Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On a Break

So, I ran a Seattle 1/2 Marathon on Sunday (I have a medal to prove it!), and then I had to jet to Toronto for a couple of days. Plus a freelance project is proving to be very demanding. In other words, it's break time this week. See you Monday with my inaugural menswear week. 

xx, Anya

Friday, November 23, 2012

Catwalk Beauty: Purple Pout

Haider Ackermann S/S 2013

It's only November yet this spring look from Haider Ackermann is making an early appearance because: a) it's winter-y; b) it's crazy good. Like most runway looks, it's a blend of several different products (by MAC -- click here for info) and way too high maintenance. And, yes, a bit too blue for us regular people that don't stomp catwalks. 

ILIA 'Ink Pot' ($24 at Beautymark and

But I do have a brilliant, less scary purple option: ILIA's new limited colour called Ink Pot. It's lovely, sheer if applied once, and very opaque when you layer. 

Would you? Too dark?

PS. Next week is menswear week, so please tune in.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Goose Chase (GIVEAWAY!)


Last time I posted an item from Canada Goose, the post received a dozen spam comments with links leading to websites selling counterfeit goods. Canada Goose fakes are so popular that the company dedicated a guide to counterfeit goods on their website. Sad.

Well, Sporting Life has teamed up with Canada Goose and SHOP.CA to bring the famous parkas to an online customer without the worry of buying fakes, and with free shipping and returns. (Plus, from November 1 to December 15, Scotiabank cardholders earn four free Cineplex movie tickets with any jacket order.)

I don't think women's parkas get any better than Canada Goose's Kensington. It's been on my "to get" list for ages, and every time I visit my parents in Calgary for the holidays, I wish I had one. 

I'll make it easier for you. Comment below for a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards to SHOP.CA (you can use it towards your holiday shopping). Contest will close on Friday, November 30. GOOD LUCK! (Sorry, open to Canadian residents only.)

Ready, set, go!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Warhol Moment

Andy Warhol, Flowers (Red), 1964

Andy Warhol is having yet another 15 minutes of fame again. He seems to resurface in fashion every couple of years, with at least one designer using his work or an image of his "superstars" as an inspiration. Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs have both dabbled in Warhol-isms, and there was, of course, that amazing early '90s Gianni Versace collection with the Marilyn print. This year is Prada and her (somewhat geisha-y) interpretation of Andy Warhol's hibiscus blossoms. Again, wicked accessories -- the sunglasses! -- by Prada. I can't wait to see the ad campaign for this collection come spring -- hope they take the concept all the way.

Prada S/S 2013

Then there is François Nars (someone Andy Warhol would have personally loved very, very much) with his  NARS Andy Warhol holiday collection. Beautifully conceptualized, Nars takes us through all the iconic Warhol moments, from silkscreen portraits, to the Silver Factory, to his muses Edie Sedgwick (love her!) and Candy Darling. The blossoms, of course, make a well-deserved appearance. 

NARS eyeshadow palettes

The artist would definitely approve. "Everyone's a superstar. At least for 15 minutes." Andy is going on 15 billion. 

PS. I went as him for Halloween, so that makes three.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Best Bet: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Come wintertime, I rarely go to bed without some kind of oil on my face. I know many of you are still "iffy" on the oils, but I'm adamant that oil doesn't cause breakouts. My skin falls in that awkward "combination" category, where it's smooth in some places, and kind of crusty (horrible sounding word, I know) in others. 

A nighttime serum

Squalane (a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids), Evening Primrose Oil (rich in Omega-6 fatty acids)

It absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave an oily residue. I absolutely notice its powers on the too-often occasions when I slacked on my daily eight glasses of water intake, and still woke up in the morning with hydrated-looking skin. A couple of drops before the moisturizer at night, and done and done. It does everything is says it does, and that's a rare thing.

$48 at Kiehl's.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shoe Wednesdays: Jil Sander Navy Gold Pumps

I know I'm totally late posting the shoe of the week. But, hopefully, I'll make up for it with a golden shoe. Gold always equals forgiveness, right? 

Obviously, I love it because it's shiny, but I also think this particular, sort of a granny, shape is hard to come by these days. Everyone seems to be going in either a pointy or a stripper sky-high direction, and sometimes I just want something sturdy. 

$310 at Shopbop

PS. The Jil Sander Navy gold oxfords are also amazing. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

From the Closet: Issey Miyake Pleats Please Tote

I bought this bag at what I believe is the most beautiful store in the world, Persuade in Bilbao, Spain, for around €200. It came super handy as a travel tote, with its bottomless hoarding-things potential. Travel guides, bottled water, snacks, jacket, umbrella... you name it: it all fits.

A few days later, we were in Madrid and decided to get last minute opera tickets for Rigoletto. If you've been to the opera in Europe, then you know people dress to the nines (like couture gowns, etc.).

Being totally unprepared, I opted for black trousers with a silk blouse, and having not packed a clutch, I simply folded my Pleats Please bag into one and it looked mighty smart.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Item of the Week: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Duvet Coat

If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you know that there was no way I wasn't going to love Maison Martin Margiela's H&M collection. It's definitely the best, most cohesive H&M collection to date, and most true to the "original" (actually Comme des Garçons was pretty spot on), focusing on the "re-edition" of iconic MMM pieces. The only problem is that in this case "authenticity" comes with a price, with the best pieces ranging between $200-350. 

This will be a pricey H&M trip for many, averaging around $1,000. My favourite piece is the duvet coat -- yes, completely impractical for the splashy streets of Vancouver. 

Bill Cunningham, The New York Times, 2000 (image via blindface)

Its predecessor came from the F/W 1999 collection. Here it is photographed by The New York Times' Bill Cunningham back in 2000 on the streets of New York.

$349 at H&M, available Thursday, November 15.

Collection images courtesy of H&M

Friday, November 9, 2012

Busy Bee

I know I promised another Issey Miyake post yesterday, but working on a million freelance projects at once sometimes keeps me away from the blog. I'm not complaining; it feels great to be in demand. For example, this week I met with Nicola Formichetti, who was in Vancouver for the "Thierry Mugler to MUGLER" retrospective at The Room. Love him, and not only because he reminds me of Astro Boy, but because he was amazingly candid during our brief chat. We bonded over Tom Hardy's hotness, the greatness of Star Wars, and what his muse Lady Gaga plans to wear if she ever gets married (I'll keep it a secret, for now). You can read more about my encounter with Formichetti, and a look back at Thierry Mugler on

PS. Oh! Might as well tell you what I wore since I never do this: Max Mara silk blouse; Roland Mouret skirt; Pineda Covalin clutch; MM6 bracelet; Eddie Borgo earrings; and these Nicholas Kirkwood pumps.

Photo courtesy of The Bay

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shoe Wednesdays: Loaffler Randal 'Felix' Lizard Boots

Great pattern! I rarely meet a lizard I don't love, although sometimes some of the embossed ones tend to look too fake. Not this one; it has that tough quality to it, one that brings cowboy boots to mind. I like the low heel, and the zipper at the back is always a plus. 

I find Loafller Randal one of the most consistent footwear brands when it comes to design, quality, and price. Hope they bring back the espadrilles next spring. 

$425 at Shopbop.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Issey Miyake Pleats Please

To celebrate 20 years of Issey Miyake's Pleats Please line, Taschen just released a book archiving the label's two decades. There are many brilliant designers out there, but Miyake is a true innovator. With this line, he completely flipped the process of manufacturing, in which the garments are cut and sewn first from fabric that is triple the size of the finished item of clothing, then sandwiched between two sheets of paper, and hand fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. 

When a Pleats Please garment is worn, it moves with you. It inhabits a space that your body creates through its actions; each step is a performance. Unlike most designers, Miyake never looks to the past for inspiration, always the future. I strongly feel that he also legitimized polyester as a beautifully rich and complex textile that can be moulded and manipulated, rather than just acting like a cheap stand-in for another fabric. It is truly smart, with an ability to "memorize" its shape even after being exposed to water, heat, or steam. That's the future.

Sticking to fairly simple silhouettes -- when laying flat, at least -- every year Miyake released new colours and prints, always keeping us wanting more. There is also the ongoing Guest Artist Series -- Cai Guo-Qiang being my favourite of the four -- which really challenged the way we experience imagery through the fabric's movement. 

The book also looks at the brilliant marketing Pleats Please has done over the years -- always memorable and witty, from folded fabric colour pencils to sushi. It's the kind of stuff that just floors you with its genius. 

$39.99 at TASCHEN.

PS. I'll be posting a tribute to my Pleats Please bag on Thursday. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Item of the Week: Jasmin Shokrian Draft No. 17 'Compass' Bag

Of course I love it: it looks crazy. Just last week, a friend and I were talking about our mutual love of weird, oversized bags. I have several, most notably my Issey Miyake accordion pleats bag that changes shape according to what's in it (I'll post it very soon, I promise).

This giant tote by Jasmin Shokrian is part of her experimental Draft No. 17 capsule collection that explores variations of classic silhouettes -- in this care, the circle. I wonder how many things one can shove in there?

$679 at La Garçonne.

Friday, November 2, 2012

New & Noteworthy: Stella McCartney STELLA The Print Collection

I rarely meet a fragrance I love and STELLA is one of those that I might just cry over when I run out. Yes, this fresh rose scent has been out for years, but not in this gorgeous bottle. These limited edition 30ml ceramic bottles are adorned with McCartney's gorgeous S/S 2012 prints. Small enough to carry with you, any one of the three vibrant bottles would be a lovely presence under the Christmas tree (yes, it's coming up!). Notes of amber and mandarin just add to the winter spirit.

$52 at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, and Sephora.