Celebrity Dinner Party: What to Wear

By: Emily Y.

You know that game where you dream up your ultimate dinner party composed of celebs alive or no longer with us? Let’s take the game a bit further. I’ll tell you who my five ideal guests would be (including myself, 6 is about the max amount of people I could cook for without starting to freak out a bit) and what I would wear, depending on the type of dinner party we are having.

MY FIVE DREAM GUESTS

1. Janelle Monaé

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I can’t even. She’s got, like, a whole universe in her vision. Honestly if I were to meet her I would probably just cry the whole time and she would be like “yes hello why?” If she didn’t feel like attending, I’d be cool if Cindi Mayweather came instead.

2. Anaïs Nin

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Her diaries (of which I’ve read about ten volumes) have changed my life.

3. Frida Kahlo

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She was an amazing artist, and I love how she didn’t ever apologize for taking up space.

4. Mindy Kaling

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I have read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? three times and she is a boss. I also think that of all of us she probably has the best social skills and could run the show while I’m doing shots in the bathroom with Frida Kahlo.

5. Anita Sarkeesian

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I still think that Sarkeesian is the most well-spoken woman I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I almost fainted when I met her. I hope the second time around, this dream dinner party, I will be able to keep it together.

MY DREAM OUTFITS

Drinks and appetizers

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Above: Tanya Taylor Fall 2014

Why: This looks comfortable, feminine, and fierce. I love that neon touch, it’s perfectly irreverent.

The evening: We play drinking games, Frida Kahlo obviously wins. Anita Sarkeesian is kind enough to hold my hair back when I’ve had too much to drink, Janelle Monaé ignores us all and rifles through my record collection.

The eight-course, gold-plate affair

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Above: Stella Jean Fall 2014

Why: When it comes to dressing super fancy, I could totally see myself picking something a little unusual. Or I would just panic and dress down and wear the Emilia Wickstead dress below.

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Above: Emilia Wickstead Fall 2014

The evening: I rent out the fanciest penthouse hotel room in the city and we have alarmingly handsome butlers serve us a crazy-fancy meal.  We all dine at a luxurious pace because the conversation is so good, and afterwards there are fireworks, Mindy Kaling, Anais Nin, and myself take selfies as the fireworks go off in the background.

Gilmore Girls-esque carb fest

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Above: Miu Miu Spring 2015

Why: These are the greatest ladylike pajamas ever that I could actually wear to a dinner party. Gotta be comfy if we’re gonna eat like Rory and LG. And yes I would wear that much eyeliner.

The evening: Janelle Monaé and I bond over our love for sci-fi and fantasy as we play with my two cats. Frida Kahlo and Anita Sarkeesian construct elaborate food pyramids and structures out of all the nachos, mozza sticks, popcorn, pizza, and donuts.

The salon

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Above: Jenny Packham Spring 2015

Why: This dress is salon night. Floaty and chic, but structured enough to accompany an evening of debate, innovation, and general bonding.

The evening: The six of us sit down and hammer out how to actually make the girl gang paradise of our dreams while the champagne flows. Janelle Monaé naturally leads the conversation as she has the Electro Phi Betas up and running. We are interrupted only to stop and enjoy some poetry or whatever, and there is also a string quartet playing lively/appropriate music the whole time.

Wedding Crashers

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Above: Vivienne Tam Spring 2015 

Why: This dress is beautiful and I kinda love how the amazing embroidery was paired with such a drab grey colour. Plus its formal enough for the occasion.

The evening: We crash a horribly dull wedding or other similarly fancy occasion but the hosts are totally okay with it of course. The six of us take over the head table and someone is inspired to paint us a la The Last Supper but without the ominous circumstances. We turn it into an amazing party–the best music, exotic (and ethically kept) animals, a drumline, dancing ’til dawn, entertainment, acrobats, Gatsby-levels of crazy, and we invite all our favourite friends to join us.

Gloss over This: Jennifer Aniston

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She credits her girlfriends, some of more than three decades, for whom she’d “go to the wall”. “I’m a  pretty good judge of character, shall I say.” Before Theroux [her fiancé], Aniston took a break from dating. “It really helped me get to a place where I was more comfortable with myself, truly ready for love and for a partner.” She continues, “the past wasn’t ‘less than.’ It was extremely important to my growth as a woman. But if you take the law of attraction, if you love yourself 70 percent, that’s what’s going to come back to you. So you fill up that 30 percent, then all of a sudden there’s this pure, good love standing right in front of you.”

- Jennifer Aniston in “Nothing But Blue Skies” by Laura Brown in Bazaar December2014/January2015

Covers & Content: Bazaar US November 2014-February 2015

By: Emily Y.

One of my BFFs and favourite pen pal, MK, is total doll and got me a subscription to Harper’s Bazaar US for my birthday. She has encouraged me to use the subscription for all my various projects here on the website, and as such, for the duration of this lovely gift I will keep track of Bazaar in the same fashion I do our regular Covers & Content column which focuses exclusively (until now) on top Canadian fashion magazines Elle Canada, Fashion, and Flare.

Bazaar is actually an interesting case to follow–they notoriously use alleged sexual offender Terry Richardson as a photographer on the reg, and for 2014, Jezebel reported that they used zero models of colour for their covers. Will they do better in 2015? Let’s find out.

My subscription started with the November 2014 issue, so we’ll take a look at the last few issues in this first post for Bazaar Covers & Content! MK–thankyou!

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The issue: November 2014

The Cover Star: Anne Hathaway

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: This issue had two editorials. One starred athlete Roberta Mancino, who is white, and the second starred two thin, white models. A pity, since they had an interview with Gloria Steinem and a whole special called “Women Who Dare” focused on lady badasses.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

 

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The issue: December 2014/January 2015

The Cover Star: Jennifer Aniston

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: Yikes, this is pretty bad–there were four fashion editorials in this issue, and all of them starred thin, white models. To add insult to injury, the third editorial was shot by Terry Richardson–boooooooooooo!

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

 

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The issue: February 2015

The Cover Star: Miranda Kerr

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There were two editorials. One and the cover story with Kerr were shot by Terry Richardson–so gross. One editorial starred a model of colour.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

 

 

Music x Style: Emmy the Great

By: Emily Y.

How convenient–Emmy the Great has a new EP coming out today! Fancy me writing this post on today of all days…what a great way to start 2015!

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In all seriousness, I really, really love Emmy the Great. Her music is one of those indie bands I spent hours and hours listening to.

I like her music because her name sounds like my name and she also part Asian like me.

I like her music because I distinctly remember crying away in my dorm room at UBC listening to First Love. I was probably crying because at that point in time I was taking six courses and volunteering for I think 3, maybe 4 different places, and working, and generally exhausted, but there was Emmy the Great on my ePod to keep me company and I’ll always love her for it.

I like her music because she sings my favourite Christmas song–Christmas in Prison, which, I admit, I listen to even when its not Christmas.

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At any rate, she has a new EP, S, and I really like the song “Swimming Pool,” which I’ve literally had on repeat since I found it, and my lover is starting to complain/asking me to put in my headphones instead of blasting it on the stereo incessantly. I’ve been meandering around at work humming the tune of it; I actually would prefer to shout out the lyrics at the top of my lungs, but sadly I’m super tone-deaf and it would be unpleasant for everyone. As such, I suppose, I’ll sulk and write this post and listen to it with my headphones as suggested.

I also like her outfit on the S cover, so here is a Closet Feminist interpretation of it. Please just go buy/listen to the album now, k?

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Gloss Over This: Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry: 'There’s so much good stuff now, it’s almost impossible to keep track of it.'

“Perhaps I was ahead of my time in terms of women’s consciousness,” she muses. ”In those days, the wedding vows were ‘Love, honor, and obey,’ and I felt that I had more to offer in a partnership. I wasn’t think in terms of morals or anything grand; I just felt uncomfortable with it.”

- Debbie Harry in “Women Who Dare” by Charlotte Cowles in Bazaar November 2014

 

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