Archive for April, 2011

Princess Bride

By Diana   |    April 29, 2011 12:16 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Today the world woke up to a brand new princess. The beautiful Catherine Middleton, wed Prince William during a gorgeous ceremony in London, England. The dapper Prince William could not outshine Middleton or her stunning wedding dress by Alexander McQueen designer, Sarah Burton.

Newlyweds Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Catherine Middleton in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton

Long sleeved, soft lace set over a classic bustier bodice that dropped to a pointed vee-neck. A simple veil lay over her half up, half down hair do. Simply put, it was perfect. It was very reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress in its design. Her earrings were given to her by her parents and her tiara was borrowed from the Queen. Regal and radiant, Catherine did not disappoint the sea of well wishers that packed Buckingham Palace. In fact, William and Kate stunned the crowd by kissing twice, waving from the balcony.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton sharing a second kiss

It’s unbelievable that the designer of this now famous wedding dress was able to be kept secret for so long. With camera phones, tattle tales and spies, it’s a miracle. But having it a secret, made the reveal all the more special. Sarah Burton herself was spotted putting some finishing touches to the dress before Kate Middleton got in the car going to the ceremony. This has now solidified Sarah Burton as a fashion designer to be reckoned with.

Arriving at Westminster Abbey

The maid of honour, the bride’s sister, Pippa looked stunning.

Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Guests included the impeccably polished, Victoria Beckham, in her own design and the Queen looked fresh and dare I say, cute, in her pastel yellow ensemble. Camilla Parker Bowles and Carole Middleton wore soft pastels, as well. Sir Elton John and his spouse, David Furnish were also in attendance.

Victoria Beckham in her own design

Carole Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla Parker Bowles

Spring 2011 Trend Watch – A Novel Idea

By Diana   |    April 25, 2011 7:42 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog, Trend Watch   |    off

Stella McCartney is obsessed with fruit. Well, maybe not. But this self-professed vegetarian and animal lover has been known to put animals (especially horses) and fruit on her designs. Take her Spring/Summer 2001 collection for Chloé during her tenure there. Models wore summery tops with big pineapples, watermelons and bananas! Fast forward 10 years later and she’s at her own label showing citrus fruits on jackets, skirts and tops.

Chloe SS2001

Stella McCartney SS2011

McCartney is not alone. This season, one of the major trends was using novelty patterns and shapes on the clothes. We saw everything from women’s faces at Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti to punky stars at Jean Paul Gaultier. The more memorable patterns are certainly adorable but not necessarily timeless. At least we know that fashion is ready to have some fun this summer.

Philosophy SS2011

Jean Paul Gaultier SS2011

Prada used a hand drawn banana and monkey pattern that gave an uncharacteristically cheeky feel to the collection. It was so well executed because of the juxtaposition of wild images mixed with structured, sophisticated lines. In fact, you might expect that motif to appear on a teen girl’s short mini-skirt, but Prada made sure to keep things age appropriate.

Prada SS2011

New York fashion label, Suno, also got in on the action with their cartoonish fruit skirt. It’s neutral colouring helps make this skirt easy to mix. For fashionistas looking to pick up on this trend, it’s best to break up the patterns; it gives the eye a rest and balances your outfit.

Images courtesy of Style.com

A Royal Dress

By Diana   |    April 22, 2011 11:24 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

On Friday, April 29, 2011 the world will witness an event of historic proportions – the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. A young, beautiful girl (a brunette, no less) will arrive at Westminster Abbey in London, a commoner and leave, a princess. It’s every woman’s fairytale. So when the world heard of the upcoming nuptials, there was only one thing to do – grab a hat and live vicariously through Kate!

Kate and William

We are all dying to know what her dress will look like. Shrouded in secrecy, we can only guess at this point. What we know for sure is that it is sure to become as iconic and referenced as the magnificent wedding dress worn by the late, Princess Diana. Diana’s dress designed by Elizabeth Emanuel had puffed sleeves and the longest train in history! It may be tough to beat, but it is Kate’s time to shine.

Princess Diana

Known for her polished, refined and well, English sense of style, one can only guess that the gown won’t be avant garde or ostentatious. So we might be able to discount Viktor and Rolf’s men’s shirt gown from their spring/summer 2011 collection.

Viktor and Rolf SS2011

Speaking of which, rumours have been swirling about who will design the dress of the century. Everyone from Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen to Victoria Beckham to Alice Temperley of Temperley London have been named as possible designers. But one rumour that can be put to rest is that British designer Sophie Cranston of up and coming label, Libélula will be doing the dress. She came out only yesterday to announce that it won’t be her.

Alexander McQueen SS2011

Temperley London SS2011

Libelula SS2011

Either way, it’s a guarantee that Kate will be stunning and Wills will look handsome. The Peacock Parade is now officially on royal wedding watch!

Big Bang Theory

By Diana   |    April 12, 2011 12:55 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

If you’re hunting for the perfect tailored trousers or a suit jacket that fits like a glove, there’s no need to look any further than Theory. Known for its simplicity, quality and fit, Theory has made quite a name for itself since its formation in 1997.  In November 2010, Theory became even more chic by hiring acclaimed designer, Olivier Theyskens as their global artistic director. The partnership between Theory CEO Andrew Rosen and Theyskens turned out to be sartorial perfection in the form of Theyskens’ Theory.

Theyskens' Theory SS2011

Belgian born Theyskens is known for his fashion-forward collections as creative director of Rochas, and more recently, Nina Ricci. His knowledge of the female body and his gorgeous designs make Theyskens one of the best designers of his time. The fashion community was buzzing over this new collaboration – Theyskens’ creations available for a moderate price?

Theyskens' Theory SS2011

Theyskens’ Theory debuted its Spring/Summer 2011 collection New York to impressive reviews. The collection’s minimalist aesthetic with rock ‘n’ roll hints is perfect for the urban woman on-the-go. The mainly white and black ensembles were pleasantly combined with bursts of anthracite and rich blues.

Theyskens' Theory SS2011

Theyskens' Theory SS2011

Staying true to the brand, Theyskens showed cropped, pleated pants in leather and silk with a great shine. His jeans had a late 60’s vibe that worked well with the laid-back feel of the whole collection. Perfectly fitted shirts and jackets ruled. Each timeless piece can easily be fused in anyone’s wardrobe. Easily wearable and intricately designed, the Spring collection will be coveted by fashion lovers everywhere.

Theyskens' Theory SS2011

Theyskens' Theory SS2011

Photos via Style.com

LG Fashion Week Seen – Part 3

By Diana   |    April 7, 2011 12:44 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog, Toronto Seen   |    off

A final look at the style highlights from LG Fashion Week…

Barbie and Ken - wearing Greta Constantine

Jillian Zrihen - dressed by Style Exchange; Talia Brown - wearing dress by Marni, black Miu Miu shoes and Hermès bracelet

Our favourite men (ahem, models!) of the Glenn Gallaghan - wearing Cheap Monday jeans, Converse shoes, vintage t-shirt and Aquascutum trench; Jano Badovinac - wearing vintage Ralph Lauren cords and Army Surplus peacoat

Karolina Tamaszewska - wearing Opening Ceremony shirt and Jeffrey Campbell shoes; Chelsea Netson - wearing Cheap Monday shirt and Jeffrey Campbell shoes

Karolina Tamaszewska - wearing Jeffrey Campbell shoes

Olympic gold medallists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - On Tessa: ALC dress, On Scott: Hugo Boss

Amanda Lew Kee - wearing her own design and Sam Edelman shoes

Dawn Lam - wearing Urban Outfitters t-shirt, vintage skirt and Sam Edelman shoes

Alima Meyboom - wearing H&M jacket, Holt Renfrew leggings and vintage Dior bracelets

The Peacock Parade blogger, Diana Cina - wearing Wolford tights and Chloé shoes

Brie Reid - wearing her own design

Photos courtesy of Monique Wiendels.