Posts Tagged ‘Diesel’

Global Musing: Toronto

In Fabric, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, In the Know, style on June 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I want to say welcome, but that’s kinda lame, so I’ll get to the point.

The brilliant idea of trend spotting switched on a head bulb. I know – don’t ask. The idea of style stocking is so passé that it’s now a washed-out global phenom. Style Photogs are scoring book deals, landing front rows at revered fashion collections, and becoming the point-of-reference for a slew of pop-up Trend agencies.

So why, you ask, would this idea only occur to me now? Well, I scoped it in a certain magazine (that shall be nameless), and I felt it was done so colorfully, so originally but yet, so vaguely, that I had wanted to rip the idea and take it a step further. I want to grab trends from every crevice of the planet. And that, my friends, takes dedication. While I won’t be doing it everyday, I’ll defo be plugging it in once a week (to start). And I have a goal. I won’t share my goal (that’s why it’s a goal), but it’s a feasible one. So here we go.

Toronto guys, for the most part, have an uncategorizable style. One minute it’s eurotrash, the next it’s hipster punk. But lately, the T.O guy’s been rocking a mod-sportif ;  hi-tops – preferably Cr8tive Recs, or Supra – add futuristic funk to an otherwise semi-bland jeans-hoodie combo. Most up-town guys are big on G-Star, but they are, thanks to the cities thriving downtown hipster culture, starting to catch on to American Apparel. But you know, AA’s sweatshirts are being upstaged by the purposely ‘ragged’ staples found at Urban Outfitters or Gap. And that Parisian chic scarf, almost annihilated across the pond, is still going strong here. Distressed Diesel jeans are back with a vengeance, but come to think of it, they never really went anywhere, anyway.

Toronto Ladies are a special bunch. They’re prissy, pretty and completely untouchable. That’s right. They’re shopping like fashion editors. And they’ve ripped their outfits straight off the tear sheets of their favorite society magazines (and H&M) which means they’ve got the confidence to talk their way into the hottest happenings in the city. And not only will you have to buy them (and their crew) drinks and dinner at five-star spots, you’ll have to lavish them with – Marilyn Monroe said it best – Tiffany’s. The T.O girl’s upping Toronto’s ‘it’ style ante with super-short, or maxi-long. She’s got her minx on, she’s a fixture at Sephora and Holt Renfrew. However, vintage is a serious trend in Toronto, and she’s suddenly been empowered by the consignment store. Now, Chanel bags and Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses are right on par with her expenditure budget.

Trend Report: A Workman’s armour

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, style, Trend, Trend Report on May 1, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Diesel Black Gold Fall 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2010

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009

It’s time to trade in those feminine garbs for  ‘real’ clothes. Since we can remember, fashion’s empowered all types of women; the power-shouldered working girl, to the spike heeled, potty-mouthed punk. Designers have sent models gliding down the runway wearing a multitude of masks, but this time there’s a new girl in town. And she’s not afraid to be rugged, tried and true blue. The overall wearing worker’s woman is the star for this season.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s overalls were wide-legged, Parisian chic while Diesel’s version for it’s Black Gold collection was lolita-sexy. The most controversial of all, Ralph Lauren’s shredded super-baggy take was all-America southern  comfort. Fans sat aghast, but we had to tip our hats to these designers for refusing to wear that trend-adapting security blanket.

The bleu de Gênes overalls brings a fresh perspective on fashion’s current status. Wearing them means you’re not afraid to get down with the rest of society. It’s a defiance from the trends orchestrating a glossy’s trend pages because you’re your own woman. As a form of the rebellion, the frustrated workers of the depression era, and the hip-hop youth of  the `90s wore overalls as a way to define themselves as working class. For the fashion girl,  it’s seeking an alternative to skin-tight clothing she’s been embracing for seasons. This time around, she’s drowning the air’s honey dew sweetness, arms shielding face while soaking up the sun.

Harem, jodhpur, and slouch pants all brought a touch of glamour to comfort. But overalls speaks depth. For a more trendy look, try them super-short with a shredded hemlines. You can also a try a slimmer, indigo for that urban cosmo appeal. If you’re brave enough, baggy, distressed overalls with your favorite converse and loose-fitting tee brings just the right amount of hick to the fashion front.

TYTE Single Pocket Overalls available at Shopstyle

Vanessa Bruno Athé dungarees available at Net-A-Porter

Off the Sales Rack: Due West/Next Door Sale, Toronto, Canada

In Fashion, Icon, Shopping, steal, toronto on November 20, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Well you know, maybe I’m just happy… that’s why I’m posting all these sales on my blog.

Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. What other time (unless you’re super cool) can you really bother to get your favorite brands at a discounted price? You better move fast because Toronto street retailers Due Wes/Next Door is having a one-day only sale, and I’m talking sale.

From 10AM to 7PM,  experience the wonderful world of what retail calls a pre-Christmas sale. In this case, you’ll get the hipest fashion brands Canada Goose (though that one’s legendary), Mackage, G-Star, D&G, John Varvatos, Diesel, Acne Jeans, Filippa K, Energie, Dsquared, Miss Sixty, Seven, Rock & Republic, True Religion, and my-gosh-there-are-too-many-to-name-and-I-didn’t-know-this-store-was-that-hot at a discounted rate of up to 70%off. My gosh, this is gorgeous. But why couldn’t this be closer to my pay date?

Who: Due West/Next Door Clothing

What: Pre-Christmas Sale up to 70% off

When: Sunday November 22, 2009, 10AM to 7PM

Where: 431 & 433 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A5

For more info, visit: Due West Clothing Company.