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[1.30.09]

Olivier Theyskens


 
Olivier Theyskens

Handbag Couture
We (along with most of Hollywood) have been bowing down to Olivier Theyskens’s ethereal gowns ever since he took the helm at couture fashion house Nina Ricci, so the expanding accessories line has us over the sartorial moon. Four classic styles (hobo, shoulder bag, tote and clutch) are works of art for Spring in shades of grey and purple, with an added haute touch of leather ribbons. The pre-Fall line up gave us a peek of some surreal footwear that we can’t wait to rock on our imaginary red carpets.
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.29.09]

Fullum & Holt


 
Fullum & Holt

Web Savvy
The cure to insomnia? E-commerce. Especially now that Montreal’s historic leather goods company Fullum & Holt is getting in on the fun. Log on to Fullumandholt.com after January 30th and bag yourself a stylish sac from Denis Gagnon’s Spring collection of cool utility totes and satchels in black and white. Get clicking!
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.28.09]

Nova Scotia H&M


 
Nova Scotia H&M

Calling all Maritimers!
The ultimate mecca for fast fashion is finally hitting eastern Canada this summer H&M is opening it’s first store east of Quebec in August. The store will land in Nova Scotia’s Mic Mac Mall, boasting over 13,000 square feet of trendy goodies for the whole family.
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.27.09]

Marni's Summer Edition

Summer Loving
Despite the bitter cold outside, sunny days have us skipping a season and dreaming of those long, glorious summer days. So the timing of Marni’s Summer Edition capsule line, which hits stores in February, couldn’t be better. Composed of designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s favourite archive pieces, the line includes tunics, trousers, floor-skimming skirts and some brilliant accessories – all in the playful colours and kooky prints for which Marni is so beloved.
Elisa Kosonen


[1.26.09]

Balmain


 
Balmain

Boy Crazy
Androgynous style is a chic undercurrent season after season (boyfriend blazers and jeans being the hot picks of the moment), but get ready for it to hit an all time high as men’s fashion weeks kick off this week with some of our favourite women’s wear designers leading the way. Gareth Pugh, Carlos Miele, Balmain, Roland Mouret and Gianfranco Ferre are all showing men’s lines for the first time, giving us even more reason to shop our boyfriend’s closet. Plus, with Yves Saint Laurent’s new unisex line launching this year, looks like we’ll be fighting with the boys over our fall wardrobes.
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.23.09]

Matthew Williamson


 
Matthew Williamson

Dispatch from London
Since the announcement in November we’ve managed to cross off a few more days from the countdown to Matthew Williamson’s collection for H&M. Not nearly enough though, so I’ve snuck off to London for a preview. With the 10 degree weather here across the pond it’s almost like a balmy winter break. Almost.

I arrived yesterday morning, bleary eyed from the overnight flight, so after a quick nap in the stately Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, I took to the streets. I’ve been having dreams about Topshop. And of course a trip to H&M was in the cards as well. But I did manage to tear myself away from my credit card long enough to catch up with some friends who do the PR for the avant gard shop Dover Street Market, owned and operated by Rei Kawakubo. The new collections are fantastic and I was thrilled to see Canada’s Erdem join the ranks alongside Lanvin, Alaia and all the exclusive collections the store houses.

Then it was off to dinner with all the international press in town for the Matthew Williamson launch. It was all aboard a tour bus until it was time to cautiously disembark the stiletto clad group at the brand new member’s only club and restaurant, The Paramount. The 31st floor restaurant offers a rare and spectacular view of London and across the Thames. Champagne started the evening as we marveled at the city below. Then I joined my table of editors from Ireland, Finland, Denmark and Holland for a spectacular meal. The first two courses were, great of course, but completely eclipsed in my memory by the dessert – a sinfully good passion fruit cheesecake.

Today required a bit more work, as I got to know my laptop for the first few hours. Then I paid a visit to Matthew Williamson’s boutique, just steps away from the hotel. A glass-encased jungle sits in the middle and sets the perfect scene for his beautiful prints, embroidery, beading, all with exotic and bohemian flair.

The afternoon took us to the expansive and impressive Saatchi Gallery. In the cab on the way, however, a star sighting: Vivienne Westwood wandering Sloane Square! Her signature vivid ginger locks were tied up in a knot and she had wrapped herself up in tartan for the walk. It was all I could do to stop myself from jumping from the car to catch her. Next time.

At the Saatchi Gallery the reason we were all there: Matthew Williamson for H&M in the fabric. And the dashing Matthew Williamson in the flesh. It’s my favourite collaboration collection yet. But you’ll have to wait for our May issue to hear about the fabulous details and to hear what Mr. Williamson had to say. Just picture us all having a proper English tea party talking colour and prints.

Well, I haven’t yet had enough fun. So I’m off to The Double Club in Shoreditch. Apparently it’s the new hotspot in London, a pop up venue by Prada Fondazione, and puts Congolese culture and music in a room next to London’s best DJs. Who needs sleep anyway?

Elisa Kosonen


[1.23.09]

TheOutNet.com


 
TheOutNet.com

Is Out the New In?
While we relish in the good times had during outlet mall road trips, the idea of shopping at outlet prices at home is extremely enticing. Natalie Massenet, founder of the enduringly chic but pricey Net-a-Porter.com, will be launching TheOutNet.com in April. But it’s no ordinary outlet ­stock is taken from the surplus of current season orders by department stores. Which means you won’t have to wait for the season’s hottest looks to hit the sales racks to find things at 80% off. If this is a product of the economic downturn, it’s the sole checkmark in the ‘Pro’ column. But a genius one.
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.22.09]

Michelle Obama


 
Michelle Obama

Canada’s Inauguration Night
Last night’s inauguration was a Canadian style coup. Michelle Obama strutted Jackie O-style in a Victorian brooch from Toronto-based bauble line, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, which she cleverly pinned close to the neck of her buttercup coloured Isabel Toledo confection, mimicking a fantastical sparkler. And “At Last” the Canadians were well represented at the Neighbourhood Ball where the First Fashionette danced to Beyoncé singing the Etta James classic in an ivory, one-strapped beaded and rosette-covered goddess gown created by 26-year-old Vancouverite star-on-the-rise designer Jason Wu.
Emily Huggard


[1.21.09]

Andrea Lieberman


 
Andrea Lieberman

Looks from Andrea Lieberman for A.L.C. and Pencey

Whatcha Waiting For?
Head on over to Holt Renfrew if you’re in L.A.M.B. withdrawl. While Gwen Stefani has been embracing motherhood, two former L.A.M.B. designers have gone rogue and launched their own lines that land at Holt Renfew this Spring. First, Andrea Lieberman for A.L.C. The celebrity stylist reaches back to her fashion design degree for a line of tribal inspired casual separates. And then there’s Pencey, from Tora Lopez and her own celebrity stylist partner Christina Minasian, which blends pretty frocks with a grunge edge.
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.20.09]

Jason Wu


 
Jason Wu

Easily Wu-d
We can’t help but beam with pride over Vancouver-raised Jason Wu’s recent spate of accolades. A CFDA nomination and First Lady endorsement later, he has announced plans to introduce a new capsule collection this fall. The Exclusives line will include eight pieces (three dresses, two jackets, a single of each a T-shirt, cardigan and skirt) in classic silhouettes and more than 15 colour and fabric options. Which means each store can pick and choose their own ‘exclusive’ collection. And this June, so can we.
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.19.09]

Cheap Monday

Hooray for the WKND
Hipster favourite Cheap Monday has finally branched out beyond denim and is releasing a line of head-to-toe looks for the girls and boys next month. The collection of shorts with zipper slash pockets, slouchy printed tees and tank dresses will surely be getting us out of our jeans. Available at El kartel and J2 in Vancouver, La Maison Simons in Quebec and Over the Rainbow in Toronto.
Elisa Kosonen


[1.16.09]

Jimmy Choo Hunter crocodile embossed boots


 
Jimmy Choo Hunter crocodile embossed boots

Luxe Wellies
Slogging through the wintery mix could be so much more enjoyable if we were wearing these fabulous wellingtons. Jimmy Choo has embraced its English roots and partnered with Hunter to create rubber, crocodile embossed boots complete with leopard print lining. Unfortunately they won’t be available until May, so we’re already gearing up for the muddiest summer festival we can find.
-Elisa Kosonen


[1.15.09]

Doo-Ri
Designer Doo-Ri Chung and a look from her Spring line

More Doo.ri to Love
When life gives you lemons, make a diffusion line. The recession has many New York designers scaling back, but designer Doo.ri has made herself some lemonade and took the opportunity to expand her price range with plans to launch a secondary line this coming fall. The yet-to-be-named casual collection will include leather jackets and leggings, tees and jersey dresses.
Elisa Kosonen
Photos: Anthea Simms


[1.14.09]

Galliano children's ready-to-wear


 
Galliano children’s ready-to-wear

Mini Me
John Galliano kicked off the New Year with a new children’s ready-to-wear line. Signature Galliano designs such as ruffled laced and crinoline frocks, printed hoodies and patched jeans have been shrunken for the under-six style set, and will debut on his Fall 09 runway. Available from June 2008.
-Emily Huggard


[1.13.09]

YSL's Fall '09 collection


 
YSL’s Fall ’09 collection

Goddess in the details
Yet another reason we’re counting down the days for YSL’s Fall ’09 collection—a stunning new evening wear line entitled Edition Soir. Creative maestro Stefano Pilati has been busy creating a capsule collection of 26 luxurious gowns—which clients can custom design choosing from a selection of colours, fabrics and embroideries—accessorized with the couturier’s new line of evening accessories including satin shoes and mink and fox boleros.
-Emily Huggard


[1.12.09]

Ron White's 13th Annual Shoe Drive for the Homeless


 
Ron White’s 13th Annual Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Famous Footwear
Canadian celebs including Jeremy Irons, designer David Dixon, director Paul Gross and songstress Suzie McNeil have donated their shoes to Ron White’s 13th Annual Shoe Drive for the Homeless. The month-long event—that has distributed more than 16,000 pairs of shoes and boots to the homeless in the greater Toronto area—kicked off last week with a visit from the celebrity donors at the retailer’s flagship store in the Manulife Centre. The event will run through Sunday, February 15 at all six Ron White locations. www.ronwhite.ca
-Emily Huggard


[1.8.09]

Daniel Espinosa Jewelry


 
Daniel Espinosa Jewelry

Photo credit: James Reid

Arm Candy
Lately we’ve been pinching our pennies (Hello, recession!). But when we find a great buy and the proceeds go to charity? We just can’t resist. That’s why we’re crushing on Daniel Espinosa Jewelry’s link bracelet, designed exclusively for Toronto’s Windfall Clothing Service. The limited edition bauble is made of sterling silver with white Bakelite detailing and sells for $40, with $10 going to support Windfall’s initiative to provide new clothing to those living in poverty. Now that’s smart shopping. Visit www.ww4w.ca and www.danielespinosa.com for more information.
-Laura Flanagan


[1.7.09]

Smythson stationery by Giles Deacon


 
Smythson stationery by Giles Deacon

Write On!
Our love for elegant stationery increased tenfold with Smythson’s new collection by Giles Deacon. The It-Brit designer has created five different styles featuring his sketches on engraved notepaper and cards with hand-lined tissue envelopes. “I am a huge fan of Smythson notebooks and always carry one with me everywhere, so when it was put forward a chance to do some correspondence cards, I leapt at it,” said Deacon. Available this month in a limited-edition run of 300 boxes. www.smythson.com

-Emily Huggard


[1.06.09]

hime gyaru
Photography, Jesus Diamante.com

Super Kawaii
The Japanese are famous for their extreme fashion (blame megawatt mommy Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls’ wicked style). But now the latest trend on Tokyo streets has women dressed up in Marie Antoinette-inspired lace, layers and ribbon. Followers of the trend call themselves hime gyaru, or princess girl, and admire Paris Hilton for her lavish lifestyle and baby-doll looks. While we’re all for showing personal style, this dainty uniform is b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
Laura Flanagan


[1.5.09]

BCBG Max Azria


 
BCBG Max Azria

My Generation
BCBG Max Azria, the LA label that somehow always knows what we want to wear, has done it again. Enter BCBGeneration, their new, cheaper line for chic girls on the go. With an average price point of about $100, we’re pretty sure we can grab a whole ensemble and still have enough in our budget for drinks with the girls.

Available at Plenty in Vancouver, Thryve Clothing in Waterloo, ON, Biscuit General Store, Classique Ladies Wear Ltd. DBA and All Dressed Up in Nova Scotia.

-Laura Flanagan


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