January 31, 2011
This U.K. newsreel from the Look at Life DVD series is modtastic!:
"It's the swinging London fashion scene on parade and features an eye-candy array of dazzling & colorful mod fashions! Suits, shirts, pants, shoes, boots, jackets, dresses, belts, bags, hats, caps, ties, skirts, blouses, scarves, dickies, and more! Mary Quant shows off her latest collection! The viewer is taken to King's Road, SOHO, and Carnaby Street. Some of the shops visited are: "Granny Takes a Trip," "Hung on You," "The Antiques Supermarket," "I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet," and "Gear." The narrator tells us that, "A year or two ago fashion originated in the haute couture's of Paris, then spread downward through society in ever cheapening copies; now these shops which would have interpreted the mold, originate today's fashion, owing nothing to Paris or anyone else." Next, it's off to the discotheque club scene where the "in" gear is worn. Clubs include: "Tiles," "Bag of Nails" (The Beatles used to hang out here), "Samantha's," "Georges" and "the Saddle Room.""
[via Paul K.]
"This rare documentary about the 1980/1981 USA tour by Stevie Wonder was broadcast for the first time in 1981 by the BBC. It looks at his musical insight and his preparation for a concert, and his appearance at a Washington Rally to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King."
[via Sunny Day Ent.]
January 22, 2011
New condo developments in Toronto are a (lot of) dimes-a-dozen, believe me, but I had to acknowledge this one in particular. First, for the stylish print ads and website that do an homage to The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road album cover and second, for the riff on Marvin Gaye's classic and prescient pro-environmental soul anthem, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" remade and renamed "Mercer Mercer Me" in tribute to the property they're shilling. I'm just not sure if I'm impressed by their impeccable good taste or embarrassed by the sheer chutzpah, gimmickry and cheesiness of it though? Check it out on the official Mercer Condo website and tell me what you think though.
January 03, 2011
Since this blog was originally inspired by my Mod high school past, it's only right that I acknowledge the recent resurgent trend in mod-style fishtail parkas. It's been going for the past couple years but especially in the last year or so I've been seeing them everywhere including Urban Outfitters and even The Gap!
I'm now of the school of thinking that there's nothing more un-mod and tacky than a parka but that being said, I have to concede that some of the new designs I've seen (and admittedly even tried on) have definitely refined and improved on this iconic youth culture fashion piece. BAPE's take above is no exception. Y'all dig?
January 02, 2011
Officially known as the The Absolute World Condominiums, developers Fernbrook would probably be better off just going with the 'Marilyn Monroe Building' nickname they were given by a local Toronto journalist during the design contest where they were first revealed.
Check out an interview with Ma Yansong (马岩松), the Chinese architect who designed this building:
This apartment building located on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto is some really fly sh-t. Watch the video below for the inspiration behind its super-cool design which was done by architects, Tarek Sobhi and Tyler Hershberg of BSÄR Group/Prince Bay:
At Marlon Durant, the fit of a custom made shirt is worth the price.
The idea of a skilled tailor wrapping his measuring tape around you and cutting fabric designed to drape over your individual form has long been seen as a fiscally indefensible luxury, a rarefied fashion realm occupied by Bay St. financiers, trust fund idiots with Hummers and country club stiffs.
Except, not so much anymore. And it’s not just a little better. It’s way, way better.
Not far from the retail soullessness of the Eaton Centre’s male clothing shops, you saunter into the funky red brick Church St. studio belonging to Marlon Durrant, a Toronto bespoke tailor.
Among the swaths of fabrics from across the globe, the jazz tunes floating through the room, the big screen TV, the wet bar and the racks of custom-made suits and shirts, he’ll size you up, get a feel for your groove and pull out the measuring tape.
He takes nearly 20 measurements from the predictable to the far less intuitive.
For example, he’ll make the width of your left sleeve a bit wider than your right in order to compensate for your watch. And he’ll figure out that your right shoulder actually sits lower than your left — a fact that can be addressed with a bit of fabric nipping and tucking.
As you sip on whiskey, you’ll then discuss collars, surveying a half dozen options designed to flatter depending on the length of your neck or shape of your face (the rounder your face, the thinner your collar should be and vice versa).
These will all be considerations you’ve likely never pondered before as you stood flipping through the racks at Sears.
At this size, luxury is a necessity. [Toronto Star]
Swagger on a hundred thousand trillion? F-ck yeah!!!
Nature vs. nurture?
It’s tough to say.
When you’re DNA is this fucking crispy.
And as a young’n you kicked it in Pari.
Your kid probably geeks out over trivial shit.
My kid gets wide eyed.
When we discuss the merits of white jeans in winter.
January 01, 2011
I know things have been a little scarce around these parts in terms of new posts recently but the hope is to do a re-boot of the site with its own domain some time this year. Stay tuned and, in the meantime, all the best for 2011. New posts tomorrow (maybe....)