LOOKCITY: On Cat Peekaboo Back Tattoos & Dressing Up To Understand One Another


by Robyn Yager | Check out this documentary: Influencers. It addresses what exactly it means to be an “influencer” and how creativity becomes contagious in music, entertainment, and fashion. It’s a detailed look on how trends start, evolve, and what that means to creative industries.

Another Gravity Pope Outlet Sale runs from July 26-28th (11-6pm) at 24 West 7th Avenue. It includes both clothing and footwear, so you’ll definitely find some treats. As well as clearing out spring and summer items, Gravity Pope has got some pretty new Fall arrivals as well. Is it too early to start thinking about wool coats? Nope.

Vancouver’s very own Wings & Horns teams up with American fashion designer Steven Alan on a capsule collection made up of trousers, sweaters, button ups, scarves, and hats.

An article on Hypebeast asks: “is the internet making us all dress the same?”

“Major”, “bananas”, “arm party” – take a look at Fashionista.com’s list of fashion words that need to die. I’d have to say that the word “obsessed” needs to consider an exit as well.

Although our country’s birthday has passed, there’s nothing wrong with continuing to celebrate Canadian designers. Here’s Sharp Magazine’s All-Canadian men’s style guide featuring pieces by Gravity Pope, Philip Sparks, Harry Rosen, John Fluevog, and Mackage.

Why does fashion matter, if it does at all? Well, clothing is an integral part of how we understand each other, so I reckon that counts for something. Using examples from blue collar workers, criminals, and politicians, NPR’s discussion The Will To Adorn: What We Wear and What It Says About Us explores the meaning behind how and why we choose to dress in particular styles and weave cultural symbols into our looks.

For some creative inspiration, watch this stunning short film that Montecristo made in collaboration with Ballet BC using some of this season’s best fashion.

She a fashion killa is the tagline for Cecelia Doan’s site, “Shit Bloggers Wear”. The illustrator sketches that “it” item we see shamelessly slathered on nearly every personal style blog from those vintage Nike Air Max sneakers Phoebe Philo made famous to the Dimepiece “Aint No Wifey” beanie seen on Cara Delevigne. This Tumblr is a hilarious look at what it means to be a fashion blogger (and a reminder to not take fashion too seriously).

Speaking of bloggers, my current favourite is The Artful Desperado. It’s chalk full of gorgeously-styled photographs of food, drink, art, design, and fashion. Gabriel Cabrera was born in Mexico City and currently works and plays in Vancouver. The guy’s got excellent taste.

And now for some local looks: Meow! [1]; I saw this girl at Harvest on Union Street who had the most incredible nails I’ve ever seen. Neon green, black, white, and gem spiders, oh my [2]; grilled cheese, coral dress, leather bag and nude strappy sandals. That’s some perfect Food Cart Fest attire right there [3]; I loved this woman’s cork high-heels and polka dot skirt (seen outside Meat & Bread in the business district) Always a summertime classic [4]; T-shirt confessions at the Eastside Flea Market tent [5]; If you haven’t noticed yet, fruit prints are everywhere this summer. This girl gets extra points for finding a dress with a papaya on it! [6]; Love a simple script tattoo [7]; Seen at the Trench Gallery Monomania II opening, this girl was wearing a black and white dress resembling stars in a galaxy (top marks for amazing hair) [8].


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