A .C AG M RE DA HOLIDAY 2017 ISSUE #14
DAZZLE AT EVERY HOLIDAY EVENT WITH JOE FRESH
IN SHOPPING SPREES!
We talk to the Canadian Curvies, Loey Lane + MORE OF YOUR FAVES!
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Sequins, velvet, knits, metallics and plaids— we’ve got you covered!
THIS SEASON, WE DARE YOU TO BREAK THE RULES AND TRY NEW TRENDS!
snow or relaxing by the fireplace this holiday season, you can’t help but feel the spirit in the air! ‘Tis the season to indulge in feel-good songs, spending time with loved ones and all of those festive parties on your RSVP list. On the lookout for holiday outfit inspo? We’ve got you covered for every event in your planner with cover-worthy styles from JOE FRESH on page 12. Plus: you could win a $500 gift card—shop the cover look and more! With snow season fast-approaching, keep warm in cold-weather essentials; I’m talking winter boots. See our wide-calf and widewidth boot guide on page 24. Shine bright with must-have pieces for every mood and vibe from Hudson’s Bay on page 19. Plus: revamp your winter wardrobe with a $500 shopping spree. For a read chock-full of body positivity, meet the Canadian Curvies, four Torontobased models who stand for diversity, self love and confidence, on page 14. Take a peek inside the much-coveted closets of influencers Loey Lane, Gabriella Lascano, Gail Thompson and more, from page 10 on. Feel fabulous this season and don’t forget to go for it—sequins and all! Share your looks with us by using our hashtag #DAREtoWear and you could be featured in the pages of our next issue.
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Editor-in-Chief Diana Di Poce is holiday-ready in JOE FRESH.
DI POCE: ELLIOT PARROTT PHOTOGRAPHY; COVER SPONSORED BY JOE FRESH, JOEFRESH.COM
WHETHER YOU’RE DASHING THROUGH the
MERRY & BRIGHT “The ultimate in holiday dressing.”
SHINE BRIGHT “Can you say ear candy? Sign me up!” H&M earrings, $15, hm.com/ca
JOE FRESH turtleneck, $39, joefresh.com
WINTER WONDERLAND “This clutch is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. Makes for a great gift too!” Kate Spade clutch, $98, katespade.com
GET THE COVER
HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY tuque, $45, thebay.com
See what Diana is coveting this season. From festive knits to glitzy baubles, check out her holiday musts.
NAILED IT “Friday night manis, here I come— mulled wine included.” Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Midnight Mod, $10, walmart.ca
POM POM FUN “Statement stripes + fuzzy pom pom = must-have!” DREAM ON “#SundayFunday, here I come! Keep warm (and comfy!) in these dreamy slippers.”
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Déesse romper, $58, additionelle.com
Penningtons slippers, $25, penningtons.com
PJ PARTY “Cozy up to the fireplace in this cute waffle knit romper.”
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Meet our contributors.
YOUTUBER, WRITE & MODEL
LOEY LANE @LOEYBUG
Loey Lane is a YouTuber, writer, & plus size model. Behind the fashion, Loey is a nerd-at-heart and loves all things conspiracy, paranormal, and sci-fi, which she incorporates into her YouTube channel. Most recently, Loey launched her own curated line of handbags with Charming Charlie and debuted her first fictional mystery novel, Haunted in Hollywood; available at Barnes & Noble.
GAIL THOMPSON @FABFOURFASHION
Gail Thompson is one of the co-founders of Fab Four Fashion. Week after week they navigate the fashion jungle, showing how they make fashion trends work for the tall, curvy, slim and plus size women of the world! Moreover, they are committed to encouraging women to feel good about themselves no matter their size!
EDITOR & BLOGGER
NATALIE CRAIG @NATALIEXCRAIG
Natalie Craig doubles as a magazine editor and blogger. She is the creator of Natalie in the City, a Chicago-based life and style blog focused on the endeavours of a plus size fashionista. You can keep up with Natalie on Instagram (@nataliexcraig) and her blog (natalieinthecity.com).
CANADA’S PLUS SIZE FASHION MAGAZINE
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DIANA DI POCE DIRECTOR OF SALES MEGHAN BRADLEY CONTRIBUTORS NATALIE CRAIG, ERIN DUNLOP, VANESSA JARMAN, KIRSTEN KLONTZ, LOEY LANE,
GABRIELLA LASCANO, ELLIOT PARROTT PHOTOGRAPHY, CARLYLE ROUTH, MEREDITH SHAW, GAIL THOMPSON, INGRIE WILLIAMS SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WOMAN PROJECT, B&M MODELS, BANDELETTES, CANADIAN CURVIES, FUZE REPS, HUDSON’S BAY, JOE FRESH, MALIA INDIGO, P1M ARTIST MANAGEMENT, PENNINGTONS For advertising information, marketing opportunities and submission guidelines, please contact email@example.com. © 2017 DARE Magazine Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced, shared, stored or transmitted by any method or means without written permission from the editor.
HOLIDAY 2017 • ISSUE #14
CONTENTS 4 EDITOR’S NOTE 5 DIANA DARES 8 EXTRA, EXTRA! 10 INSIDE LOEY LANE’S WARDROBE
11 CELEBRITY STYLE 12 JOE FRESH
HOLIDAY STYLE + WIN A $500 GIFT CARD!
14 THE CANADIAN CURVIES
MUST-HAVES FROM HUDSON’S BAY
+ WIN A $500 SHOPPING SPREE!
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28 CURVES OF THE WORLD
24 THE BOOT GUIDE
HEARD? Extra, extra! Read on for the latest news in curvy culture. BY ERIN DUNLOP
STYLE TO BOOT
Influencer and blogger behind Lovely in LA, Rachel Richardson, is putting her industry cred to work with the launch of a capsule collection in partnership with fashion subscription e-tailer JustFab. Ranging from sizes 5 to 12 in medium and wide widths, the curated collection boasts everything from flirty, embellished booties to sleek thigh-highs (plus denim, dresses, outerwear, and more). Shop now at justfab.ca.
BEHIND THE SEAMS
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Danielle Brooks, star of Orange is the New Black, is no stranger to the spotlight. Now, sheâ€™s stepping behind the scenes with an exclusive clothing collection for Universal Standard, a direct-to-consumer brand for women sizes 10 to 28. Her three-piece collection was inspired by the idea of creating essential but tough-to-find pieces for every womanâ€™s closet and includes an off-the shoulder dress, overalls, and a poplin frock Brooks says was inspired by Solange. Shop now at universalstandard.com. DAREMAG.CA
HER STYLE’S NO JOKE
BROOKS: HEATHER HAZZAN; BRYANT: GETTY IMAGES
FROM SCREEN TO PAGE Make room on your reading lists! YouTube sensation Loey Lane has announced her debut novel, Haunted in Hollywood. If you’re one of the vlogger’s 1.2 million subscribers, you’re sure to recognize Lane’s signature bubbly spirit and wit in the story, which is packed with everything her fans know and love her for: fashion, beauty, romance, and a dash of the paranormal. Available now at barnesandnoble.com.
Ready to see more playful styles in plus size fashion? So is Aidy Bryant. The Saturday Night Live actress and comedian recently told The Cut that she’s begun work on her own line. “I’m just trying to get the things that I have access to out there for the masses,” she said. Expect looks that will feel like they’ve been pulled straight out of the star’s closet—she and her stylist Remy Pearce are working together to adapt patterns that have been custom-made for Bryant into sizes 12 to 24. Stay tuned!
WARM UP “Thick tights are great for shaping and keeping you warm.”
SILKS tights, $22, thebay.com
TO INFINITY & BEYOND “Accessorize an outfit while keeping warm with an infinity scarf! I love mine with patterns.” H&M scarf, $13, hm.com/ca
ALL LACED UP “A corset belt can take the simplest pieces and give so much structure.”
MAD FOR PLAID “Cozy meets cute.”
City Chic belt, $29, citychiconline.com
Boohoo dress, $26, boohoo.com
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SKYHIGH “I cry. I die. I live. I breathe. I love these.” Lane Bryant boot, $130, lanebryant.com
VELVET CRUSH “I love velvet, it’s so festive and perfect to dress up, especially in jewel tones.”
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Old Navy bag, $30, oldnavy.ca
CARDI PARTY “I love being grandma-chic, plus a cardigan is great for layering.” JOE FRESH cardigan, $49, joefresh.com
All That GLITTERS Rock the spotlight like actress Gabourey Sidibe in a highshine look thatâ€™s equal parts edgy and glam.
Eloquii beanie, $25, eloquii.com
Michel Studio jacket, $128, additionelle.com
Penningtons ring, $12, penningtons.com
KARL LAGERFELD backpack, $248, thebay.com
JOE FRESH dress, $49, joefresh.com Torrid heel, $59, torrid.com
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H&M studs, $7, hm.com/ca
Holiday social calendar looking packed? Get your ultimate outfit inspo for every occasion with looks from JOE FRESH, styled by Editor-in-Chief Diana Di Poce.
FAMILY GET-TOGETHER Merrymaking with relatives calls for a look thatâ€™s refined but still has a dose of personality. Accessories in luxe textures and jewel tones are winter classics while an unexpected floral print adds interest.
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JOE FRESH Micro Floral Dress, $49; Velvet Purse, $24; Velvet Heels, $49.
WINTER WEEKENDING Stay cozy while on the go, from running errands to grabbing hot cocoa! Chunky cardigans and timeless plaid button-downs are hero pieces for layering up while still looking polished.
JOE FRESH Cardigan, $34; Plaid Shirt, $29; Denim, $34; Pom Pom Hat, $14; Snood, $24; Bootie, $49.
ELLIOT PARROTT PHOTOGRAPHY
SHOP JOE FRESH
COZY NIGHT IN Snowy, chilly nights were practically made for snuggling on the couch with a good book and a steamy cup of tea. Lounging can look and feel good in embellished flats and a knitted turtleneck worn over the comfiest of leggings. JOE FRESH Turtleneck, $29; Legging, $24; Scarf, $24; Velvet Flats, $39.
OFFICE PARTY Add a sporty (and comfy!) twist to your usual 9-to-5 uniform with sleek joggers, a lace bomber jacket, and metallic finishes. Chic accessories will give you an instant hit of glam. â€˜Tis the season to step it up when celebrating with your co-workers!
JOE FRESH Asymmetric Dress, $29; Velvet Skinny Scarf, $16; Velvet Purse, $24; Velvet Heels, $49.
JOE FRESH Lace Bomber, $49; Tank, $14; Pants with Silver Trim, $39; Velvet Purse, $24; Suede Open Toe Bootie, $49.
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NYE BASH Dramatic extras, rich hues, and dancefloor-ready silhouettes are perfect for a night out. Throw them all together for a look you can rock during the countdown, the ball drop, and every champagne toast in between.
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Meet the Canadian Curvies, four Toronto-based models paving the way to a more inclusive world for curvy women everywhere.
BY ERIN DUNLOP
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f you search for the #bodypositive hashtag on Instagram, the results clock in at over 3 million posts. The magnitude of activity is similarly staggering for #plussize with over 2 million search results. The message is clear: women of all shapes and sizes are using the world’s fastest growing social media platform to carve out a space to make themselves heard. With all that noise—not to mention clear consumer demand for inclusively-sized clothing—why is the fashion industry so slow to catch up? The Canadian Curvies are demanding answers. Yolanda May Largie, Sarah De Melo, Daniela Lombardi, and Catherine Field—the models behind The Canadian Curvies project—fittingly came together with the help of social media. Sarah stumbled across Catherine’s posts and the two became fast friends after trading career advice and modelling for the same clothing boutique. “Later on Yolanda was added to the group. Finally, we all met Daniela—and thank goodness we did. Once she arrived, everything just made sense and we knew that we had a diverse, different, and ambitious group of women DAREMAG.CA
that could do more for the body-positive community,” says Sarah. Their mission was simple. With plus size models vastly underrepresented in the fashion industry, The Canadian Curvies wanted to shine a spotlight on curvy bodies and encourage self-love. “We believe that beauty starts from the inside out and that confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear. Your size, your age, and the number on the scale do not define you,” Daniela says. Yolanda adds, “to me, the term ‘plus size’ is just another label.” When the project was born in July of 2017, the group was determined to tap into the alreadyblossoming curvy community on Instagram. They knew most women didn’t recognize themselves in the flawless, impossibly proportioned models of traditional campaigns (a study in 2016 found that the average American woman wears between a size 16 to 18). “In the age of Snapchat, retouching apps, and the Pinterest-perfect social realm, it occurred to me that people are at risk of losing touch with how they actually look and that they only seem to like the person that they see through filters and edits,” says Catherine.
We believe that beauty starts from the inside out and that confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear.
and welcoming other women in while they do it—they are no untouchable influencers out of reach to anyone scrolling their feed. “We have a special relationship with our followers,” Catherine says. She describes a message they received from a woman who claimed how following their page had completely changed her own vision of her body. “It’s messages and comments like this that encourage us to continue building this project.” Sarah also points out how their regular #WCW posts (starring everyone from fellow models to Real Housewives of Toronto star Roxy Earle) are integral to building a connection with their followers. “It’s the foundation of our mission,” she says. “We want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin!” Catherine agrees. “[The Canadian Curvies] is bigger than us and I think that is the most impactful part,” she explains. “It’s not about us. It’s about the girls, boys, women, and men that we impact with the project.” That potential impact is all the motivation The Canadian Curvies need to push forward with their project. “We are going full steam ahead!” says Daniela. With shoots and initiatives scheduled well into 2018, their body-positive movement is only picking up speed. Sooner or later, the fashion industry won’t have a choice but to do one thing: keep up. █
RONNIE LEE PHOTOGRAPHY
It’s not about us. It’s about the girls, boys, women, and men that we impact with the project. The Canadian Curvies were compelled to dream up a photoshoot that would not only mark the launch of their project but change the conversation of body-image norms. The resulting images, inspired by Ashley Graham’s Swimsuits For All campaign, “capture four women loving and accepting who they are. Rolls, cellulite, and perfect imperfections,” says Daniela. The shoot was unfiltered, unretouched, and unapologetic; its impact was instant. With likes, followers, and media buzz rolling in, The Canadian Curvies solidified themselves as body positivity activists making waves in the Instagram landscape. For all four women, becoming role models for body confidence was less immediate. “Learning to love yourself is a journey that I still and probably will always battle,” admits Yolanda. “Growing up always being labelled as the biggest and not fitting in was tough for me.” Daniela’s memories are similar: “I grew up in a time where there was no representation of bodies like mine in the media. I had magazines and I can tell you that they did not have women like me grace their pages.” Catherine recalls how she recently bought a pair of tear-away pants not because she needed them, but “because when I was 13 and they were the it thing, I couldn’t find a pair that fit my thick thighs.” It’s a familiar-sounding anecdote for countless women—how finding clothing that fits can feel indescribably encouraging. “It’s life-changing to have equal access to clothing,” she says. She thinks back to when the idea of designers accommodating women beyond a size 10 was laughable; nowadays is another story. Take Canadian designer Lesley Hampton’s show during Toronto Women’s Fashion Week in October, where Daniela was one of five plus size models to walk the runway. “Lesley brought diversity full force to her show,” Daniela says. It’s no coincidence that the slow but steady rise of diversity in fashion has come about in the Instagram era. “Social media has opened up the door for plus women and inclusivity in the fashion world.” Without question, The Canadian Curvies are breaking down as many of these doors as they can
TRUTH for DARE
Think fast! The Canadian Curvies spill some fun facts about themselves.
Yolanda May Largie • FAVE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My ability to make a friend anywhere. • STYLE ICON? Kim Kardashian—I love the way she pairs comfort with glam. • MOOD-BOOSTING SONG? “Blem” by Drake • MUST-HAVE APP? Snapchat • WHICH SPICE GIRL WOULD YOU BE? Definitely Posh Spice. She’s so sophisticated and I love her style.
Sarah De Melo • FAVE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My ability to make light of any situation. • STYLE ICON? Kate Moss • MOOD-BOOSTING SONG? “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen • MUST-HAVE APP? Google Maps • WHICH SPICE GIRL WOULD YOU BE? Ginger Spice is my fave. I just love her spunky and outgoing personality.
Catherine Field • FAVE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My conviction • STYLE ICON? Khloe Kardashian • MOOD-BOOSTING SONG? “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton • MUST-HAVE APP? The Weather Network • WHICH SPICE GIRL WOULD YOU BE? Hands down Scary Spice.
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• FAVE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My outlook on life—I always try to see the bright side of everything. • STYLE ICON? Sophia Loren—she embraced her curves and her culture. • MOOD-BOOSTING SONG? “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled and Rihanna • MUST-HAVE APP? Waze • WHICH SPICE GIRL WOULD YOU BE? Posh Spice, 100%
PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLYLE ROUTH | ART DIRECTION: DIANA DI POCE | STYLING: INGRIE WILLIAMS HAIR: VANESSA JARMAN/P1M | MAKEUP: KIRSTEN KLONTZ/P1M | MODEL: MEREDITH SHAW/B&M MODELS
SHOPPING SPREE TO HUDSON’S BAY!
shine BRIGHT Get your closet holiday-ready and stock up on must-have pieces for every mood and vibe this season at HUDSON’S BAY. SHOP THE LOOKS
CHIC CHICK There’s no better time than the holidays—when all things luxe rule—to channel your inner sophisticate. Dial up the romance in a VINCE CAMUTO embellished blouse and velvet skirt that are both opulent and feminine. VINCE CAMUTO Blouse, $129; VINCE CAMUTO Skirt, $94; CALVIN KLEIN Beret, $40; EXPRESSION Necklace, $22; EXPRESSION Ring Set, $16; KATE SPADE Bag, $271.60.
SHOP VINCE CAMUTO
ROCKIN’ REBEL Like your wintertime looks with a bit of edge? Rock a high-shine bomber jacket with a must-have graphic tee and distressed denim from REBEL WILSON’s new line to give your outfit a touch of tomboy toughness while keeping a festive vibe. REBEL WILSON Bomber, $188; REBEL WILSON Tee, $59; REBEL WILSON Denim, $109; SAM EDELMAN Backpack, $135; EXPRESSION Bracelet, $20 each; IMNYC ISAAC MIZRAHI Sneakers, $139.
SHOP REBEL WILSON
PARTY GIRL Forget about stealing the spotlight at your next bash! You’ll practically be the spotlight in a statement-making, glittering RACHEL RACHEL ROY dress that’s just as playful and fun as you are. RACHEL RACHEL ROY Dress, $239; EXPRESSION Earrings, $14; KATE SPADE Watch, $150; NINA Clutch, $65; STEVE MADDEN Pumps, $120.
SHOP RACHEL RACHEL ROY
TREND SETTER After an endless stream of parties and primping, a low-key look can feel just right. Be bold and mix everyday staples like a plaid button-down and dark denim from LEVI’S for an outfit that’s effortlessly cool. LEVI’S Plaid Shirt, $69.95; LEVI’S Boyfriend Jeans, $89.95; COLLECTION 18 Toque, $38; EXPRESSION Necklace, $26; EXPRESSION Ring Set, $18; STEVE MADDEN Crossbody Bag, $78; SAM EDELMAN Booties, $225.
boots FOR EVERY BUDGET
The winter accessory on every stylistaâ€™s mind? Boots! Kick off the season with wide-calf and wide-width boot buys. LET IT SNOW
AQUATHERM BY SANTANA CANADA winter boot, $179, thebay.com
OFF THE CUFF
Just Fab over-the-knee boot, $95, justfab.ca
WINTER IS COMING SOREL winter boot, $135, thebay.com
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Jana Shoes ankle boot, $140, janashoescanada.com
Penningtons boot, $110, penningtons.com
WALK THE WALK
Penningtons boot, $110, penningtons.com
Torrid lace-up boot, $70, torrid.com
ALL LACED UP
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Jana Shoes lace corseted boot, $130, janashoescanada.com
OF THE WORLD We explore the world wide web to bring you the best in fashion from our favourite curvy bloggers.
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BY ERIN DUNLOP
FAB FOUR FASHION
GAIL THOMPSON TORONTO, ON
Pair classically feminine prints and textures for a look that’s both pretty and playful.
Kate Spade gloves, $168, katespade.com
H&M+ coat, $99, hm.com/ca
STYLING TIP “What makes me feel most confident is a great fitting dress that can be dressed up or down.”
SEASON STAPLES “Anything blingy, whether sequins or some metallic creation, cause I have to shine bright like a diamond, or something in velvet!”
JOE FRESH velvet dress, $39, joefresh.com
Torrid bootie, $73, torrid.com
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Penningtons belt, $26, penningtons.com
NATALIE IN THE CITY
NATALIE CRAIG CHICAGO, IL
Sequins, peekaboo lace, and sleek thigh-high boots are a match made in #OOTD heaven for this blogger. ALDO earrings, $25, aldoshoes.com HM+ tank, $35, hm.com/ca
STATE OF MIND “I love a strong, unique blouse that calls for a double take. Something that says, ‘I have arrived, eyes on me.’ Clothes play a huge part in my confidence.” STYLING TIP “Ditch the loose-fitted clothes. Opt for form-fitting clothes to show off and highlight that bomb figure you’ve got!” Boohoo skirt, $35, boohoo.com
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Stella & Dot pouch, $29, stelladot.com
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Penningtons boots, $98, penningtons.com
GABRIELLA LASCANO NEW YORK CITY, NY
Dial up the vamp factor in a red carpet-worthy gown that plays up all your favourite features.
STYLING TIP “Wear whatever makes you feel the most confident.” City Chic Online dress, $149, citychiconline.com
Penningtons shoes, $60, penningtons.com
CONFIDENCE BOOSTER “What makes me feel most confident is anything sexy that shows off my curves!” Ashley Graham bra, $70, and thong, $30 additionelle.com
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NINE WEST clutch, $130, thebay.com
PHOTOGRAPHER: KARIZZA; HAIR AND MAKEUP: GABRIELLA LASCANO; STYLING: JAY R. CREATIVE DIRECTION: GABRIELLA LASCANO; GOWN BY WINDSOR
Ashley Nell Tipton choker, $15, liveinexcess.com
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