Saturday, 16 February 2013

Indefinite Hiatus

Rather than leave my blog to languish for months again, I'd rather make it official: I'm putting my blog on an indefinite hiatus. There have been a few different factors leading to this decision. Of course, yes, I'm busy (aren't we all?). But more importantly, due to various things going on in my life, I'm too drained to be invested in anything, let alone my blog. I'm not sure when or if I'll return to updating but I'd like to think that at some point down the road, I'll pick it up again because I do enjoy it.

Until then, take care and thank you for visiting.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Throwback Thursday: Valentino F/W 1998

It may (or may not) come as a surprise that I didn't become all that interested in fashion until a few years ago. So, nowadays, one of my favourite things to do is to try to learn more about the history of different fashion houses, and look at old collections and campaigns. (Mind you, I don't spend nearly as much time doing that as I would like.)

Anyways, here is one of my favourite Valentino ad campaigns. I love the bird's eye perspective (carried over from the S/S 1998 campaign also shot by Michael Thompson). It's one small shift that has such a major impact.

Valentino F/W 1998 RTW Ad Campaign
Photographer: Michael Thompson
Models: Kirsty Hume, Angela Lindvall



Images were found via FashionAdExplorer

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Model Moment: Ji Hye Park

Images via style.com (Luca Cannonieri, Gorunway.Com) and Vogue China Jan 2013
I haven't done this in a while but just wanted to share some images of this model who caught my eye last season and hopefully, you'll be seeing more of her in the coming weeks when the HC and F/W 2013 fashion shows hit.


Ji Hye Park started her international runway debut last season as a semi-exclusive for Alexander Wang. She then went on to walk for a number of other brands in New York including DKNY, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. She skipped over London Fashion Week but got right back into action in Milan, walking for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Marni.


But, it was in Paris where her momentum really picked up and she walked for more shows there than she did in New York and Milan combined. Her Paris showlist ended up to be fairly stellar, including major fashion houses like Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, and Céline. In total, she walked 28 shows.


And how has she been doing off the runways since? Well, she was featured in the Louis Vuitton S/S 2013 ad campaign, which is probably the major highlight of her career so far. In terms of editorial work, she is on Vogue Korea's January 2013 cover (and also has an editorial in the issue). She is also featured in the January 2013 issues of Harper's Bazaar Korea, Vogue China, and Vogue Italia.

Images via style.com (Luca Cannonieri, GoRunway.Com) and fashionologie.com

If you can't tell, I'm absolutely captivated by her. And, for some reason, she reminds me a lot of Karlie Kloss (who I also love!) especially from certain angles. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll be able to match the calibre of shows she did last season in the coming fashion weeks. And in the long run, I'd love for her print work to pick up.

Showlist S/S 2013

New York
Alexander Wang
DKNY
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Narciso Rodriguez
Anna Sui
Ralph Lauren

Milan
Max Mara
Emporio Armani
Blumarine (2 looks)
Gabriele Colangelo
Marni
Dolce & Gabbana
Giorgio Armani

Paris
Damir Doma
Dries Van Noten (2 looks)
Gareth Pugh
Carven
Barbara Bui
Isabel Marant
Haider Ackermann
Victor & Rolf
Loewe
Céline
Hermés
Chloé
Alexander McQueen
Louis Vuitton
Elie Saab (2 looks)


Images 1, 6, 18 are from Monica Feudi, Feudiguaineri.Com via style.com 
Images 2, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19 are from Yannis Vlamos, GoRunway.Com via style.com
Images 3,7, 9, 10, 16, 20 are from Marcus Tondo, GoRunway.Com via style.com 
Image 4 is from Gianni Pucci, GoRunway.Com via style.com 
Image 5 is from Alessandro Viero, GoRunway.Com via style.com 
Images 8, 14, 15 are from Filippo Fior,Gorunway.Com via style.com

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Eastend











1. Voulez-Vous Cafe / 2. Ashbridge Estate / 3. Leslieville mural / 4. Ed's Real Scoop - French mint ice cream cone / 5. Ed's Real Scoop - gelato selection

It goes without saying that I've been gone from this blog for a while and this post has been sitting in the queue this whole time. It's hard to believe how fast time has flown by. Here's a little taste of summer as we move into Christmas and I expect that you'll be seeing a couple of proper blog posts from me in the next few weeks.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Rakia Bar Review







Rakia Bar has taken over the space that formerly housed the Red Rocket Cafe. The industrial decor of exposed brick and piping remain but are now softened by prominent wood paneling and relaxed lounge seating. Although the new occupant does serve Julius Meinl coffee, the star of the show - as their name suggests - is the rakia. Popular in Eastern Europe, rakia is a fruit brandy commonly made with plum or grape although many other fruits can be used including raspberry, apple, and juniper.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Instagram Update: Take Four



1. Ruffles? Check. The palest of pinks? Check. Feeling totally girly? You betcha!
2. How adorable is this mural?
3. I had the pleasure of attending an advance Toronto screening of "Red Lights" that included a Q&A session with director Rodrigo Cortés (so charming and funny) and lead actor, Cillian Murphy (more reserved but still oh so swoon-worthy).
4. Foliage galore! It truly makes a a quick detour through the university campus feel much more enchanting. 

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Mugler Resort 2013 Lookbook: Kabuki Kiss





Photographed by Frederick Heyman ; Images courtesy of Mugler via Fashion Gone Rogue

Haute Couture week in Paris is just about wrapping up but I recently came across Mugler's latest resort collection and thought I would share it. The recent collections from Mugler (helmed by Nicola Formichetti and Sébastien Peigné) have been hit and miss for me. However, I think this is the most cohesive and wearable collection yet. I love the streamlined silhouettes punctuated by sculptural elements and the colour palate is surprisingly classic but effective.