Leave it to Karl to transform the magnificent Grand Palais into something so seemingly ordinary as a grocery store for a fashion show. But when all of the groceries, shopping carts and baskets bear the iconic CHANEL logo, the “store” and the fashion show become anything but ordinary. As someone who’s fairly obsessed with all things whimsical and kitsch, I would’ve been all over those CHANEL-branded goodies. After the show, the lucky attendees were allowed to
loot peruse the quirky “store” offerings, and the luckiest ones walked away with CHANEL Spaghetti, door mats, rubber gloves, Tweed Cola, and lots more. Best grocery store ever?!
The Fall 2014 collection itself was appropriately fun, what with “Lait de Coco” bags, colourful outerwear, tweed sunglasses, and pop-art faux (?) fur bags – all of it covetable, but definitely not for those that prefer their fashion nice and serious. The people that would be most into this collection are the ones that can appreciate a bit of humour in their daily dressing…so needless to say, I was really INTO.IT!
So what do you think about Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collection? Would you like a tall glass of “Lait de Coco” in your life? Share in the comments!
More after the jump!
Nelia, March 5th 2014 |
So it’s only 7pm on Oscars night, and it might be a bit presumptuous of me, but I am declaring the radiant Lupita Nyong’o my best-dressed of the evening in her stunning custom-made blue Prada gown and Fred Leighton jewels. Watching her on the red carpet made me fall in love with her all over again. It was so refreshing to see someone so well-adjusted, eloquent, humble, funny, and gorgeous on the red carpet. I could watch her for HOURS.
Cate Blanchett in a stunning beaded Armani Prive gown looked ethereal and every bit like the winner that she is. She always carries herself with so much confidence and class. And of course, she truly is one of the most stylish women out there, so even though I was a bit sad not to see her in something more adventurous, I think this gown was still a perfect choice for a Best Actress nominee (and winner?).
As much as I usually hate the safe black or white gowns on the red carpet, the stunning Bulgari necklace over this beaded Calvin Klein gown on Naomi Watts really elevated this look, and made me take notice. This is obviously nowhere near the amazingness that is Lupita Nyong’o's Prada gown, but it definitely is one of my fave looks of the night.
Same goes for Charlize Theron in a stunning black gown. Only Charlize can make a black exciting and interesting on the red carpet. That deep plunge, perfect necklace to accentuate it, and of course that exquisite face – just perfect. I still can’t believe that THIS woman is dating Sean Penn. WHY?!
I was on the fence whether to add Kate Hudson in this Versace gown to my Best Dressed list, because there may be something off about that shiny fabric, but at the end of the day, that center knot, that cape, and that plunging neckline all sell it for me. She looks stunning and I love it.
The Worst and The Meh after the jump!
Nelia, March 2nd 2014 |
Canadian designer Sarah Stevenson is having a pretty damn good year so far! Not only did this Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels Competition winner scored the Emerging Talent Award at the inaugural CAFA Awards, but her highly-anticipated Sarah Stevenson for Target collection will be hitting the stores in just a few weeks on March 23rd…and it’s GORGEOUS!
After seeing so many well-known designers do fast-fashion collabs (some more successful than others), it makes me really happy to finally see a Canadian designer collab that’s not only really well-executed, but also true to the designer’s aesthetic. “As a textile and fashion designer, her collection features richly hued florals and feminine, sophisticated styles. Inspired by nature, her collection is timeless, elegant and romantic.”
Pieces from the collection will range from $24.99 to $59.99, making this one of the most affordable designer collabs ever. And at those prices, I just know that I’ll be picking up at least a few of Sarah’s beautiful pieces (floral blazer, laser-cut blouse, peplum dress, and blue laser-cut dress are my must-haves from this collection).
So what do you think of Sarah Stevenson for Target? Share in the comments! And I’ll see you at Target on March 23rd!
View the complete lookbook after the jump!
Nelia, March 2nd 2014 |
Isn’t it funny that H&M Studio collection has become one of my most highly-anticipated shows of Paris Fashion Week?! Mostly, it’s because I know that whatever the design geniuses from H&M will show on that runway, I’ll be able to afford and thus add to my wardrobe. But also, because the last collection BLEW.MY.EFFING.MIND! So with those high expectations in mind, I livestreamed yesterday’s H&M Studio Fall 2014 runway show, watching the H&M-clad glamazons strutting their stuff at the famed Grand Palais in front of 600 attendees, as the up-and-coming French star HollySiz performed live throughout the show. There was also a quick peek at the star-studded front row, which included one of my favest Style Filles Solange Knowles, mocktress Jessica Alba, models Miranda Kerr and Jourdan Dunn, and a gorgeous DJ Leigh Lezark, most of them wearing the latest pieces from H&M.
The collection itself was a glamorama mix of faux fur, modern suiting, and earth tones, with a sprinkle of sequins and stone embroidery. Mini dresses worn with knee-high boots, faux fur coats over slinky dresses, draped blouses under masculine blazers – it was all very wearable, covetable, and hopefully mostly affordable. This season, my wishlist includes a couple of coats, a few dresses, and possibly a pair of boots…I already have way too many, but if they are as comfy as they are cute, I just know I won’t be able to resist.
So, what do you think about H&M Studio Fall 2014 collection? Are you excited that you’ll be able to afford something from the Paris Fashion Week runway? Share in the comments!
See the entire collection after the jump!
Nelia, February 27th 2014 |
Today is a very special day…it’s Yorkdale’s 50th Anniversary, and I can’t believe that the sparkling “new” shopping centre has been around that long! To celebrate, Yorkdale collaborated with photographer and musician Bryan Adams to shoot an exclusive portrait series of several stylish and notable Torontonians, including Jeanne Beker, my fave Beckerman sisters, and Suzanne Rogers, among others, which will be released on Feb 26, 2014. 2014 will also mark the beginning of construction on Yorkdale’s newest, almost 300,000 square foot, $331 million expansion, and that means more amazing stores, better shopping experience, and an even bigger (and better) Yorkdale. But that’s not all!
“As part of the Golden Anniversary, Lucian Matis, one of Canada’s top luxury fashion designers, has created a glamorous golden evening gown exclusively for Yorkdale. Made of silk chiffon and French lace, the gown was delicately hand-sewn by Matis and took more than 85 hours to complete. The gown was photographed on Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, the face of Yorkdale Style, for a special campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and will be on display at Yorkdale’s Guest Services until October.”
Pretty awesome, non? That dress, Coco, and the gilded (barely recognizable) tunnel – everything about this campaign is pure gold. Really looking forward to seeing that dress in person. Can’t wait!
On a personal note, I’ve had the honour and the pleasure of working closely with the incredible Yorkdale team over the last years, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Yorkdale Style Council. Happy 50th Birthday, dearest Yorkdale! You don’t look a day over 21!
Photo Credits: Yorkdale
Nelia, February 26th 2014 |
Whenever someone asks me to describe my style, the word tomboy always comes to mind. I’ve never been a girlie girl, and even though I do love to wear dresses, the way I wear them is never polished and refined, but a little messy and imperfect…and that’s what makes those looks “me”. This time around, however, I found it really hard to look messy in this perfectly ladylike Pink Tartan python print full skirt. The fun colour, paired with the flattering shape is an easy-to-follow recipe for refinement, just like most of Kimberly Newport-Mimran’s pieces. But something about this one in particular called my name. Maybe it’s the age thing…growing up and being drawn to more grown-up pieces, or maybe I just really loved this skirt. Either way, I’ll be wearing this one a lot this spring…topped with my trusty moto jacket. I have to toughen it up somehow!
I Wore: Top – H&M; Skirt – Pink Tartan; Shoes – c/o ALDO; Earrings – J.Crew
Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin
Nelia, February 25th 2014 |
Phoebe: Hang in there, it’s gonna happen.
Ross: What? Okay, now how do you know that?
Phoebe: Because she’s your lobster.
Chandler: Oh, she’s goin’ somewhere.
Phoebe: Come on, you guys. It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what? You can actually see old lobster couples walkin’ around their tank, you know, holding claws.
Remember that awesome Friends episode?! Well, I’ve had a soft spot for lobsters ever since then, so it’s no surprise that seeing these Charlotte Olympia “Elsa” Lobster shoes sent my heart aflutter. How fun would it be to wear these in the summer with a crisp white shirt-dress? They are simply perfect for date nights with your own lobster, and would even work as whimsical wedding shoes too…if lobsters are your thing, that is. Either way, I’m adding yet another pair of Charlotte Olympias to my wishlist. The woman just keeps on designing things that speak to me…like cats, lobsters, bird cages, gummy bears…you name it. And I don’t mind one bit!
Photo Credits: Charlotte Olympia
Nelia, February 24th 2014 |
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few sneak peek photos I took at the eLUXE showroom last week. Well, the secret’s out! The lovelies from the Canadian e-tailer eLUXE invited a few of Toronto’s top fashion bloggers to pick out their fave Spring 2014 pieces and style them for the website’s lookbook, shot by the very talented photographer Vincent Lions. I was super stoked to be invited!
The photoshoot was a blast. The amazing Aveda Canada team did our hair and makeup, and I to shoot with some of my favest blogger buds Sharon and Gracie. Did I mention that we had a blast?!
For my look, I chose the stunning bodycon Clover Canyon neoprene dress, topped by a Tibi tweed jacket, and the most perfect white ela clutch. The outfit was very “me” – colourful and optimistic. It felt awesome not having to wear tights, and to have a summery braided do – summer may still be a few months away, but at least I got a taste of it last week.
If you still haven’t, make sure to check out eLUXE’s fun spring lookbook for a selection of covet-worthy pieces modelled by Toronto bloggers. Let me know what you think in the comments!
One more after the jump!
Nelia, February 20th 2014 |
Just as I started to feel like I will never see something new and fresh on the red carpet, I’m proven wrong…and I love it! I mean, just look at this stunning Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress that Emma Watson wore on the
red carpet parquet floor at the Elle Style Awards 2014! It’s daring, it’s fun, it’s so effing cool, and I want it on my body. Love how the skirt is an exaggerated bow, love the sequined “crop-top”, and love that Emma chose to go relatively jewel-free for the occasion, letting the dress be the star of the show. Love it all!
This is what I’ve been craving lately. More creativity on the red carpet, and less beige blah embroidered mermaid-skirted “Taylor-Swiftness”. Is that too much to ask?
Photo Credits: Fabsugar
Nelia, February 19th 2014 |
Did you know that by January 17th most people that made resolutions on January 1st will have dropped theirs? 17 days is all it takes to lose all resolve and get back to bad habits. Last month, I hit up Yorkdale in search of people who made New Year’s resolutions, hoping to help at least one shopper stick to her resolution for a little while longer.
When I met Faiza, she shared that she made a couple of resolutions this year, including going to the gym more often, and traveling more. And while I couldn’t help her get another stamp in her passport, the “going to the gym” resolution seemed like one I could tackle.
Knowing how motivating a new set of gym clothes can be, I took Faiza to Gap Yorkdale, where she got to try on a variety of cool workout looks from the brand’s new and improved Gap Fit line. Faiza’s shopping experience is below!
Full post and workout gear tips on Yorkdale.com!
Nelia, February 14th 2014 |