Posts Tagged ‘Lou Doillon’

Club Monaco crosses the pond… finally!

In Fashion, In the Know on February 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

While doing my daily jones on the fashion news circuit, I was a tad surprised to learn by British Vogue that the former Canadian fashion brand Club Monaco, was being introduced to the European market via UK retailer Browns. To attract the fashion crowd, they’ve teamed up with fashion elite such as Lou Doillon, Lauren Hutton and artist Jade Berreau. Hmm, interesting.

Lou Doillon in a Club Monaco dress via British Vogue.

Club Monaco was founded in 1985 – in Toronto – by Joseph Mimran, a rather local but notorious fashion celebrity, and his brother Saul. The line seemed to be a reflection of the minimalist side late `80s fashion: stark white architecture, monocromatic suits. When the ’90s recession hit, it went into complete severe mode with a strong black and white palette, and its signature crisp-white dress shirts. The Mimran brothers was ‘parented’ by Ralph Lauren, a great financial move with expansion into New York, Japan and South Korea, but a clash with management saw Mimran out the door a year later.

While Mimran went on to enjoy success with his grocery store brand Joe Fresh Style, Club Monaco, for the most part, seems a bit stagnant. The headquarters, its first Queen Street West location, and it’s monsterous bloor stoor are still there, but the brand itself, as an entity doesn’t seem here, nor there. Just there.

When I had told some people at prestigious publishing companies about Club Monaco, the most I got was a doey-eyed stare. I sure hope that upon announcement of its European launch those same people can at least say “I’ve heard of that brand from somewhere.” ūüėČ

via Club Monaco

None the less, I find this all quite funny because, this is a brand that, for me, is the equivalent of walking into a local H&M – not in a bad way, of course. But it’s just so common. It’s one of the stores I make a conscious effort check out regularly, because I always find security in their sever designer-conscious garments. Which tells you a bit of how I prefer to dress. Matter of fact, I’m wearing a pair of their leggings right now. OK. I wear them almost everyday.

via Club Monaco

Joceylyn Short via Club Monaco.

I did however, always find it a bit overpriced for what it is. Mind you, they do tend to use a lot of cashmere blends and silks, but, I always seem to prefer heading to the sales racks as oppose to buying the clothes at full price.

Musing: Vanessa Bruno x Lou Doillon

In Fashion, Fashion Heat on January 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Lou Doillon is the epitome of that careless Parisian sexy. Oh, I can’t seem to pry my eyes away from Vanessa Bruno‘s sexy confection, either. It’s because of you two that interested in floral prints have peaked yet again.

I look forward to seeing more of Ms. Bruno’s romantic, airy designs.

Style Icons: Birkin’s Girls

In culture, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Icon, style on May 2, 2010 at 1:19 am

Ever since Vanity Fair put me on to¬†Serge Gainsbourg in `07, it was like my life change. This man, who¬†doesn’t purse many lips in Toronto (as least not around¬†my way), made me to explore the natural coolness the French seem to harbor. Not like I didn’t know of this myth before – okay, I really didn’t. And it never occurred to me to care. But reading about how much his daughter, Charlotte craved him when he died, the impact he had on the most beautiful (Bridget Bardot), and the most sexy (Jane Birkin) women on earth, I felt compelled to find out more about this man.

I picked up Bonnie & Clyde his 1968 duet album with then-bombshell Bridget Bardot, and I’m not ready to rest until I get the rest of his albums. But it’s not until I can trace the remnants of what he left behind.

¬†That’s when I¬†started to do¬†some¬†digging. I became, and still am, fascinated by the women who were in his life. Particularly Birkin and her petals. I’m also keen on to pick up Birkin’s and¬†Charlotte’s albums, and I’ve got to stroll through downtown Paris with Lou, completely glamorous¬†and gorgeous woman. And Birkin’s¬†eldest daughter, Kate Barry, though I don’t know much, I understand she’s a photographer, and I can only imagine the beauty she can manipulate through her lense.

It’s women like these, women like these that inspire me. That make me realise there’s no point in caring what anyone thinks.

The Death of Style

In Fashion, Op Ed. on April 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Kimberly Stewart – Fashion Conscious

Magazines are the go-to for what’s trendy,¬† runways are the glitzy platform¬†for a designer’s hard work (and money), and Celebrities – ultimately – are the guinea pigs for who wore it best. But as much as fashion is entertaining, we’re living in a time when the lines between fashion and style have run amok.

Before¬†heading to a¬†press meeting, I’d skimmed through an issue of i-D magazine¬†and drew some inspiration from their lover’s issue. The models that caught my eye were a real-life Parisian couple (referred to as one of Paris’ most stylish) dawning sweatpants and layers of knits.¬†I liked¬†what¬†they wore so much I decided to pile on the cardis. Considering it was windy outside, it was a good call.¬†My nails were painted in Zoya’s¬†Robyn, a creamy sea¬†blue,¬†with a¬†braid drooped to the side and Burberry shades. Considering I’m already six-foot in¬†four-inch¬†heels, I must have looked a bit trendy, I suppose.¬†After the meeting, I grabbed a stronbow (beer for girls) and sat on the patio of a trendy west-end hotelier. Lounging and drinking, as you can imagine, put something into perspective.

Lou Doillon – Stylish

When old Hollywood glamazons¬†and socialites featured in the Vogues¬†and Harper’s Bazaars it wasn’t who¬†they wore,¬† it was how it was worn.¬†¬†In¬†Halston’s¬†day, with his Halstonette’s¬†and Yves Saint Laurent’s rise to iconic status, it became cool to wear¬†designers and follow what was called – a trend. As told by the godfather of trending David Wolfe, “when [trends] began in the 1970s, Kenzo¬†was ruling the world with his trend-heavy presentations in Paris that revolutionized the way fashion was communicated, merchandised¬†and designed. And in those days it was very fast. It was very much like a costume and everybody but everybody bought into it.” What exactly does that mean? Well, basically, the whole idea of being trendy started in the `70s.¬†Trending today is just as, if not, more¬†ephemeral. But while the fashionista is a slave to trends, the stylish person can – and should – probably wear a paperpag with je ne sais quoi.¬†So I’d like to understand why the fashion obsessed is the focus of so many style bloggers (and fashion magazine’s style pages), when they’re really anything but. Shouldn’t people be looking to¬†the fashion world for trends and glorifying people who naturally exude style?

Fashion¬†models – the top ones – ¬†and musicians, for the most part, are stylish.¬†¬†Kudos to style photogs that¬† notice. If someone’s a walking fashion magazine, even if they do work at one and¬†the chass√©¬†doesn’t look natural, it probably isn’t.

Am I fashion conscious? To a degree, but possibly slimmer than I thought. ¬†Back to the patio lounging, my eyes stumbled¬†on a girl with a faux-fur vest – in spring – and the latest hidden heel platforms. This¬†person, who is a Toronto fashion authority, though considered stylish, striked¬†me as¬† painfully fashion obsessed at that moment.¬†I shook my head and went back to my paper. No, I’m not a¬†fashionista at all.