Pretty Dreamy: Narces at World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2014

The spring collections at this year’s World MasterCard Fashion Week have been nothing short of inspirational. I’ve been adding to my list of spring inspirations daily. Runway highlights have included the pop art prints at Pink Tartan, the oodles of silk chiffon and laser-cut lace at David Dixon and the wash of navy all over the Joe Fresh runway seen everything from fitted tuxedo suits to delicate slip dresses. Another collection that I knew would be out for my retro heart was Narces.

Described as a designer influenced by iconic women of the 1940-60s synonymous with romantic glamour and who embrace a unique sense of style, Nikki Wirthensohn’s after-five and evening wear collection was a true pleasure to see up close.

Narces had me with the first look that graced the runway. A pretty, ballerina style dress in frothy white and silvery beading set the tone for the remainder of the show – one that was elegant and glamorous, but also fun, fresh and unpretentious.

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It’s difficult to pick only a few favourite looks, but those that really grabbed my attention were the dresses adorned with giant pearls, the sugary pastel frocks and the long-sleeved dresses dripping in sequins.

See just some of my favourites below.

What have been some of your favourite WMCFW runway looks?

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– Jodi Goulart

Photos by George Pimentel

Full Skirt Frenzy

I have a confession to make. For the last few months I’ve developed an obsession over full, midi skirts. I’ve always had a soft spot for the full-skirted ‘40s silhouette and thanks to the style having swept down Fall 2013 runways, popular retailers, including H&M and Topshop, are now offering the style in stores. This is a blessing for me as I’ve always had a tough time tracking down full skirts, except for on ModCloth which has offered the style for eons.

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Prada Fall 2013

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

I’ve tracked down a few of my favourites that are in stores or available online now, along with some sweet sweaters that will pair perfectly with a midi skirt.

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

– Jodi Goulart

Retro Fitted: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

There’s something about Paris Fashion Week that stirs up a feverish swoon among the fashion industry elite and enthusiasts alike. This season was – of course – magnificent. There was Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Alexander McQueen that had everyone buzzing, myself included. However, as you know, I’m here to bring you the retro-inspired looks that had me falling head-over-kitten-heels for. I’ve compiled some runway looks that did just that.

What were some of your favourite looks?

ALEXIS MABILLE
Imagine Rosie the Riveter as a runway model and all-out-glamour-girl and you have Alexis Mabille’s Spring collection. Though I’m not one to favour anything labeled “tomboy,” military pants and jackets and denim workwear-inspired dresses were softened here in slinky silhouettes and flowing silk. There was a dose of Dixie-fried Americana thrown in with crystal-embellished rodeo shirts that added an element of kitsch to the collection.

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NINA RICCI
The Nina Ricci collection harmoniously brought together a perfect juxtaposition of structured 18th-century shapes like tailcoats and cropped, tailored pants with romantic pieces such as lace slip dresses and satin bow blouses. The collection felt like a breath of fresh air over the English countryside but with a strong, masculine edge.

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ROCHAS
Shortly before news broke that Rochas designer Marco Zanini is heading to Schiaparelli as the creative director of the revived house, Zanini’s final collection for Rochas graced the runway. What a swan song it was!  The collection was lush and exuberant with sugary, pastel shades of yellow, blue and pink that gleamed and shimmered in gold and silvery tones. There were crystal embellishments on jackets and ostrich plumes on shoes that added the perfect amount of whimsy. The highlights included satin coats with jacquard velvet that I could just live in, thank you very much.

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OLYMPIA LE-TAN
Olympia Le-Tan gives me that thrill that Betsey Johnson once did when I was a teenager. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Betsey! Le-Tan’s brand of sexy, in-your-face quirkiness is something that I will never tire of. The Spring collection was dubbed a Girl in Every Port and Le-Tan described this season’s girl as going for a long boat ride where she mingles with sailors, pirates and mermaids. The designer’s mood board that was shared on Style.com featured images of Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page and definitely explained the hyper-sexuality of the collection presentation.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

Retro Fitted: Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

Milan Fashion Week has now come to a close and the word I can best use to describe my favourite collections is “sumptuous.” The amount of artistry given to the details in these collections is truly astounding and inspiring. It felt as if I was on a luxurious trip to the south of Italy, ancient Greece and even Las Vegas when the Rat Pack ruled. Sit back, take a look at some of my favourite collections and be transported.

What are some of your favourite looks?

DOLCE & GABBANA
Every season time and time again, my admiration for the artistry – and obsession, let’s be honest – with Dolce & Gabbana grows stronger. The Dolce & Gabbana signatures that channel silver screen goddesses were here – black lace slips, bustiers, pencil skirts, skirt suits, polka-dot blouses and coat-dresses. There was also an ethereal femininity that balanced out the sexy show with flowy, almond blossom embroidered dresses and floral crowns.

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ALBERTA FERRETTI
The rich and fiery colours in the Alberta Ferretti collection were as awe-inspiring as a sunset. The palette seemed especially vibrant when it appeared in ribbons, stripes and floral embroidery. Delicate-looking white dresses and crisp white shirts really benefited from this pop of sunny and carefree colour.

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DSQUARED
DSquared shows also look like a party that you wish you got an invite to. This season, Dan and Dean Caten hit my fashion sweet spot with a collection that paid tribute to Las Vegas during the swinging sixties heyday when the Rat Pack ruled. Set against a tiki bar backdrop; bathing suits, cocktail dresses, shorts and pedal pushers in fruit punch colours and animal prints all hyper-accentuated the models’ hourglass figures. Punctuating the look were lampshade hats and cat-eye glasses.

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MOSCHINO
Celebrating the brand’s 30th anniversary, archival pieces were brought out and book-ended the new collection – two models at a time – that played on the “good girl” vs. “bad girl” theme. In most cases, I favoured the “good girl” look seen in full polka-dot skirts and floral- and gingham-print dresses accentuated with pearls and heels with bows.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

Retro Fitted: London Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

There’s something about the British style sensibility and my style crush on Brit It girls – Peaches and Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Kelly Osbourne and Paloma Faith – that always inspires me. It’s that combination of anything-goes, quirky cool with polished refinement that finds its way onto the runways and into the front row during London Fashion Week.

I’ve compiled a gathering of some of my favourite retro-inspired looks from London Fashion Week.

What are some of your favourite looks?

BURBERRY

I’m a sucker for lace and pastel so when I saw the combination of the two with the Burberry Spring collection, I got seriously giddy. Designer Christopher Bailey injected the image of the classic English Rose with some sexiness – cashmere cardigans pulled back over lace pencil skirts exposing knickers underneath and polka-dot pencil skirts paired with soft sweaters.

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HOUSE OF HOLLAND

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet from 1996, Henry Holland’s collection paid homage to the film while incorporating the look of chola girl gangs from nineties Los Angeles. Iconography including roses, crosses, hearts and even the Virgin Mary found itself on chino shirt dresses and wiggle dresses. Other highlights included the acid-hued gingham plaid on full skirts, dress shirts and slip dresses.

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MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC

The Valley of the Dolls meets pop-art Barbie aesthetic had me drooling over the images from the Moschino Cheap & Chic collection. Flamingo and palm-tree prints, tweed in neon brights and fluffy feathers on strappy heels had me dreaming of cocktail pool parties in Palm Springs.

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L’WREN SCOTT

While I save my fashion-collaboration dollars for the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic collection, images of the designer’s Spring collection will easily tide me over. Scott’s collection was inspired by Japan and exuded a glamorous, sophisticated sexiness. Kimono-style dresses, tailored pantsuits and lacey umbrellas were my highlights.

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TEMPERLEY

Look up the word “pretty” in the dictionary and the definition should be: Temperley. This collection had me swooning in a pretty pink haze. Rose damask fabrics, pink embroidered flowers on organza, crystal embellishments and cherry-blossom prints were pure sartorial confection.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

Retro Fitted: NYFW Spring 2014 Highlights

According to Lady Gaga, there’s a theory that nostalgia’s for geeks, which would make me quite the nerd. But judging by the amount of retro-inspired looks that sauntered down the runway at New York Fashion Week, it looks like the fashion world is still having a love affair with the 1940s and ‘50s.

I’ve compiled a gathering of some of my favourite retro-inspired looks from New York Fashion Week that have me dreaming of Spring.

What are some of your favourite looks?

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

This was without a doubt one of my favourite collections. My highlights included a gathered lapel jacket paired with a pencil skirt in matching houndstooth, tea dresses in sweet  – but not cutesy – botanical and polka dot prints and a lime green dress embellished with white flowers and lace trim.

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KATE SPADE

Inspired by European travels, the Kate Spade Spring 2014 collection evoked the gardens of Giverny, the wrought-iron gates of Paris and the citrus fruits of Capri. This collection had me dreaming of my own Parisian or Roman holiday.

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MILLY

The hourglass figure was celebrated by Milly this season with high-waisted wiggle skirts dominating the runway. Also taking centre stage were neons, multicolour parrot prints and wicked cat eye frames.

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PRABAL GURUNG

Prabal Gurung’s muse this season was none other than Marilyn Monroe. Looks like we have something in common. Gurung found inspiration from Monroe’s last sitting with Bert Stern and punched it up with his own modern take. Wiggle dresses, opera coats and narrow pencil skirts – topped off with graphic cat eye shades – appeared in pastels, acid brights and even PVC.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

What A Doll!

If you’re a Canadian girl like me then you’re probably not very familiar with Tarina Tarantino, but you will be very soon thanks to a new beauty range by the American accessories designer available exclusively at Sephora. Tarantino is best known for her ultra girly jewelry and accessories that don’t shy away from colourful crystals, big bows and chunky Lucite beads, hearts and skulls. She’s given Hello Kitty, Barbie, The Wizard Of Oz and now Alice In Wonderland her hyper cute touch.

Tarina Tarantino And Her Signature Fuchsia Locks

Now the pink-haired Tarantino has waved her sparkly wand and created a beauty collection. I’m sure it was much more difficult than that, it’s just so easy to imagine her flitting around with a tiara and wand. Tarina Tarantino Beauty borrows from the designers inspirations, which range from ’60s cinema and psychedelic art to nostalgic fashion influences including Victoriana and glam rock. The colour-saturated collection includes eyeshadow, liner, mascara, primer, blush, lipgloss, powder and even a spray-on shimmer dust, and much more.

Tarina Tarantino Gem Gloss $19. Available in 12 shades.

Tarina Tarantino Kapinki Brush $38

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen $22. Available in 12 shades.

Tarina Tarantino will debut her beauty collection this upcoming Tuesday, March 16 at Sephora Eaton Centre in Toronto. From 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. you can meet Tarantino, get a makeover and receive an autographed collection book when you purchase an item from the collection.

— Jodi Goulart