Tuesday, March 31, 2009

David Dixon for Barbie: Fall/Winter 2009

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A couple of weeks ago, I brought you the Barbie shoe collection by Town Shoes and in true Barbie fiftieth anniversary spirit, I discovered another Barbie collaboration this past weekend at The Barbie Signature Shop located in the Bay's Toronto Queen Street location. For a limited engagement of two months, this Barbie pop-up store will showcase designer Barbie dolls, Barbie jewellery, Barbie furniture, Barbie home furnishings, Barbie clothing and everything Barbie.

Canadian fashion designer David Dixon participated in the Barbie fiftieth anniversary celebration by designing a special Barbie clothing collection that will be sold exclusively at Bay stores this fall. Princess coats, Fifties party dresses, skirts, flirty cocktail dresses, sleeveless blouses, elegant evening gowns and a dress made of layered black discs were some of the pieces on display at The Barbie Signature Shop. Magenta, pink, black and white were the predominant colors of this collection and luxurious tweeds, chiffons, taffetas, and silks were the fabrics of choice for these pieces. Overall, the pieces that were on display are completely wearable and in line with the Bay's fashion style. My favourite pieces were the tweed jackets and the evening gowns. Although this collection was inspired by Barbie, I can easily envision Michelle Obama or any other high ranking socialite in these outfits. Fifty years later, Barbie is still fashionably relevant and a style icon.


Would You Decorate with Barbie's Designer Furniture?

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In celebration of Barbie's fiftieth anniversary, the Bay recently opened The Barbie Signature Shop at their Toronto Queen Street location where shoppers can experience the ultimate Barbie lifestyle extravaganza for a limited engagement of two months.

I visited The Barbie Signature Shop this past weekend and this pop-up store showcased everything from designer Barbie dolls and clothing to furniture and home furnishings. Canadian designer Glenn Dixon designed an extensive collection of Barbie furniture and home furnishings to include sofas, armchairs, ottomans, occasional chairs. vases, trays, boxes, frames, accent pillows, mirrors, bowls, decorative objects, bedding, sheets, pillows, shams, duvet covers, bed skirts, towels, vanity sets, shower curtains, bath mats. candles, lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. If you could visit Barbie's Dream House these are the furnishings and furniture that you would find in her home. Although, this collection may not be for everyone I thought that overall these pieces were fun, contemporary and chic.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Utada Performs "Come Back To Me" on the Early Show

This is Utada's first American national performance of "Come Back To Me." Her vocals are brilliant and I LOVED that she sang the bridge completely different - it was a live REMIX! Utada's new album "This Is The One" is currently available on itunes and hits stores on May 12.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

RuPaul Cover Girl

I just finished watching the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race (thank goodness for logoonline.com!) and it was FABULOUS! Congratulations to Bebe!!!

RuPaul's Drag Race definitely shows how far we have come and how attitudes have progressed. I would never have imagined a drag queen superstar competition reality show ever being possible back in the '80s and '90s. The series was full of creativity, positivity, fabulosity, and feel good energy! Here is the first single from RuPaul's new album "Champion" and she totally works it out - LOVE it!!!

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RuPaul's Drag Race

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thierry Mugler for Beyonce

These are some of the costume sketches by Thierry Mugler for Beyonce's current tour. The designs are modern, futuristic, sci-fi, and sexy all at the same time. Sasha Fierce has definitely stepped her costumes up for this tour and thank goodness she isn't wearing any of her tired Dereon.

Source: WWD

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Matthew Williamson for H&M

This is a peak at the Matthew Williamson for H&M capsule collection that hits select H&M stores on April 23, 2009. Beautiful prints, bold colors, and dramatic details make this collection very Pucci-esque and totally Matthew Williamson. I have no doubt that this collection will sell out in a few hours and I look forward to seeing this collection worn by fashionistas this Spring. It is spot on trend by exuding '90s elegance and my favorite piece is the jumpsuit. I can't wait for his Men's collection which hits select H&M locations in May!!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Utada Hikaru Interview Kube93 Seattle

I LOVE Utada Hikaru and these recent interview clips really reveal how REAL, creative, visionary, and down to earth she is. Check it!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rick Owens for Eastpack: F/W '09

Rick Owens has collaborated with Eastpack for fall/Winter '09 by creating a selection of bags which will form the Eastpack DRKSHDW collection. Comprised of eleven different bag styles in three muted hues, these bags will be highly coveted by fashionistas and collectors alike. Sleek, minimal, and slightly goth - these bags perfectly illustrate how typical knapsacks and messenger bags CAN be interesting.

Source: Hypebeast

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Comme des Garcons For Speedo '09

Comme des Garcons has collaborated with Speedo again for Spring/Summer '09 and these are the mens pieces. I don't know if these really represent Comme des Garcons' signature style in any way, as these look like any other regular pair of surf bikini/swim shorts. I think you'd have to be a die hard Comme des Garcons loyalist in order to appreciate these pieces.

Source: Hypebeast

Raf Simons Embroidered Shoe

New for Spring/Summer '09, this recent shoe offering from Raf Simons features embroidery taken to the next level. The white shoe is embroidered with black thread in order to create texture, color blocking, and a gradient - so clever! I love these shoes and only Raf Simons could come up with this concept and execute it so flawlessly.

Source: Hypebeast

Friday, March 13, 2009

Yohji Yamamoto for Ferragamo

Yohji Yamamoto and Salvatore Ferragamo have teamed up to create a diffusion shoe collection for Fall/Winter 2009/2010. Minimal, avante-garde, and POP all at the same time - I am feeling this collection and I can't wait to see the remaining pieces. Designer collaborations have now officially been stepped up as a result of these two high fashion brands. I am not surprised that Yohji Yamamoto is a part of the first high fashion shoe collaboration, Yohji is definitely ahead of the game and the Yohji Yamamoto empire just got a little bigger.

Yohji Yamamoto


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Y-3 Spring 2009 Commercial

This is the new commercial for Yohji Yamamoto's Spring/Summer Y-3 collection, filmed by Darren Lew with the creative direction of Doug Lloyd. It is an exploration of a series of people's lives (adorned in Y-3) through a variety of surveillance cameras. The Y-3 pieces photograph well and the model casting for this commercial is spot on. It's cool, sleek, sophisticated, clever and totally Y-3 - I LOVE it!


Friday, March 6, 2009

Britney Spears + DSquared2

These are the design sketches for some of the costumes from Britney Spears Circus tour, designed by Dan and Dean Caten of DSquared2. Britney's costumes are provocative, sexy and beautiful and VERY DSquared2. I can't speak for her singing or dancing, but at least she will look amazing on her comeback tour!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Utada Hikaru - Come Back To Me Video

This is the video for "Come Back To Me", Utada Hikaru's first single from her new album "This Is The One" (in stores March 24, 2008). I am a huge fan of Utada and she is one of a few successful Asian pop stars that have crossed over to the English music market. It is refreshing and inspiring to see a non-conventional pop star in the North American music marketplace.


The Return of Banksy

Banksy has returned by applying his trademark stencil infused graffiti art to urban canvases around London. It is refreshing to see that Banksy has not lost his sense of humour and wit in these difficult economic times. Graffiti is a fitting and perfect medium for this current moment in time and this is definitely an economically efficient and effective way to mass communicate an idea and have it reach an extensive global audience.

Source: SuperTouch