The Canadian retail space isn’t very competitive. We can’t stack coupons, the sales aren’t as deep as the United States, there isn’t the variety and the only money-back option is to fill out a rebate form, mail it and hope to get a cheque within the next eight weeks, if you’re lucky.
One of the joys of getting older is seeing trends come back into fashion. Floral jeans and neon being two of them. I also saw a teenager wearing a shreded t-shirt the other day. Remember those? You took an oversized t-shirt, shredded it and tied knots at the end.
Thank god I’m too old for that. It was awful then and it’s awful now. [Read more...]
In all my years of covering lifestyle including fashion, I’ve never had to admit I’m wrong.
Pointing out that certain designers could have upped their game considering their sponsor? Still stand by that.
Noticing that hems should have been finished? Absolutely.
Admitting I was wrong about a colour? Yes, I will totally admit to that.
There I was at the Elle 10th anniversary party. I’m dressed up, saying hi to the friends I know and enjoying the party. That time of the time of the night arrives. You know what I’m talking about – the time when it’s only the truly dedicated who are still there and the alcohol has loosened tongues and everyone is having a really good time. I was talking to Wesley Badanjak, the designer of LOVAS and he pointed out that not even six months ago (I suspect it was five) I told him, in front the Drake after brunch, that I “wasn’t feeling the citron” from his Spring/Summer 2011 line because “I preferred the hot pink” pieces from his collection.
For the record, he didn’t accuse me and it was very friendly. And yes, I was wearing a citron dress. I told him, “Yes, I will happily admit I was wrong about citron.”
It proves that maybe fashion writers aren’t as infallible as they think they are and often maybe it does take six months (or five) months to get used to a colour. Whatever the reason, I am happy to admit I was wrong because you know what? Citron is a great colour and I need to be open-minded about new colours.
Although beige, camel and I will never get along. Sorry, you’re just a little too bland and make me look like death.
And Wesley can still set an amazing sleeve. Make sure you catch his Fall/Winter 2011 show at Fashion Week.
[Photo: Anita Clarke of I Want - I Got]
I was disappointed by the shows presented by NADA, Dimitrichis and Joeffer Caoc for Spring/Summer 2011.
There, I said it. As much as I like supporting Canadian fashion, I want to support something wholeheartedly and I expected more from the three participants. [Read more...]
I went to Annie Thompson’s recent fashion show, “I’m Not the Police” in Toronto’s East End. Her Fall/Winter 2010-2011 collection was a sharp reflection of the East End yummy mummy cliche with its artsy vibe and louche draping fabrics. [Read more...]
When I’m in Canadian Tire, my shopping list usually consists of nails, cleaning products and that jumbo roll of paper towels on sale. I’m not thinking of picking up a roll of chicken wire with the intent of making clothes. Then again, I’m not Romandin’s Christina Sabaiduc. Sabaiduc was one of the highlights of the fifth year of [FAT].
Romandin combined DIY with fashion to create an elegant craftiness. Think you can’t wear a chickenwire skirt threaded with ribbons? Think again. A maxi dress that can be bunched up to create different looks? Absolutely, thanks to multiple little magnets placed in the dress.
There were some designers who really should have given their collection a quick once-over with a scissors before their show – loose threads tend to be noticeable in a small environment, guys. Despite the occasional fashion slip-up, [FAT] once again highlighted up and coming talent.
There was Heidi Ackerman who did a great job on her knitwear, Aimee Tobolka’s delicate leggings were impressive (and I say that as a non-leggings person) and Worth by David Wigley’s outerwear had me wondering if that black coat was for sale.
[Photo credit: John Lee, Digital Fabric]