Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Alexander McQueen for Puma spring 2011

This is a peek at some of the footwear offerings from the upcoming Alexander McQueen for Puma Spring 2011 collection. I'm totally underwhelmed by these two pieces from the collection and they kinda verge on being boring. The passing of Alexander McQueen earlier this year has definitely impacted this diffusion line and by the looks of this preview, I'm not sure if it's gonna get any better. Fingers crossed...

Source: Hypebeast

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reebok + TRON Legacy Collection

The number of TRON Legacy collaborations is astounding and it seems like every major brand has something TRON related to offer. Here we have Reebok's contribution to the TRON Legacy product hoopla in the form of TRON-ified versions of the classic Insta Pump and Court Victory Pump. I'll admit it, I'm kinda feeling the Insta Pump above with the blue electric circuitry. Needless to say, these will definitely be coveted by sneaker collectors worldwide and they're sure to sell out.

Source: Hypebeast

Thursday, December 9, 2010

TRON Room in Sweden's Ice Hotel

The infamous Ice Hotel in Sweden has caught onto the TRON Legacy hype and created a TRON-themed guest room (watch the room come together below). The TRON theme totally works with the Ice Hotel and blue illuminated ice easily resembles the computer generated world featured in the movie. I'm not sure if I could last a night in this room (I can't handle the cold...), but I'm loving the concept and execution of this sci-fi accomodation! Would you spend a night in the Ice Hotel's TRON room?

Images: Hypebeast

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Daft Punk's Official Video for Derezzed from TRON Legacy

This is the official video for Daft Punk's first single "Derezzed" from the TRON Legacy soundtrack (in theatres on December 17th). The graphics and F/X look amazing and Daft Punk continue to push the envelope with their creative and visionary aesthetic. I can't wait to see this movie and this video is the ultimate teaser for this film!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Shopping Lanvin for H&M

Today was the day that the Lanvin for H&M diffusion collection hit select H&M stores globally. As you may know, I was coveting a few of the pieces from this collection so I woke up at the crack of dawn early this morning and made my way down to H&M here in Toronto. I got there about an hour and fifteen minutes before the store opened and there was already a substantial line up, with some people camping out from the night before.

I got my place in line and luckily I wasn't too far back from the door. Standing in line with a bunch of fashion hungry fashionistas isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I always find it exciting and invigorating to shop these H&M designer diffusion collections. I especially love to watch everyone hectically rush to the racks of designer luxury with hopes of getting a piece (or pieces) from the collection that they'll love and rock out over the season. With a little strategy and persistence, I managed to score a couple of jackets and a couple of pairs of shoes. I was all about shopping for basic key pieces from this collection and I'm LOVING the items I was fortunate enough to get my hands on! How about you, did you get anything from this collection?

Images: Hypebeast

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2011 Footwear

This is a peek at what's to come from Maison Martin Margiela for Spring/Summer 2011. I LOVE these high-tops and they are simply GORGE!!!! The construction is impeccable and I love the modern and minimal aesthetic of this footwear offering. Maison Martin Margiela never disappoints and I'm pleased to see that the Martin Margiela legacy continues to provoke thought and to challenge design standards.

Source: Hypebeast

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pics: Food Network Canada 10th Anniversary Party

Earlier this week, I attended the Food Network Canada's 10th Anniversary party and had the opportunity to mix, mingle and meet some of the network's celebrities! It was definitely one of the best parties I've been to this year and I was completely starstruck the whole evening. All of the stars that I met were totally down-to-earth and endearing. Check out my pics below!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lanvin for H&M: Men's Lookbook

This is the official men's lookbook for the Lanvin and H&M diffusion collection. I'm loving all of the trousers, shoes and sunglasses from this collection and I'm definitely going to try to pick up as many of these pieces as I can. Select H&M stores worldwide are going to be madhouses full of fashionistas, collectors and ebay sellers on November 23rd. I'm predicting that all of the shirts, shoes and jackets will sell out first because these are the most versatile pieces from this line...

Images: Hypebeast

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Video: Lanvin for H&M

My latest piece for slice.ca...

It’s that time of year again – designer diffusion line time at H&M! I look forward to H&M's designer collaborations each year because they give everyday people (like yours truly) the opportunity to own a piece of luxury without having to pay ridiculously exorbitant luxury prices.

My secret to shopping these collections is to look for timeless signature key pieces (such as a blouse, little black dress, or pants) that you can mix and match with other pieces already in your wardrobe and that you'll want to wear for a few seasons. Accessories from these collections are great investments too because they can easily add interest to any outfit and effortlessly step up your look.

Some of the designers that have collaborated with H&M previously include: Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor and Rolf, Comme Des Garcons, Roberto Cavalli, and Stella McCartney. This year, we get to drool over and covet luxurious avante-garde pieces from French atelier, Lanvin. Alber Elbaz (artistic director of Lanvin) has single-handedly transformed the Paris-based label into a fashion trendsetting powerhouse (similar to what Tom Ford did for Gucci) and his fashion forward design vision will bless select H&M stores globally on November 23. We can expect exquisitely tailored pieces made from beautiful luxe fabrics with lots of feminine charm and flair.

Earlier this week, we got a peek at the highly anticipated collection through this official video which features a number of key looks from the collection. I love the presentation of this diffusion line via this short film format and it definitely takes the concept of a fashion show to the next level. I can't wait to see these pieces in person! Check it out below.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Video: Raf Simons F/W 2010 Campaign Film

This is the new Raf Simons Fall 2010 campaign film by Willy Vanderperre. It features glimpses of the collection spliced throughout a scene of a model staring intently at the viewer. I feel this video would be great as a visual backdrop in a Raf Simons boutique, but it loses it's effect and impact on Youtube. It's interesting to say the least, but I wanted to see more of the collection. So, I found a clip of the full Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Enjoy!

Nicholas K Fall 2010

This is a peek at the fall 2010 menswear collection from Nicholas K. I'm feeling a lot of the pieces from this collection and I'm especially loving all of the skinny trousers. Everything looks so comfy and cozy, but stylish and refined all at the same time. The neutral colour palette mixed with the occasional coloured plaid print creates visual interest without being too subdued or overt. All of the hooded pieces are gorge and the shape of the hoods combined with the slender silhouettes create drama without being too costumey or excessive. Nicholas K's fall 2010 menswear offering is simply rustic elegance at its best!

Source: Fashionisto

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Video: Daft Punk "Derezzed" from TRON Legacy OST

This is the new video for Daft Punk's Derezzed from the TRON Legacy soundtrack. I can't decide if this is more of a music video or more of a commercial for the film or both. Regardless, I'm a huge Daft Punk and TRON fan -- so I'm LOVING this clip! TRON Legacy opens in theatres December 17 and the OST (completely composed by Daft Punk) is available December 7.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Video: Ash Koley's Makeup Tips

I recently met up with Canadian pop music duo Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault for slice.ca to learn about the making of their music video for their single Don't Let Feet Touch Ground and to get some makeup tips from the lead singer.
See my post below...

Ash Koley is a Canadian musical duo comprised of Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault. They recently dropped by slice.ca HQ to chat about music, makeup and more!

Their sound may be described as fun, quirky and upbeat classic pop music. However, I’m sure you’ll easily recognize their catchy and infectious single, Don’t Let Your Feet Touch Ground, which has been featured in numerous television commercials and soundtracks. Award winning director, Anthony Seck, directed the video for this single and from the sounds of it -- the shoot was a blast! Check out the official video and my exclusive clip with Ash and Phil (in which they share some secrets about the making of the video) below.

Each of their unique personal styles shine through in these videos and their secret to looking great is simply to not overthink an outfit and to wear what feels comfortable - it's all about knowing and being yourself. I love this approach and it fits perfectly with their sound and personalities. And, on top of being naturally stylish, Ash is also a huge beauty buff. Lately, she’s become known for her fresh flawless face and signature “Ash Koley Red” lip colour (as seen in the video above), so I asked her to share some of her top beauty tips with us. My favourite is her eyeliner application tip - see it below.

Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault were delightfully charming in person and they're definitely a breath of fresh Canadian pop music air. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more info about the band and for a free music download. Ash Koley’s debut album, Inventions, is available in stores and for digital download now.

Meeting Margaret Cho

Yesterday, I had the pleasure and honour of seeing and meeting Margaret Cho. I'm a huge Cho fan and meeting her was definitely a total dream come true! My friend Ken bought me a VIP ticket for the show, which included an autographed dvd and the opportunity to meet her and have a picture taken with her. The meet & greet happened at the end after her performance and although she was tired, she didn't let us down. But, because she was burned out from her show, each VIP holder basically got to say hello and have a picture taken before being ushered out of the backstage area. I had prepared some words of gratitude and thanks to share with Margaret, but due to the nature of the situation, I unfortunately wasn't able to tell her everything that I wanted too. So, Margaret, if you're reading this -- this is what I wanted to tell you...

Growing up in the '90s, there were very few visible Asian role models for young Asians to look up to and to be inspired by. This was a time when media and pop culture was predominantly white with the occasional token African-American here and there. In terms of visible Asian role models, we had Bruce Lee, George Takei, Ming-Na Wen, all the women in the Joy Luck Club film, and the All-American Girl - Margaret Cho. A television show all about Asians revolutionized my television viewing landscape and you gave me someone that I could look up to and relate to. From a television network production point of view - I know that the show may not have been the ideal situation for you, but please know that you and your cast's efforts weren't in vain and that you made a difference by being visible and doing your thing. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart because you showed me through your craft and by being yourself that it did get better. You may not realize it, but you've been saving, impacting and changing lives by simply speaking your mind, being true and maintaining your presence. Please don't ever stop doing what you do.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Marvel Comics for TRON

To celebrate and promote the new TRON sequel (TRON Legacy), Marvel comics has incorporated the TRON aesthetic into a variety of variant covers for some of their more popular characters. This is definitely a clever move by Disney and it only makes sense that they would promote the new movie through their comic book division (Disney owns Marvel Comics). Comic book fans make up a huge portion of the target movie-going demographic for this film so I'm sure fans are more than delighted to see their favourite super heroes get the TRON treatment. I'm a huge TRON fan and I personally can't wait to see the sequel in 3D. Oh, and yes, I do love these covers too! ;-)

Source: Marvel