Monday, March 28, 2011

Toronto's LG Fashion Week Fall 2011 Collections Have Arrived!

After New York, Paris, London and Milan, Canada's biggest celebration of fashion has arrived! That's right ladies and gentlemen, LG Fashion Week is here and off to a fashionable start. After taking a sneak peek at the latest collections, I must say that this is my favourite Toronto fashion week thus far. The collections look much more cohesive and the tailoring is incredible with a dose of some amazing styling.

Take a look below and be inspired one of my favourite looks from LG Fashion Week so far:



 Greta Constantine

Fan favourites and the brains behind the seams, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, presented a nomadic collection filled with velvety textures, rich tones of forest green, royal purple and deep blue, obi belts and pompoms brooches to boot. Cinched waists complemented Japanese kimono-style sleeves while draped dresses accessorized with soft knit jersey scarves brought out the relaxed downtown girl in all of us.

My favourites include a long purple (so far the colour of LG Fashion Week) v-neck gown worn with an oversized grey sweater with a fur trimmed collar (far left photo). This look embodies that glamozon look of the seventies that is so on trend this spring with a carefree bohemia vibe. This look also shows you that it is ok, make that very ok, to wear a shorter jacket with a longer gown. How modern.

The middle look is a shiny slightly pleated velvet cape in a deep forest green with a large fur grey scarf reminiscent of a classic middle-aged fairytale. I could just see this look on a young woman making her way through the forest on a cold evening except in modern times, you would be wearing it making your way through the city after a fabulous night on the town.

The third look on the far right, shows you how to add some flair to a thick and cozy cold weather dress. In deep blue this above the knee dress is adorned with a multi-coloured pompom brooch and thick obi belt. Add an oversized bag and you are ready to run your errands on a cold autumn day!

Kudos to Kirk and Stephen on a cohesive and inspiring collection this season!

What are some of your favourite LG Fashion Week looks so far? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The World Says Goodbye to a Legend: Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away


Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor has sadly passed away. Known not only for her film roles and beauty, the actress was also fashion icon. On screen while playing Egyptian queen Cleopatra, she wore an array of bright colours and exotic jewelry while offscreen she was seen in beautiful jewelry and luxurious furs.  Being one of the first celebrities to have a fragrance, she undoubtedly will go down in history as someone to look up to. I know I always have. 

Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor.

What will you remember most about Elizabeth Taylor? What screen icons have you always looked up to? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Canadian Tuxedo Becomes Fashionable for CURE!

For all you denim lovers out there, you now have a new reason to break out your jean jackets, skinny jeans, high-waisted flares and blouses, because National Denim Day is on its way. If you need some inspiration, check out Ralph Lauren's Spring 2010 show.

Since May 1997 every Monday after Mother's Day has been National Denim Day, CURE Foundation's main fundraiser to provide funding for basic and clinical research for breast cancer. On this national day, workplaces and organizations are encouraged to wear denim or a pink flower ribbon for the day in exchange for a $5 donation to the CURE Foundation. All the money that you donate to the CURE Foundation will help support laboratories, researchers and other equipment that will go to help teach hospitals how to improve the outcome of breast cancer for those affected by the disease. You can also make a contribution to the foundation by purchasing some of their jewellery items, including an interlocking silver bangle bracelet or a pink CURE ring.

This year National Denim Day falls on May 10th, so get together with your office and don some denim! If you do not work in an office, wear denim anyways and show your support for the CURE Foundation. For more information on how to donate and get involved, click here!

Are you going to join in on the denim revolution? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day! (In Style)


Known for green beer, Irish pubs and munching on potatoes, St. Patty's Day is the last day that is thought of as fashionable but that does not mean you can't add little fashionable green wear into your outfit for some festive fun!

This green kaleidoscope bag by Matthew Williamson for Bulgari for example or these adorable gold Thistle and Clover stud earrings available at Refinery29. So when you go out tonight remember, fashion does not have to be forgotten when you are having fun!

How will you make St. Patty's Day more fashionable? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Buying a Counterfeit Bag Comes with a Price

Amanda's Fashion Spot is a strong advocate against the purchase of counterfeit products. As I have discussed before, the thrill of buying a fake Burberry bag for a tenth of the price may seem exciting, but what you don't know is that the money that you use to buy that bag often supports child labour and terrorism. What is often unknown is the amount of money that major fashion houses lose every time someone purchases a counterfeit bag or accessory and these fashion houses are not taking it lightly.

Three Canadian production companies have recently been sued by Burberry and Louis Vuitton for up to $3 million in damages for trademark and copyright infringement after they were caught selling counterfeit products. After a series of private investigations, it was discovered that these companies have been involved in purchasing knockoffs for quite some time with this lawsuit being called, the "largest anti-counterfeiting judgment in Canadian history".

How do you feel about counterfeit products? Have you ever purchased a counterfeit product? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bieber Fever Baby!: Justin Bieber meets Bata Shoe Museum

The Canadian cutie and heartthrob has taken the music world by storm, his latest film, Never Say Never was a hit and he even has a nail polish collection with OPI.

However, all this success has not stopped Bieber's flame from burning bright and this Monday, March 14th at 11am you can get to know a whole new side of him at the Bata Shoe Museum. That's right fashionista's and fashiomista's, artist Landon Holmes has organized the newest addition to the museum's collection- Justin Bieber's shoes!

For one-day only you can check out The Biebs vast collection of foot attire, which I am sure mainly consists of old school high tops, Converse and purple. For all of you closeted Bieber fans, come out and visit this exhibit and you will be one less lonely girl. For more information, click here.

Are you going to check out Bieber's shoe exhibit? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hit 'Em With Your Best Look and Become a Stylehog Styleite!

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Have you become a fan of the ever so popular street style looks that you see infiltrating blogs, magazines and television shows far and wide? Have you ever thought to yourself, "I have great style and I want to share it with the world!", but all those street style photographers seem to miss you strut down the street while you are dressed in your military-style peacoat and faux fur scarf? Then fret no more my friend, fret no more.

Stylehog.com the fashion blog known for showing the latest deals and steals in fashion has introduced Stylehog's Styleites, a platform for all you fashionistas out there who want to show off your fabulous style. All you need to do is send a quick email to styleite@stylehog.com and let them know what defines your enviable style.

Hop to it and show off your bad self. Do you want to be a styleite? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Friday, March 11, 2011

British Fashion Invasion Hits The Bay!

The British fashion invasion continues with the TopShop and Topman lines being the latest UK fashion exports to land in the Great Canadian North.

Soon Jonathan+Olivia won't be the only store carrying looks from the highly popular retailer because Canada's oldest department store, The Bay has earned the franchise rights to carry both shops within The Bay as well as standalone stores. Famous for their fast-fashion looks and designer collaborations with Kate Moss, their clothing is popular with fashionistas such as Lauren Conrad, Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson.

If you can't wait to get your hands on some TopShop, you are going to have to wait a little longer because the line won't be available until the Fall. But don't fret, it gives you something to look forward to!

What fashion collections do you wish were available in Canada? What is favourite fashion collection import? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Monday, March 7, 2011

British Fashion Invasion to Hit Queen Street West!

Amy Winehouse may have said no, no, no to rehab but she said yes, yes, yes to a fashion collection with the British fashion line, Fred Perry. Debuting in the UK back in October, the line has made its way to Canadian soil and will be sold at the Fred Perry boutique in Toronto at 964 Queen Street West.

The line features Miss Winehouse's signature 1950's doo wop style with Hawaiian and gingham prints, pencil skirts and silk scarves. With a palette of red, black and grey the standout pieces include a red halter dress with Hawaiian print and matching scarf!


Do you plan on checking out the line? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Come On Girls! Do You Believe in Fashion?: Material Girls comes to The Bay!

Madonna a.k.a. the Queen of Pop has always been a fashion trendsetter from her cone-shaped bras to her ho down chic look of the early 2000's. Making her fashion design debut with her capsule collection for H&M a few years ago, Madge is back onto the design scene with her recently launched clothing line, Material Girl.

After being exclusively sold at Macy's in the States, the line has finally landed on Canadian soil and is now being exclusively sold at The Bay. If you are a daring fashionista who sets the trends, then make sure to scoop up the Spring 2011 collection to add to your spring wardrobe.

Do you like celebrity designed fashion collections? What are some of your favourite celebrity designed looks? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Magnolia wants you and a friend to shop free!

With all the lovely seventies inspired and colourful clothes for spring infiltrating magazines, blogs and street style everywhere, you may be thinking it's time to update the 'ole wardrobe! And what better way to do that than at a chic boutique that is kept all to yourself, so you can shop, sip on some bubbly and nibble some delicious cupcakes!

Magnolia offering you the chance to shop at their boutique at 333 Eglinton Avenue in the T.Dot with a $700 shopping credit and 15% off following purchases in the year 2011.

If this sounds like the ideal way to spend your afternoon, then all you have to do is send an unique email to springshopping@magnolia.ca including your Twitter or Facebook account and tell them how your clothing choices effect your everyday life. Then, log on to Twitter, follow Magnolia @magnoliatoronto and tweet: "Dear @magnoliatoronto, I want the $700 shopping spree". After that, "like" Magnolia on Facebook and become a temporary fashion critic by commenting on an outfit. You can look at the picture by clicking, here.

To take advantage of this exciting shopping opportunity, enter this contest by Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at noon so you can shop until you drop with Magnolia! For full details on this exciting opportunity, click here.

What do you love about fashion contests? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Photo of the Day: It's Oscar Barbie!


Although Amanda's Fashion Spot does not normally discuss the beauty and hair of our beloved fashionistas, I just could not resist this adorable high ponytail worn by none other than Reese Witherspoon! Channeling Elle Woods and vintage Barbie, her blonde locks had slight wave that created a swish as she made her way down the red carpet. 

This is the perfect way to add some spring to your hair for the upcoming warm months. Pun intended.

What were you favourite beauty looks from the Oscars? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!

Enjoy!

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