The Taj Mahal is stunning. I was in awe and even thought the trip there was hell on earth, I was glad I did it to see this marvelous structure. I was a little pissed off at how rushed our time there was. I wanted to spend more time studying the building and the craftsmanship that went into it. I could go off about how bitter I was with the filthy bus we had to take and how sick I am right now but let’s do that another time. The Taj was built by Persian royalty, well there 22,000 workers. It’s the ultimate dedication of love. After the wife of the king died he had a dream of the Taj and commissioned many architects to come up with the building from his dreams to dedicate to his dead queen. It took 22 years to complete and is made of pure marble. The queen and king are buried in the Taj and you could see their tombs inside. Again pictures do better than words and I’m …
September is going to be amazing for photography and fashion. The AGO is presenting Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the CondÃ© Nast Years, 1923â€“1937. It’s complementary show to the ROM’s Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008. On George Baher’s yacht: June Cox wearing unidentified fashion; E. Vogt wearing fashion by Chanel and a hat by Reboux; Lee Miller wearing a dress by Mae and Hattie Green and a scarf by Chanel; Hanna-Lee Sherman wearing unidentified fashion, 1928 Gelatin silver print Courtesy CondÃ© Nast Archive, New York Â© 1928 CondÃ© Nast Publications From September 26, 2009 to January 3, 2010, the Art Gallery of Ontario will host an exhibition that proves glamour never goes out of style. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the CondÃ© Nast Years, 1923 â€“1937 presents 200 beautifully preserved gelatin silver prints from the Vogue and Vanity Fair CondÃ© Nast Archive and brings them to Canada for the first time. “Blackâ€: Model Margaret Horan in a black dress by Jay-Thorpe, 1935 Gelatin silver print Courtesy CondÃ© Nast Archive, New York Â© 1935 CondÃ© Nast …
Straight Leg Trouser by ChloÃ« Sevigny for Opening Ceremony When I heard ChloÃ« Sevigny for Opening Ceremony would be a unisex collection I had my doubts. Early photos didn’t turn my crank at all either. However, I’m a sucker for a great pair of pants and ChloÃ« Sevigny for Opening Ceremony delivers for men and women. I also enjoy how they use the male and female together. See the rest of the ChloÃ« Sevigny for Opening Ceremony collection.
So, this is the season of the oxford, brogue, etc. Now while this trend might become unbearable for a short time, now is a good time to pick up a pair because they will be plentiful. Saddled Oxfords by Rupert Sanderson are exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Knit Draping Bodysuit by Haider Ackermann The front is lovely on the this bodysuit, but the back is divine. I feel very 90s posting this.
Hi, While I’m in India don’t expect quick replies to any email sent to me. I’m only replying to the most urgent of email as I’m here for work and don’t have much time for personal business. I will be back to my regular schedule on Sept 6, 2009. Thanks
So you all enjoyed my business class pics. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. The hotel, Trident Gurgaon is ridiculous. Ridiculous I tell you. It’s like a freaking palace. We arrived at night but I got a chance to get some pictures during the day too. This post is better with pictures and little text. Enjoy.
Mr. Hare makes a men’s nice shoe. I’d take a pair of these in a 6 please. Mr. Hare also has a blog if you wish to follow his sartorial adventures. images: mrhare.co.uk
So my day job has sent me to India. There has always been opportunities for travel since I work for an international company. I just never really thought I would have the chance. When I got word hat I would be sent to India for 2 to 3 weeks I was initially apprehensive. The thought of spending 17 hours in coach was not appealing to me. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve never gone to Asia. Coach was not to be had on this trip, it was business class all the way. Yippee!!! I really couldn’t believe my luck. I was more excited for the flight than going to India at this point. At Pearson I had access to the Maple Leaf Lounge. What a treat. Alcohol was available in mass quantities. Everything was self serve. I helped myself to some Baileys lattes. I wasn’t even off the ground and I was already being spoiled beyond belief. I missed the initial call for business class boarding and by the time I made my way …
I love the spread Flare did with Daria for September 2009. Hot! images: papermode.cyanatrendland.com
I was browsing the shopnastygal.com site and came across the Sam Edelman Zoe Boot. They look exactly like the Balenciaga Fall 2006 boot. What a to die for collection. 3 years for this Balenciaga boot to be knocked off, interesting. I posted about the Balenciaga Spring 2007 Lego shoe trickle down effect last year. I will have to gather more evidence for my 2 – 3 year public palatability theory of Balenciaga shoes. I’ll be watching. images: shopnastygal.com and style.com
I was browsing exshoesme when I spotted these Maison Martin Margiela boots. Words are meaningless. image: maisonmartinmargiela.com
I wish Uniqlo was in Canada, I love this Jil Sander jacket. No, not Jil Sander by Raf Simons, but the founder Jil Sander. image: Highsnobette.com
Hello dear readers, On Friday, the day job is taking me to India. I’ll be away for two weeks. So starting now blog will be on what I call India Mode. There will be one regular post a day during until I return in early September. I’m hoping add to those lonely posts with adventures from my trip like I did with Whistler. Hopefully, you’ll get to see things as I go along. If not, there will be a round up post when I return. I’ll be trying to keep up with communications while in India. Most likely I’ll return emails once I return to Canada. So India Mode at I want – I got starts today. I have a ton of packing and prepping that needs to be done.
I love the combination of the gathered front and deep v in the back. This dress is available at ShopValerieDumaine.com and Mudshark Streetwear. It also comes in royal blue and purple. image: ShopValerieDumaine.com
During my vacation I took a water taxi over to the Toronto Islands. The city strike had just begun I wanted to see what it would be like without all the visitors. It was heavenly, so peaceful. It was also a little bit eerie. Here are some pictures of my adventure.
During my vacation I had the pleasure of meeting with local jewellery designer Darlene Martin of Bijouxbead. We connected on twitter and she wanted to show me her work. Darlene is a former professional figure skating coach and doesn’t have a jewellery making background. It was very interesting to hear how she found herself making jewellery. It all started with an impromptu jewellery making class with young her daughter that sparked her creative interest. In 2007 BijouxBead Wearable Art was formed. BijouxBead necklaces are usually characterized by a glass bead. It’s the focal point of the necklace. The lampwork glass bead is handmade by Darlene by hand. They take on various shapes and textures. I really liked the weight to these pieces and the tactile nature of the glass. I spent a lot of time examining the bead on the brown necklace. The colours were so intricately laced together that I mistook it for stone initially. The full collection include necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are all handmade using glass, semi-precious gem stones and sterling …
I don’t like it when things are named after celebs but I’ll over look that for this boot and the fact that Rihanna is from Barbados. My parents are originally from Barbados and the island is beautiful. You can get the Rihanna Buckle Bootie by Loeffler Randall on their new online store which ships to Canada. Or you can check what pieces Augustina (138 Cumberland, Suite #5,416.922.4248) picked up for the season. image: loefflerrandall.com
With a title like Scientific Glamour how could I not love this editorial images: the Fashion Spot
A Stag Necklace by the Kvell Design Company Love the stag antler necklace. Cool piece from a local designer. You can pick it up at Fawn. Fawn 967 Queen St W Toronto (647)334-4703
I first heard of The Mi Concept through a friend. He was insisting I visit and he was going to arrange everything. My friend has just taken a position in the company and was very excited about it. I probed for more information and learned that the Mi Concept is luxury sportswear with a twist, customization. Each piece is made to order based on your measurements. I was intrigued and I immediately googled the Mi Concept when I got home. The main storefront is in San Francisco, there was no mention of a Toronto location (That has changed and the website has been updated). The about page didn’t provide any information on who was behind the label but did explain the concept behind the venture. Mi is a new concept in retail-design project, creative collaboration, clothing collection, art space, atelier. Mi, a collective, creates a collection of discreet luxury-evolved interpretations of classic pieces, making them modern with elegant distortions in shape and design. Almost a severe sensibility. A made to measure atelier service complements the …
Valerie Dumaine Fall 2009 – 2010 Lookbook You can shop for Montreal based Valerie Dumaine on the shopvaleriedmaine website. EDIT: August 12, 2009) Mudshark Streetwear is another supplier of Valerie Dumain online.
Toronto Life: Party Watch: August 2009 1. Pastel Supernova of Fritz Helder and the Phantoms 2. MTV gabbers Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank 3. Designer Philip Sparks 4. VJ Sarah Taylor 5. Diego SuperÂstar of Fritz Helder and the Phantoms 6. Greta Constantine cohorts Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong 7. Choreographer Hollywood Jade with songstress Divine Brown 8. Design diva Nada Shepherd 9. Fashionistas Natalie Lecomte and Anita Clarke 10. Nelly Furtado Image: George Pimentel
Jeremy Laing Fall 2009 – 2010 Ad Campaign Loving this campaign by Jeremy Laing. I love Heather Marks in this. I usually don’t pay attention to her but she’s a beauty.
The illustrations of Cate Blanchett by David Downton for the Vogue Australia September 2009 issue are striking. images: thefashionspot.com