Archive for September, 2011

Shoes To Fall For

By Diana   |    September 30, 2011 11:08 am    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Since it’s a new season, I like to think that it’s the perfect excuse to go shoe shopping. Last year’s shoes just won’t cut it. Whether you’re searching for the perfect work pump or weekend flat, fall’s abundance of shoes won’t leave you empty handed…or footed.

Prada

A boldly coloured shoe, like Prada’s drool-worthy, modern take on the Mary Jane is the perfect compliment to any outfit. According to the Prada store in Toronto, these shoes are in high demand. Timeless yet funky, these shoes can work with a cute cocktail dress or black business suit.

Lela Rose for Payless

For the budget conscious woman, Lela Rose for Payless offers the perfect business casual shoes with a designer flair. Available in mid-November these multi-tonal shoes have endless possibilities because there are so many colours to pair them with.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo offers the ideal ballerina flat. Easily paired with business attire and just as easily paired with jeans for the weekend, these patent leather contrast shoes do it all. Sleek and sophisticated – you can’t go wrong.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

If you can call a loafer sexy, these are the ones you would be referring to. These awesome tan Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes are high yet comfortable because of their thick and sturdy heel. The cognac shade is a great non-black option that still goes with everything.

Miu Miu

These Miu Miu heels are stunning. It’s a hybrid shoe, mixing sandal qualities with bootie qualities. The velvet bow against the leather is very fall-ish despite them being open-toed. Wear these shoes to work or to play.  

And The Winner Is…

By Diana   |    September 28, 2011 12:34 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

We announced over a month ago a call to all aspiring fashion designers to enter an incredible contest known as the Art of Fashion 2011 Design Competition. Many young and talented individuals rose to the challenge for this year’s theme, choreology- movement of the body and its connection with clothing. The top ten finalists have been announced and one of them will be crowned the winner this Saturday, October 1st at the Pantages Hotel.

Now it’s our pleasure to introduce you to this year’s ten finalists!

Rebecca Collins – A recent graduate of the fashion design program at Fanshawe College, Collins is a creative and imaginative designer. Her dedication will help her go far in the fashion industry.

Rebecca Collins - Control

Kate Laird & Jen Murtagh – Their private label, WallacePlayford takes on classic dress from various periods and modernizes it. These designers have been featured on blogs and fashion sites and are definitely ones to watch.

Seema Patel – Patel hopes to launch her own label of comfortable yet bold clothing this spring. The Seneca College fashion arts grad is currently interning at Label Clothing in Toronto.

Seema Patel

Christy Lister – Lister is award-winning and hard working, making her quite a fashion force. She specializes in custom uniform design for various industries and she has created designs and illustrations for 20 different casinos across North America.

Joobo Shim – Korean ex-pat, Shim has done a lot in the fashion world at such a young age. Having interned at Kenneth Cole and 3.1 Phillip Lim, he is also a Parsons School for Design student studying unisex design.

Albert Yuan – Yuan has dreamt of being a designer since he was a youngster. Having studied fine arts at the University of Waterloo and apparel design at Ryerson University, Yuan has been on the right path to fashion stardom.

Albert Yuan

Denise David – A Seneca College fashion arts program grad, David travelled the world to garner inspiration for her fashion design. Her custom womenswear items are sold at exclusive Toronto boutiques to cool clientele.

Meghan Erin – Originally from Edmonton, Erin decided to move to Toronto at age 18 to attend the fashion design program at Ryerson University. She most recently tied for third place in the 2010 Danier Design Challenge.

Meghan Erin

Elissa Contino – This 20-year-old bridal wear designer creates amazing garments using her tailoring techniques. Contino recently designed a costume for the Nice ‘N Easy product launch party.

Tiffany Biseno – This former model and George Brown College and Ryerson University grad was exposed to many facets of the fashion industry throughout her career. Her work has been featured in Fantastics Magazine.

Good luck to all the finalists!

Photos courtesy of Art of Fashion

Our Apologies

By Diana   |    September 25, 2011 11:41 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Faithful Peacock Paraders,
We apologize for our abrupt withdrawl of the blog. We are under construction, trying to create an even better blog for fashion mavens out there, like you. Please excuse our appearance. We will be back shortly with a new look! In the meantime check out our amazing sales on The Peacock Parade.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Part 2

By Diana   |    11:37 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Another fashion week has come and gone. Celebrity filled front rows and stiletto-clad fashion editors were treated to an intricate collection of looks for Spring/Summer 2012 in New York.

Themes and trends continued for the second half of the week. Surprisingly, may were not unlike those of Spring/Summer 2011 – bold prints, colour bursts and nautical motifs. What is different this season are the retro cuts, sharp use of canary yellow, floral patterns and sheer ensembles/cutouts. With lots to look forward to next year, Spring can’t come fast enough! Check out some of my favourite looks from the second half of MBFW.

Rodarte SS2012

Derek Lam SS2012

Marc by Marc Jacobs SS2012

Proenza Schouler SS2012

Rebecca Taylor SS2012

Photos via Style.com

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2011

By Jan   |    5:15 pm    |   The Peacock Parade Blog   |    off

Having kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on September 8th, the evening of Fashion’s Night Out, the catwalks have already been scuffed up by towering heels. Designers are showcasing their Spring/Summer 2012 collections (and it’s not even Fall yet!). After a few days of ready-to-wear fashion, there are already some clear trends coming our way.

Designers such as Carolina Herrera and Ruffian are using citrus colours like orange and lime but even more prominent is bright canary yellow. Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham are offering sporty, chic looks, while Lela Rose and Vivienne Tam are flirting with soft floral patterns. Here are some of the week’s coolest looks so far.

Alexander Wang SS2012

Carolina Herrera SS2012

Vivienne Tam SS2012

Photos via Style.com