Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A.S 98 Fall 2014

If you really have been following D-CONSTRUCT since day one, you know by now that I have a penchant for all things that evoke a certain flair for edgy and talk-about eccentricity.When I first changed my personal style I had that "thrift shop" mentality, causing me maybe to look more like a retirement home resident, rather than a Dapper Dan like my contemporaries.

Today, the word edgy has become so generalized that it barely becomes recognizable. My own version refers to adding urban appeal to a classic piece or ensemble, like a leather perfecto paired with a crisp white shirt and jeans.

Every fashion sector of the world has a signature for what they believe is "edgy", take for example Italian fashion house A.S 98 with whom I had the pleasure of witnessing their Canadian launch earlier this season. Leather houses have a long history with being considered champions of the most empowering material in outerwear. Leather, especially in footwear has to be of highest quality, and with the clientele of today, the finish on a piece of cowhide mast be noteworthy.

A.S 98 follows the Italian trade mark for color in footwear, because have you ever seen someone in Italy without at least one jaw-dropping piece of apparel in a striking hue? Personally I am a sucker for a shoe with buckles and straps, and the styles have the ability to contain so much design without making a massive foot shape. Designer Frank Prenntzell successfully churns out international flair without the gimmicks, and this is only shoes, the list of accessories for men and women have the same style lines a shown, even celebrities like Johnny Depp have been known to wear them (hello, name drop). Cargos, Jeans, or plain white tee, A.S 98 is not only synonymous with our deconstructed way of life, but it can definitley teach us how to create our own definition of edge,

A.S 98 // FALL 2014








FOR A LIST OF STOCKISTS, VISIT THE A.S 98 WEBSITE

Monday, 1 September 2014

Temperature Change

September first is a date that comes with more importance than most of it's 364 colleagues. This is a holiday with less notoriety than Christmas and Easter, but subconsciously when we hear the words "Labor Day" we know the year has officially made a descent towards the end.

Locally, we have no clue what to wear anymore. The concept of giving up on a summer we never really had haunts us. Retail was hit hard in turn, sales started early because as we know, you can't stop the delivery calendar. But now we prepare ourselves for change,  "Sweater Weather" ushers in the Back-to-School mood, and not to mention those Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Change is good however, I personally have accepted a full-time spot at the place I've been with for the past year, I have published my first printed interview and will be planning a second before the winter holidays, and lastly I said goodbye to a dear friend who moved to Paris for her studies. You win and you lose some.

Speaking style-wise because I don't plan to bore you with my philosophy all the time (just most of it), I do have a large portion of my heart set on knitwear. The best pieces I own are pullovers, and cardigans because of their versatility, and overall usage with anything in my closet.

Have you been eyeing a new pair of black jeans, wear it with a sweater. What contrasts best with a nice heel? A new knit. My newest discovery is featured in today's post from local Montreal boutique: Three Monkeys. Usually I am not one for clothing with too much writing, but the comfort and texture of my BWGH "Brooklyn Parle Francais" pullover merited no second guesses.






SWEATER: BWGH at Three Monkeys
PANTS: Zara
PHOTOS: Sarah Monaco of I Bleed Fashion

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Need Aesthetic | Rag & Bone Menswear SS15

At this day and age I must admit that I have a love-hate relationship with fashion's newest trend cycle. I remember looking through the magazines at the nearest grocery store and thinking to myself "Wow, that's imagination." 

Maybe we have grown a little wiser in the amount of five years that I have been really implicated in the industry, but nowadays designers have gone into more basic items known as "normcore". Without looking at couture, the ready-to-wear market has made a killing this year with the reinvention of the white t-shirt, making it slouchier and pairing it with the boyfriend jean and a pair of Manolos. I am not criticizing what can be called a fashion cleanse, but have we just woken up to the realization that fashion must still be ultimately wearable?The best way I can illustrate my point is to talk about brands that have never been known for their eccentricity, and who have made a following off reinvention before it was cool. 

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville run New York based Rag and Bone with an aesthetic genius that caters to men and women that never conform to trend fluctuations, but instead find themselves choosing pieces that evoke modern interpretations of timeless garments. Having only started the label in 2002, by 2007 Rag & Bone won the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in menswear, and following the prestigious acclaim in 2010 was awarded Menswear Designers of the Year by the CFDA. 

The Summer 2015 Menswear collection was presented with its photographs on a gallery wall, featuring men and women of different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and ages. A true testament to the versatility of the brand, Wainwright and Neville executed their mission statement clearly whether it was comedian Jerry Seinfeld, makeup guru Gucci Westman,  or punk band singer Honor Titus. 

Is this a sign of collections to come? Clothing that appeals to both sexes has found its way back into wardrobes with the arrival of the normcore flux. If the following pictures are just a taste of modern gender-less apparel, the allure is remarkable. 











Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Laruelle Sportswear SS14-15

Count on global warming to make this July an epic scorcher so dress accordingly. Luckily if you happen to be around Montreal there is one designer collection that can put you directly on-trend, and not break your bank account. 


I might need to jump into a pool of ice water after seeing the exclusive SS15 Sportswear capsule collection from Laruelle. Vibrant, Modern, and affordable (we're talking 50$-200$ CAD) so good, too bad this isn't menswear. 

Staying true to the Laruelle DNA, the nine looks feature minimal cuts, color blocking, and just the right amount of sexy. Summer vibes are upon us, time to flaunt. 

LARUELLE SPORTSWEAR LOOKBOOK
MODEL: AYA CHENG
STYLIST: JOEL TRAPTOW










WHERE TO SHOP:
5587 PARC AVENUE, MONTREAL

JULY 8TH 11AM-6PM
JULY 9TH 12-8PM

CASH OR CREDIT

Monday, 30 June 2014

The All White Trend


If we have learned anything about weather and science, its this: July is sweltering hot, and all white repels light. If we speak purely fashion for a moment,white can easily translate for ready-to-wear as it can also be nice for dressing up. 

If you're asking, no I have not conformed to the all-white style victims but I have noticed how it makes my skin tone ,healthier in comparison (thank God). If you are wondering how to wear this trend, don't ask just do it. Lace, Leather, Jersey, Cotton, pile it on and you're ready to go.

How to DCONSTRUCT the All-White Trend? Wear it loose and sporty...pictured below.





TOP: CHAPTER
SHOES: DOC MARTENS

ALL PHOTOS BY SARAH MONACO

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Pre-Fall and Resort | The Moneymakers

If you have been following me on Instagram, you'll notice my obsession over runway trends and key collections throughout the seasonal presentations. Apart from self-indulgence to clothing that looks good on the body and not so much on the wallet, you can learn so much more from cleaving through Style.com and NowFashion. 

First, if you want the top brands with the biggest followings you will prefer STYLE's to-the-point reporting, and depending on the writer, an intellectual degree of shade that is digestible with your morning latte (Hinting to DCONSTRUCT favorite Nicole Phelps). NowFashion has been competing fiercely with not only photos seconds after a model walks down, but coverage of relatively underground talents (STYLE has yet to cover Rad Hourani).

Competition aside, today we talk about the clothing itself. With a completely new set of lookbooks ready online, Resort and Pre-Fall have been increasingly demanding attention away from larger Winter and Summer seasons and we ought to know why. Are the pieces better, or is it just a matter of timing? Where is most of the money being made?
BCBG MAX AZRIA  PRE-FALL 2014
BURBERRY PRORSUM PRE-FALL 2014
DKNY PRE-FALL 2014
LANVIN PRE-FALL 2014
CHLOE PRE-FALL 2014
PROENZA SCHOULER PRE-FALL 2014
Pre-Fall 2014 was a good indicator of the power of small consumer-driven collections that had designers thinking about the "Buy NOW" pieces a woman wears because EVERY woman knows September through November are the months where the nicest pieces in the wardrobe are to be worn head-to-toe. Labels skewed for different looks than the trademark, notably DKNY chose a sportswear street, BCBG Max Azria brushed their new menswear inspiration with fall florals, and Chloe championed the blanket wrap that will be seen throughout the coming months, remember these pieces are coming in-stores NOW.

Cruise or Resort 2015 had a clear line dividing it this season. With clients wanting to wear what they buy as soon as it arrives, designs were focused primarily on the production schedule. Pre-Fall arrives in July, while Resort lands on racks by October leaving two options: create a second pre-fall or make way for beachwear. Brands that carry less of a DNA for leisure vacationing made sister lines for autumn, while Australian houses like Zimmermann easily fashioned breezy ensembles due to southern hemisphere sunshine while we brace for snow. No matter how you view it, stronger and more precise offerings were made, let the cash crops be fruitful.

ALEXANDER WANG RESORT 2015
BCBG MAX AZRIA RESORT 2015
THE ROW RESORT 2015
ZIMMERMANN RESORT 2015
DONNA KARAN RESORT 2015
LANVIN RESORT 2015

Monday, 23 June 2014

Spoiler Magazine x DCONSTRUCT

Read further into fashion today and you'll learn that everything is about point-of-view. Forget your run of the mill "look of the day", and synthesize what you really want to say because that's essentially your money maker. Blog, Magazine, Store, its all the same when people ask "Who are you?" and your answer must be ready in two seconds flat, no joke. 

I am no Man Repeller, or Blonde Salad, but DCONSTRUCT has an image of it's own. .Make it simple, make it relevant, and stand by your subject. Since 2014 began, my path has led me to Spoiler Magazine, fueling what this page has allowed me to do for three years for a larger audience: support my local designers, and write relevant content without selling my soul.

I had the pleasure of going from text to photo, giving you a full three look idea of my daily style POV. Three looks, each incorporating Montreal designers while personifying the deconstructed mentality that becomes me. Enjoy.






TANK (UNDER): DENIS GAGNON 
MESH T-SHIRT: FOREVER21
SHORTS: CHAPTER
VEST: SAMUEL MERCURE






PRINTED TOP: DENIS GAGNON
BOOTS: DOC MARTENS











SHOES: DOC MARTENS

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY

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