Sunday, January 31, 2010

Red Carpet so Bright you have to Wear Shades

The beginning of a new year not only means fulfilling your New Years Resolutions but also enjoying the onslaught of award season. It is a chance to see how Hollywood's talented actresses interpret the designs of fashion's highest talent. The 2010 SAG Awards did not disappoint. Coming down the red carpet was a burst of bright saturated colours. Check it out!




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Who knew that SAG Awards would bring out the bright side in Hollywood? Each of these stars show that if you want to stand out, colour is the way to go. Bright colours are one of the first things that I think of when choosing an outfit for it is one of the things that can take an outfit from drab to fab!

(Editor's Note: Although this bright red Marchesa Dress worn by Rebecca Gayheart is from the 2008 SAG Awards, I couldn't resist. The ruffle-y details that frame the corseted middle are absolutely beautiful.)

Amanda

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Day in the Life: I Had a Fashion Dream Part Four

"Academia, you lift me up, soothe me with your words, when I need your love"-Sia

As students at fashion school (or any one who has ever wanted an internship in the fashion industry) may know, a large number of companies require that in order to obtain an internship with them, you must be able to receive academic credit.

This is something that I used to not quite understand. I thought that having an on par resume, tons of experience and enough drive should be enough to secure an internship. What difference did it make if someone was not enrolled in a school program that did not require that they receive academic credit? Wasn't passion enough? This hurdle can make it even harder for people to obtain their ideal work placement.

I know first hand, because I have been in that situation. However I did not let that stop me. In search for my dream New York City internship, if I found a job posting that stated for academic credit only I would still apply, because in some cases this means that the company requires that you are a full-time student and can provide documentation of this. Fair enough. Unfortunately, that is not the case with a lot of companies and because I am currently enrolled in a program that does not provide academic credit for work placements, I was in a dilly of a pickle.

What was I to do? I wasn't going to shelve my dream just because I have reached a small stumbling block. I decided that I needed to do some serious research and find a way to overcome this. Through my extensive hunt I was able to discover that several New York City-based schools offer internship programs such as, Fordham University and there are often college programs that offer post-graduate programs that have work placement courses.

Upon discovering this I was overjoyed! This made it possible for me to be one step closer to my dream. I have since enrolled in a program that will provide me with academic credit and this will give me opportunity to get my New York City fashion internship! :) Being enrolled in two programs can be challenging but it will be worth it. Sometimes you have to make small sacrifices to get where you want to be.

New York City fashion world here I come! Stay tuned!

Amanda

Friday, January 22, 2010

Galen Weston Sets His Sights on Barneys New York


Last fall, rumors began to fly stating that CEO of Loblaw Corporation, Galen Weston had the intentions of purchasing America luxury department store, Barney's New York. For those that may be thinking, "What does the owner of a grocery store chain know about fashion?" Well, let me fill you in my dears.

Weston's Loblaw Companies own luxury companies such as, Holt Renfrew, Selfridges in the UK and Brown Thomas in Ireland as well as Loblaws grocery stores that are in partnership with Joseph Mimran & Associates, which runs the affordable, chic Joe Fresh.

For years, Barneys New York has suffered a great deal of financial trouble thanks to the slowing economy and the loss of its current investor Isthithmar, CEO David Jackson, leaving the company without a CEO. If the rumors are true then Mr. Weston will soon be able to add Barneys New York to his list of companies.

As a Canadian fashionista, I have become accustomed to hearing news of American take overs of Canadian fashion companies (Hudson's Bay, anyone?) and to hear this is honestly a breath of fresh air. It is nice to see that a Canadian company has the potential to stand its own overseas.

We will all have to stay tuned to see how this unfolds.

Amanda

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rain or Shine, the Stars Come Out to Play!

This past Sunday we saw the 67th annual Golden Globes. Robert Downey Jr., Avatar and Meryl Streep all walked away with awards, but these ladies will walk away with best dressed. Drew Barrymore, Diane Kruger, Emily Blunt and Cameron Diaz each glamourous-ly made it down the red carpet in floaty feminine gowns to be remembered. Soft nudes, shine and chiffon appeared to be the looks of choice for this rainy evening.

Twinkle, Twinkle
Golden Globe winner, Toni Colette shimmered her way along the red carpet in a gold sparkling stunner. If there is one thing a love it's sequins. If you want to have fun and take centre stage, be sure to shine!
Birds of a Feather
Although this Dolce and Gabbanna gown does not actually have feathers the floaty layers are light as one. This soft pink gown is reminiscent of soft, beautiful wedding gown.
The Little Mermaid
Drew Barrymore's Atelier Versace was beautifully draped emphasizing her small waist. The sea urchin-like details on the shoulder and waist were a unique touch to the pale sparkling gown.
In Full Bloom
Just because it is January, it does not mean that a little nod to flower power is out of order. Diane Kruger's Christian Lacroix gown had a beautiful ruffle detail accented by a waist detail similar to that of a Japanese obi sash.
Lady in Red
Cameron Diaz made her way down the red carpet in a satin Alexander McQueen gown with soft draping in the centre. With the pastels the soft colours that we saw that night Miss Diaz stood out indeed.

Amanda

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Day in the Life: I Had a Fashion Dream Part Three

“I’ve Got a Closet Full of Couture and Nowhere to Live”-Carrie Bradshaw

Alrighty, so now that I know where I plan to apply for my ideal internship, there are a few more details that I need to get ironed most importantly being, HOUSING! Where will I live when I am enjoying my exciting internship? Living in Toronto, I may feel that rent and the general cost of living is bad (especially considering the recent TTC fare hike!) but New York is about 5x that, especially when you are paying for things with Canadian funds.

I have begun my research and I have found some lovely places on Craigslist. One place I found sounded great, it is located in the hip and happening Greenwich Village, close to all major subway lines, a bathtub with waterjets and a rooftop deck! Only problem? It costs $2250 a month! As a full-time student that is not exactly in my price range so, I begin to look elsewhere, mainly local New York universities and colleges that offer summer housing for people in my position. The two top places I have found are New York University Summer Housing and NYCIntern.org. Each offer fully furnished places with air conditioning, internet access and laundry services (woohoo!) each costing under $3000 for about 4 months. Whew! That’s more up my alley.

‘Til next time!

Amanda

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gillian Downes Does it Again: WhoWhatWEARWhenWhy Launch Party!


During the summer we had Frugal Fashion Week, a unique fashion event drawing attention to different fashionable areas of Toronto all while donating the proceeds to Windfall, Canada's new clothing bank. This winter we now have the WhoWhatWEARWhenWhy Launch Party!

Both created by the founder of B Skin beauty products and Impossible Diva, Gillian Downes the WhoWhatWEARWhenWhy Launch Party sets of a series of fashion show fundraisers. Taking place at Nyood at 1096 Queen Street West at 7pm, this event will feature 3 art-inspired fashion shows with a series of guest DJs playing any song you can imagine.

This exciting fashion event costs $10 with proceeds again going to Windfall. For those of you who are interested in attending (I suggest you do!) click here and see you there!

Amanda

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Launch My Line Launches into Canadian Territory


The latest fashion design reality show competition to hit the airwaves, Launch My Line is now airing in Canada on TVTropolis. Formerly only available to our southern neighbors the exciting show is free for the viewing of Canucks nationwide.

Tune into Channel 54 on Mondays at 10pm to see who beats out the competition and hear Dean and Dan speak Italian.

Amanda

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Day in the Life: I Had a Fashion Dream Part Deux

When I knew that I was serious about pursing an internship with a notable fashion magazine in New York City, I knew that I had to make an action plan. Working towards my dream was going to take more than passion, drive and determination, I had to have a well-researched, organized approach in attaining such an exciting opportunity in the fashion world.

-Number 1, I made a list of all the magazines I wanted to apply to. I made sure that they were each places that would not only provide me with a really great opportunity but a place that I could really see myself in. One thing that my experience in the fashion industry has taught me was to do my research! It always important to know what you are getting into when applying for a job or going in for an interview.

-Number 2, After making my list I went over to ed2010.com, which is a GREAT site if you are looking to make it in the magazine publishing industry. Created by a group of writers who had the goal of becoming editors by the year 2010, this site has up-to-date postings on oodles and oodles of internships as well as really helpful advice. I suggest checking the message board to read about the experiences of other people who are going through similar experiences to you.
Well, until next time for Part Three
Amanda

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Models Hit the Catwalk in a Whole New Way


We are now in the age of the slashies, i.e. models turned actress, actress turned singers and now we have models turned fashion designers! Joining the likes of Kate Moss, Milla Jovovich and Erin Wasson, Canadian models Coco Rocha and Monica Schnarre now have their own respective clothing lines!

Miss Rocha's line is still in the process of being designed and developed, however she recently posted a naming challenge on her blog Oh So Coco, where fans can submit possible names for her upcoming fashion line. My favourite possibilities include, the very Canadian Chinook, the floral Oleander and the short and sweet, Rocha.

The youngest model ever to appear on the cover of American Vogue and 6ft tall, Monica Schnarre's clothing line, Tall by Monica Schnarrre is currently being sold on The Shopping Channel. Being designed with the help of Project Runway Canada alum, Lucian Matis the clothing line is made specifically for tall women.

Stay tuned to see what these Canadian gazelles have to offer in their fashion designs, they may be coming down a runway near you!

Amanda

Monday, January 4, 2010

Photo(s) of the Day: The Chicest Mouse in Town


When I first saw this Zac Posen fashion show, I thought what is cuter than Minnie Mouse? The ears are adorable and I love the use of that strong red. Then I saw this photo (the one below) of Chanel Iman in Vogue Deutsch and I thought what is cuter than Minnie Mouse for Hallowe'en?


Amanda

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Day in the life: I Had a Fashion Dream


Welcome the year 2010!

Here we are starting a new year as we begin making our fashion resolutions. Whether it is to experiment more with our wardrobe by wearing more colour or taking that sewing class you have always thought about, we all have something we would like to accomplish this year in the fashion world.

For me, my fashion dream has always been to work in the New York fashion industry. If you live in the western world and love fashion that is the place you need to be. The Big Apple is home to all the major fashion publications, designers and pr companies including, Vogue, Marc Jacobs and People's Revolution.

Two years ago I had the privilege to take a trip to Manhattan. I visited FIT, the garment district and 5th Avenue and instantly fell in love. New York City has an infectious energy and after my trip I knew that I was destined to be there. Ever since then, I have made it my number #1 goal to move to New York for the summer of 2010 and get an internship with a fashion magazine. It's a huge leap but I knew that if wanted to achieve my dreams I would have to take some risks.

If my experiences within the fashion industry have taught me anything, it has been to take risks, work hard and dream big. How else will one achieve all their fashion dreams? So this year make 2010 the year of taking risks. If you have always dreamed of moving to Paris to work under Karl Lagerfeld, do all that you can to get there, if you love fashion photography, start a street style blog or if you have always wanted to get into writing, start submitting articles to your local newspaper.

Dream big and go for it! Life is too short for a bunch of coulda', shoulda', wouldas' so take life by the horns and achieve your fashion dreams!

Amanda