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Toronto fashion week: Jeremy Laing Spring 2013

October 30, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Despite being in one of the worst seats in the fashion house—the awkward corner where models turn and face their backs to you—this was one of my favourite shows.

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Canadian golden boy Jeremy Laing is always a runway crowdpleaser and fashion’s most notable came to view the designer’s Spring 2013 collection: dark and moody palette of black, grey, cream, white and dusty rose. Laing’s presentation—which capped an exciting two-day fashion presentation at The ShOws held at Andrew Richard Design in Toronto—was a gorgeous, layered, utilitarian mash-up of jumpers, shortalls, maxi dresses. All of these practical silhouettes were crafted in light, flowy, shimmery-sheer fabrics like chiffon and silk with hits of embellishment on shoulder plates, bibs and with beaded tribal patterns on dresses.

Ann Taylor opens downtown location

October 10, 2012 - 3:57 am

Animal prints, skinny belts in bright colours, tops, separates that are perfect for work and play. Ann Taylor has finally opened in downtown Toronto and its fall cache is a thrilling sartorial mix of office and apres-five.

See below for some of my favorites (many of them spotty, you’ll notice!)

Photos: Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK

J. Crew’s Fall 2012 Catalogue Looks Like a Magazine

October 7, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Downtowners in Toronto are wildly excited about the new J.Crew womenswear and menswear stores in the Eaton Centre which opened last week (yes, gentlemen you read that right—J.Crew menswear is finally here in Canada at a brick and mortar store!)

Editors were invited to a special 8:30 a.m. breakfast before the shopping centre opened to get their fill of the new merch and snack on breakfast delights. And we all received a lovely little gift at the end, a cobalt-blue stone and gilt bracelet and J.Crew’s Fall 2012 catalogue: an editorial-looking delight! One of my favourite runway models of all time, Tao Okamoto, and a beauty that has been streetstyled religiously over the past couple of runway seasons: Caroline Issa, Tank magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief.

Take a peek at the catalogue below, filled with cashmere, cute separates and all of the chic we’ve come to expect and love from J.Crew.

 

photos: Glynnis Mapp / FashionTK

Olivia Bee for Hermès

July 28, 2012 - 11:54 am

Luxe brand Hermès is on the hunt for young, under-the-radar bloggers and photographers—who knew? After Dior’s unveiling of actress du jour Mila Kunis as their Fall 2012 fashion muse, Hermès looks to 18 year-old blogger and photographer Olivia Bee for its latest Fall 2012 editorial fashion cover shoot for the brand’s in-house magazine, Le Monde d’Hermès. The Portland, Oregon-based photographer created a dreamy world for the French brand: Hermès scarves-turned-large-bows on her head for a very unicorn-inspired, fairytale-feeling shoot. The Arcadian-esque photoshoot is a celebration of silk scarves and pink hair the brand said via press release—a fantasy-inspired rendition by way of countryside frolicking and flouncing.

The latest edition of Le Monde d’Hermès will be available from September 2012 in all the Hermès boutiques.

*photo: courtesy of Hermès

Book chic: Mendo Amsterdam

July 19, 2012 - 10:18 pm

This bookstore meets fashion library is a treat to browse through. A Mecca for your most coveted style coffee table books and a perfect spot for gift buying if clogs and caramel stroopwafels aren’t what you’re looking for. Mendo houses special collections of extra-large books like Muhammad Ali (GOAT), Vivienne Westwood, David LaChapelle (Artists & Prostitutes), Valentino, Inez van Lamsweerde, Helmut Newton (SUMO) and more.

The store’s walls aren’t bricks, but thousands of black Mendo styled books. You’ll walk out feeling inspired to write your own fancy read and have it sit on this shop’s pretty, minimalistic stacks.

Read about more fashionable shopping spots in my monthly column on New York-based fashion website: Lookbooks.com 

photos: (c) courtesy of Mendo

Monki Copenhagen

May 26, 2012 - 11:48 am

Walking in to Monki is like walking into a fashion fantasy: quirky coinpurses in the shape of watermelons, banana bag necklaces, furry little stuffed animal critters—all things that make you want to scream, “Kawaii!”  Monki makes fashion fun again: it’s a concept store, a fashion brand, a magazine and so much more. Monki stores are proverbial walk-in closets “filled with treasures.”

Each location has separate themes like “Forgotten Forest,” the bio-hazardous “City of Oil and Steel” or the magical “Sea of Scallops.” Get ready for a trippy, trendy experience.  While you can find unique, no-one-else-will-have-this pieces to take home, the kooky-cool shop also has basics that your closet will thank you for: dark and light denim, sheer blouses, skirts and things sure to take you through the spring and summer, no problem.  Take a peek at these images of the Monki store in Copenhagen, carousel-themed and dreamy.

I skip through other fashion, food and hotel greats in Copenhagen in my latest post on Lookbooks.com. Read my monthly column, “Eat, Shop Stay: Copenhagen. Read it here!

*photos: (c) courtesy of Monki

Roger Vivier shoe collection at The Bata Shoe Museum

May 21, 2012 - 3:06 pm

It’s the shoe that our fashion heroine and Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf ) gave to her French Prince Louis: “It’s Vivier, it’s worth a helluva lot more than a glass slipper.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Miss Waldorf. And we all know how that ended (*Spoiler Alert!)

It’s a romantic (and cheesy) Cinderella gesture but we get the point—that’s one special shoe. So it’s not without immense excitement (read: tear-inducing joy) that shoe fanatics welcomed the Roger Vivier collection to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto weeks ago. Roger Vivier  gained notoriety as a designer for Christian Dior in the 1950s and worked for the design house long after Dior’s death. The Vivier exhibit entitled, Process to Perfection ( May 9, 2012-April 7, 2013) highlights never-before-seen sketches and drawings of Vivier’s shoe design process and the creations that were a result of his painstaking art. Vivier died at age 90 in 1998 and continues to be an iconic and inspirational shoe designer to many fashion greats from Lanvin to Louboutin. Famous shoe profiles and wearers include the pilgrim buckle shoe—a favourite of Catherine Deneuve, and the thigh-high boot that Bridget Bardot loved to wear.

“To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams.” —Roger Vivier

 

*photos: Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK.com

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

David Beckham Bodywear for H&M

February 4, 2012 - 5:35 pm

David Beckham is making fashion editor heads turn with his new sizzling David Beckham Bodywear for H&M campaign. The collection launched globally last Friday where the “footballer” cut the ribbon in London on his vetted collection of boxers, briefs and loungewear. Priced at an affordable $15-$35, it’s a cache of comfys that we’ll want to get our special boys in this Valentine’s Day, and everyday thereafter thankyouverymuch.

It seems a little silly to underline why this collaboration is all kinds of awesome, but fine, I’ll list them just for you readers:

- H&M, Swedish retail phenomenon
- David Beckham in underwear. Period.

There really isn’t anything else you need for this kind of sartorial success, sleuths.

Take a peek at a very sexy video of David Beckham below, too. You’re welcome.

*photos and video: H&M

’50s Paradise: Prada Spring 2012

February 1, 2012 - 11:37 pm

America in the ’50s: pistachio green and fire engine red Cadillacs, headscarves, cat eye sunglasses, pencil skirts and pearls, an old gas pump station. Sublime! Prada’s Spring 2012 campaign is an old school-meets new school pop culture lesson in style. Dreamed up by resident photographer Steven Meisel, he delivers yet another captivating campaign for Prada, vintage set sexily against modern music, and expression. Bombshells brunette and blonde, we get a sizzling look at the jewel tone and pastel pieces from the brand, classic shapes with a very now kind of feeling.

Watch the video!

 screenshot  and video: (c) courtesy of Prada