Sunday, March 23, 2014

Why you need the Raf Simons for Adidas Spring/Summer 2014 shoe collection

Raf Simons for Adidas Spring/Summer 2014 Shoe Collection

Raf Simons has collaborated with Adidas for a second time to create a new footwear collection for spring. This time around, the master of avante garde minimalism has skillfully used a bunch of vibrant colours -- ranging from neon yellow to electric orange -- to create distinct colour-blocked shapes that help to elevate the collection to a whole new fashion forward level. The collection contains a bold graphic quality, and it's easy to see that Simons was inspired by a comic book aesthetic when he designed the collection; these shoes totally look like they stepped out of a Japanese manga book. I'm loving this entire collection and I'm confident the shoes that conceal the laces will definitely sell out first. You could easily pair these sneakers with a black or navy suit for a fun and chic day look at the office, or wear them with a pair of dress shorts and a white V-neck T-shirt for a casual but stylish weekend look. Designer sneakers are all the rage this year; any one of these kicks will easily keep you on-trend and instantly boost your street cred.


Raf Simons for Adidas Spring/Summer 2014 Shoe Collection
Raf Simons for Adidas Spring/Summer 2014 Shoe Collection
Raf Simons for Adidas Spring/Summer 2014 Shoe Collection
Raf Simons for Adidas Spring/Summer 2014 Shoe Collection

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Watch the Target X Sarah Stevenson Runway Presentation



Target's next designer collaboration featuring Canadian fashion and textile designer Sarah Stevenson hits stores this weekend on March 23rd at 8 a.m. Stevenson is known for her gorgeous prints, luxe textiles and precision tailored garments. The extremely wearable and affordable (every piece is $60 or less) 15 piece collection features beautiful floral prints throughout a range of garments -- from bold printed T-shirts, charming button ups and must-have pull-on pants to a variety of elegantly tailored dresses and a vibrant ombre tuxedo jacket. I love this entire collection and have a feeling that all of the dresses and the tuxedo jacket will definitely be the first items to sell out. Check out the runway presentation above and see the collection in motion.

Sarah Stevenson for Target

Sarah Stevenson for Target

Sarah Stevenson for Target

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rick Owens for Adidas Capsule Collection

Rick Owens for Adidas

The highly anticipated Rick Owens for Adidas collaboration has finally arrived and it truly doesn't disappoint. Minimal and modern, these sneakers perfectly marry sportswear with Owens's visionary avant garde design aesthetic. The collection is made from luxe leather and nylon, and comes in a variety of colourways including black and white, white and black, all black and beige. These shoes would effortlessly up the high fashion ante of any look. I would totally wear any of these shoes with a pair of skinny jeans and a slim-fit T-shirt for a casual look or with a fitted black blazer and button-up shirt for a more dressy look. And secretly, I want the entire collection (shhhh...). Get them now at Ssense.com, $770 - $860.
Rick Owens for Adidas

Rick Owens for Adidas

Rick Owens for Adidas

Sunday, November 10, 2013

David LaChapelle for Happy Socks

David LaChapelle for Happy Socks

David LaChapelle's photography always brings a smile to my face, and his recent ad campaign for Swedish brand Happy Socks is a breath of fresh fashion-air. In true David LaChapelle-style, these vibrant images are visually stunning and charged with a provocative sexual energy that you can't deny or resist. And from an ad perspective, who wouldn't want to pull on a pair of Happy Socks and prance around a shipping yard? Exactly.

David LaChapelle for Happy Socks

David LaChapelle for Happy Socks

David LaChapelle for Happy Socks

David LaChapelle for Happy Socks

David LaChapelle for Happy Socks


David LaChapelle for Happy Socks

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pet Shop Boys Get Electric in Toronto on September 25, 2013

Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

A few months ago, I attended the Pet Shop Boys concert during their stop in Toronto on their latest tour in support of their album Electric. I've seen the PSB a few times and I can honestly say that their shows just keep getting better and better. This time around, the show was definitely, Electric -- literally. The venue became a pumping and pulsating discotheque with Neil Tennant at the helm of the most electrifying stage show I had ever seen.


Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013
Banks of lasers flooded the auditorium and the audience became dazzled and entranced by the PSB's stage show, infectious beats, rhythms and vocals. Upbeat hit after hit mixed with singles from their new album kept the crowd on its toes and we euphorically danced the evening away. Highlights of the show included the visually stunning light show, the fabulous costumes and outfits the boys wore, the arty and theatrical performances of the backup dancers, and hearing B-sides and non-singles like I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too), I'm Not Scared, and Fugitive. The PSB never fail to impress, and I can't wait to see them perform live again! Check out my pics and video from the show below...

Setlist
Axis
One More Chance / A Face Like That
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
Memory of the Future
('New Single Mix' version)
Fugitive
Integral
Sample of "The Rite of Spring"
(Igor Stravinsky song)
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
Suburbia
I'm Not Scared
Fluorescent
West End Girls
Somewhere
(Leonard Bernstein cover)
Leaving
Thursday
Love Etc.
I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
Rent
Miracles
It's a Sin
Domino Dancing
Always on My Mind
(Brenda Lee cover)
Encore:
Go West
(Village People cover)
Vocal


    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013


    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

    Pet Shop Boys Live in Toronto on September 25, 2013

    Sunday, September 1, 2013

    Pharrell Williams' New Moncler Eyewear Collection

    Pharrell Williams for Moncler Eyewear
    Pharrell Williams for Moncler Eyewear

    Pharrell Williams has collaborated with French luxury label Moncler to create this stunning trio of sunglasses for fall 2013. I can see influences from Rick Owens and Margiela in the visor-esque pair (above), and the pair with the leather side-blockers (below) remind me of shades that walked down the Thom Browne runway a few years ago. Regardless, I still love this collection and believe any of these sunglasses would instantly make any look fashion forward. Look for these sunglasses to be released on September 26th, coinciding with the grand opening of Moncler's flagship store in Paris.

    Pharrell Williams for Moncler Eyewear
    Pharrell Williams for Moncler Eyewear

    Pharrell Williams for Moncler Eyewear
    Pharrell Williams for Moncler Eyewear


    Saturday, August 31, 2013

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Collection Preview


    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    Earlier this month, I attended an exclusive preview for the upcoming 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target designer collaboration (see the entire lookbook). Select Toronto fashionistas, fashionistos and taste makers gathered to get a firsthand look at the highly anticipated collection. The affordable collection (prices range from $19.99 - $299.99) reflects Phillip Lim's modern design sensibility and includes beautifully tailored men's and women's pieces that easily translate from day to evening wear. And, this collection also features hip footwear and stunning bags for both men and women. References to some of Phillip Lim's most iconic designs can be seen in the graphic BOOM! print for ladies and the pattern and textile mixing of the camoflauge-sleeved shirt for men. My favourite items from this collection are all of the bags, and I'm positive they will be the first items to sell out. I love this entire collection and it's definitely one worth lining up for -- I can't wait to shop it on September 15th!

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview
    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview

    3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Toronto Preview
    Phillip Lim and Terry Wong