So, this is the second post in my I want – I got Editorials group. I was blogging for the award-winning MasterCard Stylicity project this season and I organized three editorial shoots for the stores Philip Sparks, Nomad and Spectacle. The shots turned out really well so I’ve decided to showcase some of them here too. This is Nomad.
I really wanted to do the modelling for Nomad myself. However, I felt there were a couple of problems with that. One would be sizing. The other problem was audience. Nomad is a menswear shop and I need to speak to their main customers who are men. So my photographer Dave Yan and I convinced my tall and lean brother to model. He was great!
Nomad is an amazing shop and their sales associates are some of the incredibly helpful and down to earth. I even saw a couple of things that would fit me in the store. I’m going to have to go shopping.
Curtis makes everything look amazing. Thanks dear brother for your hard work and thanks to the guys at Nomad for styling everything up. You can check out all the shots from this editorial in the gallery below.
Alex & Eli is an American based brand created by two Parsons graduates, Aja Singer (who is Canadian) and Anne Zeman. Their focus is suiting for women with tailored silhouettes and unusual detailing.
I knew Aja and Anne were after my heart when I started to read the style names. As an unapologetic Star Trek fan, I was delighted to see things like The Vulcan Blazer, Enterprise Pant, the Voyager Blazer, the Kirk (it’s a jacket), Transporter Skirt and the Replicator Jacket. It was doubly delightful that the clothing looked really good. Womenswear influenced by menswear with a modern twist, how could I not love this.
I finally saw a few pieces of the collection at the newly opened Intermix on Bloor Street. Great quality and looks just as good in pictures as real life.
I received this in a Celine email blast a few weeks ago when the Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 treatments were being given to all the designer site. If I had to pick one designer to wear only, I think I could totally love the Celine uniform over and over again. Â Celine is available at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street andÂ Calgary. Â I find it weird they aren’t listed on the website.
The Mark Fast Fall Winter 2011 â€“ 2012 featured a collaboration with Danier. Mark created some amazing leather pieces in the show. Some of these runway pieces have been developed into a small capsule collection for sale at Danier this fall.
I missed the Danier preview and didn’t get to see the collection in person but here are my top picks of the collection.
As you can tell I love the coats and the pants. Even the cropped leather overalls has me happy. I can see myself pairing them with my platform boots from the Gap.
I missed the Danier Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 preview a few weeks ago. I wanted to see the new line OBJECT created by George Antonopoulos for Danier. I had twitter to keep me updated that day as I slaved away at the office. The lookbook images are pretty damn good looking. These are my top picks from OBJECT by George Antonopoulos for Danier Fall Winter 2011 – 2012.
I didn’t know what to expect from OBJECT exactly. I know George. Â His style and taste is impeccable. It would only make sense that OBJECT reflect his sensibilities. Â I’m in love.
I love the contrast in textures in pieces. Â The menswearÂ influenceÂ is quite strong. I’m glad to see that I could easily wear most of this stuff to the office without much of a side glance from my coworkers. Â They know me too well nowadays.
I have some serious thinking to do this summer about my fall Danier purchases with OBJECT, Greta Constantine and Mark Fast coming. It might be time to expand the leather options in my wardrobe.
I really enjoyed the Line Spring Summer 2011 collection at LGFW in October of last year. John and Jennifer decided that it was time to take Line forward and produce a whole collection of separates and dresses instead of just knits. The verdict is in, and they do a good bottom.
These are my top Line picks from the Spring Summer 2011 lookbook.
I attended the Danier Spring Summer 2011 preview a few months back and got to play with some of the pieces that will be available in store soon.
Exploration is central this season, unveiled through safari silhouettes and tribal details. Graphic animal prints and exotic Moroccan-inspired embroidery are incorporated into accessories, while utilitarian items like a leather trench or slim-cut bomber are sure to be adopted as wardrobe staples for the season.
Accessories and garments in an upbeat palette of poppy, fuchsia, violet, teal and citrus make for daring dressing this season. Using colour as the inspiration and statement point of an outfit, DANIER’s collection invites a pop of interest into your wardrobe with a multitude of hothouse hues. Whether it’s a bright and bold accessory or an eye-popping bomber, this season colour takes center stage.
Finally, sporting gear is made glamorous with the new take on athletic chic. A lineup of slick sports-style separates make up this season’s all stars. From striped hoodies and tanks too cool for the gym, to micro shorts and perforated skirts to show off great gams, these easy, pared-down pieces are essentials to off-duty dressing
Colour is very big for Danier this season and I’m happy to see other choices than your standard black and brown available.
I really like the ombre treatment on this jacket.
This ivory leather trench coat is one of the standouts of the season. I predict this one will sell out pretty quickly.
I’m currently a little obsessed with swimsuits and I love what Australian based, Black Milk Clothing is doing. So nerdy.
First for the art nerd. Black Milk actually won my heart with The Kiss by Klimt swimsuit. The Kiss is my all time favourite painting and I need to own this. They have some other art suits by Van Gogh (pictured) and Dada.
The science nerd has a lot to drool over at Black Milk. First up the Threepo, Artoo and Darkside swimsuits. No self respecting Star Wars nerd can deny how cool these suits are. Even this bitter Star Wars fan can get behind it.
Of course, you have some classic space imagery to choose from too.
Skulls aren’t left out and I like these two designs.Â They are kinda creepy.
Black Milk also makes leggings and again they hit me with another one of my art loves, M.C. Escher.
These are the best tights in the whole world and like The Kiss, I must own them.
I finally got to see Jeremy Laing’s new studio in Toronto and it is beautiful. Many people told me that his space was incredible and they were so right. It has a clawfoot tub! That’s like my dream.
A lot of the looks were out on loan but there were lots of jackets and leather pieces to play with. I didn’t mind that a lot of things were on loan because I couldn’t fit into the dresses which was a bit of a boo urns moment. The dresses wereso pretty.
So I played in some coats.Â They were voluminous but the ties allowed for customization.Â The above photo I have the ties loose.
This one found it’s way home with me.Â Wise investment.Â In this photo I’ve used the ties at my waist.Â This coat is also shorter than the beige one.
I’m dying over these leather shorts. They are perfect and they fit perfect.Â I was stunned.Â They also have ties.Â I like them down on the shorts.
I love the hand woven leather pieces. They were fairly heavy too. It has a very military feeling, like the netting they sometimes use.
I’m curious to see what Holt Renfrew brings in for spring summer 2011 from Jeremy. Check out Jeremy’s stockist page, it’s growing. 🙂
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.
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.
I’ve been obsession over the Debbie Pant by Toronto based designer Ewanika.
They look like a great convergence of style and function.Â They got some room in the thigh and hips which I like a lot.Â The pockets look like they sit flat, sometimes that style has a tendency to gape. I’m so glad that these roomier styles of pants are everywhere now. It’s perfect for track legs.Â
I like that Ewanika uses customers as models.Â This is Leslie Wormworth an Ewanika customer since 2001.
I received a package containing a pair of Zip Ankle Jean Legging in Black by Joe’s Jeans from Holt Renfrew PR just before Christmas. Jean Leggings were never something I would have tried before this package arrived. I hate to say it, I’ve drunk the koolaid, I like them.
When I pulled them out of the magenta bag, they looked a little small. I’ve come to realize that you need to buy them smaller than you think. They are denim and do stretch a bit. They are comfortable, it was the first thing that surprised me. They are like wearing non-denim leggings. The fabric is stretchy and soft. The zippers on the side make it easy to put on and remove.
I checked out the stash at Holt’s. They have a ton of different styles included distressed denim, acid wash andÂ tie dye. The price range is $116 – $140. The pair I have are $128. I thought it was hilarious that the distressed denim ones cost $140 even though from a production standpoint I can understand.
I hate the term jeggings and you’ll never hear me use it.Â It makes me angry.
I’m loving the Thieves bodysuit. The one pictured is wool, but it also comes in bamboo. It’s ridiculous but I want it. It’s very sci-fi.
Thieves is part of Shop Sustainable this holiday season
Shop Sustainable is a city-wide initiative that challenges consumers to shop ethically this holiday season. Its goal is to raise general awareness for eco friendly products, and at the same time promote many Toronto based and online retailers who carry them. The program is a collaboration of Fashion Takes Action and Evolution Green.
It might seem like eco friendly products are hard to find, but in reality there are several Toronto based retailers who make doing the right thing a lot easier for consumers. Shop Sustainable has something “ecoâ€ for everyone, including adult and children’s clothing, toys, personal care products, products for the home, coffee, chocolate, stationary, gadgets and gear and more.
The retailers participating in Shop Sustainable include: Baby on the Hip, Bullfrog Power, Caterpillar Baby, Chocosol, Daily Apple, Eco Flora, Greencricket.ca, GreenIsBlack.ca, Grassroots Store, I Recycle Computers, KaiKids.com, Kids on the Hip, Lileo, Merchants of Green Coffee, Me To We Style, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Pistachio, PlanetForward.ca, Preloved, Sugar Moon Salon, Thieves, worldSALON, Zero Point and 889 Yonge. In addition, Sporting Life’s uptown location is participating as they carry the eco friendly, Canadian made clothing line Guats, who is a sponsor of Shop Sustainable.
In addition to feeling good about doing the right thing, Shop Sustainable is offering further incentive via an online contest opportunity. Consumers can visit http://www.shopsustainable.ca for their chance to win a gift basket valued at over $1000, full of eco friendly products from the participating retailers.