The Smooth Co. at Holt Renfrew

Smooth Co at Holt Renfrew

I went to the launch of The Smooth Co. for men at Holt Renfrew. The Smooth Co. looks to fill the void that Modern Amusement left in the store when they went belly up. The price points are lower and more accessible.

Smooth Co at Holt Renfrew

Born in the sand and saltwater, TSC effortlessly blends modern style and wearable ease. We are inspired by love for a lifestyle that spans from the most private of beaches to the busiest of cities around the globe. The line radiates a subtle casual air in every situation, while maintaining a strong tie to our roots in the ocean sides of Southern California.

Smooth Co at Holt Renfrew

The line is very casual. Everything has that aged washed look. I like the Oversized cotton hoodie and the Shawl Collar Chambray Summer Parka.

The Smooth Co. at Holt Renfrew

Yes, of course The Smooth Co. created a spring summer 2010 video:

You can see all my Olympus E-PL1 phots from the event:

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

I really like the Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign. The images tie into the short film Prada created with Chinese artist Yang Fudong.

Featuring young men gathered in Shanghai, dressed in Prada meanswear, the black and white film portrays a timeless, dreamlike realm where anything is possible. Inspired by Chinese adage that “the whole year’s works depends on a good start in the spring”, it is a bold and beautiful film represents an exciting new direction for Prada’s visual communications at the start of the season(source).

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

images: thefashionspot.com

I got a Marksover

Markover - stylist Afiya Francisco, make-up/appearance specialist Janine Falcon and hair stylist Gary May, photography Rannie Turingan
Markover - stylist Afiya Francisco, make-up/appearance specialist Janine Falcon and hair stylist Greg May, photography Rannie Turingan

Mark’s aka Mark’s Work Warehouse has decided to change focus and is now trying to get people to think of them differently. They’ve changed their name to Mark’s to rid themselves of the work warehouse moniker. With this they’ve changed some of the offerings in the store to appeal to a larger audience but still serve that core business of workwear.

To get the word out about this change they invited members of the media to:

Come experience the latest in style and innovation from Mark’s Work Wearhouse. We’re pleased to invite you to an interactive style event, featuring the Spring/Summer 2010 clothing line from Mark’s Work Wearhouse.

They called this a Marksover and we used it as a hashtag for twitter conversations. This would include a talk with Marks representatives about the new innovations they have added, a stylist to help you select a perfect Marks outfit, hairstylist to work your do and a makeup artist to round out the whole package. I was told it was an exercise to see the reactions from different media groups to the clothing. I represented some of the fashion group.

Markover - stylist Afiya Francisco, make-up/appearance specialist Janine Falcon and hair stylist Gary May, photography Rannie Turingan
Markover - stylist Afiya Francisco, make-up/appearance specialist Janine Falcon and hair stylist Greg May, photography Rannie Turingan

We invite you to try on pieces from Mark’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection, engage with both our Mark’s team and local style experts (stylist Afiya Francisco, make-up/appearance specialist Janine Falcon and hair stylist Greg May) and document your style experience with a personalized photo shoot. And as an added bonus, all attendees will be given a gift voucher to spend at a local Mark’s retail location so they can bring the Mark’s innovation story home with them post-event.

Mark’s core audience is still your typical middle class white couple with kids and busy schedules. They are looking for ease of use, simplicity and comfort. Obviously, I’m not their demographic and I was very skeptical that Marks has changed enough to impress this fashion lover. Curiosity was burning me up so I accepted. The High Road team created this huge production with the stylist, hair and makeup. I had to see it for myself.

First we learned about the new innovations at Marks which included moisture wicking materials, built-in bras, shapewear inserts, colour fading resistant materials and shoes with better support for comfort. There are more which you can read on the website. A lot of problems the Mark’s staff mentioned as being issues to their customer aren’t mine. One innovation is called curvetech which is basically bras and shapewear features added to tank tops and dresses. I never worry about breasts support. I’ve got model tits. I can go without a bra. Even if I wanted to us this product I couldn’t, the small would never fit me. There were shirts that were wrinkle proof; I like ironing. These weren’t my issues but they were bang on for their target market.

Next, I met with Afiya who had some items for me to try on, mostly sporty things. A lot of things were hit and miss. Mark’s had jean leggings which looked promising until I tried them on. They weren’t true to leggings didn’t fit like the second skin I expected. Perhaps if they had a smaller size but I was at the limit. I expected this to be honest, most places like Mark’s or Reitmans don’t make sizes I can fit into. I finally found some denim shorts that I like and would wear. This was paired with a grey colour fast safe tank top. The tanks and tshirts from Mark’s are very comfortable. Sizing was an issue for trying on some button up tops that looked good. The last three pieces were a red belt, a black cardigan with a very fashion cut (friends couldn’t believe it was Mark’s when I told them) and a vibrant blue spring jacket. As for shoes I got these little red runners that look like P.F. Flyers. The shoes use something called Quadcomfort (A Mark’s innovation) which provides cushioning, support and comfort. We were given the complete outfits in addition to the gift certificate. I’ve worn everything given to me outside of the event except the running shoes and shorts so far. They are some nice pieces. I think the blue coat is my favourite of the bunch.

Markover - stylist Afiya Francisco, make-up/appearance specialist Janine Falcon and hair stylist Greg May, photography Rannie Turingan
Markover - stylist Afiya Francisco, make-up/appearance specialist Janine Falcon and hair stylist Greg May, photography Rannie Turingan

After styling I got a slight trim by Greg May. I was now able to see that “I got my hair did by Greg May.” If I was a white girl he would be my hair stylist for sure. Janine Falcon, a fellow Worthy 30, did my makeup and it was awesome. I have to book an appointment  to learn what she did and how to apply it to myself. I suck at using pencils, brushes and the like. I grabbed some accessories for the photo shoot with Rannie aka Photojunkie.

Monday night I finally used the giftcard. As I expected I had a hard time finding things in small. Mark’s why do you make it so hard. I ended up leaving with two scarves, two watches and a really cute and colourful water-repellent packable anorak. No real clothing at all.  Does Mark’s have a new customer in me?  Not really, but I have some pieces that will get a lot of wear.  I might go back for another anorak in an obnoxious colour, they are just so cute.

i want: Debbie Pant by Ewanika

I’ve been obsession over the Debbie Pant by Toronto based designer Ewanika.

Debbie Pant by Ewanika

They look like a great convergence of style and function.  They got some room in the thigh and hips which I like a lot.  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. 

I like that Ewanika uses customers as models.  This is Leslie Wormworth an Ewanika customer since 2001.

EWANIKA
1083 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON

i want: United Nude Spring Summer 2010 Shoes

United Nude has some amazing shoes for Spring Summer 2010.  I’m particularly fond of the Frame style.
United Nude Frame

The United Nude Frame is a return to United Nude’s architectural roots. As the most important part of any structure is its frame, the shoe’s heel is lightweight carbon fiber, the upper is luxurious leather and together they seamlessly form one. The Frame is a sexy high heeled construction.

Cup X Sandal
United Nude Cup X Sandal

Cosmo
United Nude Cosmo

Cup Goddess
United Nude Cup Goddess

Cup Pump
United Nude Cup Pump

images: unitednude.com

i want: Tale Wedge by Eileen Shield for Maria Cornejo

The lovely Nathalie Aktinson send me a link to the Tale wedge by Eileen Shields for Maria Cornejo. “These new Zero+Maria Cornejo shoes somehow remind me of you…” the message reads. She is completely on target here, I really like these wedge booties.  The cutout is perfect and I love all the colourways.  The white stands out to me the most.

Tale Wedge by Eileen Shield for Maria Cornejo

I have a total soft spot for Zero + Maria Cornejo. I love her clothing and prints. The Spring 2008 collection from Zero was my first New York Fashion Week show.  Zero + Maria Cornejo women’s ready to wear is available at Holt Renfrew and Jonathan + Olivia.  Shoes have to be ordered online or a trip to the States is in order.

images: zeromariacornejo.com

Dr. Martens Spring 2010 – Women’s

I went to the Spring 2010 preview for Dr. Martens. We got a look at the 50th anniversary options too. I didn’t bring my camera and took crappy Blackberry photos. They suck so I’m posting the pro stuff.

Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Diva
Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Diva

I’m not a big fan of the Diva series. I know I’m not the norm because I’ve heard many positive things about them. Call me a traditionalist.

Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Koram Flash
Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Koram Flash

The metallic Docs are hilarious. I think the electric blue are my favourite. So obnoxious.

Dr. Martens Spring 2010

Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Florals
British wallpaper & textile designer Louise Body created the Floral series
Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Tec Tuff
Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Tec Tuff

The Tec Tuff shoes have a white sole. They look and feel like canvas, breathable and water resistant.

Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Johari
Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Johari

I really like the grommets on these boots.

Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Triumph
Dr. Martens Spring 2010 - Triumph

The Triumph boots are my favourite. I love how you can make them slouchy and expose the plaid or tie them up like regular Docs. They also have ribbon laces as well as regular laces.

Dr. Martens are available in Toronto at Neon and Get Outside.

images: Courtesy of Dr. Martens

Fawn Boutique Spring 2010 Arrivals

I visited Fawn Boutique on the same day I visited Chasse Gardée. I went crazy with the Olympus E-PL1 and took a bunch of pictures of the spring 2010 new arrivals.

Fawn Boutique Spring 2010 Arrivals

I talked to Kasha about the new items. She pointed out great pieces from newly acquired label SHIN, the Line Knitwear leather jackets, the new Complex Geometries and [Blank] denim.

Fawn Boutique Spring 2010 Arrivals

I was drooling over pretty much everything in the store. It’s my favourite store in Toronto and I love Kasha’s buying. She is such a great curator of clothing.

Fawn Boutique Spring 2010 Arrivals

Fawn Boutique Spring 2010 Arrivals

I was wandering the streets with my friend Jaime Woo who captured some photos of me in Fawn .

Fawn
967 Queen St W
Toronto
(647)334-4703

Chasse Gardée Spring 2010 Arrivals

I stopped in to Chasse Gardee over the weekend. It was a nice day and I was taking the Olympus E-PL1 for a spin. Outside of a runway room I seem too be doing alright with the camera.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - Jeffery Campbell and Eliza

There are a lot of new shoes in the store so I decided to go crazy with the camera and snap away.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - A Détacher

A Détacher” are some new additions. I love the lace up wedge sandals.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals

I didn’t remember to make note of the boot brand.  They are beautiful.  A more modern version of the Frye boot.  A little sleeker.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - LD Tuttle

LD Tuttle has some amazing shoes.   I really like the ribbon effect and exposed zipper details.  The grey shoes are pretty special.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - LD Tuttle

I’m not a feather or fringe shoe person but the Tuttle’s are damn hot.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - Keep

The jewellery pictured is from Eliza who is Toronto based.

After my Saturday shooting with the Olympus E-PL1, I’m in love. I don’t want to give it back, waaaa. 🙂
See all my photos from Chasse Gardee

Chasse Gardée
1084 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

i want: Celine Spring Summer 2010 Army Jacket

Celine Spring Summer 2010 Army Jacket

I was doing my regular rounds of Holt Renfrew Bloor Street with The Oracle a few weekends ago. We ran into Tommy Ton of JakandJil. I hadn’t seen Tommy since he started on his adventures during Men’s and Women’s fashion weeks so it was really good to catch up for a bit. I say this to everyone but Tommy is such a sweetheart.

The highlight of our catching up was me playing model in Celine for Tommy. I know, it’s pretty lame but simple pleasure right. I’ve always looked, touched and drooled over the Celine pieces in Holts but never dared to try anything on.   With Tommy Ton present I had the perfect excuse. He had me try on two army jackets and I’m posting about the one I really, really love. The jacket is “the sex”. There is something about well made designer goods that just feel like a dream on. If I had to cash to drop on this jacket, I probably would do it in a heartbeat, look at the back of it!!!!

photos: Tommy Ton for style.com

It seems Tommy is a little obsessed with the jacket as he snapped it a couple of times in his style.com post called JakAndJil’s Tommy Ton Calls Out His Favorite Off-Catwalk Trends. I honestly can’t blame him.

images: eastnews.ru, style.com

i want: Lotus Booties by Ash

Lotus Booties by Ash
image: shopbop.com

I’m in love with Ash’s Lotus Cutout Booties. They would be a fun shoe for spring/summer but I could see myself wearing them into the fall with tights.

Lotus Booties by Ash

I heard that Holt Renfrew had the black version but they sold out. Boo.You can purchase them at Shopbop and Nordstrom.

UPDATE(April 11, 2010): I saw them in Holts on the weekend. They are not sold out. I didn’t check the price too carefully but they are under $300 I believe.

Other stores in Toronto that carry Ash are Balisi, Corbo, Holt Renfrew, Capezio and TNT.

i want: Ruched Shoulder Dress by Lanvin ♥ Acne

I posted about the new Lanvin ♥ Acne 2010 collection for women previously on I want – I got. I really love the grey ruched shoulder dress the most out of the collection.

Ruched Shoulder Dress by Lanvin ♥ Acne

Ruched shoulder dress with a beautiful, feminine fit. The ruching sits over the left shoulder, with pleats running across the bust. The right shoulder is sleeveless. A zipper runs through the back of the dress.(source)

The dress is available online at shop.acnestudios.com

image: shop.acnestudios.com

Buckle Boot Madness hasn’t stopped

K-Genius Shoe by Jeffrey Campbell
K-Genius Shoe by Jeffrey Campbell

Yesterday, I went off about buckle boots.  I described my Jeffrey Campbell Potion boots.  I then posted about the original source of my fixation with buckle boots, the C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony.  Not to be outdone, I brought Multi Strap Wedges by Ann Demeulemeester into the mix with her boot.   It has come to my attention that that the K-Genius Shoe by Jeffrey Campbell looks a lot like my C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony.  I don’t like the Jeffrey Campbell ones much, they would be better in all black.

C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony
C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

images: openingceremony.us and karmaloop.com

i want: Multi Strap Wedges by Ann Demeulemeester

I’ve had buckled boots on the brain today after posts about my Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell and C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony obsession. It seems that I should include yet another buckle boot into this narrative. Here is the Multi Strap Wedges by Ann Demeulemeester.

Multi Strap Wedges by Ann Demeulemeester

images: luisaviaroma.com

i want: C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

The C02 Buckle Boots  by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony are what prompted my Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell purchase.  The Potion’s were the inspired versions of the Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony original.  While I love my Potion’s they really aren’t a complete substitute for the real C02 Boot.  I’d still like to get my hands on these, perhaps in a different colour.  I remember seeing a burgundy version at one point.

C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

I drool over the hardware details, those buckles are beautiful.

You can find the C02 Buckle Boots by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony online at Opening Ceremony. I haven’t seen or heard of any retailers stocking them in Toronto.  I would love to see these shoes up close.

images: openingceremony.us

Balmain Ready to Wear – Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Video

Balmain Ready to Wear - Fall Winter 2010 - 2011

I’m over Balmain again. It’s amazing how I can love one season and not care the next. It was a lot of the same but they went overload on the gold. I did enjoy the Prince runway music.

Balmain Automne Hiver 2010/2011
Uploaded by BalmainOfficial. – Independent web videos.

What did you think of the collection? I’m pretty meh about it.