Smythe Pre-Fall 2012

Andrea and Christie of Smythe have unveiled their first Pre-Fall collection for 2012.  Now Smythe junkies have more jackets to choose from in a year.   The collection will be available after June 1, making my birthday month even more amazing.

I’m a huge Smythe fan but this is the first collection where I wanted every jacket.   The furry ones are calling my name.

I love the three coats with the furry details from the collection, but I’m also digging the check blazer with the cropped sleeve (pictured below). It’s very Thom Browne menswear to me.

You can find Smythe at the usual suspects: Holt Renfrew, Dealuxe.ca and Ssense.com, Intermix and TNT Woman.

images: Courtesy of Smythe.

i want: Moncler S Navy Yukari Coat

I’m such a huge Moncler fan after purchasing my Moncler S ‘Shihoko’ Trench coat last year. It’s my favourite spring/fall jacket right now. I really want to get a winter coat by Moncler S but that time has passed and I’m now obsessing over the spring 2012 Moncler S Navy Yukari Coat.  It’s a simple jacket but I love the asymmetric hem and drawstring.

images: ssense.com

I want- I got’s H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011- 2012 Top Picks

I’m liking the new H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection. I picked up a few pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 collection and I see a few fall pieces that I like.

This season the H&M Conscious Collection takes influences from romanticism and Swedish folklore.  The collection features recycled wool and organic fabrics like cotton , linen and hemp.

The Conscious Collection collection uses embroidery and lace this season and I’m hoping they look good in person too.

I’m never into H&M shoes but I love, love, love these booties.

The Conscious collection will be available staring October 6, 2011 at the Eaton Centre, Yorkdale and Bloor Street locations in Toronto. Other Canadian locations are Downtown Montreal, The Pacific Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown.

images: courtesy of H&M

Alex & Eli Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

Alex & Eli is an American based brand created by two Parsons graduates, Aja Singer (who is Canadian) and Anne Zeman. Their focus is suiting for women with tailored silhouettes and unusual detailing.

I knew Aja and Anne were after my heart when I started to read the style names. As an unapologetic Star Trek fan, I was delighted to see things like The Vulcan Blazer, Enterprise Pant, the Voyager Blazer, the Kirk (it’s a jacket), Transporter Skirt and the Replicator Jacket. It was doubly delightful that the clothing looked really good. Womenswear influenced by menswear with a modern twist, how could I not love this.

I finally saw a few pieces of the collection at the newly opened Intermix on Bloor Street. Great quality and looks just as good in pictures as real life.

images: courtesy of Alex & Eli

Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier Now Available

Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier

Finally the Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier collection has hit the stores.

Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier

Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier

Last week there was a trunk show at the Danier store in Yorkdale with a discount of 35% off. You bet I took advantage of that to get me some product.

Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier

Kirk and Stephen were on hand to help shoppers choose and style their Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier pieces.

Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier

I ended up purchasing the grey suede Awi Vest and the black obi belt.

Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier
This is Kirk squeezing the life out of me via their Obi belt

Check out all the photos from the Greta Constantine SKIN for Danier Trunk Show

You can take a closer look at this 6 piece collection on the Danier Website.

images: courtesy of Danier

The Celine Uniform

I received this in a Celine email blast a few weeks ago when the Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 treatments were being given to all the designer site. If I had to pick one designer to wear only, I think I could totally love the Celine uniform over and over again.  Celine is available at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street and Calgary.   I find it weird they aren’t listed on the website.

images: celine.com

Ask A Geek – Canadian Brands Making Winter Coats – Updated November 13, 2012

Cdn Spirit Down Jacket
Sometimes readers ask me questions. If they are of value to all my readers I post them online. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it using the contact form. I’ll definitely do my best to answer it.

I want – I got reader @ThebergeSwim tweeted:

@ThebergeSwim - @geekigirl I’m looking 4 a warm winter coat Preferably fashionable & NOT black. Would like to support local designer #ThebergemovestoToronto
Me – @ThebergeSwim budget?
@ThebergeSwim - @geekigirl four to six hundred. Possibly a lil more if totally awesome.

Fashionable and functional are trade off that has to be made for a Canadian winter. I tend to side with function during this time of year. My recommendation is buy a long down jacket so you don’t have to layer as much. However, here’s a selection of Canadian companies with winter jackets and coats that will cover both spectrums and between.  Some of these companies might not have fall offerings online yet, but should soon.

RUDSAK – Lots of leather options here. Montreal based but has a store on Queen Street West.

Moose Knuckles Canada – Moose Knuckles is outside of your budget but I included it because it’s Canadian.

Canada Goose. – I bash the Canada Goose a lot.  Not because of it’s function, I can say that it’s a great winter jacket.  My problem is that it seems like everyone in Toronto has one.  I call it the Toronto uniform.  I guess I just have a problem with conformity.  However, many Retailers carry the Goose including sportinglife.ca, Canadianicons.ca, Holt Renfrew and Over the Rainbow.

Downtown Down – Both Cdn Spirit and Johnny Yiu can be purchased on Downtown Down. I purchased a Cdn Spirit down jacket a few winters ago and it’s amazing.

Mackage – Montreal based but they are carried at Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and online at ssense.com

Orb Clothing – Vancouver based clothing company. Makes great winter jackets for snowsports as well as more casual options. I wore an Orb jacket during my trip to Whistler this year.

Mountain Equipment Co-op – Definitely more on the functional side but affordable.

TNA – TNA down jackets were the Canada Goose of their time with young women and teens. They aren’t as popular anymore but you’ll still see a lot of people with them. You can get these at a TNA store or Aritiza.

Soia & Kyo – More fashion than function here. If you aren’t looking for a down jacket there are lot of options here.

m0851 – Another company with great leather products. They have a store in Yorkville.

Danier – Can’t forget Danier, they’ve really upped the style quotient of late.

Joe Fresh – I don’t know how warm their down jackets are but they do make very affordable ones in bright colours. Store at Queen and Bathurst

Krane – Amazing menswear by Toronto based Ken Chow. I think women can pull the jackets off too.

Philip Sparks – I’m currently dying over this Philip Sparks coat.

UPDATE: The moron in me forgot a great Canadian Coat company, Smythe

Updates August 5, 2011
Stacey ZhangShe also has a store on Queen Street West Store on Queen street has closed. Online Shopping available on her website.

CMFR Canada – There are no retail outlets for these guys listed on the site and no online store as of yet. They have a ton of stockist now. Due West, Sydney’s, Ssense.com.

LUNDSTRÖM

Updates August 6, 2011
Ewanika – She usually has 1 or 2 styles of coats in her fall collection.

Update May 1, 2012 – This post is in dire need of a update.

Sentaler Luxury Alpaca Outerwear – Thanks for nudge to update this post

Company of Adventures – This link is dead but it’s sold at The Bay.

Toast Skirts – Not a coat really but still good for cold weather

Update November 4, 2012

OSC Cross – Designed and made in Canada. Available online

PDG by Plenty – West coast retailers house brand. Available online. Retail locations in BC

Nobis – available at The Show Room and online.

Fadedsoul.com – Just discovered this Canadian online shop where you can find brands Nobis and Moose Knuckles

Jacob – Has a selection of wool and down filled coats. Available in store and online

Update November 13, 2012

A reader let me know about Montreal based Sicily Clothing. I never heard of them before but they look like another good alternative to the Goose

Well, I think I’m tapped out of ideas but I feel I’m missing companies. Let me know in the comments!

Mark Fast for Danier

Mark Fast for Danier
The Mark Fast Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 featured a collaboration with Danier. Mark created some amazing leather pieces in the show. Some of these runway pieces have been developed into a small capsule collection for sale at Danier this fall.
Mark Fast for Danier
I missed the Danier preview and didn’t get to see the collection in person but here are my top picks of the collection.
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As you can tell I love the coats and the pants. Even the cropped leather overalls has me happy. I can see myself pairing them with my platform boots from the Gap.
Mark Fast for Danier

images: courtesy of Danier

OBJECT, George Antonopoulos x Danier Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

OBJECT by George Antonopoulos for Danier

I missed the Danier Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 preview a few weeks ago. I wanted to see the new line OBJECT created by George Antonopoulos for Danier. I had twitter to keep me updated that day as I slaved away at the office. The lookbook images are pretty damn good looking. These are my top picks from OBJECT by George Antonopoulos for Danier Fall Winter 2011 – 2012.

OBJECT  by George Antonopoulos for Danier

I didn’t know what to expect from OBJECT exactly. I know George.  His style and taste is impeccable. It would only make sense that OBJECT reflect his sensibilities.  I’m in love.

OBJECT  by George Antonopoulos for Danier

I love the contrast in textures in pieces.  The menswear influence is quite strong. I’m glad to see that I could easily wear most of this stuff to the office without much of a side glance from my coworkers.  They know me too well nowadays.

OBJECT by George Antonopoulos for Danier

OBJECT  by George Antonopoulos for Danier

I have some serious thinking to do this summer about my fall Danier purchases with OBJECT, Greta Constantine and Mark Fast coming. It might be time to expand the leather options in my wardrobe.

images: courtesy of Danier

i got: Moncler S ‘Shihoko’ Trench

Moncler S 'Shihoko' Cape Style Trench

Moncler and Chitose Abe of Sacai came together to create the Moncler S capsule collection. Think Sacai sensibility and Moncler quality and functionality. I’m in love with the line. I was lusting over the Moncler S ‘Shihoko’ trench coat. It has this beautiful cape detail that gives it a lot of volume. You can wear it in a number of different ways. I needed a proper trench coat and I didn’t want to get Burberry. I loved the army green colour. It’s not khaki.
Moncler S 'Shihoko' Cape Style Trench

I stared at the jacket while it sat on the rack at full price. I contemplated the purchase but never followed through. This past weekend I noticed it on sale at Holt Renfrew and decided I would buy myself a birthday present. Toronto is getting some sub 20 days coming up so I plan on taking this jacket out for a proper workout.

images: www.farfetch.com

DANIER x Greta Constantine SKIN Launch Party

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch

DANIER x Greta Constantine collection is so good. I had no inside access to these designs this time around.  So, the debut of the collection at the Neubacher Shor Contemporary gallery was a complete surprise. The gallery is a beautiful space with adjustable white walls, a huge window and exposed brick. It’s a great space for hanging artwork with the high ceilings.

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch

The six look collection ranges in price from $399 for a sleeveless bolero with exaggerated lapel to $999 for an asymmetrical, draped coat with rounded back. Key colour motifs include black, slate, eggplant, walnut, and lava, in a variety of fabrics ranging from Italian lamb leather to silky suede. As part of the capsule, Kirk and Stephen designed a contemporary take on the obi belt, a welcome addition to each look.

“We sought to find a happy medium between fashion and function; to offer silhouettes that were appealing to the eye and still flattering on a variety of different body types,” explain Kirk and Stephen.

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch

The collection features several jacket types in leather and suede options. All the jackets came in different colour ways. There were two long jackets style:  a suede asymmetrical draped coat with a raw edge ($549) and a leather asymmetrical draped coat with rounded back ($999). The two shorter jackets include a suede asymmetrical draped coat  and an asymmetrical kimono style wrap coat ($869).  Kirk and Stephen also designed the perfect leather obi belt to go with all the garments.  Out of all the jackets, I really fell in love with the grey suede asymmetrical draped coat with a raw edge.  The short purple asymmetrical draped coat has a strong siren song too.

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch
Long grey suede coat with raw edge

Rounding out the collection was a leather shift dress ($499) in slate grey, red and black options. The sleeveless Sleeveless bolero with exaggerated lapel ($349) is the perfect little topper. It’s my second favourite piece in the collection.

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch
asymmetrical kimono style wrap coat

The high ceilings and white walls were perfect for the debut of  the DANIER x Greta Constantine SKIN ad campaign.  Long time Greta collaborator, Gabor Jurina shot the campaign.  It featured newbie model, 17-year-old Madison(Ford).

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch
Sleeveless bolero with exaggerated lapel

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch

The DANIER x Greta Constantine SKIN collection will be available in 20 DANIER stores nationally for mid-August. International fans can rejoice as you will be able to order the collection online at DANIER.com.

Danier x Greta Constantine Skin Launch
Natalie wears the slate grey shift dress with the obi belt

The wonderful DANIER x Greta Constantine SKIN collaboration is a great signal of things to come.  Press previews for Mark Fast and OBJECT by George Antonopoulos are coming up in the next few weeks.

See all photos from the DANIER x Greta Constantine SKIN Launch Party

Photos for I want – I got by Paul Baik www.paulbaik.com

i want: Opening Ceremony x Pendelton Spring Summer 2011

I’m still enjoying this collaboration. Opening Ceremony x Pendelton Spring Summer 2011 collection has some great pieces.

Opening Ceremony x Pendelton Spring Summer 2011
These wool Ruffle Bottom shorts are so cute.  It looks like a little skirt.  The colour combination is just perfect.

Opening Ceremony x Pendelton Spring Summer 2011

This wool Print Felt Jacket is another fun piece.  I love that it’s cropped.  Cropped jackets go well with maxi dresses and are perfect for spring summer layering

Opening Ceremony x Pendelton Spring Summer 2011

The Cropped Knit Poncho is made from cotton but a wool version would be great in winter.  I just like the pattern and shape of this item.

images: ssense.com

Stacey Zhang Toronto Boutique Launch Party

Stacey Zhang Toronto Boutique Launch Party

Montreal based designer, Stacey Zhang has opened a boutique in Toronto. She’s chosen a strip of Queen Street West that was independent boutique friendly until the corporations moved in many years ago. It’s a brave move to  complete for foot traffic with Zara, H&M and the Gap.

Stacey Zhang Toronto Boutique Launch Party

Stacey Zhang aims to provide stylish women with affordable,ready-to-wear collections that are ethically produced and limited in quantity, maximizing the time and care spent in creating each garment. Known for highly detailed and structurally unique clothing, Stacey Zhang features styles ranging from fun, flirty dresses to sharp business attire to feminine, chic casual wear. With organic cottons, relaxed linens, luxurious silks, wool and sustainable bamboo as staples of past collections, the designer is also known for her impeccable selection of fabric. She is continually researching practical ways to replace fabrics with more ecologically sound and sustainable threads. Both Montreal and Toronto boutiques feature a wide variety of unique accessories handpicked by Stacey on her travels throughout Europe and Asia.

Stacey Zhang Toronto Boutique Launch Party

Stacey plans to make the shopping experience at the Toronto location much like Montreal. The shop host regular cocktails and shopping events where clients can meet Stacey. The first of those events was the boutique launch party. The boutique features a minimal design and a glowing “stretch” ceiling feature that adds warm pink light to the space. The boutique design was a collaboration between Stacey and CS Design, a Montreal based architectural lighting firm. The boutique had great floor to ceiling mirrors in the back where the roomy change rooms are.

Stacey Zhang Toronto Boutique Launch Party

I gravitated to some of Stacey’s spring summer 2011 outerwear and I’ve included shots of my favourite pieces.

Stacey Zhang Toronto Boutique Launch Party

Stacey Zhang Boutique
292 Queen Street West
Toronto

i want: Drawstring Parka by Muttonhead Apparel

Drawstring Parka by Muttonhead Apparel

Muttonhead Apparel started following me on twitter. When a clothing company follows me I usually check out their site to see what’s up. I was pretty intrigued as the are based in Toronto and they are doing a unisex line.
Drawstring Parka by Muttonhead Apparel

The Drawstring Parka parka caught my eye. I can’t get enough of parkas. It’s made out of hemp, organic cotton, recycled leather and denim.  There are a variety of colours: the traditional army green, olive, black and maroon.  There is also a maroon option in a waterproof breathable fabric that is listed as Epic.

You can purchase Muttonhead in Toronto at
The Future of Frances Watson
1390 Queen Street West

Or at their studio by appointment (email info@muttonheadcollective.com)
163 Sterling Road, Unit 9B

I want – I got takes Vancouver and Whistler – Visiting Orb Clothing

Orb Clothing Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Preview

During the Vancouver portion of my trip, I visited Orb’s Vancouver flagship store and headquarters. Orb is a Vancouver based women’s sport lifestyle clothing line that started in 2001. Orb is part of the Global Collective Design company, established by Vancouverites by Glenn Taylor and Leslie Lee in 1992. The Global Collective Design company now has two labels that they design and produce: Arson and Orb.  The two brands also have sub brands Orion and Orb Outerwear.

Orb is empowered. The intent of Orb is to inspire all to live empowered lives of generosity; creating and attracting brilliance, beauty and well-being. The Orb design triad of mind, body and soul represents an active, fashion-forward lifestyle, designed to enhance the momentum of people engaged in living purposeful lives – to live like you mean it!

Orb Clothing Spring Summer 2011

Orb is very big on corporate responsibility and have implemented ways of reducing waste in their business practices. You can read more about those initiatives on the Orb website. They also have manufacturing initiatives to reduce harmful chemicals. They also incorporate organic cotton, polyester from bamboo, and recycled polyester content in their clothing.

Orb Clothing Spring Summer 2011

I learned a bit about the company during my visit and got a tour of the new spring summer 2011 collection. Of course, I had to play a bit of dress up too. The collection is west coast style casual. Easy going, a bit girly and comfortable.

Orb Clothing Spring Summer 2011

This season is teaming with wearable, feminine fabrics, mens suit tailoring and gorgeous accents. We cannot wait for your feedback and are excited to support you as we all transition into the Fall season.
Mind: A collection inspired this season by mystical worldly themes. Mineral textured prints, tribal graphics and prismatic displays create a bright, bold, new and exciting silhouettes.
Body: This collection is designed after the athleticism and femininity of a ballerina. Two strong characteristics working together create a truly beautiful presence.
Soul: The romance and discovery come through in this vintage inspired collection. An elegance combined with modern simplicity echoes the excitement of finding a new place for thought, growth and exploration.(source)

Orb Clothing Spring Summer 2011

My favourite pieces of the collection were the jackets and hoodies. Actually, the blazer inspired modified fleece jacket called the Loft in the photo above has replaced my Wilfred Diderot Sweater as my most favourite comfy fleece sweater. Orb generously gave me the Loft sweater and Sonora slouchy t-shirt in the very on trend cantaloupe colour from their Spring collection.

Orb Clothing Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Preview

Orb Outerwear is the technical outerwear component to the brand which revolves around snow sports of course. Their aim is to produce quality technical snow gear living up to Orb’s corporate responsibility standards. Snowboarding is the snow sport of choice and they sponsor several women riders each year. The Fall Winter 2011 collection was on the 2nd floor of the store and I got a little sneak peek at what’s to come in the next season.

Orb Clothing Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Preview

Orb Clothing Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Preview

The fall winter 2011 collection of outerwear continues to bring bright colours with a good number of neon pieces. Neon is the biggest trend I saw on the mountain this year. It wasn’t as popular during my last trip in 2008 and it’s exploded in 2011. I saw it everywhere and I really, really enjoyed it. I want bright and obnoxious ski outerwear now. I would even like to have neon equipment and be a bright beacon on the mountain. I bet you could even see me in the worst of whiteout conditions.

Whistler

Since it was a skiing trip, Orb also gave me an Esther jacket and Patrol base layer. The ocean green of the jacket matched with the magenta of my K2 pants perfectly. The jacket and base layer combined with other gear were a perfect combo. I was never cold or damn and sweaty. The only thing I didn’t like were the snap buttons. They were hard to close when you had gloves on. Eventually one popped off which surprised me a lot. It wasn’t in a real strategic location so I just shrugged and continued on with my activities. The Esther jacket wasn’t a very technical jacket as it was more street style designed. I’m very curious to see what their higher end technical jackets perform like next season. I think they’d be very good.

See all the photos from my visit to Orb in Vancouver

There are a few shops in the GTA that carry Orb, you can find them and some online retailers on the website.
See all my Whistler Photos on flickr.com and Videos on vimeo.com

Danier Spring Summer 2011

DANIER SS2011
Danier Spring Summer 2011 Campaign

I attended the Danier Spring Summer 2011 preview a few months back and got to play with some of the pieces that will be available in store soon.

Exploration is central this season, unveiled through safari silhouettes and tribal details. Graphic animal prints and exotic Moroccan-inspired embroidery are incorporated into accessories, while utilitarian items like a leather trench or slim-cut bomber are sure to be adopted as wardrobe staples for the season.
Accessories and garments in an upbeat palette of poppy, fuchsia, violet, teal and citrus make for daring dressing this season. Using colour as the inspiration and statement point of an outfit, DANIER’s collection invites a pop of interest into your wardrobe with a multitude of hothouse hues. Whether it’s a bright and bold accessory or an eye-popping bomber, this season colour takes center stage.
Finally, sporting gear is made glamorous with the new take on athletic chic. A lineup of slick sports-style separates make up this season’s all stars. From striped hoodies and tanks too cool for the gym, to micro shorts and perforated skirts to show off great gams, these easy, pared-down pieces are essentials to off-duty dressing

Danier SS11 Preview

Colour is very big for Danier this season and I’m happy to see other choices than your standard black and brown available.

Danier SS11 Preview

I really like the ombre treatment on this jacket.

Danier SS11 Preview

This ivory leather trench coat is one of the standouts of the season. I predict this one will sell out pretty quickly.

Danier SS11 Preview

Be on the lookout for the Ombré leather bustier with petit ruffles, Leather short shorts and Leather circle skirt.

Here is a slideshow of the photos I took at the Preview.

i want: Tila Sleevless Jacket by Club Monaco

Tila Sleevless Jacket by Club Monaco
Obsessed is a good way to describe how I feel about the Club Monaco Tila sleevless jacket. The oracle helped me breakdown the perfect looks to pair with it as I was stumped. Now I see them paired with a white shirt and my Gap wide leg trouser jeans (courtesy of Gap).
Tila Sleevless Jacket by Club Monaco

From the picture, it could also work with an easy summer dress. A tunic and leggings would be a good bet also.

images: clubmonaco.com

i want: Gap Spring Summer 2011

Gap Spring Summer 2011
There are a few things from Gap’s spring summer 2011 collection I have my eyes on. I love the Pale Denim ruffle top. It reminds me of Lanvin a little bit. The Chambray denim hooded parka will be a good substitute for that Lanvin x Acne denim jacket I never bought. The white skirt is heavily influenced by Jil Sander’s spring summer 2011 silhouette. It wasn’t a silhouette that I liked at first but it has been growing.

Danier Design Challenge Winner – Andrea Dineen

I had two favourites for the Danier Design Challenge out of the Top 10 finalists. Last week, I attended the award ceremony and discovered if any of my choices were correct.

DANIER Design Challenge

The winners, announced by DANIER CEO, Jeffrey Wortsman, received cash prizing in the amount of: $2,000 split between two third-place winners; Robyn Gemzik from Calgary and Meghan Erin from Edmonton); $3,000 for second-place, Ottawa native, Jessica Tep; and $5,000 for first-place winner Andrea Dineen, who fused her fine art background from London, Ontario with a fresh fashion design perspective to snag the top seat. Dineen’s design will also be sold in select DANIER retail locations across the country this coming fall, offering immeasurable exposure to this young design talent.

DANIER Design Challenge
Top 4: (left) Meghan Erin, Robyn Gemzik, Andrea Dineen, and Jessica Tep with Jeffrey Wortsman, President and CEO of DANIER

I was right with my one choice, Andrea Dineen. Her jacket was just so beautiful and detailed. I thought Danier would pass on it because of the production value. I’m so glad that didn’t affect the decision making. I’m going to want this jacket myself come fall.

DANIER Design Challenge

” I am extremely honoured to have my work chosen as the winner of this competition; I am thrilled at the thought that my design will be on sale at DANIER this fall and can’t wait to see it being worn on the street.” said Andrea Dineen

DANIER Design Challenge | Garment by Andrea Dineen

I love the Danier Design Challenge. It’s great to see the student’s garments and their creativity.

DANIER Design Challenge

“We are excited to see that the second year of our DANIER DESIGN CHALLENGE with Ryerson University’s School of Fashion has once again unveiled such amazing young talent. We hope that this competition will serve as the Canadian public’s first introduction to the next generation of great Canadian designers. ” said DANIER CEO, Jeffrey Wortsman.

DANIER Design Challenge

I took some video of the ceremony.

See my photos from the event.

images: myself and courtesy of Danier

Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer 2011

Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer 2011

There are a couple designers whose spring jackets I covet. One is the Issey Mikyake nylon parka. It’s absolute perfection. I bought a knockoff from Zara many years ago but it hasn’t stopped the lust for the original. The second is Christopher Raeburn. I love his style.

Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer 2011

Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer 2011

Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer 2011

Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer 2011

Check out this Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer 2011 video.

images: londonfashionweek.co.uk, treehugger.com, ecouterre.com


Playing in Jeremy Laing Spring Summer 2011

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.

Jeremy Laing Spring Summer 2011

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.

Jeremy Laing Spring Summer 2011

So I played in some coats.  They were voluminous but the ties allowed for customization.  The above photo I have the ties loose.

Jeremy Laing Spring Summer 2011

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.

Jeremy Laing Spring Summer 2011

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.

Jeremy Laing Spring Summer 2011

I love the hand woven leather pieces. They were fairly heavy too. It has a very military feeling, like the netting they sometimes use.

I’m curious to see what Holt Renfrew brings in for spring summer 2011 from Jeremy. Check out Jeremy’s stockist page, it’s growing. 🙂

Tron Legacy x Opening Ceremony

Tron Legacy Opening Ceremony 2010

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.

Tron Legacy Opening Ceremony 2010

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.

Tron Legacy Opening Ceremony 2010

You can get the Tron Legacy x Opening Ceremony collection online at Opening Ceremony.

images: openingceremony.us

Hudson Collection Social

Hudson Collection Social

The Hudson COLLECTION launched at Holt Renfrew with a Social that included a DJ, mocktails and models. Hudson reps were on hand to talk about this exclusive to Holt Renfrew collection with customers and help them discover the perfect pair.

Hudson Collection Social

It was my first time seeing the collection in person and I’m a fan. I even purchased a great tank top with an asymmetrical tail on it. It reminds me of coattails and I can’t wait to bust it out. I’m thinking a pre-LGFW debut or perhaps during LGFW.

Hudson Collection Social

My favourite pieces of the collection were the D.I.Y style denim that incorporated leather into waistbands and hems. Of course these were the most expensive denim pieces, ha. My eyes and hands are drawn to expensive. There are lots of skinny leg options in the collection. The tops were versatile. The cowl neck long sleeved top and the tank can be worn in many different ways. I live for stuff like that.

Hudson Collection Social

I loved the jackets, in particular the wool jacket with the large cowl that doubled as a hood. It also can be worn multiple ways. The beautiful models posed for photographer extraordinaire George Pimentel and even took photos with fans. I don’t know how they managed to do all this in those crazy platform heels. I love heels but even they made my feet hurt just from looking at them.

Hudson Collection Social

I was there live tweeting the event. You can view those posts if you search for #hudsonCollection on twitter. I tried to showcase as much of the product on and you can find many images with me playing dress up. I didn’t try on any of the denim though and I kinda regret it now. I did have lots of fun with the jackets.

Here’s my Hudson COLLECTION Social Outfit Breakdown: Denim by Hudson, Zara tshirt, Dean Davidson necklace, Aldo Shoes, Juma blazer and scarf.

I took a little video with my Blackberry Torch of the Hudson imagery at the store. The video quality isn’t bad at all.

The Hudson COLLECTION is still available at Holt Renfrew and is available at the Bloor, Yorkdale and Vancouver locations. Prices for the line range from $145 – $995. Jeans average around $400.

images: George Pimentel