Monday, February 21, 2011

"Where do trends come from?"


With Fall/Winter 2011 fashion weeks coming to a close around the world, I thought I'd share this article that I found about trends and how they come about. Enjoy!

"Every runway season, designers across the world show similar colors, fabrics and silhouettes that become known as the trends of the moment. For autumn/winter ’10, for example, the collections were one big blur of beige, while spring/summer ’11 was all breezy, diaphanous dresses. How is it that so many creative visions align?

Designers purchase their fabrics from mills, which show new collections twice a year at fairs such as Premiere Vision in Paris and Pitti Filati in Florence. The fabrics that are highlighted usually end up on the runways. “The fabric mills show colors, yarns and proportions to all the designers,” explains Kevin Carrigan, Global Creative Director of Calvin Klein. “From these fabric fairs, designers begin to decipher the major global trends of the season with each house interpreting the inspiration in it’s own way and putting their spin on the fashion zeitgeist,” he explains.

The colors that the fabrics come in are often influenced by a handful of color trend services such as Peclers Paris and Nelly Rodi whoconsult with the fabric mills. These companies hold seminars and create concept books that predict trends up to six years in advance.

Once a collection is shown, there is a whole copy-cat cycle where designers will mimic what they see being done by fashion leaders such as Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz and Phoebe Philo among others. Thus, as was made famous by Meryl Streep’s tirade in “The Devil Wears Prada,” a color like Cerulean Blue can travel from the catwalks of Paris to a Casual Corner near you after the course of a few years.
To trend or not to trend? 

Whether or not the fashion world’s trend cycle is good for creativity, is a source of debate. “The rapid dissemination of information via the Internet, social media, and streamed live fashion shows facilitates the instant travel of trends,” says Tamara Albu, Director of the A.A.S. Fashion Design Program at Parsons School of Fashion in New York. “For many designers who struggle to stay competitive, getting their hints from such sources, processing them as quickly as they can, and translating them into their own collections often results in redundancy and lack of trust in their own self expression,” she adds.
-Louis Monoyudis"
Source: Metro News

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Anniversary Brunch


Brian and I just celebrated our 3 year anniversary but as we are in the middle of midterms, it's hard to really celebrate. We will be going a little vacation as soon as school is done but in the meantime, we decided a little brunch would be a good way to celebrate.

I'm wearing:
Talula Babaton Wool Coat
Miss Sixty Black Turtleneck
Club Monaco Skirt
Trasparenze Lace-detail tights
Bloch Patent Leather Flats

We went to a place called Bar One and it was aAMAZING!!! Not only were the prices very reasonable (nothing over $12 for brunch) but the food was out of this world! I had Ovo Buco ("egg in a whole") and Brian had Roast Beef Benito and we split them both!

A few days ago, we also explored our city a little bit. We took a little walk to Brookfield Place, which is beautiful and I never even knew it existed! It's so amazing all the hidden gems you can find in your city. So, this summer I will make it my mission to explore as much of my city as I possibly can! I will post about all the places I go and put up my own city guide at the end of it. Unfortunately, this will have to wait until the weather gets better and I'm done school. For now, I'll just share some pictures. I took these with my phone and the pictures don't do the place justice but it's still beautiful nonetheless.

Coming up next: Shoe Philosophy

Have a great long weekend,


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

V Day

I hope you all enjoyed you Valentine's Day, even if you don't have a significant other. If you don't have a significant other, this day is the perfect to love yourself and indulge. Be it a shopping trip, getting your nails done or a full out spa day and you don't have to buy a present for someone else. It's okay to be a little selfish sometimes, because if you don't love yourself.... who will?

However, if you do have a significant other... I would first like to mention that you don't have to do something overly sappy and spend a lot of money... going for a simple walk in the park and spending time with your loved ones is a perfect alternative to me. The only thing that I dislike about this day is that it's become so superficial but that's the way society works sometimes. Don't set great expectations because you might end up being disappointed which is the opposite of how you want to feel on Valentine's Day.

I, of course, am a hopeless romantic and love all the cheesy stuff. Brian and I will be celebrating Valentine's Day and our 3 year anniversary a little later since we are super busy with school and of course, it had to fall on a Monday this year. I did get some nice flowers though.

I did celebrate with one of my friends and made her a little dinner because her significant other is unfortunately out of the country. It was a quiet evening filled with Prosceco (my new favourite drink) and heart shaped pasta.

I hope all of you enjoyed this day but remember, you don't need a special day to tell someone you love them. It is the spontaneous and daily acts that really make the difference.

Wishing you a lovely day,


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter Wonderland


Toronto has been having some major snow storms recently and I decided to brave the cold and go out for a walk after a coffee and dessert date. It's very unlike to go outside when it's this cold (-20C with the windchill) but the snowflakes looked too beautiful and I couldn't help myself! 

I'm wearing:
Jacob Stripped Tunic
Spanx Tights
Browns Ridding Boots
Talula Babaton Wool Coat

And I decided to join the dark and dyed my hair a dark chocolate brown, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

On the way home.....

Essie Nailpolish in "Jazz". I love this colour!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week,


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Why doesn't anyone get dressed up anymore?


I went out the over night for some drinks for my boyfriend's birthday and I got all dolled and put on a nice dress and it got me wondering... Why doesn't anyone dress up anymore? What's wrong with looking nice and pulled together?

I'm wearing:
Autumn Cashmere Dress
Calvin Klein Tights
Michael Kors watch

I've been faced with this problem before and find that sometimes I feel overdressed. It's not a good feeling with you have a bunch of people giving you dirty looks or starring when you hear heels. Every day I see people walking around in sweatpants and even PYJAMAS and think to myself.. Do these people not care enough about themselves to look presentable?

This is not about caring what other people think about you but you need to realize that people will automatically judge you on your appearance. Whether you like this or not, it's reality unfortunately so why would you not want to put your best foot forward?

Even in a simple place such as university, your professors and fellow peers will take you more seriously when you are dressed for the part. Having a good relationship with your professors can pay off big time when it comes to reference letters and job opportunities, trust me! AND it's just as easy to put on a pair of jeans as it is to put on pyjamas!

So, from now on when I go out and see people dressed very sloppy I will no longer think I am overdressed, it is them that are under-dressed!

During my winter break I also plan on making  post about all of my going-out outfits. I will get all dolled up in my best attire just to hit the point home even more! It's not about appearances at all, it's about feeling good. And when you feel good you look good. There are days when I don't want to get up out of bed but it is these days that I force myself to put in a little bit of extra effort into myself to lift my spirits!

Be back soon with another post,

Love Ada

Friday, February 4, 2011

Inspiration for Spring


I have an outfit post coming up very soon but before that I thought I'd share with you this gorgeous editorial I found from Vogue Turkey. Perfect for spring and those shoes are killer!

Be back soon!