Bad Day, the Toronto-based interview and editorial magazine, has made its archive of back issues available online. The issues, which feature style icons like Glenn O'Brien and Charlotte Gainsbourg, actors such as Jason Schwartzman and James Franco, and low-key fashion shoots with skinny naked chicks, are mostly out of print and being made available digitally for the first time. Check out the archive for some of the best, minimalist print design I've seen in awhile. —Angelo
Team Art Delights makes a coloring book filled with '90s pop divas and I need it. They also make other coloring books, including one titled "Boy Bands" which speaks to my soul on a very personal level. It's stuff like this that convinces me Etsy is the greatest website to ever exist.—Katie
Move aside Alexa Chung! There's a new world-renowned style icon in town. And by "town" I mean IKEA. This little monkey named Darwin has been making waves on the internet after he was found roaming around a Toronto IKEA. With his stylishly over-sized jacket, we couldn't help fall head over heels for this monkey's amazing fashion sense. Here at Urban Outfitters we've got all the essentials to help you complete your "Help, I'm a Baby Monkey Wearing A Shearling Jacket and I'm Lost In This IKEA" look. - Hazel
The essential part of this look (besides looking like a monkey) is the shearling coat. To get the look as close to Darwin's as possible opt for a size that's a bajillion times larger than your normal size. You want to look like you're really, really tiny and drowning in your coat.
The over-sized collar on this coat will help create the illusion that your head is abnormally small, like a monkey's. Trust us, it will look very fashion-forward. Very hot. We know what we're talking about at UO.*
We don't want to assume anything about our readership, but chances are (94.68%, to be exact, according to blog data we've recently gathered) you aren't a monkey. Because of this, you'll need to make your head look as round and furry as possible. Grab a cute fur hat like this one!
Graphic designer Geoff McFetridge has a new solo show in Toronto at the Cooper Cole gallery (1161 Dundas St West), running now until the 8 of December. Always insanely graphic, this show features acrylic paintings and a limited run of screen prints. Though McFetridge is from Canada, this is his first solo show there. Definitely a must see for anyone close to the area. Check out more work from the show here. -Lorin
I picked up a copy of the zine Hula Hoop Girls at the NY Art Book Fair the other day and it led me to discover the artwork of Eunice Luk. She's an illustrator, potter and founder of Fantasy Camp Books, a Toronto-based indie book publisher. Her neon illustrations of monsters, aliens, and various critters are all I want hanging on my walls. She gave me a postcard of hers picturing a cyclops about to take a bath (posted above). Now, seriously, how awesome is that? - Hazel
I can't sign on to Tumblr these days without seeing more and more adorable drawings by teen girls on the web, and Ella of Skellaton is one of those rad girls. Her pastel colored Kawaii aesthetic would make even Sailor Moon jealous. - Hazel
For everyone out there having a cruel, cruel summer, these FieldguidedEndless Bummer totes are for you. Show your disdain for the heat around town and keep praying for the start of fall from the confines of your air-conditioned bedrooms! -Ally
Petra Collins, the nineteen-year-old Toronto-based photographer, takes beautiful snapshots of girlhood. Her work has appeared in magazines like Oyster, Garage, Vice, and, of course, Rookie Mag. Her photos of teenage girls, whether they're of a group of witches or a couple of riot grrrl skateboarders, have helped define Rookie's aesthetic month after month. She also runs The Ardorous, an all-female art collective that features photographers, painters, and illustrators from around the world.
Her art installation "Strange Magic," a collaborative work with The Ardorous and Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Mag, opens tonight at Space 15 Twenty! I talked to Petra about her work, Strange Magic, and the awesome lookbooks she created for UO during the Rookie Road Trip.
Your pictures of teenagers and female youth are such honest depictions. Have you always gravitated towards female subjects and girl culture with your photography?
Yes I have. It just came naturally because I was documenting my life at the time.
How does feminism effect your work?
I think it just changes the way I approach things; it gives me a female gaze.
Some people might find your photography controversial due to the sexual subject matter. Why do you think people are still so threatened by young female sexuality?
I find that western culture idealizes pre-pubescence and views the feminine identity as something that can only exist in the realm of adolescence. Women are expected to be sexually submissive. I think our society isn't ready to accept the grown woman (a girl after puberty) and thus can't deal with the thought of a women having dominant control over her sexuality.
I know you paint, but are their any other mediums that you want to work with besides photography?
Yes! I love to work with every medium. I just did a sculptural piece for the strange magic show. I'm also starting some film projects with my boyfriend Avery Hunsberger.
I wanted to give female artists a stronger voice and a platform to display their work. At the time I was having trouble getting my photography noticed, so I just decided to create my own space where I and other female artists could collaborate and get our work seen!
Tell me a little about the lookbooks you created for UO. What's the inspiration behind each shoot?
Each shoot was strongly influenced by the city it was shot in and how I felt about it aesthetically.
Who were the models that you used for each shoot?
I used friends, my sister Anna, and some Rookie readers from each town.
Tell me about the inspiration for Strange Magic. What was your vision for the space?
I wanted to create a surreal depiction of a teenage bedroom, like the alternate universe that co-exists with your bedroom, the way you view it.
When I was a teenager I never really saw my room as "messy," it always seemed magical. The papers, dirty underwear, and wrappers on the floor sort of looked like a botanical oasis to me and that is what I wanted to turn literal. I also wanted to make sure it gave an accurate depicition of teen life/bedrooms. I find that in most images or movies that show a teenager's room the gritty, sad, or weird things get left out. I made sure to keep those in through the photos and parts of the installation, like the dirty underwear, the gross wrappers, or the weird and embarrassing diary entries.
What has been your favorite part of the Rookie Road Trip?
It's hard to say! I think my favorite parts were the "off moments" like stopping at gas stations, exploring weird towns, eating at diners, places that to me felt like film stills from a road movie.
Hey Toronto! We're here at NXNE and super excited to be bringing you two awesome afternoons of music. This Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, we will be having live music at our Toronto stores, featuring performances and DJ sets by Vacationer, Bowly, DJ Fusion, Beta Frontiers, Zulu Winter, Young Magic, and DIIV (the artists formally know as Dive). And the best part of all? It's free. Find out all the times, locations, and RSVP for it all here!
Attention Toronto Shoppers! For every $25 you spend in stores, you'll earn one raffle ticket to win a pair of NXNE wristbands, Shop at either of our two Toronto stores (235 Yonge St., or 481 Queen St. West) to enter!
Avril Loreti's home accessories include kissy cocktail napkins, moustache handkerchiefs and doughnut tea towels. Our favorite item has to be these colorful paint chip placemats, not only because they would look good at our spot, but because Avril names all of the colors herself! We're a fan of "Orange you glad."
We don't want the buttoned-all-the-way-up collar trend to ever go away and thankfully AmprisLoves has made this adorable peter pan collar necklace out of floral leather to keep it going. We just hope it lasts until spring, want to try this it over all out dresses and tanks!