Pantone’s Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone recently announced its 2014 colour of the year and as a devotee of 2013’s stunning emerald green, I immediately went into colour mourning. Radiant orchid? Sure, this light pinky purple hybrid could be pretty in the spring, but the colour of the year? I wasn’t convinced. So off to google I went.

While I standby my initial reaction to the colour’s lavender leaning shades, to the extent its “radiance” errs on the side of fuchsia, I’ve decided to get on board. Whatever your colour preferences, there’s no need to wait for warmer weather (or even for the colour’s official debut in the new year). A smoky purple is super cozy with knit greys and winter whites and a brighter magenta tone pops against black. Give it a test run this winter as you’re likely to be seeing a lot of it come spring.

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H Project

Kelly took some time this week to introduce you to Roozt, the online marketplace with a conscience. Well, along the same vain, I was recently made aware that notorious upscale and glam retailer Holt Renfrew is taking a step to support humanity, health and habitat through its new in-store shop called H Project.

Opened this year across Holt Renfrew stores, H Project is selling merchandise from over 30 worldwide artists that seek to help something – people, the environment, communities. While not veering from luxury, supporting these brands does something beyond making you fashionable and pretty and putting a few more dollars in the pockets of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Victoria Beckham. The boutique is led by Brand Strategist Alexandra Weston.

Definitely something to keep in mind as the holidays creep up, here are a few lines that have caught my eye:

WeWood are high quality watches that use the precise Miyota movement technology to keep time. What makes them special is the watches’ prime material: wood, and mostly from scraps. The watches are beautiful and come from a variety of trees and grains. From colours ranging from ash to beautiful mahogany, pat yourself on your back knowing that a tree is planted for every watch you buy, too.

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Aish scarves are just beautiful. Aish textiles are all made using ancient weaving and embroidery traditions of India such as, Jamdani, Ikat and Kantha.  Handwoven, hand-dyed and hand embroidered, Aish finds craftsmen in remote Indian villages to design and create fine muslin scarves. Know that you are supporting small villages in impoverished areas in India with your purchase.

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Graphic Prints & Patternbank

If you follow fashion at all then you know that bold, graphic prints are a big thing this fall and summer.  We’ve seen stark black and white patterns, bold florals, and checkered fruit patterns walking the runways from Toronto to Milan.  For me, the bolder, the more colourful, and the less symmetrical, the better.  I recently stumbled upon Patternbank – an online depository of inspiration for print, pattern and graphics and I am, in a word, obsessed.  While researching spring’s prints for this post, I fell in love with two collections I discovered on Patternbank: Japanese designer Tsomori Chiato‘s soft, whimsical prints; and London based Peter Pilloto‘s bold, geometric collection.

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While pieces from Tsumori Chisato’s dreamy collection are actually available for sale on-line, the collection is largely sold-out and considerably far out of my price range.  Craving some dramatic prints for summer, I set off on a mission to replicate the looks above.  In the mid-range, Clover Canyon‘s Summer 2013 collection reaches a near perfect symmetry between Chisato’s feminine colours and flowy silhouettes and Pilloto’s more structured garments.  From the geometric owl dress to the floral patterned suits, I want it all.

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Spring Wardrobe Planning

Spring and Fall are without a doubt my two favourite shopping seasons.  While Winter and Summer primarily involve the addition or removal of layers, Spring and Fall mean the transition to totally new colour palates, fabrics and accessories.  Although it’s still chilly here in Toronto, the sun has been shining and I am more than ready to trade my mittens and tights for sunglasses and bare legs.  Among the Spring looks topping my pinterest list: casual tulle, white blazers, pops of neon yellow,  layered neutrals and pattern mixing with stripes and florals.

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What looks are you most excited to sport this Spring?

Street Style Inspiration

This time of year is amongst my favorite for spending endless amounts of time online scouring the internet for fashion inspiration. New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has come and gone, and while I love seeing the runway shots posted by fashion royalty everywhere in the social media-sphere, it’s the street style pictures that I love the best.

Fashion industry professionals, influencers and muses don their best, most fashion-forward outfits to be photographed coming and going to the runway shows and offer a glimpse into how the newest trends are being interpreted by, arguably, the most creative and eclectic class fashionistas.

I’ve browsed the likes of WMagazine, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle, Style.com and Vanity Fair and looked at hundreds of pictures to round up some of my faves.  NYFW may be a glimpse into Fall fashion, but the street style is a peak around the corner into late Winter and Spring, and I’ve got some takeaways for you:

  • Neon is still in, in a big way (yay!)
  • Don’t hide away your maxis for warm weather, they can be worn through the winter too
  • Apparently socks with open-toed sandals is cool now (mixed feelings about this one)
  • Black and white is safe, classic and always in, but try pairing patterns together for more edge
  • Floral and polka dots seems to be the patterns of choice, and judging from the runways, this is only getting bigger
  • Accessories are all about structured bags and architectural shoes

I’m walking away thinking this is truly a year where anything goes. Take a peak at some of my favorite looks:

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