Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Lover and Australian Ballet Dancer Amber Scott

photo:portable television

With ballet inspiring all the runways ( Chloe) and red carpets this season, it's refreshing to find a label that actually uses real ballerinas in their campaign. Introducing Lover the label, and featured in the video is my beautiful friend Amber Scott from the Australian Ballet. The Australian label was created in 2001 by designers Susien Chong and Nic Briand. Lover has risen in Australia and internationally, developing a cult and celebrity following with actresses such as Claire Danes, brit it-girl Alexa Chung and Keira Knightly.

Lover actually began in Sydney at the Bondi Market. Chong's vintage style clothing attracted many customers, and about three months after the stalls birth boutiques began requesting Lover stock.

The collections all draw upon various inspirations of romance, vintage and rock and roll. The label has received coverage in Vogue, Teen Vogue, WWD and Harpers Bazaar to name a few, and in 2005 collaborated with Levi in the "Lover Loves Levis" denim collection.

Lover is available online at Shopbop.

I think I'm in love with Lover.


image: Juma

Toronto designers, Alia Juma (Design Director) and Jamil Juma (Creative Director), are the brother and sister creators of Juma. Using using their own digital prints inspired by art and travel, they have created some of the most unique and inspiring pieces of clothing I have ever seen. Normally I'm not a huge fan of prints, but when I came across this red flamingo print tank top I could not resist buying it. I love how vibrant the pink and red colours are, it really is wearable art. Juma also makes mens clothing and gorgeous silk scarves.

Recently, a JUMA shop at Eva was opened in the Bowery district in New York City, an area known famously known for cutting edge fashion, music and street culture. They are also selling in Hong Kong at Harvey Nichols ( and ps- if you love to shop you must visit Hong Kong, it is one of the most amazing cities in the world!)

Image: Toronto Star

Juma have been featured in many publications including the Toronto Star, New York Magazine, Elle Canada, Flare, Fashion Magazine, Sportswear International, National Post, as well as Fashion Television, Etalk and Life Network. Juma is available at AtoZane (1040 Queen St. W.; 416-803-7754; http://www.a2zane.com), and check out their website here, at Jumastudio.

Savage Beauty

Natasha Poly in Alexander Wang
Image: style.com

Ashley Olsen in vintage Dior Couture

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Coco Rocha in Alexander McQueen

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The annual Costume Institute Benefit Gala (otherwise known as the Met Ball) , paid homage to the late Alexander McQueen this year , both on the red carpet and with the unveiling of the exhibition entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The collection spans 20 years, all the way from the designers beginning with his graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art in London, all the way up until his death. The museum has also borrowed a significant number of outfits from Isabella Blow's personal collection, which were all bought by Daphne Guinness earlier this year. It also features highlights from McQueen's tenure at Givenchy. The exhibition will run from May 4 to July 31 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

As for my fave red carpet gowns, it's a tough call between Ashely Olsen wearing vintage Dior Couture, Coco Rocha wearing Alexander McQueen and Natasha Poly's sexy nude Alexander Wang gown. What's your favourite dress?

hot pink!

I'm totally swooning over Blake Lively's hot pink Michael Kors Dress. Paired with the nude shoe, it's a perfect summer dress to wear to a wedding or a party. Love it!