I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that summer is almost over and fall is starting up. I like fall but it leads to no good, namely winter. However my season package of tights from the Secret Fall 2010 collection arrived and I’m getting excited for fall. It means colourful tights and Secret has helped me in that regard for a few seasons now. Thanks Ashworth Associates for keeping my gams colourful all season long.
I really love this fall’s colours: Berry, Grey, Camel, Blue, Plum and Red. They come in tights and legging versions. I usually contrast my tights with a black outfit, but these colours make me want to go monochrome this fall. Tights and leggings are a great way for the colour-phobic to ease themselves into wearing colour.Â To be honest, I just like being obnoxiously colourful in the office, it needs it at times.
I am a huge fan of Wolford but you can’t beat Secret’s prices and general availability. Tights are $7.50 and leggings are $7.95. The leggings have a control top panty, so I’m assuming that’s why they are more expensive.Â They are long-lasting too.
I liked the Proenza Schouler Fall Winter 2010 collection. I didn’t care much for the shoes and I don’t care much for the ad campaign. The girls are too thin and it’s distracting. The campaign video is much better. It has some good lingering shots of the clothing.
I was just sent the new behind the scenes video from Roots for their Fall 2010 collection. It was filmed in beautiful Trinity Bight, Newfoundland.
You can check out the full lookbook on Roots.ca. I’m pretty partial to the outfit below. The sweater is catching my eye. I’ve been a big fan of the Russian Vamp Boots and I really like that they have made them higher. It’s perfect for folding over and I like the look.
I posted about the Givenchy Haute CoutureFall 2010 collection a number of times on the blog. Those posts contained some video and I keep finding more video to share with you. This time around I’ve located some HD videos of the fall 2010 Givenchy Haute Couture. You can get an even better look at this stunning collection.
This is a making of video. It gives you a look at the backstage madness, etc.
Check out Susan Tabak’s video of her visit to the showroom.
This is a video interview with Suzy Menkes and Riccardo Tisci.
I came across these fall 2010 – 2011 boots from Christian Louboutin while browsing around the Took Lookbook site. I’ve thought I’ve seen all types of strange Louboutin’s but these take the cake.Â Pom Pom Louboutins, I can’t understand the appeal at all.
I’m loving these dresses from Acne for fall 2010.Â Ara, the short, sexy leather number would be a great edition to my closet that is lacking shorter hems.Â It sounds divine after reading the description.
Strapless, short and futuristic leather A-line bustier dress with a zipped detailed skirt. Inner top body is built up like a corset with bonings. Inner grosgrain ribbon with hook and eye closure holds the waist. Skirt part has two front zippers with inserts, which allows for skirt width adjustments. Hemline finishes just below the hips. Fit is short and narrow
The drapey Pluto and Omega are my typical hemline and great for the office.
I love the silk styles Alpha and Atlantis are just great LBDs.Â I’ve recently discovered that the key to wearing silk dresses is about wearing some shapewear or a great slip underneath.Â Â Â Atlas is another fun short dress that uses a stretch crepe fabric for the top, the bust and skirt are in a fused stiff fabric.
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.
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!
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.
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.Â He’s just too adorable.
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.
I’d love to see these up close. I’m so curious about the materials used. The heels look like they are made of plastic.Â I can’t believe they would be some kind of metal, seems that would be too heavy.Â I wonder how long some of these embroidered pieces take to produce?
Gap invited media over one morning to check out the Premium Pant Collection. The response was big and everyone was posting and tweeting about the pants. I contributed to that myself.
There are 5 different styles of pants in your typical Gap styles: Boy Fit, Modern Boot, Curvy, Perfect Trouser and Slim Cropped.Â All the styles came in black and some had navy blue or grey options.Â Each person got a pair for our own evaluation.Â The Slim Cropped style drew me in and I opted for that.Â They only came in black.Â I was really happy with the fit and stretchy material.Â They are the type of pants you buy a size smaller because they will stretch out.Â They didn’t do a very good job of repelling my cat’s hair so I think the lint resistance thing is a little suspect. After washing the fit stays true and the colour doesn’t fade.
There were some predictions that the Slim Cropped would sell out. I believed this would happen; the pants fit very well. Many others felt the Boy Fit pants would be the winner. I don’t know what the outcome was but in my mind the Slim Cropped are king. I went to Gap this past Saturday and tried on the Boy Fit and it wasn’t pretty. They fit great in the legs but the waist was much to big. Going down a size would have been impossible and I didn’t feel like tailoring pants from Gap.Â I didn’t see the Really Skinny style at the preview and I wonder if they are available in Canada.Â It seems Gap doesn’t ship some things here as I found out with the new Design Edition Pierre Hardy pony skin wedges.Â Canada is getting the boots but in some boring leather finish and not the pony.Â Booo.
Like I need an excuse to post a video featuring Pastel Supernova.
A studio, natural lighting, Aveda Control Force and a muse.
This video features hair wizardry by Kristjan Hayden from the Civello Salon Queen Street location utilizing Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray. Art Direction and styling was provided by Diego Armand, one of Toronto’s Top Dressed (well deserved I might add).
I couldn’t resist posting these videos. The first is a documentary that was a special gift in the June/July 2010 issue of Paris Vogue.
featuring five top models of the season: Sessilee Lopez, Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Constance Jablonski, as they experience the latest Paris Fashion Week. Sure, the majority of the short film is in French, but it’s really the behind-the-scenes look which is most intriguing.(source)
It’s a lot of fun to get to see the girls personalities. I’m a huge fan of Sasha and Freja.
These Giuseppe Zanotti platform wedges are crazy high. They have a 6-inch heel and 2-inch platform. I’m loving anything pony these days and my stance on animal print is slowly crumbling.Â I really like it when it’s used for accessories.
I love platforms and I have a few high ones in my closet. I wonder what these are like to walk in. Any Giuseppe wearers out there care to comment?
I’m loving these fashion films by Ruth Hogben on Showstudio. The latest is Joie de Vivre which features Gareth Pugh, and supermodel Raquel Zimmermann, who is absolutely awesome. She knows how to move.
Encapsulating all the dark glamour, divine decadence and hedonistic joy of the roaring Twenties, Gareth Pugh’s A/W 2010 collection is a stylised, silver and black Art Deco fantasy projected at breakneck speed into the twenty-first century.
Raquel Zimmermann is a model who I never really paid attention to until fairly recently. I finally get it, she’s good.
The cat eye sunglasses will always be my favourite out of the Alexander Wang Sunglasses collection. They are so much fun.Â I was playing around during his visit to Holt Renfew and played a little dress up.
Alexander Wang visited his fans in Toronto last week at Holt Renfrew. There was a public personal appearance in the afternoon and a private party in the evening. I was at work during the day so I went to the party.
I wasn’t too star struck by Alexander and I managed to get a quick hello and photo with him. He’s just one of those beautiful people. The man has a flawless complexion. He was also very good at working the crowd and talking to everyone.
Holt Renfrew setup the 2nd floor with a ton of Alexander Wang merchandise and samples of the Fall 2010 collection. I’m a lover of the Wang accessory. The shoes and bags are always a hit. I wasn’t all that jazzed about this Fall 2010 Ready to Wear collection back in February but after seeing some of the pieces that Holt Renfrew is picking up in person, I have to say I’m a fan. Great pants and blazers are everywhere.Â It seems to be a trend, I didn’t care much for Spring Summer 2010 until I saw it in person too.
You can see a slideshow of hi quality images from the Alexander Wang event in Toronto event after the jump.
HermÃ¨s had a small party to feature a special film installation called Foot Ball created by artist Marcus Tomlinson. The fall 2010 HermÃ¨s shoe collection was the inspiration for the film. There was a preview of the upcoming Fall 2010 accessories collection also.
Every shoe has a thousand and one tales to tell, and Marcus Tomlinson believes each one, following them step by step. In his enthusiasm for Pierre Hardy’s designs at HermÃ¨s, the artist, photographer and maker of animation films has become their messenger: “His shoes strike a perfect balance between design and craftsmanship, between tried and trusted skills and what seems to me is a very limpid form of inspiration.”
Patiently and passionately, the artist has composted FOOT BALL, the film of an imaginary day in the life of a part of shoes. And so there are, filching fragments from our own lives – step by step, with measured tread, from a standing start, or dragging their feet.
The installation will be available for public viewing in the HermÃ¨s Bloor Street store until July 31, 2010. I took some video of the installation.
Then I found a link to the complete video online so that if you can’t visit the store you can still see what the Marcus Tomlinson installation is about. View the film here
This was my first invitation to an event at the HermÃ¨s store. I was very excited as I’m such a huge HermÃ¨s fan. It also gave me an excuse to go wild with the Olympus E-PL1 in the store without question. I have tons of photos from that I will be sharing in other posts. I could stare at the scarves forever in that store, they are so vibrant and beautiful. The prints are so intricate that I’m just amazed at the craftsmanship and time required to make one. They are works of art. There was a little photobooth set up so you could play a little dress up in HermÃ¨s with photographer Dwayne Evans. Dwayne took the shots of me in Polysh Magazine and it was good to reconnect with him.Â I have some other shots I have to track down from him to post.Â They are fun too.
The riding boots were my favourite shoes of the fall collection. They are perfect. New to fall are the lacquered wood bracelets. They are fun, stackable bracelets in a variety of colours and sizes. They are a lower price point than most other bracelets in the HermÃ¨s family. Some of the new scarf prints that caught my eye are Cent Plis des Miao and Ex Libris en Camouflage. I also have my eye on a proper scarf ring and I’m loving the Bolduc ring in Palladium.