Fashion: Aleks Susak

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November
28
2014
Fashion: Aleks Susak

Welcome to the new bird! Aleks Susak launched her eponymous line Wednesday night in Toronto. Inspired by her Serbian culture Susak showed a collection of hand painted silk dresses, cropped leathers and distressed jeans. Now, full disclosure Aleks and I have known each other since high school. So I was in on this new endeavour from the beginning.

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Watching her go from idea to conception was inspiring. Maybe it’s a secret to those not in the business, but starting your own line is like nothing short of bat shit crazy. There is so much involved and you have to love what you do because there are so many hurdles. I remember sitting on a sunny patio in August when she said, “I’m going to design and I want to show at Toronto fashion week.” And I was all , “Girl you crazy!” Following her progress has been an inspiration. Now, admittedly she showed past the buying season, not on the WMCFW schedule, but she packed the house at 99 Sudbury and (in my biased opinion) I’m sure we’ll be seeing more.

But just look for yourself.

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@textstyles

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Black Friday: Super Sales

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November
26
2014
Black Friday: Super Sales

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Distraction

I need some distraction
Oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty
Oh, and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight
 
In the arms of the angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
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You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here..
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Laundry List: Brian A. Richards x East Dane

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November
24
2014
Laundry List: Brian A. Richards x East Dane

Hello Brian! November’s East Dane Laundry List where I chat about mens fashion with a guy I know. Brian A. Richards is one of the founding members of The Collections. They’re kind of a one-stop-shop for emerging designers who want to show during Toronto fashion week. He cut his teeth as a stylist and now lends his keen eye to the team backstage producing several shows during the #WMCFW weeks.

We met up at his place in downtown Toronto, where we were met up in the Piano room.

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Let’s talk menswear, and what you think about the industry right now.
It’s so funny I’ve thought about this a lot because I like to think about myself as being menswear focused, despite having the pleasure of working with women’s wear and accessories. I am obsessed with menswear. I like how mundane it can be and how trendy it can be. The one thing I always think menswear maintains is a level of function. Because men have been socialized since the dawn of day to be functional. To an extent what a man wears is a uniform and in a psychological sense he has to see it on a functional level of serving a purpose.

Working in fashion obviously it’s your job, it’s an aesthetic, and it’s a way of life. When did you see the trend start of menswear really taking off?
I moved downtown in 2005 and that was kind of the cusp of this musical movement, the electro clash era. Australia and France really pushed this “hipster” dressing, before it was defined as it is now. Before we were all wearing spandex, third eye, smiley faces and tie-dye shirts. It was kind of this appropriation of high-end vintage and like almost clashing it with new age disrespect for fashion. Things were obscenely tight, things were obscenely bright, things were offensive, the only purpose that clothing served at that time was to be disposable and comfortable enough to party in. then I think fashion started bleeding in there because it became about how you referenced things. Early 2000s were about indie rock, and band tees and flannel (which is back in spades now) then 2005 was that electro clash era where androgyny came in…

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It was that VICE time.
Yes! It felt like a weird 70s. For me 05 was the beginning of guys dressing for pleasure. At that point metrosexuality had become ubiquitous with Diddy. They say gays lead the trends and I would say that was the last trend that gays actually led.

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The mid-naughties were all about that irony, dressing ironically. I loved how you put that it was about the obsceneness of it.
It was fun, at the time I was really good friends with the Oligarchy kids. They came out with the silk screen shirts and they were one of the first Toronto based brands that did alright. I remember they popularized these shirts that were hard block black letters with sayings like Tres Gay, Do More Blow, or Early Bird Gets the Perm, you remember.

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Yup!
It was perfect, because it was all about being obscene, there was no function outside of expressing yourself.

I’m always interested to know what fashion people dressed like in high school.
I was prep.

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Really?!
I was obsessed with Gap, I would spend my allowance on it. I remember grade 7 through till the end of school it was all cardigans, turtlenecks, sweaters, jeans, loafer and pique polos. I was not very adventurous. Probably came from my parents, I had a meticulously religious upbringing. They believed in this level of function because I was considered a sickly child. So there was an importance on clothing being warm and keeping you protected form the elements and making sure the colours were respectable for a boy—all those very traditional elements for clothing. I was an only child and I think there was this iron-clad expectation that my parents emplaced in me. I had the school outfit, the at home outfit, the go outside and play outfit. They believed in upstairs slippers and downstairs slippers.

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Wow!
Because each floor is exposed to different levels of dirt so they didn’t want the transfereance.

Oh my god, I thought my Dad was anal.
Well, they all come from the same cloth. I was a little Gap baby.

How did you morph into your current look?
I would say I definitely had fun during the whole electro era. I’m typically proud of my outfits, but when I look back… I’d say I like can look back and am generally pleased with myself at around 2007. In between 05-07 it was blerg.

Oh those years were awful! I had a Popples sweater.
(Laughing) It may still be cute.

No, really not! But those are those like early twenties and we really can’t be held accountable. Ok back to business, who are your favourite designers?
Marc Jacobs and Walter Van Beirendock.

Where do you see men’s fusion going in the next few years?
Undoubtedly, men’s fashion will continue with this adventurous streak (colours, prints and shapes). Nevertheless, menswear will always maintain a level of function, subsequently limiting how adventurous it can be. That kinda makes me happy.

Thanks Brian! x

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Clockwise from top left: n.d.c. made by hand bluemoon chelsea boot; Gitman Vintage Open Air Shirt; AXS Folk Technology Slabs Climber Pants; Wood Wood Paradiski Shirt; Diemme Roccia Vet Boots; Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Thornproof Higgins Pants; Marc by Marc Jacobs Tiger Claw Satin Jacket; Garrett Leight Oxford Sunglasses; P.A.M. Duplo Pants; Shipley & Halmos Mullen Fleece Jacket; Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Leather Backpack; N. Hoolywood Double Breasted Topcoat; Oliver Peoples Eyewear Gregory Sunglasses.

Past Laundry Lists:
Grant Van Gameren
Parambir Singh Keila
Joseph of Mercury
Martin Aldorsson
Jesse Mermuys

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Favourite: Travel, Write, Draw Meagan Morrison

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November
19
2014
Favourite: Travel, Write, Draw Meagan Morrison

During last New York fashion week I met, rather e-meet Meagan Morrison illustrator and writer behind Travel, Write, Draw. We both followed each other’s instagram (she’s a bit of a superstar online with 142K followers) and in this beautiful digital world decided we should hang IRL. We started emailing and that’s when I realized that this beauty was Canadian too, it’s like no matter how far from home we find our neighbours. On her next trip home to Toronto we hung out and it turned into a three hour gab fest and I’m really not one for small talk.

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The following week I was sent to New York on extremely important business so I tacked on a few days with my Mama and we shopped our way around the city. This also meant that I got to see Meagan again at her West Village studio and snap some pics of the artist at work. I’m fascinated by illustrators and so in love with Meagan’s work, her brush strokes are confident, expressive and her choice of colours exuberant and exciting. Meet Meagan!

1. How did you find fashion illustration?
When I finished my BComm at McGill I was on a serious quest to find where I belonged between the art world and fashion industry. I loved fine art and fashion so much but had no idea that the two could coexist in a career in such an integral way. After a string of unfulfilling fashion pr jobs in Toronto, a coworker suggested I look into the field of fashion illustration. One swift google search later and I landed on the two year associate degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. It was as if a lightbulb went off in my head. Six months later I applied, was admitted, packed my things and off I went!

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2. Which illustrators past/present are your biggest inspiration?
Honestly, I do think it’s important to know where fashion illustration started and where it is today, but I think it’s even more important to draw inspiration from artists outside the field. Too many illustrators look like a derivative of David Downtown or Rene Gruau. All that said, my greatest artistic inspirations are Alex Katz, Wassily Kandinsky, and Gerhard Richter. They each have such unique paint handling but it’s their use of color that really grabs me. Before I studied illustration at FIT and business at McGill, I was trained in fine art, and had a real affinity for abstract expressionist painting. I think you can see that coming through in my recent work, the underbelly is definitely painterly and emotive.

3. What is your favorite subject to draw?
What I love most is taking a fashion figure or portrait and bringing some sort of travel context to it. Fashion is a lifestyle and I want to take my viewer on a journey with my work. The best example I have of this is a series of fashion illustrations I created inspired by my trip to Brazil and Argentina this year. I found some fashion figures as reference, and made an aerial view of Ipanema beach the print of a jumpsuit in one, and the houses of La Boca Buenos Aires a shirt fabric in another. It was fashion infused with travel and the outcome was really exciting.

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4. I know that you recently went freelance, from me to you I know it’s always highs and lows, what’s your experience been like so far?
Terrifying, rewarding, and absolutely necessary haha! I have been working towards this for years and I still can’t believe the day finally came that I said goodbye to full-time security. Not one day has passed where I regret leaving. But it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. It puts a hell of a lot more weight on how I price my projects and I feel the sting of late payments and chasing checks that are overdue. I’m also going through the growing pains of having to be way more firm in my business exchanges. I’m a lover by nature so it feels very uncomfortable to keep my emotions and compassion at the door. Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, I always feel sorry for something or someone lol. Fortunately I signed with my agent in October to help curb that.

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5. What was the biggest three highlights from this past year?
Co-founding my own company and getting my O-1 Artist Visa to work for it (yes I need a visa to be paid by my company lol), being flown to Moscow a few weeks ago as a guest of MBFWRussia to illustrate live from the runway, and being featured as a suggested user by Instagram which grew my audience from 8k to 142k within three weeks. It’s been a good year. I feel very, very grateful.

6. Favourite tools?
I love gouache and acrylic. I’m big on texture and lots and lots of colour!!

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7. Favourite spot to sketch in NYC?
The best for me is to walk around New York and take in inspiration through osmosis. I collect ideas in my head and on my phone and bring it back to my paint station to articulate. Truth be told, I really don’t like drawing lol. I LOVE to paint and that isn’t the easiest thing to do outside a steady workstation.

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8. Brunch?
Oh yes, New York is a city where brunch is sacred. My favorite spots are Morandi, Extra Virgin, Sant Ambroeus, and The Smith.

9. Dinner?
I live in the West Village so my guide is a little skewed towards my stomping grounds. I love Barbuto, Little Owl, Aria, and Jeffrey’s Grocery.

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10. Drinks?
Freeman’s Restaurant, Apotheke, Mercer Kitchen, and Cafe Gitane.

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11. Anything you can tease us with that’s coming down the pipeline, or maybe what you want to do in the next coming year?
Travel, travel, travel, write, draw!! I’ve signed a few non-disclosure agreements and wish I could say more. I also had a spiritual advisor tell me that I would move to London in the New Year so maybe that’s coming too hah! I’m dreaming big, working hard, and hoping to bring the world to my art, and my art to the world.

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Wearing— hat; random shop in upstate New York, sweater; Margaret O’Leary, coat; Zara, skirt; Zara, boots; CoSTUME NATIONAL.

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And I Came To Get Hurt

Sometimes I wake up in the mornin'
Sometimes I dream some more
I keep my wounds without a bandage, baby
As I come stumblin' through the door

Spend my nights in dislocation
Talkin' to spirits on the floor
I think I came to find a feelin', baby
Between what was mine and what was yours

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And I came to get hurt
Might as well do your worst to me
Have you come here to get hurt?
Have you come to take away from me?
From me, from me
Might as well do your worst to me…
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Hot Topic: Street Style

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November
17
2014
Hot Topic: Street Style

Street Style as a digital phenomenon isn’t going anywhere. You’re welcome for the obvious. I was asked to weigh in on the circus for a piece by Courtney Shea for The Globe & Mail (leading Canadian national paper) which went live last weekend. I wrote first hand about my experience as a street style photographer two years ago for another Canadian national paper The National Post, after I’d finished my first full fashion month circuit.

The beauty and the beast of street style: it’s contrivance and vanity. You can argue both sides convincingly enough but the fact remains it’s not going anywhere. Each season varies slightly, until there is a seismic fashion shift. Street Style mimics the Fashion industry, where new is old in ten minutes yet we all carry a soft spot for eccentrics because to a certain degree you must be one to play in this game.

xx
-Stefania

p.s. That’s Mira Duma joining in the fray at New York Fashion Week outside Ralph Lauren.

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Just Like a Circus

There's only two types of people in the world
The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe
Well baby I'm a put-on-a-show kinda girl
Don't like the backseat, gotta be first
I'm like the ringleader
I call the shots
I'm like a firecracker
I make it hot
When I put on a show
 
I feel the adrenaline moving through my veins
Spotlight on me and I'm ready to break
I'm like a performer, the dance floor is my stage
Better be ready, hope that ya feel the same 
Circus Just Like a Circus

All the eyes on me in the center of the ring
Just like a circus
When I crack that whip, everybody gonna trip
Just like a circus
Don't stand there watching me, follow me
Show me what you can do
Everybody let go, we can make a dance floor
Just like a circus…
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Windy Day

 
The breeze whistles by…
Whispers high…
What a lovely sound!
It knocks off my hat!
Fancy that!
It blows my hair around!

Windy day!
Look how the breeze spins like a top!
Swirls through the grass and never stops.
Dances me on my way…
My, oh my, it's a windy, windy day!
It's a windy, windy day!
It's a windy, windy day!
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Street Style: Olivia Palermo

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November
3
2014
Street Style: Olivia Palermo

A buttery soft fringe story… Olivia Palermo in Michael Kors and Aquazzura heels.

New York, September 2014.

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