Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010


2009 has been a great year for me. I started this blog back in July and every day I wake with excitement and desire to write about fashion. Additionally, I have met so many wonderful readers, retailers, and fashion industry professionals, some of whom have also become good friends. I truly couldn't be more grateful.

I thought I'd reflect on my favourite posts of 2009:

Karl Poetry (all of them)
Shop Vancouver: The Penniless Fashionista
Lanvin: Then
The Hermès Bail-Out Plan
My Love Affair With Hermès and the Great Debate: Kelly or Birkin?

Thank you for reading!

See you all in 2010!

Sonia Rykiel Knitwear Collection for H&M Lookbook

I ended up getting a couple of pieces from the lingerie collection. I though it was very pretty! But the knitwear collection looks super incredible and very true to Sonia. Luxurious knits in fun bright colours, and silhouettes with that fun coquettish look that she does so well. She is the "Queen of Knits" after all.


I'll be lining up February 20th for the black jumper, striped b&w sweater and the pink jacket. Are you going to line up?

Shop Hong Kong: UNIQLO

UNIQLO F/W 2009

UNIQLOCK has been ticking away on my blog since its launch back in July. Why? Because UNIQLO is the coolest casual wear designer and retailer in the world. Unfortunately, UNIQLO is not available in North America, other than from one store in lucky New York City. Vancouver will hopefully get its own store one day.

UNIQLO is famous for classic casual wear and is often referred to as the 'Japanese Gap'. It is also famous for their very successful Designers Invitation Project, where they invite several designers to design capsule collections simultaneously. Some designers that have contributed their designs to Uniqlo so far are Phillip Lim, Lutz & Patmos, and Opening Ceremony. Additionally, UNIQLO has signed a design consulting contract with Jil Sander, whose 2nd UNIQLO collection launch I will miss by just three days. Sigh.

+J by Jil Sander for UNIQLO S/S 2010

With twelve stores in Hong Kong, it's hard to leave the city without leaving with at least one UNIQLO item. There are a couple of items I have my eyes on.

Trench Coat, $79.50 US
Ponte Tailored Jacket, $49.50 US

Hooded Cardigan, $39.50 US
Faux Fur Scarf, $10.50 US

Earmuffs, $10.50 US

Leopard Print Belts, $19.50 US

And so many more...

Browse through the UNIQLO US store.
List of UNIQLO Hong Kong stores.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Shoe Wednesdays: Lanvin Spring/Summer 2010

This is the last Shoe Wednesday of 2009! I thought I'd say "goodbye" to 2009 for good by posting the shoes of the future. And who better to lead us into the future than my BFF Alber Elbaz!

Meet the Spring/Summer 2010 Lanvins.

Patent leather T-strap chain pump with sculptural heel and leather ankle strap
Pump with chain anklet strap and leather ankle strap

Multi-strap chain sandal with Plexiglas stiletto heel

My Alber never disappoints. I love that, somehow, he managed to make chains look über feminine, and quite elegant. And, of course, there is the sculptural heel...

I'd like to be chained up Lanvin style in 2010.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Shop Hong Kong: Comme des Garçons

After a series of successful 'guerilla' stores, Comme des Garçons finally settled into a permanent 4,400 sq.ft space on Ice House Street in Central just a couple of weeks ago.

newly opened Hong Kong Comme des Garçons store

Even though it's a little out of my price range, I am always on a lookout for Comme des Garçons pieces. I consider Comme des Garçons (main women's line) collectible fine art. Sales do happen sometimes. Sure, the pieces may seem a little crazy on the runway, but I found that with more minimalist styling they can be worked into an everyday wardrobe quite successfully. That said, it's for the brave ones only.

For those of us without the magical money tree (where do I get one of those?), there are budget lines like BLACK Comme des Garçons and PLAY Comme des Garçons that can satisfy a Comme des Garçons craving. I'm also in love with the Comme des Garçons wallet collection and wear my blue clutch as much as I can (it always receives compliments).

Fall 2009 RTW

Spring 2010 RTW

I also firmly believe that designer and owner Rei Kawakubo is the coolest woman alive. Trained in Fine Arts, Rei established Comme des Garçons in 1973 after a brief stunt as a fashion stylist. She immediately garnered international acclaim and was showing at Paris Fashion Week by 1980. Rei is also a pioneer of what is today known as 'deconstruction' (an art form that when executed well is magnificent, but so often done poorly). Rei is also incredibly business and image savvy. She has remained the sole owner of Comme des Garçons since 1973 and has all control over Comme des Garçons' image, including advertising, graphic design and store designs. It's a rarity in the fashion business that a designer actually controls his/her own brand.

Rei Kawakubo

What did I tell you? Coolest woman alive.

PLAY Comme des Garçons shirts

Comme des Garçons wallets/clutches

The Hong Kong store carries all 15 (!!!!!) collections by Comme des Garçons. They have everything! Even stuff straight off the runway! There is no way that I will be able to leave this store without buying something.

COMME DES GARÇONS
UNDER THE GROUND
No. 2, 10 Ice House Street, Central

Random piece of information: Rei Kawakubo used to date Yohji Yamamoto in the late 80s! Imagine if they had children? The fashion 'chosen one'?

P.S. Roden Gray and Gravity Pope carries PLAY Comme des Garçons in Vancouver.

Item of the Week: Mulberry 'Alexa' Bag

I have a feeling that Mulberry's 'Alexa' will be the most coveted bag of 2010. The fashion industry has been buzzing about it for months now since it was first worn by its namesake Alexa Chung in the summer.

Designed for the British 'IT' Girl Alexa Chung, this Mulberry bag is every urbanite's dream (a dream that comes in multiple digits). It can transform from a messenger daytime bag to a cool evening satchel just by detaching a shoulder strap. I love the braided detailing on the handle. It comes in many sizes: the oversized 'Alexa', the 'Alexa', and the 'Alexa' clutch. And of course, in many colours and textures. I truly adore this bag.


Available on January 12, 2010 at selected Mulberry retailers and at www.mulberry.com, the 'Alexa' bag starts at £695, the 'Alexa' clutch starts at £450. I'm not sure what the US/CAD price will be yet but I'll update as soon as I find out.

Alexa with 'Alexa'

I wish someone would name a bag after me....

Friday, December 25, 2009

Beauty Fridays: Shu Uemura Eyelashes

Since it's Christmas, I am re-posting one of my favourite beauty posts: Shu Uemura False Eyelashes.

Here is what I wrote back in July:


I'm seriously considering getting a pair of these for Christmas party season. I'm not sure how people will respond to them but whatev: I'll be brave.

I especially like these 'snow-twist' ones


little eye fans


loving the Victor&Rolf ones too

View the full collection at www.shuuemura.com.

Available in Canada at Holt Renfrew.

Update:


So I got the Goldglam Leaf lashes and I'll be wearing them for the first time on New Years Eve! I'm so excited! They are so beautiful...


So hurry up to your nearest Shu Uemura counter and get yourself some gorgeous lashes! This is the time to wear them!

They truly are a work of art.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Shoe Wednesdays: Marc by Marc Jacobs Scalloped Pump



The best thing about Christmas time is not the family gathering (it can be stressful) or the food or even the gift giving - it's the sales! Christmas time means that we can finally afford those highly coveted items we have been drooling over for the entire season (and that can sometimes feel like an eternity).

Sometime in the summer, I posted this shoe's cousin - the peep-toe bootie. What really does it for me is the sculptural heel. The heel always wins my heart (just like Lanvin 'Maryjane' and the Omelle 'Hardy' boot).

Beauty is in the details: the scalloped throat, glossy patent leather trim, adjustable ankle strap, and a ridiculously sexy carved heel.

$220.43 US at Barneys (available in all sizes).

P.S. Gravity Pope carries it in electric blue for $595 CAD (unfortunately not on sale yet).

Monday, December 21, 2009

Item of the Week: See by Chloe Beaded Sweater Dress


One last dress before New Years Eve: a gorgeous and cozy beaded sweater dress from See By Chloe. It's completely versatile and can go from day to evening, and it is easy to dress up with a pair of fabulous heels. It's light, and I love the way it falls on the body.



$595 CAD at Holt Renfrew (it will probably go on sale Boxing day).

Friday, December 18, 2009

Beauty Fridays: The Colour Purple

I loved loved loved Versace's S/S 2010 show. Beautiful prints that echoed the golden era of Gianni Versace. I especially loved the emphasis on the colour purple which included the eye make-up.

Snejana Onopka at Versace S/S 2010 RTW

Versace S/S 2010 RTW

Chanel Iman at Versace S/S 2010 RTW

Cover Girl make-up artist Pat McGrath brushed Cover Girl Purple Pop eyeshadow on the lids, up to the browbones and under the eyes, tracing the entire eye. Then she traced a thin line of bright purple liquid liner along the upper lash line, and added two coats of Cover Girl Lash Blast black mascara. Sounds easy!
Cover Girl Purple Pop, $10 CAD

I did some research and it seems that Cover Girl doesn't make a purple eyeliner anymore. For similar shades, try eyeliners by Urban Decay.
Urban Decay eyeliner in Lust, $22 CAD

Urban Decay liquid liner in Ecstasy (metallic violet), $22 CAD

For those truly ready to commit to purple, try this gorgeous YSL's Lilac Sky palette set.

YSL Lilac Sky, $64 CAD

Cover Girl is available at Shoppers Drug Mart across Canada.
Urban Decay and YSL are available at Sephora.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Read: Independent Fashion Bloggers Links à la Mode

links a la mode

The Countdown Begins


The countdown has begun–not only until the end of the year–but until the end of the first decade in the 21st century. That’s kind of amazing to think about. Styletastic and Sway, Sway, Away! both look at fashion from the Oughts with two distinctly different visions. [the3st] interviews the founder of ModCloth, while Wicked & Whimsy reviews Closet Confidential (by the hilarious Winona of DaddyLikey fame!).

Since this will be my last edit of links a la mode for this year, see you all in 2010!

Links à la Mode : December 17th

  • 39thandbroadway.com: – How Brands Get Burned By Celebs
  • A Typical Atypical: – Suffering from Buyers Remorse: The Real Deal
  • Brunette and Pink: – Makeup Tutorial: Leighton Meester Inspired Winged-out Smoky Eye Look
  • DailyDivaDish – Create a sparkling New Year’s look with the Tarte Treasure Chest Giveaway. Enter to this limited edition kit.
  • Friend in Fashion – Sugar and spice and all things nice – Unearthing the unique designs of the fabulous, Arizona based designer Monique Martinez, through the captive lense of Galaxie Andrews.
  • Grit and Glamour: – The Trend Conundrum–rends are a tricky thing; what makes some women look so pulled together is not a wardrobe full of the latest styles and trends, but the ability to know which ones to avoid.
  • i'm the it girl: – My Love Affair With Hermes and the Great Debate: Kelly or Birkin?
  • Idiosyncratic Style: – 12 Great Holiday DIY Projects – give something special this year (even if you are short on time and money)
  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS: – My most amazing (and green!) find this year: Denim Therapy, a company who will restore your tattered favorite jeans to like-new condition. Seriously.
  • La Société de Mode | The Fashion Society: – Combats are stomping their way back into style
  • Pursed Lips: – Thoughts/quotes on Lady Gaga as a powerful tool, if a difficult one to reach, for designers.
  • Style on a String – Getting down to the wire: Gifts for the Stylish Geek who is kind of Girly too
  • Styletastic: – As the 00’s are coming to en end, we look back at the fashion memories that will define the decade. Ah the memories!
  • Sway Sway Away!: – Sway Sway Away! presents Caitie’s bitching and moaning on the worst trends of the Aughts.
  • THE COVETED – Love it or Leave it : Rodarte for Target
  • The Fashion Planner: – The Fashion Planner shows you how to make a jaunty beret.
  • The Working Wardrobe: – Beware of “business casual” being too casual for the workplace.
  • tick tick heart: – A focus on the varying fashions of some of our quirkier leading ladies in film.
  • White Rabbit: – Pros and Contras of Artificial Nails
  • Wicked Whimsy: – Closet Confidential: A Review
  • [the3st]: – Success & Getting There: Interview with Susan of ModCloth.com
Independent Fashion Bloggers