5 Minutes With: The Coveteur’s Stephanie Mark and Erin Kleinberg

September 6, 2013 - 7:21 pm

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Stephanie Mark and Erin Kleinberg

They almost need no introduction: these wardrobe whisperers have travelled the globe styling and documenting the world’s most famous closets — from designer Rachel Roy to Vogue‘s beauty director Sarah Brown to rapper Drake.  Stylist Stephanie Mark and designer Erin Kleinberg, the Canadian-based, internationally renowned fashion brains behind The Coveteur, a now household name (especially to those in the house of style). During SS14 Mercedes-Benz fashion week in New York, the duo (and their renegade photographer Jake Rosenberg) are capturing the city’s most stylish and beautiful.

As much as they know fashion, these experts are closet beauty junkiesYes, you read that right. I ask the girls about their inspirations for the seasons to come, some of their first beauty memories, the products they won’t live without, secrets to success and what keeps them inspired.

Music, fabrics, art, icons: which of these are inspiring you for the S/S 14 season?
Stephanie Mark: “Music: David Bowie. Especially since his costume exhibit is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario! Fabrics: Velvet. Totally ’90s and it feels so good. Art: James Turrell Retrospective at LACMA. His use of light is so inspiring. Icons: Any of the ladies from The Craft. What can I say? All ’90s, all the time, please!”

Erin Kleinberg“Music: Jay-Z. Art: Nan Goldin, Cindy ShermanDeborah TurbevilleDan Flavin. Icon: Iris ApfelJenna Lyons and Hugh Hefner. Forever!”

Your motto that has set you on a path to success?
SM: “Work hard and be nice to people.”
EK: “Can I say YOLO? It’s the motto… yeah, we have a slight thing for Drake at our HQ.”

What is the secret to succeeding in the beauty business? Is there one?
SM: “Make things approachable. The beauty industry can be incredibly intimidating and making it seem more welcoming makes all the difference.”
EK: “Beauty, for me, is about anything that’s aspirational without being exclusionary.”

Good luck charm (item, person or pet)?
SM: “I’m generally pretty superstitious—I’m the kind of person who always, without fail, will stop to pick up a lucky penny.”
EK: “My fiance? He thinks I look beautiful sans makeup!” 

Best beauty idea you’ve ever had? Explain.
SM: “Putting the teensiest dab of Vaseline on my eyelids, either solo or over some smudgy dark shadow. It kind of really helps you nail the downtown grunge look. There’s that ’90s thing again!”
EK: Using Bounce sheets to get my static-y long hair to a place where I can actually leave the house in the morning. Works like a charm. I also use NARS Orgasm as an eyeshadow.”

What is one thing that helps give you an inspirational pick-me-up?
SM: “Honestly? Just looking around and seeing all the amazing things I get to do everyday and all of the great people I get to work with. Taking a moment to be grateful for those things can really add perspective. Now where’s my OWN special?”
EK: “Beauty wise? A clean eye, and a bold, bright, semi-matte lip. That’s my go-to when I feel like I need a pick-me-up and a clean slate.”

First experience with beauty? Tell us about a moment or memory.
SM: “I remember getting my eyebrows waxed. I now thread, but the biggest beauty lesson my mom passed on was not to pluck. Ever. It leads to overplucking. Spoiler alert: she was right.”
EK: “I had this bubble gum pink, FisherPrice vanity set. And the matching mirror and brush. I thought I was Zsa Zsa Gabor.”

Beauty product (skincare or makeup) you’d never live or leave the house without?
SM: “Four words: Laura. Mercier. Tinted. Moisturizer.”
EK: “NARS Laguna Bronzer and a few coats of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara. It beats any fancy department-store mascara, any day.”

Name the beauty campaign or editorial spread (old or new) that’s inspired you the most.
SM: “Daria in every single Céline campaign, ever. Phoebe Philo just seems to always know exactly what I want to wear, right down to lip and nail polish shades.”
EK: “Anything by Miles Aldridge. Oh, and the beauty supplements that come with issues of Vogue Italia. They always have the most incredible surrealist spreads.”

Mykita opens New York flagship store

July 21, 2013 - 4:01 pm

What could be more exciting than my recent move to New York? Not much, but then I was invited to an eyewear store party. And you readers know how I feel about eyewear. (Hint: I like it more than chocolate. MORE THAN ICE CREAM, EVEN.)

Break out the champagne: The Big Apple is now home to the eighth MYKITA shop worldwide (joining Berlin, Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Tokyo, Monterrey in Mexico and Cartagena in Colombia). The 109 Crosby Street store is in the heart of SoHo (location, location!) and filled with some of the edgiest and eye-catching eyewear you’ve seen. The Berlin‐based eyewear brand and its designers are obsessed with superior design and optical precision. And like Volkswagens, all of the frames are made in Germany.

The party came with all of the chic bells and whistles: New York’s hippest packed in and plied with champagne in Marie Antoinette drinking glasses and a curb-side ice cream truck to the tune of New York artist ELEW (Dave Matthews, Lil Wayne, Naomi Campbell, Will Smith and the White House are big fans #nobigdeal). ELEW performed his insanely-amazing “Rockjazz” for us frame geeks, which we appreciated and enjoyed very much.

I can’t wait to spend all of my time and the very last bit of my savings here. (Don’t read this part, Mom!)

Take a peek at the store and the must-have frames below!

MYKITA New York
109 Crosby Street
New York City, 10012 
Monday‐ Saturday 11‐7, Sunday 12‐6
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Beautiful outside and in!

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Large and in charge, big and bright.

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Neon lights on the ceiling, my kind of party!

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Marie Antoinette wine glasses! Also my kind of party!

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Full house.

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The beat master: ELEW = mind-blowing music. The reviews were right!

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I love these neon-orange frames!

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Colour doesn’t stop at your shades. Try a Côte + Ciel collabo eyewear case on for size.

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My Geordi La Forge dreams have come true. #StarTrek #ClosetTreky #supershades

Photos: (c) Glynnis Mapp / FashionTK

 

A Canadian in New York

July 20, 2013 - 11:33 am

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Hello fabulous readers! I’m happy to post that I’ve moved to New York City.

I’m excited to work full-time with the talented, supremely smart and of course fashionable team at Stylesight, a global trend analysis agency with offices in New York (of course) but also London, Hong Kong and amazing correspondents worldwide.

Don’t fear, FashionTK will still be live and lovely and I’ll be posting my many editorial adventures here for you to peruse stalk me.

Please check out my newish social media things below too:

Twitter

Pinterest

Facebook

 Photo: Stylesight

 

Warm-weather Fashion Made Easy: French Connection

July 12, 2013 - 6:02 pm

The trick to knocking off 15 minutes on your get-ready routine? Keeping pieces in your closet that are easy to put together and can take you absolutely everywhere: from the office to a dinner out and every other presentable moment in-between.

This month, yours truly and the team at French Connection Canada showed off some of the season’s sure-fire trends at Toronto advertising agency, Mindshare. Such a great crowd of smart and fashionable people.

For the ladies: a well-tailored blazer, a full skirt, a fitted-but-not-too-fitted shift dress, a pair or cropped trousers, a Little Black Dress, a neural-coloured cardigan (navy, grey, black) and a good pair of comfy black heels are musts.

For the boys: a pair of leather loafers, socks with character (think jewel tone colours and patterns with personality), a smart-looking cotton blazer, a pair of dressy sneakers, a polo shirt, a good belt—don’t live without them.

Mix and match these successes for that big client meeting, after-work drinks with friends, even a hot date and you’ve pretty much guaranteed a great impression.

See the write up on Notable.ca

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Photo: Courtesy of French Connection

Workwear Made Easy: French Connection Summer Trend Download

July 9, 2013 - 9:12 am

The style tutorials continue!

Our friends at Grip Ltd. shared their space (including that crazy-amazing big orange slide) and listened and learned about the trends of the spring-summer season.

What I loved the most about this particular trend session is that the crowd had lots of style questions. My favourite one:

“If I’m a redhead, can I wear red?”

The answer? Well, of course you can. The trick is to keep the red on the bottom half of your body (red jeans, shorts or a maxi skirt will do) and then pair your awesome red separate with a pastel top in peach, pistachio or robin’s egg blue.

It may seem counter intuitive—you’ll be fighting a strong fashion urge to match your reds with navy horizontal stripes, I know—but hold back. You’ll see how this primary and pastel colour combo can really work.

Want more seasonal sage advice? See the live runway pictures below:

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Photos: Courtesy of Grip Ltd. and French Connection

90 Days of Stylish Summer Love: Bicyclette

July 7, 2013 - 6:16 pm

Canadian shop Bicyclette just released a video inspired by its fashion-stocked racks and by my hometown, Toronto.

If you’re a fan of that Zooey Deschanel x Joseph Gordon-Levitt love flick, 500 Days of Summer or just a romantic in general, this is a nice mushy, fashionable fix.

Get lusty and lost in the cuter-than-cute tryst of Quinn and Julian as they embark on a summer of love, and quite stylishly, in duds from Bicyclette and Philistine Toronto.

I had lots of fun spotting all of my favourite Toronto hangouts (Kensington, Ossington, Queen Street). Can you guess where? Watch the video below!

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Bicyclette Boutique Presents 90 DAYS from Bicyclette Boutique on Vimeo.

Smart Casual the Right Way: French Connection Live Runway

July 4, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Dressing for spring and summer can really be a chore. You almost have to carry every seasonal essential with you in order to be truly prepared for the many, many different kinds of forecasts that will just magically transform you from a gorgeous sun-loving daytime trendsetter into, well, a depressed, soggy mess.

Enter French Connection: here to save the day with lots of fashion inspiration and yours truly on how to wear it for work and play. The brand has been putting on fun and interactive live runway shows for advertising’s finest across Toronto this summer called Style Wednesdays and Fashion Thursdays.

This time we got stylish with advertising firm, Cundariwhere our models and newly transformed Cundari catwalkers strutted their stuff in FCUK’s latest spring-summer duds. They are absolute naturals.

View the runway show snaps below and get inspired to wear smart-casual separates to your office.

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Prada opens a new store in Sanya, China

June 25, 2013 - 10:55 am

Prada opens a new store in Sanya, a well-known tourist destination in Southern China, located in the luxury Ritz-Carlton resort. The store, designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, occupies a total area of about 220 square metres, and it offers women’s and men’s leather goods, accessories and footwear collections. The exterior of the store preserves the building’s unique architecture: a brightly coloured wood cladding frames the large glass panes, arranged in a regular pattern, while the black marble outlines one entrance and two store windows, whose backdrop is lightened by an elegant white fabric. The store’s interior, characterized by high ceilings and polished steel columns, features the design elements that define Prada’s brand identity worldwide: chequered black and white marble floors, display counters in crystal and polished steel, pale green walls and white leather sofas, all blending together harmoniously in the environment.

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Preview Watch: Timo Weiland Resort 2014

June 22, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Forget the maxi dresses, crew neck polo shirts the boat shoes when you’re summering this season.

Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein, the design and deejay brains behind Timo Weiland brand want you to get edgy whilst you’re away this summer.

Collared jumpsuits, loose-and-breezy tops made of silk and peek-a-boo mesh, nautical-inspired horizontal stripes and tie-dye T-shirts all done in a new cool way.

Boasting its labels in about 100 stores worldwide and having done great collaborations with Anthropologie, Tsubo, Urban Outfitters and TopMan.

See looks below!

 

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*Photos: (c) Timo Weiland 

 

Collaboration watch: H&M x Isabel Marant

June 13, 2013 - 8:40 am

Attention all French-obsessed style sleuths! H&M is making Fall 2013 a whole lot more français with its new autumn collaboration with Parisian designer Isabel Marant. Le YAY!

I always look forward to H&M’s collaborations season after season, but this one is making me do cartwheels because Marant is so intuitive about her clothing. And here’s three very important reasons why:

1) She’s a graduate of the famed Studio Berçot.
2) She practically started DIY before it became trendy
(she’d alter and tweak  her own clothes in high school)

3) She’s French (style is just intuitive!)

“I always try to create something women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain care-free style. I think this is very Parisian: you dress up, but don’t pay too much attention to it and you still look sexy,” says Marant.

Marant’s success started in accessories and then evolved into knitwear. In 1994, she launched her own eponymous collection and today, Marant’s brand of boho, androgynous, rocker chic is the foundation of her success and chain of boutiques worldwide.

You can officially blame her for your insomnia-inducing obsession with wedge sneakers.

Now, with her collaboration with H&M, this amazing style aesthetic will be available en masse and on-the-cheap. The collection—clothing and accessories for women and teens—will be available from November 14th in about 250 stores worldwide. Plus, Marant will launch her first-ever collection for men.

This calls for champagne!

Watch the adorable video below with designer Isabel Marant and H&M below!

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Photos and video: H&M