Toronto fashion week: Tanya Taylor Spring 2013

October 30, 2012 - 9:18 pm

After spending two years as a designer for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Elizabeth and James brand, Canadian-born Tanya Taylor brings us easy, breezy 1960s-inspired A-line maxi dresses, and circle skirts with headscarves—the kind Rosie the Riveter would wear to Sunday brunch with the girls. She opened has the first of two during The Shows, a pre-Toronto Fashion Week runway presentation held at Andrew Richard Design’s venue space in Toronto.

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What I wore in Paris: Nighttime

March 17, 2012 - 9:27 am

Contrary to popular belief, Parisians don’t dress to the nines when going out. Even though The City of Lights is the proverbial fashion capital of the world, the French sport great preppy basics with a few trendy fashion items: comfy but stylish statement heels, a good pair of jeans. Yes, they sometimes they wear horizontal stripes, but not more than anyone else in the world. Overall, streetstyle a nuit is polished but comfortable. Rarely do girls sport a Kardashian-style bodycon dress or short skirt, and if they do attend a fancy soiree, cuts are way more modest. Classy and always chic. Bare legs are a bit taboo in Paris: sheer, sexy black or off-black nylons in spring and summer are a French girls modus. This makes dressing especially easy for me actually! I have several LBDs but sometimes I just don’t want to wear them! Don’t get me wrong, I love going out and showing  a little leg, but more often than not, I love feeling comfortably stylish rather than overdone.

Take a peek at one of my favourite evening ensembles: I wore this (and variations of this outfit) to nighttime fashion shows, low key dinners in The Marais and out for drinks at Paris bars near Champs-Élysées. A maxi skirt, tissue-thin sweatshirt, vintage leather belt and patent pleather clutch, wedge heels and a bib necklace.

Forever21 grey sweatshirt, black vintage maxi skirt, ASOS wedge heels, vintage black patent pleather clutch, Rachel Roy mixed chain bib necklace, vintage black leather belt


Well-heeled: Charlotte Olympia

November 16, 2010 - 3:33 am

British socialite Charlotte Dellal has made her style reputation at major fashion and industry parties in New York and the UK, and is taking her style experience and turning it into a line that the industry is in love with. For Charlotte Olympia’s spring-summer 2011 collection entitled “Blame It on Rio,” Dellal looks to the ever-colourful 1950s Brazilian pin-up model, Carmen Miranda. Using her own signature prints with crepe de chine and textured fabrics like cotton canvas, raffia and gold lame, her stylized heels have been featured in runway shows for Emilio de la Morena and Henry Holland. Charlotte Olympia is stocked at Harvey Nichols, Dover Street Market, Matches, Isetan, Podium, On Peddar and Symphony Style. She has also recently formed partnerships with Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Harrods, Selfridges and Colette. Even more exciting, Charlotte Olympia is creating identical stockings for each style! Finally!

* images provided by: Charlotte Olympia

Star Watch: Dakota Fanning

November 27, 2009 - 2:15 am

Fashion is welcoming a new Twilight tween.

Growing up right before our very eyes is starlet Dakota Fanning–and she’s making us proud!

She has one of the coolest names Hollywood, has starred next to some of the biggest silver screen heavy-hitters and well, has always been just plain adorable throughout her career. Now, the 15-year-old can now add burgeoning style muse to her bloated curriculum vitae.

Sure, she may have rocked it in OshKosh B’Gosh back when she was just a tot, but Miss Fanning is bringing out more haute fashion names as she grows into her new roles–and even longer legs! We started to see augurs of Fanning’s baby-to-babe transformation when she starred as the rebellious and gifted Cassie Holmes in 2009 Paul McGuigan directed film, Push.

But it didn’t stop at ripped fishnets and smudged black eyeliner: to celebrate her role as Jane in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, fashion’s dynamic duo Dolce & Gabbana were quick to outfit our little ingenue in their Fall 2009 platform pumps in black suede and vampy wine-coloured satin for the Los Angeles premiere of the hit flick. And even more fitting was Fanning’s dress: a leather and macramé embroidered number from the Spring 2010 Valentino collection, designed by newsome twosome Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, appointed as the latest creatives for the Valentino house. The entire youthful collection undulated a sheer, frilly, peek-a-boo mantra for a new generation of couture lovers, Dakota included.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more of Fanning’s effortlessly age-appropriate style picks and her upcoming projects still in post-production.



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.


Low summer temps, high heels

August 7, 2009 - 3:58 am

This summer, while short and sweet was filled with skyscraper heels and towering clogs that will take us a long time to forget.

Here’s another lusty look at some of the best and biggest stilettos to grace the world’s top catwalks. Christian Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Alexander Wang and so many fabulous ones in between.

For, I take a walk in some of the best statement shoes of the season.