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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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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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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New Year’s Eve Glam

Well folks, Hanukkah is drawing to a close. Tomorrow night I’ll light the 8th and final candle with my family. I realize the holidays are just gearing up for most as Christmas fast approaches, but after tomorrow I’m getting excited for New Year’s Eve!

For this year’s big night on the town, I’ve decided that I’m obsessed with everything black, gold and sparkly. The colour palette is sexy, sophisticated, easy to match and easy to find in stores this season. New Year’s is the perfect excuse to go over the top and wear something excessive, right?!

I’m not usually a fan of sequins, but they are catching my eye lately. I’m seeing lots of sequinned shorts and mini-skirts (especially hot in these cool Aztec-inspired patterns), which are perfectly paired with a basic shirt. Or you can wear your sparkle with my favorite piece of the season: leather pants.

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Warm Up: Fashionable Winter Coats

The unseasonably warm November we’ve been having may have you donning your Fall coats and not quite thinking forward to the chilly winter that likely awaits us. Forecasts tell us we’re in for a lot of snow and that last year’s barely-there winter won’t be repeated. A new season is just another reason to shop, isn’t it?!

This year’s winter coats for both men and women come in fun shapes and cuts, but for the most part the colours seem to be pretty neutral (think plenty of camel and grey). I’m loving the cape jackets for women, and some of them look pretty sturdy and warm and come in great wool/cashmere blends.  For both men and women, leather details are popular and can be as subtle as simple piping along the seams or can be more bold, featuring obvious patches along the neckline or arms. Mid-length, oversized shapes (with or without huge statement collars) are everywhere, too.

I’ve scoured my favorite shops for some women’s and men’s winter coats available in stores and online. The key is staying chic while keeping warm – yes, you can have it all!

Women’s

Clockwise from top right: Rudsak, Joe Fresh, Soia & Kyo, Asos, Mackage, Soia & Kyo, Asos, Vince Camuto Middle, left to right: London Fog, Betsey Johnson

Men’s

Clockwise from top left: Banana Republic, Haggar, Schott, Unconditional, Zara, Zara, GStar, Levis