One of my favourite labels Phi is shutting down. Their amazing Spring 2010 collection never went into production. When I’m in Holt Renfrew I look at the final few pieces of Phi and mourn a little. It seemed they were just hitting their stride. For the last few seasons, Phi had been pumping out some drool worthy collections.
Seeing this Phi Fall 2009 ad campaign by Steven Meisel prompted me to write this post. Not only did Phi have great clothing, I loved the ad campaigns. Phi Fall 2009 featured my fav, Sasha.
Phi was one of the shows I saw in NYC at fashion week. It was my first viewing of the super popular models of Spring 2009 like Sasha P, Freja, Kinga, Irina, Hye, Suvi and Natasha. I was in awe of these people. It was then I learned that my instinct not to compare myself to these people was correct. They are freaks of nature (the a good way) and most people will never look like them.
How can we forgot the beautiful Art Deco inspired ad campaign for Spring 2009.
I also like the Fall 2008 campaign.
You have seen photos of my Erdem dress during |FAT|. It was a super find at the Hazel Liquidation Sale. It was 90% off coming in at a cool $73.
It’s from the Fall 2008 collection. The show has other garments in the same print, but not this simple dress design.
Erdem is known for his prints and they are breathtaking. I could frame this dress and be very happy looking at the print, but it’s much more fun to wear.
Erdem can be found at The Room in The Bay.
Photo Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got
I wanted Members Only Liquid Leggings back in July of 2008. They were priced at $98.00 (yikes!!!) and available at Urban Outfitters. Today I found them on sale at Urban Outfitters for 20 bucks. Score!!!
They really do feel a little weird. I don’t anticipate they breathe much, but they aren’t as bad as the American Apparel versions. I can’t help but love them, they are so obnoxious.
I recently purchased some Superfine Denim on sale at Jonathan + Olivia. The style name was Liberty and it came with black sheen. They almost looked like pants instead of jeans.
I don’t have any pictures of myself in them so I leave you with Doutzen being Doutzen instead. They are a great fitting pair of jeans. I have yet to wash them so I’m not sure how the colour and fabric treatment will fare afterwards. We shall see.
Market research – Tokyo
Although not part of its cultural tradition, Japan fully embraces the fun – and commercial spirit – of Christmas. As the festive season draws nearer, Monocle’s house model hits the streets to fill his basket for a toasty night with an equally hot companion.
Monocle’s male editorials are my favourite right now. See previous.
Raphael Young shoes
How can you not resist a shoe inspired by Icarus.
Spring 2009, inspired by the samurai, looks like it will be just as interesting.
See more photos from the Fall Winter 2008 collection.
images: iqons.com/raphael+young and SS09 Preview images via Dazed Digital | S/S 09 Accessories Preview: Shoe Gazing
It was starting to get cold in Toronto and I needed a puffy down jacket. I have a lot of wool jackets that require way too many layers in the winter. I wanted a jacket that I could wear without a lot of layers. My ski jacket is down, but it’s not long enough.
It happened to be Buy Local Week when I started to I decided that I would buy a Canadian made jacket. My choices were slim, Canada Goose or CDN Spirit. I decided on the Cdn Spirit because Canada Goose is just too expensive, double the price.
I’m very, very happy with my purchase. The jacket is super warm and the fleece cuffs are a nice touch and keeps the wind from blowing up my sleeves. Cdn Spirit is carried by Sporting Life and Holly’s Fashions. I got mine at the Holly’s Fashion shop in the TD Centre.
The picture isn’t the best because I’m pretty lazy right now and can’t be bothered to take one.
Jean Claude Jitrois leather pants
Leather pants on are Nina Garcia’s 100, but I would usually say pass on them. However, french designer, Jean Claude Jitrois has changed my mind.
Jonathan Kelsey shoes
These boots have a armadillo quality to them that I enjoy.
When I was in NYC for the Spring 2008 collections I remember picking up a pair of Jonathan’s shoes to try on. They didn’t have my size and I had no idea how much they cost at that point or I wouldn’t have bothered.
Jonthan Kelsey is available at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street.
Nicholas Kirkwood shoes
These are not for the faint of fashion. Kirkwood is genius.
An alumnus of prestigious design schools Central Saint Martin’s and Cordwainers, 27-year-old British designer Nicholas Kirkwood launched his eponymous collection in Spring 2005. The collection of architecturally inspired pieces with a blend of genres subverting the relationship between tradition and modernity instantly won the attention of Grace Jones, Daphne Guinness, the late Isabella Blow and Cecilia Dean of Visionaire as well as rave reviews from industry insiders…Kirkwood’s shoe making talent has meant he is much sought after by the design community. Recently French fashion house ChloÃ© employed him to consult on their AW 07 collection. Kirkwood has collaborated with an array of established and emerging designers including Gareth Pugh, Zac Posen, Phillip Lim, Doo Ri, Boudicca, Belstaff, Basso & Brooke and Louise Goldin.(source)
Nicholas Kirkwood is available in Toronto at
29 Bellair St. (at York ville Ave.)
416 964 141
images: Nicholas Kirkwood
I wrote about a video presentation in the post Coming Soon by Yohji Yamamoto – Fall Winter 2008 video. I was upset because I couldn’t embed the video. Well now I can, so for your viewing pleasure here is Coming Soon, Fall/Winter 2008 video presentation.
[quicktime width=”500″ height=”270″]http://www.showstudio.com/projects/comingsoon/mp4/yohji_yamamoto_fallwinter_08.mp4[/quicktime]
video via showstudio.com/project/comingsoon
Pierre Hardy Colorama 2 is back for fall 2008
In June 2008, a new limited edition COLORAMA 2 of only 500 pairs will be sold in a selection of the best stores worldwide.
For its second edition, the colorama’s design is about a disco stained glass, in a pop version, with metallic leather. Each elements constituting the shoe is in a different color, treated in contrasted & random tint areas. Metallics colors shine like precious stones : silver, carbone, rubis, orange, amethyst, sapphire, aquamarine.
Paris â€” PIERRE HARDY â€” Jardin du Palais Royal, 156 Galerie de Valois, 75001
London â€” Dover Street Market
Berlin â€” The Corner
Barcelone â€” 2046 shoes
Madrid â€” This and This
Copenhagen â€” Storm
New York â€” Barney’s, Jeffrey
Tokyo â€” Isetan
Saint Petersburg â€” Day & Night
Beijing â€” On Pedder
Hong Kong â€” On Pedder
Ash ‘Lenny’ Boot
My pair of dependable black heeled boots failed in November sometime. The heel started to bend in the opposite direction and walking was not fun. It was time to replace them. They had a good run, almost 2 years I think. I wore the hell out of them too.
The decision to get the Ash ‘Lenny’ Boot wasn’t a straight path. I first bought a pair of boots from B2, they weren’t perfect but they worked. Then in the same weekend I saw the Ash ones at Holt Renfrew. It was friends and family weekend too and I had 25% off. So, I bought the Ash boots, which ended up being cheaper than the ones from B2. I returned the other boots to B2 when I returned to work on Monday. I should have looked at Holt’s first for boots; they do have some mid range boots that aren’t ridiculously expensive.
I can see myself wearing either of these shoes to the office.
Lanvin Cone heel pumps
Lanvin Metallic pointed pumps
The box they come in is divine.
Roberto Cavalli Cady Chinoise dress
This is one of the nicest dresses that could ever have a Cavalli label. It has a beautiful low V-back (click the link and you can see the other images). I can’t believe the price tag either, $3,005!!!!! For Cavalli, are you kidding me!!!!
Karl Lagerfeld Bear
I’m a big fan of the Kaiser.
One of the world’s most iconic toy companies, Steiff, has paired with one of the world’s most iconic fashion designers, Karl Lagerfeld, to create the most fashionable teddy bear on the planet. Less than 2,500 made and sold worldwide.
Limited-edition Karl Lagerfeld Steiff bear includes:14.5″H bear with jointed limbs, constructed of the finest alpaca wool. A miniature outfit designed in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, including black denim jeans, flannel jacket, white shirt, SwarovskiÂ® crystal-studded silken tie, leather belt with SwarovskiÂ® crystal-studded KL buckle, and tailor-made leather boots. Miniature sunglasses in the style Karl Lagerfeld himself wears. Special black-and-white gift box with KL and Steiff logos.Scribble of the bear, drawn and signed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Roberto Cavalli Turquoise cocktail ring/a>
I’m all about the huge cocktail rings of late. This is a beauty.
I tried on the YSL Tribute boot at Holt’s on the weekend. I’m in love with this thing.
MINT jodi arnold Rose mini dress
EDIT: I saw this in a shop in Yorkville last week. It’s Leimay, 101 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto. Ontario, 416-721-2088
Virginia Johnson Fall Winter 2008 – 2009 Lookbook