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

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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

Anna Sui Beauty Livens Up Drugstore Shelves

Upon hearing that Anna Sui‘s beauty line would be sold in Shopper’s Drug Mart as of May, I shrieked with glee like a little girl. Most likely because Anna Sui’s line of cosmetics and skincare brings out the girl in me with its fun, glam, rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and sigh-inducing rose scent. Until now the makeup range was only available at Sears locations making it a tad difficult to get my sweet Sui beauty fix.

Backstage at Anna Sui's Spring 2010 Runway Show

The Spring collection couldn’t be a better way to introduce the New York designer’s makeup collection to drugstores. New for the season is Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation and Moisture Rich Powder Foundation refill. The fluid foundation comes in a rose shaped bottle and gives a poreless smooth finish that promises “beautiful doll skin.” There are also new shades of the Liquid Eye Color that deliver high-pigment pay-off. My favourite shade is #250 a soft metallic purple that’s in trend with this season’s pastel lids. New fiery shades of the Lip Gloss range from baby orange to nude beige and my favourite #309, which is a bright glittery candy pink with a touch of red.

Anna Sui Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation $38

Anna Sui Moisture Rich Powder Foundation $33, Foundation Case $16

Anna Sui Liquid Eye Color in #050 (platinum white) and #350 (lady pink), $23 each

Anna Sui Lip Gloss in #604 (baby orange with aurora red flame), $22

But the highlight from the new collection is the new range of Lip Rouges that come in 4 different variations. Glossy provides a rich high-shine; Dazzle gives your pout a sparkling finish; Vivid comes in super bold colours such as Neon Pink, Deco Orange and even Super Black; and Tint delivers a slight tint to enhance your natural lip colour. With so many choices, my Shopper’s Optimum card is going to be very happy!

Anna Sui Lip Rouge Tint in #350 (baby pink), $25

— Jodi Goulart

Go Blonder

Every time I go to the salon to get my roots touched-up I have the urge to go blonder. It all started with blonde highlights in university then I went to blonde-from-the-box and now my colour is salon perfected. For the past few years I’ve been a beige blonde with platinum highlights but the desire to keep going lighter is always there. I’ve been told by colourists that my hair may not survive the stress of more bleach so I’ve found a much better alternative.

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John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner are must-haves for any highlighted or colour-treated blonde. They both neutralize dreaded brassiness and yellow tones while working to brighten blonde without the use of ammonia or peroxide. I started using the shampoo and conditioner after a salon trip and after one month my hair still has that freshly-coloured shine. Also available in the John Frieda Sheer Blonde collection is the Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner made for natural, highlighted or colour-treated blondes that contain a natural lightening complex that gradually lightens for an all-over sun-kissed look.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Restoring Shampoo, $12.99 at drugstores

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Restoring Conditioner, $12.99 at drugstores

— Jodi Goulart

Pulp Fiction Vixens: The Second Chapter

In my previous “Pulp Fiction Vixens” post, I focused on the femme fatales on the Christian Dior Spring runway and how to achieve their pastel lids and bright red lips. Now I’ve turned my attention to the cropped trenchcoats, lace slip skirts, bodycon lace dresses and bustiers that these dangerous dames strutted in. The outfits inspired images of film noir femmes  and pulp fiction damsels who, after brawling with bad boys, throw on their trenchcoats — over their lingerie of course — and flee the scene with smoking gun in hand. Look below for the runway looks and pieces to help dress the part of Dior’s vixens. With Topshop now shipping to Canada and the Canadian dollar close to parity with the U.S. dollar it’s never been a better time to shop!

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Topshop Cropped Swing Trench Coat $135 U.S.

Topshop Zip Lace Slip Skirt $70 U.S.

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H&M Bustier $39.95

Topshop Scallop Lace Bodycon Tunic $80 U.S.

— Jodi Goulart

Picture Perfect

With wedding season now in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about how to accessorize your cute cocktail dress. You’ve got the peep-toe pumps, the vintage clasp clutch and the feather clip for your hair, but something’s missing… After a winter spent in hibernation your skin is most likely lacklustre. A couple of years ago I was a bridesmaid for a best friend and I brought along Benefit‘s  Hollywood Glo Body Lustre to give my arms, shoulders, back and decollete a slight shimmer. The rest of the bridesmaids liked it so much they all smoothed it on.

Benefit "Take a Picture it Lasts Longer" Body Balm, $32 at Sephora and Shopper's Drug Mart

Now that Hollywood Glo is no longer, there’s another body balm on the block: Bathina “Take a Picture it Lasts Longer” Body Balm. This new version is much like Hollywood Glo in that it’s a silky and glimmering smooth-on balm in the heavenly Maybe Baby signature scent, but unlike my first favourite, Bathina feels lighter on my skin and provides more of a sheer golden-pink finish, which is perfect for my fair complexion. Now you’ll have everything you need for the wedding, just try not to outshine the bride in the pictures.

— Jodi Goulart

Pulp Fiction Vixens

On Christian Dior’s Spring 2010 runway, the models looked ripped from the pages of a Hard Case Crime pulp novel. I could just see the titles that these femme fatales would inspire: Blonde With A Bullet, Black Widow, The Bride Said Die and Vegas Vixens. The Lauren Bacall waves, bright red lips and pastel lids in shades of lilac, tangerine and Robin egg blue made for a striking , sweetly seductive look. I found a bevy of beauty products to help you get this look (below). Check in next week for clothing that will help you dress the part of Dior’s film noir vixens.

Christian Dior Spring 2010

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— Jodi Goulart