I’m in the Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013 Edition

Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013
Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013

I have a little feature in the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook. They approached me to discuss my beauty routine and what new products I’m looking forward to this fall. I give shout outs to some of my favourite beauty brands and retailers: Lancome, Chanel, Essie, Givenchy, Marni, Balenciaga, Philosophy, Concepts Salon & Spa and the Miraj Hammam Spa at The Shangri-La Hotel.

Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera
Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera for the Toronto Life Stylebook

The most surprising thing about the feature was this illustration of me. I was completely stunned. If you remember, I hated the last illustration Toronto Life commissioned of me.

Judit García-Talavera is an illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. She is absolutely incredible and I’m not just saying that because she created a kick ass illustration of me. She’s worked with clients such as Marie Claire Spain, Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Bloomingdales, ELLE China, Teen Vogue, Gilt Group, ELLE Girl Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Stylesight, Rolling Stone Spain, Hennessy Cognac and Piaget. You can see all the rest of Judit’s work for the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook on her blog.

The Toronto Life Stylebook is in stores right now.

Balenciaga Pre Fall 2012 – 2013 Campaign Video

Really late to the game with this short campaign video for the Balenciaga Pre Fall 2012 – 2013 collection. It’s pretty awesome though. A Youtube comment had something actually insightful. It made reference to how Jem and The Holograms this collection is.

Video: Steven Meisel
Creative Direction: House and Holme
Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé
Hair: Guido
Makeup: Pat McGrath

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.

This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.  Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
  • complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
  • complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
  • Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
  • Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
  • Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
  • Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Church's Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
Church’s Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide.

Flare Magazine x Nadege Macarons

Flare Magazine x Nadège Macarons
Flare Magazine x Nadège Macarons

Macarons and fashion are always mentioned together. I should be over everything related to macaron but I’m not. They are just too damn tasty to ignore. Flare and Nadège teamed up to create macaron based on shades from the fall winter 2012 – 2013 collections. You can see all 10 of the creations at Flare.com.

Toronto’s top macaron maker Nadège Nourian, of Nadège Patisserie, has created one-of-a-kind shades just for FLARE inspired by the season’s hottest hues. “This is one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever worked on,” shared Nourian while on set for our macaron photo shoot, “but it was incredibly fulfilling and so much fun to do.” See these delicious confections paired with top looks from the international runways for a sweet visual treat.

Flare Magazine x Nadège Macarons
Flare Magazine x Nadège Macarons

Four of the ten custom marcaron created for the editorial are available for purchase at Nadège Patisserie for a limited time. The flavours are (top to bottom in above photo): Chocolate cherry, inspired by Givenchy , Grand Cru chocolate from Brazil, inspired by Balenciaga; Cotton candy, inspired by Stella McCartney and Rose, inspired by Alexander McQueen. At the time of writing, I have eaten the Stella McCartney macaron and it was delicious. I can’t wait to eat this box over the next couple days.

images: flare.com, myself

i want: Balenciaga Spring Summer 2012 Dresses

Maxi dresses are catching my eye more and more these days.  I love these two dresses from the Balenciaga Spring Summer 2012 collection.  The fuchsia marble print dress is a throwback from the Cristobal Balenciaga archives.

I love the print on the Multicolour flowers zebra print dress.

images: Balenciaga.com

Balenciaga: Spanish Master

This is a great video about the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute’s Balenciaga: Spanish Master exhibit which ran earlier this year in New York City.

Conceived of by our Chairman, Oscar de la Renta, curated by Vogue Contributing Editor Hamish Bowles, BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master was the first exhibition to consider the impact of Spain’s culture, history and art on one of its greatest twentieth-century sons, the legendary designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972). Showcasing more than seventy items of Cristóbal Balenciaga clothing and accessories, BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between the House of Balenciaga in Paris and an American institution.(source)

My favourite tidbit of information gleamed from this video is that Oscar de la Renta worked for Cristóbal Balenciaga. Artinfo.com has some great photos of the BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master exhibit.


This video was taken by Bart Boehlert who chatted curator Hamish Bowles.

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2011

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2011

I’m usually a solid Balenciaga fan but the spring summer 2011 collection made me think. There was no immediate reaction of adoration for the clothing. I wasn’t a big fan of the first half of the collection but liked the second. It’s taken me a bit of time to absorb what I’ve seen. This rockabilly version of Balenciaga has me loving classic things like pants and that printed denim.  They look so roomy and comfortable.

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There are also some sweet little jackets in the collection.  I’ll take a red leather Balenciaga coat please.

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2011

Balenciaga also introduced watches this season which were inspired by an antique clock in the atelier.

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2011

I did have an immediate reaction to the shoes and that was love. It’s apparently the first time Ghesquière has show flats at Balenciaga. Shoes like this remind me of my first pair of Dr. Martens. They were low cut, pointy toe, black patent leather creeper like shoes. I loved them to pieces. I love the visual of the shoes and that crazy floral denim. The pants are perfect for the Balenciaga Spring Summer 2011 shoes.

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2011

WWD.com has some great quotes that speak to the fabrics and construction of the collection.

Thick, molded leathers were lacquered with exaggerated houndstooth patterns in graphic red, black, white and blue. There were shrunken tailored blazers and men’s wear shirts with metal-tipped collars worn with square-cut, cropped trousers with hard-core grommet belts and variations on the classic men’s creeper with studded soles.

In terms of fabric development, Balenciaga is the textile geek’s promised land. Everything is treated, coated, lacquered and painstakingly manipulated, often by hand. Ghesquière explained that the leathers were embroidered with PVC for a faux-on-real treatment; knits coated with brushed silk, and the finale dresses worked with a sheer layer that looked like coated wax paper.

See the full Balenciaga Spring Summer 2011 fashion show

images: style.com

Balenciaga Paris Flagship Store

Balenciaga Paris Flagship Store

Balenciaga recently changed up the Paris flagship store’s design. I like it.

Balenciaga Paris Flagship Store

Ghesquière and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, the contemporary artist with whom he collaborates on store design managed to marry original, classical elements such as black-and-white French chateau floors — and an ornate banister retrieved from the Balenciaga archives — with Starship Enterprise-worthy lighting and fractal fixtures reminiscent of the Fortress of Solitude in “Superman.”

The 1,940-square-foot boutique, slated to open Saturday, was also slightly refigured to claim additional ground-level space for selling, allowing Guichot to increase ready-to-wear stockkeeping units by 50 percent, and to better showcase a range of product categories, from footwear and sunglasses to fragrances. There’s even trolley-style luggage, tucked between two gold chairs and next to an interplanetary mural.

Balenciaga Paris Flagship Store

images: WWD.com

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

Tommy Ton returned to the Toronto fashion scene for an exhibition of his work. Holt Renfrew is displaying Tommy Ton’s photos on the mezzanine level at the Bloor Street store from August 18 – August 30, 2010.

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Holt Renfrew is delighted to welcome fashion photographer Tommy Ton to Holt Renfrew Bloor Street, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 for a private event to launch an exhibit of his work. The exhibit of 12 images of some of fall 2010’s most sought-after footwear styles will be housed at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street from August 18 to August 30 on the mezzanine level.

These one-of-a-kind photos were taken by Tommy Ton this spring in Toronto and have each been signed by the photographer himself. For the duration of the exhibit, Holt Renfrew will host a contest where one can enter the chance to win one of 12 framed and autographed prints valued at $1,500. Please see contest details at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street.

I attended the party for Tommy opening night. I really liked what they did with the shoe department. Tommy’s photos were hanging everywhere. The hottest fall 2010 shoes strategically placed on pedestals and encased in clear cubes. They included a pair of Fall 2010 Alexander McQueen shoes that are worth $4000!

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

It wasn’t all fun for Tommy at the party, he was working photographing the attendees shoes. This would be the first and only time many people (myself included) would ever have Tommy shoot their shoes. I was glad I didn’t wear my Camilla’s as I noticed someone else in them. I wore some Nine West sandals because I was wearing pants and the shoes weren’t visible. I got Tommy to shoot them anyways, why not right.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

I didn’t take many photos of the guests but I loved Tommy’s animal print sweater. It was so soft. Jaime amazed me with his head to toe Patrik Ervell ensemble. I did lose my shit when I saw him. There aren’t many people who could pull the look off the head to toe print and I was pretty excited to see Jamie executing it perfectly in front of me.  He’s just too adorable.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

Of course the shoes were a major part of the party and we all drooled over McQueen, YSL, Dior, Lanvin, Chloe and Balenciaga. I’m a fan of Chloe boots this season, big time.

Pic Me Tommy Ton at Holt Renfrew

See all my photos from the event.

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Ad Campaign

I love the portraits in the Steven Meisel shot Ad Campaign for the Balenciaga Fall 2010 – 2011 collection.

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Ad Campaign

I don’t care much for the standing shots and I would have preferred a different background colour. The portraits are very powerful.

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Ad Campaign

Each model is quite striking looking.

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Ad Campaign

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Ad Campaign

images: thefashionspot.com

Balenciaga Resort 2011

Some of the Balenciaga Resort 2011 collection looked very 70s airline uniform. I wasn’t a big fan of that.  Of the pieces that didn’t look like that, I loved the prints and vibrant colours.  I drink the Balenciaga koolaid with no regrets.

Balenciaga Resort 2011

The repeating pattern prints reminds me of childhood blankets and clothing.  The collection still has that sporty Balenciaga feel.

Balenciaga Resort 2011
I love the print on the magenta and blue dresses

Balenciaga Resort 2011

Balenciaga Resort 2011

WWD.com had some close up images of the accessories.  They didn’t have any photo of the slouchy print boot.  I love the industrial looking jewellery.

Balenciaga Resort 2011

Balenciaga Resort 2011
A woven take on a Balenciaga classic

Balenciaga Resort 2011

images: Style.com and wwd.com

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Video (Full Show)

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I found the full show video for the Balenciaga Ready to Wear – Fall Winter 2010 collection. The soundtrack is killer.

This video is great for providing all the angles of the models so you can see the back details. The clothing has so much more depth with video. The construction is a lot clearer. There is a lot going on in the fall winter 2010 collection.

Dazed Digital got a closer look at the collection. They have some great photos of the all the details. I also like the shots from Purple Magazine.

images: style.com

Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010 Shoes

Balenciaga Fall 2010 Shoes

The shoes in the Balenciaga Fall 2010 collection needed a post of their own. I always anticipate crazy shoes from Balenciaga and this time we got block heel brogues and loafers.

Balenciaga Fall 2010 Shoes

What do you think of the shoes? I’m liking the three shoes in the top photo.   I love the colour combinations too.  I hope they aren’t crazy heavy shoes.  They look it.

Balenciaga Fall 2010 Shoes

Balenciaga Fall 2010 Shoes

via Balenciaga Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Style.com: Runway Review.

Balenciaga Ready to Wear – Fall Winter 2010 – 2011

Balenciaga Ready to Wear - Fall 2010

Nicolas Ghesquière was influenced by cosmonauts, seventies Formica, packaging and food boxes, Synthetic foam, plywood, sleeping bags and biscuits for the Balenciaga Fall 2010 collection. The weirder Nicolas goes the more I eat it up. He’s pushing new techniques and fabrics advancing the technology. Nicolas Ghesquière is one of those designers who I still has that freedom to go crazy with his vision and execute it.

Balenciaga Ready to Wear - Fall 2010

I love the coloured eyebrows. It looks really cool.

Balenciaga Ready to Wear - Fall 2010

This was a very structured armor-like collection. I see shades of Balenciaga Spring 2010 in this collection. It’s an explosion of colour. Despite the strange styling there are some wearable pieces. I’m fond of the belted sweaters, the armor-like dresses in the vein of Spring 2010. Have you seen the footware, that’s the topic of another post. There is a lot of play with texture and prints. Visit nytimes.com for large hi res images of the Balenciaga fall 2010 collection.

Balenciaga Ready to Wear - Fall 2010

Balenciaga Ready to Wear - Fall 2010

Here is a short video which highlights all the looks.. The full fashion show video is available. It’s a must see because there are surprises on the backs of those looks. Photos keeps secrets.

images: style.com

Spring Summer 2010 Runway Fashion Trends


I have some trend forecasting posts for Spring 2010, but I realize that doesn’t help anyone looking for what is going on after the shows have happened. Here is a post to help those who are getting directed to the Fashion Trends Forecasting Spring Summer 2010 post. These are the trends that are hitting the streets for spring and summer 2010.

SS10 Trends Lingerie Jean Paul Gaultier
Lingerie on the outside – Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier

SS10 Trends Blazers Junya Watanabe
The blazer. See Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Isabel Marant, Balmain

SS10 Trends Legs Versace
Legs in shorts or skirts. See Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Versace

SS10 Trends Leather Celin
Leather. See Celine, Ann Demeulemeester, YSL, Rick Owens, Greta Constantine

SS10 Trends Sports Rag & Bone
Sport. See Rag and Bone, Alexander Wang, Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci, Hermès

SS10 Trends On the Farm RalphLauren
On the Farm. See Chanel, D&G, Ralph Laure, Christopher Kane


Knotting and draping. See Burberry, Donna Karen, Lanvin

SS10 Trends Prints Alexander McQueen
Prints. See Versace, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Alexander McQueen

SS10 Trends Kitten Heels Louis Vuitton

Kitten Heels.  See Marni, Louis Viutton, Missoni

SS10 Trends Sheer Donna Karen
Sheer – Donna Karen, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Jeremy Laing

Cutouts. See Phi, Mark Fast, Viktor & Rolf, Michael Kors, Gucci

SS10 Trends Military Jil Sander
Military РBalmain, Celine, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chlo̩, Phi

SS10 Trends Stripes Givenchy

Stripes. See Roland Mouret, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, Gareth Pugh

SS10 Trends Lavender Louise Goldin
Lavender. See Louise Godin, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs,

Matthew Williamson, Versace, Burberry, Louis Vuitton

images: style.com, the fashion spot

i got: Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

Fashematics is the brilliant website by Jonathan Zawada. It a blog that combines math and fashion. I’m so in love with it. Jonathan created an amazing zine recently and I immediately ordered it.

This book was published to commemorate the 50th fashematics equation created for Zawada’s fashematics.com blog. Jonathan created this zine of his favourite looks from the Spring/Summer 2010 runway shows, reinterpreting the models as part of either a horde of zombies or an army of robots. It is a flip-flop zine that reads inwards from both covers beginning with either a Zombie Karl Lagerfeld or Android Lagerfeld sticker. Features clothes by Prada, Bernhard Willhelm, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Chanel and more…

$16 (AUD) for international shipping. BUY IT HERE!

I’m loving the robots more than the zombies but it’s all a lot of fun.

Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

images: fashematics.com

Balenciaga Menswear Lookbooks Fall 2007 and 2009

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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.

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I prefer the Fall 2007 collection. It’s very preppy, which was keeping with the Balenciaga Fall 2007 woman minus the lego shoes.

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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.

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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.

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Balenciaga Shoes – Spring 2010

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I’ve found some detail shots of the Balenciaga Spring 2010 Ready to Wear collection.

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The shoes are quite interesting. The fabric treatment reminds me of a woven rug.

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They don’t look comfortable at all. That band (in black, white or matching fabric) looks like it would be very painful after a few hours.

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Not sure I’m a fan. I would say I like the tall black and white pair and the short pair pictured above.

images: eastnews.ru

Anatomy of a Balenciaga Boot Trend 2006 to 2009

Sam Edelman Zoe Boot
Sam Edelman Zoe Boot

I was browsing the shopnastygal.com site and came across the Sam Edelman Zoe Boot.

Balenciaga Boot Fall 2006
Balenciaga Boot Fall 2006

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