What does a girl do when she’s sick in bed with the flu? She blogs and blames the weather. Of course I would love to walk around all day looking like a Russian empress, as in the picture above of Madeleine de la Motte for Tatler magazine. But this is not practical when you have a busy life. Many Canadians embrace skiing and snowboarding during these frigid months but my idea of a winter sport is sipping hot chocolate at the nearest luxury shoe department. I thought I would take a break from cursing the weather and share a few staples in my wardrobe. My kids keep telling me I need to think of winter as a ‘scoop of ice cream’ and I suppose Winter fashion is pretty delicious after all.
I love wearing dresses and skirts all year round so I tend to go through a lot of tights during the winter months. My go-to brand is Wolford but I recently discovered Miss Martin Hosiery with comparable quality as these are also made in Europe and cost a fraction of the price.They come in lots of different colors and textures because basic black can get boring after a while.
During the cold weather I live in my Mackage coat. I thought Canada was the coldest place until I felt the gales of Scotland last winter. I love the sleek architectural style of Montreal-based Mackage’s outerwear as their attention to fur and leather detailing is impeccable.
I was the girl who swore never to wear UGGs until Jimmy Choo‘s capsule collection a couple of years ago brought me over to the side of sheepskin. I even bought the matching mitts and I must admit all this sheepskin stuff is heaven in freezing temperatures! UGGs however, are ideal in powdery snow conditions and when it gets slushy outside, I wear my tall Stuart Weitzman boots which are comfortable and stylish.
I own a lot of hats but my favorite during the winter is a fox fur Russian hat which looks elegant with a long coat or cape as seen here on Angelina Jolie.
Although snoods are quite popular this season, I tend to fall back on the classics and prefer to wrap up in my monogram Louis Vuitton shawl like the one below.
Image via Fashionphile.
A lady should always have a pair of short and long opera style leather gloves in her wardrobe.The long ones are perfect with cloaks and capes in the evenings. My favorite shorter pair are these studded Burberry Prorsum gloves which I’m eagerly awaiting to arrive in my mailbox.These are the same gloves all the models wore at the closing of Burberry Prorsum 2012/13 when it snowed on the runway making it one of the most magical moments of the Winter fashion shows.
Image via GloveLoveBlog.
Check out more Winter styling tips here and here. The rest of that stunning Tatler Russia editorial is on my FB page.
I hope you are all staying fashionably warm!
I attended the PARKLUXE fashion event last night featuring some of Canada’s best designers including Caitlin Power, Lauren Bagliore, Nicole Campre and Ann Bacalso. My closet is full of pieces from these designers and as a Canadian, I’m always pleased to discover and support the brilliant talent in my home country.
Other than my Valentino shoes, I was dressed in head-to-toe Canadian fashion. Here I’m wearing the Lauren Bagliore convertible ‘Desiree’ dress as a top, with a Caitlin Power pleated leather skirt over Miss Martin tights and carrying a Pink Tartan clutch. My blogger friend KD is wearing stunning accessories from Ann B. in the picture above.
Photo by Karolina Ciupińska
Photo by Karolina Ciupińska
When I fall for a fashion brand, I usually fall hard. This is exactly what happened to me while shopping at PINK TARTAN, the brainchild of Kimberley Newport-Mimran. Yes, the other half of Canadian fashion royalty married to Joe Mimran - the genius behind the Alfred Sung, Club Monaco and Joe Fresh success stories.
I walked into Yorkville‘s beautiful flagship location and was immediately struck by the European sensibility to the clothes. The skirts were fuller. The dresses were heavier. There was absolutely no skimping of fabric here. I noticed the attention to detail: shirts with embellished crystal collars, dresses with leather piping, skirts with metal hardware. The Parisienne influence is clearly evident as PINK TARTAN is the only Canadian store to carry select pieces from Courrèges, a French fashion house. In fact, there are numerous objets d’intérêt that have been carefully curated to complement the PINK TARTAN label. It’s really a lifestyle brand for those with sophisticated palates and a style that’s “ladylike, yet never prim.”
View the entire PINK TARTAN Fall 2012 Collection here.
I spent last weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and a few highlights include…
Staying at my usual place The Hazelton Hotel - an oasis of calm and luxury during the TIFF storm. Whether I need tickets to a sold-out film premiere or a last-minute hairstylist, they just know how to make things happen.
Attending a fashion spectacle, specifically the MAC Viva Glam Fashion Cares After Party, at Maison Mercer, my new favorite Toronto nightclub. The place was packed wall-to-wall with celebs and some of the most fashionable people I have ever seen in North America.
Shopping in Yorkville and discovering new Canadian brands like Pink Tartan and Travis Taddeo whose feathered skirt (which I paired with a Caitlin Power blouse in the third picture above) garnered a lot of attention on the streets of Toronto.
Image via Fashion Magazine
Finding refuge on rooftops like the one at the Thompson and hanging out with old and new friends, as well as (literally) running into Kate Hudson in the ladies’ room (more on that here.)