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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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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Fruity Chic Pieces to Add Some Whimsy to Your Summer Wardrobe

Alexandra of I’m A Little donned an adorable Banana Republic lemon-print skirt in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook that totally caught our eye. Fruit print pieces are such a fun and fresh way to add some whimsy into the summer rotation, so we searched high and low for the fruitiest items on offer right now.

From kiwi skirts and cherry dresses to pineapple crop tops and watermelon scarves, we’ve got all your fruity wardrobing needs covered this summer. Check out the gallery below for our 20 favourite pieces to help you get your fruit on.

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: Pastels Are The New Black and Here Are 20 Chic Ways to Wear Them

Last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook was an ode to pastels, thanks in large part to one very chic spring look by Stephanie Sterjovski of the self-titled Toronto-based blog. Her ensemble was pastel perfection from head to toe, and we were inspired to fill a very big colour void in our closets as a result.

On the hunt we went for some pastel goodness to bring into our closets, and we were pleasantly surprised by all the lovely options: an adorable 3.1 Phillip Lim mini Pashli bag in mint green, a too-cool-for-school Zara faux leather moto jacket in baby blue, the amazing platform Alexander Wang Mary Janes (in a lovely soft pink shade) that have been in all the fashion magazines this season, and more.

Check out the gallery below for 20 ultra chic ways to inject a jolt of pastel into your wardrobe. Will you be playing in pastels this spring?

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Chic Ways to Embrace Polka Dots This Spring

Jenny of Crazy Style Love posted a sartorial ode to polka dots last week (featured in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, obviously) that reminded us of a time when S was obsessed with all things polka-dotted, literally. If there were polka dots, she was buying. She’s since moved on from her obsession, but Jenny reminded us that a sprinkling of dots here and there can bring very chic results indeed.

So how to incorporate the polka dot without going over-the-top girly? Let us count the ways – check out the gallery below for 20 of our favourite polka-dotted items this spring.

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Sophia Webster for J.Crew Capsule Collection Unveiled

We started freaking out about J.Crew‘s collaboration with shoe designer Sophia Webster way back when it was announced in September, and we’ve been impatiently waiting for news of the collection and its launch ever since. This week the long wait finally came to an end: the 15-piece capsule has been unveiled, and it’s everything we dreamed it would be and more.

“The collection is really fun and feminine, very me but still a hybrid of the two brands,” says Webster. Meaning: scalloped edges, polka dots, tassels, stripes, and vibrant prints – all the ingredients to a delightfully whimsical lineup of stilettos.

Jenna Lyons, President and Executive Creative Director of J.Crew says, “Sophia Webster is one of the most exciting and talented British designers. Her shoes are like miniature sets – a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in. Each shoe tells a unique story.”

Priced from $320 to $695, the Sophia Webster for J.Crew launches on April 23 on jcrew.com. Race you there.

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Ostwald Helgason x ALDO Rise Spring 2014 Hits Stores This Month

ALDO RISE has teamed up with the London-based design duo of Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason of Ostwald Helgason on a colourful capsule collection for Spring 2014. Due to hit stores next week, the 13-piece lineup will feature summer-ready chunky heels and colour-blocked handbags.

“We started with the idea of taking the main ingredients of an Ostwald Helgason collection and translating those into shoes and bags: colour, strong graphic elements, contrasting textures and clean modern shapes,” explains Susanne Ostwald.

Adds Douglas Bensadoun, Creative Director – Vice President of Marketing for ALDO, “[Ostwald Helgason's] subversive use of colour and pattern, the luxe yet effortless quality of their design sensibility, and the mash-up of fine art references with modern technology translates beautifully to footwear – so beautifully in fact, that we had to do handbags as well. We’re excited to see the collection arrive in stores.”

So are we. Priced from $110 to $130 for a pair of shoes and from $65 to $85 for a handbag, Ostwald Helgason x ALDO RISE launches on April 22 at select ALDO locations worldwide as well as online at aldorise.com. Check out the complete collection in the gallery below – will you be buying?

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