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One to Watch: Mary Katrantzou

In designer, dress, Fashion, One to Watch, RTW on November 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Greek-born, London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou is not the first to capitalize on the new wave/futuristism concept, but she is one of the few that’s helping to trailblaze it from graphic-print tee design to full-fledged fashion elegance.

Debuting in London Fashion Week for the fall 2009 segment,  her design concept consisted of perfume bottle images that adopted the outline of a woman’s body. As you can imagine, the collection created quite a buzz amongst fashion insiders. But spring/summer 2010 was an intensified version of the trompe l’oeil patterns with flagrant references of Egypt – maybe not intentionally on her part –  you can certainly see the Nemes crown design worn by Pharaohs and the red sea. Other fabulous emphasis in Katrantzou’s design was placed on  abstract digitalism, a UK designers tendency to incorporate futurism, new wave and explosions of colour.

Fashion Heat: Mackage

In Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, Trend on November 9, 2009 at 9:40 pm

All the girls  – particularly in Canada – are  going crazy for Mackage. And what do you know… slebrities such as Blake Lively, Will.I.Am, and Lindsay Lohan are too.

Mackage is Montreal-based – which doesn’t surprise me as I do believe that it is the fashion capital of Canada  –  and it’s great to see Canadians supporting Canadian bacon. Prices range from $490 to $680.

Fashion Heat: implications of pink

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Shopping, Trend on November 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I’m one of those people who sets their eyes on something and when I want it – that’s it. When I saw this little happening fashion statement I loved it. And I certainly do love the colour pink if it’s done in a way I can stand.

Whether it’s a tiny streamline inside a coat, cuff or an added degrade effect, a great look this winter is splashes of pink on your outerwear. Yes, instead of that bland grey, or black, invest in a piece that’s sizzling in hot a pink embellishment. It’s a statement that will never go out-of-date rather, becoming more refined with age. Matter of fact, I don’t think many young’uns are keen on the trend yet (which might be why Balmain’s pointy shoulders are plastered in mags rather than the pink effect). But it looks good on any age.

In the Know: Wallpaper* Magazine opens debut store in Milan

In In the Know, News on November 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

wallpaperOne of the most underrated publications in the world is on the road to world-domination. Wallaper* known for as an innovative design, fashion and lifestyle magazine is opening its first retail store called Wallspace, within the new Design Supermarket in Milan’s La Rinascente department store.

The concept will focus on the obvious: kitchen, tabletop and home office, and prices range from 6-360 (Euros). The Store opens November 10 and will feature items from renowned designers from all over the world including Harri Koskinen (Finland), Naoto Fukasawa’s Plus Minus Zero brand (Japan), Jia Inc (Hong Kong) along with so many others, there’s just too much to mention.

For more information visit:

Design Supermarket

In The Know: Burberry’s Art of the Trench website

In Fashion, In the Know on November 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Burberry-Social-Media-001I’ve known this little tid bit for a while now, but it was only a matter of time. Fashion-powerhouse Burberry launched their own social media networking site suitably called Art of the Trench based on everyday people wearing a Burberry trench coat. The hunch, the images were taken by non other than Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist and also features the history of Burberry’s most coveted item.

American Apparel OUT x LnA Clothing IN!

In Fashion, Out vs. IN, Shopping, Trend on November 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm


Sure, there was a time when American Apparel really was the hottest brand – even to me. But as a fashion scavenger it’s important to understand why something is hot, and why it deserves accreditation. AA was a brand that was cool to wear, now it’s simply a brand that will always have those token pieces you can’t do without: that charcoal men’s cardigan, the red hoodie, and most importantly – black leggings. But the brand is loosing its lustre for the fashionably conscious moving into the world of high school innocence. And that’s fine, let the kids have it because there’s a much cooler brand in town.

Okay, so the hot tees-and-hoodies brand LnA Clothing has more than a few things in common with AA (the main thing being they’re both LA-based brands). But what sets LnA apart is that for one, it’s made by girls. In 1997, Lauren Alexander and April Leight started LnA with the intention of just basic tees. Another refreshing element is that the clothes are the rockstars that sell themselves, not underage models or the maker behind the madness (hint: AA owner Dov Charney and his constant in-your-face tactics)

I do notice LnA has been getting quite a bit of press in UK glossies. If the Brits say it’s hot they must be, you know.

Fitted Cap OUT, Messenger boy hat IN!

In Fashion, Good Look, Shopping, Trend on November 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Colourful, ostentatious, fitted caps are out, Out, OUT! Forget it! Once upon a time it was cool to wear them, and I’m sure there’s a younger generation of kids that have them bolstered on their walls, shelves and windows. But if you’re still trying to pull that skater/ hip-hopper/emo look past the age of 18 then there’s something wrong, terribly wrong. And even if, when the world was confused they had a moment but, things are falling into place, and so is fashion.

Tweed messenger caps are in. You can dress them up however you like, and they’ve got flavour for the fashion papillae. Never mind the sleek sophistication, they just look better. Burberry, has a lovely Herringbone Tweed Cap (pictured) for 175 (GBP).

Hunter Boot OUT, Moovboot IN!

In Fashion, Out vs. IN, Shoes, Shopping, Trend on November 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

It’s quite liberating when you’re one of the few to spot a new fashion yes. Not that Hunter boots are bad (I’m still waiting to get those god-Awful Uggs), but you know that once it’s been filtered through the saturation process, it’s probably time to move on.

A couple of months ago when I was shopping for Wellie prospects, I walked into Queen West’s shoe boutique Get Outside when literally, an Ali G wannabe Sales rep tried to talk me into benefits of buying a Hunter Boot. My eye zoomed on an interesting looking pair of rainboots by a brand I didn’t know, but the price was a startling $350 dollars! “Why would I spend so much on rainboots?” He didn’t know how to answer the question. He asked his colleague behind the cash desk. “Because there moooovboots” she responded in a didn’t you know tone. Well, I still wasn’t convinced, and ended up getting my biker stormy rubber boots by Michael Kors for $170 instead.

Months later I’m looking for the new trend. I was contemplating between Burberry’s traditional checked wellies and even Lacoste’s bright coloured Welby ones, but I decided to give these Moovboots a try.

The Moovboot is an Australian brand made by sister-duo Meisha Strykowski and Bryony Proctor. According their website, the moovboot is a “sheepskin lined luxury Wellingtons,” and the brand places emphasis on creating a culture of dreamlike qualities rather than a regular ole’ fashion boot. Moovboot made a major launch in Canada this past October and while I’m not sure if they’re produce the results they want here, if they can get the boots on to enough blogs like this one, and some slebrity product placements they may become the next big thing.