Skip to main content

the style fyle :: berserker

i did say that i was going to post more clothing-related material, since my initial post on the subject was one of the most viewed from 2013. i feel like i need to own up to the fact that i'm typing this while wearing a tank top, cotton shirt and yoga pants, none of which are particularly fashionable, so we all have our off days.

most of the time, though, i like to think that i have my own peculiar style.

in both senses
one of the things that i think marks my sartorial idiosyncrasies [aside from loving the word "sartorial"] is a passionate desire to search out local designers in the areas where i live. i've done a lot of that in montreal and toronto, not so much among the high end/ haute couture designers [although i'm aware of them, i can't afford their wares], but among those who are just doing something different and unique. so i thought that i'd take a moment to introduce you to one of them.

a favourite of mine when i was living in toronto was a shop on queen street called peach berserk. they are the unofficial empire of silk-screening, with an ever-changing arsenal of patterns that range from newspaper clippings to original drawings to giant portraits of edie sedgewick. i've plucked a few choice morsels from their racks over the years, but if you don't find anything you want, they also do custom work and conduct workshops for you to do your own silkscreening. [you can order custom pieces in a set range of styles from their web site, linked above, but if you're able to get to toronto, it is absolutely worth checking out their store, where you can find even more styles and nab some sale items at great prices.]

their work is very distinctive, which means that it's recognizable, so it's not the sort of thing that you can wear every day without looking like a mannequin, but it's definitely the sort of thing that you might want to pull out when you want to make a statement. they're not the sort of pieces that will go unnoticed. likewise, if you're personal style tends towards the more understated or minimalist, these are probably the sort of garments that are going to look awkward. there is absolutely nothing understated about these happy, splashy items.

FIND SOME HAPPY SPLASHY AFTER THE BREAK...



i suppose there are people who would argue that someone my age has passed the point where she should be wearing things that look like this, but the fact is that when i was in my twenties, i think i lacked the confidence to pull this sort of look off. so you aren't going to deprive me of the opportunity now that i do feel confident.

i found it tricky to get good photos, but here are a few examples of the kind of work that you'll find chez peach berserk:

photo by dominic f. marceau for everyday fluevog

ah, the cowgirl. festooned with images of horses and hats and saddles. this one is still available, actually. but if you live in montreal, chances are we might be at the same show wearing it and that would be hella awkward. we'd have to have a dual or something.


this one is actually what i wore on new year's eve. because even if you're just having a few friends over for drinks and snacks, there's no reason why you can't get a little gussied up. the print is actually lots of posters and ads for old school punk bands and i love the fact that it's printed in black and white, which makes it look like you're wearing piles of old newspapers you collected. because there's nothing wrong with that. i also like the "tassle" effect from the raw-edged black and magenta fabric squares along the bottom. looks awesome with an actual black and white band shirt, although i dressed it up a bit with a scarf as well. 


i also figured that this was a perfect time to try out the black and white speckled eye liner look that illamasqua introduced with their 2013 spring collection. incredibly easy with tons of impact. 


funnily enough, i also went peach berserk for a night out at the casa del popolo on valentine's day. they are kind of a go-to for me for fun evenings. again, the photos below don't capture the print well, but it's another "newspaper style" print, this time featuring marquees for various clubs around toronto. it's a very simple a-line skirt, but still something with a good does of fun. 


i paired it with a shirt from the sadly defunct montreal company fairyesque. if you like it, however, you might want to consider taking sewing lessons with the brand's former owner and designer


i got the idea for this outfit from a piece i saw in the january issue of in style magazine, one of their features on what colours to try wearing together. it suggested poppy red could be paired with fuchsia. it's not something i ever would have thought of on my own, although now that i see it, i'm quite pleased. that's the thing about fashion magazines [and in style in particular]. even if you don't find the exact pictures they show to be to your personal tastes, they often have very helpful suggestions that you can adapt. 


 of course, when i saw lime green thrown into the mix as well, there was only one thing that i could do...


that's illamasqua's intense lip gloss in "shoot", also from their spring 2013 collection, although i picked it up much later than that. there is something about illamasqua makeup and peach berserk clothing that seem to mesh exquisitely.

that might not be the most traditional valentine's face, but i have to say that it did feel very much like... me. which is really how you should judge everything you put on.

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

losers?

just a short time ago, i waxed prosaic about trump supporters who felt betrayed by their candidate pursuing in office the exact things that he said he would. short version: i have no sympathy.

today is a bit different. in the wake of america's bombing of a syrian air strip, in response to a chemical weapons attack by the syrian government, my facebook and twitter feeds were peppered with plaintive shades of "we believed you". these are the people who heard trump say that he wanted the united states to step back and focus on defending its own. indeed, trump did say such things, over and over; america cannot be the policeman of the world. even arch-liberal cynics like me had to admit that this was a refreshing argument to hear from someone outside the paul family, and, could easily have been turned into trump's greatest argument against hillary clinton. [he chose to go another way, which also worked.]

trump also said, repeatedly, that america needed to invest heavily …

don't speak

you might think that it sounds dramatic, but linguistic genocide is something that happens. people in power will go to great lengths to eradicate certain languages, not just for the sheer joy of making the world a lesser place, but as a way of beating down the culture that's associated with it. language has a unique reciprocal bond with culture, and every group that has attempted to break down another has recognised that forbidding a cultural group from communicating in their own language is an extremely effective way to tear apart their culture.

there are lots [and lots and lots and lots] of examples of this sort of thing, some successful, some not, but far too many to cover in one blog post. however, i thought it was worth looking at some languages that have been the subjects of active repression, and what the political consequences of that have been.

devastation :: the native north american languages :: it should come as no surprise that the largest genocide in history [by a ma…

long division

after the united states election last year, there were the usual calls for the country to unite behind the new president. that never happens anymore, because, since george w. bush scored a victory in 2004, having launched the country into a war in iraq for no reason, the people on the losing side of a presidential election have been pretty bloody angry about it. democrats hated bush 43. republicans really hated obama. democrats really hate trump.

it didn't help that trump didn't make the typical conciliatory gestures like including a couple of members of the opposite party in his cabinet, or encouraging his party to proceed slowly with contentious legislation. barack obama arguably wasted at least two and as many as six years of his tenure as president trying to play peacemaker before he felt sufficiently safe to just say "screw you guys" and start governing around the ridiculous congress he was forced to deal with. not-giving-a-shit obama was the best president in …