i want: Alexander McQueen Wing embroidered dress

Alexander McQueen Wing embroidered dress
Alexander McQueen Wing embroidered dress

I was a fan of Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2008 collection. A friend who was a the show was a little creeped out by all the feathers. I thought it was stunning. The wings also fold back for other looks. Great Alexander McQueen toe box shoes! I’ve seen the shoes at Holt’s.

images: net-a-porter.com

Stella McCartney for LeSportsac is at Holt’s

I saw the a few select pieces at Holt’s Bloor Street on the weekend. They are pretty nice bags. They have a lot more structure to them than normal LeSportsac bags. I’m really in love with the large camera bag in grey quilt.

Stella McCartney for LeSportsac
They didn’t have my favourite bag of the collection though.

image: lesportsac.com

Prada Spring 2008 James Jean lookbook

I got a look book on my weekend trip to the friendly neighbourhood Prada store. I love the illustrations of James Jean that is all over the collection. It turns out there is a whole line of accessories too. My trusty scanner and I got to work. Note these are large images for your enjoyment. Click the thumbnails.

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Nathalie Atkinson from the National Post wrote and article on James Jean called Pure Jeanius. Another great article with a lot of images (many you have seen on I want – I got) is found at the comics212 site in a post called: PRADA IS JAMES JEAN: Comic artist covers spring collection.

This is the It bag of the season, even with all the calls about the end of it bags. NyMag has a post about getting your hands on the exclusive bag.

Please don’t hotlink!

Gap Design Editions are back. Coming to store near you in April

The designer collections are back this year. I picked up a Rodarte shirt last season. I’m curious about this season.
Click the images to get a look at this years collection which includes some menswear.
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Article from WWD. – thanks the Fashion Spot

Gap’s iconic white shirt is getting a new life this spring.

Next month, Gap will be bringing back its Gap Design Editions limited edition program, having enlisted 3.1 Phillip Lim, Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian, Philip Crangi and Threeasfour for the program’s second round.

The initiative, part of Gap’s partnership with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, featured Rodarte, Thakoon and Doo.Ri last year. This time, it will also incorporate men’s wear and jewelry, and widen its distribution to include Gap adult stores in Canada, the U.K. and Japan.

“We were very pleased with the launch last year,” said Gary Muto, president of Gap Adult. “It is centered around encouraging new American design talent and bringing it to a broader audience. There are a lot of emerging designers and it’s become a crowded field, so we said, ‘How do we celebrate the creativity and use our size to announce the new talent?’”

Gap, which has been challenged by store traffic and merchandise problems, is hopeful the initiative will help drive traffic back into stores.

“We have taken a classic iconic Gap item,” Muto said. “It is redefining a classic and hopefully, it is appealing to our customers, and customers who may not have shopped at the Gap in the past, or haven’t shopped [there] in a while. It broadens the reach.”

This edition, Gap took more of a strategic approach. Where the 2007 initiative went to about 80 stores, there are elements this year that will go to all units in the U.S. For instance, Muto said the designs of Lim, who was a runner-up for the 2007 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, will be more widely distributed. (CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Rogan already had an agreement with Target, which prohibited the label from participating in this collaboration.)

Each designer worked with Patrick Robinson, executive vice president of design for Gap Adult and GapBody, to put together their pieces.

Lim created four pieces, including a tie-neck shirt, a bell-sleeve ruched shirt and a layered sleeve top, all at $78.

“My goal was to bring the complexity and playfulness of a woman’s essence without compromising the perfect simplicity of a classic white shirt,” Lim said.

Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg created a patchwork tunic for $88. “I wanted to patchwork a bunch of traditional white-on-white men’s shirting fabrics together, like a madras patchwork, but all white, bringing a sense of imperfection and an artisanal quality to the shirt,” Sternberg said.

Threeasfour’s Gabi, Adi and Ange designed a camisole for $78 and a cutaway dress for $88. “We were looking to find a balance of the three major elements involved: white poplin, Gap and Threeasfour,” Gabi said.

Adi added, “We chose to do an easy summer dress and a little asymmetric top that translate our signature seaming and vision [for] a wider audience.”

Bastian, meanwhile, studied his own design vocabulary to come up with his designs for Gap, which include an epaulet and a Western shirt for men, both at $78. “There is a good skinny military shirt I have never weirdly done in white poplin, and I also always do a Western shirt, with that little Western detail on the shoulder and back with a pleated formal shirt fabric,” said Bastian, who also did a women’s style.

Crangi’s task was to create jewelry for the project, and he came up with such looks as a white or black wide resin cuff for $45. “My approach was to find out what is the most basic component of the Gap aesthetic and evolve the design from that,” Crangi said. “I worked with the idea of a primary palette and basic shapes.”

The shirts will be available at Gap Adult stores from April 15.

images: fashionherald.blogspot.com

Pierre Hardy’s Gap collection is in stores now

Pierre Hardy

THE HARDY BOY WHY: Couture footwear at Gap prices. Need we say more? The wait is over, chicettes: As we told you in our exclusive story in FLARE’s most recent issue, Pierre Hardy’s Gap collection is finally in Canada starting Monday. The Parisian cult cobbler, who also designs for his own eponymous label, Balenciaga and Hermes, is responsible for converting countless women (including many a FLARE editor) into accessories addicts. Your feet will be perfectly prepped for spring with the four styles, which include a peep-toe wooden wedge with chambray print, a 70s style strappy platform and our favourite, a metallic gladiator sandal. Get them at the 7 locations across the country.

Toronto: Eaton Centre, Bloor St. and Yorkdale Mall
Montreal: Eaton Centre and 1255 St. Catherine St.
Vancouver: Pacific Centre and Robson St.

via Flare Report

Fashion Magazine February 2008 – Cdn Designer Spread

I have scanner so I can scan now. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I talked about the great spread in Fashion mag in Feb and now I present my favourite images.
Fashion Magazine February 2008 - Cdn Designer Spread
I really like the dress on the left from Malak by Kalam Lee

Fashion Magazine February 2008 - Cdn Designer Spread
I’m in love with this dress by Jeremy Laing

Fashion Magazine February 2008 - Cdn Designer Spread
Renata Morales

Fashion Magazine February 2008 - Cdn Designer Spread
Lida Biday

Fashion Magazine February 2008 - Cdn Designer Spread
Arthur Mendonca

images: me and my scanner.