For those of us who prefer our costume jewelry big and bold, there are statement necklaces aplenty to choose from these days. But a versatile piece that will continue to make a statement 40 wears in? Now that’s harder to come by.
The newest item on our wish list definitely fits the bill. The agate and stone necklace by Italian brand Iosselliani is just the right mix of glamour, sparkle and edge. In fact, that describes designers Roberta Paolucci and Paolo Giacomelli’s entire line. It’s hard to resist, but one piece at a time, right?
This stunning necklace is currently stocked by the lovely ladies over at RAC Boutique (CAD$460), who we’ll be blaming for introducing us to Iosselliani, our latest obsession. It’s also available with coloured stones over at Shopbop (USD$428).
London-based accessories designers Charlotte Olympia and Tom Binns have collaborated on a punk-inspired collection of shoes and bags, in honour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition opening this May.
The limited edition line-up will feature punked up versions of Charlotte Olympia classics, including the Dolly Riot, Anarchy Kitty, and Punk Pandora. The offerings will be sold exclusively at Charlotte Olympia’s flagship stores in London and New York, as well as through charlotteolympia.com starting on May 2.
The last time Charlotte Olympia collaborated with another designer, it was Olympia Le-Tan and the result was S’s adorable Charlotte’s Web book clutch. I have the distinct feeling her CO collection is about to grow yet again.
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ALDO RISE has been busy churning out highly covetable designer runway collaborations for a few seasons now, and for Spring 2013 they’ve got a winner on their hands. They Canadian brand teamed up with PREEN’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi on designs for their London Fashion Week presentation that have now been produced for sale at ALDO stores.
The mini collection features two pumps, the ‘Musilova’ and ‘Pravda’, both available in two colourways. The Musilova in yellow and snake-print leather in particular is to die for, and definitely a must-have for my spring shoe rotation. All four styles are priced at $155.
Shop the collection over on aldoshoes.com.
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The temperatures may be bitterly cold this week, but my mind has already moved on to spring – and spring bags, in particular. I’ve been on the hunt for a colourful new accessory to help usher in the warm weather that I’m certain is just around the corner, and Chanel‘s Boy Bag is currently a top contender.
Karl Lagerfeld introduced the new style a year ago, which features Chanel’s signature quilted leather and double C kisslock, but has a decidedly edgier vibe than the ubiquitous classic quilted flap bag. For Spring 2013, it’s being produced in a range of punchy colours, including a to-die-for navy and black combination.
It’s taken a year for the Boy Bag to catch my eye, but now I can’t get it out of my head. How about you – are you a yay or nay on this Chanel bag?
Images via Purse Blog
While Charlotte Olympia‘s kitty flats have been spotted on the likes of Anne Hathaway, Alexa Chung and even Lena Dunham, it’s the high-heeled version that have found a regular spot in my shoe rotation. My black velvet pair have served me well (see the evidence here and here); so much so, in fact, that I’ve got my eye on a second pair.
A bit of online window-shopping recently led to the discovery of the existence of navy velvet kitty pumps. The words “navy velvet” alone are enough to get my heart rate up, never mind the whimsical cat faces. Obviously, I need them too.
Feel the same way? They’re available at Net-a-porter for $695.
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Harper’s Bazaar Style Director and street style star Joanna Hillman has dipped her toes into design. The enviably chic Toronto native teamed up with Edition01, an online retailer of exclusive designer collaborations, and Martin Greenfield, legendary tailor to the stars and the American political elite, on 2 limited edition blazers.
The first is a 2-button burgundy dinner jacket with black lapels and the second is a cropped navy blazer with contrast white lapels. Both are to-die-for, and are available for pre-order for $900. Quite the price tag, but they’re being made by President Barack Obama’s tailor, after all.
Images via Fashionologie
I know you’re a busy man, so I thought I’d give you a hand this year. When I spotted this Jason Wu velvet blazer (pictured on Emily Weiss of Into The Gloss) at The Room at The Bay last week (on sale, no less!), it instantly shot to the top of my holiday wish list. I took the liberty of taking it home with me, and it’s now sitting under my Christmas tree. Feel free to come by on Christmas Eve to sign your name on the card, and have some milk and cookies. Say hi to the Mrs. for me!
P.S. We’re giving away a $500 shopping spree to The Bay this week! Enter the contest here, Santa.
Image Credit: Vogue UK
It seems there was a significant omission in yesterday’s round-up of the best dressed attendees at the 9th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund gala the night before last – the queen bee herself, Anna Wintour. The editor-in-chief of Vogue stepped out in one of the most incredible trench coats I’ve ever seen (on my laptop screen), a peacock-feathered creation from Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2013 collection.
This is no standard Burberry trench coat fare. The coat is covered in iridescent peacock plumage, each delicate feather placed by hand and carefully stitched into a stunning pattern of rosettes. It also features a satin collar, epaulets, and a tie belt. In short, it’s utterly divine. Never mind owning it – it will retail for a cool $35,000! – I’d give anything just to see it. Maybe even try it on for a few brief moments. What do you say, Mr. Bailey?
Images via Fashionologie, Burberry
Because I like to torture myself, I spent yesterday daydreaming about a $4,000 Burberry peplum trench coat. Today, my fickle heart has already found a new piece of sartorial genius to covet: Chanel camellia sneakers!
These black and white leather kicks from Chanel’s Resort 2013 collection are embellished with the brand’s double-C logo and signature camellias, which I adore. No word yet on the price tag, but I bet these shoes would match perfectly with the fun Chanel croquet set and bicycle I sadly also can’t afford.
Image via Styleite
The classic Burberry trench coat has been on my wish list for years now, but has somehow managed to elude me thus far. It may be just as well though, because the classic, no-frills model, it seems, isn’t what I’m coveting right now.
On this miserably wet day in Toronto, while all couped up indoors, I find myself daydreaming about frolicking in the rain in this gorgeous trench from the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 collection. It is, quite possibly, the trench coat of my dreams: there’s tweed, there’s a peplum, and there’s even a skinny bow belt. Simply perfection.
Sadly, this baby will have to stay in my daydreams. It retails for US$3,595 over at Luisa Via Roma.
Images via Luisa Via Roma