Alley Cat

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA 3SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA12bSAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACulottes are my favourite thing to wear during this balmy autumn we’ve been blessed with. They keep your bottom half warm and cozy while leaving your ankles just a little PG-13. I like wide-legged culottes the most and this pair from Topshop Unique has just the right amount of stiffness to give the garment shape. The overall look is very TLC “No Scrubs”, which has long been a style goal of mine.

I found this incredible one-of-a-kind cross body bag from my favourite vintage shop in Toronto, Odd Finds General Store. My love for it was enough for me to ditch my go-to backpack, which is a huge deal. Plus, for just 15 bones, I now own a bag made from freakin’ bamboo. How very Asian of me.

 I’m wearing culottes by Topshop Unique, shoes by Pixie Market, vintage bamboo crossbody bag c/o Odd Finds, & an old H&M bomber.

All photos by Eric and me.

SS15 Trend Watch: Racing Stripes

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 L-R: Paco RabanneZDDZ for VFiles; Viktor & RolfReed Krakoff; Apiece Apart

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L-R: Lisa Perry; Carven; ZDDZ for VFilesProenza Schouler

 My parents came of age in the seventies and they took me and my little sister to the races pretty regularly when we were growing up. My dad worked in the pits on friends’ cars and sometimes we got to go down there with him and get our eardrums blown by the inconsolable sound of engines and tires all around us. Without any mechanical inclinations myself, but with fierce curiosity and a propensity to put everything into categories, I was always asking and re-asking about the difference between indy car racing, stock car racing, and drag racing. Then there were classic motocross racing and all the varieties of motorcycles. I don’t think I ever figured any of it out, but I can remember the event of going to the races making my nineties upbringing feel a little seventies-tinged, a little gritty and rebellious.

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 L-R: Public SchoolReed Krakoff; Tim CoppensCarven

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L-R: Louis Vuitton; Heohwan Simulation; Topshop Unique; PradaCarven

As a grown adult I can’t even drive standard, but harbour a special appreciation for Scorpio Rising and a false sense of authority, like I can uniquely gauge designers’ uses of racing stripes, exaggerated seventies leisure suit collars, and brown suede patchwork on the S/S 2015 runways because of my over-exposure to Victory Lane Speedways and classic rock. (let’s roll with it…) That seventies vibe that designers were pushing for this coming Spring falls flat when it’s too polished or precious. Proenza Schouler win this competition handily – their baggy leather midi-length racecar driver dresses are a fucking dream. Carven crosses the finish line second, sending out a crew of Euro racer girls in stiff smocks clutching their leather satchels to their sides like helmets.

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L-R: Miu Miu; Lisa Perry; Viktor & RolfCarven

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L-R: Paco Rabanne; Proenza Schouler; Sachin & BabiLouis Vuitton

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L-R: Prabal Gurung; Miu Miu; Heohwan Simulation; Miu Miu

LFW Trend Watch: Red & Pink

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L-R: Emilio de la Morena; House of Holland; Emilio de la Morena; House of Holland

London fashion week was having a major post-Valentine come down with the wave of saccharine red & pink looks that pulsed through its runways. Using velvets and a bit of patent, Emilo de la Morena‘s take was especially successful. The colour scheme was punchy at House of Holland, grown up at Issa and Jonathan Saunders, and luxurious in trendy patchworked furs at Topshop Unique. Ashley Williams‘ take for Fashion East looked defiantly teenage with baggy red leather pants and a pink contrast ringer t.

I am a bit afraid of how this trend will be diffused onto the fast fashion racks. Like reduced price Valentine’s Day chocolate, it’s probably best consumed in moderation.

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