i got: Black Lizard Rider Bag by Loeffler Randall

Black Lizard Rider Bag by Loeffler Randall
Black Lizard Rider Bag by Loeffler Randall

I’m having an intense love affair with a handbag right now. It’s the Loeffler Randall Rider Bag in black lizard printed embossed leather. This bag came into my life with the help of eLuxe’s great personal shoppers. I made a comment on the eLuxe Facebook page when they posted a preview of the beautiful Neon Red and Bubble Gum Loeffler Randall Rider Bag. It seems my Internet squeal of a comment prompted a mental note for this personal shopper. I soon received an email telling me that the Rider Bag was in stock and ready for purchasing.

The Rider Bag is adjustable. It’s an attaché , a shoulder bag or a cross body bag. It also has two straps on the back that allow it to attach to your bicycle handles if you do that sort of thing. The dimensions of the bag are 11.5″ x 8.75″ x 4.5″. The shoulder strap is 14.5″ long and it adjusts to 20.5″ when in cross body mode. There are 3 pockets inside the bag and it can hold all your electronic gadgets including a pocket for your tablet. It’s the perfect big but not too big handbag.

The Black Lizard Loeffler Randall Rider Bag is sold out on eLuxe but the Neon Red and Bubble Gum version is available. Augustina also carries the Rider Bag and they have a few great colours like white, natural and cobalt. They are also sold out of the Black Lizard style. The Rider Bag retails from $535 – $595.

images: fashionmagazine.com, loefflerrandall.com

I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle

I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle
I want- I got Editorials – Spectacle

So, this is the third post in my I want – I got Editorials group. I was blogging for the award-winning MasterCard Stylicity project this season and I organized three editorial shoots for the stores Philip Sparks, Nomad and Spectacle. The shots turned out really well so I’ve decided to showcase some of them here too. This is Spectacle.

I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle
I want – I got Editorials- Spectacle – My New RetroSuperFutures

I did the modelling for this shoot because I LOVE sunglasses and I was looking to pick up a pair myself. Dave Yan and I had a great time and the staff at Spectacle were very helpful. They didn’t mind us almost taking over the shop.

I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle
I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle

Spectacle has a ton of sunglasses and regular eyewear in the shop. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted. Previous “i wants” from Charlotte Olympic x Linda Farrow and Prabal Gurung x Linda Farrow didn’t look good one me at all. I also tried on some pairs from Claire Goldsmith and Thierry Lasry which I really liked

I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle
I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle – Claire Goldsmith

In the end, I bought two pairs of RetroSuperFutures. They were reasonably priced compared to some of the other shades I have in my collection. One pair was featured in The Spectacled and the other are pictured above. One thing I learned at Spectacle is that if you see something you like buy it right away. They normally only stock one pair of any eyewear style. Some of these styles can be reordered but not all.

I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle
I want – I got Editorials – Spectacle – Thierry Lasry

You can see the rest of the shots in the gallery below.

I want – I got Editorials – Nomad Spring Summer 2013

I want – I got Editorials – Nomad Spring Summer 2013
I want – I got Editorials- Nomad Spring Summer 2013

So, this is the second post in my I want – I got Editorials group. I was blogging for the award-winning MasterCard Stylicity project this season and I organized three editorial shoots for the stores Philip Sparks, Nomad and Spectacle. The shots turned out really well so I’ve decided to showcase some of them here too. This is Nomad.

I want – I got Editorials – Nomad Spring Summer 2013
I want – I got Editorials – Nomad Spring Summer 2013

I really wanted to do the modelling for Nomad myself. However, I felt there were a couple of problems with that. One would be sizing. The other problem was audience. Nomad is a menswear shop and I need to speak to their main customers who are men. So my photographer Dave Yan and I convinced my tall and lean brother to model. He was great!

I want – I got Editorials – Nomad Spring Summer 2013
Towards the end of the shoot we got Curtis to do some classic poses.

Nomad is an amazing shop and their sales associates are some of the incredibly helpful and down to earth. I even saw a couple of things that would fit me in the store. I’m going to have to go shopping.

I want – I got Editorials – Nomad Spring Summer 2013
The RUN DMC pose is a must

Curtis makes everything look amazing. Thanks dear brother for your hard work and thanks to the guys at Nomad for styling everything up. You can check out all the shots from this editorial in the gallery below.

i want: Obsedia Handbag by Givenchy

The Givenchy Obsedia Bag
The Givenchy Obsedia Bag

I have a bit of a Givenchy bag obsession. I’ll admit that. I’ve talked about the Pandora and Antigona perviously and I love the Obsedia Bag too.

The Givenchy Obsedia Bag
The Givenchy Obsedia Bag

Both the Givenchy Taupe Leather Gold Trimmed Obsedia Shoulder Bag and the Givenchy Red Leather Gold Trimmed Obsedia Shoulder bag are both available at ssense.com for (le sigh) $1775.

images: lyst.com

i want: Leather Pouches by Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou Printed Leather Pouch
Mary Katrantzou Printed Leather Pouch

Mary Katrantzou is releasing her first line of leather handbags. The stamp and currency prints of the Spring Summer 2013 collection are perfect for the Wristlet Pouch Clutch and Leather Pouch styles.  You can pre-order the collection at saksfifthavenue.com with an expected shipping date of April 14, 2013. The collection comes out March 11, 2013 in Europe. The handbags priced at $681 and $854. Saks also delivers to Canada.

EDIT: I’ve just found out from Mary Katrantzou herself that these leather pouches will be available at The Room by The Hudson’s Bay!!

images: en.vogue.fr

Kara Ross Spring Summer 2013 Preview

Kara Ross Spring Summer 2013 Preview
Kara Ross Spring Summer 2013 Preview

Kara Ross is Queen of the exotic skins. This award winning designer is known for her luxury clutches made of out of a colourful assortment of skins like lizard, python, alligator and ostrich finished with a clasped made from coloured stones. Kara is a certified GIA gemologist and she puts that experience into her handbag and jewellery designs.

Kara Ross Spring Summer 2013 Preview
Kara Ross Spring Summer 2013 Preview

To compliment the skins, Kara uses mother-of-pearl, labradorite, black onyx, rock crystal and hematite gemstones. Kara by Kara Ross jewellery uses alternative materials like jet, marcasite, lava, wood and chalcedony to create her statement making jewellery in addition to traditional materials like resin, crystal, Malachite, Lapis, Tiger’s Eye, Amethyst, Turquoise and Onyx.

Kara Ross Spring Summer 2013 Preview
Kara Ross Spring Summer 2013 Preview

I attended a preview of the Spring Summer 2013 Kara Ross Handbags and Kara by Kara Ross Jewellery. It was the first time I got a look at the product in person and I’m such a fan of the handbags. I love the Art Deco inspiration in the shape and the clasp design. The skins are so unique and colourful with all kinds of colour combinations including neon available. I’m the lucky owner of a neon pink python Electra clutch (thanks to Kelly Claman Company) and I love it. It’s the perfect statement piece for a completely black outfit but I’m also looking forward to doing some crazy colour blocking in the summer. I’m thinking of paring it with my neon yellow dress and pink cork platform heels.

Kara by Kara Ross is available online at eluxe.ca and The Bay or in store at Holt Renfrew (Made a mistake about Holts, Ursula B in Montreal also carries Kara Ross).

i want: Worksong by Cat Footwear

Worksong by Cat Footwear
Worksong by Cat Footwear

Seems like this summer is going to be good from my brogue collection. I love the Worksong style from Cat Footwear’s Spring Summer 2013 collection. The purple and blue one are my favourite but if you want something more subdued they have you covered.

Worksong by Cat Footwear
Worksong by Cat Footwear

They will be available for purchase for $129.99 starting March 29, 2013 online at catfootwear.com. The Shoe Company, Capezio and Town Shoes also carry Cat Footwear, you can find more locations on the website.

images: courtesy of Cat Footwear

Hermes Spring Summer 2013 – Long Live Sport

Hermès does an incredible job with their product videos. They are extremely well done and hit that sweet spot of cute and whimsical that wins me over every time. The Sporting Life is the theme of the 2013 for Hermès and this set of four videos does a terrific job of conveying the theme. Each video takes items from the spring summer 2013 and incorporates them into sporty vignettes.

Ping Pong features the Toolbox bag and the Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection.

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection: The new Hermès porcelain collection designed by Benoît-Pierre Emery and Damian O’Sullivan will be available in Canadian boutiques in May 2013. Rallye 24 has the emblematic anchor chain caught up in and propelled along by a new story on porcelain. It is playfully reworked as a car race track with its straight lines and oval corners, all short-circuiting with their foot to the floor.(source: Hermès PR)

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Toolbox bag: A slight family resemblance… A cousin of the Kelly, with a vanity-case touch, this bag unites the Hermès spirit and the practicality of a surprisingly roomy “treasure chest”. Its swivel clasp, metal plate, snap hooks, lock and clo­chette give it an urban and casual look. Made of soft and supple Swift calfskin, it can be carried by hand or on the shoulder thanks to its removable strap.(source: Hermès PR)

Leap Frog features the Grass Shoe.

Grass Shoe: With its two-tone contrasts and pairing of precious materials, smooth alligator and nubuck, this high sandal adds a touch of sports chic to the spirit of golf.(source: Hermès PR)

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Croquet features their world famous ties and scarves.

Pétanque/No Sport shows off some Hermès cushions.

images: courtesy of Hermès

Run, Don’t Walk to Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection at the Bata Shoe Museum

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

The Roger Vivier exhibit at The Bata Shoe Museum is coming to a close and if you’ve been putting off going you need to stop now. April 7, 2013 is the last day you can check out the work of this master shoemaker. I finally got off my ass and took in the exhibit this week. Roger Vivier’s work is of exceptional beauty and technical design. He invented so many of the classic shoe styles some of which are as popular as ever more than 50 years later.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

Roger pushed shoe design to new levels with his creative and technical sides. Vivier perfected the modern stiletto in 1954. He never used the term stiletto but aiguille (needle heel). The Choc heel which looks like a concave stiletto came along in 1959. My favourite pair of the exhibit are a Choc heel and pictured above. Roger also debuted the Tibet heel in 1959. It’s shaped like a small inverted pyramid. The Polichinelle heel followed, it has a low hourglass-shaped heel. In 1962 he introduced another heel shape called New Style which was low, curvy and places directly under the heel of the foot. It was after this development that Dior and Vivier parted ways. During his time at Dior he solidified the lowered heel and square toe as staples of shoe design.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

During his time of independence, Roger created the Choc heel’s design opposite, the Virgule or Comma heel. After Dior, Vivier moved on to design for Yves Saint Laurent. Together they debuted the thigh high boot and the low heeled buckle shoe. These modern designs are inspired by 17th and 18th century men’s shoe designs. The low heeled buckle shoe got the nickname the “pilgrim buckle” shoe. The shoe took on it’s final name, “Belle de jour” after Catherine Denueve wore them in the 1967 namesake movie. Cuissardes or thigh high boot produced by Vivier under YSL caused waves in the 60s with their sex appeal. Vivier reintroduced the Socle Choc or platform sandal in 1967 and they were part of YSL’s spring collection that same year.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

It was a spiritual visit. The shoes are breathtaking. The details display the genius of Vivier. Many of the displays allow you to get a look at all angles of the shoe which I really appreciated as a details nerd. There are a lot of shoes on display that span Roger Vivier’s career. I felt satiated after the exhibit and was pleased with the selection on display. The official book of the Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection exhibit is amazing and I purchased one for myself. It has all the text on display in the exhibit as well as the shoes and images.

The French Consulate created a video of the exhibit where you can see the layout of the space.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

So if you call yourself a shoe lover or snob you need to get to the Bata Shoe Museum before April 7, 2013 because this is an exhibit that cannot be missed.

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St. West
Toronto
images: me, rogervivier.com

i want: Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks

Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks
Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks

I’m excited about Philip Sparks’s new lines of accessories for men and women for Spring Summer 2013. Right now I have my eye on this leather and canvas mens Accordion Briefcase. I love the colour combination. It’s available for pre-order right now at philipsparks.com or at the Ossington Shop until Sunday. It retails for $395.00 and will ship on March 15, 2013s ship March 15, 2013,

images: philipsparks.com

i want: Justice Sandal by Abel Munoz

Toronto based shoe designer, Abel Munoz has just launched online shopping at abelmunozshop.com. He has the Spring Summer 2013 collection in the shop now and he offers free shipping to customer in Canada and the US. Torontonians can see Abel’s shoes in person at George C.

Justice Sandal by Abel Munoz
Justice Sandal by Abel Munoz

I’m pretty fond of these strappy plum suede sandals called Justice. They would be perfect day to night shoe.  I’d wear these to the office all summer. Everyone is gotten used to my crazy footwear. Abel has his shoes produced in Italy and they are leather lined and soled. The heel on these are 3.75 inches. The Justice sandal retails for $575.00.

image: abelmunozshop.com

i got: Nicholas Kirkwood x Erdem Ankle Boots

Sneaky emails and reminder tweets enter my social space once the major discounts start hitting The Room at the Hudson’s Bay. It’s a good time to be hunting for bargains. It’s during these sales periods that I get strategic about things. It’s about desirability of the brand and price. During this magical time that ownership of the brands I lust for becomes attainable. The Room blessed me with an amazing Christopher Kane skirt.

The Room has a great selection of shoes and the pickings are getting pretty slim by the time it’s 60% off plus an extra 40%. This shoe shopping experience was extra fun because I coerced my friend, Natalie into coming. There were a few choices of from my watch list of designers: Kirkwood, Sanderson, Olympia, Alaia, Atwood, Margiela. I tried on a few and stared wistfully at some wishing I had the same size feet as Stefania from Textstyles.ca.

Nicholas Kirkwood x Erdem Ankle Boots
Nicholas Kirkwood x Erdem Ankle Boots

I wandered the racks several times with a pair of pretty loud Erdem x Nicholas Kirkwood ankle boots. They were a thick tweed and had a lot of pink but the fantastic square lucite heel was something you don’t want to walk away from. The tweed pattern was not my style so I decided to keep looking. However, I had Kirkwood x Erdem on the brain and I searched out every pair and every style on those six racks. I found a pair of the ankle boot in a more subdued navy blue. The material was crepe cotton instead of tweed and I liked it better. “There’s a Plan B don’t worry”, I thought to myself as trying them on in case of disappointment. Thankfully, I didn’t need Plan B and the pair of Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem Tweedprint crepe cotton ankle boots came home with me.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt smug about a shoe purchase. I’m pleased that I now have some Kirkwood in my closet and some Erdem I can wear (I have a beautiful silk Erdem dress that’s too small for me at this time). As you can imagine, they get some stares at the office.

Shoe Specifications:
Lucite heel, 4½” (115mm)
Hidden platform, 1″ (25mm)
Compares to a 3½” heel (90mm)
Made in Italy

images: lyst.com

Porsche Design TwinBag Preview

Porsche Design TwinBag Preview
Porsche Design TwinBag Preview

I attended the launch of the Porsche Design’s latest product, The TwinBag. This is the company’s first handbag and Thomas Steinbruck, Creative Director was on hand. Thomas is the Porsche Design’s first creative director joined the company in 2012. He has an extensive background in fashion industry as well as a bachelor’s from Studio Bercot and a Masters from the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris.

Porsche Design TwinBag Preview
Porsche Design TwinBag Preview

When I first received the invitation I was a bit sceptical of the handbag. I’m not honestly sure why since Porsche Design already has some classic luggage and briefcase designs. I was pleasantly surprised after some Internet investigation. Porsche Design managed to create a classic looking satchel handbag that converts to a shoulder bag when the clasps on the handles are released. I wanted to check the handbag out in person so I decided I would attend the launch.

The Porsche Design TwinBag is beautiful. It’s a great size and well constructed. It sits perfectly on the shoulder when converted. The Italian manufactured handbag is constructed from a single piece of leather. Customer can choose from 10 colours in leather, crocodile and ostrich. The skins are tanned using ecologically sound methods. Prices start at $1990 and go up to $28,900 (crocodile with 18k white gold hardware). The TwinBag will be available beginning in March 2013 at Porsche Design Toronto, 77 Bloor Street West.

You can see more photos from the launch at
TwinBag Preview Party on facebook.

images: courtesy of Porsche Design, me

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

Silly me mixed up my dates and I missed the launch for the newest fragrance in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection. I was really excited about it because it would mean playtime at the beautiful Chanel fragrance bar in the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street store.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL collection is a modern take on the fragrances created by Ernest Beaux, Chanel’s original nose and Coco Chanel in the 20s and 30s.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

Chanel’s current nose, Jacques Polge launched the collection 2007 and has released more fragrances over the year. These fragrances all take inspiration from the history of the house and each one explores a singular theme.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – Advert for Chanel Fragrances

1932 is the year that Chanel launched her first designer jewellery collection in her home. The Bijoux de Diamants collection had stars, comets, crescent moons and suns; all inspiration from the lights and signs that shine at night on the Champs-Élysées.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
CHANEL  Comet Necklace, 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

In 2012, Jacques Polge creates the Bijoux de Diamants Collection inspired fragrance. 1932 includes top notes of Aldehydes, Bergamot, Neroli, middle notes of Carnation, Jasmine, Lilac, Rose, Ylang Ylang and base notes of Musk, Coumarin, Mulberry, Ambrette (Musk Mallow), Orris Root, Incense, Opoponax, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver.(source) I’m a fan of fruity, floral and woody fragrances so I do like 1932. Initially, it’s very floral smelling but after an hour it calms right down and the woodiness comes to the forefront.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – Jacques Polge

1932 is available at select Chanel Boutiques and the Chanel Espaces Parfums in the Bloor Street, Vancouver and Montreal Holt Renfrew locations. The collection is $145.00 for 75ml and $240 for 200ml.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection

Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection also includes

  • Jersey (Aromatic Floral Powdery)
  • Beige (Powdery Floral)
  • Sycomore (Woody)
  • No. 22 (Aldehydic Powdery Floral)
  • Gardénia (Floral)
  • Bois Des Iles (Oriental Woody)
  • Cuir de Russie (Leather Oriental)
  • 31 Rue Cambon (Smooth Woody Floral)
  • No. 18 (Oriental Fruity Woody)
  • Coromandel (Woody Oriental)
  • Bel Respiro (Green Floral)
  • 28 La Pausa (Powdery Woody Floral)
  • Eau de Cologne (Citrus)

Like, 1932 they all retail for $145.00 for 75ml and $240 for 200ml.

images: courtesy of Chanel, chanel.com

Comme des Carrés, Hermès x Comme des Garçons

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Cheval surprise studio des fleurs
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCheval surprise studio des fleurs

A few months ago Hermès and Rei Kawakubo announced that they would collaborate. Comme des Garçons x Hermès scarves naturally got people pretty excited. I’m one of them. The collaboration resulted in two collections named “Black and White” and “Colour”. Rei incorporated house designs and manipulated them to create something new.

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Touch Me
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РTouch Me

The ‘Black and White’ collection is available only in Comme des Garçons shops (Aoyama-Tokyo, New York, Paris). The ‘Colour’ collection: collection can only be purchased at Dover Street Market stores (London, Tokyo). For people who can’t get to Tokyo, Paris or New York, you can buy the scarves online at www.doverstreetmarket.com from February 6, 2013 for the ‘Colour’ collection and from April 1, 2013 for the ‘Black and White’ collection. Prices start range from £300 – £1,500.

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Patch g+-¼ant
Hermès x Comme des Garçons – Patch g+-¼ant

They are rolling out the sale of the scarves in the retail shops. Here are the details

  • From 6th February 2013 in the Comme des Garçons shop, Paris
  • From 7th February 2013 in the Comme des Garçons shop, New York
  • From 8th February 2013 in the Comme des Garçons shop in Aoyama-Tokyo, and the Dover Street Market Ginza shop.
  • From 12th February in the Dover Street Market shop, London
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Harnais de cour
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РHarnais de cour

“Rei Kawakubo has stamped her vision on the Hermès scarf. With rigour, precision, energy and salience”, remarks Bali Barret, Artistic Director.

“I have always deeply respected the tradition and craftsmanship of Hermès. In our project together, rather than wanting to wear the scarves, I was looking forward to the change that would happen when I added something to the beautiful ‘paintings’ of Hermès scarf designs. I think through the addition of abstract images, we have transformed the scarf and created something new”, comments Rei Kawakubo.(source: press release)

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Quadrige
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РQuadrige
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Couvertures et tenues de jour N&B
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCouvertures et tenues de jour N&B

I love the collection but who didn’t expect that. My favourite prints are Patch g+-¼ant and Touch Me.

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Couvertures et tenues de jour couleur
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCouvertures et tenues de jour couleur
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Coaching
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCoaching
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Circuit 24 Faubourg
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCircuit 24 Faubourg

images: courtesy of Hermès

Miu Miu Comes to Toronto via Holt Renfrew Bloor Street

Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Everyone has been buzzing about the new Miu Miu mini boutique that opened up in Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street location. This is Miu Miu’s first Canadian point of sale.

Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Architect Roberto Baciocchi designed space that is dedicated to Miu Miu handbags and accessories collections. No clothing folks and shoes are still available in shoe department. The space is very Miu Miu with damask finish covered in crystal and studs, small display windows and polished brass backlit logos.

Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Miu Miu can be found on the first floor of Holts in the handbag section. It occupies the space where all the Balenciaga bags were hanging about. It’s like walking into a gold box. I stopped by today. It’s not very big and I didn’t see much jewellery but there were a ton of handbags though. It was super busy too. The space looks pretty slick and makes the product so desirable looking.

Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Miu Miu Toronto, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Miu Miu Toronto,
Holt Renfrew
50 Bloor Street West
Toronto

images: courtesy of Prada

Talking About My ‘Do in Worn Journal Issue 15

Worn Journal Issue 15
Worn Journal Issue 15

I’m in the current issue of Worn Journal. It’s been out since November but I’m only getting around to posting about it now. In June, I got an email from Serah-Marie asking if she could feature me in Worn’s hair issue. As you can imagine, I was a little perplexed at why I would be included. She explained that the piece would be feature on people with interesting hair styles. Accompanying the photos would be an interview with questions related to hair and identity. I said yes without question because it’s Worn Journal and it’s a great topic that my (lack of) hair could contribute to.

Worn Journal Issue 15 - Talking Heads - Seven discussions of distinctive 'dos
Worn Journal Issue 15 – Talking Heads – Seven discussions of distinctive ‘dos

The talented Lainee Dee did my makeup before I ventured to the Worn Journal offices to meet the photographer, Brittany Lucas. I brought a few different outfits to choose from for the shoot but the final decision was the Smythe Warbler Tribute Blazer, earring by Eliza Kozurno and a leather Tshirt by Danier. It was late July when this photo was taken and it was roasting outside. With the leather and the blazer on I’m surprised my makeup isn’t’ running all over the place in this shot. Brittany and I went into the alley by the office and took a number of shots against different garage doors and using different angles and mostly stoic facial expressions. I’ve always said I’m terrible at the model scowl, this photo proves me wrong. Smiling comes so naturally to me but it’s nice to see I can do the complete opposite too. I’m pretty much in love with the photo. It turned out better than I could have ever dreamed. Lainee and Brittany did a fantastic job of making me look great. I’m giving myself a pat on the back for the kick ass styling 🙂

Now your probably curious about my interview. Well, you’ll have to grab yourself a copy of Worn Journal Issue 15 to read it. The issue is fantastic overall and you should probably buy a copy anyways. It’s available online at wornjournal.com or in person at a whole ton of places in the city and beyond.

Thank you Worn Journal.

 

i want: A Fox Brooch by Lea Stein

Fox Brooch by Lea Stein
Fox Brooch by Lea Stein

I was browsing the Valery Demure online shop and noticed this Fox brooch in the Rarities section. The designer is french artist, Lea Stein. She known as “the most notable and innovative designer of plastic jewelry of the 20th century”. She started working in textiles in the late 50s but eventually grew interested in plastics in the mid 60s. She married a chemist and together they created a new layering technique for plastic.

She worked with her husband, chemist Ferdinand Steinberger, to develop a process of layering very thin sheets of cellulose acetate (or rhodoid) and laminating them to form a “multi-coloured sandwich of plastic”.[3] Each ‘sandwich’ was baked for a long time, then cooled and cut into shapes. The process could take as long as six months. This technique allowed Stein to insert different fabrics (such as brocades and lace), colors and textures into the plastic.(source)

images: valerydemure.com

Dina Gonzalez Mascaro Jewellery

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

I went to the opening of the SORRY, I’M NOT SORRY, I’M NOT A JEWELLER by Dina González Mascaró show held at the Ossington Philip Sparks shop. Dina is an Argentinian, born Vancouver based artist visiting the city for the Interior Design Show and the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. She has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in sculpture but she is a self-taught jewellery artist.

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

Dina’s jewellery is very much and extension of her artwork. I really love what she does as it’s so unique. She is really pushing design in a different direction. The jewellery has added dimension and structure not normally seen. Strong women wear these pieces otherwise they end up wearing you.

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

I’m not a cyclist but her bike series is amazing. The wheels move on the mini bikes and the wheel pendant is just perfect. If you are in Vancouver you can visit Dina’s shop/studio, JewellerBau. She does custom work as well. At the opening Dina described a set of wedding bands she created for an artist couple. The couple knew that they couldn’t wear these rings constantly because of the nature of Dina’s design. Dina cleverly designed the two rings so that they created a self standing sculpture when put together.

SORRY, I’M NOT SORRY, I’M NOT A JEWELLER by Dina González Mascaró runs until January 27, 2013 at Philip Sparks Tailored Goods, 162 Ossington Avenue, Toronto. Prices start at $80.

i want: Feather Cat Eye Sunglasses by Charlotte Olympia x Linda Farrow

Feather Cat Eye Sunglasses by Charlotte Olympia x Linda Farrow
Feather Cat Eye Sunglasses by Charlotte Olympia x Linda Farrow

Charlotte Olympia makes shoes and handbags I really like. I guess I can add sunglasses to that list too. The brand partnered with Linda Farrow to create the Feather Cat Eye shades. She’s got a great eye for accessories which isn’t surprising because Charlotte Olympia Dellal has amazing style. These sunglasses are around $410 and available online at luisaviaroma.com, charlotteolympia.com and lindafarrow.com.

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i want: Givenchy Antigona Handbag

Givenchy Antigona Handbag
Givenchy Antigona Handbag

Cue the new handbag obsession, the Givenchy Antigona. Ricardo Tisci introduced the Antigona in 2010. This boston style bag comes in a variety of skins and colour combinations. Right now the above blue and black combination is my favourite. It’s $2300 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Givenchy Antigona Handbags
Givenchy Antigona Handbags

The handbag is named after Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta who are all characters dreamed up by Sophocles. The orange Givenchy Antigona is $1989.22 on farfetch.com.

Givenchy Antigona Handbag
Givenchy Antigona Handbag

The brown and black Givenchy Antigona is $2426.00 from shopzoeonline.com. The Antigona comes in three sizes. You can get an idea of the price range from this link.. Givenchy is available in Toronto at Holt Renfrew.

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i want: Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

I’m on the hunt for a great all around bag. Ideally it would have a messenger strap but I think I can overlook that it’s missing from the Marni Flap Bag. It’s a great size and comes in colours to match many outfits.

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

The form is reduced to its pure essence, laid bare to expose the precision of the cut and beauty of the leather. The material used is fine calf leather on a monocolour or bicolour panel. Studs decorate the bag leaving its shape clean and graphic.(Source: press release)

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

The photos show styles from the Resort 2013 collection and the Spring Summer 2013 Marni fashion show.

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