LUSH Magazine Spring 2011 Launch Party

More an intimate gathering than a wild party, Maison Mercer (English translation: House of Posers) was a bizarre choice of venue to host LUSH Magazine’s Spring 2011 Launch Party.   Ever since their string of ‘opening parties’ back in the fall of 2010, the nightclub like oh so many before it, has been trying desperately to align itself with an image of luxury and the exclusive lifestyle.  A tall order considering they sit on the ruins of Toronto’s Sodom and Gomorrah – Schmooze Nightclub.  You can change the name, change the interior, but keeping the suburban Scarborough meat market massive out?  Not so easy.

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The Art of the Automobile: Mr. Ralph Lauren’s Cars

Today marked the inauguration of The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection, at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs.  The exhibit, which runs from April 28th until August 28th, includes 17 of the most incredible cars from the 1930s to present day.  Included in Lauren’s collection are a 1929 Bentley Blower, a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK, 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, a 1956/1958 Jaguar XKS and a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300.  If that wasn’t enough, the exhibit also includes two of the world’s most expensive vehicles: a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and a 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupe (1 of 4 made, 1 of 2 that remain).  Each of these cars are estimated to be worth $30-$40 million.  Who says fashion doesn’t pay?

“I don’t ever think of myself as a collector,” said the fashion designer legend.  “In my mind they are like parts of me.  Cars have always inspired me, the details on cars that I’ve loved, and have utilized those details in watches and furniture.  I believe in cars being works of art.  It’s technology, it’s mechanics, it’s details and to me that’s a special kind of art.”  Wish I could find my way to Paris to see this.  Who knows, I’ve got some time until August 28th.  You can check out some of the cars on exhibit below.  For the full collection, please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.  Photos c/o Ralph Lauren.

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Prince William Wearing Savile Row’s Finest On Wedding Day

Gieves & Hawkes

Gieves & Hawkes British Uniforms: Scarlet Full Dress, RAF Full Dress Tunic, Naval Full Dress - Photo c/o Gieves & Hawkes

According to the Telegraph, defying 16/1 odds, Sophie Cranston beat out Bruce Oldfield, Philippa Lepley, Daniella Helayel for Issa, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and many others to win the most coveted fashion commission of the decade.  Libélula was chosen to make Kate Middleton’s wedding gown for this Friday’s Royal Wedding.  That’s all well and good, but what about Prince William?  Earlier this year, HELLO! Magazine had exclusively reported that Savile Row Tailor Gieves & Hawkes had been selected by Prince William to create the uniform he will wear on his wedding day on Friday, April 29th.

Uniform?  According to Kathryn Sargent, Gieves & Hawkes’s head cutter (Telegraph), “Uniforms have always been worn, since the wedding of George V [in 1893]. The modern suit evolved from uniforms, anyway. When a man wears a smart, well-fitting uniform, it makes him stand up tall. It’s a masculine garment which complements the bride’s outfit perfectly.”  The future King doesn’t have to wear a uniform, but has to opted to go with tradition and will wear either a RAF, Royal Navy or Army uniform on his big day.  Having served with all three forces, he is eligible to wear any of the uniforms.  HELLO! took an online poll asking readers which uniform they preferred:

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Block Off: A Lesson In Men’s Blockology

Men's Blockology

Men's SS11 Colour Blocking by Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Prada, DSquared2, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci

Back in January, I had posted a list of It’s All Style To Me Essentials for Spring/Summer 2011.  Subsequent Men’s SS11 trend posts have gone over the Belted Trench Coat, Braided and Roped Belts, the Über Statement Sports Coat, and The White Suit.  While contemplating the popularity of men’s coloured trousers and the widespread use of bright blues throughout the SS11 collections, it dawned upon me that these trends were part of a bigger picture.

Making its début in womenswear, the colour-blocking trend’s prevalence can be traced back to Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s.  Some credit a retrospective of the designer’s work in Paris last year as the source of a revival, but I would argue that this may not necessarily be the case.  Colour-blocking has been making a strong comeback ever since the SS09 Collections of Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Tom Julian, consumer trend expert and author of the Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style believes that the tie has become the new modern accessory.  One of the biggest menswear shifts of the past few years has been the pairing of the skinny tie “one part geek chic and one part sportswear” with cardigans, jean jackets, sports coats, and even biker jackets.  The check/plaid tie in particular started appearing on the runways in 2007.  It eventually worked its way up to many of the must-have lists of the FW10 season and continues into SS11.

Guys typically hate wearing ties, but why?  The psychoanalysts would probably blame our association of the tie with stressful job interviews, sales presentations, private schools, and for some, work in general.  Perhaps this negative association with the tie has turned guys off its potential as a casual accessory – but it shouldn’t.  The skinny tie makes your outfit look more unique, more polished, sophisticated and helps you stand out in a crowd.  Casual skinny ties and funky bow ties give you a shot of personal style.

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