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Sneaker Chic: Alexander McQueen for Puma

March 24, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Sneakers have always been fashionable (read: the ’80s and let’s not forget the ’90s) but since fashion houses started making their own versions of  haute high and low tops, designer sneaker collaborations are now completely chic: Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Adidas by collections with Stella McCartney, Jeremy Scott, the luxe list goes on.

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After Hussein Chalayan and Mihara, Puma adds a brand name to its list of designer collabs: Alexander McQueen.

Take a look at this awesome pink pair I was gifted by the brand last week at a recent brand look-see party in Toronto.

Talk about kick-ass.

photo: (c) Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK.com

 

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

 

Michael Kors for Breakfast

January 24, 2012 - 11:30 pm

Last week, at the Toronto showroom HQ of one of my favourite New York-born brands, I started my day with breakfast at Michael Kors. What. A. Treat.  At around 9 a.m., over orange juice, I perused collections for the upcoming seasons and here’s the forecast fashion sleuths: Summer 2012 plans to be tie-dye heaven (read: maxi dress that I need right now, and wow-worthy handbags with groovy colourful prints) and Pre-Fall 2012 selects are a woolly wonderland (read: supple shearling and  mohair, mohair and more fabulous mohair). With temps hitting -8C, it was a welcome distraction from the frigid cold outside and a reminder that spring–and (gasp) even summer–is truly on the way.

And even nicer, at the end of what seemed like stepping right into a brief island vacation (I’ve got quite the imagination, readers) I received this lovely gift: a Michael Michael Kors keychain, with a leather mini cream-coloured picture holder. Totally key-chic. I’ve dubbed it my Big Girl Keychain, this beauty is now a grown-up friend to my Columbia University keychain (yes, the one that’s cleverly designed to also open bottles). Now it has a pret-a-porter drinking partner.

 

 

 

 

photos: (c) Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK.com

F is for Fall, A is for Aristide

November 2, 2010 - 4:01 am

Fall is always makes me contemplative–it’s so poetic. A brisk walk over the noon-hour surrounds me with Fall colours, then I start thinking about the changing of the seasons, falling leaves, that crisp, cool air that begs for layers of wool scarves, cashmere sweaters, hats and yes, my very favourite: gloves. And when you say gloves, Parisian accessory maker Aristide answers. Lovely crochet detailing, plush velvet, springtime blooms, bows and laser cut stars, studs and stitching–no design detail left on the table!

Even the most well-heeled feet can’t compare to this gantier’s dainty and daring selection of hand coverings. J’adore.

*photos courtesy of: Aristide Collection (c)

Style Notes: Collina Strada

August 20, 2010 - 2:50 am

I met Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour in Las Vegas while I was at the Project trade show last February, working on the Buyer’s Guide for WeAr magazine. Along with Taymour I bumped into Jonathan Hokklo, who has now become one of my favorite photographers and New York dandies.

Fashion trade shows always have a way of bringing people together: it’s a great chance to touch base with big brands, find out what buyers are excited about and more importantly for me, meet new designers (the wholesale prices are not bad either!)

It only takes about a minute after speaking with Taymour to know that you’re speaking to a designer’s designer. Her complete understanding of the industry’s underpinnings, her palpable ambition–it’s a refreshing break from the usual tired seasonal mantra of “we’re doing something different this time around.” These same covetable qualities come through in her line too, accessories that show rather than tell us where fashion is heading and in what direction. Her cache of edgy tiered leather purses–with leathers all culled from a local New York tannery–are decaled with devil-may-care prints like optical illusion patterns and cloud pastels and she’s doing a ton of re-orders online and in-store. She’s also revved up her line with a new collection of harness vests which are being spotted on New York scenesters in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. She’s been featured in Nylon, Lucky and Tokion, and also on several must-read blogs like Refinery 29 (and, ahem, now this hot little web log).

If you’re in the Big Apple, stop by Eva New York at 355a Bowery. She’ll also be in the “Labels to Watch” section of the September issue of WeAr magazine (an article penned by yours truly). Check out Collette Paris and other specialty stores for copies or go to www.wear-magazine.com

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LG Fashion Week F/W 2010: Sartorial Snaps

April 3, 2010 - 11:09 pm

LG Fashion Week  in Toronto may have been filled with ‘rogue’ representations (hello: Philip Sparks, Evan Biddell’s OZ Studio Boutique and a 3D fashion show a la NADA) not to mention impromptu venue changes (read: The Allstream Centre). But amidst the chaos and last minute additions were strong and stable statements and fashion expression. Whether they hailed from uptown, downtown or were simply from out of town; stylish types seemed to be less focused on “the right look,” or “the right outfit” and more concentrated on staying true to themselves. Instead of pulling put-together runway looks, they instead whipped up their own creations and threw on whatever made them feel happy and haute. And what were those choice closet selections? Spring-ready trench coats, military jackets and copper jumpers, sky-scraper stilettos and generous platform shoes, a few moody fringe-leather-zipper accessories, halo headdresses, a little Western tuxedo appeal and a whole lot of sparkle. Take that, recession!

*photos: Glynnis Mapp (c)

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
(c) FashionTKTK

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OLD SOUL: NEW FINDS

September 20, 2009 - 5:37 pm

Last Saturday, amidst much TIFF feting and film screening, Toronto’s frugals were hard at work selling prime sartorial gems at Old Soul, a “down and dirty” vintage sale held at the decidedly low-key drinkery Canadian Corps Headquarters (201 Niagara Street, just south of King Street West).

The sale was presented by none other than the rare-find regent herself, Kealan Sullivan of 69 Vintage and clearance-priced boutique Buy the Pound. Thanks to her crew of lovely table keepers, the weekend offered a bevy of cool finds from local clothing, millinery and accessory designers.

It also helped gather a coterie of style mongers and helped remind us yet again that one person’s tchotchke is another’s precious treasure.

Dirty Diana
There’s nothing better than a buttery soft vintage cotton T-shirt. Add a pop of colour, nostalgic graphics, and one well-known diva. Say hello to your newest closet staple!

 

Born Again 
Vivien Cheng‘s Revival collection takes weathered leather totes and transforms them into art-deco accessories. Her hand-painted gilt purses have already received nods from Vogue España and a personal curtsy from FashionTKTK.
 
Topper Talk 
Lori-Anne Krausewitz‘s beautiful hand-crafted headwear line La Krause offers the young yet sophisticated a sure-fire cache of dainty yet modern caps, bonnets and feather chapeaus.
Jewel Envy 
Covet Originals is a bauble purveyor that uses reconstructed 1950s clasps and even chandelier crystals to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Designer Andrea Brant can help bedazzle and bejewel the most finicky of frugals.
 
Uno, Dos … Seis!
 Alejandra Porta and Pamela Martinez are the beauty and brains behind style intuitive line Numero Seis (No.6). Stocked with plumed earrings, golden-dipped animals on chain and sweet studs, they’re already a FashionTKTK favourite: see article here.

 
Back to Black
Silk, jersey-knit or velvet: an LBD is a girl’s best friend. Peep-toe stilettos with fringe have been my go-to statement pair this season. Here is yours truly, Glynnis Mapp of FashionTKTK among the stylish set.
 
Acid Rock 
Cold weather be damned! Arty appliqués and acid-washed denim are all the rage for pre-Fall dressing. Rock on.
 
A Rose for a Rose
Admire this lovely style monger’s lace leggings and flower-print jacket, thanks to Buy the Pound’s selection of cheap chic duds.
 
Walk the Line
Nothing says “please Summer, stay” than a multi-coloured striped tank.
  
 I’ve Been Framed
Black-and-white marbleized wayfarers from Spectacle make this jeans and T-shirt combo an edgy out-for-the-day ensemble.
 
Cut It Out
Denim cutoffs were a huge hit this été: the more frayed and threadbare the better. Caramel-coloured ankle gladiator sandals and a waist-length blazer help to give this summer uniform a preppy pick-me-up.
 
Beautiful Brights
The 69 Vintage table lovelies used colour to send Fall weather packing. Summer dresses, full skirts in jewel-tone hues like cerulean and electric fuschia are accented with crisp whites–a technicolour feast for the eyes. So fabulously bright, we needed shades!
 The Dark Side
Mix bold patterns and plaids with dark cotton twills for a draped textile experience:
rich blacks, browns and navy blues. They never fail!

*photos by Glynnis Mapp. (c) FashionTKTK.com

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Style code: m0851

August 30, 2009 - 5:09 pm

Montreal-born label m0851 has successfully romanced the world over with its quintessential European design approach: classic quality buttery leathers, chic wallets, tailored satchels and utilitarian lines. For Canadians and international style dandies, this label is simple style code for quality accessories and fashion.

m0851 started in 1987 as a small boutique and is now coveted the world over.

C’est cool, eh!?

“There is a sincerity to our product: we do not try to be something else and our product has always been our best form of marketing,” Frederic Mamarbachi, CEO of m0851 says. “We have a strong fan base because of the simplicity and charm of our product’s design. We have always maintained a high level of quality and unmistakably recognizable pieces.”

Growth in the international market in m0851’s entrepreneurial aim—and it’s well on its way! The brand is set on opening retail shops all over the globe: with product and locations in uptown New York City, Calgary, Madrid, South Korea and Australia. Its new Saint-Laurent Boulevard store in Montreal reinforces its Canadian presence. m0851 may have started in Canada, but has become a truly global brand. www.m0851.com

*Photo courtesy of m0851
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PPP: Prada Pop-Up in Paris

August 6, 2009 - 5:47 pm


Recession be damned! Prada opens new Paris pop-up shop.

Ask anyone: the Prada name speaks instant fashion and industry know-how. From Canal Street to Wall Street, there are few who don’t know the illustrious Italian-born label. From the beginning, the brand has offered its interpretation of true Italian luxury: handbags and carry-alls all fortified with Prada’s signature blacks, browns, grays and greens. Prada’s history began with quality leather goods and was an immediate success.

From Oprah to the Oscars, Prada has managed to transform itself from a Milan luggage producer to a luxurious international fashion house, making a big impact in 90s fashion and beyond. The creation of Miu Miu, also helped open the brand to a younger fashion demographic and expand its clothing identity.

Now, not to be a retail underachiever, Prada unveiled a brand new two-floor retail unit at Place Beauveau in Paris on July 22, 2009. The temporary pop-up shop—inspired by the French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire and his poem Le Pont Mirabeau—is set to dazzle shoppers in the popular 8th arrondissement for just five short months. Architect Roberto Baciocchi, designed the front of the store to match the Mirabeau bridge, and the result: a dramatic metal staircase and mannequins arranged together like Parisians on a casual stroll, nostalgic lilac carpeting and sofas, bronzed-metal displays and black-and-white checkered marble floors, which resemble the original 1913 Fratelli Prada shop in Milan.

www.fondazioneprada.com

*photo courtesy of Fondazione Prada

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