Month: December 2010

i want: Christmas Trees in Recycled Cardboard by Boutique Cascades

I got a press release about these recycled cardboard Christmas Trees by Cacades. I thought they were a neat modern take on the tree.  I like the blank option on the trees so that they can be customized. There are size three options: Classico at 41″ x 28″ , Moderno at 52″ x 29″ and Piccolo at 24″ x 13″. Each size comes in three colours: white, forest green and a print version. A Made-to-Measure Christmas Tree With   its   long   detachable   pieces   that   remind   you   of   a   puzzle, assembling the Christmas tree becomes a true child’s game and once the  Holiday  Season  is  over,  it  can  easily  be  stored.    Developed  in concert  with  Cascades’  Italian  partner,  Reno  De  Medici,  the  first  3 models  of  the  Collection  Reno  Carton  3D TM ,  the  Classico,  Moderno and Piccolo trees are manufactured in high quality cardboard and will not fail to seduce with their great design. In white, they offer a beautiful canvas for kids and adults to use their imagination in decorating and customizing the tree to …

Playing in Jeremy Laing Spring Summer 2011

I finally got to see Jeremy Laing’s new studio in Toronto and it is beautiful. Many people told me that his space was incredible and they were so right. It has a clawfoot tub! That’s like my dream. A lot of the looks were out on loan but there were lots of jackets and leather pieces to play with. I didn’t mind that a lot of things were on loan because I couldn’t fit into the dresses which was a bit of a boo urns moment. The dresses were so pretty. So I played in some coats.  They were voluminous but the ties allowed for customization.  The above photo I have the ties loose. This one found it’s way home with me.  Wise investment.  In this photo I’ve used the ties at my waist.  This coat is also shorter than the beige one. I’m dying over these leather shorts. They are perfect and they fit perfect.  I was stunned.  They also have ties.  I like them down on the shorts. I love the hand woven …

Tron Legacy x Opening Ceremony

I got invited to a Tron Legacy screening next week so I thought it would be a good time to talk about the Tron Legacy x Opening Ceremony collection.  I really like the shoes and the laser cut details on the skirt and dress.  The collection is very colourful which I love. This fall/winter 2010, opening ceremony has collaborated with disney consumer products to create a special capsule collection inspired by tron: legacy. opening ceremony travels into the tron universe, where high-tech aesthetics and neon dominate to create futuristic designs. incorporating the four tron colors of yellow, orange, blue, and black, the women’s collection features bomber jackets with over-sized funnel necks, snug scuba shirts, bodice dresses, seamed leggings, dresses with laser-cut ring patterns, and more. Inspired by high-performance athletic apparel, Opening Ceremony uses stretch spandex with flat-lock stitching to create ergonomic, form-fitting styles. You can get the Tron Legacy x Opening Ceremony collection online at Opening Ceremony. images:

Calvin Klein Beauty Launch

I attended the launch event for the new Calvin Klein fragrance called Beauty. This was an interesting event because two people heavily involved in the development of the fragrance were in attendance, Perfumer Sophie Labbe and Senior Manager Global Marketing Stephanie Schwab. Both women talked about their involvement in the fragrance from the creation of the packaging and advertising, to the actual scent itself. I managed to get a bit of Sophie Labbe talking about Beauty. Beauty is a floral scent with it’s main influence being the Calla Lily. Top notes are Fresh Notes and Jasmine. Middle notes are Lily, White Flowers and Spicy Notes. Base notes are Cedar and Ambrette. It’s a nice light fragrance but not something I gravitate to. The event also had a photo exhibition that interpreted the beauty of the Call Lily through the eyes of five female photographers: Caitlin Cronenberg, Davida Nemeroff, Jody Rogac, Karen Roze and Natasha V. There is also big advertising campaign with Diane Kruger for Beauty but I’m not that concerned so I haven’t linked …

Seventy Seven by Kim Newport-Mimran

Seventy Seven is the flagship store for Pink Tartan by Kimberley Newport-Mimran. The shop featured the Pink Tartan collection and a selection of items that complement the line and represent the Pink Tartan lifestyle. The store is located in Yorkville and has taken over a historic Georgian building. The historic Georgian gem was built in 1837, and since 1926 it housed the antique treasure trove The Paisley Shop. The space has been redesigned by inter-nationally acclaimed designer Diego Burdi of Burdifilek (W hotels Atlanta, The Thompson residences presentation centre Toronto, the Club Monaco flagship in New York City). “It is beautiful and white, with light herringbone floors and modern panelling,” says Newport-Mimran, who wanted the shop to reflect the homes she shares in Toronto and New York with her husband, Joe Mimran, and family. “We have mixed modern classics with vintage pieces.” Context was the point for her first foray into retail under her own label, an opportunity to showcase the full Pink Tartan lifestyle. I went to the media preview a few days before …

ToyWatch dressed by Missoni

My favourite watch company, ToyWatch, has teamed up with Missoni to launch a limited edition collection called “ToyWatch dressed by Missoni”. There are only 250 of each style produced and a few select retailers in Canada will sell these items in December. They retail for $540CAD. The retailers are: BlueBird in Vancouver, Abe & Mary’s in Montreal, Hudson’s Bay Queen Street in Toronto, Cupido in Toronto and Sophie Cosmetics & Accessories in Richmond Hill. ToyWatch watches dressed by Missoni are produced in a limited edition: six models, with three colors each, proposed with the funny foulard strap or with the more classic fabric strap with leather buckles. Only 250 pieces per model! The bond between the marks is visible also on the packaging: a stylish black box – ToyWatch’s distinguishing feature – containing a reel symbolizing the colorful yarns used by the Missoni maison. Instead of the thread, the watchstrap is wound around the reel. “This Toywatch is wound and knotted around the wrist like a band, symbolically combining with knit fabrics and textiles, distinctive …

Mikhael Kale Spring Summer 2011

I take everything I said about the Mihael Kale spring summer 2011 collection back. His clothing is all about the woman wearing it and I’ve seen it done very well.  All I know the models during LGFW didn’t wear his clothing to it’s fullest potential. Mikhael and his team created the encrusted shoes for the lookbook which was shot by Felix Wong.

Dandi Maestre Spring Summer 2011

I’m a big fan of Dandi Maestre’s jewellery. She also has the best lookbooks in the business. They are always so colourful and do a great job of photographing the jewellery. The styling is always perfect and the tribal influence matches perfectly with her organic looking line. Dandi Maetre Jewellery can be purchased in Toronto at her Holiday pop up shop and a number of retailers. images: courtesy of Dandi Maestre

Jonathan+Olivia x TOPSHOP Kate Moss x TOPSHOP Make up x TOPMAN

Jonathan+Olivia is expanding on their TOPSHOP minishop and bringing the final Kate Moss for TOPSHOP collection, TOPSHOP make-up and TOPMAN this December. I know many guys were asking about TOPMAN when Jonathan+Olivia launched TOPSHOP womens and now it’s arrived.   Jonathan+Olivia is one of 3 external retailers carrying the make up line. images: courtesy of Jonathan+Olivia

Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2011

This is the debut collection for Toronto designer, Dennis Merotto. He has been working in the industry for 25 years and is currently the former Senior Designer at Lida Baday. I’m liking this minimal collection.  It reminds me a lot of Celine, which isn’t a bad thing. Merotto’s spring summer 2011 collection is an amalgamation of his many years of experience noticing what women really want and his rejection of the current fascination with fast fashion. He embraces the beauty found in the small details and the often painstaking process of executing well crafted and superbly constructed clothing. His debut collection is a tour de force of subtle yet casual refinement. Complexity is expressed in his love of opposite pairings of masculine with feminine, hard with soft, and light against dark. Textural fabrics, a simplified palette and his signature languid silhouette enhance the feminine form. images: courtesy of Dennis Merotto

Hudson’s Bay x Colette

Colette is selling a few select items from The Hudson’s Bay online. For 340 years, this company has been warming up adventurers, first those under the English crown and then North Americans. Known and loved for its four lines of distinctive colors (blue, yellow, red and green), Hudson Bay is now crossing the Seine to arrive at colette You can get a cashmere hot water bottle, cashmere scarf, a mug by Geoff McFedtridge and an adorable Snowman kit that includes a scarf, a plastic carrot, 2 buttons and a pipe.  My favourite item is the mug, so adorable. images: