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Seven Stories

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My First Street Style Shoot!

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A Little Update...

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I've been a very bad inactive blogger.  I forgot to inform all you readers that I was going on vacation in Florida for two weeks without a computer, and now on my return, life is allowing just as few opportunities to blog as it did during my vacation. I am involved in lots of extra curricular right now and catching up on the school I missed. I promise I will be back shortly (with lots of new summer outfits!), as soon as life gives me the time to blog again. Right now my life is very cloudy and hectic, but soon, just like in the photo I snapped in Florida, a clear will come. Meanwhile you can follow me on Twitter (If you aren't already!) for little tidbits about my life and fashion.
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Louis Vuitton Fall 2010: Victoria's Secret Angels, 80s Glamazons and Top Models Collide!

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To be honest, Fall 2010 hasn't been my favourite of seasons. My favourite designers (like Gucci, Balmain, Stella McCartney, Alex Wang and Michael Kors) weren't terrible, but also weren't knockouts. Overall, the season seemed somewhat uninspired. Of course there were exceptions, but for the most part I saw the same-old, same-old. Marc Jacobs was one of the few designers who presented a collection far superior than those of recent history, with his trip somewhere over the rainbow in New York. Jacobs, who is also the head designer of Louis Vuitton, brought much of the wistful, womanly and straightforward themes from his signature collection to the French mega-brand.
The title of the collection was And God Created Woman, after the 1956 Brigitte Bardot film. Many of the styles from the film (and the late fifties as a whole) were reflected in the collection, which required a body type different than the cast of twelve-year-old Russian Elfins who normally stomp the runways. Jacobs flew in some of the world top models to walk the show, and their womanly bodies looked incredible in the clothes! The centerpiece of the collection was Elle MacPherson, who looked divine in a full, pleated closing number. Victoria's Secret models Adriana Lima, Bar Refaeli, Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley all made rare runway appearances at the show. As did noughties top models Coco Rocha, Caroline Trentini, Jessica Stam and one other special face... LILY DONALDSON! My favourite model of all time, who up until the last day of the last fashion week walked a total of ZERO shows, finally answered my prayers and walked exclusively for Louis Vuitton. Lily is in high demand, so I knew she wasn't walking because she couldn't find work, so I'm glad to see she didn't skip out the season entirely! Back to the clothes, overall we saw a more colourful and Parisian take on Marc Jacobs' New York collection: full skirts, belted waists and lots of corsets and bustiers, which caused something rarely seen at fashion shows: cleavage! This collection was a perfect ending to the Fall 2010 fashion month, and raises my confidence as to where fashion is headed. Leave your thoughts on the collection in a comment after the jump!
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Balmain Fall 2010: Baroque 'n' Roll!

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As many of you may have noticed, my coverage of Paris Fashion Week has been pretty dismal. This is due to two reasons: first, I have been very busy at school the past week; and second, to be frank, the collections haven't been that great. With very few exceptions, designers have either stayed safe, doing what they always do (treading on stale), or on the other hand, presented a very bold, incoherent gimmicky collection. While Balmain Fall 2010 is most definitely an example of the former, I still cannot get enough of the signature Balmain look!
This season, head designer Christophe Decarnin didn't bring much change, but if everything is going well, is change really necessary? The theme of the collection took form in a collision of Louis XIV Baroque era dressing and 80s Dynasty shapes and proportions. The shapes were classic Balmain, pointy shoulders, long sleeves, cutaway dresses and deep-Vs, but Christophe also included clothes which could potentially pass as work wear, a first for him. Beautiful double breasted bootcut pantsuits offered a very refined Balmain look, without feeling out-of-place.
The colour palette was mainly comprised of golds and blacks, which looked especially beautiful when paired together in brocades on dresses and pants. The gold came in all sorts of textures, from chunky, rough, embellished fabrics to slick and flowy lame gowns. Shades of purple were injected into the collection to give some colour to play with, and studded belts offered an entry-level priced option for first-time Balmain customers. Overall, the collection wasn't new territory for Balmain, which leaves the world wondering: What can Christophe do next? Leave your thoughts about the collection, after the jump!

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010: Beautiful Sicilian Heritage

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For quite some time, Dolce & Gabbana was on the forefront of trendy, flashy, avant-garde fashion; with each collection seemingly more obscure than the last. This all came to an end at Spring 2010, where the Italian duo took a trip down memory lane. “Sicilian Fantasies” best described the collection, which was D&G’s most wearable, poetic, and sophisticated collection in years. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have stuck to the Sicilian formula for fall, offering a wide array of sensual Sicilian clothing.
The show started off with newly proportioned blazers paired with black lace slips and bloomers, infusing D&G’s signature masculine vs. feminine dichotomy into the collection. Other Dolce staples, including whispy hair, plump red lips, and simple black pumps all added longevity and tradition to the collection. Chiffon or lace dresses featuring lingerie underpinnings and shapes contrasted beautifully with heavy, thick knitwear. Although most components of the collection were Dolce classics, there were also some very new aspects. For instance, I loved the gold chainmail, which from far away looked like textured leopard print. I also loved the newly proportioned black skirt suit paired with a black bra.

Perhaps my favourite part of the collection was the rich, sophisticated colour palette. Deep reds, lemons, aged golds and pale blues gave the heavily black collection shots of fresh air, and looked incredible layered underneath black lace dresses. I also loved the winter florals, which varied from bold geisha flowers to flowy Renaissance watercolour florals. The collection wasn’t a huge change from last season, but it is understandably why Stefano and Domenico would want to stick to their heritage, which hit the fashion jackpot.

What did you think of the collection? Leave your thoughts after the jump!

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Frida Giannini's Greatest Hits at Gucci Fall 2010!

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If you know me, you know that I love Gucci! When people ask me my favourite designers, Frida Giannini for Gucci always makes the shortlist. I first fell in love with Gucci during Frida’s seventies luxurious equestrian meets folkloric bohemian a la Anita Pallenberg movement of Fall 2008. From there, Frida took us to an exotic safari for Spring 2009 with Veruschka, then to one of Tina Chow’s nights dancing at Studio 54. Finally for Spring 2010, the Gucci girl transformed into a hard-edged bondage athlete. Although Frida’s designs may seem OCD, there are themes that occur throughout, and her customers are always young, sexy, trendy women. Her Fall 2010 collection brought together all of the elements Frida has been developing over the past few seasons.
 The show started with cream and gray dresses, presumably winterized versions of the gorgeous Spring dresses in the same colours. Frida also incorporated her signature tailored pant, this season in boot-cut. Thigh-high boots from fall 2009 remained, and when matched with the glorious fox vests and fur coats, give the same rocker-chic feel we know and love from Gucci. Fresh touches like ombre fur and patterned stocking gave something new for the Gucci girl to pair with her short, shiny and embellished dresses. Overall, the collection will sit well with regular Gucci fans, and offers more refined and sophisticated options for a new fan base. What do you think of Gucci’s latest collection? Leave your thoughts after the jump!


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Prada For The Real Woman

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Miuccia Prada is one of those designers who, if you know anything about fashion, is impossible to ignore. Love her, hate her, you must admit: she is a true one-of-a-kind- visionary. To the eye, her designs change drastically from season to season, but her clothes always empower women and provoke thought.
This season, Miuccia celebrated the woman’s body with dresses and coats that looked best on a curvy body. The clothes complimented a womanly figure with high waists, full skirts and bra-underpinnings. One thing that I love about Miuccia is that she is never afraid to stay attached to one aesthetic for too long. One season we see pre-teen elfin waifs parade down the runway, and the next we see real women like Doutzen Kroes, Lara Stone, Alessandra Ambrosio, Catherine McNeil and Miranda Kerr.
The collection was much more wearable compared to others, but remained interesting with funky, through sophisticated prints, futuristic fabrics and classic Prada shapes. Much of the collection was a revisit to how she designed clothes in the nineties. I loved the collection as a whole, especially the balance between fantasy and wearability. What did you think of the collection? Leave your thoughts after the jump!
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The 100% Guaranteed Stress Reliever!

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Had a bad day? Worried? Stressed? Just watch my favourite model Lily Donaldson's hair flying, it is guaranteed to make your day a little more zen! Isn't she lovely?

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Burberry Fall 2010: Breaking New Grounds!

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Right now I am head over heels for Burberry, and I suspect this feeling will last all season. Why? Because Christopher Bailey’s Fall 2010 collection for the famed British fashion house is one of his best collections I have ever seen in my seventeen year life. There are many intrinsic components necessary for a successful collection, including colour, fabric, silhouette, heritage and confluence.  Bailey covered all the bases.
The show was equally as fashion forward as it was tech forward. The shows streamed live in HD over the internet, and live in 3D at many viewing theatres in major cities across the globe. The 154 year old brand also unveiled its new headquarters in Westminster, the heart of London. From the outside, the headquarters look like a classic century old building in London, but the inside is a modern marvel; much like Bailey’s clothes for Burberry. The clothes are rooted in strong heritage and tradition, but the shapes, fabrics and proportions give an equally fashion forward look.
The show opened with a series of beautiful earth-tone oversized shearling military jackets, paired with textured and ruched dresses. Thigh-high boots made a comeback for fall, this time in snakeskin! The handbags were equally as fierce, in leather featuring metallic studs and embellishment, bestowing a gladiatorial feel into the clothes. The proportions of the oversized jackets mixed with tights or thigh-high boots created a very unique, fashion forward look, but still managed to be wearable (well, a killer set of legs like Abbey Lee’s certainly help!). Intricate detailing, what Burberry is famous for, took shape in the form of belted wrists on jackets, and floral brocade patterns on dresses and lace-cut-out tops.
The show started with a very military feel:  military buttons and an earth-tone colour palette, which evolved into a navy palette and brass sailor accents, showing the different sides of Burberry in a linear manor. The final dresses were deep, textured blues and plumbs, giving a feminine touch to the collection. The final look was a dress layered under a beautiful Mongolian shearling jacket, epitomizing the beauty and strength of the collection.  Christopher Bailey is truly at the top of his game, leaving the world anticipating what is yet to come.

 Watch the video of the show, and leave your thoughts about the collection after the jump!


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I Love American Vogue!

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Vogue's March spring issue is a true spring forward for the fashion bible. New trends, designers, and models come and go as they please, but to earn your place in fashion history, you must first gain the Vogue seal of approval. Bloggers, street style and a new crop of models have been the latest trends to take over fashion airwaves, but until now haven’t received recognition from Vogue. Vogue took the spring fashion issue (and the start of a new decade) to re-establish itself, after months of stale contents. The March issue featured many fresh, creative editorials and articles, making it my favourite American Vogue in years!
Tina Fey graces the cover, losing her Vogue virginity in a Mario Testino editorial, showcasing her true beauty, brains, and wit. The issue also features many unexpected editorials. Steven Meisel shot Vogue regulars Karlie Kloss and Liya Kebede alongside fashion’s top faces Lara Stone & Freja Beha, with newcomers Mirte Maas and Rianne ten Haken. The editorial proves to be one of the most diverse and unexpected shoots in ages, thanks to the assorted cast of models and beautiful clothing.
Annie Leibovitz photographed the most influential and creative modern designers, which accompanied an insightful article by Sally Singer. The designers profiled included Christopher Decarnin of Balmain, the Mulleavy sisters from Rodarte, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy and many other designers whose designs have rocked the fashion industry in the past few seasons.
Vogue also injects a shot of youth into the issue with editorials featuring young Hollywood stars Blake Lively, Robert Pattinson, and Amamda Seyfried. I like that Vogue is branching out, and featuring celebrities that fit outside the Nicole Kidman/Charlize Theron/Kate Hudson/Drew Barrymore mold.
Perhaps the most shocking component of March’s Vogue was Vogue’s endorsement of internet as a respected form of fashion media. Two articles about internet fashion made the pages of Vogue, one about streetstyle and one about bloggers! The streetstyle shoot showcased and introduced readers to many of streetstyle’s biggest names, including Lauren Santo Domingo, Giovanna Battaglia, Lily Donaldson, Vanessa Traina and Sasha Pivovarova. (to learn more about streetstyle click here!)
Vogue also profiled many of the biggest names in the fashion blogosphere, including Bryanboy, Garance Dore and Tommy Ton. The article was great exposure to the well-deserving bloggers, and gave respect to blogging as a reputable form of fashion journalism. I really hope Vogue keeps up the fresh faces and articles in the magazine!
Luckily, none of Vogue’s old faces were lost through the mini-makeover. Vogue regulars Daria Werbowy, Raquel Zimmermann, Isabeli Fontana and Caroline Trentini all had editorials too, shot by legendary photographers Terry Richardson, Steven Klein, David Sims and Mario Testino. At this rate, American Vogue is well on its way to reclaiming it's throne in the fashion kingdom! Have you had a chance to look at the latest Vogue? If not, check out all the editorials here! And leave your thoughts on Vogue’s mini-makeover, after the jump!
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Michael Kors Fall 2010: A Trip Out West

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Michael Kors Fall Winter 2010 @ SaidTed
The heritage of Michael Kors’ brand lies heavily upon classic American sportswear. For the past few seasons, Kors has focused on luring in urban professional women with his suits and smart dresses.  It makes sense then, that Kors would re-introduce his new customers to the tradition of his brand.
Fall 2010 brought a glamorous trip to the West, epitomizing the days of Lauren Hutton and Ralph Lauren. Luxurious furs, sophisticated khakis and gray wools marched down the runway, in varying degrees of daringness. For the woman vacationing in Aspen, Michael offered full length fur coats, chunky wool dresses, and beautiful long skirts. However, Kors also has something for his urbanites. Beautiful gray suits (for women and men) as well as khaki blazers, grey sweaters and scrunched trousers offer a more practical escape. These practical clothes were also daring in their own mean, many tops featured elbow cutouts, and Kors continued adding his signature slit into dresses and skirts. What I loved most about the collection (and Michael Kors in general) is his ability to create clothes that have the perfect balance of fantasy and practicality. His clothes are always fashion forward and fun, yet you won’t look ridiculous walking down the street in his designs. Check out some of my favourite looks from the collection, and leave your thoughts after the jump!
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Marc Jacobs F/W 2010: Somewhere Over The Rainbow!

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Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2010 @ SaidTed
For the past few seasons, Marc Jacobs’s collection for Louis Vuitton and his namesake brand have been very eccentric and conceptual. From bold prints to  zany colours and wacky shapes, the clothes have been incredible, but wearable would not be the word to describe them. For Fall Winter 2010, Marc Jacobs reversed the notion that high fashion must be high concept, and produced a collection equally stunning and wearable.
Set in a giant cardboard box, to the tune of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, the clothes had the simplicity of a prairie woman in the dustbowl, or Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother. The show started with lots of long, A-line skirts, without a seam in sight. Fur accents and smart patterns gave elegance to the simple clothes, mostly in creams and grays, with linear silhouettes. The collection was and echo from Jacob’s past, when he first started designing. His first collections had the same simplistic ease, so it made sense for Jacob’s to swing the pendulum back after many seasons of avant garde, conceptual clothes.
Jacobs designed elegant, tailored pieces including cocoon capes, jackets, and a favourite of mine, a beautiful glen plaid three piece suit. Eveningwear gave two distinct options: shiny sequined dresses or sheer, nude nightgowns; Both equally chic and beautiful. However, the true beauty of the clothing was the fact that a woman at any age (or shape) could wear the clothes on the catwalk. The collection is retail gold, and buyers will be singing their praises for Jacobs. The collection did have a few bold, statement pieces, like a transparent raincoat, and a beautiful pleated and cinched dress which closed the show worn by Jamie Bochert, Jacobs’ muse. The collection truly had it all: wearability, coherence, creativity and heritage; this collection really is from somewhere over the rainbow.  Check out my favourite looks from the collection, and leave your thoughts on the show after the break!

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Electric Feel

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Matthew Williamson Mario Testino Daria Werbowy Lily Donaldson Andre 3000 Garrett Neff @ SaidTed
One of my favourite aspects of fashion today is the democracy of it; for instance, when high fashion designers create capsule collections for low-priced chain stores. H&M revolutionized this trend, collaborating with Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Jimmy Choo, and many other designers. This concept gave me my first taste of Matthew Williamson, through his collection for H&M last spring. I was always a fan of Matthew's work at Pucci and his namesake label, he used colour in the most sophisticated and fun ways. In my closet, I do more experimentation through shape and silhouette, rather than colour; so colours as bold as Matthew's are a big step for me. I paired my Matthew Williamson t-shirt (a psychedelic print of two peacocks) with a bright green cashmere cardigan from Ralph Lauren. The green in the cardigan matches perfectly with the green elements of the shirt, giving a cool look.

My inspiration from this outfit came from many directions. I first fell in love with psychedelic, bohemian prints a few years ago with the Mario Testino editorial "Trail Blazers" for British Vogue. The editorial stars Daria Werbowy (left) and Lily Donaldson (bottom left) in a South American village, and shows how a rainbow of colours can be worn in the most beautiful ways. I also loved the ad campaign for Flora by Gucci (bottom right) starring Abbey Lee, which had a similar bohemian floral feel. I was never a huge fan of green, but when I saw a model wearing a green cardigan in GQ's spotlight on Andre 3000's clothing line Benjamin Bixby (top left), I became confident enough to wear it. I bought the cardigan at Saks Fifth Avenue in Florida. The song "Electric Feel" by MGMT perfectly embodies the free-spirited, bohemian feel of my outfit. Click the youtube clip above to hear the song!

What do you think of my outfit? Leave your response in a comment!
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Alexander Wang F/W 2010: A Tornado Through Wall Street!

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Alexander Wang Fall Winter 2010 2011
Fashion Week has kicked off in New York, and this season I am going to focus on giving a more in-depth, personal look at a few collections, instead of reviewing as many as possible.
My favourite show so far this week is Alexander Wang F/W 2010. I watched the show live online at showstudio and had a great time observing both the collection and the atmosphere of a fashion show! I loved recognizing all the editors, buyers, writers and socials filing into the venue (Pier 92) as the anticipation mounted for the show.
In the press release it was noted that Alexander Wang accomplished a turnover of $25 million dollars before he turned 25; a great achievement for a young designer. Wang earned his fame reinventing American classics, in cool, lucid, and twisted ways. In past collections he has reinvented American sportswear with very relaxed silhouettes (like sweatshirts), and while testing fabrics for the collection, Wang decided for a more strict silhouette. The American phenomena Wang explored this season was the Wall Street woman. Classic suit pieces were cut up and reinvented, like the blazer dress on Natalia Vodianova. I also loved the short suit with a stomach cutout on Freja Beha, and a deconstructed paneled camel coat on Natasha Poly. The conservative pieces were contrasted with urban-cool touches like backpacks and mesh cutouts. The dresses this season were draped velvet or black lace, giving a devilishly sexy look. When paired with the capes that paraded down the runway, you would never want to mess with a Wang woman!
Like most collections that push the boundaries, it takes a while to process the new styles, and many things may look strange at first. Seeing velvet used in daywear was very new, as were the corduroy bodices and leggings. I may have been a little apprehensive moment after seeing these looks march down the catwalk, but after a day to reflect I am over the moon with Alexander Wang's new collection. The clothes maintained the same customer and DNA as past collections, while remaining evolutionary. This collection will help Alexander Wang solidify his reign as a true designer, and outlive his fifteen minutes of fame. What did you think of Alexander Wang's bold new move? Leave your response, and view my favourite looks from the collection after the jump!

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Remembering Alexander McQueen

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As you all have heard, legendary designer Alexander McQueen has passed away. The designer committed suicide yesterday (February 11th 2010), after the death of his mother last week. McQueen wasn't your average designer, he had distinct and incomparable designs. What I loved most about him was his ability to pull emotions from captivated audiences everywhere, which transcended through his plethora of styles. From gothic, to futuristic, to romantic, McQueen covered everything, at the height of fashion. Recently, it was McQueen’s futuristic designs that shook the fashion industry, but my fondest memory of him came a few years ago.
It was the Fall 2008 season, one of the first seasons on my fashion radar, McQueen showed one of the most romantic, poetic and beautiful collections of all time. The collection was inspired by a tranquil trip to India, turned upside down by an elm tree. McQueen explained, “"I've got a 600-year-old elm tree in my garden and I made up this story of a girl who lives in it and comes out of the darkness to meet a prince and become a queen” The conceptual basis helped modernize the largely historical collection, inspired by Queen Victoria, the Duke of Wellington, and the Indian Empire. The most exquisite and detailed dresses paraded around the runway, and I am proud to say that this collection has defined my aesthetic of fashion.
A truly great fashion collection makes you love fashion more, and that is exactly what Alexander McQueen did. He showed me how fashion can inspire, the way fashion can amaze, and how fashion can give hope. McQueen’s emotion was only matched by his talent, which makes him one of the iconic fashion designers in history. His designs transcend seasons, proving that his clothes are not hype, rather inspirational pieces of art. Although he may have left us on earth, his legacy will live in our hearts forever. God Save McQueen.
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A Nordic Drift Away

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 For the most part, I like to regard myself as someone who chooses fashion over function. Very rarely will you see me wearing baggy jeans or hoodies, so I guess this look is my version of a "Lazy Monday". This look was inspired by the relaxed vibe of male models backstage at fashion shows. I love the shawl-collar cardigan David Gandy wears (left) and the Mickey Mouse shirt Garrett Neff wore at D&G (right). In my case, a cotton H&M cream nordic knit cardigan and Sesame Street for American Apparel t-shirt fit the bill. 
As a ski racer, I love the aesthetic of nordic clothing, like chunky sweaters (at D&G, right) and jackets mixed with tight black "long john" styled pants (in VMan, top left). The jeans I am wearing here are Nudie, a Swedish denim company who produces the best raw denim around! I have two pairs of Nudie's, and after tons of wear they mould to your body perfectly, and retain their dark colour! If you are looking to buy premium denim skinny jeans, I would highly recommend Nudie. They cost around $200 Canadian, which is fairly reasonable for premium denim.
The song "1901" by Phoenix embodies my outfit perfectly. Not only does it have a relaxed, airy feel; it has the perfect beat for skiing! I play 1901 non-stop when I am skiing. What do you think of my outfit? Leave your thoughts after the jump!

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Fresh Cover Girls: Agyness, Alexa, Lindsay, Keira & Abbey!

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The first spring fashion issues of magazines across the globe are starting to pour in, and so far, I'm impressed by the diversity and beauty of the covers. Alexa Chung and Keira Knightley are both fresh faced and simple on their covers (Vogue UK and US Elle, respectively). But I couldn't help but notice how similarly styled the covers are. Both covers feature classic boyfriend blazers and blue dress shirts with bold, youthful pants. I love both covers, but I prefer the quirky pose in Alexa's cover.
Next we see Abbey Lee's two covers for Pop, the avant garde British fashion magazine. The covers (shot by Richard Prince) showcases classic (albeit predictable) Abbey Lee, as the wild, natural, Australian flower child she is. I prefer the outdoor shot of her gazing and lounging on the motorcycle over the indoor, blank-stare cover.
Perhaps the oddest cover this month is Lindsay Lohan shot by Terry Richardson for Purple, where for the Spring Summer 2010 issue, Lindsay is depicted as Christ. I am getting tired of tacky Lindsay-role-playing covers, I wasn’t a fan of her playing Marilyn Monroe, and I am certainly not a fan of her playing Jesus Christ.
Agyness Deyn (alongside Jamie Bochert and Daphne Guinness) marks her return to modeling on the cover of the new Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel. The issue’s theme is individuality, and these three women certainly have enough individuality to go around. Agyness and Jamie are both popular models due to their unconventional looks, and quirky personalities; while Daphne, (Guinness heir, part of the Warhol scene, and an ex-wife of Greek shipping heir Spyros Niarchos) has taken the fashion world by storm with her extreme style. She was the first person to wear Alexander McQueen’s infamous Armadillo shoes in public, and maintains a style inconceivable by anyone else.
Now I turn the floor to you, which cover was your favourite? Check out all the covers, and leave your comment after the jump!
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Empire State of Mind

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Ever since I picked up my first Vogue as a pre-teen, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I want to move to New York City and become a fashion writer for a newspaper or magazine. I want to attend all the fashion shows, and get to meet all the amazing and creative people in the industry! I know my dream won't come without hard work, so I am doing as much as I can do in high school to prepare for a life as a fashion writer. I was a fashion producer of my school's fashion show, the junior editor of my school's newspaper, and the owner of my very own blog. By no means do I think I know everything about fashion and writing, but I believe that the more I involve myself and practice, the better prepared I will be when the time comes to apply to universities, internships, jobs, ect.

People always ask me "Why New York? It’s so expensive and dirty". If Paris is the City of Light, to me NYC is the City of Dreams. From the diverse architecture (Greenwich Village brownstones are my favourite), to the dining (Pastis and Da Silvano!) and shopping (Bergdorf’s, Barneys and Saks) New York wouldn’t be more perfect if I created it myself. And that goes without mentioning that New York is the fashion and media capital of the Western Hemesphere. In my future, it’s The Big Apple or Bust!

Today, I layered my I Love New York shirt with a slim black blazer, which is a staple in any wardrobe. A black blazer is appropriate for any occasion: a rolled up blazer is almost always better than a hoodie when worn casually, and can be worn with virtually every dress shirt in your closet for a more sophisticated look. You don't need to spend a fortune either, this H&M blazer cost $79, and will last me years. I so often find myself wearing white shirts and black blazers, you can’t go wrong! Look at Dree Hemingway (top left) and Noah Mills (bottom right); always edgy, always classic. My American Apparel acid wash jeans finish off the outfit, giving the basic pieces a bold contrast. Not one thing in my outfit costs over $100! About a year and a half ago, my friend Emma introduced me to Cat Power, and her song "New York"(a cover of Frank Sinatra's) and I was hooked! The lyrics speak to me, and I love the sophistocated vibe of the song. Take a listen above!

What do you think of my cheap and chic outfit? Leave your response in a comment!
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Reporting For Duty

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Although I might not be the biggest supporter of all the wars going in on in the world today, I have a slight obsession with military inspired clothing. By adding a navy peacoat or khaki shirt to an outfit, you automatically attain an urban-cool, youthful, rugged look. For example, last year Ryan Kwanten starred in a GQ editorial all about modern military dressing, and became one of my favourite editorials in years! We've seen military inspired collections at Balmain, Burberry and Gucci done well, and I've found my (affordable) solutions.
The shirt I am wearing is from Gap, I bought it after I saw the incredible Gucci Spring 2009 ad campaign (bottom left) and went on a hunt to find the perfect khaki shirt. The shirt has great military pockets and buttons; you would never know it was Gap! I got my leather jacket Boxing Day shopping at Urban Outfitters. The jacket reminds me of a great leather jacket I saw in the Balmain Men’s Spring 2010 lookbook (bottom, center). The jacket came with great pre-worn wrinkles and fit, and the collar looks great popped or folded down. And best of all, the jacket was $30! My classic Levi’s and brown boots finished off the look. The song “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang embodies my outfit perfectly; with the mix of urban-cool with military accents (the beat reminds me of marching!)

Now I’m dying to know, what do you think of military styling? Leave your response below.
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Couture Spring 2010: Past, Present and Future!

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Last week, designers debuted their Spring 2010 couture collections in Paris, and the only consistency seemed to be the inconsistency! While some designers charged forward with futuristic collections, others worked on refining and redefining classical couture. Regardless on which extreme of the spectrum the clothes fell, the designs which faired best were extreme... extreme couture! Below are my takes on my four favourite collecions.
Giorgio Armani's clothes for his three fashion lines (Armani Privé, Giorgio Armani, and Emporio Armani) are loved and respected across the globe. Although he is not my favourite designer, I must admit: When he does it right, he really does it right! For Spring 2010 couture (pictured above) Giorgio drew inspiration from the moon, telling Sarah Mower:"I always need a hook to get into a collection, and that was it—thinking about something romantic and dreamy, far away from our everyday life. Something less harsh." Giorgio offered futuristic (yet refined) reinventions of the suit, LBD (à la Audrey Hepburn, plus a cape!) and red carped dresses. My favourite looks from the collection were Vlada Roslyakova in a moon-shaped dress, and Karlie Kloss' moon petal dress. Lady GaGa wore one of Armani's futuristic designs to the Grammy's last night, solidifying the red carpet potential of these dresses!
Read my takes on Christian Dior, Chanel, and Givenchy after the jump!

For quite some time, John Galliano's designs for Christian Dior were extreme, youthful and the epitome of avant-garde. However, for the last few years Galliano's designs have been reinventions (and sometimes borderline re-creations) of Dior's famous designs from the 20th century, particularity the New Look. This season, Galliano injected the classic designs with a hot shot of equestrian! From whips and riding jackets to stable flower dresses, riding has never looked so chic.
Karl Lagerfeld always seems to evolve Chanel in the most unexpected, yet understandable ways. Each season is a step forward, but never a leap. This season, the biggest shockers were the Minnie Mouse hair, and the absence of black and navy! "It's the first time in my whole career I've done a collection without black or navy. There's not one gold button" said Lagerfeld. Grecian draped dresses, and classic Chanel skirt suits paraded down the runway in pastels with silver accents, creating the look of what the (well dressed) child of Aphrodite and Anakin Skywalker would wear. However, the clothes managed to have a simplicity and wearability vital to a successful collection.
Ricardo Tisci's designs at Givenchy were perhaps the most extreme and unexpected seen throughout all of couture week! The collection was unmistakeable futuristic "I was scared of couture at the beginning, and reacted by staying away from looking at the past at all," Tisci told style.com. His use of ruffles, feathers, pleating and pattern beg to clothes to be photographed on the red-carpet, on young stars like Lady GaGa or Beyonce.

Which couture collection was your favourite?
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Down On The Scene

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About a year ago, I started following street style blogs religiously. I started off following The Sartorialist, then Jak & Jil, Street Pepper, Altamira, and Style Sightings quickly followed. I was hooked on the impossibly chic and glamorous men and women. The incredibly skinny jeans, the teetering stilettos, tight jackets and blazers; these people photographed were the epitome of young effortless style.
If my house caught on fire and I was allowed to take one clothing item with me, it would be the leather jacket pictured above. I saw many motorcycle jackets on street style blogs and I was in love. Like on Jared Leto (left), Freja Beha (right) and Lily Donaldson (far right) the jackets were so kick-ass and cool. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a jacket like this in Toronto, so I picked up this jacket while strolling through Camden Town in London. It was originally belted and came with lots of tassels, but some scissors quickly made the jacket more masculine.
The shirt I’m wearing is from the Jimmy Choo for H&M collection, and is my take on the fabulous grey shirts I saw on the Spring 2010 runways (like Alexander Wang, upper left). In hindsight, I wish I bought two, one to wear regularly, and one to put bullet holes in, like the Balmain menswear t-shirts. I’m wearing Levi’s 511 ultra skinny jeans I got at Over The Rainbow (the best place for denim in Toronto!) which complete my street style look. The song which represents the mood of my outfit is a mashup of Jimi Hendrix’sFoxy Lady” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. The mashup is incredibly fierce, and was mixed specially for the Versace F/W 2006/07 show. What do you think of my outfit?
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Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

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When I was younger I was the biggest WASP ever. Private school? Check! Tennis lessons? Check! Sunday school? Check! Yacht club? Check! Sometimes I even surprise myself at how much I’ve changed. It’s interesting that my revulsion towards sailing and tennis didn’t fizzle my love for the classic clothing of the sports. My introduction to fashion came from the store Sporting Life (a huge WASP’s nest) where sporting goods and high-end sportswear were sold. I remember one night when I spent hours getting a ski boot moulded to my foot, I wandered over to the Lacoste and Ralph Lauren boutiques. At that point I knew nothing about fashion, but I knew I wanted to look like the models in the ad campaign posters that lined the walls.

I also recall another instance(a few summers ago) when I saw the Ralph Lauren Wimbledon collection, and I immediately fell in love with the white cabled v-neck sweater with a stripe around the neck and an emblem on the chest. I searched all over Toronto for my beloved sweater, and finally was told that the Wimbledon collection wasn’t being sold in Canada. All hope was lost, until last December when my Mom was shopping in Florida and frantically called me on the phone:

Mom:” I’m at Ralph Lauren and there’s a huge sale! Is there anything you want for Christmas”
Ted: “Well do they have any sweaters?”
Mom:”Yes of course, be more specific.”
Ted: “Do they have any white v-neck sweaters?”
Mom: “Yes there are some right in front of me.”
Ted: “Are they cabled? Do they have an emblem on the left breast and a stripe around the neck?”
Mom: “As a matter of fact they do!"


So that’s the (rather long) story of my prized sweater pictured above. I bought the white and blue striped shirt this August at the Gap, after seeing how great it looked on Andrew Cooper in the F/W 2009 ad campaign. The jeans are from Topman, in London. Most of the time I like to dress very urban and sleek, but from time to time I love letting out my inner WASP. The song I chose to share with you today is “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” by Vampire Weekend. I played this song nonstop at my cottage this summer, and whenever it pops up on my iPod, I am instantly transported to a sunny, sandy beach with the wind blowing through my hair.
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My Morning Jacket

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When I started blogging my goal was to practice writing, as well as to have a place to put all of my thoughts and feelings. For the most part, I cover fashion as an outsider, and rarely post about myself. I am always open to feedback, and several readers requested that I write more about myself! So for the next little while I am going to write about both my own fashion aesthetics and style alongside covering industry news and events. I hope you will get to know be better as a person, and understand why I love fashion!

This is the first instalment of a series where I will write about my daily outfits, and where I got my inspiration from. Some references and inspiration are very linear, while others are obscure and abstract. To create a multi-sense experience, I will include a song that I think embodies the outfit, so before you start reading, click play on the toolbar! Also, click the image to get a closer look at my inspirations!

My first outfit is comprised of clothes I have accumulated over a few years. The grey blazer was a gift from my parents for Christmas this year. I always loved grey blazers, they are very sophisticated and sleek, but have more warmth and character compared to a plain black blazer. I first noticed a grey blazer in a photograph of JFK and Jackie O. on the cover of Vanity Fair November 2007. Then I saw more grey blazers on the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Michael Kors; I had to have one!

I’ve had this dress shirt for years, and I continue to wear it on a regular basis. I don’t wear much colour, but the burgundy is very refined and contemporary. I like to think the shirt has a very Parisian feel, and reminds me of the Lanvin menswear Fall 2009 show. The shirt also has very subtle vertical pinstripes. Both the blazer and shirt are from H&M.

I got my black corduroy pants from Topman in London, last October on my first trip to Britain. They fit perfect, and are very comfortable. You can wear them with nearly everything! I am also wearing two necklaces. The first is a chain with a few ornaments on it, including a miniature postcard, key, and transit token. The second is an Irish pendant my friend gave to me a few summers ago. I only wear “sentimental” jewelry that I keep for years. I first started wearing jewelry when I noticed how well Johnny Depp wore pendants and trinkets. He always wore special pieces, and kept it very masculine.

The song which embodies my outfit is “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II” by My Morning Jacket. My friend showed me this song a few months ago, and I have listened to it nonstop. I love how the song starts off very basic, but when the instruments are put together it creates something beautiful, modern, and poetic. I like to think that the individual pieces in my wardrobe are basic, but when paired together also produce something modern and poetic.

What did you think of this post? Leave your response after the jump!
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Snakes On A Model?

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In the past week not one, but two top models have found themselves tangled up in a reptilian mess! First, in Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 ad campaign Raquel Zimmermann posed with dozens of (Photoshopped?) snakes, in all shapes and sizes! The snakes were perhaps an homage to McQueen’s infamous Armadillo heels (pictured), which Lady GaGa sported in her “Bad Romance” music video.
The second model to work with (more realistic) snakes was Anja Rubik, where the slithery creatures played as a backdrop for the exotic jewelry draped on her body! The Vogue Paris editors perfectly paired the colours and patterns of the snake’s skin with the statement jewelry! What do you think of these snake themed photo shoots? Leave your response, and see more photos after the jump!



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Party In The USA!

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From Chanel to D&G, the Spring 2010 catwalks were full of references to American history and heritage. For their February 2010 issue, Vogue Russia decided to celebrate the beauty of fantastic (and sometimes rival) nation. Magdalena Frackowiak graces the cover, and plays a bohemian cowboy in a Tom Munro editorial. Magda shows her softer side, clad in destroyed jean, fringe, and fanny packs. Famous for a career heavily centered on runway modeling, Madga proves that she can evoke emotions beautifully, and deserves more print work!
Another editorial features Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr as a pilgrim, wearing full skirts, ponchos and an array of hats. Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, Miranda shows the high-fashion side of her, which we see rarely. After seeing both beautiful editorials I am left with one question: For the America issue, shouldn’t Vogue Russia have featured American designers and models instead of international counterparts? Leave your opinion (and see both editorials in their entirety) after the jump!



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