Historically speaking, books for are nerds and beer is for party animals. So, we at S+C took to the lab to finally combine brains and braun to make this summer’s most balls-to-the-wall, intellectually stimulating, tough guy/girl soda sipping, guide to books and beer.
Ask any fashion designer – inspiration is really not that hard to find, it’s putting it to good use that stumps even the most talented of creatives.
However, with just a glance at Toronto-based designer Anu Raina’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection to see her floral muses, her inspiration is showing. Paying tribute to her lazy childhood Sundays spent in her grandfather’s garden, Raina doesn’t just hint at spring and summer, she blows it out of the water. Local Kashmir region (the general expanse north of India and Pakistan) flora colour airy summer dresses, pleated midi skirts and silk scarves. Daisies are the flowers of the Raina season, but it’s the pomegranate prints that really bring the collection. I mean, who else has done a pomegranate print? Transcendent.
Clearly, this is inspiration done good. For Fall/Winter 2013, Raina recalls her impressions of the big NYC. Subway map prints, punchy Wall Street silhouettes and the iconic Statue of Liberty all make non-gimmicky appearances. Seriously, Raina collections are so well-crafted and wearable, fashion mavens Alexa Chung and the Olsen twins should be clamoring for her pieces. PR companies, go and make disciples of all fashion nations; spread the Raina.
Jay de Belen (JD): Who is the Anu Raina woman?
Anu Raina (AR): The Anu Raina woman is urban, multi-faceted woman and appreciates every aspect of life. She can be fun and flirtatious one moment, and yet strike a deep conversation the next moment.
JD: Elaborate on your influences and inspirations. Particularly, how did your textiles studies at Sheridan College colour your perspective?
AR: While designing, my biggest inspirations mostly tend to come from my own life journeys. There are stories all around us, everyday. We just need to open our inner eyes. When I’m done looking inside, then I will look outside for inspiration.
My studies at Sheridan opened my inner eyes and awakened the artist within me. It helped me come out of my monochromatic world and taught me to play fearlessly with colour.
JD: Toronto has been pretty on the radar in recent years, what with all our talented local designers. What do you bring to the Toronto fashion scene?
AR: What I bring to the table is my fresh, crisp, newborn, raw yet original perspective. I like to make a statement. My silhouettes are simple, so my prints can scream I’m here!
JD: Your pomegranate prints are a huge hit in the Toronto fashion scene this summer. What drew you to it?
AR: It was a tribute to a happy childhood spent playing in my grandfather’s pomegranate garden.
JD: If you could show at any fashion week in the world, which one would it be?
AR: London Fashion Week. But, while London, Paris and Milan have been around for a long time, it’s always the new soil where the seeds of talent germinate fast. Toronto is bursting with new talent and beginning to make a mark on the fashion world.
Another year of riding The Mighty. A small town secret, far away down the rapids of the Saugeen River, rafts suited for some post-apocalyptic-like warfare, beer, music, friends, family – the best kept secret of Victoria Day Weekend.
Generally, the day begins with a mild hangover from the previous night’s all-too-late display of friendship and debauchery, followed by one’s weight in coffee, a breakfast beer, water, and whatever other nutrients can be derived from the respective household in which the crew meeting takes place.
With each passenger of the raft required to bring a case of their preferred beer (OV, Export, Pabst, Busch, Busch Lite…?) the raft’s previous liquid cargo is paramount even over any member of the crew.
Finally, we ship off. This time around, the mighty vessel came complete with a stereo system (powered by a car battery), portable barbeque, German lumberjack, a whole lot of Daft Punk, and, above all, a decade long history of venturing down the mighty Saugeen alongside countless others.
Leave it to electro-pop duo Neon Neon to release a followup to their most epic, perfect Stainless Style (a pseudo-concept record following the life of car mogul turned down-on-his-luck shyster, John Delorean) on an Italian anti-fascist, publisher, millionaire smuggler of literature from Soviet Russia. Enter Praxis Makes Perfect.
Alex writes about what Parks and Recreation says about Iron Man 3′s mediocrity, Robert Redford, Steven Soderbergh (again), and why we’re getting tired of superheroes. He also explains why we shouldn’t fret about the future of Hollywood filmmaking.