Monday, October 31, 2011

Winter sneaks.

Since my running shoe infatuation continues to overtake my wardrobe, I thought it appropriate to post some pics of Thomas Tait's stellar show from London's recent fashion week. Although intended for spring, I'm still feeling inspired to adopt this color themed look for winter. A pair of Thomas Tait customized Nikes would certainly help, but I think a regular ol' black and white pair will do the trick.

Images courtesy of 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Color me badd.

I need to raid Fresh Prince's closet. I will be hunting this ball cap down for next summer.

L'Officiel Paris November 2011/ 2012 Cruise collections.
Image courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tokyo Fashion Week - Anrealage

The oh so talented Susie Bubble brought this recent collection by Tokyo based label Anrealage to my attention. The label's SS 2012 show for Tokyo's Fashion Week was appropriately titled "Shell". I love the optical illusion of the everyday shapes.  The technique brings to mind Rachel Comey's photographed argyle prints from her recent spring collection, they too created an interesting fabric illusion.  I am becoming more and more a fan of innovative design techniques, especially subtler ones like these.

Images courtesy stylebubble

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vintage jeans.

Bye bye warm weather. I'll keep these jeans on hold for next spring.

Image courtesy of

Monday, October 24, 2011

Toronto Fashion Week - Adrian Wu and Anu Raina.

Adrian Wu
Anu Raina

From Creatures of the Photons to Murano colored glass chandeliers, Toronto fashion week certainly wasn't lacking in diversity. Click to read my reviews on Adrian Wu and Anu Raina for Filler Magazine.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Joe Fresh SS 2012 - Toronto Fashion Week


The energy before the Joe Fresh show was somewhat tense. It felt like rush seating for 400 guests with only 300 seats. There was pushing and shoving, people frantically waving their media pass or VIP card, panicked they weren't going to get a seat. At Joe Fresh? Really!? Yes, really. They do it up right at fashion week. Big name models, great soundtrack and most importantly, cool clothes. Cool clothes that you can actually afford, $20.00 shirt afford. It's a pretty killer combination.

Like Zara, Joe Fresh gets the trend memos and manages to hit just about every note that is hot for the season. However, unlike Zara, Joseph Mimran does not replicate. He takes the right cues and injects them into his own original style. The results are clean, fresh, modern clothes, that although not wildly original are still worthy of attention.

This season, the label hit all the right notes. The colors were bright and optimistic with no shortage of the signature neon orange. The bold hues were used in bright prints and sharp color blocking. The accent of the crisp white was the perfect compliment. (Hard not to think Celine's f/w deserves some credit for the white turtleneck inspiration). There was a definite 70s vibe injected into the show with the long flowy skirts, flared jeans, and sack dresses. However the plethora of super on trend techno fabrics, like mesh, transparent nylon and neoprene kept the collection very much into the present, and gave it a modern sporty feel.

I squealed at the leather capris (hence the two photos), and I could easily pick up every ounce of outerwear. There were tons of pieces I was checking off my own personal "buyer" list and I am quite certain the rest of the crowd was doing the same.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MICHI SS 2012 - Toronto Fashion Week


MICHI's spring 2012 show rocked the tents at Toronto's LG Fashion Week yesterday. The music was pumping and models strutted MICHI's sexy sportswear proudly, in true 90s runway form. The 2012 collection was a strong build on her stellar 2011 debut of provocative, superhero inspired sportswear. Her signature black mesh bras and mesh paneled pants were given new colorful accents of goldy yellow, hot fuschia, and bold cobalt blue.  MICHI's edgy leg wear evolved into spring friendly biker shorts, adding new front lace up details.  Much to my delight she also expanded her line to include more separates. Tanks and tees pieced with mesh and sheer were shown as perfect layering pieces leaving lots of room for the right exposure. Not forgetting the little things she also expanded on her accessories with tough leather arm bands, mesh fingerless gloves with metal cuff detail, and sheer arm warmers.

There was cheering, a model threw her wig into the lap of Robyn Kay (President of the FDCC) and people roared during the finale. There was a definite buzz in the air after MICHI's show. It had a wonderfully contagious energy and the models actually looked like they were having fun, something we don't see enough of on the runways these days.

If you want a taste of the MICHI energy from yesterday, you can have a listen to her show's music below. I not only had the pleasure of attending yesterday but also had the pleasure of working with MICHI to create her runway soundscape.

Enjoy! and don't forget to strut.

Intro sound designed by Brendan Quinn of Pirate Toronto 
Music Remixed by Young Jared

Monday, October 17, 2011

Viktor Vauthier.

I came across Viktor Vauthier's work when a recent editorial he did with Kim Noorda for Tank Magazine caught my eye (first two shots).  The feel of the shoot had an honesty to it that I found intriguing. His style isn't radically different from a lot the raw photography we see so much of in fashion these days. Still his work stands out to me. His bio on Vimeo states he shoots on 35mm and doesn't use elaborate lighting or any airbrushing.  His blog is a hipster Tumblr's dream, filled with gritty, sexy, youthful street shots. "Voyeuristic and addictive" is how his bio describes his images.  I very much agree. 

You can check out his work here