Toast to the Future

Shirtdress: Forever 21 (sold out, buy similar here or here)
Velvet t-shirt: Zara (sold out, buy similar here)
Belt: Gap (sold out, buy similar here or here)
Necklace: Oasap (buy here or similar here and here)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Coltranes (sold out in silver, but buy other colours here or here)

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When I first found out Ghesquière was leaving Balenciaga, my world (or at least the image of Balenciaga in my mind) came crashing down. Was it the end of the fashion house? Whose insanely slick tailoring and funky (but not overtly funky – more like a conservative-funky) colour combinations would I sit on my bed with my laptop and gawk at on Sunday mornings and cry about not being able to afford on Sunday nights?

Everything turned out better than I thought, because not only is Ghesquière starting up a brand of his own (it’s about time), Alexander Wang is taking over Balenciaga. At first I said, “That is so random” and “How is that even going to work,” but these thoughts quickly evolved to, “Wang can handle it,” and “I’m so excited to see what a casual/edgy Asian streetwear designer does for an almost-century-old Spanish luxury brand.” How is he going to reinvent the bubble skirt… again? Is he going to shy away from predominantly black/white/grey collections? What in the hell is he going to work with that’s not remotely close to a solid-coloured jersey or knit? These and many other questions that flood my mind shall be answered as soon as the spring runway hits again next year.

Anyway, here’s my homage post to Ghesquière and my toast to the future with Alexander Wang. See how I’m wearing the Jeffrey Campbell ripoffs of the Balenciaga cut-out boots that I got on sale? Ok I realize this homage doesn’t look as sincere now, but pipe down, I’m a starving university student. Please forgive me, shoe gods.



Topman Competition

This past semester, the retail management students at Ryerson had a course that revolved entirely around planning a collection for Topshop/Topman’s new Canadian market. Though they had the branding, marketing, budget, and other business-y stuff down pat, each group needed a designer – i.e. any fashion student at Ryerson – to create the actual line and tie everything with their aesthetic. Somehow my friend Daria managed to convince me to join her group despite my drowning in workload.

It turned out to be a really rewarding and fun experience, plus I was compensated ($$$) for all of my hard work! Each group presented to a panel of Topshop/Topman Canada judges in hopes to win a grand prize of a round trip to London, England, and for the designers, a chance to work with the designers of Topshop/Topman.

Here are a few of the final illustrations I submitted with my team, showcasing the ten-piece collection in all its military-inspired glory. Our theme was based around General James Wolfe, a British army officer known for his victory over the French in Canada – one that ties the British retailer with the new Canadian market. Take note of the super fun quilted skinny jeans and metallic bronze detailing!

My friend Sherry even went as far as helping me film the following video for our presentation. It features my unrealistically attractive boyfriend walking around and spinning romantically with me. Watch it if you feel like wasting 47 seconds of your life.


Unfortunately, we don’t find out who won for a couple more months, but I’ll let you know as soon as I know! Wish me luck, and please check out my portfolio if you like my work :)



Pop of Pink


Capelet: Fashion Crimes (buy similar here and here)
Tank: Kain (buy similar here and here)
Necklace: Chinatown in Toronto (buy similar here and here)
Skirt: H&M (buy similar here)

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Quick post before I head off to work! I went on a cute lil double date with my good friend Adrian and his boyfriend the other day. We went to a sample sale where I got this amazing capelet (by Toronto’s own Fashion Crimes) for $25 marked down from $375. Such a cheap thrill. There was also tons of Rick Owens and Margiela that I would’ve died to have except that they were too big for me. I’m too small for sample sales – I never learn.

We went for sushi and Yogurty’s afterward. Suffice to say, it was a really good day! I missed having friends. Back to homework! Goodbye.



Tin Foil and Velvet


(how much for that doggy in the window?)


Top: Urban Outfitters dress worn as a top with DIY’s tin foil dots (buy similar here and here)
Shorts: Wilfred via Aritzia (buy similar here and here)
Cardigan: American Apparel (buy similar here and here)
Boots: Tinley Road via Piperlime (buy similar here and here)
Beanie: Borrowed from my boyfriend! (buy similar here)

SHOP THE LOOK:

Oh hey, fancy meeting you here. Do you come here often? Probably not, I only just started posting again! Ha-ha I am so comical. Anyway, it’s pretty much Christmas break so I am FREE from the stresses of classes and PRISONER to the stresses of work, writing, photography, blogging, and design!!! Those are my favourite things.

Anyway, if you’ve been around these parts at all, you’ll have noticed that I’ve already done not one but two #MarcTheDot x Lookbook.nu collaboration posts over the past few months. This is my final look, and probably my favourite one, too! Unfortunately for me, I’ll never get to actually wear this outside of my living quarters. The top is not really the most practical thing ever; it’s thrown together using tin foil and scotch tape. Maybe one day I will have the time to purchase real sequins to sew on a mesh tank, but we all know this is never going to happen. I have so many DIY ideas dancing around in my head that they can do one of those fun flash mobs amidst the other busy thoughts in there. What am I even talking about right now?

Moving forward. I paired it with a new pair of shorts I got at Aritzia, and a lazy cardigan my boyfriend bought me at American Apparel. I’m also wearing my favourite boots of all time, soon to be replaced by the three new pairs of shoes I got at the Solestruck sale!!! I am being so bad with my money lately. But it’s the Holidays, so I am allowed.

Looking back on this post I’m realizing I’m the most scatter-brained person on the face of the planet. Just kidding, there are probably people worse than me. God bless their souls.



Loopy



Vest: ASOS (sold out, buy similar here or here)
Belt: Magwood
Pants: Club Monaco (sold out, buy similar here or here)
Shoes: Sophie by Messeca (buy here)

SHOP THE LOOK:

Hey y’all check out my Alfalfa hair!!! Chose to wear something lazy and cozy to work today. Actually, everything I wear is lazy and cozy, especially in the colder months. Tonight I’m going out for the first time in a long time, for my friend’s birthday. Let’s hope I don’t fall asleep before reaching the bar, because my bedtime’s been 10:00 pm lately. Hermit life! Ok bye




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