Toronto - FASHION & SHOPPING
February 6th, 2012
They say you can tell a woman's age by her hands. Beat Mother Nature’s bottom by slipping those pointers into mittens with purpose.
Known for rugged wool hats, these ever-so-soft sherpa lined gloves ($29) from Stormy Kromer are made to withstand tough winter weather. Combined with a super-rich hand cream, (just slather it on, girls) the mitts will save your paws from premature decline.
Now, what to do about the inevitable turkey neck? —Athena Tsavliris
The Drake General Store, 82A Bathurst St., Toronto, 416-703-6518, www.drakegeneralstore.myshopify.com
February 3rd, 2012
From Jonathan Adler to Marc Jacobs to Rebecca Minkoff, it’s hard to find a designer who hasn’t gone tech. Digital accessories are de rigueur.
Now, Adler’s ‘happy chic’ case was a frontrunner for our prized iPhone 4S, but we just couldn’t resist the sheer variety and creativity over at Society 6. The Aztec-inspired prints ($35) are popular round here and we love this sparkly air balloon ($35).
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February 1st, 2012
What girl doesn’t dream about boxes of Ferragamo wedges, spindly heeled Louboutins and peep-toed Chanels?
Well, this amazing site invites shoe addicts to create their own designer stilts (from $185) customized to the client’s style and specs. You choose the fabric, style and colour, et voilà, your perfect shoe appears.
I’m all about bespoke ballerinas, and if they introduce monogrammed velvet slippers, watch me snap up a pair in every hue. —Athena Tsavliris
January 26th, 2012
This new digital wedding magazine from the U.K. is utterly divine, and features everything from gorgeous letterpress to sumptuous cakes, plus baubles and dresses galore.
It wouldn’t be an English wedding without hats, and Reverie spotlights milliner Edwina Ibbotson in its debut issue. We’re swooning over Emma Franklin’s gorgeous rings and we too would like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to prepare our post-nuptial feast.
And don’t you just love that colour-drenched L.A. wedding? The bride looks happy enough to fly away with her red balloon. —Athena Tsavliris
January 25th, 2012
According to fashion and costume auctioneer, Kerry Taylor, The Duchess of Windsor was the “Imelda Marcos of gloves” with well over 100-pairs.
If you too have a penchant for collecting gloves, you’ll want to stop by the new Sermoneta boutique in Yorkville. You won’t find an inventory of 100, 000 pairs, like at the original store in Rome, but what awaits is still a huge collection of handmade gloves (from $89) in masses of colours and skins. Pick from plain, elbow length and cashmere lined in plum, teal or canary yellow.
Don’t be shy; a bold pair of gloves can really fitz up an outfit. —Athena Tsavliris
Sermoneta, 131 Bloor St. W., Toronto, 416-551-4100, www.sermonetagloves.com
January 24th, 2012
Who remembers wearing fat, neon laces in their 14-hole Doc Martens? Fast-forward 20-years and we’re still playing with laces, only these days they’re finer and a lot less obnoxious.
Local lace shop, Stolen Riches (hat tip to the lovely ladies at Honestly WTF) has made laces ($14.50) for over four generations and is our go-to for attention grabbing threads. Think bright classics in a bunch of hues.
Maybe your heeled oxfords could use a splash of colour? I know mine could. —Athena Tsavliris
January 19th, 2012
It’s balmy now, but when the cold kicks in (because you know it will) warmth typically trumps style. Thankfully, this shearling-lined trapper ($120) is a blend of both worlds.
From West coast topper-maker Crown Cap, the hat ticks every box. It’s warm and cozy, won’t mess with your street cred, and will cover up winter-worn hair or a dodgy dye-job if you need it to. Plus, marigold is a splash of happy on a grey day. —Athena Tsavliris
January 18th, 2012
We don’t know much about Mexican folklore, but these charms look like they’d safeguard us from even the most menacing of Mayan spirits.
A modern spin on traditional Mexican masks, the wearable sculptures (from $55) are made right here in Toronto by Mexican native, Tania Orozco. Each one is hand-painted and embellished in multi-hued swarovksi crystals. They’re kitsch, in a good way, and should fend off the meanies, at the very least. —Athena Tsavliris
December 27th, 2011
We may not be in Rio to bring in the New Year, but there’s no reason we can’t celebrate like the Brazilians.
Their New Years celebrations involve dressing all in white, flocking to the beach after midnight, jumping seven waves, and throwing flowers into the sea. Ok, this might be tough for our Calgary readers, the Montreal and Toronto folk won’t want to be anywhere near a beach in this weather, and Vancouverites wait until New Years day to jump into the ocean (nope, you won’t be seeing this editor at the Polar Bear swim.) But there’s no reason why you can’t wear a white dress.
We love this Ann Demeul.Blanche dress from Luisa Via Roma. It is a bit pricey, but fits in great with the spring summer 2012 white dress trends, and this lovely drapy shape will get you through spring parties and summer weddings. Our tip: tanned skin (fake or real) looks great with a white dress. And then you can imagine you got some sun in Brazil. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
$864.81 at www.luisaviaroma.com
December 22nd, 2011
There’s nothing like a jolly pair of socks to put a spring in one’s step. Here are some of our favorites:
Made in Quebec from the softest hair on a sheep’s neck, Les Bas de Julie’s Murray Bay socks keep your talons toasty without any itch. The Duke of Windsor was a fan of the contrasting stripes; we like the wooden crate packaging. $35.95 at www.basdejulie.com
Knit one, purl two. Learn to make your own fabulous wooly knee-highs at Leslieville’s The Purple Purl. Ambitious? Yes, but think of how much you can brag. Knit Socks 101, $49 at www.thepurplepurl.com —Marianne Wisenthal