Vanvouver Fashion Week: 5 minutes with the designers of Y-Z Studio
By: Elaine Jyll Regio
Couple and design duo Yangsen Hsu and Zachary Wu of Y-Z Studio on the inspiration behind their Spring 2017 collection.
How did you two meet?
Zachary Wu: “Through a friend of a friend. One day they approached me and said ‘Hey, you should know this guy.' We met up and after three days we started dating and it’s been four years now. Yangsen does more more of the styling while I'm the classically trained designer.”
How do you go about building a collection together?
ZW: “Basically we think of the main topic of the collection and then grab materials that suit it. For example, this seasons theme is ‘social anxiety disorder.’ How we transform this idea is that we search for hashtags and keywords online and then we think about how to turn them into shapes and details of the collection. We have a contrast in style – I'm more sophisticated and Yangsen likes street style and really colourful looks and we combine that together.”
I saw hashtags like “delete me” and “unfriend me” on some of the looks. Do you personally relate to those hashtags?
ZW: "Yes. I have social anxiety and I get annoyed when I go on social media and see people wanting others to worship them. And that’s why I want to use the hashtag ‘unfriend me’ because I don’t care anymore. I don’t want to feel pressured when I’m using social media because it was supposed to be a place where you could express yourself. Now you have to think about what should I say, or shouldn’t I say. We collaborated with an artist based in Taiwan named Sic Lee and he created some graphics that we put on the backs of the blazers and T-shirts that reference the collections theme.”
What was your thought process behind the headphones and phone chargers that you used to accessories some of the looks?
ZW: “Like I mentioned before, social media has taken over our lives and we are so preoccupied by it. So by wrapping headphones and chargers through some of the pieces we expressed how you can’t be separated from [social media] – but in a sarcastic way. On one of our jumpsuits you could actually see an outline of a phone right on the pocket. Our brand is all about facing the day-to-day with some sarcasm."
Where do you see yourselves taking this brand?
ZW: “This is our fourth collection but our first Fashion Week, so this is a big step. We studied in Taiwan and as you know, it’s a really small island so it’s not easy to get our brand out there so that’s why we’re here. London Fashion Week would be the next level.”
Who is the woman you design for?
ZW: “We have a very specific type of woman in mind when designing. She's an independent thinker and you don’t have to persuade her to buy anything, she knows what she wants.”
If you could choose a song that represents your emotions post-show, what would it be?
ZW: “The post-show atmosphere would definitely be the song HONNE & Izzy Bizu – 'Someone That Loves You.'”
Who is going to play Britney Spears in the Lifetime movie?
By: Michelle Skelsey
The Britney Spears's Lifetime biopic Britney is one step closer to our TV screens. The full cast was announced on Buzzfeed and we've gathered images of all the actors so you can see how they size up to the real thing.
Britney will be played by Natasha Bassett.
Nathan Keyes has the role as Brit's most famous ex Justin Timberlake.
Clayton Chitty will star as ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Fierce matriarch Lynn Spears will be portrayed by Canadian (yay!) Nicole Oliver.
Montreal's Matthew Harrison will bring to life the role of dad Jamie Spears.
Childhood friend and husband of 55 hours Jason Alexander will be played by Vancouver's Kelly McCabe.
Another Canadian, Tamara Thorsen, will star as Jenna Dewan Tatum. She was an NSYNC backup dancer and rumored girlfriend of JT.
And finally, Wade Robson, Britney's infamous backup dancer, will be portrayed by Markian Tarasiuk of Vancouver.
We’ve all been told that foundation should look like skin. This, of course, means skin in the best possible version of itself: poreless, even-toned and free of blemishes. These latest foundations got the memo. Urban Decay All Nighter has three times as much pigment as the brand’s Naked Skin line for total coverage. Smashbox tested its new range in a photo studio to ensure that it holds up under any type of lighting. Skincare ingredients are found in both Almay Age Essentials (collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides) and Vichy Teint Idéal (vitamin C). L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow stays put for up to 24 hours, and the hydrophobic pigments in Chanel Teint Ultra Tenue keep it in place even in extreme humidity. Then there are the shade ranges: Urban Decay, Smashbox and Chanel boast 24, 22 and 16 shades respectively. Get glowing.
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5 products to upgrade your skincare routine this fall
By: Carli Whitwell
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We’ve been taught to think of a good skincare regimen as a long-term investment. But sometimes the daily grind shows up most on your face. The fast fix? Boosters. These liquids – which you add to your moisturizer – contain a high concentration of active ingredients to counteract fatigue and pollution. “Like serums, they target deeper into the dermal layer than [moisturizers],” says Dr. Diane Wong of Toronto’s Glow Medi Spa. “But you only use boosters when you need to kick-start the skin.” For example:
You’re pulling major OT at work: Brighten exhausted skin with a formula containing antioxidant-rich magnesium. Sephora Revitalizing Booster Tired Skin ($25), at sephora.com.
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If you’re trying to scale back the clutter on your bathroom counter, this multi-use hair and skin oil leads the minimalist charge. Post-shower, spray on the heady mix of avocado, safflower and sweet-almond oils for a moisturizing, non-sticky and silicone-free glow. René Furterer 5 Sens Enhancing Dry Oil ($60), at renefurterer.com.