Month: November 2010

Ribbon Rouge #5, December 11, 2010

Ribbon Rouge #5 is a Fashion and Art exhibition with a silent auction which has over the past 5 years raised and donated approximately $10,000 towards HIV relief in Africa. This year’s show will be held on the 11th of December at 20 Grovsenor Street Toronto. Guests will be treated to a tasteful mixer in the company of classy “fashionistas”, enjoy free delectable hors d’oeuvres, listen to the soulful renditions of The Jonathan Blaak Jazz Trio, The Recipe (2009 Canadian festival of spoken word champions), and be entertained by dance sensations Sapphire dance productions and African Dance Festival Our guests will win several gifts (Including a spa package, Dining gift cards, Free purses, discounts off bespoke clothing and discounts off portraits). In addition, guests will have the opportunity to buy fabulous fashions and art, which are awesome Christmas gifts, from our silent auction. ALL proceeds go to UNAIDS in support of HIV survivors. Music by DJ. Nijero Fashion and Art by Arewa tickets at 6475003163 or $5 students (with valid student I.D), $10 general, …

NADA Fragrance by Aromachology

Anna dello Russo wasn’t the only one launching a fragrance. Toronto based NADA used a dancing flash mob to let get the word out about her new perfume. Nada partnered with Aromachology to create the NADA fragrance. The NADA fragrance has a spicy, oriental-musk undertone of honeysuckle, ginger and saffron, and finishes with seductive top notes of lotus flower, amber and jasmine. “I was really inspired by the fluid movement of our flowing fabrics and the seductive air of our new fragrance — dance is a natural pairing of the two. So we worked with the Ryerson Dance Program, to create something really interesting,” says Nada Shepherd, Creative Director and founder of the self-named women’s wear label. “The NADA signature fragrance is for women who are looking for something a little edgy, a little interesting, and a flash mob builds into an amazingly exciting personal experience, just like our fragrance. It’s dark and sexy just like the music and movement our choreographer Missy Morris put together” says Shepherd. Morris hand-selected a group of over 60 …

Anna dello Russo in Fragrance

When Anna dello Russo’s people, Anna Dello Russo Factory, email you about her new fragrance you step up and listen. I’m a huge Anna fan. She has a closet I would die for but she has fun and loves fashion. Most importantly Anna doesn’t take herself very seriously and she’s always smiling. She is a great representation of all the things I love about fashion. ANNA DELLO RUSSO, the fragrance, is a delectable and sophisticated scent that calls to mind the sensory pleasures of sweet treats and primary sensations. The essence of vanilla mixed with almond creates a scent inspired by the memories and the flavors of childhood— the wholesome smell of warm cookies coming from Grandma’s kitchen on Christmas Eve. Anna Dello Russo, the fragrance, is a tactile perception; a smell to touch. “You smell so good that I want to eat you, they will tell you,” she says. Firmenich was brought in to help make this perfume a reality. The golden, slipper shaped bottle is typical Anna but I’m not a fan of …

i want: Classic Interlock Hoodie by Bench

Classic Interlock Hoodie by Bench I don’t feature hoodies that often on I want – I got anymore. It’s getting to the point where you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I do like the crossover detail Bench has added to this hoodie. You can find Bench in Toronto at The Eaton Centre. Update: I’ve been told Bench is at Yorkdale too. Thx elanacamille images:

Chanel Pop-Up Shop at Jeffrey, NYC

I love the Chanel Pop-up shop that is in the Jeffrey store in New York City. It features items from the Cruise 2011 collection. The installation recreates elements of Saint-Tropez where the show took place. You can watch the Chanel Cruise 2011 Collection on I want – I got. I posted the video earlier this year. It’s a beautiful scene but doesn’t come close to the spectacle of Spring Summer 2011. The shop is open from November 30 to January 4, 2010. images:

Greta and Ezra Constantine Spring Summer 2011 Videos

I love the short fashion films created by directed by C. Hudson Hwang for Greta and Ezra Constantine for the spring summer 2011 collections. casting: Kirk Pickersgill + Stephen Wong styling: Kirk Pickersgill, Stephen Wong + Youlanda Jackson menswear: Ezra Constantine SS 2011 streetwear: models’ own models: Joseph Weir, Taras Koltun, Carlton Ruth, Fraser Barke, Robert Rae, Michael Teixeira, Brett Ofield, Paolo Roldan (Elmer Olsen Model Management) music: “Kids” by Sleigh Bells (N.E.E.T. Recordings) designed by Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong models: Frances Coombe (Elite), Krystal Reeve (Next), Jenica Vandermeer (Ford), Jackie Szakall (Elmer Olsen), Danielle Sietz (Sutherland), Alisa Erlikh (NAM), Emily Fox (Push), Naro Lokurka (Push), Shiya Zhao (Sutherland), Renee Thompson (Elite), Madison Schill (Ford), Ada Roberts (Sutherland), Grace Mahary (Elmer Olsen), Ty States (Sutherland), Thembi Oney (NAM), Anna Shevchenko (NAM), Dajana Antic (Elmer Olsen), Joanna Lepiesza (Elite) Music: “Infinity Guitars” by Sleigh Bells (N.E.E.T. Recordings)

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical

I love Mirvish!!! They send me a pair of tickets for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical. I was ecstatic. Priscilla Queen of the Desert is one of my all time favourite movies and I was dying to see what they could do with a musical version. IT IS SPECTACULAR! AT LAST! After smash-hit engagements in Sydney and in London’s West End, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL has arrived in Toronto. Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA tells the outrageous and heart-warming tale of three friends on a road trip adventure to the middle of nowhere who end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed possible! With an incredible array of jaw-dropping costumes and an irresistible score of more than 20 dance-floor classics, PRISCILLA is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous. So get ready for the ultimate feel-great theatrical experience… and HOP ABOARD! This musical is such a treat. I couldn’t keep still. The costumes were amazing. The cast was amazing. Everything was amazing. They didn’t even tone …

Crafternoon Tea, November 27, 2010

Crafternoon Tea, November 27, 2010 Back by popular demand, Crafternoon Tea ~ an indie craft show and charity tea party ~ returns to Leslieville…just in time for the holidaze! Over 35 vendors of handmade wearables & gifts will be showcased, alongside a traditional English tea service (w/proceeds to benefit neighbourhood charities). Saturday November 27th, 11am to 5pm Queen East Presb. Church 947 Queen Street East Toronto

Q Collection by iWatchz

I get a lot of email and I’m not very good at keeping up on top of it. I get my fair share of  WTF and shady type emails too. I usually ignore these. Last weekend, I got a short and cryptic email about an amazing watch that I just needed to see. I would be getting a scoop and the company is Toronto based.  Looking at my BlackBerry Torch (Thanks RIM) I thought, Do I reply or not? I was very skeptical but my desire to reply for shits and giggles over took me.  Hell, I like watches too. We had a bit of back and forth with me blowing him off with each exchange. Then he dropped a name I knew. My bullshit filter dropped as I realized that we’ve met. It was during my trip to NYFW for the Spring 2008 collections. We were sitting in at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel lobby drinking with his wife and The Oracle. I agreed to meet him to finally see this thing. The thing …

Guest Bloggin at The Agenda. Yes the TVO one.

I’m amazed that The Agenda approached me to write about the Toronto Fashion Blogger scene but it happened. You can read it here Guestblog: Toronto’s fashion bloggers on The Fifth Column. It’s one of the most agonizing pieces I’ve written. I’m really hard on myself and I’m never happy. I still have a bunch of irrational fears over the piece that I think all stem from the fact that it’s on The Agenda’s blog. The Agenda is a super serious news entity to me. I’m incredibly surprised they even wanted to acknowledge us fashion bloggers. They did and the piece is up. I hope you like.

hugTO: Cookies & Champagne Party, November 30, 2010

The hugTO Cookies & Champagne Party @ Arta Gallery, Distillery District – 6 PM We are hosting a champagne-infused all-girl networking sesh + modern cookie exchange. How it works: 1. Bake (4) dozen cookies the weekend before the event, bring all your baked goods with a card explaining your baked creation. Please no store-bought. 2. Don’t bake? You can still come! Just buy the appropriate ticket. 3. We set-up everyone’s cookies in a giant sugary spread! 4. Bring (2-3) big containers or giant ziploc bags to store your new cookies in. 5. Everyone moves around the table and takes home one of each cookie. 6. Eat the extras, while networking with 200 of the coolest hip + urban girls in the city. 7. Sugar coma ensues! Shop the HUG Mini Christmas Market of local vendors & artisans. Your ticket includes: 1. A complimentary glass of ‘Open’ sparkling wine, cash bar also available 2. VIP Gift Bag to the first 100 guests to purchase tickets, worth over the cost of your ticket! 3. Access to the …

geekiviews: Cougar Boots

Matchstick sent me two pairs of Cougar Boots to review. One pair of rainboots and one pair of winter boots. There were a few styles to choose from and I was lucky to get my first choices. I was getting pretty bored of my Hunters so I was thinking of buying a new pair of boots. I’ve been looking around and thought about a big obnoxious yellow or purple pair. When I saw the Regal rainboot from Cougar, I needed to own them. They are rubber with a polar fleece lining. They are comfortable, warm and rated from 0°C to -24°C. I’ve only used them in above 0°C situations so I can’t comment on how they work in that weather. They are a sturdy boot, better made than my hunters. Most of all I love the motorcycle boot style. They look great. Regal’s retail for $85. The winter boot I selected is Ringo Star. I haven’t worn them outside since we have no snow yet. I can’t tell you about function but I love they …

LGFW Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Trends

During LGFW I asked about trends from the Spring Summer 2011 shows. I ended up as part of this video. Sponsored Post – This is a series of posts on LG Fashion Week that are sponsored by Shick. You can explore the LG Fashion Week videos provided by Shick and Chick Advisor here.

geekiviews: Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

I received the Zi8 Pocket Video Camera just in time for LGFW this year. I’ve used the HD video feature on the Olympus E-PL1 so I was curious how these dedicated video cameras function. I guess the Zi8’s main competitor is the Flip video camera. I’ve never used the Flip camera before but I’ve held it. The Zi8 is a bit wider but they are very close in size. The camera has the following features: Capture video in 720p HD at 60 fps, or 1080p HD at 30 fps holds a up to 32GB SD/SDHC card External microphone jack takes 5MP 16:9 Widescreen HD photos built-in image stabilization 2.5 colour LCD screen Internal USB connector, no extra cables Includes HDMI cables so you can hook it up to your HDTV Included KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery Compatible with PC and MAC Includes video editing software The Kodak site has a great video that explains the features that the Zi8 offers. In perfect lighting the Ki8 takes some great video. It packs a lot of …

Holt Renfrew x Canada Goose Toque x Polar Bears International

Holt Renfrew has partnered with Canada Goose and Polar Bears International to created a limited edition toque. A portion of the proceeds goes to Polar Bears International. The Toronto Uniform crowd will probably want their matching Canada Goose toque in either black or red. It retails for $50 and are available at Holt Renfrew stores across the country. Previously, Holt Renfrew x Marc by Marc Jacobs x VisionSpring came together to create a limited edition tote with a portion of proceeds going to VisionSpring. Holt’s sent me a black toque and even thought I don’t own a Canada Goose jacket I think the toque is nice. It has a merino wool exterior and a fleece interior. It has a good shape on my head for a beanie type toque. I don’t really wear that style because you need hair to pull it off. The toque is very warm and I can’t wait to see how it does in colder weather. The Bloor Street store has a large in store display for the toques that is …

i want: Isabel Marant Fall 2010 Cropped Pants

I saw some red leather leggings from Danier last week but I`d rather have the Isabel Marant Sok leather cropped pants.  So hot. I usually don`t like sequins but the Isabel  Marant Folco sequin leggings use the perfect sized sequin.  They are so shimmery and a great party piece. images: