A Toronto Transformation

Spring Fashion Forecast: High Heels and Depression


We couldn’t resist Golden Turtle’s Salad Rolls, or stopping to check out this Jack Layton quote in a schoolyard.

It was a weekend for fending off a threatening cold, catching up on sorely needed sleep, laundry and dishes; a weekend for retreating back into hibernation after the hint of spring we had last weekend gave way to flurries of snow and chill winds.

Still, come Sunday I couldn’t resist the beckoning sunshine, so I bundled up and met one of my cousins for some delicious St. Patrick’s Day Pho at the Golden Turtle and a stroll. In our travels we picked up a discarded copy of March Vogue someone had kindly left at the curb for whomever cared to pick it up (do people do this where you live? It’s really common in my neighbourhood and I love it! I’ve picked up books, a lamp, shoes and a coffeemaker this way).

Now, I realize this is nothing new, but it struck me as especially funny flipping through this issue of Vogue how almost every single model, who, while presumably is trying to sell us something looks confused or sad or angry. It’s like they’ve realized that their purchase of a Hermes bag has left them feeling just as hollow and unfulfilled as they did before they parted with whatever exorbitant sum they were charged for it.


Just a few of the angry/bewildered/bored faces found in ads in the first 200 pages of March Vogue. I think my favourite is the Chanel ad. It says to me: “but I haaaate Chanel.”


“This boat is awful. This sweater is hurting me.”

I couldn’t stop laughing trying to come up with different reasons for their expressions. But seriously, doesn’t this strike anyone else as odd? Wouldn’t you want people to look pleased to be wearing/using your product? Why all the grimacing? You mean, I too could look that miserable? Sign me up!


Maybe everyone just needs to take a minute and stop by the playground to shake up some smiles.


It worked for us!

10 Responses to Spring Fashion Forecast: High Heels and Depression

  • Emma says:

    I agree, whatever happened to “smizing”?! Sigh. Now it’s more like…. frown eyes…… I can’t seem to combine those two words…. freyes?!

  • Alaina says:

    Now I’m craving fries.

    That Jack Layton quote in the playground is fantastic! What a great idea!

    Also, your neighbourhood sounds amazing. Every neighbourhood should do things like that.

    • metamorphocity says:

      I loved the quote in the playground! It’s what made us stop there. It also obviously made my heart all wobbly.

  • Sara says:

    I haven’t just fooled around like a kid in a playground in far too long. But I promise that doesn’t mean I’ve been going through life grimacing like those models. Found your blog via 20sb, while looking to fellow Canadian blogs! will be following!

    • metamorphocity says:

      Ha! I’m sure there’s a happy medium between glowering model and giggling playground scamp, but I definitely lean towards the latter. Thanks so much for checking out the blog and taking the time to comment!

  • Manda says:

    I think even if models can’t/shouldn’t smile, at least they could look somewhat smug or self-satisfied or something! The ones in the pages you shared just look aggressive. Or downright miserable. Because yes, I’d be miserable too if I shelled out hundreds of dollars for a designer bag that would go out of style by next season 😛

    • metamorphocity says:

      Right? As annoying as that is, at least it makes some kind of sense from a selling point of view. I too might like to feel smug or superior or whatever, but I definitely don’t want to be feeling what any of these women appear to be feeling (UTIs and extreme dissatisfaction with life).

  • Leslie says:

    Clearly those models are all ecstaticky about Chanel but at least they aren’t in the What the hell have you done to my bangs?! category. Or the one who is the paper bag princess with the furry creature crawling around her neck. But really my favourite is the, “Who else was wearing these pants? There’s something really disgusting in these pockets!”

    • metamorphocity says:

      Haha. yeah. I definitely get the look on the woman with the bangs’ face. I’d be less than impressed with that myself. Is “there’s something really disgusting in these pockets!” the one in the colourful blazer? It’s probably old kleenex.

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