Your 420 Playlist

Happy 420 Novella readers! We wanted to provide you with a chill play mix for the day that went beyond the reggae and pot cliche (not that reggae isn’t fantastic). The tracklist consists of everything from pop, indie and electronic. We hope you have a lovely time listening to these tunes and lighting one –or a few– up.

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People Under the Stairs – Acid Raindrops

Sharon Forrester – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Erykah Badu – On & On

Wilson Tanner – Sun Room

De Facto – Cordova

OutKast – Crumblin’ Erb

Sean Nicholas Savage – Propaganda

Aquarian Foundation – Mind Miniatures

Rhoda Scott – Molybdenum

Devendra Banhart – Seahorse

Space Dimension Controller – The Love Quadrant

Devin The Dude – Doobie Ashtray

Bands Spotted: January Edition

Good music can make gray slush, such as the road situation today, seem okay. Even sort of nice in a picturesque way. At least while the song lasts, which is to say, we need a lot of music. So when we wanted new music and have already exhausted — or have become exhausted with — Spotify’s clingy know-it-all algorithm, we turned to our contributor Tatyana to hold us down like a good old mixtape used to. Lo and behold, with mathematic precision unbeknownst to apps, she gave us music we didn’t know we needed.

Ace Tee

Rising songstress, Ace Tee’s, new video for her track, Bist Du Down? is giving people a serious case of nostalgia. Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, the singer looks and sounds like she walked right off of a R&B video from the 90’s. Bist Du Down? translates to ‘are you down?’ Yes. Yes, we are.

Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson’s live performances are really something special. With tables full of machines, spoken poetry in English and French, and expressive features, she has no problem captivating an entire room. As one half of the Montreal’s Essaie Pas, Davidson’s heavy synths and drum beats make for some very moody dance music. Her latest solo effort, Adieux Au Dancefloor (Farewell to the Dance floor), is a testament to her morbid fascination with club culture.

Le Couleur

Quebecois trio, Le Couleur, recently released their album, P.O.P. Band members, Laurence Giroux-Do, Patrick Gosselin, and Steeven Chouinard, make 80’s informed disco for you to get down to and their single off the album, L’Amour le Jour, is no exception. French lyrics have a way of making songs a million times better than their English counterparts.

Saint-Laurent

Saint-Laurent made Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This is What You Came For” listenable. This ‘80s power ballad is amazing.

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Dress To Dare: Fashion Risk Takers

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sugegasa hides his face and a blue ruffled dress covers his body — just a few dreadlocks that are sticking out of the umbrella-like hat tell us that it is not a samurai. The hidden figure is Atlanta rapper Young Thug on the cover of his mixtape, Jeffery. 

This amount of steeze could astonish or freak you out. The truth is, Young Thug and many others are breaking fashion rules and creating their own.

Jaden Smith beams with confidence when the 18-year-old actor and rapper appears in different skirts and leggings, whether he’s on the streets on in the pages of Teen Vogue, which named him one of its ultimate fashion icons.

Rihanna, who received the CFDA Style Icon Award and was honoured as “fashion’s most exciting muse” by Vogue in 2014, continues to inspire women and designers to experiment with rebellious looks. From hitting the summer streets of London in her oversized Raf Simons to her Fenty Puma Creeper winning Footwear Shoe of the year, Rihanna’s continued influence on fashion is undeniable.

Photo: Peter Ash Lee
Photo: Peter Ash Lee

When choosing what to wear, some people might attribute themselves a particular gender. For the current rule breakers, however, gender is irrelevant when it comes to fashion; everyone is allowed to express themselves in whichever way they like. Finally, some are just tired of fast fashion that seems to change its trends few times a week. The fashion-wise vote for kookiness and creativityThere are no rules, particular trends, or formulas when it comes to personal style anymore.

“It’s good to step outside of the box sometimes and expand what you wanna do,” says Cole Ryan, who owns ODNAB, men’s clothing store located at 677 Queen Street West. “I’m pretty open-minded in terms of what I wear, like C2H4 Los Angeles fur jacket is one of my favourite pieces,” Ryan says. “It is something that a lot of people don’t really want to wear because it’s a little bit too much, but I like flashier stuff, and I feel that I have to set my style a little bit above the norm because I have a store.”

Ryan is a big fan of Scott Disick’s style because the TV personality has very interesting swag: “He wears a pair of En Noir jeans with Chelsea boots, and he also wears a purple suit with slippers.”

Since women try on and buy items for themselves at ODNAB, Ryan is not sure anymore whether his business is just a men’s store: “Everything is turning to unisex as opposed to separate male and female clothes in terms of fashion. I have a lot of female customers, and at the same time everything in the store is what I personally would wear.” Many girls find baggy items both comfortable and stylish.

Chantelle Blagrove at Kit and Ace on Queen West/Photo Credit: Sveta Soloveva
Chantelle Blagrove at Kit and Ace on Queen West/Photo Credit: Sveta Soloveva

Chantelle Blagrove, a team leader at Kit and Ace on Queen Street West, says she admires those who explore and create new crazy styles. Watching the Grammys and film festivals, she often sees women like Rihanna wearing a suit or men like Young Thug wearing bows. Balgrove says because those young celebrities are in the spotlight now, they could educate people on how there’s no straight lines in the way someone dresses.

“I think it’s dope that someone can just leave their house in full confidence not really caring what people think about them,” says Balgrove who just bought an Oak + Fort oversized denim coat with sherpa lining. “Eighty percent of my wardrobe is menswear because it’s comfier. I don’t like things close to my body and sweaters and hoodies just fit me better.”

Blagrove says she is proud to have a better vintage tee collection than a half of the guys she knows. “Most guys are going to borrow my clothes,” she says, laughing.

C2H4 Los Angeles fur jacket/Courtesy of ODNAB website
C2H4 Los Angeles fur jacket/Courtesy of ODNAB website

Style conservatives could knit their perfectly fashionable brows but street culture and adherence to originality have taken a huge bite out of the fashion world.

Today, more than ever, fashion is beginning to challenge our way of thinking. “People don’t care if you do something normally,” Ryan says. “You walk down Queen West and observe things around you. You see something you saw in a magazine. You see guys wearing women’s clothes. It’s cool. Where fashion is going is positive because it’s not so black and white. There are grey areas which are fun to explore.”

Trend History: Stirrup Pants

Seen on Fall/Winter 2016 runways–including Marni, VersaceTrademark, Balenciaga most recently– the stirrup pant is most notably associated with the fashion of the late 80s and early 90s. Seeing as the 80s are back in full force (see: culottes, ruffled shirts, shoulder pads), it is no surprise that the stirrup pant has made its return as well. But where did this trend begin?

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The stirrup pant has had quite a lengthy and transformative history. They were originally produced with the intention of helping female equestrians in the 1920s transition into seated position and out of sidesaddle. Then, at the 1936 Olympics, stirrup pants were used in skiing events, and maintained their use for skiing through the 60s.

Photo: via Trendslyvania
Photo: via Trendslyvania

In the 80s, they made a triumphant return once again as sportswear, through the rise of aerobics and in the form of leggings. And finally, in the 90s, they made their debut as what Steff Yotka from Vogue.com describes as “proto-athleisure.”  It is during this time that your mum likely sport the pants with a large shoulder-padded suit jacket. Or just a large, patterned crew neck sweater.

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Will this pant trend return as strong as the culotte? Perhaps. In some memories, the prominence of the stirrup pant still leaves a scarring memory of a time when bootcut trousers were missing from street fashion. For others though, they have yet to experience the stirrup pant in its glory and think wearing them could be an exciting idea. Like Rihanna.

Rihanna stops by 'Good Morning America' in New York City
Photo: via DListed

 Knowing their history, will you wear them?

One month one style: Furry Feet

Summer is almost over, so whether you are excited for the first blast of Autumn air or still trying to hold on to these last days of summer, one thing is for sure: the new season means refreshing your wardrobe with new clothes. To make the transition a bit smoother, let me introduce you to hottest trend of the month that can be easily incorporated into your current summer-y wardrobe: furry shoes.

Fur has always been one of the top trends during the colder seasons. But for fall 2016, the fur has been extended into our footwear! After observing all the biggest runway shows, we can definitely say that hairy and furry shoes are more relevant than ever. From high heels to slides, sneakers, boots and loafers, everything will look that much trendier with fur, so don’t hesitate to release your inner wild side and open up your mind for the unexpected new addition to your shoes.

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Gucci Loafers | Photo: Man-Repeller, Who What Wear

Here are five ways to give your shoes the fur treatment:     

1. The Funky Touch: Slides

These rubber base shoes that  usually function as a shower shoes or for pool activities got a fancy update: fur! It all started when Rihanna released a new line of furry slides with Puma. As expected, they sold out the moment they went online and from that point onward the furry slide became a footwear phenomenon.

Slipping them on instantly creates a fashion forward statement. You can basically wear them with any look. Cropped trousers, boyfriend jeans or skinnies are all great options that will give your look a fun boost. But hurry up, the funky slides can’t be worn when the temperatures drop are dropping down.

Rihanna modeling fur slides from her Fenty x Puma line.
Photo: Puma/ Splash news

2. The fancy feet: Sandals

We all know that fur has a fall/winter feel to it, so fur sandals are the perfect shoe for the transition from summer to fall.

Following in the footsteps of Gucci, which gave their heels edgy an interpretation last fall, other designers such as Fendi, Alexander Mcqueeen and Blumarine introduced their vision to the fur mania: two strap sandals covered with fur, tuft of fur in the middle of open toe shoe or ankle strap sandals with cut-out wedge heels and a lot of hairy details.

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Photo: Fendi

3. Just a glimpse, Loafers with fur lining

If you are not crazy about all of these hairy shoes , there is another way to channel your fashion forward look: leather shoes with fuzzy soles.

The statement loafers with the fur lining are definitely a must-have for fall footwear, and even though they scream attention, there is something about them that has got us hooked. It comes as no surprise that It-girls and fashion influencers, like Alexa Chung, Leandra Medine or Mary Kate Olsen, have indulged themselves with these Gucci loafers. We adore them simply because they match with any fall outfit, plus they are so comfortable you will never want to take them off.

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Photo credit: Gucci Fall Winter 2016 campaign.

4. Pompomania, Furry pom pom shoes

Colourful pom-poms elevate any casual look to a pure fun and help any woman embrace her flirty, girly side. This fall, pom-poms have returned in full swing as footwear accessories. Top designers gave their interpretation to the charming pom-pom. Dolce and Gabbana, which have been the pioneers of the trend, introduced their metallic pumps with the fun fur embellishment. To feed up our cheerleader spirit, Fendi featured colourful fluffy heels. Sonia Rykiel’s pom pom version was more sensual and feminine with an oversized pom-pom attached to the front of the shoes.

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L to R: Sonia Rykiel, Dolce and Gabbana | Photos: Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild, REX Shutterstock

5. Fur trimming

Experimenting with different materials is one of the biggest trends in footwear this season. Designers are no longer satisfied showing conventional shoes on the runway. Instead, they are willing to invest in unique details like fur accents. BCBG, for example, showcased snakeskin shoes with a fur band on top and chunky fur lined heels. At Christopher Kane, the kicks got a luxury update with fur that cover the feet, ensuring that we will be safe from the chilly breeze. The fur-attached shoes not only will keep your feet warm and cozy, which is obviously an essential addition to your winter wardrobe, but also will add a touch of modern glam to your appearance.

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BCBG, Christopher Kane| Photos: Getty Images