She’s Like A Rainbow
The best clothes closets come in colours everywhere
by Kim Jay
Who: Manny-Raquel Johnston
Where: Dessart Sweets
An artist, photographer and English major, this gal likes fashion - and the odd card trick. Meet Manny-Raquel Johnston, this edition's Street Wear lady.
How would you describe your style?
I'm kinda a tomboy but I like to be pretty and put together. I think it's fun [for style] to have a bit of an edge to it.
Are you into fashion?
When I get ready in the morning I'm not so much thinking about fashion, but I think about colours. When I'm putting an outfit together, I do it by colour. My closet is organized like a rainbow.
Where do you shop?
In the city I shop at Uforia. I work there too. I shop at Value Village from time to time. There's a cool store in the Southland Mall right now, Murdawg - it's mostly graphic tees, for guys I think. The shirts are kind of ironic, like 'The Dude' flipping off the camera. Sometimes boys' clothing shops end up having way cooler stuff.
Is there a summer style you're excited to wear?
Yeah, I like MIA's style. I'm excited to wear acid wash and tie dye, and be a bit more free.
Is there a trend that you're not into?
Um, I don't know. I like when thing look effortless. I don't like when something looks too put together - over accessorizing or styling. If you're thinking about it too much, it looks like you've thought about it too much.
What's your favourite part of your outfit right now?
I think my sneakers. They are glittery and the most awesome magenta colour.
School is wrapping up for everyone. Are you almost done?
I have about a year left. I'm an English major. I really took my time deciding what I wanted to do and I genuinely like being a student, so I'm not in a rush.
I finally know what I want to do too, so that's nice!
I want to own my own clothing store. My aunt and my mom are both entrepreneurs and I think I'm the same way. [In my own store I'd] have control of what I bring in. I like to do photos and I like to do art, so I could incorporate whatever I wanted into the store.
I saw some of your art on Facebook. Tell me about your collages.
They are fun. It started in an art class. I made 52 playing cards into their own collages. At first I thought doing a collage was juvenile, but then once I started getting into it there were so many details and layers. It fit too, because I love Alice in Wonderland, and I've always liked magic and I was always doing card tricks.
When we had to display our projects I wanted to have the queens after the kings in the deck. I did a lot of research about cards and I found out they were produced in France, and the government controlled card production - almost like money. There was a rally by some women in France at the time. [They wanted] the queens to be equal to the kings, but [the government] wouldn't allow it. So I thought it was a cool little rebellion against that. For those few women who were progressive back then - high five.