GQ x GAP Menswear: John Elliott+Co

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John Elliott + Co has been a long time favourite of mine so I am happy that this GQ x GAP collab will get them more exposure but also sad everyone will start rocking the brand’s laid back urban luxury looks. Oh well, I can’t win them all. Or can I? (Check out my other fav: En Noir)

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All photos courtesy of GQ

Pharrell’s Back At It.

The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Consortium label is set to release their first capsule collection; set to drop this Saturday, September 20, the collection will consist of three monochromatic Stan Smiths and matching leather track jackets. Now that’s what I call Sports Luxe – I need a trackie in black or red.

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Available September 20 at Packer Shoes

Politics of Fashion

For someone who did multiple graduate degrees about the politics of the body and the body of politics, it is interesting that I only ever skirted the issue of fashion and politics. And yet now it’s the place I call home. Enter Jeanne. And her Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics at the Design Exchange.

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The exhibition, which is now open, was guest curated by Jeanne Beker along with DX curator Sara Nickelson. The show explores how fashion is a a reflection (and I would argue, refraction) of society. The truly fearless and passionate designers embrace this and exploit it.

The show spans from the 1960s to present day (although I would argue, it would be interesting to have gone even further back). Displaying over 200 works – including Jeremy Scott’s leopard print burqa, promotional paper campaign dresses featuring the faces of Robert Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Pierre Trudeau and Rad Hourani’s Unisex Haute Couture collection – the exhibition spotlights the numerous ways fashion has helped ignite political awareness and how politics have dictated style through the decades. Through the exploration of such issues as activism, consumerism, power dressing, gender and sexuality, and appropriation (and re-appropriation?), the exhibition invites visitors to re-think how fashion contributes to social progress (or hinders it?).

The website states to expect to see works from the archives of Hussein Chalayan, Jeremy Scott, Moschino, PETA, Rad Hourani, Christopher Raeburn and Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Mary Quant and Rudi Gernreich. Let’s hope they also included Comme des Garcons and Maison Martin Margiela (both highly political).

Design Exchange presents this provocative topic by taking visitors through a thematic journey in a visually striking environment co-created by acclaimed designer, Jeremy Laing. The exhibit runs from Sept 18 – Jan 25 2014. Admission: $18.50

H&M grows a conscious? (Yes, I know you thought I mispelled Conscience)

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On October 2nd, H&M will launch an eco conscious denim collection aptly named the Conscious Denim Collection. In a first for H&M, the washes used on its denim have been graded to assess their environmental impact, including energy and water use. The collection includes pieces for women, men and children, and will be available worldwide. But most importantly, this is some stylish denim. I particularly enjoy the quilted shirt jacket and the zanerobe-inspired pants. Extra points to any man who can fit into and rock the women’s denim flight suit. Now that’s fashion cojones.

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Photos courtesy of H&M

because Canadian Fashion Matters

I am all for the emergence of awards that celebrate (and help fund) Canadian Designers, from TFI New Labels to Mercedes Benz Start Up and now The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA). These awards are important not only to encourage the fashion industry in Canada but to also offer guidance, mentoring and funding for some of these labels.

For the Second year in a row, CAFA will award The Emerging Talent Award for Fashion Design and The Emerging Talent Award for Accessory Design. Both involve monetary prizes to help fund these designers/brands. And both awards are also open to nominations from the public but you must nominate before September 15th. Go to their site and nominate your favourite designer now (and there is no shame in nominating yourself). Do it for Coco.

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Just don’t nominate me for anything please.

Stutter

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I love  a proper raincoat (and I actually hate brollys). Stutterheim as been making great waterproof raincoats for years but they have recently introduced two new models – one with a high shine finish (Opal, $430) and one with a longer length (Stockholm Lang, $425). Now i just have to decided between the high shine yellow or the black and white extended model. For other version from Stutterheim check out my post.

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Are you ready for the RETRO SUPER FUTURE?

For Fall 2014 I am all about the Retro Super Future. The new Italian kid on the eyewear block has been hitting home runs the past few seasons (how many metaphors can I mix?) and deserve your attention. See below.

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Paloma Oracle, €159.00

 

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Flat Top Miracolo 1930, €179.00

 

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América Francis Prospettiva, €209.00

PASTE IT

I will admit to being quite the hair connoisseur, which in turns means I have tried almost every hair product out there. And I keep a collection of staples; every man should have a paste, a pomade, a wax, a dry shampoo, and a gel (I skip the hairspray as I like my hair to have movement). My favourite new paste in rotation comes from Sudzz Fx.

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What I love about RowdyPaste™ Matte Texture Finish is that is very lightweight and has a matte finish. Added bonus is that it does not have an overpowering scent; hair product that smells too much will overpower your fragrance – avoid this. A matte finish is important with paste – keep the shine for your gels or pomade styles. Also important to note – it washes out easily and does not cause build up. $19.50

Full Disclosure – yes, I got this one for free to try but it’s actually good. Most of the free stuff I get I never write about. You can’t buy space on this blog – try somebody else.