i want: Pastel Pin-up 2010 Calendar

Limited Edition Pastel Pin-up 2010 Calendar

Limited Edition Pastel Pin-up 2010 Calendar

I remember the first time I saw Pastel Supernova. It was at the AGO Massive Party and I was seeing Fritz Helder and The Phantoms perform for the first of many times in my life. She was and still is an enigma. In true enigma style, she has a pin up calendar.

You can order the calender online or pick it up at Chasse Gardée (1084 Queen West  416 901 9613) or (Studio 1686 1686 Queen West  416 576 9256)

The Last Gay Bash

It was the end of an era, the final Gay Bash was held on June 28, 2009. Gay Bash was the party where everyone from the House of Helder got together and danced, drank and ate. It was always fun seeing what the kids were up to style-wise and catching some impromptu dance routines. The last installment was no different. Here are some pictures of the festivities.

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Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE

Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms presented Platinum: Live at the Red Bull Gallery Space. The event was hosted by Nelly Furtado and celebrated the band’s forthcoming release *Greatest Hits*, which comes out on Furtado’s newly launched, Nelstar Music on July 7, 2009. The party was billed as:

an intimate, invitation only event that will bring together the best and the brightest in music, fashion, television and other media. The showcase will be hosted by Furtado and feature a live full concert performance and installation from FH&TP featuring stage costumes by Greta Constantine and all-star pre (and post) shows with surprise special guest DJs. “Platinum Edition” will also feature a concept boutique with designs by the band’s favorite local design talent. Designers confirmed to participate in creating these one-of-kind pieces are: Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing, Tommy Ton (of Jak&Jil.com), Oligarchy, Label, Nada Designs, Franke for Chasse Gardée, Jaime Galindo and Hoibo. Fritz Helder &the Phantoms will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the limited edition garments to the *Fashion Cares (Aids Committee of Toronto) fund. This event also serves as a showcase for the great work of ACT Toronto/ Fashion Cares as well as its on-going relationship with the fashion and music communities. (See more about the designer collaboration.)

Getting prepped with Stephen
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The planning for the event started a week ago when I got a message from Greta Constantine telling me I need to get GCified before the show. I certainly wasn’t going to turn that down. I wasn’t sure what I would be wearing but I was very excited to figure that out with Kirk and Stephen. Turns out I was going to wear the Anita dress sample, straight from the factory floor, to the studio and on my body.

Hanging at the Greta Studios Pre FH&TP
The Anita Dress in all it's glory

The studio is on the fifth floor and there is no elevator. It would almost be a complete death march until you realize that this is good for their curve hugging outfits. So you accepted it, grudgingly until you hit that fifth floor landing and it’s like heaven. I went in for a fitting on Thursday and tried on a similar dress to Anita but it has sleeves. It fit like a dream but that is standard practice in a Greta Constantine piece. I liked the version in sleeves which is called Jocelyn. The dress arrived Friday afternoon so i brought my accessories and makeup to the office and headed to the studio right after work.

Hanging at the Greta Studios Pre FH&TP
More of the GC entourage.

After the studio it was off to the Red Bull Gallery Space. I had no idea this place even existed. It’s above the Gap and it’s a nice little venue. My only complaint is that it was too hot with all the people. The patio was quite nice too, lots of wood and atmosphere.

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Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE

We were treated to a new type of Fritz Helder & The Phantoms. They have finally rounded out their sound with a bassist and drummer. Hurrah! As usual, FH&TP kicked ass. I’m a huge fan as many readers of this blog know. The Max Mad inspired outfits by Greta Constantine were amazing. I got to preview them during my fitting and I was jumping around like a school girl. Belts, leather, goat hair, codpieces, grommets, studding, denim and distressed tshirts oh my. Look at the slideshow, there are tons of shots for you to drool over.

Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE
Fritz Helder & the Phantoms: Platinum Edition LIVE

We escaped to the dressing room upstairs halfway through the performance and watched it from above the stage. We missed the dance number but trusty Paul was there to get a bunch of great shots.

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As a bonus I have the “Lagerfeld Lady” Dragonette Remix for your enjoyment. Download it here or hit play and enjoy.

The eclectic mix of Toronto’s music and fashion worlds have collided on Dragonette’s remix of Fritz Helder & The Phantom’s “Lagerfeld Lady”. Dragonette, the London-by-way-of-Canada quartet, substituted the band’s signature blend of pulsating synths with a lounge-inspired blend of piano, flutes and sax. It’s as though Lily Allen, Prince, and the Rat Pack made a baby.

images: Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got www.paulbaikphoto.com

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms and Fashion Cares Presents: Platinum

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Fritz Helder & The Phantoms and Fashion Cares Presents: Platinum

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms and Fashion Cares Presents: Platinum. Fritz Helder & The Phantoms are creating a fashion frenzy with PLATINUM – a special project to help raise funds for ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto).

Combining their loves of music, art and fashion, FH&TP have teamed up with Fashion Cares, ACT and 10 very talented designers to create special edition Fritz Helder & The Phantoms concert merchandise to be auctioned off on May 22, 2009 at “Platinum (LIVE)” in Toronto to celebrate the release of their upcoming album, “Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition” on newly formed label, NELSTAR Music. Proceeds from the sales of the limited edition designs will go to Fashion Cares / ACT!

Check out the designs from Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing, Nada, Oligarchy, Pink Cobra, Evan Biddell, Label, Franke for Chasse Gardée, Jaime Galindo and HOI BO. All modeled by Fritz Helder & The Phantoms.

It’s a way to show off the great work of Fashion Cares/ACT as well as their on-going relationship with the fashion and music communities.

Pink Cobra

The photos are so great, but I think the Pink Cobra one is my favourite.
Nada
I love this picture of Fritz and Nada.
Jeremy Laing

Jeremy's shirts are pretty neat. The patterns are tiny crystals, ironed on by hand with meticulous care. They are very cool shirts.
Greta Constantine
Everyone looks so happy in this photo, I love it. I'm also a sucker for skipping shots, it's like I'm a kid again.
Franke for Chasse Gardée
Franke for Chasse Gardée
The Team
This is the creative team that put the shoot together.

These one of a kind pieces are available for purchase, please contact info@fritzhelder.com.

See the complete lookbook shots in the slideshow, I’ve only posted my favourites.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these limited designs please contact info@fritzhelder.com

images: Photos by Justin Borbely courtesy of Fritz Helder & The Phantoms

Fritz Helder & the Phantoms – nuff said

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Fritz Helder & the Phantoms performed at their CD release party last night and rocked the Great Hall with a flawless, awe inspiring performance. These guys are going to be big. If you weren’t there last night, you ain’t vogue baby. In my humble opinion this is the only relevant band in fashion right now, period.

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I spotted a lot of fashion people taking part: my designer crush that I never talk to Jeremy Laing, Krane designer Ken Chow, one half of Juma and I want – I got fan Jamil, fashion hero Sonja Andic of TSF, industry insider Gail McInnes, the very sweet Shinan Govani of the National Post, stylist and birthday girl Jessica Tjeng and Project Runway Canada alum Michael Hatley. I’m sure there were others too, I either didn’t know who you were or I didn’t see you.

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After the show was the after party at the Social where we were treated to another show Village People style. It was awesome. I want a big feather headdress now!

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Their CD is out now and it’s awesome. Pick it up and then get you ass to the next live show. You won’t be disappointed.

Lagerfeld Lady – listen to it now.