Sunday, February 27, 2011

When Bad Clothes Attack!

Vanessa Hudgens in Anna Sui attending the Fall Anna Sui Show

I know it's cool and all to attend a fashion show and wear something by the designer...but were there no other alternatives???? WHY must Vanessa choose this outfit? The matching prints for top and bottom, the bellbottoms....@*(&#$(*#&$()*&#9

Friday, February 25, 2011

For Your Information...

After months of searching online, and in-stores, I've finally gotten a hold of FYI from the discontinued China Glaze OMG collection. I originally had my mind set on the silver holo OMG but wasn't prepared to spend $35+ on it. This will satisfy me... for now.

* I was working on an illustration project when I took these pictures (if anyone is wondering why I have a jumbo knife in the background)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Shoe Porn

Last Wednesday I visited the Bata Shoe Museum for a theater costume class I'm taking this semester. Showcasing over 10000 pairs of shoes over a span of 4500 years this museum is a must see for fashion lovers.

Sabatons, part of a complete suit of armour.German c. 1490's

How much cooler are these than Uggs?

When shoe soles were important.

Car Shoes by Beth Levine- mid 1960s

A Deux by Paul Wunderlick, German, 1973

Gary Greenwood making unwearable shoes from traditional shoemaking material.

Gary Greenwood 1997- One of my favs. Looks like something Cinderella should wear.

Shoe Box by pop artist Allen Jones, British 1968
Shoe #4, #29, #31 by Marion Borgelt, Australia 2002. Commissioned by Bata Shoe Museum to commemorate the museums 10th anniversary.

L'Appalent by Alfred Pella , Canadan, 1974

A caricature of a French officer by Domenique Bordenave. 1986.

Manolo Blahniks.

Andre Perugia was one of the most innovative shoe designers in the 20th C. He's collaborated with many shoe designers such as Schiaperlli, Dior and Givenchy. This pair belonged to an actress La Spinelli who was known to have the smalled feet in Hollywood, size 3 1/2.

By Roger Vivier one of the most sought after shoe designers in the 20th C.

One of the most iconic shoes of the 20th C- The Gucci Loafer was first created in 1932

1960s- Pierre Cardin buckle shoes (left) and printed velvet shoe by Peter Max (right)

Red stiletto pump designed by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior mid 1950 and Sling back by Beth Levine 1960

Chestnut cracking clog from France 1800-1900. Of all thing! Chestnuts.. REALLY?
This looks like something Lady Gaga would wear.

Leather babouche shoes from Morocco

Miniature shoes by Czech shoemaker Rajmund Ratak during WWII

Nalin worn throughout the Ottoman Empire by women while visiting public baths.
Ottoman TUrkey, 19th C

Monday, February 21, 2011

Earl Luigi Mabaquiao 2011 Télio Winner

Every year Télio hosts an event called “Canada’s Breakthrough Designers” competition bringing 20 fashion design schools across Canada together. Students first sketched their designs with the theme The Great Canadian North in mind. 25 finalists are then chosen and presented with 19 different fabrics to choose from to sew their designs and showcase at Montreal Fashion Week.

Photography by Steven Smith Simard

This year’s winner 23 year old Earl Luigi Mabaquiao a 3rd year Fashion Design student from Kwantlen University in Richmond, B.C managed to capture the hearts of the judges.I had the pleasure of skyping with Earl just days after the competition to talk about his experience.

Lia: I have to ask…did your parents name you Luigi from the video game Mario Kart?
Earl: I’m not really sure…that’s what they led me to believe. My dad wanted to name me Mario, but that was too weird.

Lia: How do you feel about being the first from B.C to win Télio?
Earl: Yeah I know! I can’t even believe I won. I remember last year trying out and I didn’t even make it to semifinals. My sketches weren’t even good enough, so this year when I was to be chosen to go to Montreal, I was happy just to be able to showcase my work.

Lia: What was the best part of this trip? Other than winning, because winning is always pretty awesome.
Earl: Meeting all the other talented designers from across Canada was amazing. It’s great to see young and upcoming designers it makes you feel like we have a bright future in fashion for Canada.

lia: How exactly did you construct the sequined dress?
Earl: There were 2 fabrics I worked with and both of them were sequined fabrics. I experimented with the lines which I think is so important, especially designing for a woman. I created a surface design on the fabric and ended up cutting the blue sequined fabrics into strips. You need to be very precise with it because you don’t want to be cutting the sequins but the fabric that’s under it. I then flipped the silver sequined fabric in the opposite grain direction, and then walked each row by row and then tucked in each blue sequined strip and then sewed them one by one front and back.

Photography by Jimmy Hamelin

lia: How many hours did it take for you to sew that dress?
Earl: I don’t know how many hours
exactly but it took about 2 months. I spent my whole Christmas break sewing.

lia: Who would you choose to win, if you didn’t place first?
Earl: Wow…that’s really hard…
lia: I know… I’m putting you on the spot.
Earl: Every time a piece came out I was like this could possibly win, that could possibly get a spot. Its true when the judges said it was hard to choose a winner. I looked at every single designer and said, that girl or that guy could possibly win.
lia: Okay okay, I wont make you pick!

lia: Do you ever get inspiration from other designers on the runway?
Earl: Not necessarily… I love them, and I do get inspired, they’re so young and have achieved so much. So in that way[ I get inspired by them]. I really like to experiment with fabrics, and I like to experiment with lines, and rhythm,, you cant really do that by looking at someone elses work, you have to grab the fabric, and draw some lines, play with it and dye it, rip it shred it.

lia: When you're stuck and hitting a brick wall with any project where do you get inspiration from?
Earl: I try other things. The best thing is to do is try something completely opposite and different. Don’t try too hard to force and finish a design, try new food, listen to new music. I don’t want to create fashion by looking at fashion; I want to create fashion from dance, listening to music, talking to people. The good thing about living in Canada is seeing so many people from a diverse background, they all have a story to tell, and you get so inspired from those things, then you create something with that.

lia: What was the most valuable advice you received this trip?
Earl: Stay humble, work hard, give it all you’ve got. You’ve got to have a balance between being creative, having knowledge in the business side, and technical side. You need to learn every aspect so you can maximize your success . You don’t want to be a one-note designer, go out there and design 1 season and then be out of business and that sucks. It has something to do with your talent, but also being able to balance everything out.

Congratulations Earl! Rockin the bangs since 08! xoxo

Sunday, February 20, 2011

NY Fall 2011 Pt:2

Here we go... Part deux!

Proenza Schouler- love the way the horizontal striped create movement

Love love LOVE! L.A.M.B. SO feminine and chic. One of the few successful celebrities that are in the fashion biz.

The whole Marc Jacobs collection was just filled with polka dots, latex, and lace. A little repetitive with fabric choices but redeemed himself with the designs. Not to mention the 9 1/2 minute show cost over 1 Million to produce.

Anna Sui, always so whimsical and romantic - The color palette screams me.

I can never get bored with Jeremy Scott's designs. So witty and daring!

Isaac Mizarhi- Fun colors, dyes poodles, hot servers, can't get no better than that

The Row had a little too much fur for my taste. But in my opinion MK and Ashley Olsen are one of the few celebs who can adequately design.

Which shows/designs were your favourites?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fashionably Late

I know, I know... The Grammys were 3 days ago. I was having the best time of my life studying and writing a paper. Since this is old news, I'll keep it short.

WHY IS JADEN SMITH SO AWESOME?!?!!? I have never seen a boy with so much swagger. If anyone can pull of cheetah print pants... it's Jaden Smith.

I've never heard of Gram'ma Funk before, but it should be illegal to push your breasts so high up that it looks like it's growing out from your armpits. The skirt draping is really awkward at the front too, but all I'm thinking about is if she looked down towards her toes she just might suffocate from her own breasts.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentine's Day. Hope you all lovebirds have an awesome day. For all those who don't have a special someone in their lives, let's all feel better worse by taking a look at these successful and beautiful couples!

Love Headmistress

I absolutely adore accessories that look unique with a little vintage vibe to them. So when I discovered a Toronto based accessories company owned by Jillian Wood, I was super excited! The Headmistress collection is spot on with Spring 2011 runway trends such as feathers (Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen,Chanel), prints(Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Chanel), and turbans (Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Georgio Armani,Vena Cava). Overall I found the collection very fun, flirty, and femine, everything Spring should be!

----Wilma Bib Necklace $65---
This piece is absolutely gorgeous because of the iridescent feathers and cute gold buttons. Its such a versatile necklace that works well with a loose tee, with a blazer on top, or even a strapless dress!

Ever since making a turban in my millinery class last semester I have been obsessed with them! They make me so happy that they're back (can you tell?). Such a tease when they lingered for a summer couple years ago and left. And how adorable is the little Czech glass button on the front?

--- Sandra Double Ring $35 ---
Another one of my favourites as I am obsessed with double rings. The feather color combination is so lovely under the gold button detail .

You can find out more about Headmistress and shop online here.