Daniela, owner of Chasse Gardee, is an accessories pusher. I was in the store one day and she showed me samples from the Beau Coops x Karen Walker Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection. They are now my newest obsession and I can’t wait till the shipment comes in so I can get myself a pair of the white leather brogues.Â Shush now, I know I already own a pair of white derby shoes by Rokin.Â Hmm, the Rokin’s were from Chasse Gardee too.
Beau Coops is a London based footwear label designed by Carrie Cooper. Cooper’s designs are influenced by unisex dressing, menswear and androgyny. The label produces sculptural platform wedges, lace-up brogues and contrast toe ankle boots.
I’m all over Prada Spring Summer 2011 right now. I love the collection and accessories. The video ad campaign is on loop at my house. Prada is good at the marketing that goes into the brand. The spring summer 2011 collection sold me on the runway. The video and print ad campaign turned it into lust. Prada had a great lookbook for fall winter 2010 – 2011 which they recreated in video form. I’m hoping something like this happens for spring summer too.
When clogs came back into fashion I dismissed them. I’ll never wear these. It’s something I say to myself often and the opposite is usually the result. My thirst for platforms has brought me to Jeffrey Campbell and the Solvang Clog, which I bought at Chasse Gardee on Boxing Day. It’s a very comfortable shoe and gives me that extra height.
I was walking around on Queen Street West and decided to stop into Robber. I ended up getting some tights from Hansel from Basel.
Hansel from Basel is an independent legwear company based in Los Angeles, California. Inspired by the small and lovely details of everyday life, our goal is to create subtle yet beautiful socks, tights, leggings, and accessories.
I like the tights a lot but they do run on the very small side. I bought the m/l size and I’m pushing the limits of the garment. Take it as a word of warning.
There are times when I stare at my shoe collection looking for a simple heel. This always happens when I’m looking for something dressy or black tie. I like these Paloma Satin Platform Pumps by Charlotte Olympia ones because they have a platform and are pretty neutral but the little detail on the heel makes them different.
Charlotte Olympia is available at The Room by The Hudson’s Bay.
So, Denis Gagnon partnered with Bedo last August to created a little capsule collection. I managed to grab myself two dresses from the collection when the markdown season started. I didn’t get any of the iconic pieces that I’ve seen people sporting but I do like my drapy tunic/dresses. I treat this dress more like a tunic right now and pair it with leggings and boots.
This was taken at Parts and Labour for the TOMMY dinner party that was hosted by Jeanne Beker. I’m standing with Tiyana Grulovic who is a Fashion Editor at the Globe and Mail.
AC: Why did you start an online magazine?
JS: The intent with PULP was to start a magazine with a new voice, a place where new ideas could be touched on through images and long editorials. It became online since that was the best way to self publish a magazine of this nature, but it has also allowed us to get a following and to reach an international audience. Online magazines are becoming more and more relevant, people want to look at new information and imagery faster than ever, and online magazines have the ability to deliver that. Now after 2 issues online we are looking at going to print for Issue #3 as well as maintaining a strong online presence.
AC: Can you elaborate on the theme of Issue 2, Individualism?
JS: The theme for Issue #2, Individualism, felt important at this time to us because of 2 reasons: 1. we’ve noticed lately that people are interested in the story behind the picture, and that to us meant that interesting models, designers are in the spotlight not just for what they look like or what their clothes look like but also who they are and their personal philosophy. 2. we felt it was important to send a message about doing what you believe in and being yourself. SO our issue revolved around our subjects instead of the other way around, and we chose interesting models like veteran Tasha Tilberg, fresh new face Charlie Paille, one of a kind beauty Tara Gill and designer Rad Hourani, whose take on fashion couldn’t be more about Individualism.
There are a couple videos out there showcasing the HermÃ¨s Holiday Windows for 2010. The French version is displayed below. The English version is hosted on youtube but it won’t play as an embedded video. You can see the English version here. (EDIT – The link is working now)
I might not live in NYC but Bergdorf Goodman were nice enough to send me pictures and information about their 2010 holiday windows called Wish You Were Here.
Reminiscent of a patinated Vaudeville stage set, “The Scenic Routeâ€ features an antique caboose pulling out of the station. A hand painted moving backdrop animates the scene while a mannequin dressed in an Oscar de la Renta gown makes her exit stage right.
“Full Speed Aheadâ€ takes viewers inside a ship rolling gently on a sea voyage. Amidst a lavish collection of nautical antiques, a mannequin clad in a one-of-a-kind striped outfit by designer Naeem Khan keeps company with an international cadre of miniature antique sailors..
“Day Trippingâ€ invites viewers to come along for a spur-of-the-moment jaunt to the moon. The glittery lunar dreamscape is inspired by the 1902 silent film, “Le Voyage Dans La Luneâ€ by Georges Melies, plus a generous dose of mid-century touches a la Flash Gordon and an aquatic nod to Jules Verne.
In “A Guided Tour,â€ a gigantic gold and ivory wooden Pegasus set against a hand painted medieval-style mural illustrates an especially glamorous method of air travel.
In the final window a Victorian-style flying machine has been inventively concocted out of bicycle and carriage parts and components from a vintage hot air balloon. Attended by a team of uniformed simian grease monkeys, it’s clearly “Ready For Takeoff.â€
There is also a video about the making of the windows.
I’m not a big fan of the holiday season but I love Holiday/Christmas windows. First up is Holt Renfrew’s Happy Christmas windows. Happy Christmas is a very English saying that works because the Weston’s (Holt Renfrew’s owners) are British.
“We took the most iconic symbol of Christmas, the tree, and featured it running lengthwise through every window in our stores across the countryâ€ says John Gerhardt, Creative Director of Holt Renfrew. “Each window features characters attending holiday festivities: from party guests unloading their wares for a traditional Christmas dinner, to friends and family bringing their gifts for under the tree wrapped in Holt Renfrew’s iconic magenta boxesâ€ Gerhardt says, “These vignettes mimic the frenzied and fantastical chaos of this most exciting time of year.â€
There was no fanfare this year. No party or special musical guest. The 2010 holiday windows goes back to the throw everything and the kitchen sink approach that I love.
My favourite windows are still from 2006, Merry Making Mischief and I wrote about them at blogTO. I also liked 2009’s minimal windows with the snowmen.
During the summer I was invited to the Greta Constantine Fall Winter 2010 campaign photoshoot. It was all hush, hush and I couldn’t release any photos till after the official launch. The campaign stars the lovely Tara Gill and was shot by Gabor Jurina. I got photos and videos of the backstage goings on.
I got a couple good shots of Tara myself. She’s a beautiful woman.
See more behind the scenes shots in the slideshow.
Greta Constantine is available in Canada at Holt Renfrew. Greta Constantine Atelier is available at Rac Boutique.
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.Â I really like the shoes and the laser cut details on the skirt and dress.Â The collection is very colourful which I love.
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.
This is a good looking, classic black handbag by Rebecca Minkoff.Â I like the cross body option.Â You can get on at A to Zane online and atÂ the boutique handbag store located @ 1040 Queen Street West.