“The truth is, “fast fashion” is a deeply unsustainable model. And by emphasising recycling rather than tackling the root cause of why people continue to buy and dispose of larger and larger quantities of lighter, thinner and less well-made clothing, consumers are reassured that they can continue shopping as normal.”—BoF
Stylicity is back, in tandem with World MasterCard Fashion Week, and I’m reporting from Bloor-Yorkville this time around. I spend a lot of time in this neighbourhood since it’s very close to where I live so I was pleased to be representing this part of Toronto. In the summer months, Bloor-Yorkville is a great place to people watch on any of their posh patios and in the winter, the neighbourhood is lit up with whimsical lights on the trees, which makes it a dream to see.
You can find some of my favourite shops participating in Stylicity along with my favourite pieces of the season. Don’t forget to check out http://worldmastercardfashionweek.com/stylicity for all the merchants and neighbourhoods. Happy Shopping!!!
One of the most awesome cover songs in a long time. The perfect combination of a good/great original given a very unique interpretation by another fantastic artist. Matthew Houck really makes this his own.
It was an autumn evening in New York City (the inaugural FNO) when I set eyes on what was an unconventional take on the tuxedo shirt. I remember trying it on feeling like I should probably be hanging out at Medieval Times and thinking that only made my desire increase (and thus explains my fashion quirk). I bought the blouse - it was expensive and I didn’t recognize who this designer was but I was in love with this new piece and that’s all that mattered.
This is the blouse, I wish my Blackberry took better photos.
I later visited Voguepedia to conduct background research on Phillip Lim; where did he come from and why hadn’t I known about him before? In the subsequent months, I ended up spending more money on Phillip Lim pieces; anytime I saw something on a rack, it beckoned me.
This is another Phillip Lim dress; I think it now lives in my Mom’s closet.
Phillip Lim has made his mark in contemporary womenswear in just a few short years and continues to build his brand with many loyal consumers. …and then came the diffusion line. The announcement of Phillip Lim x Target was exciting for a number of reasons - mostly to do with the fact that it was the first collaboration to appear in Canadian Target stores. We all oogled over the lookbook anticipating the day that some of those pieces could land in our closets. …and then the day came. My husband thought I was a lunatic when I told him I was getting up super early on Sunday (I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was a lunatic as well). Alas, the next morning I did get up, picked up some friends and drove to Target. It was 7AM. Fall decided that it wanted to make its debut on this specific morning, which made for an incredibly chilly (hour-long) wait. A lovely (and otherwise oblivious) Target manager tried to explain the way things were going to work once the doors to the store opened. She promised that there was “plenty of product” and that we should be “aware of the others around us” and “not to inflict any injuries upon anyone”. We got nervous. Me: “We aren’t running.” Jamie: “We are totaly not running, that’s crazy.” The doors opened. At the entrance, there was a gentleman holding a tray of Starbucks coffee but I am certain that no one even noticed him or his kind gesture. We started walking briskly, which eventually turned into a light jog and then I lost Jamie. There were clothes flying everywhere, women yelling, children wailing and employees with utter fear in their eyes. I frantically searched for a rack with the mini-sachel I was after - but couldn’t find it anywhere. And then I saw her; a crazy woman with eight mini-satchels in her hands. What the fuck was she doing with eight satchels (other than being the greediest bitch alive)? At that point I was out - I was not going to subject myself to elbows, screams in my ears and any other form of uncivilized shit that was going on. At 8:07AM, Jamie and I regrouped and headed to Starbucks (and away from the madness). We stood there for a minute and assessed (what was supposed to be) the Phillip Lim section and were mortified by the aftermath. I’m sure it took the Target staff a good amount of time to merchandise the items. I’m also sure that they aren’t getting paid enough to be treated like shit by petty fashion girls looking for a cheap (no seriously, cheap) thrill. With coffee in our hands, we walked back to the scene (we thought we would do a last once-over in case we’d missed something) and found two associates auctioning off discarded pieces from the fitting room. We retreated back to the car; confused suffering retail PTSD. I think I’ve written a few posts on the topic of diffusion lines and how they dilute a designer’s brand and while that may sound like an incredibly elitest thing to say - I can assure you that I’m in no financial place to afford most of the brands that do participate in these collaborations (see Maison Martin Margiela). Had I been able to purchase that mini-satchel, I would have. However, I truly believe that the poor quality and hardware (that will no doubt tarnish before snowfall) would have made me cringe and said satchel would find itself neglected in a closet. That same day, after brunch, I strolled into Holt Renfrew and treated myself to the real mini-satchel.
When I first read 48-Hour Body by Tim Ferris, I thought he was a complete nut job. Tim writes extensively about thermogenesis and ice baths. He claims you can reduce fat loss up to 300% by filling a bathtub full of ice and cold water to your waist and submerging yourself in it for at…