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Pour The Champ-Pain

In Fashion on May 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I’ve been an asshole lately. However, I’ve been one since I learned to formulated words, which was probably around nineteen eighty something. So nothing’s really changed. I’ve been called a bitch, but that’s only because I am a woman. I don’t think I’m a bitch. A jerk – sure. An asshole… wink. I have manipulative tendencies, too. But I’ve also got a heart of gold. Sometimes it’s like gold dust in a person’s hands. And I’m sensitive and compassionate. I cry at the simplest things. Like, an ad about abused animals. Or the joys of innocence – kids. And I’m very, very open to criticism.

However, I feel no invested emotion in oestrogen. And trust me, I’ve come across an equal ratio of men to women with this problem. Especially as of late. And maybe I’ll loose friends, because of this. But I don’t mean to hurt anyone. I have the best intentions. I mean, who knows, maybe whomever reads this will take it as an aim at them, and it’s actually not. There’s about five or more people that have drank from my cup.

At the end of the day, if you’re upset at what I have to say, maybe, just maybe, it’s not me, it could be you. Or maybe it is me? Does it even matter? Maybe we all need to do some introspection in the end but:

 “Hold up, before we end this campaign. As you can see, we done bodied the damn lames. Lord, please let them accept the things they can’t change. And pray that all of their pain be champagne.”

– Kanye West, Otis

What is Karen Binns?!

In culture, Fashion, Fashion Heat on February 13, 2011 at 12:31 am


via What?

It’s not so much what as opposed to who. Karen Binns is a New Yorker in London. Stylist by trade, and well known within the fashion circuit. Her claim to fame was Tori Amos, and she famously told Rolling stone Magazine “[Amos] looked like a teenage bag lady; poor white trash and completely out to lunch. I didn’t know what planet she was on, but it was definitely the right planet. I said ‘Honey, I can give you a Galliano dress and tell you you’re fabulous, but just keep it real. Reality always sells.'”

via Here in my head.

Binns is one of those industry secrets. You wouldn’t know who that ice-blond eccentric woman was, until you start a conversation with her and notice that people keep doing that air-kiss thing every-so-often. And when you do ask, you get that “you don’t know who I am?” look. Estelle knows her, so does Kanye West, as well as Mr. Hudson (the guy who laid down the vocals on Jay-Z‘s “Young Forever” track).


via What? magazine

But Binns can style like nobody’s business.


The Raven by Jez Tozer via SHOWStudio

And her magazinetitled What?, is a platform of ideas. I mean, the last thing we need is another magazine, but when it’s from the perspective of an artist who has lived through the era that helped to shape the fashion world we know today, of course it’s worth a peek.

Shout out to Diane Pernet for providing the video

Coat for him: gift guide for me

In Fashion on December 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

On to part two of the gift guide saga. Sorry I’m so late on this, but I’m notorious for being a last-minute shopper, anyway. Coats. A good one can literally last a lifetime, while a fad endures for a month – tops. If you’re stylist – and there’s a difference – your closet is more likely than not to filled with classic pieces. But If you’re fashion-conscious, well, you’re on to the next as seasons change. The interesting thing about fashion though, is that if you truly have an eye for it, you can easily spot something timeless, as I hope I’ve done here. While some men will get these pieces, others with tunnel vision won’t.


This Raf Simons bomber jacket reminds me of the good ‘ole days. I was young. Happy. And I wanted a bomber jacket. Badly. The small zipper on the side, the orange lining, it’s completely grunge. Circa `92. With the ripped jeans and flannel shirts to match. If you were hip hop, you wore all black: toque, jeans, tee, kicks and a bomber off the top. It came in olive, or black. But at this stage in life, I think most men may find the darker hue more sleek.


Alright. My obsession with Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy is nothing new. But you have to admit: most things by this man are – tres chic – cliche intended. This trench coat has a strong British aesthetic to it, it’s got that post-punk rebel attitude. And it’s fairly reasonable (in price) for a high-fashion brand (685 Euros). What’s best about this coat though, is that it transcends age, most (mature) younger men can wear it, and it’ll easy work its way into the latter end of the age spectrum.


Let me tell you a little something about Savile Row: it doesn’t get half as much credit in west as it deserves. Did you know the late Alexander McQueen originally trained at the row? For a man to wear an Duffle coat acclaimed brand as this means he’s got taste. Unfortunately, you’ll have to educate a lot of men of a certain generation about it.


Capes are in. But on a guy, they tend to remind me of Batman. But in this case, this cape by Ann Demeulemeester gets a major pass. If your guy falls in love with this coat, consider yourself a champion of style.


This coat is my personal favourite. I had always been in love with Hudson’s Bay point blanket , so to see it be revived and re-modeled over the years brings about a sense of pride. Here’s a point I’ve been arguing for years though: why do designers in warmer climates make such wonderful winter coats? Here, we have a brand, Monitaly, based in California, whip up a Riders white stripe wool coat. And the brand’s designer Yuki Matsuda, has a thing for us Canadians; he’s also designed a collection for our beloved Canada Goose. Now, I should be clear: the Canadian brand does not come cheap (this coat is about 902 USD), but consider it a staple. Like an original Burberry, this is the type of item that gets better with age.

Style Icon: M.I.A

In Fashion on May 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm

M.I.A’s a revolutionist. And not in the conventional sense. With her infectious tunes (Paper Planes being her most memorable) political innuendos, dashing good looks, and exuberant style sense, she’s been titled the official queen of hipster-dom. But gimmicks aside, she’s added some much-needed colour to music’s current bland (and deteriorating) state.

Not one to shy away from controversy, she recently sparked some online feud with ex-New York Times editor Lynn Hirschberg for she claims to be a fabrication of facts for a recently printed profile. Truth said, I don’t blame M.I.A. It’s not her fault she’s beautiful, and in tune with fashion and art. She uses these tools as vital weapons to get her point across. And even if her songs only graze the surface of the Tamil Tiger feud in Sri Lanka, if it gets people listening, is it really that bad? (As it stands, despite M.I.A infamous Grammy appearance with the fearsome four T.I., Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West, according to M.I.A, nothing changed.)

Since seeking refuge in America (she was put on a black list and not permitted entry by the time Kala was released), she’s adding mother and de facto wife to Benjamin Bronfman to her resume, and is set to release her third studio album Maya.

In the case of M.I.A, it’s more than the visual aesthetic, she’s a true testement of someone walking the walk. She – along with Wyclef Jean – can speak of pain, because they come from it.

 Oh, and by the way, pictured here and looking gorgeous as ever, is M.I.A dawning Alexander Wang for GAP at the 2010 MET Gala. Take That.