Archive for May, 2011

Rumour Has It…

By Diana   |    May 29, 2011 7:54 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    1 Comment

As if you needed another reason to enter The Peacock Parade’s contest to win a Chanel purse, rumour has it that Chanel purses will be going up by 25% in the very near future. Depending on the size, these classic bags start at $2000 and go up…way up. So why pay more when you have the opportunity to win some serious arm candy?

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

You only have 2 more days to register at The Peacock Parade to win yourself a classic flap bag in black by Chanel. Increase your chances by inviting friends to enter. If one of you wins, you can share custody of this coveted Chanel bag.

Breathtaking craftsmanship, high quality fabric and timeless elegance are synonymous with the house of Chanel. Fashionable women and celebrities everywhere, agree. So there’s no time to wait. You only have until June 1st, so click here and enter.

Model Karolina Kurkova with her trusty Chanel

Good luck!

Haute Handbag

By Diana   |    May 27, 2011 12:11 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

As we inch closer and closer to summer and we start to peel away our layers, we can soon see that our clothes have pizzazz while our handbags are…plain. The simple handbag isn’t cutting it anymore this season. Our wardrobes are filled with bright colours and stripes aplenty and yet our bags tend to be black. Take a risk and get some handbag confidence! Next time you go purse shopping, check out some fun, multi-coloured and patterned handbags. Here are some of our favourite looks from the Spring/Summer 2011 collections.

Miu Miu SS2011 clutch

This chic little clutch from Miu Miu is perfect for a hot date or drinks with the girls.

Fendi SS2011 handbag

Fendi’s multi-toned handbag is elegant and perfect for any daytime affair. There are several colours but they’re soft and easy to match with any outfit.

Salvatore Ferragamo SS2011

Salvatore Ferragamo has the perfect business purse for everyday use. It’s gorgeous, practical and is in a great colour that’s easy to mix with pieces, without being bland.

Proenza Schouler SS2011

The perfect white bag! We whine because they can get dirty, but there is nothing more fresh and summery than having a white bag on your arm. The texture and gold hardware add some fashionable street cred.

Jil Sander SS2011

If you’re worried about wearing stripes on your body, wear them on your handbag. This bag has a beach feel to it while still being elegant enough to wear to a brunch.

Valentino SS2011

Valentino has created a great black bag with inventive designs that are not only attractive but give you extra safety as well! There’s nothing wrong with a fantastic black bag, as long as it has a little oomph.

Images via Style.com

Mad Hatter

By Diana   |    May 22, 2011 8:58 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Hats were all over the runways this season. Not only did we get a feast of hats on the day of the Royal Wedding, but we’re seeing more and more commoners opt for hats. We needed to get the scoop so, The Peacock Parade asked acclaimed Toronto-based millinery, Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats some basic hat questions. Gingras’ designs are fabulous and inventive, and add a whole new dimension of glamour to any outfit. Lilliput Hats are available across Canada, or you can visit her on-site at her atelier on College Street in Toronto.

Lilliput Hats Fedora

1. What are some spring/summer hat trends?

The fascinator and for sure some of the creative sculptural hats we saw at the Royal Wedding. Also, we do a classic fedora in many juicy panama straw colours as well as vintage inspired wide brim and cloche hats.

The Dutchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton wearing a fascinator

2. What inspired your spring collection?

Moving out of a long and dreary winter, and updating the colours around which were grey and muted, with a bit of metallic and soft pastel new bud colour palettes.

3. What are some tips you can give women to help them find the perfect hat?

Try lots on, have fun and step out of your comfort zone. Don’t see yourself bigger than you are –  most women feel they are larger than they actually are. Try wide and small brim shapes, and if you wear glasses or are petite, try styles which roll off the face a bit. The hat should frame the face and complement the outfit.

Yohji Yamamoto SS2011

4. We saw a lot of hats on the Spring 2011 runways, do you find that women are wearing hats more than they used to?

Clothing has become mass marketed and almost has a “uniform” quality. A hat is a great way to update an older suit or dress and add a bit of personal flair.

Marc by Marc Jacobs SS2011

5. Did you have any favourite hats from the royal wedding?

I loved Miriam González Durántez ‘s hat. She is the wife of deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Amazing! And while I thought the princesses Eugienie and Beatrice’s choices were odd, at least it got people talking about hats!

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam Gonzalez-Durantez

Win a Chanel Purse

By Diana   |    May 21, 2011 2:03 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Have you ever dreamt of having your very own Chanel purse but just couldn’t bring yourself to eat Kraft dinner every night for a month to afford it? Or ever checked your ancestry to make sure you’re not a Chanel heiress? Yeah, us too! But don’t worry that coveted Chanel purse might be closer than you think thanks to The Peacock Parade.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

From now until June 1, 2011 if you register for the fabulous members-only online boutique (launching soon!) you will be eligible to win…drum roll…a classic Chanel flap bag. Membership is free, so all you have to do is sign up. Want to make sure that bag is all yours? After you register, click on the Tell Your Friends link provided and for every friend that you refer and signs up, you get an extra entry. Now that’s real friendship.

Once you’ve signed up, you will receive notice via email about the launch date, which will give you access to gorgeous designer duds at up to 70% off the retail price. You would be crazy not to enter.

Alexa Chung with her trusty Chanel bag

Celebrities and socialites of all ages are constantly seen wearing the classic Chanel flap bag. As seasons come and go, styles change, but certain items like this timeless bag, stay with us forever. It’s refined, elegant and truly embodies the Chanel aura.

Jessica Alba

So what are you waiting for? Click here and enter!

Purple Rain

By Diana   |    May 17, 2011 12:44 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Anyone currently reading this blog from Toronto knows that it has been raining here a lot lately. And by a lot, I mean, everyday. The days are dreary, you barely want to get out of bed, let alone, figure out what you’re going to wear. Forget about donning suede, silk or light coloured leather, as they are rain’s sworn enemies. So what’s a fashionable woman to do? Tie her hair in a bun, wear a rain poncho and wait for sun? No way! Check out The Peacock Parade’s picks for fashionable water-proof items to wear on those rainy days. Compliments guaranteed.

Lauren Conrad looking fabulous in the rain!

When choosing clothing, black is slimming and timeless, a definite go-to but when choosing an umbrella, black is just plain boring. Show your fun, carefree side in the rain. Having an amusing umbrella will make you happy, even if the weather does not!

Moschino umbrella with Olive Oyl

Keeping your feet nice and dry never looked so good. These cute rain boots from See by Chloé come in many different colour combinations and are a great option for commuters.

See by Chloe rain boot

Not much of a rain boot person? No problem. Hunter has created a new water-proof ballerina flat. With all the comfort and quality you can except from Hunter, these flats are just adorable. They are offered in basic black and two-tones like the black and pink shown below.

Hunter rubber ballerina flats

The British know that having a raincoat is essential when it rains all the time. That’s why British fashion house, Burberry always has the very best in water-proof jackets and trenches. The red tinted raincoat is colourful and also has a sophisticated feel to it.

Burberry raincoat

Someone who is less daring might opt for this raincoat, also by Burberry.

Burberry raincoat

Whatever your pick, a splash of colour on those rainy days is sure to uplift the dampest of spirits.