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Vancouver-based Writer Lydia Okello on the Future of Fashion They Would Like to See
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“Oh. I guess I wear pants now….â€� It’s a seemingly unremarkable statement for someone to have made in 2016. But the notion was a major turning point that year for both my wardrobe choices and my gender identity. As an AFAB (assigned female at birth) person who grew up adoring frills, floofs and fanciful garments, I would never have been seen in a pair of pants, let alone jeans.

Looking back, it’s easy to see how my history shaped a narrowed view of how to clothe myself. I’m a first-generation Canadian-Ugandan who was raised in a conservative evangelical Christian home. Gender roles were rigid and in plain sight, and my penchant for frocks played right into my assignment as a young woman.

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Week 19. Hi! It’s been a busy week(s) — finally feeling like summer consistently here. Which doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it this year BUT trying to remind myself that I don’t need to stay in full recluse mode.â € â € One of my favourite months, August always feels a touch restless but full of promise. I loved the feeling of *new school year, new Lydia* as a kid, and since I have a September birthday it always felt like more of New Year to me. I find myself pondering a lot of future things right now… so many seem like huge questions. Admittedly, this does make me a bit anxious as we are still in a pandemic. But, it also reminds me that hope is never far away. I had so plans for this year — even though they have changed course, I’m holding on to daydreams and future, far flung getaways. One day! Let’s get to the outfits shall we?â € â € â € Monday — buzz buzz! Sometimes, extra is exactly what’s called for. • @sotelaco Papaya shorts and Pomelo shirt (gifted), @shoparq bralette (gifted), @puntopigro_official sandals, old Cheap Monday sunglasses. â € â € Tuesday — literally a walk (and sit) in the park. • @powerofmypeople shirt (gifted), @nettlestudios pants (gifted), @sevillasmith Lydia sandals (gifted).â € â € Thursday — kiss me hard before you go… a little classic summertime serve. • Jungmaven tee from @selltradeplus , Forever21 shorts (old), @sevillasmith mules (gifted).â € â € Friday — errands were run! This tank top is one of my faves; I always fall for bright blue print on crinkly vintage jersey. • @communitythriftandvintage tank top, ES Florence shorts (gifted, not available currently), Vagabond mules.â € â € Reminder: you can tip me in my bio. All tips help me continue to bring Style is Style’s delicious content to you. I appreciate everyone who has contributed — thank you for seeing the value in my work!â € â € Black Lives Still Matter.â € â € How are you planning on spending the first week of August? #nonbinaryfashion #psootd #tombabe

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I often looked to 1990s pop culture for fashion inspiration. Utterly infatuated with sitcom protagonists, I pined after the clothes I saw on Family Matters, Saved by the Bell and Full House. D.J. Tanner’s tiered skirts always caught my eye; I also admired Uncle Jesse’s wardrobe but didn’t think too much of it. Watching Grease in the second grade, I was as much in love with Danny’s iconic greaser looks as I was with Sandy’s sock hop attire—two sides of expression, but at that time, I only consciously tended to one.

I awkwardly navigated my teen years in lace-trimmed tank tops and vintage skirts, questionably styled. I still held tightly to the perception that I needed to sustain “femininity�—though what feminine meant was a moving target.

As an adolescent bibliophile with lots of spare time in the summer, I pored over books about the golden age of Hollywood and the fashion industry’s heady past. I spent hours thumbing through reference size tomes of Christian Dior’s New Look and the history of Vogue and was entranced by Ken Russell’s images of postwar Teddy Girls; it was a foray into the fundamentals of fashion. I didn’t realize it then, but I was building a knowledge base that would eventually inform my career and my style.

I didn’t come out as a queer person until I was 25. I was scared, nervous and trepidatious. I wasn’t sure if I was even allowed to be queer. My limited perceptions of LGBTQ+ folks—who weren’t gay men—were based on gruff stereotypes, caricatures of people. As I came to accept my pansexuality, I loosened my grip on my high-femme personhood—for me, the two were intertwined. My internalized homophobia and transphobia meant that I had a very specific script of who I was permitted to be. Coming out allotted some breathing room in ways I didn’t expect. There was self-exploration of what it meant to be me: to be queer, to be Black. My plus size body no longer meant I had to be femme—it was something I could choose instead of be assigned to.

As I became more explorative in my identity, including being non-binary, I found myself seeking new inspirations and icons. Writer and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon, whose style is composed of a mix of saturated hues and who rebels against gender “norms� in an unapologetic and fully realized vision of selfhood, and Héloïse Letissier, who fronts the band Christine and The Queens, are just a few of the folks who helped me unpack what I had previously considered to be limitations.

Vaid-Menon (and other nonconforming and non-binary people) has taught me to continually search outside the white gaze of gender expression as Black people, Indigenous people and other people of colour have pre-colonial histories of varied genders; I come back to that often. And Letissier reminds me that style—even extravagant or ostentatious style—is not limited to traditional concepts of femininity. She sports puff sleeves and ostentatious trousers, but neither fall into the territory of “feminine wiles.� Vintage infused and never demure, Letissier’s clothing choices hold space for frivolity—a fanciful nature that isn’t just reserved for ball gowns.

Today, I often tag my outfits on social media with #tombabe—a designation somewhere between “tomboy� and “babely.� I do it to make a statement that androgyny doesn’t have to be monochrome baggy pieces; it can mean a boldly hued sundress and badass boots. It can mean anything you damn well please. And that’s the future of fashion I want to see.

This story originally appeared in the September 2020 issue of FASHION Canada. Pick up your copy on newsstands now, via Apple News + or the FASHION app. 

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Here’s How to Get Your Hands On Local Woman’s Dreamy Dresses
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For Toronto-based creative Sarah Gregg Millman, there’s satisfaction to be derived from taking things slowly. The costume designer and stylist launched her line, Local Woman, at the beginning of this year after encouragement poured in from an unlikely source; and her approach is the opposite of what you’d expect in today’s ‘hustle culture’ climate.

“I’d worked in film long enough to know I wanted to be a director,� Millman recalls of embarking on her career shift. “I wanted to be at the helm.� After hiring a life coach–who noted that the topic of fashion kept cropping up during their conversations–Millman forged ahead with the production of a self-funded short film, the release of which has been put on hold indefinitely due to COVID-19.

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Photography courtesy of Julia Kennedy.

Given her previous experience and limited budget, Millman took it upon herself to design a dress for the main character, who is pregnant; a whimsical, movement-minded piece that immediately caught the eye of those she showed the film to. “They were like, the film is great…but that dress!�

Spurred on by the compliments, and finding herself with the time given all film productions had ground to a halt, Millman decided to create the style in an array of locally-sourced upcycled and deadstock fabrics, some dating back decades. After a successful pop-up sale and sporadic online drops, she’s gained a legion of avid fans always on the lookout for restocks of the romantic designs, many of which are named after the first customer to purchase them; others are named for icons like musician Nina Simone.

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Photography by Aurora Shields.

At 2pm EST today, Millman will release a new limited number of variations on the popular look, ranging from a velvety “fall feeling� style, to pieces she calls “the confection collection� for their saccharine motifs. “I’m very fabric driven,� Millman notes–not surprising given her background as a visual artist. And she says that moving forward, she’d love to incorporate more artistic aspects to the Local Woman brand, including a journal focused on women who have built their own houses, as well as a video component.

For now, though, she’s focused on growing Local Woman’s offerings–an apron-style dress and a jacket are currently in the works–and ensuring that her brand maintains its feminist roots. “I would like to grow it to a more democratic space of who can wear it and access it,â€� Millman adds, noting that right now her customers skew on the younger side. Given what she’s accomplished so far, it’s only a matter of time.

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Wolfgang Tillmans releases new single ‘Life Guarding’
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Wolfgang Tillmans - Life Guarding

Wolfgang Tillmans has released a new track, “Life Guarding�.

“Life Guarding� is based around water metaphors, both in the track’s lyrics and in its visuals. Its music video is a film and collage by Tillmans, edited by Michael Amstad, that explores shifts its lens “between micro and macrocosms, collages of body parts, fruit and insects, we find him equally paying attention to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean as well as to the ‘same’ water in the formhellip;

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Was John Mayer Once in a Throuple With 2 Reality Stars—Including Someone From The Hills?

Scheana Shay of "Vanderpump Rules" claims she was in a throuple with John Mayer and Stacie Adams from "The Hills."

Jacquelyn Brittany on Nominating Biden: 'It Almost Seems Like I’m in a Dream'

Jacquelyn Brittany met Joe Biden while working as an elevator attendant for the New York Times—and nominated him at the DNC.

Preview of furniture design exhibited at blickfang from 9th to 11th October in Vienna
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The traveling design fair blickfang provided insights into the upcoming event on three days from 9 to 11 October at MAK Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna with a strong focus on interior design, furniture. Among the preview, especially comfortable pieces are featured like...

Damien Hirst tries to buy Maurizio Cattelan’s banana, told no, makes one
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Damien Hirst

When Mauritzio Cattelan duct-taped a banana (officially titled “Comedian�) to a wall last year at Art Basel Miami, the world went into a spin. But, it appears, none more than fellow artist Damien Hirst who says he actually tried to purchase one of the work’s $120,000 editions (one of which had already read more raquo;

New Music Friday: 7 albums to hear this week
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Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds

It’s been nearly a decade since Bright Eyes released their last album, 2011’s The People’s Key. During that time, singer Conor Oberst released a handful of solo records, formed a band with Phoebe Bridgers called the Better Oblivion Community Center, and maintained a solid friendship with his Bright Eyes bandmates Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, occasionally working togeter on otherhellip;

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Yoko Ono is hanging banners on the Met Museum to send messages of hope
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Yoko Ono, 11 November, 1974

New artworks from Yoko Ono are being displayed across the front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a message of hope to the people of New York.

When visitors return to the museum next weekend after months of closure due to the pandemic, they will be welcomed by two 24-by-26-foot banners, one that reads “DREAM� and another that reads “TOGETHER� – a message from Ono addressing the longing for connectivity and closeness felt by the people of the city duringhellip;

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