Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013

Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013
Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013

The Banana Republic x Mad Men collection is back and I have to admit it’s lasted longer than I expected. This season is my favourite of this collaboration. I think it’s because of the 60s influence and the print heavy collection. The collection has Canadians stamped all over it. The collection was inspired by Jessica Pare’s character Megan and Coco Rocha is heading up the advertising campaign.

Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013
Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013

“With a new era of fashion inspiration, the design process was exciting for us and allowed for lots of creativity, which is completely visible in the end result,” said Simon Kneen, Banana Republic Creative Director and Executive Vice President. “We took Janie’s mod inspiration for the costumes on-screen and translated it in a way that today’s Don or Megan will aspire to wear.”(source: press release)

Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013
Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013

“In my work with Simon for the Banana Republic ‘Mad Men’ Spring 2013 collection, the spirit and fashion-forward thinking we see on-screen in Megan was really inspirational for the capsule,” said Bryant. “I am excited about what we’ve done together, and I know that Banana Republic customers and ‘Mad Men’ fans are going to be thrilled with our new collection this spring.”(source: press release)

Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013
Banana Republic x Mad Men Spring Summer 2013

The collection is available now Banana Republic stores and online at www.bananarepublic.ca.

images: courtesy of Gap Inc

i want: One Button Shawl Collared Blazer by Smythe

One Button Shawl Collared Blazer by Smythe
One Button Shawl Collared Blazer by Smythe

This ice blue coloured One Button Shawl Collared Blazer by Smythe would be perfect in the summer paired with a spaghetti strap dress. I’d like to pair it with white skinny cropped pants and platform sandals too.

One Button Shawl Blazer by Smythe
One Button Shawl Blazer by Smythe

The blazer is $525 at eLUXE.com.

images: eluxe.com

i want: Worksong by Cat Footwear

Worksong by Cat Footwear
Worksong by Cat Footwear

Seems like this summer is going to be good from my brogue collection. I love the Worksong style from Cat Footwear’s Spring Summer 2013 collection. The purple and blue one are my favourite but if you want something more subdued they have you covered.

Worksong by Cat Footwear
Worksong by Cat Footwear

They will be available for purchase for $129.99 starting March 29, 2013 online at catfootwear.com. The Shoe Company, Capezio and Town Shoes also carry Cat Footwear, you can find more locations on the website.

images: courtesy of Cat Footwear

i want: Brooks Brothers x Liberty London Dresses

Brooks Brothers x Liberty London Dresses
Brooks Brothers x Liberty London Dresses

I finally visited a Brooks Brothers store in Toronto. I don’t know why it took me so long to visit the Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop. It’s a beautiful store situated in an old bank building and includes the vault! While I was browsing I noticed the dresses made from Liberty London fabrics. I can’t remember the Canadian price but they are listed as $248USD on the website which also ships to Canada.

Brooks Brothers x Liberty London Dresses
Brooks Brothers x Liberty London Dresses

Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop
262 Bloor St W Toronto

images: www.brooksbrothers.com

Hermes Spring Summer 2013 – Long Live Sport

Hermès does an incredible job with their product videos. They are extremely well done and hit that sweet spot of cute and whimsical that wins me over every time. The Sporting Life is the theme of the 2013 for Hermès and this set of four videos does a terrific job of conveying the theme. Each video takes items from the spring summer 2013 and incorporates them into sporty vignettes.

Ping Pong features the Toolbox bag and the Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection.

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection: The new Hermès porcelain collection designed by Benoît-Pierre Emery and Damian O’Sullivan will be available in Canadian boutiques in May 2013. Rallye 24 has the emblematic anchor chain caught up in and propelled along by a new story on porcelain. It is playfully reworked as a car race track with its straight lines and oval corners, all short-circuiting with their foot to the floor.(source: Hermès PR)

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Toolbox bag: A slight family resemblance… A cousin of the Kelly, with a vanity-case touch, this bag unites the Hermès spirit and the practicality of a surprisingly roomy “treasure chest”. Its swivel clasp, metal plate, snap hooks, lock and clo­chette give it an urban and casual look. Made of soft and supple Swift calfskin, it can be carried by hand or on the shoulder thanks to its removable strap.(source: Hermès PR)

Leap Frog features the Grass Shoe.

Grass Shoe: With its two-tone contrasts and pairing of precious materials, smooth alligator and nubuck, this high sandal adds a touch of sports chic to the spirit of golf.(source: Hermès PR)

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Croquet features their world famous ties and scarves.

Pétanque/No Sport shows off some Hermès cushions.

images: courtesy of Hermès

Sarah Stevenson Design Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook

Sarah Stevenson Spring Summer 2013
Sarah Stevenson Spring Summer 2013

Sarah Stevenson Design Spring Summer 2013 collection reminds me of the sea and Ming Dynasty porcelain. Sarah is a textile designer so she creates the prints herself and has them transferred to silk. Pattern Observer has a great interview with Sarah. All of her pieces are made in Canada. For those people who tend to skew a bit more conservative in their clothing can add a pop of colour and print with one of Sarah’s beautiful scarves. You can find Sarah Stevenson Design online at Ukamaku and sarahstevensondesign.com.

images: courtesy of Sarah Stevenson Design

i want: Nomad Dress by complexgeometries

Nomad Dress by complexgeometries
Nomad Dress by complexgeometries

The sleeves and the neckline is what draws me to this complexgeometries dress. The billowy silhouette looks so comfortable and perfect to pair with leggings and boots in the early spring and fall.

Nomad Dress by complexgeometries
Nomad Dress by complexgeometries

The complexgeometries Nomad Dress is made of light weight cotton voile. It’s available on complexgeometries.net for $240.

images: complexgeometries.net

AnU RaiNa Spring Summer 2013 – Tathya’s Garden

AnU RaiNa Spring Summer 2013 - Tathya's Garden
AnU RaiNa Spring Summer 2013 – Tathya’s Garden

I’m a secret pomegranate junkie. It’s a problem that developed when I worked close to Chinatown. During Ppmegranate season, I developed the habit of buying up copious amounts of the fruit, taking advantage of the 3 for $5 pricing that dominated the many of the fruit sellers in the area. I knew which shops that consistently brought in quality pomegranates, knowledge after weeks of experimentation and research. I made the most of the short season and ate my way through it at every opportunity. I don’t work close to Chinatown anymore but my pomegranate addiction hasn’t stopped. My local grocer brings in good pomegranates during the season. They know my habits really well. So, it’s not a surprise that I love Anu Raina’s pomegranate dominated Spring Summer 2013 collection.

AnU RaiNa Spring Summer 2013 - Tathya's Garden
AnU RaiNa Spring Summer 2013 – Tathya’s Garden

My SS13 collection of prints is inspired by my memories of witnessing the majestic Echinaceas, the dew drop laden Daisys on the lazy Sunday mornings, the beautiful Pomegrante trees that humbly bore the weight of the biggest and reddest ever Pomegrantes, the riot of colour and fragrance that invaded the senses as you walked into Tathya’s Garden through heavy and massive wood/metal doors. Tathya was my maternal grand father who lived in a large house by a beautiful stream in Kashmir. He was a quiet Mathematics teacher who loved his garden the most.
While the little kingdom of flowers faded away with time, this collection is a tribute to the happy and carefree childhood spent playing in Tathya’s garden. – Anu Raina(Source: press release)

AnU RaiNa Spring Summer 2013 - Tathya's Garden
AnU RaiNa Spring Summer 2013 – Tathya’s Garden

This collection just screams warm weather which is really pretty odd since pomegranates are a cold weather fruit for me. Spring Summer 2013 is full of flirty summer dresses and colourful separates. The prints are used with exquisite precision. Anu Raina is available at a number of locations in Toronto including Shopgirls Gallery Boutique, Studio Fresh, Homegrown Boutique and Distill Gallery.

images: courtesy of Anu Raina

i want: Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks

Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks
Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks

I’m excited about Philip Sparks’s new lines of accessories for men and women for Spring Summer 2013. Right now I have my eye on this leather and canvas mens Accordion Briefcase. I love the colour combination. It’s available for pre-order right now at philipsparks.com or at the Ossington Shop until Sunday. It retails for $395.00 and will ship on March 15, 2013s ship March 15, 2013,

images: philipsparks.com

i want: Justice Sandal by Abel Munoz

Toronto based shoe designer, Abel Munoz has just launched online shopping at abelmunozshop.com. He has the Spring Summer 2013 collection in the shop now and he offers free shipping to customer in Canada and the US. Torontonians can see Abel’s shoes in person at George C.

Justice Sandal by Abel Munoz
Justice Sandal by Abel Munoz

I’m pretty fond of these strappy plum suede sandals called Justice. They would be perfect day to night shoe.  I’d wear these to the office all summer. Everyone is gotten used to my crazy footwear. Abel has his shoes produced in Italy and they are leather lined and soled. The heel on these are 3.75 inches. The Justice sandal retails for $575.00.

image: abelmunozshop.com

Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook

Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook
Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook

Toronto based designer, Dennis Merotto’s Spring Summer 2013 collection is perfect for office dwellers like me.  It’s beautiful, simple and professional but doesn’t skip out on the playful side by utilizing prints and colour blocking.

Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook
Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook

The collection is combines silk, cotton, linen, leather, modal and polyester into wide legged pantsuits or easy wearing colour blocked tent dresses.

Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook
Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook

Nathalie Atkinson wrote a great piece on Dennis at the National Post. He’s an industry heavyweight who worked behind the scenes for a long time whose now striving for his own spotlight.

Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook
Dennis Merotto Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook

images: courtesy of Dennis Merotto

MAC Cosmetics – Year of the Snake Collection

MAC Year of the Snake
MAC Year of the Snake

The editorial shots for the MAC cosmetics are always great. The Year of the Snake collection shots are just so beautiful. I’m really enamoured with this beauty shot. Everything about it is just perfect.

MAC Year of the Snake
MAC Year of the Snake

The snake-inspired collection is defined by a palette of vibrant shades and shimmering finishes. Beauty powder illuminates the skin, eye shadow creates striking contrasts and pigments intensify the effect. Zoom lash adds definition and powerpoint eye pencil defines a razor-sharp line. Lipsticks quiver with lustre and m·a·c’s exclusive packaging slithers with chic – featuring beauty powder, lipsticks and eye shadows embossed with a gorgeous snake design.

The collection is on sale now and is available at MAC stores and online. The Year of the Snake collection includes eye shadow, pigment, lipstick, eye pencil, beauty powder and mascara options. The price range is $18 – $29.

images: courtesy of MAC

The Door by Ava DuVernay – Miu Miu The Women’s Tales #5

Miu Miu. How I love you for the latest film in your Women’s Tales series. I never expected to see a film with an all black cast by a black director associated with Miu Miu ever. As you can guess I’m pleasantly surprised to be wrong and totally in love with Miu Miu. The cast rocks Miu Miu designs and look smoking hot doing it. LOVE!

The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale, is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change.

The symbolic centre of The Door is the front entrance of the protagonist’s home. As she opens it to greet a friend in the powerfully framed opening scenes, she is shrouded in an oblique sadness. “In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves,” explains director DuVernay. “Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.”

Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine’s emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.

Ava DuVernay was the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival, for her second feature, Middle of Nowhere, in 2012. The Door stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer-songwriter Goapele.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

Gvenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

I’m loving the Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 ad campaign. Kate, Mariacarla and Marina in one campaign, OMG.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

My favourite model Mariacarla Boscono is back with her baby in tow and looking amazing. Looking better than ever.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

Performance artist, Marina Abramovic, whose movie The Artist is Present is an absolute must see, is looking so incredible. I love this woman.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

The uncanny Kate Moss, she just doesn’t lose her touch.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

Check out the making of video.

Photographers: Mert Alas & Marcus Biggott And Riccardo Tisci
Models: Kate Moss, Mariacarla Boscono, Marina Abramovic, Jose Maria Manzanares, Jared Buckhiester

images: thefashionspot.com

i want: Marie Saint Pierre Spring Summer 2013

Marie Saint Pierre Spring Summer 2013
Marie Saint Pierre Spring Summer 2013 – Cyana

Marie Saint Pierre has two beautiful jackets in the Spring Summer 2013 collection that I’m loving.
Cyana is a maxi length redingote with a belt.
Joshua uses mesh materials with tuxedo lapel.

Marie Saint Pierre Spring Summer 2013
Marie Saint Pierre Spring Summer 2013 – Joshua

Both items are available online at mariesaintpierre.com. There is also a number of retailers that carry the line in Toronto.

images: mariesaintpierre.com

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David Beckham Bodywear for H&M Film by Guy Ritchie

David Beckham Bodywear for H&M Film by Guy Ritchie
David Beckham Bodywear for H&M Film by Guy Ritchie

I can stare at David Beckham pretty much any day of the week. So if you can too, I present this fun film by Guy Ritchie for the Spring Summer 2013 collection of David Beckham Bodywear for H&M. The collection is available in H&M stores and online now.

There is a lot of shirtless Beckham running around. What else can you ask for? The

image: Courtesy of H&M

Lanvin Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

Lanvin Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Lanvin Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

I’m not the biggest fan of the Lanvin Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign. The models don’t do much for me. I will admit that it’s pretty slick looking and if the models were different I’d probably be very excited. My thoughts about the campaign changed after I watched the adorable Lanvin Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign video with Alber Albez talking about the collection on Skype. He is so cute.

Photographer: Steven Meisel
Make-Up:Pat McGrath
Hair: Garren
Models: Daria Strokous, Karlie Kloss and Saskia de Brauw

image: thefashionspot.com

Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

I raved about the Chanel Paris-Édimbourg Métiers d’Art Pre Fall 2013 show. It was a giant spectacle in a Scottish Castle and full of glorious knitwear. The Chanel Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture show doesn’t have the grand scale of the Scottish Castle but takes us through a stroll through a garden. Best of all, Karl had a black model. (Yes, I pay attention). And she’s Canadian!!!. I love some Grace Mahary!. Doesn’t she look stunning?

Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

As with all Chanel show’s you need to see the video. Here’s the full collection

Chanel always does a great job of capturing close ups and beauty shots. The “Enchanted Interlude” is very pretty. I love the makeup.

I tracked down this Making of a Chanel Haute Couture dress from Spring Summer 2013. The work is detailed and meticulous.

The only thing I didn’t like about the collection was the shoes. I can’t deal with the shape of the open toe. If they were closed , I’d be all over them.

images: style.com

Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

There is only one word for the Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013 collection, exquisite. Everything is just beautiful. I’ve never felt this way about a Valentino haute couture show before.

Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

The video really seals the deal.

Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

images: style.com

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

The Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013 collection sealed the deal. I’m drinking the Raf Simons at Dior koolaid and it’s delicious. This collection is a stroll through the gardens. Think the opposite of Galliano’s floral display of Fall 2010. This is subtle and wearable. The devil is in the details in this couture collection. I even love the shoes even though they look completely uncomfortable. I’m still trying to figure out the shoe tight business. Are they like thigh highs with a shoe attached. They look amazing regardless of construction.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

The video is out and it’s in HD.

Everything about this is beautiful and it just brought such a smile to my face. Pat McGrath’s crystal lips was the cherry on top of this collection.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

The detail shots give you an idea of the incredible work by the atelier under Raf’s direction.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

I love these gold and emerald heels.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

images: style.com

i want: Alias Gown by Mary Katrantzou

Alias Gown by Mary Katrantzou
Alias Gown by Mary Katrantzou

The Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2013 collection took stamps and money gave it the Katrantzou spin. It was one of my favourite collections from the season. This Alias Gown looks like pretty foreign currency. What country it’s based on, I have no idea. The gown is a stretch jersey so I bet it fits like a dream. As everything that is gorgeous, it costs a fortune, $2,495USD at Barney’s. You can find Mary Katrantzou in Canada at The Room @ The Bay.

images: lyst.com

John & Jenn Spring Summer 2013

John & Jenn Collection Spring 2013
John & Jenn Collection Spring 2013

John & Jenn is the diffusion line from Line Knitwear designers John Muscat and Jennifer Wells. The collection features lots of stripes, bright colours and textured lightweight knits.

John & Jenn Collection Spring 2013
John & Jenn Collection Spring 2013

I’m loving the stripes and bright colours of this collection, nautical and a little 80s. The model is a little thin looking in these shots for me though.

John & Jen is available at TNT, Holt Renfrew and Mendocino. The price point is cheaper than Line Knitwear with nothing over $200.

images: courtesy of John & Jenn

i want: Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

I’m on the hunt for a great all around bag. Ideally it would have a messenger strap but I think I can overlook that it’s missing from the Marni Flap Bag. It’s a great size and comes in colours to match many outfits.

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

The form is reduced to its pure essence, laid bare to expose the precision of the cut and beauty of the leather. The material used is fine calf leather on a monocolour or bicolour panel. Studs decorate the bag leaving its shape clean and graphic.(Source: press release)

Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013
Marni Flap Bag Resort and Spring Summer 2013

The photos show styles from the Resort 2013 collection and the Spring Summer 2013 Marni fashion show.

images: eastnews.ru, tooklookbook.com