, providing women with garments that are not fussy and uncontrived.

McCartney debuted her spring ‘17 menswear collection on November 10 at Abbey Roads Studio in London, England. The location was a homage to her father and the inspirational men in her life. The fete brought along a roster of celebrity guests from M.I.A. to Kate Moss, who snacked on pizza with boxes emblazoned with the Stella McCartney logo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

who is sampha?

On Saturday night, Solange performed for the first time on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest. The singer/songwriter performed two singles - Don't Touch My Hair and Cranes in the Sky - off of her third album, A Seat at the Table. She was ethereal, graceful and in the tumultuous U.S. of America, gives zero fucks. She sported head-to-toe white looks that coordinated with her backup singers and band members. Rebellion was stated by the silver Proenza Schouler boots.

The shining star, akin to Barb from Stranger Things, was Sampha.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

connotations behind the poses

Does fashion take itself too seriously? That's relative.

Does men's fashion take itself too seriously. Define serious.

Have a drink with me and we can chat.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

a jacket is just a jacket

There's important news you need to be informed about at this moment: Girls just wrapped filming, Nina Nitsche via Margiela has joined Vetements, Solange drops an album you wholeheartedly need to survive the weekend and because this is 2016, same-sex couples no longer require traveling through the hoopla to adopt their own children.

If you haven't been outside the past few weeks, due to being recluse or some shit, you will have noticed that it's officially fall. We are also overwhelmed with how soon PSL has come into our awareness, which can lead to an early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Therefore, the northern hemisphere is changing and we'll either have to fatten up or purchase some really, really nice coats.

Going back to 2016 and how society is taking a few leaps forward, I have selected a few coats from the women's department because the plethora of men's options is just not enough. If I want to sport a delicate oversized purple Carven jacket, then I will sport the aforementioned delicate oversized purple jacket.

When I don't enjoy the options provided me through various retailers in the men's departmet, I deviate and cruise towards the women's department. The notion that our clothing is defined by our gender is antiquated. Therefore, men, please cruise the four options I have curated that I can't afford, but maybe you can and I can live vicariously through you.

From left to right: Acne Studios, Isabel Marant, Harris Wharf London and Emilio Pucci.

Friday, August 19, 2016

brands you should know: tonsure

Tonsure is that enigmatic young brand that doesn't have a large online presence on the Internet and social media. Therefore, it's hard to gage what Tonsure's ethos is and I have to assume it's some kitchen appliance making fantastic paninis. As many young brands come to fruition, the art of brand storytelling is part of the taxing process that every brand must endure.

I have been able to search far and wide for limited content, but the brand is still missing some rich stories. But, Tonsure's aesthetics has had the capacity to tell a narrative based on their designs alone. Their 26 looks for AW16 alludes casual luxury without the help of Vanessa Friedman or Tim Blanks.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

what's old is new again

Toronto is still reaching peak shorts and t-shirt weather in August. Normally during month 08, it's inevitable that you would be permanently tethered to a light sweater and have already planned who you'll be Netflix and Chilling with during the winter. There is still time to sport shorts of any variety to t-shirts of your liking and occasionally you can wear a tank top, but I don't advise it due to ageism and the ID effect.

Monday, July 11, 2016

the annual tank top debate

There's The New York Times article circulating the internet titled For Men, Summer Poses the Greatest Fashion Challenge. It's a compelling title and more than that, a subject I have difficulty finessing with my personal wardrobe during the summer. As I read through the less than 500 words (I assume) piece, I realized it was more of an advertorial than a piece providing solutions to men who avoid looking like children in the sweltering heat.

You can look like a child wearing a tank top. At least I do anyway.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

talk aesthetics to me

According to Google, empathy is defined as "the ability to understand and share the feelings of another." I think I am lacking empathy. Empathy in the sense that I sometimes just don't understand what you're trying to convey with style.

I have yet to comprehend the t-shirt as pseudo-dress over skinny sand-paper trigger happy jeans and some on trend sneakers to pair said combo. If you understand it, please come talk to me and we can chat about fashion and other great things like pour-over coffee.

Tell me more.

Friday, March 18, 2016

what girls is teaching us about our sexual position

There is this profound designer that everyone is perpetually talking about because of his blatant agenda to change the purportedly broken fashion cycle. The brand in question is Vetements. Sounds like some fancy French word, but the translation is clothing. The clothes are products. Which is true. The clothes are kind of ugly. Which is subjective. The clothes are versatile. The women's collection, with its oversized and cumbersome silhouettes, is desired by the opposite sex.

The latest episode of Girls sees a glimpse of Jessa's academic pursuits as she is earnestly involved in her studies, but finds herself in a convoluted predicament with Adam. Bad sex, like Vetements, is subjective. Marnie is being fucking Marnie. Hannah uses the word cunt to address a broken friendship, appropriately in context. Hannah is not championing proper English. The most important scene that has the ability to transgress stereotypes is the sex scene between Elijah and Dill.

What is Girls saying about gays and their versatility?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

how to be young again

Let's go back to last year because we all like reminiscing on the past, like what happened to our 20's or what actually happened to Marissa Cooper in Tijuana. While all your friends were consumed by the omnipresent - and overrated - Yeezy collection, you were lusting over Gosha Rubchinskiy's fall 2015 collection.

Don't worry, spring 2016 is permeating the Internet.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

is j.w. anderson and grindr on brand?

Collaborations are a beautiful thing that births fresh ideas. There's the high-low designer collaborations that should inevitably die soon to it being so passe. Then there's two of my favourite food groups, pizza and poutine providing all the nutrients in one caloric meal. There was also the very short-lived, premature ejaculation that was Mr. Porter x The Fat Jewish and due to really good P.R., it slowly slipped away under our feet.

Currently, I am confounded by the amalgamation that is Grindr x J.W. Anderson for London Collections: Men. Everyone is talking about it, but no one is talking about it.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

new year, new denim, still single

Over the past couple of years, I have been championing trousers for some time now in lieu of the hoopla that is traditional denim. Denim was pedestrian. It was mundane, monotonous. It comes in a plethora of washes and what have you, but it was not much of a conversation piece at last night's New Years dinner party that consisted of convenient store snacks.

But wait, a denim renaissance!