Who else but the Duchess of Cambridge could get Karl Lagerfeld to whip out his pen with the promise of nothing more than fantasy? Today, Women’s Wear Daily released 13 sketches of maternity designs suggested by the likes of Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Alexis Mabille, Chloé and Lagerfeld for Chanel as Kate Middleton’s baby bump continue to grow. Including both designers who frequently dress the Duchess like Amanda Wakeley, and ones who haven’t, like Huishan Zhang, the piece could be a good shot for some less recognizable names to get noticed by friends in royal places. Or not. If nothing else, it’s an exercise in imagination, which hasn’t been attempted since the Duke and Duchess’s last big event: the Royal Wedding. We picked a few designs from the selection that we think are right on the money for Kate. Click through for our selects and visit WWD for the full maternity monty.
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Kate Middleton gets 13 exclusive baby bump designs from Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, Vera Wang and more
Inside Holt Renfrew’s new hr2 store at Vaughan Mills: 25,000 square feet of affordable designer duds
Holt Renfrew’s got a brand new bag. Well, lots of ‘em. And they’re real affordable, too. hr2, Holt Renfrew’s new budget-friendly kid sister opened its doors at Toronto’s Vaughan Mills megamall today and is sure to make designer diehards on a budget jump for joy.
Boasting 25,000 square feet of off-price (translation: cheaper) designer womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories and jewellery, hr2 carries over 150 covet-worthy brands including Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Michael Kors, Alice + Olivia, Burberry, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prada and Mulberry. And while most brands are already being carried at Holt Renfrew, hr2′s product range is wholly unique.
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Here’s some morning news to get the blood flowing. Target has announced its latest designer collaboration and it’s a biggie: 3.1 Phillip Lim! Excitement. Lim’s wears have been high on the covet list since launching his line in 2005, but lately, his It factor seems to be soaring—his bags reached icon status last year (a good indicator that you’ve made it, in label speak) and his Spring 2013 collection virtually defined the season’s grunge trend alongside seasoned mastermind, Dries Van Noten.
The 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection will launch in Canada on September 15 (our first full fledged Target designer collab!) and will feature a sure-to-be-amazing range of clothing, accessories, handbags and travel pieces for women and men “on the go.” It’s a pretty vague description at this point, but anyone who lusted after Lim’s “I Heart Nueva York” printed T-shirts this season would know that we’re safe to expect great things.
“Since an early age, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of design evolution,” said Lim via Target press release. “One of the reasons I wanted to collaborate with Target is because I felt that together we could create a collection that would inspire – one that is modern and chic, but still very accessible.”
Accessible for the fashion crowd, yes, but prices reportedly top Target’s typical price points. According to the Huffington Post, the 100+ piece collection will range as high as $250-$300 for leather jackets, but hey, they also start at $20. Seems A-ok to us.
Will you be lining up for this collection? Comment below and tell us!
What can you say about Lana Del Rey? Well, what can’t you say about Lana Del Rey. Since she burst onto Youtube with her questionably homemade video for “Video Games,” her beestung lips, larger-than-life bouffant hair and exaggerated almond nails have utterly transfixed. If you’ve ever visited this site, you’d know how much. (Case in point: this step-by-step tutorial)
In her videos, she’s channelled everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Nancy Sinatra. In performances, she’s a total badass. Her vintage aesthetic has been used to sell H&M, Mulberry, Jaguar and more loosely, the American dream. IRL, Lana Del Rey’s style is akin to a modern-day hipster. Her look is constantly transforming, and as such, deserves observing.
In celebration of our current cover girl, we set out to document our favourite Lana Del Rey style and fashion moments on and off screen. Beginning with her first awards show appearance in Prabal Gurung’s ubiquitous floral-print dress and later, in standout looks from Vivienne Westwood, Versace and more, we catch LDR at her very best. And since we know that the latest greatest look is always around the corner, we’ll be adding to this look book á la this never-ending ode to the Duchess of Cambridge.
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For the third year in a row, J.Crew has partnered with Vogue and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) in support of the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners. And by that, we mean that the brand will have three more hella covetable capsule collections in-store later this month. This year’s winner, the handsomely bearded (had to) Greg Chait, of The Elder Statesman and runners-up, footwear designer Tabitha Simmons and jeweler Jennifer Meyer have each created a signature, limited-edition capsules for the brand.
Salivating already? You can sign up to receive a pre-shop notification beginning on May 8 in advance of the collection launch of May 22. But in the meantime, have a click through our photos for a mini tease.
Toronto Fashion Incubator crowned its annual New Labels prizewinner on Tuesday night at a glittering gala stacked with the city’s society and fashion hall of famers. For the second year in a row, Target added a red sheen to the event, promising an exclusive capsule collection to be sold nationwide next year in addition to the existing prize of $25,000 from high society’s grand dame philanthropist Suzanne Rogers.
As notables including Stacey Mackenzie, Arthur Mendonca, Nicholas Mellamphy and David Dixon (he currently moonlights as TFI president) indulged in post-dinner chocolate cake, the tables were transformed into a runway, on which the competition began. With a mix of aesthetics ranging from Secret Garden-esque to hard edged to femme to frankly, sloppy, four designers—Sarah Stevenson, Paria Shirvani, Christopher Paunil and 7/31—paraded their wears. In a decision that surprised no one, Stevenson’s pretty floral capsule was crowned the winner. With an existing reputation as Toronto’s resident floral print mistress, we look forward to seeing Stevenson’s career blossom (pun intended) following this major boost.
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When the Sex Pistols burst onto the scene in 1976, their spitting anarchist anthems were the antithesis of high fashion. But these days, a studded leather motorcycle jacket is as covet-worthy as a designer bag.
Opening on May 7, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York shines the spotlight on this rebellious movement with its latest Costume Institute exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture. In its early days, British punk rock bands like The Clash forced safety pins through leather while Patti Smith, The Ramones and Blondie’s Debbie Harry holed up at New York’s legendary dive bar CBGB in tattered T-shirts and ripped jeans as a protest against the city’s glitzy disco scene.
Designer Vivienne Westwood’s punk roots also run deep—in 1976 she cultivated many of this era’s DIY hallmarks at her London boutique, Seditionaries, which she owned with then-boyfriend, visual artist and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. The duo’s endlessly creative takes on rebellion helped shape the unofficial punk uniform, with reappropriated patriotic symbols including Queen Elizabeth II’s face and the Union Jack. The movement’s raw aesthetic gained mainstream appeal in 1977, when British designer Zandra Rhodes used exposed seams, strategic rips and bondage-like accents on her floor-length dresses.
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The Coveteur goes to Texas: Canada’s favourite closet blog collaborates with The Outnet in the Lone Star state
Big Rich Texas may already be the name of a reality television show, but it speaks to volumes to the gussied up possibilities of the Lone Star state. Once only associated with cowboys and country stars (y’all accuse of living in igloos, so we’re allowed some misconceptions, right?), Texas is quickly rising as one of the most important high-end fashion buying markets in America. To toast the state, discount designer e-tailer The Outnet partnered up with the Toronto-based team behind The Coveteur to profile some of Texas’s leading ladies (Jane and Judy Aldridge were obviously front and centre) as well as to style a few pieces of their own against quintessential backdrops of the state, which premiere in shoppable form on The Outnet tomorrow.
In this exclusive sneak peek, we get a feel for what the trip was like for the Toronto-based trio Stephanie Mark, Erin Kleinberg and photographer Jake Rosenberg. Beautiful. Rural. And ripe for typical Cov styling. As for the juicy road trip stories: “The highlight of the trip was when Jake took the wrong exit on the highway. He ended up spending the next two hours at Texas Jerks, a BBQ joint in a small Texas town kicking it with the two heavily bearded owners,” says Mark. Well, as they say, everything is bigger in Texas.
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