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The Importance of Being Yourself by Didier Young

I recall growing up, how much I wanted to be exactly like everyone else. To blend in. To be one with the crowd. I hated my freckles, had body issues especially regarding my weight and I even disliked my name because it set me apart. I dressed in oversized tee-shirts in a shade of brown that was absolutely horrendous on my skin tone and in my own way, I was content whenever I was invisible. My reluctancy to be seen only made me more visible to a small group of bullies which further accentuated my personal issues. I was misunderstood because I was different and I was even mockingly given an award for “most social”. Little did they know that nine years later, I would make social media my full time occupation.

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Kimono by Didier Young

Since 1971, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has thrown an annual fundraising Gala to finance its Costume Institute for the year and to signify the launch of a new exhibit at the museum. Each new exhibit has traditionally opened on the first Monday in May since 2001 but the show did not receive much global recognition until 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty which honoured the deceased designer and broke attendance records. Since then, the Met exhibits have been under the scrutiny of the World, with each new show highly influencing brands and designers globally. 2015’s China: Through the Looking Glass became a glass shattering success which in turn created a huge revival of asian influences in fashion.

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Fall Beach Look by Didier Young

Ever since moving to Toronto in 2009, I have been subjected to some irregular weather patterns. While it usually gets scorching hot around August/ September and gets the coldest in February/ March, the months in between can be somewhat erratic. However, it is common consensus that in November, all the trees burn crimson and the temperature gets close to zero degrees celsius. Imagine my surprise when my weather app indicated 12 degrees this past weekend. Instead of complaining about it, I decided to make a small trip to the beach before the beginning of winter.

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Travel Wear by Didier Young

Travelling. When you are a blogger or insta-blogger with the slightest interest in fashion, that word usually evokes images of pretty sceneries where you get to be the model of your own editorial. When it comes to travelling, bloggers tend to spend weeks (if not months) prior simply securing fashion partnerships, doing pulls of clothing that is yet to hit the shelves and going on whirlwind shopping trips to find the perfect outfit for the perfect location. However, the journey to those utopian locations sometimes require a plane ride or two. Those are the moments when we shed away our glamorous garbs in favour of comfortable coats like everyone else. 

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COS X Agnes Martin Guggenheim 2016 by Didier Young

When someone brings up the topic of visual arts, most minds would wander to the Masters from olden eras. Van Gogh and his Sunflowers, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Kahlo’s self portraits and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring immediately come to mind. When asked about contemporary artists, perhaps one would talk about Warhol and his revolutionary pop art movement or of his partner in crime, the crowned Neo- Expressionist Jean- Michel Basquiat. While all those artists were undoubtedly talented, few people would be able to name a Canadian artist, dead or alive. This may change very soon thanks to the Guggenheim’s exhibit of Agnes Martin.

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Personal Style by Didier Young

As shocking as it may sound, my wardrobe is composed mostly of minimal pieces in solid colours. What is that you say? You’re not surprised? Ok, I’m not either. Like everyone out there, it took me some time to find a style that fit me and defined me as a person. I went through the stage where I had the Dawson’s Creek hairstyle (those photos have since then been destroyed), worn chinos in an array of colours that would make a unicorn nauseous and I have worn bowties paired with suspenders. Unsurprisingly, those outfits were inspired by things that interested me at the time: a television show about a group of friends, others with Japanese cartoon characters and yet another one featuring nerd chic. Yes, I watch far too much television but my point here is that everyone is influenced by the environment they are subjected to.

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