Converse Fall/Winter 2011 Footwear & Accessories

CONVERSE Fall/Winter 2011Ever since its inception in 1908, independence has always has been the cornerstone of the Converse name.  When Marquis Mills Converse declared, “Our company was organized in 1908 fully believing that there was an earnest demand from the retail shoe dealer for a rubber shoe company that would be independent enough not to follow every other company in every thing they do,” did he think that over 100 years on, that philosophy would remain steadfast?

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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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$100 In 1 Hour: The Vaughan Mills New Media Challenge

Fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the Top 50 Social Media Influencers by NATIONAL Public Relations, It’s All Style To Me was invited to compete in last weekend’s Vaughan Mills New Media Challenge.  Saturday’s mission sounded simple enough.  Hop on the new Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle, which runs express from Toronto’s Union Station directly to the Vaughan Mills Shopping Mall, and receive a $100 Vaughan Mills Gift Card to use towards the ultimate purchase(s).  The only problem was that we had an hour to find, try on, and pay for our find(s).  If you’ve never been to Vaughan Mills, you know the place is pretty massive (see the YouTube video below).

Around 30km north of downtown Toronto, the Canadian owned and operated shopping destination boasts the thrill of the hunt, offering luxury shopping for less, drawing savvy shoppers from in and outside of the burbs to explore their carefully curated mix of factory outlets and concept stores.  Some of my personal favourites include Holt Renfrew Last Call, Hugo Boss, Winners, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Browns.  If you’re more of an athlete or adventurer, Vaughan Mills also has the world’s largest Pro Hockey Life sports equipment shop and the enormous outdoorsman’s Bass Pro Shop.

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LensCrafters RxHIBITION featuring Mena Suvari

Two nights ago, the beautiful and talented Mena Suvari was in town as LensCrafters’ special guest for their RxHIBITION.  Held in downtown Toronto’s ailing club district, the event was hosted in what looked like a quaint condo presentation center on Richmond Street just west of Spadina.  Simply called The Richmond, it’s the same location that was used for Gucci’s Dolce Vita Exhibition several months back.

LensCrafters

Various Sunglasses Available at LensCrafters: Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Ray Ban, Tiffany & Co., Versace

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