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The Perfect Coinpurse

July 9, 2012 - 10:55 pm

I peeped these cuter-than-cute Rebecca Minkoff coinpurses at one of my favourite accessories stores in Toronto, A2Zane. I loved their cheeky girl-sayings and quotes. Whether you’re actually out with the girls or not, this coinpurse ($65) is a cute and functional money-keeper. Stash cards, cash and coins in this one for easy purse-changing. Be the friend that covers the bill and keeps the change.

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Best handbags at Paris Fashion Week

March 18, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Choosing the wrong handbag can make or break your fashion week experience. Trust me! Carry a dressy clutch and you’ll be cocktail ready after evening shows, but you won’t have room for fashion week essentials: a camera, a mini notebook and pen, press kits, little gifts from the designers. Here are a few snaps of lovely lovelies showing off gorgeous purses outside of Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2012 show at the Grand Palais. See more pictures on TheKit.ca

*photo: 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

 

Stuff I Bought Online: ASOS Boxy Bag

January 29, 2012 - 10:46 pm

I love sharing my shopping finds, so this new recurring post shouldn’t be a complete shocker.

There’s nothing like finding a fashion steal. I. Mean. Nothing. And it gets especially fun (and tactical) when you’re sleuthing for stuff under a particular pricepoint. My usual spend test is under $100. But make that spend goal lower than $50 and you’re entering a whole new game. I call this the bargain big leagues, readers. And it’s not for the faint of heart.

For this round, I did an under $30 shopping test (!!!) with one of my favourite webshops ASOS.

My under $30 steal? The ASOS Boxy Bag. Its tartan print and structured shape makes it a smart-chic pick. I’m so geeked about this handbag!

It matches nicely with my navy wool Club Monaco coat and works just fine with black boots and colourful hats  (like my Joe Fresh angora wool hat in yellow).

No-guilt shopping at its best. <3

Take a look at more structured handbags below!

photos: (c) Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK.com

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

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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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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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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