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Canada Fashion Jobs – NYFW Highlights By A Haute Mess

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Although Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is over, the excitement is far from it (kind of like my foot pain from stomping around Manhattan in 4 inch heels for a week straight). I had the pleasure of attending NYFW last week and although this was my second season there, it was just as thrilling as my first time (the second time’s a charm, right ladies? Just kidding). I also have the pleasure of sharing my favourite shows and Spring/Summer 2012 collections with you, fine people visiting Style Nine to Five, which you can see below.

1. Vivienne Tam

I absolutely loved this collection: it was full of rich colours, beautiful and harmoniously mixed prints and interesting details on each garment like appliqués, cut-outs and embroidery. My favourite pieces included a handful of suiting with shorts or cigarette pants in the many nature-inspired and geometric prints, an ivory and coral printed dress spotted early in the show, the iPad case-like clutches and the dramatic eveningwear, including a teal gown with a ruffled t-back and the extra long sleeved finale dress. There’s an effortlessness and ease that flowed throughout the collection; it was inspired by the designer’s love of the spirit of the seventies, but the clothes translate into something that is very modern. My favourite looks:

2. Michael Kors

This Spring/Summer 2012 collection described by the designer in one word: “Afriluxe” — a bit of a misstep given the current famine crisis in Somalia, however, faux pas aside, this show and collection were definitely my favourite (that I attended in person) of the entire week. It’s inspired by Michael’s memories of Africa and the rustic modernism of the Lebombo Lodge, with an injection of the line’s signature effortlessness and easy, laid back attitude. From the clothing to the shoes to the accessories, it’s congruent from head-to-toe and from look-to-look, a true collection that a veteran like Michael Kors probably thought of in his sleep or while mindlessly shining his CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The colour palette ranged from the ground to the sky, with earth tones of limestone, olive and clay, creamy ivory hues of ivory, impala and antelope and sunset shades of amber, sienna and cinnabar. The beauty of the garments are not only in the intelligently designed pieces but in the palpable luxury that exists in the details: distressed materials like cashmere and linen, leather with a savage edge as if it had been torn, snakeskin trims on boldly hand dyed gowns, rustic patchwork and graphic photo realistic animal prints. The collection is topped off with oversized travel bags, strappy belts and one of the first things I noticed, the rugged boots and sandals. My favourite looks:

3. Hervé Léger by Max Azria

I was really excited to attend the Hervé Léger show because I knew the front row would be packed with celebrities (fine, I lied: I knew it would be packed with Kardashians — they love their bandage dresses and I secretly love Keeping Up with them) but I figured that the collection would be fairly predictable. As expected, the collection was made up primarily of body-conscious bandage dresses but much to my surprise, it was far more exciting than I had anticipated.

The colour palette for the collection was primarily metallic with intricate detailing like tribal motifs, cutouts, braided harnesses and military-inspired cylindrical beadwork. I also loved the shoes that were paired with the collection: although a bit too heavy a look at times (specifically with dresses with longer hemlines) the knee-high strapped and buckled gladiator boot sandals. called the collection “dystopian warrior princess”. I couldn’t have said it better myself (so I won’t try). My favourite looks are below. Oh and front row the celebs spotted? No Kardashians, but Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Szohr, Leann Rimes and Katie Cassidy.

4. Monique Lhullier

Another favourite of mine was Monique Lhullier’s SS12 collection. I was expecting a show full of feminine gowns but was pleasantly surprised with the edgier aesthetic she went for this season. The show opened with architectural dresses and separates that evolved into more feminine looks, all incorporating color-blocking, leather shoulders or leather panels, and cut-outs with these details maintained throughout. I also loved the bold colour palette of this collection: the show commenced with a strong black and cobalt contingent and incorporated cream, a bright fuchsia and an even brighter cadmium yellow while closing with incredible gowns in graphic prints. Spotted in the front row? Julianne Hough of Dancing with the Stars fame and actress/singer/model Mandy Moore, who by the way is beyond gorgeous in person. My favourite looks:

Who are your favourites from New York Fashion Week or Fashion Month thus far? Tell us in the comments below!

For more of my adventures, outfits and general debauchery from NYFW, check out my coverage on MTV FORA and on A Haute Mess.

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By: Niki Blasina

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Vancouver’s Stylish Dot.Coms

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Vancity Buzz
The good people at Vancity Buzz keep us Vancouverites informed of what’s happening in this beautiful city of ours. From urban development, to sports and entertainment–they know what’s going on! The shopping section is of particular interest at Style Nine to Five, of course, keeping Vancouver’s fashionistas current with new store openings and stylish small business owners in the city.

What do women want? The gals at KnewDaily are here to tell men just that. The site’s all-female panel of experts dish on everything from dating and sex, to men’s fashion and grooming. This is a must-read for any guy who aims to please.

Solo Lisa
No need to scour the city to find out what’s new and hot in fashion and beauty–Solo Lisa does the job for you! Lisa Wong is always first on the scene at Vancouver’s new boutique and spa openings, bringing her readers the inside scoop. Be sure to check out the Today’s Outfit section for some sartorial inspiration!

Photo by: Chelle of Discovering Elegance.

The Haute Pursuit
Vanessa of The Haute Pursuit oozes cool rock n’ roll glamour. She sets herself apart in a sea of personal style diaries with eclectic styling that is at once edgy and effortless. The element of surprise that characterizes her style and the artsy, editorial quality of her photos has elevated her blog to cult status here in Vancouver.

A Haute Mess
Blogger and PR gal about town Niki Blasina dishes on everything stylish on her blog A Haute Mess. Niki keeps it real with her opinionated, funny posts and her fresh take on all things sartorial. Her quirky styling and up-to-the minute fashion news and trend reports keeps A Haute Mess on our daily radar.

Bleed For Fashion
The name says it all. Lily Nguyen, the fashionista extraordinaire behind the blog, lives and breathes fashion. This is a gal who doesn’t mind taking risks–and we love her for it! Her unexpected styling combinations and her off-beat, free-spirited charm always has us coming back for more.

Style Struck
The adorable and style savvy Olivia of Style Struck is the kind of gal one can imagine gabbing about celebrity gossip with over a cafe au lait. Her chic fashion sense and girl next door appeal make readers feel as though they’ve found a new bff. With the wealth of fashion, beauty and home decor tips she has to offer, it’s no wonder as to why.

I’m The It Girl
It girl Anya Georgijevic is our go-to gal for cutting edge news on the local and international fashion scene. The stylish sophisticate delivers the scoop on fashion and beauty trends sweeping the globe, as well as the best new local shops and designers. Get to know the names behind your favourite labels in the Interview section, update your must-have list with her Item of the Week, and drool over the lust-worthy items of extravagance in If I Were Rich – a girl can dream, can’t she?

Photo by: Sherry Lu

The Starving Stylist
The man has confessed to skipping meals in order to afford his latest object of desire, need I say more? Peter Ty, aka The Starving Stylist, is one hard-core fashion devotee. Striking a fine balance between classic and avant-garde, the impeccable styling in his photos makes them well worth perusing on a daily basis. His inimitable style, charm and caustic wit (I dare you to get through one post without laughing out loud) have made him a local celeb.

By: Chloe Berge

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