Archive for July, 2011

Halted Halston

By Diana   |    July 20, 2011 11:03 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

After the recent resurgence of vintage 70s fashion house, Halston, there seems to be major troubles with its team, already. Over the past weekend, it was reported by Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue that Halston runway designer Marios Schwab was given the ax. The young designer was said to be doing a great job in keeping a disco feel to the collection while also adding some modernity. Dragging a fashion house through four decades is no easy feat. They also cut ties with investor and big shot movie producer, Harvey Weinstein.

Ex-Halstoners Marios Schwab and Sarah Jessica Parker

In another shocker that rocked Halston, executives “severed ties with Sarah Jessica Parker” reports The Washington Post, who was the creative director and president of Halston’s diffusion line, Halston Heritage. She was only given the position back in 2010. Parker was seen publicly wearing the Heritage collection, including the famous white dress she wore in the Sex and the City 2 movie.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston Heritage

Halston has said they will not be showing a Spring/Summer 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week as they want to focus exclusively on their Halston Heritage line…without Parker. Harsh!

Halston SS2011

There is also question about whether the Fall 2011 Halston collection will even ship to stores. I hope they get everything sorted over there, if not, it may just make more sense to lay Halston to rest once and for all.

Halston FW2011

 

Fashion On The Streets of London

By Diana   |    July 16, 2011 12:44 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Desperate to stay ahead of the trends, all my fashion conscious friends asked me what women are wearing in London. Luckily I kept my eyes peeled at all times so that I, too, could bring back some European flair on the streets of Toronto. There are some definite styles and items heading this way so to help you all stay ahead of the curve, here’s a list of what London’s chicest ladies had on.

Trend 1: Accordion Skirts

I saw women wearing these cute skirts dressed up and dressed down, paired with oversized t-shirts and sleek cardigans. They have a vintage quality that makes these skirts so adorable.

 

Trend 2: Tie Front Tops

Women of all ages had these on everywhere! Some of them were buttoned-down, while others were sleeveless or plain coloured, but all of them had a little tie front at the bottom. I even saw people wearing them with the accordion skirt.

 

Trend 3: Scarves

The weather can change pretty rapidly in London, which is why all the smart women layer. Many women were wearing lightweight scarves in the summer that they can easily remove when it’s hot (especially on the Tube).

 

Trend 4: Opaque Tights

While many of us were happy to pack away our thick black tights for the summer, London women weren’t ready to say goodbye. Even on the hottest days, there were always plenty of women were wearing black opaque tights with summer dresses and sandals or even underneath denim shorts.

Prêt-à-Portea

By Diana   |    July 13, 2011 11:23 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off
A friend of mine suggested while I’m in London to get high tea at The Berkeley London. They are famous for their Fashionista’s High Tea. I happily checked out the website and I made reservations. The pictures on the website did not do justice to the array of chic sweets that were presented or the incredible taste. If you’ve never bitten into a Victoria Beckham handbag, you’ve never lived.

Paul Smith tea cup

Everything was served on gorgeous Paul Smith bone china. The tea was perfect – I opted for chocolate mint truffle – and my friends and I were in heaven. They brought us a selection of tiny delectable sandwiches, savoury skewers and canapés, which the staff happily replenishes if you want more. But the pièce de résistance came on the three-tiered platter of Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear fashion inspirations.

Delicious tea sandwiches

A fashionable selection of cakes

Here are some of the beautiful, not to mention delicious, selections from this amazing high tea and their famous inspirations.

Tory Burch strawberry and rhubarb cake

Tory Burch SS2011

Marc Jacobs raspberry and lychee cream cake

Marc Jacobs SS2011

Jil Sander creme de menthe and coconut jelly

Jil Sander SS2011

Work It, Girl!

By Diana   |    July 11, 2011 7:43 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

When we head out to the gym or hit the pavement for a good run, we often pull out our old Rolling Stones t-shirt and sweat pants. But sometimes the mood strikes to kick up our workout wear a notch and why not? There may be a cutie lifting weights a few feet from you!

Make sure you get well fitting, high performance gear that will help you work out at an optimum level. Look for fabrics that breathe and offer great support for you body especially in a sports bra and running shoes.

Check out some of my favourite chic workout options.

Perfect gym bag by Lacoste

Stylish, colourful sports bra by Lululemon

Two looks from Adidas by Stella McCartney SS2011

Futuristic cross trainers by Y-3

Summer BBQ Style Tips

By Jan   |    July 4, 2011 12:55 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Summer is in full effect meaning BBQ season has officially begun and it always seems to be the more casual events that throw us into a frenzy when it comes to picking the most appropriate outfit. Let’s assume that your drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and barbecue are all ready to go, now it’s time to focus on what is most important – your outfit! Keeping in mind that barbecues are generally on the more informal side, its important to keep things casual. After all, overdressing is the first cousin to trying too hard. You want to keep your look effortless and stylish. It is important to keep your outfit lightweight, so that you can stay cool in the heat and be able to move around easily. Another important thing to keep in mind is not to wear anything that would give you awkward tanlines, so no cut-outs! Also, stay away from too many accessories – keep it casual and simple. In terms of footwear, save your heels and platforms for evening events. Stick with flats and sandals – you do not want to be sinking in the grass! If you need a little more inspiration, here are some celebrity looks that we think would be perfect:

Kristen Cavallari

Vanessa Hudgens

Carrie Underwood

Don’t forget your shades and sunblock!