RIP Phi

Phi Fall 2009 ad campaign by Steven Meisel

One of my favourite labels Phi is shutting down. Their amazing Spring 2010 collection never went into production. When I’m in Holt Renfrew I look at the final few pieces of Phi and mourn a little. It seemed they were just hitting their stride. For the last few seasons, Phi had been pumping out some drool worthy collections.

Phi Fall 2009 ad campaign by Steven Meisel

Seeing this Phi Fall 2009 ad campaign by Steven Meisel prompted me to write this post. Not only did Phi have great clothing, I loved the ad campaigns. Phi Fall 2009 featured my fav, Sasha.

Phi Fall 2009 ad campaign by Steven Meisel

Phi was one of the shows I saw in NYC at fashion week. It was my first viewing of the super popular models of Spring 2009 like Sasha P, Freja, Kinga, Irina, Hye, Suvi and Natasha. I was in awe of these people. It was then I learned that my instinct not to compare myself to these people was correct. They are freaks of nature (the a good way) and most people will never look like them.

Phi Fall 2009 ad campaign by Steven Meisel

How can we forgot the beautiful Art Deco inspired ad campaign for Spring 2009.

I also like the Fall 2008 campaign.

PHI Spring Fall 2008 Ad Campaign

PHI Spring Fall 2008 Ad Campaign

What fashion koolaid was Anita drinking in 2009

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Anita in custom Mi Concept leather dress at Holt Renfrew TIFF party, Sept 2009

There are some trends I got behind this year that aren’t for everyone. I’ve drunk the fashion koolaid if you will on some trends. Here are the ones that made it into my closet.

I love the strong shoulder and thigh high boot trend, but it was somethings that I never made it to my closet.

TEFW – Vawk Spring 2010

TEFW - Vawk Spring 2010

I was very excited to see the Vawk Spring 2010 show for LG Fashion Week. It was the only offsite show part of the program and it was held in AGO. I wasn’t in the glass-and-wood façade area of the building. That would have been a logistical nightmare but oh so fun. There was an open call for fan to show up for first come first serve seats. There was a pretty big line in front of the building and I was really glad for that Media/VIP entrance. It’s a life saver.

TEFW - VAWK Spring 2010

Leading up to the show, Sunny posted a series of preview videos for the collection. If they were embeddable I would have posted them here. He also streamed the show live for viewers that couldn’t attend the open call.

TEFW - Vawk Spring 2010

Reading the Vawk line sheet revealed a show full of luxurious fabrics: sand leather, silk cotton, crepe de chine, silk organza and silk chiffon. Sunny Fong was influenced by French Polynesia. This was seen with the bright red and orange colour palette which contrasted against the taupe. The hibiscus flower was a big motif in the collection. It was punched into smooth leathers and cutouts in chiffon. It was only a 12 look show but the looks were strong. A few separates, cocktail dresses and gowns. It was a soft and feminine collection. It wasn’t what I expected. I saw Sunny’s winning Project Runway Canada collection at LG Fashion Week last season and it was youthful and sexy with a harder edge. This was sexy but in a mature way. I enjoyed the collection and I loved all the leather to bits. I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed with the direction. Vawk is stepping out into the real world and the freedom go crazy just isn’t feasible. Did I mention I find the leathers drool worthy?

TEFW - VAWK Spring 2010

My photos were complete crap. I’m glad my photographer friend Raymund Galsim send me some he took from the photographer’s pit. I was also disappointed with the model’s choreography. It was great for people in the pit but if you were sitting anywhere other than the front row it wasn’t easy. I really wish the models paused at the top of the stairs before descending onto the runway.

The video of the collection is available for viewing

Danielle from FinalFashion.ca is doing paper dolls this season. Check out her Vawk Spring 2010 paper doll.

People are always interested in what I’m wearing and it’s a one of a kind Jeremy Laing dress. It makes me feel like a superhero.

images: Raymund Galsim

Magpie Shopping Party

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I attended the Magpie Shopping Party in June that was organized by The Style Box. Magpie was one of my favourite shows from Day 3 of |FAT|. However, up to this point I had never been in the store on Queen Street. The store is a combination of showroom and studio. There is also a really cute backyard patio.

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Magpie was created 4 years ago by Cathy McDayter and Angela Mann. In addition to their ready to wear line they do custom work that fits with the Magpie aesthetic. Prices start at $300. They also will alter their garments to fit the customer on site.

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Taking its inspiration from the exciting and vibrantly multicultural community of Toronto’s Queen Street West, Magpie Designs is all about exploring new ways to think about textile and design in women’s fashion. A partnership that began four years ago – Magpie Designs duo, Cathy McDayter and Angela Mann’s creations are not for those looking to be the wallflower of the party.
A diverse range of hand-made garments and accessories are singular and innovative in their employment of linens, hand-painted silks and leathers, antique textiles, and exotic beads. Their line of accessories put to use varied and exotic media in memorable combinations. Each garment is custom-fitted to the customer, allowing every client to experience the luxury of a one-of-a-kind Magpie Designs piece, including jackets, dresses, blouses, skirts, pants, coats, jewellery, belts, and scarves.
Magpie Designs’ unconventional collections are celebrated among many Canadian celebrities, including Ivana Santilli, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Guy Few, Sarrain Boylan, and is a favourite of internationally-renowned Soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

The slideshow below is of Magpie designs including images from the Day 3 of |FAT|.

Magpie is located at 884 Queen Street West.

i got: A Raglan Printed A-Line Tunic by Juma

A Raglan Printed A-Line Tunic by Juma

This image is a little different to most of the i got posts I make. I decided to switch it up and add an action shot. I’m wearing a Raglan Printed A-Line Tunic by Juma. I’m wearing it as a dress here, but it would look great with skinny pants or leggings.

My friend Naomi is wearing a cute Tshirt dress and belt from the Gap. The ring is Toni Cavelti. Since she was in the photo I thought you’d might like to know what she is wearing too.

i got: Final Fashion Dr Martens

Final Fashion Dr Martens are finally mine. I’ve been waiting for a year and it was totally worth it. As you might recall from this post Danielle Meder wins the Dr Martens Boot Design Contest.

I was so excited that I made a little video for this i got.

They are 14 holes. In all my years of owning Docs these were like the holy grail. I only did make it to 12 hole, but they had a buckle across the top of the boot that made them awesome. The leather on these are a little softer than your regular Dr Martens. I can’t express how much I love these boots. They remind me of my high school and university years. I’ve finally have a pair of Dr. Martens in my possession after years of being absent.

You can grab the Final Fashion Dr. Martens at Neon Clothing. There’s one on Queen West.

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.

i want: Jewellery by Harakiri

Ibis Bracelet by Harakiri

An Ibis Bracelet by Harakiri

Daikoku Pendant by Harakiri

Daikoku Pendant by Harakiri

Harakiri are a Montreal based company. I first heard of them because of their work with Denis Gagnon. They produced some absolutely stunning jewellery for his many of his runway shows including Spring 2009. The themes run a little dark in their jewellery as you can tell by the mouse skull.

The White Tee Project – Complex Geometries x Jak & Jil

The White Tee Project - Complex Geometries x Jak & Jil

Complex Geometries and Tommy Ton have teamed up to present The White Tee Project and it’s stunning!

The White Tee Project - Complex Geometries x Jak & Jil

See the rest of The White Tee Project at jakandjil.com.

These shots make me want to go out and buy the Bag Dress and Split Square Dress.

Complex Geometries is available online and at Fawn Boutique and UPC in Toronto and Reborn in Montreal.

Dagg and Stacey Spring 2009 Lookbook

Dagg and Stacey Spring 2009 Lookbook

At the height of British Imperialism many of the affluent found themselves able to travel to new and unexplored lands, bringing their polite society and china services to the safari. This moment in time is so beautifully illustrated in the memoir Out of Africa by Isak Dinsen. The Dagg and Stacey Spring/Summer 2009 collection is guided by the spirit of this intoxicating journey. The look features relaxed tailoring, clean lines, and hand dyed appliques for an effortlessly feminine feel.

Dagg and Stacey was developed by the combined inspiration of Karen Dagg and Stacey Paterson. Established in 2001 in Toronto Canada, Dagg and Stacey had a clear intention from the beginning. Guided by a strong sense of feminine tailoring and an informed nod to vintage detailing, Dagg and Stacey appeals to those whose attention to quality and style are paramount. The label is known for its eclectic use of colour, pattern and texture, with each piece framed by their philosophy of creating beautifully cut and consistently feminine designs.

i want: Sporty SpinTO Style – Male Model Edition


So, I planned to do an “i want” post around SpinTO when I signed on as a media sponsor. Initially, it was going to be a menswear and womenswear post, but I decided to make it all about me. The i want: Sporty SpinTO Style post went over well. Well the boys want their own post now. So this is the Male version of i want: Sporty SpinTO Style aka the Male Model Edition.

SpinTO - Solid Gold. May 15, 2009.  Get your tickets Now!

We can’t have a sporty style post without Canadian boys, DSquared2. This is the bread and butter.

Sporty SpinTO Style - Male Model Edition Dsquared2

This is for the daring man. While the more modest can get into the Solid Gold them with these little gold shorts.

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Sporty SpinTO Style - Male Model Edition Dsquared2

Of course, Dolce & Gabbana, you can’t do sporty without them.

Sporty SpinTO Style - Male Model Edition  Dolce & Gabbana

These short shorts for men are perfectly acceptable to me 🙂

Sporty SpinTO Style - Male Model Edition  Dolce & Gabbana

To round out the list we need Mr. Roberto Cavalli, which should inspire men looking to wear swimsuits.

Sporty SpinTO Style - Male Model Edition Roberto Cavalli

Sporty SpinTO Style - Male Model Edition Roberto Cavalli

So, this is my idealized version of male Sporty SpinTO Style. There is no corresponding bicycle short trend in menswear right now. The closest is the short shorts, which I like with the right set of legs. What will you be wearing at SpinTO guys? Get your tickets.

SpinTO is a fundraising project that kicks off with a party on May 15 celebrating the 600 km Friends for Life Bike Rally from Toronto to Montreal in support of the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.

This project will be lead by a community-media site at SpinTO.ca, a place where stories about the journey riders in the Rally will be told through new media including blogging and video podcasting. These stories will continue to be told well beyond the kick-off party leading up to the ride to Montreal taking place in July 26-31, 2009. SpinTO has been organized by a team of community contributors, led by Mark Kuznicki and Adam Schwabe, both riders in the 2009 Bike Rally.

images: style.com

i want: Sporty SpinTO Style

I’m hear to talk style for the SpinTO party on May 15, 2009 (Friday!!!). I don’t have my outfit yet. I have a back up plan, that’s the gold plan. I have another idea, but it’s more sporty than gold. With an unlimited budget however my Sporty SpinTO party outfit would be amazing. So, I thought I would dream up an “i want” SpinTO style.

SpinTO - Solid Gold. May 15, 2009.  Get your tickets Now!

My favourite pieces are from ThreeASFOUR

Three as four bodysuit - Sporty SpinTO Style

I’m head over heels for this catsuit. Paired with a sheer tunic or tank top, sigh!

Three as four - Sporty SpinTO Style

Of course there is the hotter than hell Alexander McQueen legging and top combo.

Eiffel Tower Top - Spring 2009

Eiffel Tower Leggings - Spring 2009

You can do it Prada Style.

Prada - Sporty SpinTO Style

Prada - Sporty SpinTO Style

I’m particularly fond of the yellow House of Holland bicycle shorts. I pair it with a nice white racerback tank.

House of Holland - Sporty SpinTO Style

Or Alexander Wang, who even showcased bicycle shorts in leather for Fall 2009. They aren’t pictured because they are kinda ugly.

Alexander Wang - Sporty SpinTO Style

Alexander Wang - Sporty SpinTO Style

SpinTO is a perfect event to showcase the bike short trend that has been gaining strength throughout the last few seasons. My choices are from Resort 2009 through Fall 2009. Here are a few examples of websites talking up the bike short trend: Style Bubble: Cycling into Spring and The Coveted: The Return of The Bicycle Short?.

It’s safe to say whatever I’ll be wearing on Friday it will be tight. I hope to see you there. Get your tickets now.

SpinTO is a fundraising project that kicks off with a party on May 15 celebrating the 600 km Friends for Life Bike Rally from Toronto to Montreal in support of the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.

This project will be lead by a community-media site at SpinTO.ca, a place where stories about the journey riders in the Rally will be told through new media including blogging and video podcasting. These stories will continue to be told well beyond the kick-off party leading up to the ride to Montreal taking place in July 26-31, 2009. SpinTO has been organized by a team of community contributors, led by Mark Kuznicki and Adam Schwabe, both riders in the 2009 Bike Rally.

images: style.com

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Launch at Jezebel

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer - Alison Joe and MJ

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer held it’s launch last week at the new club, Jezebel. I attended to because I’m always interested in getting myself into Jezebel and see some fashion friends that would be in attendance. This year Joe Fresh Style is selling the shirts for $12 at all Joe Fresh locations.

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer - Amanda and Kristin

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) began as the fashion industry’s response to breast cancer – a widely recognized effort that raises public awareness and funds to support breast cancer research, education and patient care. Inspired by Ralph Lauren in memory of his late friend Nina Hyde, The Washington Post columnist who died of breast cancer, the campaign centres around the sale of Target apparel reminding women to “target” their breast health. The target has been worn by such fashion icons as Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Helena Christensen.

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer firemen

Since its launch, FTBC has become the worldwide fashion community’s singular and most successful response to breast cancer. This incredibly simple and powerful awareness campaign has raised over $1.4 million in Canada alone over the past 8 years. Rethink Breast Cancer is the organization and inspiration behind FTBC Canada.

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer - The girls give us a show

Since Jezebel is a burlesque bar we were treated to a few dances. The girls were okay but they were no Dita. I think the concept of the bar is cute and I’m hoping that there are dancers in Toronto that will make us stand up and take notice.

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer - Getting interviewed
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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer - The cupcakes

My favourite part of the night was the cupcakes. I think I had five of them, LOL.

Photos by Tom Sandler provided by Rock It Promotions.

i want: Supra NS Sneakers

Supra NS Sneakers
 Supra NS Sneakers

High-tops, high-tops, high-tops. I’m all about the high-top and the Supra NS are speaking to me. I’m dying for a pair of gold sneakers and these are nice.

 Supra NS Sneakers

However, I love the fabric treatment on the grey option. The multibuckle shoe is my favorite style of the three

Available at STOLENRICHES®.

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