Taye: Founder + CEO
REGINALD – Who is he? Written by granddaughter, Taye Landry
Sue Siri Photography
“Does he knock your socks off?”, this is a frequent and mandatory question from my grandfather, Reginald Havill. He would always ask me this when a new man emerged into my life. Although this was not a frequent occurrence, he was always sure to ask. My grandfather has always taught me that if “he” came short of knocking my socks off, then it was time to move on. People date to find their soul mate, correct? His advice on this matter has turned into a life lesson. Don’t do anything you aren’t completely and fully engaged in. Don’t live life without giving it your all. Growing up in the small town of Berwick, Nova Scotia has kept me sheltered from my love of fashion and if it had not have been for my outrageously stylish grandfather, I can’t say I would have ever explored my passion. This man isn’t just wise and stylish, but he also has a keen eye for that ‘something special’. He just doesn’t do mediocre; he looks carefully for the ‘perfect piece’. Intriguing texture, unusual design and originality are key aspects to any purchase. ‘One of a kind’ would be his motto for fashion choices. Quality is key for Reginald Havill, and if the quality is lacking, then it’s not going to happen. When you dress yourself, if your outfit doesn’t knock your socks off, forget it! And if we date to find our soul mate, then why wouldn’t we shop to find the perfect ensemble?
The team at Reginald Magazine welcomes you to our first issue. This magazine will be kept close to our hearts until the end of time. Reginald Magazine marks our beginning, our first step into the realm of what we know best, and that is fashion. Reginald Magazine started out as a small idea and blossomed into something that each member is very proud of. When I started sharing my thoughts and ideas with friends, family and fellow fashionistas, the word began to spread like wildfire. This small idea has resulted in my own company, fashion magazine and could not have been done without my amazing support system! At the age of nineteen, I am amazed that my passion was able to be transformed into a career and lifestyle. But as I always say, nothing is impossible when you have passion running through your veins. Reginald Magazine has become my baby. It’s something that is nurtured every second of every day. My goal is to inspire people by the contents and people here at Reginald Magazine, may it be their selfimage, the way they dress or simply how they live their life, this is an opportunity for change. I want my readers to know that life is what you make it and it can be outrageously glamorous if you want it to be. Our goal is to show people how to live alluringly and dress fashionably. We strive for people to see fashion as a form of functional art and a way to express oneself. Fashion is not just about throwing on whatever might be closest in the morning; fashion is about creating your own style and image that defines your inner and outer identity. Everything that happens at Reginald Magazine has meaning, because nothing in life should be done without meaning. Live life with meaning and be stylish while you’re living it. Much love and dedication, T
Contents Issue 01 03 Reginald - Who is He? // 04 Letter By Taye // 07 Halifax Hunger // 09 Made in Halifax // 10 Ready Set Bo...lo // 13 TRUE BEAUTY - A Lesson in Looks // 16 Atlantic Fashion Week // 17 A Stitch in Time // 19 Keep the Dream Alive // 21 Land of Oz // 22 Mon quotidien – A European inspired column // 23 Clutch Culture - Hand Bag Happy // 26 Do it Yourself // 27 5 Minutes with Whit // 30 Lindsay ETC // 38 Breaking Boundaries // 43 Stylin’ Summer - 3 Outfits, 1 Day // 45 Stylist Notepad //
Written by Zeina Jreige Halifax rarely has the opportunity to show off its brand – and I’m not talking about our regional plaid tartan.
an external influence.
Since the beginning of creating a foundation of nationalism, we have been influenced by the many cultures and inhabitants that add to the cities, and even our countries. That foundation is culture.
Our small city is known for the various authentic cultures that have landed in our homestead, and those that continue to come through. Halifax is enthused and considers itself blessed to be amongst the everyday new discovery; the next fashion obsession.
However, lately, the fashion world has had a mega influence on the younger generations of Halifax. We’re starting to take note of who’s wearing what and where they got it from. I believe that now is our time to be taken seriously! The team at Reginald Magazine is ready to get their hands dirty – but keep our clothes clean. We’re making a name for the city of Halifax in all it’s glorious spunk and charm.
There’s something very rich and unique about the city’s taste in terms of ‘quality’. If there’s one thing Halifax is good at, it’s standing out from other places around the world. It’s true, we’re not the biggest area, but as they say, the best surprises come in small packages. Haligonian’s stay true to their roots, but we always find a way to intertwine the flare of our neighbors and experiences into our attire.
Together, the teams mixed styles composed of rocker-chic, sexy & sultry, fierce-diva glam, rocker-chic, versatile, eclectic feminine sass and European infused minimalism create a harmonious aesthetic for the populous of Halifax to enjoy.
Lebanese, Turkish and French are just a few of the ethnic inspirations for fashion innovations. And whether you’re into the latest celebrity fashion, attempting to attain the boho-chic look, keepin’ it classy, rough or edgy or even trying to define a new look for watchful eyes around you – one is fulfilling their basic desires for the fashion experience.
Team RM, like all incredible aspects of life, is completed by the contrasting and incomparable tones that join full circle, completing one another. In the scope of the couture world, we’re the obvious underdog. The RM team is making it their mission to change that. It’s time for an unlikely spotlight, as it becomes more important to represent ourselves as individuals by our apparel. For this, we have the independent boutiques in Halifax to thank for forging a path between vintage and modern ways of dress. The great thing about these hot spots is their originality, making it a rarity that the same article of clothing gets made or worn twice. It’s quite clear that there’s
Fashion is meant to be a journey of picking and choosing what best describes you or the you that you’re striving to be. RM is putting the cherry on top of each beautiful, majestic and fabulous citizen, with the added pizzazz we all need that is brought to us by the joys of shopping and creative imagination. Reginald Magazine will be a fashion lovers Bible, best friend and confidant from here on in. We can tell this is about to be the start of a beautiful fad-ship. Are you ready?
Made in Halifax Locals Only
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Ready, Set, Bo…lo Written by Zeina Jreige Who says men can’t accessorize? We certainly don’t. It’s become something of the past for the gents to simply slip on a pair of faded jeans and a plain tee. Fashionable fellows are raising the bar for the fashion demographic and the expectations of everyone watching. Finishing off an ensemble by adding a unique twist is taking men’s fashion by storm. And what is it that these men are sporting? Well, anything from cuﬄinks to shades, belts to jewelry. But there is one particular item that is demanding the fashion world’s attention… the bolo tie. This necktie is composed by braided leather with metal dangling tips on each end that join together by a decorative clasp or medallion. The medallion is both for show and for consumer comfort as it slides up and down to adjust around the neck for the wearer. The bolo tie is typically seen and worn under the collar of a blouse. Although bolo ties have been traced to Navajo Native American tribes using the accessory as a marking of their heritage, according to the Patrick McMurray website and eHow.com, the first mention of the bolo tie arose from silversmith, Victor Cedarstaff in the 1940’s. The invention was by mere accident.
Legend has it that Cedarstaff, to prevent his hat from falling off while horseback riding, wrapped his hatband around his neck so it wouldn’t get lost. His friends, clearly fashion lovers, applauded him for his creativity. Upon his homeward arrival, Cedarstaff replaced the band with a leather piece of string and the bolo was born. The bolo look gained popularity in Arizona circa 1971, as they named what is also known as the ‘shoestring necktie’ its official neckwear. Thirty-six years later, the Texas Legislature would dub it with the same importance for their home state. Many people of importance and stature are constantly associated with the bolo, such as the 23rd Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, singers Bruce Springsteen and Brandon Flowers and Reginald Magazine inspiration, Reginald Walter Havill. Taye Landry, granddaughter and founder of Reginald Magazine, took it upon herself to design her own personalized bolo ties in honor of the poised man, Reginald, himself. To this day, the folks are still going loco for the bolo, and so are we.
Reginald havill always says that a shoe can tell a lot about a person, so we went ahead and designed a shoe that deďŹ ned each member at Reginald Magazine. Be careful what you put on your feet! shoes tell it all.
A Lesson in Looks Written by Zeina Jreige first lady, Michelle Obama, for instance.
I know it has been said before, but we’re all beautiful. Each of us, in our own way, bring something truly beautiful to the forefront. This misconception of beauty is not our fault, entirely. The media compromises our thoughts by showing us images of frail and sickly looking individuals, starving themselves into sizes that are unheard of in order to feel ‘special’ or worthy of being noticed. And quite frankly, I’m over it. Now, I understand that some individuals are built naturally small, and you must know that I am not referring to you – but rather, those who deliberately force themselves out of hunger to change their image. This idea of what’s a good or bad, right or wrong body type needs to change now, in order for our world to continue into a healthy future.
We’ve all turned on the news and seen the terrifying aftermath of models that refuse to nourish themselves and end up collapsing during a show. Even times where things turn fatal because of their determination to become stick-thin – this is an alarming fact and no way to live. Leading a healthy lifestyle is something that everyone should abide by. Here at Reginald Magazine, our main goal is to show our audience that beauty does not have ONE definition. You don’t have to be a size zero to rock an outfit. People need to shop for clothes that suit their body type and feel fabulous while doing so. Full-figured women are taking the fashion scene by storm. Lets take U.S
Mrs. Obama is just one of the many leading ladies in the public eye who has supported and sported a healthy body image. Michelle Obama is successful at maintaining a keen eye for elegant ensembles, so much in fact that she has been appointed to grace countless magazine covers, climbing the honorary pedestal to take the title of a historical fashion icon. She has been gifted with the extraordinary opportunity of experiences through her travels around the world and has been educated on various grounds, including fashion – being blessed to wear the most luxurious clothing by the most praised designers, such as Narciso, Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Tracy Feith and Thakoon. But, the most admirable aspect about Michelle Obama is that she is someone that people can relate to. There’s something very familiar and comforting about the way she presents herself – she’s the hard-working, determined mother that we all know and love. And there’s noth-
Ladies and gents, it has been brought to my attention that people of all ages, shapes and sizes are beginning to question the validity of their appeal.
Following the path to normal-figured, everyday women are Beyoncé, Queen Latifah and Scarlett Johansson. These fashionistas can be found wearing couture of all kinds! Vera Wang, one of the world’s most talented designers, custom-made gowns for two Kardashian weddings, while Beyoncé has her own line of clothing with mother, Tina Knowles. House of Dereon, tailors for women of all shapes and sizes. As for local creativity, Mo Handahu, Halifax style icon, designer and blogger, has marked her territory in the small city. The designer wants to engrave the mindset that being who you are is a fashion in itself. She creates clutch handbags, for day and nightlife, that expose rich-coloured and fearless fabrics that Nova Scotia has not seen prior. Her wish is to create an inner confidence for women who are in need of that extra glint in their eyes. “Clutch Culture is for fashion savvy women who are unapologetic about their awareness of self and have surrendered
themselves to originality,” suggests the Clutch Culture website. This just goes to show that you don’t have to be petit in order to wear some of the world’s most fashionable pieces! Image perception is definitely improving. The last time we were told being full-figured was ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’ was while watching Marilyn Monroe strut her stuff on the big screen, and even then she had to go up against women of much smaller frame – including the likes of classic fashion dame, Audrey Hepburn. The hour-glass shape is coming back with a vengeance, as it’s what makes a lady feel like a woman. You have to be able to look in the mirror and adore yourself the way that you were created. And the greatest way to accent that flawless figure of yours is by purchasing the appropriate attire for that everyday confidence boost! Our clothing helps us highlight those special features that we love so much about our bodies. One finds comfort in clothing, there’s a color for every mood and a style for every occasion.
something physical.” So, If you feel amazing, there is no doubt that you will look amazing. When an emotion is felt, it radiates throughout your body and affects the people around you. One must take pride in their form because diversity and difference is what makes this world fabulous! Lord knows I’m no size zero, but I wear outfits that compliment my greatest assets. I love wearing dresses and skirts, especially ones that accentuate the waist. They make me feel that extra bit feminine and allow me to show off the thing I love most in this world (and that always fit) … SHOES! A high and classic heel will never disappoint and will add that extra length to make you feel on top of the world. Confidence is a simultaneously sexy and endearing quality in a person – never forget to bring it along in that clutch of yours. You won’t regret bringing it along for the ride.
ing that a fashion follower loves more than being able to compare their everyday style to someone of such high authority and respect. Michelle Obama’s classy appearance is a refreshing taste of reality and an excellent example to lead by for those at home attentively watching.
As fashion icon and film sweetheart, Sophia Loren once said, “beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not
Atlantic Fashion Week
Reginald Magazine had the privilege to attend this years Atlantic Fashion Week hosted at Casino Nova Scotia on the waterfront. We chose our favorite designer from each night and followed up with interviews. We were lucky enough to sit down with the talent behind the art and design of “No Added MSG” and “Dreamboat Lucy”. On Thursday, June 7th we were blown away by up and comer Mitchell Gilroy, a new and emerging designer. On Friday, June 8th our excitement grew and the designers presented some extremely impressive collections. Although it was difficult to choose just one of our favorites, we chose “Dreamboat Lucy” and were lucky enough to be able to sit down with Hilary Murphy, one half of the design team. We hope you enjoy reading the following interviews as much as we enjoyed getting to know these talented, knowledgeable designers.
“A Stitch In Time” Written by Whitney Slipp school, so I thought a fashion store would be fun” says Mitch when asked how he got into the industry. “I was one of the top 100 sales associates at Banana Republic [out of 6000]
Reginald Magazine, whether Mitch had always been interested in fashion, he replied honestly, “I enjoyed dressing well, but that was kind of the extent of it...for me it was a kind of entertainment, more of a hobby, it just wasn’t anything that I ever took really seriously.” His motivations seem to vary, but Mitch is quick to turn to the expectations of others, and of course himself. “I tell myself that people have a certain expectation from me” he goes on to explain, “I have a certain quality of work that I’m happy with and that I expect from myself...I know that if I don’t meet that expectation level it’s only going to be me who is disappointed.”
Mitch’s outlook on the world of fashion is logical and refreshing. His aura puts us at ease and we are able to get right down to business. Showcasing his own collection, Mitch rocks one of his own sample designs, which is in the process of being polished. He politely asks us not to look too closely to the detail (not that we would have noticed), showing his true fashion colors; modest and particular to technicalities.
and I guess it just took off from there.”
With much recognition from his recent collections and his winning design for ‘technical merit’ what keeps him going is the knowledge of knowing that people are going to see his work. He notes that, “People know who I am, so I want to try to impress them and try to push myself to get to that level every time I create something.” He finishes with what his idea of a successful review would be in the eyes of his viewers and fellow fashion designers. He wants people to say, “It’s perfected, it’s clean, it’s well done.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
“I wanted a part-time job while I was in
When asked by Taye Landry, the founder of
In the fall of 2011, Mitch and his Fashion
Dressed in his own design, Mitch Gilroy creator, designer and brain behind his own fashion line “No Added MSG” enters the Obladee Wine Bar in downtown Halifax. Spotted at Atlantic Fashion Week, Mitch’s designs flooded the runway and demanded our attention. A down to earth, knowledgeable, young fashion designer and student, Mitch has realistic goals and technical skills in fashion and design. As soft rock and excited voices fill the room, Taye and I wait patiently for the arrival of this well-known designer. Mitch enters with a timid yet genuine smile. He searches for a familiar face and seems relieved when he spots us awaiting his punctual arrival. As we shake hands, he sits quickly, eager to talk about his passion. The door closes after he has sat down, separating him from the outside world and to world he knows; the world of fashion.
Design & Merchandising Department at The Center of Arts and Technology in Halifax entered into the Telio Competition during Montreal Fashion Week. Mitch placed in the Top 5 of Canada’s Breakthrough Designers Competition for his creation of a versatile garment which can be worn as “a jacket, a dress or 30 other ways.” This breakthrough moment in the fashion industry confirmed Mitch’s raw talent, now having any experience with sewing prior to his enrollment at his current institution. With this competition under his shiny belt, Mitch won a $2000 bursary and became nationally known as a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry.
When asked where he finds his inspiration, Mitch immediately looks to others. “I look at people on the street. I’m particularly interested in homeless people, street punks and performers. They all seem to find really interesting ways of wearing things; layering, effortless ways of solving problems and they still manage to keep it together and look good.” This coming from a respected young entrepreneur in the often-haughty fashion world shows Mitch’s genuine character. He knows what he likes and knows how to create it. With a background in fabrics and technical design from his school of choice, Mitch Gilroy is undoubtedly in the fashion spotlight. This up and comer knows the drill and has the tools and skills to get where he wants to be. Look out fashion world - Mitch Gilroy is here to stay.
“Keep the Dream Alive” Written by Whitney Slipp
Sisters, friends and partners in fashionable crime, Louanna and Hilary Murphy make up the fashion company titled “Dreamboat Lucy”. By coordinating their jewelry and clothing designs, the dynamic duo took Atlantic Fashion Week by storm in Halifax a
few weeks back. Their unique designs and eye-catching color schemes used within their runway collection has landed them as one of our favorite designers at AFW.
Shortly after finishing her Fine Arts degree at NSCAD University Hilary, specializing in jewelry, was able to help make her sister’s dream of becoming a fashion designer come true.
Separated by only a small body of water, (Louanna being in their hometown of Prince Edward Island and Hilary living in Halifax) the two sisters bring their own strengths to the collection. They have collaborated to bring the fashion world, “Dreamboat Lucy” after completing their separate fashion majors at Dalhousie and NSCAD Universities.
“Louanna was definitely the starter of “Dreamboat Lucy”, she’s always been interested in fashion...I didn’t really know what I wanted to get out of the program at NSCAD but I just kind of ran with it.” She then goes on to explain how it all began, “Then we were like ‘wait, we should collaborate!’ They [textiles and jewelry] definitely go hand in hand and we had always
been interested in fashion, so it was pretty easy for us to decide to go in that direction.” When asked what her biggest motivator is to create, Hilary did not hesitate to say “each other.” “We’re constantly wanting to show each other what we’ve made, so it’s made it easier to get things done when you have a partner, especially someone you know so well.” We asked Hilary what her greatest accomplishment had been so far in the fashion industry, and her answer seemed like a nobrainer, “I have to say the Mer-
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Dressed in a floral, transparent blouse, buttoned to the top, simple dark wash jeans and killer heels Hilary Murphy enters the room. Understated, but not to be missed, she turns heads with her bright blonde, pixie cut and signature jewelry, which is part of her sisterly collection, “Dreamboat Lucy”.
cedes-Benz Fashion Week event was so exciting for us. This was basically the exact thing we needed to take us to the next level.” The girls won the Atlantic Mercedes-Benz Start-up Challenge in Halifax this past year and it has taken their confidence in their collections to the level they needed to push forward in the competitive business of fashion. True P.E.I. natives, the ladies bring a little extra something to their designs; authenticity. Hilary explains where they draw their inspiration from “growing up in P.E.I, and being on the island our whole lives have given us a perfect color scheme for our designs; bright red dirt, trees and the sky and of course the ocean, I think that’s just been really ingrained in us throughout our upbringing.” She goes on to explain what is inspiring their next collection for “Dreamboat Lucy”, “Something that’s consistent with our collections is the mixing of patterns, colors and we like to keep things bold and bright. And our newest collection we’re working on right now is inspired by paintings by Gustav Klimt, so we do draw a lot of inspiration from artwork.” The girls are thinking large scale for their collections, and so they should be. “Dreamboat Lucy” is in the midst of being carried at a few small stores across Canada. One of those stores being Biscuit in Halifax says Murphy. “Ultimately we want to be carried in every province and then hopefully across North America and eventually internationally.”
Kimberly Rayner Rashed
Hilary and Louanna Murphy are dreaming big, so keep an eye out for these up and comers, because they’ll likely be at a boutique near your hometown very soon. Good luck gals, keep the dream alive!
Land of Oz
Tell me quando, quando, quando
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When I first came to Canada in 2000, I wore neon yellow Diesel sneakers and strolled into class with my boyfriend...jeans rolled up. I didn’t think of this look as being “out there”, it was what I had been wearing back home in Turkey my whole life. Three weeks into my first year, a friend handed me a note in class and invited me to a party. At the party I asked her why she had invited me, she said I stood out with my bright sneakers and my rolled up jeans; I looked like fun. Eventually, we became best friends and roommates and even took a trip to Turkey together. So my difference in fashion made me desirable as a friend. Does fashion have this kind of impact in your lives? There are two global trends in fashion; “blend in” OR “stand out”. I’ve never been one to shy away from standing out or being stared at for my outrageous fashion choices. I wore my colourful wardrobe then and I still do to this day. I didn’t do any fashion research before coming to Canada. I picked up my clothes and took on the fashion world. What I was wearing was ordinary. In time, I have learned that trends and fads form within a country, city, and even schools. So, how can I compare Canadian fashion to European fashion? I will admit Canadians are more conservative than Europeans in their fashion choices. There’s more stereotypical sex appeal and colour in European clothing, whereas comfort comes first in Canadian fashion. North American fashion is generally very laid back; it’s not about
making a fashion statement or taking a risk. You don’t hear many questions like “who needs this many shoes, or this many bags?” in Europe. But in Canada, fashion is more about the “need” than “have to have”. In my opinion, it’s not about being the first to try a trend, it’s about following one. After twelve years of living in Canada, I know that European culture will always inspire me to dress well and live better. I know my fashion choices have to meet my lifestyle, so I’m always absorbing the trends in my surroundings. I wasn’t afraid to wear the neon fashion sneakers to class when I didn’t know anyone in this country, and I’m not afraid to wear my Lulus on a coffee date in Turkey when the most casual thing my friend is wearing is a Mango blazer. So, observe your surroundings, be aware of the fashion surrounding you, but surprise them as well! Make them curious, be bold and let them see you take a chance in the fashion world. So is fashion global? This is what we’ll be talking about in the Land of Oz. We’ll criticize, improvise and often appreciate the cultural aspects of fashion. We will look at the impacts that tradition has had on fashion along with politics and religion (and of course much more!) One thing is for sure; fashion is a conversation starter, it connects people all over the world...fashion unites us. I see through you, so fly away with me… Xoxo, Oz
Mon Quotidien – A European Inspired Column Le Carré – By Élise Comrie La mode. Fashion. La différence européenne? The classics. The Trench. The Breton. The Beret. It’s a matter of infusing your style, your preference with the classics. My mom once told me that it’s important to have the fashion classics, to learn and understand their importance in history - however it’s refreshing to wear the classics with a modern twist. The Europeans understand the statement of a well-placed summer scarf. Hermès obviously mastered this niche many years ago - the ‘Carré’ is a wardrobe staple. It’s important to have a staple of fashion classics in your wardrobe, from which you can accessorize and update with the seasons. High quality classics in traditional colours can be complimented by just about anything, at anytime. History repeats itself, no more so than in the world of fashion. Just think about the trench coat, a staple for any fashionista à la européenne, and how many variations it can present: the short trench; the long trench and the 3⁄4 length trench. Or how about the beret? For the feminine Parisienne look you can imagine a raspberry beret, with a latte in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, the Eiffel tower as backdrop. Or you could infuse that same beret with a military look - give it the Ché intellectualism of youth in revolt. Viva la revolucion! As long as your core items are quality, you can infuse your look with an updated style. You can give it that special modern twist that says ‘this is me’. Just think about scarves. It’s summer, sure. And Nova Scotia is neither Cuba nor Paris. But a well-placed silk scarf can com-
pliment just about any look and give it that special European aesthetic that lends itself well to Halifax’s intellectual and artsy vibe. That refined look is alive right here and right now. It’s just a matter of styling. What great stylists have always understood is that less is more. The classic Hermès ‘Carré first launched in 1937, has been reborn with every generation since. With every passing season, the designers at Hermès find a way to remind us of their mastery of screen-printed scarves. Twice a year now we have the opportunity to witness this sartorial eloquence in screen-printing. The hip Parisian boutique, Collette, in partnership with Hermès, recently launched a special edition of classic scarves. One of the most memorable has to be their updated print of ‘Brides de Gala’, first introduced in 1957. This is the perfect example of a classic piece cut with a new edge. J’adore mon carré - c’est magnifique! Having lived in Europe, I’ve grown to appreciate the importance of a summer scarf. You see them everywhere, from the beaches of the Côte d’Azur to the terrace cafés of Montparnasse, shimmering under stunning summer sun. There are numerous aspects to a stylish scarf: the colour, the linens, the silk and the innovative knots. But everyone has a personalized style and that is as much about living a carefree, summer lifestyle and really meaning it as fashion. Whether you’re gently strolling through the Jardins du Luxembourg or cruising the Halifax harbour, a scarf is sure to let everyone know you mean business when you say ‘This summer I’m going to live a little.’ Un instant mes amis, je cherche mon carré…
Handbag Happy Article by Zeina Jreige
It was a fashionistas dream on June 23, 2012. FRED hosted the first Clutch Culture fashion show! Mo Handahu, designer, was all smiles in the back room while preparing her models for the runway. Meanwhile, photographers and videographers snapped shots of all the smiling faces, ecstatic to be in the room. Laura Roy and Verena Rizg took turns taking care of live vocals while the audience was encouraged to grab some tasty beverages and mingle with the other stylish people in the room. In a matter a minutes, the room was filled and the seats were occupied. Lucky me, I was right in front, waiting for my first fashion show. And let me tell you… my first impression was life-changing.
“Mo is an individual who… gets it!” said Fred. After thanking his guests and sponsors, the models came out and sported their most funloving, summery expressions, while showcasing Handahu’s creations. If it’s one thing that Handahu does, it’s emphasizing originality. No clutch is the same – which for me is heaven, since I detest having the same things as other people. Self-expression and uniqueness is a musthave in my world. Connors was more than enthused to have been able to collaborate with the new Halifax designer, as he sees so much creativity and ambition in Handahu’s vision. This is exactly what Halifax needs to see. To Connors, it was only a matter of perfect timing! “We need to be ignited with creativity in everything we do,” said Connors. Handahu displayed two looks…
1998, a 90s inspired theme that pays homage to what she said was one of the best times in her life. This is when the, at the time 16-yearold, Handahu, met her very best friends. And what adds to fabulous accessories? Fabulous friends, of course! “This show is dedicated to them,” said Connors, as the crowd let out harmonious, loving sighs. This showcase of clutches was vintage to say the least. Never have I seen so many rich and popping colours, prints and designs on one item. It was truly an epic experience. Each handbag was the size of a flat cereal box that fits perfectly underneath the underarm. I could also tell that comfort plays a major role in Handahu’s creating process. The bags and clutches can clearly hold all the necessities that girls tend to continuously drag along with them… make-up, shades, note-pads, lady products (that we just won’t discuss.) This is not that kind of article folks!
“I think this is the most stylish room in the city… No, I think this is the most stylish room – EVER!” said Fred Connors, originator of FRED salon located on 2606 Agricola Street.
Mo created two side satchels for men, which were the same frame size as the clutches, but were attached by a long tribal-inspired strap – which came in black and brown. Simply divine! The patterns reminded me of the best times in my life as well… Anyone would say that about his or her childhood, but I, in some strange twilight-zone-kind-of-way, related to the clutches. They reminded me of the patterns that were in fashion from when I was young. The times I used to dig in my mother’s closet and walk down my runway (the hallway in our house), to test-drive her purses in the styles that we rarely see today.
Each model slung a jacket over her shoulder, which colour-coordinated with the backs of each clutch. The clutches flaps were creative and consisted of creative, original designs.
healthy. That is something we stress at Reginald Magazine. True beauty! And healthy is beautiful. They looked like your everyday normal girl. They sported colorful scrunchies, bandos, shorts, heels, glowing sun-kissed skin and glimmering smiles.
The second collection was called: Wild Hearts.
The aura in the room was excitement and joyousness.
The look was very tribal influenced; the models were drawn on with white designs and artistry that covered their bodies.
While in the audience, I felt like a proud mother, prior to meeting Mo Handahu herself after the show.
The second show kicked off with an interpretive dance from Giselle Yeung.
To wrap up the show, Connors stressed the fact that we are such a talented, diverse and glamorous city. We must use this to our advantage because we are sometimes pushed on the back burner as a result of our small size. Let’s make a name for ourselves in the fashion world, Halifax! Clutch Culture was an excellent introduction to this new world of independent fashion designs.
ter you choose to be for the day.
The audience was nothing short of impressed to the extreme.
I would describe Handahu’s collection as vintage 80’s with a moda mix – very Claire Huxtable. Who to me is one of the most fashionable and classic characters on television during the 80s and 90s. Who am I trying to kid? Still to this day!
Many of the clutches from this particular collection had gold chains attached to them to create a satchel-type-purse. Those were my absolute favourites of the night! I love anything that adds an extra bit of glam, and gold will always accomplish this aspect.
There were lots of purples, yellows, greens, reds, blacks … even gold! Just in time for the summer style, a colour to match the charac-
Another thing I noticed were the models.
These designs are not just for women… fear not!
They were tall of course, but they also looked
DIY: Constructed by Jill Redden
The minaudière first appeared in the 1930’s and is thought to have been created by Van
Cleef & Arpels. The inspiration came from watching a lady by the name of Flourence Gould toss loose makeup items into a small box. Since then many jewelers and Haute Couture houses have been creating their own minaudières. Today, minaudières are often seen as
pieces of jewelry and evening bags but it’s not to say you can’t use one for your everyday essentials! Especially since it’s summertime, it’s a fun and easy accessory to add a little something special and unique to your look.
Locate the centre of the sunglass case at the opening, and drill a hole big enough for the screw that came with your knob.
Tape off a section going down the center in order to get a straight line of jewels - This will act as a guide as you glue down the jewels.
Step 2: Depending on the length of the screw, you may want to cut it down so it does not interfere with the space inside of your minaudière.
NOTE: There are a number of different ways to personalize your minaudière, so get creative!
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Hard shell sunglass case Decorative knob Jewels Super glue Masking tape Drill Bolt Cutters (optional)
Some options: Studs, Paint, Beads, Ribbon! Jill Redden
Screw the knob onto the case.
5 Minutes with Whit by Whitney Slipp I sat down with Oliver Nicol on a rainy day at the Paperchase Cafe in downtown Halifax. Originally from Ontario, this 20-year-old philosopher, local musician, cultural critic and all around artist, enrolled himself as a full-time student at King College University. From his striped, two-piece pajamas, to his ever-present fedora, Oli knows what’s up in the fashion world. So, I had to ask - how does he do it? This kid throws down some ‘real talk’ and gives me his honest opinion on the fashion industry at large and the deal on his love for hats and looking good. With ten articles of clothing and one pair of shoes making up the entirety of his wardrobe, Oli wouldn’t have it any other way. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Oliver Nicol.
3. What’s your favorite article of clothing? Why? “Mon chapeau, of course! I have a summer hat and a winter hat and also a toque. I’m always wearing a hat. It’s essential to my hairstyle, which can get a little out of hand. It controls it. It’s my gel.”
4. If someone were to call you a hipster, how would you respond to that? What defines a ‘hipster’? “You’re just tryin’ to define me! [he jokes, sarcastically] Nah, I don’t think the term ‘hipster’ is simply based on fashion or a way of dress, but it’s more of a personality aspect. I wouldn’t be offended if someone called me a hipster. I think people who are generally called hipsters, usually look good. (He pauses) I’m unclear as to what defines a ‘hipster’. Originally, it was part of the ‘Beat Generation’, those guys were outside the norm or the status quo and obviously there was no negative connotations associated with ‘hipsters’ then, but there’s definitely some negativity associated with them nowadays, for whatever reason.”
1. Do you consider yourself to be a 5. Why do you think that the fashion industry has had such an impact fashionable person? on the world at large? “Yes, I think that I am aware of my appearance. But the thing is, I don’t have a wide selection of clothing at my disposal to choose from. And I don’t have many outfits to wear because I don’t really care to spend my money on new clothing.”
2. What would you consider to be fashion? Or fashionable? “I think that’s a sort of mainstream way to think about it, which i am not associated with and never will be. I think that people wear what they consider to be accepted or fashionable based on what they see or own and adapt accordingly. But I don’t believe that I consider these things when I get dress myself or consider what’s ‘fashionable’ in the industry.”
“I feel like it’s a way for people to feel a part of the norm, or maybe even a socially accepted way of being viewed. I also think it’s more of a hobby for a lot of people. Like, this is a cool thing that they’re part of...and it’s fun. I mean obviously there are gonna be a lot of people who take it really seriously but I’m not really part of it, never have been. Clothing is fun...dressing up is fun.”
6. If you had an unlimited amount of money at your disposal to dress any way you wanted to, without limitations, do you think you would still dress the same way? Like you were saying earlier, off the record, you only own a few articles of clothing that you rotate to create different outfits, would that change? “I don’t think I would, honestly. I think if I had a lot of money I wouldn’t be putting it into what I wear, but I’d probably have more hats and a few more pairs of shoes, I only have one pair of shoes. I don’t think my style would change, but I could use a few more options so I could change it up a bit. Probably more hats. I don’t even know if I would get into designer clothing. I’d want to be sponsored. [he laughs] Now, that would be sweet. Get sponsored to look good! Your fashion sense should come as naturally as your first few steps as a toddler. It can’t be forced upon you by some industry.”
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Let’s Talk About Spanx Baby Spanx. The first thing that comes to mind is these apparatus’ are something my grandmother or mom would wear. They’re ugly little things that are strapped to you to make you look skinnier than you actually are. As time went on, and I went through my stages of self-expression through personal fashion choices (which was a very interesting time to say the least) I came to have an appreciation for this invention. This realization was slightly after I realized the significance and importance of tights – which are not only practical, but also fashionable. This fashion realization occurred on one chilly night in December when I got into an argument with my mother over wearing bare legs and open toed shoes in a snowstorm. To prove her wrong I tried on my little black dress, heels with and without the tights. This resulted in me bowing down to my mom and agreeing that yes, the hosiery did look better and yes my body was done justice. So alas, tights were introduced into my wardrobe. Fast-forward a few years later to a birthday of mine where I decided to wear a pretty kick ass Alice+Olivia number. A light purple, cotton spandex with leather inserts on the bottom with a
darker purple silk bust. Needless to say I felt like a million bucks. However, the entire night I was slightly self-conscious with the way it hugged my middle section. You were able to see a slight outline of not only my belly button but also my underwear (insert awkward cringing face here please while viewing the photos from that night). I felt at the time that this was normal; because I’m a size 4 and didn’t think there was anything I could do ... it was part of “the look.” Leave it to my mother … again; she suggested I try spanx for the next time I wear the dress to eliminate any lines and to smooth out the dress. This resulted in another minor hissy fit on my end. There were a few “you think I’m fat?!” comments and other insulted comments being thrown around. Alas, I caved and tried on the suckers. To my surprise, they worked wonders. I realized I wasn’t wearing the spanx to shrink-wrap my body or to fit into a smaller size, but to highlight my dress as well as flatter my figure. This is a lesson to all you girls out there who are walking around with VPL (visible panty lines) – there is a cure! While they’re not as sexy as most under garments, they will make your outfit look ten times better. Think of spanx as the base coat to your nail polish colour, the primer to your foundation.
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We’re all about breaking the rules. Who said, men had to wear this and woman had to wear that? We aren’t sure. All we know is, we’re about to break a lot of guidelines here at Reginald Magazine. Breaking Boundaries will be a reoccurring section of RM, where you will find, stylist Dustin Carrington Aalders and founder Taye Landry crossing all divides. Whether it is, women in men’s clothing, men in women’s clothing, or different concepts and themes being worn on the opposite gender. We want to make it clear that you can wear whatever you want, whenever you want.
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Stylin’ Summer: 3 outﬁts, 1 day. Written by Tyler Publicover
Add some color. Without getting too much into the science of things, this just makes sense in a utilitarian way. For all the brave men that dare to venture onto the black concrete, after a long day of relentless sunshine, you may have noticed something. That $%#&
is hot. The concrete is no different than the black t-shirt you’re wearing. So after realizing you’re no match for the 4.5 billion year old sun, you may decide to play along. If you’re feeling particularly ballsy, try wearing colors within the same family. Reaching for say, a pastel pink shirt and reddish-pink pants, may go against everything you have indubitably learned about matching up until this point in your life. Dismiss it. Wearing an outfit like this will turn heads, but make sure you hit all the points in between, or else you may end up turning the wrong heads. If you’re wearing brighter colors, you need to break it up. If it was pink, break it up with a braided brown belt and loafers, the more beat up the better. Two articles of pink is flamboyant enough, any neutrals like brown will split it up so you
avoid looking like a Teletubby. If you want to perfect the look, splurge on some leather or braided bracelets and chuck on a rucksack. If you’ve got a great summer lid, throw that on too, UV rays are a B%!#*. The great thing about this look is that, if you aren’t feeling the one color look, swap the top or bottoms for a neutral and you can’t go wrong. Go with shorter shorts. You’ll see a lot of shorter swim trunks and casual shorts being brought out by different designers this summer. This is partly a fantasized return to the 70’s, save the high waist, and partly an overall movement at trimming down. Try on a pair of trunks that land around mid thigh. If you can’t get into it, stick with your board shorts. Just try to steer clear of huge logos and patterns,
With summer finally swinging into full force, guys often find themselves throwing on a t-shirt and cargo shorts...repeatedly. Now, this, by no means, is the wrong thing to do, but you’re going to need more options depending on what you’re doing. If you just take the time to consider what’s so appealing about the tireless combination, you’ll realize there are plenty of other options out there. Here are 3 summer styles that will get you from lunch, to the beach and to dinner.
keep it subtle. On top you can play around a little, there are plenty of choices. Ringer tank tops will give you just the right amount of a sporty look, or if you’re feeling particularly classy, try wearing a dress shirt with your trunks. Just make sure it is something casual like, chambray, oxford or linen. If you aren’t feeling either of those, throw on one of your many graphic t-shirt’s, the beach is the place to do it. But similar to the shorts, keep the graphics subtle. Yet it should be noted that, graphics allow you to have fun and mess around, so don’t feel squandered by hypothetical guidelines. Finishing the outfit off is going to be fairly simple, feel free to throw on the flip-flops if you can’t be bothered with other footwear. But since you can be bothered, espadrilles have been making tons of noise this year. Aside from being lightweight and durable, they’re available in practically every color imaginable, plus tons of different patterns and designs. Exactly why they’re perfect from home to the beach. Finally, just as you did earlier, because we told you so, throw on your favorite cap and there you have it. Get the sand out of your hair. It’s evening now and its time to clean up. Comb your mop and try to revert out of beach mode. Another great science lesson: since the sun is going down, it’s bound to cool down a bit. Now is the time to reach for your dark jeans. Selvedge jeans are becoming increasingly popular and are worth investing in, here’s why. They are going to look ridiculously good from the minute you buy them, until the day you die. Actually they will probably still look good then. The raw, dense material is going to throw you off immediately. You’ll try them on and think; well I’m definitely not having
kids after wearing these. Well to be honest, wearing selvedge jeans is probably the only shot you have at making babies. At first, wearing them may suck a little. Don’t lose your cool because your cartwheels aren’t as smooth whist sporting them. Wear them into the ground and it will be the best thing you’ve ever done. Just like the new runners you had to break in, these jeans will mold to your legs and hold that shape for years to come. Only wash them when they smell so bad even you can’t stand it. Washing them too much will fade them and throw off the fit. As for the rest of your evening apparel, it’s really going to depend on how fancy of a dinner we’re talking. If the jeans were a yes, then you’re left with lots of choices. Regardless of what style top you happen to eenymeeny-miny-mo on, refer back to look 1. You should still be injecting some color into your outfit, but a collar is definitely recommended. As for footwear, grab something with a heel and laces. Wingtips are being revamped and are perfect with any formal/ casual outfit because of their great designs and sturdiness. Plus, you’ll dance better. If you’ve been taking notes up until this point, congratulations, you now possess the potential to tackle an entire day of summer without resorting to the most overused combo in history. Don’t worry, we were kidding about the babies’ part. We know you’ve got what it takes. But seriously, don’t you want your children to envy your impeccable swagger, when you retell the story of their conception? Of course you do, you don’t want them thinking it was an accident.
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