The Chanel quote appeared on Canadian designer David Dixon’s page. The French icon’s fashion advice and style tips for women are timeless and it seems impossible to argue with her point of view here!
The Fashion Spot posted this picture of the new Chanel hula hoop bag, a fine example of useless design. Karl Lagerfeld argues his creative bag is very functional: he intends for you to stick it in the sand at the beach and hang your towel over it! No wonder the best fashion blogs agree that a sandy beach and Chanel price tags do not go together.
A family member’s recent gift to my 12-year-old daughter sparked a conversation about age-appropriate clothing choices. A pair of leopard print underwear opened the door to a discussion about why animal prints are not always appropriate for children.
Just a few days later, outrage over Elizabeth Hurley’s line of bikinis for little girls broke in the news, with the leopard print pattern the biggest point of contention. Check out the video for an expert account of why you’ll want to think twice about putting your preteen or early teen daughter in animal prints or high heels.
Nathalie-Roze & Co. reported on Facebook today that independent Toronto boutique, Pho Pa, is closing its doors. She wrote: Stellar indie boutique Pho Pa has closed, after several years on Queen St. West. This is disheartening. The shop’s fiercely stylish owner/curator (Alexia Lewis) was one of the first retailers to really take Canadian fashion seriously. She’s long supported emerging local talent & gave it legit cachet. RIP Pho Pa. ♥
My sister and I used to have fun shopping at Pho Pa. You could find unique pieces that were practical yet quirky enough to make you feel like an individual, at very reasonable price tags. My sis and I have disparate styles yet both of us found what we were looking for at Pho Pa. The customer service was stellar, too, with the staff taking a vested interest in styling you and making sure you “understood” the clothing.
There’s something about an independent boutique you can’t get at the mall – styling services by the owner and founder, for instance. Maybe Alexia Lewis described you when she told BlogTO about her ideal customer: “They’ve grown up at shopping malls or making their own clothes and are sick and tired of both. They’re frustrated. Not rich. Not blenders. They just want their clothing to show who they are.”
High heels are a sought-after staple of every fashionable woman’s wardrobe, with heights varying from a kitten heel of 11⁄2 inches to a stiletto heel of 4 inches or more.
High heels emerged as a fashion statement in the late 16th century and by the 17th century were coveted by wealthy men, women and children. At the time, high heels were a status symbol, proclaiming to the world that the wearer was free from the physical labour and demands of the lower classes.
The style and look of high heels has evolved according to needs of the time. The T-strap prevalent on the flapper-style heels of the 1920s indicated women’s increased mobility and vigorous activity, designed as they are to keep the shoe firmly on the foot.
Despite the stock market crash and the beginning of a world war, the 1930s saw the invention of both the platform and the wedge heel. Wedges shoes provide added comfort while retaining a stylish look.
In the 1950s, newly-invented stilettos ushered in an era of feminine elegance. In the 1960s, elegance gave way to youthful whimsy and designs became more playful, child-like even.
We often hear about the physical discomfort of wearing heels, but take comfort in knowing there are several benefits:
- Heels alter your posture to be more upright, causing many women to feel more ‘powerful’ and ‘sexy’
- They make you look taller
- Legs look longer
- Your calf muscle is magically elongated and accentuated
- Feet look smaller and toes shorter
- The arches of your feet are higher and better defined
- Heels may improve the tone of a woman’s pelvic floor! (betcha didn’t know that)
- They help petite women sit upright on chairs with feet flat on floor rather than dangling legs
Vera Wang needs little introduction in the world of fashion. A native New Yorker, the iconic designer has spent her lifetime at the forefront of the industry. Well known for being the youngest ever Vogue fashion editor at the age of 23, Vera Wang is now best loved for her nonchalant approach to style and luxury. Her beautiful designer gowns have dressed some of the world’s most influential women on their wedding day including Victoria Beckham, Chelsea Clinton and Jennifer Lopez.
While many brides aspire to wear a Vera Wang dress on their wedding day, few can afford the designer price tag. However thanks to a collaboration between the iconic designer and Interflora, the flower experts, label loving brides everywhere can now own a piece of bridal couture on their big day- in the shape of beautiful, designer wedding flowers.
Only available through selected Interflora florists from 1st October 2012, by making an appointment for a private consultation with your Vera Wang specialty florist, Interflora intends to create a personalised experience for brides-to-be. Each of the accredited Interflora florists will have expert knowledge of the Vera Wang brand and be able to interpret the bride’s own thoughts, colour themes and ideas into the final designs – an unforgettable couture consultation unique to each bride.
To find your local Vera Wang accredited florist or view the online inspiration gallery, visit the Interflora website.
Sally Guyer, owner of the Cambridge Raincoat Company, explains the idea behind her range of fashion rainwear for people who ride upright bicycles. She subscribes to Vivienne Westwood’s philosophy: “Buy less, choose well, and make it last.”
The raincoats are made in the UK to very high standards and made to last which is better for both the consumer and the environment. Concern for the environment is integral to the brand.
You may have read the post here on the Barney’s New York rep who convinced Disney to alter its characters’ silhouettes for a holiday campaign. He said designer clothing would not look good on the original characters unless they were super skinny and tall.
Besides insulting the vast majority of its clientele, Barney’s line of thinking is outmoded and has been proven by sound research to be bad for business.
Elena Miro’s For.Me collection which showed at Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday challenges the idea that only super slender types are qualified to walk couture runways. Thanks to 12+ UK Model Management for the pics (that’s US size 8).
What do you think of this collection of bare-faced celebrities? I think they look fantastic and you probably do, too, in your natural state. Make-up is fun but much more so when it is a want-to rather than a must-do part of your routine.
What’s your relationship with cosmetics: must-do or want-to?
I grabbed the pictograph from The Illusionists Facebook Page and I encourage you to click over and discover the upcoming documentary on the media’s commodification of the human body.