I enjoyed opening the Kania Spring Summer 2013 lookbook, the images are beautiful. Kania is the brainchild of Ottawa based Stacey Bafi-Yeboa. She is a former Broadway dancer and that experience heavily influences her designs. Kania is designed and manufactured in Canada. The Spring Summer 2013 Kania collection is called Tropical Luxuriance. Stacey brought in Tanzanian model, Herieth Paul who moved to Ottawa when she was 14. Welcome to a world where fashion meets dance and where fantasy is reality. A private island where you can escape the ordinary and be submersed in luxury. Steamy nights and hot summer days rule your world. You’ll sense the relaxed beauty of the Caribbean and be transformed into the glamour of an African queen. As you step into paradise you’re ready to let go, to let loose, to be noticed, to be free. Is it a dream? No … you’ve just entered the island of KANIA… get ready to experience…TROPICAL LUXURIANCE(source: press release) Stacey’s dance background is evident in the clothing. Everything is sexy but comfortable looking. Stacey …
Sarah Stevenson Design Spring Summer 2013 collection reminds me of the sea and Ming Dynasty porcelain. Sarah is a textile designer so she creates the prints herself and has them transferred to silk. Pattern Observer has a great interview with Sarah. All of her pieces are made in Canada. For those people who tend to skew a bit more conservative in their clothing can add a pop of colour and print with one of Sarah’s beautiful scarves. You can find Sarah Stevenson Design online at Ukamaku and sarahstevensondesign.com. images: courtesy of Sarah Stevenson Design
I’m a secret pomegranate junkie. It’s a problem that developed when I worked close to Chinatown. During Ppmegranate season, I developed the habit of buying up copious amounts of the fruit, taking advantage of the 3 for $5 pricing that dominated the many of the fruit sellers in the area. I knew which shops that consistently brought in quality pomegranates, knowledge after weeks of experimentation and research. I made the most of the short season and ate my way through it at every opportunity. I don’t work close to Chinatown anymore but my pomegranate addiction hasn’t stopped. My local grocer brings in good pomegranates during the season. They know my habits really well. So, it’s not a surprise that I love Anu Raina’s pomegranate dominated Spring Summer 2013 collection. My SS13 collection of prints is inspired by my memories of witnessing the majestic Echinaceas, the dew drop laden Daisys on the lazy Sunday mornings, the beautiful Pomegrante trees that humbly bore the weight of the biggest and reddest ever Pomegrantes, the riot of colour and …
Toronto based designer, Dennis Merotto’s Spring Summer 2013 collection is perfect for office dwellers like me.Â It’s beautiful, simple and professional but doesn’t skip out on the playful side by utilizing prints and colour blocking. The collection is combines silk, cotton, linen, leather, modal and polyester into wide legged pantsuits or easy wearing colour blocked tent dresses. Nathalie Atkinson wrote a great piece on Dennis at the National Post. He’s an industry heavyweight who worked behind the scenes for a long time whose now striving for his own spotlight. images: courtesy of Dennis Merotto
The CND Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 LookBook was a neat little take away from my Shellac manicure experience. It talks about CND trends on the runways, designer partners and even step by step instructions to recreate a few styles. I’ve included a few pages of the lookbook here but you can download the full thing on the CND website.Â Â Jen Kao’s nails (1st photo and below) are amazing.Â So much work and layers of polish were needed. Our cover concept plunges into the moody, trippy twilight-world of Jen Kao, embellished underwater-Avatar fantasy swirls and dominatrix swagger.Â Our team created cloisonnÃ©-like, decidedly decadent nails edged in golden dagger-tips. The designer’s new collection spins a psychedelic head-rush of peacock tones in silhouettes cut for strutting: cinched, fringed corsets and the pure funk of purple satin platform boots. Flyness overload! Ziggy Stardust era references, like sharp-shouldered jackets in acid-bright prints and lurex leggings, call for nails that can’t wait to boogie down the dance floor. (source Lookbook) CND also created a video for the fall winter …
Illusions d’ombres is name of the new Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 makeup collection from Chanel. I only really concern myself with the nail polish but I loved the imagery that went a long with the product shots. There are 3 polishes for fall, Peridot, Quartz and Graphite. They will be available at Chanel counters beginning August 22, 2011. I’ve placed a lot of my metallic nail polishes on the back burner recently because their bright counterparts are more fun and a bit obnxious. Â However, Chanel’s metallics are making me rethink that decision. Peridot is a green and gold combination. Graphic sounds really interesting with silver, gold and platinum combined together. Finally, Quartz is a bronze and pink mixture. images: courtesy of Chanel Canada
Juma’s spring summer 2011 collection is there best yet in my opinion. I remember getting a preview last summer and freaking out. The collection is inspired by Alia’s and Jamil’s time in Africa. The collection is really print heavy and they’ve made some great choices. I love the flamingos.Â Jamil send me a bunch of the lookbook photos so I thought I’d make a gif of the entire collection.Â Voila. I took some photos at their spring summer 2011 fashion presentation in October at The Spoke Club.
WUYORK, an amazing accessories company I found out about last year has a new collection out. 18 odes to the bow an obsession with the most simple and elegant of shapes a passion for the most exquisite materials a breathtaking sensibility inspired by art & architecture impeccable detailing and construction of the highest technique an exploration of the duality of the homme and femme an undercurrent of raw sexuality the sublime beauty of the butterfly freedom from the confines of the expected(source) The bowties are imppecable. I always enjoy the lookbook images, they are always quite striking. images: wuyork.com
I wasn’t able to attend the Brose Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 preview in person. I get the feeling I’m missing something from looking at the photos and not seeing the clothing up close.Â I’ve posted a few looks I like from the lookbook. There is also a behinds the scenes video
I was very excited to received the Smythe Fall Winter 2010 -2011 Lookbook. I knew I would be drooling over coats again like I’ve done in years past.Â Smythe is one of the brands that have been coveted on I want – I got from the beginning.Â Here are my favourites pieces from Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 There are jackets for everyone: leather, bold shoulders, classic military and equestrian styles. Smythe can be purchased at Holt Renfrew, TNT Woman, Canopy Blue and Andrews in Toronto. Online shops carrying Smythe include net-a-porter.com, shopbop.com and saks.com.
lily + jae is a Vancouver based contemporary fashion line created by Jude Feller. She spent seven years working in the costume department for film and television before starting lily + jae. I like it when designers include behind the scenes videos like this one for the Spring 2010 lookbook. I see a lot of the “On the farm” Spring 2010 trend in the lookbook and while I’m not a fan I found some looks I enjoy from lily + jae Lily + jae can be found in Toronto at Aritzia – Bloor and Yorkdale, Charlie, Distill and Vocado. images: courtesy of lily + jae
I’ve been stealing Balenciaga Lookbooks again.Â This time it’s Spring 2010.Â I’m still loving Fall 2007.
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Toronto based, Dandi Maestre’s colourful Spring 2010 jewellery caught my eye at the Holt Renfrew Pop up shop. I loved seeing this burst of colour in her designs. She recently send me her new lookbook and it’s stunning. The line is branching from jewellery to include more accessories that still fit with her signature style. I love it. There are a lot of photos but I can’t help but share this with you all. Dandi Maestre can be found at Holt Renfrew, the AGO, Thieves Boutique and Ziliotto Designs in Toronto. Check out the website to find other locations across Canada and the US. images: courtesy of Dandi Maestre
I got the Fall 2007 Balenciaga Men’s lookbook at the Meatpacking district store in NYC. I was there for fashion week and was checking out the stores in the area. I prefer the Fall 2007 collection. It’s very preppy, which was keeping with the Balenciaga Fall 2007 woman minus the lego shoes. The Fall 2009 lookbook I got in the menswear sections of Holt’s bloor street. Not as exciting as the Meatpacking District, le sigh. I like the simple layout of the lookbooks. The format hasn’t changed either, I like that. The Fall 2009 collection is a lot more sleek and angular. I like the use of colours. I didn’t really see the connections with Balenciaga women’s as it was drapey, sparkly and full of prints.
I also picked up this great poster featuring the iconic scarves during that trip to HermÃ¨s where I went lookbook crazy. It’s a really good reference on how to wear a HermÃ¨s scarf. I’ll have to practice with my own HermÃ¨s scarf. Hmmm, is that Daul Kim.
I was in the HermÃ¨s store on Bloor a few weekends back and managed to snag some of their lookbooks. I love this one for the fall 2009 collection of ties so I got to scanning.
I got a sneak peek at Quiksilver’s and Roxy’s Spring 2010 collection last week. Quicksilver Spring 2010 had a muted palette that was used to evoke the worn in look. Raw edges and shredding were also used to create that “well loved” character to the clothing. Oversized is a big trend in the collection. I loved the pieces that were oversized and incorporated shredding. The reverse rose print tshirt and tank top were also favourites of mine. You can see photos of all the items that caught my eye from the Quicksilver line in the slideshow. Some of the pieces are show in the lookbook photos. Roxy was opposite to Quicksilver and bright colours were dominate. Colour blocking and florals were common themes. There were a few rompers that I liked and the neon striped cropped tshirts. image: scanned by me from the Quicksilver and Roxy Spring Summer Lookbooks
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.
I was lucky enough to catch the photoshoot for the Philip Sparks Spring 2010 Lookbook. I didn’t want to post my pictures until the lookbook hit the streets. Now it’s out, I can share some of my behind the scenes experience. The table of accessories. I did my Fun with Hats posts with items from this table I was drooling a little when Damien walked in the door. He’s legal, but way too young for me. Philip and Mackenzie talking about the shot See all my photos from that day
Philip Sparks Spring 2010 Lookbook Photography by Mckenzie James Styling by Alon Freeman at Judy Inc Hair and Makeup by Claudine Baltazar at The Artist Group LTD Models Damien at Elmer Olsen and Jonas at NAM.
The Prada Fall 2009 – 2010 Lookbook is awesome. They are always a little twisted and wacky. I’m even digging the collection now. I initially wasn’t a fan.
I received an email from designer, TÃ” Long-Nam. Of all the information I’ve received from designers over the years here, this was the best crafted email I’ve read. I appreciated the attention the detail and biographical information immensely. He was born in ViÃªtnam, grew up in Munich and went to school at the Academy of Fine Arts Berlin-Weissensee in Fashion-Design. Long-Nam worked with famous stylists Victoria Bartett and Patti Wilson. His forey into fashion design started as a design assistant for Lanvin menswear. Positive encouragement after participating in the 21st International Fashion Competition prompted him to start his own line. He has also collaborated with designer Alessandra Facchinetti while she was at Valentino. While working on the Spring 2010 collection he is working for Superfine London, a denim company I’m very fond of. All this information was great, but I would have been sold at the photos. Long-Nam says this about his Fall 2009 – 2010 collection: Force has always been a keyword in the design principles of TÃ” Long-Nam. For Fall/Winter 2009 the collection …
This is the ultimate shoe porn. This lookbook by Peter Lippmann for Christian Louboutin is ridiculously good. images: PeterLippmann.com
Greta Constantine put out a separate lookbook for their staple jersey dresses for Fall 2009 – 2010. The Anita Dress is part of this collection.