Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gareth Pugh for Absolut Vodka

I'm a huge Gareth Pugh fan and I'm loving his recent collaboration with Absolut Vodka. The Absolut bottle is completely redesigned and receives a treatment of his signature gothy-geometric design aesthetic. Fashionistas and collectors will be coveting this treasure most definitely! It's an exclusive to Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in the UK, but I'm sure a few will make their way to Ebay.

Source: Hypebeast

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Watch! Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Trailer

This is the trailer for the second installment in the Ghost Rider movie franchise, Spirit of Vengeance. Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze and this time around he rescues a boy from the devil. I thought the first Ghost Rider film was alright, but it was definitely a rental. I'm kinda feeling the same way about this film - meh...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Watch! Britney Spears Femme Fatale Tour Toronto 08/13/2011

Last week, I attended my first Britney Spears concert during her stop here in Toronto on her Femme Fatale tour. I love all things "POP" and Britney is THE quintessential pop star and pop culture icon. So needless to say, when a ticket to her show came my way (thanks Ken!), I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see her perform live.

I was completely ambivalent because I've heard many stories about Britney's bad lip-synching and her lackadaisical dance performances, but to my delight, she totally BROUGHT it and gave a solid performance. I'm sure that she probably lip-synched 95% of the show, but the magical feeling of being in the presence of a true pop star made up for any short comings Ms. Spears may have had.

The story of the Femme Fatale tour was told through a series of video interludes starring Britney as a secret agent who thwarts a rival spy's every attempt to capture her. Her song and dance between each of the video clips was supposed to be like scenes in a film leading up to the finale where she ultimately succeeds in outwitting her antagonist and celebrating her victory by dancing 'til the world ends. Ah-mazing! Check out my videos above for more of what I saw, my apologies for the poor sound quality (that's what I get for taking my Sony Cybershot...).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Watch! Raf Simons Fall/Winter 2011 Fitting Video


Raf Simons always pushes the design envelope and this new video, which was shot during a fitting, highlights pieces from his upcoming fall/winter 2011 collection. Raf's craftsmanship and minimalist vision never cease to impress or amaze me and this clip reinforces his design genius. I'm not too sure about the fuzzy wool blended jacket (kinda looks like a bear of some sort to me), but I love everything else and especially all of the other jackets. The clever diagonal boxy pockets on the wool coats and the playful colours and proportions make these pieces uniquely Raf Simons.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

J. Crew Launches First Store in Toronto, Canada

Earlier this week, Toronto's fashion and media elite made their way to the launch of the first ever Canadian J. Crew retail location in Yorkdale mall. I'm a huge fan of J. Crew and I was excited and eager to see what the American retailer had in-store for its Canadian female shoppers.

The sales floor was cleverly merchandised with a range of products from beautifully tailored suits, colourful dresses, cozy jackets, sexy boots, chic wedges, stylish hats, a range of luxe bags, belts, beauty accessories and so, so, so... much more. The primary colour scheme for the fall collection consisted primarily of neutral tones with a variety of brilliant reds and smoldering oranges.

My favourite items were definitely the leopard print pumps (see above) and the luxurious leather bags - GORGE! The great thing about these pieces, and J. Crew collections in general, is the versatility of the pieces which can easily be dressed up or down for simple, but sophisticated day or evening looks. The only drawback about this new location is that it only carries womenswear, but I did overhear that a menswear location is definitely in the works and coming to Toronto soon - YAY!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Watch! Zara Young Fall/Winter 2011 Camapign Video

This is the new fall/winter 2011 ad campaign video for Zara's Young collection. It's pretty standard Zara-wear and nothing too crazy or mind-blowing. The men's bomber jacket featured in this commercial kind of reminds me of Alexander Wang's leather trimmed one (see below) with less leather embellishments. I think the textile mix of leather (or faux leather in Zara's case) with wool or cotton is definitely a fall trend that we're going to be seeing a lot of in the next little while.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Coupon: Save 30% at Gap

I got this in my inbox today - save 30% off Gap online until August 7, 2011 with the coupon code 30OFF. Happy shopping!