Thursday
Sep152011

TJ Maxx Mad Men Mod Winner

Congratulations to Alana, from Good Girl Gone Blog, who's Mad Men Mod outfit garnered the most votes! She is sure to have an easy time spending the proceeds as TJ Maxx and Marshalls just stocked up with all their fall runway goodies.

Special thanks to all the lovely ladies who participated:  Naina, of STYLE'N and Lissy of A Girl in Boston.

And thanks to everyone who voted! Go get your fall fashion on!

Wednesday
Sep142011

Candela S/S RTW 2012


Seriously chic leather separates and chiffon gowns.


My fave, tan battenburg lace shorts with a tangerine silk button down. 
My outfit of choice when wielding a pitchfork.


Get this tangerine dress with macrame back In. My. Closet.

One of my first stops at Lincoln Center this week was Candela's Spring RTW presentation, in the round, full of lush color, dramatic details and tropical foliage.

Candela's designer, Gabriela Perezutti currently calls New York home, though she originally hails from Uruguay. Her designs for spring are infused with edgy urban elements and sprinkled liberally with some of the flavours of her native country. An urban oasis of hue and texture under the tents at Lincoln Center, a total romp for the eye.

From inauspicious beginnings with the launch of a t-shirt line in Brooklyn nearly 10 years ago, to this absolutely lovely ready to wear collection, Candela is infinitely wearable with playful separates, jumpers, and dramatic maxis.

My personal favourites include the sunkist orange maxi dress, with gorgeous detailing on the back (brilliant burst of color, minimal front, with a party in the back) and the woven lace shorts, with sailor button details in the front panel. I could see wearing the shorts from spring into summer and back again into fall with some tights and a blazer over the cooler months.

Definitely a line that will be supplementing my spring wardrobe.

Monday
Sep122011

NYFW Outfit Diary: Lady in Red


Ladies in Marni. We must have communicated in our sleep about heel choice for the day. 
I just adore Sarah's pair...


Above (on Lani): Milly Hayden trouser, Forever 21 tank, Marni heels, PS1 bag, necklace, c/o my mother!

Back to back trips, from Canada road trip 2011 straight into NYC and fashion week, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind!

I have finally loaded up some photos....and can't wait to share some of the fabulous shows I had the chance to go to. Day one, Sarah from Style on the Couch and I took in Tadashi Shoji and Candela. So many fabulous looks to share. I was blown away by the ethereal, colorful and beautiful designs, deserving of their own post.

First up though, a quick outfit post for the week, with my favourite look for fall, all red layered with some, ahem red! I have a full on obsession which started with the Vena Cava dress I tried at the Tannery, went straight through to a new Max Azria dress I picked up (and declared at the border) in Montreal, and then carried into this week with my Milly Hayden trousers paired with a red Forever 21 tank (for more on my fall trend predictions, check out my guest post over at Bows and Sparrows).

I had so much fun wearing these brights and even caught the attention of some street peepers from Tyra Banks new site, TypeF during the FNO event at Reiss. Check out the interview and site here.


I lasted the entire day in my Marni heels! Husband would be so proud!

Sunday
Sep112011

Zara US E-Commerce Launch





Unless you've been living under a rock for a spell, you probably heard Zara launched their much long awaited ecommerce site in the US this week. I gave it a road test this morning and I am happy to report stellar shopping results from the comfort of my arm chair and laptop. Items were in stock and shipping is free.

What I really love is the campaign.....Dear America, 50 states, 50 photographs. Stunning photography and tribute to America the beautiful.

I am very thankful to live in this great country today.

Ten years and we will never forget.

Friday
Sep092011

Jean Paul Gaultier Sidewalk to Catwalk

As I mentioned in my last post, top on my list of highlights from our recent road trip to Montreal has to be the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts- the first international exhibit devoted to the French courtier.

Gaultier, France's enfant terrible, launched his first pret-a-porter collection in 1976, despite a lack of any formal design training. Gaultier caught his break in the business by sending sketches to the top couture stylists and landing a position as Pierre Cardin's assistant in 1970. Punk, rock, denim, mixed in with a little of the bizarre, and all with a sense of humor, are hallmarks of the designer who founded his own couture house in 1997.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Catwalk to Sidewalk was initiated, developed, and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the designer's label. Don't call this a retrospective! It is an exhibit, a work of art in and of itself which features over 140 creations from the designer, mainly from his couture collections. In addition to the virtuoso designs you will also find many photos, videos and sketches on display, many for the first time, from other artists and collections (hello Cindy Sherman!).

Six different thematic sections guide the visitor through the multi-media instillation, from the streets of Paris, to the elements of science fiction that have influenced his work over the years. It is a winding, unfettered and best of all uncrowded look at the designer's collections.The space is a little bit back alley brothel with neon lights and dark corners, part eerie with mannequins triggered by sound and movement to talk and change facial expression and all around beautiful with clothing that dazzles in down to each minute detail. Equally refreshing is the museum's approach to engaging the audience, by allowing people to interact with the items and take photos! No more skulking around gallery space sneaking photos on your iPhone while you pretend to text. I wish more spaces would take a hint and do the same.

And who could forget the cone bras which Gaultier designed for Madonna in the early 90's as part of her Blond Ambition Tour? Two of her own iconic corsets from the tour, along with photos, are on display here. Took me straight back to "Express Yourself" and was actually accompanied by some really interesting information on Gaultier's work with the female form and corsets. His adaptation (rounding and raising) of what would typically cinch the waist and lower abdomen, instead, leaves the stomach exposed in most of his designs- not hiding the shape of women but still providing a sexy option for enhancement to the natural shape.

From the revolving catwalk, corsets, cones and the stripes of Gaultier which all clearly captivated me, I decided to end my post with a bridal gown, like a runway show. This being after all, the show to end all shows from this unrivaled designer. Make your way to Montreal for a long weekend to see this ASAP or take it in when it travels to Dallas, TX, in November of this year. Definitely not an exhibit to be missed.