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.)
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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 mykita.com
Beautiful outside and in!
Large and in charge, big and bright.
Neon lights on the ceiling, my kind of party!
Marie Antoinette wine glasses! Also my kind of party!
The beat master: ELEW = mind-blowing music. The reviews were right!
I love these neon-orange frames!
Colour doesn’t stop at your shades. Try a Côte + Ciel collabo eyewear case on for size.
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:
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.
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:
Photos: Courtesy of Grip Ltd. and French Connection
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, Cundari, where 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.
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.
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!
Faulhaber: Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Glynnis Mapp: I’m a Toronto-born journalist. I’ve been dabbling in the trade for about 10 years now (if you count my internships). Typing that just made me feel really old (I’m not). I write fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle features and I’m the editor at my website, FashionTK.com. I’m a writer, editor, fashion nerd, lover of all things beauty, book geek, listener, talker, lover, fighter, sister, daughter, eater, drinker, dog-lover, audiophile, foodie and all around every day woman. That about sums it up I think.
F: Biggest career highlight? (so far.)
GM: That’s a hard one. There’s so many. I met Michael Kors who is like my fashion spirit animal (whatever that means). Lovely, personable, good shoes, really great skin. I briefly spoke with and met Anna Wintour while covering Paris Fashion Week a while back and she was extremely nice (I should say surprisingly). She was graceful enough to let me take a quick snap of her before the Dior show started in the middle of some serious front-row frenzy. Recently, I’ve been writing for New York-based websiteRefinery29.com and had a big feature on the homepage. It was up there for at least three days (for online geeks that’s a long, damn time). I get a kick out of seeing my byline every time it’s published, really. Like, hey that’s me!
F: Up until this point, what has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
GM: Be true to yourself. It’s kind of cheesy saying that because that cliché could easily be found on a T-shirt or one of those desk calendars with cats on them, but it’s extremely useful. I’ve been the most fulfilled when writing on topics I care about, designers I’m obsessed with and reporting on issues that get me so excited they keep me up at night. My work is the strongest when I do that and frankly, I’m much happier.
F: What do you love most about what you do? GM: I get to meet some of the most talented, intelligent—and weird—people in the world. And I get paid to do it.
Read the rest of the interview on Faulhaber’s F-Drive blog HERE.
For the second time, beauty brand Burt’s Bees and Canadian accessories designer Jenny Bird have come together to raise proceeds and awareness about the bee crisis across Canada. Bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of the food we eat and help our ecosystem function efficiently.
June is Pollinator Month and as of June 1, the Jenny Bird x Burt’s Bees Wild for Bees bracelet ($24) will be available online at the Jenny Bird and Burt’s Bees websites to help raise money for the cause.
The adorable brass bee-charms are dipped in 14-karat gold. Cute 14-karat bee stud earrings are just $34.
How sweet is that?
Absolutely 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the Pollinator Partnership Canada, a non-profit organization that works to protect and restore populations of pollinator species and is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of the birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, and bats.
Hopefully with each sale, our planet ecosystem will become that much stronger.