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FALL MAGIK

The time is upon us to let our freak flags fly: all you need to be inspired by the season is throw on some gothy garbs, bust out the black eyeliner and lip stick and maybe throw in a mask or two. Take this striking Moroccan vintage dress below and some big red round shades and you have a haunting Mothman.

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Salute your subterranean overlords in quasi-reptilian steeze.

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Or get the crew together and form a nihilist new wave bandband1

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You never know what magik you will find when dressing like creeps in the park

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Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West (Arista, 1982)

Judging by Haircut One Hundred’s relegation to the discount vinyl bin that time forgot, it is easy to place this early 80’s assembly as a new wave also-ran. But revisiting this important debut by an under-appreciated band yields plenty of comforts for someone pining for simpler times of plastic, polyester and bright-eyed optimism. Hardly the stuff of Margaret Thatcher-era England, mind you, but the soaring spirits of these preppy post-teens is far from milquetoast. Compared to the effervescent work of Culture Club and Spandau Ballet—also new wave, new romantic chart runners of the era who deserve more respect than they are now allotted—the first iteration of “the 100” is positively muscular, palpable pop. “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)” could have been titled “Band Meets World” had there been longevity and foresight in the voice and heart of lead Nick Heyward. He is iridescent throughout the track’s take on Talking Heads-style afrotronics, several years before that became a thing with Byrne and cohorts’ Speaking in Tongues. This lead single, followed by the tropical crooner “Love Plus One” and two others, cracked the Top 10 in England, bringing the band brief radio play and prominence. Sadly, Heyward was too big for his Haircut and wool sweater; soon after Pelican West exhausted its singles, he attempted an unsuccessful solo career. Haircut One Hundred had one more album in them (the relatively dull Paint and Paint), but with a new, inexperienced lead, they never quite took off again.

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John McLaughlin – Devotion (PIP, 1970)

Caught in a pocket of time between sojourns in Miles Davis’ fusion groups and the towering presence of Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin’s Devotion is a pivotal instrumental work.  It is also a snapshot of the lyrical guitarist at his most raw and unadulterated.  The sunny idealism of the Summer of Love had soured into something more sinister and heavy by this time, and it shows in the prescient licks of this talented session guitarist and expert arranger, with a little bit more sweat and blood than usual.  McLaughlin has never had a heavier hand independently before the Devotion sessions, which occasionally elevate the composer and his crack team of musicians to heights later occupied by Mahavishnu.  While the latter perfected the push-pull of deft improvisation and beautifully ornate song structure, Devotion is a firm fist in the face that only incites the listener.  McLaughlin is coruscating here, and it may be hard to imagine that the rhythmic guitarist of Shakti—McLaughlin’s later Eastern spirituality-driven acoustic side project—could be capable of the horizontal dirge of “Devotion” and “Don’t Let the Dragon Eat Your Mother”, but there was a time when this multifaceted guitar instrumentalist had it in him.

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The Summer of the Crop Top

This is the Summer of the Crop Top. The 90’s revival hard at work.

The 90’s are a nostalgic time for me as I went from ages 5 to 15 during this period; childhood to adolescence. I started out with neon scrunchies and leggings, transitioned to auburn hair, waffle knit in burgundy, navy and forest green, segued on to spaghetti strapped dresses in daisy and lady-bug print, and finally closed out the decade with ringer tees and JNCO jeans.

Jelly shoes, chokers, daisy print, velvet burn-out, crop tops and more (T&A Vinyl & Fashion has all; scoop ‘em up!). Let us welcome this decades’ sartorial contributions with fervor (or grudging acceptance, or not at all)!

Which brings me to crop tops. I know that the thought of baring ones’ midriff can be extremely intimidating. My belly is glaringly white, and squishy, and does not adhere to the strictly enforced cultural norms of acceptable-for-society-to-see-flesh. But frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. Anybody can wear a crop top. That being said, I did not bare my midriff for this shoot. Yes, I am a hypocrite. Consider this an office-appropriate crop top look.

I love the silhouette of a crop top and high-waisted midi skirt. In this photo I am wearing a black and white polka dot crop with a sienna brown skirt. The clogs are Lotta from Stockholm.

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This darling navy and white polka dot skirt is from T&A Vinyl & Fashion! I’m wearing it with a black crop, a tan belt, and again, the same clogs.

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Finally, I’ve taken the same crop top and paired it with a Batik skirt. This skirt was way too small for me so I altered it a bit and now it’s one of my favorites. I hope to do another article on altering vintage to fit your unique body at some point in the future so stay tuned!

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I gain inspiration from awesome bloggers like Gabi Fresh and Nadia Aboulhosn. Here is Gabi looking stunning in a crop top and bodycon skirt.

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Alright, it’s been a slice!

-Zoë

(All photos of Zoë were taken by Kelcie De Wildt)

Style Icon – Encino Man

My bud Zoë and I went through an Encino Man phase about 5 years ago; watching it obsessively and pulling out the Link look with over sized tops, vests and clashing colours and prints. It’s a great source of inspo to get that baggin’ 90s look.

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Here Colby is wearing an Encino Man prom inspiration. A velvet trimmed sport coat with tee and patterned pantaloons. Looking hot. Any lad sporting a look like this and busting out The Caveman would surely become king of the prom… tip for next year fellas.

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Next Sale – 2014 RFF!

Regina Folk Festival
Booth D11 on the Plaza (12th Ave. near Scarth St. on South side)
Victoria Park

Hours:
Friday, Aug. 8th, 5 pm – late
Saturday, Aug. 9th, 12 pm – late
Sunday, Aug. 10th, 12 pm – late
**You do not need a folk fest pass to visit the vendors**

We will be adding new stock every couple of hours, so make sure you come back and visit us lots over the weekend!