Sure, food trucks are cool — what with their indulgent ability to satisfy your bacon, tacos, and poutine cravings at the flip of a parking brake — but do you know what feeds our consumer cravings even more? Fashion trucks.
Starting today, Yorkdale will be pandering to our shopping appetites and rolling out a brand new, gourmet fashion truck, stocked with hand-picked merchandise from many of the coveted and first-to-Canada brands (like kate spade new york, Ted Baker London, and LOFT) that are arriving at Yorkdale on November 16. That's right! This is street style at a seriously street level.
Other iconic and innovative retailers such as Ann Taylor (which recently opened at the Eaton Centre), Club Monaco, Diesel, Holt Renfrew, Microsoft, and The North Face will also be hitting the road with the Yorkdale Fashion Truck, which you can track under the twitter handle @YorkdaleStyle or the hashtag #YKDfashiontruck.
But there's more. As well as delivering decadent courses of designer swag to the downtown core, shoppers that make purchases at the fashion truck will receive the free side of a $10 Royal Bank Plaza gift card that can be used at any of Royal Bank Plaza’s 21 stores. Customers can also enter to win a $200 Oxford Gift Card or a $1,000 gift card from Brookes Brothers.
Are your taste buds tingling yet? Then check it all out when it kicks off from 11 a.m. today at the Royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay St, Toronto.
ASOS has done it again – and by this we mean that they’ve only gone and bagged yet another hot collaboration with none other than fashion designer Markus Lupfer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with London-based Lupfer’s work (those of you who have been residing on Mars perhaps), he started his career upon graduating from London’s University of Westminster in 1997 when his final year collection was instantly bought by the London boutique Koh Samui. He went on to regularly showcase at London Fashion Week, aided by his British Fashion Council New Generation win, and with awards such as Designer of the Year, and his appointment as Design Director for Spanish fashion house Armand Basi, the rest his fashion history.
Markus Lupfer for ASOS
Lupfer is known for artful takes on everyday basics, and perhaps this is the reason why ASOS has appointed him as a guest designer for its latest capsule leather collection. Expect hot skaters and jackets in a colour palette ranging from black and navy to orange. The best bit is that although the capsule collection is high fashion designed, it’s not high fashion priced. So, these edgy pieces are set to make the perfect pre-Christmas treat without breaking the bank.
A High-Street Favourite
This isn’t the first high-street chain that Lupfer has been associated with, as he’s also previously created a womenswear range for Whistles, as well as a childrenswear range for Debenhams. His current ASOS collection will, however, feel a lot more high fashion than his previous high-street collabs, simply due to the fact that it's leather based, which always makes for a lovely luxury feel.
Last night, Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman was awarded the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which pairs him with a business mentor and includes a cash prize of $300,000.
Runners-up Jennifer Meyer Maguire and Tabitha Simmons will also get the gift of mentorship, as well as $100,000.
Chait makes the kind of high-quality knitwear that's almost unbearably appealing, like a kitten — one would use words like "chunky," "cashmere," and "cozy" to describe it, so you can see how his beard is really brand-consistent. Cuddliness should always be recognized and rewarded.
The Elder Statesman is based out of LA, carried by Barneys, and really hipster-y, which isn't unusual for a Fashion Fund-recognized brand.
Joseph Altuzarra, Billy Reid, Sophie Theallet, Alexander Wang, Rogan, Doo.Ri, Trovata, and Proenza Schouler were all previous winners of the prize, maybe the most effective launching pad for young American designers today.
“I feel like she makes every picture she's in a carbon copy of everything else she's been in,” Psylocke lamented. “The concept itself is nice for the festive season and it would probably have looked okay with someone more expressive.”
Jelavender posted, “The green masthead is a bit random. The model looks lifeless. There is nothing about this cover that screams 'Christmas mood.'”
“Yeah, this cover might have been a lot better if she was a bit more excited looking. I am not convinced,” TREVOFASHIONISTO commented.
First American Vogue, and now German Vogue. What’s with the sad and droopy December covers this year?! If ever there's a time for a smile or a glimmer of excitement in a model's facial expression, it's now.
My love/hate relationship with Taylor Swift is in the "hate" stage right now. The pop star covered the December/January issue of Harper's Bazaar, and the accompanying profile is a disaster. Since the piece opens in a delightfully hackneyed way — "It is a truth universally acknowledged that Taylor Swift loves dresses." — we can't hold the pop star solely accountable for all the mess that follows.
But still, Swift's words are her own, and the parts of the profile that really grate are the ones that let Taylor speak for herself.
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter may love wearing literal dresses (especially vintage frocks that make her feel like a "50s housewife" because she knows what 50s housewives felt like and take her word for it: they felt so, so good), but she cannot stand wearing figurative pants.
"It needs to be equal. If I feel too much like I'm wearing the pants, I start to feel uncomfortable and then we break up … It's wonderful to hand over the reins to your boyfriend when you control so much of these big, high-pressure decisions, you know? That is a huge defining factor in who you choose to be with."
Wait, that doesn't annoy me at all now that I actually read it. Have you ever tried making a decision? It's the worst. Yesterday I had to decide where to go for dinner and it nearly killed me. In fact, even President Obama refuses to make decisions about what he eats or wears, to preserve his decision-making capacities for things like running the country and not getting us into another war.
Listen, Taylor Swift *does* have a high-pressure life. She even has her own pair of branded Keds! Stop asking so much of her, like to wear relationship pants. She's just a girl.
Wait, I promised to use this post as an opportunity to hate on her, but instead this is nothing short of a love fest. I reserve the right to change my mind, just like I reserve the right to wear my denim jacket even though I haven't washed it in a really long time.
I think that even when I was in 7th grade, the boys in my class had a better-developed sense of crude humor than the embarassing nudge-nudging on display in Marc Jacobs' latest sunglasses ad.
Duh, of course that dude isn't masturbating in the middle of a city park, and even if he were, why would that compel anyone to buy the sunglasses he's wearing? Marc Jacobs does realize that people normally walk fast in the opposite direction when they see solitary men masturbating in public parks, or public spaces of any kind? I would rather come across a public defecator than a public masturbator, I think.