Rags&Pieces

Every week, there’s a new shoe collaboration announcement saying <insert designer/celebrity name here> inked a deal with <insert sneaker brand here>. And if it’s not an __ x __ collection, each season more models are strutting down the catwalks with luxury sneaks. Street style sites are also teeming with photos of the latest and greatest original flated footwear. 

While stilettos will always have a place on the pavement and runways, it seems this trend is shifting towards mainstay.

Personally, I’m really excited to see what Mary Katrantzou will come up with. I’m hoping she’s going to delve into her roots of graphic prints of bold colours rather than the more muted patterns she went with in her last A/W ‘14-15 collection. 

If I&#8217;m to take this week as any sort of sign, then the weather is definitely a female figure because here in Toronto, it was warm enough for people to be wearing short shorts on the weekend and then the city was blanketed in a sheet of white snow a few days later! Today, it&#8217;s back to negative temperatures so to battle that, I&#8217;ve got my trusty Initial wrap vest. 
Everything in this photo was bought outside of Toronto&#8230;which is actual a theme I particularly love about my closet. For this OOTD: Tee from James Perse in NY, Initial vest from HK, and Made and Crafted denim from Montreal. 

If I’m to take this week as any sort of sign, then the weather is definitely a female figure because here in Toronto, it was warm enough for people to be wearing short shorts on the weekend and then the city was blanketed in a sheet of white snow a few days later! Today, it’s back to negative temperatures so to battle that, I’ve got my trusty Initial wrap vest. 

Everything in this photo was bought outside of Toronto…which is actual a theme I particularly love about my closet. For this OOTD: Tee from James Perse in NY, Initial vest from HK, and Made and Crafted denim from Montreal. 

My picks from Bridal Fashion Week ‘15 so far

Catching up on #bridalfashionweek. My picks coming up on the blog later!      💍👰

Catching up on #bridalfashionweek. My picks coming up on the blog later! 💍👰

My friends know me so well! My GF, Cecilia, brought me back a pair of rose gold skull earrings from Korea! 

My friends know me so well! My GF, Cecilia, brought me back a pair of rose gold skull earrings from Korea! 

Despite essentially living in dark/black clothing, it’s not often I find an interior space done in dark moody hues that I love. However, I came across this closet/office by San Fran-based designer Catherine Wong this morning and instantly fell in love!

Enough light floods in so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the blackened walls. And on top of that, the custom cabinetry and shelving, the carpet, and photo frame are all done in white to help balance the room.

I love the golden tone given off by the light fixture in the first room as well and the shape of it is ultra chic and modern.

One day…one day…

A personal style is like handwriting - it happens as the byproduct of our way of seeing things, enriched by the experiences of everything around us.

—Massimo Vignelli

All black everything. That is usually my fashion life motto. I admit, I throw in some blue denim from time to time, I have one or two brightly coloured pink sweaters and a handful of dove grey knits, but for the most part, my wardrobe consists of noir

To me, black is the chicest shade you can possibly wear. The colour is super versatile: it can either provide you with a blank canvas to work with, or it can be used as a statement alone. 

Whenever I wear black, I never worry about my appearance. I feel powerful, elegant, and put together when I wear it…and I never feel black wears me. 

It’s been a little over four years since the late Alexander McQueen sadly passed away, but his legacy lives on through Sarah Burton, Daphne Guinness and many others. One of his most recognized and readily worn pieces has been his skull scarf. In today’s throwback, I wanted to pay a little homage to it. 

The scarf first appeared in McQueen’s 2003 Irere collection. In 2013, to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, the House and Damien Hirst did a collabo and re-envisioned the scarf. McQueen has always been a brand that is closely associated with nature. Even today, with Burton at the helm of the design team, references to nature are abundant. Her Spring 2013 RTW collection referencing everything bees and the oceanic inspiration seen throughout her Spring 2012 RTW collection are just two recent examples. 

Hirst himself often also finds inspiration in nature. So, in dreaming up the 30 one-off designs for a new McQueen skull, he referred back to his Entomology paintings for insect patterns to create the beautiful scarves seen above. 

Have any of you seen or do any of you own any of these collectible items?

After being sick and bedridden for three days, it’s time to get up and go. Even if I’m still sniffling.

After being sick and bedridden for three days, it’s time to get up and go. Even if I’m still sniffling.