Month: June 2008

i want: NYC La.Ga Bag for Krv Kurva, by Sarah Parris

NYC La.Ga Bag for Krv Kurva, by Sarah Parris Ex-blogTOer Ryan LaFlamme told me about this company he works for called 66degrees a few months ago. is based out of Toronto and the mandate is to “bring an array of very exclusive, mostly one-of-a-kind or limited edition products made by designers and artists around the world to people like you… people with smart tastes, people who want something different, something unique.” So I’ve been checking the site from time to time to see what’s new. This week, this bag landed in my inbox. I was smitten; it’s very unusual. The pattern reminds me of the New York City skyline. It has an interesting story also. Visualized by one of England’s most sought after designers, and hand-made at a women’s prison in Portugal, this ultra-exclusive handbag is available only at The La.Ga Bag, a trademark of Lisbon-based design studio Krv Kurva, is distinctly European in design. The bag marries two unique design ideas: the artistry of the bag’s graphics, and the manufacturing. Each bag …

Proenza Schouler Ready to Wear – Resort 2009

It’s weird. I’m really loving some of the looks for Resort that I probably shouldn’t. I can’t explain what draws me to these looks and I can’t believe I like the jumpsuit. The collar on this jacket is great. Some looks I just don’t get though, like this one via the Fashion Spot – Proenza Schouler Resort 2009 images:

Hunter is watching me on the web

Hunter Boots finally got it’s act together and updated their website. It’s much nicer now, easier to navigate, better pictures and fast. They’ve even have a spot on their site that aggregates blogs posts, youtube videos and flickr pictures that mention Hunter Boots. I noticed a bunch of traffic coming from the hunter site and I found out that they linked to me and it was front and center of the main “Hunter On The Web” section. The only thing that bugs me about the site is that the store locater is for the UK only. However, the North American Distributor is based out of Toronto Man Made Sales Inc 1200 Sheppard Ave East Suite 405 Toronto, Ontario, M2K 2S6 Tel: 416 756 2820 Fax: 416 756 9664 Contact them about availability around the country as I’ve only spoken about a few places in Toronto.

Adieu Adrian

Toronto’s own Fashion Verbatim aka Adrian is leaving our little blogger group and making his way to Montreal to join the massive machine that is the fashion industry. I wish him the best of luck and he will be missed in Toronto.

geekiviews: Secret Slimmers

Ashworth Associates sent me a Secret package. I’ve been trying them out for this post. The package included items for the Secret Slimmers shapeware line: thigh & tummy shaper panty, high waist shaper panty and the tummy shaper pantyhose. They also included a pair of red leggings (pictured) and patterned black tights. Almost all of the items were in black, the high waisted shaper was nude. Ashworth Associates gets a check in my good books. There is nothing more disappointing than receiving nude hose. It may surprise some but I’m a fan of shapewear. For some items of clothing, it can really clean up a silhouette (hello, unforgiving jersey). I have a pair of skinny black dress pants that I won’t wear without it. It’s not about losing inches, it’s about smoothing. I’ve bought Nancy Ganz shaperwear in the past and it’s not cheap. Secret’s offerings are at least reasonable at $9 – $25. I’ve never purchased pantyhose from Secret before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I now swear by their tummy shaper …

Lucinda’s List: Toronto’s Top Ten Style Cliques

So Lucinda McRuvy of Rags and Mags had decided to map out Toronto’s Top Ten Style Cliques a la I thought the feature was pretty lame, mostly because I don’t live in NYC and I find the whole thing pretty high school (it never seems to end). That being said, this is Toronto, I live here and I find this list very amusing. Yes, your’s truly is mentioned and I’m surprised that Lucinda even knows my name. She’s never acknowledged my presence. Earlier this year, chronicled New York’s top style clans, courted controversy with their inclusions (and exclusions!), and drew attention to the segregated world of fashion. The article got me wondering about who shapes the Canadian style landscape. What style clans to we have? Are they as defined and closed as those in New York? Surveying and spying at Spring events, I surmised Toronto’s top trendsetting teams and observed those hovering around. Before I announce my Top Ten Style Cliques, I must address the hovering wannabes because it is so unsophisticated …

The Gap will never get my valuable customer data again.

I’m pissed off with the Gap right now. If you shop there regularly, you know that sometimes you will get a survey request and in return you receive 20% off regular priced merchandise. I’ve been told by Gap employees that this feedback is very important to the stores and that my information is valuable, hence the discount for completing the survey. Apparently, head office doesn’t think so. I decided I was going to use my 20% off to buy one of the Designer Collection white shirts. I even stood in line to try the damn thing on and stood in line to pay for the thing, only to be told, very nicely btw, that that discount is not valid for the shirt. I was pissed, but didn’t take it out on the poor gay boy behind the counter but what a waste of my time and effort. I’ve attached a copy of the receipt to make a fucking point. There is nowhere on this receipt that lists the restrictions on what you can’t purchase, all …

Best Fashion Movie Ever!

Ya, ya, there are all those great old movies with wonderful actresses wearing fantastic clothes, but the best fashion movie ever is Zoolander. I watched it a couple times this past week and I was pissing myself laughing. Good times. image:

i want: Sergio Rossi Spring 2008 Shoes

Sergio Rossi Shoes I love these platform sandals from Sergio Rossi. The colour combos are spot on and they are unusual, very angular. I would wear these with a mini dress or skirt, they are perfect for showing off leg! Sphere Heel Sandals, I swoon at the ridiculousness of this shoe. I don’t think I’d ever wear something like this, but I do appreciate it. images:

RIP Yves Saint Laurent

Sunday, Yves Saint Laurent passed. PARIS (AFP) — Yves Saint Laurent, who died Sunday aged 71, was one of a handful of designers who dominated 20th century fashion, on a par with Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Paul Poiret. The reclusive French maestro, who had retired from haute couture in 2002 after four decades at the top of his trade, had been ill for some time. During his farewell appearance seven years ago, Saint Laurent had told reporters he had “always given the highest importance of all to respect for this craft, which is not exactly an art, but which needs an artist to exist.” Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent was born in the coastal town of Oran, Algeria, on August 1, 1936, at a time when the North African country was still considered part of France. A shy, lonely, child, he became fascinated by clothes, and already had a solid portfolio of sketches when he first arrived in Paris in 1953, aged 17. Vogue editor Michel de Brunoff, who was to become a …