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04 Contributors


05 Editor’s Letter

20 Face as Canvas

people that made it happen

Kasia Knap & Nicole Lippay

Artist Spotlight featuring Sarah Fortais & Santiago Tavera

32 Traditional Style 33

by Andrew Pel

artist inspired beauty shots

in the life of mister canavan the male shoot featuring Dan

by Misha Gajewski

by Nicole Lippay

06 Major Contributors 26 Fashion in the middle East 40 I Do Not Wear My Consent notable magazine members 07 Cover Page & SPONSOR 28 Culture Section info on our brazen profile shot

42 les femmes de l’auberge

08 House Burning


52 Fleurs d’hiver

10 SECOND Skin


by Taylour Puccini

divulge in lush fall furs


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a taste of this year’s highlights

Vegetarians Taste Better by Carly Furniss Briefcase In One Hand, Chanel In The Other by Erin Collett

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bold women in alluring attire

spring love warming the season

58 Executive team

the leading committee


Contributors Co-Editors in Chief Kasia Knap, Nicole Lippay Creative Director Shaista Kitabi Fashion Director Isaac Yeung Stylist at Large Emma Barrett Contributing Stylists Trisha Paguyo, Rel Ollivirrie Makeup Artists Megan Walter, Alexandra Gillis, Kristen Dayman

Letter from the Editors This year’s edition of The Style Review takes into consideration the central question of “what does it mean to be modern?” To us, this theme meant drawing inspiration from notions of classical beauty and interpreting them in a contemporary light. We collaborated with Mesh Boutique, located in the heart of downtown London, to acheive the looks we were going for. In keeping with our theme, our main editorial embodies one of this year’s major trends; a return to classic shapes and silhouettes. Set in a traditional French eatery, our models wore vintage dresses circa the 1950s, evoking the quintessential elegance of the era. For our men’s editorial, we deconstructed preconceived ideas of typical men’s fashion in an effort to revive the once fashion-conscious man.


While this is a fashion publication, we were looking for articles that

Alexa Meyer, Emily Tamfo, Emma Barrett, Hannah Wright, Daniel Canavan,

possessed depth and a feeling of authenticity. The selected articles

Dominik Dobranksy, Anneli Loo, Donna Lindal, Jill Olsen, Ida Lai, Caitlin Lewis, Jennifer Tamse, Paul Comartin Photographers Sarah Fortais, Tyne Garvey, Jacqueline Mok, Aaron Kennedy, Norman J. Wilson, Patrick Knight Contributing Photographers

bring forth issues of concern in today’s society, from the perspective of university students. With the article content ranging from conversational to controversial, there will be an article to intrigue every reader. As students in the faculty of Arts and Humanities, we have a vested interest in both the visual and literary arts. We particularly wanted to showcase budding artistic talent found amongst our peers at Western.

Shaista Kitabi, Tyne Garvey, Michelle Dixon

We are incredibly thankful to have had an amazingly dedicated core

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team of individuals who came together to bring this publication to

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fruition. Enjoy the issue!

Layout Director

Your Editors,

Jacqueline Mok Layout Editors Misha Gajewski, Mary Wong Literary Editor

Kasia Knap

Andrew Pel

Nicole Lippay

Illustrations CLAIRE SCHOLZ Writers Taylour Puccini, Misha Gajewski, Andrew Pel, Erin Collett, Carly Furniss, Nicole Lippay, Kasia Knap, Joel Szafer, Sean Chisholm, Shaista Kitabi


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Shaista Kitabi

Major Contributors


Ida Lai


P h o to gr a p h er

Norman J. Wilson

Extremely talented and motivated, Shaista was our creative director this year. An integral part of the core team, she helped develop concepts for and acted as contributing photographer for every editorial. She was the main photographer for the men’s editorial. Shaista’s avant-garde ideas were critical in developing our overall theme for the publication.

Emma Barrett

St y l ist

Emma Barrett


M a ke u p

Alexandra Gillis

Emma is amazing. Only a first year student, she started out as our junior stylist but quickly demonstrated her capabilities as a fashion director. As a last minute addition to the Second Skin shoot, she looked gorgeous; the photos made so much stronger because of her presence. Emma has been extremely dedicated to the publication throughout its entirety, and her effort has been much appreciated!

Jacqueline Mok


Jacqueline has been more than helpful in multiple areas of the magazine. In addition to acting as head layout editor, Jacqueline also stepped in as photographer on a few occassions. As an arts student, she has an innate understanding of aesthetics and greatly assisted in the final presentation of the magazine.

Daniel Canavan


One of Western’s most fashionably dressed males, Dan was our model for the men’s editorial. The editorial was loosely based on the seven deadly sins, and Dan embodied the various personalities he was asked to portray exceeding well. He wasn’t fazed by the nine hour workout that was the men’s photo shoot, in which we had him leaping and jumping across the studio while Jacqueline and Shaista took countless stunning photos. It was definitely great working with him!


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Clothing Featured MESH BOUTIQUE

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Emily: fur stole Emily: black jumper Alexa: brown suede bomber Hannah: fur vest Emma: fur stole Dan: blazer Anneli: red trench coat, hair piece Anneli: yellow heels, harlem patterned pants

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Surviving a House Fire

A Memoir of Self-Induced Depression

very once and a while, playing with matches is necessary. For some, this results in the adaptation of the fire lighting skill. For others it results in the wasting of matches, burnt fingers, and a blazing house. But that’s the risk you take when first learning how to create fire. I didn’t have to play with matches, just like I didn’t have to accept the challenge of a game of chess. I could sit on both hands just looking at the matches; never attempting to put them into use. They could sit on the shelf gathering dust for years, as I meticulously place worthless pawns down to die before my king. Playing with fire is a game of patience, wait, maybe that’s chess. Eventually my hands felt cramped, a game had to be played: those matches were grabbed, flicked and lit. Standing in a snowfall of ash, what do you do? Well, I began playing chess again. What could I possibly write for a Fashion and Lifestyle publication? I know little to nothing about fashion and my lifestyle leaves little to be desired from anyone who enjoys this side of reality. I do know a thing or two about setting fires though. Don’t get too excited, I’m not talking pyromania, drawers stashed with matches. So, I have this friend. Always a good way to begin a story, it creates distance between the storyteller and the subject.

I find that when the situation calls for a tale about you that is embarrassing, saying it happened to someone else… Lately, checkmate is a word that comes to mind often. Maybe it’s the tendency for late night movies to feature chess, or maybe it’s the feeling of paranoia that my house is on fire, creeping behind me as I go to the doctor’s office and across the snow to class. I survived a fire, it burnt the house entire. Poetic, no? If I could erase the traces of her I carved into my arm, maybe I would write that in soot instead. Chess and fire have a lot in common. Devoured tiles checkered. What would you rather destroy, your home or the chessboard? It’s all just a game. Well, the house isn’t, it’s, you know… a house. How about that survival? Well, after checkmate, I find a good strategy for dealing with losing is, well, just surviving. Nothing changes, a loss is a loss is a loss. It’s been cold without a house. But I’m rebuilding it out of ashes and beer bottles. Are my thoughts racing? Don’t worry, the surgeon gives me powders for my problems now.

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Second Skin Photographer Sarah Fortais Fashion Director Emma Barrett Stylist Trisha Paguyo Makeup Kristen Dayman Contributing Photography Tyne Garvey, SHAISTA KITABI Models HANNAH WRIGHT, EMMA BARRETT, ALEXA MEYER, EMILY TAMFO



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“Uniforms for Everyday Rituals”

- Kasia Knap

What the artist refers to as costumes, I recognize as allusions to the avant-garde. These elaborate uniforms, reminiscent of haute couture, have been created by the whirlwind of an artist that is Sarah Fortais, a multitalented BFA Practicum student. I first took notice of her innovative designs in November when I was briefing her on our fall fur shoot. In addition to working with sculpture, Fortais is also a skilled photographer whom the magazine was fortunate enough to have had shoot the fall fur editorial. Several of the pieces the models wore in that photo shoot were from Fortais’ own vintage fur collection, which she later incorporated into her creations. In my experience, haute couture is solely restricted to the runway or showcased through other performative acts. Fortais however, places her uniforms in the domestic sphere and in other personal arenas of life, creating a striking contrast against an everyday suburban background. The project will be unveiled at the year-end Practicum exhibition, “Still Worked”, as a video piece. Drawing inspiration from Stan Douglas’ “Mono Dramas”, non-linear narrative was experimented with. Each sequence was filmed and is to be presented in split-screen format of alternating images; her first serious venture into the world of video.


Imagine a dark room, pitch-black. The two perpendicular walls you’re facing suddenlycome alive with an explosion of silver light. A jagged shard of glass comes barreling at you, twice your height; you’re overwhlemed. White transparent shards begin to slowly fall from the top of the walls; you’re trapped in a time warp. The glass fragments shatter and disperse over the entirety of the walls. Upon impact with the ground, clusters of actual glass on the floor, those which are used in the larger than life video you’re watching, become illuminated from underneath; they resemble crystal. The sound of the breaking glass reverberates throughout the room. The duality of the visual and audio components create a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere, and you get the sense that you are witnessing something monumental. The effect of the cave-like atmosphere with the striking aesthetics of the reflective material is all-consuming. If you remain in the room long enough, the work repeats itself. The installation piece you are participating in is that of Santiago Tavera, a brilliant Practicum student completing his BA/Honours Specialization in Visual Arts.

More than simply aesthetically pleasing, her pieces are deeply rooted in an intriguing conceptual framework. A year-long project, Fortais developed eight costumes in total, each matching a different daily activity. The series of works are elaborate uniforms for the banal; garments intended to interfere with a person’s mundane, but personal, daily activities. Fortais was interested in people’s notions of what constituted banality in their everyday ritualistic behaviours; why traditions are celebrated yet an act such as bathing oneself or reading a book is not given second thought. These routine moments are mostly what life comprises of; their significance doesn’t necessarily pale in comparison to marked holidays because they are more ordinary. The “wearable sculptures” serve as an interventionist method into these everyday practices, arresting the wearer’s movements and altering their experience of doing. The pieces force the wearer to become more conscious of how a daily ritual is performed, aiming to investigate and explore societal attitudes towards the commonplace, and to elevate it to the status of ceremonial ritual. Another of Fortais’ sculptural works, “Sam and his Cart”, will appear in an exhibition at the Forest City Gallery starting July 8, 2010. She was recently accepted to St. Martins College at the University of Art in London, England for her MFA.

In his final year as an undergraduate at the university, Tavera has predominately spent his time working on audio/visual installations that possess a highly developed conceptual structure. Having already studied painting, sculpture, and other disciplines in the visual arts, for Tavera these large-scale installations are a departure from traditional modes of visual representation and an exciting exploration of contemporary artistic methods. Much of Tavera’s work actively involves the participation of the viewer/audience. His pieces, having a basis in minimalism, are non-linear closed spaces in which people can reflect and meditate. He extensively experiments with LED lights and technology, as well as with a variety of different materials that elevate the experience of light, investigating the aesthetics of the reflective materials. Tavera is primarily interested in creating spaces which trigger tangible, bodily reactions With this particular installation, Tavera investigated the idea of the death of an object in a loop video. The glass that is broken once was whole, that once was a bottle. At the moment the bottle terminates its existence as that object, and shatters into broken pieces, it transforms into something with no purpose. However, the sound that is generated from the break creates light beneath the piles of glass, giving the broken pieces new meaning. The destruction of one form is a kind of rebirth of another. Following graduation, Santiago intends on expanding his art practice and continuing to work with audio/video installations. He plans on doing his MFA in either New York City or Montreal.


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Photographer Tyne Garvey Makeup MEGAN WALTER Model EMMA BARRETT

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Illustration by CLAIRE SCHOLZ

middle east

fashion in the

We typically associate high fashion with New York, Paris, Milan, or London. The Middle East, on the other hand, rarely comes to mind, being known for its conservative dress code especially for women. Modern Muslim women dress modestly: their clothing may not reveal the shape of their body and, with the exception of the face, their entire figure and hair must be covered. While Western fashion tends toward tight, occasionally see-through clothing that, at times, barely even covers our underwear, for Muslim women dressing fashionably was, until recently, nearly impossible: many resorted to the traditional Abaya, a black robe, which isn’t particularly practical or fashionable. Since 2007, however, there has been a major shift in the Muslim world thanks to Islamic fashionista Rabia Z. Rabia, whose motto “modesty is always in style” has been causing a sensation. Rabia has been working towards a dream of “creating everyday design solutions and styles for the Muslim women around the world.” Her revolutionary sense of style has given Muslims the freedom to be both fashionable and dress in a way that conforms with their religious dress code, and won her the International Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008. Her clothes are now distributed in retail stores worldwide. For a culture which stresses tradition, it is wonderful for something so ostensibly modern to emerge from it. Rabia’s designs are not only fashion-forward but also manage to bridge the gap between Muslim and Western

clothing. Rabia has thereby provided Muslim women with a new sense of confidence. There are numerous websites and blogs such as Hijabstyle and that feature new Muslim designers and a portfolio of different outfits that are hijab inspired.

Although Canada and the United States may lag behind in Muslim fashion, there are still many options. My friend Hoodo Hersi states that “fashion has improved with the prevalence and popularity of cardigans and blazers, so I pair them with tanks, long dresses and leggings etc.” Her favorite stores include H&M, Forever 21, and Zara, which allow her to experiment with her unique style while remaining within the boundaries of her religion’s dress code. She goes on to say: “the main reason why I even dress the way I do is because it’s an act of modesty. I cover myself and my ‘beauty’ to avoid being sexually objectified”, which seems a logical solution to avoid any unwanted attention. While summertime can prove a hassle, with long hippie skirts and dresses making a comeback, things may get a little easier. This is the beginning of an new era for Muslim women. Groundbreaking fashion trends have empowered them and given them more freedom. They also offer non-Muslim women an opportunity to experiment with fashion that is more modest, while affirming a positive message: you don’t need to be half-naked to be beautiful. - MISHA GAJEWSKI


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September usually means the end of warm weather, sun-kissed skin, late nights on the beach and most upsetting, the beginning of class. Fortunately for us in London, September also means the beginning of the LOLA Festival. The London Ontario Live Arts Festival, an annual tradition of bringing (mostly) Canadian musicians and artists to London is one of the most anticipated events of the year. This past year’s festival was no exception with appearances from artists such as My Brightest Diamond, Invincible, Born Ruffians, and Caribou.

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On January 19th, Margaret Atwood graced a sold-out Alumni Hall with her presence, discussing the role of the artist in contemporary culture. Atwood, author of such influential novels as The Edible Woman, and The Handmaid’s Tale, spoke to her audience on the role of educational independence, breaking away from the traditional system of university education which costs “students too much money,” and advocating for a liberal use of the internet to garner knowledge. After speaking to a full house, Atwood then answered questions from everyone, including a young girl who questioned whether she preferred to write poetry or prose. After declaring that she writes in the style that appeals to her most at any given time, Atwood then spent several hours signing books in what was the largest book signing that any Western speaker has participated in so far. In addition to lecturing

students to not follow directly in her footsteps, wittily stating that being her would be inadvisable to students much younger than she, Atwood also advised students to hone their craft, indicating that “The world doesn’t need any more badly written books.” In addition to being a world-famous author and a Canadian icon, Atwood is also a social activist, yet cautions students that to effect change, they must become authors before they become activists. This interesting advice emphasizes the role literature and the Arts and Humanities have in effecting change within society, showing that, even in a world that emphasizes more “practical” disciplines such as the business and the sciences, the humanities still have a cultural significance and a social impact that reaches outward; and in Atwood’s case, her literary epicentre sends tremors throughout the world. - JOEL SZAEFER


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Saturday night of the festival, Caribou tore up the stage in front of one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen gathered at Victoria Park. Recorded, Caribou has many inspired moments of airy vocals mixed with synthetic beats; but seeing them live is as James Reaney from the London Free Press describes it, “a different beast entirely,” and I couldn’t agree more. With more than four musicians on stage, there was a

mash up of various instruments, vocals and most mesmerizing, an array of hypnotic visuals. The performance felt more like a dream as everyone in the audience swayed rhythmically, completely transfixed with the music. Moments like this don’t happen very often in London. Genevieve Megaw, a student at Fanshawe and Western recalled how LOLA tends to bring people together. “The atmosphere was alive with energy and was fun because there was just such a vast array of people there all appreciating good music.” As a multidisciplinary and interactive event, LOLA not only brings together talented musicians, but also artists whose work is displayed around downtown London and Victoria Park. Look forward to LOLA this coming year, as an outlet of creative indulgence and entertainment. At least until you have to go back to your three hour night class. - SHAISTA KITABI

broken social scene After ten years, four albums, and several tours around the world, Toronto indie band Broken Social Scene finally came to London in 2011. The show was delayed for over a month due to a certain snowstorm, but on January 16th, a few hundred eager BSS fans packed into the London Music Hall for a sold-out show.

The opening set was played by The Most Serene Republic, a band that also appears on BSS’s record label Arts and Crafts. After releasing their third studio album, entitled “... And the Ever Expanding Universe,” MSR have continued to expand their musical range. Their particular brand of loud, anthem-like choruses and soft melodies nicely suits the Arts and Crafts label, and made for a fine

opening act for indie legends Broken Social Scene. When it was time for Broken Social Scene to come onstage, I was excited to see which members would actually be in attendance. With as many as twenty on-and-off members, including Leslie Feist and Emily Haines of Metric, you never know who will show up (though I was fairly sure that these two ladies would be off on their own respective tours). I was delighted when core members Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, and Andrew Whiteman (among others) took the stage, and stunned when Lisa Lobsinger made her entrance during “Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl.” The set, which lasted a full two and a half hours, was a mixed bag, with many nostalgic

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favourites mixed in with material from their newest release “Forgiveness Rock Record.” At times, Broken Social Scene played with the force of a marching band, only to tone it down for mellow songs such as “Looks Just Like the Sun.” Highlights of the show included an encore of the classic “Ibi Dreams of Pavement,” and “7/4 Shoreline,” where the brass section of The Most Serene Republic joined BSS onstage. While the energy of the crowd did not match their hometown shows, Broken Social Scene offered a unique concert experience for a town usually overlooked on most touring circuits. One can only hope that it will not take Broken Social Scene another ten years to return. - SEAN CHISHOLM


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Vegetarians Taste Better “Your hair will fall out.” “You can’t live that way forever, it’s just a phase.” “What do you eat?” These are all ‘concerns’ I hear quite often as I am, and have been for six years, a (gasp) vegetarian. As in I don’t eat meat. I don’t consume seafood. I stay away from cow’s milk. And yes, I am perfectly healthy. I want to dispel a few of the common myths many meat-eaters have around vegetarian and veganism, and hopefully shed some ignorance about different approaches to the human diet. First off, vegetarianism isn’t a disease – it’s a lifestyle choice. Nine year vegetarian, and one year vegan, Adrian believes it’s about awareness. He says, “I don’t think eating meat is a bad idea – it’s a natural thing. But I don’t like how it’s presented to us. We’re totally disconnected from our food.”




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1 kg of edible beef

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Three main types of vegetarians are:

lacto-ovo lacto & vegans

(no animal meat or seafood, but they eat dairy and eggs)

(no meat, seafood, or eggs but they still eat dairy)

(no animal products including meat, eggs, dairy, or honey)

So let’s bring it back and connect ourselves to our bodies and what we put into them. Myth #1: vegetarians don’t get enough protein. While it’s true that meat from animals contains full proteins, vegetarians can make their own full proteins by pairing grains and legumes together (like beans and rice, or peanut butter on toast.) Noelle Martin, a registered dietitian employee of the University of Western Ontario sees student veggies every week, or those just thinking of becoming one, and says “it’s very practical for students to be healthy vegans and vegetarians today – as long as they are willing to put a little effort in.” This effort (Myth #2: cutting out meat is too hard), Noelle explains, means spending time prepping food to take on campus, like freezing homemade soup for a healthy meal later on. “It’s really a more economical way to go,” Noelle adds (Myth #3: too pricey.) And Jen, head chef from London’s only vegan restaurant Veg Out states, “it will cut your food costs in half. Beans, lentils, rice – it’s all really cheap!” Jen, a raw vegan for three years now highlights that “your palate does change and you really start to taste food for what it is” (sounds like we’re coming back to being connected to our food.) As it stands, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike have many different concerns for their own diets. It’s a personal decision, but one I encourage you to at least do a little more research on before you discredit the value of not eating meat. As Adrian points out, it’s a matter of asking yourself “where do I draw the line?” Oh, and just in case you’re still wondering – my hair has yet to “fall out”. Carly Furniss is behind the blog momeatmoproblems. Visit to see how your meat (or non-meat) consumption affects the world around you.

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I was reading an old Vogue article from 1997 entitled “The Professor Wore Prada” by Elaine Showalter who speculates: “Is it possible to live the life of the mind while minding the length of your skirt?” Although this article was written over a decade ago, I wonder if there is still a stigmatism against fashion-forward women in the workplace today. I am currently an English and Business student at the University of Western Ontario and a definite shopaholic; which to some may seem like an oxymoron. As well as having Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin amongst my Shakespeare and Woolf, I am currently switching back and forth between The Globe and Mail and New York Fashion Week updates. As Showalter commented “a passion for fashion can sometimes seem like a shameful secret life” A lot of girls from Generation Y have grown up watching and (very jealously) admiring Carrie Bradshaw- here’s a girl who has a career as a journalist writing about shopping. She gets to meander around New York City and shop in some of the most remarkable retail stores as research. Unfortunately, at some point , awe inspired viewers have to come back to reality and recognize that wearing Manolo Blanik’s (or more contemporary Louboutin’s) and Gucci to work may inhibit females from being respected in the work force. Many of us are going to be graduating within four years or so and are going to have to start thinking about our careers. So to my fellow shopaholics I rhetorically ask: how do you present yourself as a competent, intelligent and legitimate professional? What do you wear to work? Are you going to have to disregard any fashion sense ever acquired in order to even be considered for a job? Another realm that becomes controversial when combined with fashion is politics, a relationship that is often over looked. This partnership is one that most definitely precedes any of us. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s women used fashion statements to campaign for women’s rights, specifically the right to vote. It was believed that in order to take them seriously, they had to dress feminine in order to maintain the natural order of gender in society. They also used fashion columns and retail shops to get their campaign messages heard. In contemporary society, during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 proposition for the leadership of the Democracy Part, there was a lot more media attention and scrutiny on her wardrobe (mostly faux pas) than her political campaign. Michelle Obama often makes the front page of tabloids for her very chic sense of style and not her “Let’s Move” campaign or her recognition of American Soldiers. Although she is being praised by very influential and prestigious fashion critics, it is detrimental to and obscures her political career. As I write this article, my roommate (another business student) is shamefully placing another order on one of her favourite shopping websites. In the summers she works at an investment company, so I ask her: “Do you think you’ll ever wear that work?” Her response: “I don’t think I’m allowed to wear Alexander McQueen at the office.” As exemplified by one of Kinsella’s heroines, Becky Bloomwood, perhaps the only place women can be respected for their fashion knowledge and admired for her new Choos’ is in the personal shopping department of Holt Renfrew or Bergdorf Goodman’s. Although as I wrap up my Business degree, I hope that is not the case. Shopping is often depicted as a mindless activity to amuse unintelligent females, but Coco Chanel herself once infamously said “Fashion is not something that exists in the dresses only. It is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live and what’s happening”. - Erin Collett F a s h i o n & L i f e st y l e S o c i e t y



Photographer Shaista Kitabi Contributing Photographer Jacqueline Mok Fahsion Director Isaac Yeung Stylist Trisha Paguyo, Rel Ollivirrie, Emma Barrett Makeup Alexandra Gillis Model daniel canavan

A Man’s Guide to Campus Style

Sweatpants are the bell-bottoms of our age, make no mistake. Our generation has adopted a casual-andcomfortable-first attitude towards men’s style - and no to that, I say. While the Concrete Beach is hardly a Parisian boulevard, that doesn’t excuse the clothing sagging from your shoulders and legs like droopy clocks in a Dali painting, or sandals worn with anything other than bare feet. There’s a way to have your cake and keep it off your trousers (unless they’re Ed Hardy, and hence improved) and it’s simple. Call it what you will: American trad, Ivy League, “preppy”, collegiate - all variations on a simple sartorial template that, followed loosely, will knock your current wardrobe for a loop. Without further ado, here are 10 ways to assuredly, and affordably, dress like a student should:

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Denim Always stylish, incredibly versatile. Avoid bagginess, artificial rips and flashy nonsense around the legs and pockets. Wear darker shades of blue, grey and black. Slim-fitting jeans are acceptable, but if your calves look shrink-wrapped, you’ve crossed the line. Proper Plaid Sometimes my life becomes a Homeric odyssey for the perfect plaid. Avoid anything too torn-up and rugged (unless you’re a rancher) or a absurdly colorful (unless you’re Californian). Keep an eye out for subtler shades that will compliment whatever else you’re wearing. Also, for the record, lumberjack plaid rules. Sportcoats A terrific asset to your wardrobe. Works with just about everything. Find a form-fitting two-button jacket that fits your shoulders naturally, and pick a colour (read: navy) or fabric (read: cotton, corduroy, wool, tweed) and mix it up with practically anything. Just not bare-chested.


Framing Proper shades and spectacles are proportionate to your facial structure. Trends may shift, and there’s no real one-style-suits-all (wayfarers are painfully overworn). Type in “Get Framed” at for the sagest advice. And I’m sorry gents, but those oversized aviators or “motorboating” gascans, bro got to go.


Henleys Emphasizes your chest and neck. Far superior to hoodies. You’ll look like you just chopped some wood, rather than cut some grass.


Button-Down Oxfords Classic. Blues and whites can’t go out of style. Choose a size down for a staple and slim-fitting spring or summer shirt, though you can wear (and layer) these year-round. Just toss one on and go. Chambray - Salmon - Madras Modernity’s newest fad-fabrics. Chambray: that infamous “jean-shirt” that only looks like denim: there are also trousers and jackets in this versatile material. Salmon: a statement-minded pink for those masculine enough to sport some: try dark-hued slacks, polos, or even a button-down oxford for a bold dash of colour. And Madras: the patchwork plaid. Unbeatable if worn correctly: try shorts or - for rakish rebels - the cotton sportcoat. The Scarf Think of it as a casual tie; an added shock of colour that will comfortably frame your handsome mug. While I’m a proponent of more classic lengths and fabrics (my penchant being for bold-striped collegiate and tartan scarves), lightweight linen or silk scarves are another simple way to gather some wanted attention.

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Socks The tie of your ankles. An inexpensive way to enhance your personal style. Try argyle with just about anything, depending on the colour, and even try bold, solid hues (lime green, turquoise, crimson) with dress-pants, cords and denim. Hair Someone, I think Jack Donaghie, called it”the suit you wear on your head”. Adorn appropriately.

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“Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused” –Freda Adler If a woman is dressed in a tube top, do wearing heels and make up imply that she’s “asking for sex”? On February 18th, Manitoba judge Robert Dewar awarded an astonishingly short two year conditional sentence to rapist Kenneth Rhodes because the victim in question was “asking for it” based on the way she was dressed. It was not the sentencing that had the public outraged, but more so the Judge’s flippant attitude and condescending nature towards the victim. The judge did recognize that the victim was raped, but alluded to the perpetrator as a “clumsy Don Juan” and said that “sex was in the air” that night. In drawing attention to the victim’s clothing choice, Judge Rhodes is promoting the idea that dressing provocatively is an open invitation to sex, and that the victim essentially brought the act of rape upon herself.

“the victim essentially brought the act of rape upon herself”

Similarly, on January 24th, a member of the Toronto Police Service gave a lecture on campus safety at Osgoode Hall for the students of York University, during which he told students that they could avoid being sexually assaulted by not “dressing [like sluts].” This is quite an unsettling sentiment outright, but let us further note the neighbourhood that the Keele campus falls in the shadow of—the infamous Jane and Finch. This specific neighbourhood is notorious for violent crimes and gang activity, and students are strongly discouraged from walking alone at night as a safety precaution. For a respected figure of authority and an embodiment of public society to say that students should not “dress like sluts” evokes a deep distrust for the police and also forces students to question whether or not the police would be supportive if there was a rape case reported. What I find appalling is the image being perpetuated of the police being nonchalant about sexual assault. Amongst others, one detail these cases have in common is that they both refer to “sexual assault” rather than “rape.” In written reports and court case proceedings, the majority of professionals will refer to a rape case as a “sexual assault” or an “incident.” By evading the word rape, it is assumed to make the proceedings more clinical or standardized according to procedure, and for the ease of discussing such a delicate matter in frank terms. But lets be honest—the terms “incident” and “sexual assault” are merely glossing over the harsh reality of the case. Rape is rape, and it is a forceful word because it is a horrific crime, and that is that. By diminishing the force of the word, the effects of the crime are consequentially marginalized, which is an indefensible injustice to the victims. As early as in grade school, young females are taught that they are never “asking” to be raped and that their bodies are their own. With a contradictory attitude now manifesting in our media and being reiterated and reified by figures within our justice system, we might question what the future holds for these individuals and their fellow victims. Unsurprisingly, the conclusions of these controversial cases aren’t as widely publicized; as soon as the media has a more current feature to broadcast, these cases seem to fall by the wayside. My hope is that the sheer volume of protests alone will shed some light on this issue, and that these cases do not set a precedent for future trials. - Nicole Lippay


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