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The ever-polarizing sneaker trend has been wondrous in its staying power.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen front-row-fashion plates showing up in their freshest kicks. It is the best example of mixing highs and lows: a two-piece Chanel suit with a running shoe; a vintage Balenciaga dress with a pair of well worn sneakers.
It’s no wonder why this is such a tenacious trend. We’re busy. We need to sprint to get from point A, to B, to C. Comfortable footwear is more necessity than choice. And let the naysayers be — the vanguard is for the light footed, not the irresolute.
We need to be comfortable, but we want to look good. And if there is ever a need to look good, it’s while breaking rules.
Which is why we teamed up with Saucony, the iconic shoe brand, to model some of their latest kicks. Here in Toronto, we’re passionate about our arch support and matching your shoes to your overall look. We don’t want our style mug shots to look amiss — we want them to look as ungodly and beautiful as any proper rule breaking should look.
Television keeps on getting better somehow. Or it seems to be getting better. Or, at the very least, we talk about it a lot more than we used to, which may very well be a sign of either true cultural ascension of HBO and Netflix or general increase in lazy soma-taking viewership. Or both. Or not. Who knows? Your friends probably have a list of shows that you must check out, and they’ll stuff your ears full with the genial selfless joyousness of stuffing a Christmas stocking till you either watch or suffer the fate of an unfriend. Nobody wants to be an unfriend.
That’s depressing. But there’re too many best television list out there and we had to try to switch the game up a bit. Here’s our list of what you must check out, because they were the absolute best this year, and we are sure you’ll love them. But unlike your friends, we’ll still be here for you even if you don’t watch them.
aka Wyatt Cenac
Wyatt Cenac is the Viceroy, Kings County’s sentry, in aka Wyatt Cenac, the comic’s very own web series on Topic, a “story telling studio”. The Viceroy battles daily crime, confronts bad parenting, stands up for city regulations, busts a mustard shop (Viceroy, aka Wyatt Cenac: “I honestly don’t understand why anyone would want this much mustard, no offense.”), among other things. Though it only has 6 episodes, aka Wyatt Cenac deals more honestly with race, gentrification, and mundane inequities of life in a big city than any other show out there (that I know of). Cenac’s is a welcome respite from the onslaught of mediocrity that’s risen to the top like congealed chicken fat in a sad bowl of ramen in Bushwick in December. That sentence is an example of the kinds of crime Viceroy/Cenac battles, not that it’s necessarily untrue. Watch it and spread the love. (Do web series count as television?) — Hoon, managing editor
Full disclosure: I watched the television series American Gods, but I’ve not read Neil Gaiman’s book. In the nature of complete disclosure, I half started watching the show based on the draw of Ricky Whittle alone. However, once I started watching, I was, as they say, hooked. The show is weird. It’s intense, it’s violent, it’s confusing, and it’s incredible. The premise makes it an interesting watch now, at a time when secularism runs rampant and the relevance and purposes religion are being constantly questioned. On the outside, it’s a flashy series full of action and sex, which is great on its own, but the themes presented and examined within the show make it so much more. — Natasha Grodzinski, Contributor
Master of None
The second, and final, season of Master ofNone was released on Netflix this May and, already, I am mourning its absence. Aziz Ansari did something original here. He stepped away from the script — from scrupulously monitored plot developments and character arcs — to explore some serious issues (always with a comedic twist). Episode two, ‘Religion,’ follows Dev’s experience growing up in a Muslim family. Episode six, ‘New York Stories,’ is an artistic take on the intersecting lives of strangers; part of the episode is silent, taken from the perspective of a deaf character. Episode six, ‘Thanksgiving,’ follows Dev’s friend Denise as she comes out to her family. All of this relevant social commentary and a satisfying romantic arc, what more could you ask for? — Rachel Gerry, Intern
Big Little Lies
HBO’s miniseries Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz is definitely one of my favourite tv shows of the year. Having never read the book by Liane Moriarty, I had no idea what to expect. The dark comedy is set in Monterey, California. Secrets, deception, rivalries, and eventually murder had me hooked each week and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. — Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief
If you think you cannot be fashionable during winter, you are wrong. Fall-winter is probably the best season to look trendy. Just think about it, how many items do you have in your wardrobe during winter? Way more than in summer right?! If you count jackets, coat, boots, scarf and other accessories, I am sure you have at least twice more items to play with. So, what will make you look gorgeous this season? Here is a list of tricks and items which will help you.
Get a big puffer jacket
If you want to look cool no water what, the puffer jacket is always a good idea. You can easily wear it off-the-shoulder during fall or over a big jumper during winter. The other good thing with a big coat is that you can wear it with sneakers to be casual or with fancy boots to look fancy.
Choose your boots with attention
Whatever you prefer high or ankle boots, you need a pair which matches with almost everything. They don’t need to be black –excepted if you only go black – but they have to match with most of your clothes AND your favorite coat.
Find an oversize roll-neck sweater
At that time of the year you should forget low-cut-neckline. At the contrary, roll-neck will cover your neck perfectly and will make you look super fancy. If your sweater is also oversize or has big sleeves, it will give you a perfect fashion week street style look.
Style it up
It’s not because you wear big sweaters and long sleeves that you have to look boring. Get a printed jacket, wear accessories and have fun! Getting accessories is also a good way to turn your casual outfit to a fashionable one. Find big earrings, colored sunglasses and a big hat and you will look perfect.
Layer is the key
This is the season to layer so let’s go for it! You want to wear your favorite tee-shirt? No problem put a wool cardigan on it and your big coat. You want to look good arriving at work wearing your summer denim jacket? Do it! Just put layers on to protect yourself from pneumonia.
What is it about a royal wedding that gets everyone so riled up and antsy? It seems that every time the announcement that someone within the British royal family has been engaged, it creates a media frenzy and a deep interest in the Windsor’s once again. However, of all the fancy things, the dress seem to pique the public’s interest most. Just like with Duchess Kate Middleton’s gown, everyone seems to be going crazy over which designer the future princess may wear. Typically, English brides within the royal family are expected to wear English designers to their wedding. However, Princess Meghan may be the first to break from tradition and wear an atypical designer for her big day.
Like the rest of us, designer Caroline Castigliano is eager to see what the future princess will wear on her wedding day. And what better way to predict Meghan’s gown then to design it oneself? Having just released her sketch of Meghan’s dress, Caroline has become the first designer to releases a sketch for a gown designed specifically for the future princess. Like all of Caroline’s designs, Meghan’s dress has contemporary simplicity. It perfectly showcases everything a modern princess would want in her royal wedding dress. The delicate lace back provides the coverage a princess is expected to wear on her wedding day, without looking dated or matronly. While the elegance of a beautiful full silk skirt completes the look, adding the perfect balance of modern stylish flare to the more traditional sleeve. It seems to be exactly who Meghan is style wise, classically elegant with a fresh and modern twist.
Suzanne Neville is renowned as one of England’s best dressmakers when it comes designing bridal gowns. So it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the future princess decided to wear a gown made by the designer on her wedding day. Since the gowns are handmade in the traditional styles found in major European couture houses, it would be lovely to see Meghan in something a far more ornate than just a traditional lace gown. This stunning embroidered ball gown encompasses exactly what royalty should look like — regal, ornate, and luxurious.
Temperley London has become a quintessentially British brand that encompasses the elegance, refinement, and grace that goes hand in hand with a British lady. Temperley’s designs fit in the with the Anglican expectation of modesty. Many of the gowns presented during Temperley’s latest Bridal Fashion Week presentation showcased classic gowns wrapped in lace, offering the coverage and modesty expected within the walls of Westminster Abbey.
Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread has become synonymous with modern fairytale glamour. Their affordable demi-couture gowns are created with the utmost intricacy and care, allowing any bride to experience what it’s like to have a gown handmade for their wedding day. However, Needle & Thread’s designs are often far more revealing than expected of a royal princess. But Meghan Markle doesn’t seem like she’ll be the spitting image of royal tradition. Rather, she may usher the royal family into a new era, where the image of what many feel a British princess should look is completely reworked.