Following in the footsteps of virtually every creative professional developed in Toronto, fashion designer Evan Biddell is taking his brand to New York. Biddell jumped on the brain drain train with a vengeance showing an aggressive line of clothing at the Windsor Arms on Friday that was very obviously a big “FUCK YOU’ farewell to our fine city. Quite literally, there were big cartoon middle fingers decorating tits and gorgeous songstress Kreesha Turner‘s fine ass. The bubbly hand signage on all the clothes looked like a joke: an overtly sexual joke that conjured memories of Miley Cyrus masturbating with a foam sports mitten at the MTV Awards (a memory nobody should ever have to revisit). There was a delicate camo fabric shown that was very beautiful and the black and white paparazzi coats were bold, highly-covetable statement pieces. The addition of Cedric and Fritz of Azari and III added an element of showmanship that gave the show a vibrant energy. Add those beautiful boys to any mash-up tho and it will shine. Overall, I think we need to take back respect in this era of rebels without causes and continue to do our very best work. To make a mockery of the city that made you is very bad karma and just plain rude. But, major kudos to Turner’s bum in that white catsuit. For that, I will forgive and forget and look forward to what New York inspires in Mr. Biddell. x
In this growing city of ours, it can at times be difficult to catch a vibe at a party that transcends Torontonians’ characteristic apathy and just lets loose. I had the pleasure of experiencing Toronto at its finest during the David Bowie AGO exhibit opening and the Mick Rock photo exhibit / after party at the Templar Hotel on Sept. 24th. Mick Rock, Bowie’s photographer on the road during the Ziggy Stardust era, was the guest of honour. His particular blend of rock and roll mixed with that edge only seasoned veterans of the 70’s can muster set the tone of the evening. Darling astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has the voice of an angel, performed a moving rendition of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to an enraptured crowd. Other stars studding the crowd included David Sutcliffe of TV series “Cracked”, Emily Haines of Metric, Brenden Canning of Broken Social Scene and CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. I hope you enjoy the pics and I also hope to attend a party as fun as this one in the very near future. x
Special thanks to Arthouse.
“Mick Rock—the legendary lensman responsible for the most iconic photos of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed—touches down in Toronto to talk about… well, yoga, kidney surgery, and James Taylor, naturally.” – Stuart Berman
See my photo of Mick published last week in The Grid’s interview with the legend himself in More Talk, More Rock.
Northbound’s annual fashion show, which is widely considered to be the world’s largest fetish event, is fast approaching us. This year’s theme focuses on how new age technology has given rise to an online sexual revolution. Online dating, sexting, internet porn and more will be made explicit at this year’s show, aptly entitled “ikink.” The show is on Oct. 19th at Polson Pier. We will be launching the new catalogue and website at the event as well. Click HERE for tickets. Click HERE to view the full spread on Northbound’s Facebook page.
Shot on location @ LeVack Block.