Montreal 2012 Maple Spring Fashion

By: Vincent Carbonneau
Screen shot 2021-06-27 at 7.44.01 AM.pngIts popularity has been increasing dramatically since the past few weeks; mostly everyone possesses one. Do we know why? There is no need of reasons since it is popular! They appear behind any corner you turn, at any balcony you look upon and on every door you push open. They come in any size, color or texture you deem them worthy to be (from red to blue, small size to extra-large and linen to silk). Only one of their characteristic isn't bound to change: the square form. The square was red when it first appeared in 2005, but it was only lately that people altered its color and, also, its meaning.

Let's begin by introducing the famous red square. It is known as the symbol of students against tuition hike; stylists recommend you to attach it on a black or white background (shirt, pants, backpack, wallet, etc.) for a more striking effect on whoever looks at you. As for the tone, a ruby-red will represent you as a modest activist while fire-red is for the typical activist and blood-red belongs to the anarchists. Whichever coloration you prefer, you will be part of the most populous group in this conflict. As a red activist, you favour protesting, and you oppose the tuition increase. You feel like something is wrong with the government, and you suspect them of unloading the university financing burden on your shoulders. Most of all, you dislike green square people.

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Let's continue today's show with the most famous square in the mondaine world: the green square. Since it is the symbol of students in favour of tuition hike, our stylists suggest you to wear it on top of a white or red shirt; thus, you will show the superiority of green on the other colors. The variations of green show how prosperous you are. A green-grass indicates you have limited wealth, and forest-green goes to extremely rich people. As a green square, you despise the red-raged peasants who dare challenge the Premier's edict. Your arguments in the tuition hike debate remain the same: the tuition fees are higher in the other provinces, and anyone can afford the increase if only he or she would work for his or her future. You do not feel like explaining in details your position in this conflict to low-life peasants. You remain the only one with a sense of responsibility; you see everyone else as a wild beast that lost reason. You cling to that last remain of civilization and harbor it with the color of life while some people have abandoned every color.

Our third item is as plain as a barred land (which is a clear definition of it, being colorless): the white square. First implanted on the market by doctors who wished for peace, it is now worn by people who are not interested by the squabble. It goes well on any color, any cloth or nothing at all. The cloudy-white perfectly suits people who want to sleep when it is past eight o'clock. They do not want to endure the banging of pans and pots. The snow-white is for people in hope of a snowstorm in June which might temporary slow the protests. The last white variation we offer you is the invisible-white. It is the less worn of all square) we do not know why) even though it should represents people who couldn't care less about student conflict.

Our last item and my favorite, is the pink square. There is no tone to it. The pink square represents love and kindness. Whoever wants this ''fight'' to end peacefully should wear it on his or her heart. You will feel joyful, and you will be hopeful that no one is harmed (neither police nor students).
Before the popularity for the brand disappears, you should hastily purchase your square. A little reminder before the shows end, red is for pro-strikes, green for pro-tuition hike, white for we-do-not-care-at-all and pink for kindness-lovers. The sale ends if a new government is elected or continues if Charest is re-elected. There is no refunding and if you lose your cause we are not responsible for the failure.

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Image source: ScottMontreal, Flickr.

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