Thursday, April 26, 2012

Springtime in Paris





I'm jetting off to Paris for a week. (I've always wanted to say that!) I've been before, when I was just out of college, on a very tight budget, and in freezing January. Not that I'll be doing damage at Céline or eating at three-Michelin-star restaurants, but it's definitely going to be a different experience. Full report upon return. In the meantime, I'll be Instagraming my every move

Au revoir!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shoe Wednesdays: Camper 'Laura' Wedge



A few years ago, I thought of Camper shoes as clunky things that fell somewhere between little kid and granny style. But roughly three years ago while in Barcelona, I bought a pair of wedges that were neither of those things. Their design was very simple, very streamlined and they are, by far, the most comfortable sandals I own. 

The wedge in question is Laura, a style Camper carries season through season. Mine are a little bit different and they have a crisscross strap. But it's the wedge that's truly special, with its minimal light wood form that turns -- pretty seamlessly -- into a rubber sole. And, unlike other wedges, these are safe to drive in -- bonus!

$180 at Gravity Pope

Monday, April 23, 2012

Item of the Week: J.Crew Floral Pencil Skirt





Yes, floral is a big deal right now, but I hope you are not tired of seeing clothing in bloom. This J.Crew print reminds me of the Jil Sander floral from last spring -- they featured roses, but it's a similar scale and colour palette. Their No.2 silhouette is the brand's best selling skirt, a style they carry through from season to season. It's currently also available in seersucker, polka dots, plus an array of colours. But floral is the prettiest, I think.

Those in Vancouver will be thrilled that the city's very first J.Crew store opens this Wednesday, April 25, so we can finally put those cross border shopping hauls to rest. Hopefully Madewell is next? Fingers crossed. 

$168 at J.Crew

Friday, April 20, 2012

Beauty Fridays: Majestic Magenta



Thakoon S/S 2012


No, I haven't gone totally crazy, telling you that you should dye your tresses pink. I totally would, if I was a tad bit younger (I don't think it would match my wrinkles, um, fine lines so well). But this bubble gum magenta looked spectacular on Thakoon's S/S runway. 


Thakoon x NARS 'Ratin Jot'


Thankfully the designer incorporated the hue into his capsule collection for NARS, a series of five happy brights (six if you live in New York, as one is exclusive to the Bleecker Street store). I wore it last weekend and my nails got many "wows" everywhere I went -- rightfully so. 

$21 at NARS, available May 1st. Check out the rest of the colours on my FB page.

Runway image courtesy of portlandmercury.com.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hello, Hello





I wanted to do a little update, explain the sporadic posts, and share some exciting news. When I started this blog three years this summer, I was studying to become an architect. I had some experience in the fashion industry prior to that, but none in writing (unless you count boring academic work), so I had no idea my blog was going to become a thing. You know, a thing someone other than my friends (and mom -- hi!) would actually want to read. I realized I was onto something once I started getting requests from retailers, designers, and publications asking for contributions. Me, a writer? I never thought of myself as one, but I guess I accidentally became one. "Life happens while you're busy planning other things," said the wise John Lennon. True, true. 

Which leads me to exciting news: I have recently been named as the Vancouver Correspondent for FLARE magazine. To quote every terrible celebrity publicist, I'm "over the moon" about it. If you subscribe to FLARE (as you should), you will be able to read my contributions starting with the July issue. 

And with that and all the other freelance projects, things have been a tad bit busy, so I hope you don't mind a couple of silent days here and there. I always aim to provide you with something to read every day, but, you know, life happens....

xoxo, 

Anya

MMM pen image courtesy of HypeBeast.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shoe Wednesdays: Erin Templeton Roamin Sandals




It always thrills me when someone from my city designs something flawless, which is exactly the case with these sandals by Erin Templeton. If you live in Vancouver, you are probably familiar with her up-cycled (I like this word better than 'recycled') leather bags, and if you are not, please check them out (Palooka is my favourite). 

The Roamin sandal is handmade by the designer -- as is everything else in her collection. Templeton studied shoemaking, and as demonstrated on her blog, it's pretty old school stuff. These sandals are just so incredibly smart and simple. They remind of something one would pick up from some a fabulous street market while on a Mediterranean vacation. Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday comes to mind, but so does Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

$125 at Erin Templeton.

Image courtesy of The National Post.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Item of the Week: VPL W Bra





I like wearing see through things in the summer: open knit sweaters and sheer blouses. With those, one can't wear just any old bra. I've featured undergarments by VPL before about two years ago but, since this season is the line's strongest yet, I thought a little refresher would be good. 

I love that this particular one is cotton -- which makes it very breathable in the summer -- and that it is pretty simple in design. The bra is basically a streamlined version of a sports bra, my favourite type of a bra (funny, considering how little I see the gym). 

$95 for the bra (and $85 for the matching panties) on Net-a-Porter. Also available in grey on Shopbop.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Beauty Fridays: Clinique Almost Lipstick





Clinique's Almost Lipstick is, well, almost lipstick. I guess on the grand scale of things, it would tilt closer to the lip balm end. Its barely-there tint was kind of a letdown at first, but the longer it stayed on my lips, the more impressive it became. 

The Almost Lipstick is not new: it was first formulated in 1971 in a Black Honey shade and quickly became a fan favourite. Now it has seven new friends all named something Honey, with my favourites being the iconic Black Honey (first from the left) and Flirty Honey (first one on the right). But they all look equally flattering. 

If you are you are looking for a bright, vibrant lip colour, Almost Lipstick is not for you. But if you are looking for something subtle and hypermoisturizing, then you love it. So much so, you could possibly ditch the balm all together.

$18 at Clinique.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fashion Television, 1985-2012



Jeanne Beker interviews Cindy Crawford in 1997 (courtesy of The National Post)


When Jeanne Beker tweeted yesterday that Fashion Television ceased production after 27 years, I was crushed. Today, many Canadian publications paid tribute to the iconic show, including the beautifully written "Why Fashion Television never went out of style" by The National Post's Nathalie Atkinson. I don't know what I can add that Atkinson hasn't already touched on, but I thought I'd add a few personal sentiments. 

Along with Fashion File and MTV's House of Style (which was child's play in comparison), Fashion Television was my first introduction to the world of fashion. Not fashion as in clothes, but fashion as an idea. I think I'm not alone when I say this; it's a sentiment shared by many. Watching the world through Jeanne Beker's eyes was exhilarating, whether she was chasing Karl Lagerfeld backstage at Chanel or educating us on fashion history. 


Jeanne Beker with Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs in 1990 (courtesy of Toronto Life)


Before the show came along, designers were elusive entities. We almost never heard them speak; they were beyond reach. The show changed all that. But Jeanne Beker and Fashion Television went way beyond the runway and looked at the deeper power of fashion. Who could forget the segment on Pakistan, featuring the late Benazir Bhutto?

I began watching Fashion Television under far-from-glamorous circumstances in war-torn former Yugoslavia, where I grew up. Without sounding too sappy about it, let's just say it gave me hope, a place to escape. (Okay, that was sappy.) I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Jeanne last year, a surreal experience in so many ways. She is so incredibly passionate about what she does, and I'm sure she'll continue to educate us about fashion in her next endeavour. It takes an incredible individual to do the same job for 27 years and with that much conviction. Thanks for the magic.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shoe Wednesdays: No.6 Lace Up Clog





I'm still very much into the clog. Just as I was pulling all my clogs from the winter shoe vault, I thought, "I could use a couple of more." I remember almost buying a pair of No.6 clogs at Totokaelo in Seattle (one of the best boutiques in the world -- not an exaggeration), but sadly I didn't. And I really regret not visiting the No.6 Store while in New York.




For those not familiar with the No.6 Store, it's a magical place opened by a couple of vintage collectors, that -- along with vintage and a carefully selected indie designers like Anndra Neen and Arielle de Pinto -- does a wicked in-store line, No.6. They started with shoes, and the line quickly grew into clothing. 

$265 at No.6 Store and Totokaelo (also in blue).

Monday, April 9, 2012

Item of the Week: Karen Walker 'Number One' Sunglasses




I hope that wherever you are, it's nice and sunny. The long weekend was lovely here in Vancouver, and I even busted out my sunglasses. But being surrounded by Easter things, I really wished my sunnies were a frothy pastel colour, instead of the ubiquitous black or tortoise shell. 




The only problem is that pastels tend to get really cute, sometimes too cute. But these sunglasses by Karen Walker hit that right spot between cute and cool, with their shape and wood grain. The latter reminds me of these amazing Proenza Schouler shoes -- it's got that '60s modernist Formica furniture look that is just so irresistible to me.

$250 at Gargyle and Shopbop.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

If I Were Rich, I Would Buy... Maison Martin Margiela Sleeve Top





I am getting dangerously close to exceeding my Margiela quota on this blog, but since the theme of If I Were Rich is excess, I might as well. I came across this Margiela on AP Shop's blog and I found it extremely beautiful. Then I took a closer look and realized that it was actually constructed with shirt sleeves, intricately weaved into a top, resembling something almost Grecian-like. 




Its sophistication intrigued me, especially considering the tradition of assemblage among foundation year design students. A few years ago when Project Runway was still good, I remember Tim Gunn mockingly discussing how, no matter what, every foundation year, someone will design something using only discarded ties. Then I thought back to my design school(s) and remembered that, along with the ubiquitous tie garment, there were pieces made out of zippers, pop can tabs, rubber gloves.... Some were hideous and some were intriguing, but none came close to this F/W 2008 Margiela. 

Would I wear it? Probably not. But that doesn't mean I don't want it. Besides, there were only five made. 

$3,500 from Jennifer Kobrin at 1stDibs.com.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shoe Wednesdays: Steven Alan Mary Jane Sandal





Good summer flats are hard to find. I find myself picking up chunky clogs and platforms as my "walkable" options. Silly, I know. But if all sensible shoes were as adorable as these ones by Steven Alan, comfort would be a lot more exciting. 




By 'sensible,' I don't mean just flat, because flat-as-pancake shoes can be just as tough on the foot as heels. I love the low-stacked heel and the interlaced leather straps, providing good arch support. Yeah, yeah, I'm starting to sound all mom-like. But these really are the best of both worlds.

$248 at La Garconne.

PS. Yes, I realize I posted 6" stilettos yesterday.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

From the Closet: Nicholas Kirkwood Spray Paint Pumps





I bought these ages ago. Well, a year and half ago, to be exact, but in fashion years that's like a decade. I've heard of the genius of Nicholas Kirkwood before then, obviously, but when I saw his F/W 2010 spray paint collection, I was floored, for the lack of a better term. They were super badass, with the devil-may-care spray splatters and the sharp, angular platform. 

I've worn them maybe five times since, not because they are not walkable -- trust me, Kirkwood has a way of making six inchers float like a dream -- but because they wait for that thrilling, somewhat unpredictable, hopefully a little bit scandalous night out so that they can enjoy the exhilarating few hours that they deserve. Having dinner at a fancy restaurant just doesn't cut it here. 

Here they are, looking triumphant on top of my dining room table, captured beautifully by photographer Sherry Lu.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Item of the Week: Club Monaco 'Keeley' Moto Jacket





Here's a spring answer to your favourite motorcycle jacket. It's a classic design by Club Monaco, rendered beautifully in cupro, everyone's favourite silky non-silk material. Its dainty nature gives this otherwise tough silhouette a softer feel. 




If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know I'm a huge fan of this style. Last fall I featured Rag & Bone's royal blue moto (still available!), with a little tidbit on the history of this all-American garment, which dates back to 1928. 

$219 at Club Monaco. Also, good news: clubmonaco.com just launched e-commerce (Canadian store kicks off on April 11).