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On the Avenue

August 11, 2010 - 7:07 pm

Last week, in between working the trade shows, I cruised along 5th Avenue to see what luxury retailers were displaying in their windows. Saks Fifth Avenue is undergoing a major face life at the moment, yet the scaffolding and construction around its perimeter is only making eager shoppers even more keen on getting inside. Framed within the metal and plywood are these beautiful store displays–an effective juxtaposition, I think.

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While its neighbors Versace and Michael Kors have set their stages sans drill bit and traffic cone, Saks has done what it does best, despite being under construction, and shows off gorgeous collections from the late Alexander McQueen and beautiful pieces by Derek Lam.

*photos: Glynnis Mapp
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FashionTKTK!

July 26, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Last year, after a fit of writer’s block one hot July afternoon, I started a little blog called FashionTKTK. And just look at it now! It’s all grown up. Coochie, coochie, coo!

One year and more than 65 posts later, it’s still kickin’. Hooray for perseverance and its lazier cousin procrastination.

I’d like to thank my readers who have faithfully subscribed to my posts via RSS and send even more gratitude to the fashion brands that have responded to my posts, sent me little branded gifts and press releases and never ceased to inspire and provide me with musings with which to blog about.

Here’s to 20 more years, FashionTKTK (or until blogs are replaced with some other medium). Cheers!

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H&M + JIMMY CHOO = Love

November 6, 2009 - 6:08 am
 *photos courtesy of H&M

Cupid just struck me in the heart–and he’s coming for you too, fashion lovers.

Forget about February 14th, it’s time to circle another date on your calendar: footwear impresario Jimmy Choo is set to sweep us off our feet yet again.

His long awaited collaboration with beloved global Swedish retail phenom H&M, kicks off on November 14th (and undoubtedly will help bide some publicity time until the release of Sex and the City 2  in May 2010). What can we look forward to on that fateful day? A gorgeous Choo-inspired collection of shoe-booties, over-the-knee hip waders (also seen at Chloé and Isabel Marant), peep-toe and cuffed ankle sandals and (gasp!) dresses, sheer and shimmery tops and a bevy of jewelry, clutches and bags, too.

I’m already cyber stalking coveting the one-shoulder leather dress (!)

Only the first 160 eager customers in queue will get special wristbands, keep a spot closest to the doors and be given a “specific time for shopping in a special designated area” (before the eventual wild stampede). After that, it’s gloves off in-store! Claws will definitely be out.

http://www.hm.com/ca/#/jimmychoo

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LG Fashion Week S/S 2010 WRAP UP

November 2, 2009 - 5:31 am

While they were few in numbers (only a handful of designers were on display this season), Canada’s notable fashion names offered an array of strong shapes, colours and inspirations for LG Fashion Week S/S 2010 thanks to some home court advantage.

photos courtesy of Nada Designs
photos by: George Pimentel
Call Me Coquette

Dust off those paperback novels ladies (and boys, ahem): get ready for a Spring collection that makes us believe in love again–or at least in sexy-and-stylish trysts! Throw on one of Nada’s latest little numbers and you may find yourself simply entangled in a steamy love affair with the Harlequin romance gent of your dreams (if he just happens to be lounging bedside in your estate home somewhere in Neuilly-sur-Seine).

What, you don’t have an estate home? Pfffft.

Sky-high bouffants, pearls, ruffles and lace: Nada showed us how to channel our inner rebel Marie Antoinette and as always, made us rethink our current closets. Ah, so you doubt that come Spring you’ll be wearing a silk pastel flower print jumper? But, Nada says you will. And while some of the pieces gave fashion critics a déjà vu kind of feeling (read: plastique trench a la Sonia Rykiel’s Spring 2010 collection) Nada did what she does best, offering an original collection along with  the dark and brooding aura we’ve come to anxiously expect from her.

photos by: Glynnis Mapp
Think Pink

The model-off-duty style that Alexander Wang has so effortlessly perfected, also appeared in Pink Tartan’s latest collection. And the interpretation? Well-heeled ankle boots, Robin Hood felt hats, leather shirt-dresses, some sporty gaucho-length bicycle shorts (read: Marc Jacobs), and a dash of sparkle in mini skirts and Happy-Hour-ready frocks. Nautical stripes made it into the mix as well: a cardigan here, a loose-fitting tank there–but all of it barely thought about (or that’s what Kimberley Newport-Mimran and her expert stylists want us to think, sneaky, sneaky).

Call it a success: it was as if the collection was given to the models 15-minutes beforehand, and the girls just picked their favourites. And there’s no such thing as effortless style dear readers (throw that into the myth box along with the Tooth Fairy). African inspired jewelry by Dean Davidson also helped put the finishing touch on the collection.

With star walkers like Canadian model Tara Gill trotting down the runway (she also walked for Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier this Spring), Pink Tartan‘s collection was just a peak at what the cool kids will undoubtedly be wearing when the weather warms up.

photos courtesy of Rudsak and Vanessank.com
photos by: George Pimentel
Hide and Seek

For Canadian outerwear and accessory purveyors Rudsak, this Spring season was all about showing off a lot of skin.

Like leather. Get it? Get it?

Anyway, while Rudsak presented a Spring collection set to outfit style mongers come April, we all sat in our seats thinking about immediately dashing backstage once the show was over to purchase a few of these little leather and suede numbers wholesale and straight off the runway (or at least I did)!   Rudsak showed shorts and tapered pants with 80′s inspired cuts, large lapels with studs and utilitarian pocket details. They also churned out long coats and bomber jackets in ebony and a spectrum of high hues. The palette included blood orange, pewter, purple, dove grey, emerald and blue.

And with a sexy revamped website (thank-you models) you can see the looks on-figure, now.

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Sartorial Snaps: LG Fashion Week S/S 2010

October 29, 2009 - 6:52 pm
Sartorial Success
Fashion dandies and dandettes hit the streets during LG Fashion Week S/S 2010 to show us how to work catwalk trends in real time. 
And the looks? Ankle boots, layers and leggings, soft furs, hand-me-down leather clutches, totes and an array of statement baubles wrapped in closet staple outerwear: trenches, bombers, and double breasted jackets. From David Dixon to Nada, Canadian labels were the statement makers on and off the runway.


photos by: Glynnis Mapp
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Golden Girl

- 2:45 am

A big thanks to French Connection for sending me this gorgeous golden double breasted, silver buttoned wool coat.

You can imagine my joy and reaction (akin to a Price Is Right contestant) when the doorbell rang and a stout yet friendly courier gent placed this gift in my hands.

Pure bliss.

It’s bright, it’s oversized, it’s the Winter blues remedy I’ve been longing for.

Black jackets be damned, welcome sunny shades!

http://canada.frenchconnection.com

The gift that keeps on giving: Christian Louboutin

August 7, 2009 - 4:22 am

 

 

Christian Louboutin likes to give gifts, and he knows just what you’ve been wishing for. Or at least, what we’ve been pining after!

His new soft velvet cadeau carryall is lux and lush, giving this little bow kiss-lock clutch that “best-present-ever” feel. Small enough to carry in hand and perfect as an over-the-shoulder purse.

But at $945 USD a pop, it’s an investment piece.

Birthdays have come and gone here at FashionTK but media samples are more than welcome!

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