"The throws, you can wear them as a cape but you can also put (them) on your bed… (or) on your sofa," said Mobilia president Daniele Bergeron recently to the Canadian Press. Not generally a statement you would associate with either capes or throws unless you're eight years old playing dress up as Batman in the living room, but do heed her advice as this home retailer is cooking up some fusion fashion.
Teaming up with Mariouche Gagne, founder of boutique Montreal-based label Harricana, the new Mobilia collection features items crafted from materials including recycled fur (Harricana’s specialty), knits and leather with a palette of brown, black, grey and neutral tones.
Any ethically sourced braids or trims — crafted from Norwegian fox, recycled grey sweater knit and distressed graphite leather — you see on their items are fully removable, doubling up as scarves, boas, or even hats during the colder months. But just an FYI: Pillows in the line range from $179 to $399; stools from $399 to $499 and the throws are $999 to $1,499.
It’s a cool concept and, needless to say, the homeware landscape has turned into a much more seasonal and style-conscious affair in recent years, with many people updating their throw pillows as often as they change their socks. Not that these pieces can be viewed as disposable décor, but we’re talking blurred lines, ahem, between fashion and home design. Are you on board?
Images via Mobilia
Trend Trunk. What is it and how does it benefit me? Well, believe it when I say that the Toronto tech industry is booming. Seriously, we’re like the Snowy Silicon Valley these days and, joining in on all the upstart action, Trend Trunk is a website that that provides a platform for consumers to cash in on their closets and shop other’s wardrobes for less. Yes, in the immortal worlds of a certain Marshall Mathers, “I’m cleaning out my closet” and joining the online marketplace where consumers can buy, sell, haggle and donate their fashionable clothing and accessories.
Of course, many a TV addict may be familiar with the website from CBC’s Dragon’s Den. During Season 8, the company founder, Sean Snyder, asked the venture capitalists for $200,000 for 20 percent of his company, but came away a little scorched. After that, Snyder has tried crowdfunding on for size, and scored a financial boost from local grants and prizes.
Now I really hope this online venture succeeds, more so because I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. Have you ever tried to sell clothes at a fashionable Queen West thrift store? It’s a painful process, one that takes too much time for too little gain. Trend Trunk however, takes the musky unpleasantness away from shilling your clothes by uploading pics and letting them find you a buyer — even the postage is free.
I’m hooked. And not only because I found a Kate Spade tote for $108 or a Michael Kors wrap dress for $68. As of December 9, the site is also hosting Blogger Fashion Week, whereby emerging and established Canadian fashion bloggers will be donating their designer threads for charity. A great excuse to purchase yourself some pre-loved Christmas party pieces, yes?
Ok, Dazed & Confused: I accept Carey Mulligan's status as a modern myth, but why bring her down to size or whatever with such an affectless cover concept? The 28-year-old actress is all limp hair and microphone face, both aesthetic choices which are highly acceptable in theory (just ask my bathroom mirror about the limp hair part), but exceedingly inappropriate if you don't commit. Why so half-baked? It's not like she's a brownie.
Apart from a cover, this looks like a really fantastic issue: there are interviews with Japanese designer Junya Watanabe, superstar Snoop Dogg and art critic Dave Hickey. There's also new short fiction by writers Tao Lin, Alissa Nutting and others tackling the existential despair of being a privileged young Apple consumer. As the publication's books editor Stuart Hammond put it, expect to read about "celebrity, self-harm, MacBook sex games, teen suicide, Sylvia Plath misquoted on the Internet and the particular type of crushing ennui that only a smartphone can induce.” < lol crushing ennui okay can't wait >
image credit: womenmanagement.tumblr.com via the tfs forums
The winner of the tFS Style Awards’ ‘Best Female Model Newcomer’ Award, the stunning Sasha Luss, follows up her appearance on the Vogue Russia Special with the January 2014 cover of the Vogue Russia main edition. Looking flawless as per usual, the Russian model is wearing a Prada dress from the latest Spring 2014 collection. And since Ms. Luss can do no wrong, the tFS forums, once again, had nothing bad to say about the cover, which was shot by Patrick Demarchelier.
“Loving the eyeshadow + dress combo. Sometimes matching eyeshadow to the outfit can look a little dated, but in this instance it works beautifully. Just a nice, simple, elegant Demarchelier shot and Sasha looks really lovely,” posted Luxx.
Justaguy agreed and stated, “Great use of colors and the styling's right on here.”
And catherine88 pointed out, “I like the makeup. She looks surreal.”
Surreal, gorgeous, breathtaking. We’re once again enchanted by Sasha. And let’s indeed not forget to give credit to the great styling and makeup here, because all elements together make this just one striking cover!
Pantone's Color of the Year has arrived! It's like a holiday for PR professionals. Named 'Radiant Orchid,' this eggplanty hue was not arbitrarily selected by the color consultancy as a branding tool, but has something truly meaningful to say about the times we live in and what it means it be human. [Pantone]
Of course, no sensible designer trying to take his/her label to the next level would turn down a perfectly good news peg; New York's finest designers sketch their way onto the Pantone Color of the Year trend bandwagon. [Fashionologie]
"How to Wear Skirts with Boots!" In case you've lost cognitive functioning. [FabSugar]
Marc Jacobs confesses: "I've always admired Nicolas." [WWD]
"Beyoncé and Jay Z eat lunch at a California restaurant at the same time as Anne Hathaway." Juicy celebrity gossip. [Vanity Fair]
What's happening at Amazon's Williamsburg photo studio? Much fashun. [Racked]
Image courtesy Mango
Mango has announced the international launch of a new plus-size range, a standalone brand called Violeta by MANGO.
Offering trend-conscious items in European sizes 40-52 (converts to sizes 10-20 in US), the label will include 400 items and is scheduled to go on sale in January. In addition to the substantial product range, Violeta also boasts a sizable staff – the brand is launching with a dedicated 40-person team.
The brand will intially be introduced to Mango's seven largest markets — France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia and Spain — with a projected 100 retail outlets by the end of 2014. The first independent store will open in Spain.
The line will be available online in Europe, Turkey and Russia, but not in the US, despite increasing stateside demand for fashion-conscious plus-size apparel. Earlier this year, we heard from e-commerce site Modcloth, which reported an astonishingly postive response and heightened levels of customer engagement after launching a new plus category. And last year, Mango's Spanish competitor Zara faced a barrage of criticism for its limited sizing options, with some plus-size bloggers and customers accusing the fast fashion chain of "fat shaming."
Related: Who’s Really Driving the Thin Trend? Some Believe Consumers Want to See More Body Diversity