Monday, February 28, 2011

OSCARS Red Carpet Fashion!

Awards season has culminated with everyone's favourite night in Hollywood, the Oscars! From the Golden Globes to the SAG Awards to the Grammy's and now the Oscars, we have seen sequins galore, emerald green, fairy princess looks and ravishing reds glide their way down the red carpet. In arguably one of the biggest nights in fashion, we saw a lot of familiar trends this year including pastels in lightweight chiffons, feathers, jewel tones and sequins, but out of all the looks only a few made the Amanda's Fashion Spot cut.

Look on and be inspired:


Lavender, lavender, oh lovely lavender! A little early for Easter time but the perfect peekaboo into springtime, with the soft pallet that evokes a dreamlike quality. In Givenchy Haute Couture, Cate Blanchett does not disappoint. Always the fashion risk taker, she exudes a regal like quality with the sculptured shoulder and beaded design. The front cutout reveals a lightly pleated bodice with a soft delicacy that will be remembered for years. Mila Kunis has come such a long way from That 70's Show to Black Swan and now she Hollywood's latest it-girl. In one of my favourite designers Elie Saab, Mila simply glows in this layered lightweight frock with bits and pieces of lace detail. With the detailing on the bodice, this spring 2011 couture gown is so romantic and feminine. She sure made her mark on the red carpet last night.



 Surprise, surprise the red gowns of the night made their way onto Amanda's Fashion Spot's best dressed list. But I just could not resist! Not with the sculptural skirts that these gowns have. Anne Hathaway the co-host of the night, looked radiant in a red Valentino with a full ruffled bottom and tousled hair. The low bun with soft tendrils makes her look like an Italian goddess running through the countryside with her lover after a late dinner party. Oscar winner and comedy queen Sandy B. channels Jackie O in her bright red Vera Wang number. I love the high saturation of the colour and her pulled back hair make the whole look extra classy. It seems like the whole Oscar night was full of transformations and the trend continued with J.Hud's tangerine Atelier Versace gown. Showing off her new shape, the colour perfectly  compliments her skin.


The soft coloured sparkly frocks are always a favourite of mine and these ones continue with their goddess-like quality that I love so much. Halle Berry looks gorgy in this creamy and sparkly, ruffled Marchesa gown. The Oscar winner sported her signature pixie cut and simple jewelry that were the perfect accessories for the feminine look. Hilary Swank took a departure from her usual structured, streamlined look and went for a fun Gucci gown. The gradated grey number was a dreamlike gown that was sparkly on top and feathered on the bottom and shows the glamorous way to walk through the storm.

What were your favourite Oscar looks? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's Red Carpet Fashion Baby!: Grammys Edition


Easter Time!

The Grammy Awards has come and gone. A night celebrating the past year in music and the outpour of some colourful and crazy fashion. Channeling Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj right now. There were many risk takers and memorable looks but only a select few made the Amanda's Fashion Spot cut. Behold the ladies in pastel, Natasha Beddingfield and Kelly Osbourne who each dressed in the softest and prettiest colours of the night, baby blue and lavender. The groundhog that predicted an early spring was spot when it comes to these looks that remind me of springtime. Natasha Beddingfield wore a strapless blue gown with a sequin bust detail and chiffon skirt with a print reminiscent of the Ming Dynasty. Her soft waves brought out a 1940's Old Hollywood vibe with her glowing skin and bright smile leaving the perfect finishing touch. Kelly Osbourne has always been regarded as a style risk taker, from her black and pink choppy haircuts, 1980's punk princess revival look and her vast collection of vintage dresses. Now, her style has taken a demure ladylike turn and is every bit stunning. Kelly O absolutely glows in this beautiful lavender ruffled dress with satin bow tied sash and sparkly peeptoes. Bravo, Kelly bravo!

Discoball

I have featured a countless number of sparkly, sequin gowns on Amanda's Fashion Spot and with all the gorgeous shiny stunners that have been in fashion as of late, that will not be slowing down any time soon! Plus, I love all that glitters. Country songstress Leann Rimes dazzled on the red carpet in this gorgeous gold stunner. With a slight off-the-shoulder cap sleeve and loose draping, this gown evokes a look reminiscent of the screen goddesses of yesteryear. You go Leann! Jenny from the block is now the Jenny that knows how to rock a red carpet! This Emilio Pucci mini dress looks like a hybrid between a sexy dress and a discoball in the best possible way. J.Lo lit up the red carpet in her matching silver clutch and studded shoes in a look to be remembered.

What were your favourite Grammy red carpet looks? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week Part Three


Rebecca Taylor

Another day, another day at New York Fashion Week! Rebecca Taylor's collection was full of ladylike separates in pink, blue and soft grey. These combine a classic ladylike tailored look for a young sassy fashionista. If you ever pondered on how to make your work attire a little more colourful, the look on the left is your answer! Paired with a grey blouse and sweater jacket, it looks like grey is becoming the new black. The middle look is how I like to look when out on the town during the winter, a sugar 'n' spice cocktail dress with a chic fur coat over it. It's the way to cozy up when the temperature goes down. The last look shows how to add a little flair to a monochromatic look, add ruffles and a little texture. Now no one can ask why your outfit is so blue.

 

Jason Wu

He had his first break when he dressed Michelle Obama and has had oodles of success since then. His latest collection was inspired by the Baroque Period and the historic Chateau de Versailles, which created a beautiful collection for the chic princesses in all of us (I am talking to you Blair Waldorf!). High collars and crew necks seemed to be the shirt style of choice with this gorgeous black lace sleeveless blouse contrasted with a mustard yellow silk pleated skirt in the look to the left. This is how you do leather and lace as elegantly shown in the middle look, with the sunglasses adding an air of mystery to the outfit. The look to the right, is perfect for any cocktail parties you may have listed in your fashion calendars. The feather ruffles add a playful touch with the hint of red adding a dose of glamour! Bravo, Monsieur Wu!




Jason Wu 

My favourite Jason Wu looks didn't end with his above the knee looks up top, they also include these beautiful gowns that he had plenty of in his Fall 2011 collection. The gown to the left is Chinoiserie-inspired and very vintage-looking with the delicate flower pattern and small hints of gold. Shimmery and stunning. If you read Amanda's Fashion Spot, you know I love a red dress and this one on the right is no exception. With lightweight chiffon and satin that lightly floated down the runway, the black lace mask made a nod to the lace loving Baroque period and the look that I plan on wearing at my next masquerade party! 

What are your favourite looks from Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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Happy Valentine's Day from Amanda's Fashion Spot!


Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week Part Deux!

Wider Shades of Red

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week continues through the deep freeze and snow, with fashionistas making their way to each show in their stiletto heels. You didn't think a little cold weather would stop New York's fashion set from looking their absolute best did you? Adding to the latest looks for Fall 2011, are looks by Luca Luca and Jill Stuart. These designers clearly had autumn colours on the brain with their looks in bright orange and rusty reds accented by the accessory du jour-although I don't think it's going anywhere-fur! The neon orange shirt dress by Luca Luca on the left is the perfect simple dress for the fall wardrobe, with the bright colour adding some cheer to the grey and cloudy months. The middle look also by Luca Luca, shows wide-leg rust coloured trousers and an ornately designed matching blouse with a soft grey fur coat. This is one of my favourite colour combos and an excellent way to up the chic factor at the office. The last look on the right, comes from Jill Stuart's forest-inspired collection filled with fox motifs on silk dresses. This silk dress is a beautiful bright red in an A-Line cut. The vertical stripes add a playful touch along the bow tied at the side.



Rebecca Minkoff

This collection was the quintessential chic downtown girl look. With fur bomber jackets, boyfriend blazers, lace frocks and dashes of leopard print here and there. The camel coloured trench coat with the fur shoulder detail to the left, takes a timeless look to a super glam, uber-chic and sassy level. Fur tends to do that to most looks, however when your wearing fur, make sure it's faux fur. The sassy leopard jumpsuit in the middle, shows that no matter how simple or lightweight a look leopard always make it sassier. With some stilettos, tousled hair and chain link bag, you're ready for a night on the town. Now onto the look on the right, the red tweedy bomber jacket make the look. It can be worn in a multitude of ways from over a cocktail dress for a sassy, youthful vibe or over a maxi dress for a boho vibe. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

What are your favourite looks from New York Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week!

Another fashion week has begun and this time it gives us a sneak peek of what is in store for this fall. Since the weather is still frigidly cold, it is not too hard to start daydreaming about wearing these chic outfits. The first collections to stick their necks out for Fall 2011, are coincidentally newer lines by Zac Posen for his Z Spoke line, knitwear company St. John and celebrity stylist turned designer, Rachel Zoe. If their collections are any indicator, black, grey, white and lots of texture are what we have in store for our fall wardrobes.

Look on and be inspired:


 Rachel Zoe

Uber-stylist, Rachel Zoe is known for dressing all the most fabulous celebrities in Tinsel Town including Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz and Paula Patton. Her BravoTV reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project is hilarious and her QVC line is a hit! Now, she has branched out in the next logical step in fashion, her own contemporary line called non other than Rachel Zoe.

A true Rachel Zoe look would not be complete with touch of some faux fur, a maxi dress or a dash of the seventies and her debut collection includes all of the above! Highlights include, several faux fur bomber-style jackets, a vintage inspired black and white sequin shift dress and good deal of chic de la chic capes. My favourites include this GOR-JUSS double breasted wool and fur trim peacoat to the left. Hello! If this doesn't say chic winter wear, I don't know what does. I love it! In the centre is a perfectly styled outfit perfect for a crisp fall day. The light colour of the vest goes perfectly with the blouse. The last look on the right is true Zoe fashion with the asymmetrical collar and tiered layers. A goddess dress perfect for a special event or casual wedding. Kudos to you, Rachel Zoe!




St. John's


This line which is known for it's knitwear, has debuted its first-ever collection for New York Fashion Week by staying true to form with knit pieces such as, this simple yet elegant cream sweater dress accented with light grey leather gloves and a luxe fur cropped scarf in the centre. This collection focussed on well put together separates ideal for fall such as, wide-leg trousers paired with ruffled blouses and wool trench coats as well as knit dresses with fur trim capes. The collection was ladylike with some modern touches such as the look to the right, with a fun and trendy silver sequin maxi skirt with a grey v-neck sweater accessorized with a brown leather belt and ruffled gloves. The look to the left is the ideal ladylike look with the slightly off the shoulder leopard trench coat, because the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to any look is with animal print.




Z Spoke By Zac Posen

This is the second collection for the Z Spoke line and it featured a great deal of heavy wool, grey, navy and black, black, black! Once the temperature drops most people tend to dress in the colours of the night so its fitting that this collection reflects that. A very wearable line, it was full of separates perfect for that back-to-school fall look with a small dash of Gossip Girl style. The look to the left features a leather pencil skirt and black cardigan with a skinny belt, which is a classic and sexy way to add some edge to any fall look. No autumn look would be complete without a wool coat and from the looks of it this coat in the centre photo fits the bill of a uber-chic coat that goes with just about anything. The pleated striped skirt adds flirtatious touch to the whole outfit. The last look on the right is a bright navy, if there ever were one and continues with the grown up schoolgirl look of this collection. The light weight fabric of the skirt takes away some of the heaviness felt by the collection and the fitted cardigan is something that we all need in our drawers once September rolls around.

What are your favourite collections from New York Fashion Week so far? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cupid Pull Back Your Clothes: Lingerie for Valentine's Day!


Looking for the best way to add a little sugar and spice and everything nice to your Valentine’s Day? How about picking up one of Jenna Leigh’s gold satin balconette bras with matching panty and lace trim? Or perhaps a satin red and white polka dot bra and panty set from Agent Provocateur tickles your fancy? Dean Martin may sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” but lingerie looks from Chantelle, D&G and La Perla will keep you warm on the day of love.

Amazing Lace
Romantic and feminine looks are ideal for the sweetheart in all of us. For this Valentine’s Day try pastels such as sheer pinks and nudes seen on bras and panties by Calvin Klein who has you covered under cover with the Perfectly Fit Bra and coordinating panties. For a dash of soft colour, try this peachy keen bra by Agent Provocateur. Its demi cup adds an extra lift to your breasts while the ornate lace trim is equal parts sweet and sexy. Channeling the Baroque period, a French lace kimono by Agent Provocateur epitomizes sensual elegance with its creamy white colour and satin belted sash.

Will you be my Valentine?
February 14 is the day of love and passion and if you are looking for something with an extra punch for that special evening out (or in! wink, wink), then you must try Agent Provocateur’s red love basque. Made of French Leavers lace, it features a demi cup and satin straps all together creating a look that screams muy caliente! Not feeling red? Young lingerie designer Jenna Leigh has designed a blue silk trimmed lace triangle bra and matching mini skirt with a garter that provides a sexy alternative. In true D&G style, animal prints can be found all over their assortment of baby doll dresses and smooth satin bras and panties, a sure way to unleash your inner sex kitten. Meow!

Borrow from the Boys
So who is purchasing these frilly, ruffle-y things any way? According to Aimée Finlay owner and manager of Beestung Lingerie De Femme, located in Toronto, 80% of lingerie shoppers are male. That’s not surprising considering the masculine meets feminine looks appearing on our intimates. Take for example La Perla’s Black label bustier with panels made of a silky check print and leavers lace adding a peek a boo of what’s underneath. Chantelle has a lovely collection of looks including a sheer nude capelet worn over a black trim sheer pink bra and panty accompanied by a mysterious masquerade mask evoking your inner Parisienne.







What are some of your Valentine's Day lingerie choices? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fashionista.com knows where to shop, None other than the T.Dot!

As a fashionista, it is important to be well-versed on the fashion ins and outs of all the major cities around the world. New York, Paris, London, Tokyo and Toronto mainly. One look around the T.Dot and anyone can tell that a few of things that reign supreme in the fashion world here are scarves, Canada Goose jackets, leather jackets and vintage, vintage, vintage! It seems like a few other people are starting to take note of what us T.Dot fashionistas wear on our backs, starting with New York-based fashion blog, Fashionista.com!

Recently they posted their first ever shopping guide and they have started with Toronto! If you are familiar with the Toronto fashion scene you will recognize some of the favourites such as, 69 Vintage and Jonathan+Olivia, both on the trendy Ossington as well as the higher-end Holt Renfrew and The Room at the Bay. Written by two Toronto-natives Hayley Phelan current writer at TeenVogue.com and John Ortved, you know that they have a keen eye of what Toronto shopping is all about. Although I am surprised Mendocino, Aritizia and Joe Fresh did not make it onto the list, oh well maybe next time!

Check out the article here!

What are your favourite places to shop in Toronto? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Calling All Brides!: LOULOU+BCBGMAXARIA= Shopping Event!

With Valentine's Day just a week away, love is in the snow-filled air and with that in mind be sure to save the date this Thursday at 5:30pm to join LOULOU and BCBGMAXARIA for the launch of LOULOU's special wedding issue!

Hosted by LOULOU Style Editor Claude Laframboise, race to BCBG at 50 Bloor St. W. to join in on the shopping, schmoozing, champagne and makeup touch-ups by Bourjois Paris. As a bonus, receive a goodie bag filled with stylish goodies with purchase and get $100 off purchases of $300 or more. Talk about a Valentine's treat!

If you are looking to find some fashion-forward bridesmaid dresses or if you would just like to get a sexy little number for your Valentine's Day celebration, then I insist that you do not miss out on this event.

R.S.V.P. at Loulou.Toronto@bcbg.com by Wednesday February 9.

Will you be at BCBG this Thursday? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Joe Fresh Has it All: Why be a yogi? When you can be a Jogi!


First, Joe Fresh was up-to-date on fashion-forward clothes for under $100 and soon Joe Fresh showed you how to accessorize those ever-so-trendy looks with their affordable costume jewellery line. Then Joe Fresh came out with a make-up line, nail polish and bath products and now, the perfect accessory to bring to your next exercise routine! That's right, Joe Fresh has a new line of exercise and fitness equipment to assist your workout with the newly launched and adorably named, Jogi! Is their anything that Joe Fresh can't do?

The line is a collection of jump ropes, yoga mats, toning balls and balance boards, all perfectly suited to amp up your workout and take it to the next level in style. Coming in hot pink and grey, they are the perfect motivator for those days when you would rather be sitting in front of your computer and reading Amanda's Fashion Spot.

The pieces are undoubtedly affordable ranging from $5 to $45 and are available at the Real Canadian Superstores, Atlantic Superstores and Maxi & Cie stores. I know what I will be using for my next yoga session. How about you?

What are ways that you up the style factor in your workout attire? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SAG Awards Red Carpet Style

Awards season continues with the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards! The award celebration that honours the actors, typically has a red carpet filled with more subtle looks and this year did not disappoint. Unlike the Golden Globes, the colour of the night was red with touches of navy and nude with strapless gowns being the most popular style.

Look on and be inspired by my favourite looks:


In a soft pink feathered Monique L'huillier gown, Angie Harmon looks like a modern-day princess all grown-up. The softness of the skirt contrasts with the corset bodice balancing out the silhouette and the look is accessorized with beautiful large diamond rings and delicate stud earrings. This look embodies the fun, fantasy and fairytale of Hollywood. Kudos to you!  


Television queen and comic genius Tina Fey, delighted the red carpet in her red lace embroidered Oscar De La Renta gown. Always the class act, she let the dress do the talking by keeping her accessories simple with a black clutch and leaf shaped diamond encrusted earrings. Now this is how to a funny lady should dress. 


Mila Kunis had the look of the night in this printed Alexander McQueen gown. The large floral prints in bittersweet red, soft beige and black, looked beautiful with Mila's soft waves. This was a goddess look indeed that gets me excited for all the soft flowing looks of spring and surely gave the red carpet a breath of fresh air.

What were your favourite SAG Awards looks? Let me in know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!
 
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Spring 2011 Couture Week Part Deux!

Amongst the soft colours and feminine floaty dresses at Spring 2011 Couture Week, there was also an array of edgy black looks, hot reds and with tough girl chicness.

Look on and be inspired:


Monsieur Gaultier had anarchism and rebellion in mind for his couture show with models strutting his designs with sky high mohawks. Black was the shade of choice for the collection with pops of red, blue, white, ruffles and sparkle. This tough look to the left, emphasizes the waist with the A-line skirt and thick embroidered belt creating a silhouette that takes a nod to the 1940's. Combined with an embellished choker, this is a futuristic yet classic look reminiscent of 1982's Blade Runner. The look to the right, is a lightweight black sequin suit. If you want relaxed and glamorous, this look is all that you need. Adding to the rebellious, punk theme of the collection, is the low v-neck and sheer fabric of the inside blouse. Oh la la!

The 1940's and 1950's were known for its ladylike looks and haute couture designs, which is exactly what John Galliano had in mind when designing the latest Christian Dior couture collection that was dedicated to Christian Dior's iconic illustrator, Rene Gruau. This line was full of the very sophisticated and never out of style defined waistline silhouette with A-line and pencil skirts galore. The lovely look to the left offers a slightly relaxed look with the draped sleeves and bubble hem and the loosely tied waist adds a casualness to the stylish look. The look to the right, has the classic silhouette of Dior's New Look. The long gloves and ruffled neckline are the cherry on top of this look, and let's not forget the poised red lips.


I loooove Elie Saab and this collection was to die for. Gowns adorned with rosettes, flowing chiffon, ruffles and pleating in blush, green, silver, black and red, glided along the runway. If you are looking for a gorgeous show-stopping gown that will have everyone in awe, look no further than this collection. With Valentine's Day just two weeks away, who could resist a gorgeous gown in luscious red? The look to the left, softly drapes over the shoulder revealing a sheer lace panel with a thin belt that leads into an open flowing skirt full of movement. The look to the right, has a skirt decorated with romantic lace panels and a bodice with a delicately pleated neckline. Romantic, feminine and beautiful at its best. Love it!

What were your favourite Spring 2011 couture looks? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy! 

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