Month: September 2008

I’ve been talking to reporters again

This time I’m in the National Post in the story called: Fall fashion wishlist: What I want right now It’s that time again. You know, “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” But for many of us, it’s also hunting season. Fall fashion-hunting season, that is. September’s fashion mags are full to bursting with images of impossibly lanky people – with apparently bottomless pocketbooks and no end of leisure – striding forth into the brisk autumn air dressed in riding boots, designer jackets and loads of cashmere. Who are these people and how can they afford this stuff? Do they not have day jobs? It’s not that we can’t enjoy the fantasy, but what we really want to know is what stylish people with real jobs intend to buy this fall. So Vivian Vassos asked more than a dozen fashionistas across the country, from editors to stylists to retailers, to fill us in on their personal shopping lists for the season. Click the link to read the article and see what I’m lusting for this fall.

Montreal 2008 РNotre-Dame Basilica of Montr̩al

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal Toronto doesn’t have anything this awe-inspiring beautiful. It’s a shame. I’ve never seen anything so spectacular in my life. I cried, it was so moving. My pictures don’t do it justice and it’s something that everyone needs to see. When it was founded in 1642, the village, then known as Ville-Marie, had its first wooden chapel inside the palisade at Pointe-à-Callière, today the site of Montreal’s major archaeological museum. Dedicated to Our Lady the Blessed Virgin – “Notre Dame” – the small original chapel was operated at first by the Jesuits. Then came the Sulpician Fathers, who in 1657 undertook construction of a larger church. The Sulpician François Dollier de Casson was its architect, and the present-day Notre-Dame Street served as the original site. Its construction, in Baroque style was completed between 1672 and 1683. By 1800, Dollier’s church had become too small, and the Fabrique decided to build the church we know today. To design the new church, the building council engaged the services of the New York architect James …

i got: A Jacket by Etro

A jacket from Etro One of my amazing consignment finds. 50 bucks! Retail value at the time, $1595 (the original price tag was in the pocket). It’s a beautiful jacket that MJ kept pestering me to buy when it was priced higher. I’m not sure what season it’s from. If anyone can place it, let me know in the comments. This picture was taken in Montreal in my hotel room at the Armor Manoir Sherbrooke. I loved the look of the photo so I needed an excuse to use the image in a blog post.

So this is where those media wall photos go

I was wondering where the media wall photos end up after my gifting lounge experience. Check out the link to see wearing me Jeremy Laing. Sorry but you have to register with the site to see the photos in large size. Photos from Ultra Supper Club NightClub Toronto Smashbox Cosmetics Film Fest Swag Lounge at Ultra Sep 6, 2008 Smashbox Cosmetics Film Fest Swag Lounge at Ultra – Saturday Sep 6, 2008 Ultra Supper Club 314 Queen Street West , Toronto , Ontario Smashbox Cosmetics held a special Film Festival Swag Lounge Saturday night at Ultra Supper Club. The girls of Canadian media came out in droves to get some swag, including the hosts and staff of Entertainment Tonight Canada, MTV and eTalk. Edit: The TChad Party photos are here.

Yup, IE6 is still broken!

I thought I fixed it but I’m still hearing issues about IE6. And I’m gonna have a hell of a time fixing it considering that I don’t even run IE6 at home. Sigh. So it gonna be painful for you IE6 folk out there. Until, I figure out what stupid bullshit IE6 is complaining about I can only offer the following suggestions: 1. Start using firefox. Its been my browser of choice for many years now. Even through the terrible high CPU usage days. 2. Upgrade to IE7 3. Read my site through RSS, or email. You can subscribe to either feature at the top of the page on the right hand side. Click the RSS icon for the feed. Enter your email address to get posted sent via email. My apologies to you IE6 users.

I will return with new posts on Friday

Sorry folks. I forgot my camera cable and can’t get at any of my pictures from Montreal. I’ll return to regularly scheduled posting on Friday when I’m back in T.O. Highlights of the Montreal Trip so far 1. YSL at The Montreal Museum of Fine Art 2. Notre-Dame Basilica 3. Reborn clothing shop in Old Montreal 4. Chatting about fashion with Adrian 1 and 2 brought me to tears today. If you haven’t seen the YSL exhibit and you have the ability to, get off the computer and head there now. It closes on Sept 28, 2008. There was no photography allowed so I didn’t get any pictures. I’ll also return with commentary on New York Fashion Week which hasn’t been very interesting so far. I caught a glimpse of Jeremy Laing and it looks pretty cool. He’s playing with cutouts this season.

Victoria Beckham’s Fashion Line

So it looks like Victoria’s line will be similar to Roland Mouret. “The collection was inspired by the femininity and sophistication of the midcentury silhouette,” Beckham explained. “I’ve always been drawn to intricate, seam-detailed designs, as their structure enhances the flattering shape of a woman’s silhouette.” “I like to focus on the posture of a woman and how she holds herself, which led me to incorporate features such as modern corsetry and grosgrain details,” she said. “All corsetry is made for comfort and support with the finest materials, and, in addition, there are finer grosgrain belts that are incorporated into the line of the softer constructed dresses to give this effect in a more subtle way, thus enabling women of all sizes to wear my dresses to create a magnificent silhouette.” Looks include a black stretch-cotton, hand-sequined strapless dress with a corseted bodice, and a black-and-white fleck cotton paneled style with topstitched shoulder panels. The label will say both Victoria Beckham and dVb, and the collection is priced between $600 and $1,400 at wholesale. The …

Tastemakers Lounge at TIFF

I got a media invite to see the Tastemakers Lounge at the Toronto International Film Festival. Toronto, ON — Back for its fourth year, the Tastemakers Lounge will once again take up residence at the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Housed in the Portman Room on the second floor of the hotel (220 Bloor Street West), the theme of this season’s lounge is Ohhh Canada! – an homage to all the accomplishments achieved thus far by Canadians in film. Twenty companies have been selected for the opportunity to introduce talent and other ‘tastemakers’ to their products. As in previous years, the mandate is to feature a unique group of products and services, including Canadian companies and brands that visiting talent may not be familiar with. “The Tastemakers Lounge will highlight the latest trends in innovative interior design. We have selected exciting and creative work that will be inspirational to the sophisticated celebrity set,” said Jason MacIsaac, owner and founder of Ministry of the Interior. The lounge design will …

Going to Montreal for a few days

As you read this I’ll be writing away on Wifi on the train to Montreal. I’ll be connected and will probably post a bit about my mini vacation. I plan on checking out the vintage shops as I hear they are amazing. I also will be spending a lot of time walking around Old Montreal. Of course, I real reason I’m heading down is to see the YSL exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art and hang out with Adrian from Fashion Verbatim. Twitter will probably be the best way to get up to the minute ramblings about my Montreal trip. You can follow me here.

Valentino: The Last Emperor pictures

Valentino was at the showing. I was dying. We managed to be walking by as he was entering the theater. I felt like we were at the opera from where we were sitting. It was funny because Valentino was sitting in across the theater from us. After the movie there was a long standing O. I cried at the end of course. Such a great movie and lovely story of his relationship with Giancarlo.

Hi, I decided it was time to start I will be transitioning my press page to this site as soon as I can figure out how to do it. 🙂 Anita Clarke, is my real name for all of you that know me as geekigirl. This is actually the first time I’ve outed myself. Some people have commented with my real name, but I’ve never been very public about it till now. On you can see all my press clippings, event photos and other mentions in one place. I still have to write a bio for myself, eeep!

The Balenciaga Influence – shoe trends

It’s interesting to watch the progression of a trend. Example the Balenciaga Lego shoe. I’ve been wondering how long it would take to filter down to mass market level. Here is a rough timeline: Feburary 2007 – Balenciaga debuts the shoe during the Fall/Winter 2007 – 2008 runway show. June 2007 – Beyonce is spotting in the C3PO leggings. A few months later she is sporting the lego shoes; paparazzi fodder. I groan. April 2008 – Steve Madden did the more literal version of the Balenciaga Lego shoes, they are absolute monstrosities. Today – September 2008 – Now good old Aldo is doing the inspired version. So can still see the influence though.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

I get to see the Valentino doc at TIFF. This is gonna be so amazing. Valentino: The Last Emperor Country: USA Year: 2008 Language: English, Italian, French Runtime: 96 minutes Format: Colour/35mm Rating: G Production Company: Acolyte Films Executive Producer: Carter Burden Producer: Matt Kapp Cinematographer: Tom Hurwitz Editor: Bob Eisenhardt Sound: Peter Miller Principal Cast: Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti International Sales Agent: UTA/Submarine Entertainment He stands vindicated as one of the great arbiters of twentieth-century design. His forty-five-year career spans the dizzying innovations and financial explosion of post-war global fashion, from his start in the French ateliers where he studied, through the meteoric rise of his line in the sixties, when Italian fashion houses came to dominate the international marketplace, and on to today, as he departs, elegant as ever. A master technician, Valentino never forgot to keep women and men beautiful in his clothes. He works free from the waves and trends of the fashion world, adhering to a more Orphic, timeless relationship between fabric, body and form. He also, not incidentally, created …