I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 3

So, part 1 and part 2 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for Part three.

This is the part three of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me the third part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
  • JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, sterling silver braided band or yellow gold band in blue topaz, amethyst or citrine ($375-$675) – 60 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West
  • Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings ($125 USD) – jenny-bird.com
  • Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote ($158.40) – Gap In Store and Online
Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s
Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s
  • Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent ($68.97) – amazon.ca
  • Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s ($36.68) – amazon.ca
Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
Ruffian Women's Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
  • Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf ($95) – eBay.ca
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Gift Set ($40) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1 ($10 Each) – Magic Pony in store and Online, mindzai.com – I’m obsessed with these Unicorn figures from Tokidoki. I’m close to collecting them all
  • strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress ($85 USD) – LuckyScent.com – My favourite indie nail polish brand.
Hudson Jeans Leeloo
Hudson Jeans Leeloo
  • Hudson Jeans Leeloo ($265) – Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and TNT – My go to denim brand
Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
  • Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit ($72) – dermalogica.ca – Great introduction to my favourite skin care brand
  • Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holts Candle ($50) – Holt Renfrew
  • Kobo eReader ($79.99 – $299.99) – Chapters Indigo in store and online
  • Micro Pedi ($49.99) – Shoppers Drug Mart
Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant
Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant

Can you believe that there is a part 4 of gift ideas? Well, check back tomorrow for the final installment of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series.

Hudson Jeans Cabaret Collection Ad Campaign and Videos

I posted one of the three videos for the Hudson Jeans Cabaret Collection already. I loved their use of the running man to showcase the Leeloo jean. The rest of the videos in the campaign for the Cabaret Collection are just as entertaining. Georgia May Jagger is growing on me and I love her in the print ads.

The Cabaret was a place where people felt comfortable. They did not have to stick to the usual rules of society. Shot in Paris, the birthplace of the Cabaret, the FW’12 HUDSON Cabaret campaign is a celebration of HUDSON Jeans’ 10 year anniversary in September 2012. Hosted by Georgia May Jagger, and featuring shows by the likes of human beat boxer Tez and Brooklyn electro pop band Au Revoir Simone, HUDSON creates a campaign that applauds self expression and an inspired free thinking attitude.

images: courtesy of Hudson Jeans

Phosphorescent Invasion, the LouLou Jean by Hudson – Spring Summer 2012

Phosphorescent Invasion, the LouLou Jean by Hudson - Spring Summer 2012

If I was 19 again, I would be all over the Loulou Tuxedo Crop Super Skinny Jean by Hudson. The style is inspired by LouLou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent’s muse. She was a big influence in the design of Le Smoking. The thing that makes these tuxedo inspired jeans special is the glow in the dark neon strip that comes to life under black light. The rave going 19 year old me would have freaked.

Phosphorescent Invasion, the LouLou Jean by Hudson - Spring Summer 2012

Here is a trippy video that shows the denim in action created by Hudson.

The Loulou Tuxedo Crop Super Skinny Jean comes in three colourways: Dark Navy with Phosphorescent Orange stripe, Burgundy with Phosphorescent Pink, and Olive with Phosphorescent Yellow.

Phosphorescent Invasion, the LouLou Jean by Hudson - Spring Summer 2012

Holt Renfrew is the place to get this denim from and it will retail for $265. They will be hitting the shelves this February.  On February 10th, there will be a big launch event during NYFW in the Meatpacking District including street art installations, videos and a big party at Scoop.

images: courtesy of Hudson Jeans

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011 Preview

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011

I hit up The Mint Agency spring summer 2011 preview and got a look at the new Hudson Collection items that will be available at Holt Renfrew next year. I’m so happy with the Hudson jeans I own (thx Hudson). They fit great and make me look long and lean, irregardless of style. They are everything I want in a pair of jeans and are making other brands on my shelf a little lonely. At my day job, I have Denim Days till the end of the year. It’s a charity thing. Normally my office is business casual from Monday to Thursday. I turn up in my appropriate but fashion crazy outfits, like skyscraper platform heels and asymmetrical dresses. I’m living in my Hudson’s right now, it’s awesome.

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011
The Cropped Scarf Jacket ($550)

In October, I teamed up with The Mint Agency and Hudson to launch the fall winter 2010 Hudson Collection at Holt Renfrew. The Hudson Collection is a high end version that differs due to their handmade nature. I liked the fall winter 2010 collection so I was very curious what spring summer 2011 would bring. I wasn’t disappointed.

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011

The 2011 Spring Summer HUDSON collection draws from the history of Dogtown and merges the laid back spirit of Venice, Ca with a European edge. The color palette evokes a sunbleached, ssandblasted seafront juxtaposed with a faded asphalt and indigos born in the 70s.

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011

The collection has a 70s vibe but the miltary influence is very much present and that just make me a sucker for The Cropped Scarf Jacket and Drawstring Parka.

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011
Drawstring Parka ($750)

The images below are some of the items that will be available at Holt’s come next year.  Unsurprisingly, they didn’t pick up the leather cut waistband shorts which retails at $825.  They were made from reclaimed army surplus and re-sewn together to create shorts.  They are beautiful shorts and the most expensive piece in the collection, but way too pricey.

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011 Preview

Hudson Collection Spring Summer 2011 Preview

images: courtesy of Hudson Jeans and myself

Hudson Collection Social

Hudson Collection Social

The Hudson COLLECTION launched at Holt Renfrew with a Social that included a DJ, mocktails and models. Hudson reps were on hand to talk about this exclusive to Holt Renfrew collection with customers and help them discover the perfect pair.

Hudson Collection Social

It was my first time seeing the collection in person and I’m a fan. I even purchased a great tank top with an asymmetrical tail on it. It reminds me of coattails and I can’t wait to bust it out. I’m thinking a pre-LGFW debut or perhaps during LGFW.

Hudson Collection Social

My favourite pieces of the collection were the D.I.Y style denim that incorporated leather into waistbands and hems. Of course these were the most expensive denim pieces, ha. My eyes and hands are drawn to expensive. There are lots of skinny leg options in the collection. The tops were versatile. The cowl neck long sleeved top and the tank can be worn in many different ways. I live for stuff like that.

Hudson Collection Social

I loved the jackets, in particular the wool jacket with the large cowl that doubled as a hood. It also can be worn multiple ways. The beautiful models posed for photographer extraordinaire George Pimentel and even took photos with fans. I don’t know how they managed to do all this in those crazy platform heels. I love heels but even they made my feet hurt just from looking at them.

Hudson Collection Social

I was there live tweeting the event. You can view those posts if you search for #hudsonCollection on twitter. I tried to showcase as much of the product on and you can find many images with me playing dress up. I didn’t try on any of the denim though and I kinda regret it now. I did have lots of fun with the jackets.

Here’s my Hudson COLLECTION Social Outfit Breakdown: Denim by Hudson, Zara tshirt, Dean Davidson necklace, Aldo Shoes, Juma blazer and scarf.

I took a little video with my Blackberry Torch of the Hudson imagery at the store. The video quality isn’t bad at all.

The Hudson COLLECTION is still available at Holt Renfrew and is available at the Bloor, Yorkdale and Vancouver locations. Prices for the line range from $145 – $995. Jeans average around $400.

images: George Pimentel

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 – 2011

Designer denim isn’t dead. Holt Renfrew and Hudson have teamed together to bring Hudson Jean’s first high end collection. This collection differs from regular Hudson collections because the pieces are hand made using raw denim and the process is labour intensive.

With the new Collection I wanted to reinvent the idea of traditional denim and tops—its an anti uniform approach. Each piece has so much individuality and lets the wearer express her own style and personality. It is the roots of the HUDSON “way of life”. (lead designer for Hudson Jeans, Ben Tavernit)

Pieces in the line include jeans, tops, dresses and jackets with prices ranging from $145 – $995. Jeans will average around $400. The line is exclusive to Holt Renfrew and is available at the Bloor, Yorkdale and Vancouver locations.

Standard n. Of recognized excellence or established authority.
The common thread within Standard and the foundation of the Collection is Denim. Standard is style that comes from the classic HUDSON aesthetic in its purest form. Denim becomes the new neutral. Standard is both modern and timeless with attention to construction and design. A neutral color palette and uncomplicated washes are in harmony with clean lines and understated design.

  • Bodies: Skinny, High Waist, Baggy Skinny, Double Waistband Skinny
  • Washes: Rinse Resin, Black and Grey Over-Dye

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Standard

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Standard

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Standard

Bespoke adj. Made to individual order.
Bespoke is rooted in the craftsmanship of fine tailoring. Overlock stitching evokes the process of hand-styling and fitting the garment, which becomes a piece of art even in its unfinished stages. Overlock stitching reveals the construction in streamlined androgynous styles. Menswear inspired suiting details such as trouser pockets and notch-back waistbands bring a touch of masculinity to the refined look.

  • Bodies: Skinny, Baggy Skinny, Trouser Skinny, Twisted Trouser
  • Washes: Rinses, Coatings, Wool, Textural

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 - Bespoke

Shadow n. A dark figure cast by the body intercepting light.
A Bare minimum of details puts emphasis on the silhouette. Lightweight construction rests on the body like a shadow and accentuates its true shape. An absence of top-stitching, and darts turned inside result in technically challenging construction and a look of unparalleled simplicity. Ultra light silk, stretch and boiled wool in dark washes project a shadowy silhouette.

  • Bodies: Skinny, Baggy Skinny, High Waist
  • Washes: Denim (rinsed or unwashed), Boiled Wool, Stretch, Silk

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Shadow

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Shadow

D.I.Y. n. An activity in which one does something oneself or of one’s own initiative.
D.I.Y. is hand-styled and unique– the garment becomes infused with the wearer’s DNA. Cut and custom zippers and exposed inner waistbands convey a neo-punk vibe. The look is a reactionary response on an individual scale to modern reliance on mass-production. The emphasis is on individuality and rejecting conformity. Distressed washes and rough details imply a history of interaction with the wearer. Raw edges and exposed hardware come from an innovative attitude that shrugs off the establishment.

  • Bodies: Skinny
  • Washes: Leather, Wax Coated (Leather look), Wool, Rinses

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 DIY

Tops & Dresses – HUDSON tops employ draping and a mix of textures and asymmetrical shape to play with positive and negative space. The ultra-light fabrications in black and white complement the minimalist palette of the rest of the Collection.

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Tops & Dresses

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Tops & Dresses

Jackets
Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 - Jackets

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 - Jackets

Hudson COLLECTION Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 - Jackets

geekiviews: Hudson Jeans

Hudson Jeans Sandra
Signature Bootcut

Over the last few years I’ve seen Hudson Jeans infiltrated many denim bars in the city. The papers were talking about the death of designer denim but Hudson seemed to be thriving. It started in Los Angeles in 2002. It brings premium denim material from the best mills in Europe and Japan. The denim is constructed and hand finished in Los Angeles. The head designer and creative director of Hudson Jeans is Benjamin Taverniti who joined the company in 2007.  Hudson’s trademark is their fit and fabrics. There is both men’s and women’s lines for denim but they are also expanding into tops, dresses and jackets for women.

Hudson has a huge celebrity following. If you look at any of the denim blogs you’ll see celebs in Hudson Jeans. I just assumed it was a denim line for skinny girls. Now before you say “Anita, you are a skinny girl”, let me explain. I’m skinny, but my history as an athlete doesn’t give me your stereotypical skinny body. My thighs and calves are muscular and the cut of some denim just doesn’t work for me. The waist is right and the thighs are too tight or the waist is too loose and the thighs are right. It’s a battle which has left me without any loyalty to any denim company. There is no one brand that dominates my wardrobe like say Juma or Complex Geometries.

Hudson Jeans Devonshire
Five Pocket Skinny/Super Stretch

Enter The Mint Agency into this story. I received a couple Hudson Jeans lookbooks from them. I like Hudson’s no frills approach to denim. There aren’t any embellishments or rhinestones anywhere in the collection. The focus is on wash and cut. There are a variety of styles: bootcut, skinny, straight, jean legging, midrise and lowrise. A discussion over what styles I liked from the fall and holiday collection and their fit resulted in three pairs of Hudson Jeans arriving at my office.   Thanks Sam at The Mint Agency!  Now I would finally be able to find out for myself if this fit is as good as their marketing is.

I’m very impressed with Hudson Jeans. The Sandra and St. Martins styles brought bootcut back into my fashion vocabulary. I never thought I would wear a pair of  jeans again before trying Hudson. I was quite content in my straight and skinny denim cocoon with no plans to emerge from it.  Now I’m trying to be like a butterfly find casual to events to wear my Hudson bootcuts at.

Hudson Jeans St Martins
Five Pocket Bootcut

Putting on Hudsons feel like slipping into an old worn out pair. The fit of the 28s were perfect for me. It had a bit of give in the waist but the thighs were perfect;  formfitting but not sausage.  Overall the waist to thigh ratio tightness ratio that I use to gauge denim was very, very good.  The pockets are placed in an area that doesn’t make you butt look funny or larger than normal.  Skinny denim sometimes looks more like jean leggings than regular jeans on me.  Hudson’s skinny jeans look like jeans on me and give me some breathing room.  I love this.  There won’t be a day where I can’t wear these jeans because my weight fluctuated a few pounds higher.  I’m looking at you Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair.  I love you but you’re not very forgiving.  So I’m drinking the Hudson koolaid.  They are some of the softest denim I’ve ever come across and the fit of the 28s rock my lower body.  The style tag says “Trust Me” on it.  They aren’t kidding.

Hudson is available at TNT, Aritiza, Over the Rainbow and Holt Renfrew.  Holt’s has a line of couture Hudson Jeans that are exclusive to the store.  They are more expensive but have additional details the standard line doesn’t have.  The regular Hudson line is in the $220 – $265 range and the couture styles are from $295 – $500.  The designer denim market may have shrunk but some players are still thriving.