Style Tips: Lindsay & Priscilla – “Italians Do It Better” Party at Gotstyle

Voted Best Menswear Store by NOW Magazine, Best Place To Buy a Suit by BlogTO, and One of the Top 10 Menswear Stores in Canada by SHARP MagazineGotstyle is an excellent one-stop-shop for men offering a huge selection in men’s designer and tailored suits, casual wear, shoes, ties, and other men’s accessories.  Located across the Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto, they even boast the city’s first male-only spa staffed by beautiful women, and a two-chair barbershop (click here to book an appointment).

On Wednesday night Gotstyle invited guests to an Italians Do It Better party that featured some of the best in Italian men’s fashion, wine, truffle risotto, and Fresco gelato.  Michael La Fave, publisher of SHARP Magazine For Men swung by as did Philosopher Kings frontman, Jarvis Church.  Cut video footage suggests that there was even an event crashing Scottish Sasquatch in the mix.  That explains the disappearing risotto.

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Kelly Cutrone Gets Philosophical With CBC’s Strombo

She doesn’t care if you think she’s a “witch, bitch or a dyke” (CBC).  Kelly ‘Kells Bells’ Cutrone, fashion PR maven extraordinaire and one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills and The City, was in town to do what she does best – tell it to us like it is.  The People’s Revolution CEO and founder (thanks for hooking me up with the Nicholas K fashion show during NY Fashion Week) was here to do an interview with television’s rating-saving and young demographic penetrating host of the CBC’s Strombo Show, George Stroumboulopoulos.

It’s All Style To Me, along with other local fashionistas, received tickets to the taping of the interview through the Toronto Fashion Incubator.  The interview, which will air on June 16th, focused on Kelly’s second book, Normal Gets You Nowhere.  The self-help book is a follow-up to the successful 2010 memoir, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside and is aimed at sharing her own brand of self-love with teenage girls.

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Rock & Roll, Seductive Boudoir, Dark Forest: DANIER Fall/Winter 2011

DANIER FW11 MENS

DANIER Fall/Winter 2011 Menswear

Last week, It’s All Style To Me was invited to a preview of Canadian designer Greta Constantine’s Fall/Winter 2011 collaboration with Danier Leather (click here for post).  The capsule collection named simply Skin, is one of three collaborations for Danier in Fall/Winter 2011.  Yesterday, I had a chance to see the entire Danier Fall/Winter 2011 Collection including the additional capsule collections by Mark Fast and George Antonopoulos.  The invitation of these three great talents to lend their interpretation to the DANIER brand further supports the brand’s efforts to showcase cutting edge and inspiring designs each season.

Designed with something in mind for everyone, Danier’s LOVE of LEATHER titled collection for FW11 is really composed of three sub-themed collections or releases.  Due out in stores this August, their first release is comprised of pieces that incorporate elements of the backstage rock and roll lifestyle.  I initially thought hidden condom pockets, accessories with secret cocaine compartments, and an inside pocket large enough to stash a mickey of scotch – not the case.  Leather jackets and accessories are accented with zippers, studs, and chains to give them that rock and roll feel.  The men’s outerwear is rugged with biker jackets with inner linings that have extravagant digitized city skyline prints.

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The Peacock Parade Brings Affordable Luxury To Canada

Peacock Parade - Chanel SS11 Campaign

Nancy Sahota and Jan Gandhi PP Founders

Peacock Parade Founders Nancy Sahota and Jan Gandhi - Photo c/o Geekychic.ca

The e-commerce landscape has evolved very rapidly.  In just ten short years, what started as a compliment to retail shopping has become more convenient, just as safe if not safer, and increasingly cheaper than shopping at a bricks and mortar retailer.

It was just this past weekend that I saw the same brand new Beastie Boys CD available for $14.99 at HMV, retailing for $9.99 on iTunes.  I’ve had the same experience with books, DVDs, car parts, clothing and accessories.  Advances in technology have resulted in safer transactions, faster shipping, cheaper prices, and the most accommodating return policies since e-commerce was introduced.  Not surprising then that a lot of us are purchasing more of our fashion online.

The latest trend in online fashion retailing is the advent of low-priced luxury fashion websites that offer flash sales.  During flash sales, items organized by brand or category go on sale at ridiculously low prices.  The sales last for only a couple of hours or until the stock sells out.  Great concept, only problem is that most of the websites that offer this either don’t ship to Canada or have insane shipping prices and high duties at the border that don’t make it worth your while.

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Young Men & The Sea: Fisherman’s Sweaters & Loose Knits Spring/Summer 2011

Spring/Summer 2011 Knits

Various Spring/Summer 2011 Knits: DSquared2, Rag & Bone, Paul Smith, Burberry Prorsum, Michael Kors

As Canadians celebrate Victoria Day and our American neighbours Memorial Day the following weekend, we’ve both been looking forward to this unofficial kick-off to summer.  Our drab fall/winter clothes get tossed to the back of the closet and we make room for the soothing creams, vibrant primaries, and bold pastels of Spring/Summer 2011.  Back in January, I pulled together a sneak peek of the next season’s noteworthy trends in the It’s All Style To Me Spring/Summer Essentials 2011 post.  Belted trench coats, braided leather belts, statement sports jackets, white suits, colour blocking, and leather strap sandals have all been reviewed in detailed posts since.  Hopefully, this head start his given you a leg up on the other guys and you’re well under way in adding select pieces to your wardrobe.

Those warm sunny days are amazing.  Who can ever get enough of them?  Most places however, have to contend with their share of cooler cloud covered days and windy nights during the otherwise phenomenal summer months.  Then there are those wild and crazy boat cruises and the gale force winds that come with them.  Whether you’re cruising through the sewage of Lake Ontario in a decrepit ferry that was refurbished some time around the late 70s, or sailing in style down the Ligurian Coast in a gorgeous yacht, you’ll need to bundle up.  You could always reach for a jacket and light scarf over a T-shirt, but may want to consider the alternative – a chic seasonal knit.

Unlike their bulkier winter relatives, spring/summer fisherman’s sweaters and loose knits are nonrestrictive and light.  They’ll keep you from breaking a sweat, but you’ll stay warm on those cooler days.  These fisherman’s sweaters and almost see-through loose knits are made with cotton, linen, or light cotton-blends rather than the wool of the fall/winter variety.  They also come in a wider range of colours, are a lot less fitted, and have deeper V-necks and scoop necks.

A bit of a brief history on the Aran sweater (a.k.a. fisherman’s sweater) – they originated in the Aran Islands of the coast of Ireland.  Originally made of natural cream coloured wool that was unscoured,  the wool retained its natural lanolin oils making the fisherman’s sweater more water-proof and unfortunately, a lot more itchy.  The original symbolism of fishing cables and baskets, the honeycomb (representing the hard-working bee), and the diamond (symbolic of success, wealth, treasure) is clearly evident in the fall/winter wool and cashmere sweaters we see today.  You’ll even find them in the SS11 knits of DSquared2, Michael Kors, and Perry Ellis.  Happy fishing guys!

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