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  • Subban family has a flair for fashion

    The Subban men in RW & Co. suiting: from left, Malcolm Subban (goalie for the Boston Bruins); P.K. Subban (defenceman, Montreal Candiens), Karl Subban (the boys’ father, and a retired principal from the Toronto District School Board) and Jordan Subban (defenceman for the Vancouver Canucks).
MALCOLM: Blazer ($229), Pant ($119), Shirt ($59.90), Tie ($49.90)
P.K.: Blazer ($269), Pant ($129), Shirt ($59.90), Tie (49.90), Vest ($79)
KARL: Blazer ($269), Pant ($129), Shirt ($59.90), Tie ($49.90)
JORDAN: Blazer ($229), Pant ($119), Bow Tie ($29.90)
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Photography: Shayne Laverdière
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    Hockey’s Subban clan had a rare reunion at a photo studio in Montreal’s artsy canal-side St. Henri neighbourhood earlier this summer. The occasion was a menswear fashion shoot for Quebec-based RW&Co .

    The brand, which has fewer than 80 stores in shopping malls across the country, focuses on city and work wear. This past year, the re-energized design teams at the Chabanal headquarters for the youthful city-wear brand created a line of 12 men’s suits at entry-level pricing ($298 to $498) launching in early September. The Subban men are all decked out in their individual selections to star in the campaign shoot.

    The Subbans are Canada’s latest hockey dynasty, and with three sons spread across the continent at NHL training camps, they relished the opportunity to get together in one place to play dress-up. Joining the Canadiens $72-million defenceman P.K. (short for Pernell Karl) Subban, 26, in the NHL were brothers Malcolm, 22, who is a goalie for the Boston Bruins and Jordan, 21, a defenceman who was signed on the Vancouver Canucks this summer.

    Dad Karl, a retired principal from the Toronto board, Mom Maria, a banker at CIBC, made the journey from their Rexdale home base to Montreal. Sister Natasha, a teacher, was also on hand; missing only was their fifth sibling, Nastassia (also an educator).

    “We were babies when we started skating,” says P.K., whose star power in Montreal can’t be understated. He has also learned that humility, at least regarding family, is always in style.

    “Now I realize how tough it must have been for my parents. All five of us are successful, on and off the ice.”

    Karl reminisces about dressing in the dark to trek to yet another arena before dawn (“I would look down at work and be wearing two different coloured socks.”) Marie, watching him record video backstory for the RW website, also allowed herself a pat on the back. “I guess I did something right.”

    Hockey players are known for their black suits, but P.K. isn’t afraid of sartorial flash. He busted out a salmon suit for the NHL awards (seen also on the cover of The Hockey News). He is also a fan of velvet suiting.

    “I like to cut against the grain. I don’t like to stay within the lines,” he says, after the shoot is done and the Drake is turned down on the studio sound system. “I’m young and enthusiastic. I think you can dress any way that you feel.”

    Of course, as the $72-million dollar man, Subban has the means to express himself. He reverts to sports press conference sound bites on this subject: “Every day is my birthday,” and “I’ve never worked a day in my life,” and “I’m very blessed to be doing something I love that I get paid well for.”

    But when it comes to the subject of his younger brothers, who are new to the publicity and fashion games, he turns warm and thoughtful.

    “I’m really glad they got this experience. I was interested to see how they handled themselves. And it was a pleasure for all of us to dress up and have fun together.”

    Jordan is also a fashion enthusiast off the ice, with a large collection of his signature hats. He says his first thought on the day he was signed by the Canucks was “I wanted to take my parents out to dinner.” Malcolm is more laid back fashion-wise “skateboard style and Vans,” he says, growing much more animated talking about his big purchase when he hit the big leagues: his car, “a Chrysler 300 5.7 litre stage 3 Diablo Z with racing strut headers.”

    All three of the boys and their father were chuffed with their RW gear, which they customized along with the small army of stylists on hand, as well as the design team from the company, seeing the fruits of their labour come to life.

    RW&CO. is a division of Reitmans Canada, which also owns the eponymous mall brand plus Thyme Maternity, Addition Elle and Penningtons. The design team uses the terms “polished cool,” and “accessible prestige,” to describe the tuning up of the product offerings.

    The headquarters in the schmatte district on Chabanal are filled with inspiration boards featuring swatches of European-inspired fabrics in shades of teal, grey, green, burgundy and neutrals, with some sharp check-on-check patterns. The pieces, built around a blazer base (all with a narrow lapel this season), are carefully designed for maximum mixing and matching potential.

    The team is particularly excited about the accessories that their research shows young men are all over: vests, tie clips, skinny ties and bow ties. Most of the shirts feature spread collars and all the shirts and accessories match every suit.

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  • What’s in this fall for city’s fashion-forward teens

    Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--NOCCA seniors Kiersten Moore, Madison Kerth and sophomores Tieler Garsaud and Darius Christiansen model back to school fashions in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.
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    Madison Kerth prizes her red high heels.

    “I’d say my style is … from the 1950s Marilyn Monroe pin-up era,” says Kerth, a senior at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

    “I’m a musical theater student, so I think it’s an unspoken rule that you always wear red lipstick. I just kind of took it from there.”

    As high school fashionistas go, Kerth is lucky. NOCCA doesn’t require students to wear school uniforms, so she can express her personality in her clothes.

    The New Orleans Advocate met with Kerth and three other NOCCA students to see what’s in style for teens this fall.

    Vintage wear is big, the teens advise, along with bright colors and relaxed, casual style.

    Kerth notes that New Orleans is no stranger to vintage style, so she feels like she’s in good company.

    “Definitely in the Marigny area, especially, you see a lot of vintage and hipsters,” she says.

    Darius Christiansen, an 11th-grader in the creative writing program at NOCCA, says that living in the French Quarter and attending the Faubourg Marigny school means he is constantly surrounded by the area’s “anything goes” attitude and vibrant colors — both of which he says influence his personal style.

    “I’d describe myself as kind of an Afro street hippie,” he says. “I love being comfortable and I’m a very eccentric kind of guy.

    “I love loose fabrics and pairing them with something like bleached skinny jeans.”

    Christiansen says he hopes to be an author or screenwriter someday. “I’d love to make my own show — to be able to work one-on-one with a costume designer,” he says.

    Romper room

    Comfort is also king with NOCCA senior and musical theater student Kiersten Moore, who stresses that relaxation doesn’t have to come at the expense of femininity thanks to maxi dresses and rompers.

    Originally designed for children in the early 1900s, the romper was adopted by women in the 1950s. Almost six decades later, it made its return on fashion catwalks in 2006. It’s available in everything from a track suit velour casual look to floral prints and lace.

    “When it’s early in the morning and I’m tired, it’s just such an easy thing to throw on and have a complete look,” Moore says. “I find that when I dress more feminine it’s a real confidence booster.”

    Style setter

    Of course, when it comes to fashion, no New Orleans teen can touch the credentials of NOCCA 10th grader Tieler Garsaud.

    Last fall, under his working name of Tieler James, the student was declared the winner of the fifth episode of “Project Runway: Threads,” a spinoff of the popular television series designed for teenage competitors. His designs have since been showcased as the opener for the closing night of this past spring’s NOLA Fashion Week.

    Designing since the age of 7, Garsaud says he turned to fashion as a creative outlet in an attempt to deal with bullying. The theater design student says that in terms of his own daily wardrobe, he prefers a “relaxed style with a vintage twist.”

    “I’m very eclectic, but I’d say a lot of what I wear is ’80s and ’90s inspired,” he says.

    Garsaud’s idea of “vintage” might give some of us pause, though. His favorite fashion item is his grandfather’s old Coca-Cola shirt from the ‘80s.

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