Fashion-able: 2012 Designer Collaborations

There’s something so exhilarating about a great collaboration. Some of our favourite songs of all time have resulted from it (hello, One Sweet Day? ‘Nuff said.). We’re thrilled that fashion designers have started creating limited collections with guests – be they a blogger, editor, artist or model, we’re making our wish lists for items from these designer collabs.


The Man Repeller x Dannijo (MR Dannijo)

We’ve had a girl crush on The Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine)
since the launch of her cheeky blog back in 2010. Everything she does is
perfection (lady boners all around!), so when she pairs up with a designer we
pay attention. Her collaboration with the jewelry line du jour Dannijo has the
perfect punch of colour for fall. 


This collaboration takes us back to the days of Claire Danes circa My So-Called Life—think daisy prints and the original grungy plaid of the
90s. British model, Aggy says she bought her first pair of Docs at 13 “as a combination of
showing that I wanted to rebel against my parents and they were the coolest
boots that I could get away with wearing to school”. We can’t wait to get our hands on this collection, which hits stores August 15.


That’s right folks, Flare Magazine’s fashion director Liz Cabral and Canadian shoe brand Aldo are teaming up again for another collaboration. There aren’t too many details out yet, but Liz tweeted “we’re doing more than just
a shoe”. This pairing makes us proud to be Canadian and if it’s anything like their first collab, you’ll probably want to start planning your strategy for being first in line. The collection will be revealed in September and available in stores and online in October.



What we love most about H&M collaborations is how they
bring high fashion to the masses. Labels like Lanvin, Versace and
Comme des Garçons are made affordable so us, the common folk, can wear high fashion items. The latest collab is with cult favourite Maison Martin Margiela. It launches November 15 in approximately 230 stores
worldwide, as well as online.



The latest artist to collaborate with legendary fashion house Louis Vuitton is 82-year-old avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. The collection is fun
and quirky, just like her art. Polka-dot-obsessed Kusama’s collection is complemented by the breathtaking exhibits at the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Tate Modern in London. Available now in select Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.
“…a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a
symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form
of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing.
Polka-dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.”
– Yayoi Kusama





 
 


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Fashion-able: Spring trending topics

Even though it doesn’t really feel like winter has even truly arrived, believe it or not, spring styles are just around the corner. We’re likely facing a few more weeks of cold fronts, but we’re starting to plan our escapes from this chilly climate in favour of warmer weather. Here’s a roundup of our fave spring 2012 trends (beyond the cats on cats on cats trend), seen on the runways in Toronto and around the world.

Pastel

We still love a good pop of neon (we were raised in the 80s, after all) but this season we’re making some room in our closets for pastels. Taking a cue from the Easter bunny, lighter shades were prevalent on the runways in various shows including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne and Louis Vuitton.


Louis Vuitton


Digital prints

This season we love a good, bold, digital print seen head to toe (think more-is-more). Although we were initially overwhelmed by the idea of so much pattern, we have to admit we’re now in love with the look. If you’re wary, stick to patterns with muted colors and more subtle designs, such as this look from Erdem from London Fashion Week. 
Erdem



Sporty/Athletic Chic

Break out the neoprene, spandex and racer-backs. Designers showed their athletic sides on their spring/summer 2012 runways. In time for the London 2012 Olympic Games, tracksuits are reinvented at shows like Alexander Wang, and can once again be worn out of the house (let’s all forget that this was OK for a hot second back in the early 2000s when Paris Hilton convinced us Juicy Couture track suits could be worn out of the house. This is not the same thing).

Alexander Wang


Peplum

Seen on the runways of Jason Wu and YSL, minis, blouses and second-skin dresses were seen sporting a bit of a protrusion, known as the peplum. Originating in ancient Greece and prevalent in the 80s the peplum is great to add a bit of drama to any outfit.

Jason Wu

The midsection

You have three months to do your crunches, so get cracking. This spring/summer get ready so show off your midsection. Whether your stomach is completely exposed, or through panelling, bellybuttons are taking center stage next season.  

Acne
We’ve got our wish list ready. Do you?

Fashion-able: Your bag goes on your back for fall 2010

OK, so we have to eat our recent words about how much cooler messenger bags are than knapsacks. Immediately after posting, we started to notice that backpacks were hot for this fall. Some amazing designers have taken the old school standby and made it cool for those of us that have made the transition to working girl (or guy). They did a good job. Sigh.

We hate when we’re wrong.

Here are some of the coolest bags from the fall 2010 collections:

Alexander Wang

The darling of the fashion world has created a very chic felt, velvet and wool backpack collection. We love that these three are unisex, cozy and luxe enough to differentiate us from the students. 
  Sydney bags in grey felt, black velvet and grey and black striped wool. Price upon request.

Louis Vuitton
Another man-friendly option is the classic LV pack. You know it’s high quality. It’s gonna wear well. The warm browns are spot-on for fall. ‘Nuff said. 

Louis Vuitton Bosphore bag. $1,410
Tory Burch 
The lovely Tory Burch has updated the childhood nylon sack to a sleek adult version, complete with funky gold hardware and striped straps.
Palma Small backpack, $295
Free People
Sometimes, Free People errs a little on the hippie side with lots of unusual prints and flowery embroidery. But this gorgeous backpack blurs the line between country and urban. The rich-looking leather is a great burnt sienna, which we just love. There are some clever little details, like the key hanging from the strap to the right. Drool.
 
  Free People leather and canvas backpack, $298.54
All these hot backpacks are making us nostalgic for the days of fresh new notebooks, squeaky white gym shoes and schoolgirl crushes.We’ll have to make do with slinging one on our backs and bringing a bagged lunch to the office.