Afternoon Delight: Helmut Lang’s perfectly ’90s silk organza slip dress

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Helmut Lang Silk Organza Dress

What says Good Friday like a brand spankin’ new party dress? Actually, I have no idea. I don’t celebrate. If I did though, Good Friday would probably mean something along the lines of a splurge and Helmut Lang‘s fuchsia silk organza slip dress fits that bill to a T. The label takes a page from its own 1990s book with this look, but the updated vibrant hue feels oh so 2014.

Helmut Lang silk organza dress ($581, net-a-porter.com)


Snapped by Tommy Ton: “We’re entering a new era of fashion”

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Tommy Ton Kate Davidson Hudson

Kate Davidson Hudson shot by Tommy Ton outside New York Fashion Week

“This was the very first photo I took from the spring season. Sometimes it takes a couple of days to feel like you’re seeing something new that inspires you, but when I saw Kate coming up the steps, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I need to take this picture right away.’ I love how polished and pared-back she looks. The simple crop top, the subtle LV bag, the Céline sandals—they whisper, they don’t shout, which is what most people do at fashion week. The whole fashion logo thing is very dated, I think. It’s just so contrived at this point. With Marc Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton, I think we’ll see a shift in Paris. We’re entering a new era of fashion, moving toward this different way of dressing that goes back to being comfortable and real and at ease. Amanda Brooks, the former fashion director of Barneys, wrote something on her blog recently that I think is very important: ‘Simple clothes don’t cover things up, they reveal who you are. It’s better to be seen than to be noticed.’ It’s all about being who you are, liking simpler things and not being caught up in the whole circus of everything.”


How to dress for freelance life: 5 wardrobe tips that take the homebody out of working from home

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How to dress freelance

If you’re one of the almost 20% of Canadians working from home, you’ve likely faced what we like to call the “Outdoor Dilemma:” Part-timing it as an entrepreneur, mommy blogger or cam girl (just kidding) all day long and realizing at some god-forsaken hour that you need to exit the house. You’re out of groceries. The Pringles stash must be replenished. You reach one hand up to your ratty, tangled nest of hair and one hand down to your no-pants and realize this is impossible. Hungry and cold, you settle into bed without dinner, starved by your own lack of world-ready attire.

No more. I’m here to tell you: You can dress like a comfortable human while easily transitioning from “reclined in my office space/Girls viewing theatre” to “elegant coffee shop patron.” Here’s how to dress for a chic freelance life:


Afternoon delight: SkinCeuticals’ Phloretin CF antioxidant gives good skin

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SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

Antioxidants are one of those products that you don’t really know you need to use until an expert lectures-slash-informs you, and then you’ll wonder how your skin’s survived this long without. Think of antioxidants as a super-packed serum: You apply it post-cleanser and pre-moisturizer, so your skin can really absorb all of the vitamins within. For SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, this includes 2% phloretin, 10% L-ascorbic acid (that’s Vitamin C) and 0.5% ferulic acid, which work to brighten and tighten skin, encourage cell turnover (hello, more collagen!) and, most importantly, protect against damage from UVA and UVB radiation. If you’re just getting on the daily SPF train or are still feeling guilty about sun exposure from your teenage years, this antioxidant is for you: it can actually help repair past sun damage and works best when paired with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep future damage at bay. Plus, I really just like how it feels when I dab it onto my skin.

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF antioxidant ($165, skinceuticals.com/canada)


Afternoon delight: Miista’s see-through strap Ava sandals are a raver chic dream

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Miista Ava Triple Strap Heels

These babies are just enough raver to satisfy my ’90s nostalgia need, with the kind of chunky platform action to ensure that long summertime walks are possible. For those who are freaked by a completely see-through strap, the teeny metallic flecks should accent your feet with an otherworldly edge.

Miista Ava triple strap sandal ($183, nastygal.com)


Step into Spring with our Style Profiler (Sponsored)

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Spring 2014 Report: 3 trends, 24 must-have accessories

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Spring 2014 Must Have Accessories

For those of you who ain’t the type to completely trend-ify your wardrobe, let your extras do the talking with this list of 24 accessories for the foolproof freshen up.

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Beauty Fix: At-home laser hair removal that really works, the best multitasking products and more

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Beauty Fix

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 beautyfix@fashionmagazine.com.

I feel like most serums I come across are meant for anti-aging purposes. Does anything exist for acne-prone skin?
Anti-aging skincare accounts for a significant proportion of the products available on the market, and we’re always told it’s never too early to start exploring the options available to us. However, when you’re preoccupied with acne concerns, it can seem like every advanced product out there is for anti-aging. Not so! Estée Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum ($64, esteelauder.ca) will become a mainstay in your skincare routine because in addition to refining pores, calming skin and reducing redness thanks to algae and caffeine, it will use salicylic acid to stop breakout cycles from reoccurring. The serum works in a gentle way on a daily basis, giving you more even and balanced skin with continued use. Read more »


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