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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Denim Couture














We westerners are currently the land of debt and empty pockets, but somehow some of the peices from the Lanvin X Acne collection are already sold out. The lucky buyers will receive their goods in January of this hopefully hopefull new year.

I've secretly been pretending I can save for one of the feminine yet tailored denim blazers or jeans but just saw my hope fly out the window. The gorgeous balloon sleeved dress IS available for pre-order, at a cool $860 USD.

Maybe later.

In any case, both the men's and women's lines are highly wearable pieces made from pure Japanese denim, and they are certainly a treat for the eyes. Check it in all its glory at the acne x lanvin site




Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pre Fall 2009

Fashion addicts are already swooning over the new lines from favorite designers like Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein and Chanel.


Doo Ri's soft baby-blues, cascading ruffles and all-around sweetness seem to be generating buzz on the fashion blogosphere.


Check the fashionMovementz lookbook for Pre-Fall 2009. Alex Wang stole stole our hearts again! (Obviously!)

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Alexander Wang




Burberry Prorsum

Vera Wang
Doo Ri



Chanel





Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Chicest Dolls I've Ever Seen

The legendary and elite of the fashion design world produced a Matrioshka Doll in honor of Russian Vogue's 10th Aniversary. Check out some of my faves below!


Yves St. Laurent


Moschino

Dries Van Noten

Burberry

BluMarine

Monday, December 8, 2008

Penny Arcade




vintage inspiration. credit facehunter

theMOVEMENTZ invites you to come along for some vintage clothing, cool music and cocktails this Friday night. Who could ask for more?! Maybe even get some Christmas shopping done.. I know I'd appreciate some new vintage gear, I always do! *wink wink*.

Who: Penny Arcade

What: Launch Party for Vintage Clothing Store

Where: 1177 Dundas St. West at Ossington Ave.

When: December 12, 2008. 7pm



Toronto’s west end is getting a stylish new resident with the launch of Penny Arcade, a fresh spin on vintage retail. Opening its doors December 12 to Toronto’s fashion, art and music conscious consumers, Penny Arcade has something for everyone. Come and enjoy cocktails and hors d'ouevres while admiring the eclectic mix of art and fashion. A special guest DJ will be providing the soundtrack to your vintage experience, setting the mood for a fun night of style.



Penny Arcade sets itself apart from the vintage pack by marrying vintage trends with music, art and design. Not only will the new hot spot carry everything from rare vintage creations to coveted t-shirts and shoes, it will also showcase artwork and furniture created by local artists and designers. The store will be a place to relax and read a book while listening to new music and getting in touch with the art world. At night the store will serve as an event venue where budding musicians can share their sounds with the art community.



Rachel Sheehan is the visionary entrepreneur behind Penny Arcade’s carefully curated aesthetic. The vibrant yellow walls and antique furniture imbue the space with a sense of romance, nostalgia and fun. Dresses from the 1940’s and beyond line racks along the walls, taking the shopper on a whimsical trip through time and style. Whether you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind cocktail dress or a Friday night party tee, Penny Arcade will provide the right look.


As a graduate of Concordia’s Fine Arts Program, Rachel Sheehan has always had a creative streak that has led her from painting and illustration to fashion and design. Her personal style is eccentric and fun, mixing high fashion with kitschy finds from every decade. Rachel’s knowledge of fabrics, craftsmanship, and trends allows her to identify the best clothing, shoes and accessories at the best prices. This eye for style quickly turned her passion into a full time career.


After a brief period selling her vintage finds online, Rachel became frustrated with the lack of personal connection with vintage enthusiasts. This prompted her to create the laid back artistic haven that is Penny Arcade, a name that evokes the same sense of playfulness as her merchandise. Rachel maintains her personal touch and upholds her vision by mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces to assemble memorable creations.


Every item of clothing in the store is hand picked and personally inspected by Rachel. She lives her passion, playing dress up with her customers; fashion should be fun!


The launch party will be a chance for the art community to connect and see the amazing artwork being created right here at home. Have a drink and check out some cool clothes at Penny Arcade. See you there!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Making Style Tracks across Canada: the VIA Rail challenge


From Press Release


(For immediate release- November 19, 2008) Across the nation, Canadian designers are invited to express their
style savvy for the VIA Rail redesign challenge!
The Fashion Design Council of Canada and VIA Rail Canada are pleased to announce an exciting Canadian
design challenge. The contest is for the design of a fresh and exciting restyling of the VIA Rail uniform for
station and on-train employees. The winning design will be announced and revealed in style to the media,
industry and the fashionable attendees at Fashion Week in Toronto, in March 2009
The call-out to designers to compete started November 17, 2008. What’s in it for the winner? For starters,
$10,000 in VIA Rail travel credits. Beyond that, there is the honour of redesigning the uniform for Canada’s
national passenger rail service, as well as significant national exposure and publicity starting with a public
appearance at the awards ceremony during Fashion Week. Production and manufacturing of the men’s and
women’s uniforms will be done through VIA Rail, a passionate supporter of fashion in Canada.
This innovative national opportunity is open to all Canadian designers who are ready to jump on board with
their design genius for this challenging opportunity.
For information and details for entry please contact the Fashion Design Council of Canada at info@fdcc.ca or
416-922-3322.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Next: Matthew Williamson for H&M












Almost as soon as the final pieces of the Comme De Garcons for H&M line are grabbed up, word of the next collaboration is spreading through the internet like wildfire, just as these things tend to do!
It recently was announced that Matthew Williamson will be creating lines for both men and women that will begin to hit H&M locations everywhere on April 23.

Guys -Listen up! This is a particularly exciting event, as Williamson will release his first ever menswear line. I'm predicting that these peices will turn heads and stand out in any crowded room.

Williamson is known for his bright colours and prints. Celebrity fans include the highly influential likes of Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna. Before showing first line in September of 1997 he designed for Pucci, the legendary fashion house famous for it's bold patterns and vibrant colours.
He was selected by H&M because he represents contemporary London style - which you've just got to love. H&M seems to have a major knack for nailing that mass-appeal factor.


Williamson sums up essentially what shoppers appreciate about the mega-retailer's guest designer lines: " I love the fact that H&M have created a new phenomenon in fashion through the pioneering concept of collaborating with high-end designers to create one-off limited edition capsule collections. I am thrilled that my creations for H&M will be accessible to and hopefully enjoyed by so many people around the world,“ says the talented Brit.

H&M's previous guest designers were Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Rei Kawakubo. Hardcore fashion fans and average teenagers alike appreciate how H&M has made these previously unattainable designers so accessible and collectible.
-Jacquie Burton

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