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Christian Louboutin Exhibit to Kicks Up Its Heels at Toronto’s Design Exchange

Gone are the steampunkish engineering shows at the Toronto Design Exchange (housed in the old Toronto Stock Exchange) and stepping into place is a decidedly more fashion-forward exhibit: Christian Louboutin.

Christian Louboutin attending a photocall for his exhibition at the Design Museum London, England, back in April 2012.

While details have yet to finalized, this display of fabulous footwear drew more than 900 visitors per day last spring when it was held at London’s Design Museum in the United Kingdom. Curated by Donna Loveday and exhibited to wide acclaim, this exhibit draws from Christian Louboutin’s personal archive to present the designer’s celebrated shoe designs, referencing the origins of the iconic red sole through to the latest Louboutin collections.

It's expected that the exhibit will kick off in Toronto between June 21 and September 15, 2013 at the Toronto Design Exchange, Canada’s primary museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. Why not the Bata Shoe Museum you must be wondering? After all, it is the go-to venue for the designers du jour and yet, according to Bata curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, the Bata Shoe Museum had no room or time in its schedule for the show but will participate with talks and other supporting events. 

Hosting Louboutin's collection at the DX is also part of an ambitious three-year plan to increase visitors to a venue that, until now, has found more use as a party space (half of the DX’s $3 million budget comes from space rentals). The upcoming Louboutin exhibit is just one of many that will hopefully increase foot traffic.

Christian Louboutin attending a photocall for his exhibition at the Design Museum London, England, back in April 2012.

As was evident in London, the exhibition will focus on the handcrafted shoe, one-off designs which incorporate his highly innovative ideas, forms, and materials. There will be a special section dedicated to the shoes designed for "Fetish," an exhibition at the La Gallerie Du Passage, Paris in 2007, a unique collaboration of photography between Louboutin and acclaimed artist David Lynch.

At the core of the exhibition will be a unique exploration of Louboutin’s design process, taking the visitor through every stage of the design journey, revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first prototype through to production in the factory.

It's all very reminiscent of the DX's last fashion-focused display, The Tutu Project, which featured pieces by Canadian fashion designers such as David Dixon and Juma, artists like Julie Moon and Tania Sanhueza, and jewellery designer Shay Lowe. It was an en pointe success and it's hoped that these big tent displays of fashionable fancies will continue.

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Kate Upton: Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany Video & Vogue US Cover Rumors

Here's your daily Kate Upton news dump: the polarizing American model starred in Vogue Germany's latest fashion film, It Had To Be You, directed by Bruce Weber. The video is retro and it's preppy and there are a few memorable shots — in my favorite, Upton sits on a horse wearing a starchy white button-down. Others might single out a two-second frame which shows the model floating topless in a pool, covering herself with her hands, and catching water from a fountain with her cleavage. I know boobs are a rarity in the fashion industry, and Kate's are uniquely intense, but Weber's preoccupation with Upton's in this video reads a little adolescent. I think it's really cool that a curvier model is getting so many prestigious gigs, but at this stage in her career, Upton is more interesting when she's wearing a shirt.

Speaking of prestigious gigs, clothes, and Kate Upton, there's a rumor sweeping Twitter, the TFS Forums, and other Internet destinations speculating that the model is on the cover of US Vogue's February Issue, shot by Mario Testino. With covers for Vogue Italia and Vogue UK already under her belt (not to mention her three US Vogue editorials and a load of other work) it isn't risky to bet that Upton will grace the front of Anna Wintour's glossy, and soon. 

The Vogue Germany video:

["It Had To Be You" video via Fashionologie]



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Find Today’s Buried Bauble and Steal It for $10

Guess what? The Fashion Spot is taking over BaubleBar's 20 Days of Buried Baubles treasure hunt today. We've selected a seriously covetable piece of jewelry we know you'll love — but first you have to find it! Decipher the special clue below and head on over to BaubleBar to find the hidden gem. If your sleuthing skills are correct, the item is yours for just $10.

Clue: Your inner disco diva will thank you for these stunning sparkly studs. 

What are you waiting for? Start searching at and good luck!

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Elke Kramer Looks to Monolithic Architecture for Her Latest Collection ‘Concrete’

Queen of Protuberant Geographical Shapes Elke Kramer continues her domination of the accessories scene with 'Concrete'. While chunky shapes and materials reeking of ritualistic power run have been hallmarks of all her jewellery collections, this time around she’s been inspired by architecture.

More specifically she’s been inspired by the architecture of Louis Kahn, which, while there’s not a lot of it, is celebrated for its monolithic style and its refusal to mask which materials it’s made from: something that unfortunately can’t be said for a lot of jewellery. Elke Kramer, however, has always celebrated the materials she uses, and takes that a step further here by using some pretty weird ones.

The whole thing is a lot less shimmery than her previous collections, with materials many would call “humble” (and a few would probably call “cheap”) taking centre stage. Pendants are often just a single cork tube, necklaces feature actual concrete and rings are anchored on each side by a sphere of pumice (that stuff you use to buff the dry skin off your feet). But where mystical power is missing in the materials, it’s present in shapes that still smell strongly of the transcendental. As it happens, Kahn was influenced too by ancient ruins.

For those not convinced, there’s still plenty of precious onyx and jade, plus a slew of Elke’s infamous tassles. But the best pieces are those that are made to look luxurious by glorifying materials like concrete and cork, such as the beaded rope-set Necklace of Verity.

Kramer teamed up with director Nicole Rose to shoot an accompanying short art film for 'Concrete'. Watch it here.



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Jeanne Beker Recognized Among Canada’s Most Powerful

Jeanne BekerCanada's Most Powerful Woman. It's a prestigious title you're more likely to associate with suits than stilettos, but this year's Most Powerful Women in the Arts & Communications category was awarded to FashionTelevisionChannel's very own Jeanne Beker.

Kevin Crull, President of Bell Media, congratulated Beker along with Wendy Freeman, President of CTV News, for receiving the prestigious accolades. Winners in the group were selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their organization's financial performance, and their commitment to their communities.

"Jeanne Beker continues to be an incredible trailblazer in the Canadian television industry," said Crull. "Through innovation, tenacity, and élan, she has ensured Canadian content is seen and celebrated around the world."

True that! Beker is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry, both here in Canada and around the world. She was recently announced as one of the key media personalities for — Bell Media's innovative new lifestyle brand — and is also the host of FashionTelevisionChannel, Canada's first and only 24-hour channel dedicated to fashion, beauty and design. 

You've probably grown up with Beker on your screen as the previous host of Canada's leading, but now defunct, fashion series Fashion Television for 27 years. Meanwhile, off-screen she also works as a contributing editor to The Toronto Star and The Kit, a columnist for Metro, a published author of five books, and a regular contributor and talking head on Canada AM, The Marilyn Dennis Show, and ETalk. More recently, she launched her clothing line EDIT at The Bay, which she directly curates each season.

Phew! That is one busy gal and in the spirit of all her trailblazing hard work, here's a few of my favourite things from her current EDIT collection (that's currently on sale!).

Sleeveless Sequin Dress ($79.99); Liquid Velvet Dress ($79.50)

Yellow Wool Jacket ($146.19); Sequin Top ($44)

Image Via Dominic Chan/

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Link Buzz: Raf Simons on Dior’s Future; Jessica Biel Covers Elle

  • Raf Simons says, "The Chanel woman? I don't even need to see, I smell her from round the corner, but I don't recognize the Dior woman." He intends to change this, and vite. [Fashionologie]
  • Decoding what people actually mean when they thank you for a gift. Always good times. [SheFinds
  • Liv Tyler assures me that the only thing missing from my life is a pair of high red heels. [FabSugar]
  • Kate Middleton's nurse killed herself following a prank call to the hospital by a pair of Australian DJs. Woah. That is really sad. [FashionETC]
  • Just because you're hungover doesn't mean you have to look hungover. Except if you have a job where part of the professional etiquette requires looking hungover. In that case, carry on looking all wan and miserable. No, I'm sorry, that job doesn't exist, so it's really in your best interest to click through. [BellaSugar]
  • Jessica Biel and her bangs covered Elle's January Issue. I think she's my favorite of the super shiny pseudo-terrible actress starlet celebrites. (Sorry K-Stew, but at least you're a close second!) [AmyGrindhouse]

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