Haute Couture is known for its impeccable level of artistry, detail and quality. Presentation is of utmost importance, and that includes more than just the gowns going down the catwalk. A venue can add so much to the look and feel of a collection, and this behind-the-scenes video of the Dior Haute Couture show proves just that. Raf Simons' goes all out for his grande debut at the house of Christian Dior, and to say the least, it is simply stunning. Not only does he stimulate the eyes with the beauty of the gowns and flowers, but also (what I would imagine) the sense of smell with walls and walls of a million flowers. Go hard or go home.
It's nice to see a company that still places value in handmade goods, especially in a marketplace full of mass-produced consumer goods. Michael Hill, owner of London-based accessories brand Drake's, takes us on a little tour of their small workshop, showcasing the beautiful handmade ties that the company has developed a reputation for.
Cute little story that I was featured in the Toronto Standard today. Here's the intro:
"Any day now the National Guard will deem my closet (and the surrounding floor) a disaster zone. The door doesn't close anymore and i've been doubling and tripling up on my hangers since 2010. Maybe I have a shopping problem, but the bigger issue is that I refuse to part with anything. Who knows when silk cropped pants will be back in style? Or my purple fur-trimmed belly top? What if I finally find an event to wear my knee-high lace up platform boots to?
I started asking around, and it turns out i'm not the only one who can't clean out my closet properly. A few of Toronto's fashion elite let it slip the pieces they can't bring themselves to toss."
Considering the fact that it was a Tuesday, I'd say today was a pretty good day. Found out that the shoot I helped style and write for (see here) made it onto a few of today's leading online publications in the industry! Today was a good day.
Prep done for the morning. Hopefully this one will turn out better than today's disaster. #magicbullet
(if it's one thing i'm never doing again, it's putting celery in a smoothie. That shit made my drink taste like ass! Included in this one: Beet root, organic blueberries, organic kale, carrots, organic avocado, flax seed and Berry Greens)
Lindsey Wixson stars in the new AW13 ad campaign for Mulberry, inspired by Maurice Sendak's childhood classic "Where the Wild Things Are". It's a cute and whimsical campaign, appropriate given the quirky aesthetic of the brand, inspiration and model. Thoughts?
England is very much known as a fashion capital in the world, but what I love most about its fashion scene is its incredible support and cultivation of new talent. I often find that it's a place where we can truly find unique and innovative design as many emerging designers try to carve out their own place in the industry. Home to the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and iconic designers like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Christopher Bailey and more, British fashion has had a resounding impact on the industry and continues to do so every season.
Hosting its first week dedicated solely to men's fashion (win for the boys!), I've rounded up my favourites from the jam packed week. Highlights would definitely be Jonathan Saunders and Xander Zhou, but take a look for yourself and let me know what you think!
Had an especially amazing night with my friends Marcus and Septembre at the Royal Ontario Museum's Friday Night Live event celebrating the opening of their newest exhibit, "Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants of Gondwana". I can't even begin to tell you how badly I wanted to go home afterwards and watch the Jurassic Park movies over again. Ah, nostalgia.
If you haven't seen it already, the ROM is truly a stunning work of art in and of itself. The curation is quite nice and the combination of old and new in its architecture will leave you in awe. I highly recommend any person visiting Toronto to go and see this landmark (and then pop on by the Hermés across the street afterwards.)
Finally! My first story as a contributing stylist is up! Check out these perfect shirt and tie combos for every day of the week. They'll look almost as good on you as they do on her. You can read the article on SHARP magazine's website here.
My buddy Luke wrote a great piece on menswear tastemakers, everyday men, that are consistently bringing their A-game when it comes to style. From editors to shop owners to designers, these guys set the bar on how a man should present himself to the world.
"There’s no shame in taking style cues from your favourite actors and musicians. It happens. We get it. The more pressing issue is that most of these gentlemen don’t dress themselves, but rather pay stylists to make them look good. (Shocker!) These top 10 Tastemakers not only have an impeccable sense of style (and dress themselves), but they each bring something different to the table that makes their individual looks unique."
Check out the article on SHARP magazine's website here.
ATTENTION: Unsung menswear heroes of Canada! After a very eventful first week, Sharp Magazine's search for "Canada's Sharpest Man" is nowexclusively online! While in the first week entries were limited to our photo kiosks within the menswear department of select Hudson's Bay Company locations, we decided to open up the competition to the rest of Canada! It's a really exciting initiative that we decided to take on in order to recognize Canada's sartorial leaders and abolish the notion that the Great White North be a nation lacking in style.
The concept is simple: Go to our site and upload a picture or video of yourself in your most dapper attire and get people to VOTE. The contest runs until the end of the month, so you still have plenty of time to rack up those votes. At the end, the TOP 3 entrants with the most votes that submitted through each kiosk, as well as the TOP 3 who entered online, will proceed to the finals round where our judging panel, consisting of Jeremy Freed (Editor-in-Chief of Sharp Magazine), Suzanne Timmins (Fashion Director of The Hudson's Bay Company) and Shawn Hewson (Project Runway Canada Judge and Bustle Designer), will determine the winner.
Note: Don't be discouraged by the number of votes that others have obtained, as you will only be competing with those that enter online! And seeing as how online entries just started this week and go until the end of the month, you've got a great chance of getting into the finals!
PRIZE: A trip to Toronto for a $5000 designer wardrobe shopping spree and a photo shoot for Sharp Magazine's September Style issue!
While a $5000 designer wardrobe sounds amazing, in my personal opinion, I think it's the photo shoot that makes this competition really unique and captivating. It's not every day that a guy is presented with the opportunity to be featured in the September issue (the Holy Bible of monthly issues in fashion circles) of a national print publication!