I’m in the Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013 Edition

Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013
Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013

I have a little feature in the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook. They approached me to discuss my beauty routine and what new products I’m looking forward to this fall. I give shout outs to some of my favourite beauty brands and retailers: Lancome, Chanel, Essie, Givenchy, Marni, Balenciaga, Philosophy, Concepts Salon & Spa and the Miraj Hammam Spa at The Shangri-La Hotel.

Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera
Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera for the Toronto Life Stylebook

The most surprising thing about the feature was this illustration of me. I was completely stunned. If you remember, I hated the last illustration Toronto Life commissioned of me.

Judit García-Talavera is an illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. She is absolutely incredible and I’m not just saying that because she created a kick ass illustration of me. She’s worked with clients such as Marie Claire Spain, Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Bloomingdales, ELLE China, Teen Vogue, Gilt Group, ELLE Girl Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Stylesight, Rolling Stone Spain, Hennessy Cognac and Piaget. You can see all the rest of Judit’s work for the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook on her blog.

The Toronto Life Stylebook is in stores right now.

geekiviews: MARNI Fragrance

MARNI Fragrance
MARNI Fragrance

Way back in November I sat down with Trudi Loren who is the Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development at Estèe Lauder Companies. She was in Toronto to introduce Marni’s first fragrance to members of the press. I’m a big fan of Marni and head designer Consuelo Castiglioni. I see her clothing in person at Holt Renfrew and I find myself coveting everything. I wanted to know if she could translate that feeling to a fragrance. Marni isn’t stereotypical feminine either, how would that translate into scent.

MARNI Fragrance Preview
MARNI Fragrance Preview

Trudi starts with the origins of the fragrance. Consuelo had specific ideas for the fragrance when she met with Estèe Lauder perfumers. They tweaked her custom fragrance after numerous design cycles using their knowledge to take the fragrance to market and still be true to Consuelo vision of Marni. She was very involved in every step of the design process, treating it like editing a collection.

MARNI Fragrance Preview
MARNI Fragrance Preview

The starting point was typically material: it was woods and spices and the incense that Consuelo wanted, somehow reminiscent the woody landscapes of her Swiss days in St Moritz. But that was just the initial input. Subtle contrast and sudden accents were what she was looking for. Consuelo worked intensively and extensively to arrive to the final olfactory narrative and its multifaceted subtleness. Her aim, always, is to avoid pre-conceived ideas. Typically, the perfume she had in mind was a bit masculine: woody and bitter. The addition of rose, smoothed and softened the scent, while pink peppercorn added an element of effervescent quirkiness, much like an accessory. The final result is unexpected. (source:press release)

MARNI Fragrance Preview
MARNI Fragrance Preview

The fragrance contains many things I love like Bergamot, Cardamom and Cedarwood. Marni skews more masculine and androgynous scent which I really like. I have a few mens fragrances in my collection that I enjoy wearing. Top notes are Bergamot, Pepper, Ginger and Pink Peppercorn. Heart notes are Cardamom, Rose and Cinnamon Bark. Bottom notes are Patchouli, Incense, Vetiver and Cedarwood. At the preview I received a sample of the Marni fragrance and I’ve worn it a lot since then. I had an instant connection with this fragrance, it pushed all the right buttons for me. I enjoy wearing it day after day and I’m usually someone who likes to switch it up.

The Marni fragrance collection is available at Holt Renfrew.

Marni Eau De Parfum 120 ml: $175, Marni Eau De Parfum 65 ml: $125, Marni Body Lotion 200 ml: $62,Marni Shower Gel 200 ml: $52, Marni Body Crème 200 ml: $95, Marni Purse Spray 10 ml with Huggy Doll: $60

images: me, marni.com and courtesy of Marni

i want: Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

I’m on the hunt for a great all around bag. Ideally it would have a messenger strap but I think I can overlook that it’s missing from the Marni Flap Bag. It’s a great size and comes in colours to match many outfits.

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

The form is reduced to its pure essence, laid bare to expose the precision of the cut and beauty of the leather. The material used is fine calf leather on a monocolour or bicolour panel. Studs decorate the bag leaving its shape clean and graphic.(Source: press release)

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

The photos show styles from the Resort 2013 collection and the Spring Summer 2013 Marni fashion show.

images: eastnews.ru, tooklookbook.com

i want: Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni

Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni
Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni

Moda Operandi has expanded their online business and are offering a selection of in season fashions from their designer partners that are shipped immediately. No more waiting of the waiting game if that isn’t you type of thing. I love this Marni skirt.

Not only is the Iris Blue colour wonderful it comes in my favourite skirt shapes, the a-line. The little peplum is super cute and very on trend.

You can get the Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni on ModaOperandi.com

images: modaoperandi.com

i want: Marni Winter Edition 2012 Sunglasses

Marni Winter Edition 2012 Sunglasses
Marni Winter Edition 2012 Sunglasses

I love that some PRs have caught on to the fact that I love sunglasses just a little too much. My Mom asked me how many pairs I have the other day. I sheepishly replied eight. Now most people would say that`s probably a little excessive but I have no plans on keeping my collection at 8. Marni`s 2012 Winter Edition Sunglasses are on my hot list right now. I love the colours and flower motif.

The main feature of the sunglasses from the MARNI WINTER EDITION 2012 EYEWEAR COLLECTION is the contrast between opaque and shiny used for a flower motif on relief in the upper part of the frame.

Opaline and watery colors range from bright green, pink, yellow and red to sand and brown, while temples are in contrasting solid colors.

Marni Winter Edition 2012 Sunglasses
Marni Winter Edition 2012 Sunglasses

I`m not sure which retailers in Canada will be stocking these but they are available online at marni.com and in all Marni Boutiques.

images: courtesy of Marni

Marni Fall Winter 2010 Accessories and Shoes

Marni Fall Winter 2010 Accessories and Shoes

This Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 collection from Marni has me wondering if Consuelo Castiglioni was a Canadian in previous life. These accessories look warm and are perfect for our crappy winters.

Marni Fall Winter 2010 Accessories and Shoes

I really like the hoods. They look so fuzzy and warm.

images: tooklookbook.com

Holt Renfrew Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Womenswear Preview

I took a day off work and attended the Holt Renfrew Fall 2010 Womenswear preview.  It was a chance to see samples of the fall merchandise and learn about upcoming fall trends according to Holt Renfrew.

Fall 2010 Holt Renfrew Women’s Trends

  • The Masculine Topper
  • The Reefer
  • The Fur Trimmed Parka
  • The Vest
  • The Masculine Shirt
  • The Feminine Blouse
  • The Slim Leg – legging or cigarette; looking newest in prints
  • The Fuller Pant – masculine, pleated or military influenced
  • The Shorter Skirt
  • The Longer Skirt
  • The Knit Dress
  • The Long Sleeve Dress

Fall 2010 Holt Renfrew Women’s Accessories Trends

  • The Oversized Beret
  • The Knit Hair Band
  • The Loop Scarf – fur or knit
  • The Pendant
  • The Brooch
  • The Extra Long Belt
  • The “Stash” Bag
  • The Iconic Satchel
  • The Lace-up Boot
  • The Wedge
  • The Loafer – high or low heel
  • The Pointy Toe Pump

New Designers – 6126, Carven, Christ Shearling, Cinzia Rocca, Cosabella, Dylan George, Eight Sixty, Fuzzi, Helen Morely, Hudson Collection, Jane Post, JNBY, Lounge Lover, Marlies Dekkers, Michael Michael Kors, One Teaspoon, Pleasure State, Red Valentino, Son of John, TEXTILE, TwentyCluny, Gareth Pugh, Chloe, Peter Pilotto, Victoria Beckham, Rag & Bone/Jean, Rag & Bone/Shirt, Current Elliot x Marni

New Footwear Designers – Givenchy, Dr. Martens, Rick Owens, UGG Jimmy Choo, Donna Karen, Alexandre Birman, Rachel Comey, La Baccarina, Mou, My Ferragamo, Rosegold

New Jewellery Designers – Givenchy, Jenny Bird, Fruitz, MCL (Matthew Campbell Laurenza), Kate Spade, Brunello Cucinelli, Donna Karen, Fiona Paxton, Lee Angel

New Handbag Designers – Givenchy, Kate Spade, Akris, Carven, Badgley Mishka, Clara Kasavina, Stuart Weitzman

I am super stoked for Givenchy accessories.  Shoes, handbags and jewellery oh my!  Holt Renfrew will also be carrying my denim obsession,  Current Elliot x Marni.  It looks even better in person.  Rick Owens shoes are coming, I die!!!!

See all my photos from the event

New Photos – Marni x Current Elliot Fall 2010

Marni x Current Elliot Fall 2010
images: Dazed Digital

In February, I posted about the Marni X Current Elliot denim collaboration.

Marni and Current Elliot have teamed up for denim collaboration for Fall 2010. Marni designer, Consuelo Castiglioni, was given free reign to design denim that fit with the Marni aesthetic. This is her first denim line

Dyes and washes span from light azure to indigo and from faded to saturated. A few styles will be sold with a black cotton belt that Castiglioni likes knotted as a ribbon. Other details include cloth borders, either press studded or piped in leather. Retail prices for the Marni-Current Elliott jeans range from $250 to $500 and will be carried in Marni stores starting in June.

Marni x Current Elliot Fall 2010
images: Nylon

There are some new photos out of the collection from Dazed Digital and Nylon. High Snobette has posted an editorial shot that features the jeans in the May issue of Vogue.  I’m liking the styles I’ve posted here with my favourite being the dark denim style in the first picture.  Lucky Mag is reporting that prices will range from $182-$509 and availability at Marni boutiques, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks.  No word on Canadian availability yet

images: nylonmag.com and dazeddigital.com

Marni Fall 2010 Accessories

Marni Fall 2010 Accessories

The clothing from Marni’s fall 2010 collection was interesting to say the least. It wasn’t relaxed and easy wearing as the Marni Pre-Fall 2010 collection. I’m sure when I see individual pieces on the rack I’ll forget about the styling nightmare I saw on the runway and I’ll be able to see the beauty in some of this stuff. That’s what usually happens with me and Marni; I need to see it in person.

Marni Fall 2010 Accessories

I really liked some of the accessories. The bags are beautiful and sleek. Marni Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Style.com: Runway Review.

images: style.com

Marni Ready to Wear – Pre-Fall 2010

Marni Pre-Fall 2010

I know the Marni Fall 2010 collection has already been shown. I didn’t like it. I was hoping Consuelo Castiglioni would follow the path she created in Marni’s Pre-Fall 2010 collection.

Marni Pre-Fall 2010

I love the prints, they weren’t too overwhelming.  The footware is a lot of fun too.

Marni Pre-Fall 2010

Marni Pre-Fall 2010

I’m dying for the mittens, both styles. It was a nice relaxed collection that I could see myself wearing.

Marni Pre-Fall 2010

Marni Pre-Fall 2010

images: style.com

Marni x Current Elliot Fall 2010

Marni x Current Elliot Fall 2010
Marni and Current Elliot have teamed up for denim collaboration for Fall 2010. Marni designer, Consuelo Castiglioni, was given free reign to design denim that fit with the Marni aesthetic. This is her first denim line

Dyes and washes span from light azure to indigo and from faded to saturated. A few styles will be sold with a black cotton belt that Castiglioni likes knotted as a ribbon. Other details include cloth borders, either press studded or piped in leather. Retail prices for the Marni-Current Elliott jeans range from $250 to $500 and will be carried in Marni stores starting in June.

This denim gives me visions of chunky boots and rolled up cuffs. I’d pair them with an oversized tshirt and my Final Fashion docs or any of the shorter boots in my closet.

via WWD.com

images: WWD.com

i got: A Marni Bracelet

I was treated to belated birthday gift, A Marni Bracelet. I’m in love.

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You could imagine how excited when I saw this box. I’m convinced that half the retail cost of luxury goods are for packaging.

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The packaging was pretty cool. Not only was the box wrapped in grey ribbon, there was a pouch for the bracelet inside.

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I’ve always liked Marni’s jewellery. It’s clunky and colourful. Definitely statement making and it will wear you if you don’t have the personality to match. This bracelet is more subdued than others, I love it’s simplicity and colour scheme.