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Holly Fulton’s S/S 14 muses trotted down London’s catwalk last Saturday with lush, fluffy side-swept waves and a ’70s kind of beauty sensibility. The makeup, created by MAC Lead Artist Andrew Gallimore, was anchored with a lovely lilac eyeshadow and illuminating highlighter on the cheekbones and temples for anethereal goddessSissy-Spacek-meets-Jerry-Hall glamazon kind of beauty.

L’Oréal Professionnel Lead Hair Artist James Pecis used L’Oréal’s new  volume-boosting hero to create the disco-diva, “seven-tease” French twist bouffant: L’Oreal Paris‘s new Studio Line #TXT Texture Styling Volume Supersizing Spray. Pecis slicked the hair into a side swept twist, spritzing and brushing out the curls to create big, fabulous volume.


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

Erdem wins award from British Fashion Council, gets £200,000 prize

April 5, 2010 - 11:52 pm
*photo: The Independent
Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu is the most recent winner of the British Fashion Council’s Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award. 

The 30-year-old, London-based designer and former Ryerson University and Royal College of Art student grew up in Montreal, then worked for Diane von Furstenberg in New York before starting his own label. He has been getting a lot of attention from Brits lately, enough to be the very first Canadian to garner the prestigious BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award. The accolade helps to secure his name among other fashion names and will offer him a ton of bespoke business mentoring—and cash. His £200,000 prize (certainly one way to build on an already blossoming fashion label) will help with the development of his eponymous brand—and not that he seems to need it. His collections are sold in more than 50 luxury retailers worldwide, he’s a favourite to Michelle Obama and UK first lady Sarah Brown, and here in Toronto he is also exclusively sold at The Room, in The Bay on Queen Street.

For Erdem, this recent win is one of many awards: Erdem won the Swarovski British Fashion Council Fashion Enterprise Award, and also picked up the Fashion Forward award from the BFC in 2008. Fashion publications have also placed Erdem at the top of the pedestal, with Elle Magazine awarding Erdem the “Fashion Future Award” in 2009 and also a nod at the Elle Style awards in London. We also gushed about Erdem’s huge popularity during fall-winter 2010 fashion week in London, months ago.

While the CFDA 2010 nominees have already been announced (Alexander Wang, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs making the Womenswear Designer of the Year category) I’m thinking that Erdem stands to win an award on U.S. soil in the future. Since, Diane von Furstenberg’s term as CFDA president has been extended to 2012, I think she won’t turn a blind eye to her former employee, especially with so many awards under his belt.


Alexander McQueen dies at 40: A Fashion Community in Shock

February 11, 2010 - 10:56 pm

Lee Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home today. Shock and awe is pouring out of New York at the moment, as Mercedes-Benz fashion week kicked off today as well.  Upon hearing the news this morning, editors left the BCBG show simply devastated. International fashion weeks are still scheduled, but rumors of special tributes to the designer at London Fashion Week have already started. McQueen was not slated to display a new collection in London this season. No word yet on whether another designer will take on the creative director post at the house of McQueen or if the label will be discontinued. Pundits have already predicted that the label may weaken under the current economy and not be able to withstand the market without McQueen himself and his extraordinary design talent. Critics have also said that the fashion house may be abandoned by Gucci Group, its owner in Italy. While you can still view and purchase items on the U.S. online shop, his dynamic designs and look book have been replaced on the main Alexander McQueen website, with a chilling splash page and a statement from the McQueen fashion house:

“On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family. Lee’s family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.”

McQueen has dazzled the world over with his brilliant design sense and penchant for the dramatic. Son of an English cab driver and social studies teacher and the youngest of six children; McQueen was a diamond in the rough. Nicknamed the l’enfant terrible (French for a rebellious child) his designs were as New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn put it in the March 2010 issue of Vanity Fair: far from the “desperate silk swags” on catwalks of late. His impeccably tailored work took fashion to another level: his work was whimsical, theatrical and season after season he created breathtaking runway shows. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II herself made him a Commander of the British Empire in 2003 for his work and contribution to British fashion. He has also been a designer who has changed the way we view fashion and technology together, and was able to blend the two seamlessly (read: “Plato’s Atlantis” for Spring-Summer 2010). For me, personally, it was even more ironic to find out about his death via text from friends, and to see the first confirmed reports via YouTube.

Right out of school, the Central Saint Martins graduate sent shocks of promise through the fashion community, making fast friends with quirky hat-wearer and fashion socialite Isabella Blow who became his best supporter and confidant. She later committed suicide in May 2007. Rumors of an argument between McQueen and Blow painted the relationship with controversy, with much of the accusations focused on McQueen around the time of Blow’s passing and his alleged disregard for Blow’s support over the years. McQueen flatly denied the gossip.

According to the BBC, the recent death of his mother (her funeral is scheduled for February 12) was taking a huge toll on the designer.  He wrote about his mother’s passing on his Twitter page (which has since been shut down). After his mother’s death he followed his previous posts with “RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.” He posted other messages that showed signs of him slowly recovering from his own tragic loss after having an “awful week.” He added: “Now I have to some how pull myself together.” The anniversary of Blow’s death is also just a few months away.

*video: Associated Press


Madewell is mad for Alexa Chung

January 20, 2010 - 8:48 pm

According to WWD, Alexa Chung has put pen to paper on a contract with Madewell, the cooler than cool UK brand under the J. Crew umbrella. Fancy that!

The MTV personality is slated to help create an inspired collection à la Chung, come Fall. And it’s no surprise: she has been much-lauded as the British fashion darling to watch, quickly becoming an international style maven and frequenting the front-rows of fashion weeks in New York, London, and Paris.

Born in Privett, Hampshire, Chung was named a fashion personality to watch in 2010 by VOGUE  back in 2008. Talk about fashion forecasting! The former model posed under Elite Model Management, did editorial spreads for ELLE Girl, Cosmo Girl and walked the runway for Vivienne Westwood’s Spring/Summer 2009 show. Looks like she’ll be a perfect fit for the job.

This firm fashion venture is good news for Alexa, who traded her Union Jack for stars and stripes last April, moving to New York to kick off her new MTV show, It’s On with Alexa Chung (billed as the replacement show for TRL). Shortly after, Chung’s show aired its finale episode on December 17 (!!!).While she’s still under contract with MTV, no word on any new talk shows or TV gigs yet. This could be just the ticket for Chung, who by all reports has the whole effortlessly stylish look down to a complete science. Also, Madewell staffers can’t count how many times they’ve seen Chung shopping in-store, civilian style. Maybe she can get a wholesale discount for being the first-ever celebrity face of the brand?

Check out the Madewell website for the evolution!


Does this dress make me look Fast?

September 28, 2009 - 6:04 pm

Hailing from Winnipeg’s countryside, Mark Fast is the Canadian and 28-year-old Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design graduate who was hand-picked for Topshop’s New Generation sponsorship program, backed by the British Fashion Council. The program selects 20 up-and-coming UK-based designers and helps usher them into London Fashion Week.

Not only is Fast quickly becoming a coveted clothing name, he also caused a stir during Spring 2010 London Fashion Week (Sept. 18-23) over his last minute decision to add three curvy plus-sized models to his runway roster.  The move was immediately labeled as a press stunt and the spur-of-the-moment casting change reportedly caused a stylist to walk out on the show.

We all remember when Milan refused to accept too-thin models on their runways in 2006. This season, Fast rekindled the size-zero debate, making us think a little harder about the way the catwalk influences the women of the world and the way they see their bodies.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the average woman in the UK fits a 12 to 14 dress size.

Along with his controversial collection, Fast has been a staunch supporter of UK exhibition “All Walks Beyond the Catwalk” an event that showcases models aged 18 to 65, from sizes 8 to 16 and saw high-profile fashion faces like Alexandra Shulman, an editor at British Vogue.

And Fast hasn’t stopped there; he will continue to work with shoe couturier Christian Louboutin (who featured several pumps in Fast’s Spring 2010 show) and will also create a Topshop capsule collection, set for store launch in February 2010. Topshop collections have been available in Canada at Holt Renfrew and whispers of a Canadian location for the cheap-chic purveyor have been swirling around for months since the New York store opened last April.

Here’s hoping!!!