This past week,
the hills New York City was alive with the sound of Karl Lagerfeld and his Chanel posse taking the Big Apple (and our Instagram feed) by storm.
Taking the most recent Métiers d’Art Salzburg show on the road, the Kaiser (and his team) transformed New York’s Park Avenue Armory into an opulent living room inspired by the Austrian rococo palace where the collection was first shown. Given the fact that the show was in New York for its first time ever, there was never a doubt that the brightest stars of Hollywood would show up (dressed in Chanel’s much-coveted pieces, of course) and perch prettily next to the who’s who of the fashion industry.
So who was on this star-studded guest list? Julianne Moore picked up her Oscars in Chanel Couture, so it was no surprise to see the Academy Award winner in her usual LBD last night. Tinseltown darlings Dakota Johnson and Lily Collins too joined the star fest, with Johnson gleaming in a silver Spring 2015 Couture dress, while Collins rocked a crop top and leather skirt combo from the Spring 2015 collection. Vanessa Paradis, who’s the face of the new Girl bag, was present (duh), but all eyes were actually on her (and Johnny Depp’s) 15-year-old daughter Lily Rose Depp who looked all grown up in a sparkly two-piece ensemble. With the youngster looking just as gorgeous as her mother, we wouldn’t be shocked if a Chanel contract were already in the works. The guests were then #blessed with a live rendition of “CC The World” courtesy of Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams.
From Queen Beyoncé to up-and-coming film star Nicola Peltz to front row mainstay Alexa Chung, we’re rounding up our 10 favourite celebrity looks from last night’s Chanel Metiers d’Art New York show.
Cut-outs, crop tops, slits and more bring a ’70s flash of skin to dressing for after dark. From that Tom Ford dress to feathers and midriffs galore, these are the outfits that will bring out your inner dancing queen. Browse the gallery below and get inspired to amp up the wow factor on your evening looks.]]>
We’ll just come out and say it: it’s not exactly cool to use cult favourite beauty products. At least not right now. In the age of beauty bloggers, Instagram and Pinterest, we’re able to discover a new beauty brand to obsess over every single day. And we do, really. We love finding new Korean beauty brands to add to our 10-step skincare routine, and putting things like pig collagen on our faces. When Glossier launched, our Instagram feeds all but exploded. New is obviously great. But is it always better?
Maybe we’re getting old, but it can often feel like there are too many new things on our bathroom counters. Another retinol? Okay. Green mascara? Sure, we suppose. Call it spring cleaning, but right now, we’ll take our mascara in a regular, non-vibrating, non-neon tube. Our skincare regimen? Doesn’t need to include animal feces at this time (thanks though!). Don’t get us wrong, we will always experiment and try new things to find the next cult faves. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than coming home to a big ol’ bottle of Bioderma at the end of a long day.
We’ve rounded up the cult favourite beauty products that are always there for us, even when we forget about them in favour of something newer, shinier and well, weirder. The mascara that will never leave us with clumps, the face wash that leaves us feeling clean but not dry, and the red lipstick that looks good on everyone—these are the products that will forever have a spot in our hearts and on our top shelves. From Dior to Bobbi Brown, thanks for having our backs (uh, faces), you guys.]]>
For the accessory-obsessed, Aldo Rise, the seasonal partnership that sees the footwear giant teaming up with lesser-known designers like Preen, J.W. Anderson, Roksanda and Ostwald Helgason, has got to be the coolest ongoing collab. Designer heels at just over $100 a pop? That’s what’s up!
This season, Aldo Rise collaborated with budding New York designer Misha Nonoo for the second time, launching a Spring 2015 capsule collection last week. Known for her understated, ultra chic aesthetic and jetset personal life (she married Paddle8 founder Alexander Gilkes in grand Venice style), Nonoo’s sleek flats, strappy heels and oversized envelope clutches are just right for this season’s brand of easy breezy cool. In time for the release, the modelesque Nonoo hit our office to show us what she packs inside the collection’s rose gold clutch. The reveal? Full of sentimentality and, of course, chicness.]]>
Compared to March, the waters ahead are calm. Spring has arrived, and with it, the birth of a new astrological year. Each year, the beginning of Aries season is like emerging into the world for the first time. We take this force and strength forward into our lives, so consider where you are becoming new right now, and where you might harness the Aries strength.
The full moon in Libra happens on the 4th, and acts as a time to notice whether or not we have balance in our lives, whether we allow both the heart and the mind to lead us at different times, and have an ongoing dialogue between the two. The new moon in Aries happens on the 18th, and though it is occurring in the dynamic action-oriented sign of Aries, it is really about surrendering, learning how to use our will in a way that goes with, rather than against, the grain of reality. This is not a time for turning things around, it is about accepting what is, and committing to follow through with it. In the meantime, all that cosmic heat from last month is cooling off, and we can all breathe into this pause and this moment of acceptance.
Horoscopes by Aerin Fogel. Illustrations by Stefanie Ayoub.
Jump to: ARIES | TAURUS | GEMINI | CANCER | LEO | VIRGO | LIBRA | SCORPIO | SAGITTARIUS | CAPRICORN | AQUARIUS | PISCES |]]>
In many people’s books, glitter is regarded as a nuisance—an unnecessary substance that makes a huge mess and never really seems to fully go away. Our humble opinion? Those people are boring.
Whether it be in the form of sequins, chunks, flakes, crystals, or powder, glitter adds a touch of magic and fun to everything it lands upon (including pets, partner’s faces, your kitchen table, etc.). As a result it has pretty much been a constant on the runway (in beauty and the clothing itself) for ages, rising to almost epidemic level over the past few seasons. From Rodarte to local sensation Hayley Elsaesser, designers have been dumping glitter on models without restraint, and we’re far from tired of the trend.
We put together four simple tutorials inspired by some of our favourite glitter looks to help get you (and most likely your entire bathroom) as sparkly as possible.]]>
Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at email@example.com or ask away in the comments below.
What can I use to keep my oily skin matte and give my skin a bit of coverage?
It’s one thing to seek out a product that addresses shine, it’s another to enlist a product that can keep skin matte and give you some coverage for a fresh face. Keep shine at bay with a pore-smoothing tinted mattifier, like La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur ($30, at drugstores). The formula helps diminish unwanted shine and the appearance of pores with the help of your new favourite ingredient, airlicium, which absorbs three times its weight in oil instantly. The formula also contains perlite, which is an anti-humidity ingredient that keeps skin matte.
What’s a quick way to give my eyes definition?
You have an array of options, from pencils to shadows to cream and gel pots; determining ease of application of all these options isn’t exactly straightforward or simple. Allow us to direct you to a particularly foolproof product: Rodial Eye Sculpt ($34, at Murale). The formula occupies a space somewhere between gel and cream shadow, and the taupe-brown-plum shade can be swooshed across lids with a fluffy eyeshadow brush for a speedy, effortless defined eye. Add more to the lash line and outer corner to elevate the look for evening, resulting in the chicest smokey eye (lazy girls and makeup novices everywhere, rejoice!). Bonus: You can define your brows with this unique cream by running it through brow hairs on an angled brush.
Is there a way to make my mascara less clumpy when I add more to my lashes before heading out for the night?
Topping up your mascara is one of a handful of ways to add to your makeup when transitioning from day to night, but finding yourself with thick, spider-y lashes is never the goal. Try running Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection ($19, sephora.ca) through your lashes with your existing mascara in tact. The lightweight, oil-free serum formula is designed to soften your previously applied mascara coats to prep them for fresh coats, drastically reducing your chances of clumpiness. The lightweight formula contains copper powder and vitamin B5 to condition lashes and bind moisture to them for improved strength.
I have short hair and usually use wax in my hair, but I’m not that into the stiff texture. What should I use instead for a softer hold?
Soft hair doesn’t necessarily mean structured style day in, day out. Switch up your styling products to experiment with different textures and finishes, like Parlor by Jeff Chastain Reworkable Hold Paste ($27, birchbox.ca). This hybrid paste-wax formula contains sweet almond extract for added softness and shine, allowing you to achieve a soft hold without committing to a particular style for the whole day while panthenol strengthens hair with each use. It’s key to start with a small amount of product on dry or damp hair and gradually build up the application if necessary – a little goes a long way and it’s easy to overdo it with pastes/waxes/pomades. Bonus: This stuff smells fantastic!
How can I cleanse my irritated, itchy skin without further agitating it?
Irritated, itchy skin can be brought on by any number of factors, and cleansing with traditional cleansers can definitely exacerbate the skin further. Try opting for a really gentle cleanser that improves the skin’s natural barrier to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself, like Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil ($28, well.ca). This gel-textured cleansing oil contains an omega complex that helps strengthen your skin’s hydrolipic barrier while thermal spring waters reduce discomfort, soften skin reduce skin’s hyper-reactivity. Apply to dry skin and gently massage into skin to cleanse without aggressive ingredients.
On Friday, FASHION hosted its second Fashion Week Awards, crowning the best and brightest stars of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. After a successful first run last season, the event tripled in size, going from an intimate cocktail party to a downright throw down. Over 1,000 partygoers hit the financial district’s storied Design Exchange to find out who was to take home the night’s coveted awards, which honoured everything from the heavyweights (Pink Tartan’s strongest collection in years) to the newcomers (Montreal-based Atelier Wonder’s Blade Runner ode). That, and for the ultimate TGIF celebration, with everyone from Joe Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran to Greta Constantine designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill joining in on World MasterCard Fashion Week’s finale night.
Check out our winners list below and don’t forget to vote your favourite designer over at our People’s Choice page:
Best Collection: Pink Tartan (view collection)
Best Emerging Designer: Atelier Wonder (view collection)
Best Model: Kiera Meldum (view images)
Best Styling: Patrick Vimbor for Mackage (view collection)
Best Menswear: 3 Paradis (view collection)
Best Makeup: Grace Lee for Maybelline, Mikhael Kale (view images)
Best Hair: Jorge Joao for Redken, Mikael D (view images)
It was a buzzy week for A-list stars with the Kids’ Choice Awards and the iHeart Radio Awards both taking place this past weekend (meaning tons of looks for us to swoon over).
Over at the Kids’ Choice Awards, Sarah Hyland walked the
red orange carpet in tried-and-true all white, while Iggy Azalea showed off a softer side in a Temperley London maxi skirt and crop top. Angelina Jolie (and her two daughters) also graced the kid-friendly event. At her first public event since her heartfelt open letter in the New York Times, Jolie gave an inspiring speech after accepting the Best Villian Award for Maleficent.
At Sunday’s iHeart Radio Awards, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night, leaving with several trophies (including the coveted Artist of the Year award). Though there’s much to envy about Tay-Tay’s sparkly Kaufmanfranco LBD, Rihanna no doubt won the little black dress battle with her Adam Selman mini dress. Performing her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money,” Rih gave us plenty inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day next year. Draped in the fluffiest Versace fur coat we’ve ever seen, the singer topped it all off with green accessories (like thigh-high patent boots) all from the Versace Fall 2015 collection.
Topping our list off are the belles of the Mad Men’s Red and Black ball, and the Dior darlings at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Mid-Winter Gala. We round up our 10 best-dressed celebrities of the week.]]>
The case for streamlining may be gaining steam, but what’s fashion without a little glitz? Nada, according to Italian designer Fausto Puglisi, who has taken Milan by storm since launching his wildly embellished, ‘80s-inspired (and totally Versace-esque) collections just two years ago. In such a short time, he’s caught the eye of everyone from Kate Hudson to Rita Ora to Jennifer Aniston and appeared on our cover not once, but twice. Retailers are also picking him up—and fast!—with Holt Renfrew trumpeting his Spring 2015 collection with an underground party just in time for the designer’s Toronto visit.
The event gave local Puglisi enthusiasts the chance to brighten a dreary March day by wearing his colourful pieces—namely socialite Sylvia Mantella, who reached back into the designer’s Fall 2014 with her mirror-embellished vibrant mini skirt. Puglisi’s palm tree prints and vibrant combos also appeared on partygoers elsewhere in the room, many of whom were charmed by the designer and his strapping entourage happily chatting the night away.]]>
Toronto Fashion Week has officially wrapped up and we’re taking a look back at the best beauty looks from the Fall 2015 shows. We previously talked about loving the bright blue eyeliner we saw on the runways, as well as the many uses of lip balm that we picked up backstage, but now that we’ve had a chance to reflect on the week that just passed, we’re noticing a few standout trends.
While graphic liner made gorgeous appearances at shows like Helder Diego and Sid Neigum, coloured liner stole the show at Hayley Elsaesser, Mackage and Mikhael Kale (actually, the latter featured orange lipstick used as liner), and natural makeup popped up at Pink Tartan, the beauty looks that really captured our hearts were the most classic: a simple cat-eye and red lip on one hand, and a smokey eye on the other. At Farley Chatto, Narces and Kania, red lips and black winged liner felt fresh and fun again. Over at Melissa Nepton, Hilary MacMillan and Soia & Kyo, we were reminded why a smokey eye will never go out of style.
Over in the hair department, we saw loose braids inspired by Joan of Arc at David Dixon, double French twists and V-shaped parts at Vawk, and extreme top knots at Mikael D, proving that a good updo is not to be overlooked. Oh and, did we mention that nail art is still going strong? From the camo-printed nails at Hayley Elsaesser to the burgundy chevrons at Mackage, we couldn’t help but be inspired to dust off our trusty nail art pen.
So what did we learn from the beauty looks at Toronto Fashion Week this season? While we’re still into no-makeup makeup and loose, messy waves, it’s cool to look like you put some effort into your look again.]]>
At the recent Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, a socialite swished and squished between tables in the most enormous, elaborate ballgown seen on this side of a televised royal wedding. Of course it was by Mikael D, because no one in Canada is doing what the Montreal-raised designer is doing when it comes to red carpet style. “It’s an aesthetic that I’ve kept, and clients come to me for that look,” said D backstage before his Fall 2015 presentation at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. “To change would be like telling Oscar de la Renta to stop making gowns or Zac Posen to stop using taffeta.”
Local socialites like Jenna Bitove (said swisher) and Krystal Koo are longtime fans, and this “Mystical China” collection demonstrates how D has been influenced by his growth in the Asian market. “We have a lot of clients from that area, so I’ve really had to dive into that, and it interests and intrigues me.” After opening dramatically to the sound of pulsing Taiko drums and the sight of young dancers in choreographed martial arts sequences, a parade of ornate gowns—predominantly black, red and gold—glided down the runway. D’s way with transparency is particularly spectacular. His play with sheer textiles can slash and favourably contour a woman’s body, or it can appear as ladylike peekaboo lace. Sometimes that nude detailing can seem almost dangerous, like a tattoo onto its wearer (it’s also refreshing to see a designer use runway models with feminine curves to support the gowns). Ever the traditionalist, D closed his presentation, and fashion week, for that matter, with a bride in gown. The base of the dress is made up of 250 yards of gathered tulle, topped with a layer of white horse hair fabric and metallic Chantilly lace. The train was embellished with four flowers—peony, lotus, narcissus and daffodil—each hugely symbolic in Chinese culture. Mystical, indeed.]]>
A good soundtrack is enough to convince me to like anything, not that Malorie Urbanovitch’s Fall 2015 collection needed any help. To the heady tunes of Only Lovers Left Alive, the Edmonton-based designer let out a quiet, cozy ode to Morocco, where she recently drew inspiration. The collection, a tasseled trip through the artisanal booths that line Marrakech, featured hand-woven intarsia knits, button-down mini-dresses and retro-bent seperates. Keeping the palette in autumn territory, Urbanovitch’s statement was made with lime green ostrich feathers, which hung from three finale pieces. The tidy range was so perfect for understated cool girls that, naturally, we’ll be stocking up.]]>
It’s been 25 years since the release of Pretty Woman. Now, let that sink in.
The classic Cinderella film starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts not only sparked girls to daydream of having someone wave a bouquet of roses in the air whilst riding in a limo (with “La Traviata” blasting in the background, of course), but also featured some of the most iconic outfits in Hollywood history.
This week, The Today Show reunited the main cast and director Garry Marshall for a two-part special and it gave us so many feelings. Though it was tough to see Gere drawing blanks when recalling memorable lines, Roberts on the other hand, didn’t disappoint and was on it, including tidbits like how she got Gere on board for the movie. Spoiler: It was via a post-it note.
But, back to the clothes. There’s no doubt to this day the Pretty Woman wardrobe is still an inspiration to us all – celebrities and designers included. Honestly, who doesn’t see a red gown and not think of that scene. And when it comes to the best movie makeover montages, Vivian’s trashy-to-chic transformation is definitely at the top of our list, with Tai from Clueless and Mia from Princess Diaries following closely behind.
So without further ado, we’re commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pretty Woman with a round up the 10 most iconic looks from the film. Quotes included.]]>
Do you wear healing crystals? Maybe on a necklace, a ring or just a loose stone that you carry in your purse for good luck? I do (all of the above!) and the one closest to my heart—physically and emotionally—is a Titanium Quartz stone necklace to help unleash creative juices, cure writer’s block and assist in reading the energies of people around me. Not to mention the fact that it’s crazy-pretty. So while I’m no stranger to the world of crystals, I was a stranger to the concept of crystal sex toys. And not to be presumptuous but I’ll go ahead and assume you are, too.
Enter Chakrubs, a sex toy company founded by Vanessa Cuccia, who came up with the idea when she was studying crystals while working at a sex shop, and decided to put the two together. “[While working] at a sex shop and handling these gadgets and toys, I just wasn’t [feeling] compelled to buy any of the items,” she explains. “Crystals are obviously gorgeous and with all their metaphysical benefits, it really made sense. They also hold temperature really well, so if you wanted to use them warm, you’d just run them under warm tap water.”
Chakrubs currently sells a handful of different types of crystals—green aventurine, black onyx, rose quartz, orange aventurine, white jade—which are sourced from all around the world. “We find the mother stone (which is a really big chunk of crystal), and after that, it gets broken down into smaller pieces,” explains Cuccia. “Then they’re hand-polished, so there [are] no chemicals, no dyes or anything. When they come to me, they’re polished and shaped [by lapidaries] and I cleanse them energetically. I have music playing and I sage and then they get put into hand-sewn pouches and wrapped up in tissue paper, then it goes out with a love letter and information sheet.”
So how are the crystals chosen? Why isn’t there a diamond Chakrub? “[It depends on] if we can get the mother stone in a large size. A lot of crystals you can’t get in a large enough size to be broken down into these shapes. It also has to do with what I feel would be beneficial to someone.” Each crystal serves a different purpose, so the best way to choose the one for you is to read up on the crystal’s healing properties and figure out what you need, well, healed. “The black onyx is my favourite because it’s good for removing blocks and transforming negative energy into something positive,” says Cuccia. This is the same one that helps with getting over past relationships, FYI.
The most popular is the Heart Chakrub, which is made of 100% rose quartz and is easily the prettiest thing that will ever live on your bedside table. It comes in a shade so perfectly pink it might as well be an Essie nail polish—something from the bridal collections. It works to cleanse your heart chakra and “opens you up to all kinds of love.” Cuccia tells me that she has plans to expand to a larger range of crystals in the near future. Next up? “Carnelian, for sure, which is a red crystal for the root chakra. It has to do with love and passion.”
“I read [negative] comments. A lot of people say that it’s placebo. That’s definitely something that I face and will face more for sure. Even if that is true, even if we discover none of this is [real], it’s still just a beautiful sex toy,” says Cuccia.
More than that, Chakrubs also help in seriously amazing ways, like being part of the Crime Victims Unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital. “The [staff] holds meditation sessions with groups of patients who have had sexual traumas. They said they didn’t have anything that would help [their patients] become accepting to the idea of penetration again, but because [Chakrubs] is therapeutic and because of the philosophy behind it [...] this could be very beneficial to them. I know there’s a lot of shock factor right now because it’s a crystal sex toy, but my goal is to reach communities where there’s oppression or sexual violence, and misunderstanding about love and sex.”
“It’s funny, I don’t actually think about the orgasm part of it much. It really is more about the practice that comes with it. But yes, I know what I’m doing is putting out sex toys,” she laughs.
Browse the gallery of Chakrubs below.]]>
World MasterCard Fashion Week may be coming to a close this evening, but we’re not done documenting our favourite street style looks. Making the day four cut are bold separates, sleek silhouettes and fringe.
Style panelists Mo Handahu and Kayla Short, along with their squad of fellow bloggers and style aficionados, made an entrance in a bevy of loud prints and patterns, evocative of ensembles you’d see on the streets of Milan. And oversized botanicals had us wishing for spring weather, blooming from scarves and coats.
Clean, streamlined contours also caught our eye. FASHION’s April cover star, Elisha Cuthbert, was wrapped in a structural grey coat, while Olympic figure skater Tessa Virtue arrived in a sleek LBD paired with silver pumps. We also caught model Paul Mason making a run for it in a navy jacket, dark-wash denim and classic Wayfarers. Ainsley Kerr was all smiles (and legs!), incorporating colour into her minimal look and a blush pink topper.
And finally, a nod to one of this season’s biggest trends, fringe was spotted swinging from scarves, handbags and skirts.]]>
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TGIF, indeed! Kate Middleton blessed us with one last appearance before she goes off to prep for Royal Baby #2. She may have got the world buzzing with her affordable Asos dress at her last rumoured appearance, but we think today’s outfit is a beautiful way to end Royal Baby Bump Watch II.
Though the due date is fast approaching (it’s rumoured to be April 20th), the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a jam-packed day. Prince William and Kate visited volunteers, supporters and press from organizations like the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust at the Stephen Lawrence Centre and the XLP (The eXeL Project), which are charities working towards creating brighter futures for young people with tragic pasts.
Kate has been keeping things relatively neutral and subdued, wardrobe wise, in the past month. But for today’s outing, the Duchess looked radiant in a fuchsia double-breasted, wool and silk blend coat by Mulberry. However, choosing a rather punchy pink colour for today’s meetings has us questioning if Kate is hinting the sex of the baby? (!!!) Only time will tell.
We last saw Kate wearing this vibrant pink coat in New York at the National September 11th Memorial Museum. While she worked a more winter-appropriate look back then, with spring having sprung, the Duchess went sans tights this time around. Opting for the same black accessories, which also happen to be her fave combo as of late, Kate completed her outfit with a pair of black Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps and a Mulberry Bayswater clutch. And under all that envious, luscious hair, Kate accessorized with new Kiki McDonough morganite cushion-cut earrings.
Let the countdown begin!]]>
A lot can happen in seven days. That’s why every Friday, we’re going to take time to look at three beauty moments we had feelings about that week, and discuss them accordingly.
1. Rihanna’s eyebrows are the stuff Cara Delevingne’s dreams are made of
After being led to believe that Rihanna was dropping a surprise album on us this week (because some of us just wanted to believe it), we were graced with a new single and album art instead. So for the record, the song is great. And if you’re the bitch Rihanna is asking for money from, I hope you’ve handed it over by now. But — and maybe controversially — the album art is even better.
Featuring Rihanna in a leather jacket, slicked back hair, and the strongest eyebrows in the game (sorry, Cara), the cover maintains her legacy of reinvention by delivering a toned down — and tougher-looking — version of herself. The look comes courtesy of makeup artist Yadim, who masterminded Lady Gaga’s face in the “Applause” video, and who has also subsequently now kick-started and even bigger brow trend. Rihanna, where were you to save us when we were all over-plucking in high school?]]>
Aussie-based Hayley Elsaesser debuted her second World Mater Card Fashion Week show last night in Toronto, illuminating the runway with her Midnight Cowboy-inspired prints. Backstage, Elsaesser described the collection’s theme as Western meets samurai meets disco—somehow, it all worked.
While prints continue to be Elsaesser’s focus (and how could they not be for the woman who invented an eight ball wearing a cowboy hat!), she experimented with intarsia knit for the first time, resulting an ultra-cool and colourful camo sweater. With an emerging worldwide cliental varying in size, shape and age, Elsaesser cast the show with a mix of models, street kids and friends. Adding some extra street style steez, Toronto-based stylist Romany Williams mismatched the pieces alongside neon hair extensions and pop art nails.
It’s safe to say Elsaesser’s quirky follow up to last year’s FASHION Magazine Award-winning collection is street style snap-worthy for sure. It’s most certainly coming to a Beckerman near you.]]>
We are always proponents of trying new beauty products that initially cause us to cock an (immaculately groomed, hello!) brow. From ingredient names that make our ears perk up, to new services (lest we forget brow extensions), just tell us when and where and we’re game. Our latest foray into “WTF is this?” beauty: Holika Holika‘s Pig Collagen Jelly Pack.
We’ve talked about our love of Holika Holika in the past so it wasn’t hard to convince us to slather this stuff on. It is, as the name suggests, made with collagen that’s extracted from the skin of a pig. If that doesn’t turn you off (vegans and vegetarians obviously need not apply), then keep reading! Collagen is something that’s found in everyone’s skin and it’s what provides that firmness and plumpness that we’re all after. As we age, we lose that firmness, and that’s where masks, creams and fillers come into play.
The Holika Holika Pig Collagen Jelly Pack is a light pink gel that has the consistency of Jell-O, and has a fresh floral scent, making it a breeze to pat on your face at night and sleep in. When you wash it off in the AM, you’re left with skin that’s firmer, brighter and ultra-moisturized (and stays moisturized all day, thanks to collagen’s ability to lock in moisture). It’s also made with gold extract so it has flecks of gold throughout. How’s that for a glam product made of pig guts?
Oh and one more thing: you should know that the mask actually jiggles if you shake the jar. We told you: Jell-O!
Holika Holika Pig Collagen Jelly Pack ($20, holikaholika.ca)]]>
Dreary, overcast skies had nothing on yesterday’s trendy kids who congregated outside of the tents at David Pecaut Square. And what better than a drab day to showcase a lineup of talented designers like Malorie Urbanovitch and Hayley Elsaesser who are always able to perk us up? Given that temps earlier this week called for elaborate furs and layers of heavy-duty leather, we couldn’t be more excited about this round up of quirky, statement-making (literally) ensembles.
The scene outside was all about practical footwear, with guests in sneakers ranging from the usual (Converse Chuck Taylors) to fashion-girl-cool (vibrant New Balances that would make Jenna Lyons proud) to #throwback (platforms à la Spice Girls).
Montreal bloggers, the Trollsen Twins, proclaimed their love for Atelier Wonder, decked out in the label’s looks. We also loved the printed Hayley Elsaesser look from the designer’s “Heavenly Bodies” collection. Pastels were also in full swing: head-to-toe mint pantsuits and ladylike overcoats in lilac and baby pink had us swooning. Lastly, can we just mention how much we’re feeling the male model post-Hayley Elsaesser who was channeling major Basquiat vibes?]]>
Kendall Jenner strikes again. After a stellar line-up of Fall 2015 shows, a new Estée Lauder campaign and the super hot Vogue spread of Hollywood’s New Brat Pack, Jenner is making fashion headlines again this week as the face of the new Calvin Klein Jeans #mycalvins Denim Series.
It was only a matter of time for the brand to name the It model a leading face in its new campaign, after Jenner posted a teaser four months ago.
According to the press release, this new series was sparked by the success of the #mycalvins social media campaign, thanks to a list of influencers that included A-list stars, models, musicians and athletes who showed off their love for the brand via selfies. With Jenner’s #mycalvins photo generating 865K likes to date, it was a no brainer for the brand to have the hot model to rep the collection.
“Kendall is a modern beauty who brings her youthful spirit and edge to this special Calvin Klein Jeans campaign,” said Melisa Goldie, CMO of Calvin Klein, Inc. “Kendall’s powerful fan base and global reach will further amplify the current cultural conversation surrounding the Calvin Klein Jeans brand and highlight this exciting limited edition.”
Inspired by the athleisure trend popular amongst the fashion crowd, a post-workout-looking Jenner and male model Simon Nessman, show off the collection (and their bods) in various denim rinses, as well as cropped tees, sweatshirts, sweatpants plastered with the Calvin logo.
“This series is an expression of the athletic trend that’s happening right now,” said Kevin Carrigan, Calvin Klein Jeans’ Global Creative Director. “I designed an assortment of unisex tees and tops to be mixed with denim in elevated street styles. These are the ideal wardrobe essentials for an active, youthful lifestyle like Kendall’s.”
The limited collection will be rolling out on April 15th on openingceremony.us and be further distributed to calvinklein.com on May 15th. Mark it on your calendars, because with denim and sport chic being two of Spring 2015’s most wearable trends, it’s going to be a sell-out.]]>
Ah, blue eyeliner. Are there any two words in the beauty industry more ’80s-flashback-inducing? Backstage at yesterday’s Toronto Fashion Week shows, we spotted two very different—but equally bright—iterations of the trend, and somehow our most-feared look quickly became the most intriguing.
First, at Hayley Elsaesser (left), makeup artist Grace Lee applied a short stripe (about half an inch) of blue eyeliner in the middle of models’ lower lash lines for a bold, but not at all overwhelming, pop of colour that was fresh and modern in a way we never imagined blue liner could be.
For a bolder look, the arctic-inspired Mackage Fall 2015 show (right) featured models sporting thick colour-blocked liner in blue and black (white and gold?) that extended straight from the inner corners of each eye right across to the end of the models’ brows for a clean, graphic look.
We can’t believe we’re saying this, but someone pass the blue eyeliner. We’re officially converts.]]>
It’s not exactly a revelation to say that Mackage co-creative directors Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan know what’s up when it comes to making frigid temps look good. It’s also no surprise that the duo would look directly to Mother Nature’s recently brutal behavior for Fall 2015 inspiration.
Flanking their runway with a Group of Seven-worthy mountain range, the mood was set for a palette of ashy greys and creamy whites. Bold splashes of bordeaux added hints of warmth and richness, while copious amounts leather and fur infused designs with the brand’s signature luxe aesthetic.
Movement was a fresh focus for the collection, which played out in an abundance of free-flowing fringe that covered everything from ponchos to belts to extra-long, luscious scarves. Exaggerated shearling collars bounced and came alive as models walked, while floor-dusting skirts and a decadently draped robe coat had an almost liquid quality to them.
There was a palpable seventies vibe (surprise!) that lent itself nicely to the retro-tinged bombers and high-waisted snowpants. Slim turtlenecks and quilted flares were seemingly tailor made for the chalet set, and are sure to be a hit with snow bunnies from Tremblant all the way to Sun Valley. For the guys, a range of navy and olive-hued parkas made the case for a return to some seriously dapper ski style.
Not to be overlooked were the bags, which despite being introduced by the label only a few seasons ago, have become some of their most coveted items. This time around there were roomy messengers, slouchy hobos, and mini backpacks to lust over (prominently showcased thanks to the models lanky locks being swept to the side via crisscrossing bobby pins).
Post show, attendees flocked to the after party at EFS, where long-time collaborator of the brand and NYC-resident DJ Brendan Fallis hit the decks with a bevvy of pulsating tunes. Fashion folk sipped on appendage-warming libations while dancing amidst the club’s wood paneled walls—a modern day après, indeed.]]>
With mega brands opting out of the runways faster than you can say Joe Fresh, the best way for World MasterCard Fashion Week to turn a new coin is with an influx of new talent. Yesterday’s kaleidoscopic batch of shows served up just that, by way of Sydney, Edmonton and the like. Newest on the scene was Montreal-based Atelier Wonder, with its riotous prints and loyal following of nouveau Club Kids lining the front rows.
Designed by 26-year-old Paulina Wonders, the three season-old label is an Instagram-worthy dream of cacophonous colour combos, mismatched patches and ironic symbolism. This season, Wonders took a dip into Blade Runner territory, emblazoning dresses with video game prints and accessorizing with robot sunglasses. She also entered unfamiliar territory, experimenting for the first time with hand embroidery on a standout coat, covered in sequin shooting stars and the word “Escape” in bright yellow lettering.
Regardless of the growing slickness at the tents, it’s homegrown creativity that keeps things interesting. Wonders has proved she’s got imagination in spades.]]>