Letter from the Editor: May 2015

Dear Closet Feminists,

I realized I forgot to do a April Letter from the Editor, so long time no see! Since we last spoke (in this capacity, at least) I’ve reached a few milestones.

I finished my third (!!!) diary since I started keeping a diary in May 2013.  I realized I have read twelve books since January, and I’m in the midst of a thirteenth (all by women, of course).

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I celebrated International Women’s Day sporting a feminist tshirt by local label Only Child Apparel, though really, I like to celebrate women every day!

I also planted my garden–third year in a row now. This year is going to be THE year for a bountiful harvest, I can feel it!

Fashion-wise, I got myself a new pair of Keds. Weirdly, it’s the only brand of shoe I’m loyal to other than Docs. I had my last pair for 4 years or so, and they literally had holes in the soles. I don’t do open-toe summer footwear–my feet get destroyed by wearing heels year-round, and Keds are kinda the next best thing to something lighter to wear during the warmer months ahead.

Here’s to a bright and beautiful May!

In solidarity & in style,

Emily

 

 

 

Gloss over This: Jody Watley

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Miss Golden Globe 2013 Party - Arrivals

“It wasn’t easy being a fashion and club girl back then,” says the 56-year-old of her early days as a solo artist int eh 80s, a time when she navigated the various genres of R&B and dance. “There was no Rihanna back then,” she says, laughing, “I was it! But I was also the source of constant battles between the black music department and the pop department at my record company. One side said I was too black, the other said I was too white,” she explains. “Being a black artist came with many limitations.”

- Jody Watley in “Grandes Dames” by Elio Iannacci in Fashion May 2015

New York Rainbow: Spring 2015

Looking for a little ROY G. BIV inspiration? Here is the best look per colour, straight off the Spring 2015 RTW runways. The best part? All of these outfits are from design houses headed by women!

RED

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Above: Dress by Rosie Assoulin, Spring 2015.

ORANGE

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Above: Jumpsuit by Giulietta, Spring 2015.

YELLOW

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Above: Let us all pause to recognize how beautiful model Lais Ribeiro looks in this yellow Diane Von Furstenberg dress.

GREEN

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Above: Dress and jacket by Tracy Reese, Spring 2015.

BLUE

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Above: Blue dress by Anna Sui, Spring 2015

INDIGO

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Above: Pamella Roland, Spring 2015

VIOLET

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Above: Misha Nonoo Spring 2015

The Only Mixed Material Bracelet You Need

How amazing are these mixed material bracelets by sister and brother design duo TSOul? Eye-catching all on their own, we say wear whatever basic outfit you want–add some metallic accents (purse or shoes), and throw on one of these bracelets and the whole outfit will be suddenly elevated.

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Image above: TSOul bracelet from Beyond Buckskin here.

According to what we could find on Beyond Buckskin, where the bracelets are available for purchase (and on sale, btw!), Kendra, the designer behind TSOul is a total boss–just look:

“Kendra is inspired by nature, classic Navajo rug designs, as well as mathematics and science – her college degree was in engineering, so elements of calculus, organic chemistry and physics inspire her to create three-dimensional shapes for her beadwork and jewelry. “

Jewelry inspired by math and science? Totally something we (and probably PBubs) can get behind.

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Image above: TSOul bracelet from Beyond Buckskin here.

Covers & Content: May 2015

Read on to find out how the diversity of Canada’s top three fashion magazines stacked up this month.

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The Magazine: Flare

The Cover Star: Hailee Steinfeld

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: Mixed race

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: No. There was one fashion editorial in this issue, it starred one thin, white model

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

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The Magazine: Elle Canada

The Cover Star: Bella Thorne

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There were three editorials, starring one thin, white model each. This means that the May issue of Elle Canada is a Whiteout Issue.

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

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The Magazine: Fashion

The Cover Star: Elizabeth Olsen

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There were two editorials this month, both starring one thin, white model, making this issue to be a Whiteout Issue.

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

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