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!

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* images provided by: Charlotte Olympia

5×5 = JBrand

November 3, 2010 - 2:44 am

J Brand has launched its “5 x 5 Collection” a unique collaboration with five rising British designers. Each designer worked tirelessly with the J Brand design team to create a unique J Brand style that will each be available at select luxury retailers in the UK: Christopher Kane for 5 x 5 will be available at Harvey Nichols, Erdem at Harrods, Meadham Kirchhoff at Browns, Peter Pilotto at Selfridges, and Richard Nicoll‘s inspired pair will be available at Liberty. Creating classic and sophisticated jeans, the brand has positioned itself as a leader in the premium denim market.  JBrand has been expanding its presence exponentially, especially since the expansion of its menswear line in Fall 2008, which reflected modern classics with a masculine sensibility. J Brand has expanded to include non-denim styles such as the Cargo Houlihan pant, which has been a cult hit and seen on celebrities worldwide. J Brand is featured in more than 2,000 specialty stores and luxury retailers in more than 20 countries. All styles will retail in the United States at Jeffrey New York and Intermix online.

*photos: (c) courtesy of JBrand

Wants & Needs: Sibling’s Breton Skull Sweater

February 8, 2010 - 9:27 pm

Just as soon as I thought I had it together (being frugal is so hard) I receive this in my inbox this morning: Sibling London’s Intarsia Noah Skull Breton sweater. There’s nothing more timeless than horizontal stripes and nothing cooler (in my opinion) than a giant optical illusion skull. This Breton print by UK brand Sibling London merges these two fashion variables together perfectly. And while these male muses sport the stripes well, this one isn’t just for the boys. Girls can wear it in larger sizes for a longer loose-fitting sweater-dress look. The Breton retails for £200 and will be available to buy via the Sibling London website on February 24th. I. Want. It. Now!!! Sibling, can you hear me?


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!


Shop Talk: Anthropologie

January 19, 2010 - 3:23 am

While Anthropologie does have that trademark big box Urban Outfitters ambiance, it still manages to feel like home.

With cozy sweater dresses in a variety of knits, cool and kitschy (but not too kitschy) bric-a-brac, giftable housewares and selection of French pop/rock playing on loop, it’s also nice that you can actually count their stores on one spendthrift hand here in Toronto.

Still, the retailer has expanded exponentially–especially in Canada: it’s West Edmonton Mall outfit is incredible and its Yorkville location in Toronto is always abuzz. Now, with a new Uptown spot at Don Mills in Toronto and a brand new Regent Street boutique in the UK, Anthropologie is growing right before our eyes. (Awwwww!)

I can’t wait to see how this brand evolves–surpasses even–its sister shop, UO. Maybe? We’ll see!

*photo: Anthropologie


Not Just A Gaga

December 21, 2009 - 6:10 pm

Queen of pointy aughties-inspired jackets, dresses, trousers and (ahem) décolletage, Lady Gaga isn’t just a surreal fashion statement maker, she is now a well appointed muse for chic UK web guardians a la mode Not Just A Label and its online fashion Mecca, The Shop.

I don’t know about you fashion lovers, but personally, she’s my favourite zany pop icon of the moment. No matter how obnoxious or cliché, I can’t get enough of her fringe masks, hair bows, orbit hats and general try-hard ‘tude. From the supermarket to the stage, Gaga is always on. She’s simply, future perfect.

Kick start your own Gaga transformation and double-click your way to her most gawked over sartorial choices from sought after designers like Ara Jo, And_i, Orschel-Read, Raffaele Ascione, and Savannah Wyatt.

Items are already flying off their e-shelves and some have already sold out, so get out your strong clicking finger, poker face (and credit card) to scoop these up before they are gone!

Oh, and take a peak at Lady Gaga’s video for “Bad Romance.” Not like you haven’t watched it several times already–I know I have!