I’m not the most affectionate but if I ever wake up unbelievably early for you, that’s my way of saying ‘I care about you.’ That is exactly what waking up at 5:30 this morning was for: to get in line for the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration. Since Wang is my sister’s favourite designer and she unfortunately had a work meeting to attend to, I was her go-to girl. Perhaps I don’t mind acting as if I was Andy from The Devil Wears Prada.It was still very dark when I arrived at The Core; the only H&M branch in Calgary that hosted the event. Upon arrival, there was already a line-up. Although not until a few more minutes later, I realized that wristbands were to be picked up instead to indicate a time of return. At the sight of 10:15 (as the event begins at 8:00), I had an immediate, mini heart attack. So what better way to kill time and make good use of it too by having an Americano? Caffè Artigiano down 4th Avenue was a perfect place to calm down and study. Even better, they played French jazz and classical music!
Post AW x H&M shopping was a breath of fresh air. Even though I didn’t manage to obtain her most wanted items, I was at the very least relieved that I even had anything to purchase by the end of it.
The event made me feel inclined to channel my inner Wang: monochromatic and tight. I have been loving the illusion of wearing a unitard; best achieved with a black, tucked in top and black bottoms. And why not black shoes too? To add a little more personality, throw in unique pieces, keeping the colour palette in mind.
1) Graphic Sweater: Thrifted | 2) Button Down: FCUK (similar here) | 3) Leggings: H&M | 4) Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here) | 5) Quilted HK Backpack: Disneyland (Sanrio) | 6) Bullet Necklace: DIY
A plus tard et avec l’amour!
With my new haircut, I have become better inspired in blending it all together with my outfits. Today, I attempted to style it in a slick back and I must say, I have much more respect for folks who do this on a daily basis. Ladies, men have it difficult too when styling their hair. Personally, I found that achieving this style is much more difficult than curling my hair (that is when I still had the length to do so :P).
I lacked a texturizer but this proved to be more than sufficient for my first attempt.
(Left to Right)
1) L’Oreal Hair Spray | 2) Rat Tooth Comb | 3) Gatsby Air & Rise Wax | 4) Hair Dryer
But what’s a slick back without an outfit to match? I have mentioned to several of my friends that I wish men’s clothing would be available in my size but as this is not the case, I have to settle for menswear inspired pieces to play with. What I love about menswear is the classic, clean and crisp silhouettes, giving space for attention to interesting patterns and textures in the fabrics. One of my favourite trends is ankle jeans paired with leather oxfords and a pair of vibrant socks.
1) Button Down: FCUK | 2) Ankle Jeans: BDG from Urban Outfitters (similar here) | 3) Socks: Club Monaco | 4) Leather Oxfords: Arnold Churgin (similar here) | 5) Gargoyle Ring: Used House of Vintage Calgary
I had so much fun styling this whole ensemble and I must say, my efforts have not gone to waste as I’ve been turning heads this morning. Just have fun with it as fashion should be!
A plus tard et avec l’amour!