What do Andy Hilfiger, Steven Tyler, and Chelsea Tyler all have in common? Andrew Charles, an awesome rock and roll inspired clothing line that became available at all Macy’s department stores this past September. I hadn’t heard of this clothing line until about a week ago when I was flipping throgh NYLON magazine and saw an ad for it. What caused me to stop and study the ad was the fact that Steven Tyler and his daughter, Chelsea Tyler were the models in it. Finding it rare that Steven Tyler was modeling clothing, I did some research.
Turns out that Steven Tyler, lead singer of the band Aerosmith, teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger’s brother, Andy Hilfiger, to create this rock inspired line. If any of you think the same way I do, you will agree with me that Steven Tyler is the PERFECT celebrity to be involved in the creation of this line as he is so creative with his style and is always dressed to impressed in the most interesting rocker outfits (always with a touch of animal print somewhere).
The line is made up of both women’s and men’s wear and is sold only at Macy’s. From an article in Rolling Stone magazine, “Tyler’s infamous neck apparel, leather attire, and proclivity for animal prints serves as major visual inspirtation for Andrew Charles”. Inspiration for the women’s wear side of the line came from singer Stevie Nicks. The logo sticks with the rocker theme of the line and is comprised of a guitar pick and a star.
Now what better way to get the clothing line noticed than to have both Steven Tyler, and his daughter Chelsea Tyler as the faces of the brand? They are both featured in the ad campaign and will make personal appearances at select Macy’s stores. Hey if it worked to get my attention, I am sure it’s having the same affect on others.
Accessories are a big deal this Fall, and everywhere I go I see people with mass amounts of arm candy. What better way to add to the party on your arm than with this accessory that doubles as a watch and a bracelet?
For those of you who enjoy shopping on Queen Street West in Toronto, you are most likely familiar with the store Lavish & Squalor. If you aren’t, you should definitely become familiar with it because it is great! Located at 253 Queen St West, Lavish & Squalor sells both men and women’s clothes in a very cool, stylish, and friendly environment. Every time I have stepped foot in the store I am immediately welcomed with a friendly hello. The employees make you feel at ease while shopping, and they are so helpful with finding you the perfect piece for your wardrobe.
Today, Saturday October the 29th, the store is holding their largest event yet from 11am-8pm. There will be a musical guest doing a live performance upstairs, a Tarot Card reader on the main level, and free treats to snack on while you shop. This isn’t your regular clothing store sale though, as it is also an antique sale. How cool is that? Even if you aren’t planning on purchasing anything it would be well worth it to stop by and check it out. See ya there! xo
As you can probably tell, I spent a considerable amount of time in The Bay downtown Toronto on Monday afternoon. I wasn’t there to purchase anything, just doing some window shopping and getting some ideas for Christmas gifts (Christmas! Already! scary huh?). Anyways, I came across this ring by Rachel Roy. How sick is it?! I’m really into statement rings lately, and this one is beautiful. What made it even better is that it was on sale for only $40! I’m still kicking myself for not buying it right then and there, as I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. Who knows, maybe I’ll have to make a trip back to The Bay this weekend to buy it. I think it would be well worth the $40.
I apologize for the lack of updates on City Downtown the past couple of weeks. Things couldn’t be going better with the store, and last week our sales were through the roof! By Friday afternoon, the shelves were looking pretty empty. The store is closed this week as it is intersession week for George Brown College, but this doesn’t mean that our team has stopped working. All of this week the women’s wear and accessory buyers will be going on multiple shopping trips, picking out new merchandise for the store. The visual team is also giving the store a new look to freshen things up.
City Downtown has recently started carrying Line Knitwear, and so far it has been our most successful collection. Since we didn’t know how the collection would sell at first, the buyers only purchased a few pieces, but they sold the very first day they were in the store, so we are going back to get more! By the time that the doors open on Tuesday morning, we plan to be fully stocked with new merchandise. There will also be a bake sale taking place right outside of the store. Make sure you come by to check it out!
VAWK is a Canadian luxury women’s wear company that was launched in 2004 by Sunny Fong. The company is known for it’s exclusiveness and masterful tailoring. The most recent Spring/Summer 2012 collection was inspired by “the structural framework of modern skyscrapers, and the beauty of insects”. This would be why the collection is called Insectica. The entire collection is beautiful, with all of the blush tones, but the pieces that really caught my eye were the maxi dresses. They have great texture to them and looked absolutely gorgeous on the runway. A maxi dress or skirt can make a woman look very elegant, and these pieces are no exception.
I came across this gorgeous platform wedge while shopping at The Bay downtown Toronto yesterday afternoon. This wedge, called “Zane”, is perfect for this season. I love the combination of leather and suede, and the criss-cross straps that buckle up add some edge. No worries here though, it’s not a painful process to get these puppies on, as there is a side zipper that makes it easy to slip them on or off. Selling for $175 at The Bay.
Yesterday Toronto’s fashion week, deemed LG Fashion Week, opened with Holt Renfrew’s fashion show, There’s No Place Like Holts, which showcased eleven designers Spring/Summer 2012 collections. There were designs from Lida Biday, Denis Gagnon, Naked & Famous, Jeremy Laing, Smythe, Wings + Horns and more. The runway was decorated with five massive, neon block letters, that spelt out HOLTS, which the models weaved their way through. The styles definitely fit the theme for this year’s fashion week, Canada Cool.
Smythe’s collection included an array of three-quarter-sleeve jackets in bright colours and unique patterns that are bound to make any outfit pop.
Jeremy Laing had an amazing collection of neutral pieces perfect for dressing up, or dressing down.
Lida Biday played favourites with bright yellows and oranges.
The men’s collections by Naked & Famous (top) and Wings + Horns were much more laid back compared to the women’s wear collections. I liked how Wings + Horns accessorize several of their looks with scarves, although it gave the collection more of a Fall feel.