Monday, February 28, 2011

Watch! Lady Gaga: Born This Way


This is the first video (a second video will be released at a later date via iTunes)for Lady Gaga's single Born This Way, directed by famed fashion photographer Nick Knight, Laurieann Gibson and Lady Gaga. It tells the sci-fi story of the manifesto of Mother Monster who exists in a world where there is no prejudice. Ultimately, because the multi-verse isn't perfect, she is divided in two and torn between good and evil.

In this video, I definitely see inspirations taken from the Aliens movie franchise, the art of H.R. Giger, the visuals surrounding Madonna's Reinvention tour, Madonna's Express Yourself video, and Michael Jackson. The beauty about Lady Gaga is her ability to look at key pop culture landmarks, take inspiration from them and make them her own by giving them a Gaga spin. I can't help myself from loving the positive message and stunning visuals found in this video clip. Gaga never disappoints and I have no doubt that this video will only further propel the success of this pop anthem!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sexy Raf Simons Lace-Up Sneakers for S/S 2011!


The master of modern and minimalist menswear, Raf Simons, has just released these high-tops for Spring/Summer 2011. As you may know, I'm a huge Raf Simons fan and I'm totally LOVING these sneakers!

Raf never disappoints and the gorgeous details of this shoe completely take these trainers to the next level. The sporadic positioning of the shoelace eyelets is completely edgy, modern and visionary all at the same time. They kinda feel a bit bondage with a touch of modern-goth thrown in for good fashion aesthetic measure. You could easily add interest to any outfit by simply slipping on these sexy shoes - yes please!!!

Image: Hypebeast

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Jeremy Scott for Linda Farrow Winged Sunglasses


Jeremy Scott has totally upped his fashion ante for spring/summer 2011. Earlier this week we learned of his collaboration with Swatch and here we have an eye wear offering from Jeremy and Linda Farrow. I totally get where this collaboration is going, as the wings are Jeremy Scott's iconic trademark, but I'm not sure who can really pull these off besides Lady Gaga, Kanye West, or Dame Edna. With that being said, I do appreciate the design and overall aesthetic of these sunglasses. Maybe it's just me, but I think they're more of a fashion art piece rather than a functional pair of sunglasses. Thoughts?

Image: Hypebeast

***UPDATE***
I just discovered these other pieces from this collaboration. They're super avante garde and in hindsight after looking at the collection, I think the winged sunglasses are definitely the most wearable. Have a look below...





Images: Highsnobiety

Ksubi Eyewear Spring/Summer 2011





This is the spring eyewear offering from Australian brand Ksubi. I'm especially loving the metal mesh aviators and the shapes of of all of these sunglasses. I think these pieces are versatile enough to work with a variety of different looks and they would effortlessly and instantly add interest to any outfit. Modern, stylish and GORGE!

Images: Hypebeast

Friday, February 18, 2011

Video: Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book



I'm a huge Beth Ditto fan and this is the video for her new single, I Wrote the Book, produced by Simian Mobile Disco. This entire video pays homage to the controversial video projects that Madonna produced back in the day when it was considered edgy and risque to depict scenes of homosexuality and sadomasochism in music videos.

Madonna's Justify My Love and Erotica music videos were the primary inspirations for this video (see below). The hair, makeup, styling and cinematography is spot on and I can't get over how well Beth Ditto has reinterpreted and reinvented Madonna's visuals for this video -- she's totally BROUGHT it and looks gorgeous at the same time!

Beth Ditto is definitely one of pop music and pop culture's rising stars and she's also a visionary style and fashion icon in her own right. This video just reinforces the fact that Beth truly is a "pop" force to be reckoned with. I can't wait to see what's next from Ms. Ditto!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jeremy Scott for Swatch






Jeremy Scott is definitely one of the most interesting contributors to fashion and popular culture as we know it. I remember first hearing about him when his work was featured in Madonna's controversial video for her single American Life and ever since I've been a huge fan. He has totally taken urban and street wear to another level with his innovative designs and fashion forward vision. His collaboration with Adidas has been a huge success and I recently saw Anne Hathaway rocking a pair of his iconic gold wing-tipped high tops for the Academy Awards.

Here we have his most recent collaboration with Swatch time pieces. I'm loving the lightning bolt and wing tipped Swatches. I think either of these watches would instantly add some fun, interest and pop cultural REAL-NESS to any outfit! The graphic design elements of these items are so clever and well executed. These watches hit stores on March 3rd and I'm positive these will definitely sell out in the first week of release. Exciting!!!!

Images: Highsnobiety

Monday, February 14, 2011

Y-3 Spring/Summer 2011 Ad Campaign Film


I just discovered this new ad campaign film for Y-3's Spring/Summer collection. At first glance, I thought Justin Timberlake was cast in this commercial, but as the film progressed I realized that it wasn't him. The styling and look of this film short is inspired by Yohji Yamamoto's love for rock'n roll and the dark energy that's behind it. I can totally see the edgy rocker direction that Yohji is moving towards in this video and I LOVE it!

Naturally, I want all of the pieces seen in this video and I'm loving each of the looks. My favourite look (if I had to pick just one ;-) is at 0:14 with the vest over the tank top and shorts - GORGE!!! Yohji Yamamoto has grown this brand into a highly covet-able luxury staple and like fine wine -- it just gets better and better each season!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Video: X-Men: First Class Trailer


This is the official trailer for the newest movie in the X-Men film franchise, X-Men: First Class. I'm a huge X-Men fan and I liked all three of the other films, but this one seems a little underwhelming to me. It kind of feels like a film that the studio has put out just to ca$h in on the popularity of superhero films in popular culture at the moment.

There's a part of me that's starting to think superhero movies are over, due to the impending over saturation of fantastical hero movies in the movie viewing marketplace in the next few months and year to come (Green Lantern, Thor, and Captain America films are set to be released throughout 2011 and additional Batman, Spiderman, and Superman films are slated for 2012 releases). I'm sure I'll still end up at the 3-D release of this film (you know there will be a 3-D release ;-), but I guess time will tell if superhero inspired films still have the ability to pack a punch at the box office and reign $upreme.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I Interviewed Harold McGee


Earlier this year, I caught up with author Harold McGee to learn more about his new book, Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes. Check out my book review below or here at Food Network Canada ...

Title: Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes
Price: $42
Availability: Major bookstore retailers.

The Book

Have you ever been stumped by an ingredient you don't normally cook with, a kitchen gadget you've just received, or by some cooking jargon associated with a new recipe? Or maybe, if you're like me, you'd just like to be a better informed cook. Then my friends, Harold McGee's Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes is definitely the book for you.

Filled with simple statements of fact and advice about food and its preparation, this book provides insight into the science of cooking basics and empowers you to tackle any cooking challenges that you may encounter. The book covers everything that's related to cooking, from kitchen tools, food safety and cooking methods to preparing ingredients such as meats, vegetables, dairy products and more. It's a handy quick reference guide to aid and assist you in all your culinary adventures.

Each chapter thoroughly explains the subject at hand and explores every possible aspect of that subject in relation to good cooking practices. I was impressed by how detailed and user-friendly this book is. It would be a great addition to any kitchen library.

I recently met up with the acclaimed food writer and New York Times columnist to chat about his book - check out my interview below.

You may like it if...

* You enjoy detailed explanations about best cooking practices
* You want to learn more about the science of food and cooking
* You are a novice cook

You may not like it if...

* You're looking for recipes
* You like books with lots of pretty food pictures

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wonder Woman for MAC Cosmetics






My latest piece for Slice.ca...
Just in time to help you look your best this Valentine’s Day, M*A*C will be releasing a collection of fabulous Wonder Woman-inspired products (available February 10). I’m a total comic book nerd and a huge Wonder Woman fan, so needless to say I’m super excited about this release! Wonder Woman epitomizes femininity and she represents everything wonderful about women.

Items in this collection range from powdered blushes, nail polishes, colourful lash lengthening mascaras, eyeliners, eye shadows, mineralized concealers, luscious lip glasses and lipsticks to colourful make-up bags, handy utility belt brush sets and more (see gallery on slice.ca). The colours and tones found within these products are practical, but still edgy and flirty at the same time.

I'm especially loving all of the different eye shadows and coloured mascaras because a simple touch of colour highlighting the eyes can totally brighten and instantly add interest to any look. A coloured lash is a simple and effective way to add some colour to your appearance without a lot of effort. The secret to Wonder Woman's beauty is subtlety and a less-is-more approach to makeup, so be sure to pair a stark lip colour with a muted eye colour and a brilliant eye colour with a soft lip colour. Be brave and bold with these products and have fun freeing your inner GLAMAZON!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Neil Barrett: BlackBarrett Spring 2011











This is the Spring/Summer 2011 ad campaign for Neil Barrett's Japanese BlackBarrett brand. It stars Charlie France in a sci-fi/Lad Who Fell to Earth inspired photo editorial. Neil Barrett's signature style can easily be seen in the clean lines, sleek silhouettes and innovative textiles used throughout this collection. There's a subtle and understated sexiness in all of these pieces that definitely speaks volumes to the discerning eye. I'm loving all of these looks and especially the leather jackets and knapsack. I totally need to look into a Japanese vacation soon! ;-)

Images: The Fashionisto

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Delicious Dim Sum at Emperor's Palace, Edmonton


My latest piece for Food Network Canada...

In celebration of the first day of the Chinese New Year, I'd like to share my most recent dim sum discovery in Edmonton. As you may recall from my Dim Sum Spotlight last year, dim sum is an institution in my family. Those delicious bite-sized menu items along with ample cups of chrysanthemum tea go hand in hand with endless hours of socializing and quality family time. Going for dim sum in Edmonton is definitely a popular social activity and new restaurants serving this Chinese-style brunch are always opening up.

This time around, my mother was excited to check out a newly-opened restaurant called the Emperor's Palace, located in the heart of Edmonton's Chinatown. From the outside, it appears to be a typical restaurant, but as soon as you enter the lobby, you're greeted by a fabulous gold throne and glitzy accents that you'd typically associate with a royal dining room (fancy chandeliers, beautiful tables, etc.). Chinese restaurants can be a bit over the top (and downright tacky!) when it comes to decor, but in this case, the extravagant interior design set the mood and subtly hinted at what was in store meal-wise.

Being the dim sum connoisseurs that we are, my family and I like to order the standard items on every dim sum menu first -- which include shrimp dumplings - har gou, pork dumplings - siu mai and rice noodle rolls - cheong fun. A good dim sum restaurant can be determined by how well the shrimp is de-veined and the amount of fatty meats included in any one menu item. I'm delighted to report that these basic dishes all passed with flying colours! Every piece of shrimp was vein-less and the meat fillings in all of the other various dishes were deliciously lean.

From the basics, we like to move on to some of the more obscure delicacies including: chicken feet - fung zao, ginger tripe - gnau ba yip, and beef tendon. These dishes can often be hit or miss, but in this case, all three exceeded our expectations and took our taste buds to a whole new level.

The chicken feet was flavourful and fall-off-the-bone tender, the ginger tripe literally melted in our mouths, and the beef tendon was packed with rich luscious flavours. Also noteworthy, was the the pork and preserved duck egg congee which was prepared to the perfect consistency (not too thick and not too runny) and packed with lots of pork and duck egg. All of the other dishes we ordered were equally tasty using the finest ingredients. The service in this restaurant was exceptional as they never ran out of menu items and our tea pot was always full. Overall, our meal was fit for royalty and this restaurant truly lived up to its name.