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August 2012

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Animal sweaters

Ever since I saw this JCREW Hen sweater I have been contemplating the animal sweater trend. No not animal print, this isn’t a tiger or leopard print we are talking about but an animal motif, like a dog or a wolf on a sweater.

animal sweatersClockwise from the top: Wallis Grey Cat Sweater, Keen Up Your Act Cardigan, Peter Jensen Fox Intarsia Crew Neck, Embellished puckered wool-blend cardigan, Intarsia wool and raccoon-blend sweater, ONE by Bulldog Sweater here or here.

The thing is this wouldn’t be the first time I would have worn a big animal face on a sweater. Oh no, not even close. My mom hand knit my brother and I matching cat face sweaters when I was about 9. While looking back on them now as a Mom myself, I think the pictures are of course super cute but I remember rebelling against that sweater. And that part of me is screaming against this trend. While I think it is cute and quirky. Even chic at times if you consider how Kate Boswoth styled her owl sweater.

Personally if I were to participate in this trend I would try to keep it simple like this deer print or edgy like this in your face tiger face sweater. Still, I just can’t get on board.

It’s like suddenly an item that would immediately be thrown in Clinton & Stacey’s What not to Wear trash can is suddenly cool. Or maybe trendsetters are just rebelling against the “Rules”.

What do you think? Are you looking for the perfect animal motif sweater or are you thinking like me this will be over in a moment?

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Joe Fresh Fall 2012 Collections

I was out last night at the LouLou Magazine Joe Fresh Shopping event at the Queen & Portland Joe Fresh in Toronto.

Usually I turn around at the first sign of a line up because lets face it I could go there today and be line free but I wanted to check out what was new in store for fall and the line to get into the shopping party seemed to be moving fairly quickly.

joe fresh loulou magazing shopping party

I probably waited about 10 minutes to get in and then I was ready to get my shop on. The first thing I noticed was a fun printed green silk blouse. I am a sucker for anything printed and the bold green is such a lovely colour.

Green printed blouse Joe Fresh

It might feel a bit retro but if you are conservative it is the exact punch your basic black suit needs.

As we know orange is the signature colour of Joe Fresh and this year they are pairing it with grey which is one of my favourite colour combinations.

orange & grey joe fresh

Yes those are sequin sleeves on a baseball style shirt; a fun alternative to all the leather sleeves we are seeing this season.

The orange coat at the end of the rack is a toggle coat which is one of the looks we saw on the Joe Fresh Fall runway at fashion week. Other looks that have hit the stores from fashion week are the small chanel-esque puffer jacket and houndstooth prints.

joe fresh houndstooth

Other items I liked were some of their shoes. The burgundy pointy toe flats and the small heels on these below.

joe fresh shoes

Other items I liked were the grey oversized cocoon sweaters that looked super cozy.

I didn’t end up buying anything as the line up to pay was insane. 20% off was totally not worth waiting in a line that started on one side of the store (before the change rooms) wrapped through the mens section at the back and zig zagged through the athletic wear and into where you normally line up.

Still those shoes are pretty fab and I can’t wait to see if they will in fact bring out that motorcycle jacket from the fall runway.

What would you have waiting in line for?

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Hudson Cabaret; Fall Denim

Last night I was part of a group of Toronto Fashion peeps that got to preview the new Hudson Cabaret denim line for Fall 2012. The launch was in conjunction with Flare Magazine so lots of fashion insiders and then me.

leelou jean hudson

The event was held at Parlour which was a great spot for a more intimate night of chatting and checking out the latest Hudson denim.

The girls above are in the LeeLou jean. The style is a denim spin on the tuxedo pant and they come in a range of colours. The name however has me instantly saying Leeloo Dallas Multipass… but I digress.

Check out the LeeLou in action in the video above. You might notice the lovely face of Georgia May Jagger, the new face of Hudson Denim. She has also collaborated with Hudson on her own capsule collection of denim that is said to merge the rebellious soul of London and the freedom of California.

hudson anniversary jean

photo via @TheMintAgency twitter feed

This year is also the 10th Anniversary of Hudson jeans as they were founded in 2002, you know back before everyone was rocking premium denim?! I know its hard to remember that far back.

In honour of their 10 years they have launched some Anniversary denim, those shown above. Personally I don’t have the guts or the bod to pull off the Union Jack but the cobalt jeans are a pretty fab colour.

Now I know you are all wondering what I wore to this event. Well denim of course. I started out in heels but then I realized I would have to do a bit of walking so I transferred to my trusty gladiator sandals.

double denimOutfit Details: Bleached Chambray Tunic & Gladiator Sandals Madewell, Denim Pencil Skirt Earnest Sewn, Vintage belt & clutch I Miss You, Necklace Urban Outfitters.

The Hudson Cabaret Collection is available in Canada at Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow (both in Toronto), at Kiss & Makeup in West Vancouver and Premium Boutique in Westmount Quebec.

Both Revolve Clothing and Shopbop carry Hudson jeans online.