Sunday, November 22, 2009

Janet Jackson Make Me Video


This is the video for Janet's new single Make Me. I'm LOVING this video and song! Janet has returned to her upbeat dance/pop style and the track was produced by Rodney Jerkins. The futuristic styling and animated effects in this video remind me of Janet and Michael's Scream video and I think it's a tribute to her brother. Janet is definitely back with a vengeance and I think this is the start of her comeback!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beyonce & Lady Gaga: Video Phone Video


This is the highly anticipated video by Beyonce and Lady Gaga called Video Phone. It was directed by Hype Williams and it totally looks like a Hype Williams video, with the high contrasting over saturated colors and sexy and slick look and feel.

Fashionwise, the only look that I'm feeling is the initial look that Beyonce wears with the cutout bodysuit and the black band of makeup over her eyes - completely inspired by Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner. The rest just looks cheap and a bit tarty.

I'm not sure if Lady Gaga really adds anything to this video or song and I think that Beyonce would have been better off to have done this one solo, but Gaga is hot right now and I guess they thought that they could help boost each others record sales by doing collaborations on each others' album re-releases (Beyonce guests on a Gaga track called Telephone).

This video is not even close to the creative awesomeness of Gaga's Bad Romance video. I think that Beyonce needs to stop hoping that her sexiness will sell her records and that she should actually do something creative for once or hire some creative people to be creative for her.

My thoughts and feelings on this video and song = meh.....

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gift Giving: Umbra's Designer Coin Banks



My latest post for hgtv.ca...
Have you got a special someone on your list that doesn't like to carry change in their pocket and refuses to carry a change purse?

If so, chances are this individual either has an unsightly dish, jar, ashtray, cup or container that they immediately dump their accumulated change into upon arriving at their home. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having a coin jar, but there are just so many more attractive coin storage options available these days and this is the perfect way to help your loved one save in style.

I'm loving the Arcoino coin bank ($80 CAD, designed by Matt Carr) and Volcoino piggy bank ($30 CAD, designed by Karim Rashid) from Umbra. Either of these would be a great gift for that special person this season!

Both coin banks are stylish, functional and sexy all at the same time. The chrome finish and the design of each of these pieces is modern, sleek, and either bank would instantly add decorative interest to any space. I like the interesting art qualities of these banks, as the Arcoino bank creates the illusion that it grows out of the surface that it rests upon and the Volcoino bank's minimal and simple teardrop shape evokes a tranquil feeling within its beholder.

These coin banks are definitely gifts that will continually give back to any recipient by effortlessly boosting the style factor of their space and by encouraging them to save money. Chic, modern, practical and gorgeous - this is a gift that you can totally bank on being a success!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lady Gaga Bad Romance



This is the highly anticipated video for Lady Gaga's newest single Bad Romance. I'm LOVING this video and Lady Gaga has truly outdone herself. The entire video is a total performance from beginning to end - complete with multiple costume changes, choreography and effects!

Alexander McQueen Stilettos

My favorite part is the scene where she rocks the Alexander McQueen stilettos and dress, it's a perfect look for her and it completely fits the style of the video. It's been ages since pop music and pop culture has seen and heard someone so fresh, creative, innovative, provocative and visionary. Lady Gaga is the complete package and she has totally raised the bar and set a new "pop" standard with this video. Total Gaga domination is inevitable!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Comme des Garcons + The Beatles


This is the latest designer/pop culture collaboration from Comme des Garcons and The Beatles. Rei Kawakubo has been given the rights to The Beatles imagery and iconography and the collaboration will produce a collection that consists of bags, t-shirts and possibly more depending on the sales performance of the initial run of pieces. I am loving the shape of the bag and the incorporation of the apple within the Comme des Garcons trademark polka dot pattern - clever. I'm excited to see what Kawakubo will come up with next and I'm guessing that we can expect to see some yellow submarines and any other cute Beatles related iconography in future pieces.

Source: Hypebeast

Friday, October 30, 2009

Britney Spears 3 (Official Video)


This is the highly anticipated video for Britney's new single "3". I'm LOVING the song, but I'm not too crazy about the video. Her hair weave looks cheap and her outfit could have been better... What do you think?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Viktor & Rolf Footwear







These footwear pieces are part of the first Viktor & Rolf shoe collection for men. The Dutch design duo has totally revolutionized and reinvented the high top and I'm LOVING both the puffer jacket and wingtip inspired kicks above. Although I've seen wingtip and techno-fiber high tops before, I've never seen them done so well.

The wingtip high top is definitely the most innovative and visionary piece out of all of these shoe offerings and it has the ability to instantly turn up the sartorial factor of any outfit. I think that wingtips are a key piece to any man's wardrobe and the fact that these are a sneaker, it allows the wearer to easily dress up or dress down any outfit. This premiere shoe collection from Viktor & Rolf is completely modern, clever and functional and sure to be coveted by sneaker pimps globally.

Source: Dazed Digital

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Toronto Fashion Week '09: Rudsak Spring 2010

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The Rudsak show is always one of my favourite shows to attend at Toronto Fashion Week and last night's presentation truly didn't dissapoint. Rudsak is known for its well tailored classic designs and for its high quality leather goods, plus they always have the hottest print and runway models!

For Spring 2010, Rudsak was inspired by the laid back glamour of the traveller's days in the '60s and the collection boasted classic, but modern key pieces in the shapes of coats, sweaters, dresses, shirts, shorts and fine leather accessories. The color pallette of this collection consisted primarily of black, white and grey with splashes of lilac, chili red and shadow grey for interest. The fabrics used in this collection included leather, suede, canvas, crumpled linen, techno nylon and coated cotton.

Every piece was wearable and beautifully constructed and all of the pieces worked together extremely well as a cohesive collection. I LOVED all of the leather jackets (especially the lilac one for men), all of the bags, and the coated cotton skirts which gave off a liquid look and feel. The two silhouettes that I quite enjoyed in this collection were created by the pairing of fitted biker style leather jackets with short skirts and by the fabulous grey voluminous leather jacket. Overall, this show and collection was edgy, modern, sexy, and totally chic!

Rudsak is a true testament to Canadian fashion design at its best and this collection reinforces why the Rudsak aesthetic is so interpretable on a global scale - anyone from anywhere would look amazing in a Rudsak piece. Check out the videos (and photo gallery here) above and below for a look at the show and to see the key looks from this collection!


Source: slice.ca

Toronto Fashion Week '09: Evan Biddell Spring 2010

My review for slice.ca...

Project Runway Canada Season 1 winner and Canada’s fashion design bad boy, Evan Biddell, rocked the Toronto Fashion Week runway with a creative and visually stunning presentation of his Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

The show opened with a short animated film (see video below) which spliced images of Biddell into a mix of cartoon drawings and told the story of Evan becoming a Power Ranger-like superhero, setting the tone for the ensuing runway presentation...

After the animation ended, a raging thunderstorm visual was then projected onto the runway backdrop and emerging from this thunderstorm was the designer's vision of the Evan Biddell woman - a glamorous, strong and post apocalyptic heroine. Beautiful goddess dresses, harem drop crotch pants (think MC Hammer), little black dresses, liquid metallic body suits, hooded futuristic swimwear, layered tank tops, color blocked t-shirts, jackets and dresses all made their way down the runway and oozed Evan Biddell’s signature design aesthetic (which can be understood as a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi with urban elegance).

Each piece was impeccably constructed and the cut of each piece definitely revealed the designer’s understanding of the female body, as fabric flowed and draped naturally in all the right places and all of the models’ natural assets were highlighted and accentuated. A muted color pallette of metallic grey, white and black dominated the collection and splashes of orange and blue were strategically incorporated into certain pieces to create shape and interest. Check out the video (and photo gallery here) below for a look at the show.

My favourite looks from this show include all of the long flowing dresses, the color blocked garments and the hooded swimwear piece because these pieces truly reveal Biddell's talent and vision. This collection was definitely fun, interesting, edgy, fashion forward and well constructed, however, I felt that these pieces worked better individually, rather than as a collection. The color blocked items went well together, but the rest of the pieces were all over the place. Evan Biddell has definitely come a long way since the first season of Project Runway Canada and he has still got a long way to go, but one thing is certain - he is definitely on the right path.

Source: slice.ca

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bustle Spring Summer 2010


Yesterday, Project Runway Canada judge Shawn Hewson's Bustle Spring/Summer 2010 runway presentation transported us to a summer cottage getaway and it helped us to forget, momentarily, about the chilly fall weather outside. The runway was decorated with fabulous summer deck furniture, a barbecue, a mini bar on a cart and even a sofa. A projection completed the seasonal illusion by lighting up the background and casting a tranquil cottage scene onto the runway backdrop.

One by one, the models sashayed down the runway and I was fittingly sold on the casual and leisurely pieces from the collection that corresponded perfectly with the scene in front of me. Suits made from waxed cotton, knit cardigans, stark printed dress shirts, board shorts and colorful jackets were all very well constructed and all of the pieces worked together to maintain the Bustle design aesthetic of cool, stylish and comfortable sportswear attire.

The highlight of the show was when two Canadian celebrities graced the Bustle runway and added some extra charm and character to this presentation. Celebrity model Stacey McKenzie pranced down the runway and seductively pushed a mobile drink cart, giving out drinks to lucky individuals in the front row. The audience was delighted by her presence and everyone cheered as she strutted her signature walk down the runway. The second celebrity guest was Canadian comedian and TV star Rick Mercer who initially played a chef behind the barbecue, but later came out from behind the grill and showed the crowd how Bustle should be worn. Check out the video above (and photo gallery here) to see Stacey, Rick and the final walk-through of the key looks from this collection.

Overall, this collection was cohesive and extremely wearable, but it leaned towards the expected and safe side. I would have liked to have seen more innovative and creative thought put into the design, more interesting silhouettes or even the mixture of different textiles to give the collection some interest and WOW factor, but unfortunately this collection just didn't measure up to my hopes and expectations.

Source: slice.ca

Philip Sparks Spring/Summer 2010


Last week, I attended Philip Sparks’ Spring 2010 menswear show and I was immensely delighted by the designer’s creative vision and his clever and savy bespoke skills. The inspiration for this collection was cottage life and ‘50s Canadian Pacific Railway getaway ads. I’m a true patriot at heart and I love all fashion that speaks to and endorses Canadiana.

Philip collaborated with textile designer Kerry Croghan to produce a signature nostalgic “Gone Fishing” print that features rugged wilderness illustrations (camping, canoeing, fishing, etc.) reminiscent of days gone by that you might find on historical souvenirs or in a child’s school book reader from the ‘50s.

The styling and outdoorsy print definitely helped to set the mood and story of the collection. Philip Sparks’ show took us on a fishing expedition and it revealed a variety of looks that we might encounter along the way. Beautiful knit V-necks, cozy cardigans, preppy polo sweaters, seersucker and chintzed tuxedo vests, plaid dress shirts, retro windbreakers and sleek silhouette shaping coats perfectly married a modern design aesthetic with classic bespoke tailoring to create modern pieces with a touch of nostalgia. The collection was cohesive, impeccably constructed and the detailing heightened the interest of each piece. Each of the models WORKED the hardwood floor runway and each look flawlessly strutted past the show’s attendees - see my video above(and photo gallery here) for a glimpse at the show.

My favourite pieces and the ones that I found the most interesting were the red trench coat, the tuxedo vest with the racer back and all of the items that featured the signature “Gone Fishing” print. Each piece from this collection could completely stand alone on its own or easily be mixed with other pieces and accessorized to fully express the wearer. I rarely come across a collection that is so wearable and so transferrable to many men on many different levels. Your brother, father and son could all rock the same piece from this collection and it would look amazing and unique on each of them. Philip Sparks’ 2010 collection definitely reveals a design vision that acknowledges and embraces the modern man with a sartorial inclination.

Source: slice.ca

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Toronto Fashion Week '09 Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail






These are some of the pics from the Toronto Fashion Week Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail Party that helped to kick off the Canadian fashion events earlier this week. Jeanne Becker, Enza Supermodel, Inga, Jeremy Laing, Suzanne Boyd, Tommy Smythe and more celebrities, fashionistas and designers were in attendence. Check out the rest of my pictures here in my latest post for Slice.ca....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Rick Owens Ankle Boots



This is the latest footwear offering from Rick Owens. It has been argued that these are in tune with the '90s grunge trend that we've been seeing on many runways recently, but I totally disagree. Rick Owens aesthetic is LA rocker/goth/avante garde and these boots are completely in line with his design style. I love the shape of the sole and the slight bump in the toe. I would have killed for these boots back in my high school goth days...

Source: Hypebeast

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

After the Runway: Episode 5


Check out the latest webisode of After the Runway where we dish about Project Runway Season 6, episode 5. Hot topics for this episode include Tim Gunn's tirade about one of the preposterous contestents, the challenges involved when working with newspaper as fabric and more!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Martin Margiela Speed Bike Sneaker


I'm a huge fan of Martin Margiela and I am LOVING these new Speed Bike Sneakers from the Maison. Modern, beautiful, and super cool - these sneakers are motor cross boots reinvented. They come in black, white and red and these kicks will instantly transform any outfit into a Blade Runner-esque look. I'm all about Replicant chic (see Daryl Hannah below from Blade Runner for a replicant chic aesthetic reference) and in my opinion, it's a timeless aesthetic that doesn't ever expire.



Source: Hypebeast

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Burberry Spring/Summer 2010





I've been obsessed with all things Burberry recently, so I bring you the full mens show for Burberry Spring/Summer 2010. I'm LOVING the direction that Christopher Bailey is moving the Burberry aesthetic to in this collection. Classically Burberry with subtle and minimal modern details, he breathes new life into this iconic British brand.

My favorite pieces after all of the coats, are the interesting shirts with the intersecting straps and the dress shirt with the thin wraparound straps (see above). These pieces remind me of something that Helmut Lang or Raf Simons would design, but with a classic British twist...

Monday, October 5, 2009

After the Runway an After Show for Project Runway Season 6


This is a web exclusive series on slice.ca that I've been involved with and it's been an interesting sixth season of Project Runway so far. Check out our discussion on episode four's winners and losers...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jil Sander for Uniqlo





This is a peek at the +J collection from Jil Sander for Uniqlo which hits select Uniqlo stores today. I am LOVING all of these pieces, especially the 3/4 length coat. Minimal, beautifully tailored, well constructed and uber chic - I have no doubt that this collection will fly off the Uniqlo racks in a matter of minutes.

This marks the return of Jil Sander to the fashion world and her return has been long overdue. I know that this is just a warm up collection for Jil and I'm excited to see what she'll come up with next!

Source: Hypebeast & Selectism

Friday, September 25, 2009

Paul Smith for Evian



Last year I posted about the Jean Paul Gaultier for Evian water bottles and this year Evian has collaborated with British designer Paul Smith. I am loving the PS bottle and it's so interesting to see Paul Smith's creativity/mood room where all the design magic happens!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Jimmy Choo for H&M Men













Here's a glimpse at the diffusion collection between Jimmy Choo and H&M. Jimmy Choo is renowned for his beautiful hand made women's shoes and this is his first real men's collection.

The shoes are definitely the strongest pieces in this sneak peek, although I'm kind of feeling the blue long sleeved pullover (more so for the patches on the elbow) and the grey t-shirt with the pocket. It will be interesting to see how well this collaboration performs. I think the shoes and accessories will definitely sell out, but I'm not so sure about the clothes...

Jimmy Choo for H&M hits select H&M stores November 14th worldwide.

Images: Hypebeast

Whitney Houston Million Dollar Bill Video



This is the new video for Whitney's latest single Million Dollar Bill. She's totally got the Philly soul diva vibe going on and it completely works with this song. Alicia Keys wrote this song for Whitney and it's a great second single that will definitely help to bring her back into the spotlight.

I am loving the makeup and styling in this video and Whitney looks fresh, fabulous, and gorgeous! Her look in this video reminds me of her My Love is Your Love video where she has a similar mood, style, and aesthetic going on. I'm definitely looking forward to more from Whitney and this video is a clear indication that she is back!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Skate Decks by Marc by Marc Jacobs


Marc Jacobs has just released these skate decks at all of his flagship Marc by Marc Jacobs stores. This is just another indication that the Marc Jacobs empire is bent on expansion. Limited to 100 pieces each and priced at $89US, these decks will definitely appeal to the Marc by Marc Jacobs consumer. I wonder how much influence consumer demographics and psychographics had on this newest product venture for MJ...

Source: Hypebeast

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Yohji Yamamoto Fall '09 Accessories








These are some of the Fall '09 accessory offerings from Yohji Yamamoto. Modern, minimal and avante-garde - I'm loving all of these pieces. Yohji never ceases to deliver innovative, functional and beautiful pieces and this collection is simply another testament to his visionary aesthetic.

Source: Mens rag

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Emma Watson for Burberry


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I have been obsessed with the look and styling of the Fall/Winter '09 Burberry ad campaign featuring Emma Watson. The Harry Potter starlet effortlessly brings elegance and class to this ad campaign and she is a perfect fit for this iconic British brand. She has grown up right before our eyes and fashion and style is definitely an important factor to the success of any young actress. Landing the Burberry ad campaign helps to boost Emma's notoriety as a celebrity and fashionista.

Emma described her Burberry modeling experience as, "The biggest ego boost of my life" and Burberry's creative director, Christopher Bailey, states that Emma is, "One of the great British new icons." Famed fashion photographer Mario Testino shot these images (see below) in the Westminster district of London and the city backdrop works to accentuate the stark silhouettes and colors of this collection. Check out the video below for a look behind the scenes of this ad campaign.





My favourite look from this campaign is the one where Emma's scarf is tied in an exaggerated manner and worn with the classic trench as it is interesting, stylish and completely functional. Being creative with accessories is a great way to add some interest to any outfit and although we may not be living in London, we definitely experience similar fall weather. A trench coat and a warm scarf are key pieces in any Canadian wardrobe and this exaggerated scarf/trench look is simple to achieve. There is no doubt that Emma and this ad campaign will inspire many exaggerated scarf/trench looks this fall season!