Why Pantone’s Colour of the Year Is More Than Just a Shade of Green

Pantone color of the year

(Image via Pantone.com)

The past 12 months have been a slog, depressing on so many levels, from the political to the personal and extending to the world at large. Minus the personal bright spot that was my wedding in April, I’m as ready as anyone else to put 2016 to bed, into which I would also like to crawl with a good book as the next 19 days pass by.

But the dawn of a new year promises a clean slate, a chance at renewal, rebirth, resetting; an opportunity to take stock and review as opposed to rehashing the same bad vibes. It’s fitting then that Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery, a hint at the environment, at “going green” and a hopeful symbol of moving forward with a fresh perspective.

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15 Canadian Art & Fashion Talents on the Verge

Here at home we’re #blessed with some seriously talented designers, models, writers and photographers who have helped put Canadian style—in all its vastly different iterations—on the world stage. We chatted with 15 fresh-faced CAFA nominees about what’s next for Canadian art and fashion.

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Zoolander, Hansel and Gigi walk down a runway…

Zoolander 2, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Owen WilsonThis season, New York Fashion Week kicked off in a surprisingly sensational, self-deprecating manner with the world’s biggest fictional male model making his victory lap 15 years after he first confidently walked into our lives.

Ben Stiller is reprising his role as dim-witted and dashing Derek Zoolander for the much-anticipated sequel Zoolander 2, with Owen Wilson as fellow clueless hunk Hansel, Will Ferrell as the villainous Mugatu and newbies Kristen Wiig and Penelope Cruz as…other characters.

Instead of a staid red carpet premiere, the Zoolander 2 crew opted for a splashy, can’t-miss return and the publicity machine for the sequel, currently sitting at a 33% (un)fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has been working overtime. We’re talking a surprise pop-in at the Valentino show last March, this month’s Vogue cover for Ben and Penelope, a hilarious edition of 73 Questions, Instagram walk-offs with Cara Delevingne and now a runway show with probably the world’s most sought-after non-Kardashian Millennial tastemaker and model, Gigi Hadid. Continue reading

Charmed, I’m sure

Fendi, bag bugThe ancient talisman meant to ward off evil spirits, then later a token of status, celebration, identification, adornment and self-expression, is back. Of course when there’s a declaration of an item or trend’s grand return, chances are it never really went away; something else simply moved into the spotlight for a while.

But when it comes to charms—and especially ones dangling fashionably from handbags both “it” and otherwise—retailers are again getting behind the decidedly darling way to personalize an accessory. Continue reading

Ghosts of Halloweens past

Halloween, witchHalloween rules. Uncool as it may be to say that from the vantage point of a person who is well past the age where dragging around a pillow case brimming with stranger-donated candy is cute, or even socially acceptable, it’s one of my favourite times of year.

I grew up in a harsh Northern Ontario climate that necessitated a costume roomy enough to accommodate a snowsuit, so when sub-zero temperatures weren’t as much of a potent threat, it was time to get creative. (Plus, who grows out of the excitement of a late-October sugar rush?)

Or at least I thought I was creative. Like Lena Dunham‘s recent Lenny essay about her Halloween disasters, I decided to look back at my costume choices during the early aughts. I’m not exactly ashamed but I’m definitely guilty of not truly getting into the Halloween spirit (i.e. anything remotely scary or truly gross). I tend to prefer a pop culture reference that, best-case-scenario, lets me shop my closet to complete the look and avoid tedious props.

May I present a few of my hits & misses from the past eight years. Not pictured—that year in high school when I went as Marilyn Manson and convinced a handful of friends to go as members of his band. YUP.
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