Dior Darling!

As the dust settles from the Oscars, it makes me think about the strong emphasis we put on fashion. Back in January, I was invited to take a small class of U of T students through the Christian Dior exhibition currently on show at the ROM. Continue reading “Dior Darling!”

Fashion and technology collide on the runway

Image by Jonathan Hooper

If fashion is about looking forward, a collection of runway shows at this year’s alternative fashion week provided a glimpse into the future of wearable technology beyond smartwatches.

Fashion Art Toronto, playfully known as FAT, is an annual showcase of art-infused contemporary fashion. This year, the exhibition marked its 10th anniversary with a number of experimental designers who fused fashion and technology.

“The future of fashion is automation in terms of the means of production as well as 3D printing” say Nina Smart, who with Ashley Davies designs House of Etiquette. “We’re going to see technology that can scan a 3D picture of your body and produce custom pieces. We’ve already seen a 3D printed dress,” she says referencing the gown femme fatale Dita Von Teese wore to a party in New York in 2013.

(Via Toronto Star)

Wearable technology brings the worlds of fashion and music together

Photograph: David Venni/BBC/Wall to Wall

With the Apple Watch launching later this month, other luxury brands are getting in the game to offer something more than just a digital screen you can put on your wrist. Gucci and Will.i.am recently announced at Baselworld that they are forming a partnership to create a smart band that will be an entirely standalone product from the current smart watches on the market. The smart band will be able to make calls, both send and receive texts, check email, display maps, hold music and maintain a calendar, on top of other features such as fitness tracking and a “sophisticated personal assistant” that will be operated via voice command.

(via mobile commerce news)

Gatsby Glamour


Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s anticipated rendition of The Great Gatsby. The 1920’s was a momentous change in women’s wear that every generate will always book back to it for inspiration.


The Great Gatsby Collection
Savoy Headpiece

Tiffany designers crafted a magnificent headpiece in platinum for The Great Gatsby, bringing Daisy Buchanan to life. Features a detachable brooch. Freshwater cultured pearls, 3.6-6.9 mm. Round brilliant diamonds, carat total weight 25.04.

$200,000 USD

Vogue Screen Test
Nina Ricci silk-satin dress with flower appliques.
Chanel fine Jewelry diamond-and-onyx earrings.
Bracelet from Gray & Davis, Ltd.
Photography by Mario Testino


Miuccia Prada collaborated with Catherine Martin to design 40 costumes for the film, bridging the past and present. Both Miuccia and Baz were very drawn to understanding the past but reinterpreting it in a modern way.

via holts muse

The Great Gatsby’s Style Guide


For the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Brooks Brothers produced all the men’s costumes. Along side winning designer, Catherine Martin, 500 men’s outfits were featured in the film which were inspired by images and products from the company’s archives. The following is a special collection based on those outfits.


The Great Gatsby Collection
Ivory Linen Jacket
$698 USD

Three-button jacket, made from linen woven at Ireland’s Baird McNutt mill,
has a traditional herringbone pattern throughout. Based on Brooks Brothers trim
Fitzgerald fit, which narrow lapels and higher armholes. Peak lapels. Half-canvas construction. Fully lined. Side vents. Sleeves have been left unfinished for preparation of functional buttonholes. Made in the USA.


The Great Gatsby Collection
Brown Linen Vest
$248 USD

Linen vest, made from fabric woven at Ireland’s Baird McNutt mill, has a traditional herringbone pattern throughout. Six button. Four welt pockets. No lapels. Made in the USA.


The Great Gatsby Collection
Supima Cotton Non-Iron Slim Fit Point Collar Broadcloth End-on-End Solid Dress Shirt
$135 USD

Pure Supima® cotton. Non-iron. Made with pucker-free seams. Specially treated to remain virtually wrinkle-free. Tie bar tennis collar. Signature shirring at barrel cuffs. Smaller yoke with side-back shirring. Side gussets. Superdurable cross-stitched buttons.


The Great Gatsby Collection
Gold Ombre Plaid Tie
$98.50 USD

Tie made from pure silk, woven in England. Regular length is 58″. Width is 3¼”. Self-loop. Made in the USA.


The Great Gatsby Collection
White and Brown Spectator Loafer
$598 USD

Loafers, made from genuine calfskin. Leather sole and lining. Goodyear welted. Tone-on-tone stitching. Made in England.


The Great Gatsby Collection
Greyhound Walking Stick
$148 USD

Beechwood cane is topped by an elegant dog head crafted of dark resin. Polished brass ring accent. 34″ long. Made in Italy.


The Great Gatsby Collection
Onyx & Silver Stud Set
$395 USD

Elegant accents for the well-dressed man. Complete with four studs and two cuff links. Genuine onyx and sterling silver. Spring-back studs, swivel-back cuff links. Made in the USA.

Upcycled Tiered Plates


Wilhelm Teller is an upcycled collection of old dishes that are transformed into etagères. Designed by Christian Altherr, Irene Düring and Ana Rangel, the plates are an ensemble of pieces gathered from second hand shops and flea markets.


In order to create a unique mix of two or three level combinations, the team had to locate the right diamond-tipped drills to make a hole in the hard yet brittle porcelain. The specially designed threaded brass rods connect the pieces, providing a stable and easy to grip connection.


The simple connection allows an easy and quick assembling and dismantling. Within the one-off pieces are an interpretation that lies a rediscovery of a practical principle.


The idea was inspired three years ago Christian Altherr’s girlfriend who fell in love with an antique porcelain étagère in London. Altherr was not able to afford it, nor could he find a comparable substitute. Instead he set about fashioning his own version, which would become a prototype of the current series.


The greatest pleasure comes from those customers who bring inherited tableware that they no longer need but wish to have made into étagères as a memento for their family and friends.


A minimal gesture is found on the underside of each piece where an engraved cell phone number can be found for future orders –  a minimalistic gesture that underscores the recycling of the existing designs.


All pieces are made in Switzerland.