Archive for February, 2011
Works For: Aveda
Hails From: Bay & Dundas
Fave Item in Closet: Lanvin for H&M coat
Style Icons: Sarah Nicole Prickett
Fave Store to Shop in Toronto: Jonathan and Olivia
Wardrobe Essentials: Tights
I ran into Cydnie in Yorkville on her coffee break. I couldn’t help but admire the way she mixed such great black and white basics with cognac leather. Her cropped black tank worn overtop her oversized shirt added a feminine touch to the current boyfriend style. Notice Cyndie’s leggings tucked into you her socks? This could be considered a Canadian February necessity; but I found it to be fashionably aggressive paired with cognac jazz shoes.
Name: Mary Ann
Occupation: Social Media
Hails From: Philippines
Fave Item in Closet: Right now, I can’t live without my Boyfriend Blazer – you can go from casual to chic, it’s very versatile!
Style Icon: Victoria Beckham post Spice Girls
Dying to Buy: The perfect spring coat – Burberry Trench
Fave Online Store: ASOS
Wardrobe Essentials: It’s all about the accessories for me. The right earrings, necklace, and bag to set the mood for the rest of your outfit.
Mary Ann is effortlessly chic in a Free People floral dress with lace details. It was a unseasonably warm day in NY so she paired it with a Zara basic trench and vintage sunglasses.
Mary Ann is not afraid of prints and colour – she completed her look with a leopard print bag, brown tights and pumps.
Yellow, green, purple, orange, blue and red were the undisputed stars of the spring/summer runway collections. This season, designers gave black the heave-ho and replaced it with bold, neon colours from head-to-toe. The collections were refreshing and progressive – a sign that things in the world are looking up and fashion is reflecting that.
Fashion houses like Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu all took part in this vivid showstopper. Gucci did it best with their jewel-toned hues and gold accessories. It sends a message of confidence and ease that only a strong, chic woman could exude.
The most distinctive colour treatment was the ultra bold use of colour blocking. Colour blocking, simply put, is combining two complementary colours to create vibrant yet, balanced effect. Sound easy? Not quite. You need to have a good eye and a good grasp of the colour wheel, not to mention an intrepid fashion sense.
The style is reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent’s classic, 1965 “Mondrian” dress – one of the most famous pieces to be colour-blocked.
This trend can be difficult for many of us who reach for dark colours so instinctively. For those of you who refuse to part with your black pieces, take baby steps towards this spring trend. Pair your favourite black pencil skirt with a bright, neon yellow cardigan or fire engine red pullover. You’ll be wearing your favourite orange blouse with your fitted lime green jeans in no time. You can also opt to highlight this fabulous spring trend by accessorizing in bright colours. Necklaces, belts, shoes or a bright handbag are all great ways to celebrate spring, your way.
Occupation: E-Commerce Coordinator at Harry Rosen
Hails From: St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
Fave Item in Closet: Olive J Brand skinny cargo jeans and black Cole Haan riding boots
Style Icons: Stella McCartney – sleek, understated, tailored and eco-friendly!
Dying to Buy: Cartier watch with brown leather strap – Ballon bleu de Cartier
Fave Online Store: J.Crew
Wardrobe Essentials: Grey cardigans, shirt dresses, basic tees, and a tailored Hugo Boss black blazer
Miss Jenny is the perfect minimalist. Her fashion philosophy, less is more, is her way of life. Jenny likes to invest in high quality basics, but her bargain friendly hunts are normally followed up with a quick hem or tuck at the tailor. “You have to take the time to have clothing fitted or altered, otherwise, you could be throwing your money away.”
Jenny was caught strolling down Bloor Street. Her ultra-feminine jacket is by Canadian, Franco Mirabelli, and she sets it off perfectly with her military inspired lace-up booties from Aldo. She finished this look with gloves from Club Monaco, bag from Cole Haan and sunglasses by Ray-Ban. Brave enough to show me what was underneath on what was a cool Toronto day, Jenny is wearing a blouse from Club Monaco and a forest green skirt from Joe Fresh.
On February 3rd I was able to share the room with Jeanne Beker, a Canadian fashion legend, and another remarkable woman, Bonnie Brooks, who single handedly saved the historical Canadian company – The Bay. Hosted at Humber College, whose alumni include Jeanne Beker herself, the event was a live-audience interview with Bonnie Brooks, who discussed her journey to becoming the CEO and President of The Bay.
The interview began as a recollection of Brooks’ childhood, where she recalled learning to sew from her mother and selling self-made Barbie clothes to her friends when she was just nine years old. She skimmed over time spent in London, and 11 years spent in Hong Kong. It became obvious that Brooks was less interested in re-living her own path to her success, and was more focused on inspiring the audience to achieve their own success.
Brooks repeatedly mentioned the concept of fear, and credited the emotion as being the driver of her decisions. She encouraged the audience by stating “Fear is a good thing, fear is a really good thing… get out of your comfort zone and be brave.” Brooks admitted that she did not even see The Bay stores before agreeing to become CEO. Looking back, she feels that it was probably for the best that she had no idea how big the mess really was. In response Beker’s question to Brooks on how she transformed The Bay, Brooks responded “Believe in manifestation – believe you can bring whatever you want into your world. Concentrate and sit down, think about it and write it down – what will happen in five years? This will make it real, make it physical and then work on how you’re going to get there.”
On the current state of The Bay and its future, Brooks discussed the installation of “White Rooms,” a mini version of “The Room,” that will host designer clothing in every store location across the country. “The Room,” a designer showcase concept created by Brooks herself, is to be duplicated in the Vancouver store location, and following its completion, another will be created in Montreal. Lastly, Brooks states the three core values that she believes has allowed her, and her team at The Bay to transform and breathe new life into the company – pride, integrity and passion. Three words that seem to also beautifully describe Canada as a whole.