TÃ´ Long-nam is still keeping me up to date with his collections.Â I’m hoping to hear some news about fall winter 2011 soon.Â Spring Summer 2011 is heavily influenced by the butterfly. As the butterfly shape corresponds with a X-structure it represents – as the ying and the yang – the two sides of the same coin. On one side the butterfly – with its soft body of curved lines, beautiful but fragile and precious through its colors – literally embodies all aspects of eternal beauty and femininity. And on the other side the X-structure which represents the masculine pole – rational, cold, straight but at the same time strong and protective. Two elements which complement each other, and which perfectly reflect all the characteristics of the TÃ” LONG-NAM aesthetics. It combines the mixture of traditional masculine and feminine elements to create strength with its lines and soft harmony in its composition. images: courtesy of TÃ” Long-Nam
I hate Valentine’s Day but even the Holt Renfrew Valentine’s Day themed windows brought a smile to my face. Holt Renfrew’s Valentine’s windows celebrate all things love. For the month of February at Holt Renfrew stores across the country, cupid shoots his arrow at whimsically â€“themed mannequin couples. Each window is its own love story, with mannequins expressing their love for one another while wearing the colourful fashions and accessories of the spring 2011 season. Some of the window themes include, the romance novel, friends of Dorothy, dating games and kissing a sailor. images: courtesy of Holt Renfrew
I got a the beautiful HermÃ¨s L’air de Paris Gavroche for my birthday. I didn’t talk about the other really awesome birthday present. Oh yes, it’s these babies. Camilla Skovgaard makes the most comfortable heel I own.Â They have been getting a lot of wear since June.Â I’m loving the last so much that I’ve been toying with the idea of another pair of Camilla Skovgaard shoes in the future, perhaps many pairs in years to come.Â Â Not only are they comfortable, they are a smoking hot shoe. Available at: Holt Renfrew, Carte Blanche, ssense.com images: singer22.com
What is there to say about Celine accessories. They are totally covet worthy and getting better and better each season. Spring Summer 2010 is no exception. I love how Celine might have more muted and neutral colours but totally plays up the colour with accessories. images: tooklookbook.com
Balmain x Oliver Peoples I have to admit the Balmain x Oliver Peoples collaboration is pretty nice. For the 2010 season, Paris couture house Balmain collaborated with Oliver Peoples to create its first eyewear design. This Limited Edition sunglass, named simply Balmain I, is a bold, unisex style that reflects the edgy aesthetics developed by designer Christophe Decarnin on the runway. Featuring an exaggerated teardrop lens shape in a form-fitting wrap, the Balmain I is a mixed-media style, crafted with a metal top bar and temples, and an acetate eyewire. Unified with four screws along the backside, the frame also features a flexible hinge for added comfort. Two color options are available: solid black and a black/silver combination. EDIT: I’ve discovered a Canadian retailer. Unfortunately it’s only in Toronto, Spectacle. images: oliverpeoples.com
I like a few items of the Douglas Coupland x Roots collaboration. The ROOTS X DOUGLAS COUPLAND collection includes apparel for women/men/children, accessories, leather goods, design items, furniture, limited editions, original art and a series of pop-up stores. This is the first time Douglas Coupland has designed fashion wearables. He is best known as the internationally best-selling author of “Generation X”, “JPod” and “Generation A”. “For more than 10 years I’ve been intimately exploring what it means to be Canadian,” says Coupland. “This partnership with Roots is an amazing opportunity to keep that dialogue going with an even wider, more diverse audience.” The theme created for the ROOTS X DOUGLAS COUPLAND collection is “Canada Goes Electric” and brings together Douglas Coupland’s recognizable perspective with the Roots reputation for quality goods and craftsmanship. “For the first time in our history, we stepped back and left the design to an outside designer,” explains Don Green, Co-founder of Roots. “Visually the collection is strong but beyond that, Douglas Coupland has once again shown his trademark humour and brilliance …
These Criss Cross Sandal by Marais USA are my new favourite summertime flat. They are super comfortable and not expensive. I love the discussion and stares these shoes bring. They are so bright and neon. I love it. I picked these up at Chasse Gardee. They carry Marais USA in Toronto and they range in the $85 – $120.
In honour of Topshop coming to Jonathan+Olivia in Toronto I’ve decided to take a look through the site and choose some shoes I would like to see cross the pond. I’m very curious to see the Canadian pricing. Topshop comes to Jonathan+Olivia on June 19, 2010.
I was freaking out in Janurary over a Nicholas Kirkwood shoe I saw on Jak & Jil. Now the whole season is available on Nicholas Kirkwood website. I love.
Jason Wu and I have similar shaped heads. I can’t get that thought out of my mind whenever I look at this picture. I met Jason when he came to The Room for a Trunk Show and cocktail party in his honour. Jason Wu’s bio reads like one of the those prodigy kids. At 16 he was well on his way to becoming a designer creating couture like clothing for dolls at Integrity Toys. At 17, he became the Creative Director of Integrity Toys. Jason studied fashion design at Parson and started his namesake label in 2006. He created Michelle Obama’s ivory inaugural gown which pushed him into the limelight and made him a household name. I never appreciated Jason’s collection until I saw it up close. His style is very ladylike; socialite wear if you’d like. The details and fabrics that make his clothing interesting aren’t noticeable in photos. I was really surprised at some of the luxurious fabrics he used in the collections. All clothing is manufactured in the United States. The Room …
This is a fun little crossbody bag from Tila March. The 4-year-old company is the brainchild of a French fashion editor, Tamara Taichman and a marketing executive in the leather luxury goods business, Nicolas Berdugo.Â The Japan Times has a great little article on the brand and some history. Tila March handbags are available in Canada exclusively though the online handbag retailer A TO ZANE. images: tilamarch.com
I’ve been preoccupied with these Desert High 3 boot by Acne even since I saw Tommy Ton of JakandJil wearing them. I mentioned that I was all over this lepoard print right now. Tommy just looked at me, smiled and said, “It’s because of Dries“. You can purchase these boots at the Acne online Men’s shop. images: acnestudios.com
The Diego Suede Studded Bucket Bag by Alexander Wang is my ultimate Spring Summer 2010 Bucket Bag. I was playing with it at Holt Renfrew and fell in lust with this bag. The hardware is beautiful and it’s pretty heavy and solid.Â I appreciate the masculine qualities ofÂ Alexander Wang handbags.Â My aversion to animal print is slowly being broken down.Â I love that there is a short and long strap for the bag. You can purchase this bag at Holt Renfrew or online at shopbop.com.
There is no reason why I should be paying attention to the Jean Low Cut Western Boots by Acne. None at all. However, the magenta colour keeps calling. How can you resist magenta boots? I know I can’t and hence why they are here. You can purchase these online at the Acne Shop. images: acnestudios.com
I saw these Sigerson Morrison Spring Summer 2010 shoes at The Room and I’m in love. They have a perfect all day heel height. The wood heel gives them an organic feeling. You can find these two styles at The Room in Toronto.Â Sigerson Morrison is available online at Zappos.
There are a few items I associate with my youth: Neon, Oakleys, Converse and G-Shock watches. I loved my old G-Shock watch, it was a man’s version but I didn’t care. I loved it’s chunkiness and digital display. I think women’s watches are a bit to delicate; I need the feeling of the huge watch on my arm. I’ve been slowly acquiring these old artifacts of youth and now that these G-Shocks come in bright colours I think I’m going to have to buy in again. Casio created the G-Shock Mini for women. They feature the same G-Shock style in smaller size for women’s proportions.Â They are cute too but I love all the bells and whistles that come with the men’s G-Shock. You can find G-Shock watches in Toronto at The Bay, Livestock, Solestop, Wal-mart, Sears and Little Burgundy. You can find G-Shock watches online at Zappos, Bloomingdales and Karmaloop. images: courtesy ofÂ Casio
Leave it to Lanvin to make bridal I like. I was trolling Net-a-Porter and saw items from the bridal line that I’ve heard lots about but never have seen until now. I’m a big fan of the dresses on the right in the images. The short ruffled one is my absolute favourite. What a fun dress to get married in and you wouldn’t even have to change for the reception. After the wedding, dye it another colour and you have a dress you can wear at other occasions. images: net-a-porter.com
AlaÃ¯aÂ Leather wedge sandals AlaÃ¯a Lace-front peep-toe ankle boots I didn’t see any of notice the AlaÃ¯a sandals when I was at The Room taking photos.Â I love the detailing on both shoes and the Lace front peep-toe are my favourites. You can find both of these styles online at net-a-porter.com. Both Holt Renfrew and The Room sells AlaÃ¯a shoes in Toronto. images: net-a-porter.com
Givenchy Nappa Leather Open Toe Boots Perfect little adjustable slouch bootie. Available online at luisaviaroma.com and Saks.com. Givenchy Lace-insert patent-leather sandals I love the lace and patent sandal in this colour but you can also get in it black. The shoe is available online at Net-a-porter, Saks.com (black version) and farfetch.com (both colours). images: net-a-porter, luisaviaroma.com
I love this top by All Saints.Â It has all the design elements that attracts me.Â It kinda reminds me of Complexgeometries in a way.Â You can purchase the top online at the All Saints store. image: allsaints.com
This editorial is absolutely stunning. I love the use of the Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis spring summer 2010 pieces. It’s quite fitting in this underwater world. Other designers in the editorial include Balmain and Prada. Photographer: Solve Sundsbo Styist:George Cortina Model: Alla Kostromichova images: the Fashion Spot
Inspired by an original wartime parachute, this double layered cotton dress features 6 cotton ties to create a truly unique silhouette. The parachute dress comes complete with authentic raw cotton calico bag. I’m totally smitten with the Parachute Short Dress by All Saints. I love the volume of the skirt and the delicate neckline contrasting with the strings. images: us.allsaints.com
I don’t know why I’m loving the Primo Lace Up Wedge Booties by Elizabeth and James . They are blush coloured for god sakes. There is something about the laces, the snake-embossed leather trim and tweed. You can find these booties online at shopbop.com and Bergdorfs. Bergorfs has a black and blush version in addition to the regular blush version. Holt Renfrew carries Elizabeth and James shoes.Â I haven’t seen these yet. images: shopbop.com
The other type of handbag I’ve been obsessing over is the bucket bag. I have no idea why they are calling to me at this moment. Alexander WangÂ – Diego suede studded bucket bag MATT & NAT – Commix Drawstring Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs – Party Girl Tribal Pixie Bucket Bag These are a few of the more interesting ones I’ve seen. UPDATE(May 4, 2010): I saw the black version of the MATT & NAT bucket bag for sale at Over the Rainbow. It’s pretty fun in person. I like it. UPDATE(May 10, 2010): I saw the Marc By Marc Jacobs bucket bag at Holt Renfrew on the weekend. It’s pretty nice in person also. images: shopbop.com, net-a-porter.com
JUMA debuted a spring summer 2010 collection video last week. Check out the Juma ad on the sidebar. I want – I got readers get a $50 gift card for purchases in the Juma online shop.