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424 Fifth’s Latest Collection Has Everything You Need For Fall

424 Fifth‘s Fall 2014 lookbook landed in our inbox back in June, right when summer was finally hitting and we were in no mood to think about sweater weather. But now that summer’s end is drawing near and we’re reminded of just how much we love autumn dressing, our eyes are on the prize: pretty much every piece in 424 Fifth’s latest collection.

There’s the plaid felt sweater at the very top of our wish list, the burned-out-rose midi skirt right below it, the leather bodice jumpsuit, the rose-embellished sweater dress…the list goes on. And did we mention the shoes, the Lord & Taylor private brand’s newest venture? The footwear styles are as to-die-for as their apparel counterparts.

We can’t wait to get our shop on. Check out the gallery below for the complete 424 Fifth Fall 2014 lookbook – are you loving the collection as much as we are?

Images courtesy of 424 Fifth

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Coveting from the Backseat: Roots ‘Moto 2.0′ Deerskin Vest

We’ve had the perfect leather vest on our ongoing shopping list for some time now, and we’re just about ready to cross it off, thanks to Roots.

The brand is currently celebrating its 41st anniversary (happy birthday!) with a #sweatstyle campaign featuring Canadian tastemakers in classically Roots styles. Our favourite? The Moto 2.0 Vest in deerskin, aka the leather vest of our dreams.

We’re in love with the clean, minimalist styling and supple leather. It’s the perfect layering piece as we – say it ain’t so! – transition into fall. The vest retails for $598 over at Roots.com.

Images courtesy of Roots

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Joseph Altuzarra for Target – The Complete Lookbook

With the much-anticipated high-low collaboration between Joseph Altuzarra and Target set to drop one month from now, the cheap and cheerful retailer has released the complete lookbook for our viewing pleasure.

The capsule collection features nearly 50 pieces of apparel, shoes and accessories that stay true to the New York-based designer’s signature sexy aesthetic. ”We are really focused on a very adult and seductive way of dressing,” says Altuzarra. High on our wish list? The luxe red velvet tuxedo jacket, incredibly hot over-the-knee boots, and ultra-chic wrap dress.

Retailing from $17.99 to $89.99, Altuzarra x Target will launch on September 14 at most Target stores across Canada, as well as Target.com (which sadly doesn’t ship north of the border) and Net-a-porter (select assortment). Take a gander at the complete collection in the gallery below and check out a sneak peek video of the ad campaign starring Eva Herzigova. Which pieces do you have your eye on?

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Converse x Missoni Fall 2014 Capsule Collection

Converse has teamed up with Missoni on a capsule collection launching this fall. The two brands have partnered for a whopping 8th time on a line-up of Chuck Taylor All Stars featuring the Italian design house’s signature zig zag prints.

The collection includes 5 equally covetable colourways in the unisex All Star Missoni and the ladies-only All Star Fancy silhouettes, each pair retailing for $110. If, like us, a pair of Converse x Missoni sneakers has been on your wish list for many seasons now, now’s the time to take the leap. The latest collaboration arrives in Canada this upcoming September at  Town Shoes, Little Burgundy, Gravity Pope and Livestock.

Will you be buying?

Image courtesy of Converse

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Smythe Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Must-Have ’10×10′ Collection

Fellow Smythe addicts rejoice: the Toronto-based purveyor of must-have blazers is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a reissue of 10 of its bestselling styles. We’ve been fangirls ever since S’s first purchase back in 2009 so, naturally, we’re downright delighted.

Aptly dubbed ’10×10′, the capsule collection features fresh versions of Smythe’s popular duchess blazer (named after Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, of course), schoolboy blazer, and double-breasted reefer coat. At the top of our wish list? The Dickens blazer in bronze jacquard, hands down.

Retailing from $595 to $895, 10×10 hits Holt Renfrew, TNT Woman and other select retailers in mid-September to early October. Check out the gallery below for the complete collection. Which styles are you excited to have a second chance at snagging?

Images courtesy of Smythe

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Coveting from the Backseat: Charlotte Olympia ‘Shanghai Express’ Collection

Charlotte Dellal is taking us for a ride on the Shanghai Express this fall.

The London-based accessories designer’s latest collection for Charlotte Olympia is a line-up of shoes and handbags inspired by Chinese culture, and it’s full of jaw-droppingly gorgeous pieces. Dubbed ‘Shanghai Express’, the 100+ item offering features everything from pandas and dragons to lanterns and, yes, the prototypical Chinese takeout boxes. Dellal has gone very literal, as usual, and we love her for it.

Admittedly, some pieces lean dangerously towards tacky, but we’re willing to overlook them in favour of the many beautiful designs in the collection. In fact, we’ve fallen head over heels in lust with the gold lattice Pandora clutch (it’s about time we nab one of those Perspex clutches!), the Fantastic Dolly pumps (a TDF new take on a CO classic), as well as every item inspired by blue and white porcelain.

Check out the gallery below for highlights from Charlotte Olympia’s Shanghai Express collection. What’s on your wish list?

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Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Capsule Collection Unveiled

Banana Republic‘s upcoming capsule by Roland Mouret has finally been revealed, and it’s every bit as covet-worthy as we thought it would be.

The French designer’s 25-piece effort for the specialty retail chain features gorgeous, figure-flattering dresses and separates made in the Banana Republic Sloan fabric, a unique blend of rich, bi-stretch fabric that creates a “magic” fit. Shaping fabrics aside, there definitely is something very magical about Roland Mouret designs retailing from $165, a fraction of the price tags on his eponymous line.

“It’s not a copy of my clothes in a less expensive [version],” says Mouret, “but the experience of a fitted dress for the Banana Republic customer.” Based on the lookbook, we’re ready for that experience, with wish lists and credit cards prepped. The collection will launch on August 7 at select stores across Canada and online at www.bananarepublic.ca.

Check out the gallery below for the complete lookbook and collection. Which pieces are you eyeing?

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Coveting from the Backseat: Ela Handbags Calf Hair M.I.L.C.K. Clutches

It’s official, we have a new obsession: her name is Ela and she’s got gorgeous (calf) hair.

Toronto-based Ela Handbags has fast become a bag rotation staple, and the latest incarnation of the brand’s ubiquitous M.I.L.C.K. Clutch is as covet-worthy as its predecessors. For Pre-Fall 2014, it’s adorned with calf hair in 3 luxe colourways: deep red, grey, and a spotted black and white print. Each is a must-have in its own right, and all 3 have shot to the top of our Fall wish list.

The clutches, retailing at $548, are available at Holt Renfrew here in Canada and at Saks Fifth Avenue south of the border. Our fingers are also crossed that they’ll be restocked over at elabyela.com, where they’re currently showing as sold out. Which, of course, just reinforces the fact that we need to get our hands on one (or two, or three…), stat.

Images courtesy of Ela Handbags

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Crochet Pieces That Won’t Make You Look Like A Doily

Sonya of Class Is Internal sported a pretty crochet crop top to the beach last week, and it had us questioning our longstanding stance against all things crochet. She looked undeniably cute in it, especially paired with a polka dot pant, so we decided it was time that we gave crochet a fair chance.

We scoured the e-shops for crochet pieces that looked more stylish and less doily-like, and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. From maxi dresses to bikinis to baseball jackets, we’ve rounded up 15 of the chicest crochet pieces for you to rock this summer if you so please.

Check out the gallery below for all of our picks. Where do you stand on crochet?

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Ankle Strap Sandals We’re Obsessing Over

Vancouver’s Jen of Her Waise Choice rocked a high-slit skirt in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook recently, and our eyes immediately went to her ankle strap sandals. We’ve been loving the look for a while now, and it may just have turned into another shoe obsession for us.

From Alexander Wang‘s ubiquitous ‘Lovisa’ pump to ALDO‘s double-strap ‘Earlene’, we now have a whopping 15 pairs of ankle strap sandals on our wish list – all thanks to Jen. Check out the gallery below for all our picks. Are you coveting them too?

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