Images via The Ardorous (top to bottom: Dafy Hagai, Maya Fuhr, and Rebecca Storm)
In honour of the gorgeous spring weather we’ve been finally getting here in Toronto—*cue prayer hands emoji*—I present to you an hour of warm weather house tracks selected and mixed by me. Good music knows no season, and if I’m being honest, a little snow never stopped me from indulging in Balearic grooves in the middle of February. But when the sun is shining and the breeze smells like fresh grass, the music is transformative. Like getting my back rubbed on a lawn chair set in the middle of the dance floor.
Accompanying this mix is a series of photographs collected from The Ardorous photographers. Started by Petra Collins, the web collective is entirely made up of female artists and photographers. Any moment when you’re in need of some inspiration in your life, or if you just feel like looking at kickass work, hop on over to their site (linked above). Good luck not sucked in for an entire night like I did.
These photos were selected for their girly, warm weather appeal. The irony is that today’s mix, unlike my monthly radio show on TRP, actually includes no female producers at all. It wasn’t a conscious decision. But as I’ve come to learn, decisions of this nature have already been made for us.
Listen to ‘Sprung’ here.
The clean, minimal lines of Ukrainian designer Irina Dzhus’s garments speak a lot to my interests. The hyper-clinical silhouettes are strong, while the pleats are feminines and precise without being fussy. Every detail is thoughtfully executed, and at times, the garments recall wartime nurse’s clothing, a la Florence Nightingale. Perhaps it’s the dark grey workman’s denim, or perhaps it’s the monolithic structure of the pieces, but there is an unmistakeable uniform look to each of Dzhus’s designs. Add to it the deliberate folds (are they wind panels?) and powerful shoulder details, and the pieces look like practical, solution-based clothing in a quasi-industrial dystopian world.
Dzhus takes inspiration from the geographical remnants of Ukraine’s Soviet past: abandoned plants, monumental factories, utopian monuments. You see it manifested in the statuesque stoicism of the model and the unrelenting stiffness of the clothing. Somewhat reflective of this physical rigidity is Dzhus’s uncompromising stance on fashion consciousness and sustainability. She is committed to the ethical, cruelty-free production of her designs, and expresses an idealistic desire to create products for intelligent and socially-conscious people who value morality and nature. In an era where speed and efficiency (no matter the cost) have become the cornerstones of fashion retail, it’s refreshing to see a designer take on such an admirable stance. The thing is though, her designs are so good, that even without her dedication to sustainability and accountability I’d still be a fan.
You can buy Dzhus’s current collection at Notjustalabel.com.
Images via Wild
OK so I guess neoprene and structured sweatshirts have been done. A lot. But even the most done-to-death trends, like 70s boho and #healthgoth, can achieve freshness in the right hands. MINIMANIMO is a South Korean clothing label based in Incheon (a suburb outside of Seoul) that specializes in sporty minimalist basics that can be worn by both men and women. Their Instagram and Tumblr are full of stark, mostly black and white photography of their small line of sweatshirts, trousers, and jackets, styled and directed in a simple but striking way. A stranger’s arms here, a deliberate hairclip there, strategic splatters of milky/powdery substance everywhere else. Black and white work together in almost every style situation, but in photoshoots the contrast between light vs. dark is almost magical.
Currently, unless you have family or friends in Korea, there is no easy way of copping the pieces. But until then you can drool over their delicious art direction here and here.
Images via MINIMANIMO.
Photography: Thomas Whiteside
Styling: Natalie Brewster
I can’t even deal with the hotness. Chloë Sevigny looking stunning and stylish in the current issue of The Edit, Net-a-Porter’s web magazine. I especially love all of the denim pieces, including the Sonia Rykiel denim overalls and the light denim culottes.
Click here for the full interview with Leandra Medine of Man Repeller.
I’m wearing vintage suede jacket, dress with raw hems by Topshop Boutique, sandals and bag by Zara.
A quick outfit post to start the week. Over the weekend my boyfriend and I attended our first wedding of the season. In typical form, I bought my dress at the last minute but lucked out because I found this right away and it was on sale. I love the silver belt buckles and the raw hems. I paired it with my second vintage suede coat purchased this spring, this one looser and drapier than the more structured version I bought previously. Being a relatively new blonde, I like discovering new shades that work with my hair colour. Neutrals like light grey and nude and blush are flattering with fair hair and look great for spring.
Unfortunately these were the only pics I took on the day of, as I was busy snacking on lobster rolls and sipping on white wine seltzers while trying not to cry during the vows. I will have better pics next time, I promise.Images by The Pack
Eyland is an Icelandic fashion label based in Reykjavík and created by Ása Ninna. Dedicated to creating high quality, timeless clothes with an edge, the Eyland brand is perfect for the modern woman who enjoys a touch of menswear in her clean cut and feminine style. Ninna uses a lot of black leather. The Eyland woman is tough but also alluring, preferring to show skin in unexpected ways like in a low-cut backless dress or in a top with shoulder cut-outs.
You can see more of their most recent lookbook here.
Images via Eyland
As the street style scene grows more event-centred and less an expression of creative and stylish people going about their daily lives, the ensembles we see outside of international fashion weeks have also become more monotonous, less inventive, and just another way for the wealthy elite to show off what their money and influence can buy/borrow.
More and more, I look to farther, less-touched-by-Anna-Dello-Russo locales for street style inspiration. Forget New York, Paris, Milan. I’m more interested in how fashion editors from Australia, Japan, and South Korea choose to express themselves with their clothes. With recent fashion weeks taking place in Seoul, Tokyo, and now Sydney, I was excited to feast my eyes on outfits that haven’t already been published in the Trend Report section of Vogue, or taken straight off the runways of Milan.
Australian Fashion Week
Seoul Fashion Week
Tokyo Fashion Week
Which city was your favourite?
Images via style.com and Fucking Young!
It’s no secret. We here at The Pack are diehard fans of tomboy streetwear. This editorial from High Snobiety starring up-and-coming London actress Alex Rose is yet another reason to love a woman in androgynous clothing. Wearing pieces by Supreme, A.P.C. and Samsøe & Samsøe, Rose pulls everything off with nonchalant elegance. Shouts out to Alex’s gorgeous brunette locks (I miss mine) and those perfect white kicks.
Photographer: Ansgar Sollman
Styling: Georgia Reeve & Ann Le Ny
Clothes: Palladium Boots, Prey of London, Samsøe & Samsøe, Gloverall, Aigle, Daily Paper, Supreme, A.P.C., & Edge O’ Beyond
Arvida Byström is an artist and occasional model/musician of Swedish descent who divides her time between London, Stockholm, and L.A. Her photography has been exhibited all over the world and she’s curated shows in London, Stockholm, and Denmark. Her photographs are tongue-in-cheek, unconventional, and frequently pastel. She is unapologetically feminist in her work, and incorporates technology in her methodology and sometimes as props. Mainstream fashion mags are known for presenting a very narrow definition of beauty (young, white, hairless, and skinny), and as a result alienates and shames real women who don’t fall within those narrow parameters. Byström clearly isn’t interested in following suit, as she works with models of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colours, and has photographed such “controversial” symbols of femininity as pubic hair and period blood. Quelle horreur.
This particular editorial appeared in a recent issue of Lula magazine. Not only is the styling beautiful, the diverse casting and art direction are very inspired as well. Byström’s photographs makes great use of colour, specifically sugary shades of pink, baby blue, and soft lavender.
The decision to work with pastels and girl tropes is very much connected with her feminism. There is an outdated idea that traditionally “girly” things shouldn’t be taken seriously, and that strong, intelligent women can’t also be girly and participate in activities like dressing up, gossiping, and getting their nails done. This is fundamentally anti-woman. It perpetuates the myth that things associated with girls are inferior, and that women are one-dimensional types, rather than complicated individuals who are capable of having a wide range of interests and passions. Why can’t a woman who loves shopping also be a computer programmer? Why are sexually attractive female DJs & producers constantly fighting to be taken seriously or have to prove to the world they didn’t just coast by on their looks? Much like Petra Collins, Tavi Gevinson and the Ardorous crew, Byström fucks with these biases in her work. And the love she’s showing to women of all types is more meaningful and positive than anything I’ve seen in the pages of Vogue.
Images via Arvida Byström