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Trend Reports: Clear Frames

In Accessory, Fashion, Fashion Heat, News, Trend on November 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm

It’s not just any trend – lets be clear. It’s translucent, nerdy and fashionable. Clear frames have been the understated must-have for 2009, let’s hope that more people will pick up on it for 2010.

Set 1. Hot Topic

Set 2. Moscot

Set 3. Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Set 4. Super

Set 5. Browns Fashion

Set 6. Sabre

In the Know: Versace Pre-Fall 2010, Shoes by John Galliano and More!

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, handbags, In the Know, News, Shoes on November 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm


Versace Pre-Fall 2010

Escada Pre-Fall 2010

Armani Collezioni Pre-Fall 2010

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2009 Handbag

John Galliano 2009 Shoe

Viktor & Rolf 2009 Shoe

Get My Look: Punk funk

In Boots, designer, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shoes, Shopping, star on November 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

Look one: Going my way during the day.

ACNE Extreme stripe cotton-jersey dress $130 (Euros)

KARL DONOGHUE A-line shearling gilet $895

BURBERRY PRORSUM Leather ankle boots $895


JIMMY CHOO Limited Edition PEP printed tote $995

Look two: Heating it up at night.

Ara Jo Jumper (tbd)

JIMMY CHOO Candy acrylic shoulder clutch $495

JEROME C. ROUSSEAU Aizza patent leopard pumps $275

Ara Jo image: FTAPE

Acne image: my-theresa

All other images were pulled from Net-A-Porter.com.

In The Know: Chanel in China, Taiwan and More!

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, France, In the Know, News on November 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Shanghai, China’s largest city, is destined to become the new fashion hot spot thanks to Parisian atelier Chanel.

It all started when the city’s first Peninsula Hotel opened a Chanel Flagship boutique this past Wednesday. At a lavish 5,160 square-feet, the space is influenced by the interiors of Madame Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel‘s apartment, the founder of the iconic brand, and also contains a hidden VIP salon.

Make sure you visit the website made specifically for the boutique that contains a short film, an interview with the boutique’s architect Peter Marino,  13 pre-fall 2010 collection episodes (six of which are currently live), and runway show of Paris-Shanghai Métiers d’Art that will be unveiled December 3rd.

Now, for those of you that don’t know, Paris-Shanghai Métiers d’Art is a limited edition collection designed by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. Métiers d’Art was launched in 2002, and every year, the collection is shown in cities that have a link with Ms. Chanel.

This edition marks the eighth collection to follow previous collaborations with cities including Paris, Tokyo, New York, Monaco, London and Moscow. Ms. Chanel never visited China but maintained a strong interest in Asian art and antiques during her lifetime.

Most of the collection will be red, which represents luck and fortune in Chinese culture.

And last but certainly not least, Kaohsiung, a city located in Southeastern Taiwan was also touched by the grace of Chanel with a new boutique that opened November 24th. According to Chinapost.com, the six-meter storefront is decorated in in black and white, and boasts “grand panels made from gold woven fabrics layered under transparent glass create a mirror-like reflection in the jewelry section display.” I wasn’t able to find images, but it one can only imagine. Especially considering I’ve only ever seen beauty when I look at anything to do with the brand whether it be the collection, event or otherwise.

See preview images of Paris-Shanghai Métiers d’Art , and images of the Peninsula Hotel Chanel boutique after the jump.




All images courtesy of Missomnimedia, and Hotel Chatter.

For more information, visit: Chanel-Paris-Shangai.com.

One to Watch: Horace x Finsk

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, One to Watch, Recap, Rouse, Shoes, Shopping on November 28, 2009 at 3:26 am

It’s all because of those citadels of fashion on West Queen West that I’m kept beautiful. It seems as though every time I shop in the area, I’ve entered the emporium of fashion avatars.

First I walked into Chasse Gardee. A long, gothic black dress with a thick braided scarf along the neckline, sat draped in the storefront. It looked more like an installation than something one would wear. But then – as I looked up – I was transfixed on the sea of shoes. They were positioned  as if marching upwards, perhaps to the pearly gates of a shoe paradise. There were biker boots, shoes embellished with gold-pleated rivets, and hard-edged “bitch boots.” It was all – as they say – a sight for sore eyes. But what got  me was a piece of architecture with black pony hair and a varnished, diffuse-porous wood heel. But, it wasn’t just any heel; I perceived the illusion of a shoe without a heel. I brought the shoe within closer circumference to get a better look. When I looked at the insole, the label spelt “Finsk.” I was bewitched.

Julia Lundsten, a Finnish-born graduate from the London College of Fashion, and Royal College of Art, launched her shoe line – Finsk, in 2004. “I approached shoe design like architecture or furniture for the feet rather than conventional footwear when studying for my MA at the RCA,” said Lundsten about her concept in an interview with Design Forum. “There is no need for a heel to have a ”heel-like curved shape”. It is not functional, and can therefore be changed. But a shoe should be flattering to the foot and the body.” Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik are cobblers who have both mastered the finery of foot fetish. But who better to design a woman’s shoe, and understand her feelings towards her shoes than a woman?

Next I paid my family at Carte Blanche a visit. As my eyes scanned the room, I became entranced by a bright object on a rack cloaked between a caboodle of clothes. I walked over to the rack and examined the object further. It was an elongated button-up blouse with caped-sleeves encompassed in colorways of candy pink, clementine, and metallic silver, and outlined with black lines that resembled a stained glass window. It was truly – a work of art.  (There is also one with green and blue colourways, pictured.)“That’s Horace,” the Sales Assistant, Nyssa, had advised me. I walked to the second section of the store and looked at some pieces by Gareth Pugh (my favorite designer), and Jeremy Scott. But then I saw another long, complex, black-knit shirt with two almost floor-length drapings. “That’s also Horace,” Nyssa advised me (I officially consider her to be my personal shopper). Horace had outdone Gareth for me with these items, and as I left I advised her “I’ll be coming back for Horace.” Then I rushed to a computer to find out more.

Horace is a British line created by Adam Entwisle and Emma Hales in 2002. According to Fashion UK, the brand made it’s fashion week debut in 2007 despite it’s tenure in the business.

Working out of designs studios in Bali and London, the design duo has gained worldly inspiration resulting in a collection that’s androgynous, yet primitive. The line has gained accolades from top fashion editors globally, and celebrities including super models Kate Moss and Agyness Deyn covet the line.

I’ve learned more about fashion now that I’m back in Canada then when I lived in London. Though I’ve always craved fashion, now, thanks to walking down the promenade of curiosity, I feel myself delving deeper into the depths of fashion as an art form.

Chasse Gardee

1084 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H8

ph. 416-901-9613

Carte Blanche

758 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5A 1S2

ph. 416-532-0347

In the Know: Lily Cole x Rankin x Elle Canada

In Fashion, In the Know, News on November 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Legendary fashion photographer John Rankin Waddell shot supermodel Lily Cole for Elle Canada’s December issue. For the cover Ms. Cole dawns a black and white dress designed by Louise Sorrentino.

News Source: Design Scene.

In The Know: British Fashion Council Awards Announce Shortlist

In designer, Fashion, In the Know, News on November 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

The nominees are as follows:

Burberry, Mulberry and Pringle of Scotland nominated for the Designer Brand award.

Graeme Fidler for Aquascutum, Kim Jones for Dunhill, and Todd Lynn nominated for Menswear Designer.

Christopher Kane, Erdem, and Jonathan Saunders nominated for the BFC British Collection of the Year.

Emma Hill for Mulberry, Katie Hillier, and Nicholas Kirkwood nominated for the Accessory Designer.

Mark Fast, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Peter Pilotto nominated for Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear,

Holly Fulton, Camilla Stovgaard, Jessica McCormack, and Maria Francesca Pepe are nominated for the Emerging Talent Award for Accessories.

Models Georgia May Jagger, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Daisy Lowe are nominated for Model of the Year.

 I’m quite excited to hear about this, especially the emerging designers category as they were on my blog as ones-to-watch.  My fingers are crossed for Meadham Kirchhoff, they’re in the top three of my favorite designers.

With the exception of Ms. Jagger – whom I love – I’m not crazy about the model selection. I wish they would have considered Jourdan Dunn but she’s probably on her way out of the business considering she’s pregnant.

I believe Mulberry deserves this. They pulled off a coup with their Apple collaboration.

I wonder how Holly feels about the accessories mention. While she got her break as accessories designer for Lanvin, she’s working really hard to build a womenswear atelier.

Well, with all that said, fingers crossed!

Fashion Heat: Pre-Fall 2010 Collections, Roberta Furlanetto, and more…

In Collection, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, handbags on November 27, 2009 at 12:51 am

Set 1. Burberry Pre-Fall 2010

Set 2. Roberta Furlanetto Spring/Summer 2010

Set 3. Filipe Faísca Spring/Summer 2010

Set 4. M for Missoni Pre-Fall 2010

Set 5. Handbags, (Left) Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2010, (right) Chanel Spring/Summer 2010

* See designer websites for stockist and price infomation. All images courtesy of The Fashion Spot, Fashion Indie, and That’s A Fabulous Handbag.

Trend Reports: Victoria Beckham inspires, breeches, and More…

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Trend, Trend Report on November 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Before fashion week starts,  anticipation levels are high. But when your favorite designer releases a new collection, it’s your chance to observe and conjure ideas for your own wardrobe. There’s nothing more liberating than being a leader, and starting a trend. Fashion designers can be that much needed guide to give you that extra needed little push. There were an abundance of trends in the spring/summer 2010 fashion weeks, but Rouz Daily picked the ones worth noting.

Set 1. If you feel your wardrobe needs some inspiration, consider the theory of perspectival illusionism. Trompe l’oeil (trick the eye) is an old baroque method that’s making a comeback in fashion this spring.  Hiroko Koshino, Caroline Charles, and Iodice have all adapted the technique in their spring/summer 2010 collections creating soft, playful, fascinating minimalist dresses. But because the look creates a dramatic effect, accessories are best kept to a minimum.

Set 2. Practical and roomy, breeches are a must-wear item for 2010. Replacing the harem pant, the breech is refined fashion emblem going back to the 1920s. Whether worn in tradition beige (RM by Roland Mouret), bright neon (Salvatore Ferragamo)or Spanish inspired (Falguni & Shane Peacock), there’s no correct way to wear them, it’s just fashionable to have them.

Set 3. Don’t believe the stereotype, grey is not a gloomy colour. Fashion Editor Christine Centener of Harper’s Bazaar Australia wears it exquisitely, and she was the inspiration behind me selecting this trend. Designers Wayne, Fin and Yigal Azrouël know not to underestimate the power of the monochromatic hue. Grey can be accentuated with loud shoes, the bag and accessories, or be left simple and it’s still guaranteed to illicit a chic effect.

Set 4. It started in 1607 as a single turkey-plume headpiece for Pocahontas, the temptress to Captain John Smith. Now it’s been extended to shoes and particularly – dresses. The Feather Hem Dress is dainty and ravishing. And designers such as Roksanda Ilincic, Giambattista Valli and Naeem Khan are relishing in the ruffle of features this spring.

Set 5. Victoria Beckham spearheaded a movement in the fashion industry. Her ingenuity for sharp edges, cleans lines and short bouffant skirts had designers including Dennis Basso, Elie Saab and Elise Overland fleeing to the drawing board to emulate her look for their collections.

Set 6. Caped-sleeves personify that 1930s movie star whose fashion eloquence we all craved. Designers Eva and Delia, threeASFOUR and Erin Fetherston are utilizing the look and as you can see, it’s produced successful results. Bring out your inner Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford with a cape-sleeved coat. Match it with some long leather gloves and fedora to complete the look.

Then and Now: When Fashion Was Cool

In culture, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Flash Back, Good Look, London, Trend on November 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

British Vogue‘s December issue brought on a strong sense of nostalgia for me. A specific article, The Secret History of London Fashion Week, chronicled LFW from the `80s to present. After reading the piece, an abundance of emotions got my creative juices flowing, and a whirlwind of images fled through my mind. Truth be told, I had not really known LFW until recently but I remember the iridescence that fashion had as a whole. In the article, a series of designers, supermodels and buyers went into detail about the many tribulations the show endured over the years. But the focal points – Lynne Franks, a major PR Director and Stevie Smith – the mastermind behind collection Body Map, were the most inspiring. It was they who- with the exception of Vivienne Westwood and her line – were trailblazers for what London fashion was to become.

“Our LFW debut was called Cat in the Hat Takes a Tumble With the Rumblefish,” mused Smith. “We created a way of dressing using jerseys and sweatshirts that wasn’t just for skinny people, we had old, young, fat and thin on the catwalk. Even my mum.” His vision was beyond making pretty clothes and being conventional. Body Map was a breakaway from the norm other Fashion Designers were concurring with at the time. Even Franks’s concept was avant-garde “I persuaded one my clients to sponsor a tent [in Olympia] and up it went. The lawn collapsed after a few seasons and we had to move, but this marked the start of a new mood in fashion – it was fun and funky and young.”

Though it’s not quite as prestigious as fashion week in Milan or Paris, London Fashion Week is still the best place to showcase collections of both old and young. Matter of fact, London is ahead of all fashion corners for cultivating fashion design.  But the `80s and early `90s were a pivotal moment in fashion, as most designers of today who are creatively schizophrenic draw inspiration from fashion of that time. And not just London, during the `80s fashion on a global scale became so baroque that the concept of colours and shapes held no barriers. The more abstract your dressing, the better. This was a philosophy that resonated with the fashion elite, rock stars and the hip-hop scene.

Body Map is a proven testament of playing with design concepts waywardly, and boldly. There’s fierce determination to make a statement in the collections. A great prime example of this is this piece worn by Uma Thurman:

and this punk-inspired pink, green and blue outfit:

As we move into modern times, Body Map’s concept was applied rather unconsciously by Toronto-based fashion designer Blaine Degannes of Rain Anthology:

Considering Dagannes had no background in fashion, I reckon his fashion history was extremely limited. Maybe if he did more research, it would have been easier for him to connect the dots. A reviewer of Toronto Fashion Week (where Dagannes debuted) stated his line Caribbean influenced, I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing, but it’s good when a fashion designer is influenced (much like Stevie Smith) but their upbringings. Degannes has the right idea, just not at the right level.

I do feel sorry for the pioneers who scavenge for talent now, the problem with a lot of fashion designers (much like aspiring fashion journalists) is that they’re too consumed with being something they’re not. They’re either overly processed and pretentious or stiff and dull. But all isn’t lost.

Russian designer Alexander Terexov takes the same concept and adds a resort feel to his Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

It’s safer, and glossier. But it doesn’t stand out. It’s a collection constructed for fashion-conscious pretty girls who like pretty things.

However, my when eyes trail to UK-based Ziad Ghanem‘s spring/summer 2010 collection and it gives me hope. Not just because I like punk, but because his collection is a sign of the times. With the state of the economy, we’re looking for inspiration and he gives us that by taking the Body Map concept and revitalizing it:

Very British, very fun. That’s the word! Fashion was supposed to be fun. It’s okay if historic elements are prevalent. But while art and fashion are merged together, you’re supposed to enjoy wearing the garments.

Another favorite of mine is Berlin-fashion line C.Neeon who know how to the colour and print concept seamlessly.

Bare in mind they’ve been around for a long time, but the vision was there from the beginning, that’s why they’ve come this far.

Admittedly, I have a lifetime of fashion purgatory ahead. Before allowing my inner fashion feline to emerge, I held on to what I thought I knew: Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Balmain. I liked what I thought I liked, and that was what I knew, but thanks to discovering Body Map, the eccentric world of British fashion has given me a new outlook. Not just for what to wear, but for my fashion life in general.