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Maurice Vellekoop’s Fall Fashions – Complete!

Hello lucky readers! I’ve managed to secure lovely large versions of Maurice Vellekoop’s illustrations from this past Saturday’s National Post Style Quarterly, as well as the text of the piece by Nathalie Atkinson. This is one of the many reasons that I love actual, physical newspapers–they do beautiful, wonderful things like giant fashion illustrations by some of my favourite artists, and get witty and skilled journalists to write the whole thing up. Kudos to The National Post for commissioning this fun feature, and thanks for letting me run with it…!

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On the Runway: An Illustrated Fashion Editorial
Weekend Post, Saturday September 12
Illustration by Maurice Vellekoop, Text by Nathalie Atkinson
“I hope there’s a red carpet at check-in,” says Marla, feeling the Sixties retro-futurism vibe of her Narciso Rodriguez ensemble (made all the more over-the-top with a Jimmy Choo bag).

On the Runway: An Illustrated Fashion Editorial
Weekend Post, Saturday September 12
Illustration by Maurice Vellekoop, Text by Nathalie Atkinson

“I hope there’s a red carpet at check-in,” says Marla, feeling the Sixties retro-futurism vibe of her Narciso Rodriguez ensemble (made all the more over-the-top with a Jimmy Choo bag).

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Model of the moment Katya is starry-eyed, fresh off the plane from Eastern Europe and worries she doesn’t have a thing to wear: luckily John Galliano went to town in the Balkans with folkloric embroidery and traditional costume headdresses. “Dahling, anybody who tells you that less is more is simply old, like me,” purrs her booker Joan, in Jil Sander.

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It’s always happy hour in the First Class Lounge. Sheila and Karen aren’t frequent fliers but their Marc Jacobs (L) and Christian Dior outfits (R) were all the points they needed to breeze past those adorable security men. (That, and the promise of mile high club benefits.) “If anybody gets suspicious,” whispers Sandrine, “just repeat after me: ‘Oh, how I miss the Concorde.”

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The same charm doesn’t work on Customs, alas, as this ill-fated trio soon found out. Search and seizure agents were immune to the persuasive sartorial powers of Alexander McQueen (L), Miu Miu (M) and Comme des Garçons (R) and immediately confiscated the spoils of several fashion weeks’ worth of front row swag. Isn’t air travel glamorous?


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Almost Missed It… Maurice Vellekoop in The National Post today

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Hey fashionistas, if you’re eager to see Maurice Vellekoop interpreting this season’s hottest fashions, make sure to pick up a copy of this Saturday’s National Post. It’s their quarterly style guide, and features 4 lovely images by Vellekoop and a loose narrative by Nathalie Atkinson, that weaves Jacobs, Dior, and McQueen into the most glamourous of all settings—the airport.

Sadly, it doesn’t look this the article has made it online yet (it’s too bad because I was REALLY hoping to see the images online, a little larger than they were in the paper), but if you are able to still grab a copy of the paper it’s pretty neat, I recommend it.

(There’s also a new TIFF comic strip by Steve Murray in there too…)

If The National Post puts the article online I’ll update this post with a link! If not maybe I’ll just scan some of it?

– Christopher

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Random Japan: Beer at the KFC

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One of the things that really took me back in Japan? The alcohol culture in general is a hell of a lot more enlightened than it is in North America. We’ve all heard the stories about drunken salarymen making a mess of the streets of Tokyo, but I’ll take that over the wierd puritan love/hate relationship we have with alcohol here any day…

To that end, if you happen to wanna drop in to the local KFC for dinner, why not pick yourself up a nice big not-quite-a-pint of Kirin Beer? Beer: It really does go great with Fried Chicken.

(I couldn’t find any hint of this at the KFC site, which leads me to believe this is a more ground-level production… Or they want to keep it under the radar for some reason!)

– Christopher
Not everything I wanna say about Japan will be in 30-photo chunks… enjoy!