5 Questions With: RUDYBOIS

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I first heard of designer RUDYBOIS almost two years ago now, when I was looking for a dress for the red carpet of the Quebec music awards, the ADISQ gala. He had reached out through twitter, expressing interest in lending me a dress for the special night. Since then, he’s become my go-to designer whenever I need dresses for events whether it’s the Juno Awards, Gemini Awards, etc. The young Quebec City prodigy designs high-end womenswear that is elegant but with a unique edge. All of his pieces are handmade in Canada using fabrics from around the world. His creations can be found in select stores in Canada and also online on his new shop. His latest collection is called Silence and has been making waves around the country. I know this is only the beginning for this talented young man. Here are my 5 Questions with RUDYBOIS:

1) Can you talk to us about your own style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today? (you can provide us with photos if you’d like)

It’s almost painful for me to go back to my teenage days! I was obese and definitely looking for myself. My style was a mix of Avril Lavigne and Billie Joe! (Osiris skater shoes, with a lot of studs bracelets, blue-black dyed hair, an eyebrow piercing, skulls everywhere and black everything) Later in high school, I became the ancestor of the “douchebag movement” (bleached hair with lighter undertones, white everything (blazer, formal shoes, belt and even the famous surfer shell necklace), mixed with bright colours!) When I say I was looking for myself… Then I moved to Quebec City and discovered the menswear designers section at Simons, this was a revelation to me, for my personal style as well as for my future career. That’s where I learned that less is more!

I now describe my personal style as an antithesis, I love being all dandy and dressed up as well as being a little artsy kind of hipster with an old rock influence, maybe that’s why my favorite brand, that also suits me perfectly, is Neil Barrett. There’s also a lot of things that I would love to wear that I can’t simply because I could not assume it, I still have a lot of body acceptance work to do!

2) Who are your style icons?

I really dig Nick Wooster and Jared Leto styles ( even if back in the day, Leto was wearing silver Crocs!)

3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

I really love sketching outside, I have my spot where I create all of my spring/summer looks. For the cold seasons, I can’t obviously create outside so I just need to isolate myself, I often go to the library.

4) Who would you like to see wear your collections?

Even if her style is not always refined, I would really love to see Madonna wearing my designs, or Lady Gaga and Celine Dion who are always well dressed.

5) What are some of your favorite artists or bands? Do you listen to music when you create?

I do listen music! From when I wake up, until the end of the afternoon, I listen music all the time!  I love a lot of different kinds of music, recently I’ve discovered Songza and it makes me discover so many new artists! My playlists of the moment includes: HBO Girls : Marnie  (featuring Oh Land, Robin, SLL, Graffiti6), 90’s dance hit ( I’m a big fan of 90’s dance music) and Blogged 50 (featuring Trails and Ways, Phil Beaudreau, Cherub). I also have my classics like Madonna’s American Life album, her best I think.

Thanks so much Rudy! Wishing you continued success!

Season Premier #DailyOutfit

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone’s week has been off to a good start! It definitely felt like a Monday today, was hard to get up today after a late night flight back to Toronto last night. I’m back in the city for 3 days before heading to Montreal for the Gemini Awards Gala on Friday! 

Had the best time in Miami this weekend! Ate some amazing food, swam tons in the ocean and got some sweet new threads! Keep an eye out for my new travel blog on Miami later this weekend. In the meantime, you can check out pics from my trip on my instagram feed – @melsays

It was only appropriate that I wore some of my new items for today’s season premier. Two of the hottest items for fall are – track sole boots & plaid!! 

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Zara checked/floral combination shirt (similar one here)

Zara blue thread skull necklace 

Urban Outfitters jean shorts (similar ones here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

Mellow Yellow #DailyOutfit

Vacation starts in T-1! It’d be an understatement to say how excited I am to be going away for more than two weeks!

I’m really excited to be helping out one of my friends today – the talented designer Rudy Bois! He’s in Toronto for a special project and has asked me to lend him a hand. I can’t say just yet what it’s for but I’m delighted to be able to help him out. When I was in Quebec City earlier this month, he showed me his new SS14 collection, it was stunning! His choice of color, his fabrics and cuts were perfect! Stay tuned for a sneak peek of his collection coming soon. I can’t wait to wear another one of his creations at this year’s Prix Gémeaux (Gemini Awards in French), coming up on September 15th in Montreal.  The show I host, BRBR has been nominated for an award. I still can’t believe it! We’re up against people I grew up watching… Though I know there’s no way we’ll win the award, it’s still really special to have been nominated 🙂

For today’s outfit, I’m wearing a few shades of cream and yellow and some comfy strappy sandals from Steve Madden that I got in Santa Monica last year. Also wearing my OIA Jules gold shark tooth!

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H&M black short shorts (get them here)

Forever 21 Ganado Denim Vest (get it here)

H&M yellow stretchy jersey tee (similar ones here)

OIA Jules Giant Gold Dipped Shark Tooth Pendant (get it here)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Stella & Dot gold renegade cluster bracelet (get it here)

Forever 21 off-white cuff (similar one here)

Forever 21 etched Geo cuff set gold (get it here)

Steve Madden dual color flexi sandals (similar ones here)