Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This seems to explain the reason Zoe trademarked her famous sayings "I die" and "Bananas".
There aren't many details yet about the line, but it is said to include clothing, jewellry, bags, shoes, and a fragrance. The clothing line is expected to be called "I Die" whereas the frangrace will be called "Bananas". Zoe's camp said the frangrance will embody her "personal style" Whatever that means. I don't know how you can smell style, but I'm guessing it will smell like venti vanilla skim lattes, ciggies, fur, and banana flavoured popsicles.
Rachel also assured buyers that the line will be recession friendly. “It will be absolutely, 100% accessible fashion for sure — for everybody.” Zoe explained. “There’s no reason for me to do a luxury-level design. That’s not who I am. I don’t think it’s what people want from me. I think that I would need to give people that fantasy becoming a reality. That’s my job.”
I wonder if her line will be accessible for those who are bigger then a size 2? I digress.
Right now you can bid on some of Zoe's personal jewellry that she's collected over the years over at DecadesTwo. Proceeds raised go to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
And for those of you who, like me, are dying for the upcoming season of The Rachel Zoe Project, the second season is scheduled to be back on air sometime mid-year. I'm seriously having withdrawals from not seeing Brad and his cute bow ties and I miss seeing Taylor blow a gasket on a daily basis.
Writer: Kate Murphy
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In lieu of his love for the pug, Valentino has started Valentino The Last Emperor's Most Fashionable Pug contest! The contest will be judged by Valentino himself.
» Post it yourself to this Facebook page (and email them your contact info along with the photo)
» email photo to them
» Present it in person at the Film Forum box office (attn: Adam Walker), with the relevant info written on the back of the photo.
Film Forum will be displaying the best photos in their theater lobby on the Most Fashionable Pug contest board, so be sure to drop by and check it out! 209 W Houston St. New York, NY 10014 http://www.filmforum.com/
» First Prize: House of Dog's complete pug setup! Two collar/leash sets, a basket of toys, and a large drinking bowl. Plus a Pop Art portrait of your pug from Feron Productions!
» Second Prize: One House of Dog collar/leash set, and a hardcover copy of Valentino Themes and Variations!
» Third Prize: One House of Dog collar!
A selection of the best entry photos will be posted daily on this page. Deadline: Thursday, April 16. Winners will be notified by Friday, April 24.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Britney Spears' entire tour costumes were designer by Toronto twins Dan and Dean Caten, aka DSquared2. While performing in Montreal, Britney showed up to her after party wearing a coat by Montreal-based designers and childhood friends Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan, better known as Mackage.
Mackage's strengths lie within their outerwear and use of wool with well cut leather detailing. Their coats have great shape and clean lines. They balance the femininity of the sexiness and sleekness of their coats with the masculinity of leather and large silver or gold button detailing.
Britney isn't the only Hollywood starlet rocking Mackage's coats. Hilary Duff, Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Kreesha Turner, and Kristen Bell have all been spotted wearing Mackage. Mackage is also a favourite of wardrobe departments and can be seen in shows such as Gossip Girl, Nip/Tuck, 24, and The Sopranos.
Mackage's coats are quality coats that will set you back a few hundred dollars or more.
Currently Mackage is selling this leather bomber jacket (below) at popular Canadian boutique Aritzia for $550.
Writer: Kate Murphy
We wanted to share with you the videos of the fashion shows from LG Fashion Week.
- Pink Tartan
- Evan Bidell
- Joe Fresh
- Carlie Wong
- Ed Hardy
- Lucian Matis
- Travis Taddeo
- Ula Zukowska
- Joeffer Caoc
- Andy The-Ahn
- Ryerson School of Fashion
- David Dixon - Barbie Collection
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Writer: Shivana Scott
Monday, March 23, 2009
P.P.S. You should also follow Shaquille O'Neal's Twitter. You might be able to catch up with him at a restaurant.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Travis Taddeo lit up the runway with his unique and imaginative designs. My front row seat provided a perfect view of the detailed perfection in many of his dazzling creations. His clever use of color and texture is refreshing and original. The audience was swept away with his glamorous yet understated evening wear. His models had delicate womanly curves. Bravo Travis! The cheeky blend of mesh with heavier fabrics made the collection memorable and innovative.
Writer: Shivana Scott
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Where: LG Fashion Week – Nathan Phillips Square.
When: Thursday March 19th @ 8PM
Toronto – March 17, 2009
Jamaica’s leading male designer, Carlton Brown, takes center stage as he makes his North American debut during LG Fashion Week on Thursday March 19th at 8:00PM. Premiering his Fall 2009 line, entitled “The Collection”, he offers an eclectic mix of fabrics, colors and form-fitting designs.
Bringing a classic energy to formal wear, and infusing it with casual chic, Brown has established his eponymous label as the one to own in the Caribbean. Featuring island-influenced colours and textures, combined with classic styling, Brown is enthusiastic about bringing his latest collection to Canada’s fashion capital.
His latest collection is partially inspired by Jamaica’s victories in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, melding art, music and sports to express the theme of ‘Winner’s Goal’, an exploration of the drive, swagger and style of success.
Carlton Brown has been creating fashion for over a decade. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Brown who through the nurturing from talented artisans, further fuelled his passion, hence developing his signature style, combining formal attire with casual chic.
Named “Caribbean Male Fashion Designer of the Year,” Carlton Brown is the name in fashion throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Writer: Press Release
Monday, March 16, 2009
Just down on Queen St. East you will be delightfully surprised to find a swimwear store like no other! Ups and Downs Swimwear has a variety of designer swimsuits no matter your shape or size. You will be overwhelmed by the selection, your only problem will be trying not to buy more then one. You need not fret about finding one to flatter your body because co-owner Mary Abbinante will be more then happy to assist you with flattering styles and colours that will leave you feeling like a million bucks.
Ups and Downs is equipped to meet your every need for the beach, from designer bikinis, bandeaus, and footwear to gorgeous dresses and handbags and so much more. Their extensive collection includes Vix, Diva, Debbie Katz from South Beach, and Ed Hardy as worn by the stars. It doesn’t stop there either! Ups and Downs also has Esthetics by Carmen as a partner, which provides esthetic services within the store. They have truly got you covered for any upcoming vacations or just for the summer. We all know you can’t go to the beach without a bikini wax, which you get free with a minimum $200 purchase.
The swimsuits aren’t the only thing this unique store has to offer, the décor itself is worth coming in to see. Ups and Downs have teamed up with Jane Hall Designs to create the perfect oasis to make for the ultimate shopping experience. You will be taken away by the art and unique furniture that you will not experience anywhere else.
Owners Joe and Mary Abinante have been working together for 30 years establishing their beautiful store. They’ve been through their share of tough times; when on February 15th their decade old beach location was taken away by a fire. Not letting that stop them, Joe and Mary took it as an opportunity to take a break from working '12 hours a day, seven days a week’ to go and visit their place in Sicily. They’re now back in action and have established their new location at 2010 Queen St. East.
Ups and Downs Swimwear
2010 Queen St. East
Monday to Wednesday - 10am to 7pm
Thursday and Friday - 10 am to 9pm.
Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 7pm
Writer: Danielle Perrault
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Photos provided by celebuzz.
Writer: Kate Murphy
Stella McCartney's Fall/Winter 2009 Collection debuted at Paris Fashion Week. McCartney's signiture looks (oversized blazers, slip style cocktail dresses, detailed tailoring, smoothe curves, and her beloved jumpsuits) were front and centre on the catwalk. McCartney certainly has become confident in her designs and it can be seen during the show. Models were given permission to smile and have fun, something that is usually frowned upon in Paris (Karl Lagerfeld is dying right now!).
McCartney's clothes are always sexy, powerful yet feminine. The lingerie inspired collection used opacity, lace, transparency and spaghetti straps to show off a woman's silhouette. The lace "is nice to remind you there's a human element underneath the clothes, nice to get skin," McCartney told reporters backstage. "It's a nice way of finding femininity and sensuality and delicacy, but when it's black lace, there's something a little edgy about it, as well." When asked if nighty dresses are wearable Stella coyly replied "for some people, I think definitely".
Other eye popping pieces include a great purple glam rock faux leather jacket, a structured gray oversized blazer, and the accessories, something that has been a challenge for McCartney in the past. Accessories are usually a designers go-to moneymaking staple because of the luxury and accessibility of the products. But Stella manages to stay true to her beliefs of not using any fur or leather in her collection, a clear by-product of her late mothers influence upon her. This creates a challenge of trying to sell her accessories to the mass public who associate fur and leather with status and money. On the positive side, when other designers such as John Galliano and Christian Lacroix have to deal with PETA representatives and staged protesters, McCartney manages to avoid such negative publicity.
"I'd like to give women something they get noticed in but won't be overwhelmed by," McCartney told reporters backstage. And that is the genius of Stella McCartney. The woman wears the clothes, the clothes don't wear the woman.
Here are some of our favourites from the collection.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Fall 2009 wholesale collections available for order
• Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail (BIO)
7:00 PM- Fashion Environment
• Barbie Cocktail Party (BIO)
• David Dixon
• Barbie by David Dixon (BIO)
9PM -Fashion Environment
• Barbie After Party (BIO)
Tuesday March 17th
• LG Event “Love Your Clothes”
• Ula Zukowska
• Travis Taddeo
• Zoran Dobric
• Joeffer Caoc
• Lundström (BIO)
Wednesday March 18th
• Cheri Milaney
5:30 PM- Fashion Environment
• Plus Size Model Search Cocktail Party (BIO)
• Comrags (BIO)
• Andy The-Anh
8 PM- Fashion Environment
• LG Event: “The NEW Handbag”
• Pink Tartan (BIO)
• Joe Fresh Style (BIO)
Thursday March 19th
• Aime Luxury
• Project Runway Canada (Closed House)*
6PM- Fashion Environments
• Ruffian “Inside out” Published by Assouline,
Official Canadian Launch (BIO)**
7:30 PM- Fashion Environment
• LG Event “Charity Challenge”
• Carlton Brown
9PM – Runway
• Ed Hardy Swim and Snow
10PM- Fashion House
• WOMEN X WOMEN at Fashion House (BIO)
• Fashion Week 10th Anniversary Party (BIO)
Friday March 20th
12PM-2PM- InterContinental Toronto Center
• FDCC Media Love -In (BIO)
• School of Fashion, Ryerson University
• Carlie Wong
• Evan Biddell
• Lucian Matis
• Valentino: The Last Emperor Exclusive Screening
Saturday March 21st
7PM- Location to be Announced
• LG Fashion Week Closing Night Party
***(BIO)By Invitation Only***
Sir Phillip Green, the owner of the popular megachain which sees 2,000 stores in 30 countries, expects TOPSHOP to open in Canada "within six to nine months". The location of the Canadian flagship store has yet to be revealed, but most expect it to be in either downtown Toronto, or a mall such as Yorkdale or the Eaton Centre.Start saving now!
Writer: Kate Murphy
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
'Why doesn't anyone have any class? Why is everyone such a pain in the ass?'
Those were the words that opened DSquared2's Fall/Winter 2009 collection at this year's Milan Fashion Week. The purpose of the words helped create a setting of attitude and entitlement that would serve as the focus of the fashion show.
Once looking at the fashion show and seeing the props used it becomes quite obvious to see who were the inspirations for the collection. With layers and layers of clothing and a firm hand clutching a Starbuck's coffee, blackberry, or gossip mag, Dean and Dan clearly based their collection on two other famous twins; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The fashion show was a tongue and cheek look at excessive consumerism and our obsession with celebrity culture. DSquared2 are known for their elaborate and fun fashion shows, and they are always willing to poke fun at themselves and the industry that they work for.
DSquared2 are a much more casual brand compared to other couture designers, meaning a lot of their pieces are completely appropriate for the average girl to wear while walking down the street. The collection focuses on oversized scarves, plaid, large dark shades, oversized beanies and the oversized boyfriend jean. DSquared2 often create collections that are very hard, dark and masculine. This can be seen with the models makeup, the shoe collection, leather and chain accents, and feather and fur details. A rock 'n' roll feeling was created with the sounds of Robert Plant belting out Led Zeppelin tunes. The essence of rock 'n' roll was established with the use of leopard prints and oversized concert tees. An homage to Kurt Cobain was apparent with plaid shirts being tied around the waist accompanied by a light denim jacket. There is also a very feminine aspect of the collection that is seen in the long flowy dresses and the use of bright colours such as pink, blue and purple.
To view more of DSquared's 2009 Fall/Winter collection click here.
To view DSquared's 2009 Fall/Winter fashion show click here and here.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Fashionably Yours is a high end consignment store focusing on young, trendy and high end designer clothing (Chanel, LV, Gucci, YSL, etc.). Fashionably Yours is located inside MODA @ 632 Queen St. W. They are opened everyday of the week, but you are asked to make an appointment if you are planning on selling your clothes.
Fashionably Yours is looking for fun party dresses, designer purses, shoes and sunglasses, and trendy accessories for resale. The clothing needs to be in good condition (no rips or stains) and relatively new (1-2 years old). They outline what they're looking for here.
Fashionably Yours splits the profit 50/50 and after 90 days you can choose to come get your unsold clothes back. You can also choose to donate them to a local women's shelter or any charity of your choice.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
Writer: Kate Murphy
Monday, March 9, 2009
Today the iconic doll turns 50 years old. She looks pretty good for being half a century old.
I have to admit that I feel like Barbie's been celebrating her birthday for months now. Between all of the fashion shows, doll recreations, new designer outfits, and parties thrown in her honour I'd say it was a helluva bash.
Here's hoping for another 50 years!
Photo: left, original Barbie is 1959; right, modern day version of Barbie.
Writer: Kate Murphy
With this being said, we at FABRIC were absolutely perplexed at the notion of Lindsay Lohan creating her own spray tan line for Sephora called SEVIN NYNE. It is set to hit Sephora stores on April 15th.
If you've followed the train wreck that is Lindsay Lohan for the past couple of years you would have noticed that Lindsay should not be the poster child for tanned skin. Lindsay fights against her genetic features to become a cookie cutter California girl. She's dyed her hair blonde and rocks a super dark tan. In reality Lindsay Lohan is a redhead with freckles. Redheads with freckles tend to be pretty fair skinned. Redheads often have the loveliest, most milky skin on the planet. Most people would die to have fair skin.
So instead of Lindsay Lohan embracing her genetics she's been fighting them tooth and nail. When Lindsay Lohan uses a spray tan she looks like she just rubbed a bunch of dirt on her face. Her tan is blotchy and far too orange. Like does she look in a mirror before she leaves the house? According to these pictures she doesn't. Lindsay Lohan is certainly not the greatest spokesperson for her own spray tan line.
So before everyone runs to Sephora to get their pre-summer glow remember not to stray too far from your original colouring and that clear, clean skin is one of the universal signs of beauty.