Size Matters

Forget less is more this season because size matters in spring 2012. Be bold and beautiful with this season’s hottest jewelry trend, a pair of knockout statement earrings. The bigger is definitely the better when it comes to these bright baubles, mod plastics, feathery shoulder-dusters, and jumbo chandeliers. Ear candy stole the shows at spring 2012 fashion week from Dolce & Gabbana, to Marni, Missoni, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emili Pucci and many more.

You can wear this trend right off the runway to any formal event or even to just add some fabulous to a more casual, everyday outfit. Surely all ears were listening at fashion week since statement earrings has even been spotted as an über cool street style trend for spring. Here are some photos of the look on the runway, backstage, and spotted on the street.

Emilio Pucci

Oscar de la Renta

Missoni

Jean Paul Gaultier

Catherine Baba

Shala Monroque

Prada

Prada

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Oscar de la Renta

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Salvatore Ferragamo

Missoni

Marni

Marni

Marni

Marni

Marni

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Wu Woos

With a collection full of chic mini-skirts, feminine blouses, flirty dresses, adorable totes, and patterned scarves, Jason Wu is sure  to woo Target shoppers with the popular American retailers newest designer collaboration. Despite his fame for dressing Michelle Obama in luxurious, gorgeous gowns, every item in his Target collection is surprisingly affordable. Unlike Target’s past collaborations with designers such as Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier, every item in Wu’s collection is under 60$! Mark your calendars ladies, this collection goes on sale February 5th, so forget the Super Bowl and go shop these limited edition steals instead!

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Posh

Beyond the over-sized sunglasses, gorgeous family, killer wardrobe, and the fact that she’s a Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham has also made a name for herself in the world of fashion. Her elegant and simple clothing line, Victoria Beckham has become a great success for a high fashion clientele. With Beckham’s clothes in high demand by not only the upper class, she has translated staples of her signature style into a new, affordable collection. Chic, easy-to-wear frocks in bright colours and whimsical prints are just some of the posh items in Beckham’s new line.

To celebrate the launch, Beckham teamed up with rising British director Quentin Jones, creating a short fashion film featuring models wearing the new Victoria, Victoria Beckham clothes while being manipulated by Jones’ creative collages and cutouts. Victoria, Victoria Beckham hits stores including Bergdorfs, Neimans, and net-a-porter.com next Saturday, February 4th.

still shot from the fashion film

still shot from the fashion film

still shot from the fashion film

still shot from the fashion film

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Chameleon

The reinvention of designers and their brands is a non-stop frenzy. From the rise of Sarah Burton to the downfall of John Galliano, public relations and brand image are an imperative aspect to maintaining a brand’s freshness and modernity. Take Nicola Formichetti for example, Theirry Mugler was once a popular brand, however due to lack of brand management fell silently off the map. All it took to get Mugler back to its original fame was a minor face lift by collaboration with the queen chameleon herself, Lady Gaga. Formichetti kept the good aspects that the label characterized but added modern ones to excite current merchandisers.

Constant reinvention, repositioning and re-branding are required of all fashion labels to stay on top in this highly critical business. Whether or not the content of the clothing has changed, the image that wearing that clothing embodies is in continuous call for adaptation with today’s changing media. That being said, for designers to remain at the top of the fashion industry they must combine staying true to their label with keeping what works about their image, what gave it fame in the past, and adjusting to new changes and trends. This will keep the once popular brands solid fan base while continuing to attract new consumers. Today it isn’t just about stepping out the door in that new Prada dress or those classic Chanel boots, but what wearing the image of that brand represents. In this day and age it’s true, you don’t wear the clothes, the clothes wear you.

Here are some fashion houses that have done a great job at reviving their brand images.

Tom Ford

Theirry Mugler with Lady Gaga (left)

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Pringle of Scotland with Tilda Swinton

Givenchy

Giambattista Valli

Celine

Chloe

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Be Italian

Among other designers such as Sonia Rykiel and Matthew Williamson, Versace has recently collaborated with H&M. From high fashion to the high-street, Versace stays true to the brands’ aesthetic in this line with their seductive style, shape, fit and very Italian prints and fabrics. This collection will unveil items from studded leather, to sequins, to ladylike cutouts, baby doll dresses, fringed tops, silk scarves,  patterned bags,  flashy belts, funky shoes, and animal, oriental and floral prints. With such variety, this one-time collection will surely have something for everyone’s taste and budget. Be sure to line up early on November 17th when Versace for H&M opens worldwide.  Channel your inner Fergie and “be Italian”  by adding some of these adventurous items to your closet.  Get yours while it lasts; these fun collaborations tend to sell out fast!

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Life’s Good

LG Toronto Fashion Week recently began their spring/summer 2012 shows on October 17th. Looks from Joe Fresh to Holt Renfrew are dominating the runways but with this rainy weather, its the city goers who are dominating the streets, with fashion forward, waterproof accessories. Here are some photographs shot by Lewis Mirrett of street Torontonian’s finest rain gear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"All the sweet green icing flowing down/someone left the cake out in the rain"

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Gaga For Gaga

This is a follow up to my previous post “Our Haus” and an update on the world’s current, most famous/my favourite pop star, Lady Gaga. Gaga recently released two more of her Haus of U fashion videos where she expresses her artistic ways and dances to her hit You and I.

Also recently release on Tony Bennett’s album Duets II, is a duet she sang with the king of jazz himself, suitably titled, The Lady is a Tramp. I absolutely love this collaboration as the song embodies the pop diva and her love of New York perfectly. The song really shows off her true talent and ability which people seem to overlook as a result of her eclectic styles and statements, which I, (being a part of the “little monsters” cult), happen to deeply admire.

Another piece of incredible art featuring this fantastic woman, that was newly shown during Paris fashion week, is Nicola Formichetti’s video for the Mugler Spring/Summer 2012 womenswear line. This video is beautifully executed, pure art. Despite Gaga’s totally adorable rainbow pigtails and silver, bunny-like teeth in the film, she repeats the phrase “Don’t anger a Mugler woman, she will eat you,” typically, (for lack of a better word) breaking  boundaries. This phrase amuses me as it shows how Gaga never conforms to any “socially acceptable” conventions and will say whatever completely, wacky things that she pleases.

It has also been rumored that Lady Gaga may join the band Queen (yes, that Queen, the Bohemian Rhapsody Queen,) replacing Freddie Mercury as lead vocals. Her joining Queen would almost be prophetic as her stage name Lady Gaga derives from the Queen song Radio Gaga and the fact that her theatrical presence and pianist skills resembled that of the late Freddie Mercury. Being one myself, I assure that “little monsters” around the globe would go absolutely gaga, for Gaga to sing with the Queen that came before this fabulous Queen.

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Hot Spots

Stripes and leopard prints have been dominating the runways for seasons past, but this fall designers and have found a new print to parade. Polka dots have been spotted all over the fall 2011 runways and red carpets. Try this playful pattern in bright colours for a youthful look, neutral tones for fancier occasions, or go bold by mixing and matching dots of varying sizes for the ultimate statement. If going head-to-toe is simply out of the question, adding a pop of polka on a headband or a pair of shoes, is a perfect way to wear this trend subtly. It’s time to breathe some life into dull fall outfits with this timeless, classy print.



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Dyehard

This fall 2011 season has become a lot more colourful than past. Usually fall runways are filled with dark colours but this season, summer’s biggest trend has transitioned into fall. Dip dyed and candy coloured hair were the top two hair styles of this past season. Somehow, this fun, surfer, ombre look has made it’s way onto runways, catalogs, and red carpets. I liked this ultra cool, 90’s grunge look so much that I – DIY style – even added a black streak to my blond hair. I used semi-permanent “Manic Panic” which allows for a fun, wash-out experiment. Which hair trend will you be rocking  this fall? Dip dye or candy coloured?

Topshop

Proenza Schouler

Lauren Conrad

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

Kate Bosworth

Lady Gaga

Bleach Salon

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Snapshot

Famously known Vogue magazine fashion photographer, Arthur Elgort, began his signature “snapshot” style of photography in 1971 for British Vogue. Being originally a painter, Elgort found this art form too lonely, which led him to discover his talent in photography. His iconic emphasis on the use of movement and natural light liberated the status of fashion photography forever. Beginning his career as a photo assistant to Gus Peterson whose natural shooting style largely influenced that of Elgort’s, and helped him to discover his casual and lively shooting style. Elgort has also incorporated his lifelong love of ballet and jazz music along side his renowned fashion photographs.

I like this one a lot. It's got a very "baby, it's you" feeling.

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