Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gossip Girl: "The Lost Boy" Fashion Round-Up

As the It Girl is pre-occupied with all things worldly, this week's Gossip Girl fashion round-up falls to me, the It Guest. My apologies in advance, both for the tardiness and for, of course, the following.

This week found the gang pretty much doing the exact same thing they always do, which, since the season opener, is not a heck of a lot. What's the show without some crazy cliffhanger mid-episode, with some mediocre resolution 3/4 of the way in, and another over-the-top cliffhanger at the end? Georgina might be up to something, but zzzzzzz I'm falling asleep just thinking about it.

Chuck and Blair yet again explored the confines of their domestic bliss only to discover what we all already knew: the two are boring if they aren't scheming something up. In any case, the stylists seem intent on making sure their outfits match - the pink and lavender notes in their two outfits below doesn't happen by accident (as if anything those two do happens by accident) - and Chuck had alot of awesome talking-like-Chuck-Bass moments that I'm trying to perfect for Halloween (my assumption is if I just peer at everything with my chin tucked into my chest and smile like the devil, I'm good). I can assume that the It Girl would fawn over the flower bracelet and ostrich clutch.

On Blair:
YAYA AFLALO garland ruffle top
Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Pansy' print skirt
Alex Woo spade pendant
Nancy Gonzalez ostrich clutch
Alexis Bittar flower cuff

There was some whatever plot about buying a photograph that tangentally was tied up into Georgina blah blah blah that really only ended up being awesome when Chuck told that God-complex assistant off (finally, some classic Chuck Bass!). Does no one else find it weird that a bunch of teenagers would show up to a Sotheby's auction as a social event? Anyway, Blair had some sort of hologram effect type dress on, which I wasn't feelin', but who am I to complain? I ain't no Chuck Bass (nor would I have cashed out my shares in Papa Corporate)(cause I like some sort of fiscal security)(because I am lame)(because I ain't no Chuck Bass)(this stuff writes itself).

Elie Tahari 'Gwen' dress

I'm sure something must have happened with Serena this week. I seem to recall that this was the first episode in forever where she didn't actually whine at lengths about something, though she fessed up to following her daddy issues all over Europe (with Almost Chuck in tow). I'm usually on the fence about her whole look - it's like a young version of old Ellen Barkin - but this dress was as neutral as they come. I suppose this was Blair's version of a stroll-in-the-park look: whatev, though the printed skirt and bag were nice.

on Blair:
Diane von Furstenberg 'Marcelo' top
Vince Brushstroke plaid skirt
Vera Wang Lavender Label 'Falicita' pumps
Valentino embellished tote
Tiffany & Co. Crown key pendant

on Serena:
Matthew Williamson beaded dress
Zara blue suede heels
Treesje Jovi bag

Here, I suppose, is Serena's Chloe Sevigny look. The tank I can get with, and I'm assuming the Matthew Williamson vest is extraordinary, without being able to see the detailing up close. The It Girl is getting fond of Almost Chuck, but, in my opinion, he just ain't got the flair. Perhaps he should perfect his talking-like-Chuck-Bass voice. He seems like he should perpetually be going off to Martha's Vineyard or something for alone time, and the riches to rags storyline seems a little done.

Matthew Williamson antique beaded vest
Joie pleated silk tank
Bottega Veneta ostrich bag
Chanel necklace

I really, absolutely cannot get with this dress though. Does Serena need to look even more like a cougar than she already does? Apparently the stylists say yes. I have been assured that this dress looks better up close, but I'd really prefer to see it from afar... really, really afar.

Herve Leger bandage dress
Manolo Blahnik 'Bocekay' sandals

There was some Jenny appearances at some point (are we going to forget about her and the other Mean Girls?), some extraneous Dan stuff that makes me wonder why the New Yorker ever lets their name be mentioned (that gifted writer bullshit has really got to stop), and Vanessa discovered the mysterious truth behind that other should've been Humphrey kid that ended up being much ado about nothing. Because, apparently, nothing will happen plotwise until Serena's mom comes back.

Shoe Wednesdays: Ked Champion by Opening Ceremony for Keds

While there's just way too many sneaker collabs to keep track of anymore - to the point where you really have to question the uniqueness of the idea - the Opening Ceremony x Keds collab sticks out from the recent glut. Instead of overdoing it to the point of ridiculousness (I'm looking at you, Jeremy Scott for Adidas), these sneakers stick to the basics.

The line is apparently inspired by Americana, or, more specifically, different regions of the US (no word if there's going to be a tea party protest edition with Yosemite Sam print). Opening Ceremony have put this into the details: in the picture above, there's a slight glimpse of the inner lining of the shoe, which has a classic bandana print. If you ain't into the States, just fake it and say it's an homage to the French flag.

This Ked Champion catches our eye in particular: it's just a classic, albeit eye-popping, sneaker that can be worn with pretty much anything. As Elvis Costello put it, the angels wanna wear my red shoes...especially when they're these ones.

Here's the obligatory marketing video:

Available from Opening Ceremony online for USD$65.

Signed, the It Guest.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shop Vancouver: Brag Garden - the SuperBored Guerilla Store

Looks like the SuperBored folks have yet another ace up their sleeve. This weekend marks the opening of Brag Garden, their new "guerrilla" store over on 1st Ave and Fir.

Guerrilla stores aren't a new thing in Vancouver. Campbell McDougall's former Komakino store would move locations every few months, popping up with a new storefront with little advance notice (the latest incarnation is online, unless you count Darklands in Berlin, which landed McDougall in a recent Nylon feature). All seem to find reference to the Comme des Garcons Guerrilla Store, which showed up here, there and everywhere for one year stints at a time. Long story short: if you ain't in the know, now you know (apologies to Biggie Smalls).

This ain't the only new thing SuperBored has up their sleeve: a collab with bubble tea chain Well Tea seems to be in the works as well.

Signed, the It Guest. Are we friends yet or what?

P.S. They do carry womenswear and Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Item of the Week: Paul Smith Tartan Waistcoat

As an office grunt working with a dress code, the allure of wearing a suit and tie can wear off quickly. There's only a handful of ways to change it up: varying the shirt colour, tie pattern, or other minutiae. It might not seem like a big deal, but when the vest came back into vogue one or two years ago, it was enough to make bored salarymen (well, the more fashionable, superficial ones) everywhere giddy with excitement.

This Paul Smith waistcoat is all kinds of right. For starters, this waistcoat plays up on two phenoms this season. The nineties, having passed most current 18/19 year olds by, are back, and this tartan waistcoat fits in comfortably with the plaids of this season. It'd be easy to do tartan/plaid wrong and end up looking like Matt Dillon in Singles; note that the tartan/plaid of this year isn't quite the same from '93. The collective pop culture consciousness should still remember Winona Ryder's vest in Reality Bites, but this waistcoat brings a much more fitted and formal shape to that previous fad, and ups the posh quotient to a whole new level.

I never would've thought that double-breasted anything would make a revival, but the tailors have spoken and brought it back. Thankfully, it's a much slimmer, fitted version of double-breasted, with more narrow lapels and a less boxy silhouette, and this waistcoat is no different. Pair with a tie that's on the narrow side as well.

No sign of rayon shirts coming back, so don't hold your breath.

Available from Paul Smith online for 379 pounds.

Signed, the It Guest.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Weekend Candy: Jennifer Behr Hair Accessories

voilette headband with pearls ($262 US)

crystal figure 8 and chain ($425 US)

spiked turban headwrap ($498 US)

zipper headwrap ($162 US)

vintage gold knot headwrap ($225 US)
(worn by Blair on GG)

ten strand crystal braid ($325 US)

small feather clip ($62 US)

double poppy on headband with veiling ($675 US)

Blair Waldorf is a fan and so am I! Jennifer Behr designs amazingly intricate hair accessories from post-punk studded-patent-leather turbans to crystal-embedded-lace bridal veil headbands. Sure they are pricey (range from $60-$800 US), but these hair pieces are handmade and I think of them almost as hair couture. I am considering getting one for my wedding next year...

Beauty Fridays: Tokyo Milk Bon Bon Lip Balms

Lip balm is my favorite beauty product. I apply lip balm probably twenty times a day. If I ever had to go on Survivor, it would be my luxury item. I recently discovered the adorable Bon Bon lip balms by Tokyo Milk. There are so many flavours to choose from: Opera Mint, Let Them Eat Cake, Iced Green Tea, Sweet Cream, Rose Water, Candied Violette, Cherry Bomb etc. If you are an appreciator of great design, Tokyo Milk has some of the most intricate packaging I have ever seen. It was love at first sight.

Available at BeautyMark ($14.00 CAD) in Vancouver.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Karl Poetry: It's Been That Kind of a Day

On staying healthy: "Vanity is the healthiest thing in life."

Jimmy Choo for H&M Lookbook

A first look at Jimmy Choo for H&M: I think the clothing is kind of hit and miss but the shoes appear heavenly! And we are in it for the shoes anyways. Nice to see Jimmy Choo attempting menswear but it's bit generic looking. I think the black suit has potential. I'm hoping the quality of the garments is on par with Matthew Williamson's collection last spring. Overall, I'm lining up for sure on November 14th. It Girl shopping party? I always wear flats, roomy pants and no bag (just the cards in my pockets) so I can run around the store like a crazy person.

Shoe Wednesdays: Dior 'Persia' Ankle Boots

I promised ridiculously extravagant. I am delivering with this ridiculously extravagant Dior 'Persia' boot. This shoe is worthy of a Queen. Marie-Antoinette would have worn it.


$1153.52 CAD at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gossip Girl: "Freshman" Fashion Round-Up

I miss Constance Billard School for Girls...

, before I even start: no NELLY YUKI. I'm crushed. So she went to Yale... So did I! And I went to NYC almost every weekend! New Haven is only an hour and a half away... Please tell me she is not gone forever. Can she transfer to Columbia on some Ivy Legue exchange or something?

Overall, fashion was not that great this week. No fabulous parties, no Lilly... just college.

V looked presentable this episode. Huge improvement since last week's Pocahontas shorts and hippie dreadlocks hair. But how can Vanessa afford her DVF blouse, Bodhi bag or Moschino slingbacks? I thought she was supposed to be poor! That outfit alone was close to $1,000! Her Joie shorts are currently the most interesting thing about Vanessa.

Diane von Furstenberg 'Esperanza' top
Joie 'Cillian' cargo shorts
Bodhi pebble tote
Moschino Cheap & Chic ruffle slingbacks

I can't even discuss Georgina.

Dear Dan, it's ok to wear headbands after high school - Grace Kelly and Jackie O wore them well into their years. Minus her headband, B looked cute and collegy for Georgina's rooftop party in in the adorable DVF print blouse (were her and Vanessa shopping together that week?) and yellow shorts by Milly.

Diane von Furstenberg 'Alcott' blouse
Milly shorts
Ferragamo bag

Blair wears Victoria Beckham to school. Oh, Blair: Posh clothes will not help you with the cool factor at NYU.

Victoria Beckham dress

Victoria Beckham Fall 2009 'Carmontelle' Dress
Hermes Birkin Bag
Paige Gamble headband

Blair's stripped dress is a clear winner for me this week. Paired with the amazing pink strappies for contrast. Much better and more edgy Bair.

Barney's Co-Op Designs sweater dress
Elizabeth and James Pink strappy sandals
Nancy Gonzalez crocodile satchel
Elsa Peretti cuff for Tifanny's

Serena attempts the boho hipster cool look this week and, again, pulls it off. It's ok, Blair would never be seen in tie-dye so someone has to wear it.

Chelsea Flower Tie-Dye vest
Alexander Wang pocket tank
Winifred 'Grace' necklace
Be & D 'Cosette' hobo

Oh Chuck Bass: I love your purple tie. Suspenders: boys take note! And he sleeps in most adorable navy PJs!


It Girl

P.S. Thanks to for some of the info.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Item of the Week: See by Chloé Backstage Crossbody Bag

This is my last week of school (after four years of masters degree hell) so I'm indulging. I am window shopping for ridiculously extravagant items this week. Clothing porn... really. Let's start with this lovely little See by Chloe Backstage Crossbody Bag. $500 sounds like a good start to a week, right?
There are no words to describe how much I love this little bag. It's all in the details: double shoulder strap, snake-embossed trim, drawstring with bobbles, strap detail sides, metal logo lettering... I can't resist.

In Canada $495 CAD at Holt Renfrew.
In USA $470 US at Nordstrom.

See by Chloé

Friday, September 18, 2009

Beauty Fridays: Waves at DVF

I love the hair at Diane Von Furstenberg S/S 2010 Ready-to-Wear. It's fun, young and summery! I love the contrast of the soft waves and sharp ends.

Elena Melnik looking adorable with her waves.

The way they achieved the look is by braiding the hair first, exposing it to heat and then letting it loose. While it seems easy enough, I find it hard to braid my own hair like this. However, being one of those girls that wishes she as born with curly hair, about a year ago I purchased a Tigi Bed Head Double Waver. The results are pretty much like DFV hair. Love it! Highly recommended.

Tara Gil before

Tara Gill after
Bed Head BH300 Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Dual Waver

BTW, have you seen the DVF Ready-to-Wear S/S 2010 collection? She is the master of print.

Bed Head Dual Waver is available at London Drugs in Canada (around $50).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

See: Marc by Marc Jacobs Ready-to-Wear 2010

Via Nylon

Shoe Wednesdays: Melissa 'Ashanti' Bootie

Welcome to the future: a seamless shoe.

MELISSA has many designers on their roaster including such design luminaries like Karim Rashid and architect Zaha Hadid. MELISSA Ashanti is designed by the creative director and architect Edson Matsuo.

"I’m fascinated by plastic, a simple material with many possibilities of being. It gives freedom for the creative process and has a great affinity with Brazil. I believe plastic is only limited by the designer’s creativeness." - Edsom Matsuo

MELISSA transforms plastic spheres into objects of desire. An authentic sculpture.

MELISSA 'Ashanti' is available at Gravity Pope $145 CAD in Vancouver.