Month: October 2008

L’Oreal Fashion Week – TFI Party at the Drake

On Monday, October 20th, 2008, The Drake Hotel will be celebrating young Canadian fashion. The party begins at 10pm in the Lounge where guests can enjoy music featuring a special TFI guest DJ and the chance to celebrate Canadian fashion with fashion designers, industry guests, and celebrities. Guest DJ Gail McInnes played our favourite fashion favourites.

Lookbook – Greta Constantine Fall Winter 2008 – 2009

I get sent a few lookbooks. I’ll post the ones from the designers I like here. To make these posts more interactive, I want you readers to guess which of the looks are my favourites. Leave your guesses in the comments. My first lookbook post is dedicated to Toronto based, Greta Constantine. Click the thumbnails to see larger images. Once the larger image is displayed use the arrows to move between images. Where to buy: Holt Renfrew Harrod’s Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10019 Sample 268 Elizabeth St. New York, NY 10012 phone +1 212 431 7866 toll free +1 866 239 6779 7374 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036 phone +1 323 965 0098

The easiest way to my heart is through a Hermes Scarf

I posted about my lust for Hermes scarves way, way back in 2006 and I’ve decided to revisit that. The Fall Winter 2008 – 2009 collection is influenced by India and there are lot of elephant motives everywhere. My Mom would be dying, she loves elephants. I’ve reposted the history of the Hermes scarf and some facts. It takes 2 years and 250 silk cocoons to make a 90 centimeter square scarf. The details are behind the cut if you are interested.

Protecting your heels from the rain.

I usually wear my Wellys and carry my shoes in a bag when it rains. For those that shun the wonderful Welly this item called the Shuella, the shoe umbrella, looks interesting. It’s like galoshes for heels. It covers your heels so to protect them from the rain. I haven’t seen any pictures of how your foot fits into these yet, so I have my doubts. Honestly, the Wellys are cuter. They are available online for $49.95USD. via image:

Fashion Show Videos Spring 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009 Very pretty and wearable collection, however it didn’t grab me like Fall Winter 2008. Proenza Schouler Spring 2009 Didn’t change my mind about the collection too much, but props for using Skinny Puppy Alexander Wang Spring 2009 Everyone was peeing themselves over this collection in NYC Christian Dior Spring 2009 Alessandro Dell’Acqua Spring 2009 I didn’t do a dedicated post to this collection but I quite liked it. Gianfranco Ferre Spring 2009 Very luxurious clothing, as always. Viktor & Rolf Spring 2009 I include this only because the presentation is great. I really like the side views. The clothing on the other hand….

These Viktor & Rolf dolls are kinda creepy

Viktor & Rolf had an exhibit called The House of Viktor & Rolf at the Barbican Art Gallery, London from June 18 – September 21, 2008 The exhibition will chart their career within the context of a specially commissioned installation by Viktor & Rolf. Dominating both floors of the Gallery, this spectacular installation will be kept under wraps until the opening day. The House of Viktor & Rolf will present all the signature pieces and key moments in their career from 1992 to now. Highlights include Haute Couture pieces from Atomic Bomb, 1998–99, featuring dramatic mushroom cloud-like cushioned necklines and Russian Doll, 1999–2000, in which a single model was painstakingly dressed by the designers themselves in front of a catwalk audience in 10 independent layers, in an experience reminiscent of performance art. In the boudoir-themed show Bedtime Story, 2005–06, the dreamy atmosphere was created by garments abundant with broderie Anglaise, quilting and ruffles. The exhibition includes pieces from Launch, their ‘dreams in miniature’ collection of October 1996. At the start of their career, and not …

What does Barbara think. Spring 2009 edition

Barbara Atkin, vice president of fashion, Holt Renfrew has been mentioned in the Buyers Report for Spring 2009 on WWD. Let’s see what she has to say On New York: Barbara Atkin, vice president and fashion director of Holt Renfrew, agreed. “We’re all examining and stepping back,” she said. “When there’s economic instability, people question their purchasing. “This is a time when we’re really looking at the new guard of designers,” said Atkin, noting some iconic American design houses are floundering without their namesake designers at the helm. “There’s a lot of confusion at Bill Blass and the problem with Halston is, what does it mean anymore? It’s got to go beyond the name on the label. It’s just got to be fantastic clothes. The clothes have to have substance and the identity of what the brand is has to jump out at you.” That’s what Atkin is looking for in all collections. “If we don’t get that, everything we purchase fades into a blandism on our floors.” Of course, there were exceptions. Marc Jacobs …

i want: Harlequin Feltworks Scarf

Interesting treatment on the wool scarf. Jenne Giles of Harlequin Feltworks combines wool and silk to make felt that she uses to create these sculptural scarfs. This would be a great addition to a collarless coat in the winter. You can purchase these scarves online at Jenne’s Etsy shop, and The Artful Home. via images: and

More Comme des Garcons for H&M

Racked LA has some more shots of The Comme des Garcons for H&M. They were taken at the H&M showroom. I’m still not seeing anything to get up early for. This was posted on The Fashion Spot, yawn Check this post out to see which H&M locations will carry Comme in Canada. EDIT: LouLou has some pics too

Spring 2009 Trends Roundup

So the major shows are over. As many people are always looking for trends here are a few links to help you break down what is going to be big for Spring 2009. Frillr has there take which includes Fringe, Skeleton, Statment Necklace, Jumpsuit, Middrift. Trend de la Creme includes trends like Triple tiered floor length skirts, body wrapping, genie (harem) pants, corsets, fringe, knee highs, caplets, frame skirts. Check out the Spring 2009 colour report from Pantone. Vogue UK’s Fashion Trends Report for Spring/Summer 2009 is pretty cool. They alphabetize the trends and for each trend the designer is referenced. Of course there is a lot of images too. The Cut: New York Magazine’s Fashion Blog lists their best looks of The Best of Paris. Check out the blog posts labeled trends. lists their trends from New York Fashion and Milan Fashion Week and London Fashion Week. Refinery 29 lists their 16 Top Trends from New York and 13 Top Trends from London. Check out their accessory trend report also.

geekiviews: Oscillation, Mascara by Lancome

I had a day off work so I attend the preview of the new Lancôme mascara. Ôscillation, Mascara by Lancôme. So the whole buzz about this mascara is that it vibrates. That knowledge brought out a lot of comments about eye poking and other injuries from most people. It’s not actually like that. The technology is nothing like your electric toothbrush. The brush oscillates at 7,000 vibrations per minute. Partner this action with a specially made formula and there you go. The oscillation aspect of the brush was chosen in order to mimic the way professional makeup artists would apply the product. Jean-Louis Guéret, the designer of all Lancôme brushes gave a short talk about the product and the history of mascara. It was fascinating to be honest and it made me regret not getting into Chemistry when I had the chance. Could you imagine the R&D lab for Lancôme mascara!!!! We were all given the chance to try the product out in addition to the demo. Even Jean-Louis used the product; that is dedication …