Cinema Style Ep. 2

For our second round of Cinema Style, I’m going to take you guys into a very, very sad period piece. Seriously, I was sobbing in the theatre. But even through my tears, I took notice of the costuming.

You probably already have an idea of which movie I’m talking about, but I’ll tell you anyway: Atonement.

If you’ve never seen it, the movie is directed by Joe Wright and based off of the book by Ian McEwan. It stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy as Cecelia and Robbie, two young lovers torn apart in 1935 by a lie Cecelia’s younger sister Briony tells. Because of this lie, Robbie is taken to prison and only released four years later under the condition he joins the army. Tragedy and pretty crying ensues.

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I felt a lot of emotions when I saw this guy in the cinema with my mom back when it came out in 2007 (10 years ago!!!) I was, in my core, sad. I was pissed at Briony, well actually, pissed at everyone in that movie because if you all just took a second to THINK THEN THEY COULD HAVE BEEN TOGETHER DO YOU THINK IT MAKES IT OKAY THAT YOU WROTE THEM INTO A HAPPY ENDING????

Anyway.

Through this roller coaster of emotions I, like many others, did take notice of the movie’s superb costuming. Or, to be specific, the dress. 

You can’t talk about Atonement without talking about Cecelia’s green dress. It’s an icon in and of itself, hugely memorable on its colour alone. Emerald Green.

 When you think of classic dress moments in movies, you think of a little black dress, maybe a red dress, maybe pink à la Marilyn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. These are the Hollywood starlet/femme fatale looks. Green is a weird one. It’s barely used in cinema on account of it supposedly making audience members uncomfortable. Remember Tippi Hedren in The Birds?

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Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Source.

Keira Knightley is so stupidly beautiful and willowy that she could pull off anything, but this dress was a special case.

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran, nominated for an Oscar from her work on the film, created the dress from scratch based on Wright’s vision for Cecelia at the fateful dinner party. Durran and Wright had previously worked together in 2005 on Pride & Prejudice, which, incidentally, also starred Knightley.

The dress was tailored to fit Knightley perfectly and moved with her as she walked. The descriptions of the dress in the book were taken to heart when the dress was designed, and certain features of it, backless with a train, are in line with 1930s gowns. The dress fits into the setting perfectly yet completely stands out.

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When you look at the other costuming in the film, it is starkly different to this dress. Briony, also being only 13 in the early scenes, wears the shift-dress shape of the 1930s in light colours.

Cecelia too wears lighter colours and materials in the early scenes, then when we enter wartime, she don’s the nurse’s uniform. Her silhouettes become more practical, her colours more muted.

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Cecelia in 1935. Photo Source.

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Cecelia during wartime via Pinterest

The dress itself stands as more of a fantasy, made more bold through Briony’s recollection, perhaps. Like they’re supposed to in any movie, the costumes tell the story. You could break up the styles into before the dress and after the dress. Plot-wise, that refers to before the dinner and after the dinner.

A quick search online can reveal many people looking for replicas of the dress. Since it was a custom creation, the original now moves around museum to museum. Back in 2012, it was at the V&A in London.

If anyone does find an excellent replica, let me know. I’m definitely not Keira Knightley, and I definitely don’t have an affair with the handsome young gardner on at the moment. But, you never know. Maybe I’ll wear it grocery shopping and recreate the library scene in the frozen food aisle.

Sources

IMDb

Clothes on Film

The Costumer’s Guide

Fashion & Power

 

 

Nobody Likes You When You’re 23

Yesterday was my 23rd birthday.

All I can think about is that one Britney song “Not a girl, not yet a woman.” In my mind, hitting 24 and 25 is when I’ll truly need to start having my shit together. Whatever that means. My dad likes to joke that I change the year as I approach it. Before soon I’ll be saying, “79 is when I’ll really need to start getting my shit together.”

Little more than a week ago, my sister turned 27 and I asked her how she felt. She told me about how she was excited to get older, how aging doesn’t freak her out the way it does some folks (myself included.)

I envy my sister that, her excitement for her 30s and for the decades after that. I have, completely unsurprisingly, a lot of anxiety about getting older, but it’s not necessarily about aging. It’s about wondering when I’ll finally land a big girl job, if I’ll ever achieve all the goals I’ve laid out for myself, if I’ll ever get a dog. Responsibility is a weight I doubt we ever fully become accustomed to. If I’ve learned anything from my parents, it’s that even grown ups have their days where they’re not entirely sure what they’re doing.

So I’ve got worries. But I also had a nice train ride to Kingston to think about the other side of aging — to look at how much I’ve grown in the last few years.

When I think about how I was in high school, even at the start of university, it seems like the Natasha of then is a completely different person. If you can believe it, she was even more insecure and prone to pigheaded-ness.

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I’m half-kidding, but there are a lot of changes I’ve noticed in me. I mean, yeah, I know how to dress now, or at least, I know how to dress in a way I feel good in and think works for me. I’m way better at makeup than I was. Those are only the superficial things, but since my journey in how to dress myself led to a love affair with fashion, it’s important to note.

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I’m more self-aware. I’m better at considering the consequences of my words before I speak. Better, but not perfect. I value my friendships so much more now that I’ve moved. I’m a little more open towards others and a little more forgiving towards myself. I care less and less what people think of me every day. Maybe I’m happier, I don’t know.

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In short, every year that passes brings more changes, physical and otherwise. Looking back at myself, even when I was eighteen, nineteen, I see how everything I’ve experienced has shaped me a little differently, how every person has left an impression. I have anxiety about getting older, but I also have some excitement on how I’ll look back when I’m 27 or 28 and see how much more I’ve changed. It’s cliche, but it’s a bit comforting to know that there are so many more people to meet and things to experience.

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For now, I’m 23. I’m 23 and I went to Ottawa for a weekend to celebrate with some pals. We took poorly-lit basement photos and get uproariously drunk. As my esteemed colleagues Blink-182 say, nobody likes you when you’re 23. You’re still so young, but you have a lot of the responsibility of a full adult. All we can do at this weird crossroads, when we’re not kids but not quite grown-ups, is do our best to be kind to ourselves and the people around us. And, if we can, try not to fuck up too much. At least not more than is necessary.

Latest Faves: Spring Edition

Now that it’s the end of April and we’re finally getting some sunshine and days where a jacket isn’t a requirement, I thought it was a good time to do another round of what I’ve been discovering and rediscovering the last couple of months.

Fashion

For my clothing pieces this time around, I decided to style an overall look with the things mentioned in my favourites, since they’re all more general than specific things. Think of it as conceptual faves.

Denim Jackets, Mom Jeans and Vintage.

The perfect transition weather piece, right? And in Canada, transition weather essentially lasts until July and then it’s so hot you have trouble even thinking about putting on clothes, so it’s wise to invest in some ~light jackets~.

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Denim is really big right now, and I used to be so steadfastly against the denim-on-denim Canadian tuxedo trend that has risen from its early-2000s grave. Now that it’s back, I gotta say, I’m kinda into it. (And yeah I’m probably just a trend sheep. A treep.)

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I unearthed these American Apparel (RIP) mom jeans that are a perfect light wash for summer, and actually paired them with a vintage denim jacket. I’ve been wearing these jeans all the time lately. They are by far the most comfortable pair I own and there’s something a bit nostalgic about the wash and fit of them.

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My last fashion favourite is, again, a bit general. I’ve always liked wearing vintage, but lately I’ve been on a huge vintage kick. Browsing packed racks full of weird stuff and finding items that are magically able to fit me is my favourite hobby. I love the treasure-hunting aspect of it, especially if you dedicate the proper time sometimes required to find the good stuff. I’ve found pieces in my hunting like this button-up that are a bit strange. This top I found in the $5 bin at Mama Loves You, for example, has a car pattern on it and, inexplicably, blue heart buttons. I like the humour in a piece like this and I like the uniqueness it adds to my wardrobe.

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And anyway, who doesn’t like being able to say “it’s vintage” when someone asks you where you got something?

Converse

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In the spring and summertime, I live in my sneakers. I tend to walk everywhere in the warm weather, so I need something comfortable. More than that, I just feel like they go with everything. My only lament is how much I love the white converse and how easily I get them dirty.

Mules

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It’s a blessing that these types of shoes are everywhere right now, because ya girl cannot do a stiletto heel to save her life. I love the lower, block heels of these shoes. I love their simplicity and how easy they are to style. I am here for the mules.

These ones are from H&M, but I’ve seen similar ones in almost every store.

Mini Backpack

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And yet another 90s comeback trend I caved for. But, come on, this backpack from Urban Outfitters is so cute. Also I can fit a surprising amount of stuff in it.

Beauty

Milk Makeup

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I’ve only tried three products from Milk Makeup, but I love what I’ve tried. This is a brand I’ve heard a lot of hype about in the blogosphere and I was so excited to try it. Firstly, I’m a fan of the concept: makeup that you can apply with your fingers on the go. I also love the simple packaging and the products themselves, or at least the ones I’ve tried, have more than met my expectations. Catch me at Sephora raiding their selection the next time they get a restock.

The items pictured are (L to R): Eye Vinyl in “Bridge,” Liquid Strobe in “Ultraviolet,” Eye Pigment in “After Party.”

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in “Moonlight Pink”

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I’m not going to lie to you, I bought this product years ago with straight Optimum points. If you’re not Canadian/don’t know about Shoppers Drug Mart, just know it’s a point system at a drug store chain than be redeemed on almost anything they have available. Naturally I went straight for the pricy makeup. I rather doubt I would have this product if I didn’t get it for free, because you can similar items from MAC and Maybelline, but I will say, since I do have it, I love it. The colour is beautiful and it works really well all over the eye or faintly as a highlighter. Since I’ve been favouring more simple makeup lately, my go-to is slathering this all over my eye and piling on mascara. It’s glam.

Too Faced “Papa Don’t Peach” Blush

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I raved about the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette in my last favourites post, I believe, and here I am back with the blush. Honestly, I love everything from this collection. I like the smell of peaches and I’m easy prey for cute, gimmicky stuff. The thing about this blush is it’s ridiculously pretty on. I love it. Lately I’ve just been wearing this blush without a highlighter because it has a bit of shimmer in it. I already know this will be my ride or die through the summer.

Books

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Ross King – Mad Enchantment

I received this book as a Christmas present from my parents but had a huge delay in reading it, not because I didn’t want to, but because I got caught up in other reading material on my list. Now that I’ve properly dived into it, I can say I think it is just the most wonderful book. Monet is my fave historic painter, and this book shows him to be the sassy mofo he truly is.

V.E. Schwab – The Shades of Magic Trilogy

I had, in the tail end of winter, been looking for some transportive fiction I could really sink my teeth into. On a recommendation from a Chapters employee, I tried the first book in this trilogy and was immediately hooked. It’s got a lot of magic, action and some really interesting characters with a lot of depth. Highly recommended to anyone looking to be sucked into another world.

Music

Jay Som – Everybody Works

Okay, I learned that Jay Som (real name Melina Duterte) not only played all of the instruments on this album, but she recorded it in her bedroom. That blew my mind. It took an already cool album to ridiculous levels of coolness. Her sound is a bit like if the sun-bleached guitars of Real Estate had a baby with femme garage rock. You get me?

Fave tracks: Baybee, 1 Billion Dogs, Take It

Khalid – American Teen

This album kinda makes me wish I was a teenager again, but then I remember what being a teenager was like and I’m like ‘nah.’ Still love this whole album, though. Khalid’s sound is really laid-back with a touch of 80s inspiration. Summer soundtrack for sure.

Fave tracks: American Teen, Young Dumb & Broke, 8TEEN

Gorillaz – Humanz

GUESS WHO’S BACK. I just about lost it when I heard Gorillaz was putting a new album out on the 28th and I’ve been obsessively playing their early release tracks since. It’s always been difficult to pin down Gorillaz’ sound and this record is looking to be no different. Their songs can be so different from one another but somehow I’m into every one??? Magic.

Fave tracks: Andromeda, Saturnz Barz, Ascension

Miscellaneous

SKAM

Speaking of things that are back… I have most definitely talked about SKAM in a favourites post before and now it’s back for another season and I’m still obsessed with it, so here I am talking about it again. Each season focuses on a different main character in the same friend group and the one for this season is Sana, a Norwegian Muslim girl trying to make sense of her religion, herself, her friends and boyyyyys. All I can say about this show is its painfully relevant and relatable.

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This show is just so goddam funny. If you haven’t seen it yet (it’s on Netflix) please consider giving it a go. Really, I laugh out loud at least twice an episode and some really interesting topics are covered in really hilarious ways.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast

I discovered this gem on a recommendation from my friend Clare. Hosted by author Nora McInery, this podcast that aims to talk honestly about pain, awkwardness and other uncomfortable human topics. The last episode I listened to, I cried. In the middle of Queen St. This is such an amazing podcast with the potential to help a lot of people.

 

Brunch Date

I have never, in my life, turned down a brunch invitation.

Going out for dinner is one thing: it’s dark, everyone is more well-dressed, the menu is more expensive and a much more extensive and pretentious drink list is involved. Dinner, I could take or leave, but going out for brunch is my jam. (There’s a breakfast pun in there somewhere. Laugh with me.)

Coffee. Hash browns. Eggs. Six dollar mimosas. Honestly, how could I refuse?

When I got an invite to go to lunch with three of my friends, I was excited for the whole week leading up to it. A little pathetic? Maybe, but I mean business when I say I love going out for brunch.

This post is quickly turning into a game of how often I can write the word “brunch” in 400 words.

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The four of us met up at Lola’s Kitchen on Church Street, and we had our six-dollar drinks and consumed copious amounts of breakfast foods. Bliss.

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In anyone is wondering, I had the curry tofu scramble.

Naturally, when I’m planning a brunch date, I’m automatically thinking about what I’m going to wear. My first thought was to go casual, to wear something low-key for a Saturday morning breakfast outing. My second thought was I still needed to look cool. It’s absolutely ridiculous, but since I became interested in fashion I feel like I’ve built this reputation for myself around my friends, where they always expect me to be dressed to the nines, or to have some painfully cool look put together.

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It should be noted, since I am currently writing this wearing grey sweat shorts and a sweater with a bear on it, that I am not always put together. I don’t always looking like I put any effort in.

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This train of thought nagged on me while I was getting dressed, but it got to the point where I was running late and I realized I was being ridiculous.

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I decide to go understated: high-waisted jeans, cream shirt and converse. It was gloriously warm and spring-like that day, a truly luxurious weekend, so I put on a long sweater. Since the look was so casual, I went heavy on the gold jewellery but the overall effect (I hope) was easy-breezy-weekend-brunch-esque.

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If I pulled that off, great. If I didn’t, well, I enjoyed a cheap mimosa and ate my weight in hash browns, so either way I count that day as a win.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Sweater: Aritzia

Top: Black Market Vintage

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Sneakers: Converse

Bag: Urban Outfitters (Similar)

All rings from Urban Outfitters & Forever 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black & Grey

I’ve spoken a few times on this blog about making an effort to wear more colour, about my history with wearing black so often I could be mistaken for Morticia Addams.

I do like to wear colour – right now, I’m gravitating towards yellow and find myself in the midst of a pink renaissance. Maybe I’m reclaiming the colour from its weird “little girl” connotations. I’m not even talking pastels – I’m talking the neon editions.

But from time to time, I get the urge to fall back into the monochrome. I don a full-black outfit or wear only black with white for three days straight. These instances are generally born out of a laziness in colour co-odinating and a desire to feel needlessly cool.

This is the thing about personal style – it’s always changing. You are drawn to the things you are drawn to for a reason. That’s why it’s personal style. When I’m getting dressed in the morning, I usually go with my instinct. I reach for what ever I’m into at that moment, and some days what I’m into is simple black and grey.

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This day was one of those days. I started with the culotte jumpsuit, a new piece I’m loving because 1) it hides away my body completely, for when you’re not feeling anything form-fitting and 2) the billowing black material is big drama. It turns a stroll to the coffee shop to a woeful, angst-ridden walk through Scottish moors.

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You know what I mean.

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This certainly isn’t the most flattering outfit I’ve ever worn and that’s done purposefully. Sometimes I’m self conscious about my figure. Sometimes I want to put comfort before anything else. And to be quite honest I’m never dressing for the sole purpose of being attractive to boys. I’m always dressing for me and me alone. (Although compliments from other women give me life.)

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Jumpsuit – Anthropologie

Turtleneck – Anthropologie (Similar)

Shoes – Michael Kors (Similar)

Bag – Urban Outfitters (Similar, just a different size)

*All photos taken by my beautiful friend Clare.*

Cinema Style Ep. 1

I’ve wanted to do something with cinema on here for a while. If you don’t already know, I studied film in university – in fact, it was my minor. I love the movies, and every aspect of filmmaking is interesting to me. But this is a fashion blog, not a movie blog, so I didn’t want to get too heavy into film theory, technology or business. What’s the best way to marry these two interests of mine?

Costuming, naturally.

I had the idea to start creating occasional posts about the fashion in movies, from my personal favourites to the most iconic costumes of all time. If this sounds appealing to anyone following the blog, let me know. I’m really excited to do these!

I will still be doing outfit posts, but if I decide to continue with these Cinema Style articles, they will be coming every few weeks.

Without further ado, I bring you the first episode! And what better way to open up the series than with one of my favourite movies.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Released in 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was directed by Blake Edwards and based on the book by Truman Capote. The movies starts Audrey Hepburn as the flighty, larger-than-life Holly Golightly, a socialite looking to date the richest men she can find. George Peppard plays Paul Varjack, a writer who moves into Holly’s building. Shenanigans ensue, truths are revealed, declarations are made.

Let me be clear: this, like many others, is not a movie without faults. Mickey Rooney’s performance as Mr. Yunioshi is, in a word, problematic.

But, when I was younger, this was my ultimate favourite movie. I had a huge crush on George Peppard and was deeply dismayed to discover this movie had been made 50 years ago and Peppard had died in 1994. Why did I have such a crush on him? He was handsome, he was a writer, and he wore the most beautiful suits.

As you can see, I’ve always had my priorities straight.

The costuming in this film is a time capsule of 1960s style with fabulous party wear for Holly. We’re talking dramatic hats, prints and a good pair on sunnies.

Of course, we’re also talking that black dress from the opening scene. With a dress that classically beautiful, it comes as little surprise that the principal costume designer for Hepburn was Mr. Hubert de Givenchy himself.

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Photo via Pinterest

You’ve probably heard of Givenchy the brand before.

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Hepburn being dressed by Givenchy in 1959. Photo Source.

The man Givenchy founded the fashion house in 1952, and since then it has been a stable in the French couture scene. Among his achievements, Givenchy is credited with creating the balloon coat and the baby doll dress. Hepburn was one of his regular clients and a friend.

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Even if you’ve never seen the film, you could probably call up that famous opening image of Hepburn munching on a danish outside of Tiffany’s in that black dress with the pearls and sunglasses. When I first saw that scene, I wanted to be her, standing on that corner in New York, wearing that dress. I could never be her, though, and one of the (many) reasons for that is Givenchy designed the dress especially for Hepburn. She was able to keep it after filming  and the dress eventually sold at Christie’s for $900,000 in 2006.

Another notable Givenchy piece is the bright orange peacoat seen on Holly when she and Paul are galavanting around New York City. The double-breasted coat was widely copied following the release of the film. Orange can be a tricky colour, but of course Hepburn pulls it off so well. (And it looks good in Technicolor.)

Aside from the gorgeous Givenchy pieces, recognition needs to be given to costume supervisor Edith Head, and if you haven’t heard of her yet, you’re about to.

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Edith Head and her Oscars. Photo Source.

Over her decades-long career, Head won a record eight Academy Awards in costume design for her work on The Heiress, Samson and Delilah, All About Eve, A Place in the Sun, Roman Holiday, Sabrina (where Givenchy also provided designs), The Facts of Life and The Sting. 

The Academy Awards didn’t even have an award for costume designing until 1948, which was when Head really started to garner attention for her work. She had an incredible career and worked with some of the most notable actresses in Hollywood.

Head was responsible for Holly’s other iconic looks in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 

The men’s shirt Holly wore to bed was designed by Head, and paired with that turquoise sleep mask and bright ear plugs, it is to this day the best sleepwear look I’ve ever seen.

Head was also responsible for the sweater, jeans and towel ensemble sported by Holly in the “Moon River” scene.

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Paul’s (and the audience’s) glimpse to the true Holly is masterfully indicated with this toned-down look. It is, after all, very easy to look glamorous when one is always wearing classic Givenchy.

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Holly in more Givenchy. Photo Source.

Through Givenchy and Head, we see the duality of Holly’s character come to life: the glamorous partier and the layered, emotional young woman from the country. These identities both exist in Holly, as they do in many women, though often not to the same extremes. There is the face you show to the world, and the one you keep more private.

This is one of the reasons I like fashion so much. It is a way to demonstrate our inner characteristics to the outside world – a way of introducing ourselves without having to say a word. Any good costume designer should be able to do just that for their characters, and Head and Givenchy pull it off masterfully.

Sources

IMDb

Vogue

Hubert de Givenchy Bio

Edith Head Bio

 

 

Bloor Street Noir

A night out in Toronto isn’t always expensive drinks in Kensington or long dinners at the best places downtown. In fact, if you’re me, nights out are rarely that and more closely resemble something halfway between college tomfoolery and hipster-because-we’re-broke activities.

One of my favourite things to do in the city is see live music. At any given night, in any given location, someone’s band is playing a gig. You can find the events all over Facebook and Twitter. Even with all the festivals we see in the summer set aside, there’s so much music happening in this place, and for me, it’s always a matter of deciding, “fuck it, I’ll go.”

That’s how I wound up going to see Milky Chance in concert with my friend Clare (also the photographer for this post). We had made a split-second decision over Facebook to go weeks before the show, and I promptly forgot about it until just days beforehand.

Naturally, as the event approached, the crucial question of, “what am I gonna wear?” came up.

My problem with concerts is I usually try too hard to look like I’m not trying too hard to look cool. You feel me? You want to somehow achieve the same level of unaffected-coolness as the bearded, tattooed bartenders that serve you $8 beers.

I went with a classic: high waisted jeans (the MOST COMFORTABLE jeans) and a black tee. Boots. Black coat. I needed something a little extra and boom, red lipstick. It’s not fancy but it definitely works for the setting.

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And this was our setting: a packed concert at Lee’s Palace and a walk down a rainy, slippery Bloor St. on a Saturday night. Between the blacked-out windows at Honest Ed’s and the neon “open” signs of bubble tea shops and Korean barbecue restaurants, the whole thing felt Noir-esque to me somehow, like I was waiting for a man in a trench coat to come out of an alleyway and hand me a blank envelope.

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I’ve been listing to too many mystery podcasts. (You should all be listening to Rabbits, btw.)

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But as Clare and I made our way to a bubble tea joint, I proclaimed, “Take my picture in this alleyway.” And then with the lime-green walls inside the aforementioned bubble tea joint.

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I didn’t use my good camera, the pictures aren’t high-quality, but sometimes a night is just that. It’s getting sweaty at a show, getting soaked and cold in the rain, laughing your ass off in a lime-green bubble tea shop and taking the subway home at the end of it all.

And that, kids, was a good night out.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Coat – Topshop (Similar)

Tee – Stateside (Similar)

Jeans – AG

Boots – Shoe the Bear

 

My Top Fall/Winter 2017 Shows

Even for those of us who don’t attend the shows, Fashion Month is a wild ride. There are so many shows to witness, so many looks to covet, so many underhanded comments to make and just so much darn fashion.

It is, at some point, my goal to be able to actually attend the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Alas, I am definitely not there, and continue to obsessively check online to see the photographs and show reports come in.

This season there were definitely some collections I was not too keen on, but there were also those I loved, and it was pretty difficult to narrow this list of favourites to nine shows, but I’ve done it. In no particular order, and for various reasons, these are my favourite shows from Fashion Month.

Area

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All Photos from Vogue Runway

I’ve had a little obsession with Area blooming ever since I saw their Pre-Fall 2016 campaign a while back. There was something about the styling, the lighting, the photography. It was such a throwback to 70s glam and I couldn’t handle it. I just couldn’t. Since then, I’ve been keeping tabs on the brand, to see their latest work and ad campaigns. Their most recent collection definitely did not disappoint me. Glimmering jewels, silky jumpsuits, bell bottoms; it was just so good.

Nina Ricci

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Nina Ricci’s collection was one of those that showed me how I wished I dress. Every look that came down the runway, I went, “Yeah. Yep. Okay.” Every model looked chic, but like it came naturally to her. That’s down to some pretty A+ styling, but the clothes themselves are beautiful. I love the dusty pinks and muted yellows and beiges used – it gives the whole collection a “Parisian in the fall” type of vibe. I am not opposed to this type of vibe.

Off-White

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To be honest, I haven’t paid too much attention to Off-White in the past. It just really wasn’t on my radar. I came across their Fall/Winter 2017 show by happenstance, just scrolling through the Vogue app. It was the runway that caught my eye, covered in brown-orange leaves and eerily lit. Pathetically, it reminded me of Stranger Things. I was intrigued by the set, so I checked out the collection and was immediately smitten. Again, there were those dusty pink tones I am loving lately, and I could see myself wearing every look. (As in, I could daydream myself in those looks, not actually afford them.)

Celine

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Celine was another one of those collections showing me how I want to dress, or how I should dress. The brand, in my mind, is inherently associated with simplistic chic. The style is underrated, maybe, not too outlandish or headline-grabbing, but it’s always elegant and always beautifully tailored. Classy AF. Though, I imagine a Celine-wearing woman probably wouldn’t say “AF.”

FENTYxPUMA

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Think of the coolest person ever. You’re probably thinking of Rhianna. Having become a style icon in her own right, Rihanna now designs in collaboration with Puma, starting with an initial capsule collection and now doing full-on shows in Paris. And just like it’s maker, the latest FENTYxPUMA show was ridiculously cool, featuring the raddest and likely most unattainable athleisure wear ever. This is the type of stuff I would absolutely love to wear, but I am certain I would not be able to pull it off.

Miu Miu

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Miu Miu. Miuuuuu Miuuuuu. I adored this show. I absolutely adored it for three reasons: the use of colour, the textures and the accessories. This collection is s whirlwind of bright furs and suits, of punchy patterns and eye-grabbing details. If Celine is understated, Miu Miu is slightly overstated, but man, it works so well.

Mulberry

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In the past, Mulberry’s clothes were low on my radar. Like many others, I was all about coveting their bags. With their latest show, however, I found my gaze shifting to their apparel. This fall collection, in my opinion, was stunning. Sure, there were some “Look, we’re British” plaid moments, but there were also some interesting colour blocking moments and dramatic silhouettes. Some of these looks were way metropolitan, while others were a bit Scottish moors-meets-hunting chic. Not a bad look for fall.

Rachel Antonoff

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Rachel Antonoff’s latest collection is fun. It’s fun, it’s insanely wearable and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are some killer wide-leg pants, a matching dark green velvet set, as well as this “Daddy” tee that I absolutely need to find out where I can cop. The use of graphics and prints is insanely good. Plaid is present again, but not in an overpowering way, and the fallopian tube sweaters and probably the best things I’ve ever seen. Basically, I need all of it. (Likely won’t get any of it.)

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Burberry

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I had to talk about Burberry because it’s one of my favourite fashion houses of all time and I’m generally obsessed with most things Christopher Bailey puts out. This collection was another one of their “see now, buy now” releases, which I think may have something to it, but that’s a whole other article. As I’m sure you’ve heard, this Burberry collection was inspired by the work of Henry Moore, which is so easy to pick up in the muted colours and vague-yet-feminine shapes. This collection was beautiful. The craftsmanship of some of these pieces make them works of art on their own, and the idea you can buy them off the rack is honestly wild to me.

 

TOM* Fashion Week Outfit Diary

I was lucky enough this past week to be able to attend Toronto Men’s Fashion week at Waterworks downtown. Myself and some other peeps from Novella were able to tag along to the illustrious coattails of our fearless editor.

It’s not the first time I’ve been to fashion show, but it is the first time I’ve been to TOM, and I had no idea what to expect.

The idea of attending a fashion show is daunting. You obviously want to look on trend and cool, but not like you’re trying too hard to be on trend and cool. It’s a fine line to balance on, same with the question of whether you need to dress up or dress down. After actually going, I can say that there’s a real mix of what people wear. There are people dressed to the absolute nines – high heels, floor-length dress, suit and tie – and there are also people taking it down a notch – denim on denim, all black, I even saw a guy in sweatpants.

Essentially, my biggest takeaway is this: just wear whatever you want but be confident in your decision and it’ll show. The coolest (and probably most photographed) people there are the ones you see just being themselves. Not that my own advice stopped me fro having a breakdown while getting ready for the shows every night, but I still stand by it.

After all of my anxiety and second-guessing, here is what I wore to Toronto Men’s Fashion Week.

(Please excuse the colouring of my pictures – it was dark and I tried my best with an iPhone 5s.)

Day 1

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Since it was Men’s fashion week, I decided to go with a menswear-inspired look for the first day. I paired a white tuxedo shirt with blue jeans and a corduroy coat. To finish the look off, I decided on a pair of brogues and a clutch, both in different shades of brown. I wasn’t sure if all of the brown tones would work well  or just end up clashing, but I was running late, so I just said “monochrome,” with a flourish and left.

Outfit Details

Coat – Na Nin Vintage

Tuxedo Shirt – Zara

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Urban Outfitters (These are at least five years old, here are some similar ones.)

Clutch – American Apparel (Not available anymore, here’s a similar one.)

Day 2

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On day 2, I went full 80s. Well, nearly. Full 80s would’ve been if I had also been able to do something cool with my hair. Alas, it was flat and decidedly not 80s, but I did don a bright red leather jacket complete with nice, big shoulder pads. Underneath it I kept it simple with a plain white tee and high-waisted trousers. Because I knew it would get warm in the venue, I needed something else to bump up the energy in my look, and I found it in my old blue suede booties.

Outfit Details

Jacket – Black Market Vintage

Tee – Anthropolgie

Trousers – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Topshop (They’re pretty old, so here’s a pair that are similar.)

Day 3

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By day three, I had had just about enough of panicking over every outfit choice. I was trying too much to be different, to stand out from the crowd and that resulted in me trying on combinations that just really weren’t me. In the end, I decided on a pretty classic Tash silhouette of loose high-waisted trousers with a tee tucked in and a long coat overtop. I liked what I had on and I felt like myself, which I think is really all one can ask for when one attends an evening celebrating fashion and style.

(In hindsight, this really wasn’t the best outfit to pick for creds.)

Outfit Details

Coat – American Apparel (Not available anymore, but I found one kinda similar.)

Shirt – Anthropologie (Sold out,  here’s a similar.)

Trousers – Oak + Fort (Sold out [AGAIN], here’s a similar.)

Shoes – Michael Kors

Bag – Burberry

My Top 5 Moments from the Oscars

Their relevancy has been debated heavily in the modern age, but I still love the Oscars. I love movies and I’m fascinated by every aspect of the movie industry. When I was younger, I would always make a list of predictions and watch the Oscars live. I used to practice my own Academy Award acceptance speech in the shower. For best leading actress, naturally, in a movie with Tom Hardy as my co-star, probably.

Now as a bitter adult living in Toronto, I definitely don’t have cable, and I do know that the Oscars aren’t without their problems. It’s not a perfect system. It’s a show rooted in elitist tradition. But still, I hold out, because movies are my first love and I’m down with any night that is dedicated to honouring them.

This year, I was actually able to catch most of the show live, and since it’s a long-ass show with lots of commercial breaks, I’ve compiled my five favourite moments from the show to serve as a little recap.

5. Jackie Chan Wins the Lifetime Achievement Award

So Jackie Chan has worked on an estimated 250 films in his career. If that doesn’t warrant an award, I don’t know what would. The Governor’s award was given back in November, but Jackie also attended the Oscars, and he attended with two stuffed pandas as his dates.

Very pure. Very good.

4. Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress

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Viola Davis is a queen who has been nominated for an Oscar twice before, but finally won on Sunday for her turn as Rose in Fences alongside Denzel Washington. Viola looked stunning in red and was gracious and elegant accepting her award. Naturally, she gave an incredible and powerful speech, so much so that Jimmy Kimmel joked she should get an Emmy for it.

And in an interview after the Oscars were over, Viola dropped another Emmy-worthy response. Upon being asked what she felt the moment her name was announced during the ceremony, she said, “I felt like a princess, and I never feel like a princess.”

3. Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar

This is both a separate and combined thing, because Dev and Sunny have done a lot of press together due to Lion, and have been ridiculously cute the whole time. During the ceremony, Jimmy Kimmel did a bit where he raised Sunny above his head a la Lion King, which was very cute on its own, but THEN I saw pictures of Dev looking on like a besotted mom and I died a little bit.

Which brings me to my next point: Dev brought his mom as his date again and everyone cried because they are so beautiful and awesome and suddenly my skin was cleared.

(I should note that Lion didn’t pick up any awards, but that it is an amazing movie and you should absolutely see it if it you haven’t yet.)

2. Auli’i Cravalho and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Performance

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I love Moana. I’m a pretty big Pixar hoe, so I was already excited to see it, and I was definitely not disappointed. I love the movie but am also obsessed with the soundtrack. Honestly, thank God one of the songs was nominated for best original song because the soundtrack is just so good and catchy and wonderful.

Auli’i Cravalho, who voices Moana in the movie, performed the nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” during the ceremony, with a rap introduction by Mr. Miranda himself. The performance was so good and Auli’i is a beautiful angel who has come down to Earth to bless us all and bring us into a better timeline.

1. Moonlight Wins Best Picture

This was a WILD EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER because I had wanted Moonlight to win so badly, as it’s just fantastic, but was so sure La La Land would win because it is perfect Academy fodder. When La La Land was initially announced as the winner, I resigned myself to the inevitable and shut off the TV.

BUT CAN YOU GUESS.

There was a BBC news alert on my phone, of all things, that said Moonlight was named best picture after La La Land falsely was. Initially, I was convinced it was a joke because of the Steve Harvey thing, but then it was a BBC news alert and I started yelling and immediately went on Twitter to investigate.

Classic live TV blunder???

Either way, I got way jazzed with the result and was basically on a high for the rest of the night. Somehow, the Oscars always wind up getting me hyped like nothing else.