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Still from A Miniature Frolic

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A Miniature Frolic is the latest project by (our good friends) frequent creative collaborators, Martin Reisch (*safesolvent), Lara Kaluza (Lalouka Designs), and Tessa Smith (Brave Radar). Shot on location in the Quebec countryside, this short film captures Lalouka’s handmade, vintage-inspired clothing through a soft, sun-soaked lens, and features an airy and delicately haunting musical score by Brave Radar.

A Miniature Frolic is competing in the Talenthouse video competition for A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival, hosted by Diane Pernet and Tavi Gevinson.

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Watch and VOTE for A Miniature Frolic here! There are only 2 voting days left! Go!

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The premise:

After spending the winter holed up in their cottage, two girls emerge to find their sleepy country town a little sleepier than usual.

Where is everyone? And why is everything suddenly so small?

Follow them as they explore this quaint village, strolling down gravel roads, past charming arched wooden bridges and miniature clapboard barns.

It’s fun being a giant when the birds are singing and there are fresh strawberries to pick and carousels to watch.

But what will they do when autumn comes and they have to go back inside?

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So fancy!

  • Dressed in Black: We’ve named this blog column in honour of the tune by The Shangri-Las cuz it’s a little moody sounding…like us! Check out other entries in this series by clicking on the Style & Fashion category. Now without any further ado, our sixteenth interviewee, Jessika Fancy!

In 5 words or less, describe your style:
A lot of black and a lot of gaudy goods.

Describe two items in your closet that you love:

My closet is overflowing with things I love but this black and silver (kind of like tinsel) vintage dress probably from the 80s I found at Value Village for New Years of 2008 that is pretty awesome: low neck, tight and big shoulders! And this black leather fanny pack that belonged to my mother in the 80s, fully studded in gold and rhinestones. It’s for sure one of my prized possessions.

Fashion trend you swore you would not partake in but have fallen victim to (and now kind of love):

I can’t really think of anything except the shiny black leggings trend. I still don’t even have a pair, but I secretly kind of want one!

If you had to get a knuckle tattoo, what would it read?
It’s actually something I’ve been considering seriously…I’m leaning towards ‘hard love’.

What do you listen to when getting ready to go out/stay in?
Going out=getting ready to anything I can dance to! if I’m just hanging out at home it’s a lot of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and the mix my roommate just made for me.

Biggest fashion pet peeve?
The ‘I’m really trying to look like I just threw this on or spent hours at value village, but I actually just spent 500$ at urban outfitters‘ look, and because of this ‘phenomenon’ I feel like you can’t really tell who has true style or who just has a big bank account. Having good style shouldn’t be about how much money you have and besides, having good style cannot be bought, in my opinion.

Your favourite style icon?
I just admire people who can put things together and make it work for them. If I had to pick someone for this time period I’d have to say Beth Ditto. I don’t love everything she wears all the time but I do love that she just doesn’t give a shit what people think. Also there’s not enough visible plus size babes in the fashion world!

Favourite shoppes?
Any and all thrift stores,garage sales, church bazaars. They’re a total addiction. I also love shopping when i’m in the states, there’s a lot more variety for fat people than in Canada.

Your best vintage find/DIY fashion project?
Too many to name! One of my recent finds was a black tank top, the bottom half has black/white stripes with this big gold anchor sewn on the front. Most of the clothes I get at thrift stores I end up altering. Making dresses out of long sleeved turtlenecks is always a fun project.

What do you see yourself wearing in 5 years?
I feel like it’ll probably be pretty similar to what it is now. Gaudy, trashy goods, As long as it isn’t ordinary and that it’s full of glamour!

Bio:

  • At the moment Jessika Fancy is busy battling saturn return, being a Libra on the Scorpio cusp and a tough queer femme. Always obsessed with making things, big jewelry and dreaming big.  She creates tiny masterpieces on finger nails, and her work can be seen on many peoples’ hands around the city.

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  • Dressed in Black: We’ve named this blog column in honour of the tune by The Shangri-Las cuz it’s a little moody sounding…like us! Check out other entries in this series by clicking on the Style & Fashion category. Now without any further ado, our fifteenth interviewee, Waahli!

In 5 words or less, describe your style:

A futuristik bohemian with a throw-back funky edge classic b-boy.

Describe two items in your closet that you love:

My closet is so packed with clothes, stuff that I dont even wear anymore, its a shame.  In spring 2010, I’ll break my cycle of yearly procrastination, sort out, clean my closet and bring unwanted clothes to charitable organization. On the real, I’m the type to get tired very quickly of wearing certain clothes.  Its pretty much clothes that I have accumulated since the year I stopped growing. Right now, I’m in a period of transition wanting to reinvent myself style wise and these days I’ve been wearing the same clean clothes everyday. Soon to see the day, a caterpillar will become a butterfly. My two items are my black hoodie and my jeans overall.

Fashion trend you swore you would not partake in but have fallen victim to (and now kind of love):

The prefabricated hipster movement was created by fashion headhunters, but I love my Lacoste pink cardigan and at times when I wear it, I receive a lot of compliments. Once, someone said to me Woow!  I wish I could pull that out without being complex. I was like.. hhhm, okay!

Never-Deny-Growth (NDG!)

If you had to get a knuckle tattoo, what would it read?

Love (right knuckles) and hate (left knuckles). like Radio Raheem with his four fingered ring in Do the Right Thing, a 1989 Spike Lee joint, which symbolized the struggle between the two forces.

What do you listen to when getting ready to go out/stay in?

When I‘m getting ready to go out I‘m mostly listening to rare grooves from Disco-funk, soul and jazz. When I‘m staying home making soap, I‘m mostly listening to my music. A bit of shameless promotion there.

Your favourite style icon?

Maybe not as an icon but more for his taste in clothing I would say Mos Def.

Favourite shoppes?

Thrift shops, bazaars, church basement and garage sales in the summer.

Your best vintage find/DIY fashion project?

When I was in high school I was always into sports. 4 years ago I found a 1973 vintage Montreal Expos kiwi jacket that I found in Iberville (St-Jean) in a bazaar in a church basement. I was so happy it was the perfect fit too. Hmmmm! my DIY fashion project.. I dont have one for now.

What do you see yourself wearing in 5 years?

ONLY local designer clothing.

  • About Waahli:
  • Waahli is a jack of many trades, changing up hats on the daily from organic soap crafter to hip-hop musician to legal counselor for youth to DJ to Dad. Check out his blog, music video and his band Nomadic Massive to get more Waahli into your diet!

Mad hatter styles.

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Nikki in her craft room!

  • Dressed in Black: We’ve named this blog column in honour of the tune by The Shangri-Las cuz it’s a little moody sounding…like us! Check out other entries in this series by clicking on the Style & Fashion category. Now without any further ado, our fourteenth interviewee, Nikki MacMillan!

In 5 words or less, describe your style:
Seventies / Big Red / “Straggle Rock”

Describe two items in your closet that you love:

  • A pair of vintage 30s shoes, red-brown with a chunky heel, that I got at an amazing vintage store in San Francisco. I kind of ruined them when I wore them on Halloween as part of my deceased pioneer costume but I hope to clean them up.
  • My Courtney Love dress, which is black with little flowers, short-sleeved, button-down, which I altered from a larger/longer dress. It is made of rayon, which is a fabric that both Courtney and I would have worn in 1995 but in different ways.

Fashion trend you swore you would not partake in but have fallen victim to (and now kind of love):
Sweatpants and shorts that have things written on the bum like “Princess” or “Spoiled”. I don’t actually own these things YET

If you had to get a knuckle tattoo, what would it read?
I have given this a lot of thought in the past, and have decided on GOTH POPE or SUGA TITS

What do you listen to when getting ready to go out/stay in?

  • the knife
  • john lennon with or without plastic ono band
  • the new yeah yeah yeahs
  • ll cool j, specifically this one

Biggest fashion pet peeve?
When people are super judgmental of other people’s outfits

Your favourite style icon?
Tori Amos in the liner notes for Scarlet’s Walk, mermaids, Marianne Faithful, my friend Becky (Fin), myself age 15 (so daring!)

Favourite shoppes?

I try to obtain most of my clothes for free via clothing swaps or friendly giveaways. I like to alter clothes, so tend to accumulate a lot of “projects”. I do like clothes and fashion and expressing myself that way, but I do not love shopping that much.
My new favourite store is Kavanaugh in NDG, which has mostly vintage leather stuff but some other great finds too. I recently got a beautiful dark blue-black embossed leather purse there, as well as some really sweet tall mustardy brown cowboy boots, and two black and white lamps from the 60s. The people are so friendly and gave me such a great deal!! Should have gotten that weird sequined bustier thing too.

Your best vintage find/DIY fasion project?
My macrame boomerang dress, which was a giant paisley monstrosity that I altered into a mini-dress. It has sleeves like a BUTTERFLY and sometimes people comment about how short it is. Yay!

What do you see yourself wearing in 5 years?
Less clothes in general (more bikinis!)

  • Bio:
    When not at her day job co-coordinating the Sense Project, Nikki spends much of her time setting up her craft room, thinking about what to eat next, and generally putting the Out in Outremont. She hopes to meet you in person at FaGAGAty Ass Fridays, where she will hopefully have made her hair into some kind of shape such as a bow.

How she rolls.

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  • Dressed in Black: We’ve named this blog column in honour of the tune by The Shangri-Las cuz it’s a little moody sounding…like us! Check out other entries in this series by clicking on the Style & Fashion category. Now without any further ado, our thirteenth interviewee, Mike Rollo!

 

 

 

 

 

In 5 words or less, describe your style:
Prairie boy meets old man. 

Describe two items in your closet that you love:
My black shirt and my flannel shirt.  I am also a big fan of my Clark’s Wallabee shoes.

Fashion trend you swore you would not partake in but have fallen victim to (and now kind of love):
I try not to follow trends.  Sometimes I pick up on a few mixed styles and usually I am not aware of it until someone tells me so.  I tend to lean towards affordability and comfort.

If you had to get a knuckle tattoo, what would it read?
Right Hand: What, Left Hand: When

What do you listen to when getting ready to go out/stay in?
Whatever might be on CBC Radio 1.  I have not kept my ear to the ground to pick up on what the kids are playing nowadays.  Whenever new music comes my way, I tend to dismiss it.  I guess that I’m picky.  I have been listening to a lot of classical music, especially 20th century avant-garde composers (Ligeti, Varese, etc).

Biggest fashion pet peeve?
Winter boots in summer!

Your favourite style icon?
I don’t have a style icon but I would think that my mix of styles would be 1950s prep school kid meets western cowboy meets grumpy old man.

John Ford

Favourite shoppes?
I will always buy my jeans from Buffalo because they fit me properly.  I always get super anxious when I buy jeans because that will be the sole item of clothing I will spend a lot of money on and in most cases jeans never fit me properly.  I also have confidence issues about my body so the jeans have to be perfect.  I am also not very creative with my wardrobe – so comfortability, cleanliness, and a sleek cut!

Your best vintage find/DIY fasion project?
My favorite finds have been some of my western shirts that are well-fitting.  I am very happy about that.  I also have a keen eye for grandpa sweaters!

What do you see yourself wearing in 5 years?
My style has not changed in 5 years so I would have to say that I will probably be wearing the same style 5 years in the future.

Plaid shirt accessorized with duct tape and sharpie on cardboard.

About Mike Rollo:
  • Born and raised in the flatlands of Saskatchewan, Mike now lives in Montreal working as a filmmaker and educator.  A member of the Double Negative Collective,  Mike has screened his films internationally. Mike holds a BFA in Film Production from the University of Regina and a MFA in Studio Arts (Cinema) from Concordia University. He recently completed a portrait of Saskatchewan entitled Ghosts and Gravel Roads, which was honoured by such awards as being named one of Canada’s Top Ten Films by the TIFF Group.
  • Mike’s website
  • Double Negative Collective website
  • Concordia University Faculty page

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This blog has been ultra-femme lately and today will be no different. Tomorrow we’ll be posting a new Dressed in Black style interview with a not-so-femme, male-identified person. For now, let’s enjoy some Etsy eyecandy care of Brooklyn-based NakiMuli! I discovered NakiMuli via the awesome hair-focused Tumblr Le Coil. Be sure to also check out FuckYeahRedHair!

Listening to: tUnE-yArDs

NakiMuli Goin' On A Holiday/Key DRESS!

NakiMuli dress from the back!

Rebel Bow Brooch

Wordsworth Dookie Chain

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Two shapes, two colours and one image!

Holla! Check these out! Each of our t-shirts was lovingly silkscreened by the band! The t-shirt features a section of the 16th century Carta Marina (“map of the sea”) by Olaus Magnus and was printed with washable white ink onto a super-soft jersey cotton American Apparel t-shirt. So buy one and choose the colour, style and size that best suits you! Check ’em out in our Etsy shoppe, or pick one up at a show. Also, have a peep at an earlier conversation we had about t-shirts.

Close up!

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