Septembre recently asked the Twitterverse for their 2012 fashion resolutions and rounded up the responses in a blog post for Slice.ca. Mine, “To buy less and shop my closet more”, was included. So far – a mere 8 days into the new year – I’m failing miserably; all of these end-of-season sales have been far too tempting for the saleaholic not so deep inside me.
On the bright side (literally), I’ve been doing quite well with one of my other resolutions: to wear more colour. I must confess though that this is a resolution not specifically for 2012, but rather carrying over from 2 years ago. In fact, I’m a tad embarrassed to report that all 20 of my New Year’s resolutions from 2010 are still in progress, which begs the question: twenty resolutions – what was I on?! Talk about setting myself up for failure.
But this year is going to be different. This year I plan to be awesome at keeping New Year’s resolutions, starting with this wearing more colour business. My recent VAWK teal coat and J.Crew yellow sweater pairing was the most colour I’ve worn since my jogging suit-wearing days in elementary school.
Sure, I could have added orange pants and a purple floppy hat to really hammer the win home, but let’s be real. This is year three of me working on this 2010 New Year’s resolution – I’m clearly taking very baby steps. This counts as 1 point for Sharon, 0 points for the trifecta of black, white and grey. 2012 is officially off to a good start! Sartorially speaking.
Do you have New Year’s resolutions from several years ago that you’re still working on as well? Tell me in the comments so I can feel better about myself. Please and thank you!
VAWK jacket / J.Crew sweater / Joe Fresh blouse / Current/Elliott jeans / YSL ring / Ralph Lauren boots / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
If you follow us on Twitter, you’re already well aware that The Room at the Bay‘s second cut sale began yesterday, offering up to 70% off on fall/winter designer clothing, shoes and accessories that’ll make your heart stop (in the best possible way). You’re also well aware that on such an important shopping day, I managed to leave my wallet at home. This would have been a rather disappointing post if the story ended there…but luckily it doesn’t! Despite the very poor preparation on my part, my visit was still a resounding success and I made out like a bandit. The drug of choice for the day was shoes, shoes, shoes my friends, and my partner-in-crime J and the loveliest sales associate in the world S only fueled my addiction. Evidence of my shopping debauchery is now sitting in my footwear closet.
The first piece of incriminating evidence is these Nicholas Kirkwood python platform slingbacks. I’m not usually a fan of big chunky platforms, but these are all kinds of amazing. I don’t generally use the word ‘hot’ thanks to a certain member of the Hilton family, but I can’t help it. These are HOT.
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On November 24th, 2010, Mr. Backseat Styler and I had the honour of attending CANFAR‘s annual fundraiser Bloor Street Entertains. Co-chaired this year by TD Securities head honcho Patrick B. Meneley and his wife Michelle Meneley, the black tie evening consisted of intimate dinners held in high-end boutiques, luxury car dealerships, galleries and museums in the Bloor/Yorkville area in Toronto. Occasions calling for black tie attire are few and far between for us at The Backseat Stylers, so we took pleasure in getting gussied up for our dinner at the Swarovski boutique, which had been transformed into an elegant dining room, and the post-dinner shenanigans at the after-party held at the Royal Ontario Museum.
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Chanel Iman’s Ralph Lauren dress at the GQ Gentlemen’s Ball 2009 on October 28th was so soft and feminine. The structured corset top and fluffy skirt in the prettiest shades of pink made for a standout look. I’d love to see this dress paired with a leather biker jacket.
The controversy first started with the posting of this ad with a ridiculously altered model on Photoshop Disasters, was blown up by Ralph Lauren when the company issued a DMCA takedown notice to the blog, and then worsened still when it was revealed that the model in the ad, Philippa Hamilton, had recently been fired from her contract with the design house for being “too fat” after 8 years of service. Oh, the irony.
Now another Ralph Lauren photoshop disaster has popped up depicting yet another model with hips practically the same width as her head.
While photoshopping is a given in fashion ads, has a line been crossed here? Do you lose respect for Ralph Lauren as a design house as a result of these disastrously fictitious depictions of otherwise gorgeous models? I personally can’t imagine that either of these ads is impacting any woman’s self-image when the level of fakeness is so high that if the models really looked the way they were portrayed than there probably wouldn’t be enough room for all the necessary internal organs. But what concerns me is if ads like this can somehow make it through several levels of approval for release, what other catastrophes are happening behind the scenes at Ralph Lauren that have yet to surface? If these ads are falling through the cracks, what else is? Could low quality artwork be an indicator for declining quality in cashmere sweaters and leather riding boots?
Continuing my lifelong love affair with sailor/military-inspired fashion, I am currently desperately waiting for Ralph Lauren to put the Andreas long wool sweater coat on sale. This sweater – which made me squeal with delight when I spotted it at The Bay – features a rich navy and gold colour palette, rounded stand collar, buttoned epaulets (gets me very time!), anchor-embossed antiqued gold buttons and nautical embroidery on the sleeve. It’s quite possibly the nautical/military sweater of my dreams.
Devastatingly, however, I had discovered its existence at The Bay altogether too late, as always, and my size had already sold out. Now I am left stalking the Ralph Lauren
online store feverishly until the sweater is marked down from $299.