Fuck your suits, fuck your faux rich Scott Dissick style, fuck your uncomfortable look. It’s basically been over 35C everyday this summer here in the city so boys/men start dressing a little more care free. We know you’ve been working out to get those muscles just a little toned and you’ve been laying in the sun to get a nice golden tan, so what better way to show off your sexy self then to get rid of all the layers and dress down. Nothing is hotter on a man than going simple: shorts and T (with some exceptions of course). What’s even hotter is getting a glimpse of a man pre and post workout, and the easiest way to achieve this look to is to include your workout gear as a part of your wardrobe. Follow through to see some brands who’ve incorporated this look into their summer collections…
If you haven’t noticed, Queen West has turned into quite the looker these days.
But the development period that the University/Spadina corridor has undergone over the last decade has come with many losses of equal significance. Lavish & Squalor aside, independent shops like Vice and Buckler have completely disappeared. Gorilla Monsoon (not that anyone I know ever hungout there) is now a wasteland for corporate hamburger juice, and in general, nothing all that hip has happened around that space since the Bombshelter changed its name.
On Thursday June 14, Parkdale’s House of Vintage hosted one of its two annual parties. Last night’s party celebrated the opening of a new by-appointment-only boutique located in the shop’s basement. Pick a brand and a sexy decade from the last century and owner/buyer Dennis Adamidis has something for you. . At the end of the tour I was shown what I have since been told was a 1940s monkey fur bolero because A) I’m not a monkey fur expert and B) I had no idea what a bolero was (bolero = fancy cardigan!).
Once a year, every year, Canadian media come together for a whirlwind evening that celebrates the best and most popular pop sensations raised on maple syrup.
By which, of course, I mean Justin Bieber.
There are no other Canadian pop sensations.
This year’s MMVAs were marked with the usual fan-frenzied panoply: kids camp out for 5 days for wristbands; Queen West becomes a no-fly zone, and Mariana’s Trench arrives with marching band escorting a bouncing palace, clad in the first of the evening’s tributes to Michael Jackson and… anthropomorphic blow-up horses…?
(No one from the band would field questions on why they didn’t just ride themselves in.)….
When I lived in Korea, I would often see women with only one or two nails painted and the rest left plain, when I finally let my curiosity get the best of me and mustered up the courage to ask a woman why she only had one nail painted, she smiled widely, threw her hands in the air and announced “NO TIME!”
1. They make albums. You can put it on and listen throughout. It’s probably the perfect getting-ready-to-get-laid album, not in the sense that The Weeknd gets people in the sexy mood post 2AM (seriously, who hasn’t hit it to at least one of those Weeknd EPs in the past 6 months) but in the “getting my hair did to snag me some tail” kinda way. It’s the well rounded dance floor fluff that gets you singing along while you get your dancing shoes on.
2. There’s some amazing throwback bitchery. “Get a Job” floored me on first spin. Not only is it catchy and exciting like a strutting George Michael “Freedom 90″, but the lyrics are killer. Sample: “Poor little rich girl, you don’t know where the money went…you need to get a job! What kind of life is it when every day’s a weekend. How quickly we forget when I’m at work, you’re sleeping in…you need to get a job!” It’s harsh and beautiful, it has ton’s of dance floor potential for remix and catchy as all hell. “Get Lost” also rocks a chorus with piano line that is reminiscent of a genre we all know and love called “old Madonna”.
3. It’s just enough of a departure to show growth, but not so much that fans will feel turned off by the dread Zooropa curse. This album is more electronic and poppy then past efforts, although you wouldn’t know it from the single, “Perfect World”, which is vintage Gossip. There’s a lot more synths, but a general even-ness to the tone that keeps it poppy light.
If you’re just looking for the “hits” then download:
-Get A Job-for it’s “you betta work” potential
-Move in The Right Direction-for its drag queen struttability
-Perfect World-if you like songs that get stuck in your head for days
-Get Lost-cause it’s like some old new Madonna ish (post Vogue, pre Frozen)
Photos by Alice Xue