Black and Blue: House of Holland x Levi’s

March 26, 2010 - 4:53 am

What do you get when you mix an American denim granddaddy and a bold UK brand? Besides the wonderful opportunity to use a recipe lede, you get edgy buckled trucker jackets with contrasting straps and lux high-shine gold hardware

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Just when you thought the denim-on-denim trend had dwindled, leave it to a pair of fashion mainstay labels to revive the jeanswear movement. Levi’s and House of Henry Holland put their heads together for an eight-piece women’s and men’s collection for Spring/Summer 2010 and out of the creative sandbox came black denim straps on washed-out indigo jean with peek-a-boo cutouts on jackets and jean boustier dresses. Pair the bottoms and outerwear with black-and-cream horizontal striped crew necks and it’s a perfect match. The new capsule has been a huge hit with Brit babe Pixie Geldof (who has been sporting several of the pieces at London parties) and has taken the High Street set by storm and is affordably available at Harvey Nichols and Selfridges for a cool £55. It could be The Misshapes frontwoman, Leigh Lezark‘s blackout eyeliner, it could be the blinding hi-gloss contrast of multi-denim on bright white, but I’m actually liking this collabo! See for yourself, below.

*photos: House of Holland

French Connection UK: Man & Woman

March 2, 2010 - 7:06 pm

French Connection has released delightful his and hers video adverts for the new Spring 2010 line. The clips are funny takes on the typical Parisian stereotypes of French men and women: the stubborn yet stylish downtown dandy, the bored but beautiful (and painfully thin) Parisienne. Incroyable!

“He knows not what sequins … is.”

“She needs not a man … but, they come.”

*video courtesy of French Connection UK

Genetic Denim: Canada Gets Love from L.A.

February 11, 2010 - 4:37 am

After such cold weather here in Toronto and the latest snowstorm covering New York (a bad omen for Mercedes-Benz fashion week, kicking off this Thursday), it was refreshing to say the least when I received Genetic Denim‘s S/S 2010 lookbook in the mail this morning. Rays of sunshine practically poured out from the envelope (okay, I’m exaggerating).

Denim alert: Ali Fatourechi‘s jeanswear label, Genetic Denim is coming to Canada (!!!) Check your local Holt’s, Aritzia and TNT for details on the trendy Los Angeles label that has celebrities like Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, and Anne Hathaway in an absolute frenzy over samples. Christmas has come twice (seriously, what’s with all of this snow?!) And if wearing  Genetic Denim‘s new collection here suddenly makes me five inches taller, pin-thin and instead has me stuck in a sunny oasis with a cute male model–I’ll take six of everything. Take a peak at these gorgeous campaign images below. I can’t wait to try them on!

*photos: Genetic Denim


December 31, 2009 - 9:26 pm

Mind the Gap: Falling for Pre-Fall 2010

December 27, 2009 - 9:27 pm

Who really wants to wait (what seems like forever) for Fall 2010′s grand debut? I can’t imagine who.

We’ve simply been twiddling our thumbs until the next round of international collections and thankfully pre-Fall 2010 is our sartorial saving grace. As soon as S/S 2010 shows come to a close, and the boozy after-party haze subsides, we start to get the fashion week shakes again: we miss all of the minimalism, asymmetrical abundance, frills, and overall decadence.

The industry’s most beloved designers–Burberry Prorsum, Alexander Wang, Missoni, and Mrs. Obama’s personal progeny Jason Wu among them–know all too well that we can’t fight our natural instincts.

Between our fashion fixes, we pine after our main muses Natasha Poly, Lily Donaldson, Anja Rubik and Sasha Pivovarova, we picture them colting down the catwalks.  Then, we look to the ad campaigns du jour, cooing over fragrance faces like Jessica Stam for Nina Ricci’s Ricci Ricci; getting school-girl-giggly while watching Charlize Theron‘s sexpot strut for Dior’s J’adore and simply delirious over Italian stunner Mariacarla Boscono and Russian beauty Natalia Vodianova in Givenchy’s S/S 2010 fabulous new adverts.

Still, it’s just not the same. There’s simply no substitute for the runway show (*sigh). Until the New Year!

*photo: Alexander Wang


LG Fashion Week S/S 2010 WRAP UP

November 2, 2009 - 5:31 am

While they were few in numbers (only a handful of designers were on display this season), Canada’s notable fashion names offered an array of strong shapes, colours and inspirations for LG Fashion Week S/S 2010 thanks to some home court advantage.

photos courtesy of Nada Designs
photos by: George Pimentel
Call Me Coquette

Dust off those paperback novels ladies (and boys, ahem): get ready for a Spring collection that makes us believe in love again–or at least in sexy-and-stylish trysts! Throw on one of Nada’s latest little numbers and you may find yourself simply entangled in a steamy love affair with the Harlequin romance gent of your dreams (if he just happens to be lounging bedside in your estate home somewhere in Neuilly-sur-Seine).

What, you don’t have an estate home? Pfffft.

Sky-high bouffants, pearls, ruffles and lace: Nada showed us how to channel our inner rebel Marie Antoinette and as always, made us rethink our current closets. Ah, so you doubt that come Spring you’ll be wearing a silk pastel flower print jumper? But, Nada says you will. And while some of the pieces gave fashion critics a déjà vu kind of feeling (read: plastique trench a la Sonia Rykiel’s Spring 2010 collection) Nada did what she does best, offering an original collection along with  the dark and brooding aura we’ve come to anxiously expect from her.

photos by: Glynnis Mapp
Think Pink

The model-off-duty style that Alexander Wang has so effortlessly perfected, also appeared in Pink Tartan’s latest collection. And the interpretation? Well-heeled ankle boots, Robin Hood felt hats, leather shirt-dresses, some sporty gaucho-length bicycle shorts (read: Marc Jacobs), and a dash of sparkle in mini skirts and Happy-Hour-ready frocks. Nautical stripes made it into the mix as well: a cardigan here, a loose-fitting tank there–but all of it barely thought about (or that’s what Kimberley Newport-Mimran and her expert stylists want us to think, sneaky, sneaky).

Call it a success: it was as if the collection was given to the models 15-minutes beforehand, and the girls just picked their favourites. And there’s no such thing as effortless style dear readers (throw that into the myth box along with the Tooth Fairy). African inspired jewelry by Dean Davidson also helped put the finishing touch on the collection.

With star walkers like Canadian model Tara Gill trotting down the runway (she also walked for Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier this Spring), Pink Tartan‘s collection was just a peak at what the cool kids will undoubtedly be wearing when the weather warms up.

photos courtesy of Rudsak and
photos by: George Pimentel
Hide and Seek

For Canadian outerwear and accessory purveyors Rudsak, this Spring season was all about showing off a lot of skin.

Like leather. Get it? Get it?

Anyway, while Rudsak presented a Spring collection set to outfit style mongers come April, we all sat in our seats thinking about immediately dashing backstage once the show was over to purchase a few of these little leather and suede numbers wholesale and straight off the runway (or at least I did)!   Rudsak showed shorts and tapered pants with 80′s inspired cuts, large lapels with studs and utilitarian pocket details. They also churned out long coats and bomber jackets in ebony and a spectrum of high hues. The palette included blood orange, pewter, purple, dove grey, emerald and blue.

And with a sexy revamped website (thank-you models) you can see the looks on-figure, now.


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!!!