TOPMAN x JAMES LONG – KEEP ME WARM

Coupled with the windchill, temps in Winnipeg have dropped this week to below 20°C (if you don’t know, that’s really cold) and it’s only going downhill. Queue Topman‘s recent collaboration with British luxury knitwear designer James Long. The capsule collection of quirky jumpers and cardigan is available now online and soon to hit select Topman stores in Canada (The Queen St. store in Toronto is expected to receive within the next couple of weeks, hopefully while I’m in town). I’m leaning towards the honeycomb jumper or the textured jumper. The textured has a Céline-esque feel to it with the two-tone colour block and fuzzy texture on the front, but the honeycomb looks better on the model in the campaign (see below). Hopefully they’ll arrive to Toronto stores in time for my visit – I prefer to try things on. Whether or not you do, check out the collection readily available on Topman’s online shop. Run, don’t walk.

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NARCISO RODRIGUEZ SS13 – PERSONAL BEST

One word: Perfection. The casting, the soundtrack, the venue, and most importantly the clothes, Narciso Rodriguez came correct, brought it home and delivered one of his and the seasons best collections.

Casting Director Jennifer Starr opted for a well-balanced mix of buzzed-about new faces (Ji Hye Park @ELITE, Irina Kravchenko @FORD, and Kelly Gale @DNA), rising stars (Maria Bradley @DNA, Marie Piovesan @MARILYN, and Marte Mei Van Haaster @IMG) and the estblished (Kinga Rajzak @IMG, Kati Nescher @DNA, and Julia Nobis @FORD). You could tell the girls felt the music as they strut confidently to an aggressive and gritty soundtrack consisting of “Wut” and “Yup” by rapper Le1f, which contrasted nicely with the uber posh simplicity and refreshing nature of the clothes. The “simple but effective” angle ran rampant throughout every exit, from layered pantsuits, sexy sheath and sexier slip dresses, to beautifully embroidered tees and muscle shirts – it all just felt so easy. I’d be more than satisfied if every woman dressed like this day to day, or at least took cues. The oversized two-tone clutches were divine, coupled with those sickening wedge sandals.. hurt me. Let’s not forget that delicious colour palette… #chictothenextlev. I could go on, but why not just see for yourselves:

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FICTION OR FOR REAL: CHRISTOPHER KANE TO HELM BALENCIAGA

Here we go again. Rumours have rapidly been swirling that Christopher Kane will takeover the helm as Creative Director at Balenciaga, but French Grazia recently claimed that Balenciaga denied the rumoured nomination (Stylebistro needs a new translator as they garnered Kane’s appointment was confirmed by French media). Sigh.

2012 has been THE year of fashion musical chairs, and I’m tired. Sure, it’s something to write about and fashion isn’t anything nowadays without hype and buzz, but I’ll wait for PPR to make the call. John, Marc, Raf, Hedi, Stefano, and now Chris… I need a drink.

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__LEBIGT ON INSTAGRAM, FINALLY

This is hardly news, but I’ve joined the Instagram movement due to my recent acquisition of an iPhone 4S (took me long enough – sigh); Blackberry, it’s been real. So, follow me: __lebigt (2 underscores) (http://instagram.com/__lebigt) and get a more candid view of  what’s on my mind/what I do, day to day. x

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LANVIN FW12 – DON’T FUCK WITH THE PHOTOGS

Or, you get heckled, aggressively. Following Alber Elbaz‘s 10th anniversary collection for Lanvin last week in Paris, his finale bow took the form of a few words and a song (a snippet of Que Sera, Sera), on a stage which opened up behind the runway backdrop post models clearing the runway. The show goer who shakily lensed this video was amongst the roaring audience and close enough to the photographer’s pit to capture the madness. Starting from 10:00 (below), you can hear the photographer’s wrath, “asking” people to sit down, as their lenses were obstructed. First in French, “Assirent! Assirent!“, then in English, “Sit down! Sit down!!” (how thoughtful), and even throwing in a “please”, which leads into a collective chant (back to French) – they have each other’s back. Keeping in mind these are the people who shoot the archival images I revel in on the daily, I would’ve sat the fuck down.

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