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Solange Knowles Teams Up with Puma on Colourful Sneaker Capsule

Solange Knowles was recently tapped by PUMA for the role of creative consultant. Her first order of business? The ’Girls of Blaze’ Disc Collection, a capsule with three versions of the iconic Disc Blaze shoe, made for women for the very first time.

The singer collaborated with Gerlan Marcel of Gerlan Jeans, Soft Circle bandmember and artist Hisham Baroocha, and sisters Darlene and Lizzy Opko of William Opko on very colourful renditions of the first laceless running shoe ever introduced back in 1992. The shoes will be sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony for USD$150 a pop.

They’re perfect for that fitness New Year’s resolution we’re all still going hard on (right, right?). Will you be buying a pair?

Images via Opening Ceremony

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Topshop x Adidas Originals Capsule Collection Coming this March

It’s now month #2 of the year, and if you’ve started to falter on that New Year’s resolution exercise regimen, here’s some news that might keep you going for a few more months: Topshop has teamed up with Adidas Originals on a 20-piece capsule collection of stylish activewear.

Due to launch in select Topshop and Adidas stores around the world as well as on topshop.com late March, the line-up will feature slim-fitting three-stripe track pants, printed tanks and sweatshirts, and, of course, sneakers in fun leather and print combos. The collection will be priced from USD$35 for a tank top to USD$135 for a pair of sneakers.

If, like T, you’ve been on a Stella Greenspan-inspired search for the perfect pair of track pants for several years now, this just might be the moment all your activewear dreams come true, so mark that calendar for March 20. And keep at that New Year’s resolution in the meantime – you can do it!

Images via WWD

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David Beckham for H&M Super Bowl 2014 Ad

Because we know you’re going to want to watch this one over and over again.

You’re welcome.

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Banana Republic x Marimekko Is Coming This Summer

Banana Republic is looking to continue its streak of highly covetable designer collaborations in 2014. Up next? A limited edition capsule created with Finnish design company Marimekko, just in time for summer.

“Marimekko’s unique design of pattern and colour has always inspired me as a designer,” said Banana Republic Vice President of Women’s Design, Melloney Birkett in a press release. “With this summer capsule, we wanted to create a collection that marries Marimekko’s iconic prints with our signature silhouettes. We were inspired by Marimekko founder Armi Ratia’s motto of, ‘Stand out from the rest,’ and we designed a collection of must-have summer standouts.”

Due to hit Banana Republic stores and online in late May, the almost 25-piece collection of dresses, separates and accessories will feature the type of bold and colourful patterns that Marimekko is known for the world over. The offerings will be priced from $50 for a tank top to $175 for a dress, with accessories ranging from $69.50 for a clutch to $98 for a pair of shoes.

Only one look has been released so far, but it’s looking downright cute and delightfully loud. Are you excited for Banana Republic’s next collab?

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

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Oscar de la Renta Has Designed a Second Capsule Collection for The Outnet

Remember back in February when Oscar de la Renta teamed up with TheOutnet.com on an exclusive collection of tea party-ready dresses and separates, and the whole fashion world rejoiced? Well, it’s time to do it all over again, because Mr. de la Renta has collaborated with the online retailer on a second collection, due out next week on December 17.

The 20-piece evening wear collection is featured in a campaign fronted by street style star Miroslava Duma. “Oscar de la Renta’s style is very classic, very uptown – it makes you feel confident, chic and elegant,” says Mira. “I love the Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet collection; its beautiful silk dresses and feminine silhouettes are elegant and sophisticated.”

In fact, Mira has been a longtime ODLR fan. “For my graduation party I bought a piece from Oscar de la Renta. It was an Audrey Hepburn-style black dress and although it was very expensive, I still wear it now. It was worth it. Oscar really is the best brand you can invest in.” If it’s good enough for Ms. Duma’s wardrobe, it’s certainly good enough for ours, especially at prices much more friendly to the pocketbook than the designer’s main line. The collection will retail between $325 for a tank to $1,095 for a floor-length dress.

We’ll be all over The Outnet on launch day – will you? Check out the offerings from Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet, round #2, in the gallery below.

Images via Grazia

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Radiant Orchid Anointed 2014 Colour of the Year by Pantone

Pantone, the global authority on colour, announced last week PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple”, as the colour of the year for 2014. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” Who can turn that down?

We’re still hanging on for dear life to our beloved Emerald Green, Pantone colour of the year for 2013, but our curiosity is definitely piqued. We’ve always been fans of the colour purple, but this particular shade will be a leap for us. Do you see yourself embracing Radiant Orchid in the coming months?

We’ve gone ahead and rounded up 10 Radiantly-Orchid pieces you can rock right now, for your shopping pleasure. Because you’re just that ahead of the trend game. Now go forth and be Radiant.

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Pink Tartan Collaborates With Keurig on Limited Edition Charity Mug

Pink Tartan Creative Director Kimberley Newport-Mimran has teamed up with Keurig to create a limited edition collectable cup, just in time for the holiday season. In our excitement, we already instagrammed our pretty new mug yesterday, but it really deserves a blog post all its own.

The cup features a stylish sketch of the designer herself walking her dog. “Life is about finding beauty and inspiration every day, a walk with Max, morning coffee, a deep breath,” said Newport-Mimran. “The opportunity to work with the Keurig brand to create a fashion-inspired cup to savour your morning, that gives back to the community in a meaningful way really resonates with me as a designer.”

100% of the profits from the sale of the cup will be donated to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. Snag one (or two or three!) of these chic stocking stuffers with a cause over at keurig.ca for $19.99.

Image courtesy of Keurig

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Say It Ain’t So: Marc Jacobs to Discontinue Production of Stam Bag

Say it ain’t so! The folks at Purse Blog are reporting that Marc Jacobs will be discontinuing the production of the Stam bag, as well as his other quilted leather designs, at the end of this season. This definitely marks the end of an era, with the Stam being the very last of the It bags of yore to cease production.

Once a Backseat Styler favourite, we’ll look back fondly on the good times we had with the various Stams that made their way in and out of our closet over the years, now fashion relics from a bygone era. But this news also begs the question, what will Mr. Jacobs’ next big handbag design look like? We can’t wait to find out.

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Hudson’s Bay Unveils Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team Uniforms for Sochi 2014

With the 100-day countdown to Sochi 2014 officially underway earlier this week, Hudson’s Bay has unveiled the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Team Collection that our country’s athletes will be sporting at the Winter Games. Destined to be the most popular gear in Sochi and here at home next February, the collection was designed to “capture the spirit of Canada, unifying sport and style, creating a look that is modern and comfortable, and most of all, passionately Canadian.” It is already available coast to coast through thebay.com, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

“We’re so proud to continue to be a part of the Olympic Games and are thrilled to be the Official Outfitter of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams,” says Bonnie Brooks, President, Hudson’s Bay Company.  “We at Hudson’s Bay are fiercely proud to be Canadian and are passionate about bringing the Olympic spirit to Canadians through our clothing.”

Featuring the Maple Leaf, as well as Canada’s favourite animal friends the bear, the loon and the polar bear, the line-up includes colour-blocked t-shirts, classic sweaters and athletic sweatshirts and hoodies, down-filled and puffer jackets, the famous Red Mittens of course, and more. The collection is priced from $5 to $30 for accessories, $12.99 to $50 for children’s wear, and $19 to $275 for men’s and women’s apparel.

“Canada’s style and personality is instantly recognizable internationally, and we designed the Olympic uniforms to reflect who we are as a nation,” says Hilary Kelley, VP of Design, Hudson’s Bay Company.  “The Collection embodies modernity and classic refinement. For the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Uniform, we wanted to ensure our amazing athletes could feel proud, confident and carry with them the tremendous support of an entire nation as they prepare to bring home the gold.”

The collection is available at Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada and on thebay.com until 2015. Check out the gallery below for the complete offerings. As avid arm chair Olympic athletes and proud supporters of our Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams, we’re very excited to get geared up for Sochi 2014!

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Kate Moss for Topshop Collaboration Resumes for Spring 2014


Kate Moss for Topshop Fall 2010

Here’s a fashionable blast from the past: Topshop and Kate Moss are teaming up for a capsule collection for Spring 2014! It’s been over 3 years since Kate’s last design effort for the high street retailer, and though it’s uncertain as to whether this is a one-off or longer term partnership, we die-hard Kate (and Topshop!) fans will take what we can get.

The supermodel said in a press release, “I have really missed being involved in the design process, and working with the team at Topshop. I am very excited to create a new collection that bears my name. Now more than ever with London being at the forefront of fashion as it feels like I’m back home working with Topshop”.

Kate’s latest offering, created in collaboration with Topshop creative director Kate Phelan and stylist Katy England, will feature 40 styles, including women’s apparel, accessories and shoes. The collection will launch in Topshop stores in 40 countries as well as on topshop.com in April 2014.

We simply cannot wait. Kate’s previous 14 collections for the brand were inspired by her own personal style, and included numerous memorable pieces, like the feather cape pictured above. Stay tuned for the Spring 2014 lookbook in the coming months. In the meantime, be really, really excited. We know we are.

Image Credit: Topshop

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