One Month, One Style: Statement Feathers

This season we found a new way to build up an outstanding look and to add flair to your wardrobe: feathers is our choice for October. From the fashionable cities like New York, London, Milan, and Paris to the catwalks, these fluffy 1920’s details have been seen everywhere and it’s crystal clear that this trend is making a major comeback. You can add some drama to your outfit by wrapping yourself in fluffy feathers, as seen in Balenciaga’s fall 2017 RTW, or treat your little plumes as fashion accessories with feather trims as seen in PradaAlexander McQueen, or J.W. Anderson, that added a glamorous laid-back vibe to the modern collection.

We are totally agree that wearing feathers can be tricky, the key is balancing it with more relaxed styles, so you can make a fashion statement without looking over the top. Below, five creative ways to add feathers in a fresh, new way to your fall wardrobe :

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Like a bird

If the idea of wearing feathers intimidates you, there is a subtlety option: Feather details that appear on the sleeves. It’s lighter than fur and adds a texture that can upgrade a simple top. A cotton shirt with a little plume is a classic take on the trend and also the easiest to wear. You can pair it with jeans for a casual day look or team it with a fancier skirt for a night out.

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Move it move it

Another way to take the classy piece to a whole new level is by adding feather to the bottons of your pants. The fluffy embellishment would totally evoke a uniqueness in a fresh way. It’s a new mix that brings some movement and playful elements to your outfit, but it’s also appropriate enough to function as a day wear, as long as the feathers are delicate and come in a solid colour.

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 Bohemian soul

If you still need some time to get used to this new feather trend, there are some subtle ways to welcome them into your wardrobe. Feather embellished jewelry in a variety of colours and lengths, as earrings or necklaces, will give a bohemian-cool vibe to the overall outfit. It is also a great way to refresh your daily office outfit.

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 Fluffy feet

Another big trend this season is feathered shoes. Fluff embellished stilettos were very popular on the fall/winter catwalks and among celebrities and fashionistas like Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, and Leandra Medine. The extraordinary details are fun alternatives to an evening wear and also unique enough to get noticed. You can balance it with a polished suit or pair it with a fluffy coat for a full impact.

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Showgirls  

Feather trimmings,  added to the hem of a skirt or all over the garment, are a bolder way to add a youthful charm to your appearance. The flirty skirt allows you to channel your inner fashionista and embrace the playfulness of loud textures. To maintain a sophisticated feminine look, stick to black, but keep in mind that vibrant colours like pink can be also a great choice, since they evoke glamour with a pinch of sex appeal, especially for a fashion-forward girl.

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Back-to-School Must-haves: What I Wish I Had While in School

Back-to-school season is always a long and tiring process. As we grow older, our style evolves, and we right our wrongs when it comes to poor makeup, clothing, and beauty choices. It’s an ongoing evolution and it’s fun! If we drown out that little voice in the back of our heads that tells us there is no ethical form of consumption under capitalism, there is much joy to be found while shopping for back-to-school essentials.

I learned a lot during my four years of University, and I don’t mean in terms of expanding my knowledge of a specific area of study, but I learned a lot about myself and what I could and couldn’t get away with. (Every six months I try to convince myself to get bangs, and every six months I have to have an inner argument. So far I’ve always talked myself out of it.)

As I come freshly into September with my undergrad collecting dust on my wall, I bring a list of things that I would love to share with you that I wish I had while I was attending school. With hopes that these items will bring you some help down the road (like I wish I had), keep scrolling to get the full list.

BEAUTY

Glossier – Boy Brow

I have a love/hate relationship with my eyebrows. As a kid, they were untamed and unruly, and I really didn’t know how to take care of them. Eventually, it became fashion-forward to have thin eyebrows, and in order to fit in with those in my class, I followed suit. It was not a good look. Now that I’m older, I’ve realized the importance of eyebrows and how they shape your face. Boy Brow by Glossier is perfect as it gives great definition to my brows for a standout look while keeping everything in place.

Becca – First Light Filter Face Primer

If you’re like me, you often turn off your alarm clock by hitting snooze every five minutes. When you make this decision you are often making an unconscious decision to give something up in the morning: your make-up routine, breakfast, or your ability to grab some coffee before class without being late. We can’t have it all. On the days I’m especially lazy, I opt out of my full makeup routine and leave the house just wearing Becca’s First Light Filter Face Primer. It gets rid of any puffiness I have, allowing my skin to look more energized and hydrated for the day.

CLOSET

Fenty x Puma – Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Rihanna has always reigned supreme and it was only a matter of time until she blessed us with her very own clothing line. Who wouldn’t want to dress like Rihanna? During my time in school, I was blessed with her albums, her amazing street style, and even saw her in a concert in my first year of University. The Fenty x Puma Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection is the ultimate inspiration for students lounging at the library and getting dressed for a night out with friends.

Dolce & Gabbana – Polar Bear Backpack

In school, you’re always on the go and need a reliable bag to get you from point A to B. The best part about this bag is that you are never going to want to put it down. I mean, look how cute it is. This little guy can hold all your essentials (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.), and/or be a great source of comfort after spending a long day studying in isolation when you just need a hug.

BEDROOM 

Terrarium

If you have trouble keeping something alive (like a pet or yourself), a terrarium is the perfect household object to liven up your bedroom and show people that there is life under your stacks of books and cobwebs. Seriously, it’s nearly impossible to kill these things (even though I’ve done it), as they hardly require any care to stay alive and add an earthy quality to any bedroom.

Bed Canopy

Have you ever wanted to feel like a princess? I can’t think of anything more Queen-like than accessorizing your bedroom with a bed canopy. It’s a great alternative if you want minimal accessorizing to your bedroom, but want to add a little colour and design to make it pop. Who wouldn’t want to be relaxing under this?

ELECTRONICS

Wireless Speakers

If you take away anything from this list, remember this: wireless speakers are a must. There’s no worse feeling than realizing, the night of your big housewarming party, that your friends have all flaked and forgot their speakers at home. It’s definitely an investment, but it will make all the difference.

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Fitbit Alta HR

It’s really hard to get to the gym during exam season. Scratch that. It’s really hard to get to the gym, ever. We spend a large part of our days getting from home to work without realizing how much activity we actually do, and the Fitbit Alta is a great way to monitor that. You can set little goals for yourself and follow them through with its easy to use interface.

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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.”