Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Taraji P. Henson in Mary Katrantzou

There’s something about Mary that I just can’t get enough of. London-based designer Mary Katrantzou‘s colourful printed dress designs have become an obsession of late, and I’ve been coveting her Spring 2013 collection ever since it started hitting stores. My latest wish list item? The Starsailor print jersey dress, which I’ve been cyber-vising for weeks now.

That would explain my exclamation of “She’s wearing my dress!!” to T last night, when I spotted a photo of Taraji P. Henson at the New York screening of Mud. The Benjamin Button actress paired the whimsical frock with a pair of quirky printed yellow pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood, also a favourite of mine. In short, Ms. Henson wore the spring ensemble of my dreams.

Want the whole outfit from head to toe? The dress retails for $1,045 and the shoes for $695, both at Net-a-porter.

xx, S

Image via Just Jared

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Christian Louboutin Madame Mouse Patent Pumps

I’m a girly girl at heart, with a closet full of bow-embellished clothes and shoes to prove it, so I always have a hard time resisting any sartorial item with a whimsical touch. The latest object of my desire is a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps that don’t look anything like a Christian Louboutin design, at least not of late. There are no spikes, no studs, not even a platform. What it does feature is…a pair of Minnie Mouse ears.

The ‘Madame Mouse’ patent pump is incredibly chic, and an adorable twist on a classic style. They would make a fabulous addition to my footwear rotation, right next to my Charlotte Olympia kitty pumps. These lovely spring shoes retail for $845 over on christianlouboutin.com.

xx, S

Image Credit: Browns Fashion

Retail Therapy

Charlotte Olympia’s Cosmic Collection of Horoscope Inspired Accessories

If I read my horoscope today, I’m certain it would be predicting a fabulous new bag or shoe acquisition in my immediate future, and it would be right. Charlotte Olympia‘s just-launched Cosmic collection is irresistible to astrology and accessories fans alike, and I’m both.

“I’ve always had a thing for all things mystical,” says designer Charlotte Dellal. “I don’t live by astrology but I do love to know other people’s signs; I’m quite good at guessing.”

Dubbed “Birthday Shoes” and “Zodiac Pandora,” the line-up features 12 crystal-embellished loafer designs and 12 matching handpainted Perspex box clutches. Each star sign is represented, from a bull against a black setting for Taurus to a set of scales against a soft blue background for Libra (my sign!).

“I’m a Gemini and they’re supposed to be youthful and witty which is something I try to apply to my work—I enjoy a good giggle! However I much relate to the indecisiveness, and I’m often of two minds about something,” she says. “Usually I like my own sign best, but this collection makes it really hard to pick favorites.”

I’d have to agree. The entire line, which retails at USD$695 for the shoes and USD$995 for the clutches on Net-a-Porter and will be arriving at The Room at The Bay‘s online shop in May, is completely swoon-worthy. Will you be repping your horoscope sign with a new Charlotte Olympia accessory this spring? Take a gander at the gallery below for the complete collection.

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Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: PREEN x ALDO RISE Spring 2013 Collection

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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Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Chanel Boy Bag

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?

xx, S

Images via Purse Blog

Red Carpet

5 Winning Looks from Canada’s Erdem Moralioglu on the 2013 Awards Season Red Carpets


Jessica Chastain in Erdem Resort 2013 at 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon

With the Oscars just around the corner on February 24 and the competition to dress the leading ladies no doubt heating up, there’s one designer in particular we’re really rooting for this year: Erdem Moralioglu. The Canadian-born, London-based purveyor of ladylike, floral-print dresses has been a surprise favourite so far this awards season, and we’re absolutely delighted for him.

From the gorgeous floral print gown donned by Marion Cotillard to the 2013 BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party to the lovely embroidered shift dress with lace sleeves that Jessica Chastain wore to the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon, Erdem has been on a winning streak this month that we’re really, really hoping culminates in an Oscars red carpet appearance. Wouldn’t you agree, Rachel Zoe? Kate Young? Fingers crossed!

Which Erdem look has been your favourite so far this awards season?


Marion Cotillard in Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 at 2013 BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party


Sienna Miller in custom Erdem at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards


Anne Hathaway in Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 at 2013 Producer’s Guild of America Awards


Nicole Kidman in Erdem Spring 2013 at 2013 AACTA Awards

xx, T & S

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Runways and Showrooms

Target Canada Previews Brands With a Fashion Show on Ice

Target‘s arrival in Canada is just around the corner, and if we weren’t already excited enough, last week’s media event in Toronto certainly got us there. With a figure skating fashion show as the main event, attendees got a sneak peek at the brands the discount retailer will be bringing to Canada when its first stores launch in just a few short months.

Celebrity guests including interior designer Nate Berkus, chef Giada De Laurentiis, beauty guru Sonia Kashuk, stylist to the stars Kate Young and even Target mascot Bullseye (definitely a bold-face name!) were on hand to give insiders a taste of the collections that will be coming north of the border. Target also announced its very first Canadian collaboration, the Roots Outfitters line of casual wear, with none other than Roots.

Can’t wait for Target to open its doors in a city near you? Check out the gallery below for event photos that will tide you over in the meantime.

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Fashion News

Kate Hudson Has Designed a Summer Capsule Collection for Ann Taylor

Kate Hudson, currently the face of Ann Taylor, has designed a capsule collection for the specialty womenswear retailer. Most recently seen at the Golden Globes in a stunning Alexander McQueen gown, the actress collaborated with creative director Lisa Axelson on a summer line-up inspired by her own red-carpet style.

“Working with Ann Taylor has been a great creative experience, and there is a really wonderful connection,” said Hudson. “Ann Taylor is great at creating iconic wardrobe staples and updating them season after season.”

The Kate Hudson for Ann Taylor capsule collection is due to hit stores in May. Given Kate’s impressive red carpet track record, we can’t wait to see it.

xx, T

Image Credit: Ann Taylor (via WWD)

Runways and Showrooms

Greta Constantine Spring 2013 Runway Show

This past October, the calendar for our city’s extended 2-week long Toronto Fashion Week had a notable omission. Greta Constantine had decided to defer what is usually one of the most highly anticipated and well-attended shows each season. Their glamourous jersey frocks, the bread and butter of designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, were certainly missed.

Fast forward a month or so and the fashion week-attending crowd had been summoned to the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery District for a long-awaited Spring 2013 runway show from the Greta boys. The timing was genius, really. Presenting their latest collection outside the madness that is TFW meant that attendees could focus on Greta and Greta alone. And boy did we.

From the moment the first look came down the runway, we knew we were in for a fabulous treat. Gone, for the most part, were the drapey gowns we covet so much, replaced by body-hugging, equally sexy alternatives for next spring’s red carpet opportunities. It felt like a new Greta, a Greta we never knew was missing from our lives but immediately embraced.

The line-up of LBDs were to-die-for, as always, but the head-to-toe white looks were an unexpectedly girly delight. “I want to buy the entire collection, fly to Paris and eat croissants,” I whispered to Anita Clarke, wide-eyed as I watched the chicly-attired models glide by. She laughed, but I meant it. I’d been transported out of my seat to a café date on a lovely summer’s day in Paris, and I’m not sure all of me has come back yet to my frigid winter Toronto reality.

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Events

Paul Hardy’s 10th Anniversary Runway Show and Bash in Calgary

“It’s like Narnia out there!” said Paul Hardy, “But it’s good weather for lots of winter coats.” Spoken like a true Canadian fashion designer, and he was right. With the scenic and snowy Prince’s Island Park in Calgary as our backdrop, fashion media types from across the country had gathered at the River Café, one of the finest restaurants in the city, to kick off the 10th anniversary celebrations for Mr. Hardy last month.


Prince’s Island Park, Calgary

The designer had teamed up with Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta to fly in editors and bloggers from Toronto, including Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Nelia Belkova of Style BlogLisa Ng of The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide, and yours truly, to experience the very best Calgary has to offer, both sartorially and gastronomically.


Enjoying our first Calgary snowfall

Having checked in at Hotel Arts the night before and filled our stomachs with a delicious meal of bison and hot apple cider, among other delights, at brunch, we were off to do some sightseeing before the evening’s grand fashion show and after-party extravaganza.


Bison striploin at the River Cafe in Prince’s Island Park

“Sightseeing” for a gaggle of fashion bloggers is synonymous with “shopping”, and so we found ourselves visiting the local Holt Renfrew and The Bay department stores, wiling away the afternoon on the most frivolous of pastimes. Calgary, it turns out, has much to offer a fashion blogger with a few dollars burning a hole in her pocket.


Shopping at Holt Renfrew Calgary

Later that day, the weekend’s main festivities began, including a cocktail hour hosted by former Dragon’s Den star W. Brett Wilson (who, by the way, had Real Housewives of Vancouver‘s Mary Zilba on his arm), Paul Hardy’s Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show and, of course, an after-party attended by the who’s who of the Calgary social set.


Christopher Turner, Nelia Belkova, Stefania Yarhi, Lisa Ng, Anita Clarke and me

The runway presentation, what we were really all there for, featured an incredible line-up that ranged from fierce leather looks to jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns, with live musical accompaniment courtesy of The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and singers Paul Brandt and Greg Sczebel.

Amongst the scrumptious food and drink, lively music, wonderful company, and snowstorm to boot, it was the fashion that stood out the most – and that’s really saying something. I went into my very first trip to Calgary knowing embarrassingly little about Paul Hardy and his work, but I left his fair city a fan. That ruffled leather top and leather pencil skirt combo? Made for me. And well worth the cross-country flight to see up close and personal.

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