Sure, you can make the jump over the border to snap up the States' famed Black Friday deals, but why make the journey when there are some fashionable bargains to be had on your doorstep? Whether you're looking for some Christmas gift ideas on Black Friday, or have your eye on a new LCD TV come Cyber Monday, there's ample excuse to buy Canadian. Here I've picked out some of my favourite deals that go live this week.
Shopping Goliath Sears is running a Black Friday weekend, starting Thursday and ending Sunday. There's plenty of 50% off sticker tags spread across boots, outerwear and women's apparel, with a few of the must-have pieces being a fuchsia Attitude by Jay Manuel coat with detachable fur collar ($99, down from $200), the Jessica/MD sequinned bolero jacket ($23.99, down from $69.99), and Jones & Co lace-top shutter pleated dress ($69.50, down from $139).
If you're looking for luxe leather, Danier is always the place to go, and with some crazy savings you'll be decked out like catwoman in no time. They have a lamb leather bomber priced at $149 (with $300 savings) and glazed leather crossbody bags for $69 (down from $129).
Garage is pocket friendly at the best of times, but from today until Black Friday, they're offering a whopping 40% off EVERYTHING and $1 shipping. Yes, that's their entire store, which includes this front tie polka dot chiffon shirt ($17.94, down from $29.90), a high-waist sequinned skirt ($17.94, down from $29.90), and an open stitch lurex sweater ($22.14, down from $36.90). Don't you think the sequinned skirt would look utterly adorable teamed with ankle booties and a cashmere sweater?
Finally, The Bay is not to be outdone by anyone since they've been holding their One Day Sales since November 14. What does that mean? Well, each day The Bay will release a price-busting sale item that is only available for 24 hours. So far they've offered Lord and Taylor leather gloves for $30 (down from $100) and a Guess down puffer jacket for $79.99 (down from $198). The only way to keep track of the day's offerings is by visiting the website every morning or liking their Facebook page. For Black Friday and Cyber Monday the store is having what they call "special super saving deals," so get snooping!
Topshop has found its latest designer gem in Aussie-born, London-based jeweller extraordinaire Jordan Askill. Amidst being nominated for a British Fashion Award, winning an Elle Style one, having Bond girls parade his fine craft down the red carpet, and creating a slew of short films and art sculptures, Askill has designed a seven-piece capsule collection of wallet-friendly trinkets for the British retail behemoth.
The collection was inspired by a trip he took to Egypt three years ago, playing up the designer’s attraction to sculptural pieces and fantastical creatures. This time it’s a majestic panther carefully scaled down to form the centerpiece of the collection, its raw chiseled head protruding from the gold and silver-plated brass. In an interview with Topshop, Askill says the team was supportive of his ideas and his style of craft, “particularly when it came to attention to detail and quality.”
That attention to detail is further evident in the kitschy-cute charms dangling from cuffs, charm bracelets, and three-dimensional pendant necklaces. Askill wanted to make the capsule not only classic but personal: “Each piece is precious like a locket with detachable pendants that you can keep with you or pass on to your friends.”
The collaboration puts Askill among the ranks of Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, and J.W. Anderson, who have all had their artistry confirmed in recent years through being plucked by the discerning hand of Topshop.
Jordan Askill x Topshop is up online now, and lands in stores at the end of the month.
As a present for their 1969 wedding, Yoko Ono gave John Lennon a stack of sketches called "Fashions for Men." It was, I kid you not, inspired by his "sexy bod." Yes, that's a quote! Say what you want about Yoko*, but NO WONDER Lennon was so crazy about her: she liked him a lot and clearly she knew how to show it. I have never complimented a man on his sexy bod, but I'm so on it.
“I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men’ amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod,” she told WWD, on the occasion of her Opening Ceremony collaboration announcement. The hipster retailer is bringing Yoko's quirky, conceptual sketches to real life with a collection that launches next week, on November 30. The range will include 52 pieces (Yoko's lucky number) which range in price from $70 for a hoodie to $750 for a pair of boots that doubles as an incense holder (I know: !!!!!).
A compilation of Yoko's "Fashion for Men" sketches will be available in softcover for $35. Opening Ceremony will also print posters and sell those, too. It's like a Yoko Ono Christmas miracle. I'm not in the habit of expressing sincere enthusiasm for fashion things, but this may be the most appealing fashion-with-a-capital-F thing I've ever … errr, beheld. I think Yoko should design all clothes.
Images via Style, WWD
*Actually, no: stop saying terrible things about her. You don't even know her and she's legit a talented artist and it's weird and seems kind of sexist.
Sneakers have always been a necessary evil for us gym bunnies, but I often think when it comes to style, there are only ever two choices: plain Jane blacks and whites or Chris Brown hip-hop clodhoppers. With that in mind, have you ever thought of designing your own? Well now you can thanks to the clever folk at Reebok Canada.
YourReebok is an innovative shoe customization technology that launches this week and will provide Canadians with the opportunity to create and purchase one-of-a-kind shoes. It's already available in the States, but finally we're getting the creative service that boasts over 2.8 million unique designs. I know Nike offers something similar with its ID brand, but as far as I know, they don't ship to Canada.
"At Reebok, we are committed to offering our customers an innovative shopping experience and the latest in performance footwear. We are very excited to bring the YourReebok platform to Canadians," says Stewart Clark, brand leader at Reebok. "We want people to be able to personalize their workout by showing their own colours through their customized Reebok shoes."
To get started, you pick one of Reebok’s hottest silhouettes: the CrossFit Nano 2.0, the CrossFit Oly Lifter, the RealFlex , the ZigTech, and the Pump Omni. Then you can go wild in personalizing up to 23 different areas of the shoe with a choice of 19 colours, four materials, and the option to add text ("Eat My Dust" is bound to be a popular one). The fully customized shoes range from $99.99 to $189.99 depending on the style, materials and optional extras chosen.
I've always wanted to design my kicks so, of course, I had to have a little play this morning, thinking of myself as the next Manolo Blahnik of the fitness world. Clearly that was all in my head because, as you can see, I got a little carried away with colours and ended up with some Frankensneakers:
. . . so yeah. I guess their gaudy cartoonish appearance are somewhat appropriate for my big ol' clown feet, but if you don't quite feel like joining a circus troupe, here's what the pros are able to come up with.
Pretty nice eh? I'm sure you guys could whip up something equally chic, so give it a whirl here and let me know your results in the comments below.
Images via YourReebok
At an age most people are navigating one mistake at a time, Talia Shuvalov is weaving together a reputation as one of the most exciting young designers on the scene. She trained at Sydney’s University of Technology before sojourning in London to intern for Alexander McQueen, and was shortly after seized by the discerning hand of Narciso Rodriguez to become his Senior Knitwear Designer in New York.
While in London, Shuvalov attended Parsons, where her Spring 2013 graduate collection was sent down the runway as part of the prophetic “First Eighteen” show. That collection makes it easy to see why she was so instantly appetizing to Rodriquez. Shuvalov’s structured knitwear demands your attention with powerful shapes and methodical splashes of stark hospital green and yellow, making plain grey marle into something that demands to be stared at.
There are hints of things one might be tempted to call Navajo, but modern materials, blown-up shapes and a sterile colour palette (emphasised to great effect in the Cara Stricker-lensed campaign) allow Shuvalov to eschew cringey cultural appropriation. ASOS and Urban Outfitters, take note.
Talia Shuvalov might now be based in New York, but we’re just going to go ahead and claim her as our own.
Images: Cara Stricker for Russh
Diane Von Furstenberg just released a video to announce the CFDA and Vogue initiative to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. The only thing DVF and Anna Wintour love more than American fashion is "mobilizing" the fashion industry to "raise funds" for stuff like presidential politics or natural disasters.
I don't want to be overly sarcastic, because money is exactly what Hurricane Sandy relief needs right now, and I think it's better for the fashion industry to make these kinds of efforts (and to actually concretely help people that need help) than to completely retreat into nihilistic coke-and-diamond-fueled dens of couture and grey lipstick, but there's always a level of comedy to DVF and Wintour's charity and public good projects.
For Hurricane Sandy relief, the CFDA and Vogue are auctioning off "amazing fashion experiences." DVF says, "You can have lunch with me, attend a fashion show with Anna Wintour, or meet Michael Kors." You can also meet the cast of Girls on set, attend Victoria Beckham's NYFW fashion show and meet her afterwards, play golf with Michael Bloomberg(!). When I say "you can," it's shorthand for "if you can and are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars, you can…" I can't wait to find out how much Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg and Victoria Beckham and Lena Dunham are personally donating to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Proceeds will benefit Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City (because DVF/Wintour are nothing if not Bloomberg fangirls) and similar organizations. You can check out and bid on the 144 available items on CharityBuzz here. Auctioning for most offers ends on December 5.
Image via WENN