Studying with Annie Edison

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Marc Jacobs skirt, 525 CAD / H&M tight, 11 CAD / Pinup Couture shoes, 39 CAD / BAGGU knapsack bag, 63 CAD / Jennifer Meyer Jewelry pink gold jewelry, 2,550 CAD / Mr Perswall Wall Art Pen Pal Wall Art, 175 CAD / Orla Kiely Acorn Cup A5 Linen Notebook, 31 CAD

Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie) of the TV show community is someone we think we wish we could be friends with in real life–then again, we know she is merciless when it comes to paintball. Annie is ambitious, funny, a good friend, and always down for adventure. Here’s what we would wear if we were to join the study group.

Our Pick for Canadian Designers + Red Carpet Events

With awards seasons over, and the last of the fashion week models going down the runway, we can’t help but think the next little while will be lacking in some serious red carpet glamour. So, we’ve decided to do a little daydreaming, and picked out a few outfits by some of our favourite Canadian designers that we think are worthy of major Hollywood events.

As a side note, we should note that while we were delighted by all the beautiful creations by these designers, very few (from what we could tell) used models of colour in their runway shows or lookbooks, if at all. Carlie Wong, however, gets the most points for using the same model of colour in her most recent lookbook for all of the outfits. Greta Constantine also gets props for using significantly more models of colour then the rest of the designers we selected.

The Ceremony: The Grammys

The Look: Fun, bold, colourful, less classic red-carpet, more daring

The Designer: Mikhael Kale S/S 2013

Why: We love, love, love this dress (below). The lace and pastel colours is demure, but the length and back are anything but. The Grammys have always been experimental, with celebs showing up in some really zany stuff- and that’s what the big ruffles on the dress and the tie-dye/acid wash jacket in the luxe fabric are for.

 

The Ceremony: The SAGs

The Look: Everyone is there, so you want to stand out. The SAGs are kind of in the middle of everything, so refresh your audience with something really distinct and elegant.

The Designer: Lucian Matis (this look is from Runway S/S 2013)

Why: We usually don’t like the complete look of a dress right on the runway, but we love this. The dark lips and long, sparkly earrings are just classic-Hollywood enough to temper this bold, floral, flowy dress. Most award ceremonies see a ton of strapless ball gowns, but this is certainly going to turn heads with the long sleeves.

The Ceremony: The Golden Globes

The Look: It’s the first major event of the awards season, so you want to debut in something beautiful and unique to set the tone for your future red-carpet appearances.

The Designer: Duy (the dress below is from the S/S 2013 collection)

Why: This floor-length gown is a classic cut for any red carpet event-it’s the striking aquamarine that makes it a show-stopper of a dress. The gold/beige detailing at the neck and waist adds a really elegant touch sure to catch the eye of fashion critics at the show.

The Ceremony: Cannes

The Look: This major film festival is a star-studded event, stars from all around the world attend. Since there are so many celebrities, you’re going to want to stand out. Like the Grammys, Cannes tends to be more colourful and experimental, so embrace that, while wearing something decidedly Spring-y–the festival usually takes place in May.

The Designer: Greta Constantine (the dress below is from their S/S 2013 collection)

Why: While white seems unoriginal for spring and summer dressing, this dress is anything but boring. The sculptural details and careful cutouts will definitely capture attention. And yes- wear the hat!

The Ceremony: The Academy Awards/the Oscars.

The Look: Ah, the main event! Unlike all the other awards ceremonies, the Oscars have a more selective guest list it seems, so you definitely want to take advantage of your time in the spotlight. The Oscars are the Hollywood event, and chances of your look going in the Fashion Hall of Fame are very likely, so dress to impress!

The Designer: Carlie Wong (this dress is from her latest collection)

Why: Red is a classic Academy Awards colour, and the subtle but memorable details of this stunning dress are sure to make you shine when you collect your gold statuette. The long sleeves will stand out–the Oscars usually see a lot of strapless dresses. The high leg slit, plunging neckline, and visible back are definitely bold, but the overall effect is actually quite classic silver-screen, no?

 

Gloss over This: Krysten Ritter in Fashion

 

“I do think my character [Chloe in “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23″] is breaking the mould for females on TV,” Ritter says. “It’s always the boys who get to play the nut jobs and sociopaths. Guys usually get the funny lines and the girls often roll their eyes or have to set up the joke. She’s smart and confident but she’s also comic relief.”

 

– Krysten Ritter to Elio Iannacci in “Ritter Rising,” Fashion Magazine Feb. 2013

The Politics of Pink Hair

Candy-coloured hair is everywhere-tumblr, Pinterest, on the runway, and in magazines. Let’s take a minute to consider some folks with pink hair, and what it means for visibility, representation, and being heard.

People seem to love folks with pink hair, and no wonder-pink hair (or at least pink wigs) have become quite iconic over the last few years, as we saw with Natalie Portman in Closer (above), and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation (below).

Lately, one certain model with infamously pink tresses has come under fire for her highly problematic comments about one certain perv fashion photographer. One thing that has been continually mentioned about her is her colourful mane, which has made her stand out amongst other models.

It would seem that this relatively unique factor about her has made people especially upset about this–kind of like “Damnit, Charlotte Free, you’re so awesome with your pink hair but WHY do you have to victim blame?” If you think this is an exaggeration, read the first two paragraphs of her recent cover story of Flare Magazine March 2013–both of them focus entirely on her hair. Even the headline on the cover refers to her hair…

Visibility, Voices, and Victim-Blaming

One thing (amongst many) that we can take away from her rape apology debacle, is that  society tends to not listen to younger women. Indeed, if you are 30 or under, chances are very few people take you seriously, instead oftentimes focusing on your looks. Free’s cover story for Flare was less than a page long–see for yourself, below:

So for pages and pages of pictures of Charlotte Free (there’s 9 photographs of her, including the cover and the one above) all we get is a very small snapshot of who this woman might be. Now, with her recent victim-blaming statements, we can’t say that we really want to know more about her, but it is still worth noting that her looks seem to trump her voice and opinions.

While we don’t excuse her for her comments, we can’t help but wonder if there’s something about our culture that enables a young woman to speak out and be heard only if it is something that the rape culture at large would applaud–is Free the fashion world’s prime example of Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pig? Maybe.

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

While Free is dubbed by Flare as a “pink-haired rebel,” it bears remembering that women are much, much more than the colour of their hair. This seems obvious, yet our culture loves reducing women to a “fiery redhead”, “bombshell blonde,” “sexy brunette,” “raven-haired beauty,” etc.

To finish up, if you are still mourning the “loss” of Free as a role model with pink hair, we wanted to recommend stopping by the blogs of a few women who we think are pretty damn inspiring (and happen to have pink hair).

We Worship at the Shrines of…

ALB (Angelina) of ALB in Wonderland

This Canadian lady is a force of nature! She has a popular YouTube channel, Etsy store (buy her “Feminine is Not Anti-Feminist” Unicorn My Little Pony prints here), inspiring tumblr, and most recently she’s been battling at the centre of the infamous “Fake Geek Girl” controversy. Yea, we’re pretty much obsessed.

Kaelah of Little Chief Honeybee

Kaelah, haling from East Nashville, is also an internet powerhouse. The woman is incredibly hardworking (she owns and runs a business, is a graphic designer, blogger, photographer) and incredibly stylish. Sometimes with pink hair, sometimes without (it’s a wig–how brilliant is that??) her posts are always thoughtful, warm, and generally filled with a good dose of girl power.

GRIMES

Okay, so not technically known first and foremost for being a blogger, we couldn’t resist putting Canadian musician Grimes on this list. Her music is obvs amazing, and we really admire that her music videos (which she often directs herself!) are almost exclusively produced by and star women. Very, very, cool.

BONUS: Grimes x Saint Laurent Paris? Yes.

 

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