I first heard about the innovative and exponentially growing Japanese designer Kuniko Morinaga (of Anrealage) years ago. I was at a cash only, pop-up sale of overstock of European fashion magazines, end-of-the-bolt yards of colorful fabric and random knick knacks of button filled ziplock baggies.
Flipping through a F/W 2011-2012 prêt-à-porter issue of gappress, a purposely pixilated collection caught my eye, compelling me to hide the magazine in my stack to later feed my eyes.
Anrealage (a combination of real, unreal, age) is a conceptually interesting, forward thinking yet thoughtfully wearable brain child of Kuniko Morinaga since 2008. It was unreal that I was able to see his latest innovations in his first showing in a week long exhibit in Toronto inspired by technology distractions and the creative solutions for it.
The last time I wrote one a design detail entry was last summer and I really enjoyed writing about the dozens of things I loved about my favorite dress shirt. It's a shame that it's been so long, because there's plenty of interesting clothing and jewelry I wanted to showcase!
To start off with a bang, here is my favorite cardigan.
Sleek shape, long sleeves, extra appendages across the neck and side seams feel like extra arms
I had the extreme pleasure to attend an event organized by MTM Productions for a special meet and greet with JustKiddingFilms! I have been following JKF for years, I can remember watching them starting from my teenage years and I never thought I would be able to actually meet them and have a few laughs with them.
If you aren't familiar with JFK, get familiar! They're a comedic team of voices and faces of Asian media pioneering for a minority that is represented far less frequently on Western outlets. They were one of the first popularized and successful Asian youtubers who rose alongside Nigahiga and Wong Fu Productions through the mid 2000's to the present.
They're known for their comedic take on Asian culture, families, gender role reversal and a hell of a lot more (they have almost 5 different youtube channels with a distinct direction, respectively).
Here's one of my personal favorit videos of JKF. During the trend of "Shit _____Says" videos, JKF had the funniest videos that are completely relate able and hilarious. Do you see a parent, uncle or auntie of yours somewhere in the video?
Any who, back to the event. OHR and I had to arrive extra early to secure good seats. Knowing that it was JKF's first time showing in Toronto? It's almost GUARANTEED that hundreds of fans will be flocking to the event.
If the weather outside is shockingly frigid, I try to stay huddled in layers of blankets and comforters.
But what I love about snowy days is that the temperature drops, there's a dusting of snowflakes in the air and it's time for a little adventure.
I had the great pleasure of venturing King City, a relatively small township of under 5000 people in Northern Ontario, with a lovely host that wasn't barred from the snow.
Tredging in 15 cm of snow was no easy task, but the scenary was too beautiful to deny.
They say when it comes with gifts, it's the thought that counts.
One of my favorite Christmas gifts from this past holiday was given to me by my best friend who knew I was struggling to find a great backpack. My perimetres were simple: it had to be black, have interesting details and large/sturdy enough to carry my metric tons of supplies I bring to school.
I walked around endless malls of boring bags and lazy designs that failed to catch my eye. If I was lucky enough to have found a bag I liked, they were too small to hold my sketchbook or too dainty to trek around with.
A few weeks before Christmas, my best friend approached me with a few great backpacks picked out from YesStyle. She knew I was hungry for great functional and unique design and a backpack that would get me excited about a new day.
What made my backpack extra special was the time it took with my best friend to consult and consider which backpack was best suited for me. It was more thoughtful to be included in the decision making process (and also more fun!).