Lookbook – Greta Constantine Fall Winter 2008 – 2009

I get sent a few lookbooks. I’ll post the ones from the designers I like here. To make these posts more interactive, I want you readers to guess which of the looks are my favourites. Leave your guesses in the comments.

My first lookbook post is dedicated to Toronto based, Greta Constantine. Click the thumbnails to see larger images. Once the larger image is displayed use the arrows to move between images.

Where to buy:
Holt Renfrew


Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

268 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY 10012
phone +1 212 431 7866
toll free +1 866 239 6779

7374 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
phone +1 323 965 0098

The easiest way to my heart is through a Hermes Scarf

I posted about my lust for Hermes scarves way, way back in 2006 and I’ve decided to revisit that. The Fall Winter 2008 – 2009 collection is influenced by India and there are lot of elephant motives everywhere. My Mom would be dying, she loves elephants.

I’ve reposted the history of the Hermes scarf and some facts. It takes 2 years and 250 silk cocoons to make a 90 centimeter square scarf. The details are behind the cut if you are interested.

i want: Mackage Fall 2008 Jackets

Jackets from Mackage

I need another jacket like I need a hole in the head but these two from Mackage are pretty nice. The one with the architectural collar is wool. The other is nylon and packable. I like the idea of being able to pack up a jacket. I have a packable but it’s a lot more utilitarian and not very fashion.

Mackage has a brand new online store now too.

images: mackage.com

I’ve been talking to reporters again

This time I’m in the National Post in the story called: Fall fashion wishlist: What I want right now

It’s that time again. You know, “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” But for many of us, it’s also hunting season. Fall fashion-hunting season, that is. September’s fashion mags are full to bursting with images of impossibly lanky people – with apparently bottomless pocketbooks and no end of leisure – striding forth into the brisk autumn air dressed in riding boots, designer jackets and loads of cashmere. Who are these people and how can they afford this stuff? Do they not have day jobs? It’s not that we can’t enjoy the fantasy, but what we really want to know is what stylish people with real jobs intend to buy this fall. So Vivian Vassos asked more than a dozen fashionistas across the country, from editors to stylists to retailers, to fill us in on their personal shopping lists for the season.

Click the link to read the article and see what I’m lusting for this fall.

The Balenciaga Influence – shoe trends

It’s interesting to watch the progression of a trend. Example the Balenciaga Lego shoe. I’ve been wondering how long it would take to filter down to mass market level. Here is a rough timeline:

Feburary 2007 – Balenciaga debuts the shoe during the Fall/Winter 2007 – 2008 runway show.
Balenciaga Fall 2007 Collection - Shoes

June 2007 – Beyonce is spotting in the C3PO leggings. A few months later she is sporting the lego shoes; paparazzi fodder. I groan.
Beyonce in Balenciaga

April 2008 – Steve Madden did the more literal version of the Balenciaga Lego shoes, they are absolute monstrosities.
Steve Madden Shoe Spring Summer 2008

Today – September 2008 – Now good old Aldo is doing the inspired version. So can still see the influence though.

i want: Alexander McQueen and Puma shoes

Alexander McQueen and Puma shoes

The collaboration seems to be doing very well. It’s expanded to include many style for men and for women. I’m a fan of these 3 styles. Yup, this shoe is pretty tame in my books. I wear my Vegas shoes a lot and they are way more obnoxious. The dude in jacflash noticed them; he was an Adidas head too. There aren’t too many of us around. I haven’t seen them here and I kinda like that.

images: alexandermcqueen.puma.com

Balenciaga Edition Fall Winter 2008 – 2009

Balenciaga Edition Fall Winter 2008 – 2009

This sounds very interesting and very expensive.

The Fall Winter 2008 – 2009 Balenciaga Ready-To-Wear Collection has developed a line “Balenciaga Edition”.

The design studio selected ten designs from the house archives of Cristobal Balenciaga’s Haute Couture collections dating between 1940 & 1967. Their development is focused on a meticulous research of the original fabrics and construction and replicating them with current manufacturing techniques.

Each piece will carry a special label and tag stating the original date of design to identify this collection.”

images: balenciaga.com

i want: Jonathan Saunders silk skirt and shirt

Jonathan Saunders silk skirt and shirt

I love this skirt and shirt combination by Jonathan Saunders.

The draping on the skirt is fantastic along with the colour combination.

It’s looks a lot better on Net-a-Porter than did it on the runway in the spring.

Jonathan Saunders is actually available in Toronto at Scarlet Boutique. More info on Scarlet Boutique here on Toronto Life.

images: net-a-porter.com, style.com

Miu Miu Fall Winter 2008 – 2009 Ad Campaign

The Miu Miu campaign is out and while Vanessa looks beautiful, she can’t help make those clothes look any better. I do love the shoe ads though.

The first ones are obnoxious enough. I wonder if they are too forward for T.O. and I’ll see these come Now or Never.
via the Fashion Spot – Miu Miu F/W 08.09 : Vanessa Paradis by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
images: same source