sandals: Givenchy F/W '09
photo: Olivier Zahm, purple-diary.com

Matthew Williamson for H+M

Matthew Williamson for H&M launches April 23 (my first day in NYC..can you guess the first store I'll be hitting??) Below are some preview looks from the collection. I. Am. So. Excited.

Why so serious?

I'd written a while ago about people who have fun with fashion and who don't take themselves too seriously when putting an outfit together. The young man below sporting a necklace made entirely of Legos is another perfect example of this. Not only is the necklace on trend with the season's accessory theme ((bigger is better)), it matches perfectly with his Raf Simons shoes!

images: styleclicker.net


My first impression of Atlantic Fashion Week, Halifax's sophomore fashion event with the F/W '09 collections, was mixed. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the shows on Saturday night (Katrina Tuttle, Veronica MacIssac, turbine, deux fm). I can't really say I was terribly thrilled by any of the collections I saw...mildly appreciative would probably best describe my overall impressions. Don't get me wrong, I think AFW is a great initiative by Angela Sotiropoulous of City Models to showcase up-and-coming Atlantic design talent, I just wasn't blown away. Maybe my expectations were too high? Maybe I'm just used to looking at top designers' collections on style.com? Yeah, the latter reason is totally unfair of me..its comparing apples and oranges (or should I say polyester and double-faced cashmere?)

Out of the four designers whose collections I had seen, my pick for fashion-forwardness would be Katrina Tuttle. Her collection's standout pieces included a grey bubble skirt with asymmetrical folds punctuated with button detailing, and a rust-colored strapless babydoll dress with a navy blue sash held in place by a croc-embossed skinny belt. So, even if my introduction to AFW was lukewarm, I am still looking forward to attending October's S/S '10 event. As with the world's top designers, it is the documentation of each designer's sartorial evolution that is really exciting.

Below are some images of my favorite looks from over the entire 4 day
s. You can view photos of all the collections at atlanticfashionweek.com

deux fm

Veronica MacIsaac

Sunset on the Eastside

Katrina Tuttle

photos: Josh Webb for Atlantic Fashion Week



The Outnet, the designer discount site by Natalie Massenet (founder of net-a-porter) is scheduled for launch in April 2009! The site will feature "a lineup of more than 200 luxury brands including Christian Louboutin, Alberta Ferretti, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, and Herve Leger when the proverbial doors open, a mix of merchandise from past seasons, classic pieces, and bestsellers resurrected from designers’ archives, all with average discounts of 40 to 60 percent." Though no specific launch date has been announced, The Outnet is now taking members!

source: fashionologie.com

Wal-mart couture

Leave it to Rumi of fashiontoast to make a $30 Wal-mart tie-dye jean that mimics the denim style at Balmain S/S '09.

image: fashiontoast.com



These shots remind me of stalkerazzi photos although I'm assuming the premise is looking into the daily life of a fashionable urbanite. I love the cropped cargo pant with the sequin vest.


LA story

Pre-runway at Brian Lichtenberg, LA Fashion Week
photo: thecobrasnake.com


party people

top : Genevieve Jones at La Perla wearing a Zac Posen skirt and La Perla top
bottom: Fabiola Beracasa wearing Stella McCartney with Terence Koh at AMNH's Eco-chic Ball

photos: redcarpetcolors.blogspot.com, style.com

wish you were here

Random Paris
photos: Olivier Zahm, purple-diary.com


Winston Chmielinski's figures are landscapes: visual metaphors that reveal an alternate significance only in the eyes of a willing signifier. The disconnect between what is perceived and what is seen, or in the case of Winston’s portraits, the self that is reflected, and the self that is felt, can only be sutured back together in works that first fragment the physical plane—a concentration of color in one face, a plague of shadows on another—in hoping to catch (through these intentioned cracks) a fleeting glimpse of the unsheathed self. If one can chart out a surface’s entirety, even as an assemblage of seemingly incongruous pieces, will he thus render it wholly inconsequential?


That girl

Georgia-May Jagger is like, the spitting image of a young Brigitte Bardot (and the gap in her front teeth is SO Lauren Hutton). I'm still not totally convinced that Jerry Hall is her mama. Here she is in an editorial for Vogue Russia...you can tell she has that natural coolness that all Mick's kids seem to have inherited. I can't wait to see more of her.

image: Vogue Russia via refinery29.com


Studded oxford, Prada menswear F/W '09

American Retro metal tank, shopbop.com

Cheap Monday bondage V fit jean, urbanoutfitters.com

Studded vintage Converse low-tops, freepeople.com

Candela studded sandal, revolveclothing.com

Messenger bag, canada.forever21.com

Belt, asos.com

Wendy Nichol 3 pyramid stud cuff, oaknyc.com


nothing but time

I had been looking for a men's watch exactly like this for forever. I wanted it to look vintage-y (like this one), metal links (like this one) and to not be $500 + (like this one). I found this at UO for only $42! Of course I had to shell out an extra $10 to have it sized as it was about 10 times too large for my bony wrist, but since it was such a bargain in the first place I didn't really care.


Fire away

Pat Benatar in the '80s rocking the latex leggings and aerobic-inspired bodysuits.

images: google.ca

high/low : Balmain

Left: Balmain studded crystal sandal: $2,437.39 at luisaviaroma.com

Right: Aldo "Molavi" studded sandal: $125.00 at aldoshoes.com


Another lesson in layering

image: stylesightings.com

Chain gang / Here comes the sun

Tired of the same old sunnies? Here are some superdifferent shades I found at colette.fr

top: Delfina Delettrez / Alain Mikli
bottom: Bless

Right through you

This girl has the most beautiful eyes...made only more evident by the smoky make-up.

image: thesartorialist.com


A lesson in layering

Honestly, the coat over the cardi over the blouse... layering mastery! Those Parisian ladies definitely have a certain je ne sais quoi.

image: stylesightings.com

Split decision

I don't know how comfortable this Dolce & Gabbana sandal would be...but other than the questionable arch-support, its pretty fab, no?

Dolce & Gabbana split sequined sandal, luisaviaroma.com