Dreaming of Dolce&Gabbana

This season Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce created a collection that was filled with the label’s iconic looks.

The show was emotional for many of the viewers because of a video that ran in the background of the runway show depicting the design duo working in their atelier and the mournful Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

There was a selection of black tailored blazers in every cut imaginable paired with classic boudoir inspired pieces featuring bustiers and lace. There were leopard prints and polka dots, a touch of velvet and simple black accessories. The whole show screamed Dolce&Gabbana without looking like it had already been done. The focus was on the impeccible tailoring and not on any extravagant styling. It was by no means trendy and reinforced the idea this season that classic is back.


Crazy for Kors

Micheal Kors is one of the most influential American designers and is always a staple at New York fashion week. He’s become a household name because of his appearances as a judge on Project Runway but he won a spot in my heart because of the gorgeous shoes and handbags he produces every season which also happen to be quite affordable (compared to other design houses). The Micheal Kors wedges I have, which I posted on here last year, are one of my favorite pieces in my closet and are shockingly comfortable.

For fall 2010, Kors created a collection that conveyed a whole fantasy lifestyle yet managed to be full of practical, wearable pieces. The cozy looking knits, furs and gorgeous camel coats made me want to grab a hot chocolate and curl up by a ski lodge fireplace (I’m not much of a skier). Trend forecast for this fall: dove gray, lots of beige and surprisingly, fur bags. I’m not ready to commit to that last one yet but who knows!

More Miu Miu

I have a bit of an obsession with Miu Miu bags. I’ve always been more into purses than shoes, as far as covetable accessories go, and Miuccia Prada seems to get it right every time. I admit to owning a shameless copy of the popular bow satchel in black and also confess to losing my cool when I saw a girl carrying the aged leather tote (pictured below in pink) at a party recently.

It was love at first site with the black deerskin leather tote from Miu Miu’s newest collection but the $1650 price tag
forces me to keep dreaming.

Though the line makes most of its profit from its accessories, the clothes are usually equal parts girlie and edgy, displayed well with this season’s high collars, floral embellishments and structured tailoring. All in all, I definitely envy the Miu Miu girl.

The New ‘New Look’

Marc Jacobs says it felt like ‘a time to just do something really beautiful’ this season and I don’t think anyone can argue that he succeeded with his Fall/Winter ready to wear collection for Louis Vuitton. The show was all about traditional femininity, taking us back to the New Look of the 1950’s. The wasp waits, full tea length skirts and corsets created a new curvy silhouette that hasn’t been seen for decades in the fashion world. There was a definite emphasis on the bosom, and Jacobs cast models with more ample assets to make his point.
The collection maintained a modern feel with unexpected details like the leather circle skirts in shades of cream and blush and the strong shouldered coats. The relatively simple clothes provided the perfect backdrop for some to die for accessories like the revamped Speedy bag in a variety of sizes and colours and the pointy toed pumps adorned with flat bows and chunky square heels.
The show has created a lot of buzz because it took a step away from the typically emaciated frame of modern fashion and designers, editors and bloggers alike are gearing up for a movement towards a style that is more inclusive of realistic body types.

Summer Accessories

Here’s an article I published in the summer edition of The Concordian…

Whether you’re headed to a backyard barbecue, brunch with the girls or to an outdoor music festival, summer outings usually call for comfortable and casual outfits. Because of this, it’s easy to get into a heat wave rut of shorts and a t-shirt.
One of the most simple and most cost effective ways of freshening up your summer wardrobe is with a variety of trendy accessories. By throwing on a piece of bold jewellry with your everyday tank top and jean shorts you can create dozens of outfits that will turn heads. The secret to dressing for the heat is picking one standout item that’ll bring your look from expected to extraordinary.
Here is your guide to all the summer accessory trends to keep in mind when shopping for those perfect extras.

In the summer, you can’t go wrong with gold costume jewelry. Try playing off the nautical theme with a gold tone rope or chain necklace or you can piece together an over-the-top look with a variety of simple gold pieces. Try an armful of bangles with a similarly toned ring and necklace. One accessory that will add to any outfit is a textured gold cuff. H&M offers a hammered metal version for under $10.
Yves Saint Laurent set one of the biggest trends in jewellery for summer 2010: the organic stone ring. The design house used agate and coralline stones in a rough gold setting to create a bohemian look with artisan flair. Though the originals sell for close to $400, many of the jewelry makers on Etsy.com have taken the hint and started making versions of their own for more affordable prices.
A great way to incorporate the menswear look into your summer wardrobe is with an oversized masculine watch. Classic gold is always a good choice but you could also mix it up with one in rose gold or gunmetal. Michael Kors makes a wide variety of styles that are in the $200 price range but you can find much cheaper ones at Aldo. These chunky timepieces will give your outfit an easy edge.

Every girl needs a great pair of sunglasses and this season the shape to go for is the classic cat eye. The modern version is larger and slightly more subtle than the style made popular in the 1950s and is a universally flattering shape. Le Château makes a perfect tortoiseshell pair for $18, but if you’re looking for something that will last for years you should check out the versions by Alexander McQueen ($325) or Ralph Lauren Collection ($250).
The trend in purses for the summer is vintage and remodeled classics. The typical summer go-to bags are ones that are slouchy and casual but this season, opt instead for something with more structure and it will really stand out. Many past “it” bags like the Hermes Kelly, the Louis Vuitton Speedy and the Yves Saint Laurent Muse are being revived this year with new, updated versions.
The Hermes Constance bag, which was introduced in 1969 and was a favourite of Jackie O., was one particular style revisited this year that has spurred on many copycats. Hermes is known for making some of the most expensive handbags in existence and the Constance is no exception at $5,950. Though owning the original may not be realistic for students, the basic square shape and clean lines can be found in stores like Zara. Look for something in a tan or cream colour to ideally compliment your summer outfits.
Another trend in bags this season is reptile skins. One thing to keep in mind when looking for imitation skins is to try for something with less of a shine. This will help your purchase avoid looking cheap.

Last, but certainly not least, is an accessory that can change the whole attitude of an outfit: shoes. And this season, shoppers have plenty of styles to pick from. One of the best tips is to buy one outrageous, colourful pair that doesn’t match anything in your closet and wear them with everything. From the futuristic bulky wedges at Balenciaga to the electric blue Juicy Couture gladiators, it’s a rule of anything goes. If you don’t want to break the bank on a trend that may not have staying power, Aldo and Steve Madden both have tons of options in a variety of heel heights and colors.
Another footwear trend in the fashionista crowd is the infamous clog. They’ve been seen on everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Rachel Bilson, but it’s an intimidating look to attempt and can be tricky to pull off. For the faint of heart, try a heel with a wooden platform like Steve Madden’s NATALIAA ($109) or Aldo’s CROMIE ($90), which has a more subtle look about it.
As far as flat sandals go, stay away from the tired, neutral gladiator look that has been present for so many seasons and go for something with a little more embellishment. Whether it’s stones, jewels or studs, choose something that will be the focus of your outfit. Aldo has an affordable pair with turquoise stone insets for $45 and Steve Madden’s BRIDE style has enough rhinestones to be a great evening alternative to heels.
No matter what your style is, there’s an accessory out there for you this summer. Keep in mind that you should always stick to wearing one bold piece at a time to let it shine.

Model as Muse

She’s one of the world’s top super models. She has an iconic Marc Jacobs bag named after her. She is muse to fashion photographer Steven Meisel. She has appeared in countless ads and runway shows and now she’s trying her hand at designing.

Jessica Stam is a force to be reckoned with. She’s one of my favorite models because of her versatility and because she’s absolutely gorgeous will still looking approachable. The Canadian model (who was discovered at a Tim Hortons, go figure) is now creating a few pieces for Rag and Bone based on her personal style and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

Award Winners

The only part of award shows I really like is the red carpet. Though the weather was dreary last night at the Golden Globes, a few stars really turned it out when it came to their fashion choices.

January Jones was the best dressed in my opinion in a black Lanvin creation. Her choice was fashion forward but still stayed simple and elegant. The matching headband really made the look.

Maggie Gyllenhaal looked stunning in an architecturally pleated dress my Roland Mouret and Emily Blunt chose a floaty blush colored Dolce&Gabbana.