“When you do things from your soul, other people really dig that shit.”
“In a world where everyone is over exposed, the coolest thing you can do is maintain your mystery.” – TheGoodQuote (Instagram)
Tommy Ton is simply spectacular, and I find street photography to be so fascinating. Specifically during fashion weeks. Every one is just ready to take chances and that’s what style is all about. Just going for it no matter what and wearing what you feel like. Yes, fashion week is where everyone finds out what the next trend is, but on the street, there’s a conglomerate of trends and decades of fashion and style being tossed about. It’s not about one look or one designer, it’s about the power of choice and individuality among the chaos.
Here are my favorite looks from Fashion Month, all captured by Tommy Ton. <3
For more of his photos from this album, check out this link: http://www.style.com/street/tommy-ton/2014/090514-tommy-ton-street-style-spring-2015-ready-to-wear
Australian music festival photographer, Sarah Bahbah, simply transports me to the time and place of each photograph she takes. As a lover of music and festivals alike, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wanted to capture key moments during a concert and wish I could bottle them up forever. Sometimes those moments pass you by so quickly, taking a video or photo won’t cut it or it’ll take you away from the present time. And, if you do capture the story… it’s never like what you saw with your naked eye.
Somehow, Sarah captures those moments and she’s not only photographing the artists on the stage, but has stepped back and started a series called “The Wild Ones”. Here, she focuses on the individuals who attend the shows, and it’s in these pictures, where I fell in love with her photography.
“People thought I was capturing the festival, but I really wasn’t capturing it the way I really saw it, raw organic moments. I was getting really frustrated and decided to step back and photograph the subtle wild ones.” – Sarah Bahbah
“I heard this quote once […] “Observe everything around you as if you’ve never seen it before,” and it’s so true.” – Sarah Bahbah
“I will go around festivals and dedicate certain lighting hours to trying to find people who are going against the norm.”- Sarah Bahbah
“He was really good looking, I was just like “Hey, um you look really good smoking that cigarette, can I take a photo of you?” He had really big blue eyes. I just said, “Okay look at me and smoke.” And then I took his photo and ran away.” – Sarah Bahbah
Quotes are from Nylon’s interview with Bahbah by Jackie Yaeger. Click to see full interview!
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All images by Sarah Bahbah
“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex & the City
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Words by Kate Wotherspoon
I was playing dress up on polyvore again and came up with this handy dandy collage. Lately, I seem to gravitate towards plaid, sweatshirts and chucks. Maybe it’s the summer air telling me I should be camping in my latest outfits or maybe it’s the 80s and 90s inspiration all over the streets, but i’m into it. Chill, easy, and most importantly, comfortable.
I think my must haves out of this collage would have to be the Zara shorts, I purchased them in black and live in them now, and the Kenzo tiger sweatshirt. I’m also coveting the leather vest and mini leather backpack. I’ve been on the search for a cute little leather backpack! The style I want seems to impossible to find, any suggestions?!
Check out my inspirational photos below! Thanks for stopping by! @theparallelroad on instagram, twitter and polyvore.
Images from various sources including vogue.com and jakandjil.com
CALGARY, APRIL 2013
Photos by Dane Ram
Words by Kate Wotherspoon
Japan. China. Switzerland. England. America. Spain… No, this is not a geography class, those are just a few places where Dane Ram finds himself teaching dance workshops on the regular. No big deal right? (insert sarcasm look here…)
This globe trotter is originally from Ottawa, Ontario and moved to Toronto shortly after graduating high school to pursue his dance career further. He not only took his talent to the next level in Toronto but then took it across the world with a move to China! He began directing and choreographing shows and not only did his connections with other cities develop, his passion and choreography grew stronger too.
I met Dane when I was living in Toronto back in 2009 and it wasn’t till this past fall that I saw him again in London, England of all places! Since I was solo on my trip I was thankful to have someone to sight see with and since we were so busy discovering the city we didn’t take the time to sit down for the interview then. Thanks to technology, we did the interview over Skype while he was waking up in the future in Spain and I was heading to bed in Canada. Get to know Dane a little further by reading the interview below and goggle at his stylish photos!
Kate W: Where are you now?
Dane R: Barcelona, Spain.
KW: What is your current state of mind?
DR: Growth, manifesting more, focusing on not just having goals but creating new goals. I’ve been very optimistic and fortunate for all these opportunities, but there’s always room to create more! It’s all a game of manifestation. If I you want something and truly believe in it, then “magically” everything will seem to fall into place.
KW: Where do you feel most at home?
DR: I’ve coped with thinking the world is my oyster! I’ve been living out of my suitcase for so long, it’s hard to call one place home. However, the people in my environment are amazing and I’m happy doing what I do so my answer would be the world! I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true.
KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
DR: “Don’t get stuck.” Meaning, never become a product of your environment. Learn and grow from your surroundings and then move forward with new inspiration.
KW: Which person do you most admire?
DR: I like everybody! Each person I know has qualities about themselves that I admire. I admire my parents, my students, my mentors, my sister. I admire people. Learning from everyone and being motivated by what they have to offer.
KW: Black or White?
DR: Something coloured, something bright!
KW: Suspenders or bowties?
KW: Favorite song to dance to?
DR: I’m a big Michael and Janet fan. They’re my first go-to’s and I love going back and checking out 90s music. It’s all very therapeutic in a sense.
KW: Dunk’s, Jordan’s or boots for class?
DR: I always wear boots when I dance and it seems to take up all the space in my suitcase. You just can’t go wrong with a pair of black boots.
KW: How do you decide your outfits each day?
DR: I should feel good and comfortable in what I’m wearing. Fashion has become part of my daily routine and I decide on my outfit by the type of choreography I’m doing and how long I’ll be dancing that day. It’s not meant to sound superficial, but there’s a different feeling between being ready head to toe rather than rolling out of bed and going to dance class.
KW: If you could be in any music video, which one would it be?
DR: Right away, I think of the type of video I want to create and direct not dance in. I believe that’s where my career is headed.
KW: What would you say your signature dance move is?
DR: Whenever I choreograph I try to introduce new movement that I haven’t done before. However, my signature is how my choreography is very relaxed and fluid.
KW: Favorite fashion city?
DR: Seoul, South Korea – only cause you’re allowing me to pick one! They do a lot of draping and adding of random buttons and zippers that don’t make sense but… you like it anyways. You can’t find that anywhere else. I like “roomie” clothing and layering pieces when I dance. The style there definitely speaks to that.
KW: Favorite dance city?
DR: For training I have to go with LA – it’s such a hub, such a concentrated area and there’s always a lot going on. I really love Toronto too because of it’s diversity. You have dancers from multiple trained backgrounds and Toronto celebrates each independent style whether big or small.
KW: How do you compare the dance industry in LA and Toronto to China and Japan?
Every country is like it’s own little world, and that’s how I’ve been able to fit in and adapt to everything I encounter. The way people interact socially and culturally in China and Japan immediately permeates through the dance industry and independent artistry.
One of the biggest things is being mindful and respectful of that fact that it’s not “your” place. Everywhere is so different, however, dancers are willing to put in more effort and less focus on getting paid in China and Japan because the commercial opportunities in the East aren’t as affluent in compared to what’s available in the West.
KW: Which city would you be able to stay in for at least 5 years with no travelling? Which one would fulfill your passion the most?
DR: Tokyo, Japan. The cityscape, the people, their love for dance is so passionate. The people there are all about working hard because opportunities are in limited supply.
KW: What are some songs on your playlist right now?
DR: “Wish Your Love Away”- Brandy, “Crush” – Jennifer Paige, “Demonstrate” – Jojo, “Holler”- Spice Girls and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience album!
KW: Can you name your all-time breakfast dish?
DR: I haven’t had a proper breakfast in so long but nothing in this world will ever beat my mom’s breakfast. Full on omelettes, fruit, Danish pastries, hash browns, breakfast sandwiches etc. Anything else is completely unparalleled!
KW: Thank you for your time Dane!
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Words and Photos by Kate Wotherspoon
Another perfect para||el? Nike Dunks with a wedge heel in collaboration with Liberty London’s iconic prints. Check these babies out!
When I first saw everyone in Tommy Ton’s pics stomping around in Isabel Marant’s version last year, I was in denial with the whole look. Eventually, after a few more designers came out with their versions, the “sneaker heel” fad grew on me. (Now, here I am blogging about it…) I’m still picky with the look, but I feel Nike did a great job covering up the wedge aspect and they look so similar to regular Dunks! I’m a fan of Ash Footwear’s version too. Check these bad boys out:
I’ve been a longtime fan of Nike, but had my first dose of Liberty this past fall. Walking up to the store front all you see is a mini garden of potted plants and then behind those doors is a room full of round tables with the most beautifully printed scarves. Once you catch your breath and move up a floor, your heart beats faster as beautiful little rooms, floor after floor, are adorned with fresh of the runway merchandise. It’s a lot to take in and I plan to visit that store often once my wallet grows in width. Here are a few shots of the wonderful store front from my trip to London last fall.
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Like I’ve said many times before, fashion and dance go so hand in hand you’d have to be blind not to see it. This video is a definite parallel for what I love to write about and I’m sure you would agree.
Jojo and Tamina did such an amazing job choreographing this and gave the video such bitch slappin’ style…yes I just said that. With Jojo reppin’ Vancouver and Tamina reppin’ Toronto alongside my very good friend Christina de la Cruz, this video is full of Canadian Talent. HYPE!
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CALGARY, NOVEMBER 2012
Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon
Lenny Dela Pena, otherwise known as Lenny Len, was an Island kid from Manila, Philippines and moved to San Fran in the early 80s and then Toronto at the turn of the millennium. You may have seen him as one of the resident judges on MuchMusic’s television show, New Music Live Best Dance Crew or caught one of his highly acclaimed Vimeo videos. He is an established choreographer and Director with Alpine Music Group (NY/LA) and founder of the recognized Flavor Shop in Toronto. Lenny Len is a teacher, entertainer and director that has been elevating the knowledge through movement & dance, music and film over the last twenty years. Some of his credits include Ne-Yo, Rihanna, T-Pain, Ludacris, Melanie Fiona, Jeremih, Jrdn, Esthero, August Rigo, K-Os, Jodie Connor, Ron Sexsmith and he took part in choreographing the 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies in Vancouver. Lenny’s vision and work has also extended to his mentorship for artists like Nasri and August Rigo who are renowned for writing #1 hit records for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild, and One Direction.
Yes, the list does go on and amongst all this greatness, I was able to interview Lenny over some breakfast at Galaxy Diner in Calgary. He stopped in for a week to teach classes at Pulse Studios and will be back by the end of the month before he heads to Egypt with his wife, Lauren. Below are some shots of his laidback skater apparel and our interview. Enjoy. xx
Kate W: What is your current state of mind?
Lenny DP: Happiness.
KW: What has been your main inspiration choreography wise?
LDP: Music. Always looking for the right music…good music. Always looking for music that is stimulating, soulful, playful and music that makes me want to boogie. I want to be inspired.
KW: What are your top three songs right now?
LDP: I’m on a slow jam right now…bringing it back to my elementary school days in San Francisco. Milly Vanilli- “Girl I’m Going To Miss You”, Anquette – “I Will Always Be There For You” and Coming Of Age – “I’m Coming Home To Love”.
KW: What is your favourite dance city?
LDP: Toronto, Home of Do Dat Entertainment and School of Luther Brown – I’m a Lutheran!
KW: Do you have any other cities you feed off of for inspiration?
LDP: I always look to New York as the flyest state ever, but being from California and growing up with the beautiful and undeniable energy of the arts in San Francisco is also another mecca for me. Other than San Fran and New York, it’s Toronto, because that’s what shaping me right now.
KW: What are some inspirations of yours, style wise?
LDP: I’ve always had an eye for it…Anything that makes me feel fly as shit. I don’t have a specific style, but I did grow up as a skater, so I feel I have that skater vibe in me, but at the same time I do like shit that fits and because of my ink, I like to express that as well. I like the classics and I’m a big Doc Martin fan.
KW: Do you dress mostly by your mood or the day’s events?
LDP: My mood and weather.
KW: If you were to dance in the outfit you’re wearing right now, would you change anything?
LDP: Probably my Docs, because they’re heavy as shit! I would rock the jeans if it was a performance and it called for it, but if it’s a dance class, I would want to be comfortable and I would change that too. Comfort is huge to me, and the way I feel is the way I’m going to look. If I feel good, I’ll look good and if I look good, I’ll feel good, right?
KW: What’s next for you?
LDP: That’s a good question. What’s next for me is the next level, the next discovery, what am I going to discover next? As a career, I’m always learning and figuring out what the best lane is for me. I’ve been mastering the art of direction where videos and music are concerned but that’s still a long time coming. I’ve been doing it for a minute, but I still have a lot to learn.
KW: What has been your greatest extravagance?
LDP: I think my biggest accomplishment was getting a puppy! Little Jamie Foxx! The way Jamie makes me and my wife feel, gives us a new responsibility, a life threatening responsibility. My puppy is a life form, a life force that I have to be responsible for. Everything else is easy.
KW: Which artist or choreographer would you want to collaborate with the most?
LDP: Well, I would always like to collaborate with my teachers, those who showed me the way, and enabled me to where I am today. I’ve had the best teachers on the planet, so I would always go back to them. From Luther Brown, to the Flow Master, my choir teacher, Norman and my dad. As for an artist, it would be my homeboy, August Rigo from Def Jam/Alpine Music Group, he’s my fav writer and singer in the game.
KW: Black or white?
KW: Which shoes do you wear when you dance?
LDP: Air Force Ones! I used to rock converse and was always wearing all kinds of skater shoes and Luther Brown was the one who told me to get a pair of Air Force Ones. He said “fix your shit” and that changed the game. Now my shoe playlist is on point!
KW: What is your signature drink?
LDP: Diet Pepsi.
KW: Signature breakfast dish?
LDP: Eggs, bacon, tomato slices and white bread with butter on it.
KW: How do you take your coffee?
LDP: Double, double!
KW: What are some of your favourite brands?
LDP: Alexander McQueen, even though I can’t afford it right now because I have a puppy! I used to like Louis a lot, but gear wise I like to support the locals. Gabe Angelo has a new clothing line that I’m feeling, called 4i Clothing and John Varvatos always has some good stuff too. Material wise, it always comes down to comfort and fit. If that shit is right I’ll rock it out. It’s not about a major brand, it’s about if it’s me.
KW: What are some qualities in clothing that stick out to you?
LDP: The fit, graphics are secondary and if it was made nice and the material is comfortable.
KW: What was the last thing you bought?
LDP: Some Nike Air Force Ones from Chinook Mall.
KW: Favorite fashion city?
LDP: NYC, always.
KW: Do you have any fashion idols?
LDP: Pharrell and Kanye. But because I have all this ink, I like to keep it classic when it comes to my clothing. The island and skateboarder style is very laidback and comfortable. It doesn’t matter what I wear, it’s how I wear it and how I feel. My energy will exude and transcend into what I have on.
KW: Thanks so much Lenny!
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