Friends, I went out to Toronto’s most decadent, glamorous and downright scintillating party on a lovely spring Friday with my friend Amy.
And we were snapped on camera and voilà, appearing on sites here and there.
The Carlu celebrated its 10th anniversary and my lovely marketing success friend Amy was invited to toast the night. I was her date, and nothing was spared. Aptly named, Decadent, this party was intense luxury. We’re talking about a red carpet stretching out to our cab’s door when we pulled up. And a million attendants to make sure you have a perfect entrance, and what a ball it was. Cocktails, crystal balls, live music in two of the rooms, beautiful lighting shows and mood, finger foods and a beautiful lit wall of risotto teasers. Grills and fresh delicacies. Bubbly. It was incredible.
And so we pulled out all the stops: Amy wore a fun dancing skirted-50′s style print dress with patent strappy burgundy heels. It was fun! I wore a 70′s hot pink full-length V-shaped dress with matching chiffon cape embroidered in light blue, matching vintage starburst light blue earrings and the brooch tied at the nape. The bracelet was also on duty. It was very fun. I loved wearing the outfit. Staple silver clutch, gold platform sling-backs. Game over.
We had the most spectacularly beautiful evening- it was non-stop dancing, swirls of Lalique fountain drops and joy.
Thank you Amy for a fantastic night!
The shoot: Vogue US cover and editorial.
The model: Kate upton.
The set: An American countryside estate with sumptuous contemporary chic furnishings.
The stylist: Tonne Goodman.
The photographer: Mario Testino.
The final word: Kate Upton is a model – not an actress. This is an important detail in an industry that has shifted away from booking professional models for covers in preference of film celebrities, pop culture personalities, and socialites. Oh and Michelle O.
Covers are where it’s at. You don’t need to see The September Issue to know that it’s all about the cover (but you should, it’s a great film) and that it better fly off the shelves or else. Real estate on the rack and page being what it is, the star-power of a well-known celebrity combined with a new film’s promotional craze churns out some very well-timed profitable covers.
Which is why when Vogue US books a model for a June 2013 cover – the first model-booked cover since Kate Moss’ September 2011 showing – we sit up and take note: a supermodel is born. Okay, not in the 90′s supermodel sense of the word, but in an era of fierce competition, Kate Upton for the win.
And the gal delivers: pages within continue to treat us to the delights of her curves, her easy American style and that sexy charm channeled by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Guess models. Thankfully for Upton, she’s had a very good past two years landing all sorts of pages, such as covers with GQ, and British and Italian Vogue, and she knows how to work a range of looks. And Americana works damn fine.
More images from the shoot below.
All images courtesy of Vogue.com.
Floral denim has been around for, what, a year now? And the trend just keeps on blooming! (Ha – sorry, I just had to do it.) Floral denim, for example, gained interest last spring and continues to remain on people’s wish lists (the trend didn’t actually go away during the winter months, did it?).
What has particularly caught my eye with all these floral pants floating around is the black and white palette. (Surprised? I’m getting so predictable, aren’t I?)
And here are my stems enjoying the outdoors…
This morning I ran across a wonderful photo project known as Looking into the past by photographers around the world. In the series we see archival photos superimposed on the same urban spaces – today.
Take a look at a few of my faves, and check out more here:
All images courtesy of the Looking into the past project.
P.S. Jason E Powell’s photos are available for purchase at his Etsy store.
I have been enjoying Johanne’s posts featuring vintage fashion. Like Johanne, I am a fan of vintage and surround myself with vintage treasures in home and fashion. Like many readers and friends I regularly browse and buy from Etsy sellers and hit up garage sales in the summer to search for a piece of vintage clothing or something to add to one of my collections at home. Take a cue from Johanne, today I’m featuring gorgeous vintage scarves.
A gorgeous silk scarf (vintage or new) is beautifully paired with a dress or suit (or anything, really), framed as art for your home, or sewn up into a pillow cover or lamp shade.
Bring a paddle.
This week’s fab vintage finds:
In the world? Really? What do you think? I mean, I’m a huge fan of Gwyneth but the headline of People’s latest issue really did make me laugh. It’s just a bit extreme for me. I chatted with a lady behind me in line at the store about it because she was explaining to her husband how she thought Gwyneth has a friendly and approachable look.
Okay, fine. She looks great and has a lot of fun projects on the go. But the most beautiful woman in the world? Do people in other countries agree? Just curious.