In a bid to raise some much-needed moolah for the country’s cash-strapped national parks, Parks Canada has launched a premium line of clothing designed by former Toronto fashion designer of the year, Roger Edwards, who has created clothing for the NHL, CFL and Team Canada. After the fan-mania that ensued when Hudson’s Bay released its Canadian Olympic Team clothing, I imagine the new Parks Canada clothing line will receive an equally warm reception.
Marketed under the slogan “This Land is your Brand,” the Parks Original line includes hoodies, T-shirts and hats sporting the Parks Canada beaver logo from the 70s, all of which will be made in Toronto with ethically-sourced cotton and exclusively sold at Hudson’s Bay.
Much like the Team Canada kit, this new collaboration is undoubtedly trying to target the nation’s patriotism, but also markets itself toward everyone’s love of vintage kitsch. The old-time logos, including the current crossed paddles logo of Parks Canada and a moose with antlers, aren’t unlike the kind of thing you’ll find on sale at the Drake General Store. So naturally, I’m sold.
An additional selling point is the fact that, as previously reported by the Toronto Star, Parks Canada is facing a $2.8 billion backlog of maintenance and repair work. It goes without saying that this new venture will help — albeit in a small way — thus tuning into our charitable conscience. I mean, who doesn’t love the feel-good factor?
Beginning this week, the items will be offered online from TheBay.com, at a store in Banff, Alberta, as well as at airport locations in Toronto and Vancouver. I’m surprised it won’t be available at the flagship Toronto location, but scarcity generally stokes demand, which will probably mean these pieces will start popping up on eBay for three times the price. Dang, there I go giving you ideas.
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- Get ready, because Zoe Saldana is about to slay the maternity fashion game. The actress is pregnant with her first child with husband Marco Perego. That’s going to be one beautiful kid! [ E!]
- Naya Rivera married her
rebound boo, Ryan Dorsey, after only three months, after breaking up with her previous fiance, Big Sean. [E!]
- Crocs is downsizing, and apparently, some people who are not Crocs employees are actually sad about that. [PopSugar Fashion]
- Magazine covers as you know them could all change, thanks to experiential advertising. [The Business of Fashion]
- Peaches Geldof‘s cause of death has finally been confirmed as a heroin overdose. [WWD]
- Justin Bieber is rumored to be the next face of Calvin Klein. #signstheworldisending [Daily Mail]
- Lupita Nyong’o isn’t the only celebrity who can hook you up with fresh braids. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt can also whip up a mean French braid…in just about four minutes. He and Lupita should open up a shop together! [TIME]
- Further proof that y’all are watching too much damn TV: A Michigan prison has nixed orange jumpsuits in favor of striped ones. They say the popularity of shows like Orange Is the New Black have made the jumpsuits in vogue, and now civilians are wearing them, making it difficult to identify prisoners versus free citizens. [NY Mag]
- If you care, Lana Del Rey has slept with a lot of people in the music industry. [Complex]
- Now you can be creeped out and get excited for the next Hunger Games movie. To promote Mockingjay, “The Capitol” has released living portraits of two of the film’s characters as a creative way to promote the movie. [Teen Vogue]
After a truly successful debut stint designing the GB kit for the London 2012 Olympics, Stella McCartney, who has collaborated with Adidas since 2001, has been asked once more to design the kit for her home country for the 2016 games in Rio.
The news was just broken by the Mirror, giving the designer a nice head start on her vision. Seeing as the last kit took two years of development, she had better crack on with it to come up with something new.
The blue and white union jack graphic concept that the designer came up with for 2012 was so refreshing and exciting. When you think about the fact that she had to design 590 different items for 900 different athletes competing in 46 sports, it doesn’t sound like a fun job. However, all her years working with Adidas have made her a pro at this, so regardless of how many medals Team GB wins, at least we know they will look good.
Team GB 2012 kit designed by Stella McCartney
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It seems that besides funny hats, there is nothing Pharrell WIlliams enjoys more than watching attractive, multiethnic women dance for him. His last music video, “Marilyn Monroe” off his album G I R L, featured an array of hotties shaking their tail feathers. When you’ve got a good thing, you gotta run with it and so, Pharrell once again clings to the theme of beautiful dancing women for his latest music video for “Come Get it Bae,” featuring aspiring King of Diamonds dancer Miley Cyrus.
This time, Pharrell is seen recording the twirling girls on an old-timey camera, presumably a very important part of the mock auditions he’s depicting in the video. It would be creepy if it was anyone else. Of course, there’s just a little twerking action in the vid, but thankfully, it does not come from Ms. Cyrus, who’s already exhausted our tolerance on that tip. The “Wrecking Ball” singer offers her vocals, dance moves and, of course, ever-wagging tongue to the production, bopping alongside Pharrell through the entire video.
Love or hate these two chart-toppers, the song’s pretty catchy and the video is the perfect distraction on a Wednesday afternoon. Check it out below!
If you can spare a minute between shows this coming London Fashion Week, steer your smartphone to eBay.co.uk. The e-tailer has something special up its sleeves in celebration of the Spring 2015 collections — a limited-run collection produced by London’s top designers.
Produced in partnership with the British Fashion Council, the BFC Contemporary initiative will support emerging U.K. fashion labels through mentorship and sales opportunities. Here’s where you come in. The designers will create and sell exclusive wares through eBay’s first BFC Contemporary Shop, launching in September.
PRISM, Zoe Jordan, Georgia Hardinge, Alexis Barrell and PAPER London will each design a single item evoking the respective brand’s signature aesthetic. eBay users can shop those items during London Fashion Week, which means you’ll want to make use of those iPhone chargers tucked underneath the front row. There’s nothing like the instant gratification of scoring a pair of Anna Laub’s sunnies or a sculptural mini from Georgia Hardinge from your seat.
“Each of the inaugural BFC Contemporary designers possesses incredible creativity and strong brand concepts,” BFC CEO Caroline Rush said during a press breakfast announcing the program. “These designers mark a new wave in British contemporary design, the rise of which we aim to fuel with this new initiative.”
The designers—minus Jordan, who was unable to attend—mingled over plates of salmon and pastries during this morning’s launch at The Arts Club. Though their wares have yet to be revealed, the abundance of midi skirts in the room surely made an impression. Talk, meanwhile, fittingly centered around the various treasures guests had uncovered in their past eBay excursions.
Hardinge recalled picking up a vintage sewing machine on the site, then revealed that her item would draw inspiration from the “sculptural shadows on buildings.”
Oh, and designers, take note. Applications for the 2015 BFC Contemporary initiative will soon be open to all.
The fall advertisements still continue to roll out and Stella McCartney‘s are the latest to land on our forums. McCartney brought back everyone’s favorite Brit model and long-term friend, Kate Moss, to front her latest collection, making this Kate’s seventh campaign for the label (Kate’s last appearance was Spring 2009). Photographed by Turkish duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Kate was shot in London for the fashion spots where she is seen posing against a studio backdrop with effortlessly styled hair and minimal makeup. According to WWD, McCartney styled the campaign herself, which showcases the brand’s new Cavendish handbag in one of the ads.
IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Thus far within the ad campaign’s thread, forum members are delighted. “Very eye catching! Kate looks amazing!” posted Nepenthes.
“I really like her images with eyewear. She looks pretty good,” complimented catherine88.
MlleCoco shared the same positive sentiments and wrote, “I was craving for an editorial or a campaign with Kate!! Stella, Kate and M&M it’s a perfect combo!”
“Stella’s best campaign so far!” stated a very satisfied GIVENCHYlover.
Chanelcouture09 was in the same frame of mind: “This was a great surprise and Kate looks fantastic as per usual.”
See inside the thread to see Kate’s eyewear shots and then share your own opinion here.