An Eclectic Set of Links for your Eclectic Set of Weekend

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We have all had a hard, long week, and most of us have likely spent it feeling dowdy inside a parka. Because it’s cold outside. What better time than the present to look outward from our parkas to the great wide world of the internet and its style-related links? Rebecca M. Wornette’s eye was caught by these internet treasures this week.

Mannequins Give Shape to Venezuelan Fantasy

This article takes a close look at Venezuela’s rapidly growing obsession with manufactured beauty. From impossibly proportioned mannequins to Miss Universe winners, it showcases the products and processes of unrealistic images. While impossible ideals for female beauty are really a global issue, the standards seem to be a whole other beast in Venezuela—to the point where European and Western mannequins just weren’t disproportionate enough. Miss Venezuela took the Miss Universe title again a couple of weeks ago. This is the country’s third win in just five years.

Reacting to Miley

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid having an opinion on Miley Cyrus, kudos to you. Educate yourself on everyone’s favourite conversation of the year with this short and sweet summary of some of the reactions to her Video Music Awards performance, which was kinda the show that kicked off this whirlwind of well-planned controversy. It’s got you covered on all things Miley, with in-depth analyses of her performance, as well as all the memes you really don’t need distracting you right now but will probably enjoy anyway.

Dev Hynes: Cupid Deluxe

The man is music, fashion, and art. Dev Hynes is constantly reinventing himself, dabbling in everything from post-hardcore rock to indie pop to funk and soul. Right now he’s making headlines with his feud with Beyonce’s baby sis, Solange, for whom he wrote and produced the critically acclaimed True EP. So while everyone is focusing on the negative, I’d like to throw it back to a couple of weeks ago when it was all about the music.

Why Instagram Censored My Body

While it was anticipated that her t-shirt collaboration with American Apparel would cause a stir, it was kind of a shock when Petra Collins’s Instagram was deleted because of a bikini picture she posted. She’d been reported before for more risqué content than this, but it seems that admins were not comfortable with that fact that her bikini line was shown au naturel. In response, Collin’s wrote this open letter to address the issue of censorship, body shaming, and the significance of freedom of expression on the internet.

Tres Click: Pride Edition

JJ Levine’s Switch Project
Montreal based genderqueer artist JJ Levine’s Switch photos depict couples in different-gender dress, awkwardly posing as if at a spring formal. In these diptychs, partners change outfits, and each person gets a chance to dress as “girl” and “boy,” despite their gender identity.

David M. Halperin, “Style and the Meaning of Gay Culture”
Halperin’s recent article discusses the significance of “style” to gay male culture: “To inquire into melodrama, camp, irony, drag, bodybuilding or Art Deco as “gay” styles is to seek the content of gay culture in its practices — to describe the intervention gay culture makes in the world as it is given. Everything depends on the all-important and elusive meaning of style.”

Becoming Judy: Jonathon’s Story
Pride Toronto helped produce these short videos in which a few LGBTQ folks tell their own unique stories. Drag queen Judy Virago talks about dressing up and being queer.

Queers and Steers: Night of 1000 Dollys
This long running, country western cult party on Thursday June 28th at the Gladstone Hotel pays tribute to “country’s greatest drag queen;” Dolly Parton. Don your gaudy blonde wig, chaps, and glittering cowboy boots while you enjoy watching performers like Keith Cole, Lex Vaughn, and The Tennessee Mountain Homo Choir.

Text by Jenna Danchuk
Image by Brianne Burnell

Très Click: The Wondrfl Wrld of Tumblr

Renee and Chris on My Parents Were Awesome

Looking back through my own posts on Tumblr, I found a blurb from last May that listed “recurring themes on tumblr (from memory).” The list included girls in fields, Mean Girls, “cute” couples, spines, Selby-ish houses, Skins, pretty flowers, tea cups, French macarons, and Coco Chanel quotes. Tumblr can be predictable, to say the least. On some dark days, you need a little more than a million pretty pictures to inspire you back into happiness; but on others, pretty pictures can be just what the doctor ordered. Some cheeky commentary doesn’t hurt, either.

Here are some of my favourite fashion-filled Tumblrs:

Fuck Yeah Vintage
A celebration of all things vintage, from clothing and celebrities to public service announcements and magazines.

My Parents Were Awesome
Follower-submitted photos of the parents of the Tumblr Generation. Old family photos are the best.

Fuck Yeah Isabella Blow
All things Blow-related: photos from throughout Isabella’s life, quotes, anecdotes and editorials.

Fuck Yeah Bob Dylan
We all know how I feel about Bob Dylan’s style. This Tumblr combines photos with film stills, songs, quotes, gifs and more.

Fuck Yeah Comme Des Garçons
Photos of everything (and I mean everything) Comme Des Garçons, from advertisements and product shots to celebrities wearing the brand.

- Stephanie Fereiro

Très Click: Smart Stuff We Like Online


Clockwise: Wednesday Addams, Carine Roitfeld, A still from Doll Clothes (1975), Fashion bloggers invited to Chanel.

Cathy Horyn reports: Carine Roitfeld has resigned
It’s the news that has rocked the entire fashion world – at least according to my Twitter feed. Carine Roitfeld confirmed that she will step down from Vogue Paris in the new year. Under Roitfeld, Vogue Paris was considered the most provocative and bold of all mainstream magazines, seamlessly blending the trendiest of styles with the trendiest of bare breasts. At the same time, the magazine proved itself to be quite controversial (being banned from Balenciaga shows) and often culturally insensitive (putting models in blackface more than once). Who will fill her imposing shoes?

Threadbared: The Digital Decade in Fashion
It’s that time of year again – everyone has their best of, worst of, thumbs up, thumbs down, etc. of 2010. Spare yourself the repetition and read Threadbared’s incredibly comprehensive overview of the past decade’s fashion digital revolution. It begins with, no joke, Pizza Hut’s foray into online business (possibly the first time a double cheese mushroom pepperoni pizza has been so significant), covers the eventual acceptance of bloggers into the mainstream media, and ends with the powerful idea that it is not the fashion industry doing the changing, but perhaps that “digital culture is experiencing a fashion revolution in which fashion objects, images, and information are the stuff of which digital imaginaries are now made.”

Worn Through: Resources for Fashion Styling
Does everyone dream of being a fashion stylist, or is that just me? Well, if you are like me, you will enjoy reading Ellen McKinney’s blog post on how to educate yourself on becoming a stylist. She lists a selection of books to read, topics to consider, and real-life practical exercises (like analyzing an editorial you like) to help train your eye.

Fashion for Writers: Wednesday Addams Explains Thanksgiving
Ok, so this is less than timely, but Wednesday Addams is my style and life hero and I couldn’t resist sharing her genius with you. Her monologue is especially relevant to the discussion happening around the appropriation of Native American culture in mainstream fashion – but mostly I just enjoy watching her burn the summer camp to the ground. I’m inclined to agree with Fashion For Writers‘s Jenny Z. when she calls Wednesday “the most beautiful homicidal maniac ever captured on film.”

Dazed Digital speaks with the curator of the Royal Academy’s new exhibition entitled Aware: Art Fashion Identity
Edith DeVaney talks about creating an exhibition focused on the entwined nature of art and fashion and the people who create both. “We looked for artists who have very deliberately appropriated the creation and examination of clothing as a means of artistic expression. They each explore issues of individuality and social identity.” Pieces include Alexander McQueen’s 1998-1999 Joan of Arc collection, Cindy Sherman’s 1975 film Doll Clothes, and new works by Hussein Chalayan. If anyone is going to be in London before January 30, I would definitely advise checking it out. The museum has all the details here.

- Haley Mlotek