Vancouver - Editors' Diary
April 12th, 2010
There's nothing like a mid-afternoon manicure to brighten our day. White wine doesn't hurt either.
We got a media sneak peek at Joe Fresh's new line of nail polishes, which arrived just in time for Spring. The 27 pocket-sized shades suit every mood, from barely-there pastels to dark blues and purples. I couldn't resist testing the bright baby pink colour.
Three lovely ladies buffed and polished while editors enjoyed an array of colourful canapes. Afterwards, it was back to business as usual; typing without ruining a not-yet-dry manicure is just one of our many talents.
Joe Fresh nail polish (3/$10) in stores now at Superstore.
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April 12th, 2010
On Sunday we got to meet will.i.am at L2 boutique. Some fans had been waiting in line since 4 AM for their chance to meet the hip-hop superstar and fashion designer. While I can assure you I was getting my beauty sleep at those wee hours of the morning, that's not to say there wasn't an extra spring in my step (and a little more lip gloss) added to my Sunday AM routine.
Will.i.am was fashionably late, giving me time to browse the racks. I'm liking these tees from the i.am clothing line ($60).
Me and the man of the hour. He told me that I “have a very pretty smile.” I blushed. What a charmer.
And another days work done.
April 9th, 2010
Breaking News: Joe Fresh Style is opening its first freestanding store in Vancouver in September, right across from Holt Renfrew on Granville Street. So for us city gals, that means no more shlepping to the 'burbs for coveted items like this spring's $59 patent brogues (pictured) or the slouchy, pleated tapered pants (reminiscent of Helmut Lang's version) he showed for Fall 2010.
We also Flipped for Joe's Spring kids collection: check out our 27 second Flip video from the Toronto showroom here.
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April 4th, 2010
After a 5 a.m. wake-up, a four-hour flight and some Toronto sightseeing (mostly walking up and down Queen St. W), I had the pleasure of attending LG Fashion Week's Wednesday evening shows. The line-up included Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh, created by power couple Kim Newport-Mimran and Joseph Mimran, respectively. By now, you've probably already read most of the reviews from the week, but here are a few behind-the-scenes shots from the night.
First, I checked out the much-hyped Barbie booth where 15 Canadian designers, media and other fashion folk each created their own mini-me. More specifically, they were asked to reinterpret the LBD for Barbie. Joseph Mimran's doll (bottom row, first from right) with her fur-trimmed cropped military coat foreshadowed the evening's collection.
Here I am with designer Jeremy Laing, who is based in Toronto but shows in New York. Don’t mind my ear-to-ear grin, I was trying to make up for the both of us since Jeremy is not big on smiling in photos, as our editor Sarah Bancroft and I learned. Or, maybe I was just star-struck.
Speaking of stars, and power couples, Galen and Alexandra Weston had a front-row spot for Pink Tartan, naturally.
As promised, plus-sized (in the fashion world) model Crystal Renn opened and closed the Joe Fresh show closely followed by one of my favourite '90s models, Kirsten Owen (think: CK One ads). The pleated dress on Crystal (left) and the teased long tresses sported by all the girls including Kirsten were highlights of the show.
Much like the models that were circulating a petition to get food backstage, according to a tweet by Jeanne Beker, we got hungry. Post-show and pre after-party, I joined three journalists from Vancouver at Reggie's Diner where we snacked on Mac ‘n' Cheese sticks. Yes, Mac ‘n' Cheese sticks. Jeremy Laing was coincidentally there too but after the smiling fiasco earlier in the night, I didn't pull out the camera until I was safely seated at our table.
Who needs martinis when you have...chocolate milk? Rebecca Tay, Fashion's western editor and Luisa Rino, stylist and Flare contributor, pounding back the good stuff.
April 2nd, 2010
I think if I had to describe Joe Mimram's vision for Fall 2010 in two words it would be: Punky Gap.
Think: studs, leopard print and... khakis.
I was shooting the Joe Fresh show from the photog pit (because the show was oversold and people were literally fighting over standing room tickets), and who do I see in the distance? Vitamin Daily's own Sarah Bancroft and Tara Parker Tait, who made the trek from the rainy west to the sunny east for that very occasion.
Obviously everyone was dying to see Mimram's take on affordable street fashion.
Crystal Renn rocking the runway.
This model did a boobie shake every time she got to the end of the runway. Much like a different model (Lagerfeld's muse) did in the Joe show last year.
Then, two of the other models did this cute pigeon-toe thing.
The Joe show may be the only one this year where we can be sure the fur is fake.
P.S. Joe Fresh tip #471: they sell some of the best mirrored aviators on the market. Yes, you need them.
April 1st, 2010
Imagine my delight when I was invited to have breakfast with none other than Mr. Michael Kors, on his first trip to Montreal since launching his Canadian head office five years ago.
While waiting for MK to make his grand entrance we all munched on A.M. Appetizers (breakfast served in shot glasses by handsomely fresh-faced waiters). I also snuck a peek at his fab fall collection. My faves:
Studded hats and gloves
Blue-tinged tortoise shell sunglasses
Zippered 60s-style pumps
Finally MK appeared (if I could have recorded the swooning I would have). Excited about his 30 year anniversary and upcoming CFDA Lifetime Achievement award, he sipped iced tea ("It looks like bourbon!") and entertained us with stories.
There wasn't much shop talk, instead I learned that:
-His favorite smell is Bain de Soleil
-His astrological sign is Leo, "same as Coco Chanel"
-He loves how we appreciate a little heft in our clothes, "Canadians are practical and glamorous."
-He often craves cheesecake
-On a summer camp trip to Montreal he snuck into Holt Renfrew where he bought his mother a necklace because "Holts didn't cater to 14-year-old boys back then".
And so a star was born.
April 1st, 2010
Model bahaviour – waiting for the Sears show....to start....
Backstage Beauties – getting prepped for a long night of shows....
Pasta Pomodoro for the crew. "3 models just came up to me and asked me to sign a petition requesting that the FDCC provide food backstage for models!" twittered Jeanne Becker.
April 1st, 2010
It was frocks galore at Katrina Tuttle with a pallette of black, gold, grey, greens, purples and blues.
Halifax's Katrina Tuttle (below far right) strikes a pose with her smokey-eyed models. The collection, she tells us, was inpsired by the colours and textures of nature as she looked down over the lakes and fileds of Nova Scotia from a private plane.
March 31st, 2010
Okay, so I wasn't really too keen on the models from the neck down...but the verdict from the neck up is a different story entirely. These models were asked to channel their inner Ace Ventura.