Nineties fashion is back, and with it has come the return of skatecore. It was in the 1990s that skateboarding turned from niche to mainstream and widespread adoption of skate culture and fashion took place. Today, the look is on trend once again with major designers and brands embracing the skater style—Malik Walker takes to the Vancouver streets.

Bound in stasis, the poem of the body gathers energy. Through entanglement and repose, the clothing appears to wear the body as lovers meet, new possibilities emerge as the garment takes over, and limbs disappear in a collage of equilibrium.

Yet, for all its sonic flourishes and upbeat tempos, Clerel’s music is deceptively melancholy; a closer listen reveals his lyrical tendency toward nostalgia and heartbreak. It makes sense, though, when we remember that an urgent affinity for American soul music was the catalyst for his art to begin with.

Our cover story tests the limits of style without a human subject, projecting the absences that have defined the year.

La Mar Taylor is fostering Toronto’s next generation of global superstars at his creative incubator HXOUSE.