Next Big Designer Collaboration of 2014 is Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang and Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s Creative Advisor.
Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s Creative Advisor, and Alexander Wang

Oh yes my friend you read the title of this blog post correctly. Announced yesterday during Coachella Music Festival in Palm Springs, California, H&M is teaming up with Alexander Wang for the fast fashion retailer’s next big designer collaboration.  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: White Loafer by F-Troupe

What does a shoe blogger do on her Friday night home at 11:45 p.m.? Search the web for new online shoe stores of course! One site I recently discovered during my late night web crawl is Shoescribe.com and naturally I’m hooked on it like a bad habit.

Shoescribe.com offers more than 100, high-end, designer shoes and styles from Aquazarra to YMC and once you bookmark it in your browser, you and your credit card will be lost in a never ending vortex of boots, high heels, platforms, loafers and sneakers. Yes, it’s that dangerous good!

One of the very many shoes I immediately fell in love with on Shoescribe.com is this white leather loafer by British label F-Troupe. The design is minimalist and clean, with the wooden sole and black suede bow adding the right amount of sophistication and contrast. Buy online.

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Interview: Raffi Balouzian, Founder of CYDWOQ Shoes

Pictured L-R: Ari Balouzian, me & Raffi Balouzian.
Pictured L-R: Ari Balouzian, me & Raffi Balouzian.

Raffi Balouzian is Founder of CYDWOQ shoes and comes from a long line of master shoe makers; his great grandfather, grandfather and father have all been involved in the footwear industry.

CYDWOQ’s shoes have a distinct look to them; they’re timeless and have a rustic feel but, most importantly, they’re designed to provide comfort and follow the natural curve of the foot. The company is based in Burbank, California where they not only design and sell shoes, but manufacture them from start to finish. The factory can create anywhere from 80 to 150 pairs of shoes per day, all handmade by a team of dedicated craftsmen and women.  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Fruit Sneaker by Mother of Pearl

Just when you thought my obsession with the slip-on sneaker had gone away I fooled you – I fooled you good! For today’s Shoe of the Moment I chose, you guessed it, another slip-on sneaker and when you feast your eyes on this beauty you’ll be singing this 1971 song by Harry Nilsson, “Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up. You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up.”

Mother of Pearl is absolutely killing it in the footwear department this spring, so much so I couldn’t help but feature another shoe from the British label. The multi-coloured fruit graphic, paired with blue and white stripe background makes for a potent footwear cocktail ready to be served with a massive slice of lime and placed in your check-out cart. Buy online.

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Footwear in the News: Pre-Order Iris van Herpen x United Nude Biopiracy

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I’ve written about Iris van Herpen and United Nude’s footwear collaborations in the past and thought the two couldn’t come up anymore crazy designs to put on a person’s foot. However, I was proven wrong when van Herpen recently presented her fall/winter 2014 collection titled Biopiracy, a mixture of ready-to-wear and couture pieces.  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Break My Heart Sandal by Gentle Souls

Spring has finally arrived! Well almost. The temperature has consistently stayed above -10 °C, a sign that we’ll soon be slipping into an open-toe sandal and if you’re itching to make your first purchase of the season then I have the perfect one for you.

Gentle Souls is a footwear brand I came across by fluke; I was walking through Hudson’s Bay footwear department in Toronto to, of course, look into buying a pair of slip-on sneakers when I passed by this stunning silver number.

The jaw-dropping appearance of this stunning gladiator-style sandal is just one of the reasons why I’m in love with this shoe. Flaxseed pillows are embedded into the foot bed which provides cushioned comfort and the upper is lined in deerskin leather for support and allow formaximum breathability. No joke, you can probably run a marathon in this sandal because it’s that comfortable! Plus, you’ll be surprised to learn (just like I was) that Gentle Souls is a brand by American designer Kenneth Cole. When was the last time you wore anything by him?  All that will soon change just as soon as you buy the Break My Heart sandal online.

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Toronto Fashion Week: My 4 Favourite Designer Collections

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More than 30 designers debuted their fall/winter 2014 collections at World MasterCard Fashion Week (aka: Toronto Fashion Week), but only a handful ever really stand out among the crowd and make lasting impressions. By the time you’ve seen your third runway show your eyes begin to glaze over and the collections blur together. However, those designers which punctured through the Fashion Week haze and made me ohh and ahh over their latest creations are Mikhael Kale, LINE Knitwear, Mackage and Pink Tartan. Here are my reviews, albeit brief, of each of their collections.   Continue reading

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In My Closet: Less Than 50 Shades of Grey for Spring

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Hello! Is it me you’ve been looking for? It’s the end of March and Toronto is still experiencing a prolonged winter of epic proportions. Old Man Winter just won’t go away and it’s impacted everything from our heating bills and wardrobe choices during World MasterCard Fashion WeekContinue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Linen Slipper by Stubbs & Wootton for J.Crew

Yes, I admit it. I’m obsessed with the season’s latest footwear trend the slip-on shoe. It’s becoming difficult to hold my credit card back nowadays when a beautiful shoe just happens to pop-up on my computer screen after hours of browsing countless e-commerce websites; but, my fellow shoeaholics know that looking for the latest and great shoe is like breathing air.

Today you’re going to love me for introducing you to this adorable shoe by American company Stubbs & Wootton, who created an exclusive capsule collection for J. Crew. This linen slipper has all the elements of making this the perfect go-to summer shoe; it’s fashioned from linen, comes in a neutral oatmeal colour which  goes with everything and it has the cutest graphic detail. Hawaiian dancers in grass skirts! Buy online.

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Footwear In The News: TOPSHOP x ADIDAS ORIGINALS Collection Includes Feisty Footwear

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Just when you thought athletic wear couldn’t get any cooler and more fashionable for this coming spring/summer, TOPSHOP and German sportswear brand adidas want you to hit the ground running in their exclusive TOPSHOP x ADIDAS ORIGINALS clothing collection. Continue reading

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