Marc Jacobs ♥’s Canada

February 1, 2010 - 12:20 pm

While Marc Jacobs summers in St. Barts with his beau Lorenzo Martone (amidst swirling rumours of a seaside wedding between the two) fashion’s North American l’enfant terrible still managed to have time to show Canada the love. The new limited-edition Mr. and Miss. Marc ski lift tee, launched exclusively worldwide at Holt Renfrew on January 25.

This sweet sketch of Mr. and Miss. Marc on a ski lift doesn’t make us physically warmer (hello, -17C last week), but at least we can add yet another designer tee to wear under our many, many layers. The shirt is a perfect gift: it comes enclosed in a Marc by Marc Jacobs gift box (too late for Christmas, but just in time for Valentine’s Day, wink*).

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The Mr. and Miss Marc ski lift tee is $65 CAD and available at Holt Renfrew stores in white and dapper grey, in sizes extra small (for those who like the fitted look) and large for those still sporting the boyfriend trend. 

 *photo: Holt Renfrew


13 Going On 30: Tavi Gevinson

December 14, 2009 - 1:34 am

Fashion darling du jour, Tavi Gevinson is not your average American tween. She attends her middle school classes in Comme des Garcons, has been featured on, in The New York Times Magazine, and has been cover girl to several über-cool Euro glossies since her Blogger website Style Rookie became the hottest thing to middle school since Cheez Whiz. The 13-year-old Illinois-based blogger–yes, she’s 13–also quotes stylist Rachel Zoe (“I die!”) when she gets excited about the latest runway looks, has sat in the front row of shows like Marc Jacobs during Spring 2010 fashion weeks, has been a guest blogger for POP Magazine, and has a quirky hat collection to make Philip Treacy a bit jealous. And according to, she’s also recently penned a column for the December 2009 issue of Harper’s Bazaar (!!!)

Top it all off, Tavi is also the newest bestie to Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind CFDA 2009 award winning label Rodarte. Here she is (and cute as a button) interviewing the designers on their recent collaboration with Target, backstage and also on-site at the photo shoot in scenic North Dakota (*sigh).

*video courtesy of



October 19, 2009 - 12:39 am

Ah, Paris! The city where global fashion weeks come to rest, season after season. Spring 2010 sprang with bright colours, wacky themes and an overall rebirth that shook the fashion community free of its studded and leathered dark aura. Well, except for those fantastic Isabel Marant studded ankle boots (glorious!)

Here are four favourites from Paris SS/2010:

Say, Quoi!?

Fashion’s design dandy Marc Jacobs interrupted Louis Vuitton from its usual monogrammed mantra and offered a confetti assortment of cuts, colours and creative confusion for Spring 2010.

Sportswear mixed with couture lines and a dash of eclectic ethnic influence (or how else can you describe the fur-topped sandals, reminiscent of Sasquatch? MJ, please forgive me). Add models stomping down the runway in multicoloured afro wigs, looking too similar to Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers perfume dolls and voila: consider us perplexed!

But just because one (me) doesn’t quite understand the artist (Marc Jacobs) and his inspiration of the moment, doesn’t alter the absolute genious of the collection. Whether he’s creating haute or prêt-à-porter collections, Jacobs is truly a couturier when it comes to fabrics and construction (not to mention, he makes me want to wear a fanny-pack like no one else). Jacobs explained the mish-mash of textiles and sartorial genres to Sarah Mower of as being “about travelers—the movement that came after punk. Then we were thinking about hiking, trekking, and then denim and parkas—city utilitarianism.” 

Yeah … uh, what he said.

Channeling Cowboy 

Who can turn hay into gotta-have-it chic? Leave it to fashion’s haute cowboy Karl Lagerfeld to flip the happy switch on to fashion’s of late demure visage and put smiles on the industry’s sardonic faces (Love you Anna!)

Texas seemed to have descended on the Grand Palais offering ho-down worthy separates in light linen whites and studded leather mules sure to get any girl’s dance card filled, ya darn-tootin.’

While last season’s Chanel shows (both couture and prêt-à-porter) offered an overall luxurious yet still austere outlook on the fashion industry (remember the paper headdresses?) this time around Chanel models kicked off their heels (literally), crooned to the pluck of a banjo and shimmied to the shake of a tambourine avec Lily Allen and then rolled around in the hay with none other than Karl’s male muse Baptiste Giabiconi (yee-haw!)

This season, Lagerfeld helped us remember that fashion can be fun, again.

(insert Kernel Sanders jokes here! HA!)

Back to the Future 

If you could travel to the future, what would fashion look like? Alexander McQueen‘s Spring 2010 ready-to-wear show answered with otherworldly shapes, armor silhouetted mini dresses with crystals and jewels mimicking fish scales: an underwater underworld. McQueen envisioned a humanity afflicted by its own environment with the entire civilization sinking underwater (thank-you melting ice caps).

The inspiration behind the collection was reminiscent of the lost city of Atlantis, models did an uneasy colt trot down the runway in fantastic alien-shaped stilettos (many of them looking like they were taking the model as human host, morphing), dresses designed with digital patterns and space-age coiffed hairstyles that would make any future babe a bit green. The palette was also a sight to behold: earth tones, golds, reptile inspired verts, and mirrored ocean blues kept the collection superbly afloat. Alexander McQueen (need we be surprised?) again managed to brilliantly combine wild imagination, tailoring and technology for a future perfect runway display.

Les Parisiennes 

Sonia Rykiel’s SS/2010 collection was a sartorial skip along the Seine, a stroll down the Champs-Élysées and a waltz down Rue Mouffetard: Paris, Paris, Paris! Je t’aime.

Bright yellows, ceruleans, and very prêt-à-porter blacks and neutrals fortified the collection, with horizontal stripes making an appearance (of course!)

Models sported sheer-and-sexy hoisery and dainty Mary Janes. Bare legs in Springtime? Jamais.

While some critics thought the plastique raincoat was too close to Prada’s some time ago, the collection excelled and offered Sonia Rykiel’s celebrated joie de vivre: smiling, bouncy models with trademark Rykiel frizzy, fluffy laissez-faire coiffs, pulled back effortlessly (a feature that the French seem to have down to a simple science) by a mini beret disks. Mignon!


NY Fashion Week Wrap-up

September 25, 2009 - 2:53 am
With an air of escapism and that Big Apple attitude we know and love the Spring 2010 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (Sept. 10-17) in New York  alighted and delighted the fashion masses.

Here are a handful of designers that knocked us off our proverbial stocking feet:

On his Marc
Marc Jacobs let loose in a flurry of frills and bustles for his Spring show, dismissing the model-off-duty, glam-rock persona fashion has adopted these days and instead called on more refined muses.  He told Nicole Phelps of that “if last season was a trip back in time to the eighties, this was a trip to the theater, the ballet, the opera.” And from Marc’s lips to our fashion eyes, it was true: after-five dresses à la “The King and I,” porcelain-faced models, Ottoman-era slippers and ballet-style chignons, with a dash of American sportswear (silken sports bras, fanny-packs and jogging tights) in the mix as well. Critics left pleased with our North American l’enfant terrible, refreshed by his devil-may-care ‘tude to last season’s dark aura.
Les Miz

A designer who is quite familiar with the ups and downs of the industry, Isaac Mizrahi knows that the show must go on–and does he ever know how to put on a show! He dazzled with his Sept. 17 tent show and Broadway style display complete with rain machine and a winding staircase that even Gene Kelly himself would approve of.  The collection was presented with help from famous model faces, including of-the-moment runway muse Tao Okamoto. Isaac Mizrahi’s Spring cache offered chic patent oxfords in creme, caramel and black; tailored blazers, showman Boater hats and suitcases. This gender-bending show had Big City written all over it. Encore!


Rags to Riches

Distressed leathers, twills and plaid patterns ripped to shreds–California girls Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte brought out the textile talent we’ve come to crave: gorgeous knit stitching, prints and a collage of techniques that are always right on the money. The Mulleavy sisters remind us yet again why they received a 2009 CFDA award their knack for damaging cherished fabrics and combining them in spectacular ways. This Spring, the siblings were darkly inspired by the singed California terrain and Rodarte envisioned a fashion phoenix: a woman scorned by her landscape. She pieces together her burned–yet beautiful–clothes and stomps triumphantly (thanks to equally stripped statement shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood) down the runway. Scarlett O’Hara, eat your heart out.

So Sui Me
Anna Sui shows are always a refreshing change from the dark and brooding model stomps. The recent CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner knows how put the fun back in to fashion with happy smiling models, bold prints and patterns. Ringmaster Sui gave a whimsical circus-inspired collection this Spring. A nod to the flower child’s love of the 1960s Pop-era welcomed a variety of playful dresses in equally dallying flower prints, not to mention several bowl haircuts (many models sported faux blunt cut bangs if they didn’t already have them). Sui’s collection was fanciful and free: evidence of a designer flying high on success–and deservingly so!


Putting the Marc in markdown

August 6, 2009 - 6:10 pm

Marc Jacobs closes summer with an eye-opening sale

Denim cutoffs, resin bangles, graphic T-shirts–oh my!

After a frugal summer of saving for that special Fall purchase, Marc Jacobs does it again by stealing our hearts away with staples sure to keep your closet stocked ’til next year’s heat wave.

MJ is practically giving away end of season merchandise!

Editor lusts already include: skinny jeans at $78 (swoon), classic take-anywhere-totes for a cool $20 and a snake head bracelet at just $5. That’s less than a Starbucks grande chai, folks.

FashionTK is heading to the nearest Marc Jacobs store to purchase these glorious braderie items. View items online and get that credit card ready for a sale swipe!