Everyday Icon — Saucony Originals

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.

Shadow Original CL Polka Dot, Saucony Originals

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.

“Know the rules well, so that you can break them effectively.” — Dalai Lama. “Break the Rules” Saucony Originals.

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.

Grid 9000 HT Jersey, Saucony Originals

Visit Saucony Originals for details regarding size and fit. You can order online here. 

Summer Shoe Essentials: Lacoste Spring/Summer 2017 is here!

With the warm summer sun just around the corner, the time has finally come for everyone to start making the switch from their winter wardrobes, to their summer ones. And with the change in clothes comes the big accessories change. Gone are the gloves and boots, and in come the sandals and sneakers. Luckily, Lacoste has just released a beautiful collection of spring/summer footwear that’s bound to liven up anyone’s summer wardrobe this season. Filled with many revamped classics and tons of new styles. Lacoste is ready to update your summer shoe game in fresh and exciting ways!

Cambrai 117 2 and Laccord 117 1

Top: Ladies Cambrai 117 2 – Bottom: Mens Laccord 117 1 | Photos: Lacoste

Heels can be one of the most empowering pieces of footwear a woman can buy. That’s why they’ve become synonymous with the office workplace power shoe. However, the heat and humidity that comes with the warmer weather can sometimes make a beloved pair of heels the most unbearable pair of shoes to wear. Luckily heels aren’t the only option you have for the workplace. The ladies Lacoste’s Cambrai 117 2 in Light Grey gives you the perfect balance between formal and sporty. The shoe can be easily paired with jeans or dress pants and a blazer. Allowing the wearer to mix and match the shoe for whatever situation their workplace calls for. For men, the Laccord 117 1 in Tan is the perfect versatile office shoe. Taking you from meeting to after work drinks. Depending on your workplace environment, the Laccord can be worn in perfect harmony with anything from a pair of dark coloured jeans or casual pants, to a navy suit or sand coloured suit. Giving you the perfect dress down or dress up shoe for your work day.

Carnaby Evo 117 3 and Carnaby Evo 217 1

Top: Ladies Carnaby Evo 117 3 – Bottom: Mens Carnaby Evo 217 1 | Photos: Lacoste

When looking for an ever day shoe. It’s important to look for something that not only works well with your entire wardrobe but also showcases your personality through colour, detail, and style. The ladies Lacoste Carnaby Evo 117 3 in Metallic Pink is the perfect casual shoe that does just that. Easily going from workplace to weekend and back again. The Carnaby Evo 117 3 meshes the classic crispness of a Lacoste sneaker with a fresh and modern hint of trendy metallic pink. Allowing you to move from outfit to outfit without compromising style and comfort. For men, Lacoste’s Carnaby Evo 217 1 in White and Blue gives you an updated take on a classic style that goes with just about everything. The crisp whiteness of the shoe mixed with that beautiful pop of denim blue gives you the perfect cool summer shoe to showcase around town, at work, and whatever other fun summer activities you may find yourself getting up to.

Promenade Ace 217 1 and L.30 Sport Slide

Top: Ladies Promenade Ace 217 1 – Bottom: Mens L.30 Sport Slide | Photos: Lacoste

The perfect summer wardrobe is never complete without a comfortable and stylish pair of sandals. The key to finding the perfect pair is to go for staple colours like black, white, and navy or punchy colours like jewel tones and pastels. This season, Lacoste has sweet summers styles for everyone’s needs. The ladies Promenade Ace 217 1 in light Orange and White are the perfect shade of sherbet orange to add a soft jolt of colour to any summertime wardrobe. Easily paired with jeans, shorts, and dressier slacks. The fresh combination of orange and white give you the versatility of wearing the sandal casually or more formal depending on your outfit choice. On the men’s side, the L.30 Sport Slide in Black gives you a simple and classic silhouette that pairs perfectly with a vast array of summer outfits. The simplistic minimalist style and colour mean you won’t have to take time out of your day to worry about what outfit goes with what shoe. Just throw on your slide and your ready for the day!

The Novella team picks their fave trends for spring!

Fashion, like all forms of art, is about self-expression. It’s about taking colour, pattern, texture, shape, and style and making it all your own. This season saw some of the freshest and newest collections to date. Giving all of us here at Novella a reason to cheer over. There was no shortage of extremely wondering and eye-catching pieces. From beautiful coats to soft ruffles and baby pinks, our picks for best spring trends are sure to get yours and our spring wardrobes feeling as fresh as the springtime scenery that’s to come.


Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor

Photos: L’Uomo Vogue | From L to R: Louis Vuitton, Angelos Frentzos, Juun. J


Berets are happening and they’re happening in a big way. They’ve been everywhere for spring/summer and fall/winter. Every designer under the sun, from Louis Vuitton to Christian Dior, gave the fashion world its take on the iconic Parisian staple. After having witnessed season after season of floppy hats and wide brim felt hats, the understated beret uses its touch of whimsical flair and elegance to add a special touch to casual looks, while giving more formal looks an ease of wear that only the french can pull off.

Shades of Icy Blue

My absolute favourite colour is slowly, but surely, making its way into a slew of designers collections this season. And with perfect timing too. Spring is the season of pastels. Light pinks and soft yellows dance with mints and orange sherbets in the most delicate dance. Spring is the season of floral blooms and all the colours that come with them. So it comes as no surprise that with the softness spring’s blooms come with their softest colours. At Angelos Frentzos, icy powder blues add a calming and luxe appeal to heavy streetwear looks. Giving the harshest of streetwear scrutinisers a reason to praise.

Extreme Trenches

The trench has been a rainy day springtime staple since its inception back in the 1800s, remaining unchained for centuries until today. The new trench now comes in whatever colour, shape, and style you can imagine (and desire) This season’s trend for extreme trenches came during Juun. J‘s fall collection. Where extreme duster lengths and avant-garde proportions are perfectly balanced with one another to create a modern yet classic silhouette that’s only sure to grow and evolve as time goes on.

Liat Neuman, Fashion Contributor

Bright colours

Super bright colours were playing a bold part in the capital fashion cities of the world, from Balenciaga to Celine and Phillip Lim, all brought a lot of energy to the runway, with a collection that contains all the shocking shades we can think of. There is no doubt that these rainbow colours bring your outfit to live – For me it’s much needed after all these gloomy days we were dealing with.

See-Through Garments

I am so fascinated over this big trend, that is also the most risqué one. See-through garments like tulle skirt and dresses, which were taken from the ballet world, has been seen in Dior, Rochas and Valentino and are very popular among the Londoner’s fashionistas. I adore the way it can blur the line between party outfit and a casual day look, evoking a romantic feeling blend with an edgy touch.


The ruffles continue to be a major hit this season and the bolder the better. I love how the ruffles creating a fierce statement. Well appreciated designers have included ruffles in a sophisticated way in their current collection, create unexpected layers, like ruffles with lace or with asymmetrical and voluminous pieces. The layer upon layers of this frilly fabric provides feminine flair to any springy look.

Natasha Grodzinski, Arts & Culture Contributor

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga.

Stripes on Stripes

In the past few seasons, we’ve occasionally seen a bit of pattern-on-paten action. While certain houses like Dolce & Gabbana still put out here combinations, the new buzz for Spring 2017 is about matching striped suits. I’m always interested in borrowing from menswear and a striped suit is a real classic. I love the idea of making it contemporary through feminine tailoring and fresh colour. Spring uniform? I think so.

Statement Tees

A good t-shirt has always gone a long way, but lately they’ve been at the forefront of trends. Aside from the slew of vintage band tees gracing almost every street style blog, multiple designers put out statement t-shirts, from Dior‘s feminism tees to the “No leather” number seen at Stella McCartney. In our current social and political climate, designers are taking notice of the importance of self-expression and individuality. If fashion is an introduction without words, a statement tee is an introduction and the opener of a debate.

Big Shoulders

I mean. I mean. I’m in love with the amount of 80s inspiration seen on the spring runways. As mentioned before, I like to borrow from the boys, and a good shoulder padding can cut such a crisp, strong look. (I’m thinking specifically of the looks in Working Girl.) Since I am somebody with naturally broad shoulders, I was often told to steer clear of added shoulder padding. But what if I went the other way, and drew a bit more attention to it? I’ll likely not be at the Balenciaga level, but I’m ready to play around with a padded jacket or two.

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Photo Credit: L to R: Wooyoungmi (Vogue Runway), Gucci loafer (GQ UK), Haider Ackerman (Vogue Runway)

Check Mate

Squares and checks were all over the runways this season. One of my favourite brands Wooyoungmi paired widowpane  checks of varying sizes together and gives men more options to play with other than the standard pinstripe staple. I will definitely be rocking this trend this spring.

Two-in-one Shoes

With the growing popularity of  Alessandro Michelle‘s new Gucci, the two-in-one shoes are a must-have this season. The fold down back feature flattens underneath your foot to make the shoe into a mule. You don’t have to have be rich to rock a pair. Zara‘s has more a more affordable pair for any budget.

A Touch of Pink

Pink is always one of my go to colors during the spring/summer season and it was spotted on many runways. From light pink at Haider Ackerman to dusty rose at Gucci, each designer offered many ways to add a burst of pink to your wardrobe. 

Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor

Photo Credit: L to R: DKNY (Vogue), Yeezy (Vogue), Rag & Bone (Vogue)

White dresses

I’m not usually one to wear white. It takes a special piece of clothing to make me want to be that risky. But I find this trend to be so enticing because it’s almost romantic in such a chill and casual way. Since I’m already a big fan of shirt dresses, I love that the right shape and hemline can turn a rather boring white dress into a spring essential.


Thanks to the many designers that tackled the look on the runway, I have recently developed a new appreciation for the utilitarian look. I don’t have an explanation why, but thankfully I no longer associate khaki with my dad’s wardrobe.

New Athleisure

GIVE ME ALL THE ATHLEISURE! I am seriously obsessed with this trend (shocker). The welcoming of sweatshirts into the fashion world has now opened the door for all facets of sporting style to be acceptable (#blessed). I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy, and I grew up playing sports, so I L-O-V-E that all my casual athletic wear is chic now. Time to get in the game, it’s officially warm up season folks!

Yay or Nay: The Novella Team Share Their Thoughts on Three Subjects

You already have your opinions on these subjects. So our verdicts aren’t here to change your mind or get you to start thinking like us — but, seriously, if you did, would it really hurt tho? They’re here to validate your opinions or to get all up in your face about them. In other words, to start engaging — and respectfully, mind you — in conversations, as such subjects do at our content meetings. So, read and discuss with a friend who always seems to have a slightly different take on things from you. Add a glass or two of wine and meet them in the middle.

Yay Or Nay: The Term ‘Woke’

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief: The word has become a bit overused. We are facing troubling times so I hope all the so-called people who are ‘Woke’ get out and do something about it.

Hoon Ji, Managing Editor: I say any word that facilitates dialogue is game. True, the word sounds rather ugly. I’d also like to take this opportunity to share my crusade against ‘handcrafted’. It’s insipid, fatuous, and ugly. Please don’t use it. And if some coffee sleeve says it’s been especially handcrafted for you, for god’s sake don’t drink the coffee. 

Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor: There’s just something that REALLY bothers me about using a word that is clearly in the past tense to describe something that’s happening to you in the present… Verdict: Nay

Jordan Dziewir, Arts & Culture Editor: I am a man who is known to have a rather silly sense of humour, and I too believe the term ‘Woke’ sounds quite juvenile and is more likely to stifle any serious conversation that an individual using it is trying to start.  So my opinion is this: you may only use the term ‘Woke’ if you continue using it in the incorrect tense AND ironically.  Example: “Wow, I’m really woke right now about these Multi-Grain Cheerios!”.  Verdict: Nay.

Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor: Honestly, I just don’t understand it. I agree with Jordan that it sounds quite juvenile. I think it is kind of demeaning to the cause it is trying to adhere to. Definitely a Nay.

Yay or Nay: Childish Gambino’s New Sound

Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief: Some good music came out of 2016 and after a second lesson I am feeling Childish Gambino’s new sound. Coming off the success of his hit show Atlanta and Gloden Globe wins for Best Comedy series and Best actor in a comedy series , Donald Glover’s Awaken, My Love! mixes Prince with some Al Green soul; a combination that I’m not mad at. Verdict: Yay

Hoon Ji, Managing Editor: Let the man do his thing. Verdict: Yay

Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor: All musicians go through a period of reinvention. Lady Gaga’s Joanne, Kanye West’s 808’s and Heartbreak and Keaton Henson’s Romantic Works are all perfect examples of this. If ol’ boy needs to experiment and broaden his horizons, let’s let him. Verdict: Yay

Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor: Full disclosure, I am not super familiar with Childish Gambino as a whole, so I don’t have much room to judge his new creative sound. But, change is good. Artists need to be creative and explore new things. So, you do you Childish Gambino. Verdict: You go Glen Coco Childish Gambino!

Yay or Nay: Square Toe Shoes

L To R, Balenciaga, J.W Anderson, MAN

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief: I have seen many guys wearing Stacy Adams square toe shoes in ill-fitting suits that has made my blood boil. Recently, designers have made some cool options, so like with all things it all depends on the person, shoe, and how they style it. Verdict: Torn

Hoon Ji, Managing Editor: They remind me of ducks. I think that’s a nay. But then again, I’ve been known to find Birkenstocks rather nice looking.

Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor: Nothing says timeless elegance like a good old clunky toe box. Now pair that with a short stumpy heel and you’ve got a real winner! Verdict: N-A-Y

Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor: It kind of reminds me of a less-hickish version of the old-fashioned Western style cowboy boot if that makes sense? Overall, I think I’m into it.

Jordan Dziewir, Arts & Culture Editor: This is a tough one, but I think it’s a matter of degrees. For men I think the wider the toe box, the closer you end up dressing like a grandpa.  With women’s shoes, you gradually end up losing the elegant look, and it begins to look more casual.  So high-end square toed shoes for women just look odd to me, personally. Verdict: Do you boo?

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Ones To Watch: Isabel’s 5 Brands To Keep An Eye On


Emerging fashion talent has become endlessly easier to discover since Instagram. Be it through the explore page or just free falling down a rabbit hole of investigative scrolling (erm, “stalking”), discovering new talent in the deepest, darkest corners of the world can take place under the covers in less than half an hour. Gone are the glory days of Iris Apfel in the 1970s, travelling the world in search of talent, she can just click around now! In practicing the latter, here’s what I dug up for you.


Photo: LoQ
Photo: LOQ

This L.A.-based shoe brand began after designers Keren Longkumer and Valerie Quant met studying footwear and found common interest in “unconventional forms, proportions, materials and attention to detail.” Their shoes pair simplicity and creative detailing to produce collections of timeless footwear.

Photo: LOQ


Photo: The Sleep Shirt

The Sleep Shirt is a Canadian sleepwear company that makes timeless nightwear in high quality fabrics. It all began with a simple nightshirt design based on a 19th century chemise found by Alexandra Suhner Isenberg at a vintage menswear stall in London’s Spitalfield’s market. From there the brand produced unisex sleep shirts in two lengths and has since expanded to wide range of pale-coloured shirts and PJ sets. Also, the combination of the PJ trend in fashion and the classic designs make these pieces perfectly acceptable to wear outside of the bedroom (tried and tested by yours truly).


Photos: Rachel Comey
Kismet TopSparrow Dress, Braden Dress, Legion Pant, Badge Suit  Photos: Rachel Comey

Rachel Comey is well past up-and-coming–Saks and Opening Ceremony are among her long list of stockists–but still deserves a mention because still not enough people have heard about her brilliance. Her mix of prints and proportion play make each of her pieces entirely unique. She counts Lena Dunham, Tracey Ellis Ross, Michelle Williams, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as fans. So yeah, very cool.

Rachel Comey for NY Magazine
Rachel Comey for NY Magazine


Photo: Rouje Paris
Photo: Rouje Paris

Founded by French It-girl and Jane Birkin reincarnate, Jeanne Damas, Rouje is your one way ticket to Parisian cool. She describes her debut collection as a universe where “sober sophistication meets assertive sensuality.” The model and photographer recruited her coolest collection of photographers/models to make a super cool team. The clothes themselves include 70s mini skirts, simple t-shirts, and elegant wrap dresses and blouses.


L to R: Verra Knot Bangle, Greta Chain Necklace, Lia Circle Earrings | Photos: Common Muse Co.

Common Muse is a jewelry brand that believes luxury is a state of mind, not a price point. Offering a streamlined collection of minimal pieces, their philosophy is that a luxurious lifestyle is “one that involves conscious choices, reflecting a refined and sophisticated identity.” Their pieces are simple, geometric forms of silver and gold, each delicate and thoughtful.

*HOT TIP* Exploring curational e-commerce stores, such as Need Supply, Lisa Says Gah, and Na Nin Studio, is a great way to discover up-and-coming brands!