mardi 24 mai 2011

Spring/Summer 2011 Hair trends

Summer is just around the corner.
Have you thought about what hairstyle you'll be sporting at the beach? At the various music festivals? While sipping on a glass of margarita on a patio?

I've selected some of the most notable styles seen on the Spring/Summer 2011 runways and on celebrities.

I really like how this year's trends are all about playing with haircolour.

Several celebrities have gone red.
Rihanna steals the show with her bright red locks, whereas Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson opt for a more natural strawberry blond tone.

I've already posted about Ombré Hair earlier. Here's a good example of how this trend can work for brunettes, courtesy of Rachel Bilson.

If you're not afraid to experiment, I suggest adding light pink streaks to light hair. The young lady below - a buyer at Opening Ceremony in NYC - has managed to pull this off beautifully. She looks soft, flirty and feminine.

Feeling more exuberant? Go the Nicki Minaj route and dye your tips in a bright neon colour.

Also, postpone your next haircut appointment at least until next fall because long hair is definitely in.

Braids have constantly been spotted on the red carpet over the past few seasons and this summer is no exception.

Lela Rose walked the runway for Charlotte Ronson with my dream hair.

Seen at Erdem.

Demi shows us how it's done.

Having a bad hair day or just rushing out? Well 2011 is your lucky year since the messy look is all the rage. Whether you wear it down or knotted into a loose bun, messy hair has graduated from a day-time to a night-time look. Be careful to have the rest of your outfit looking very put-together if you're selecting that option.

Here are three good examples from Matthew Williamson, Proenza Schouler and Michael Kors.

Dianna Agron dresses up the low knotted bun appropriately for a black tie event.

Photo credits:, refinery29, fashionfame, beautylish,

lundi 23 mai 2011

Festival de Cannes 2011 - Red Carpet Recap

"La grande fête du cinéma" came to an end on Sunday, crowning Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Best Picture.

Let's have a look at our favourite looks from the Croisette.

First, let's start with this year's comeback girl, Kirsten Dunst, who managed to constantly hit it out of the sartorial ball park throughout the festival.

I must say that I was delighted to see her being awarded the "Prix d'interprétation féminine" for her role in Melancholia. I find her to be a very underrated actress and it's nice to see her work finally being recongnized after so many years in the business.

I had to narrow it down to two winning looks for Kiki since there were lots of stylistic hits to chose from.

Here she is in a fabulous Chanel Haute Couture gown at the amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala.

And looking lovely in a Chloé dress, perfect for a bright French afternoon.

Gwen Stefani looked fantastic in a custom L.A.M.B. dress at the amfAR Gala.

Salma Hayek sizzled in Gucci on the Red Carpet.

Eva Herzigova gave us a tutorial on how to dress up a rather casual D&G outfit for the red carpet. But then again, how can you go wrong with these legs? Love the shoooooes!

Another rather casual outfit courtesy of Rachel Mc Adams. Her Monique L'Huillier silk trouser and sequined strapless corset combination is young, fun and chic.

Mia Wasikowska's Roland Mouret dress is just perfection with its clean lines and stucture.

SJP walked the carpet in this floral Eli Saab stunner.

Tilda Swinton's Haider Ackermann ensemble was perfectly tailored to compliment her statuesque frame.

I can't end this post without having included one single look from Givenchy!
Naomi Campbell was a vision in white at the amfAR Gala.

Photo credits: and

mercredi 18 mai 2011

I spy with my magic eye...

One of my most prized possessions in my jewellery box - at least sentimentaly - is a porcelain evil eye on a gold chain that my grandmother brought me back from a trip to Greece in the early 80's. I've had it for over 20 years and it's still in perfect condition.

Evil eye jewellery is believed to ward off curses and bad luck and to protect the wearer.

Apart from the sentimental value attached to this pendant, the reactions that it causes from complete strangers also make it special to me. When wearing it, I often get asked where I got it from people of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern heritage, since it's uncommon for a French Montrealer like me to wear this kind of symbol. I also learned that I can't let anyone else touch it when it's around my neck since it's known to bring back luck to those other than the wearer who dare to touch it.

Well I've noticed that I may not be the only Westerner who believes in the powers of the evil eye talisman, since our favourite Hollywood trainwreck was recently spotted with a pricey one around her neck during a recent court appearance. The Tres Glam Eye necklace LiLo is seen parading with retails for around $3,000.

Needless to say, we're suggesting you more affordable options.

Low Luv evil eye Locket Necklace - $125

Low Luv evil eye Cuff Bracelet - $185

Sydney Evan Black Diamond and 14K Yellow Gold evil eye Necklace - $550

Meira T. Diamond and Blue Sapphire evil eye Necklace - $645

Opening photo credit: Weheartit (yes, it's Gemma Ward)
Lohan photo credit: WireImage as seen on refinery 29

lundi 16 mai 2011

Clean up your act

Dirty Beaches, a.k.a. Alex Zhang Hungtai, is playing in Montreal tonight at Casa Del Popolo.

We had the opportunity to check him out at Echoplex in Los Angeles (by the way - great venue, but very unfriendly and blasé staff) recently, during the West Coast leg of his current tour.

We initally had good expectations of what the L.A. show would be about after reading the positive Pitchfork review. Unfortunately, the performance was pretty blah and we can say with confidence that we expect Dirty Beaches to remain a marginal act and here are the reasons why:
- It's basically one-man show with an Asian Elvis lookalike.
- Having enough stage presence to keep your audience entertained when you're alone on stage poses as a big challenge, even when your set design includes projections of close-up black and white shots of random people during your entire set (we actually enjoyed this part).
- Failure to connect with the audience - after a while, we decided to focus on our alcohol intake instead of the music.
- Boring songs... we enjoyed the opening act Bell Gardens more, we even bought some of their merch!

*Not an actual picture of Dirty Beaches frontman - I took it from Yoshi Suzuki's Asian Elvis myspace page... but you get the idea.

Let's just say that we advise you to save those 8$ - or spend it on a pint at one of the many watering holes in the Mile-End/Laurier area. Cheers.

mardi 10 mai 2011

10 reasons not to miss Unique LA

Last weekend was the third largest independent design show in the country at the California Market in Los Angeles. With over 300 hand-selected independent designers and artists I was expecting a great deals of novelty. I have to admit that I was disappointed by the redundancy of the products and art crafts exhibited. Most of it could have been found on Melrose or at the Sunday Fairfax flea market. But still I had a great time and I found 10 great reasons not to miss the next event which will take place in June... here we go:

the Loundge

1- The abundance of free sweets, cupcakes, brownies and cookies, Diabetics keep out !

2- The free booze sponsored by Hendrick's cocktail and Bear Flag wine.

3- THe free DIY crafts 

4-The Photo Booth

5- The free Popchips and drinks (IZZE, Honest Tea, Bear Flag wine and Numi Tea)
6-The amazing work of  Liz Huston

7- The jewels from OH HELLO FRIEND

8- The personalized flask from Diana Hetellez

9- The crowd

10- To help the new LA designers to survive and create

lundi 9 mai 2011

Not for the colorblind

Color blocking is a trend that has set the fashion world abuzz this spring.

Jil Sander

Marc Jacobs

Diane Von Furstenberg

Christopher Kane


It's everywhere. Runways, editorials, fashion blogs... except on the streets.
I have yet to witness anyone embracing it whole-heartedly this season in Montreal.

I personnally find it hard to pull off and prefer to stay in my confort zone with a wardrobe that mostly consists of dark hues mixed with a bit of white and pastels.

And I now understand how hesitant people have been to adopt it so far.
Take a look at the epic sartorial failure that is Cheryl Cole's outfit from last weekend's inaugural X-Factor auditions. It's simply horrendous. Don't these people have stylists?

So if you want to slowly adopt to color blocking trend but don't really know where to start, I'm recommending you to go the safe route: matching colors on wheels instead of on yourself.

It's a sure shot, you'll definitely make heads turn.

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