Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fashion Editor Amanda Eliasch picks her top spring fashions and accessories

Fashion is art. And no one knows this better than Amanda Eliasch. Her book British Artists at Work was commissioned by Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue. As a poet, photographer, and fashion editor, Amanda is the perfect fashion maven to help you devour spring’s loveliest fashions and accessories. Shop her picks and read our Q&A to be one step ahead of the fashion pack.

Q: Spring is such an exciting time for fashion. Which trends are you looking forward to for the upcoming season?

A: As you already have a lot of black in the wardrobe and pastels only look good in hot temperatures, you can mix both. For instance, cream looks fabulous with black, and a neon belt (which has also become fashionable) looks great on a black dress and brightens up the day. I like very sharp tailoring and this looks especially good in white. A pastel dress on a really hot day looks terrific, but shall remain in the lookbook at Balmain – try cheaper versions. Little shorts with a button down shirt, a gold chunky belt with a very tailored jacket.

Q: As a photographer and editor, you know high fashion. How can our shoppers incorporate some sophisticated glamour into their 9-5 wardrobe?

A: A 9-5 wardrobe can be both practical and glamorous. The main thing for me would be scent. I have recently gone back to old fashioned scents like Caleche at Hermes, and the men say it smells delicious. You are working hard so you need clean hair out of your face in a ponytail, and your makeup should remain looking fresh – so generally less is more. Nails should always look good and I am a regular user of gels. Always make sure that the back of a suit looks as good as the front. Simplicity looks best. You can buy cheaper dresses and suits, but shoes and belts are are better when you spend a little more. A handbag from Marc Jacobs is enough to make everything else look up-to-the-minute with a Zara black dress. I live in them and have about five Zara dresses (all in black of course), which looks smart every day.

Q: What are your go-to accessories for office wear?

A: For me a good briefcase and a pair of sunglasses is a necessity, I love Prada’s briefcases, but they can be expensive – their sunglasses are affordable. So I would try to find what I could at Target and mix. As I said before, accessories should be the most expensive thing in the wardrobe but you may need your handbag to look good at night, so check out H&M and then reach for the bottom of your pocket for the handbag. Cheap looks cheap generally. Buy in the sales, I do, and check out vintage shops for something different.

Q: If you could give only one tip for busy women who want to look picture-perfect, what would it be?

A: Ask around and see which of your friends is a makeup artist. Then see if she can come to your work place to help you get ready. Also for special evenings, make sure you have your hair done on a lunch break or first thing in the morning. I find yoga incredible too, but I am better exercising in the evening. You need to be fit to look fit. Eat plenty of greens.

Q: What types of shoes would we find you in during the day? Who is your favorite shoe designer?

A: I like two brands of shoes: YSL and Robert Clergerie. The latter makes the most comfortable shoes for running around in, but I can run in YSL platforms equally.

Amanda’s events for today: The Wish Collection, Machi, Tommy Hilfiger and Larry Levine coats, Wow Couture, and Segolene Paris

 

Real moms of Montreal pick their favorite pieces for your trendy tots

We want to give a shoutout to all you amazing moms out there by making this day all about you and your precious kids. Let’s make them even cuter (we know, not possible) with the sweetest outfits.

These real moms of Montreal are here to pick their favorite kids’ items. Yours deserve the very best and that’s why we’ve put together a day that moms (and their tots) will absolutely adore.

Whether you’re a new mom who’s not sure where to start or a mom who’s looking for fresh new outfits for their little ones, we’ve got the events for you.

Q: What’s the first thing you look for when buying clothing for your babies and young children?

A: It has to catch my eye, it can’t look like all the other stuff out there. A very close second is price – kids are really messy and they grow like weeds. There’s nothing worse than realizing that they have either outgrown the ‘fancy’ outfit you just bought them, or that the finger paint stain is never coming out.

-Allison Weigensberg, Mom to Connor, 2 years old

Q: What are some tips and tricks you can give mothers for building a great kids’ wardrobe on a budget?

A: Babies only need one pair of good jeans and lots of tops! I buy things that are versatile, that can be worn fancy or casual, as most of the time babies are making a mess and everything they wear goes immediately into the wash. For this reason, I always buy stuff on sale. The best place to find these deals are usually online, Beyond the Rack being at the top of my list!

-Regine Shaffer, Mom to Billy, 8 months old

Q: Do you follow trends in kidswear? If so, what are some fun ones moms can look into?

A: This season colorful hues, like electric blue, peach, and light pink are showing up everywhere. I like to keep my little girl on-trend while making sure she dresses for her age. They grow up too quickly!

-Natalie Ben-Zur, Mom to Ella, 6 years old & Evan, 5 years old

Q: Kids grow up so fast! What’s a smart way to shop for babies who will outgrow clothes quickly?

A: My suggestion is to always get a size bigger, that way it will last longer. It works for me.

-Jasmine Lawrence, Mom to Jahziah, 14 months old

Shop these kids events now: Frocks for tots, Little miss twin stars, Cook with your kids, Princess Expressions, Suit Up, Fairytale dresses, and It’s a kids world after all.

Shop Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof’s shoe line

From living the good life on Bravo’s hit TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to starting a fabulous shoe line with top brand Charles Jourdan, Adrienne Maloof is a one-woman powerhouse. Adrienne also works with her family on a number of businesses including the Sacramento Kings, The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and Maloof Productions.

This footwear collection is reserved for the everyday fashionista who dresses like a star every day of her life. Feast your eyes on sexy heels, glittery details, and edgy silhouettes. Read our Q&A to learn more!

Q: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills showcases a very glamorous, upscale lifestyle. Does your shoe line Adrienne Maloof by Charles Jourdan reflect that aesthetic?

A: Absolutely. When designing my collection Adrienne Maloof by Charles Jourdan, I chose styles and designs that worked well for my lifestyle – incorporating things that I had always wanted to see incorporated in my favorite shoes.

Q: Have shoes always been your biggest indulgence fashion-wise?

A: Well I’ve always loved shoes. Even as a young girl, I would play with Barbies and the first thing I would do is pick their shoes and then design the rest of the outfit around the shoes. My whole life I have absolutely adored shoes. I grew up with all brothers, they would go in my shoe closet and say, “How many pairs of shoes does a girl need?” My father would always protect me and say ,“You never know, my little girl might make it a business one day.” And here we are — I’ve made it a business!

Q: If you could use any two words to describe your shoe collection, what would they be?

A: Sophisticated edge.

Q: What type of woman do you envision wearing your shoes?

A: I think that the collection offers something for everyone. Whether that’s an everyday mom looking for a way to indulge or a fashionista who changes clothes three times a day, I think there’s a great spectrum of looks that are united by a love for color and glamour.

Q: Let’s talk shoe trends: what’s going to be hot for Spring/Summer 2012?

A: Bright colors are big for Spring/Summer 2012. Platforms are going to continue being popular, but with the addition of straps and peep-toes for a more open feel, which is appropriate for the season.

Q: One of your family businesses includes the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Does the Vegas flair work its way into your personal style?

A: Vegas has always been a place of opportunity for my family – the glamour, the excitement and the sense that anything can happen on the next roll of the dice, and I think that there’s definitely that idea of possibility in the collection.

Get inspired by the glamour girl herself and shop the event now!