Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shoe Wednesdays: Camilla Skovgaard Cut-Out Sandals





I regret not buying this bootie last year around this time. So this year, I'm investing in Camilla Skovgaard. If not these ones, then another pair. Everyone that owns them says that they are ridiculously comfortable. What's not so comfortable is the $500+ price. 




Oh, but they are so pretty. And white. But Vancouver is so clean that white is doable. I love her signature serrated platform, especially when coupled with a stiletto. Of course, they are knocked off everywhere by the usual suspects like Jeffrey Campbell (that guy just doesn't stop).




$575 CAD at Holt Renfrew and $545 US at Net-a-Porter. Also at Shopbop in gold. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hello Turbans!



QVEST Magazine (February 2011)


When I told my husband about this post, he thought I was joking. I assured him I was not: I love turbans. "You're not going to wear one?" he said. I think I just might. 

Sure, they are not a new thing. Far from it, of course. But every decade or so they seem to pop back on the radar. This season we saw turbans at Armani, Issa, Vena Cava, Jason Wu and Jean Paul Gaultier Couture. 


Jason Wu S/S 2011


Issa S/S 2011


No reason to head out and buy a gazillion turbans. You can just use your favourite scarf. It should be fairly long and light. Here is a how-to courtesy of thinkthrufashion.com.


full turban


 half turban headwrap


Easy! Decorate it with a pretty pin like Issa or leave as it is. I've aways loved how Bianca Jagger rocked them all throughout the 70s. Perfection.


Bianca Jagger


Thoughts? Will you try?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Item of the Week: d a c e 'Willow' Anorak





Without a doubt, one of my favourite Vancouver designers is Dace Moore. Her eponymous line d a c e is the epitome of modernity and feminine chic. Each item has effortless clean construction and nothing appears redundant or without reason. d a c e's current collection is probably my favourite to date. It's difficult to decide which pieces to invest in: gorgeous knits, flowy dresses and blouses or stylish outerwear. 

But, for those of us in Vancouver, we can never have enough rain-shielding garments, so naturally, my mind keeps going back to this anorak. I love when these things have a defined waistline. And lots of pockets. 




$375 CAD at Violet Boutique in Vancouver and d a c e online.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Beauty Fridays: Elizabeth Taylor Tribute



Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958)


She was a spectacular beauty matched only by her incredible sass and passion for life. My close friends know that I'm a proud owner of three books on Elizabeth Taylor's life, My Love Affair With Jewelry being one of my all-time favourites.

I've always loved her. She was my grandmother's favourite actress. I remember seeing Cat On a Hot Tin Roof for the first time and I was just in awe of her beauty. Her look in that film is pure perfection. That  gorgeous black hair, porcelain skin, sultry full lips, her thick brows and, of course, those unforgettable  perfectly lined violet eyes. 


Benefit 'Instant Brow' pencil (at Sephora), Cargo 'Cannes' blush ($26 CAD at BeautyMark), Stila 'Gilded' shadow trio ($26 CAD at BeautyMark), Anna Sui Waterproof mascara ($25 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart), Revlon Colourburst lipstick in 'Coral' ($9.95 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart), Geisha Ink eyeliner ($30 at BeautyMark)


Having Paul Newman in the background just added to the overall gorgeousness. They don't make them like this anymore. Sigh.  

Thursday, March 24, 2011

If I Were Rich I Would Buy... Gianni Versace!



90s vintage Gianni Versace


Remember when Versace looked like this? Just spectacular. I grew up in awe of these images and the man that created this unbelievable fashion fantasy. The colours, the flamboyance, the supermodels... It was difficult to look away. The images just kept drawing you in.




I recently interviewed Brian Atwood, a legend-in-the-making, for The Block magazine (on the shelves next week!) who began his career as a Gianni Versace protege. I realized that I was talking to someone who was extremely close to the legend himself and this gave me goosebumps. A glorious moment on so many levels.

Since then, I've been living through a bit of a nostalgia phase, looking thorough countless images of Linda, Christy or, even before them, Jerry and Gia. As much as I respect Donatella as a designer, Gianni was the epitome of Italian glamour, the kind that dates back centuries. Glorious glamour.


Can you name them all? I can!


So, what do I want? Well, I'll take anything! But hey -- this mini dress is available. Or, at least, it was until a couple of days ago when some lucky broad snagged it! Resurrection doesn't post their prices publicly, but I'd estimate between $2,500-3,000. Oh well, one day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shoe Wednesdays: Julian Louie for ALDO Wedges



I have a feeling these are going to be 'love it or hate it' situation. Obviously, one has to be a fan of the tribal print and the wedge which excludes probably around 50% of female population. But, I really do love! First of what is bound to be several collaborations with Canadian shoe chain, Aldo, newcomer  Julian Louie designed these shoes as part of his S/S collection which was inspired by photographs of Nigerian street entertainers. Sounds crazy? No, actually it's pretty elegant




Don't like the wedge? Wait until fall. Julian Louie has killer pumps and boots in the works. Here is a little peek into the collection over at Nitrolicious




I think it's pretty exciting that Aldo has taken this collaboration on!

$125 CAD at ALDO's Robson Street location in Vancouver and Eaton Centre locations in Toronto and Montreal.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Beach Girl: Q&A with Tosca Delfino



Tosca Delfino S/S 2011


Tosca Delfino's debut swimwear collection, "Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge," is far from amateur. If I were to describe this collection, the word 'love' would be an understatement. It's well thought out, beautifully cut and imagined through original prints. The collection takes inspiration from the cities that she has lived in and loved: Sydney, Milan, Brooklyn and Toronto. Its silhouettes and colour themes draw from vintage concepts, but does not feel dated in any way. Tosca's original prints, about to become her signature, range from soft florals to animal friends, like the dolphin (or 'delfino' in Italian!) and an elephant, to an ingenious areal photograph of Sydney's Bondi beach.

This Toronto native now lives in Milan where she cut her teeth working for Missoni. She made her big debut at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and it's no doubt that we will be seeing much more of her work in the future. 


'Rita' in 'Twisted Tear Drop' print


Why swimwear?
I love the beach and the culture that surrounds it!

You have lived in Canada, Australia and you now live in Italy.  How much have all these places influenced your design?
Every country I have either lived in or traveled to has been a huge influence on my designs. My best friends, who live all over the world, have been the main influence on the styles. They are all beautiful women with different body types and personalities which comes through in my designs. I just returned from Brazil which will definitely influence my next collection.


'Adrianna' in 'Il Delfino' print


Having worked at Missoni and looking at your collection, it’s obvious that you love a great print! What inspires your print design? 
Mostly from travel and various cultures. All my prints are unique and exclusive to the Tosca Delfino swimwear label. For example the 'Chang' elephant print was created when I was in Thailand. Not only is the Chang one of the most famous beers in Thailand but elephants are known to create bonds, not only with their family, but also friendships with different species.



'Claudia' in 'Chang' print 


The word “swimsuit,” more often than not, evokes a feeling of anxiety with most women -- do you sometimes feel like that too? 
I think anxiety can stem from more than just swimwear. When regarding fashion, it's important to know your body type and dress accordingly. This will boost your confidence.

What are some things we should be considering when choosing swimwear? 
What looks best for your body type. Fabric quality and style are key! 

On whom would you like to see your swimsuits?
I would love to see confident women who value great design wearing Tosca Delfino swimwear where they see fit: from beaches to pool side, or even paired with a ready-to-wear look. That would make me smile.



'Shawnee' in 'Bondi Bubble' print


Which swimsuit would you bring to a desert island with you? 
I would bring the entire collection. They take up so little room in my suitcase... Is that allowed?

Your favourite music to listen to on the beach or poolside?
Dragonette, Art Department, Will Saul, Tam Cooper, Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Passion Pit, MGMT, INXS, Santogold, Adele, Kevin Hammond to name a few.


Keep an eye for stockist information on www.toscadelfino.com.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Item of the Week: Wilfred 'Marais' Pant



I'm pretty big on pajama dressing this season (a must!). Mostly because I'm lazy I'm all about the no fuss summer garb. Nothing too constraining, nothing too heavy. I got these pants recently at Aritzia and they are a dream to wear. 100% silk and so breezy. Plus, they look amazing with heels. Nothing like Pajama Jeans.

$125 CAD at Aritzia (also in beige and black).  

Friday, March 18, 2011

Beauty Fridays: Fresh and Clean



Lindsey Wixson at Versace S/S 2011


I'm pretty sure I'll never have skin as smooth as Lindsey Wixson's, unless I underwent several chemical peels. But then again, she's got youth on her side (she is only 16!) and I'm almost double her age (sigh). Well, at least I can try and keep it as smooth as possible. About a year ago, I realised that my sensitive skin is, in fact, too sensitive for traditional scrubs. Instead, I began testing glycolic acid based products and different clay masks (read about a couple of them here). But I've also added a couple of new ones in the mix. 


Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk ($24 CAD) and Refining Toner ($22 CAD) at Whole Foods and Well.ca


First up are couple of new gems from Weleda: a cleansing milk and a toner. They do have a pinch of alcohol in them but it's balanced out with a hefty amount of moisture and soothing witch hazel. Not drying at all. Plus, they take off everything. And I mean everything! 


Principessa Beauty Amore Afterglow Salt Buff ($30 CAD at BeautyMark)


Body scrubs have become my nemesis over the years. So many of them are way too harsh and my skin gets really irritated. This gentle salt buff from Principessa is a saviour. Not only that, it's really soothing and it smells delicious (like all Principessa things).



Korres Lemon Lip Scrub ($25 CAD at Sephora)


And finally, something for the lips. I don't have a big problem with dry flaky lips but it happens every once in a while. I've had this scrub by Korres for over a year and I use it every couple of weeks just to maintain the smoothness. Especially before putting on matte lipsticks: you need a blank canvas for that!

PS. I should mention that all of these are natural products. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paris Fashion Week: Le Boy



Chanel F/W 2011


Call me crazy but Paris Fashion Week was kind of blah in comparison to Milan's. The presentation I liked the most was definitely Chanel's. While the Chanel suit is, perhaps, one of the most uptight pieces a woman can own, here we saw a more relaxed silhouette. Very reminiscent of the 80s when the fabulous Inès de la Fressange acted as Lagerfeld's muse. It was still pretty, but with a masculine feel.


Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 2011


There were a few other boyish themes happening in Paris. Jean Paul Gaultier, of course, who always plays on this idea of androgyny. 


Haider Ackermann F/W 2011


Then there is quasi-goth Haider Ackermann with this amazing man-ish long coat (love these long coats) with disco sequins on the bottom half. The wide-leg trouser is an absolute must. 


Hermes F/W 2011


I quite liked Christophe Lemaire's debut collection for Hermes. Very sporty, which is really what Hermes was meant to be: luxury sportswear. He still has a long way to go in defining his view for Hermes but I think it's a great start. Love the relaxed leather trouser paired with a little feminine crop jacket and a newsboy cap. Looking forward to S/S 2012!


Miu Miu F/W 2011


This is about as boyish as Miu Miu gets. Actually, very little girl trying to dress as boy. Hey, I dig it. Again, cute little cap. 

Thoughts on Paris? Galliano? The suckiness of Louis Vuitton (how do you say "train wreck" in French?) and Balmain (hot mess)?

Next next week: Toronto Fashion Week coverage, live from Toronto!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shoe Wednesdays: Chie Mihara 'Seguro' Cork Platform





I'm just going to pretend it's spring! So many pretty shoes in stores and it's almost April. I think we are ready to start summer shopping! 

This is a millionth shoe by Chie Mihara featured on this blog. For good reasons of course! They are the most comfortable shoes in the world, bar none. Well, at least the ones involving 4" heels.





Like most Chie Mihara shoes, 'Seguro' looks heavenly. It's the chunky cork heel and platform coupled with the amazing bright red colour! I want to wear them now!




$395 CAD at Gravity Pope.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Screen Style: Clueless





I realize all the films I've posted so far have been about women battling some kind of life crisis. Not very fun. When I'm feeling blue, I know I can always turn to Clueless. I was fifteen when the movie came out and, fifteen years later, I still get super excited about it. It's like way cool.


Sure, the columns are way classic, but check out Cher's silver backpack and matching Mary Janes. 


Other than being part Jewish, it wasn't very easy to relate to Cher Horowitz, an impossibly adorable California blond that lived in a mansion with columns dating "all the way back to 1972," and has a fabulous best friend that knows "what it's like for people to be jealous of us." But it was so hard to hate her. 

Instead, I was seduced by her charm, her terminology (hello, "As if!" or "Baldwin" and "Betty") and, of course, her clothes. In the golden age of grunge, Clueless offered a preppy all-American alternative. Of course, kids in California didn't dress this way. It was kind of a hyper-realised fashion reality. 


OMG, I'm totally buggin' over the size of those cell phones. But don't you wish you had a 1995 Jill Stuart plaid suit?


"Dionne and I were both named after famous singers of the past, who now do infomercials."


"At the time it was very grunge oriented fashion, very Seattle, and we didn't want to recreate it. We wanted to bring something fresh and new: really bring the school girl prettiness, the femininity of clothes," explained costume designer, Mona May. "The clothes needed to be very bright and fun. I wanted the girls to be girls again, with over-the-knee stockings and Mary Jane shoes. We wanted to change the current look that was on the street and show teens how to have fun with clothes."


Sure, the mom is a total "Betty" but I can't stop staring at her Halston dress.  


"Wasn't my mom a total Betty? She died when I was young. A freak accident during a routine liposuction."

Cher went through 56 outfit changes, each impeccable in its own way. From her, and Dionne's,  signature plaid suits (most were by Jill Stuart), crisp dress shirts paired with a teeny tiny vest, see-through blouses worn over tank tops, to her slinky dresses and even her workout attire, Cher was a girl that knew how to put an outfit together. Of course, we can credit her styling genius to her groundbreaking software. 


Didn't you like totally wish you had one of these?


What really made the ensembles were the fine details: headbands, jewellery, hats (especially Dionne's), bags and backpacks and the ever present over-the-knee stockings. They would put Blair Waldorf to shame.


All-American: red, white and blue. 


"I feel like such a heifer. I had two bowls of Special K, three pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, five peanut butter M&M's and like three pieces of licorice."

French-inspired Cher and crazy-hat Dionne.


The cell phone chain bag is way awesome. I wonder if it's Chanel like my darling bottle holder?


“Do you prefer ‘fashion victim’ or ‘ensemble challenged’?”


Headbands, minis and dress shirts: preppy as it gets.


There were a couple of fashion history-making moments: 1) the introduction of Alaïa to the general public with the phenomenal red bandage dress ("He is like a totally important designer," Cher told us); and 2) the confirmation that Calvin Klein was the most provocative designer of that era.


The famous red Alaïa was paired with a jacket by costume designer Mona May.


"Oh, no. You don't understand, this is an Alaïa!" 


She should have known that Christian was gay, like any man able to resist this Calvin Klein number.


Mel: "What the hell is that?" Cher: "A dress." Mel: "Says who?" Cher: "Calvin Klein."


Aside from clothes, Cher's cluelessness was something many of us teenage girls could identify with. How did we not know that our best friend was secretly in love with us (☑) or that the guy we were like totally into was actually gay (☑)? Or that what we were looking for was right in front of us this entire time (☑) ? 

As if!  

Monday, March 14, 2011

Item of the Week: Danier Leather Shorts




These are kind of great, right? I've been so impressed with Danier lately and its quest to youth-ify the brand while maintaining the classic sportswear feel that its known for. Danier recently collaborated with Mark Fast for F/W 2011 for some high-end goodness, but while we wait for that to arrive, Danier's S/S collection will more than suffice. There are several great pieces that I'll be posting in the next few months, but I'll start with these leather shorts.




These are perfect little leather shorts, not too tight and not too revealing (let's just say that no one will be heading out to a Motley Crue concert in these). Wear now with tights, or in the summer without. 

$249 CAD at Danier (should be in stores any day now).